Top paddler Sharath Kamal believes India has a good chance of winning a medal, for the first time, at the Asian Table Tennis Championship in Doha from September 28.
Table tennis powerhouse China have pulled out of the tournament as they face their National Games. Chinese paddlers will not have time to quarantine themselves in Doha as their national event ends on September 26.
Speaking on the People’s Republic of China website, Qin Zhijian, secretary of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, explained why it is not possible to send Chinese paddlers to Doha. “The National Games table tennis competition runs from September 17-26 and the Asian Championships begin on September 28[au 5 octobre]. There is a limited intermission between the two tournaments. Considering the international flights, it is quite difficult for the team to get to Qatar in time to participate, ”he said.[toOctober5)ThereislimitedintermissionbetweenthetwotournamentsTakinginternationalflightsintoconsiderationit’squitedifficultfortheteamtoarriveinQataronscheduletoparticipate”hesaid[toOctober5)ThereislimitedintermissionbetweenthetwotournamentsTakinginternationalflightsintoconsiderationit’squitedifficultfortheteamtoarriveinQataronscheduletoparticipate”hesaid
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Sharath expects the Indian men’s team to win a medal. “Now that China is no longer in competition, we have gone from fifth seed to fourth seed. We have never played the semi-finals before. In addition, the two semi-finalists get a bronze medal. . Plus, Singapore isn’t the same strong team it used to be. “He said. Sports star Friday.
The 39-year-old, a nine-time national champion, said he had started training for the Asian championships. “We expect clarity on the national Asians camp in a few days,” he said.
Sharath has confirmed, however, that he will not be participating in the WTT Star Contender tournament in Doha scheduled for September 22-25. ” I’m not ready yet. I want to take my time. “