Kohima, September 24: The Open Nagaland Ping Pong Championship 2021 organised by the Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA) got underway at Kohima Table Tennis Stadium on September 24.
The championship, which will be a two-day event that will culminate on Saturday was declared open by Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C (IAS).
He expressed his gratitude to the NIAPA for organising such sporting events as this kind of platform is the place where where players with potential can be scouted. Stating that discipline and dedication to the sport is key to nurture one’s ability worthy for the National and International level, he encouraged the players gathered to at the stadium to be sincere and dedicated in whatever they do.
Director NIAPA, Akuonuo Khezhie said that NIAPA is coming together to promote sports in the state. While there is a huge potential, there are gaps that need to be filled when it comes to sports in Nagaland. With the decision of NIAPA to step into the sporting segment in the state, it aspires to provide a stepping stone for the sports community in Nagaland, she said.
Through this championship, NIAPA also seeks to nurture talents and create champions for Nagaland and hopefully for India as well, she added.
The second day of the championship will witness the women’s Final match between Avitoli K. Yepthomi and Akshita Jain. As for the mixed doubles, Thubung and Akuonuo will play against Avitoli and Limasanen and the eventual winner from this contest will face the winner for the mixed doubles final from the parallel category that will be played between Thejavinuo/Meyinukshi and Akshita/Kanishk.
Also, for the men’s double (semi-final), Djang Kamson/Neihomlung will go against Vikuo Metha/Vitho, and Imomcha/Tiatemsu against Kevizelie/Kevichatuo.
(Page News Service)