Kohima: At the North East Regional Sports Week, which culminated on Tuesday at Manipur, Nagaland won a total of 20 medals with 4 gold, 4 silver and 12 bronze. 

Nagaland ranked third with 20 medals in the medal tally behind Manipur and Assam. Archana Thapa, gold medalist in the 48 kg category, from Nagaland won the best promising boxer in women’s category. 

Nagaland was led by Zhopovi Zecho, District Sports Officer (DSO) Kohima as chef de mission. A total of 78 athletes with 11 officials from Nagaland participated in five disciplines including archery, badminton, boxing, football and table tennis. 

The week-long Northeast regional sports week saw about 700 participants with coaches and officials of the seven northeastern states namely Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. 

The event was held in commemoration of 75 years of Independence and in celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, organized by the Youth Affairs and Sports Department and funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC).

In Badminton, Vikehietuo Kense and Tovali Shohe secured bronze in mixed doubles, and Chubanungla and Yashikala won bronze in women’s double. 

In boxing, Archana Thapa bagged gold in the 48 kg category, while Shila Devi bagged the gold medal in 52 kg. H. Jamuna Devi got silver medal in 57 kg, Sanju got silver in 63 kg, Nirmal got bronze in 60 kg and Monu secured a silver medal in 73 kg category.

Among the boys, Sohil secured gold medal in 60 kg category, Sachin-silver in 57 kg, Ruokuovotuo-bronze in 75 kg, and Jhonny Lotha got bronze in 70 kg.

In archery, Edikunu Rikha secured gold for recurve division. The men’s team won bronze medal both in compound and recurve, and women’s team took the bronze medal in both compound and recurve divisions.

In Archery mixed team, Nagaland won bronze medal in both compound and recurve.

In table tennis, Nagaland women’s team won bronze in team event. 

In football, the Nagaland women’s team lost their semifinal match to host team Manipur by 4-0.

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