5th edition of MSC Cup begins today


Staff Reporter


Reigning National doubles champion Sourav Saha will participate in the senior category of the 5th edition of the MSC Cup 2022, all-India invitational table tennis championship organised by Miramar Sports Club in association with the Sports Authority of Goa to be held at Peddem Indoor Stadium, Mapusa.

The tournament, which is slated to be held from June 24 to 28, will also feature the likes of Arjun Ghosh — who was the National champion in the year 2019, Rakshit who is Karnataka youth and men’s number one player and will compete alongside top Goan players such as Dheeraj Rai, Anshuman Agarwal (National medal winner), Noel Noronha, Prutha Parrikar and several others.

Joel Andrade, president of Miramar Sports Club during the press briefing said, “The tournament is spread across 5 categories – open team, open singles, open doubles, open U-15 team and open U-15 singles. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. in the morning and conclude at 7 p.m. in the evenings. Around 60 Goan players will be in contention for the top prizes in the tournament whereas players from cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Haryana and Bangalore will participate in the championship.”

“I have been coming to Goa to participate in this tournament for many years. Standard of game in Goa is steadily rising and players like Wesley Do Rosario are making a mark at the National stage. Miramar Sports Club has organised this tournament in a wonderful manner in the past, providing good hospitality and I am looking forward to this year’s edition,” stated Arjun Ghosh, a former National champion.

Sourav Saha, reigning National Doubles champion echoed similar sentiments. “Many of my colleagues have participated in this tournament in previous years and though I have visited Goa three times, this is the first time I will be participating. Tournaments like these give exposure to many youngsters and will have motivating effect on local budding players. I am happy to see Goa bloom in Table Tennis and I wish the organisers success”, said Sourav, the young paddler from Haryana, who partnered Wesley Do Rosario to lift the National doubles title earlier this year.

All the finals of the tournament are scheduled to be played on June 28 at 3.30 p.m. Cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh are to be won across all categories.