Sri Lanka TT players to compete in Asian competition
The Sri Lankan table tennis team for the Asian Championship. Seated from left to right: Chameera Ginige (University of Sri Jayewardenepura), Chathura Dushan, (trainer), Ravindra Jeewantha (trainer and physiotherapist), Ishara Madurangi (Sri Lanka Ports Authority). Standing from left to right: Senura Silva (Ananda College), Nimesh Ranchagoda (Navy), Milinda Lakshitha (OMBC Solutions), Imantha Udanjaya (Army), Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood College), Muthumali Priyadarshani (Navy) and Thanushi Rodrigo (Army)
Sri Lankan table tennis players left the island on Friday for the 25th Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, bursting with confidence.
The championship will be played from September 28 to October 5 and players will be quarantined before the event.
âWe had a good residential training program for almost two weeks at Torrington Sport Complex with coach Chathura Dushan,â said Sri Lanka team captain Ishara Madurangi.
Sri Lanka Port Authority’s most experienced paddler Madurangi further said he could not participate in tournaments or train regularly due to Covid 19, but the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (TTASL) hosted three national tournaments as well as two trials ahead of this Asian event. .
âIn fact, this Asian meeting is more important as a qualification for the 2022 World Team Championships which will take place from November 23 to 29 in the United States. If Sri Lanka could finish in the top 16 at this Asian meeting, we would qualify for the world event and that is our goal, âsaid Madurangi.
In 2019, the Sri Lanka men’s team placed 23rd while the women’s team placed 15th to compete in the world championship and Madurangi was among the players.
âWe have a two-day quarantine period in Qatar and we all knew it was going to be very difficult for us as all major Asian countries such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong will be participating. We could get good visibility from this event, âMadurangi said.
Madurangi is a South Asian silver and bronze medalist and the youngsters on the team are Senura Silva, Bimandee Bandara, Muthumali Priyadharshani and Thanushi Rodrigo. Senura and Bimandee are still at school.
The Sri Lankan team will compete in men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s and women’s singles. .