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14-member team set for Asian Junior TT


New Delhi:  A 14-member team, comprising seven boys and seven girls, will be participating in the 21st Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships, to be held at the Malaysian capital from July 22-26.

The team, accompanied by three coaches, Sandeep Gupta, Vijay Singh and Ms Jyoti Shah, will leave for Kuala Lumpur later tonight.

The team was selected by a panel, consisting of Arjuna Awardee Manjit Dua, Vijay Singh and Jyoti Shah, who were nominated by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The committee conducted three-day selection trials at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, with international and national rankings, besides the performance at the trials set as the selection criteria.

The Asian Junior and Cadet events are important for the paddlers as those finishes among the top five in junior categories will qualify for the World Junior Championships, to be held Vendee (France) from November 29 to December 6, later this year.

The teams: Junior Boys: Utkarsh Gupta, Sanish Ambekar, Lalrin Puia and Ravidira Kotiyan; Junior Girls: Sreeja Akula, Shruti Amrute, Maria Rony and Serah Jacob; Cadet Boys: Manav Thakkar, Parth Virmani and Sarthak Seth; Cadet Girls: Archana Kamath, Shrusthi Halengadi and Varul Jaiswal; Coaches: Sandeep Gupta, Vijay Singh and Jyoti Shah.

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