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THE TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION OF BARODA
(City & District): Vadodara

ABOUT TTAB.

TTAB / ABOUT TTAB

Introduction of Table Tennis

Like many other sports, Table Tennis began as a mild social diversion descending, along with lawn tennis and badminton, from the ancient midlevel game of tennis. Very little can be said about the history of Table Tennis. There is the creation of the game, and the development of the game, but that’s all. The game was created in 1881 by bored British Officers, who carved a ball from champagne’s cork and used cigar covers to bat it back & forth across a barrier of books dividing a table.

It was popular in England in the second half of the nineteenth century under its present name & various trade names such as “ Gossima & Whiff -Whaff”. After the name “Ping-Pong” (an imitation of the sound made by the ball striking the table & the vellum bats that were used) was introduced by J. Jaques & Son, the game became a fashionable craze.

The early equipment comprised rubber or cork balls & bats made of dried animal skins stretched over a wooden frame. The game’s popularity rose steadily, sometimes dramatically and by 1901 Table Tennis tournaments were being organized.

Then, over the next sixty years, Table Tennis got developed by perhaps thirty million competitive players and by uncountable millions who played less seriously. However, the game itself has not changed in essence since its earliest days, though it is faster, more subtle & more demanding than it was even only 20 yrs. ago.

By this the game had undergone radical changes, both, in terms of playing rules & the accessories being used. The balls were being made from celluloid & bats consisted of sheets of pimpled rubber glued to wooden blades. Developments over later decades included “Sandwich” rubber (pimpled rubber attached to a layer of sponge), rubbers specially treated to impart extra spin or to absorb spin, & “speed” glues which were absorbed into the sponge to make the rubber springier and add speed to the ball.

National Associations were beginning to form during the 1920’s and due to the sport’s rapid growth, an International governing body was needed. On January 15th,1926, the International Table Tennis Federation was initiated by Dr. Georg Lehman of Berlin, Germany, by December, a construction & laws agreed upon and the first World Championships were held. The ITTF presently represents 127 Affiliated Associations. Today the game of Table Tennis has achieved the status of Corporate Game rather than game of table.

Table Tennis activities begun on Indian soil in 1935 at Kolkata and finally led to formation of Table Tennis Federation of India in 1939. The expansion of the National Championship moved by stages. In 1946 women’s singles was introduced & the Junior Team event for boys came in 1954. Sub Junior National Championship was introduced in the year 1994.

From early 1960’s till today, TTFI can very deservingly claim a superb achievement for India of not missing a single International meet. The pinnacle of TTFI’s organizational glory is the conducts of 33rd & 36th World Table Tennis Championships in 1975 & 1987 at Kolkata & New Delhi respectively. .

The success story continues, standard wise & organizationally. India today is one of the top 16 Table Tennis Nations in the World. It hosted the Asian Table Tennis Championships in 1980, Asian Junior Championships in 1992, Senior Asian Table Tennis Championships in 1994, Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships conducted in the years of 1982, 1993 & 2001, respectively.

History of TTAB (established on October 29, 1977)

Table Tennis is the third fastest game in the world. In general, TT is very much popular in India, but in particular, cities like Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vadodara and Ajmer have shown special interest towards the game. India has the distinction of producing world class Table Tennis players. Table Tennis in India, is played in schools, colleges, universities, clubs, individual homes and industrial Houses. With a view to develope this game, Table Tennis Association of Baroda(City and District) (TTAB) was established way back in October 1977. Today it has become a young & vibrant association of 42 years. Span of this over quarter century has imparted lot of radical changes in society about the perception towards the game of Table Tennis. TTAB have prioritized to make Table Tennis one of the most popular games in the District, State & Country.
The following were the founder members of TTAB:

  • Dr. Shirish Purohit
  • Mr. R.C. Shah
  • Mr. V.S. Mehta
  • Mr. P.Vipradas
  • Mr. Suresh Sabnis
  • Mr. M.R. Vyas
  • Mr. Ramesh Dalvi
  • Dr. G.M. Oza

TTAB, is affiliated to GSTTA which is affiliated and working under the guidelines of TTFI. Our achievements over the years, worth mentioning are listed below:

TTAB is only association in Gujarat, which not only conducts Open Baroda tournament but also conducts major ranking tournaments with the help and support of affiliated clubs, institutions and industries. TTAB conducts every year one Open Gujarat Major ranking tournament. It has started Inter School Table Tennis Tournaments.

In the past TTAB has conducted following Championships very successfully:

West Zone Table Tennis Championship, 1995 organized from 15th to 19th September,1995, in which top National and International players participated at Community Hall, IPCL, Township, Vadodara.

All India Inter Institutional Championship, 1998, organized from 1st to 7th August,1998, jointly with IPCL. In this Championship top teams and top players of India participated at Community Hall, IPCL, Township, Vadodara.

National Ranking Table Tennis Championship (West) 1999, organized from 2nd to 6th November,1999, in which top National & International Players participated at Balbhavan, Vadodara.

