International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 Zoran Primorac attends the Sunset Sports Media Festival https://ottf.org/zoran-primorac-attends-the-sunset-sports-media-festival/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:55:19 +0000 https://ottf.org/zoran-primorac-attends-the-sunset-sports-media-festival/ Alongside the likes of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Zoran Primorac attended the recent Sunset Sports Media Festival held in Zadar from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th June. The panel he sat on was Underdogs/The Heart of Sports. The theme of the discussion was “The underdog story is one of the most popular in […]]]>

Alongside the likes of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Zoran Primorac attended the recent Sunset Sports Media Festival held in Zadar from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th June.

The panel he sat on was Underdogs/The Heart of Sports.

The theme of the discussion was “The underdog story is one of the most popular in sports. But how does a so-called “minor sport” gain traction in a sports media landscape increasingly dominated by world football’s big dogs, the NBA and NFL? With just a fraction of the budget, how does “Freestyle Football” or table tennis earn a seat at any table – let alone the very large one? Here, we find out what key steps and creative methods they use to make noise and draw the world’s attention in their direction.

Key discussion points focused on:

  • How do minor sports create and control their content rights?
  • How to attract new attendees with limited budgets
  • How to compete with big sports for attention and how to creatively fight for your place on the big stage

“The panel was very valuable; we discussed many different topics,” explained Zoran Primorac. “The conclusion was that each of us (minor sports) had to find our own creative way to reach the media, the fans and the sponsors.

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Ostrava once becomes the host city of the Czech Para Open https://ottf.org/ostrava-once-becomes-the-host-city-of-the-czech-para-open/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:49:11 +0000 https://ottf.org/ostrava-once-becomes-the-host-city-of-the-czech-para-open/ Once again the destination is Ostrava, as for the inaugural event in 1997 and since then; the capital of the Moravian-Silesian region is home to the 15e edition of the Czech Para Open, a tournament that today respects the memory of Jiri Danek. Play in the three-day tournament begins on Thursday 23rd June. More recently, […]]]>

Once again the destination is Ostrava, as for the inaugural event in 1997 and since then; the capital of the Moravian-Silesian region is home to the 15e edition of the Czech Para Open, a tournament that today respects the memory of Jiri Danek.

Play in the three-day tournament begins on Thursday 23rd June.

More recently, just under a year ago in July, five players who became gold medalists returned.

Notably Petr Svatos from the host country is part of the group; he won class 3 of the men’s singles.

Still in men’s singles, the German Björn Schnake is back, as are the Serbian Zorica Popadic and the Hungarian Andras Csonka.

Last year, Björn Schnake emerged victorious in class 7, Andras Csonka won the class 8 title; meanwhile, Zorica Popadic, a class 4 athlete, took gold in classes 2-5.

Similarly in women’s singles, Turkey’s Ebru Acer defended her title; she won class 11.

Players should take note, as are the names of the three Tokyo 2020 gold medalists.

The French Fabien Lamirault (class 2) and the Pole Patryk Chojnowski (class 10) appear in the men’s individual events, the Ukrainian Maryna Lytovchenko (class 6) in the women’s competition.

Earlier this year, in mid-May, all three enjoyed success in Slovenia; most notably Maryna Lytovchenko completing a full headline sweep.

After her success in class 6 in women’s singles, in class 14 she won gold with Hungary’s Zsofia Arloy, before achieving the same result in mixed doubles driving with her colleague Viktor Didukh.

A total of 266 players (193 men, 73 women) will compete in Ostrava; no less than 37 nations will be represented.

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The former Grantham College and Charles Read Academy student will represent England in table tennis at the 2022 Commonwealth Games https://ottf.org/the-former-grantham-college-and-charles-read-academy-student-will-represent-england-in-table-tennis-at-the-2022-commonwealth-games/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:41:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/the-former-grantham-college-and-charles-read-academy-student-will-represent-england-in-table-tennis-at-the-2022-commonwealth-games/ An alumnus of Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen and Grantham College will represent England as part of the women’s table tennis team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer. Mollie Patterson, 19, a former Charles Read Academy (CRA) student and table tennis specialist, is studying sports science at the University of Nottingham […]]]>

An alumnus of Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen and Grantham College will represent England as part of the women’s table tennis team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.

