Achanta Sharath Kamal is a veteran of Indian desk tennis and he certified for his fourth Olympics when he booked his spot within the Tokyo Games on Thursday. Sharath Kamal defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez to make the reduce. Regardless of dropping the primary group sport to his compatriot Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who additionally certified for the Olympics, Sharath Kamal simply beat Rameez 11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4.
Sharath Kamal certified for Tokyo Video games by advantage of being the highest-ranked second-placed participant among the many 5 teams whereas Sathiyan certified by ending high of the South Asia group on the Asian Olympic Qualification event.
Earlier than the Asian Olympic Qualification event, Sharath Kamal additionally defeated world No.16 Patrick Franziska on the WTT Star Contender Doha and he was completely happy to supply a efficiency like that after the difficulties in the course of the coronavirus break.
“It was mentally tough as a result of Covid-19 break. Earlier than that, the whole lot was going good however only a few months from the Olympics and the whole lot got here to a standstill. It’s such as you put together for one thing after which the whole lot stops and also you don’t know what to anticipate. That’s the robust half. However I’m pleased with my performances this month and now I’m going to be focussing on Tokyo Video games,” Sharath mentioned in an unique dialog with News18.com.
Sharath mentioned the hardest a part of the Covid break was preserving focus. He mentioned although he was figuring out at house and he had a desk at house so he was in a position to hold training, the uncertainty was robust.
“Nothing was open. The primary apply I had in a corridor was in August. The primary factor was to have the motivation to maintain going day in and time out not understanding the plan or what will occur. We did get right into a routine as soon as issues eased down however we have been behind all the highest nations as a result of nobody stopped for that lengthy. Nevertheless, I can to Doha, beat the world No.16 and I used to be completely happy to have began from the place I left off,” Sharath described.
Sharath didn’t look an excessive amount of into his loss in opposition to Sathiyan for his or her final two matches (additionally the Nationwide Championships) however mentioned it was a “high-quality match”.
“Now we have performed one another and knew what to do for the sport. However we additionally knew that we might each qualify by beating the Pakistani participant and therefore, it was not a high-pressure sport. It was extra like a very good apply sport. I’m completely happy Sathiyan took the South Asian quota whereas I certified with the rating.”
The veteran mentioned the desk tennis’ bar has been on the up since 2016 and he hoped that the benchmark they’re setting helps the younger gamers sooner or later. “Indian desk tennis is continuous to do effectively. Since 2016, the bar is raised and it has solely been within the upward path. I’m pleased with the extent of performances we’re placing and I hope this makes it higher for the children. We’re setting a benchmark that may hopefully get extra precedence as a sport.”
Sharath mentioned his coaching schedule for the Olympics will rely upon the journey restrictions attributable to Covid-19 however he will probably be trying to get good international gamers in India to coach alongside or attempt to prepare in Europe, April onwards. “We will probably be trying on the plan in accordance with the scenario worldwide. Each Sathiyan and I’ve our base in Chennai so we are able to additionally pool in our sources to get good coaching.”