ZUNHEBOTO, NOVEMBER 24 (DIPR): The 5th Inter Departmental Badminton Tournament organized by the District Sports Council got underway at Indoor Stadium, Zunheboto on November 24. The inaugural programme was graced by Parliamentary Secretary, Law & Justice, SIRD, Er Picto Shohe as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Er Picto said he was happy to be a part of the tournament which is meant to foster strong bond and respect among the government employees at Zunheboto. “Sport is very important in our lives and is a great source of recreational activity for young as well as the old,” he said adding that badminton is the second most important sports in Nagaland after football. He hoped that the tournament will integrate all departments under Zunheboto district. Deputy Commissioner & Chairman, District Sports Council, Zunheboto, Temsu Longkumer, in his welcome address said the tournament is organized to provide opportunities to officers and staffs and urged the players to maintain true sportsmanship. The program was chaired by Vice Chairman, DSCZ, Vikaho Zhimomi and special presentation was given by Boloto Achumi. Altogether, 47 departments will be participating in the three day long tournament.