Nirma National Ranking Table Tennis Championship 2000, organized form 20th to 24th December,2000, in which top National and International players like Chetan Baboor, S Raman, Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha, N.R. Indu, P.Ghatak, Montu Ghosh, M.S.Mithily, participated at Balbhavan, Vadodara.

63rd Sub Junior National & Inter State Table Tennis Championships 2001 organized from 14th to 21st December, 2001, in which 24 teams and top players of India participated at Indoor Tennis Court, Laxmi Vilas palace , Motibaug, Vadodara.

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships 2003, organized from 12th to 16th November, 2003. Competitors included top National and International players like Sharath Kamal, S. Raman, Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha, N R Indu, Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das.

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships 2005, organized from 8th to 12th January,2005. Participants included top National and International players like Sharath Kamal, S. Raman, S. Roy, Subhajit Saha, Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das.

All India Prize Money Table Tennis Tournament 2007, organized from 1st to 5th December,2007. Participants included, top National and International players like Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha Poulomi Ghatak, Mouma Das and Montu Ghosh. This was the biggest prize Money Tournament of the country.

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships 2010, (Central Zone) organized from 23rd to 27th December,2010. Participants included top National and International players like Soumyadeep Roy, Mouma Das, Neha Agrawal, S Satyan at Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Motibaug, Vadodara.

11even Sports Inter School Table Tennis National Championships 2016 10th to 12th Dec 2016 at Sama Indoor Sports Complex, Vadodara

11even Sports Junior and Youth National And Inter State Table Tennis Championships, Vadodara 2016, Organised from 6 – 11 Jan 2017 at Sama Indoor Sports Complex, Vadodara.

11SPORTS 63rd  National School Games Table Tennis Championships – 2017, Organised from 3 – 7 Jan 2018 at Sama Indoor Sports Complex, Vadodara.

11SPORTS 64th   National School Games Table Tennis Championships – 2018, Organised from 2 – 6 Jan 2018 at Sama Indoor Sports Complex, Vadodara.

 

 

TTAB has unique distinction of conducting Advanced Coaching Camps as under :

In the year 1977-78 with the help of international player and national Coach Shri R R Chachad at Union Pavilion, The MS University of Baroda.

– From 15th to 22nd  June, 1988 with the help of Ex-National and International Player, National Coach and Arjuna Awardee, Shri G Jagannath, at Community Hall IPCL, Township, Vadodara.

-From 1st   to 21st  August 1992 with the help of Ex-National Champion, International  player,  Arjuna  Awardee,   Shri Chandrasekhar   at   Community   Hall   IPCL,  Township, Vadodara.

– With the help of 8 times NationalChampion, National Coach and Arujna  Awardee Shri Kamlesh Mehta since 2001.

-From 12th to 23rd June, 2001, 27 players from Vadodara and  four  other  districts benefited from  the expertise of internationally acknowledged Shri Kamlesh Mehta

-From 6th  to 16th  June, 2005. 45 players from Gujarat and four   other   states   benefited   from   the   expertise   of internationally acknowledged Shri Kamlesh Mehta, organized at community hall, RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 30th May to 13th June,2006.55 players from Gujarat and  five  other  states  benefited  from  the  expertise  of internationally  acknowledged  Shri   Kamlesh   Mehta organized at community hall, RIL, Township,Vadodara.

-From 16th to 28th May,2007. 57 players from Gujarat and five   other   states   benefited   from   the   expertise   of internationally  acknowledged  Shri   Kamlesh   Mehta organized at community hall, RIL, Township,Vadodara.

-From 3rd to 17th  May,2008. 58 players from Gujarat and five other states benefited from the expertise of internationally acknowledged Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at community hall,  RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 23rd  May to 6th June,2009. 57 players from Gujarat and  five  other  states  benefited  from  the  expertise  of internationally acknowledged  Shri   Kamlesh   Mehta organized at community hall, RIL, Township,Vadodara.

-From 15th to 29th  April,2010. 58 players from Gujarat and seven   other   states   benefited  from   the  expertise   of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at community hall, RIL,Township,Vadodara.

– From 31st May to 10th June, 2011. 58 players from Gujarat  and other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 4th to 18th May, 2012. 69 players from Gujarat  and  other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 28th May to 11th June, 2013. 57 players from Gujarat  and  other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 20th May to 3rd June, 2015. 66 players from Gujarat  and  other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 14th to 28th  May, 2015. 66 players from Gujarat  and  other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 3rd to 16th May, 2016. 63 players from all over India  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 4th to 18th May, 2017. 60 players from Gujarat  and  three other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta and Monalisa Barua Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 3rd  to 17th May, 2018. 68 players from Gujarat  and  three other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta and Monalisa Barua Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

– From 3rd  to 17th May, 2019. 65 players from Gujarat  and  three other  states  benefited  from  the expertise of internationally  acknowledged  Shri Kamlesh Mehta and Monalisa Barua Mehta organized at  community hall,   RIL, Township,Vadodara.

