J. R. Shridharan
Players can join the Ajmer academy run by the Indian Table Tennis Federation
K. Spoorthi makes her mark in the national level
At least 10 players should continue until next summer: APTTA secretary S.M. Sultan
VIJAYAWADA: It goes without saying that the most popular sport in Vijayawada, as in most of the cities, is cricket. But table tennis is giving the willow sport a tough competition in the city.
Administered by a bunch of dedicated senior players, the Krishna District Table Tennis Association (KDTTA) is going all out to make the ongoing summer coaching camp a success by imparting the basics of the sport to the rookies.
For many years, these summer camps have played a pivotal role in nurturing rare talent in many games and sports and table tennis is no exception.
Krishna district players, especially girls, have made a mark in the AP team by bagging medals in national events in cadet and sub-junior segments.
The 13-year-old K. Spoorthi, a student of V.P. Siddhartha Public School, drew everyone's attention by unleashing a series of scintillating performances in major tournaments by giving anxious moments to senior rivals.
“Spoorthy stunned everyone at the Senior National championship by defeating Indian Railways' No 1. Prajakta Tipale in the team event. She is right now participating in the national camp at Cuttack, where the top players who would be representing India in the forthcoming international events are also undergoing training,” says Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association secretary S.M. Sultan.
Mr. Sultan hopes that out of the 50-odd trainees participating in the summer camp, at least 10 would continue with the sport at least until next summer.
“If the players show dedication, our efforts will yield desired results. Their achievements will also help the youngsters to don the State and National colours in the long run,” he says.
Mr. Sultan says that interested players can also join the academy being run by the Indian Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) at Ajmer in Rajasthan, where the academy looks after both the academic and sporting needs of players.
“The best of TT players in the country have come through the Ajmer academy. Aspiring paddlers can make use of the opportunity,” he says.