Venü Vadeo is Chozuba range wrestling champ
KOHIMA — Seventeen-year-old Venü Vadeo claimed the championship at the 30th Chozuba Range Wrestling Association (CRWA) meet held in Chozuba town, Phek district. The 96 kg, 5’11” wrestler from Rünguzu village won INR 1,000,000 in cash.
First runner-up Rükülhu Phese-o, a 27-year-old from Rünguzu village weighing 80 kg and standing 5’7”, won INR 80,000.
In third place, 23-year-old Venüto Nyekha, from Chozuba Town, weighing 80 kg at 5’10’’ height, walked away with cash prize of INR 60,000.
The fourth position went to Vekhosazo Dozo, a 34-year-old weighing 90 kg, who received INR 40,000.
For the under-16 category, Khriethoveyi won the first position; Mudeyi Ringa came second while Thujosa Dozo and Dutu Sapu won third and fourth position, respectively.
Earlier, Kudecho Khamo, Advisor for CAWD and Taxes and the event’s special guest, emphasized the importance of focusing on sports where one can make a name for themselves.
He advised athletes to envision their future after retiring from the field and arena in order to lead and inspire others, stating that the future belongs to the younger generation, who must make wise decisions and have visions for society.
Khamo also called upon society to get rid of alcohol, substance abuse, and addiction from gadgets (mobile phones) and strategise to have a progressive and harmonious society.
Informing that the upcoming 3rd Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024, scheduled to be held from February 12 to the 17th at Chümoukedima, will be an alcohol and tobacco-free zone at the Olympic village, he also emphasised the importance of implementing such practices in the upcoming Chakhesang wrestling meet, which will be held at Chozuba Town, to provide a sports-friendly environment.
Later, Chitsoru Vasa, Deputy Director of Rural Development, Government of Nagaland, graced the occasion as the guest of honour.
The programme was led by CRWA president Dr. Chekhwüveyi Khüsoh, and the oath was administered by Küpopra Rhakho, Vice-president CRWA.