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CoA asks Manjit Dua to keep away from prize-distribution ceremony – organiser

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Solely the opposite day, quickly after the Committee of Directors (CoA) took over the cost of Desk Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on February 18, then Chief Coach Manjit Dua was warmly welcomed by the CoA Chairperson Geeta Mittal.

Conscious of the Arjuna Awardee and three-time Nationwide champion’s stature and immense contribution to the sport, the chairperson prolonged the courtesy he so well-merited. For the subsequent three months, the CoA used the companies of Manjit to pick out the Indian group members, throughout age-groups, for numerous worldwide tournaments.

As soon as the CoA invited recommendations from the state associations earlier than making modifications to the choice standards and Manjit, as secretary of the Delhi Desk Tennis Affiliation, opposed them, issues took a dramatic flip.

Quickly, Manjit give up because the chief coach and nationwide selector, after he was supplied the put up of an observer within the new choice committee.

However worse was to comply with.

On Could 31, the eve of the prize-distribution ceremony of the Nationwide cadet and sub-junior championship at Indore, Manjit was in for a impolite shock when a deeply-anguished organiser knowledgeable him in regards to the CoA’s “want” to maintain him away from the stage.

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“I didn’t go to Indore to be seated on the stage. I’ve been related to the sport for 55 years. However to be advised that it was higher to stay within the lodge as a substitute of coming to the venue for the ultimate was very humiliating. Being an Arjuna Awardee, a former Nationwide champion and medallists at Asian and Commonwealth ranges, I absolutely didn’t should be handled with such disdain and contempt,” recalled the 67-year-old Manjit, vastly revered by a era of desk tennis lovers.

Enquiries made by Sportstar revealed {that a} member of CoA was of the view that nobody related to the suspended TTFI office-bearers ought to be seen on the stage as “it will ship mistaken alerts”.

Sarcastically, two office-bearers of the Madhya Pradesh Desk Tennis Affiliation – Om Soni and Jayesh Acharya – held the posts of Vice President and Joint Secretary within the TTFI. Whereas the CoA was nice with their presence on the stage throughout the prize-distribution, they noticed pink if Manjit, who didn’t maintain any put up within the TTFI, was seated on the stage.

Equally, throughout the nationwide championship at Shillong, Mittal had no qualms in sharing the stage with TTFI’s Vice President and organising secretary Chiranjib Choudhury.

Many took to social media on Friday to precise their displeasure over the therapy meted out to Manjit and slammed the CoA for its surprising diktat.

When contacted, Acharya defined, “Now we have nice respect for Manjit Ji. He’s a legend. Now we have organised greater than 100 nationwide stage occasions at Indore however by no means confronted such an ungainly scenario. Our respect for Manjit Ji stays. We, as organisers, might solely management the controllable.”

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