City paddler Ullas wins bronze in doubles event

It is said that when a person wants something and puts sincere efforts, the whole world conspires in helping the person achieve the goal. The same happened in the case of city lad Ullas Naik, a 24-year-old table tennis player whose intense practice and commitment towards the game fetched him a bronze medal in the ongoing Third World Deaf Table Tennis Championship 2016 in Samsun, Turkey on Friday.

Naik, a third year B.Arch student of University of Mysore, has time and again brought fame to the country through his remarkable performances. He was the only player from South India who was part of the three-member Indian Deaf Table Tennis Team (Male) to Turkey.

Naik and his doubles partner Tanuj Mukherjee from West Bengal maintained a good momentum throughout the match to outplay their opponent for bronze. “I am very happy that he has finished third in the men’s doubles event. I would have been very happy if he had won the title,” his mother Prafula told City Today.

High on confidence after winning the bronze medal, Nail will play singles today and his mother expects him to perform better. “Though we have not been able to provide him coaching on par with international standards, we believe his efforts and love towards the game will help him do better.”

Naik, who took to table tennis as a hobby when he was young, has eventually transformed into an excellent player, emerging champion in state and national level competitions. He has won state level inter polytechnic table tournament three years in succession.

After winning the National Deaf table Tennis Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2013, Ullas went on to clinch the title a fourth time in January this year at Hyderabad. In 2006, Ullas had travelled to Pakistan to participate in a friendly competition, where he emerged victorious.

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