Junior and Youth TT Nationals kick startsDecember 2, 2019, Jammu
The 81st UTT Junior and Youth Nationals Table Tennis Championship being organised by J&K Table Tennis Association in support with J&K Sports Council, shall start from Monday at newly constructed Indoor Complex within MA Stadium Complex, in Jammu.
The event shall be declared open by Advisor to the Lt. Governor of J&K, Farooq Khan. The Chief Guest shall also be dedicating the Indoor Complex by formally opening the facility today’s morning.
Thereafter, the National event shall be inaugurated at the same venue by the distinguished gathering.
Last year, Haryana and Maharashtra emerged champions in Youth Boys and Youth Girls, respectively, but the emergence of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), the winners at the recently-concluded Institutional Championships at Ajmer, could pose real threats to the existence of title-holders.
All teams in the four sections will be divided into eight groups of three and four each with top eight leading squads expected to go through to the next stage, barring a hiccup or two. However, the actual clash among the aspirants and also-rans would be to take the second spot in each of the groups as two teams qualify for the second stage, to be played on a knockout basis.
The team events will be for the first four days with the finals slated for December five. A section of individuals’ qualifications, though begins on the fourth day itself, it will reach a crescendo in the last two days, making the proposition worth a while as Rs. 5.67 lakh in prize money are to be won, with winners in Youth Boys and Youth Girls taking home Rs. 66,000 and Rs. 57,200, respectively.