Post Rio debacle, Massimo Costantini returns to revive Indian TT

The Indian team did not have a foreign coach after Peter Engel's contract was not renewed at the end of the Asian 2014 Games.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 6:19 pm
India table tennis, India tt, table tennis in india, india tt news, Massimo Costantin coach, coach Massimo Costantin, india tt coach Massimo Costantin, rio 2016 olympics, sports Massimo Costantini shares a good rapport with the Indian players, especially veteran Sharath Kamal. (Source: File)

Post the Rio Olympics debacle, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is hoping for a turnaround with the return of Italian Massimo Costantini, who takes charge as chief coach of the national team next month.

It was first time that four players qualified for the Olympics but all of them came a cropper by losing on day one of the competition.

TTFI secretary general Dhanraj Choudhary confirmed that Costantini is coming back on a one-year contract. The 58-year-old was coach of the US team in the Rio Olympics.

He was with the Indian team from early 2009 till the end of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he guided India to five medals including a men’s doubles gold and a silver in the women’s team event.

“It was a pretty disappointing performance from our players in Rio. We were never in medal contention but we expected our players to get a couple of confidence boosting wins. They should have won a round or two. With Costantini joining the team next month, the focus is now on the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2018,” said Choudhary.

The decision to bring back the Italian however was taken before the Rio Games.

All four players — Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Mouma Das and debutant Manika Batra — lost in the first round on day one of the Summer Games.

The Indian team did not have a foreign coach after Peter Engel’s contract was not renewed at the end of the Asian 2014 Games.

Costantini shares a good rapport with the Indian players, especially veteran Sharath Kamal.

“All the players know him well and have a good understanding with him. That was one of the main reasons we decided to bring him back. However, this time Costantini will focus equally on the junior and youth teams. We have to prepare the next crop of players,” added Choudhary.

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    Jall
    Aug 24, 2016 at 3:15 am
    The only thing that should .be said is that the lt;br/gt;a) Govt must stop these bodies from performing any execuutive role.They have completely destro the system.lt;br/gt;b) Check the words so called Secretary General uses- winning one or two, crop of players and to top it all the coach knows the system.LOL.Mr. Secretary General we do not want the coach who knows the system but the coach who produces the best players.lt;br/gt;c) What is that you and your team are doing. lt;br/gt;d) Why the coach term is one year and when is your term ending along with your Non performing team.
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      Jall
      Aug 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      a)The government must appoint people of the caliber of Abhinav Bindralt;br/gt;people who have experienced the excellence and can think of providinglt;br/gt;a roadmap for Indian sportsperson. Gopichand also falls in that category.lt;br/gt;Govt should avoid appointing sportspeople who are the product of the existinglt;br/gt;system because they have only used and experienced the jugaad system whichlt;br/gt;has not worked for the Indian system. The current baton ping of failedlt;br/gt;administrators to the sports person is like putting dust in the eyes of thelt;br/gt;Indian people. Govt must only get the best and not compromise and also notlt;br/gt;taken in by the people who make illogical statements like it will take 12 yearslt;br/gt;to produce an olympian. All these people must be avoided.An enquiry must be insuted against these current set of administrators who have milked the Indian sports system for their own benefit.lt;br/gt;b)State ociations must be banned. This is the place from where regionalism starts.They are entirely corrupt and their only aim is to get the nominal prizes insuted by the Govt with the active compliance of the State Govt for their narrow interests.
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        Jall
        Aug 24, 2016 at 5:09 am
        All the players know him well. Which players are we talking about. Players past their prime age. Are we preparing a team for Senior Olympics.
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          Kalia
          Aug 24, 2016 at 4:17 am
          Wah Ji wah . kya baat hai. Jai ho in logon ki jino ne desh ka naam barbaad kiya hai. lt;br/gt;Koi to inko laathi dikhaye.
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