All-day sportsmanship at TAMA table tennis tournament
The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) conducted a Table Tennis Tournament on September 14, 2019 at the Atlanta Recreation Club (ARC) in Cumming, GA. Sports have been regular events every year as TAMA continues its efforts to involve all ages and genders of the community in one way or the other. All TAMA events are open to public, and one need not be a TAMA member or speak Telugu.
Junior’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles Basic, Intermediate, Advanced along with Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles were organized. The newly introduced Mixed Doubles category attracted new participants this year, and the overall response was overwhelming with more than 100 participants.
Registrations began at 10 am with a welcome by TAMA Sports & Youth Secretary Rupendra Vemulapalli. Tournament director Archana Athalye from Archi's Table Tennis Club explained all the rules and displayed the draws. All the players showed true sportsmanship by umpiring within the players, and games continued until 6 pm. Donuts were served for breakfast, pizza for lunch, tea in the evening, and water bottles throughout the tournament.
Tournament sponsor Kris Gadde from Allied Informatics Inc., TAMA Leadership, ARC Management, and Archana Athalye presented trophies in junior’s and women’s singles categories. Telugu Association of North America (TANA) President-Elect Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu and TAMA President Venky Gadde felicitated Kris Gadde with a shawl and bouquet. TAMA was applauded for providing frequent competitive tournaments.
1st Place: Sai Samhitha Kanchanpally
2nd Place: Shlok Sohoni
3rd Place: Shourya Tutukuri
1st Place: Lakshmi Guttikonda
2nd Place: Madhavi Perumpalath
3rd Place: Vandana Modey
Men's Singles - Basic:
1st place: Anand Garollu
2nd Place: Prasad Tirumareddi
Men's Singles - Intermediate:
1st Place: Balmurugan Pandian
2nd Place: John Garrett
Men's Singles - Advanced:
1st Place: Radha Krushna Murthy
2nd Place: Sachin Maheshwari
1st Place: Parag Marathe & Ranjit Karmarkar
2nd Place: Amit Deshpande & Navin Kare
1st Place: Radha Krushna Murthy & Sai Samhitha Kanchanpally
2nd Place: Sachin Maheshwari & Madhavi Perumpalath
TAMA leadership Sairam Karumanchi, Srinivas Uppu, Innaiah Yenumula, Bharath Maddineni, Priya Balusu and Subbarao Maddali helped with banners and trophies setup. Venky thanked Gowri Karumanchi who helped with registration throughout the tournament, participants, umpires, sponsor, tournament director and venue management for making the event a grand success.
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