Odisha to host Senior Nationals Table Tennis after 12 years

12 March, Kolkata


Odisha will host the 80th Senior National TableTennis Championships, most probably at Cuttack, after a gap of 12years.

The state had hosted the event in 2001 and in 2006.

The decision to allot the event to Odisha was taken during the 81stAGM of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), held at Gurugramyesterday.

The other decision the house approved was the national calendar forall five zonals, Inter-Institutional Championships, Cadet & Sub-JuniorNationals as well as Junior & Youth Nationals, taking intoconsideration Team India’s participation in various internationalevents, including the Asian Games in August.

The AGM also decided to continue with the existing ranking system forall categories sans men and women. It was decided that at any givenpoint of time, seven tournaments will form basis for finalising theranking points in the two sections.

On players’ transfer policy, the house unanimously approved thedecision of the technical committee which recommended that alltransfers would take place before the beginning of the season eitherfrom states to institutions or vice-versa. Players have been advisedto opt for any one of the twoto play for state or institutionbeforethe season-opener. In other words, once a player chooses to play forone of the two, he or she would not be allowed to shift until the endof the season.

The shifting of dates and venues in the last season came up fordiscussion and it was unanimously decided that henceforth a penaltyRs. 5 lakh (Nationals), Rs. 3 lakh (Institutional) and Rs. 2 lakh(zonals) would be imposed on the host association/institution tocompensate for loss incurred by state associations and players towardstheir travel and room booking, etc.

Meanwhile, the Airports Authority of India has decided to host theInstitutional championships in 2018 and TTFI allotted the event to it.

AAI has given time to confirm about the choice of venue soon.

With requests pouring in from players of all hues to participate ininternational events at their own cost, TTFI has taken a cautiousdecision to restrict entries in all categories. Only a player whofigures among the top 16 national ranking or that comes within 150 inworld ranking are eligible to route entries through stateassociations.

The AGM also decided that TTFI will only facilitate sending entriesand help players get invitations. Beyond that, it will be theresponsibility of the players and parents to procure visa and bookhotel accommodation, etc.

In a major departure, the AGM sternly warned state associations thatany offending state associations, particularly those that continue tosend entries of players with two dates of births, will be penalised.

In future, if such a case comes to the notice of the competitiondepartment, the entire team of the state in that category will bedebarred for the season. And, for any repeat offence, the stateaffiliate concerned will be banned for one year.

TTFI also decided to revive conducting National Umpires’ exam everyyear from 2018.

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