Indian boys and girls qualified for the Asian Juniors, after attaining top-of-the-table position in group league on the first day of the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships at Mount Lavinia, near Colombo, today. In Junior Boys, India beat Maldives and Bangladesh with an identical margin of 3-0 and will take on both hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan to complete the group events. With two wins already in their pocket, Indian boys have made the cut for Asian Junior Championships, to be held in Ansan (Korea) from June 29 to July 4. At the end of the group matches the second team that joins India will be known tomorrow. As for the Junior Girls, both India and Sri Lanka qualified.
In the group matches today, India thumped Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives for 3-0 score-lines to keep a clean slate and lead the table with six points. Lanka, who beat the other two teams without a hiccup, finished as the second best team to qualify. Meanwhile, India's Cadet Girls team, comprising Anusha Kutumbale, Vanshika Bhargave and Swastika Ghosh, defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last group league match to finish on top and claim the gold medal. Earlier, they beat Pakistan and Maldives and the wins were as sweet as the one against hosts, the margin being 3-0 in both cases. The boys' team consists of Manav Vikas Thakkar, H Jeho, Jeet Chandra, Manush Shah, Parth Virmani, Payas Jain and Chinmaya Somaiya while the girls squad has Archana Kamath, Anusha Kutumbale, Moumita Datta, Priyanka Pareek, Selena Deepthi Selvakumar, Swastika Ghosh and Vanshika Bhargava.