D. Vishwa, rising Table Tennis star from TN, loses life in road accident

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D. Vishwa, one of the most promising future Table Tennis stars in the country, has lost his life in a horrific road accident that took place on Sunday while the young paddler was on his way from Guwahati to participate in the Senior National table tennis Championships in Shillong.

The accident took place at Shangbangla on the Guwahati-Shillong road, as revealed by the Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association (TTTA). D. