Indian table tennis player Manika Batra refused to take any guidance from national coach Soumyadeep Roy during and after her women’s singles event at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym Table 1 on July 24. Had given. She said at the time that it was because she wanted her to have her own personal coach. However, now in response to the show cause notice from the Table Tennis Federation of India, he has alleged that it is because Roy asked him to ‘fix’ a match.
Table tennis player Manika Batra accuses coach Soumyadeep Roy
Batra, in her reply to TTFI Secretary Arun Banerjee, alleged that apart from avoiding disturbance due to her last-minute interference, she also wanted to play without a national coach because “she played a qualifying tournament in Doha in March 2021”. During this, Batra was pressurized to lose a match against his student so that she could qualify for the Olympics i.e. he was involved in match-fixing.
The TTFI has asked Roy to present his side and not join the ongoing national camp. When asked about the incident, Banerjee replied, “The allegations are against Roy. Let them answer and then we will decide the course of action.”
Manika claims to be proof
Manika said that ‘she has the evidence of the incident and is ready to present it to the concerned authorities at the right time’. She alleged that ‘Roy spoke to her personally in her hotel room and kept trying to persuade her for 20 minutes’. Batra says that ‘he reported the incident to a TTFI official and did not accede to Roy’s demand’. He also said that ‘interactions with him have affected his mental state and consequently his performance’.
She added, “During the Olympics, I wanted to avoid the demoralizing effect of such a coach because as a player representing India, it was my duty to serve my country in the best possible way.”
Manika claims TTFI ‘falsely accused’ her
The TTFI had termed Batra’s refusal to take Roy’s advice during the Tokyo Olympics as “indiscipline” and served him a show cause notice. Batra said that she denies the allegation that she has defamed TTFI and the country and rather, she has served the nation by playing on her own. He also said that ‘he has been falsely accused and instead of going after him, TTFI should take action against Roy’.
He added, “Unfortunately, when I again raised the issue of match-fixing pressure tactics by the national coach in my e-mail on 14 August 2021, TTFI denied the issue without a preliminary, fair and transparent investigation. . To reiterate, I haven’t done anything wrong while playing my matches alone.”
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