EastMojo reporter Irani Sonowal along with her partner Bikram Gurung in the mixed doubles badminton event Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: The final matches in the badminton competition as part of the ongoing 3rd State Olympic Games 2019-20 were played at the Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium in Itanagar on Sunday.

EastMojo’s Arunachal Pradesh correspodent Irani Sonowal Lepcha and her partner Jambaa Waii from East Kameng settled for silver after they were defeated by Kurung Kumey’s Napi Tayam and Taku Neha in the women’s doubles category. Napi and Taku won the match in straight sets of 21-16, 21-12. Montilly Pul and Yasin Ngadong from Anjaw and Upper Subansiri’s Yane Kamsar and Yapak Nasi settled for bronze.

Irani shone in the mixed doubles category as well by bagging the silver after she and her partner Bikram Gurung got defeated by Upper Subansiri’s Tai Doyom and Yane Kamse in sets of 21-16, 21-20 in the finals. Though Irani and Bikram gave a tough fight in the second set they had to, however, settle for silver once again.

Kra Daadi’s Dolang Gunung and Taring Yapi and Papum Pare’s Praveen Kr Chetry and Choklom Niji walked home with bronze.

The medals and certificates won by EastMojo’s Irani Sonowal Lepcha at the 3rd State Olympic Games 2020 in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Meanwhile, the men’s singles final saw Laa Robin representing Kamle win gold for his district after he defeated Pakli Bagra of Kurung Kumey 21-16, 18-21, 21-18 in a hard fought match. Nabam Isaac representing Papum Pare and Bikram Gurung of East Kameng won bronze in the category.

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The women’s singles gold went to Napi Tayam from Kurung Kumey after she defeated her otherwise doubles partner Taku Neha in sets of 21-18, 12-21, 21-18. Taring Yapi of Kra Daadi and East Kameng’s Jamba Waii won bronze in the category for their respective districts.

The men’s double finals saw Gumjo Lollen and Kalung Takhi of Rajiv Gandhi University get the better of Ambita Sonam and New Pordung from East Kameng as they defeated the latter in straight sets of 21-15 and 23-21 to win gold.

While Sonam and Pordung had to settle for silver, the bronze in the category went to Nehru Leriak and Tai Doyom of Upper Subansiri and Dolang Gungung and Nabam Taklo of Kra Daadi.

The players and winners of badminton competition in the 3rd State Olympic Games 2020

The finals of the competition were, among others, witnessed by former sports and youth affairs minister Mohesh Chai and Arunachal State Badminton Association secretary Bamang Tago who later also gave away the prizes to the winners.

The competition was held under tournament referee Tania Yasap who is a national level umpire.

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