TTFI planning National meet in November with only single events

The TTFI doesn't want to conduct doubles, mixed doubles and team events to prohibit physical contact among the players.

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The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) wants to host the Senior National Championships in November with only singles event following rising cases of COVID-19.

The TTFI doesn’t want to conduct doubles, mixed doubles and team events to prohibit physical contact among the players.

“We will only have team events and doubles if a vaccine is found by then,” TTFI secretary general MP Singh told PTI.

“The target is to have the camp in October and from November to February, we can have the national championships in various categories. In that window, one month will be dedicated to the UTT league (which could not be held in August due to COVID-19),” said Singh.

While chattering about the resumption of the sport, Singh said that the TTFI has decided to have the national camp in Bangalore.

We can wrap up national event in four to five days: Singh

Meanwhile, the players showed the least interest in the camp as only three players including Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar are willing to participate.

“We can wrap up a national event in four to five days but we will stretch it to eight days to gives ourselves enough time to strictly follow all the safety protocols,” said Singh.

All players and officials will be tested before the beginning of the tournament and men and women events won’t take place simultaneously.

“First, we will do the women’s event and there will be a day’s gap before we start the men’s competition. We want to have not more than 200 people gather for one event.” Singh added.

During Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, TTFI also decided to help players and coaches financially who are struggling during this pandemic period, keeping the upper limit to Rs 50 lakh.

“We have not put a number to how many we want to help. It could even go up to even 150 to 200 and total grants could go up to Rs 50 lakh. We will help all players and coaches who are struggling in these times, all those who don’t have a permanent job, people whose coaching centres are shut,” Singh said.

Former India player and multiple-time national champion Poloumi Ghatak along with Mamata Prabhu will be headed the women’s national team as coaches.

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