China will be among the top nations to feature in the prestigious Reliance India Junior & Cadet Open Table Tennis Championship that will be hosted by the National Sports Club of India from October 16 to 20.
Along with India,Hong Kong,Iran,United Arab Emirates and Nigeria are the other countries who have confirmed their participation,while more entries from other nations are expected soon.
The field will feature 80 international participants as well as 40 leading Indian junior paddlers. There will be 12 events in which the boys and girls will compete in team and individual events in the junior and cadet categories.
Some of our Indian table tennis players have been creating waves in the international circuit and we are sure this tournament will further excite and encourage our future stars, said organising committee chairperson Vita Dani. It is a moment of pride and honour that the tournament has been allocated to MCDTTA and the city of Mumbai,once the nursery of table tennis. Also the fact that we have NSCI on board ensures that we have perhaps the best and latest venue in the country, she added.
As an administrator and former player its an absolute privilege to be involved in this event which is coming to Mumbai after 30 years, said eight time national champion,India coach and tournament director Kamlesh Mehta. We always longed to have an international table tennis event in Mumbai and its a dream come true to finally play hosts, added Mehta.
Former national champion Chandarana no more
PTI: Former national table tennis champion Uttam Chandarana,who dominated the sport during 1940s and 50s,passed away here this morning due to old age,family sources said.
He was 95 and is survived by four daughters. The funeral will take place on October 4.
Chandarana is remembered for defeating world champion Ivan Andreadis in 1954.
The left-handed ex-international player had four national titles,with two triple crowns men’s singles,men’s and mixed doubles to his credit
He was an honorary member of Cricket Club of India and Hindu Gymkhana.
“In my opinion,he was India’s greatest table tennis player ever. He represented India in several international events,including world championships. He was a powerhouse in the game. He led the game’s development in Bombay (now Mumbai). He was part of the national selection committee after retirement and also a member of the coaching committee,” former TT international player Farokh Khodaiji told PTI. Khodaiji,who was coached by Chandarana,said the TT veteran had interests in other sports as well like cricket,tennis,bridge,billiards and snooker.