Costantini: Indian paddlers’ CWG show forced China to take notice

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NEW DELHI, May 16

The Indian women’s team’s historic performance at the Commonwealth Games has even attracted the attention of table-tennis powerhouse China, says chief national coach Massimo Costantini.

The Indian women’s team historic performance at the Commonwealth Games has even attracted the attention of table-tennis powerhouse China, says chief national coach Massimo Costantini.

“We are getting a lot of respect from everyone. When we were playing China in the World Championships (earlier this May), they were very concerned about playing us. Some of the coaches like China’s coach even asked for the video of the match in which India beat Singapore (to win the CWG gold),” India’s Italian coach said.

India witnessed its best performance in table-tennis at the CWG, bagging a record haul of eight medals including historic gold in the women’s

team and singles event in Gold Coast Games last month.

It was largely made possible by Manika Batra, who ended up winning four medals, the most by an Indian in Gold Coast.—PTI

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