Table Tennis Federation of India not to renew Kucharski's contract

Updated: 01 August 2012 20:36 IST

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) will not renew chief national coach Leszek Kucharski's contract, which ends this month, as some of the senior players are reportedly unhappy with his method of coaching.

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) will not renew chief national coach Leszek Kucharski's contract, which ends this month, as some of the senior players are reportedly unhappy with his method of coaching.

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"Senior players are not too happy with him. Kucharski is a good coach but somehow our players are not too comfortable with him. He does not mix with the players and there are some other issues as well," TTFI general secretary, Dhanraj Choudhary told PTI.

The Polish coach was appointed by the TTFI last October and under his stewardship, youngsters Ankita Das and Soumyajit Ghosh made it to London Games.

However India's best bet Achanta Sharath Kamal failed to qualify for his third consecutive Olympics -- something which is being considered as failure on foreign coach's part.

Choudhary, however, refused to divulge any further details about the appointment of next coach and whether he will be of foreign origin.

The general secretary, meanwhile, appreciated Soumyajit's effort at the Olympics, but he was critical about Ankita.

"The way Soumyajit played was really appreciable. He beat a higher ranked player in the first round. Though, he lost in the second round, he played extremely well against the Korean.

It was his first exposure at the big stage and he did perform well. He is a promising player and I am really happy with his performance," Choudhary said.

Asked about Ankita's first round exit, Choudhary said, "Ankita could have played better."

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