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Poulami-Mouma duo clinches gold

Hyderabad: The Bengal pair of Poulami Ghatak and Mouma Das clinched the the women’s table tennis doubles gold beating Tamil Nadu’s N.R. Indu and M.S. Maithili 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 at the 32nd National Games here on Friday.

The bronze medal too was snapped up by the Bengal pair of Anindita Chakraborty and Sushmita Roy.

In the men’s quarter finals, the Bengal paddlers had mixed luck with only Sourav Chakravorty entering the last four by defeating A. Kashyap of Rajasthan 13-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3.

However, Subham Chowdhury lost to top seed S. Raman of Tamil Nadu 9-11, 7-11, 7-11, 5-11.

Ranabir Das fell to Tamil Nadu’s Sarath Kamal 1-11, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11.

Tennis squad under fire

Meanwhile, the Bengal tennis squad in the National Games faces disciplinary action with the team bosses threatening to show-cause them for leaving the Games village without intimation.

The players had moved to a city hotel on December 14, only a day after their arrival, expressing dissatisfaction with the arrangements in the village.

“They never cared to inform us about their decision nor have they cared to keep in touch with us after shifting elsewhere,” Bengal deputy chef-de-mission Dilip Pal said.

Maintaining that the tennis contingent should have taken permission from chef-de-mission Dilip Bhattacharjee before deciding to move out, Pal said neither he nor Bhattacharjee had any idea about their current whereabouts.

However, Bengal tennis coach Sayandeb Chakraborty denied that his charges had left without informing anyone.

“We left a chit for the chef-de-mission informing him of our decision,” he said.

Pal said “we will be held responsible if anything untoward happens to them. We are not going to tolerate such acts of gross indiscipline... We will definitely issue a show-cause notice to them.”

He said the matter has already been taken up with the Bengal Lawn Tennis Association chief B.K. Saha.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu tennis team has also moved to a city hotel as they were not satisfied with facilities in the village. But they had sought prior permission from the chef-de-mission, a source in the Tamil Nadu camp said.

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