New Delhi: Indian paddlers are seeking full-time services of a physio and mental trainer to give their best in the next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The players take the help of physio and trainer based at National Institute of Sports, Patiala, whenever they are training there but sorely miss full-time experts while playing overseas.

“Last week we were playing in Japan and we had to take help of physios from other countries. If we get access to physios and mind trainers all the time, I think it is bound to help us perform better,” a top player of the Indian men’s team told PTI.

“Sometimes we have to play more than three matches in a day. It takes a toll on the body. The support staff we have in Patiala makes all of us feel that someone like them should be part of the squad at all times,” the player added referring to the personnel in Patiala.

Table Tennis will be one of the 13 disciplines in which India participate at the Glasgow Games starting July 23. The sport fetched five medals including a gold at the 2010 edition in New Delhi.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) recently interviewed candidates for the two roles and has managed to hire men for some of the Commonwealth disciplines.

“We have finalised some four to five mental trainers for the Commonwealth disciplines. We will surely meet the requirements of the table tennis players but their federation has to approach us first,” SAI secretary Neeraj Kansal said.

Dhanraj Choudhary, secretary general at the Table Tennis Federation of India, said the federation will soon submit a list to SAI stating their requirements for the CWG as well as the Asian Games.

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