Hailakandi, April 6: Along with the rest of Assam, Hailakandi also organised the All Assam Indigenous Sports Festival 2018 at DSA playground here today.
Iugurating the sports event at the district level, Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said indigenous and traditiol games and sports are inextricably linked to our culture and promoting these games paves the way for strengthening our cultural affinity, unity and amity.
Appreciating the laudable step by Government of Assam to revive the indigenous games, Khan said, “I also played traditiol games when I was in my teens. However, such games have either faded into oblivion or relegated to the backburner. It’s good to see the indigenous games being revived and promoted among the youths at the district level and then to the State level, thanks to the initiative of the State Government.”
Khan said rules have to be codified and institutiolised to promote the traditiol and indigenous games in a big way.
The Deputy Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the District Sports Officer to organise the festival within a short period of time.
Extending his best wishes to the participants, Khan hoped the festival will not only go a long way in promoting the indigenous and traditiol games but also create camaraderie and bonhomie among the participants. “Play with sheer gusto and enthusiasm. It’s your participation that will help to promote the indigenous games in a big way,” he said amid cheers from the participants, mostly school students.
Echoing the views of Khan, Professor Monidhan Singha of SS College, Hailakandi said, “I am elated that some of the traditiol and indigenous games sidelined in the past are being revived and promoted by Government of Assam.”
Dwelling at length on the origin of polo, wrestling and kabaddi in rural India and how these traditiol games have acquired intertiol status, Dr. Singha said, “The indigenous games have to be patronised and promoted on a grand scale so that they acquire intertiol recognition.”
Dr. Singha said indigenous and traditiol forms of sports and games help in connecting with our culture and are closely linked with the human resource development of a society. “These games demand a high level of physical fitness, sheer stami, resilience, tecity, speed techniques and self control.”