Monday, November 18, 2013


By Stanzin Angmo, Monday, November 18, 2013 Leh: Table Tennis Association, Leh organized a Table Tennis Championship for the first time in Leh at the Indoor Stadium. The championship began on the 1st November and had its final on the 16th of Nov, in which the participants competed under various categories as, Under 17 Boys and Girls singles and double & senior women and men singles and double. The final match included Under 17 boys double, senior men and women singles. Under 17 boys double was won by SOS boys over Lamdon boys, while in the senior single category Niada Bano and Irfan Hussain won their respective titles. Chief Executive Councillor Leh Rigzin Spalbar was the Chief Guest on the final day and he distributed the trophies among the winners and runner ups. President Anjuman Moin-ul-Islam Saif-ud-Din, Councillor Upper Leh Gen. Lobzang Nyantak, Deputy SP Leh Abdul Khaliq and other guests were also present on the occasion. Earlier the President Table Tennis Association Leh, P.T. Kunzang welcomed all the guests and gave a brief introduction of the newly formed Table Tennis Association. He said that this Association was formed 6 months earlier and it will be affiliated with J&K Table Tennis Association after this tournament as directed by them. Talking about the benefits of being affiliated he said besides the players from Leh being able to participate in all the state level competition, we will also get some funds to organize such tournament in Leh from the J&K TT Association as promised. He also stressed on the need of encouraging such sports especially in winters while the students have their vacations and are free. He drew the attention of the CEC towards some needs in the field of indoor games/sports and said that though the Council do have plans to build a new and better indoor stadium but for now the stadium that we have need some attention. “In winters it gets too cold to play any game in here due to absence of heating facilities, the generator is also not good enough, the lighting inside the stadium is poor and most of all we need better equipments like more tables etc.” On the occasion CEC Rigzin Spalbar expresses happiness to have formed the Table tennis Association in Leh and congratulated the members for the same. He said that the youths of Ladakh are very talented in the field of sports but unfortunately they don’t get much opportunity. But for the future he said there will be great opportunity for them as within two, three years there will be sports facilities and infrastructure, as the foundation for the open stadium has already been laid and for which we have received 22 crore. Along with that we have also got 7crore for an Indoor Stadium in Leh. He also promised to act soon on needed work to be done in the present Indoor Stadium and said that a sum of rupees 54 Lacs have been approved in a special funding to renovate this Auditorium. He encouraged forming such Associations and Clubs which will promote sports among the youngsters. He added that the winters in Ladakh should be promoted as a Sports season and encouraged to have different kind of sports. He said anyone who is interested in organizing such events should do it and he promised to provide the needed funds if they face any difficulty regarding funds. The evening ended with a vote of thanks by the Vice President Table Tennis Association Leh Thupstan Wangyal. Besides thanking the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present there he again stressed on the need of a TT Table on which the CEC promised to give them two tables.

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