by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
Semi-finalist last year at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games; throughout she has been supported by her parents and guided by Sharath Kamal Achanta. Understandably she is delighted to be in Budapest.
“I am so excited being part of this biggest table tennis tournament for the first time; this is the highest level in table tennis and this will surely give me the opportunity to compete against the best in the world.” Archana Girish Kamath
Formerly a student at Poornaprajna Education Centre, her inclusion in the Indian team was made possible following her exploits in 2018.
“I think last year was my best year because I made it to the semi-final of the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Domestically in India, I did very well and this prompted my inclusion in the team. I am so happy and lucky to play alongside some of the best players in India. They have all being guiding and mentoring me since I made the team. I cannot thank the support I have been getting from the senior players. Most importantly I must thank my parents, brothers and family members for their support. My mother had decided to accompany me to tournaments. I must commend my brothers for helping her out.” Archana Girish Kamath
The table tennis adventure started nine years ago for Archana Girish Kamath and since them she has never regretted taking to the sport.
“It was my uncle who introduced my brother and I to table tennis but my brother did not show much interest like I did and since then I have been playing the game.” Archana Girish Kamath
Notably Archana Girish Kamath has also been outstanding in her academic work having gained admission to study economics but she admitted that it was difficult to combine education and table tennis.
“I am fortunate to have a supporting education system that allows me to complete my assignments after returning from competitions. My dream is to be the best I can be.” Archana Girish Kamath