Ultimate Table Tennis franchises select coaches for first season

Each franchise will comprise of a combination of overseas and Indian players-four men and four women, along with one Indian and one International coach each.

Unlike other major sporting leagues being run in the country currently like IPL and ISL, UTT will have club based franchises rather than city-based franchises. (reptresentational image)   -  The Hindu

A total of 12 coaches-equal mix of Indian and foreign-were part of a draft system conducted here today by the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) to select coaches for each of the six franchises in the inaugural edition of the league to be held next month.

Each franchise had to pick one Indian and foreign coach from the draft, said a press release from UTT. RP-SG Mavericks received the rights for the first pick and went all out to sign foreign coach Peter Engel (Germany) who has been the head coach of Netherlands from 1994-1999.

Maharashtra United then got Ferenc Karsai (Hungary) who has been the men’s national coach for three countries-Austria, Canada and Belgium.

ASK Spinners picked the first Indian coach, Soumyadeep Roy, before Oilmax Stag Yoddhas had the next bid and chose India’s Sandeep Gupta.

Dabang Smashers TTC picked Ilija Lupulesku (USA), while the Challengers opted for one of the two female foreign coaches, Elena Timina (Netherlands), who is currently coaching the Dutch women’s team.

The second round began in a reverse order-Challengers got A Muralidhara Rao, Smashers went for N Ravichandran, and Yoddhas grabbed foreign coach Vesna Ojstersek (Slovenia), who has mentored the Slovenian women’s national team and runs her own company Point 21.

ASK Spinners selected Francisco Santos, coach of Portugal’s men’s team, as its foreign pick.

Maharashtra United picked Arup Basak before the draft came to an end with RP-SG group picking Sachin Shetty in its team.

The inaugural season of UTT, owned and developed by 11Even Sports Pvt Ltd (ESPL), will commence from July 13 to 30, in three cities-Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

The first two legs will be held in Chennai and Delhi before UTT shifts base to Mumbai for the finale.

Each franchise will be a combination of overseas and Indian players-four men and an equal number of women.

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