New Delhi, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

A squad of paddlers left for the Slovak Open ITTF global Junior Circuit table tennis championships to be held at Senec from today.

The squad, comprising five boys and five girls, will also travel to Wladyslawowo in Poland subsequently to play in a premium event in Poland beginning May 28.

The twin tours is meant to give the team members the much-needed exposure and advanced coaching before the September Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships to be held in Mumbai.

The boys teams of Abhiskeh Yadav, Lalrin Puia and Utkarsh Gupta along with Ayhika Mukherjee, Priyadarshini Das and Akula Sreeja have been cleared at government cost while Sabhay Virmani and Riti Shankar at no cost to government.

"We wanted to give the boys and girls some coaching as well as match practice before the Asian Junior championships in Mumbai. The match experience in both the global circuit events will help our paddlers in the home even in September," said Dhanraj Choudhary, secretary-general of the Table Tennis Federation of India.

Coaches Vijayasarathi Seshadri and Jyoti Shah are accompanying the players on the twin tour which concludes on June 1.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)