Maharashtra's Yogesh Desai after winning the +59 men's singles title at the National Veterans Table Tennis Championships at Gangtok, Sikkim, on February 24, 2012.
Mumbai, February 28, 2012
West Bengal, led by former international Nupur Santra, won the gold medal in the men's +39 team event, beating Haryana 3-1 in the finals of the 19th National Veterans Table Tennis Championships held at the Paljor Stadium at Gangtok in Sikkim last week.
Gujarat's Sonal Joshi and former state champion Roshan Jam helped their team win the +39 women's team event, beating West Bengal 3-2.
The consistent K K Rai of Maharashtra continued his dominance in the +49 event, wining his third national title in four years, beating Pankaj Sharma of Punjab 11-7,11-8,7-11,9-11, 14-12 in the final that went the full distance.
Another evergreen Maharashtra star Yogesh Desai, former Gujarat player, easily won his second national title by convincingly beating Sadhan Dutta of West Bengal 11-7, 11-7, 11-6. He last won the national title in +49 men's singles category in 2005 in Mumbai and was a bronze medal winner in the +49 men's singles at the 3rd Asian Championship in May 2011.
Harsh Chopra of New Delhi retained his men's singles title in the +39 category by beating Nupur Santra of West Bengal 3-2 in a hard fought final. Chopra is the reigning Asian Veterans Champion in +39 men's singles event, which he won last year at Pattaya, Thailand.
G V S V Rao of Andhra Pradesh won the title in +65 men's singles event.
Gujarat’s Sonal Joshi easily defeated Monto Mormu of West Bengal 3-0 to clinch the women's singles national title in the +39 category.
Overall, Maharashtra players performed creditably in this years championships, winning about 25 medals in the individual events.