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National Paddlers in Odisha

The Papare 2019-07-18 10:46:59

The Sri Lanka National Table Tennis team reached Odisha, India last morning, but were greeted with an unfortunate turn of events ahead of the 21st Commonwealth TT Championships. 

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When the team landed in India, Captain of the Women’s team Ishara Madurangi and Chamathsara Fernando realized that their baggage had been misplaced. However, thankfully the Indian TT Federation extended their utmost support in recovering the baggage for the two players, who were disappointed that they could not participate in a practice session as they did not have their equipment. The organizing committee managed to arrange a special practice session for all the players at 5.30PM.

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A Managers’ meeting was held yesterday at the venue and draw meeting was held after the meeting. This year, the tournament has attracted 12 nations; the Sri Lanka Men’s team has been drawn into Pool A alongside England and Cyprus while the Sri Lanka Women’s team has been drawn into Pool B alongside India, South Africa.

Men’s Draw

  • Group A   – England / Sri Lanka / Cyprus 
  • Group B –    India/ Singapore/ Scotland/ 
  • Group C –    Nigeria / Malaysia/ Bangladesh 
  • Group D –  Australia / South Africa / Wales 

Women’s Draw

  • Group A –  Singapore / Wales / Scotland 
  • Group B –  India / South Africa/ Sri Lanka 
  • Group C –  Australia / Malaysia/ Cyprus 
  • Group D – Nigeria / England / Bangladesh 

The teams will play the League Matches in the 1st stage, with the top two teams qualifying for the 2nd stage. In the 2nd stage the tournament will continue as a league system. Then the top two teams will qualify for the Semi finals and other teams will play for rankings. 

Sri Lanka Women’s Table Tennis Team will play their 1st match against India and final league match against South Africa. Sri Lanka Men’s Table Tennis Team will play their 1st match against England and final league match against Cyprus.

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