India’s top u-15 TT star top-spins what’s wrong with young players
Maharashtra’s under-15 number one Pritha Vartikar explained that the city has all the talent needed to become a real table tennis force. According to her what’s lacking is the greed and hunger to winUpdated: Apr 29, 2019 17:37 IST
Table tennis may still be played as a leisure sport in large numbers and while a number of youngsters take the racket sport quite seriously during their inter-school matches, the lack of interest in continuing the sport professionally is what led to its decline over the past few years.
Coaches, too, know that they’re only working with a particular player for a limited amount of time and that has reduced the enthusiasm in the sport in comparison to the 1980s.
Maharashtra’s under-15 number one Pritha Vartikar explained that the city has all the talent needed to become a real table tennis force. According to her what’s lacking is the greed and hunger to win – something she believes she possesses and that’s what will help her in career when she starts playing the sport professionally.
“I think Pune is one of the finest places to play table tennis. I can say this because I’ve seen the infrastructure in different cities and we’re pretty good in terms of infrastructure and other facilities. Why our players are failing to make it big is anyone’s guess, but I think the quality is there for sure. What is lacking is probably the players’ focus on intangibles like their diet, physical fitness and also mental fitness,” said Vartikar
Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. Some sports psychologists work with athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation.
The 14-year-old also spoke about the importance of funding and how the federation has been doing as much as they can to make sure the players have the monetary backing to play tournaments at the highest level.
Narrating her personal experience, she explained, “I was scheduled to go to Portugal in 2018 to play the Portugal Open and the federation was going to sponsor my trip. However, I got dengue a few days before I was scheduled to leave and couldn’t make it. But, it was reassuring to know that they have my back and I’m sure they will in the future as well.”
First Published: Apr 29, 2019 16:42 IST