Tenung Tabin of Doordarshan (DDK) and Nellie N Manpoong of Arunachal Press Club (APC) were crowned men’s and women’s singles champions respectively as the 2nd edition of Press Badminton League (PBL)-2018 came to a positive end here at the MLA Cottage Badminton Stadium on Saturday.
Where Tabing’s opponent H Open Singh decided not to continue with the match due to an injury leaving him as the winner, Nellie, on the other hand sustained her dominance in the women’s singles category and defeated Evana Tissopi in straight sets of 21-12 and 21- 16.
Nellie paired with Mibom Dai also went on the take the mixed doubles crown as the duo defeated the pair of Damien Lepcha and Evana Tissopi.
Where Damien and Evana dominated the first set to win it 21-16, Mibom and Nellie made a superb comeback in the next two sets to win the match 16-21, 15-21.
The women’s doubles was more of a battle between the DDK players. The pair of Ibom Gara and Jumter Riba was no match for Lipi Nyodu and her partner Tumngam Bagra as the latter defeated the former in straight sets of 21-12 and 21-12.
The match of the day, however, came in the form of men’s doubles, as Rakesh Doley and Denhang Bosai representing All India Radio and department of IPR respectively put a tough fight in front of DDK’s H Open Singh and Goi Gara.
Though Rakesh and Bosai won the first set 21-17, the pair of Singh and Gara managed to bounce back in the second and won the set 21-13. The third set saw a fearsome, yet entertaining encounter between the two teams and 21-19 was the score by the end of the match in favour of Singh and Gara.
Capital SP Sagar S Khalsi who graced the grand finale as chief guest later also gave away the prizes to the winners and participants along with senior journalists Tongam Rina and Pradeep Kumar Behera.
Congratulating the finalists, Singh said, “Your participation in the tournament is more important than winning it and I am sure that a lot of youngsters will draw inspiration from your efforts.”
Also to extend his congratulatory message was Arunachal Press Club president Chopa Cheda.
“I congratulate all the participants and winners and also the organizing committee for coming up with such a wonderful tournament for the press fraternity of state,” said Cheda further extending his appreciation to the Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) for its support in conducting the tournament.
Earlier on Friday, the tournament was declared open by IPR and PHE Minister Bamang Felix.
Addressing the participants, Felix, while congratulating the media fraternity for promoting the sports of badminton called upon all to take out some time for sports as well apart from other day to day tasks.
“Working for survival is important, however, staying healthy is equally important in today’s date and sports in the best medium to remain fit and healthy,” said Felix.
Echoing his senior, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Nyamar Karbak in his speech as guest of honor also called upon all to play at least one sport or the other.
“Playing sports and games not only keeps your mind and body healthy but also your soul,” said Karbak wishing the players success.
Also to speak on the occasion were, Sports Authority of Arunachal chairman Bamang Tago and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist president Amar Sangno.
Among others, Capital DC Prince Dhawan, SP Khalsi and sports director Tadar Appa were present to cheer the press fraternity.
More than 40 media persons including officials and officers from the department of IPR participated in the tournament, which in its second year, was conducted with an aim to bring the entire media fraternity under one umbrella through the medium of sports.
National Umpires Penya Bagra and Taniya Yasap were the chief and deputy referees for the tourney respectively.