Mollie Patterson, 19, a former Charles Read Academy (CRA) student and table tennis specialist, is studying sports science at the University of Nottingham on a sports scholarship, after earning triple honors in her extended degree Level 3 in Sport from Grantham College.

Mollie praised the outstanding support she received while studying at Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which she joined in year 10 as part of the unique Table Tennis Performance Center.

Mollie Patterson in action. Photo: Alan Man (57194174)

Mollie said: “From the moment I entered Charles Read Academy, I realized it was a place where I could fulfill my academic potential while following my table tennis aspirations.

“The academy went above and beyond to allow me to develop as an athlete. I had so many opportunities to represent school and confidence alongside my training, and they were so supportive when I had time out of school to train and participate in international competitions.

“My time at Charles Read has certainly helped me achieve one of my ultimate dreams, to represent my country at a major senior international competition. This year I achieved that by qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022”.

Mollie Patterson, pictured left, with table tennis specialists Charles Read Academy in the 2019 English Schools Final. (57422237)
Mollie Patterson, pictured left, with table tennis specialists Charles Read Academy in the 2019 English Schools Final. (57422237)

As an academic, Mollie benefited from more than 20 hours of training per week alongside her university studies.

The table tennis performance program has been running for six years and Mollie is the first current or former researcher to represent her country at a major international game.

The program is free for athletes and forms close partnerships with the Grantham College program to access the training, competition and training they need to succeed.

Sue Jones, Principal of the Charles Read Academy, said: “We are proud to learn that Mollie will be representing England in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games this summer. At ARC, we are passionate about supporting student talent and thrilled that all of Mollie’s hard work has helped her achieve her dream.

“It’s great to hear that Mollie feels the support she’s received from ARC has been integral to her success both in sport and in school, and we’ll be cheering for her this summer. »

“The table tennis program is an integral part of our academy, and I’m sure Mollie’s success will continue to inspire our current scholars and students to participate, work hard and love the sport.”



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Abruptly kicked out of CWG team, Archana Kamath asks court to challenge ‘questionable decision-making’ https://ottf.org/abruptly-kicked-out-of-cwg-team-archana-kamath-asks-court-to-challenge-questionable-decision-making/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:36:09 +0000 https://ottf.org/abruptly-kicked-out-of-cwg-team-archana-kamath-asks-court-to-challenge-questionable-decision-making/ The air around Indian table tennis has been hazy at best over the past few weeks, with paddlers unsure how to make sense of the team selection process used by the CoA-led Indian Table Tennis Federation which announced the team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on May 31. Fast forward to seven days later with […]]]>

The air around Indian table tennis has been hazy at best over the past few weeks, with paddlers unsure how to make sense of the team selection process used by the CoA-led Indian Table Tennis Federation which announced the team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on May 31.

Fast forward to seven days later with plenty of rowdiness already breaking out in the camp over the inclusion and exclusion of some players – the CoA has released an “updated” squad list, bringing a drastic change.

The heart of this change concerns an Archana Kamath, the world No. 4 paddler in women’s doubles with Manika Batra who was included in the initial Commonwealth Games team as an “exception” because she did not meet the criteria for selection established by the TTFI, with appropriate justification also.

READ | CWG Table Tennis Team Selection Disorder – A Revelation on How the CoA Shouldn’t Work

“According to the existing selection criteria, one of the members (Archana Kamath) is not among the top four. The selection committee is convinced that the existing guidelines are wrong…However, in this transition phase, with a eyeing a rich medal haul at Birmingham, we have included the said player in the squad.She (Archana Kamath) is part of the doubles pair (Manika the other) who are ranked world No. 4 and will be the head series at the Commonwealth Games,” the CoA said in a statement.

