Arunachal’s top badminton player, Laa Talar is spearheading the state-contingent at the North East Zonal Inter-State Badminton Championship, which began at Gangtok in Sikkim on Thursday. The tournament will culminate on September 22.
Besides Laa Talar, the 19-member state team includes (women) Pinky Karki, Laa Yajum, Taring Yania, Kapu Rumi and Gunzan Gongo; (men) Laa Tukum, Raja Gupta, Akshay Raito and Charujaji; (boys) Sonam Tamang, Biki Lakai, Raj Thapa and Chau Kiyon Manpang; and (girls) Dolma Tamang, Napi Tayam, Kenbi Riram, Nisha Upadhyaya and Takio Puna.
Tukum will play both in the men’s and boys’ categories.
Gita Karki and KB Gurung are the coaches, and Toni Bam is the manager of the team.
The championship being a mandatory event of the Badminton Association of India, all seeded players of the region are expected to participate in it, Arunachal Badminton Association secretary Bamang Tago informed.
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