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UTT National Ranking Championships: Test of a challenge for hosts and players

Championships (South Zone) to this tourist destination and the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium is as significant for the host association as it is for the players participating in it.

The Union Territory last hosted the Senior Nationals in team and singles events at the same venue in 2015. If the nationals have their aura, the ranking events have their characteristics, laying the foundation for a player as the pathbreaker to build in many ways.

In that sense, the South Zone Championships, getting underway from tomorrow here, is a test of a challenge for the participants and the inexperienced but enthusiastic hosts, with a new set-up at the helm of affairs. But the latter is leaving no stone unturned to make it as big as it can get. Now the onus is on the players to prove their mettle in the absence of the three big guns in Achanta Sharath Kamal—he recently went through a knee procedure and recuperating—and G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra.

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