So on June 7, when Archana, not feeling she could lose her place on the team, found out that the CoA had pretty much transparently dropped her and included Diya Chitale instead, her surprise and that of her family knew no bounds, as she confessed to The Bridge, days after the sudden exclusion.

“The pair of Manika Batra and Archana Kamath didn’t even see fit to play open doubles in the 83rd Senior National Championship (and that) calls into question their commitment to doubles events,” the CoA said of dropping Archana and including Diya, who enjoys a higher rank domestically but is ranked 129th in the world otherwise.

Morale Affected by CoA Decision: Archana Kamath

Archana Kamath (Source: WTT)


“I am surprised to have been selected at the beginning of the month and in a few days my name was withdrawn by the Federation”, says Kamath, 22 years old. The bridgeafter spending a week trying to gather his strength and collect his thoughts on all the mess that has since unfolded.

“It would certainly affect the morale of any professional athlete and the decision-making process itself is questionable,” Kamath lamented, after filing a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging his disqualification. The first hearing in the case took place today.

The CoA’s “decision-making process” has indeed been “questionable” with several players moving the court – Diya Chitale, Manush Shah, Swastika Ghosh and now even, Archana Kamath, all seeking proper justification for the “arbitrary actions”. of the CoA.

For Archana, who trains at the Padukone Dravid Center for Excellence in Bangalore, the past few days have been difficult and have altered her spirit and natural zest for the sport in which she has always delivered performances.

READ | Can’t trust Indian table tennis: Paddlers are fed up with CoA picking CWG team

“I am saddened by the sudden decision of the Table Tennis Federation of India to exclude me from the Indian women’s table tennis team selected for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Birmingham. I have proven myself time and time again and my performance at international level is not even taken into account,” exclaimed Kamath, who is also ranked 66th in the world in singles. Along with Manika, Archana also reached the highest ranking ever by a pair of Indian women’s doubles 4th in the world, to begin with.

His father, an ophthalmologist by profession, Dr. Girish Kamath is also surprised to see the decisions of the CoA regarding the selections.

“There was a lot of sadness at the start and quite difficult because we had to put our thoughts together and figure out what happened. We were all surprised because they (CoA) went back on the selections that were already announced,” said relayed Archana’s father.

“We believe Archana has all the merit, but the selection criteria only focused on certain aspects. Therefore, we have now moved the court and have full confidence in the judiciary,” he said. explained, noting that it was necessary to rush to court for such confusing reasons. The acts of the Federation have started to become a bad trend now, which also harms the overall image of Indian table tennis.

Archana’s next hearing is scheduled for June 22, meanwhile.

The saga regarding the CWG selections for the table tennis team has indeed snowballed now and it remains to be seen how the CoA led TTFI can clear up the situation, hopefully soon.

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Ping-pong diplomacy revived in Houston https://ottf.org/ping-pong-diplomacy-revived-in-houston/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:18:35 +0000 https://ottf.org/ping-pong-diplomacy-revived-in-houston/ Left to right: USATT Hall of Fame wide receiver Scott Preiss; Jan Berris, Vice Chairman of the National Committee on US-China Relations; and USA Table Tennis CEO Virginia Sung pose for photos during the USA Table Tennis Ping Pong Diplomacy Championship Tour awards ceremony in Houston on Sunday. [MAY ZHOU/CHINA DAILY] The story of the […]]]>

Left to right: USATT Hall of Fame wide receiver Scott Preiss; Jan Berris, Vice Chairman of the National Committee on US-China Relations; and USA Table Tennis CEO Virginia Sung pose for photos during the USA Table Tennis Ping Pong Diplomacy Championship Tour awards ceremony in Houston on Sunday. [MAY ZHOU/CHINA DAILY]

The story of the small ball displacing the big ball continued in Houston this weekend in the latest chapter of Ping-Pong Diplomacy.

American professional and amateur table tennis players opened the USATT (USA Table Tennis) Ping Pong Diplomacy Championship Tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972.

