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Tokyo Olympics 2020: TTFI promises to appoint head coach for four-year cycle after Massimo Costantini's departure
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: TTFI promises to appoint head coach for four-year cycle after Massimo Costantini's departure

Notwithstanding their disappointing performance in the Olympics team qualifiers, the Indian paddlers have done exceedingly well in the last 18 months to raise the profile of the sport in the country

India's former TT coach Massimo Costantini says country's paddlers should adopt balance approach in lead up to OIympics
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India's former TT coach Massimo Costantini says country's paddlers should adopt balance approach in lead up to OIympics

Constantini had decided against renewing his contract last year citing personal reasons. Since his departure, Indian paddlers have been without the services of a national coach

Firstpost Spodcast Episode 255: PV Sindhu progresses to second round of Japan Open, Sourav Ganguly surprised over Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane's omission and more
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Firstpost Spodcast Episode 255: PV Sindhu progresses to second round of Japan Open, Sourav Ganguly surprised over Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane's omission and more

In today's episode of Spodcast, we discuss PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy's win in the first round of Japan Open, former India captain Sourav Ganguly's surprise reaction to not see Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in India's ODI squad for West Indies tour and more.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sharath Kamal says new coach Dejan Papic should not put new system in place one year before Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sharath Kamal says new coach Dejan Papic should not put new system in place one year before Games

Achanta Sharath Kamal said that the new coach Dejan Papic shouldn't be in a hurry to make changes as it is tough to coach as big a country as India

Sharath Kamal rues absence of national coach, says team doesn't know when new coach Dejan Papic will be joining
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Sharath Kamal rues absence of national coach, says team doesn't know when new coach Dejan Papic will be joining

In March, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had roped in Papic as chief coach in place of the long-serving Massimo Costantini, who quit last year citing personal reasons.

Neha Aggarwal interview: Ex-India paddler on roadmap Indian table tennis needs for Tokyo Olympics
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Neha Aggarwal interview: Ex-India paddler on roadmap Indian table tennis needs for Tokyo Olympics

In the last few months, Indian table tennis made headlines and history. What must India do to capitalise on the momentum in time for Tokyo Olympics? Neha Aggarwal tells Firstpost

Asian Games 2018: Foreign coaches helped deliver 7 of India’s golds, but NSFs must find balance with national coaches
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Asian Games 2018: Foreign coaches helped deliver 7 of India’s golds, but NSFs must find balance with national coaches

After the likes of Anju Bobby George and Abhinav Bindra used a daring approach and found themselves coaches overseas, more and more Indians are walking that route. Foreign coaches helped shape seven of the 15 gold medals India won at the 2018 Asiad.

Asian Games 2018: Strategy, draw, drive combine to help India win historic men's team table tennis bronze
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Asian Games 2018: Strategy, draw, drive combine to help India win historic men's team table tennis bronze

A good draw combined with sound strategy and the drive to bring home the maiden Asiad medal helped the men's table tennis team clinch the historic bronze

Asian Games 2018: 'Well prepared' and constantly improving G Sathiyan a vital cog in India's quest for maiden medal
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Asian Games 2018: 'Well prepared' and constantly improving G Sathiyan a vital cog in India's quest for maiden medal

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran's meteoric rise is down to his hunger to get better each day. In Jakarta, he will be a vital cog in India's quest to bring home their maiden medal.

Asian Games 2018: From CWG favourites to continental underdogs, Indian paddlers need teamwork, luck for medal
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Asian Games 2018: From CWG favourites to continental underdogs, Indian paddlers need teamwork, luck for medal

India haven't won a medal in table tennis at the Asian Games. But with Sharath Kamal in red-hot form, a vibrant team and the women paddlers riding high on confidence after the CWG success, this is their best chance to break that medal duck.

Asian Games 2018, Massimo Costantini interview: Medal is within our reach, says India's table tennis coach
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Asian Games 2018, Massimo Costantini interview: Medal is within our reach, says India's table tennis coach

India's table tennis coach Massimo Costantini feels that India can bring home the elusive medal from the Asian Games.

Archana Kamath beats Malaysia's Chang Alice Li Sian to book ticket to Buenos Aires YOG Series Oceania
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Archana Kamath beats Malaysia's Chang Alice Li Sian to book ticket to Buenos Aires YOG Series Oceania

Archana, simply put behind her weariness and concentrated on the job at hand, quickly going for a practice session, with coach in toe, on the previous evening soon after landing.

After successful CWG, Sharath Kamal-led Indian table tennis team departs for World Championships
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After successful CWG, Sharath Kamal-led Indian table tennis team departs for World Championships

After tasting unprecedented success at the Commonwealth Games, the Indian table tennis team left in two batches for the World Championships to be held in Halmstad, Sweden from 29 April to 6 May.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Manika Batra's self-belief, execution skills propelled her to new heights in Gold Coast
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Commonwealth Games 2018: Manika Batra's self-belief, execution skills propelled her to new heights in Gold Coast

The eleven days in Gold Coast have been like a dream for Manika Batra and her stellar performances have captivated the sporting world

Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian men's TT team thrived under pressure to live up to expectations and bring back gold
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Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian men's TT team thrived under pressure to live up to expectations and bring back gold

There were high hopes from the Indian men's table tennis team at the Gold Coast and they made sure they didn't dissappoint as they brought back the gold.

Commonwealth Games 2018: How strategy and motivational talk helped India's women paddlers end Singapore domination
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Commonwealth Games 2018: How strategy and motivational talk helped India's women paddlers end Singapore domination

On a historic day in Indian table tennis, by ending Singapore's domination, the women paddlers had indeed done something special as well as extraordinary.

Commonwealth Games 2018 Table Tennis preview: Sharath Kamal-led India can exorcise Glasgow, Rio ghosts and match 2010 Delhi tally
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Commonwealth Games 2018 Table Tennis preview: Sharath Kamal-led India can exorcise Glasgow, Rio ghosts and match 2010 Delhi tally

In his fourth Games, Sharath Kamal will lead a vibrant side with a good mix of youth and experience that is confident of matching the Delhi Games heroics into the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Sharath Kamal looks to repeat history and win another double at Gold Coast
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Commonwealth Games 2018: Sharath Kamal looks to repeat history and win another double at Gold Coast

Sharath has his name on all the three gold medals India has won at the quadrennial competition and factoring in his recent form, he thinks he can add at least another two yellow metals to his overall kitty.

Soumyajit Ghosh believes table tennis in India in its best phase, as country breaks into top-15
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Soumyajit Ghosh believes table tennis in India in its best phase, as country breaks into top-15

Ace Indian paddler Soumyajit Ghosh, who along with G Sathiyan came close to toppling the top-seeded Japanese duo of Jin Uda and Maharu Yoshimura only to end with a silver in the men's doubles at the Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte last week, feels this is the best phase for table tennis in the country in recent times.

What Indian table tennis needs to trump China, other East Asian nations at Olympics
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What Indian table tennis needs to trump China, other East Asian nations at Olympics

When we cite China or Japan as examples for countless medals that they have won at the Olympics and Asian Games, we tend to forget the amenities available to sportspersons in these countries.