Tsuchoi T with one of her gold at the North East Olympic held recently in Imphal.
Dimapur | November 4
After Hima Das, another farmer’s daughter has won the tracks. And this time it is from Nagaland. From the rice fields to winning gold; 19-year-old young athlete Tsuchoi T clinched two gold medals and a bronze at the track events at the recently concluded North East Olympic held in Imphal, Manipur.
Incidentally, her first gold medal in the 5000-meter clocking 19:15.37 minutes at the North East Olympics (October 24-28) was also Nagaland’s first medal. She clinched the other gold in the 10000-meter race (40:48.30 minutes) and a bronze in the Women’s 4×100M rally race.
At the 5000 meter race, the young athlete recalls how she started slow at the beginning but trailed in the middle and blazed past other competitors towards the finish line. “I paced up only in the later laps. It is not because of ‘extraordinary speed but willpower and consistency’,” she asserts.
Tsuchoi hails from Kusong village under Tuensang district and is the eldest among five siblings. Living in a sleepy rustic village far away from the urban opportunities did not deter Tsuchoi to succumb to a nondescript destiny.
“Sport has been my passion since childhood and in the village, I was always enthused to play any game,” Tsuchoi recalls during a tête-à-tête with The Morung Express.
Her journey representing Nagaland state in various athletic games both at regional and national level started after she joined the Sports Academy in Dimapur in 2015. She was selected to the academy after winning scores of medals in the district tournament, Tuensang.
Tsuchoi’s story is so much about hard work, fighting spirit as well as unstinted support from her family. As a sports enthusiast, she considers herself fortunate that her parents welcomed her unexpected decision to pursue athletic training on a full-time basis. “The support and encouragement of my parents have enabled me to come this far. They are the ones who support me emotionally and financially,” she points out with gratitude.
Coach Khriesiduno describes her as one of the most disciplined and focused sportspersons in the academy. With competitions lined up in the coming days, the coach informed that Tsuchoi has already begun training for her next national game to be held in Jharkhand in March, 2019.
Unlike the majority of Nagaland’s young population whose definition of pride is confined to a government job, for Tsuchoi, her pride is in being a sportsperson. “Being a sportsperson is what I love. This has been a passion since childhood,” she says.
“My sweat and tears will be the commitment to my profession as a sportsperson,” she adds. We believe her.