The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had short-listed Papic back in March but it was only a couple of weeks ago that SAI sent him the contract. More crucial time was lost when he took some time to sign the contract.
While nine paddlers qualified in the women's category, the men's qualifiers saw six Indians sailing to the main draw. The women will join the already seeded Archana Kamath, Ayhika Mukherjee and Madhurika Patkar.
While the Indian men have entered the semifinals after defeating Sri Lanka and Malaysia by 3-0 margin, the Indian women's team too defeated Wales, Malaysia and Nigeria by an identical 3-0 margin to enter the last-four.