Madras District Table Tennis Association (MDTTA), under the stewardship of J. Selvakumar, its Secretary, has been striving hard to do some constructive work for the development of the game. A nice start was made when MDTTA honoured four Tamil Nadu paddlers, who won medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games recently, at the SRM City Campus (Vadapalani).
Sharath Kamal, R. Abishek, A. Amalraj and K. Shamini were given mementoes and cash awards. Sharath, India's pride, who won a gold (men's doubles) and two bronze medals (team and singles) in CWG took home the maximum prize money of Rs. 25,000.
Abishek (team bronze, Rs. 10,000), Amalraj (team bronze, Rs. 10,000) and K. Shamini (team silver, Rs. 15,000) were also felicitated. C. Sivakumar, President, MDTTA, gave the welcome address. M. Rajaram, Transport Commissioner, praised the paddlers for their fine show in New Delhi and exhorted them to aim for more.
Sharath said the Indian team had trained hard for three and a half years for CWG and that the hard work had paid dividends. Amalraj said “I worked hard for the medals. My dream has come true now.” Abishek described the year 2010 as special.
“It was for the first time I entered the top eight in India. After CWG, my confidence has improved.” Shamini said her dedication and the work put in by her coaches were the reasons for her success.
D.V. Sundar, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Association, R. Balasubramanian, Director, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Sports, SRM University, V. Chandrasekar, former National champion and Rajath Kamal, sports analyst for the Indian TT team at CWG, also spoke. J. Selvakumar, Secretary, MDTTA, proposed the vote of thanks.