Asian Table Tennis Championships: Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan lead young Indian team - watch live streaming

Olympian Sutirtha Mukherjee leads the women’s challenge in absence of Manika Batra in the Doha event. Watch live!

By Rahul Venkat
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The Indian table tennis squad will be gunning for glory in the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021, which gets underway on Tuesday, September 28, at the Lusail Sports Arena in Doha, Qatar.

The biennial competition will kick off with the men’s and women’s team events. The team events have two categories - the 1st division and the champions division.

The top-six teams from the 2019 edition will be slotted in the champions division.

The rest of the teams will be drawn in groups of three or four in the 1st division. After a round-robin group stage, group winners will play in a knockout system, with the 1st division winners and runners-up being promoted to the champions division.

The eight teams in the champions division will then play in a knockout format, starting with the quarter-finals.

The Indian men’s team - who finished fifth in 2019 - will play in the champions division while the women’s team - who finished ninth in 2019 - will start in the 1st division.

The singles and doubles events will be played in the knockout format.

Veteran Sharath Kamal and Tokyo Olympian Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will lead the men’s charge while Sutirtha Mukherjee is the senior player among the women.

Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra was left out of the Indian squad.

Sharath Kamal is seeded fifth and G Sathiyan is seeded sixth for the men’s singles while as a pair, they are seeded seventh in the men’s doubles.

The pair of Harmeet Desai/Manav Thakkar are seeded sixth in the men’s doubles and Manav Thakkar/Archana Kamath are seeded sixth in the mixed doubles.

No other Indian players have been seeded for the event.

Schedule for Indian players at the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021

Tuesday, September 28: 1st division - men’s team and women’s team

Wednesday, September 29: 1st division and champions division - men’s team and women’s team

Thursday, September 30: champions division - men’s team and women’s team; mixed doubles

Friday, October 1: champions division - men’s team; women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles

Saturday, October 2: men’s and women’s singles; men’s and women’s doubles; mixed doubles

Sunday, October 3: men’s and women’s singles; men’s and women’s doubles

Monday, October 4: women’s singles; men’s doubles; mixed doubles

Tuesday, October 5: men’s singles; women’s doubles

Where to watch the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021 live in India?

Live streaming of the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021 will be available from Thursday, September 30 onwards on the official Facebook pages of the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) and World Table Tennis (WTT).

There will be no live telecast in India.