Indore: Former World table tennis championPeter Karlsson will be training budding players at a special camp, organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India and its Madhya Pradesh counterpart here till July 3.
"I believe, two crucial ingredients for achieving success in table tennis is passion and believing in oneself," Karlsson told a press conference on Tuesday.
"India has a huge sporting talent and I believe that the country can produce more world-class table tennis players," he added.
Karlsson, who addressed the press conference along with Arjuna awardee Kamlesh Mehta, praised the junior players of the country, who have recently accomplished remarkable feats.
"The infrastructure for the game needed to be strengthened, besides training upcoming players.
"Studies and sports should go hand-in-hand right from school days to college and table tennis could be a selective game for the youngsters," the Swede said, while replying to a query on whether table tennis could attract more youngsters in this cricket crazy nation.
Commenting on India`s prospects at the next year`s Olympics in London, former national champion Kamlesh Mehta said, "It is not possible to beat or wipe out the Chinese players in table tennis. India has to go step by step. But at least we are up to the qualifying rank."
Meanwhile, the secretary general of Table Tennis Federation of India, Dhanraj Choudhary, informed that International Table Tennis Federation has granted fellowship of six months to Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai for training abroad, while two more players are shortlisted for the same.
Chaudhary said a team of girls are being trained in Ajmer for national and international tournaments, adding that Indore is given a base training camp status for table tennis.