Indian table tennis squad for Commonwealth Games shortlisted
TTFI has named 16 probable players for the CWG that include National champs Sharath Kamal, Sreeja Akula and Manika Batra, G. Sathiyan. The final squad will be decided after National camp.
Reigning national champions Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula were on Monday named in the 16-member probables list for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in July-August.
In a first, the training camp will be held at Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Bengaluru.
After their meetings on April 25, May 1 and May 2, the selectors shortlisted the probables for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. "The list was finalised after watching the players at the national championships in Shillong, detailed deliberations and discussions on past performance and medal prospects," said Mudgil, who is a former athlete himself.
The CoA, headed by retired Justice Gital Mittal, had taken charge in February after the existing set of office-bearers was suspended by the Delhi High Court for running a "sorry state of affairs".
"We want to take the game to every nook and corner of the country. Our focus is also on making the administration transparent. Justice Gita Mittal has been very proactive on that front. The performance of our athletes have also been encouraging of late. They give us a lot of hope going into the CWG and Asian Games (now postponed) and Olympics 2024," said Mudgil.
Earlier this month, Indian players including star woman paddler Manika Batra made massive gains in the ITTF world rankings after the sport's governing body approved changes to the points system. Manika attained a career-high singles ranking of 38 with a jump of 10 spots while G Sathiyan was the best-placed Indian male at 34.
Veteran Sharath, who won his 10th national title in Shillong, also gained a place to be world no 37 while Sreeja Akula, who won her maiden national title, gained as many as 39 places to be ranked 68th. The Indian team also doesn't have a foreign coach since the 2018 Asian Games.
"We are working on that as well and hope to finalise soon," added Mudgil.
Probables list for CWG:
Men: G Sathyian, Sharath Kamal, Manush Shah, Snehit Fidel Rafeeque, Manav Thakkar, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, Anirban Ghosh
Women: Manika Batra, Archana Kamath, Shreeja Akula, Reeth Rishya, Suthirtha Mukherjee, Ayhika Mukherjee, Diya Chitale, Swastika Ghosh.