The 10TH SHRI RAM MURTI MEMORIAL 3RD UP STATE RANKING TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2023 (November 4-6, 2023), organized by SHRI RAM MURTI SMARAK (SRMS) TRUST kicked-off with great zeal & gusto at SRMS Engineering College Campus on November 4, under the direction of UP Table Tennis Association (UPTTA), Lucknow.
Conducted by District TT Association (DTTA), Bareilly & Powered by Stag Global, the Day-1 was duly inaugurated by Shri Dev Murti, Chairman SRMS Trust in the presence of Dr Deependra Kamthan, Secretary, District TT Association; NK Lahiry, Tournament Director; Amit Kumar Singh, International Referee from Lucknow (Blue Badge); Saumya Sinha, Assistant Referee (Varanasi); Arif Niaz, Assistant Referee (Sultanpur); Dr Prabhakar Gupta, Dean Academics; Dr Anuj Kumar, Director TDP Cell; Dr DN Rao, Director IQAC; Dr Arti Gupta, Director Pharmacy; Air Marshal Dr MS Butola, Principal IMS; Dr Jaspreet Kaur, Principal IPS; Dr Sovan Mohanty, DSW; Dr Jitendra Singh Yadav, Chief Proctor & several others. Soon after, Shri Dev Murti gave presidential address followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony at the table & played the first igniting shot, justifying the beginning of thrilling matches. Dr Deependra Kamthan also shared motivational words.
Total 600 matches shall be played during the 3-day tournament under 24 Technical Officials, with participation of 450 players, including 150 girls & 300 boys from various UP cities like Agra, Aligarh, Ayodhya, Etawah, Firozabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Mirzapur, Moradabad, Prayagraj, Saharanpur, Varanasi, Sultanpur & Meerut. The category of matches includes Hopes (Under 11); Cadet (Under 13); Sub-Junior (Under 15); Junior (Under 17); Youth (Under 19) & Men/Women (Open event). However, the action-packed day-1 saw impressive participation of Hopes Boys/Girls (U-11), Cadet Boys/Girls (Under 13), Sub-Junior Boys/Girls (U-15) & Junior boys (U-17) in their pre-quarterfinals and quarterfinals.