Twenty-five-year old Raj Mondal has been signed up as replacement for Soumyajit Ghosh in the upcoming Player Draft for the second season of CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis. 11SPORTS made this announcement on Monday, a couple of days after the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) decided to provisionally suspend the Olympian paddler pending investigations into rape charges levelled by a girl in Kolkata against him.
“Since UTT is recognised by TTFI, we accept their decision and have replaced Soumyajit Ghosh with Raj Mondal for the upcoming player draft scheduled in Mumbai on 28th March 2018. With the draft around the corner, the current circumstances does not allow us any time to wait for the decision of the court.” a 11SPORTS spokesperson said.
Raj Mondal, currently ranked sixth in the country, is a seasoned campaigner on the domestic circuit. He has won two Mixed Doubles titles in the Senior National Championships and finished third in the singles of the last National Games. He has been playing in the Spanish League this season and has won all the 12 matches he has played so far. The CEAT UTT Season 2 will begin in Pune on June 14, 2018.