STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Ritvik Gupta and Ragini Gupta lifted the coveted men and women’s titles respectively in the 43rd Stag J&K UT Table Tennis Championship held under the banner of J&K Table Tennis Association at Indoor Complex, MA Stadium, here on Wednesday.
In the men’s final, Ritvik defeated Asad Sharma in straight sets while Ragini outplayed fighting young Iknoor Kour 3-2 in a closely contested game.
Earlier, in men’s semifinals, Ritvik held his nerve and ended the dream run of Mehboob Ilahi of Srinagar, who played his heart out throughout the tournament causing some biggest upsets. In other semifinal, Asad Sharma defeated senior player and qualified NIS coach, Sandeep Khadotra 3-1.
The prizes were given away by the Chief Accounts Officer of the J&K Sports Council, Zaffar Iqbal.
Prominent among those who were present included Satbir Singh, Rajan Sharma, I.P Singh, Satish Gupta, Ajay Sharma, Saleem Bandey (Secretary Poonch District TT Association), Dr Ratnakar Sharma, Sanjay Gupta, Vasu Dewan, Narinder Singh, Sheetal Gandotra, Sanjeev Gupta, Renuka Aima, Manmeet Kour, Vikas Gupta, Gurvinder Singh Sasan, Riyaz Ahmed, Jahangeer and Riyaz.
Matches were officiated by the technical panel comprising Vasu Dewan, Sandeep Khadotra, Gurvinder Singh Sasan and Meenu Rajesh.
The Results (Finals): Cadet Boys: Adnan (Poonch) bt Gurasses (Poonch) 3-1. Cadet Girls: Niharika (Jammu) bt Tuheen (Jammu) 3-1. Sub Junior Boys: Madhav Sharma (Udhampur) bt Sourav Sharma (Udhampur) 3-2. Sub Junior Girls: Iknoor Kour (Jammu) bt Ragini Gupta (Jammu) 3-1. Junior Boys: Saksham Verma (Jammu) bt Hanumat Sharma (Jammu) 3-1. Junior Girls: Iknoor Kour (Jammu) bt Vanshika (Poonch) 3-1. Youth Boys: Ritvik Gupta (Jammu) bt Manandeep Singh (Jammu) 3-2. Men: Ritvik Gupta (Jammu) bt Asad Sharma (Jammu) 3-0. Veteran: Amit (Jammu) bt Anil Abrol (Jammu) 3-1.