04 Apr 2019

Impressive in the first stage of the cadet boys’ singles event on Wednesday 3rd April at the 2019 Ghana Junior and Cadet Open, finishing in first place in his group ahead of Ghana’s Jude Osei and Congo Democratic’s Marc Tshilenge; India’s Mainak Nistala is like many others present in Accra, ambitious.

He hopes that one day he may compete in the sport’s major tournaments.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

The aim is to become the first Indian medalist in the table tennis events at the Olympic Games; a grade eight pupil at the Phirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai, he is well aware of the hard work and dedication needed.

“I know it is not going to be a child’s play to win an Olympic medal but I am ready to walk the path and hope that my efforts will take me there. Even the present crop of senior players in India cannot achieve the goal, I am ready to take the bull by the horns and achieve it.” Mainak Nistala

Ambitious and on the ITTF World Junior Circuit already he has enjoyed success; last year in Tunisia he was a bronze medallist in the mini-cadet boys’ singles event.

“I love table tennis because it is a sport where pace and tactics combine simultaneously to achieve success. Also, unlike football or cricket which take several hours for each match; table tennis is a very fast sport that can be concluded within an hour; this for me makes me love the sport more.” Mainak Nistala

Progressing in Accra but at a recent national tournament it was a semi-final defeat; nevertheless, Mainak Nistala remains positive.

“To be the best you have to beat the best and I am ready to beat the best in India and continue to compete internationally to gain experience. I have played in two previous tournaments in Oman and Tunisia; this being my third tournament, I look forward to competing more this year.” Mainak Nistala

World Junior Circuit 2019 Ghana Junior & Cadet Open Mainak Nistala

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