About 20 teams participate in the tour, including USATT members Nikhil Kumar and Lily Zhang, who holds five U.S. National Championship titles. She represented Team USA at three Olympics and became the first USA World Championship medalist in 62 years when she won bronze with her Chinese teammate Lin Gaoyuan at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston in last November.

The tour will visit other cities, including New York, San Francisco and Chicago, according to USATT CEO Virginia Sung.

The idea for the tour was inspired by the USATT’s collaboration with the Chinese team last November to continue the legacy of Ping-Pong Diplomacy.

Wang Xiaofeng, political counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said he hopes the event will educate more young people about the history of ping pong diplomacy — “The story of” a little ball moving the big ball,” that ping-pong diplomacy has promoted the normalization of China-US relations and profoundly changed the international landscape.”

“Today, the big ball of China-US relations still needs the small ping-pong ball to move forward, from which we see people’s strategic vision, political courage and friendship reflected in diplomacy. ping pong back then. That’s why our commemoration is very relevant today,” Wang said.

People who were personally involved in the ping pong diplomacy events of 1971 and 1972, such as Connie Sweeris, her husband, Dell Sweeris and Jan Berris, attended the championship awards ceremony on Sunday evening.

Connie Sweeris was a member of the US table tennis team invited to visit China in 1971 and was able to shake hands with Premier Zhou Enlai during his visit. Dell Sweeris participated in the Chinese team’s reciprocal visit to the United States in 1972 and played with Chinese player Liang Geliang in front of 10,000 people in Michigan.

“It was a pleasure to be part of the ping-pong diplomacy of 1971 because it was a real surprise for us and it made history. Knowing that the experience helped to thaw the relationship, the most important is that 50 years later, we would like to see this legacy of friendship continue,” said Connie Sweeris.

Jan Berris, vice-chairman of the National Committee for United States-China Relations, helped organize the Chinese table tennis team’s tour of the United States in 1972. She recounted this experience to highlight how a true friendship was formed over the weeks tour. .

At the end of the tour, the American players, tour staff and security guard all learned to say “friendship first, competition second” in Chinese. When it came time to say goodbye, some Americans wept.

“It struck me, during the trip and afterwards, when I was thinking about it or talking about it, how surprisingly easy it was to go from a period when people from two countries who had been conditioned by their government and their media, to think of each other as enemies, to overcome that and change the negative stereotypes that our two countries had about each other,” Berris said.

USATT Hall of Fame recipient Scott Preiss ended the event by inviting VIP guests and members of the public to play ping pong with him.

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A skewed selection policy for the Commonwealth Games, litigation and a lose-lose situation https://ottf.org/a-skewed-selection-policy-for-the-commonwealth-games-litigation-and-a-lose-lose-situation/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:30:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/a-skewed-selection-policy-for-the-commonwealth-games-litigation-and-a-lose-lose-situation/ It was the 2018 Commonwealth Games that took Indian table tennis to a new height. There were gold medals in both the men’s and women’s team events, and Manika Batra defied all odds to win gold in the women’s singles – a feat that earned her the Khel Ratna. Later, at the Asian Games, where […]]]>

It was the 2018 Commonwealth Games that took Indian table tennis to a new height. There were gold medals in both the men’s and women’s team events, and Manika Batra defied all odds to win gold in the women’s singles – a feat that earned her the Khel Ratna.

Later, at the Asian Games, where India had never won a table tennis medal before, there were bronze medals in the mixed doubles and the men’s team event. They also continued to punch above their weight at the Olympics, when Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal became the first in the country to reach the third round of the women’s and men’s individual events respectively.

But now that the country is gearing up for another swing at the Commonwealth Games, since the climb began four years ago, an outdated and myopic selection policy has left a sour note and sparked litigation.

Last Friday, three players had addressed the High Court in Delhi after their exclusion from the Birmingham 2022 event from the squad announced on June 1.

Diya Chitale and Manush Shah have been named reserve players for the women’s and men’s teams respectively. Before Chitale’s case could be heard, the committee of trustees responsible for taking care of the Indian Table Tennis Federation’s duties made a change to the team. Chitale was recruited and Archana Kamath, world number 4 in doubles and world number 66 in singles (the second highest ranked Indian) was dropped from the squad.

