A land engulfed in mystery, inhabited by vibrant people zealously guarding their culture – dancers, warriors, head-hunters; mountains, valleys, forests – all these form the portrait of Nagaland the moment the word is uttered. But, from extreme mystery to hosting a globally famous cultural festival, Nagaland has come a long way over the years and etched a name for itself in the world’s tourist destination map.
Nagaland came into being on December 01, 1963 as the sixteenth state of the Indian Union with Kohima as her capital. With a geographical area of about 16,579 sq km, she shares her borders with Assam in the North and West, Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh in the East and Manipur in the South. The topography of the state is nearly all hilly, the highest peak being Saramati (3841m) in the district of Kiphire. Many rivers cut through this mountainous terrain, like sharp swords slicing through rocks, the main ones being Dhansiri, Doyang, Dikhu, Milak, Tizu and Zungki. A population of only about 1.9 million, the numbers may sound meagre when compared with the vast population of the Indian peninsula. But, these few people are composed of 16 different major tribes, each representing a unique cultural system.
Spirits, fertility, social bonding and purification are the key elements that form the essence of the Naga festivals – the custom that each tribe follows, translates into a festival. These traditional events, combined with life in the rural areas, are exceptionally engaging and distinctive. All of them are annual events with fixed dates; hence, before visiting Nagaland, the interested traveller can arrange his or her calendar accordingly.
India will be hosting the 2022 South Asian Cross-Country Championships and 56th National Cross-Country Championships at Kohima, Nagaland. I express my gratitude to the South Asian Athletics Federation under the leadership of Dr. Lalit Kumar Bhanot and the Athletics Federation of India under the Presidentship of Shri Adille Sumariwalla for selecting Kohima as the Host City. This will be the biggest ever sports event to be organized in Nagaland. The entire State and its citizens are looking forward to welcoming the sports fraternity of the entire region, especially the participants.
Kohima is a historic city; where history changed course and is the capital of Nagaland, which is known as the Land of Festivals. Nagaland is India’s 16th State and is inhabited by over a dozen tribes, who have a unique history and a rich cultural heritage. I congratulate Nagaland Athletics, under the Presidentship of Shri Abu Metha, for having the courage and confidence to bring this international event to Nagaland. Its realization is a reflection of the energy and ambition of the Naga youth.
I wish the Championships all success and am
hopeful that the participants will have a memorable
Nagaland experience. All citizens of the State join
me in welcoming the international and national
participants and I hope that these championships
will be a launchpad for many future champions
who will bring laurels for the country while
upholding the spirit of sportsmanship.
Kuknalim. Jai Hind.
Mr. Neiphiu Rio
The official mascot of the Championships is AKIMJI.
The mascot is a joyous and happy running Hornbill bird. The hornbill is Nagaland’s most famous bird. Nagaland’s biggest festival is named after this exotic bird, called the Hornbill Festival.
The word AKIMJI is a connotation of the words AIM, GOAL and AMBITION, which exemplifies the newfound ambition of Nagaland’s young generation.
Teams from around the world participating in the event.
|Andhra pradesh athletics association||India||Andhra Pradesh||View|
|Chandigarh athletics association||India||Chandigarh||View|
|West bengal athletics association||India||West Bengal||View|
|Chhattisgarh athletics association||India||Chhattisgarh||View|
|Delhi athletics association||India||Delhi||View|
|Goa athletics association||India||Goa||View|
|Gujarat athletics association||India||Gujrat||View|
|Uttrakhand athletics association||India||Uttarakhand||View|
|Haryana state athletics association||India||Haryana||View|
|Himachal pradesh athletics association||India||Himachal Pradesh||View|
|J&k state athletics association||India||Jammu and Kashmir||View|
|Uttar pradesh athletics association||India||Uttar Pradesh||View|
|Jharkhand athletics association||India||Jharkhand||View|
|Tripura athletics association||India||Tripura||View|
|Karnataka athletics association||India||Karnataka||View|
|Tamil nadu association||India||Tamil Nadu||View|
|Kerala state athletics association||India||Kerala||View|
|Sikkim athletics association||India||Sikkim||View|
|Madhya pradesh athletics association||India||Madhya Pradesh||View|
|Rajasthan athletics association||India||Rajasthan||View|
|Punjab athletics association||India||Punjab||View|
|Puducherry athletics association||India||Puducherry||View|
|Maharashtra athletic association||India||Maharashtra||View|
|Nagaland athletics association||India||Nagaland||View|
|Meghalaya athletics association||India||Meghalaya||View|
|Athletics association manipur||India||Manipur||View|
|Telangana athletic association||India||Telangana||View|
|All india police sports control board||India||Police||View|
|Railway sports promotion board||India||Railways||View|
|Services sports control board||India||Services||View|
|Arunachal pradesh||India||Arunachal Pradesh||View|
|Assam athletics association||India||Assam||View|
|Sri lanka||Sri Lanka||View|