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KOHIMA, Sept 26 (NEPS): The six Naga wrestlers who took part for the first time in the 5th Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017 held from 19 to 23 September at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan returned Nagaland and they were given “Heroes Welcome” by Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) this afternoon here at State capital, Kohima.
Only Keduovilie Zumu won a bronze medal in the 90 kg Category. He played in the Kazakh Kuresh Wrestling Style. The other Naga wrestlers are Surhoneyi Soho, Visevo Zashumo, Vechita Khesok, Menuosetuo Yiese and Venuzo Dawhuo, some of them including Menuosetuo Yiese lost in Quarter Final. They were part of the Indian belt Wrestling Contingent.
While receiving them at Kohima, they were given bouquets from the officials of Angami Sports Association, Chakhesang Wrestling Association and Zeliang Wrestling Association apart from Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA).
Addressing a brief Press Conference here at the office of NWA, NWA President Neivikuolie Khatsu lauded the people, various individuals including PRO, Delhi and many organizations, Chief Minister TR Zeliang, Youth Affairs and Sports, Nagaland for supporting and extending financial assistance to them.
He said they learned a lot from the Games held at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He further stated that it was a good exposure for their wrestlers and officials. He hoped that they would develop more in the future. He also disclosed that they needed to come up Wrestling Academies in Nagaland in near future to properly train their wrestlers. “I hope our wrestlers will do well in competing with wrestlers of other countries in future Games,” he said. “Our wrestlers are second to none.”
Khatsu also said they were thinking to send their wrestlers for further training in Kyrgyzstan or Turkmenistan. “But we have not decided yet,” he added.
Sharing his experience in winning his bronze medal, Zumu said he thanked Almighty God and NWA and further stated that through their support and effort, he could win a medal in the 5th Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017. “All my fellow wrestlers also fought very well,” he said. “I am lucky that I got a medal this time.”
NWA President Khatsu and General Secretary Vekhozo accompanied the six Naga wrestlers as officials.