The Table Tennis Federation of India’s (TTFI) proposal has been resisted by the country’s top players who believe to wait and watch for at least a month or two is a good option.
As per the SAI’s Standing Operating Procedure guidelines, to restart of training for athletes, top paddler thinks that it’s too soon to think about organizing a camp.
“Firstly, even though domestic flights have started, travel is an issue. And more importantly, it’s not safe. It’s good that the federation is being proactive, but it is simply too early at this point to even think about a camp,” Sharath Kamal, India’s top paddler at world No 31, said on Wednesday.
“The federation officials themselves will not be happy to travel at this point of time, so what’s the hurry? You can have individual rooms and quarantine players, but what about cooks and cleaning staff? And I don’t think anybody will want to come to Chennai (which has a high number of positive Covid-19 cases) at this point of time,” he added.
Following guidelines from SOP, the Federation plans to have individual rooms for players and coaches with separate training sessions for men and women.
“We are looking at the Raman academy (Raman TT High-Performance Centre) in Chennai, Sonepat or New Delhi. Kolkata was an option but isn’t any longer due to the Cyclone Amphan,” TTFI secretary general MP Singh said.
G Sathiya, who is waiting for Tamil Nadu’s government clearance to start individual training in Chennai said that some measures have to be implied before thinking of organizing a camp.
“First, state governments have to allow local players to start training internally without any travel; even that hasn’t happened yet here in Chennai. Then, transport has to resume normally with all flights operating safely without any cancellations. And third, there should be no quarantine rules in any state. Before these things happen, I feel it is practically impossible and unsafe to hold any camp. We could probably think of something in August, and that is also if things get better and come close to normalcy,” the world No 32 Sathiyan said.