Inter-School Table Tennis State Championship begins in 22 states

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City will see over 300 kids competing for place in nationals
 
Delhi, August 29: The third edition of the TTFI Inter-State Table Tennis State Championships was formally launched here on Tuesday, with the promise of nurturing grassroots-level talent and empowering the country’s kids to compete at the highest level.
 
Close to 4,000 boys and girls will compete over the next three days in 22 states across the country, hoping to make it for the finals later in the year. In Ahmadabad itself, over 300 kids will get the opportunity in different categories to showcase their talent in this tournament organised by 11Sports.
L to R - Jalaj Dani, Hon'ble HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, TTFI Secretary General MP Singh, Dhanraj Choudhary, Manjit Dua
 
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, while declaring the championship open, said that the country was inspired by PV Sindhu’s epic performance in the Badminton World Championship a couple of days ago.
 
“We have made great progress in badminton in recent years. I would now want our paddlers to do the same and shine at the highest level,” he said. “This championship is the right step in that direction. It will give aspiring table tennis players a level playing field to pursue their dreams.” 
 
Several top dignitaries, apart from the HRD minister, were present at the launch at the Hansraj Model School in Delhi, including , TTFI General Secretary MP Singh, DSTTA General Secretary Manjit Dua, Arjuna Awardee and Director of 11 Even Sports Kamlesh Mehta and former national champion Manika Batra.