26 Feb 2017

The Safir International tournament currently being staged in Orebro, Sweden attracts participants from 38 different countries. Amongst them, you will find 2016 Rio Paralympics Games Silver medalist Emil Andersson of Sweden rubbing shoulders against all other top able bodied players.

By Neha Aggarwal

Sweden’s Emil Andersson, 23 6ears old is no new name in the sport, he is a twice Paralympic medallist. Competing in class eight at the Paralympics, Andersson won the silver medal in Team class 6-8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and a bronze medal in Singles class 8 at the 2012 Paralympic Games held at London.

Additionally, he is ranked no.8 in class 8 in the month of February 2017. Well, his best rank was no.1 in class 8 in January 2014.

Recalling his silver medal victory in Rio he said ” I had the lead and was too eager and wanted to decide on my own. Unfortunately, I made too many own mistakes.”

At Orebro, Sweden he is on duty, confidently rubbing shoulders amongst other able bodied players. Emil Andersson trains almost full time, competing nationally in open competitions for able bodied and internationally in several para competitions. Coached by Daniel Ellerman, Andersson trains at the club Vasterbtk in Sweden.

Next week Andersson will compete at the Swedish Closed Championships which he looks forward to and you’ll never know if he had to face the Swedish top players playing at the ITTF World Tour Qatar Open, Kristian Karlsson, Mattias Karlsson or Par Gerell already in the first round.

“I have good practice conditions and can train at three different places not too far from each other,” said Emil Andersson, on the kind of training he has been undergoing.

He won a gold medal in Teams class 8 and a bronze medal in Singles class 8 at 2016 US Open Championships held at Las Vegas in December 2016.

Here at Safir International men’s Elite class, Emil Andersson qualified for the main draw after the group stage. It was quite close between three players but Emil took the second place by winning 3-0 and losing 2-3 in his other match.

A silver medalist at the Paralympics, a winner in various other competitions, Emil Andersson is a winner in life!

To know more about Emil Andersson, click here to view his profile.

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