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Suspended paddlers have nowhere to go

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 23:31 IST
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The Delhi Table Tennis Association (DTTA) is hell bent upon not allowing its top paddlers to participate in the National Games at Guwahati early next year and the Senior National Championships at Ajmer in March 2007, as it has served them an indefinite suspension notice.

It may be recalled that many top-ranked players had withdrawn from the Delhi State Championships, blaming the DTTA in general and its organising secretary, Hukam Singh, in particular of mismanagement and corruption. In retaliation, the DTTA suspended them after issuing them a show-cause notice in October.

“We will not consider them for the National Games or the Ajmer Nationals in March,” said Hukam Singh and added that, any decision on revoking their suspension would be taken at the start of the next season in September 2007.

If that was not enough, the DTTA organising secretary also added that they would not be given migration certificates to represent another state at the National Games.

“They have made irresponsible, malicious and false statements with a view to maligning the DTTA and its officials, and they have not even bothered to reply to the show-cause notices issued to them,” said Hukam Singh while defending the decision to suspend the players.

“We have also forwarded a copy of the suspension letters to the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) for further necessary action,” he said.

Two of the senior players still have the required ranking points to be among the top seeds despite withdrawing from the Delhi State Championships, but Singh says those points would account for nothing as it is mandatory to participate in the State event.

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