* Nellie-Dai adjudged mixed doubles winner
PBL Super Player: Tabin
PBL Women’s Player: Nellie
Super Smasher: H Open Singh
Promising Player: Bosai
ITANAGAR | Jan 27 | DDK’s Tenung Tabin and Nellie N Manpoong of Arunachal Press Club (APC) were crowned men’s and women’s singles champions respectively in 2nd edition of Press Badminton League (PBL)-2018 which came to a positive end at MLA Cottage Badminton Stadium here on Saturday.
Where as 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 women’s singles category to beat Evana Tissopi in straight sets of 21-12 and 21-16.
Nellie paired with Mibom Dai to take the court and win mixed doubles crown as the duo defeated Damien Lepcha-Evana Tissopi pair.
While Damien-Evana dominated the first set to win it 21-16, Mibom-Nellie made a superb comeback in next two sets to win the match 16-21, 15-21.
The women’s doubles was more of a battle between the DDK players. Ibom Gara-Jumter Riba pair was no match for Lipi Nyodu-Tumngam Bagra duo 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(AIR)-Denhang Bosai IIPR) put a tough fight to DDK’s H Open Singh-Goi Gara pair.
Though Rakesh-Bosai won the first set 21-17, Singh-Gara pair 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-Gara.
Capital SP Sagar Singh Khalsi, who was chief guest of the grand finale, later gave away prizes including cash 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 – chairperson Irani Sonowal & president Demen Lepcha for coming up with such a wonderful tournament for the press fraternity of state,” said Cheda while applauding Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) for its support in conducting the event.
While declaring the tournament open on Friday last, IPR and PHE Minister Bamang Felix, in his address, while congratulating media fraternity for promoting badminton had called upon all to take out some time from other day to day tasks for sports.
“Working for survival is important, however, staying healthy is equally important in present fast age and sports is the best medium to remain fit and healthy,” Felix had said.
Echoing his senior, Sports & Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, speaking as guest of honor, had called upon one and all to play at least one game or the other.
“Playing games and sports 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 players.
More than 40 media persons including officials and officers from IPR took part in the tournament, which aimed at bringing the 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.