Costan­tini bids adieu cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND -

Mas­simo Costan­tini, the name syn­ony­mous with the suc­cess of the In­dian ta­ble ten­nis play­ers in this year’s Com­mon­wealth Games, World cham­pi­onship and Asian Games, has cho­sen not to re­new his coach­ing con­tract.

For the time be­ing, the Ital­ian has cited per­sonal rea­sons for not be­ing able to ex­tend his as­so­ci­a­tion with the In­dian team. The ill­health of his wife made it dif­fi­cult for Costan­tini to spend more time away from home this year. For the next one year, he will be In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion’s High Per­for­mance Di­rec­tor.

“This job al­lows me to work from home and also limit my travel to ful­fil my fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said the two­time head coach of the In­dian team, be­fore leaving for home.

The Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia sec­re­tary M. P. Singh said, “We re­quested Costan­tini to stay on, or at least ac­com­pany Manav Thakkar and Ar­chana Ka­math for the up­com­ing Youth Olympic Games. At the same time, we saw his rea­son to leave. We would love to have him back when­ever he is ready.”

In the mean­time, TTFI has asked Costan­tini help fi­nalise his re­place­ment.

RAKESH RAO

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