Tokyo Olympics: Table tennis player Sharath Kamal will represent India in the Olympics for the fourth time


India's top table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal was born on 12 July 1982 in Chennai. He is the first Indian table tennis player to become the senior national champion nine times. He entered table tennis at the age of only four. Table tennis is in the blood of Sharak's family. His father Srinivasa Rao and uncle Muralidhar Rao have played table tennis. At the age of 15, Sharat took the most important decision of his life. He decided to pursue a career in table tennis instead of engineering and his life changed forever.

Sharath lacked consistency in the beginning. His career took a turn when he was included in the 16-man probable squad for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Since then he has won many competitions. In 2019, Sharath achieved a career-best ranking of 30 and the following year won his second international title at the Oman Open. Currently serving as an officer in the Indian Oil Corporation, Sharath has represented India at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, 2008 in Beijing, and 2016 in Rio. He has also represented the country at the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar.

Achievements of Sharath Kamal

  1. 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) - Bronze (mixed doubles)
  2. 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) - Bronze (Men's Singles)
  3. 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) - Silver (Men's Doubles)
  4. 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) - Gold (Men's Team)
  5. 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi) - Bronze (Men's Team)
  6. 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi) - Gold (Men's Doubles)
  7. 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) - Gold (Men's team)
  8. 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) - Gold (Men's Singles)

Achanta Sharath Kamal was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2004 and in 2019 he received the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award.