Kohima | January 13
The denizens of the state capital Kohima today witnessed the night time inaugural extravaganza in sports activity for the first time as the 63rd Kohima Village Sports Association (KVSA) meet 2018 made a colouful start here this evening at Khuochiezie, the Kohima Local ground
The glittering opening ceremony of KVSA meet took place in the evening for the first time, since the sports meet began in 1944. Sparkling lights illuminated all over the historic Khuochiezie for over 150 minutes and evening to remember in the history of Kohima Village Sports meet.
Adding colour and grandeur, the youth numbering 1500 from four Khels- D.Khel, L.Khel, P.Khel and T.Khel displayed drill, special melodies, shadow act (Zhowe Riile) and talent display form part of the opening ceremony. 100 youths also sang KVSA theme song entitled “Kewhimia” and another surprised package was Shadow Act (Zhowe Riile) which depicted how the KVSA meet started in 1944, from traditional blending to the modernity.
Earlier, at Thevokemouzie in Kohima Village, the KVSA Torch was lighted with blessings by Lhouvizhii Sachii, Pastor CRCKV and was carried by 11 outstanding sporting personalities of yesteryears which was finally lighted-up the flame.
An entertaining moment was witness as the four competing Khels – P. Khel, T. Khel, D. Khel and L.Khel marching in the ground, with the band party of their respective Khels accompanying the contingents. Golden-throated barbet (Pezhie-ra) is the mascot of the meet which has been christened as ‘Kekuokeyho’, which translated is ‘mightier and stronger’.
In his address, Dr. Neiphi Kire, chairman Kohima Village Council appreciated the Kohima Village Youth Organization (KVYO) for hosting the sports meet in the true spirit of oneness and togetherness amongst the Kohima Village.
The Chairman also urged upon the sports persons to give their best in taking part in any sporting activities and asked them to play at the higher levels such as national and international and bring glory and honour to the village in a particular and the Nagas in general.
Expressing happiness that the state government was giving due importance to music and culture, Dr. Kire felt that the state government should invest more on sports and games, arts and literature, trade and commerce as the Nagas has got tremendous potentialities.
Sharing greetings, KVYO president Medozhatuo Rutsa said that the sports meet started in 1944 has come a long way, adding that “for Kohima village, this is not only a sports meet but a festival for the village where everyone can come together in one platform and enjoy the festivities”.
KVYO games & sports secretary Neilazetuo Khezhie administered oath to the participating teams and Kohima village head GB Medo-o Keretsii pronounced the traditional blessings.
The week long meet will witness athletics, chess, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, wrestling, cross country race. Around 400 sportspersons will vie for the coveted titles.
The competition will commence on January 15 till 19.