Hosts Gujarat have left no stone unturned to not only offer the best ever Games to the country, but also hope to pick up the first gold medal on Wednesday, featuring the dynamic duo of Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar directing the load.
“Gujarat is already a major force in Indian table tennis”, former national champion Kamlesh Mehta said.
“With Harmeet, Manav and Manush Shah in their ranks, they are the favorites to win the men’s title,” he added.
Stars Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra are among the favorites for the singles and doubles titles that are expected to produce fascinating battles.
Players who are part of the Indian contingent for the World Championships later this month are hoping to get into their groove over the next five days.
The government of Gujarat has scheduled the TT competition before the official start of the Games to ensure that they compete both here and in the World Championships in China.
Besides taking the first few medals in TT, Gujarat hopes to improve on the ninth place in the 35th edition in Kerala. They have strong medal prospects in swimming, tennis, volleyball, track and field, triathlon and wrestling.
“In the past, the states had several years to prepare for the Games. But Gujarat has taken on the task of hosting these Games in a span of three months thanks to the infrastructure built over the years,” Gujarat Sports Minister Harsh Sanghvi said. addressing students of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University recently.
Gujarat’s top stars are delighted to have the chance to compete in front of the home crowd and are confident of a strong show.