Gangtok: December 16, 2011
The Sikkim Veterans Table Tennis Association (SVTTA) will hold the ‘19th National Veterans Table Tennis Championship’ in the state on 20th to 24th February 2012. Around 800 players across the country will participate in the event which will be played at Gymnasium Hall, Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.
Addressing the press conference the General Secretary of SVTTA, Kuber Bhandari informed that it is a matter of great pride and also the highest responsibility to hold such a mega tournament. He credited peaceful environment, good governance and encouragement for games and sports by the state government beside the event being organized in the state.
The tournament will have participants from all the states who are of national and international repute from Kerala to Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat. The mega event shall have veterans’ participants of different age and 22 categories and eight categories for team championship.
The team championship will be played on league cum knock-out basis and individual events will be on knock-out basis and all matches will be played on TTFI rules and regulation.
The state has produced various personalities in sports till date, added the GS and SVTTA will promote the veterans as well as the youths in the right direction. The major setbacks in the way of the people of Sikkim has been the 18/9 episode, but the state will bounce back to normalcy added Bhandari. He appealed all Hoteliers, NGOs, Taxi Driver Association and Stake Holders for cooperation and collective effort to make the event a grand success and that each guest has a memorable stay in Sikkim. Similarly Chief Patron also the Political Secretary to CM K.N Rai wished best wishes to the association for organizing such a national level tournament for the first time in the state.
Many people are of the opinion that Sikkim is completely destroyed by the earthquake, tourist flows has been decreased but the event will be a good message across the country said Rai.