Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and others after unveiling the Meriema Village 52nd Anniversary Youth Games and Sports Celebration Monolith meet in 2021 in Meriema Village on December 27. (Photo Morung)
Meriema | December 27
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said today that the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) will organize the Nagaland Mini Olympic by January 2022.
Rio said this while honoring the inaugural program of the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the Youth Games in the village of Meriema and the 2021 sports meet at the village of Meriema in the Kohima district.
Rio, who is also the president of NOA, called on all districts to prepare well and actively participate in this next mega event.
Nagaland Mini Olympic scheduled for this year (2021) could not proceed due to the COVID pandemic.
Rio has informed that NOA will be fully functional in its permanent six-story office building along Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima by January 2022.
Rio was optimistic that this would allow better coordination between the NOA and the different sports associations and also facilitate better management of sports activities in the state.
He said Nagaland was ready to host the South Asian Cross Country Championships by January 2022.
Athletes from six to seven countries are expected to join the event.
Rio also recalled that the foundation stone for the creation of the Nagaland Police Sports Battalion has already been laid.
Thanks to this, Rio said, many sportsmen will get job opportunities and also excel in games and sports.
He said the young Naga are doing well in the sports arena.
However, he regretted that they achieved the desired mark and performance at the International / Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
In this, Rio called on athletes to stay focused and do their best to excel at the highest level.
Meanwhile, Rio unveiled the Meriema Village Youth Games & Sports Meet 2021 52nd anniversary celebration monolith.
He also inaugurated the platform and the gallery of the new playground in the village of Meriema as well as the sanitary truck in the village of Meriema.
He argued that such a development was made possible through the combined efforts of the various organizations and the unity of the villagers.
Rio commended the village of Meriema for its commendable performance and achievements over the past 52 years in the field of games and sports and encouraged them to keep striving to develop further.
Earlier, the inauguration ceremony was chaired by Neidilhou Keditsu, a member of the 52nd anniversary celebrations organizing committee, while Meriema chief GB Neiyalie Miachieo delivered the welcoming speech.
The president of the Meriema Village Youth Organization, Asa Shiiya, delivered a presidential speech.
MVYO Games and Sports Secretary Pekruse-u Whuorie took the oath to participating teams while Meriema Village Council Chairman Keduolhoulie Huozha proposed a vote of thanks.
The meeting will continue until December 31.
Roko Angami, president of the Nagaland Football Coaches Association and former international football player, will be the guest of honor at the farewell ceremony.