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Updated: November 4, 2010 15:45 IST

A global sojourn

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Impressive achievements: Ganeshan. Photo:M. Subhash
Impressive achievements: Ganeshan. Photo:M. Subhash

Few customers of the Indian Overseas Bank, Pulimoodu branch on Trivandrum's M.G. Road would know that the gentleman they interact with has so much international achievement to his credit.

For starters, Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer, is one of the only two International Referees (IR) in table tennis in the country. He is the first Indian to be nominated as a Competition Manager in Asia for the International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) Global Junior Circuit programme during 2009.

Ganeshan's list of assignments is not only long but impressive too. The soft-spoken official slipped into the role of Competition Manager with aplomb for the Canadian Global Junior Open at Montreal last year, the Hungary Global Junior Circuit at Tata, the Swedish Open Junior Circuit at Obero, the French Global Cadet and Junior Circuit at Rennes and the Polish Global Cadet and Junior Circuit at Cetniewo.

Other major international outings include as Deputy Referee for the Commonwealth table tennis championships at Glasgow last year and the 2006 SAF Games at Colombo. His climb to the international circuit was however enabled to his competence on domestic turf.

For instance, Ganeshan was the Chief Referee for the Senior Asian Championships at Lucknow, the Junior Asian Championships at Jaipur, the ITTF Pro Tour and the Junior World Circuit at Indore, last year. Other prestigious tasks he was deputed with include that of Deputy Referee for the 2008 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship at Jaipur, the ITTF Pro Tour and Junior World Circuit events in 2007 and 2008.

As Chief Referee for the ongoing Global Cadet Challenge and Junior Finals 2010 at the Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy indoor stadium, the TTFI's Technical Committee member is placid and composed, completely prepared to put his shoulder to the wheel and give the game of ping pong added thrust.

Ganeshan, a Senior Vice President with the Kerala Table Tennis Association has also been nominated as Technical Official for the Para Asian Games to be held in China.

Keywords: Table Tennis

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