Cuttack: The Indian Men’s and Women's Table Tennis teams are confident of winning all the gold medals at the Commonwealth TT Championship scheduled to begin tomorrow at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.
Both Indian TT men's team captain Sartha Kamal and women's captain Manika Batra exuded confidence that their teams will do well in all categories and try to win more medals than the last edition of TT Championship held in Singapore.
Speaking exclusively to OTV ahead of the Commonwealth Championship, Kamal said, “We are well prepared for the tournament. We are expected to win gold in all categories. The support of home crowd will definitely boost the team to win more medals than the last edition of the event.”
Likewise, Manika Batra said, “We have a strong team and are fully prepared for the tournament. Table Tennis gets lot of support here, so I urge people to cheer for our team.”
Speaking about arrangement for the five-day event in Cuttack, the men's team captain said, “Odisha is hoisting many international tournaments now-a-days. Everyone returns home with good memories as the facilities, atmosphere and hospitality here are very good, so it’s time we repay by giving our best and try to win gold medals.”
Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) are jointly organising the 21st edition of the international tournament. It will be held from July 17 to July 22.
Apart from the host nation India, 11 teams including Australia, England Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh and Nigeria will take part in the championship.
Tickets for the international event have been priced between Rs 50 and Rs 400.