Kohima: With an aim to promote the sport of darts in Nagaland, the Fun Tree Crew (FTC), a non-profit organisation is all set to roll out its second edition of the ‘Darts Masters’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual darting competition is scheduled to be held on December 12 following all COVID-19 precautionary measures.
“Darting is always sidelined and people in the state hardly know about the sport. So we hope to take it to the next level and promote the sport,” said Thejakhrietuo Kire, the event director as he addressed a press conference on Saturday.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will be conducted only between the organisers and the participants. However, the semi-finals and the finale will be live streamed on its Facebook page. Kire informed that all COVID-19 protocols such as thermal scanning, providing hand sanitisers and use of face masks will be mandatory. On thermal screening, those found to be with high body temperatures will not be permitted.
With a prize pool of Rs 70,000, the winner of this edition will walk away with a cash prize of Rs 15,000 followed by the second and two joint thirds with Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively along with trophies and certificates. Four individual prizes for the highest scorer, highest checkout, best leg and most promising player will also be awarded with cash prizes.
With a maximum limit of 32 slots, the participants will be divided into four teams with eight participants each. The first leg will be a league match and the top two qualifiers from each team will be selected for the quarter finals. From then onwards, the competition will be on a knock-out basis till the ultimate winner is selected.
“The new edition of the darting event will be bigger, grandeur and will also provide opportunity and platform to the younger darters. The competition is aimed to promote the sport and also identify potential darters who will later be able to participate in the National and International platforms,” Oto Angami, the event secretary added.
During the presser, Angami also recalled how a group of 27 friends officially launched the FTC in 2018 to promote social events, sports and to encourage the spirit of oneness. Following the demise of two members this year, FTC now remains a 25-member group. He said that the FTC was formed with the vision to inspire and create an impact on people’s lives continues.
Even since its formation, the FTC conducted the first edition of the ‘Darts Masters’ in December last year. The crew has also been providing security services during mega social events in the state including the Hornbill festival and world music day, besides participating in prominent social events held in the state.
Registrations for the competition will conclude on December 5. Registration forms will be available online and offline at Vivid lounge at PR Hill junction and Zumvu printex at main town. Registrations will be done at a cost of Rs 1,500.