Mumbai: A two-day 12th annual sports meet 2023 of the Naga Students Union Mumbai (NSUM) which began on March 17 concluded on March 18. The two-day sports event was held under the theme “Reigniting strength”, at Supari TALAO Ground, Bandra West, Mumbai.
The inaugural ceremony started with a welcome speech by the NSUM president Rinthem Mahung followed by the ceremonial flag hoisting and declaration of the NSUM sports meet by the chief guest Pradip More, senior inspector Vakola Police Station, Santacruz, Mumbai.
“The annual sports meet is more than just a competition. It is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the unique talents, while also fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. Through the event, NSUM hopes to create an atmosphere of inclusivity, where individuals from all corners of Mumbai can connect and forge new friendships”, said Rinthem in his welcoming speech.
The event began with an exhilarating exhibition match between Naga elders and the NSUM team. Team and individual games were played during the course of the two-day games and sports event.
Games including football, volleyball, tug of war, women’s penalty kicks, and relay races were categorized as team sports, while others like the 100-meter race, arm wrestling, catapult, and shotput for women were categorized as individual sports.
The Men’s Football MVP of the 2023 NSUM sports meet Shopam Lungleng from “Team Others” was awarded a signed jersey from Hormipam Ruivah, a professional central defender of Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC.
For MVP-Women, A Manini from team “North Mumbai” was also awarded a signed jersey from Wungayam Muirang.
The NSUM sports meet concluded successfully with the flag dehoisting ceremony by Rani Dwivedi, Board of Governing Member Youth Affairs & Sports GoI, vice president of BJP Mumbai as the guest of honor.
In her speech, thanking the organizers for the invitation, she also expressed her willingness to promote and support the gathering by sponsoring the venue that will host NSUM’s next sporting gathering next year.
The two-day sports event saw an attendance of around 200-250 Naga students and residents.