‘Mo­men­tum lost due to de­lay in nam­ing coach’

The Hindu - - SPORT - K. Keerthivasan

In­dia’s star pad­dlers Sharath Ka­mal and G. Sathiyan felt that the de­lay in the ap­point­ment of a for­eign coach for the Se­nior Na­tional team (men & women) has re­sulted in the team “los­ing mo­men­tum.”

“By this time, we should have a got a coach,” em­pha­sised Sharath, the nine­time Na­tional ta­ble ten­nis cham­pion, ranked 33 in the world. “We are los­ing on time and there is no con­ti­nu­ity in the [Na­tional] camp as there is ro­ta­tion of [In­dian] coaches.

Ac­cord­ing to Sharath, with­out a coach, plan­ning gets af­fected and con­se­quently the play­ers have to in­di­vid­u­ally plan, which is a bit of a headache.

Sathiyan, too, con­curred. He said that when the ear­lier for­eign coach Max Costan­tini was in­charge, ev­ery­thing went off well. “He was very good in plan­ning, and that en­abled us to fo­cus bet­ter,” said the 26-year-old, ranked 28 in the world.

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