National TT championships concludes in Shillong

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Winners of the 83rd National Table Tennis Championships pose with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma at SAI Centre, NEHU in Shillong | CMO

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma attended the closing ceremony of the 83rd National Table Tennis Championships at SAI Centre, NEHU in Shillong on April 25.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sangma expressed his condolence to the family of Vishwa Deenadayalan, a promising national paddler, who died in a tragic road accident on his way to Shillong to participate in the games.

Conrad Sangma thanked the organisers for conducting the national event at Shillong. “For policymakers, sports is more than just a game as we have to direct and channelize the energies of the youth. We understand that sports play a very important role in character building,” he said.

“The values of hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship are the values which are inherently shaped by sports.”

The CM expressed happiness that the national table tennis championships was held in the year when the state is celebrating its golden jubilee.

“I truly believe that whenever there is an opportunity to provide a platform for youngsters to grow into the areas of sports that they have passion for we must ensure that every step is taken to give them the push,” he said.

“We have many more programmes chalked out to celebrate the golden jubilee of the state and these programmes will not just mark the 50th year celebrations but provide a platform for the youth to showcase and promote their talents in the sports, music or arts,” he added.

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The chief minister later distributed the awards to the winners of the men’s singles. The winners in this category were – first Achanta Sharath Kamal, second Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and third Shah Manush and Shetty Sanil Shankar.

 

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