Indian table-tennis star Manika Batra parts ways with Delhi-based childhood coach, moves training camp to Pune

Batra started training at Gupta's academy here in Punjabi Bagh as an eight-year-old and their association comes to end after more than 15 years

Press Trust of India March 27, 2019 00:21:10 IST
Indian table-tennis star Manika Batra parts ways with Delhi-based childhood coach, moves training camp to Pune
  • India's leading table tennis player Manika Batra has ended her association with Delhi-based childhood coach Sandeep Gupta and will now train in Pune with Sanmay Paranjape

  • Batra started training at Gupta's academy here in Punjabi Bagh as an eight-year-old and their association comes to end after more than 15 years

  • TTFI secretary also confirmed that Canadian Dejan Papic will join the Indian team as head coach by July

New Delhi: India's leading table tennis player Manika Batra has ended her association with Delhi-based childhood coach Sandeep Gupta and will now train in Pune with Sanmay Paranjape.

Indian tabletennis star Manika Batra parts ways with Delhibased childhood coach moves training camp to Pune

File image of Manika Batra. AFP

While both Batra and Gupta were unavailable for a comment on the split, TTFI secretary MP Singh confirmed the development.

"In the TOPS meeting held on 18 March, Manika conveyed her decision to the committee. It is a personal decision and we wish her all the best," Singh told PTI.

Batra started training at Gupta's academy here in Punjabi Bagh as an eight-year-old and their association comes to end after more than 15 years.

The 23-year-old paddler made history last year by winning as many as four medals at the Commonwealth Games including a singles gold. At the Asian Games, Batra and veteran Sharath Kamal almost did the unthinkable by clinching a mixed doubles bronze.

The Indian men's team too finished with a historic bronze at the Jakarta Games, ending India's 60-year wait for a medal at the continental event.

TTFI secretary also confirmed that Canadian Dejan Papic will join the Indian team as head coach by July. The players are without a coach since the departure of Massimo Costantini following the Asian Games.

"We have got the necessary approval from SAI, he should be here by July," added Singh.

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