Viswa gets top hon­our

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D. Viswa, who clinched the Na­tional sub-ju­nior boys’ sin­gles cham­pi­onship ti­tle for 2018-19, re­ceived the ‘Player-of-the-Year’ award at a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony, or­gan­ised by the Tamil Nadu Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (TNTTA), at St. Joseph’s IT here on Sun­day. B. Babu Manoharan, chair­man, St. Joseph’s Group of In­sti­tu­tions, gave away the prizes.

The 15-year-old, a stu­dent of JGVV (Anna Na­gar) and a trainee at Kr­ish­naswamy Ta­ble Ten­nis Club, and coached by Ram­nath Prasad and Jaiprabhu Ram, said he was thrilled to re­ceive the award in front of a large gath­er­ing. “Now I want to per­form well in the ju­nior cat­e­gory at the State, Na­tional and In­ter­na­tional level,” he said. Ra­man High Per­for­mance TT Cen­tre gave ₹10,000 to Viswa.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Babu Manoharan asked TNTTA “to make full use of St. Joseph’s fa­cil­i­ties.”

In­dia’s star play­ers, A. Sharath Ka­mal and G. Sathiyan graced the oc­ca­sion. The award win­ners: State No.1 (2018-19): Men: Nitin Thiru­ven­gadam;

Women: T. Reeth Youth boys: D. Ananth; Youth girls: C.R. Har­shavard­hini;

Ju­nior boys: S. Preyesh; Ju­nior girls: S. Sharmitha; Sub­ju­nior boys: S. Preyesh, G Varun, D. Viswa (joint No. 1); Sub-ju­nior girls: Shreya Shivaku­mar; Cadet boys: M. R. Bala­mu­ru­gan;

Cadet girls: N. Shar­vani; Mini-cadet boys: P.

Mini-cadet girls: M. Veter­ans: Jaiku­mar.

SPE­CIAL AR­RANGE­MENT ■

Recog­ni­tion: D. Viswa, cen­tre, with R.L. Ma­hade­van, MD, Shield Health Care, and B. Babu Manoharan, chair­man, St. Joseph’s Group of In­sti­tu­tions.

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