New Delhi: Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju said Indian table tennis is on the rise and India must become a global powerhouse in all sporting disciplines. The minister made the comments during the opening ceremony of the third edition of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) on Thursday.
The minister, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, lauded the efforts of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and UTT for conceptualising the league and conceded that India has a lot of potential in table tennis.
“In recent times, we have seen that table tennis is on the rise and they [table tennis players] have been winning medals at many international tournaments. The sport has immense potential and I hope someday we will win an Olympic medal in table tennis,” Rijiju said during the opening ceremony.
“I compliment UTT for their efforts and believe it has played a huge role in popularising the sport in India. Leagues like these are essential for making a sport popular and I assure everyone that our ministry will do everything to support and promote table tennis in the country,” he further said.
The third edition of the country’s premier table tennis league began on Thursday with defending champions Dabang Delhi TTC taking on Puneri Paltan at the Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi.