Maiden Kalikho Pul memorial state TT championship from Oct 12

Maiden Kalikho Pul memorial state TT championship from Oct 12

Staff REPORTER

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The Table Tennis Arunachal (TTA) is all set to host the first ever Kalikho Pul Memorial State TT (KPMSTT) championship at the MLA Cottage Indoor Hall here from October 12 to 14 next.

In a press briefing here today, TTA secretary general Pasang Dingla informed that there will be three categories both for boys and girls, which include junior, sub-junior and senior open. At least 86 participants from 13 districts and four players from Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy have been registered for the KPMSTT Championship. The tournament will start from 9 am and continue up to 7 pm in which there will be no entry fee, he added.

“Earlier, two editions of state table tennis championship were organized by TTA since its inception in 2010; but the sport failed to get recognition. However, hope came its way when the family of late Kalikho Pul- the People’s Chief Minister who was an enthusiast of sports, agreed to uplift TT in the state after his name,” Dingla said.

He informed that TTA has made great effort to make this championship a success. Since, table tennis is still in its initial stage to provide professional assistance, Mahendra Singh, International Blue badge’s umpire and referee from Manipur and two national umpires N Rupadharti Devi and Y Amos Singh will conduct the event.

“There will be Umpire clinic session, focusing on the basic and internal rules of table tennis at MLA cottage. The clinical session will enhance the future of this sport in the state,” Dingla felt.

The star player who represented the state in national level like Nyader Angu was state champion (open category) and Joseph Perme (sub-junior) represented the state in national level and is currently ranked 48th. They have received professional training from a Korean coach, he informed.

“Though 13 districts got registered for the tourney, which has encouraged us; but, participation of fewer women players is somehow depressing,” said TTA vice president Karpu Chisi adding “but we hope the numbers will amplify in the next edition as TT is very suitable for women as it requires lesser strength and area”.

A total 16 districts are registered under TTA and affiliated to Table Tennis Federation of India and Arunachal Olympic Association & Sports Authority of Arunachal, he informed.

Later, TTA expressed their gratitude to the Pul’s family, state govt and sports federation for the immense support to the indoor sport.

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