The desk tennis group for the Commonwealth Video games was chosen exactly on anticipated strains. The “flawed” strategy utilized by the selectors of the indefinitely suspended TTFI continues beneath the Court docket-appointed Committee of Directors’ choice committee.
For lengthy, the TTFI has justified its deviation from the laid-down choice procedures, underlining the “medal-winning prospects” at world, continental championships and multidiscipline video games.
Sadly, the TT fraternity feels vastly let down by the best way decathlete S. D. Mudgil-headed choice committee has offered the group, leaving little question that little has modified besides the names of the selectors.
One of many statements made to the media on Tuesday, by Mudgil in Bengaluru, was, “Below the present choice standards, one of many members (Archana Kamath) fall exterior the highest 4. The choice committee is satisfied that the present pointers are flawed.”
Nonetheless, a more in-depth have a look at the present choice standards reveals a distinct and a much bigger image.
For these within the top-10 of Nationwide rating, factors are allotted as 50 for the top-ranked participant, and 5 to the Tenth-placed. For the primary 10 gamers on the earth rating listing, it’s 30 factors to the top-ranked participant and three to the Tenth. One other 20 factors are left to the discretion of the Chief Nationwide coach and choice committee.
Till lately, as a priority, all contenders got these 20 factors.
As issues seem beneath the present standards, Sreeja Akula (24+50 = 74), Reeth Rishya (21+45 = 66) and Diya Chitale (12+40 = 52) had just about chosen themselves for the four-player group for the Commonwealth Video games. Swastika Ghosh (6+35 = 41) wanted solely 10 factors from the selectors’ share to succeed in an unsurpassable tally of 51.
In such a situation, Ayhika Mukherjee (15+15+20 = 50), Manika Batra (30+0+20 + 50) and Archana Kamath (27+0+20 = 47) couldn’t have overtaken Swastika regardless of getting all 20 factors from the choice committee.
Nonetheless, whereas saying the CWG group, the selectors selected to focus on solely Archana’s case as being “exterior the choice standards”. The reality is, Manika and Archana would have missed the bus if Diya was not ignored and Swastika was given half the factors awarded to the primary two named.
Archana has been primarily chosen to play doubles with Manika in line with their fourth rank on the earth rankings. However the two selected to not play the doubles within the Nationwide championship the place Sreeja, Diya and Swastika completed as medallists.
If Diya and Swastika, in various levels, are paying the worth for the selectors’ imaginative and prescient of Manika and Archana justifying their prime billing within the doubles, the selectors have conveniently positioned the difficulty on the doorsteps of an unsuspecting Sports activities Authority of India, with out revealing the entire fact.
In any case, Diya’s omission from the group is as stunning as Manush Shah’s from the boys’s squad.
As per the present choice standards, Nationwide bronze-medallist Manush (24+35 = 59) is second behind Sharath Kamal (77) with out the utmost of 20 factors of the selectors’ share.
Sanil Shetty (55), Harmeet Desai (52), Manav Thakkar (48) and G. Sathiyan (45) comply with in that order.
Sathiyan might get all 20 factors from the selectors to make the minimize supplied at the least two amongst these forward of him acquired considerably much less.
However Manush, even with out the selectors’ 20 factors, merely walks into the squad. Sanil, a left-hander like Manush, was most well-liked with out the selectors giving any purpose to go away out the teenager.
In actual fact, in the course of the weeklong camp geared toward group choice in Bengaluru, Manush was not supplied any alternative to play doubles, the participant claimed.
Because of this, going purely by the present system, not simply Archana, however Manika and Sathiyan would sit out of the group. Now these unfairly overlooked to accommodate these “medal prospects” have restricted choices to be heard of their quest for justice.