KGSA Kukami trophy underway at Lotovi village
A week-long, 11-U Kukami Trophy (men’s football), 1st Vizheto Chophi memorial trophy (men’s volleyball) and 11-U Lhosheli Neho memorial trophy (women’s volleyball) got underway at Lotovi village here on Tuesday.
The tournament was organised by Kuhuboto Ghakhu Sports Association (KGSA).
Gracing the opening ceremony as special guest, advisor Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs, Zhaleo Rio lauded the KGSA for organising the tournament thereby providing platform for the youngsters to exhibit their talent.
He termed sports as important aspect in human life as it develops a sense of friendliness among the youngsters, where they understand each other in many good ways. He therefore called upon the youngsters involve in the field of games and sports to take it as a seriously with commitment as it has become a profession where they can earn their livelihood and bring laurels to the state and the country. Nothing that Nagas have talent in games and sports and that they needed proper platform, the advisor urged the parents and elders to encourage their children, who were interested in sports.
However, he reminded the youngsters that in order to achieve in this field they need to work hard as 99 percent of sweat was required and one percent luck.
He also encouraged the youngsters to opt for a healthy life by keeping away from any kind of substance abuse.
Further, he lauded the Sumi community for maintaining unity and understanding among themselves in every field. He urged the community to spread the unity to other tribes also so that the state could move ahead with peace, prosperity and progress.
Earlier, the special guest on his arrival also hoisted the tournament flag.
He was accompanied by commissioner of Excise, Tarep Imchen and scores of party leaders and workers.
President KGKK and head GB, Kawoto Aye delivering the donor’s speech said that the tournament is organised annually by KGSA and sponsored by 76 GBs from 24 villages under Kuhuboto area.
Speech on behalf of host village was delivered by GB Lotovi, Tohevi Awomi.
Highlights of the programme included folk song by Lotovi women folk and special number by Inakali T. Kiba, bachelor of music.
Oath to the players was administered by KGSA games secretary, Mughaka Swu. The inaugural programme began with an invocation by KGBPF president, Ghoshito Swu.
In men’s football, 12 teams are vying for the title, and also 12 teams each for volleyball (men and women).
In the opening match, host village Lotovi ‘B’ played a goalless draw against Vihokhu village.
On Wednesday, the 1st I. Vizheto Chophi memorial trophy (men volleyball) and Lhosheli Neho memorial trophy (women’s volleyball) will be graced by State football coach and Dimapur District Football Association (DDFA), president, Mughato Sumi as special invitee. The finals will be played on November 2.