Indian Table Tennis Team Announced for Asian Games

Updated: 15 September 2014 16:37 IST

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had sent the names to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which, in turn, recommended them to the sports ministry for clearance, which gave the final nod.

Indian Table Tennis Team Announced for Asian Games
A file picture of India's Achanta Sharath Kamal in action during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. © AFP

Mumbai:

A 10-member table tennis contingent, five men and women each, will be representing India at the Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon from September 19 to October 4.

The team was selected on the basis of national and international rankings, keeping in mind the current form of the players.

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had sent the names to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which, in turn, recommended them to the sports ministry for clearance, which gave the final nod.

The paddlers will leave for Incheon Sep 22 and the table tennis events at the Asian Games begin Sep 27.

"We had projected a clear picture about why our paddlers should compete at the Asiad. Our paddlers had reached the semi-finals at Guangzhou and that was good enough reason for their representation. Both the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and ministry officials were convinced," TTFI secretary general Dhanraj Choudhary said, thanking the ministry for the clearance.

The teams:

Men: A. Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, Antony Amalraj and Sanil Shetty.

Women: Ankita Das, Madhurika Patkar, Poulomi Ghatak, Manika Batra and Neha Aggarwal.

Coaches: Peter Engel and Bhawani Mukherjee.

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