Manika Batra voiced her dissatisfaction with not being able to have her own coach in her corner during the singles matches.
Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) secretary-general Arun Banerjee said the federation’s executive committee will decide on the course of action at its next meeting, angered by star paddler Manika Batra’s “outburst” at national coach Soumyadeep Roy.
“Going after the national coach is absolutely unjust on her side. Mr. Banerjee informed The Hindu on July 27 that Sutirtha (Mukherjee) trains at his academy, but that Soumyadeep has been named the national coach.
Manika voiced her unhappiness in not being permitted to have her personal coach in her corner for the singles matches in an interview with Sportstar / The Hindu on July 26 after quitting the women’s singles in the round of 32.
“Sutirtha’s personal coach (Soumyadeep Roy) is our national coach here, so that benefited her. “I think it would have benefited a lot if my personal coach could also sit in on my matches,” Ms. Manika had stated.
“I’m not sure why Soumyadeep is being pursued no reason over here. During our next meeting, I will present the team leader’s (M.P. Singh) report to the TTFI executive committee, and the committee will decide on the next steps.”
Manika chose to play her singles matches without the national coach on the sidelines, with Mr. Paranjape in the gallery counseling her. The vacant chair in her corner became a talking point of India’s table tennis trip in Tokyo, as much as her and A. Sharath Kamal’s exploits on the table.