The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) have plans to appoint a panel of national coaches till the Olympics to train the Indian players till the Olympics.
According to The New Indian Express, the plan was approved by SAI and TTFI after players had a meeting and informed the authorities of their urgent need for guidance. The contingency was formulated as the federation couldn’t make inroads to find a foreign coach since Massimo Costantini’s resignation.
Though the exact number of Indian coaches is not yet confirmed a couple of coaches have been spoken to in this regard and a final call will be taken soon.
The step is mainly taken to help the Indian paddlers in the team and doubles event. Singles have their fixed training routines, which is not much affected. The move is taken considering the upcoming ITTF World Team Qualification Event coming up in January.
India have been hunting for a coach since Massimo Costantini left the post after the Asian Games 2018. They reached out to Dejan Papic and Jorg Bitzigeio. While Papic couldn’t the side because of a surgery, Bitzigeio is currently embroiled in a court case after the USA team refused to accept his resignation.
According to TNIE, Sharath Kamal has been assigned the task to talking to another coach — Dubravko Skoric — and to try to convince him to come down to India. Skoric currently is in Germany and the Sharath will be travelling to Europe for training next week and will meet him to strike a potential deal.