Tamil Nadu: 18-year-old top table tennis player dies in road accident on his way to Shillong for competition

Tamil Nadu: 18-year-old top table tennis player dies in road accident on his way to Shillong for competition

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Tamil Nadu: Deenadayalan Vishwa, one of state's best table tennis players, died in a car accident on Sunday while traveling from Guwahati to Shillong for the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championships.

D. Vishwa, an eighteen-year-old member of the Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association (TTTA) State men's team, was on his way to Shillong, Meghalaya, to compete in the 83rd Senior National and Inter-State table tennis championships. It was also revealed that the tourist vehicle's driver, Dipal Das, died as a result of his injuries.

Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Sports, described the event as "heartbreaking" and expressed his condolences to D. Vishwa's family and friends.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin in a tweet said, "Shocked beyond words to hear about the heartbreaking and untimely demise of our young, promising Table Tennis player Vishwa Deenadayalan. He was a legend-in-making and it pains me that he left us too soon. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and sports fraternity.

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) in a statement said, "A 12-wheel trailer, coming from the opposite direction, ploughed through the road divider and hit the taxi at Shangbangla, just after the Umliy check post, and plunged into the gorge."

The TTFI further said, "Vishwa’s rise to stardom was also steady. His transition from Cadet to Sub-Junior to Junior section was an eye-opener for any teenager aspiring to make it big. He had won the Cadet and Sub-Junior National titles also. The B.Com student of Loyola College won the Under-19 Boys title during the Dehra Dun National Ranking Tournament this January."

Vishwa, who has multiple national rankings and international medals to his name, will represent India at the WTT Youth Contender in Linz, Austria, beginning on April 27.  He was from Krishnaswamy TT Club in Anna Nagar and was trained by Ramnath Prasad and Jai Prabhu Ram.

The collision happened while the Swift Desire automobile was travelling from Guwahati Airport to Shillong, according to police. 

On the NH 6, the automobile was struck by truck.

The accident occurred as result of the truck's overspeeding at the turning point over the highway's median, according to the report. 

The tourist vehicle was tramped by the overspeeding truck, which plunged 50 metres down the gorge.


Later, the truck driver and other victims of the tourist vehicle who received severe injuries were immediately rushed to Nongpoh Civil Hospital but later were referred to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital Shillong, while the corpse of the deceased person were shifted to Nongpoh Civil Hospital morgue for the postmortem.

The country's top paddlers namely Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Achanta Sharath Kamal will battle it out in the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championship starting on Monday.

Hundreds of India's best table tennis players have already made Shillong their temporary home as the mega event will get underway at the Sports Authority of India's Indoor Training Centre on the North-Eastern Hill University campus.