GUWAHATI, July 26 - The 5th Nagen Hazarika and 9th RG Baruah All Assam Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournaments got off to a colourful start at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium in the RG Baruah Sports Complex here today.
The tournament is being organised by the Assam Table Tennis Association (ATTA) where over 300 players from districts and affiliated units including Duliajan, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, Silchar, Guwahati, NF Railway and OIL are taking part. Inaugurating the championship, Member Secretary of the State Level Advisory Committee for Students� and Youth Welfare Lakhya Konwar said that sportspersons should take their own events very seriously and in a professional way. �Sports keep people physically and mentally fit, they can serve the society and the nation in a healthy way. But they should be sincere and serious in their business,� Konwar said.
Senior advocate Bijan Mahajan was present on the occasion and he urged the youngsters to put in full effort so that they can become leading players of the country. Former international paddler Modalasha Baruah, daughter of Nagen Hazarika, also spoke during the occasion.
ATTA vice president Rajib Sarma, treasurer Nayanjyoti Sarma, GSA president Munin Nobis, former international TT player Nandini Baruah, former players Writick Saikia, Sankar Dutta Lahkar, Curfew Roy were also present on the occasion. Welcoming the gathering, the ATTA secretary Tridib Duvarah spoke about the golden past of the Assam table tennis and also said it is after a lot of effort that the organisation has been able to bring back at least some glory by producing players like Trisha Gogoi, Agniv Bhaskar Gohain, Birdie Boro, among others.
The death of noted photographer and former State TT player Jayanta Dutta was also condoled in the opening ceremony.