The stage is set for “Ultimate Ping Pong” with six teams on board, will kick off on July 13 with support from the Indian national federation and the world governing body of the game.
The inaugural season of table tennis league will be played from July 13 to July 30 in three different cities – Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
The launch was announced by 11Even Sports Pvt. Ltd(ESPL), a company formed to promote table tennis in India,
through a press release.
The tournament will carry a prize money of 3 crore and ESPL is keen on signing up as many players as possible from the top 50 in the world. As per the format, a total of 48 players -24 men and an equal number of women -will be signed up for the league. Twenty four of them will be from India and the rest from abroad. To promote youngsters, every team will have to compulsorily field a U-21 player.
It will be interesting to see if Chinese players will be available for the inaugural edition or not !! Chinese players no doubt will offer the best competition among all.
“Table Tennis is close to my heart and I have been contributing to the development of the sport. With Ultimate Ping Pong I found the right platform to begin our journey in making India a medal contending nation in table tennis at the Olympics,” Niraj R Bajaj, a co-promoter of UPP, said.
ITTF president Thomas Weikert said, “ESPL recently organised Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open very productively and we received great feedback from various participating players and coaches. We wish all success to
Ultimate Ping Pong and look forward to increase the reach and interest of the game in India.”
TTFI president Dushyant Chautela added, “We are extremely proud to be associated with the Ultimate Ping Pong as it is one of the most premier events for the sport ever to be held on an annual basis in India.
“We thank 11EVEN SPORTS for their efforts to build Table Tennis and are sure that UPP will act as a catalyst to build everyone’s interest in the sport and get youngsters interested to play the game.”
The sport has certainly received a new lease of life & Indian Table Tennis have a huge opportunity to grow themselves.