The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang Team B, champions of the 4th Mokokchung District Inter Club Badminton Championship organized by Mokokchung District Badminton Association. (Photo MDBA)
Morung Express News
Mokokchung | October 13
The 4th Mokokchung District Inter Club Badminton Championship 2019 concluded on Saturday at Indoor Badminton Stadium organized by Mokokchung District Badminton Association.
The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang ‘B’ emerged as the champions while Soyim Smashers Power were the runners-up. Sentiyatet of The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang ‘A’ was adjudged the most valuable male player while Yalemjungla of Native Shuttlers Mopungchuket was adjudged the most valuable female player of the championship.
Bijoy Barman who partnered with Er. Yanger for The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang ‘B’ for the 95+ category proved to be the killer combination for the champions. Barman is the reigning national champion in the 45+ category and the NE 40+ and 45+ champion for the past 12 consecutive years.
Another deciding factor for the championship was the Assam No.3 player Ritom, representing The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang ‘B’ who defeated reigning Assam U13 champion Rohit. This was the first time that Ritom, presently ranked Assam No.3 in U13 category had defeated Rohit, ranked U13 No.1 in Assam, for the first time in any competitive event.
Ankita, also from Assam, was another major player in the championship who played for Soyim Smashers Power. She is current Assam No.1 in U15 girls category and will be representing India at Indonesia. Nagaland 2018 women’s singles champion Shekhotolu, who played for Soyim Smashers Power, was another star in the championship finals.
The finals of the championship was a thriller as the match went down to the wire. The Shuttlers took the first point when Ritom beat Rohit in the U13 boys category. However, Soyim Smashers took the points in the next two categories of 35+ Men and U15 Girls. The Shuttlers then came back to level the points when they won the U15 Boys Doubles category. Former Nagaland champion Riku defeated Neehal to win the Men’s Singles category in favour of Soyim Smashers. Soyim Smashers needed to win the next match, the 95+ category but Bijoy Barman and Er.Yanger of The Shuttlers overpowered Khannganung and Dr.Wati to level the points at 3-3 in the best-of-seven championship matches. Finally, Narola and Kilang of The Shuttlers took the championship point when they beat Ajungla and Honeyson in the Mixed Doubles Open category.
The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang ‘B’ defeated Soyim Smashers Speed in the semis while Soyim Smashers Power beat Longsa Sporting Club in the other semifinal. The Shuttlers Chuchuyimpang have now won the Mokokchung District Inter Club Badminton Championship for the second consecutive year. They also won the inaugural edition in 2016.