Sri Lankan paddlers excelled at the South Asia Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships in Male, Maldives, when they won four silver and five bronze medals during the three-day event which ended on Thursday. The Sri Lankan team arrived home yesterday (12) night in a jubilant mood and they were warmly welcomed by the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka

(TTASL) Secretary Reza Latiff was at Katunayake Airport The juniors settled for bronze and silver medals during the nation’s toughest time. In the individual events on the final day, Sri Lankan Under-19 duo Dhanushka Wijesinghe and Chanul Dilshan won the silver medal. In the boys under 19 final, India’s Ankur Bhattacharjee/Patil Deepit Rajesh beat Sri Lankan duo Dhanushka and Chanul 3/0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-9).

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan U19 girls Bimandee Bandara and Ayla Chitty lost to Indian pair Suhana Saini/Yashaswini Ghorpade 3-11.5-11.9-11 and Bimandee and Ayla had to settle for a silver medal. Sri Lanka’s three under-15 players Janith Batugedera, the 13-year-old Royal College paddler who is ranked number two in the under-15 category, won the bronze medal in the singles event while Lesanya Sethumade, the captain of the Sri Lankan under-15 team, won the bronze medal. in the individual test.

Bimandee Bandara, 16, was Sri Lanka’s most successful paddler winning bronze in the under-19 singles in addition to her silver in doubles and she is also a key member of the under-19 silver medal team. bronze medals in the boys’ and girls’ team events while silver medals in the under-19 team events. Buddika Dikkumbura and Lakshan Harshana participated in this tour as coaches. In this tournament, 12 gold medals were on offer as the Indian boys and girls concluded their outing with 11 of them once again dominating the tournament with their power. However, India did not take part in the U19 team event. Sri Lanka had to settle for silver and bronze, but the most disappointing thing was that the under 15 paddlers couldn’t get silver medals and even lost to the Maldives. Sri Lankans should realize that at South Asian level they have to be able to reach the final and fight for gold and this time we haven’t seen that level, said the former National TT player who is abroad to train.

Sri Lanka winning silver and bronze is nothing special at the South Asian level, but getting the bronze medal is not a good achievement.

He also pointed out that the preparation was very bad for this tournament, the selection problems and the coaches are fighting to go on the circuit, the inability to organize a training camp for this circuit and until the last moment the financial problems to participate in this circuit, but all this is not an excuse. for the final result, said a former national player who coaches abroad.