Kohima, December 11 (NEx): The Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) held its Annual General Meeting with the affiliated associations on December 11, 2020 at the Banquet Hall, State Guest House, Kohima.
Hon’ble Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of the NOA, in his presidential address talked about the various challenges faced in the State. Rio said that sports is highly competitive and it is a full time job which requires discipline, commitment and dedication, and deserves recognition and reward.
Rio said that the Nagas are still undisciplined, poor, backward and a minority, however a lot has been learnt over the years and added that there are many talents in the State, but they are not getting the required opportunity due to the lack of facilities, funds and other resources. He also mentioned that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many activities were halted, however, Rio urged that people must move forward and learn to live with it, as it is the new way of life. He also suggested setting up of an office complex for the NOA, which would be functional throughout the year.
During the meeting, CM Neiphiu Rio also launched the website of the Nagaland Athletics Association.
The Secretary General of the Association, Abu Metha gave a presentation wherein he spoke about the history of the association and its recent activities. He said that the Nagaland Olympic Association was established in 1987. However, the NOA got affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association only in 2004 through the collective efforts of various people such as Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Er. Lanu Toy, the founding president of the NOA.
Metha stressed on the lack of proper sports infrastructures in the State, adding that the Indira Gandhi Stadium at Kohima and the Cricket Ground at Sovima are the only two infrastructures in the State with proper and standard facilities. He further called for streamlining of various sports associations and strengthening them, and also proposed for reservation of posts for sports persons in various fields.
The Nagaland Wrestling Association, in its presentation informed that affiliation to the NWA is open to any district or tribe, while the Nagaland Athletic Association gave a presentation at the function where it highlighted the various goals and targets. Various agendas were also taken up in the house for approval during the annual meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Meren Paul, Senior Vice President, NOA and the welcome address was delivered by K. Kire, Vice President while the vote of thanks was proposed by Neivikuolie Khatsu, Assistant General Secretary.
(With inputs from DIPR)