18 teams taking part in Winter Cricket Cup

18 teams taking part in Winter Cricket Cup

MIAO, Jan 16: In an effort to keep the youth occupied and to spend the winter vacation meaningfully, a group of youth from Namphai circle in Changlang district is organizing Winter Cricket Cup from January 15 to 23 next at a public ground at Neotan village.

As many as 18 teams are participating in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Themed ‘Yes to sports, Yes to life’, the main objective of the tournament is to dissuade the youth from taking to ill habits like drug and from joining anti-social elements, especially during this post harvest festival season.

Fr Felix Anthony, the Youth Director of East Arunachal, the chief guest appreciated the youth for their initiative and encouraged them to take up more social issues that have plagued the society these days.

“The beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, fortunately, is still not diluted by outside forces. The rich culture, dialects and customs are still intact. But sadly most of the youth today have taken to drugs, especially in Changlang, Namsai and Lohit districts,” he said.

He appealed the youth to make a difference to the society. A progressively healthy youth means a healthy society, he added.

James Mossang, a postgraduate student and the leader of this youth group, and his team intend to keep this event a regular annual programme to bring more youth from the remote corners of this circle and around to get them organized.

“The main reason for youth going astray is lack of guidance and a suppressed need to get recognized. Without proper guidance, the desire to be recognized leads them, at times, to join anti-social groups. This is story of the most of youth we know,” said the youth leader.

In the midst of regular news about creation of so many insurgent groups in North East, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, this youth group comes as a ray of hope.

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