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Our aim is to qualify for the team event: Table tennis star Sharath Kamal sets his sights on 2024 Olympics

Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal has set his sights on the 2024 Olympic Games, saying he wants to help the national team qualify for the team event in Paris. The 40-year-old also stressed the importance of setting targets for himself and how it helped him achieve his goals.

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Our aim is to qualify for the team event: Table tennis star Sharath Kamal sets his sights on 2024 Olympics
Table tennis star Sharath Kamal sets his sights on 2024 Olympics (PTI)

In Short

  • Sharath Kamal says he wants to help India qualify for the team event in the 2024 Olympics
  • Sharath Kamal stressed the importance of setting targets for himself
  • Sharath Kamal will take part in the national games for the first time after 11 years

By India Today Web Desk: Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal has set his sights on the 2024 Olympic Games, saying he wants to help the national team qualify for the team event in Paris. Having previously played in the individual event, Sharath now aims to see the ountry qualify for the team event.

"In 2024, we'll try to qualify as the men's team has a good chance to win a medal. We missed out on qualifying the last time but now I think we have a good momentum. If we keep it up, we'll qualify for Olympics as well and we hope we win medals in that as well," said Sharath.

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The 40-year-old stressed the importance of setting targets for himself and how it helped him achieve his goals.

"All these years I set up a goal and I worked for it. After the 2016 Olympic Games, I felt that I have to perform better in Asian Games 2018 and after that in 2020 Olympics the target was to win a medal. But I lost in the round of 32. I am able to set targets and that is helping me work in right direction," Sharath added.

Sharath spoke about the need to believe in one's goal and gave an example of his performance in the Commonwealth Games.

"There is always this goal that if I missed out on something I get the chance to do it later. For example, I won the singles medal in 2006 CWG and when I won a bronze in 2018, I wished I had won gold," said Sharath, who regained that title in Birmingham this year.

The 10-time national champions is set to take part in the national games for the first time after 11 years.

"I last played the National Games in 2011 and now I have come to play another edition. It feels nice to see the arrangements here, not only for the top-level players but also for all players present here," Sharath added.