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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Meets Indian Tennis Players

On 15 November 2017, Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met at his residence with eight tennis players from Eastern India who would visit China soon.

Mr. Jaidip Mukerjea, President of Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) and founder of Jaidip Mukerjea Tennis Academy (JMTA), gave an introduction of the group, saying that the delegation consisted of tennis players, coaches and tennis enthusiasts, among whom Mr. Saurav Panja, Ms. Shivika Burman and Mr. Saurav Sukul are well-known tennis players in India and have won prizes at many domestic and international tournaments. Mr. Saurav Panja won the Indian national doubles championship six times and the title of the runners-up at men’s doubles at the Chennai Open, and he also had good performance at the Wimbledon tournament and the US Open. Ms. Shivika Burman started tennis at her childhood with her father as her coach. She was a junior national champion and national women's doubles champion, and also won prizes in the international tournaments in Djibouti and Egypt respectively. Mr. Saurav Sukul was once the Indian men's singles runner-up, and he had good performance in tournaments in Romania and Portugal.

Mr. Mukerjea said he himself was the national youth champion in 1959, the men's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1960, and he had acted as the Indian team leader at the Davis Cup. Many of his family members were in politics, but he loved tennis instead of politics, and has been dedicated to tennis promotion. All the members of the delegation are looking forward to the visit to China and the exchanges there, expecting to learn from their Chinese counterparts on the popularization of tennis.

Consul General Ma said the Indian tennis delegation was welcome to visit China and told them about the itinerary as well as the development of the sport of tennis in his country. He also noted that China and India could have exchanges on other sports as well as tennis. As two countries with the largest populations in the world, China and India have great potentials for exchanges and cooperation and can learn from each other in many fields. The two sides should strengthen exchanges, enhance friendship and promote the sound and stable development of the bilateral relationship.

Consul Zhang Jing and Ms. Chen Fei were present at the meeting.

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