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India’s Number One TT Player Ghosh in Good Shape For Rio Olympics

Soumyajit Ghosh said, his performances in the recent competitions have given him confidence for Rio Olympics.

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The young Soumyajit Ghosh, who has broken A Sharath Kamal’s decade old stranglehold over being the top-ranked Indian table tennis player, says his recent results have been a real shot in the arm leaving him in good space for the Rio Olympics.

Ghosh had pipped the more experienced Sharath for the lone London Olympics spot and even this time the 23-year-old qualified ahead of his more experienced teammate. A sluggish Sharath, however, did well to make the Rio Cut at the subsequent Asian Qualifier in Hong Kong last month.

The last couple of months have been really productive for me. It has given me huge confidence going into my second Olympics. I was almost clueless in London four years ago but it is not like that. Now I feel that I belong at the highest level.
Soumyajit Ghosh

The Siliguri-born paddler attributes his vast improvement to a change in tactics, something that helped him in the Olympic qualification and Asian Cup where he beat world number 14 Jung Youngsik of Korea on the way to finishing seventh in the competition.

I have worked a lot on my serve and after trying for a long time, I have started to reap benefits of standing closer to the table, much like how the Chinese play. Besides, my fitness has also improved considerably. Thanks to the government back home, I also have my physio here in Sweden. It has made a big difference.
Soumyajit Ghosh

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