Tripura hosts 23rd North East GamesFebruary 25th, 2009 - 9:52 pm ICT by ANI
By Pinaki Das
Agartala, Feb.25 (ANI): The recently held 23rd North East Games in Tripura witnessed sportspersons from all the eight northeastern States vying for top honours and drawing a large number of sports lovers from the region here.
Organised jointly by Sports Council of Tripura and Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Agartala, the event was a major draw.
The games have been held annually by rotation in each of the eight northeastern states since 1986.
Tripura hosted the event for the fourth time after a gap of seven years. The sporting event showcased a colorful march-past with various cultural events enthralling the audience.
Earlier known as northeast festival, the North East Games are today viewed as the biggest platform for promoting sporting talent and culture of the region.
“Sports has a big role in changing the attitude of the youth. This type of competition, events will definitely encourage them,” said Kamal Saha, Secretary of the Tripura Sports Council.
Over 1,100 sportspersons vied for 129 gold medals in ten different events– Judo, Table tennis, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, badminton, hockey, boxing, football and weightlifting.
The event aimed at promoting talent and providing the youth a platform to showcase their skills.
“This provides a platform for all the different northeastern states to come play together, share and learn from each other. We share whatever is lacking amongst us and learn from each other. In the northeast, there are problems of militancy and drugs, so meeting together like this, will encourage them to go in the right direction,” said Michael, a Manipuri player.
“This kind of tournament gives exposure to the players to perform well at the national level. There are so many problems like militancy and drugs in the northeast. A player needs to have a very disciplined life and participating in sports will not make them think of such things. Sports brings the youth together and their minds do not get diverted,” said Sanjana Sharma of Assam.
“It is very useful for players because good apparels are coming in. Gyms are also getting set up and so it will be very beneficial,” said Ajay Kumar, a sportsman from Tripura.
The host State emerged as the overall champion in the games. (ANI)
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