The 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship begins in Shillong

Shillong, April 18,2022(MMP): The 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship began in Shillong today with a record number of participants.There are 38 men’s teams and 35 women’s, with more than 450 paddlers taking part in the 18-25 April championship at the Sports Authority of India Training Centre. It is being organised by the Meghalaya Table Tennis Association with the support of the Government of Meghalaya.

        At the inaugural ceremony, a minute’s silence was observed for Deenadayalan Vishwa, a table tennis player from Tamil Nadu who died tragically in a car accident while travelling to Shillong from Guwahati yesterday.

         Speaking on the occasion Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly 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.

          Sport Minister 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.

            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.

           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.

Shillong, April 18,2022(MMP): Meghalaya won their opening match in Group A of the senior men’s National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy 3-2 over Rajasthan at Kottappadi Football Stadium, Kerala, today.

       Rajasthan took the early lead through Youraj Singh before man-of-the-match Figo Syndai’s first half brace turned the game around for Meghalaya.

        Rajasthan got back on level terms via Imran Khan but Meghalaya captain Hardy Cliff Nongbri converted a penalty in the 64th minute to restore his team’s lead.

       That proved to be the last goal of the game and Rajasthan were condemned to their second consecutive loss in the group of death, which also includes three former champions – West Bengal, Kerala and Punjab. Meghalaya’s next game will be against Kerala on Wednesday at 8pm.


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