Peddem: Holders Maharashtra maintained their dominance by winning the junior and senior mixed team championship events, at the West Zone Inter State Badminton championships 2019, held at multipurpose stadium, Peddem.
The Maharashtra team comprising highly ranked India players like Kaushal Dharmamer, Vaidehi Choudhari and doubles pairing of Deep Rambhaiya / Vignesh Devlekar won the senior team championship with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Madhya Pradesh. Though the Madhya Pradesh squad too had a few quality players in their ranks in the form of rising junior players Priyanshu Rajawat, Piyush Bobade and Shubham Prajapati, the team however could not get going against the in-form Maharashtra outfit, which played flawlessly from start to end.
The final of junior mixed team event was a contrasting match which went down to the wire. Gujarat gave the defending champions plenty of difficult moments, taking a 2-1 lead at the end of the first three ties. Thereafter, Maharashtra’s girls doubles and mixed doubles pairs stood their ground and handled pressure moments well to win the next two ties, and clinch the title for their team.
In junior team event, Goa and Madhya Pradesh secured bronze medal finish while Chhattisgarh and Gujarat won bronze in senior mixed event.
Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat, Mapusa MLA Joshua De Souza and other guests.