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Paddler Sharath Kamal becomes first Indian player elected to ITTF

International Table Tennis Federation:

Star Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal has become the first player from India to get elected in the Athletes’ Commission of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Eight athletes including four male and four female, were elected from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania and will serve in the Athletes’ Commission for four years from 2022 to 2026. In a release issued by Table Tennis Federation of India, Sharath thanked the whole of Asia and all the voters for showering affection and faith on him. The online elections took place between 7 to 13 November 2022. 10 athletes were elected for the ITTF Athletes’ Commission for a four-year term from 2022 to 2026. Two para-athletes received the most votes out of the eight athletes elected from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America, and Oceania.

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Amongst all elected players Sharath Kamal got the second highest votes after 2012 table tennis World Cup silver medallist Elizabeta Samara of Romania. Sharath Kamal was also recently elected as the member of the Athletes’ Commission of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Sharath has already been selected for Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sports recognition this year. He also received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2019.

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