Mumbai paddlers coached by North Korean ahead of nationals

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Ahead of the upcoming nationals, including for seniors, paddlers from Mumbai city and suburbs are benefiting from a month-long high performance table tennis training camp at the Khar Gymkhana from November 1.The intense training camp is being attended to by 28 players who are put through their paces with new training techniques laying emphasis on discipline, speed, fitness and receiving of serves by North Korean coach Jong Song An, along with top player Jong Hyuk Om.The two North Koreans have come through the recommendation of the national table tennis body, TTFI, said former eight-time national mens singles champion Kamlesh Mehta at a media conference here today.Mehta, connected with both city and suburban bodies of Mumbai in an administrative capacity, said Khar Gymkhana readily agreed to give their table tennis hall for the pilot project when he contacted them from Indore following a talk with TTFIs Dhanraj Chaudhary during the Central Zone major ranking tournament.”I myself had benefited from undergoing a stint under North Korean coaches who are very strict and lay emphasis on physical fitness and discipline,” said Mehta, adding the daily training session lasting six hours is split into morning and evening phases.”Our first experience has been very positive. The objective of the camp is not to make profit,” said Mehta who is also connected with table tennis promoting body – 11Even Sports – which is underwriting the extra expenses incurred.Some of the prominent juniors attending the camp are Ashlesha Trehan, Manasi Chiplunkar, Shaurya Pedneker, Dev Shroff and Sampada Bhiwandkar.advertisementAll of them said they are benefiting from the experience with Shroff saying his back hand top spin lacked power earlier and it has picked up in that aspect along with his foot speed.Four local coaches have also been roped in so that one coach is in charge six wards.According to Mehta, Mumbais Sanil Shetty had three days stint in the camp before going on to clinch the runner-up spot behind Anthony Amalraj in mens singles at the East Zone national ranking championship held in Aizawl earlier this month. PTI SSR NRB BS BS BASlast_img

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