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KOHIMA, May 23: The Nagaland Basketball Association (NBA) is organizing the 9th edition of Nagaland Basketball Tournament at Kohima Local Ground from 24th to 27th May 2017. Parliamentary Secretary, Youth Resources & Sports, Khekaho Assumi will grace the opening function as the chief guest at 3:00 PM. MLA & President, NBA, Zhaleo Rio will deliver the presidential address at 6:00 PM. He also inspected the ongoing preparations at the local ground, Kohima for the tournament on 23rd May, 2017.
Official report stated that the organizers renovated the basketball court with an estimated cost of Rs. 3 lakh to hold the tournament. The organising committee also said that the past editions have witnessed teams from outside the State including national competitors from Eastern Railways, Assam Regimental Centre, Shilong and Faithballers Assam, but this time the organizers are contemplating to assess the standard of the basketball players in the State. The NBA said that the 9th edition is being organised after the 2008 tournament.
With a view to improve the standard of the game in the State, the tournament would also witness launching of the Nagaland basketball Referee’s Association on the inaugural day. The organizing committee also announced that the champion will receive cash award of Rs. 50,000/-, runners up Rs. 30,000/- with trophies and citations. Losing semi-finalists will also get Rs. 5000/- each. Lucky spectators would also receive surprise gift hampers per match, the organizers stated.