Naga wrestlers win big at regional & international martial arts C’ships

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KOHIMA, Sept 27, 2017: The Six Naga wrestlers who successful participated at the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017 held at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 19 to 23 last were given a warm welcome by the Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) on Tuesday.

The 6 Naga wrestlers — Keduovilie Zumu, Surhoneyi Soho, Visevo Zashumo, Vechita Khesoh, Menuosetuo Yiese and Venuzo Dawhuo were part of the Indian belt wrestling contingent that competed at the Ashgabat tournament.

While Zumu from Tuophema village won bronze medal in Kazakh Kureshi style belt wrestling under 90kg category, other wrestlers of the team reached the quarters and semi-finals bouts.

The Naga wrestlers were accompanied by NWA president Neivikuolie Khatsu and general secretary Vekhozo Ringa as officials.

62 countries participated in the championship in which India won four medals, said Khatsu while talking to media persons last evening.

Khatsu stressed on the need to have proper wrestling academy in the state so as to enable the Naga wrestlers to compete with others in the forthcoming international wresting platform.

"We have to push our wrestlers and proper training is required to enable the Naga wrestlers to compete with full confidencem," Khatsu added.

Meanwhile, in another occasion, the International Mansuria Kung-Fu Nagaland team bagged 13 medals — 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze at the 1st GIMAF North East India martial arts championship 2017 held from September 23 to 24 in Guwahati, Assam.

The medal winners are: Keyisuiding Lungalang (Gold), Bharat Kumar (2 Gold), Namdingwangbe Haralu (Gold), Ecusile Haralu (Gold), Kevisanuo Kesiezie (Gold), Akup Konyak (Gold), Parbin (Gold), Keheihingbe Lungalang ( Silver), Perampaugumding Lungalang (Bronze), Uday (Silver), Rohit (Bronze) and Saveer Limbu (Silver).

The team was led by team coach Kangkang Lungalang and team manager Neikhonuo Haralu.

TNT News with inputs from Morung Express and Eastern Mirror