Naga athlete from Thailand to train youth in Dimapur, wants to ‘connect with his roots’

Jason Lendi Sanglir | Photo: Instagram

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New Delhi: Jason Lendi Sanglir, a Naga who grew up in Thailand, plans to return to Dimapur for a grassroots football project. Sanglir, who belongs to the Ao tribe, was educated in Thailand and the US. His parents are missionaries who left Nagaland 30 years ago. The 31-year-old played football in his primary and high school teams in Thailand before moving to California for college, where he was a goalkeeper in the school football team.

He had also been part of a Coca-Cola advertisement and promotional campaign for the 2012 London Olympics. In 2018, he was involved in a promotional video for an athletics tournament that was hosted under the patronage of the princess of Thailand.

Sanglir said he was invited by his friend in Nagaland, Yongsen Jamir, for help with a football training project. Called the Dimapur Football Club, the project aims to work with young talent at the grassroots level.

“I also see it as an opportunity to connect with my roots as I have never previously lived in Nagaland. With all that I have experienced and gained through sports, I do feel an obligation to share it with those who may not have the same opportunities that I have had…,” Sanglir said.

Assam village, established in 1970, gets a road 50 years later

The village of Dithur Kachari in Assam’s Dima Hasao district has finally got an approach road, 50 years after the village was established in 1970.

Earlier, people from Dithur Kachari would have to travel two hours on foot to reach the nearest market to collect essentials and sell their produce. In case of a medical emergency, they’d have to be physically carried all the way to the nearest hospital.

Constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the new road was built at a cost of Rs 338.73 lakh. Along with the road, solar lights have also been installed in the village.

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