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The name of Dr. T. Ao stands as reminder of the journey from the dusty Impur playground where he first played football with improvised balls as a young boy, to the stately Wembly Stadium London in 1948. Talimeren Ao, was born on 28th January 1919 at Changki Village and received his early education from an American Missionary School at Impur, completed his schooling from Christian High School, Jorhat, joined Cotton College, Guwahati in 1942, for his intermediate science and completed MBBS from the then R.G. KAR Medical College in 1950, becoming the First Naga to hold the Degree.
In the State of Nagaland a parallel championship was initiated under the aegis of the inter-district Football Championship. Under the initiative of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri. Neiphiu Rio in 2004, the inter-disterict football championship was renamed to Dr. T. Ao Football Championship. It has stopped for a few years and revived in 2019 January as a yearly event sponsored by the State Government through the Youth Resources and Sports Department.
The Dr. T. Ao Tournaments has proved to be a great encouragement not only to the young Nagas who loves sports and take pride in following the Legendary example of Dr. T. Ao but to all the Football enthusiasts in the North East and it is hoped that through these Tournaments many more young Dr. T. Ao’s will be produced.
The event was supported by the Government of India through the Ministry of DoNER in partnership with the Government of Nagaland. The then Union Minister of DoNER, Shri. Bijoy Khrishna Handique was the Chief Guest in the Opening Ceremony.
Earlier the tournaments were played in the Senior Level and from 2017-18 onwards the tournament was played in the category of Under-21 till date. Now we are hosting the 2019-20 editions.
The present program is jointly funded by the NEC and the State Government of Nagaland.
Under the initiative of the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NE Dr. T. Ao Trophy was started with the approval of All India Football Federation vide approval letter No. AIFF/TOURNAMENT/2009/4349 dated 20th October 2009 and the first NE Dr. T. Ao Trophy was hosted by Nagaland which was held at Dimapur from 2nd to 12th November 2009.