Guwahati, Aug. 19: The organising committee for the proposed 1st Dorjee Khandu state-level open badminton championship has revised the prize-money for the tournament, scheduled to be held in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh from tomorrow.
The increase in prize-money, decided in a meeting of the organising committee chaired by its chief patron and the former chief minister’s son Pema Khandu, who is the tourism and PWD minister of Arunachal Pradesh, ranges between double to triple of the original amount.
The winners in the men and women’s singles events will now receive Rs 30,000 per head instead of Rs 10,000.
The doubles winners will be richer by Rs 30,000 each pair instead of Rs 12,000.
The total prize-money will amount to approximately Rs 5 lakh.
There is a similar increase of cash prizes in different age group events.
The championship includes inter-district open championship, under-13, 15 and 19 boys’ and girls’ (singles and doubles) events, men’s and women’s (singles and doubles) open events and special contest for sub-veterans above 35 years and veterans above 45 years.
All the winners will also be given trophies, medals and certificates in addition to the cash prize. The veterans — above-35 and above-45 — will be rewarded with trophies, medals and certificates.
The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) is going to introduce the tournament in memory of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu who died in a chopper crash in April last year.
The badminton association has also proposed to send the winners of the tournament to various regional and national tournaments.
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