Achant Sharat Kamal
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Star Indian paddler Sharath Kamal has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of the Athletes Commission of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). There are four female and four male players on the commission. There are also two para athletes. The tenure of the commission will be from 2022 to 2026.
It has elected members from Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Oceania. Sharath Kamal got 187 votes. He finished second behind Romania’s Elizabeta Samara (212 votes). This voting took place from 7 to 13 November, in which 283 players voted. Sharath Kamal thanked the Table Tennis Federation of India for sending his name to be elected as a member of the commission. Sharath Kamal has been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Athletes Commission of India.
ITTF Commission Members: Elisabetta Samara (Romania), Sharath Kamal (India), Danieli Rios (Puerto Rica), Omar Assar (Egypt), Melissa Tepper (Australia), Stefan Fegerl (Austria), John Persson (Sweden), Liu Shiwen (China). Para Athletes: Ingela Lundback (Sweden) and Kelly Van Zon (Netherlands).
Sharath is the third most successful athlete of India in the Commonwealth Games. Only Jaspal Rana (Shooting) and Samaresh Jung (Shooting) have won more medals than him. Jaspal has 15 medals (9 gold) and Samaresh has 14 medals (7 gold) in Commonwealth Games. Sharat has won a total of seven gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. Apart from three golds at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Sharath won gold in men’s singles and men’s team event in 2006, gold in men’s doubles in 2010 and gold in men’s team event in 2018.
Apart from this, he has won two bronze in 2010, one silver each in 2014 and 2018 and one in 2022. Sharath has won a total of 13 medals in the Commonwealth Games. Apart from the Commonwealth Games, Sharat has won two medals in the Asian Games. In 2018, Sharath Kamal won bronze in the men’s team and mixed doubles event at the Jakarta Asian Games. Apart from this, he has also won two bronze medals in the Asian Championships. Won bronze in 2021 Doha Asian Championships.