GUWAHATI, Sep 8: The North East Table Tennis Fourm, in collaboration with the Meghalaya Table Tennis Association, will host the India Cup Table Tennis Championship at Shillong from October 9. All top-ranking players of the country, both in the men’s and women’s categories, are expected to take part in the meet.
President of the North East Table Tennis Forum and Meghalaya Education Minister RG Lyngdoh, while addressing a media conference today in Guwahati on the tournament, said that the forum has been working hard to bring back the lost glory of table tennis in the region. A series of activities will be organized in this regard and this meet can be billed to be a step towards achieving this goal, he said.
It may be mentioned here that it is for the second time that this prestigious tournament would be held in the North-east with Dibrugarh hosting the meet earlier. To encourage the players of the North-east, the Table Tennis Federation of India has given a green signal to the organizers to give direct entry to a single player from every northeastern States.
Lyngdoh further spelled out the future plan and programmes of the Fourm. “We will try our best to save some fund from this meet to be used for different coaching programmes scheduled to be organized in the differnt states of the North-east from time to time. We are also mulling over a plan to set up a table tennis academy in the region. However, a decision as to where the academy will be set up will be taken after detailed discussions.”