A first RK Ragaisin memorial badminton championship 2023 organised by Tamenglong district badminton Association (TDBA) kicked off in Tamenglong district at multipurpose hall Apollo on Wednesday.
The opening ceremony was attended by local MLA Janghemlung Panmei, Tamenglong ADC chief executive officer Kachamthai Faiga Gangmei and Tamenglong sub divisional officer Meidinbui Dichongta as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
A one-minute silent prayer was observed to show respect and honour to Late RK Ragaisin during the opening ceremony.
In his chief guest speech, local MLA Janghemlung Panmei congratulated all the players. He thanked the organisers.
Recalling his father RK Ragaisin who was a badminton player, he recalled when his father inspired him to play badminton.
“I am not a professional but I was among sports lovers. I used to play basketball and football, etc,” he said.
Discipline is extremely important in sports. Good discipline makes a person successful in life, he said.
“Let us have good discipline even outside the sport in our society. If a person has good discipline our living standards will change, our society will change, our district will have more development,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, guest of honour Kachamthai Faiga Gangmei recalled that Ragaisin used to give valuable advice. He said RK Ragaisin was the first chief executive officer of ADC Tamenglong.
Tamenglong district badminton association made efforts to identify the potential young players to come up in a state level and, national level and even the international level is appreciable, he said.
In his speech as guest of honor, SDO Tamenglong Meidinbui Dichongta urged all the members to follow RK Ragaisin who left his legacy for the younger generations.
The tournament has under 13 boys and girls and single and double, under 17 boys and girls single and double, open men and women single and double, mixed open double, 35 years above men single and double, 45 years above men double and 50 years above men single and double categories.
As many as 116 teams registered to play in the tournament in the first RK Ragaisin memorial badminton championship 2023.