Locked down in their homes, Kerala’s table tennis players may have been out of action for more than two months but they did not appear very anxious when they returned to the sport. There was also no sense of urgency to make up for the lost time.

“We resumed training two weeks ago and most of them were sure there would be no tournaments this year, so they were relaxed,” said Bobby Joseph, who produced a steady stream of talented players from his base in Alappuzha, in a chat with Sportstar.

The SDV Table Tennis Academy in Alappuzha, where Joseph is now the head coach, resumed training two weeks ago and the number of players is just about 40 per cent of the pre-lockdown figure.

“Most of the players in our academy are in the eight to 12 years age-group but we did not invite the under-12 players when we restarted training. However, we did include three girls, above 10, who performed…

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