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S Kamal and M Batra will lead the six-member Indian table tennis team at the Paris Games

S Kamal and M Batra will lead the six-member Indian table tennis team at the Paris Games


Commonwealth Games champion Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will lead a six-member table tennis team for the Paris Olympics.

The squad was announced by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).

41-year-old Sharath Kamal will make his fifth and final appearance at the Olympics, while Manika Batra will play in her third consecutive Games.

Meanwhile, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, a member of the gold medal-winning men's teams at the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games, failed to make the main squad but has been picked as a reserve player.

All six players for the team were selected based on world rankings.

Sharath Kamal, the country's top-ranked men's singles table tennis player at world number 40, Manav Thakkar, world number 62, and national champion Harmeet Desai, at 63rd, will form the men's team.

Manika Batra, who climbed to a career-best ranking of world number 24 after a historic run at Saudi Smash last week, Sreeja Akula, ranked 41st, and Archana Kamath, world number 103, will compete in the women's team event .

Ayhika Mukherjee is the reserve player of the women's team. Both Sathiyan and Ayhika travel to Paris, but do not stay in Games Village.

They will be called upon in case of any injuries.

Paris will mark the first time that India will be represented in the team table tennis events at the Olympics.

Both the men's and women's team events were introduced into the Olympic program from Beijing 2008.

The Indian men's and women's table tennis teams have been awarded quotas for Paris 2024 based on their respective rankings in March.

With the team quota, the country has secured two quotas each in the men's and women's singles tournaments.

In singles, Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai will compete in the men's category, while Manika Batra and Sreeja Akula will feature in the women's event.

Former TT player Massimo Costantini from Italy was also present as a special invitee to the selections. Costantini will take charge as coach of the Indian table tennis team next month.

The team
Men's team: Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar; Reserve player: G. Sathiyan
Men's singles: Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai
Women's team: Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula and Archana Kamath; Reserve player: Ayhika Mukherjee
Women's singles: Manika Batra and Sreeja Akula.




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