Kohima, April 25: The first Nizheto Awomi Memorial Table Tennis championship commenced on Wednesday at TT Indoor Stadium, Raj Bhavan, Kohima.
The three-day tournament, which will conclude on April 27, is being organised by the Quasar Club in collaboration with Kohima District Table Tennis Association (KDTTA).
A total of 48 players including six women are taking part in the championship. 25 players will be competing in men’s category, while 17 for youth boys championship.
Gracing the inaugural function, Additional Director of Youth Resources and Sports, Rato Pusa emphasized on the need to promote indoor games, particularly badminton and table tennis, in the State as he felt it suits the physique of the Nagas while also citing that people of mongoloid race captures almost all the medals in table tennis and badminton events during the Olympic Games.
Stating that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is serious to promote games and sports, Pusa urged the sportspersons to give their best effort in achieving success in higher level of competitions.
Meanwhile, he also urged the organisers to conduct similar tournaments even in remote districts, particularly the non-performing districts in the field of sports. Except Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung, he said the other districts are yet to shine in the field of sports.
Veteran player Lhoulievi Belho is the chief umpire of the tournament.
(Page News Service)