Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Soumyajit Ghosh

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Soumyajit Ghosh is an Indian table tennis player from Siliguri, West Bengal. He was the youngest Indian player to qualify for the London, 2012 Olympics. He also became the youngest national champion at the age of 19, when he defeated Sharath Kamal in the 74th National Table Tennis Championships. Ghosh is supported by the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore and has been part of their scholarship programme since 2012.

Early Life:
Ghosh hails from a middle-class family in Siliguri, West Bengal. His father Hari Shankar Ghosh works for the local municipal corporation. His mother is a homemaker. Soumyajit is his parent’s only child. In India he trains at the NIS base in Patiala under coach Bhawani Mukherjee. When abroad he trains under coach Peter Karlsson in Falkenberg, Sweden. As of 26 August 2014 Ghosh is the Indian number four in table tennis.

In 2010, Ghosh won the mixed doubles bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Bahrain. He was instrumental in helping the Indian national team clinch a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships in 2011, by winning both his singles matches against South Korea in the quarter-finals. He was also an integral part of the team that won the Asian Junior Championships in 2011.

In 2013, Ghosh created history by becoming the youngest national champion ever by beating six time champion Sharath Kamal in the finals of the 74th National Table Tennis Championships. He followed that up by winning the singles event at the Inter Institutional Table Tennis Championships in Dharwad, Karnataka. He also won the singles event in the U-21 category at the Brazil Open in Santos.

At the Lusofonia Games, 2014 in Goa, Ghosh won gold medal in mixed doubles and men’s team event as well as a silver and bronze in men’s singles and doubles respectively. He was also a quarter finalist at the Senior National Ranking Table Tennis Championships in Patna, 2014. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Ghosh reached the quarter finals of both men’s singles and doubles. He also reached the semis of the team event.

On April 14, 2016, He has been qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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