It is an open secret that former National Table Tennis Champion and Olympian S. Raman has been a member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) since he took over the affairs of the Table Tennis Federation of India ( TTFI).
The 51-year-old beat for the new selection criteria proposed by CoA to enter Indian squads.
In a statement to The HinduRaman said the ranking system proposed by the CoA clearly includes selection rules and that it recognizes and encourages international success while insisting that it gives adequate weight to national performance.
Raman said it allows “the discretion of selectors to weigh in when unforeseen circumstances arise.”
He further stated, “I am also glad that the draft (proposed selection criteria) has been released for comment and feedback. It is unprecedented and it is the most democratic process.
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According to the Dronacharya Awardee, “Previous player selections left a lot to be desired. Although there are always players in all the teams that select each other, a few spots see intense competition. It is under these circumstances that prejudice, favoritism and nepotism seep in and our game was no exception. Several recent examples demonstrate that the published selection criterion has been set aside.
Raman said the success of Indian players lately is a good sign that the sport is growing. “The unprecedented success at the last (2018) Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the recent success of Sharath Kamal, G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra and the world ranking No. 4 achieved by Manika and Archana Kamath in women’s doubles and the n World No. 1. Ranking 7th by the mixed doubles combination of Manika and Sathiyan bodes well for India,” he said.