The Indian men’s table tennis squad has a good place in order to make history at the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualifiers which began last Wednesday, the fifth seeds needing only a quarterfinal finish to make sure its maiden qualification as a team at the Summer Olympics Games.
Unless the team including veteran Harmeet Desai (world rank 86), Sharath Kamal (world rank 33), and G Sathiyan (world rank 30) play badly, the nation should not have plenty of difficulty in making the Olympic cut.
The men combat Luxembourg in their opening match and ladies, world seeded 17th, face a formidable Sweden.
Ahead of the tournament, the squad had a camp in Chennai before it traveled to Germany to coach with its national team.
In spite of the shortage of a head coach since the 2019 Asian Games, Indian table tennis players are producing impressive on the professional circuit.
The men’s team had ended a 60-year wait by winning a historic bronze at the Asian Games in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.
The campaign of the contingent got even better players Sharath and Manika Batra, who won up to four medals at the preceding Commonwealth Games and bagged a surprise bronze within the mixed doubles.
Nine qualifying spots are on offer at the ITTF organized event. A top-eight finish guarantees Olympic qualification.
Korea is that the top seeds in men’s category, followed by Chinese Taipei, Sweden, France, and India.
Hong Kong is the highest seeds in the women’s event, followed by Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Korea, and Romania.