Five-member TTFI committee to examine Manika’s allegations

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Manika Batra had accused national coach of trying to influence her to fix a match. Photo courtesy: Twitter
Manika Batra had accused national coach of trying to influence her to fix a match. Photo courtesy: Twitter.

A five-member committee will look into Manika Batra’s allegations. The ace paddler had accused the national coach of persuading her for fixing a match.

The Table Tennis Federation of India has formed a five member committee, which will probe the charges Manika had lavelled against the national coach Soumyadeep Roy.

The committee, to be headed by Chiranjib Choudhuri, will have TTFI secretary Arun Kumar Banerjee as the convenor. Yashpal Rana, Parth Goswami and Jinendra Jain are the other members.

Manika was issued a show-cause notice by the TTFI to decline national coach’s services during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. Responding to the notice, the ace paddler stated that she had no faith in the coach, who had influenced her to throw a match.

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The five-member committee will examine the allegations made by Manika. “The committee has been given six weeks to submit its report,” Banerjee had told Sportstar after the EC meeting.

TTFI had also alleged that Manika never reported about the alleged offer to fix the match. She had rubbished the TTFI claim.

The TTFI will announce the squad for the Asian Championships in Doha on September 15. It will be interesting to see whether Manika finds a place in the squad for the September 28 to October 5 event. Can TTFI afford to have Manica in the squad and Roy as the coach?

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