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Joram Tako representing Joram village was crowned the men’s singles champion of the first edition of Joram-Talo Officers’ Friendly Badminton Tournament which came to a successful end here on Sunday.
Tako defeated Joram Sillo in straight sets of 21-12 and 21-19 in the finals played at the MLA Cottage Badminton Stadium here.
With the win, Tako walked away with a cash prize of Rs 10,000 along with the championship trophy while Sillo was awarded Rs 7,000 plus the runners-up cup.
The other final of the event was played in the men’s doubles category in which Sillo paired with Likha Sampu crushed the pair of Nich Bapu and N L Togu of Talo Village to take the championship crown.
The match that went to a decider saw Sillo and Sampu take the first set 21-17; however, Bapu and Togu made an exceptional comeback in the second and won it 21-14.
The final set witnessed a tough fight between the two teams and eventually it was Sillo and Sampu who won it with a score of 21-15. The winners of men’s doubles were awarded Rs 20000 whereas the runners-up team got richer by Rs 15000.
Addressing the participants before the prize distribution ceremony, Sillo who is also the tournament organizing chairman highlighted the motive behind organizing the event.
He informed that in the late 70’s and 80’s community sports used to be organized every year between Joram and Talo villages under the initiative of its senior members Toko Chilly and Joram Lalin.
“Sports, especially football, was then a medium of strengthening brotherhood and bonhomie between the two villages. The trend, however, had stopped for most almost two decades and this badminton tournament is an effort to revive the same,” he added.
Organising secretary Nich Bapu, in his welcome address informed that more sporting events would be organized in the future between the two villages.
He also thanked Arunachal State Badminton Association and Capital Badminton Club for their support in organizing the tournament.
Among others, Arunachal Olympic Association vice president Toko Teki, state chief information commissioner Dr Joram Begi, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Dr Joram Beda and Yachuli ADC J T Obi were present on the occasion.