Chitale, 19, is ranked 129th in the world in singles and 268th in doubles (with Swastika Ghosh).

But what makes the policy absurd is that the exclusion of Kamath and the inclusion of Chitale was done according to the book, based on the selection policy that exists – a policy that the CoA has already called “defective”, but which remains in force until October.

It is a policy that gives 50% weighting to the national ranking, 30% to the international ranking and 20% to the discretion of the selectors – double rankings are not taken into account.

“Despite exercising the selector’s discretionary points in his favor, Archana Kamath is unable to achieve the grade,” reads the decision stated in the “minutes of the meeting” at the meeting. of the CoA on June 6.

Explainer: Manika Batra vs Indian Table Tennis Federation – different game on different ground

Essentially, there were five National Ranking Events that the TTFI would factor into its policy – ​​four zonal events from October 2021 and the Senior National Championships which took place in April at Shillong.

We learn that the players were not specifically informed that this policy will be followed this time, especially since the CoA found at a meeting in Maythat despite the existing policy, the federation had also made arbitrary decisions in terms of team selection in the past.

If the players had been informed in advance, it is possible that they would have made sure to participate in these events rather than the national championships.

Kamath loses again

The player most at risk of losing as things stand is 21-year-old Kamath. She is no longer part of the CWG team, and she was also overlooked earlier in the singles event at the World Championship last year, although she is a worthy candidate.

“It is relevant to note here that two players below (Kamath) in the world rankings have been selected. Ms. Archana was not allowed to compete in the singles event and was only able to compete in the women’s doubles event despite her merit,” the CoA noted at its May meeting.

Despite this, Kamath had done well to help the women’s team finish fifth at the Asian Championships and reached the quarter-finals in women’s doubles at the World Championships with Batra. Between those two events, she teamed up with Batra to also win a WTT Contender doubles title in Slovenia.

His only flaw is missing out on all four ranking tournaments and losing in the Round of 16 at the recent Senior Nationals. His national ranking is therefore 37.

The player taking her place in the Chitale team, meanwhile, has had a great run recently, having won a U-19 WTT title in Peru. She competed in all five national events and placed third nationally, behind only Sreeja Akula and Reeth Rishya – both of whom were on the CWG team. Swastika Ghosh has been named the new reserve player.

Where are you going?

On the one hand, the CoA tried to play by the rules, even though they knew the selection policy was flawed. On the other hand, they obviously made exceptions to select Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Batra, and you would say, rightly so.

Sathiyan is currently ranked 34th in the world and Batra 39th. They are among the best in India. But nationally, they are ranked 8th and 33rd. Does this mean that they too must give way to others?

After Chitale went to court – Men and Women of India No. 4, Manush Shah and Ghosh respectively also approached the Delhi High Court. If the court rules in their favor, according to the rules, will the CoA exclude Sathiyan and Batra, as they are the only players from both teams who are not ranked in the top four national rankings?

G Sathiyan and Manika Batra’s ‘meteoric’ rise to the Mixed Doubles Top 10

Sathiyan and Batra are also considered medal contenders in the mixed doubles event and had won a WTT event in Hungary the first time they teamed up after the Tokyo Olympics. They are also ranked sixth in the world in mixed doubles.

Meanwhile, Shah is the world No. 98 and the third highest ranked Indian internationally, better than Harmeet Desai (124) and Sanil Shetty (211). But Shetty and Desai are ranked second and third respectively in the national rankings (behind Sharath Kamal) – perhaps allowing them to retain their spot on the CWG team.

Lose-lose situation

More than anything else, it was just a biased selection policy – which is still used to determine Birmingham’s squad – that did the damage.

The CoA proposed a new policy at its May meeting – which provides for equal weighting between domestic and international performance (40-40-20) and also provides an allowance for top ranked players so that they do not have no need to participate in national events (ranked 50 or better), or play limited national events.

