Shantinagar adds badminton tourney to I-Day events

Singtam, 12 Aug: A badminton tournament has been introduced to Shantinagar’s bouquet of events prepared for Independence Day celebrations. The Shantinagar Open Men’s Doubles Tournament is being organised by the Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti.

Today, as the tournament began with all the first round, quarter finals and semi finals played and finished, even rain failed to dim the spirit of the game.

Ten pairs of shuttlers participated in the tournament from places like Shantinagar, Singtam, Golitar, Majhitar, Sumin Linzey and Ranipool.

Pintu Gupta and Aaron Pradhan from Singtam will now meet Bishal Pradhan and Yowan Lepcha from Golitar in the finals.

The 15th August event will also feature exhibition matches of girls’ doubles and veteran’s singles.

Indra Bahadur Shanker, Zilla Member, Sirwani-Chisopani GPU, was present as the chief guest tody, accompanied by Ramesh Gurung, Karuna Gurung, Deepa Chettri and (Panchayats Chisopani GPU), Neeraj Pradhan, President Daragaon Sudhar Samaj, Praja Pradhan, film personality, Sonam Bhutia, SI, Singtam Police Station and others.

Krishna Chettri, President, SGSS, in his welcome speech, spoke about efforts underway to promote badminton in the region. He shared that the badminton court at Shantinagar had been constructed for the younger generation and to engage them at sport.