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Altrura Football Tournament begins

Nagaland parliamentary secretary for Urban Development, Zhaleo Rio, speaking at the inaugural function of the first Altrura Football Tournament at Tenyiphe -1 village, Dimapur, Thursday. (Morung Photo)
DIMAPUR, JULY 6 (MExN): The first Altrura Football Tournament organized by Altrura Society, kicked off Saturday at Tenyiphe -1 Local ground with parliamentary secretary for Urban Development, Zhaleo Rio, as the chief guest of the inaugural programme.

The parliamentary secretary in his address exhorted the players to take games and sports seriously and not play just for the sake of participation or mere “time past.” Citing the example of late T Ao, former Indian football captain, Zhaleo said that despite the poor infrastructure and sports facilities available during those days, T Ao could carve for himself a niche in India football history because of his serious and dedicated approach to the game. He said whether in business, sports or other professions, one must not take the casual approach but imbibe the competitive spirit.

Zhaleo also said that in games and sports, discipline and perseverance are of outmost importance and that without these two qualities, a sportsman can never reach greater heights.

Dwelling on Dimapur, the parliamentary secretary said of late the commercial hub has become the crime capital of Nagaland and no longer a peaceful place to live in. Besides the law enforcing agencies, Zhaleo said that it is also the responsibility of every village council in Dimapur to check anti-social elements in their respective jurisdiction.
Earlier, the parliamentary secretary also inaugurated the ambulance service of Altrura Society.

Chakroma Public Organization vice president and head GB of Tenyiphe – 1 village, Nolesa Zhotso also spoke on the occasion. Altrura Society president, Megosielie Kruse, delivered the keynote address and the society’s games and sports secretary, Keneiwelie Kin administered the oath taking. Altogether, 12 teams from Chakroma area are taking part in the tournament.

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