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Coronavirus impact: UTT postponed indefinitely due to pandemic

By: PTI |

Printed: August 11, 2020 7:22:31 pm


UTT, which started in 2017, was to happen after the Tokyo Olympic. (Supply: ultimatetabletennis.in)

The fourth version of Final Desk Tennis (UTT), scheduled in India from August 14 to 31, has been indefinitely postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

With sporting occasions but to start out within the nation and the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation (ITTF) itself nonetheless not sure concerning the resumption {of professional} tour, the postponement was inevitable.

UTT, which started in 2017, was to happen after the Tokyo Olympics, which has now been moved to subsequent yr due to the pandemic.

“You want permissions from the state and central authorities, test gamers availability and discussions with the ITTF need to happen. I see none of that occuring within the close to future,” former participant and promoter of UTT, 11sports activities director Kamlesh Mehta advised PTI.

“We might need it to occur later this yr however should discuss to ITTF for the brand new dates as we at all times determine our schedule relying on the world physique’s calendar. However proper now none has any readability, together with the ITTF. We are able to solely wait and watch.”

UTT acquired an official window within the ITTF calendar for the primary two years however with skilled season getting busier, it didn’t get one final yr.

Although Chinese language gamers have stayed away from collaborating within the UTT, the occasion has attracted prime gamers from Germany, Sweden, Chinese language Taipei, Hong Kong and Portugal.

The league has additionally offered a lot wanted publicity to the budding expertise in India in addition to high quality competitors to the nation’s finest gamers, together with Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra.

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