Shillong: It was supposed to be a joyous moment for Meghalaya and athletes gathered from across the nation. For the second time in its history, Meghalaya was playing host to the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship. But the tournament got off to a tragic start after the shocking death of 18-year-old Vishwa Deenadayalan in a road accident on the way to Shillong. 

The state government, led by Sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, condoled the untimely demise of Vishwa Deenadayalan, a TT player from Tamil Nadu. A two-minute silence was observed on the inaugural day to pay tribute to the young Tamil Nadu player. Lyngdoh read out the condolence message on behalf of the Government of Meghalaya

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“With profound grief and sorrow we deeply mourn the sudden demise of Vishwa Deenadayalan of Tamil Nadu who met with a tragic accident on Sunday at Ri Bhoi District while on his way to Shillong to participate in the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship,” the minister said.

He added, “He was a promising Indian Table Tennis player and his passing away is not only a loss to his parents, family members, relatives and friends but also a great loss for this fraternity. His contribution to table tennis will always be remembered and cherished. In this moment of grief, I on behalf of the Govt of Meghalaya, with a heavy heart, convey our sincere  and heartfelt condolences to the parents and family members of the departed soul.”

Expressing condolences on the demise of the young paddler, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said: “My condolences to the family of Vishwa Deenadayalan, an 18-year-old table tennis player from Tamil Nadu. The Table Tennis Association of Tamil Nadu and I also wish a speedy recovery to the injured players and will keep everyone in my prayers.”

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