Pooja Sahasrabudhechanges face of Indian Table Tennis

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Pooja Sahasrabudhe is an Indian International Table Tennis player form Thane, Maharashtra. She comes from a humble middle-class family, playing table tennis from the age of 9 in the year 2000. Maharashtra’s Pooja Sahasrabudhe is ranked number 3 in India in Women’s Singles Category and is currently a member of Indian National Women’s Table Tennis Team.

She got the better of India’s top ranked paddler Manika Batra, in the Rio 2016 qualifiers. But she failed to make a cut after Manika Batra and Mouma Das booked an August date in Rio de Janerio. “I missed Rio by a whisker this time but I will try to bring home a medal from 2018 Commonwealth Games. I want to represent India at the 2020 Olympics,” said Pooja with great spirit and determination.

Pooja's amazing play at Commonwealth Games 2018
The spectacular win in the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, certainly proves that Pooja Sahasrabudhe is not just the one to talk. When Indian Women’sTable tennis team won gold at the ongoing Commonwealth, it was the biggest and the brightest moment for women’s TT in India. The team consists of four players, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Manika Batra, Mouma Das and MadhurikaPatkar. India, helped by these player’s heroics, defeated top-seeded and defending champions Singapore in the final to claim their first gold on Day 4 at the Games.

The girls, however, have no time to relish this success, since the Individual and doubles matches start on Tuesday.

Happily married but playing for India - top priority
Last year, Pooja tied the knot to her friend and former international player, Aniket Koparkar and she believes that was the best decision of her life. “I was slightly worried about my career post-marriage. But I got great support from Aniket who is now my coach as well practice partner. He plans my schedule so I don’t have to worry much,” says Pooja.

Pooja is currently being supported by Lakshya sports, which a non-profit organization working toward upliftment of sports talent in India. Lakshya sports recognizes budding sports talent in the country and provides them with training, support, finances, to enhance their performance and prepare them to compete at world level and bring back laurels to the nation. Pooja is sponsored by Sujanil Chemo Industries.

It won’t be wrong to conclude that our paddlers have not got the limelight they deserve. Only when this is a reality, Pooja and our team will get the recognition form the world which is essential for the future of sports in our country.


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