Sunday, May 7, 2017

Loyola girls reign supreme in BB Yadav TT

Patna: Loyola High School won the girls’ team event title of the BB Yadav Memorial Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament defeating DAV School (Board Colony) 3-2 in a pulsating final at Bihar Young Men's Institute hall here on Saturday.

In the boys' section, St Xavier's School "A", DAV Board Colony "B", St Michael's School "A" and DAB Board Colony "A" cruised into the team event semifinals'

Singles matches also began today as in the sub-junior boys' section, Mohit, Shivam Puskar, Siddarth, Sagar. Vidhan, Priyanshu, Raj Chakraborty amd Mehul Kumar moved into the second round winning their respective first round matches. 

Earlier, in the girls’ team semifinals, DAV Board Colony beat Litera Valley 3-0 and Loyola High School "A" beat St Michael's School 3-0.

Friday, May 5, 2017

St Xavier's School 'A' in BB Yadav TT quarterfinals

Patna: St Xavier's School "A" team entered the quarterfinals of the boys' team event of the BB Yadav Memorial Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament at the Bihar Young Men's Institute Hall here on Friday.

In girls' section DAV School (Electricity Board Colony) occupied their place in the semifinals.

Earlier, Bihar Table Tennis Association (BTTA) vice president KM Sinha inaugurated the tournament. Organising secretary Tarun Kumar, former state champion Somnath Roy and Raj Kumar Singh were present on the occasion.

In boys’ section, St Xavier's School  beat St Michael's School 3-0 (Adil Ibrahim beat Raj Shekhar 11-7, 11-5, 11-7, Kumar Aayush beat Hajma 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 while the pair of Adil and Vikas beat the pair of Sagar and Hajma 11-6, 11-6, 11-7).

In girls' section team event, DAV beat Loyola High School B 3-0 (S Priya beat Rashmi Rathi 8-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, Twinkle beat Komal 11-4, 11-1, 11-5 and Twinkle and A Priya beat Rashmi and Srishti 11-5, 11-6, 11-5).

Other results (girls): Litera Valley beat Krishna Niketan 3-2, Loyola School "A" beat Litera Valley 3-2
Boys: St Xavier's beat St Michael's 3-0, St Xavier's beat Litera Valley 3-0 and St Michael's beat Litera Valley 3-0.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Coal India-SAI National TT Academy MoU signed

New Delhi, May 4: Taking yet another positive step, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal India Limited (CIL) and the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) for an ultramodern all-encompassing academy, to be set up in Kolkata.

The MoU is initially for a period eight years and could be extended on mutual agreement of the parties concerned and it was signed by Roque Dias, Executive Director (Special Project Cell), S.N. Singh, General Manager CIL and Dushyant Chautala, MP and president of TTFI at Shastri Bhavan on Tuesday in the presence of Injeti Srinivas, Secretary Sports and SAI Director General, Suthirtha Bhattacharya, CIL Chairman-cum-Managing Director and M.P. Singh, Secretary General of TTFI.

Named Coal India-SAI National Table Tennis Academy, it will start functioning from Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium premises of SAI, with Coal India pumping in over Rs. 7 crore towards constructing a training centre that can accommodate 24 tables and house 48 residential trainees, all in the age group of 10-14 years. But come August, the academy will be able to induct 24 residential trainees before gradually increasing its capacity to 48, according to the MoU.

SAI, on its part, will provide adequate space within its Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre at Salt Lake to construct the training centre with all modern facilities, besides appointing support staff, coaches, making available a complete scientific support, flooring, etc. 

Under the MoU, SAI is expected to meet the obligation of appointing two officials, seven coaches, a two-member staff and eight sparring partners, including some from abroad. The space provided for hostel at its premises will be large enough to comfortably accommodate 50 trainees with separate floors for boys and girls.  

CIL, on the other hand, will support the cause financially under CSR and take care of all capital expenditure and sports equipment and other operating costs for the initial period of three years which is extendable.

“We have been funding various other sports projects under CSR. We are happy to be associated in this academy, which is will be one of its kind in India,” said CIL’s Singh after signing the MoU.

It will be TTFI’s duty to provide all technical assistances, including helping in talent scouting, establishing periodical tie-ups with international coaches and granting affiliation to the academy in order to help its trainees participate in all national ranking championships under the Academy banner. 

This, in turn, will mean that the academy boys are eligible for international exposure as and when selected.

“All parameters to check the quality of coaches and experts and periodical review of trainees will be in place,” said TTFI president Dushyant Chautala.

Since the academy is residential in nature, it will provide for schooling of all its trainees, possibly adopting the open school method with provisions to monitor and supervise the academic progress of trainees on a regular basis.

“As per SAI policy, our idea is to promote all Olympic disciplines because we want a steady stream of international quality players. So table tennis has very good potential and this academy will be one such hub to produce quality players, We also arrange national and international workshops, seminars for trainees, coaches and technical officials to update their knowledge,” said the SAI Executive Director.

Picture caption: 
Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas, TTFI President Dushyant Chautala and S.N. Singh of CIL afer signing the MoU at Shastri Bhavan as TTFI Secretary  General M.P. Singh and CIL chairman Suthirtha Bhattacharyna look on.

 TTFI release

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Harmeet breaks into double-digit world ranking

New Delhi, May 3: Harmeet Desai joined the select band of Indians to break the barrier of three-digit world ranking mark to be at No. 95. A. Sharath Kamal and Soumyajit Ghosh are the other two men paddlers who had their places sealed long back with their consistent performances. Incidentally, this is the first time ever that three Indians figure in under-100 world ranking.

With his sterling presentation at the Wuxi Asian Championships, both in team events as well as in singles, Harmeet moved five places ahead after being at No. 100 on the men’s ranking list.

Sharath, who is still the top-ranked Indian at No. 54, has lost a place—he was No. 53—while Ghosh, despite his title winning performance at the Chile Open on Sunday, has made a small jump ahead, moving to No. 83 from No. 84.

But the worst sufferer is Manika Batra who, from world No. 93, has been pushed to No. 103. The other women paddlers have done nothing worthwhile to move up the ladder.

In Youth Boys, Arjun Ghosh has moved several places to break the 100-mark barrier as he is ranked No. 98 in the world. Manav Thakkar, Abhishek Yadav, Ronit Bhanja, Anirban Ghosh, Siddesh Pande, Jeet Chandra, Birdie Boro and Manush Shah have gained in world rankings but none matching the performance of Arjun Ghosh.

In Youth Girls, Ayhika Mukherjee has improved upon her world rankings by going up two places from No. 37 to No. 35, along with Moumita Datta (No. 147), Seleena Depthi (No. 177) and Diya Chitale (No. 209). Surprisingly, Archana Kamath has lost a few places from No. 56 to be No. 59.

In Junior Boys, Manav Thakkar has made big amends to figure at No. 29 while Manush Shah at 115,  identical gain of 10 places for both players.

In Junior Girls, Archana is now among the top 20 in the world, a good two-spot jump, following India’s performance at the Belgium Open in Spa last month. Along with her, Moumita Datta who helped the team win gold, has gained 18 places and is currently at No. 79. Others who have gained from the Spa championships were Selena Deepthi (No. 93) and Diya Chitale (No. 116). The girl from Maharashtra was languishing at No. 147 until the May list was published.

For the first time, both H. Jeho and Payas Jain in under-15 boys’ section and Anusha Kutamble and Vanshika Bhargava in under-15 girls category have entered the world ranking list while Diya, who was the lone Indian at No. 26, has gained three spots to be at No. 23.

TTFI release