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National TT C’ship kicks off in city

The chief guest, Metbah Lyngdoh, said that he was very happy to see youths from all states and other teams travel to Shillong for the tournament.

SHILLONG:

The 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship kicked off here on Monday with a record number of participants.

The coveted Table Tennis tournament from April18 to 25 at the Sports Authority of India Training Centre includes 38 men’s teams and 35 women’s teams, with over 450 paddlers competing for the ultimate glory.

The event is being organised by The Meghalaya Table Tennis Association with the help of Government of Meghalaya.

A minute’s silence was observed at the opening ceremony for Deenadayalan Vishwa, a table tennis player from Tamil Nadu who died tragically in an accident while travelling to Shillong from Guwahati on Sunday.

His passing was condoled by the dignitaries on the occasion, including the chief guest and Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly Shri Metbah Lyngdoh, guest of honour and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Shri Banteidor Lyngdoh and Meghalaya Table Tennis Association President Shri RG Lyngdoh, who all spoke of their shock on hearing of the accident.

Also present on the occasion were Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Smt Wanri Booth, Meghalaya State Olympic Association Working President Shri John F Kharshiing, MSOA General Secretary Shri Finely Pariat and others from the MTTA.

In his introductory address, RG Lyngdoh said that he is very grateful for all the teams to have come to Shillong from the far corners of the country and that he is looking forward to a high standard of competition.Banteidor Lyngdoh read out a condolence message on behalf of the government of Meghalaya for Vishwa’s family, describing the youngster as a promising table tennis player whose death is a huge loss to the sports fraternity of the state.

“His contributions will always be remembered and cherished.

In this moment of grief, I with a heavy heart convey sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family.”

The minister also said that the state government is happy to support the championship, which is one of three mega-events planned for 2022, the other two being the Meghalaya Games in May and North East Olympics in October-November.

The chief guest, Metbah Lyngdoh, said that he was very happy to see youths from all states and other teams travel to Shillong for the tournament.

“It was the success that Meghalaya has had in hosting other events that helped the Table Tennis Federation of India to grant this championship to the state and the credit has to go to the minister in charge, the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, the MTTA and others,” the Speaker said.

He concluded by calling on the players to be role models for the youth of the country.

Dozens of matches were held today, with the team events being featured on the first day.

The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Bengal A, Haryana, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), Maharashtra A, Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association (TTTA), Maharashtra B and Karnataka are well and truly entrenched after two rounds of matches. However, the real fight is expected among teams to occupy the second spot in their groups.

Two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.

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