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Inadequate sports facilities mar state’s performance, says Lakhera

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Mar 13, 2024 10:17 pm
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Vikas Lakhera, K Shiwoto Wotsa, Tarun Rana and Dr. Koseno with students in Kohima on Wednesday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — Major General Vikas Lakhera, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (IGAR) North(N) , highlighted the insufficient sports facilities in Nagaland, including the lack of football grounds that meet international standards, despite the sport’s popularity in the state.

While noting the youth’s enthusiasm for sports despite a lack of proper infrastructure, Lakhera expressed concern that the state’s sports performance is falling behind that of other northeastern states due to a lack of suitable structures and scientific training.

He was addressing Mt. Olive College‘s three-day sports meet, which began on Wednesday at the IGAR (N) playground in the state capital. Lakhera emphasised the importance of improving sports facilities in the state to maximise the potential and talent of young athletes.

He underscored the importance of sports in shaping individuals by instilling discipline, respect for rules, and perseverance in both personal and professional settings.

He encouraged participants to enjoy the sports event, exert themselves, and persevere in the face of adversity, urging everyone to seize the moment, strive for excellence, and positively impact lives, whether in sports, education, or personal endeavours.

Lakhera spoke of the importance of collaboration and fostering joy for a brighter future, as well as the upcoming sports facilities at Kohima’s IGAR North Playground. He mentioned the construction of a new stadium with two badminton courts, two basketball courts, a gym, and other facilities.

The officer said that these facilities will be available for use by the community.

Dr. Koseno, the college principal, stressed the significance of sports in life, stating that they play a crucial role not only in ensuring physical well-being but also in shaping mental and moral character.

She highlighted the collaborative nature of sports, emphasising the importance of teamwork in striving towards shared objectives. Dr. Koseno stressed that participation in sports fosters trust and teaches individuals how to navigate both success and setbacks.

K Shiwoto Wotsa, retired DIG of the state vigilance commission, and chairman of the college, along with Col. Tarun Rana, Commandant of the 13 Assam Rifles, among others, attended day-one of the meet.

The three-day event includes a variety of sports such as tug of war, futsal, volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, arm wrestling, and athletic competitions.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Mar 13, 2024 10:17:13 pm
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