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Ahmedabad: Seemingly upset at being included only as a ‘standby’ in the table tennis squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Gujarat paddler Manush Shah has emailed the Sports Authority of India alleging a “lack of transparency” in the selection criteria for the event and “explanation sought” much the same.
The court-appointed Committee of Trustees (CoA), in place of the indefinitely suspended Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), had named veteran Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai to the squad on Tuesday, in addition to keeping Manush on standby. The rules allow a maximum of three entries each in men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles, in addition to two each in men’s doubles and women’s doubles from one country, for the Commonwealth Games.
However, the Vadodara paddler is upset that he didn’t get the chance to play mixed doubles with different partners during the week-long camp at the Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports Excellence in Bangalore. The camp was aimed at selecting players for the CWG.
“I was paired with a lower ranked player in men’s doubles and had no chance in mixed doubles,” Manush told TOI.
He said he was told verbally that he didn’t have “the required experience” to be on the CWG team. “If I’m not selected in the team, how will I gain experience? I got to know the team through the media. There was no official communication from the CoA. There is no transparency in the selection,” the 21-year-old said.
In his email to CoA, Sports Authority of India and Sports Authority of Gujarat, Manush wrote: “I would ask you to make the selection criteria transparent for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022.”
The paddler alleged that despite being ranked second under the ‘old selection criteria’ (based on which the CWG squad was announced), he was dropped from the main team and named only as a reserve .
In the communication, he further wrote, “I always held out hope of being selected because of my national and international rankings. Also, no league matches have taken place that could affect my ranking. I won a bronze medal at the Nationals in Shillong and also won the singles event at the Ecuador Open. I enclose the ranking of the top 8 taking into account the old criteria and also the new criteria (which must be applicable from October 2022) which clearly shows that I am in the top four.
He declined to elaborate when asked about his next course of action.
The CoA comprises three members – former Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal, Chetan Mittal and former athlete SD Mudgil.
Asked about the “lack of clarity” in the CWG team selection, Mudgil played it safe and said a conscious effort had been made by CoA to choose the best team for India. “We made a conscious effort to choose the best team. We sent the list to SAI. The final decision will be made by SAI. If they feel that he (or any other player) should be included, we will be more than satisfied of the decision,” Mudgil told TOI.
In the last edition, India came away with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
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