Chennai to host Ultimate Table Tennis Season 5

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The Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) league, India’s premier table tennis league, is set to launch its fifth season in Chennai from August 22 to September 7. This season marks a significant expansion for the league, as it will feature an eight-team format for the first time.

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The UTT, promoted by Niraj Bajaj and Vita Dani under the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), has been a game-changer for Indian table tennis since its inception in 2017. The league has been distinguished for its ability to attract top-tier international talents and facilitate the rapid advancement of Indian paddlers.

The introduction of additional teams aims to infuse a heightened level of competition. This expansion strategically coincides with the post-Paris Games period to capitalize on the prevailing Olympic fervor nationwide. Moreover, the decision to host the league in Chennai pays tribute to the city’s esteemed sporting heritage, which has produced numerous legendary paddlers.

The escalating popularity of table tennis, bolstered by notable Indian achievements, has catalyzed the league’s expansion into new territories. Embracing this momentum, the league proudly announces the inclusion of two esteemed franchises: the Ahmedabad SG Pipers and the Jaipur Patriots. This marks an exhilarating new phase commencing with the 2024 edition of the league.

The core mission behind UTT’s inception was to elevate the stature of table tennis in India. The league provides Indian players with a platform to compete against the world’s best and propel Indian table tennis to unprecedented heights. Recent historic victories by Indian players against Chinese opponents and the National men’s and women’s teams qualifying for the Olympics underscore this mission.

The defending champions, Goa Challengers, will join Dabang Delhi TTC, U Mumba TT, Puneri Paltan, and Bengaluru Smashers in the upcoming season. Each team will have six players, including two foreign players.

The league format has been altered to accommodate eight teams, divided into two groups of four. Each team will play five ties during the league stage, facing all teams within their group and two randomly selected teams from the other group. This structure aims to provide a balanced and competitive environment for all participants, ensuring the highest level of play throughout the league.

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