Lucknow table tennis players have a new coach - a robot

July 30th, 2008 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, July 30 (IANS) Players at the Uttar Pradesh Table Tennis Academy (UPTTA) here in Lucknow are learning the skills of the game from a robot. “The new coach, the robot, is teaching the players about strokes, styles, techniques and drills to make them learn more about the wonderful sport of table tennis,” said Parag Agarwal, a coach with UPTTA.

UPTTA officials said the China made robot, costing about Rs.85,000, was best suited for practice sessions as it acted like a second player of the game, responding to its opponent’s backhand and forehand strokes with different styles.

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