 

The association is providing all possible help to schools, affiliated Members Clubs   and  organizations in conducting  various tournaments and events. TTAB has produced 8 International Umpires, 01 National Umpire, apart from several National players.


TTAB officials’ presence at National and International Events:

TTAB is indeed proud to have eight international umpires from Vadodara:  S/Shri P. Vipradas, Kalpesh Thakkar, H.R. Desai, Jityang Bhatt, RG Sheth, Dr. Atul Gupte, Shailesh Gosai and L.V. Thakre.

Shri P.S. Vipradas represented India as an Umpire at the 36th World TT Championships conducted at Novisad, Yugoslavia. He was also selected as an Umpire for the 33rd World Table Tennis Championships and the 5th Asian Championships. He has also been the Chief Referee in many International, National and State Level championships. His accuracy and proficiency has helped win laurels for himself and also for TTAB.

Shri Kalpesh Thakkar, as a player, was selected by TTFI to compete in the US Open Table Tennis Championship at Fort Louder Del, Florida in the year 1997-98.

Shri Kalpesh Thakkar’s representation at National/ International level  as an Official/ Umpire:

Ø             International Umpire at the 14th Asian Table Tennis Championships at Osaka, Japan held in 1998.

Ø             International Umpire at Asian Junior Championships organized by Tamil Nadu State Association in the month of August-Sept. 1999 at Chennai.

Ø             International Umpire at India Cup organised by Mumbai Suburban Association in the month of April, 1999.

Ø             International Umpire representing India in SAF Games at Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1999.

Ø             Official in the Commonwealth Games at New Delhi in  2001.

Ø             Chief-de-Mission & Manager of Indian Team (Men and Women) during the 16th Asian Table Tennis Championship at Bangkok in 2003.

Ø             Delegate for Indian Junior National Table Tennis Team held at Las Vegas from 2nd to 5th July, 2008.

Ø             ITTF PRO-TOUR Indian Open Table Tennis Championships- 2010, held at New Delhi (Trial Games for Commonwealth Games in the month of June 2010).

Ø             National Technical Official XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 held at New Delhi

Shri Jityang Bhatt was selected as an International Umpire for the 17th Commonwealth Championship from 30th May to 5th June, 2007 held at Jaipur. He was selected as an International Umpire for 19th Asian Table Tennis Championships from 16th to 22nd November, 2009 held at Lucknow.

TTAB has produced several players who have represented Gujarat State in different National Championships. Such as:

Yogesh Desai, Prashant Mehta, A. Babi, Umesh Thorat, Kalpesh Thakkar, Lata George, Vasundhara Gupte,   Smita Dalvi, Seema Dalvi, Chanrika Julasana, Meena Kanani, Alok Jain, Satish Patel, R. G.Sheth, Rajeev Sharma, Zankar Pandya, Sunil Mehta, Ajay Gupta, A.K. Khanderiya, Subal Mehta, Dhawal Mehta, Neil Desai, Arav Shah, Sumit Tembe, Pritesh Makhija, Bhinnang Kothari, Malay Parikh, Jalay Mehta, Bhusha Mehta, Krupa Majmudar, Ruchit Shah, Pankti Shah, Vishwa Shah, Shushrut Padhye, Jay Vakil, Shubham Chaddha, Aalap Patel, Tansha Anand, Nauka Shah, Neha Puri, Neha Saxena, Mitali Thakre, Surbhi Patel, Harsh Thakre, Aniket Thakkar, Shikhar Chokshi, Purva Shah, Parikshit Sorathia, Himali Gosai, Tanushri Joshi, Pinak Bowlekar, Pratham Madlani, Purva Nimbalkar, Malhar Thakkar, Manush Shah , Vidit Desai, Sheli Patel, Shail Dharpale, Dhruv Budhdeo and other players.

After laying strong foundation, TTAB has achieved numerous laurels both by the players as well as the officials, over the last 42 years and are now confident not only to keep up but also to further improve the performance in the coming years.

 


TTAB Vision

  1. Create Table Tennis Academy on the lines of PSPB TT Center at Ajmer, where in boys and girls having aptitude and liking towards the game will be tapped at an early age and given the right training and coaching with the help of National and International Coaches to produce world class players.
    TTAB has already started its groundwork effectively with the help of Government of Gujarat. MS University of Baroda, Local bodies, Individuals, Institutions, Clubs and others.
  2. Construct its own Table Tennis practice Hall and Office.
  3. Organize more and more National, State and local level Tournaments.
  4. Organize Coaching Camps with the help of National and State level Coaches.
  5. To tap the talent in the rural areas, presently going un-noticed through Taluka level Association.
  6. Associate with more and more Organizations, Clubs and Institutions to further popularize table Tennis in the Sports loving city of Vadodara.

TTAB hopes to continue getting support from Office Bearers of the Association, Players, Referees, Umpires, Officials, Institutions, Clubs, State and local Authorities, GSTTA, TTFI and Media who have helped popularize the game for over 42 years.

 

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