Aki and Sharvani wins U-16 title in the third IME JTI Grand Junior Open Tennis Championship

4th Apr, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, April 04: Aki Zuben Rawat and Sharvani Shrestha have won the U-16 title in the third IME JTI Grand Junior Open Tennis Championship. Aki defeated Arav Samrat Hada with 2-1 score in the final of the U-16 boys' tennis court at Mandikhatar on Sunday. 

Aki won the first set with 6-1 score and lost the second set with 3-6 score. In the final, Aki won the title with the score of 6-4. It took Aki three hours to defeat Arav. Similarly, Sharvani Shrestha defeated Raina Shah with 2-0 score in the girls U-16 event. Sharvani won both the sets with 7-5 score. It took Sarbhani three and a half hours to defeat Raina.

Both the champions won Rs 20,000 each. President of Nepal Tennis Association Jyoti Rana, President of IME Foundation Hemraj Dhakal, Member Secretary Anjali Aryal Dhakal, Former AIG Rajendra Singh Bhandari, Spokesperson of IME Group Raju Poudel and Tennis Coach Krishna Raj Ghal distributed prizes to the winners. On the occasion, medals and certificates were distributed to the champions of different age groups.

Addressing the program, Chairman Rana on behalf of the private sector lauded the contribution made by IME Group in the development and expansion of the game of tennis. Hemraj Dhakal, Chairman of the foundation, said that sports would also help in the education of children, adding that all the players participating in the competition are champions. 

Former AIG Bhandari lauded the contribution of an organization like IME in getting children accustomed to playing tennis. A total of 105 players from across the country participated in the competition, which was conducted under the corporate social responsibility of IME Group. Forty-five girls and 60 boys competed in 14 different events. 

The IME Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established under the IME Group's corporate social responsibility. The foundation has been contributing in various fields including education, health and sports.