- The Indian women’s table tennis team emerged as the defending champion.
- Indian team was a victim of upset in front of Malaysia in the quarterfinals
- In this match, the female coach was absent, the coach of the men’s team appeared on the bench.
CWG 2022The dispute between Indian women’s table tennis player Manika Batra and the Table Tennis Association in the Tokyo Olympics is not over yet. Meanwhile, in the Commonwealth Games 2022, a new controversy related to table tennis has arisen. New controversy has erupted again in the Indian table tennis team and questions have been raised over the presence of a male coach in the women’s match. Significantly, India’s women’s team came in the event as the defending champions but in the quarter-finals, Malaysia was the victim of an upset.
female coach absent
In India’s quarterfinal match, India’s designated women’s coach Anindita Chakraborty was absent during the knockout stage match, raising many questions. Instead of him, during this match, the coach of the men’s team, S Raman, was sitting near the court. SD Moudgil, a member of the Committee of Administrators running the Table Tennis Association of India, said, “This should not have happened. Only the female coach should have been present during the women’s match. I will talk to the team in this matter.
Let us tell you that Moudgil should have been in Birmingham with the Indian team as the team manager but he stayed in India to connect sports psychiatrist Gayatri Vartak to the team. Raman is the personal coach of male player G Sathiyan. Raman was seen coaching Rit Rishya when the quarter-final match turned very tight. After this unexpected defeat, the Manika Batra-led team did not even stop to talk to the media, which is standard protocol in such big events.
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Men’s team coach Raman said after the match, “It was a very close match. For us the combination was completely different. The combination of a defensive player, a left-hander and a right-hander was challenging for us. The girls put up a tough challenge but today was not our day.” Earlier in the Tokyo Olympics also, there was news of a dispute between Manika Batra and the coach and no one was seen on the bench during their match.
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