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Trouble with the appointment of foreign coaches for India’s Table Tennis contingent has been reported by Times of India. After the social media handle of Sports Authority of India announced the appointment of Brett Clarke and Yin Wei as the heads of the Junior team and the National Academy respectively, the two coaches have reportedly refused to come down and begin.
1. Brett Clarke from Australia for Juniors
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) February 1, 2019
The reason for this was cited to be a delay in appointment from SAI which prompted them to take up jobs with other countries. The TTFI Secretary General MP Singh was informed by both Clarke and Wei in seperate emails the same day SAI broke the news on Twitter.
According to TOI, these were the contents of Clarke’s mail:
As per my phone conversation with Mr. Chaudhary (former TTFI SG Dhanraj Chaudhary), I am no longer available for coaching position in India. I have been waiting for my appointment for the last six months. I left many contracts in that time. It’s time to move on and start working. I uderstand both of you have good intentions but let me make this resignation final
Wei’s mail was reportedly similar.
Indian Table Tennis has seen a spurt of good form in the year of 2018. For the first time in history, an Indian is ranked 28th in the world. The 2018 Commonwealth Games also saw a slew of good performances where the contingent ended up picking at least a medal in all categories. History was created at the Asian Games as the country won its first ever medal in the sport at the multi-sport tournament.
Indian Table Tennis has been without a foreign coach since Massimo Costantini quit in September after completing his contract and cited personal reasons for not renewing it.
“SAI never communicated the terms and conditions to them despite them waiting for their contracts to arrive,” MP Singh was quoted as saying by TOI.