Kohima, October 29: The three-day long 9th edition of Kohima District Table Tennis Championship began at Table Tennis Stadium here today.
The championship is being organised by Kohima District Table Tennis Association from October 29 to the 31st.
Altogether 56 players, including 18 veteran players are competing for the championship. 60 year old Mayang Longkumer is the oldest veteran player, while Vichaduonuo Rame (11 year) is the youngest player taking part in the tournament. Total prize money of 40,000 for the championship.
The categories includes veterans singles and doubles (40+ and above), men’s singles and doubles (Open Category), Women’s Singles (Open Category), Youth Singles (Under -21), Sub-Juniors (Under -14).
Sr. Superintendent of Police Kohima Kevithuto Sophie graced the occasion as the special guest for opening ceremony. He expressed his excitement over a good turnout for the championship stating the game of Table Tennis has drastically gone down despite that in the early 70s and 80s, the game was very popular.
As a sportsperson himself, he observed that the Nagas are seasonal players stating that we are games of all sports but master of none. While stated that table tennis is one game where the state can excel adding that the table tennis doesn’t need good physical structure but with techniques, practice and dedication citing the examples of the Asian players in Badminton and Table tennis in the international arena.
He reminded the players that any sportsperson need dedication and will power in order to excel in the area.
(Page News Service)