The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Tuesday re-appointed Italian Massimo Costantini as the national team chief coach for a two-year period up to September 30, 2018. Max, as he is fondly known and called by players, was with the Indian team from early 2009 till the end of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to five medals, including a men’s doubles gold and a silver in the women’s team event.
Soon after leaving India, Max has had a long-tem stint with an United States club and guided some its players to glory. He was also the US team coach at Rio Olympics. The federation had roped in Peter Engel in 2013 but the German’s contract was not renewed at the end of the Asian 2014 Games. Since then, table tennis did not have a foreign coach.