The 2nd edition of Nagaland Olympic and Paralympics Games 2022 – Football event – kickstarted today at Indira Gandhi stadium, Kohima, organized by Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA).
Speaking at the inaugural function as the special guest, Er Zale Neikha, Advisor Youth Resource & Sports, said that the Olympic symbolises the unity of athletes coming from each and every corner of the state to showcase their love for the game and make a standing ovation for the beauty of the game they play. He pointed out that the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute towards building a better and peaceful world by educating youths through sports, practiced without discrimination of any kind through the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding along with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
The Advisor stated that with football being the main attraction of our people and being played in all districts and villages of large and small, is without doubt that the football discipline is growing far beyond our imagination and expectations.
Neikha also pointed out that the recently held Commonwealth Games gives a clear view of where Nagaland stands in the field of sports. While all the neighbouring states were participating, Nagaland had no abled sportsperson to be included in the mega event, he said.
Citing the example of Dr T Ao, who was the first Indian Olympic Football Captain, he said the legendary Dr T Ao gave his all, playing bare-feet, and with no major support from the government but mainly through his wit, guts, determination and love for the game he lived for. He added that Dr T Ao not only excelled in a sports career but even in his studies by achieving his prestigious title of Doctorate.
Earlier, Secretary General, Nagaland Olympic Association, Abu Metha unfurled the NOA flag and the welcome address was delivered by K Neibou Sekhose, President Nagaland Football Association.
The first match is being played between Wokha and Dimapur.