TTFI names probable 16 for CWG, final team to pick after May 23 national camp | More sports news


NEW DELHI: Reigning national champions Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula were named to the likely 16-man roster for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, to be held in July-August, on Monday.
Delhi High Court-appointed board member SD Mudgil who heads the suspended Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) told PTI that the final squad will be announced after the end of the training camp on 23 to May 30.
Initially, the training camp will be held at Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports Excellence in Bengaluru.
“After their meetings on April 25, May 1 and May 2, the selectors shortlisted the probables for the next Commonwealth Games.
“The list was finalized after observing the players at the national championships in Shillong, detailed deliberations and discussions of past performances and medal prospects,” said Mudgil, who is a former athlete himself.
The CoA, headed by retired Justice Gital Mittal, took office in February after the existing set of office bearers were suspended by the Delhi High Court for leading a “sorry state of affairs”.
“We want to bring the game to every nook and cranny of the country. Our goal is also to make the administration transparent. Judge Gita Mittal has been very proactive on this front.
“The performances of our athletes have also been encouraging lately. They give us a lot of hope for the CWG, the Asian Games (now postponed) and the 2024 Olympics,” Mudgil said.
Earlier this month Indian players including star paddler Manika Batra made huge gains in the ITTF World Rankings after the sport’s governing body approved changes to the points system.
Manika reached a career high of 38 in singles jumping 10 places while G Sathiyan was the highest placed Indian at 34.
Veteran Sharath, who won his 10th national title at Shillong, also moved up to world number 37 while Sreeja Akula, who won her first national title, moved up 39 places to 68th.
The Indian team has also been without a foreign coach since the 2018 Asian Games.
“We are working on that as well and hope to finalize soon,” Mudgil added.
List of probabilities 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.

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