Our aim is to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic team event, says Sharath Kamal

Sharath Kamal has always strived to achieve set goals and India’s biggest table tennis icon now wants to help the national team qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

While Sharath has played in individual events, he would like to see the country qualify for the team event in the 2024 Olympics.

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“In 2024, we will try to qualify as the men’s team has a good chance of winning a medal. We missed qualifying last time but now I think we have a good pace. If we keep it up, we will qualify for the Olympics as well and we hope to win a medal in that too,” said Sharath, who is here to participate in the National Games.

Without a goal, a career becomes meaningless and Sharath embodies a systematic approach to realizing one’s goals.

“All these years I set a goal and I am working towards it. After the 2016 Olympic Games, I felt that I want to perform better in the Asian Games 2018 and then aim to win a medal in the 2020 Olympics.

“But I lost in the round of 32. I am able to set goals and that is helping me work in the right direction,” he said.

The 10-time national champion believes that if one can’t achieve a goal in one go, there’s always next time.

“Always the goal is that if I miss something I have a chance to do it later. For example, I won the singles medal in the 2006 CWG and when I won the bronze in 2018, I wished I had won the gold,” said Sharath, who reclaimed that title in Birmingham this year besides winning the mixed doubles and team gold medals.

along with the world With the championships coming up, the TT event is being held a little earlier than the official opening of the National Games on September 29.

“The World Championship is being held at the same time as the National Games. So, the organizers held the table tennis event here a bit earlier.

“It’s really nice of them, and we appreciate our match play and feel good. This is a good practice for our World Championship,” said the 40-year-old Sharath.

After 11 years, Sharath is participating in the National Games.

“I last played the National Games in 2011 and now I am here for the second edition. It is nice to see the arrangement here, not only for the top level players but also for all the players present here,” he said.

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