Rio announces Rs 25 lakh award to Chekrovolu Swuro
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with the first Naga Olympian in more than 60 years, Chekrovolu Swuro at the Lords Cricket Ground, London, where the archery events are being held. Also seen are Nagaland’s Planning Minister, TR Zeliang, Press Secretary to CM, Abu Metha, Chekrovolu’s sister Vesusolu Swuro and brother-in-law, Thupuvecho.
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): The Chief Minister had announced an award of Rupees 25 lakhs to Chekrovolu for becoming an Olympian and he had further announced that Rupees one crore will be given to her if she wins any medal in the individual events. This was stated in a press note issued by the Press Secretary to CM.
The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio who is in London to witness the Olympic Games and the performance of Chekrovolu Swuro, congratulated Chekrovolu for becoming the first Naga Olympian from Nagaland in more than sixty years. He wished her all success for her participation in the individual events and stated that her feat of reaching the highest level of the sports arena on the planet is a moment of pride and joy for the country and the people of Nagaland in particular.
The Chief Minister also stated that her feat is an inspiration for each and every Naga to reach for the highest levels of excellence and that Chekrovolu has shown all Nagas that it is possible to get there. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that her achievement will motivate and inspire a new generation of Nagas to excel at the international stage. The Chief Minister while interacting with Chekrovolu and her sister and brother-in-law in London said that all Nagas are proud of her and advised her to perform to the best of her ability in the individual events and that she should participate and enjoy her Olympic experience as she is already a champion irrespective of whether she wins a medal or not.
The Chief Minister, who is also the President of the Nagaland Archery Association and the Nagaland Olympic Association, was at the Lords Cricket Ground where the archery events are taking place, and interacted with Chekrovolu, her family members and also Chekrovolu’s former coach Byung-Sun Youn, who is from Korea and is presently the Secretary General of the Korea Archery Association.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for Planning & Coordination, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, T.R. Zeliang and Press Secretary to the Chief Minister & President Nagaland Athletic Association, Abu Metha. The Chief Minister also wished the Indian Olympic contingent all success in the Games.
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