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    Nagaland Badminton Association President and Minister for Road and Bridges Y. Vikheho Swu presenting a memento to shuttle star Ashwini Ponnappa at the closing ceremony of Victor 1st North-East Masters (Veteran) Badminton Championship 2017.

    Nagaland Badminton Association President and Minister for Road and Bridges Y. Vikheho Swu presenting a memento to shuttle star Ashwini Ponnappa at the closing ceremony of Victor 1st North-East Masters (Veteran) Badminton Championship 2017.

    Dimapur (EMN):

    Indian badminton star Ashwini Ponnappa says she wants to return to Nagaland and the northeast to impart lessons in the game.

    ‘I will definitely come back to Nagaland to conduct two to three days badminton course for the sport enthusiast and share my experience with badminton,’ assured Ashwini Ponnappa to the cheering crowd at the closing ceremony of Victor 1st North East Masters (Veteran) Badminton Championship at the Dimapur District Badminton Association Indoor Stadium in Dimapur on Saturday.

    Ashwini Ponnappa, Indian Badminton player sign an autograph for her fans at the closing ceremony of the 1st Victor North East (Veteran) Badminton Championship 2017 at Dimapur, Nagaland on Saturday, May 06, 2017. Photo by Caisii Mao

    Ashwini Ponnappa, Indian Badminton player sign an autograph for her fans at the closing ceremony of the 1st Victor North East (Veteran) Badminton Championship 2017 at Dimapur, Nagaland on Saturday, May 06, 2017. Photo by Caisii Mao

    Ponnappa is also the brand ambassador for Victor. She is a recipient of the Arjuna Award. The star called badminton a wonderful sport. “It is great to see badminton being played in every corner of the country and Victor Company will do anything to support badminton in Nagaland and will do the best the make this game popular,” said Ponnappa who attended the closing ceremony as a special guest.

    The Nagaland Badminton Association’s president, also Minister for Road and Bridges Y Vikheho Swu, was the guest of honour for the event. He suggested to the north-eastern representatives to form a common badminton association for the region. He said such an association would be ‘feasible’ and the initiative will not only expand the prospect of the players but strengthen the bonds of the entire northeast region too.

    Lauding the DDBA for associating with Victor Company and organising a successful event in Dimapur to ‘develop friendship through badminton,’ Swu remarked that the affiliation with Victor will promote badminton in the region.

    Swu conveyed gratitude to Victor for their vision in delivering high quality sports equipments. He maintained that the NBA has been doing well so far in promoting the game. There are more badminton tournaments in the state compared to other sports, he said.

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    source: http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com / Eastern Mirror / Home> Sports> Nagaland Sports> Current Article / by Abhijit Mirror / May 07th, 2017

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