Ideally, that should have been the policy to determine the squad right now. After all, it is on the international circuit that the country’s stature in the sport will be measured, not on the national circuit. But maybe the administrators’ hands are tied now and they’re just picking up the pieces of the mess left by the past.

“International exposure should be encouraged as it directly contributes to the overriding objective of table tennis in India – to improve the international performance of the Indian team,” the CoA minutes said.

“Most importantly, team rankings at the Commonwealth/Asian Games and World TT Championships, i.e. international tournaments, are determined based on the team’s player world rankings.”

But this system only comes into play from next season. For the CWG, the CoA has yet to make the most of a flawed selection policy. As it stands, eight of the six players from both teams have been included in the book. But are Sathiyan and Batra in the team based on the selection policy calculations? Or simply because it is inconceivable to have an Indian team without the two best male and female international players in the formation? There are too many questions right now, logical answers are rare.

Either way, there will be a young table tennis player, the second highest ranked Indian in the world rankings, who will wonder how she failed to come out on top.

India’s TT teams for CWG (as of June 8, 2022)

Men: Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, Manush Shah (pending)

Women: Manika Batra, Diya Chitale, Reeth Rishya, Sreeja Akula, Swastika Ghosh (Pending)

Men’s team individual player rankings

Player International Domestic
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 34 8
Ashanta Sharath Kamal 38 1
Harmeet Desai 124 3
Sanil Shetty 211 2
Manush Shah (Reserve) 98 4

Individual rankings of the women’s team players

Player International Domestic
Manika Batra 39 33
Sreeja Akula 70 1
Reeth Rishya 100 2
Diya Chitale 129 3
Swastika Ghosh (Reserve) 174 4
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PSB prepares athletes for international competitions – Latest News – The Nation https://ottf.org/psb-prepares-athletes-for-international-competitions-latest-news-the-nation/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:58:45 +0000 https://ottf.org/psb-prepares-athletes-for-international-competitions-latest-news-the-nation/ ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has set up various training camps in its various training centers since January this year to prepare the athletes for the upcoming international events. The camps set up in Islamabad include weightlifting, taekwondo, para-athletics and squash. Athletics, badminton, hockey, karate, swimming, table tennis and wrestling camps have been set […]]]>

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has set up various training camps in its various training centers since January this year to prepare the athletes for the upcoming international events. The camps set up in Islamabad include weightlifting, taekwondo, para-athletics and squash. Athletics, badminton, hockey, karate, swimming, table tennis and wrestling camps have been set up in Lahore while a judo camp in Peshawar and a volleyball camp in Wah Cantt. The boxing camp was set up in Rawalpindi and Abbottabad. There were 259 players and coaches in all these camps. There were 52 female players, 171 male players, 9 female coaches and 27 male coaches which also included international coaches. Athletes were fully trained in morning and evening training sessions organized according to international standards. The PSB hoped that these players would perform well at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Islamic Solidarity Games and South Asian Games. PSB DG Col (R) Muhammad Asif Zaman personally visited these camps and discussed the issues with the players. The full support of IPC Minister Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari helped organize these camps.


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UCO Endeavor Games Presented by The Hartford Welcome Hundreds of Athletes with Disabilities to Edmond, OK June 9-12 https://ottf.org/uco-endeavor-games-presented-by-the-hartford-welcome-hundreds-of-athletes-with-disabilities-to-edmond-ok-june-9-12/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:10:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/uco-endeavor-games-presented-by-the-hartford-welcome-hundreds-of-athletes-with-disabilities-to-edmond-ok-june-9-12/ Adapted athlete competes in swim event at UCO Endeavor Games The Hartford will support the event with surprise equipment donations, a meet and greet from World Champion Athletes and the inaugural Human Excellence Award We know that sport has the power to change the lives of athletes and we are delighted to be able to […]]]>

Adapted athlete competes in swim event at UCO Endeavor Games

The Hartford will support the event with surprise equipment donations, a meet and greet from World Champion Athletes and the inaugural Human Excellence Award

We know that sport has the power to change the lives of athletes and we are delighted to be able to play a part in their adapted sport journey.

