Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Achanta Sharath Kamal- Table Tennis

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Achanta Sharath Kamal born on 12 July 1982 is a professional table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, India. His mother tongue is Telugu. His current world rank is 69nd in the World Rankings as of June, 2016. Sharath is considered to be one of the best table tennis players India has ever produced. He won the men’s singles gold in the 16th Commonwealth table tennis championship held at Kuala Lumpur in 2004. He is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2004. He currently lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. Over the past few years he has been playing in the European league. After stints in Spain and Sweden, he is currently playing in the German Bundesliga for the club Borussia Düsseldorf. He is employed with the Indian Oil Corporation as an officer.

He has won the US Open Table Tennis Men’s championships held at Grand Rapids, Michigan in July 2010. He also captained the Indian men’s team that won the team title at the ITTF Pro Tour championship by defeating favorites and nine-time champions England.

He also won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, beating crowd favorite Australian. He teamed up with Subhajit Saha to win the Men’s Doubles gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.