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The 2022 National Games are set to welcome the crème de la crème of Indian table tennis led by Sharath Kamal Achanta of Tamil Nadu, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra of Delhi.

The star paddlers will be the focus of all eyes during the initial phase of the 2022 National Games which will kick off with the table tennis event in Surat on September 20.

Gujarat’s Harmeet Desai, Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah will however be hoping to steal the show in the first two days as the hosts take center stage in the men’s team event.

India’s table tennis golden trio – Sharath, Sathiyan and Manika – will only enter the arena on Thursday as their teams failed to qualify for the 2022 National Games. They will start as favorites for the individual titles.

Gujarat and Maharashtra are seeded in the team event at the 2022 National Games

Gujarat, along with fourth-seeded Delhi, Haryana and Telangana form Group A while second-seeded Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka form Group B.

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Speaking about Gujarat’s chances, Harmeet Desai said there is a lot of work to be done to live up to the bill.

“On paper, we have a very solid team but we have to live up to the top seeds, especially since there are very good teams. It is also the first time that Manav Thakkar, Manush Shah and I will play together. Both are in good shape and we can work on our combinations on the given day,” he said during a media interaction.

Among the women, Maharashtra, with Reeth Rishya, Diya Chitale and Shruti Amrute, was ranked first. They will face off with third seed Telangana, hosts Gujarat and Haryana in Group A. Second seeds West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are in the B group.

Read also : National Games 2022: full schedule, list of sports, venues and dates

As well as picking up the first table tennis medals, Gujarat are hoping to improve on their ninth-place finish from the 35th edition in Kerala. They have strong medal prospects in swimming, tennis, volleyball, track and field, triathlon and wrestling and hope to have memorable Games.


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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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