Table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal, who is growing in terms of performance with age, wants to win an Olympic medal before bidding goodbye to the sport and a stellar performance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games has boosted her spirits. Sharath, 40, won four medals at the Birmingham Games. She won gold in mixed doubles and also won singles gold after 16 years. Sharath, who has been playing for the last two decades, has no intention of retirement and wants to play for two more years to win an Olympic medal.
Sharath Kamal told PTI, “It’s nice to have a personal best in the Commonwealth Games. This time I won four medals. Fitness is the key to success and I have been working hard to keep myself fit. I always want to keep my body and mind fit because youngsters have a lot of agility and I have to compete with them.
Sharath, who has won 13 Commonwealth Games and two bronze medals in Asian Games 2018, said, “The hunger to win a medal is still there. I always want to do better. I am thinking about two years now. In the Paris Olympics, we can qualify for the team event and win a medal. This is the process. After Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and then Olympics.
India’s most successful table tennis player said that the landscape of the game in India has changed. He said, “Table tennis has grown in popularity in the country and I am glad that we can inspire the generations to come with our performances. Earlier my ranking was 130 which is 38 now and Sathiyan’s ranking is 36. We have never had such high ranking players.