Kohima, 24 March (MTNews): Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his congratulatory message said that the success of the 3rd North East Games is a collective achievement of all citizens of Nagaland. “These games have not only enhanced the foundations of sports development in the North East but also strengthened the bonds of unity and oneness amongst all eight states, exemplifying the motto of the Nagaland Olympic Association, which is Stronger Together,” he said.

He conveyed appreciation and gratitude to every organization and individual who contributed towards the success of the games, including the state sports associations, national federations, technical officials, volunteers and the Department of Youth Resources & Sports, partners and vendors, institution partners, and the sponsors.

Rio also thanked the State Olympic Associations of the participating states and the North East Sports Association (NESA) for extending positive support and solidarity to Nagaland and the organising committee on all fronts.
He also thanked the President of India, the Prime Minister, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, the President of the Indian Olympic Association, my colleague Chief Ministers of the region and other dignitaries for their messages of solidarity.

Rio also conveyed appreciation to the citizens of the State, the local communities and their leaders, the churches, civil societies, NGOs and all believers. He also appreciated the Nagaland Olympic Association team.

“Apart from the above mentioned, there are many other organizations and individuals who have made valuable contributions, all of which have elevated the prestige and reputation of Nagaland,” he added.

“Our biggest congratulations go to all the athletes who made the event a remarkable success. We must all commend the excellent performance of the Nagaland contingent who performed exceptionally well by finishing in the 1st Runner Up position with our best ever performance and highest medal haul,” he also said.

The games were held from 18 to 23 March 2024 and were participated by all the 8 states of the North Eastern region, competing in 15 sports disciplines. More than 3000 athletes, officials, technical delegates and participants from all over the region and different parts of the country, and even abroad, were involved in the conduct of the third edition of the North East Games.

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