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TT champion incurs fine for over-the-top celebration

other Updated: Jan 30, 2012 16:19 IST

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A wild, top-of-the-table celebration is set to cost the new Indian table tennis champion A Amalraj a quarter of his winner's purse, the national federation has said in a statement.

Pitted against six-time national champion Achanta Sharath Kamal in the final of the men's event at the 73rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships on Sunday, Amalraj had a difficult job at hand.

The 25-year-old paddler conjured up a special performance though to eke out an 11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8 victory before bursting into a bizarre celebration in Lucknow.

Amalraj, hopeful of qualifying for the London Olympics later this year, first leapt on to the table and hurled his bat before pumping his fists like a man possessed.

The umpire first showed him the yellow card but Amalraj did not care and went merrily around the court, inviting a red card.

He also forgot to shake hands with his opponent until his coach reminded him.

"Now he stands to lose 25% of his ($4,250) prize money," the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) said in a statement, adding the competition manager had recommended the fine.

Even though TTFI claimed Amalraj was penitent, the paddler did not sound so.

"I don't mind losing a portion of the money," said the 25-year-old.

"The celebration was not intentional and I did it in excitement," he added.

"My national level goal has been achieved and I now want to concentrate on even bigger goals. I am off to Germany to train for the Asian and world championships," said the Commonwealth doubles gold medallist.