Ultimate Table Tennis 2019: Defending champions Dabang Delhi to face Puneri Paltan on opening day of third season
Dabang Delhi TTC is led by the world no. 24, who is currently the highest-ranked Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Dabang Delhi TTC will face off against Puneri Paltan in the opening match of the third season of Ultimate Table Tennis on 25 July
Dabang Delhi is led by the current highest-ranked Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (world no. 24)
The six-team city-based affair will see a total of 36 players in action
New Delhi: Defending champions Dabang Delhi TTC will face off against newcomers Puneri Paltan in the opening match of the third season of Ultimate Table Tennis on 25 July.
Dabang Delhi, led by the current highest-ranked Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (world no. 24), also boasts of Romanian Bernadette Szocs (world no. 19), Jon Persson of Sweden (world no. 72) and rising Indian paddler Parth Virmani in their ranks.
Puneri Paltan will be no pushovers as they will be spearheaded by Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei (world no. 28) besides having German veteran Sabine Winter (world no. 62) and India's top paddlers Ayhika Mukherjee and Harmeet Desai in their squad.
More high-voltage action will be on the cards on day two when new entrants Chennai Lions, who possess the country's most experienced player in 37-year-old Achanta Sharath Kamal (world no. 32) and German star Petrissa Solja ( world no. 26), take on fellow newbies U Mumba TT.
The team from Mumbai has the likes of Doo Hoi Kem (world no. 12) of Hong Kong and the talented Manav Thakkar of India in their arsenal.
2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Manika Batra of India (world no. 56) will step up to the table on the third day for her team RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata, that also includes UTT debutant Benedikt Duda of Germany (world no. 53), Matilda Ekholm of Sweden (world no. 25) and Sanil Shetty of India.
The Kolkata outfit will take on the rechristened Goa Challengers (formerly Empowerji Challengers) comprising the league's top-ranked player Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei (world no. 8), India's Amalraj Anthony and Spaniard Alvaro Robles (world no. 56).
The six-team city-based affair will see a total of 36 players in action, including 11 Olympians, 2 Youth Olympians and a total of 25 national champions across all the senior categories, fighting it out for the coveted UTT trophy.
TTFI form inquiry panel to investigate Manika Batra's allegations of match-fixing against Soumyadeep Roy
TTFI-vice president Chiranjib Choudhuri has been named the chairman of the inquiry panel which has to submit its report within six weeks. Janendra Jain and Parth Goswami are the two lawyers in the panel while Yashpal Rana is the other member.
After Manika's allegation that the national coach had asked her to throw a match during the Olympic qualifiers in March, the federation had asked Roy for a written response which he has submitted.
The Table Tennis Federation of India had made it clear that any player not attending the camp will not be considered for selection. The team was picked on Wednesday and was subsequently published on TTFI website.