India has made a record by winning gold in both men’s and women’s category of the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship taking place in Odisha.The Indian men’s team won the final match defeating England 3-2. The Indian women’s team defeated England 3-0 in final match to won the gold for the first time in the history of the commonwealth games.
The men beat England 3-2 while Indian women defeated England 3-0 to dethrone the defending champions Singapore who had a stranglehold on the trophy since 1997. After having won the Cup for eight consecutive times, their vice-like grip was snapped when they chose to send a weak team.
Men, on the other hand, could extend their reign for the second successive time after annexing the title in the previous edition at Surat in 2015. The Indian men had won their first crown in Kuala Lumpur in 2004.
Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship was formed at meeting of Commonwealth delegates held in Munich, Germany at World Championships 1969. It was 1st staged in 1971 in Singapore.
India 1st staged tournament in Bombay (1982), Hyderabad (1994) and New Delhi (2001), Jaipur (2007), New Delhi (2013) and Surat (2015).