Paddler Manika Batra will receive a show cause notice from TTFI for refusing the coach’s assistance at the Tokyo Games.© AFP
The Indian Table Tennis Federation decided on Wednesday to issue a show cause notice to star paddler Manika Batra for her refusal to take help from national coach Soumyadeep Roy at the Tokyo Olympics. Although Manika’s coach Sanmay Paranjape had access to the training sessions in Tokyo, he did not have the accreditation to enter the playing field and a request to upgrade his access card. was refused. In a protest, Manika refused the help of Team Roy’s designated coach during their singles matches. She made history by reaching the round of 16. “Before boarding the flight to Tokyo, she knew full well that her personal trainer did not have access to the playing field. Therefore, she should not have acted as she did (refusing the help coach).
“We will publish the notice tomorrow and Manika will have 10 days to respond and on that basis we will decide what action to take,” TTFI General Secretary Arun Banerjee told PTI after the board meeting.
It was also decided at the meeting that players will need to attend the national camps if they are fit and available. Manika had only attended the three-week Olympic camp for three days while G Sathiyan preferred to train in Chennai under the guidance of his personal trainer S Raman.
“All Indian players should attend the camp from now on as long as they are available and not playing overseas,” Banerjee added.
He added that the dates for the training camp before the Asian Championships in Doha in September-October will be announced soon.
The table tennis contingent returned from Tokyo with their best ever performance as Manika and Sharath Kamal reached the round of 16. Sutirtha Mukherjee also did well to reach the second round on her Olympics debut while Sathiyan lost her opener.
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