Table Tennis Federation of India on Tuesday referred to as Manika Batra’s resolution to not take the assistance of nationwide coach Soumyadeep Roy throughout her matches on the Tokyo Olympics as a brazen “act of indiscipline” and she or he will definitely face motion when its Executive Board meets early subsequent month. Roy, who’s a 2006 Commonwealth Games staff occasion gold medallist and an Arjuna awardee, is the one coach who travelled with the four-member staff to Tokyo. Manika had taken her private coach Sanmay Paranajpe to the Games however he was solely allowed to coach along with her and the participant’s request for his Field of Play entry was denied by the organisers.
“It is definitely an act of indiscipline. She ought to have let the nationwide coach sit court-side throughout her matches similar to the opposite gamers did. Roy has been one in every of India’s greatest gamers and is a reputed coach now.
“The Executive Board will meet soon virtually and decide on the action against her for this indiscipline,” TTFI secretary normal Arun Kumar Banerjee informed PTI from Tokyo.
What motion TTFI takes in opposition to its high-profile participant is but to be seen however it’s sure that attendance of all India gamers shall be made obligatory for nationwide camps.
Manika attended the nationwide camp in Sonepat forward of the Games for simply three days when the camp lasted greater than three weeks.
Incidentally, G Sathiyan, who misplaced within the opening spherical in Tokyo, additionally selected to coach with private coach like Manika. However not like Manika, Roy was seen sitting in Sathiyan”s nook throughout his second spherical encounter.
India’s marketing campaign on the Games ended on Tuesday when veteran Sharath Kamal went down combating in opposition to reigning champion Ma Long of China within the spherical of 32.
Manika, ranked 62, additionally did nicely to achieve the spherical of 32 after beating world quantity 32 within the second spherical. Roy occurs to be private coach of Sutirtha Mukherjee who misplaced within the second spherical in her maiden Olympics.
“Manika played well and we are proud of her achievements but she did wrong by not having Roy by her side,” added Banerjee.