The 12th Open Naga Wrestling Meet 2019, hosted by Angami Wrestling Association, will be held on March 7 in Kohima. Announcing this in a press conference at NWA office, Kohima on Sunday, Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) president Neivikuolie Khatsu said the total cash prize for this year has been enhanced to Rs 6.10 lakh.
The champion will receive a cash award of Rs 2 lakh while the second position will pocket Rs 1.50 lakh. The third and fourth position will receive Rs 1. lakh and Rs 70,000 respectively. The quarterfinalists will get Rs 10,000 each and the losing pre-quarterfinalists will also receive Rs 5000 each. The best tactic wrestler will pocket Rs 10,000.
Therefore, interested wrestlers have been asked to contact their respective wrestling association or NWA.
Meanwhile, American wrestler Rung Lian Ceu will be coming to Nagaland to participate in the forthcoming Naga wrestling meet.
NWA president Khatsu said Ceu is the reigning US and Myanmar wrestling champion. He will be coming along with Ang Cung, chairman of World Paih Championship. NWA officials said they are expected to reach Nagaland latest by March 5.
NWA will also have interactive session with USA wrestling association during the visit to discuss future plans to develop wrestling, the president said. Apart from the international wrestler, NWA are also expecting wrestlers from Delhi, Jharkhand and Maharashtra to take part in the meet. All India Traditional Wrestling & Pankration Federation (AITWPF) general secretary, Shailendra Kumar Pathak and C.A Tomballi will be attending the wrestling meet, NWA informed.
Highlighting some of the upcoming yearly event for this year, NWA said they will be hosting its first state level indoor belt wrestling championship in the month of October-November.
Two Naga wrestlers, Vechita Khesoh and Keduovilie Zumu, will also be participating in the International Ethnofestival 2019 under belt wrestling category on invitation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from March 9 onwards.
Credit: Tha Nagaland Post