10th Journalists' Sports Meet 2020: The Sangai Express retain cricket title as ISTV finish overall team champions
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 14 2020: The Sangai Express continued to stay unbeaten in Cricket as ISTV Network were crowned overall champions of the 10th Journalists' Sports Meet 2020 which was held from March 8 to 12 at various stadiums under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalists' Union.

ISTV Network earned the overall team champions title with a haul of 5 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze medals at the sports meet while The Sangai Express were able to finish runners up with a collection of 5 gold and 3 silver medals.

10th Journalists' Sports Meet 2020: The Sangai Express retain cricket title as ISTV finish overall team champions
10th Journalists' Sports Meet 2020: The Sangai Express retain cricket title as ISTV finish overall team champions

Cricket : In the cricket final played at Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium on March 12, The Sangai Express defeated ISTV Network by 10 wickets to remain unbeaten since 2018 .

ISTV Network won the toss and posted a target of 40 runs losing 7 wickets in their quota of 8 overs.

Basanta shone in this innings with 3 wickets in his name while Ibobi managed two wickets in their spell of two overs each.

The Sangai Express which thrashed Poknapham in the semi-finals, chased downed the target with ease in 5.2 overs as Kishan struck 24 off 14 balls and experienced Ibobi gathered 16 runs off 12 balls.

7 media teams took part in this event.

Football: This years' football title went to Impact TV as they got the better of TOM TV by a slender 1-0 margin in the final on March 11 at Artificial Turf Ground, Khuman Lampak.

The goal worthy enough of a winner was scored by Ranachandra late in the 30th minute.

8 teams from different media houses took part in this tournament.

Volleyball : TOM TV were crowned the champions of the volleyball tournament of the sports meet held on March 9 at Khuman Lampak Outdoor Volleyball court.

TOM TV defeated Impact TV in straight sets in the final to win the top honour.

Athletics : Th Kishan of The Sangai Express took centre-stage at the athletic events of the Sports Meet held on March 9 at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.

He won 4 medals including three gold and a silver medal.

In the shot put event, Th Kishan managed a throw of 10.04 m to bag the first gold while ISTV's Binoy (9.39 m) and Gyaneshwor Y (8.81 m) finished second and third.

Kishan bagged the lone silver medal in the discus throw event as he recorded 26.59 m to finish second while ISTV's W Kumarjit earned the gold with a 27.25 m throw.

Binoy N (25.30 m) of ISTV also won the bronze medal of the event.

Kishan then fetched gold medals in the 100 m (12.27 s) and 400 m (1:6.80) races for men.

ISTV's N Bipinchandra (5 m), L Arun (4.93 m) and W Kumarjit (4.90 m) leaped their best to win the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the long-jump event.

In the women's shot-put event, Roshimala of ISTV won the gold with a 7.19 m effort while her compatriots Babyta N (6.11 m) and Jayaluxmi Th (5.58 m) settled for the silver and the bronze medals respectively.

Babyta of ISTV on the other hand bagged a gold medal in the discus throw event as she recorded the best throw of 15.95 m while compatriot Roshimala Kh won the silver (15.31 m) as Impact TV's Th Rina grabbed the bronze medal (15.11 m) .

L Ashapriya of TOM TV fetched the women's 100 m race gold with a time of 16.64 seconds while ISTV's Roshimala (16.96 s) and Impact TV's Victoria RK (17.33 s) finished second and third.

In the 400 m race, Victoria RK had the best time of 1 minute 36.02 seconds to win the gold while H Ronibala of Media Unified (1:39.50) and ISTV's Roshimala (1:55.36) finished second and third.

Roshimala of ISTV however leaped 3.25 m to win the gold and Impact TV's Victoria RK (3 m) and ISTV's Jayaluxmi (2.97 m) finished second and third.

Badminton : E Bormani of Media Unified clinched the men's badminton title while The Sangai Express' I Ibobi had to content with the silver medal.

Meanwhile TOM TV's Shanti Salam won the women's title beating Thingujam Rina of Impact TV in the final.

Table Tennis : I Ibobi of The Sangai Express earned the table tennis crown as he beat Takhellambam Lenindro of Hueiyen Lanpao in the final match.

S Sonia of Poknapham on the other hand bagged the women's table tennis gold medal beating Correspondent's N Rina in the final.

Chess : In the chess event which was participated by 20 members from various media houses, E Bormani of Media Unified finished on top to win gold while The Sangai Express' I Ibobi finished second to win a silver medal.

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