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KOHIMA, May 23: Chief Minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu graced the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Indoor Tennis Stadium as the chief guest at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, Kohima on 23rd May, 2017. The programme was organized by Nagaland Tennis Association.
In his address, the Chief Minister expressed his happiness to be a part of the ceremony saying that such construction is the first venture in the state capital.
Speaking on the history of Lawn tennis, he said the sport was started by the white people and it was played by the Royal families and the Aristocratic class during 12th and 13th Century. He highlighted on the gradual evolution of modern day Tennis with special emphasis on Federation Cup and Davis Cup. He added that many tennis players have become millionaires today because of the prize money involved in the sport.
Lamenting on the poor sports facilities in the state, Liezietsu emphasized on the importance of development of infrastructure and facilities for sports. Narrating his encounter with the Poumai Nagas in Manipur, he was disappointed to learn that no Naga was among the medal winners when Manipur became the Champion of the National Games some few years back.
Encouraging the Naga sports persons he said ‘you have the physical strength and intellectual capability but lack of facilities is hampering the growth of sports even if we have talents’. The government should focus more on providing facilities to the sports persons, he stated.
Everyone cannot go to Dimapur to play tennis, I am hopeful that with the development of the Indoor Tennis Stadium in Kohima, it will boost the development of the sport for our people, he said.
President NLTA, C. Apok Jamir, in his welcome address, highlighted the history and the evolution of Lawn Tennis in Nagaland. He said every year the NLTA conducts State level Tennis tournaments. “We have also organized National level Tournaments for the Juniors called the Talent Series and Championship Series. We have started a new initiative called the School Tennis where our coach is sent to the schools to provide coaching”, he said.
The indoor stadium will be the second stadium in the State (the first one being in Dimapur) and the first in Kohima. Jamir also requested the Government to set up an Academy for Tennis in order to provide coaching to the youths at a young age. General Secretary NLTA, David Kire proposed the Vote of Thanks.