Academy kicks off

The STAG-TTC Table Tennis Academy was ceremonially commissioned in the Udharbond Sports Complex of Udharbond Table Tennis Club yesterday.

By Satananda Bhattacharjee in Hailakandi
  • Published 6.09.16
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STAG project head Bhusan Thakur speaks at the function at Udharbond on Sunday. Picture by Satananda Bhattacharjee

Hailakandi, Sept. 5: The STAG-TTC Table Tennis Academy was ceremonially commissioned in the Udharbond Sports Complex of Udharbond Table Tennis Club yesterday.

Former paddler from Silchar Abhijit Endow inaugurated the academy electronically.

Project head of Stag International, a sports equipment company, Bhusan Thakur and director of the academy Pranabananda Das signed the agreement ceremonially. Before signing the agreement, the history of 24 years of Udharbond Table Tennis Club was displayed on a giant screen.

It is the fifth table tennis coaching academy of Stag in the country after Delhi, Gurgaon, Panipat and Faridabad. A five-day table tennis coaching camp, part of the Stag-TTFI One Million Players by 2020 project was earlier conducted by the Udharbond Table Tennis Club in the last week of July where 80 paddlers participated. It was conducted by Parag Ankolekar, a TTFI level I coach from Mumbai.

Das said Nihal Chand Thakur, the father of Stag project head Bhusan Thakur, was the coach of Assam's state table tennis team and Monalisa Baruah Mehta was a product of his coaching. Bhusan Thakur was also the member of Assam cadet team. Das hoped that this academy would help produce national level players from the Barak Valley. It is the first such academy in the entire Northeast. All the speakers at the inaugural ceremony termed it as "milestone in table tennis".

The inaugural ceremony was addressed by Bhusan Thakur, Abhijit Endow, Silchar DSA's president Badal Dey and general secretary Babul Hore, president and general secretary of Udharbond TT Club, Surya Kumar Sarma and Bishnupada Paul respectively, Karimganj DSA secretary Nikhil Ranjan Mazumdar and Pranbananda Das, among others.

The academy started with the 60 trainees. There will be two sessions of coaching in the academy. Sunday is compulsory and coaching will be held three days a week. The entry fee is Rs 250 and monthly fee is Rs 200.

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