Friday, September 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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TT tourney begins today
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 27
The Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament will begin at the Prithipal Singh Sports Complex of Punjab Agricultural University here tomorrow. The tournament is conducted in the memory of hockey Olympian and Director, Students Welfare, PAU, Prithipal Singh, by the Punjab Agricultural University Table Tennis Club. A number of paddlers including some prominent national and international players from the northern states participate in this annual meet.

“The main aim of this tournament is to promote the game of table tennis and it has yielded the desired results,” said Mr Kirpal Sagar, president of the club. Disney Ryait joined the club in 1993, practised and had been all-India CBSE champion twice and had represented Indian CBSE team as a captain, which played matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah and won all the matches there. He twice remained Punjab sub-junior champion, Punjab junior champion and runners-up in National School Games. Bikramjit Singh and Harmandeep Singh also Punjab junior champions, were product of this tournament.

Every year around 250 players from different states participate in this tournament. This is the only tournament in northern region which gives maximum facilities to the participants and awards them with cash prizes, mementoes and utility items. This time, free boarding and lodging will be provided to outstation players. Every year the club felicitates outstanding players with the Prithipal Singh Memorial Award.

Ms Charanjit Kaur, wife of late Prithipal Singh, will inaugurate this three-day meet on September 28 at 4 pm, while Mr Sunil Saxena, IRS, will give away prizes to the winners on September 30.

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