Anurag Thakur tells Sharath Kamal
- Sharath Kamal returned from the 2022 Commonwealth Games with four medals
- The legendary table tennis player met Minister of Sport Anurag Thakur
- Thakur praised his consistency and said age is not a measure of athletic excellence
Sharath won gold medals in men’s singles, men’s team and mixed doubles with Sreeja Akula and silver in men’s doubles with G Sathiyan in his best performance at the Commonwealth Games.
Kamal, 40, revealed that age is just a number and the same was highlighted by Thakur in his tweet for Kamal.
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“Welcome back champion @sharathkamal1! Her fitness and consistency show that age is not an obstacle to top athletic performance. You won the battle in your mind and played your game to the podium!” Thakur tweeted.
Welcome back champion @sharathkamal1! Her fitness and consistency show that age is no barrier to athletic achievement…t.co/XkYY1oTIho
— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2022
Birmingham 2022 could also be Kamal’s last appearance at the games as he would be 44 for the next games in 2026.
Recalling his performance at CWG 2022, Kamal said it had been the best two weeks of his life and he couldn’t have asked for more.
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“Best two weeks of my 40 year life. It can’t get any better. OK maybe gold in men’s doubles (he won silver) but I’m happy and I can’t ask for more. Of all three golds, the first meant on most as it was the team (one) and that gives a lot of confidence and momentum. If you don’t win that it can get quite difficult – we could go from there,” he said.