Can you imagine a Government employee BAP (father) sacrificing his secure cozy good paying job and taking up a task of making a daughter super sportsman. Can you think a father would spend his life earnings of about sixty lakhs without expecting immediate returns to make the talented daughter slog day and night for a full-time career in Table Tennis?
Yesterday turned out to be memorable for me and my sportsnasha buddy Kunal.
We were scared (due to Bandh) but determined to meet coach father and upcoming Table Tennis sensation daughter at R.Thakur public school in new Mumbai where they practice.
The amazing duo was connected to us by veteran TT star and sportsnasha’s top well-wisher Ulhas Shirke.
We were floored by the energy father displayed while coaching TT talent and recent bronze medal winner at Hongkong open Table Tennis tournament Swastika and her dynamic father Sandeep Ghosh.
“Swastika practices about 5 hours a day on average though we do not get up early to train, her School Ramsheth Thakur has been a great motivator, ” Sandeep sir told with a smile.
It’s now written on the wall that with a minimum of luck Swastika could bring glory to Indian Table Tennis at international level, a long-missing performance by an Indian in TT.
Sandeep is to Swastika what Gopichand is to Sindhu perhaps.
“We use bats which nobody uses in India ” Sandeep sir showed a Chinese style bat.
“The ball sticks on this bat and helps spin. But Indians don’t want to use it as initially these bats do not give quick results, but for playing with such bats one needs strong legs and stamina which I am developing for her which will.enable her to compete with top Chinese players” Sandeep is Not just one of those coaches training the players keeping short-term goals.
“Swastika was selected for Khelo India scholarship but could not take it due to her other commitment. We are vastly obliged to Virat Kohli Foundation for the total support they are offering us.” Father coach admits that young players need institutional backing.
Many more secrets and aspects of making a kid world class sportsmen were revealed by the ultra vibrant father.
Sports Nasha will. soon publish her and her father’s video interview for the benefit of many young sportsmen and their parents.