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After Soumyajit Ghosh was charged with rape with invesitagations into criminal proceedings pending, he was immediately dropped from the squad bound for Gold Coast. However, it has now been confirmed that a young Sanil Shetty will be replacing the veteran in a squad that hopes to mount a competitive challenge at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The Table Tennis Federation of India's request to include Sanil Shetty in the squad was approved by the Indian Olympic Association barely yesterday even as Sanil Shetty himself took to social media to announce the inclusion. It has been two days since the contingent including some very strong names have left for Gold Coast. Also read: Commonwealth Games 2018: Squad for Table Tennis announced Initially named in the reserves, Sanil Shetty already has visa clearance and CWG accreditation to travel to Gold Coast as he left late yesterday with TTFI secretary MP Singh. As quoted by the Times of India, Sanil seemed to be unfazed by the sudden development as he assured his preparedness for a competition of this scale. 'I was mentally prepared for this and I'm glad that I finally got the nod. We've a very strong team and we can win a lot of medals," he said. "We'll be playing against England and Singapore in doubles and in individual category we will be taking on top paddlers like Aruna Qadri of Nigeria and England's Liam Pitchford. Our paddlers have beaten some of the top-ranked players in recent times and our morale is quite high," he continued. Also read: I was going to be an engineer. Table Tennis found me. Despite the IOA recently snubbing the paddler for Gold Coast, it is reported that an excessive persuasion by the TTFI had caused the top brass to change their minds and clear Shetty's name as the official replacement under 'extenuating circumstances'.
TTFI Secretary MP Singh however thanked the IOA for their support explaining that the decision to drop Soumyajit was necessary under the circumstances.