The north east of India is considered a power house for sports, as there is a large pool of talented players available for different games. In order to hone their skills and promote young talent, training camps are being held at various places.
Cricket is a less popular sport in the Northeast, but efforts are on to tap the potential.
A 10-day long basic cricket camp is on at the Jorhat Cricket Coaching Centre in Assam.
All together 80 boys and girls from various schools of Jorhat city are taking part in the camp which will conclude on July 19.
The main motive behind organizing the camp is to discover the hidden talent and also give more encouragement for taking up cricket.
Six coaches are providing training at the camp.
Shambu Das, a camp participant, said, “We are learning the cricket basic in this camp. We never had such kind of camp before so it’s very good. The coaches are helping us a lot. Everyone has a dream to become someone and my dream is to become a cricket player. I want to become a famous cricket player.”
Nebidita Boruah, another participant, said, “I think it’s very important because if anyone who wants to become a cricket player as a profession, for them they need to learn the basic first. Now I’m learning the basic and state cricket camp is coming so I hope I can do better and well.”
In Nagaland’s Dimapur city, a Shaolin Kung-Fu summer camp was organized by the All Nagaland Shaolin Kung Fu Association (ANSKA).
Eighteen students took part in the three-day long adventure camp.
The students were taught several disciplines of martial arts which many people consider as an “art of self-defence”.
The man behind the training is Neivo-o Soru, a black belt in Shaolin Kung-fu.
Neivo opened the first Kung Fu school in Kohima and has trained more than thousand students.
Neivo said, “I took my training in Shanghai, China. After coming back from Shanghai, I started teaching Kung-fu in Nagaland. Now there are more than 200 people trained by me and have become masters since early 1970s. Those who were trained under me have left all the bad habits like drinking and smoking.”
Bruce Longchar, a student, said, “I’m learning this Shaolin kung-fu for almost four years. Now, I have reached green belt stage.
Youngsters in northeast are naturally inclined towards sports.
Organizing such camps not only helps the youngster to improve their skills but also gives them a confidence to perform better in their future.