The Table Tennis Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has come out strongly in support of the players who had boycotted the Delhi state tournaments last year due to alleged mismanagement and fraud by the Delhi Table Tennis Association (DTTA).
It may be recalled that top Delhi players had criticised the DTTA for the declining standard of the game and formed the Table Tennis Association (TTA) to stem the rot. The players are organising a national level tournament from January 23.
“As far as the tournament (the players are organising) goes, it has my complete support,” said TTFI secretary MC Chowhan on Friday.
Interestingly, the DTTA organising secretary Hukam Singh has written to all the Delhi players, asking them not to participate in the tournament, warning them that if they did participate, they would be banned from playing for Delhi.
“Why is Hukam Singh doing all this? He has made it a prestige issue. But I would ask the players to participate in this event as this will only lead to more competition,” said Chowhan.
Asked if the TTFI was distancing itself from the DTTA, Chowhan said: "It's not a matter of going against my own state association. It's a matter of supporting the players and I will support them even if they organise 10 such tournaments.
"The DTTA (read Hukam Singh) should rise above petty politics. Why is he having a problem when the tournament is an All-India tournament and doesn't come under the DTTA purview? I don't think that the DTTA can ever ban players (for participating in tournaments)." He also said that the TTFI would organise a professional tournament at Delhi in February.