Odisha To Host 21st Commonwealth Table tennis Championship
Odisha Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Odisha State Table Tennis Association (OSTTA) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to host the 21st Commonwealth Championship in Cuttack from July 17-22.
The signing took place in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Monday. Odisha’s Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera was also present at the occasion among many other high-profile delegates.
“Today’s MoU signing is an important step for us in promoting sports and especially table tennis in the state. I congratulate Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and the Odisha State TT Association for partnering with our government in hosting this prestigious event,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Dhanraj Choudhary, Director International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Advisor TTFI, was present at the ceremony and commended Odisha’s fine sports infrastructure and global expertise and thanked them for hosting this tournament.
As of now, fourteen countries have confirmed their participation in the championships which will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack. The participating nations include – India, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Australia, Cyprus, South Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Interestingly, the previous two Commonwealth Championships, 2013 and 2015, have also been held in India.