Nagpur Press Club and Sports Journalistsâ€™ Association of Nagpur (SJAN) are jointly organising Ankur Seeds 1st Carrom Tournament for Media Employees of the city.
The tournament will be held on June 18 and 19 at the air conditioned hall of Nagpur Press Club, situated opposite Institute of Science, Civil Lines.
Addressing a press conference, Bramhashankar Tripathi, Secretary, Nagpur Press Club said, â€œMembers of print, electronic and digital media and portals will be allowed to take part in the competition which will be held in singles and doubles categories.â€
The tournament will be inaugurated on June 18 by Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar at 9 am.
Nagpur Press Club President Pradip Maitra, Secretary Bramhashankar Tripathi, Vice-President Joseph Rao, SJAN President Dr Ram Thakur, SJAN Secretary and Tournament Convenor Paritosh Pramanik, Tournament Convenor Charudutt Kahu, Vidarbha Carrom Association President Prabhjeet Singh Bachher, and others will also remain present.
â€œThe prize distribution ceremony will be held on June 19 at 4 pm. Nagpur District Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut will be the chief guest,â€ added Tripathi.
SJAN President Dt Thakur said that the tournament will be officiated by technical delegates from Vidarbha Carrom Association. Siddharth Narnaware will be the chief referee.
â€œPrizes worth Rs 43,000 will be given to the winners, runners-up in singles and doubles events.
The winners of the singles event will get Rs 7,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 5,000. The third place finisher will get Rs 3,000. The winners in doubles category will get Rs 10,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 7,000 and third place finishers will get Rs 5,000. Apart from these, three consolation prizes of Rs 1000 each will also be given in each category,â€ said Thakur.
Nagpur Press Club President Pradip Maitra said that the club will continue to hold sports events in coming days.
â€œThis carrom tournament is just the beginning. We will try to hold more such sports events in future,â€ said Maitra.
The entry fee is Rs 100 for singles and Rs 200 for doubles. â€œEntry forms are available at Nagpur Press Club, Tilak Patrakar Bhawan and at sports desks of respective newspapers. Entries can be submitted at the Press Club or at Tilak Patrakar Bhawan. The last date of entry is June 12, 2022,â€ Tournament convenor Pramanik said.
â€œThe early rounds of singles and doubles matches will be played in 6-board (25 points) format. Whichever player/team scores 25 points first will be declared the winner. If they fail to score 25 points, the player/team with maximum points after the end of the 6th board will be declared winner,â€ informed Pramanik, Secretary, SJAN.
â€œFrom quarter-finals, Singles and Doubles matches will be increased to 8-board (25 points),â€ he said.
As a precaution, the organisers have requested all participants to use face masks during the competition. Tournament Convenor Charudutt Kahu and Joseph Rao were also present during the presser.