New Delhi: The third edition of the 11Sports Inter-State Table Tennis State Championships was formally launched here on Tuesday, with the promise of nurturing grassroots-level talent and empowering the country’s kids to compete at the highest level.
Close to 4,000 boys and girls will compete over the next three days in 22 states across the country, hoping to make it to the finals later in the year.
In Aizawl, Itanagar and Imphal itself, over 300 kids will get the opportunity in different categories to showcase their talent.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, while declaring the championship open, said that the country was inspired by PV Sindhu’s epic performance in the Badminton World Championship a couple of days ago.
“We have made great progress in badminton in recent years. I would now want our paddlers to do the same and shine at the highest level,” he said. “This championship is the right step in that direction. It will give aspiring table tennis players a level playing field to pursue their dreams.”
Several top dignitaries, apart from the HRD minister, were present at the launch at the Hansraj Model School in Delhi, including TTFI General Secretary MP Singh, DSTTA General Secretary Manjit Dua, Arjuna Awardee and Director of 11 Even Sports Kamlesh Mehta and former national champion Manika Batra.