Manika Batra vs TTFI: Manika Batra’s blunt statement on coaches row, ‘personal coach must, Indian Chief coach should be for team events’

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Manika Batra vs TTFI: Manika Batra’s blunt statement on coaches row, ‘personal coach must, Indian Chief coach should be for team events’: Star table tennis player Manika Batra has decided to take on Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on personal coaches row. According to Batra, personal coach is must & chief coach’s role should be limited to team events.

Manika Batra vs TTFI: Manika Batra’s blunt statement on coaches row, ‘personal coach must, Indian Chief coach should be for team events’

Manika Batra Personal Coach: According to Batra, if she would have her coach by her court-side in the Tokyo Olympics, she would have done better.

Speaking to PTI, Manika said the authorities, including the TTFI, should not mind personal coaches travelling with the players even in multi-sport events like the Olympics.

“Chief coach is fine for team events but we also have singles event where certainly one needs his/her coach as that person knows more about the training and game of his player,” said the world number 56.

Manika Batra vs TTFI – Manika Batra Personal Coach: She said the India chief coach can focus on the team competitions, while personal coaches steer individual campaigns.

Her comments come after she was show-caused by TTFI for refusing national coach Somyadeep Roy’s help during her singles matches in Tokyo after her personal coach Sanmay Paranjape was denied field of play access due to a limit on accredited personnel by the Games organisers.

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She also cited the example of individual sports like badminton and tennis where it is common practice for players to take their personal coaches in all tournaments.

Manika Batra vs TTFI – Manika Batra Personal Coach: In her response to the show cause notice, Manika has raised questions on Roy who has not been called for the ongoing national camp as a result. The 26-year-old said she expects fair justice.

Table Tennis: Manika Batra declares, ‘Having personal coach is basic requirement of individual sport’ after coaching-row at Tokyo Olympics

Manika and G Sathiyan recently won the mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender in Hungary. Her coach did not travel there.

“Only for the team event part of a tournament, we can of course have a chief coach, but this is not hockey or football. We can give our best if we get to work hard and give our best in training with our training teams as it’s an individual sport not a team sport.

“This is not about ego, it is all about the requirements of a player. Even my seniors went to Sweden and Germany and still go abroad to their individual clubs and train in their hometowns in India, which is how it should be.

“Even in Hungary, coaches of Sreeja Akula and Sathiyan were there and it’s a basic requirement like training. In the team event, it’s okay to have the chief coach but in singles surely, we need our coaches and it has always been at no cost to TTFI,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Manika Batra vs TTFI – Manika Batra Personal Coach: Manika admitted that controversy over her coach being denied field of play access impacted her performance in Tokyo. She nonetheless became the first female player from India to reach the round of 32.

“If the atmosphere and support would have been better, I’m sure I would have played my third round better. I gave my best.

“On the issue (not taking national coach’s help) I have written to the TTFI after its notice and raised issues which are important and I also wish some fair justice,” said the Khel Ratna awardee, India’s highest sporting honour.

Table Tennis: Manika Batra declares, ‘Having personal coach is basic requirement of individual sport’ after coaching-row at Tokyo Olympics

On her overall Tokyo campaign, she said: “I would have definitely liked to cross the third round too and in the first two matches, I really played well.

“The mixed doubles draw (with Sharath Kamal) was tough but it will motivate me to push further.”

Manika has done a lot for raising the profile of table tennis.

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With Inputs from PTI
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