Sports coaches cautioned not to take their positions for granted
Kohima | August 4
A two day long 9th Inter District “Catch Them Young” tournament under the Department of Youth Resources & Sports (YR&S) made a colourful start here this morning at Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Altogether, 146 athletes along with 37 officials from 11 districts of Nagaland are taking part in this 9th edition. They will vie for top honours in athletics, badminton and chess.
“Today as we start the 9th Inter District “Catch Them Young” tournament, let us be reminded that a proper and strong foundation is required for our sportspersons to excel,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources & Sports, State Lotteries and Music Task Force, Khriehu Liezietsu, while addressing the inaugural function.
Liezietsu said that this tournament is held not only to provide platform for young sportspersons and athletes but also to expose, develop and sharpen their skills, and prepare them into medal prospects and future champs.
He reminded all the players that success in sports requires discipline, total commitment and dedication.
The Parliamentary Secretary informed that the Youth Resources & Sports Department and State Government will do everything possible within the given possibilities to support the sportspersons and push them forward “but you must keep in mind that hard work will have to be done by you and nobody else.”
He said that coaches and administrators play a vital significance in the success and failure of sportsperson. While it is only fair to give recognition and appreciation to coaches if sportspersons perform and succeed, the position of coaches may become questionable if athletes underperform.
“It is necessary for a modern day coach to regularly update himself or herself with the latest techniques and development of sporting world,” he said adding that it is also important to keep pace with the latest changing trends of the sports discipline for performance enhancement.
We have moved into a new era where performance is the bottom line, there is no room for complacency, he said.
“No coach can take his or her position for granted. Another important factor that coaches and administrators ought to keep in mind is that we have to strictly adhere to the accurate implementation of the correct age of the sportspersons,” he said adding that the manipulation of age has no benefits and will only harm the state in the long run.
Neilalhoulie Angami, Additional Director, Youth Resources & Sports, said that the concept of ‘Catch Them Young’ tournament started in the year 1974 by the Government of Nagaland in order to seek and nurture the talents and ability of the young youth in the state. It is considered to be the first of its kind in the country.
In order to participate in the tournament, he/she should be of Class VI standard or below with a height of not more than 4’10” and must be of a bona fide student from a particular school irrespective of govt. or non govt. institution.
He recalled that the first tournament was organized in 1974 under the aegis of the department of school education in the discipline of football for boys and athletics event such as 50 metre race, 100 metre race, long jump, high jump & shoot put for both boys and girls. As a matter of necessity the Government of Nagaland has come up with the idea to open a sports school at Half Nagarjan Dimapur in 1975 attached to GHS Dimapur with the discipline of football, volleyball and badminton where the state could produce many medal winners in various level and capacity.
However, the Catch Them Young tournament was discontinued in 1980. But with the spirit to uphold and regain the lost interest, the Department of YR&S was able to revamp it again in 2007.
“The performance of Catch Them Young tournament was appreciated by the Government of India and today the footprint of this tournament has been followed by many other states in the country,” said the Additional Director.
Earlier the inaugural function was chaired by C. Theyo while Rokosevi Khate administered oath to the participants.
Meanwhile, valedictory function has been scheduled at 4pm on August 5. YR&S Director Asangla Imti will distribute prizes to the winners.
‘Synthetic track, Astro turf, floodlight to be added to IGS’
Kohima | August 4
Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources & Sports, State Lotteries and Music Task Force Khriehu Liezietsu today said that the state government is giving extra emphasis to the development of sports infrastructure in the state.
Stating that the establishment of Indira Gandhi Stadium complex is a major asset for Nagaland, Liezietsu said new facilities such as synthetic running track, Astro turf football ground and floodlight will soon be added to this stadium.
“I am sure these new facilities will enable us to host national events and major tournaments in the near future,” he said adding that numerous construction works are going on in all the district level too.
He said the state government aims to provide basic and quality sports infrastructure to all the 11 districts at the earliest.
“I hope with the improvement of sports infrastructure, sports will tremendously improve in our state. And there will be more success and glory for our state in the field of sports in the days to come,” he said.