23 yr old Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü wins Angami wrestling title for 2nd time

Kohima: 23-year-old Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü from Kohima village, on Friday, won the Angami Sports Association (ASA) wrestling championship for the second time since clinching the title in 2018.

The two-time champion defeated 24-year-old Kezhavizo Thevo from Chedema village. Pienyü walked away with a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000 while Thevo walked away with a cash prize of Rs 1,20,000.

Er Mhasilhusie Nagi (29) from Jotsoma village secures the third position and won a cash reward of Rs 80,000, while Vizaketuo Suohu ((26) from Kohima village secured the fourth position and won a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

Nagi, who represented the Western Angami Sports Association (WASA), was adjudged as the best tactic, winning a reward of Rs 10,000.

The wrestling event, which was held at Khouchiezie (Kohima local ground), witnessed thousands of spectators. 

Northern Angami Sports Association (NASA) and WASA each received a cash prize of Rs 1,20,000 for emerging as the group champions in the senior category. Southern Angami Sports Association (SASA) secured the second position, winning a cash reward of Rs 60,000, while Chakhroma Youth Association (CYO) secured the third position in the group points category, winning a reward of Rs 40,000.

The wrestling event, which was held at Khouchiezie (Kohima local ground), witnessed thousands of spectators. 

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who graced the occasion earlier during the day, urged the need to promote and enhance the traditional sport.

Rio, who is also the president of the Nagaland Olympics Association (NOA), suggested that an expert committee be constituted to review the rules of the game and give recommendations to enhance the sport.

Although a traditional sport, some modifications can be made and up to three weights— light, medium and heavy – can be created to encourage young players, Rio quipped.


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