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IDAN chairman pitches strengthening bilateral ties with Kyrgyzstan

By EMN Updated: May 02, 2024 9:40 pm
Abu Metha being received at Jogorku Kenesh (parliament) of Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

DIMAPUR — Advisor to the chief minister, chairman of IDAN and secretary general of the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA), Abu Metha, has pushed for strengthening bilateral ties, increasing people-to-people contact and collaborations in the promotion of sports with the government of Kyrgyzstan.

Metha made the initiative during his officials visit to the Kyrgyz Republic. He was the chief guest at the prestigious Alysh (belt wrestling) grand prix held in Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic, stated a DIPR report.

He was invited by Sultanbekova Cholpon Aalyevna, former deputy prime minister and present chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, State Structure, Judicial and Legal Issues and Rules of Procedure of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic. Cholpon is also the president of the World Belt Wrestling Committee of United World Wrestling.

Besides, Metha held meetings with the deputy minister of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and the director of the department of Physical Education and Sports, Abdymomunov Aybek Tynchylykovich, the president of World Alysh Federation Baiaman uulu Adilet, and the deputy speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament, Nurlan Azygaliev.

In his deliberations with the parliamentarians and high officials, Metha highlighted the growth of Indian economy, Incredible India as a destination and the prime minister’s vision of promoting the indigenous and traditional sports of India. He also highlighted the high standards of India’s democratic institutions and also appreciated the presence of a vibrant and positive democratic environment in the Kyrgyz Republic.

It mentioned that Metha was part of the Indian belt wrestling team which included the president of the Indian Belt Wrestling Federation, Omarmukhtar Tamboli, who is also the president of the Asian Belt Wrestling Federation. The Indian team included five athletes, one technical judge and three technical officials from Nagaland.

Prior to the competition, the Indian team underwent a training programme in Bishkek under international coaches provided by the Kyrgyz Alysh Federation and another training period was organised for the team after the conclusion of the grand prix.

India won a bronze medal in the 70 kg category, wherein Rokuo Kire Khawakhrie from Nagaland clinched the medal through repercharge after meeting the world champion in the first round. It was Nagaland’s first ever international medal at the prestigious grand prix event, which was participated by the strongest wrestling nations mainly from central Asia.

Metha informed that all the meetings with the high officials and dignitaries were positive with proposals for more collaborations and partnerships in the field of sports, especially in the disciple of wrestling.

It may be recalled that the president of World Alysh Federation, Baiaman uulu Adilet, was the chief guest at the closing function of the North East Games hosted by Nagaland. Belt wrestling was included in the Olympic movement with inclusion in the Nagaland Olympics and the North East Games.

It added that the inclusion of this discipline, a popular traditional sport among the tribals was appreciated even by the prime minister of India in his message during the North East Games.

Metha informed that issues regarding capacity building, workshops and seminars for India and Nagaland were discussed during in his deliberations with the Kyrgyz officials and the presidents of World Wrestling, World Alysh and Asian Belt Wrestling. He expressed confidence that athletes from Nagaland would get more opportunities to represent the country and participate in international meets.

He informed that plans are also being prepared to promote indigenous Naga wrestling at the national and international platforms. He added that Naga wrestlers are consistently winning international medals for the country due to focused plans, high performance training, national and international exposure and use of international coaches.

Metha also took the opportunity to visit tourist destinations and projects that were focused on rural and nature experiences, adventure and eco-tourism and sustainable initiatives to get a first-hand experience of some of the well known initiatives of the Kyrgyz Republic. He also visited the sports ministry and sports infrastructures and interacted with sports administrators of the country.

Meanwhile, Metha has appreciated the Kyrgyz government, the United World Wrestling, World Alysh Federation and the Asian Belt Wrestling Federation for making his visit a success. He further appreciated the chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, for providing the vision, support and guidance all along.

By EMN Updated: May 02, 2024 9:40:13 pm
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