Before the start of championship matches
Before the start of championship matches

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The first-round group qualifications matches were fought as intensely as one would have expected them to be in the UTT 82nd Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships at the Abhay Prashal here on Saturday.

Mannika Kesar of Delhi struggled against a determined Ananya Thakur from Punjab. Despite winning the first game on extended points, Mannika fell back allowing Ananya to stage a recovery to lead 2-1. The Delhi girl won the fourth and took the issue to the decider and Mannika won again on extended points.Kanmani Rao from Polidcherry was 1-2 down against Punjab’s Sehajpreet Kaur before gathering herself to win it 3-2. Annya Barady, also from Pondicherry, defeated Charmi Patel of Gujarat in a tough battle while another Pondicherry girl, J. Isshani, defeated Prutha Prabhu of Goa 3-2.

Among the wildcard entrants, Shrubabati Moitra defeated Anushka Basak from Bengal 3-2, but not before winning the first two games on extended points. Yet, the Bengal girl managed to take two games of her to mount pressure. In the decider, however, Shrubabti won to strengthen her qualification chances in her group.

Nividitha Balusuri, also a TTFI wildcard, defeated Kausha Bhairapure of Gujarat for a similar score after the latter had a distinct advantage of 2-1 lead. Credit must go to Nividitha who fought back to make a match of it.In the Junior Girls, Pranati P. Nair of Kerala defeated Haryana’s Preksha Vohra 3-2. The Kerala paddler was comfortably placed at 2-0 but let her Haryana rival off the hook allowing her to level the score. In the crucial last game, Pranati came good to clinch it.

Sathvika Srinivasan downed Ekta from Punjab 3-2. But it was the Punjab girl who lost the 2-0 advantage to let her opponent claw her way back slowly to overshadow her. As in the Youth Girls, Ananya Barady from Pondicherry also won her first-round match in the Junior Girls section, beating Assam’s Harshita Das in a thriller.During matches, Secretary of Commonwealth games,MP Singh acquainted with players.

Hiralal Gokharu
Hiralal Gokharu
Umesh Borade
Umesh Borade

Indore: Prabhat Club’s executive committee announced: A new executive of Prabhat Club, one of the oldest institutes of domestic sports, has been formed. In which unanimously, Hiralal Gokharu was elected president and Umesh Borade as secretary. The other office-bearers are: Chief patron Ashok Mehta, patrons Dr Uttam Jain, Suresh Dave, Ishwar Joshi, Mir Sabir Ali and Raja Lapalikar.

The responsibility of the vice president will be handled by Amit Khutale, Shankarlal Joshi, Zaheed Alikaji,Jagdish Vaishnav, ParchuramGid,Chandramohan Bharote, Sunil Karvere and Ashok Vadnere.The co- secretary are Tony Varkya, Narendra Karvere and Vivek Varkya.Treasurer is Aslam Mansuri and the organization secretaries are Jitendra Rathore, Gajju Varkya and Nilesh Borade.

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