The Indian men’s and women’s table tennis teams have been without a foreign coach for close to a year now. Canada’s Dejan Papicwas supposed to join the team, finally, in August this year, but a knee surgery has further delayed his arrival.

One of the mainstays of the Indian men’s team, Sharath Kamal,said the absence of a coach has not helped the team’s quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“This is the longest wait we have ever had in terms of appointment of a foreign coach. After the 2010 Commonwealth Games, we had a long wait due to scams. It was a 3-6 month wait for a coach [then]. [Now] it is hitting us hard,” said Sharath.

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