Bhubaneswar, April 14: The ITF Asian (Jr) Championships Finals that commenced on April 4, concluded at Kalinga Stadium here on Friday with Team Korea emerging overall Champions of the tournament.
Korea’s Won Min Kim and Jiyun Oh were crowned the Singles champions in the boys and girls category, respectively.
With athletes from 14 countries, the event saw Asia’s finest junior tennis players battle it out for supremacy in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The award ceremony was graced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who presented the medals to the winners in the presence of Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera and Odisha Tennis Association (OTA) president Asit Tripathy.
Korean Tennis Prodigy Wonmin Kim said, “I will always remember my accomplishments here, and I want to return soon for my next challenge. It’s an incredible feeling to win my first tournament in this stadium.”
Complimenting on the tenure spent at the tennis centre, Korean tennis woman player Jiyun Oh said, “We have been fortunate to play some of the best playoffs in this centre and the tournament has been extra advantageous for us to keep pushing our potential. We do look forward to get back to this court very soon”
“Today, we have seven synthetic courts and a centre court for players to practice and compete. Furthermore, we have eight coaches to guide and mentor our young athletes. The way forward for tennis in the state is very promising,” said OTA president Asit Tripathy.
OTA secretary OTA Satyajit Mohanty, Tournament Director Sanjeeb Panda, Sports and Youth Services Secretary Vineel Krishna were present on the occasion.