India’s veteran but still an ace Table Tennis player, Sharath Kamal Achantha, has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri award.
Though the veteran paddler has been through a long journey in his career, the last year 2018 stood out without a doubt. He had plenty to boast of, 1 Gold medal in the team’s event, 1 Silver medal in the Men’s Doubles, a Bronze in Men’s singles at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a Bronze each in the Men’s team event and Mixed Doubles with Manika Batra at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, a ninth national title and a career-best ranking of World No 30 at the age of 36.
I feel overwhelmed and much obliged on being chosen for the prestigious and illustrious #PadmaShri award. It definitely makes me even more aware of my responsibilities towards the Sport and my commitment towards making my nation proud! pic.twitter.com/20jCfKJnpa
What makes his achievements even more remarkable is the string of career-threatening injuries he had to overcome to scale those highs. At the personal front, his father Srinivasa Rao received the prestigious Dronacharya award.
Ever since, the announcement made by the Central government, the athlete has been flooded by congratulatory calls from teachers, old classmates, friends, people who used to play with him as a kid.
He has also become the first paddler in the country to receive the coveted award. Other sportspersons who made the cut to the list of this year’s awardee were Bachendri Pal, Sunil Chhetri, Gautam Gambhir, Bombayla Devi Laishram, Bajrang Punia, Prashanti Singh, Ajay Thakur.
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