Somdev to be brand ambassador of Northeast Sports Festival

January 12th, 2009 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Jan 12 (IANS) India’s new tennis sensation Somdev Devvarman, who hails from the northeast, is likely to be the brand ambassador of the Northeast Sports Festival (NSF) beginning here Feb 4, officials said Monday.”We are trying our best to make Somdev brand ambassador of the NSF. We would finalise the proposal at the steering committee meeting of the festival on Jan 16,” said Kamal Saha, secretary of the Tripura sports council.

The Northeast Sports Festival is the biggest sporting extravaganza of the region.

“The NSF would also remember the legendry music maestro Sachin Dev Burman, a scion of the Tripura royal family,” Saha told IANS.

Somdev was born in Guwahati. His father Pravanjan Devvarman, a retired income tax commissioner, originally hails from Tripura.

“We are very proud of him. He put up a very good show against Kevin Kim (ranked 113) former World No. 1 Carlos Moya (41), and Croat Ivo Karlovic in the Chennai Open tennis tournament,” Somdev’s father Pravanjan said.

“Somdev gave his finest presentation in the Chennai Open tournament and we really expect that he would play some good tennis in the future,” Pravanjan told IANS by phone from Chennai.

Somdev’s relatives in Tripura, too, took his defeat Sunday in the finals sportingly.

“He has lost to a much higher ranked player after a gruelling battle. We are proud of him and we are certain he will do better in the coming days,” said Dayamay Debbarman, Somdev’s uncle here in Agartala.

Somdev visited Agartala last month to see his close relatives and was given a reception by the Tripura Tennis Association.

“We were really thrilled by the performance and energy of Somdev. This boy, descended from Tripura’s tribal nobility, will earn much credit for India in future in the field of sports,” said Tripura Tennis Association secretary Sujit Roy.

Somdev belongs to Tripura’s royal family. He is the grandson of Tripura’s late royal scion Bikramendra Kishore Debbarman, popularly known as Bidurkarta.

Roy said: “Somdev’s father Pravanjan was a blue in table tennis and cricket during his student life.”

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