Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?

first_imgStar Indian table tennis players, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran were stopped from flying for a tournament on Sunday.The ITTF World Tour Australian Open is set to begin on Monday and 17 players and officials of the Indian table tennis team were set to fly to Melbourne but only 10 of them could allegedly fly out.In a couple of tweets done by Batra, she explained that the table tennis players were supposed to fly for the tournament on Monday but were told that the flight was overbooked.She expressed her shock over the mismanagement and said that seven members of the team were still unable to get on the flight for the tournament.Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tomManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Contd- On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked &only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer [email protected]_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiainManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018However, Neelam Kapur, Director General of Sports Authority of India, immediately responded to Manika’s tweets and promised to look into the matter.Just an hour later, she responded to an enquiry from a Twitter user about the status of the matter saying, “The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight.”advertisementThe TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight. @manikabatra_TT https://t.co/PwN0r6RDuYNeelam Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018When questioned what action she is planning to take for the mismanagement that led to the problem in the first place, Kapur said, “The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40.”The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40. https://t.co/q3ByMlzrTONeelam Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018Manika then took to Twitter to post a photograph of herself with a boarding pass in hand and thanked Kapur for the “prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight.”I would like to thank @NeelamKapur mam for the prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight. Finally got my boarding pass and flying soon. Thanks @Media_SAI @Ra_THORe sir @PMOIndia sir pic.twitter.com/ciZPt07fABManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Manika and the table tennis players last played in the Korea Open, which took place last week.Sathiyan, who put up a fabulous show in the qualification, lost to Korea’s Lim Jong-hoon in the first round while Manika Batra and Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe lost in the first round of the women’s doubles.last_img read more