Gangtok, Oct 16
All India Inter Zonal Table Tennis and Badminton Tournament 2019 was started here at indoor gymnasium halls of Paljor Stadium complex on Wednesday. The three-day long tournament is being organized by Zonal Sports Promotion Committee [East Zone] of Food Corporation of India [FCI], Kolkata under the auspices of Sports Promotion Board of FCI headquarter and in cooperation with Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Sikkim.
In the inaugural function of the tournament this morning, FCI General Manager [General] and vice-president of Zonal Sports Promotion Committee [East Zone], Kolkata, P K Satapathy declared the tournament open. He also expressed his best wishes to all participating teams and players from different zones.
Secretary to Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Kuber Bhandari expressed his best wishes to all players and encouraged them to give their best in the tournament to keep the name of the respective zone on the top. He also congratulated the organizers for organizing the event in a grand manner and further expressed best wishes for the success of the tournament.
The inaugural function was also addressed by FCI DGM [General] and Secretary of Zonal Sports Promotion Committee [East Zone], Kolkata, Aloke Mukherjee. Mr Mukherjee is a legendary footballer who has represented India in more than 100 games including in two Asiads and one pre Olympics.
The inaugural function has also witnessed the cultural presentation by students of Deorali Girls senior secondary school. The inaugural function was followed by commencement of matches in the tournament.
A total of 75 players, which includes FCI employees and meritorious sportspersons selected every year under FCI’s stipend scheme, have been participating in this three-day long tournament. It is informed that the tournament has the participation of Indian ranking players in badminton and table tennis. National ranking players like Vaidehi Choudhari [AIR 4th in women’s badminton singles], Uthsava Palit [AIR 11th in U-19 Girls Badminton Singles], Varun Kapur [AIR 4th in U-17 Boys Badminton Singles], Frenaz Chipia [AIR 3rd in Table Tennis Women] Moinak Das [India No 6 Junior] and Satapurni Dr [India No 9 in Junior] have been representing their respective zone in the tournament, it is informed.
It is informed that the tournament is being organized annually in rotation by every zone. The tournament is played in a round robin league followed by knockout round and winners in both individuals and doubles category would be awarded as per norms of the Corporation. The winners thereafter represent FCI Team in national tournaments like All India Public Sector Tournament and All India Inter Institutional Tournaments, it is informed.