Members and well wishers of the newly formed Mokokchung Vikings cricket club with the deputy commissioner of Mokokchung, Sushil Kumar Patel. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Mokokchung | September 22
Heralding more good news for lovers of sports in Mokokchung, a new cricket club was launched here today with the specific aim of holistically promoting the gentleman’s game in the district. The newly formed club, Mokokchung Vikings, was formally launched today at Eastern Talkies with the deputy commissioner of Mokokchung, Sushil Kumar Patel IAS as chief guest in the presence of its members and well wishers.
Temsu Aier, president of the new club, while speaking at the inauguration of Mokokchung Vikings said that the club was formed with the aim of promoting competitive and friendly cricket for the youngsters of Mokokchung district in particular and Nagaland in general. The club also aims to provide “brilliant experience of cricket to its members as well as to other clubs through training to improve techniques and sporting abilities.” It was also said that the new club would endeavour to encourage wider interest and involvement in cricket amongst local young people and their families with the specific objective of building confidence, identifying and developing talent amongst the young local people and giving them opportunity at every level, to expand and improve as a cricket club and enrich the members with experience for its members. The club will also maintain and run its own playing team.
A cricket enthusiast himself, the deputy commissioner of Mokokchung congratulated the members of Mokokchung Vikings club and exuded hope that through their hard work, Mokokchung would produce players of national calibre. Citing the example of BCCI, which he said was formed as a “mere society” in 1928 that has grown into the richest cricket body in the world today, he encouraged the club to work hard and diligently mobilize resources. Saying that cricket is “more than a game,” he also said cricket offers immense employment opportunities today. He also said that there is a real need for identifying and nurturing young talents and encouraged the club to tap local talents as early as possible so as to produce quality players who can compete beyond the state and the region. He also envisaged that the success of the club would depend on how they generate, mobilise and manage their resources.
The club has seven individuals as founding members and is open to interested persons to register themselves as members.