With the popularity of international sports and online games among Mizo youths, there is a risk of indigenous games extinction in the state. This has sparked off fear among many who want to preserve these games. According to them, a few years down the line, the new generation will completely forget the traditional/indigenous Mizo games.
With an aim to popularise the indigenous games among younger generation, MIGA plans to involve middle and high school students in the coming years. There is a plan to organise a ‘Mizoram Open’ championship for indigenous games in the near future.
The Mizo indigenous games promote camaraderie and brotherhood, where even the losing team enjoys the spirit of the game. “We plan to promote indigenous game like ‘Insuknawr’ (rod pushing) at the national level. We will also create systematic and uniform rules for each game,” Lalhruaitluanga added.
The Inter Higher Secondary School Indigenous Games saw participation from 10 higher secondary schools. Over 600 students competed in various Mizo indigenous games like Kalchhetkal, Inarpathai, Khanchhuakatangainvuakthlak, Insuknawr, Inarpasual, KawikahRalsai, Ketaminutlan and Inbawlvawm.
The overall champion was Govt Chaltlang Higher Secondary School. They were given a trophy, certificate and cash prize of Rs 20, 000.
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