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KOHIMA, Nov 10: As part of the yearlong celebration in honor of legendary footballer, Dr.T. Ao, the captain of Indian Football Team to London Olympics Games in 1948, a team of officials from the departments of Youth Resources & Sports, Information & Public Relations & Nagaland Football Association visited the Mohan Bagan Athletics Club and RG KAR Medical College, Kolkata on 10 November 2018.
Interacting with the officials from Nagaland, the media officer of Mohan Bagan Club, Imran Khan said the club was honored and delighted to remember and emulate a legendary footballer like Dr. T. Ao who hailed from the far-flung area of the country. Under whose leadership and contributions, the club won not only various tournaments but also gained fame and recognition across the country, he said. He also said most of the prominent football players during the early 50s and 60s were from MB Club and one such prominent player was Dr. T. Ao.
Stressing on the importance of linkage, he strongly urged the people of northeastern states to develop a sense of cohesion and connectivity with the mainland India in order to develop oneness and live in as “unity in diversity”. As of now, “the link between the northeastern states and the other states of the country is missing” when it comes to oneness, he stated. He said “education and sports” are the two most important factors to build connectivity, understanding, and unity amongst the people of different regions. Therefore, he encouraged and asked them to visit places and interact with fellow friends outside the state in order to get acclimatized with the people of other states. For which, he suggested them to make a joint venture with the club and organize exchange programs at the state or club level. He further said the northeastern people had been blessed with talent as such he opined the importance of launching a professional football team in Nagaland and make the players competitive at par with other professional players.
He also mentioned the proposal to naming one of their buildings in Dr. T. Ao’s name but further stated that the proposal needed further discussion.
Principal RG KAR Medical College, Professor Dr. S. Batabyal said that the college is very fortunate to have a legendary footballer from Mohan Bagan Club who captained Indian Football Team London Olympics Games, in 1948. At the same time, he expressed his happiness that the first physician in Nagaland happened to be a product of KAR Medical College.
Dr. T. Ao had been an inspiration to many and his contributions, particularly in football, deserved honor and appreciation, he said. He also expressed his desire that “Dr. T. Ao be still alive and see the progress and advancement of KAR Medical College.” He asked his family members to pay a visit whenever they come to Kolkata.
He further said that the College has started a football tournament every year in the name of Dr. T.Ao since last year.
The team was led by Additional Director, YRS, Rato Pusa.