Double 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manika Batra has split with her long-time coach Sandeep Gupta.
India's top ranked female table tennis player, who also won the doubles silver with Mouma Das and mixed doubles bronze medal with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran at the Gold Coast CWG, has decided to train with Pune-based Sanmay Paranjpe, it has been learnt.
Also in 2018, Batra won a historic mixed doubles bronze medal, pairing with A. Sharath Kamal, at the Asian Games. She received the Arjuna Award and also became the first Indian to be given the International Table Tennis Federation's Breakthrough Star Award.
While Batra could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, Gupta confirmed the development.
"She told me she wanted to move on and train with a different coach. I wished the very best, as always," he said.
Gupta had been the only coach for Batra, who took to the sport at the age of eight. The last time Batra, who turns 24 in June, trained under Gupta was at the Hungarian Open in Budapest in the third week of January. Earlier that month, her performance at the national championships had been below expectations.
Gupta declined to comment on the subject.
Table Tennis Federation of India secretary M. P. Singh underplayed the split. "I don't want to comment on something personal between the coach and his trainee. The federation has nothing to do with it. We wish them well," he said.
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