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‘Robot' comes to playtable tennis

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MAN VERSUS MACHINE:K.K. Ramachandran, Director, Dr. GRD Institute of Management, trying his hand in tackling the new age robot ball feeding machine at the YTTCA Hall in Coimbatore.
MAN VERSUS MACHINE:K.K. Ramachandran, Director, Dr. GRD Institute of Management, trying his hand in tackling the new age robot ball feeding machine at the YTTCA Hall in Coimbatore.

Table tennis, at a high level, is one of the fastest in the world. Naturally, it has caught the fancy of the youngsters who love the power of the game. Clubs, big and small, have mushroomed across the State to promote it.

The Coimbatore District Table Tennis Association (CDTTA) and the Youngsters Table Tennis Coaching Academy (YTTCA) have joined hands as well in popularising the ‘ping pong' game in this part of the region.

Having produced star players, who have represented both at the State and national levels, the CDTTA and the YTTCA have stepped up their efforts in moulding more such talented individuals.

Ball feeding machine

To train the young guns in handling speed, the YTTCA, along with the CDTTA, introduced the new-age robot ball feeding machine at its ongoing coaching camp on the Academy premises on NSR Road in Sai Baba Colony.

The German-made Stag brand new generation equipment was tested by both the young and the old during its inauguration ritual. And, it did excite the little ones.

“It is going to help the players in a big way. It will also make the coaches' job that much easy,” said K. Raghuraman, veteran national table tennis player and coach in-charge of the camp.

He said the ball delivery frequency could be adjusted according to the agility of the players. “It's going to be difficult at the start but the players will get used to it as the days wear on.”

Why the new addition? “The game has improved in leaps and bounds over the years. The whole idea of introducing the machine is to keep pace with the growth of the game and also attract fresh talents,” said Raghuraman.

Innovations

“We have a vision in mind – to shape players who can represent the country from Coimbatore. This is our first step. We will keep adding new innovations till we realise our dream,” he added.

The robot machine was inaugurated by K.K. Ramachandran, Director, Dr. GRD Institute of Management, in the presence of other CDTTA officials.

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