20th Manipur Veterans Table Tennis Championship concludes
Manipur Governor La Ganesan said that active and continued participation in sports and athletics would pay rich dividends in terms of fitness, well being and happiness.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 20th Manipur Veterans Table Tennis Championship 2022-23 organised by Manipur Veterans Table Tennis Association (MVTTA) in Imphal on January 15.
Addressing the gathering, the governor said MVTTA is doing a great job with a view to hunt talents from the pool, which has not yet represented the state in any veteran national championship.
‘Organising such events have proved that table tennis is inclusive and a sport for all and one of the highest profiled and played sports in the world. It is a sport that can be played by all ages and quite useful for health. If wealth is lost, nothing is lost but if health is lost, something is lost, and we need to remain healthy by playing such sports,’ the governor added.
He further said that if Manipur has to do better, there will be a need to upgrade the facilities and the coaching standard for which both the state government and MVTTA have to work together.
The governor extended his congratulations to the winners and thanked the competitors who had played during the championship. He also thanked MVTTA for organising the championship.
He also donated INR 25,000 to encourage the organisers and the players.
Later, La Ganesan handed over the prizes to the winners and runner- up of the championship.
It may be mentioned that the 20th Manipur Veterans Table Tennis Championship 2022-23 began from January 13, 2023 after a gap of three years.
The championship was organised under the categories of women’s 40+ singles, women’s 50+ singles, mixed doubles, women’s doubles, men’s 60+ doubles, men’s 50+ doubles, men’s 40+ doubles, men’s 70+ singles, men’s 60+ singles, men’s 50+ singles and men’s 40+singles.
Players from various districts of the state participated in the championship.