POSTED DAE : July 9, 2015
The auspicious occasion was graced with the esteemed presence of the chief guest Shri. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan- Hon’ble Minister of Forest, Environment, Transport, Sports & cinema, kerala. The other honored chief guests includes- Dehendranath Sarangi IAS (Rtd), President SRFI, Former Chief secretary to government of Tamil Nadu, Jiji Thomson -IAS, Chief Secretary to Govt. of Kerala, Padmini Thomas- President Kerala Sports Council, S.Anantha Krishnan- IPS, Additional Director General of Police.
Shri. Debendranath Sarangi quoted “Will take necessary steps to send quality coaches to Kerala for the empowerment and promotion of the game”
Round 1 and round 2 matches were revised to best of 3 games with 154 ambitious players battling for No1 spot in his group. Some of the players were from J&K and Manipur travelled literally 4 nights to reach Trivandrum. Maninder Pal Singh Sandhu (Younger brother of the defending Men’s National Champion – Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu) will be eyeing to take the No1 spot in his group followed by Delhi’s Rishi Jalan, Naveen Jangra and Mudit Pant in their respective group.
Uday Samudra, the hospitality partner of the event displayed some authentic kerala delicacies at the venue. UDS, is one of top 4 & 5 Star resorts located along the bay. Transport Partners – Celcabs the most cost effective, simplified and reliable land transportation in south eastern states. Radio Mirchi- FM Partners to ensure the event got its mileage that it deserves
Players from Kerala
Among 30 players from Kerala Adarsh Jawahar Janard and Rohith Kainikkara made it to Round 4 before falling to the regulars Pragun Khemka and Maninder Pal Singh Sandhu
Adarsh said that “I am to qualify till Round 4, it was nice to different personalities and overall it was a good experience”. Adarsh learnt to hold the racket just 3 months back and thanked his coach and parents for their support.
Rohith Kainikkara “This event has given me great exposure and couple of wins means a lot to me” his coaches Shafi and Sanal were alongside were satisfied with Rohith’s performance.