Karki and Tukum win women’s and men’s singles titles
ITANAGAR, Sep 11: Pinky Karki and Laa Tukum won the women’s and men’s singles titles in the 7th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Badminton Championship, which concluded at the Raj Bhawan Badminton hall here on Wednesday.
Top seed Pinky Karki defeated No. 2 seed Laa Yajum in straight 21-10 and 21-18 sets to clinch the title.
Tania Yasap and Taring Yania won the bronzes in the category.
Sixth seed Laa Tukum of Kamle beat Nikhil Chettri in straight 21-8 and 21-6 to bag the title and gold medal. The bronzes in the men’s singles went to Charu Jaji and David Ngomle.
The men’s doubles, Akshay Raito and Raja Gupta, representing ASBA retained their title defeating Rahul Thapa and Charu Jaji 21-19, 17-21, 21-18 to win the gold medal.
The pairs of Asif Khan-Bikom Boje and Kenjom Tacha -Raj Thapa settled for the bronze medals.
In the mixed doubles, Charu Jaji pairing with Pinky Karki defeated Kenjom Tacha and Taring Yania to win the gold medal.
The bronze medal in this category was won by Rahul Thapa and his partner Tania Yasap and the pair of Biki Lakai and Laa Yajum.
In the women’s doubles, Pinky pairing with Yania won the title for the third consecutive year defeating Boni Yupu and Laa Yajum in the finals.
Leeta Mele and Nani Ankha representing Lohit district and Kapu Rumi and Tania Yasap of ASBA won the bronze medal in this category.
In the boys’ U-11 singles, Samuel Tamang defeated Taku Manku in straight 21-15 and 24-21 to win the gold as well to retain his No.1 rank.
In the boys singles (U-19) Laa Tukum won the gold defeating Sonam Tamang. Chau Kiyon Manpang of Namsai and Esoumi Molo of Dibang Valley won the bronze.
In the women’s singles (U-19) Nisha Upadhyaya won the gold defeating Gunzan Gongo of Kurung Kumey. Kapu Rumi and Taring Yapi won bronze medals.
The pair of Raj Thapa and Takio Puna won the mixed doubles titles in U-19 category. They defeated the pair of Pakli Bagra and Gunzan Gongo of Kurung Kumey.
Lobsang Rapten and Norbu Chotton of Tawang and the pair of Changha Siyang and Taring Yapi representing Papum Pare district were the bronze medalists.
The boys’ U-17 singles title was won by Nikhil Chetry beating Robin Laa of Kamle.
Lobsang Sherdang and Kayin Doming were the bronze medal winners.
Nikhil pairing with Kirto Nyorak also won the boys’ U-17 doubles gold. They defeated Iran Gamkak and Yai Gamkak of West Siang in the final.
Changha Siyang and Tana Radhe of Papum Pare and Aho Mikhu and Uku Linggi of Lower Dibang Valley were the bronze medal winners.
Dolma Tamang defeated Kenbi Riram to win the girls’ U-17 singles title while Gunzan Gongo from Kurung Kumey and Montilly Pul of Sangey Laden Sports Academy (SLSA) were the bronze medal winners.
Dolma also won the gold medal in the U-15 category defeating Taku Neha in the finals.
The bronze medal in this category was won by Napi Tayam and Montilly Pul.
Kenbi pairing with Nisha Upadhyaya won the girls’ doubles gold after defeating Napi Tayam and Taku Neha in the finals.
The bronze medals in this category went to Kesang Pema Kome and Norbu Chotton of Tawang and Chukhu Marta and Tayo Rini of Lower Subansiri.
In the boys’ U-15 singles, Laa Robin defeat Lobsang Sherdang of Tawang to win the gold medal.
Dai Weshi of East Kameng and Lobsang Choidrup of Tawang were the bronze medalists.
Choidrup, however, pairing with Sherdangm won the boys’ U-15 doubles gold. They defeated Gejum Riram and Nima Tenzin of SLSA.
Golab Chetia and Saurav Sonowal of Namsai and Dai Weshi and HS Taku of East Kameng took the bronze.
Boys singles (U-13)
Gold: Pakli Bagra, Sil: Gesom Potom (Kurung Kumey), Br: Nabam Isaac (Papum Pare), Taku Manku.
Gold: Pakli Bagra & Geson Potom, SIl: Ngali Yomgan & Yitum Gamkak, (West Siang), Br: Khyoda Taking & Taku Manku, and Aji Linggi and Jeelo Linggi (Lower Dibang Valley).
Girls Singles (U-11):
Gold: Beryl Mary Saring, Sil: Hema Jebisow (West Kameng), Br: Adam Doyom (Upper Subansiri) and Morin Basar.
Boys’ doubles (U-11)
Gold: Samuel Tamang & Gunveer Gongo (Kurung Kumey), Sil: Licha Gumsh & Nabam Oken (Papum Pare), Br: Aslam Alam & Tushar Malik (Lohit) and Dindo Linggi and Laji Mega (Lower Dibang Valley).
Boys’ Singles (U-9)
Gold: Dindo Linggi (Lower Dibang Valley), Sil: Promod Joshi (Kurung Kumey), Br: Dopum Neri (East Kameng), Ligam Angu (Papum Pare)
Girls’ Singles (U-9)
Gold: Jesicca Saring, Sil: Laa Nanu (Kamle), Br: Bamang Anam (Changlang), Morin Basar.
MLA Laisam Simai, Nyamar Karbak and Arunachal State Badminton Association secretary attended the valedictory function and distributed the prizes to the winners.
International badminton umpire from Manipur, H Gyaneswor was the tournament referee.