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NEW DELHI: Incumbent national champions Sharath Kamal and Shreeja Akula were named in the 16-member shortlist for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games to be held in July-August on Monday.
SD Mudgil, a member of the Delhi High Court-appointed governing committee, which runs the suspended table tennis federation of India (TTFI), told PTI that the final squad would be announced after the end of the training camp from May 23 to May 30.
For the first time, the training camp will be held at the Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports Excellence in Bangalore.
“After their meetings on April 25, May 1 and May 2, the selectors shortlisted potential for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
“The list was finalized after detailed discussions and discussions about past performances and medal prospects at the National Championships in Shillong,” said Mudgil, a former athlete himself.
The CoA, headed by retired Justice Gital Mittal, took charge in February after the current set of office-bearers suspended by the Delhi High Court for running a “sorry state”.
“We want to take the game to every corner of the country. We are also focused on making the administration transparent. Justice Geeta Mittal was very active on that front.
Mudgil said: “The performance of our athletes is also encouraging of late. They have raised a lot of hopes for us to go to CWG and Asian Games (now postponed) and Olympics 2024.”
Earlier this month, Indian players, including star female paddler Manika Batra, made huge gains in the ITTF world rankings when the game’s governing body approved changes to the points system.
Manika jumped 10 spots to achieve career-high singles rankings at 38 while G Sathian is the best Indian man at 34.
Veteran Sharath, who won his 10th national title in Shillong, is also ranked 37th in the world and Shreeja Akula, who won her first national title, is ranked 39th and 69th.
The Indian team has no foreign coach since the 2018 Asian Games.
“We are also working on it and hopefully it will be finalized soon,” Mudgil added.
List of possible CWGs:
Male: G Sathian, Sarat Kamal, Manush Shah, Snehit Fidel Rafique, Manab Thakkar, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Sethi, Anirban Ghosh
Women: Manika Batra, Archana Kamath, Sreeja Akula, Reeth Rishya, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Aika Mukherjee, Dia Chitale, Swastika Ghosh.

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