IOA President Urges Nagaland Government To Establish Hockey Pitch; Promises Support

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In an effort to promote hockey and highlight its significance in the northeastern state of Nagaland, the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the International Hockey Federation – Narinder Batra has urged the Nagaland government to set-up a hockey pitch.

Assuring full support for its construction, Batra informed that setting-up this pitch will popularize the sport and train youngsters.

Addressing a gathering during the recent inauguration of the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA), Batra said that Naga residents possess natural talent in Archery and Wrestling which need to be harnessed well.

“The state government should take advantage of the natural talents that are available and produce more Olympians.” – he informed.

He also said IOA would request the Wrestling Federation of India to organize friendly bouts either on Kohima or Dimapur to give exposure to the wrestlers.

Meanwhile, Batra asked the state government to identify four young athletes, two each to witness the Commonwealth and Asian games which are likely to be held in July-August this year. This will help them get exposure to events at international platforms and share their experiences with young budding talents to promote sports in the state.

Batra said the establishment of an office of the State Olympic Association shows the seriousness of the Nagaland government towards promoting games and sports.

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