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Table Tennis was first introduced at the Commonwealth Games during the 2002 edition in Manchester. Since then, the immense popularity amassed by the sport has given itself a ‘Core Sport’ status, which simply means that it will feature in all of future editions. Additionally, Para-Table Tennis will make its first-ever appearance at the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Table tennis has gained ground very quickly in the country there was a league for Table tennis which was played in India as well.
Paddlers hailing from Singapore have a penchant for collecting medals in the sport for fun and have been dominating the games since its introduction. The country has won as many as 50 medals, out of which 21 are gold.
If we take stock of the Indian contingent that are to stake their claims of podium finishes in table tennis, there are some players who can pose a challenge to their opponents. The likes of Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Sharath Kamal are serious medal hopefuls. They are currently participating in the WTT Star Contender in Budapest. In the 2018 Gold Coast games, in an otherwise Singapore-dominated sport, India came out table toppers in Table Tennis. The Indian paddlers finished the edition with a total of eight medals, which included three gold medals.
Sharath Kamal won the bronze in the men’s singles event, while Manika Batra snatched gold in the women’s singles event. Two silver medals, one each, were won by the men’s doubles as well as the women’s doubles pair. The duo of Batra and Gnanasekaran had to settle for a bronze on the mixed doubles.
As per the schedule, the mixed team events are scheduled prior to the individual events. After its completion, the players will then play for individual medals. Meanwhile, the Para Table Tennis events are also scheduled to be conducted simultaneously. The Para contingent will be led by Tokyo Paralympic semifinalist Bhavina Patel.
Both the men and the women’s team secured the gold medal in the 2018 edition and are the defending champions.
Men’s Team events Schedule
Women’s Team events Schedule
Para Table Tennis Schedule
Men’s Singles C3-5
Women’s Singles C3-5
Women’s Singles C6-10
Men’s Singles: Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, Manush Shah (Reserve).
Men’s Doubles: Sharath Kamal & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai & Sanil Shetty
Women’s Singles: Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula, Reeth Rishya, Diya Chitale and Swastika Ghosh (Reserve).
Women’s Doubles: Manika Batra & Diya Chatale, Sreeja Akula & Reeth Rishya
Mixed Doubles: Manika Batra & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sreeja Akula & Sharath Kamal, Reeth Rishya & Sanil Shetty
Para Table Tennis Squad
Men’s Singles C3-5: Raj Aravindan
Women’s Singles C3-5: Bhavina Patel, Sonalben Patel
Women’s Singles C6-10: Baby Sahana Ravi
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