Cuttack: The Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship is on in full swing at Cuttack’s Indore Stadium. With India bagging gold medals at two events, the players are in high spirits for the upcoming matches as well.
Indian paddler Sanil Shetty said, “Today’s session was really good and Indians have performed well. We hope to continue this as the championship will get tougher now with the start of single’s matches. According to me, England and Singapore have a very strong men’s team and Wales has a determined women’s team.”
However, experience of other teams has been different. Here is what they had to say:
Charlote Kerry of Wales said, “It has been tough to adjust to the extreme weather conditions and many are getting dizzy and light-headed due to the heat. We hope to adjust as soon as possible. India is very tough to beat. Then, Singapore is the strongest. There are some really good players to watch out for.”
Omar Zainuddin of South Africa said, “We are getting good practice out of this championship as we are aiming for the upcoming All African Games in Morocco. Audience is also giving us a lot of encouragement.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s David Pal said, “We came here with belief that we could achieve good results. We defeated Wales and South Africa but lost against Nigeria and England. We hope to work on our shortcomings and would love to see the hall full.”