TIRUCHI: A silver medal in table tennis team event at the 52nd National School Games, which concluded at Bilaspur last month, came as a reward for A. Arun Krishna Kumar's hard work.
He was part of the Tamil Nadu team, which lost the closely fought finals against Maharashtra.
Arun, a Standard XI student of Campion Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, began regular practice only this May after a gap of almost a year owing to academic commitments. But he made a mark on the national arena, thanks to the sincere efforts of his coach at the school, P.K. Sugumaran.
A couple of months before the Bilaspur tournament, the youngster bagged a gold medal at Campofez, a State-level tournament, which he considers as a morale booster.
"The game has changed a lot over the years. It is important to play an attacking game right from the beginning and even a momentary lapse in concentration will cost dear," says Mr. Sugumaran.
With the game all about hand and eye co-ordination, Arun regularly does yoga to improve concentration. The well-planned training session have also helped him a great deal. He is now focussing on improving his forehand.
"I am working hard to develop my overall game speed and also to play aggressively, especially during high-speed rallies," says Arun.