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Somibala, Purnima win

Imphal, Aug. 10: M. Somibala Devi and her partner N. Purnima Devi clinched the girls’ doubles title of the 59th State Badminton Championship 2014 at MBA Indoor Hall, DM College Campus, here.

The final of the under-19 girls’ doubles saw Somibala and Purnima face little resistance from Jubileeliu Daimai and M. Keilani and went on to post a 2-0 verdict in their favour. Somibala and her partner Purnima took the first game with 21-3 points and wrapped up the second game with 21-11 points.

In the under-13 boys’ singles semi-final, national champion M. Meiraba Luwang powered his way to the final beating Kh. Manjit 2-0. Meiraba faced some resistance from Manjit in the first game but eventually went on to win by 21-18 points and later took the second game by 21-14 points, en route to the final. Meiraba will face either K. Sandeep or O. Chandrajit in the final.

In the men’s singles semi-final, Rk. Chinir got the better of L. Dinesh Singh beating the latter by 21-9 points and 21-16 points while in the second semi-final, W. James Singh beat L. Momo by 21-12 and 21-17 points to move into the final. A. Sonam and her partner K. Kathrin also booked their final berth in the under-17 girls’ doubles beating Nickita S. and Th. Loyangambi by 21-9 and 21-12 points while M. Preety and S. Malemnganbi overcame H. Diana and Kh. Mira by 26-24 and 21-13 points en route to the final as well.

In the under-13 girls’ singles semi-finals, K. Priya Devi tamed L. Diana with 21-7 and 21-10 points while Kh. Roshmi beat Ksh. Maheswari by 21-5 and 21-12 points, to move to the final. En route to the semi-final, Aimson overcame L. Unilkumar as the latter retired in the second game with 21-12 and 6-0 points while Aris beat L. Dickson by 21-15 and 21-13 points.

Football: All Manipur Football Association general secretary, L. Ranjit Roy, has donated an amount of Rs 60,000 to the association coffer, which was his honorary salary from the Football Federation of Australia for his three months service as Development Officer, AMFA Grassroots.