NEW DELHI: The Delhi Table Tennis Association will look for a new venue from next year to conduct its events in the Capital. The NDMC Indoor Stadium, the DTTA was informed on Monday, would not be available on account of renovation work for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The DTTA Secretary Hukam Singh said, "It is a big blow. Not that we do not have other venues but the NDMC Stadium is very well-located and has the required infrastructure for table tennis."
According to Hukam Singh, the other options lie at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Siri Fort and the Ramjas School, Anand Parvat. "The problem with the hall at the AIIMS is it is not available after 5 p.m. and the hall at Ramjas School does not have a wooden flooring. Siri Fort is well-equipped but then we also need to look at the cost factor," said Hukam Singh.
The NDMC Indoor Stadium manager R.K. Sharma confirmed the move to close the venue.
The DTTA conducts about ten tournaments in a year. The State championship this year is slated from September 11 and the Surjeet Kaur tournament from September 24. The immediate event at the NDMC Indoor Stadium is the 34th Chandramati Bhatnagar memorial Manav Sthali Open tournament for juniors from August 21. Entries close with Mr. Hukam Singh at 6/2543, Beadon Pura, Karol Bagh or Ranbir Bhandari, coach, Manav Sthali School, R-Block, Rajinder Nagar or Mr. R.K. Sharma, manager, NDMC Indoor Stadium. Special Correspondent