25th Inter-District and State Table Tennis Championship 2022 in Kohima Ongoing | MorungExpress

Er Zale Neikha and others with participants of the 25th Inter-District and State Table Tennis Championship 2022 on October 4. (Morung Photo)

Our correspondent
Kohima | October 5

A four-day 2022 25th Interdistrict and State Table Tennis Championship in commemoration of 50 years of the Nagaland Table Tennis Association (NTTA) kicked off at Kohima TT Indoor Stadium on October 4.

12 districts – Kohima, Zunheboto, Chümoükedima, Niuland, Mokokchung, Mon, Tseminyu, Wokha, Phek, Peren, Tuensang and Dimapur have registered for this championship, which will continue until October 7.

Approximately 200 participants will compete in men’s singles, men’s doubles, boys’ singles under 17, boys’ doubles under 17, girls’ singles under 17, girls’ doubles under 17, women’s singles, women’s doubles, boys’ singles under 13, Girls Under 13 Singles, Veteran 40+ Men’s Singles, Veteran Men’s Doubles 40+, Veteran Men’s Singles 50+ and Mixed Doubles.

This year, the Men’s and Women’s Tag Team Championship trophy was donated by the family of the late Nizheto Awomi and the late Thepuroko Sothu, who were former champions.

Cash prizes have also been sponsored by former players or senior players.

“Young Naga can do well”
During the inaugural ceremony as a special guest on October 4, Nagaland Youth Resources & Sports Councilor Er Zale Neikha said that table tennis is definitely a sport for everyone and a sport for life.

“It is particularly good for developing alertness and coordination. Intense play can boost mental alertness and concentration and develop mental acuity,” he said, adding that in the long run, continued active participation in sports would pay rich dividends in terms of physical fitness, well-being and happiness.

Er Neikha said there are many benefits of being athletic, adding that “it gives you confidence, strength and improves physical productivity. Sport teaches us to work in harmony with others, to accept defeat with the same ease and to work as a consolidated unit.

Winning and losing in sports is part of the game, but the happiness that comes from participating in sports is a highly valued trophy, the adviser said.

Er Neikha maintained that young Naga can do well in indoor games like table tennis, Sepaktakraw, badminton, boxing, etc.

“If you are given some dedication, determination, discipline and training at grassroots level from an early age, then I am confident you will be a renowned international rising star with young youngsters following in your footsteps,” did he declare.

He was optimistic that this championship will allow many young people to shine at the national and international level of table tennis in the coming days.

Earlier, NTTA Chairman Swelül Pucho gave a welcome speech while Remembrance Committee Head Vitho Neikha highlighted “50 Years of NTTA – A Synopsis.” The inaugural function was hosted by Kethose Chüzo.

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