Kohima: Employees of 31 government departments and agencies participate in the second edition of the Interdepartmental Badminton Tournament Kohima 2022, which started Friday evening at the multi-purpose hall Nagaland Legislative Assembly in Kohima. The two-day tournament is organized by the Interdepartmental Badminton Club (IDBC).
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima and IDBC Chairman and Convenor, Shanavas C, have announced that a total of 31 divisions, comprising 98 teams, will participate in the tournament.
Although the capital of the state of Kohima has many stadiums, there has been no inter-departmental badminton tournament for which the first edition was held last year with 78 teams from 37 divisions.
The idea behind it, he said, is to facilitate interactions and conversations between government services and agencies through sports with the main goal of building friendship and camaraderie.
More than winning and losing, he said it’s employee encouragement and participation that counts. However, in order to make the interdepartmental badminton tournament a sustainable model, he suggested that from the next edition the departments could take the responsibility to organize the tournament on a rotating basis.
Temjen Imna Along, who honored the event as a special guest, said the Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Minister, said a tournament is a great place for government officials to assimilate sportsmanship through badminton.
He challenged the participants to also think of and work out ways to help people. Outside of the tournament, Along suggested the employees unite and form the best team to help people in all areas.
He further urged them to promote youth and facilitate athletes in the state. In this regard, he said that it is necessary to produce champions in sports and push the state to lead the way in sports.
The four categories of games played are: Men’s Doubles (two teams from each division), Women’s Doubles (one team from each division), Mixed Doubles (one team from each division), and 50+, Legislators and Retired.
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