C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Jul 9 (PTI) India is in a good in table tennis with its young players such a Achanta Sharath Kamal doing well and the upcoming professional league UTT can help them develop, veteran paddler Par Gerell of Sweden says. The Swede, who is here to play for Falcons TTC in the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis league, said Indias players have been doing well in recent times and having a league will help them get better by learning from top players. “The Indians are doing well. They are improving all the time – (Achanta) Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Singh, Soumyajit Ghosh and G Sathiyan are playing well. “It is good to see them improve. The UTT can help the younger (players) learn a lot. There are a lot of quality performers in the league and the Indians can learn by interacting with them and watching them,” he told PTI. He said the UTT was a very good concept and could prove beneficial to all the participants. “I am very excited about playing in the UTT, it looks like it will be an interesting league. There are many good players and I think it will be fun to play in the tournament,” Gerell said. About the format, 35-year-old Gerell said, “It seems very exciting. The reduced games means that one has to be focused from the word go. In the regular matches one can fight back even if he/she loses a game or two, but that is not possible here.” Stating that he had been playing well in the last two years, the Swedish southpaw said he was looking forward to doing well in the coming season. Coming from the land of legendary former world champions Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson, Gerell, currently ranked 44 in the world) said he had grown up watching them play and was glad to have played alongside them. “I grew up watching them play and wanting to emulate them. They have done amazing things. I used to play in the same club where Persson played and had the opportunity to meet him,” said the Swede, a huge admirer of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. About the Chinese domination of the sport, he said, “We will never be as good as they are. They have a very good system and wonderful coaches. Importantly, they are taught the right technique at a young age, which stands them in good stead in the long run. However, they can be beaten but takes a lot of hard work.” On the Falcons prospects in UTT, he said, “It is a solid team and there are some quality players. We can reach the semifinals but from there on it will be anybodys game,” he added. PTI SS VSadvertisement
Kolkata: ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number launched by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee once again turned rescuer for those who were trapped in Kerala floods.Bapan Das, a resident of Katwa in East Burdwan, was stuck in a house along with 14 others in the floods at Kizhur in Kerala. Das called up the toll free number and shared his ordeal. The caller informed that he was trapped in Kizhur along with others. He said there was no electricity or transportation. The caller requested for immediate assistance and food supplies. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned that all the means of transport were suspended due to heavy rains. The matter was immediately raised with the disaster management officials of the state government, who contacted their counterparts in the Kerala government. During the call, all the relevant information was collected and it were passed to the disaster management department along with the phone number and location of the victim. Prodded by the Bengal government, the rescue team in Kerala started searching operation. Due to heavy rainfall and bad weather they found it difficult to trace their location. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter a prolonged search operation, the rescue team finally spotted the location. Disaster management department in Kerala confirmed that the victims have been rescued and are safe in a hotel in Karwar. They have been given food and water. The victim will soon be brought back to the city after the situation improves. In a similar incident, some residents who were trapped in the Karnataka flood were rescued by the Karnataka government after they contacted Didi Ke Bolo toll-free number. The helpline number got a call from a person in South 24- Parganas, who claimed that some members of his family were stuck in their residence at Kaida township, near Karwa city due to floods. The caller mentioned that his sister and brother-in- law were in Karnataka and were hit by the floods. State government took up the matter with Karnataka government and informed the whereabouts of the family, as per description provided by the caller. The victims were finally rescued.