Inter-District ‘Catch Them Young’ Tourney underway

Inter-District ‘Catch Them Young’ Tourney underway
Joel Solo performs Queen’s “I want to break free” during the inaugural of the 10th Inter District ‘Catch Them Young’ Tournament.


Kohima, September 13 (MExN): The 10th Inter District ‘Catch Them Young’ Tournament organised by the Department of Youth Resource & Sports (YRS) began on September 13 with the participation of 156 young players below the age of 14 representing the 11 districts in Nagaland.


The three day tournament from September 13 to 15 will witness 69 girls and 82 boys competing in Badminton, Athletics and marathon race.


During the inaugural session today, T. Sashimongba, Joint Secretary, YRS who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest shared a brief history of the ‘Catch Them Young’ tournament which began in 1974 with the aim to tap the hidden talents of the young ones and nurture them.


“Nagaland is the first State in India to organise the tournament way back in 1974 but unfortunately it was discontinued in the late eighties, however after separation of the present Department of YRS from the Parent department of School Education, the department has realised and revived the policy in the year 2007, and so the policy continues. Today we are celebrating the 10th ‘Inter District Catch Them Young’ tournament,” stated Sashimongba.


Considering the participants as fortunate to be part of the tournament where they have been selected among the thousands boys and girls in the State, Sashimongba encouraged the participants that they have been selected to represent their districts which indicate their achievement. “But I want to tell you that this is only the beginning. You all have talent to perform and achieve higher and greater goals,” expressed Sashimongba.


That Nagas are talented is undeniable, the Joint Secretary stated but pointed to the lack of three Ds i.e., Discipline, determination and dedication – among Naga players.


Sashimongba further maintained that success at a young age is meaningless if it cannot be sustained when one grows up. “I hope the participants in this ‘Catch Them Young’ will prove to be different and maintain the three Ds in your chosen field and pursue your dreams bringing success for yourself and laurels for our State,” concluded Sashimongba.


The inaugural was chaired by Megolhu Dolie, Deputy Director, YRS with an invocation by Dr. Viposa, Director, GetthemGo Sports International. Further a special number was performed by Joel Solo who presented a cover of Queen’s “I want to break free”.