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Six paddlers for US camp

Guwahati, June 6: The Assam Table Tennis Association has selected six paddlers for a three-month-long advanced coaching camp at the India Community Centre in the US.

Murchhana Gohain (Sivasagar), Mahasweta Batchallya and Adrija Sarma (both from Guwahati), Apratim Gogoi (Namrup), Hrishikesh Borah (Nagaon) and Bastab Bikash Borboruah (Golaghat) will leave for California tomorrow. The paddlers, who have won titles at the state level, will be trained by International Tennis Federation’s coach Massimo Constantin and six others.

“The paddlers have been selected on the basis of their performance. Last year, we had sent three players to the centre. The objective of this initiative is to provide exposure and advanced training to promising players so that they can perform at the national level. The Assam Table Tennis Association (ATTA) has been trying to revive a sport that was once the pride of the state, given the number of players that excelled at the national level,” ATTA secretary Tridib Duvarah told The Telegraph.

“This is a one-of-a-kind initiative of ATTA. Two years back, we had sent Anal Kashyap, who had won the men’s singles title in the California State Table Tennis Championships last year,” Duvarah added. ATTA president Rakibul Hussain, on behalf of the association, expressed hope that the players would benefit from the camp and that they are able to make a mark at the national level.