India paddlers call for more coaches, sparring partners

India’s high paddlers need the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to enhance amenities on the nationwide camp and that features having more coaches and sparring partners. The gamers and the federation had a dialogue in Sonepat on Wednesday hours after TTFI axed Manika Batra, India’s highest ranked lady participant, from the staff for the Asian Championships in Doha as a result of she had refused to attend the nationwide camp.

TTFI made attendance at nationwide camps necessary for India choice in August after some gamers had opted for coaching with personal coaches earlier than the Tokyo Olympics. Batra, 26, had joined the Olympics’ camp late. She stayed for a number of days solely after personal coach Sanmay Paranjape was allowed to hitch the camp.

Batra skipped the present camp which started within the first week of September. As per its new framework, TTFI has barred personal coaches within the camp.

World No 56 Batra has been coached by Paranjape in Pune since 2019. Paranjape, two years older to Batra, has performed on the nationwide stage. Before Paranjape, Delhi’s Sandeep Gupta was Batra’s coach for 15 years.

“We called her three times to join the national camp. I don’t know what is the reason for her not attending,” stated TTFI president MP Singh.

“Our policy is very clear. Only those players who attend national camps can be eligible for selection. And when we are selecting an India team, our coaches will go and you will have to play under them. If a player is participating in events where they are not part of the national team, they are free to have their own coaches. But we cannot pick anyone with no credentials to go with the team as a coach,” stated Singh.

The gamers have stated they want a correct teaching structure, camps at a venue the place there’s a correct gymnasium, more sparring partners and physios — particularly ladies physio — and higher tools. They additionally need to be consulted earlier than dates for camps are determined to make sure they don’t conflict with Pro Tour occasions. TTFI has agreed to offer higher amenities, shift the camp from Sonepat and inform the gamers upfront about dates.

Another sticking level was not having a international coach. After Italian Massimo Costantini, who guided India to historic performances in 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, TTFI has did not rope in a single. The head coach’s function is being taken up by ‘former players of repute’ in each event.

The staff for the Asian Championships, scheduled from September 28-October 5, could have Arup Basak as coach. Soumyadeep Roy was in cost in the course of the Olympics.

“Why will a player come to the national camp when there is no proper coaching structure? If he is able to manage better training facilities, he will any day prefer to train on his own. The federation needs to put together a proper set up as far as coaching is concerned,” stated a participant requesting anonymity given the delicate nature of the problem.

“We will have two foreign coaches by the end of this year,” stated Singh.

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