Asian Games 2018: Indian contingent slams table tennis scheduling with women's team set to play thrice on first day

Jakarta: The Indian table tennis contingent slammed the scheduling of the team competition at the Asian Games on Sunday, with the women having to play as many as three matches on their first day.

File image of Sharath Kamal. Reuters

File image of Sharath Kamal. Reuters

Indian women beat Qatar 3-0 in the morning before going down to the mighty Chinese 0-3 in the afternoon session. They are scheduled to play Iran in the evening session.

The Sharath Kamal-led men's team are scheduled to play two matches. They have beaten UAE 3-0 and play Chinese Taipei later to potentially decide the group winner.

"They have really messed it up with the scheduling here. Two matches in a day are still fine but three is a bit too much. I have not seen such scheduling in the earlier games," Sharath told PTI.

The Indian men's team is expected to reach the quarterfinals. The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarterfinals.

"If we lose to Taipei, we will have to play Vietnam at on Monday to decide the second and third position. If we win, then we play the quarterfinals just four hours later. It is absurd," he added.

If the women's team beats Iran, it will reach the quarterfinals.

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Updated Date: Aug 26, 2018 18:31:24 IST