UTT launches in Chennai

Kamlesh Mehta, Director of 11even Sports Private Limited, organisers of the league, said a dream of two years has finally become a reality.

The league has received resounding support from Table Tennis Federation of India, International Table Tennis Federation and Asian Table Tennis Union.   -  K Pichumani

Paddlers, irrespective of standing, reputation and nationality, hailed the Ceat Ultimate Table Tennis League beginning on July 13 at the Nehru Indoor Stadium here as exciting and one that will provide a wonderful platform for Indians.

Kamlesh Mehta, Director of 11even Sports Private Limited, organisers of the league, said a dream of two years has finally become a reality with resounding support from Table Tennis Federation of India, International Table Tennis Federation and Asian Table Tennis Union. “Chennai has a very strong legacy in TT and some of the best players have come from Chennai in several [age] categories,” said the eight-time National men’s singles champion, at the League’s official launch here on Monday.

India’s star paddler Sharath Kamal said the format will make use of all the players. “You just cannot use one or two players,” he said. National champion Madhurika Patkar and Manika Batra, India’s top ranked women paddler in the world at 104, termed the league as one great opportunity for Indians to play with higher-ranked foreign players. National champion Soumyajit Ghosh hoped that the Indians put up a good performance at UTT.