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10 paddlers for Asian meet at Busan



New Delhi, June 28: A 10-member team, spearheaded by Achanta Sharah Kamal in the men’s section and national champion K. Shamini in the women’s section, will be seen in action during the Asian Championships at Busan, between June 30 and July 7.


The other male paddlers of the team include Soumyajit Ghosh, Sanil Shetty, Harmeet Desai and Anthony Amalraj while women’s section will form veteran Mouma Das, Neha Aggarwal, Madhurika Patkar and Anikta Das, who is returning to the fold after recovering from injury.


Both Bhawani Mukherjee and Arup Basak will be the coaches while Arun Kumar Banerjee who, as manager of the contingent, will accompany the team at the eight-day championships in the Korean city. All the team members will be directly reaching Busan from Japan where they had gone to compete in the Japan World Tour. After that, they stayed on there to train for the Busan championships.


All the players will be participation both in team and individual events, according to Bhawani Mukherjee. “Though they had an up-and-down like performances at the World Tour event in Japan, their subsequent training in Japan has brought them into shape for the Asian meet,” he said from Tokyo.


During the championships, the Asian Table Tennis Union AGM and elections will be held. For the newly-elected president of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) P.C. Chatuvedi, it will be the first ATTU Congress that he will be attending along with ATTU treasurer and TTFI secretary-general Dhanraj Choudhary.


Chaturvedi will be representing the country at the Congress as a first delegate. Choudhary is likely to be retained as treasurer for the ATTU during the elections. Both have the voting rights.


Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer will be the deputy referee for the championships while Amit Singh will participate as an umpire.