GTC 2022 | Diya Chitale replaces Archana Kamath in the table tennis team
Paddler Diya Chitale has been named in India’s women’s table tennis squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which kicks off on July 28 in Birmingham, UK. The court-appointed Committee of Trustees (CoA) chose India’s table tennis team for the Commonwealth Games.
Diya Chitale, who is ranked third in the country in women’s singles, was initially named as a reserve. Meanwhile, Archana Kamath, who is ranked 37th, has been selected for the four-member core team as she is the world No. 4 in women’s doubles with Manika Batraand it was thought the team had a better chance of a medal.
Although the four-member Indian men’s team was selected based on existing criteria which included national rankings, the women’s team was subject to final approval by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Following the SAI’s response, the CoA Selection Committee met again on June 6 and, after further evaluation, decided to remove Archana Kamath from the team and promote Diya Chitale to the main team. . Swastika Ghosh has been named to the reserve list. Chitale won the WTT Youth Contender Lima Championship last month and has been a strong singles performer on the home circuit.
Manika Batra, India’s highest ranked player in the world, National Champion Sreeja Akula, India’s No. 2 Rishya Reeth and No. 3 Diya Chitale are currently part of the women’s squad. India’s fourth-best player Swastika Ghosh will now play in reserve. Former players Anindita Chakraborty and S Raman, who coaches India’s top men’s player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, have both been named coaches of the Commonwealth Games men’s and women’s teams respectively.
In the men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, each country can field up to three athletes. There will be two pairs of men’s and women’s doubles each. At the last edition of the CWG in Gold Coast, Australia, Indian table tennis players won all the team events, coming away with three gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals.
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