After G. Sathiyan expressed his willingness to participate in the National Camp at Sonepat, there was a slight possibility that his mixed doubles partner and star shuttler Manika Batra too will take part in this camp conducted for the Doha Asian table tennis championships which are scheduled from the 28th of September to the 5th of October and will reconsider her decision.
This won’t be the case as the current status of the Khel Ratna Award winner and the top Indian women paddler is that she is still unlikely to participate in the camp. As Mixed Doubles is also part of the tournament, there was speculation that the two practising together at the National Camp will be beneficial for the pair at the tournament in Doha but sources in Mandela’s camp have stated that this was already discussed as a possibility.
The source talked to Sportstar.com stating that Manika and Sathiyan will have enough time to practise and will have more than a couple of days to do it in Doha as they will be in the main draw, with a world ranking of 20. The source also started to question the ever-changing rules of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TFFI) saying that at first, they said it was mandatory to attend the camp from the 2nd of September till the end but now, Sathiyan is being allowed to enter the camp midway and if that was the case, then Manika Batra could have easily attended the first four days of the camp which makes it confusing.
Batra has reiterated her stance about not participating in the national camp. According to the TTFI, she will not be a part of the Asian Championships Team if she doesn’t participate in the camp, to which the source said that they will wait and watch regarding this.