Kohima: For the first time, Nagaland capital Kohima will witness a departmental badminton tournament from October 22-23 at the Nagaland Assembly Secretariat stadium, following all COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Shanavas C, Principal Director of School Education, said the inter-department badminton club, comprising eight badminton enthusiasts who frequently played at the directorate, was recently formed to host the tourney.

The officer informed that over 60 government departments are expected to be part of the tournament. The idea behind organizing the tournament, according to the official, is to build a network among the various departments.

“These kinds of competitions are needed for coordination. Convergence among the departments happens in this kind of informal setting. Winning is not everything but participating is and the kind of coordination and contacts you develop in this kind of tournament will help working together in the days to come,” he said.

The tournament will host team categories—men’s doubles (2 teams each), women’s doubles (1 team each) and mixed doubles (1 team each). With an entry fee of Rs 2,000, the winners of the tournament will walk away with Rs 12,000, while the runners-up walks away with Rs 8,000, for each category.

Forms are available at the Directorate of School Education and at the TT stadium in Kohima. The last date for registration is October 13. Participants are expected to wear jerseys with the name of the department printed or pasted on it.

Shanavas informed that with the savings made through the tournament, the organisers will sponsor young budding badminton players from the state with badminton equipment. The club plans to identify such budding badminton players through sporting clubs in the state.

During the tournament, legislators from the state, police forces, Assam Rifles, along with the other government departments are expected to sweat it out together in the badminton court to build friendly ties. 

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