Sharath Kamal aims for best ever Olympic show


Achanta Sharath Kamalis hoping to produce his best Olympic show ever at the Rio games. The table tennis star represented India in Beijing as well as London. “I had lost in the second round in Beijing and had failed to win the preliminary round in London,” he said on the sidelines of the Inter-Institutional Table Tennis Championships here on Wednesday. “This time, I am hoping to do better than that.” The paddler added that too much expectations will create pressure, so he isn’t really thinking too much about his performance.Sharath informed that he has been training in Germany under the guidance of his personal coach Linus Mernsten. “I have also attended a camp in Denmark,” he said. “I have been practicing with a number of European players who will be going to the Rio Games.”He added that as a player needs to give of his best, irrespective of the result. “We must know that we have tried our best and it doesn’t matter what the outcome is.” He expects players from China, Japan, Korea, Germany and Portugal to be the toughest opponents.Sharath feels India has not produced better table tennis players because of the lack of infrastructure. “Infrastructure has to be developed all over the country,” he said, adding that there have been some improvements in the past decade. Academies, he feels, will not be of much help unless the facilities are improved. “Places have to be developed where around 100 paddlers can play simultaneously,” he said.

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