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India has chance for medal in Tokyo Olympics, says Sharath Kamal

Sharath Kamal said an effort similar to PV Sindhu's win at World Championships from the table tennis contingent next year would go a long way towards popularising the sport.

Sharath Kamal in action. (Source: Express Archive)

Ace table tennis player A. Sharath Kamal, who starred in Chennai Lions’ triumph in the UTT League recently, said on Monday that India had a chance of winning a medal at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

“The focus now is on the Olympics next year and we have a chance of winning a medal in the doubles. A lot will depend on the draw,” he said at a felicitation event for Chennai Lions here.

He recalled the memorable moments that defined his team’s success journey.

Sharing his thoughts on India’s medal-winning prospects at next year’s Olympics, Sharath said table tennis in India is heading in the right direction.

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A day after PV Sindhu emerged as the World Champion, Sharath said a similar effort from the TT contingent next year would go a long way towards popularising the sport.

Asked to point out the turning point, the ace paddler highlighted the team’s come-from-behind win in the last four stage against Goa Challengers.

Sharath Kamal said he would be playing in the Asian Championship in Indonesia next month and then heading to China for a preparatory camp.

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He said the main focus is on the team championship in January 2020 in Portugal, a qualifying event for the Olympics.

“There will be nine places to qualify right now we are at 8. We need to improve our ranking,” he added.

About winning the UTT, Kamal said, “It’s a great feeling winning the UTT. Our team went through lots of ups and downs For the first 2 seasons, I didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.”

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“It was fantastic playing for home franchise. Overall great team effort. The change in format also found the right traction,” he added.

First published on: 26-08-2019 at 10:56:35 pm
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