Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Player profile: Uday Athreya

 Uday in a multiball session at his University in Singapore

The humble and somewhat shy Uday is reluctant to be compared to Bona Thomas John (one of Karnataka's great TT players). Bona blossomed relatively late. Who knows what Uday could have achieved if he had a chance to continue playing seriously.


The good news is that he has started training in his University. Although Uday is very clear that he is playing only for fitness, we secretly hope that he goes on to achieve something that he dreamt of earlier in his career.

Date of Birth: 03-12-1986

Club: Winners Choice Sports Foundation

Coaches/Trainers: Vasanth Bharadwaj

TT Idol: Jan Ove Waldner

Ambition: Was to represent India internationally (but he hints that it is on the back burner for now)

Currently pursuing MS in Computer Science at NUS Singapore

Achievements
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  • INTER SCHOOL U-19 NATIONAL CHAMPION, U-19 SILVER MEDALIST, U-17 NATIONAL CHAMPION
  • 2 TIME ALL INDIA INTERBANK CHAMPION
  • Silver medal at the All India inter university Table Tennis championships
  • WAS RANKED 5 IN INDIA IN JUNIOR CATEGORY AND 8 IN SUB-JR CATEGORY,
    TEAM BRONZE MEDALLIST IN THE JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2002,
  • TEAM GOLD,SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALLIST IN THE INTER-SCHOOL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Was ranked No.1 in Karnataka's Junior, Youth and Men's category
  • WON THE Karnataka Rajyotsava award and the prestigious Karnataka Olympic Association award for achievements in the field of Table Tennis.
Best Win: Winning U-19 National School Championships

Best Tournament Result: Winner of All India Inter-banks