Wesley, Tanisi, Urmila to lead state team
The GTTA has announced the state teams scheduled to participate in the 74th edition of the inter- State cadet and sub-junior table tennis nationals to be held at Gandhidam from January 16-23.
Wesley Do Rosario, who recently cornered glory for Goa when he became the first ever Goan to win a national table tennis crown, has been named captain of both the cadet and the sub-junior boys teams. Incidentally, Wesley is also ranked No 2 player in India in the cadet category. Young and energetic Tanisi Kirtani has been named captain of the cadet girls team while Urmila Mense will lead the sub-junior girls team.
Secretary of GTTA, Mr Ashok Mhambrey will accompany the team as manager. Irwin Cordo has been nominated as coach of the squad. After a good showing in the nationals in the last two years, the team is brimming with enthusiasm. The grit and determination of the youngsters seems at a high. Last year the cadet boys team reached the quarterfinals while in the previous year, the sub-junior team won the bronze medal.
Team Goa consists of the following players: Cadet Boys: Wesley Do Rosario (Captain), Vaidik Shrivastava, Varun Gangodkar and Mandar Joshi. Cadet Girls: Tanisi Kirtani (Captain), Prutha Parrikar, Nandita Das and Rithika Ganti.
Sub-junior Boys: Wesley Do Rosario (Captain), Manguesh Sakordekar and Pranav Naik. Sub-junior Girls: Urmila
Mense (Captain), Tanisi Kirtani, Arantxa Noronha and Komal Salgaonkar. [NT]