Nagaland lacks adequate sportsinfrastructure: Maj Gen Lakhera

Inspector General of Assam Rifles (IGAR) North, Maj Gen Vikas Lakhera, retired DIG K. Shiwoto Wotsa and students during the inaugural ceremony of Mt Olive College Kohima sports meet at IGAR North playground in Kohima on March 13.

KOHIMA, MARCH 13 (MExN): Maj Gen Vikas Lakhera, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (IGAR) North has voiced concern over the lack of adequate sports facilities in Nagaland, including the absence of international standard football grounds, despite the sport's popularity in the state.

Addressing the three-day sports meet of Mt Olive College Kohima on Wednesday at IGAR North playground, Lakhera maintained that Nagaland's sports performances lagged behind other northeastern states due to the lack of proper structures and training opportunities.
In this, the IG stressed on the need for improving sports facilities to nurture the potential and talent of young athletes. He, on the other hand, expressed admiration on the enthusiasm of Nagaland's youth for sports, despite the challenges posed by inadequate infrastructure.
While emphasizing the role of sports in shaping individuals, promoting discipline, respect for rules, and resilience in personal and professional life, the Lakhera encouraged the participants to enjoy the event, give their best, and face challenges with determination. He also urged everyone to strive for excellence and make positive impacts in sports, education, and personal endeavors.

Dr Koseno, principal, in her address stressed the importance of sports in our lives, emphasizing its role in physical well-being and character development. She highlighted the teamwork aspect of sports and its lessons in trust and resilience.

MOCSC sports secretary, Zensinlo Tep administered the oath-taking ceremony.

K Shiwoto Wotsa, retired DIG of the State Vigilance Commission, Nagaland, and chairman of the college, along with Col. Tarun Rana, Commandant of the 13 Assam Rifles, also attended the event. 

During the three-day event, students will compete in various games and sports including tug of war, futsal, volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, arm wrestling, and athletics.