The 36th Senior (Men) and 18th Senior (Men & Women) Federation Cup National Tug of War Championship commenced in the picturesque setting of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The championship not only showcases the strength and teamwork required for tug of war but also serves as a symbol of unity and tradition.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who graced the inaugural ceremony, praised the sport of tug of war for its deep-rooted tradition and the values of teamwork and unity it embodies. He emphasized the significance of the championship, which marks the first time this prestigious national event has been held in Tawang.
A total of 429 participants from 15 states, including a team of NRI community members from the UAE, are enthusiastically taking part in this three-day championship. To ensure the event’s smooth conduct, a dedicated team of 12 technical officials and 30 coaches are overseeing the proceedings.
Khandu’s message to the athletes and officials was not only about the competition but also an invitation to explore Tawang and its neighboring areas. He praised Tawang for its unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, encouraging visitors to experience the warmth and hospitality of the local residents.
As the championship unfolds, Chief Minister Khandu hopes that the bonds formed among participants and the experiences gained will be cherished memories. He also expressed optimism that the athletes and officials would become ambassadors of Arunachal Pradesh, promoting the state and its unique treasures.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by various dignitaries, including Education Minister Taba Tedir, MP Tapir Gao, and Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, showcasing the significance of this historic event for Arunachal Pradesh and the spirit of unity it represents.