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Imtitemjen memorial tourney begins

The DC and others (in the background) enjoying the inaugural match.
Correspondent: Mokokchung, 03 Jul 2008
Published on 4 Jul. 2008 12:07 AM IST
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The two day 6th Imtitemjen Memorial Table Tennis Tournament organized by Mokokchung District Table Tennis Association (MDTTA) was formally inaugurated by DC Mokokchung, Bendangkokba at Indoor Stadium Mokokchung, Thursday. 
Delivering his inaugural address, the DC recalled the life of late Imtitemjen as a sports enthusiast and thanked the brothers of late Imtitemjen for their contribution towards the successful conduct of the tournament every year.
Deputy Commissioner who is also the president of Mokokchung District Sports Council while encouraging the players to develop competitive spirit among themselves said, “we have the ability to excel in any types of games but the lack of sincerity, consistency, discipline and hard work is putting us behind”.
Citing the examples of how Chinese and Japanese players excel in international arenas especially in TT, the DC said “Nagas are also Mongoloids” and that we can also excel like them in the international levels too.
60 players including players from outside Mokokchung district are participating in the tournament under various categories, which included- under14, 16, 19 and men/women.
It may be mentioned that the MDTTA is trying to promote TT in the district by organizing the tournaments at the same time aims to provide avenues for the talented ones. Having the schedule of organizing three tournaments annually, viz., Imtitemjen Memorial, Kilenkaba Memorial and Inter-School, the association aims to strive higher but the constraints of resources and lack of support from the parent body holds them back from realizing their ambitions.
The MDTTA also is learned to have made contacts with its Jorhat (Assam) counterparts for an exchange program this year to provide opportunity to the talented young ones who fails to avail the opportunity. 
In such a scenario, it is felt that the state government should step in and rescue this dying game of TT. The participation even from outside the district in this tournament shows the level of enthusiasm amongst the Nagas. With such enthusiasm, we just cannot ignore this issue but it is high time that proper steps should be taken.

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