— Cassidhe Walker, UCO Endeavor Games Events Director

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA, USA, June 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hundreds of athletes with disabilities are experiencing the power of sport by participating in the UCO Endeavor Games presented by The Hartford, taking place in Edmond, OK, June 9-12, 2022.

Now in its 23rd year, the UCO Endeavor Games presented by The Hartford is among the premier regional adaptive competitive sporting events. This year, 11 sports will be contested, including archery, air rifle, cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair softball.

The Hartford, along with basketball world champion Megan Blunk, will surprise four local athletes with custom-fit sports gear. Additionally, The Hartford and Blunk will announce the winner of The Hartford’s Human Excellence Award, which is given to an athlete, nominated by their peers, who champions the adaptive sports movement and inspires others as a role model.

“We are proud of every athlete we have served over the past 23 years and the growth of the UCO Endeavor Games. We look forward to another great competition this year and invite athletes of all abilities to experience premier sporting competition,” said Cassidhe Walker, UCO Endeavor Games Events Director. “We know that sport has the power to change the lives of athletes and we are delighted to be able to play a part in their adapted sport journey.”

The UCO Endeavor Games, sanctioned by Move United, is part of the Hartford Competition Series which brings together five premier competitive adaptive sports events across the country. Each event in the series includes meet and greet world champion athletes, surprise equipment donations and the Human Achievement award.

Each competition is sanctioned by the applicable national governing bodies and often serves as a gateway to elite competition at the national and international level. This competition is also a qualifier for the Move United Junior Nationals presented by The Hartford, taking place July 16-22, 2022 in Metro Denver, Colorado.

“We are committed to raising awareness of adaptive sports and expanding access to sport participation for people of all abilities,” said Claire Burns, director of marketing and communications for The Hartford. “We are proud sponsors of the UCO Endeavor Games and remain true to our longstanding commitment to advancing the adaptive sports movement.”

The Hartford has inspired human achievement through adaptive sports for nearly 30 years. As a leading provider of disability insurance, the company has seen firsthand the positive impact sport can have on people and is committed to making adaptive sports and equipment more accessible. This includes donating equipment to local sports clubs nationwide, raising awareness for equity in sport in partnership with its world-class Team Hartford athletes, and hosting the Hartford Competition Series. , five premier competitive adaptive sports events.

The event is also sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma, Hanger Clinic, MidFirst Bank, Visit Edmond, Bule and Gold Sausage and American Fidelity. For more information, visit www.endeavorgames.org/edmond.

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Diya Chitale Files Petition To Delhi HC To Uphold CWG Team Selection https://ottf.org/diya-chitale-files-petition-to-delhi-hc-to-uphold-cwg-team-selection/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 18:03:28 +0000 https://ottf.org/diya-chitale-files-petition-to-delhi-hc-to-uphold-cwg-team-selection/ India No 3 Diya Chitale has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court after being passed over for the national table tennis team to compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games with the Trustees Committee, allegedly selecting a player who does not meet the eligibility criteria. The Indian Table Tennis Federation is currently run […]]]>

India No 3 Diya Chitale has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court after being passed over for the national table tennis team to compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games with the Trustees Committee, allegedly selecting a player who does not meet the eligibility criteria.

The Indian Table Tennis Federation is currently run by the court named CoA which is headed by little known former decathlete SD Mudgil.

Chitale’s petition requested a reprieve from selection and his induction into the team under the current selection criteria which would have been circumvented by the selection committee to include Archana Kamath as Manika Batra’s doubles partner. He also wanted the court to revoke the team’s ratification by the Sports Authority of India.

The selection committee opted for the Manika-Archana pair’s world ranking No. 4 doubles, but unlike the professional tennis circuit where there are fixed doubles pairs, the ITTF pro-tour did not such strict and rapid rules. Additionally, with Kamath not playing doubles at the senior nationals, Chitale, through his petition, accused the CoA of “lack of transparency” and allowing a “conflict of interest” case.

