Asian Table Tennis Championships: India's Sharath-Sathiyan, Desai-Thakkar win bronze medals in men's doubles
The Indian men made history at the Asian Championships, first winning team bronze last week, and both pairs adding a doubles bronze each.
With a medal already in their pocket, the Indian paddlers took on the Koreans head-on. But the rampaging Koreans, also the top seeds, were a far better side.
The Indians will take on the winners of the South Korea versus Hong Kong match on Friday.
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.
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.
ITTF Czech International Open: G Sathiyan beats Yevhen Pryshchepa in straight games to win men's singles title
The top-seeded Indian, ranked 39 in the world, beat Yevhen 11-0 11-6 11-6 14-12 in the final.
ITTF Czech International Open: G Sathiyan advances to final after Sweden's Truls Moregardh retires hurt in semis
Sathiyan, ranked 39 in the world, will take on Yevhen Pryshchepa of Ukraine in the summit clash later on Wednesday.
The other Indians who advanced in the men's singles were Jeet Chandra, who beat Alexandre Robinot 4-2, and Snehit Suravajjala, who defeated Samuel Walker 4-2.
It was a memorable win for Manika and Sathiyan, who don't play a lot of mixed doubles together.
WTT Contender: Manika Batra beats Sreeja Akula to reach singles semis, through to mixed doubles final with G Sathiyan
In the women's singles quarter-final, Manika beat Sreeja 3-2 with the scoreline reading 7-11, 11-1 8-11 13-11 11-6 in favour of the two-time Olympian.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sharath Kamal interview — ‘My fight against Ma Long will make every Indian kid believe they can also do it’
After a satisfying campaign, Sharath Kamal spoke to Firstpost about that match against Ma Long which won a lot of hearts as well as India's table tennis campaign in Tokyo, where he stands right now in his career and way forward for the sport in India.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Manika Batra scripts stunning comeback against Margaryta Pesotska; G Sathiyan bows out after strong start
Manika, ranked 62, made a remarkable comeback after losing the first two games to prevail 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 in a second round match that lasted 57 minutes.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ramji Srinivasan discusses working with Olympic-bound athletes, challenges of being strength and conditioning coach
In an exclusive chat with Firstpost, former Indian cricket team strength and conditioning coach Srinivasan talks about his experience working with the likes of Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Bhavani Devi.
The likes of archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, table tennis players G Sathiyan and A Sharath Kamal, ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth and lone Indian gymnast in fray, Pranati Nayak, also started their training on Monday.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian athletes largely satisfied with food at Olympics village; no daily housekeeping
A major chunk of the Indian contingent arrived in Tokyo on Sunday and has spent close to two days at the Village.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra and other Olympic-bound table tennis players to attend camp at Sonepat
Sharath Kamal, Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee will finally get a chance to train together, while G Sathiyan will continue to train in Chennai under his coach S Raman.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Derailed Games preparation back on track after Manika Batra agrees to attend national camp
The preparation anyway has been far from ideal due to the COVID-19 related restrictions. The team also doesn't have a head coach since the 2018 Asian Games.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic preparation going haywire as India's top table tennis players prefer to train individually
After not getting his Denmark visa for training, Sharath Kamal is looking forward to the national camp in Sonepat but his preparations would be incomplete if he is not able to train with mixed doubles partner Manika Batra.
Paddler G Sathiyan donates Rs 1 lakh towards fight against COVID-19, urges public to ‘fight this pandemic together’
Sathiyan, who has qualified to represent the country in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics, had donated a sum of Rs 1.25 lakh to the Centre and Tamil Nadu government in 2020 for their fight against the coronavirus.
The Chennai-born player, who had reached the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games in 1982, was also a successful coach.