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Sharath-led team leaves for World Championships



New Delhi, February 25: A 10-member team, comprising five men and five women, will represent India in the World Championships, to be held at Kuala Lumpur between February 28 and March 6.


The team members are A. Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj, Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and G. Sathiyan in the men’s section and Manika Batra, Mouma Das, K. Shamini, Pooja Sahasrabuddhe and Madhurika Patkar in the women’s category, left today for the Malaysian capital. The team is accompanied by two coaches, Bhavani Mukherjee and Arup Basak.


This world event is only for team events and in the previous edition at Tokyo (Japan), the Indian men’s team had finished 33 while the women’s squad captured the 29th position.


The team members arrived this morning from Patiala after a 15-day national camp at the NIS. In fact, the members had been training together at Patiala for more than a month and in between participated in the South Asian Games at Shillong where they swept all the gold medals on offer, besides a handful of silver medals.


However, Sharath Kamal who skipped the Shillong event had been training all by himself in Germany before joining the campers at Patiala for a brief period before the team’s departure to Kula Lumpur.


Sharath, who was in fit and in shape having come out of an injury spell, sounded optimistic of a good showing at the worlds. “I am feeling fine and having a nice rhythm going. Our aim at the worlds would be to reach the Champions Division and look ahead from there,” he said.


The coaches, too, echoed his views and felt that it was in the realm of teams’ possibility. “The members have been training hard and they should fare well,” said national coach Bhavani Mukherjee.