“…the selection of Ms. Archana Kamath by Respondent No. 1 also suffers from unfairness and lack of transparency. This is due to the conflict of interest on the part of one of the members of the selection committee for the juniors, namely Mr. Bona Thomas John is the personal trainer of Mrs. Archana Kamath and is therefore capable of unfairly biasing the selection committee’s choices in favor of Mrs. Kamath,” the petition reads.

The existing criteria, which the decathlete-led CoA has described as flawed, gives 50 points to the highest-ranked player in the national rankings and 5 points to No. 10.

For the top 10 internationally ranked Indian players, the highest ranked player gets 30 points and the one who is 10th in the list gets three points. And there are 20 other points, which are at the discretion of the national selection committee and the coach. According to the criteria, one must score 51 points or more to be selected in the team.

As a result, Chitale with his national rank of No. 3 obtained 40 points from these criteria and a full 20 points from selectors and coaches (given to everyone) and another 12 points from his international ranking, bringing his total to 72. .

In Batra’s case, it’s a bit different as she is India’s highest ranked international player who got her 30 points and also a full 20 points from the coaches bringing her total to 50. While the national ranking of Batra is not very important because everyone is aware of his qualities, Kamath, who is second in the international list with 27 points, also got 20 from the coaches, bringing his total to 47, five points from less than Chitale points.

Chitale in his petition called the COA’s actions “unlawful, arbitrary and untenable and, therefore, should be rescinded”. His petition stated that certain subjective criteria were considered to pave the way for Kamath’s inclusion.

“… the said action of introducing subjective elements into the selection criteria with a view to benefiting and including other players in place of the Applicant, and that too, without any prior notice, and at the 11th hour, without justification, is manifestly arbitrary and liable to be struck down as being in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

The petition also stated that Kamath was “ineligible” for selection under existing criteria.

“FOR THIS, Respondent #1 erred in failing to acknowledge that Ms. Archana Kamath is not eligible for selection and should not have been selected to the women’s table tennis team representing the country in the CWG. This is because Ms. Kamath’s scores under the existing criteria (47) as well as the new selection criteria (50) are below those required to be in the top 4 players.”

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Table tennis coach receives OBE on Queen’s birthday https://ottf.org/table-tennis-coach-receives-obe-on-queens-birthday/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 05:39:38 +0000 https://ottf.org/table-tennis-coach-receives-obe-on-queens-birthday/ A Runcorn table tennis coach has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. Karen Tonge of Halton Table Tennis Club and Halton Stadium has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the list, announced last night, for services to her sport. Also a ‘very experienced’ referee who […]]]>

A Runcorn table tennis coach has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Karen Tonge of Halton Table Tennis Club and Halton Stadium has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the list, announced last night, for services to her sport.

Also a ‘very experienced’ referee who is due to officiate at this year’s Commonwealth Games, she has already received an MBE in the 2009 New Years Honors list – later receiving the honor from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action has been awarded an MBE.

Sally Yeoman received the award for her service to the Halton community.

The 49-year-old’s ‘tireless’ efforts include preserving St Mary’s Church in Widnes for use as the organization’s base after the historic building was saved from demolition.

Detective Sergeant Mark Fenton, an online abuse investigator with Cheshire Police, was also awarded an MBE for policing.

And 11-year-old twins Ruben and Elena Evans-Guillen, who have raised around £50,000 for good causes including Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity over the past five years, have been awarded British Empire medals.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

They were nominated alongside famous faces including illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and author Sir Salmon Rushdie, both of whom received Orders of Merit.

Fellow writer Ian Rankin was knighted, while broadcaster Clare Balding was honored with a CBE and footballers Rio Ferdinand and Luther Blissett were OBE recipients – as were cricketer Moeen Ali and the former Wigan Warriors rugby league player Sean O’Loughlin.

Welsh international Gareth Bale and Liverpool’s James Milner have been awarded MBEs.

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