TTFI to rope in Chinese coach for age-group teams

Speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Oil National ranking table tennis tournament here on Saturday, TTFI secretary Dhanraj Choudhary said:

“We have shortlisted one person for the job (for junior and cadet teams) but we need two more coaches — one for the Kolkata Centre of Excellence and one to conduct training sessions in different associations around the country.

“I will be meeting a Chinese delegation in New Delhi and we will try and work out a proposal.”

Choudhary also said he will request the government to extend national coach Massimo Constantini’s contract, taking into account the results he has achieved in recent times.

Choudhary also expressed confidence in the ability of the ad-hoc committee — which is running the table tennis affairs in Karnataka — to put the sport in order quickly in the State.
Choudhary, who is to meet ad-hoc committee president J Alexander on Sunday, said the panel had the ability to conduct democratic elections soon.

“This committee has done what the previous committee refused to do. They have worked really hard in bringing about a change and I know a legal body is just around the corner.
“Once the election process is complete, I will try and bring an international championship to Karnataka.”

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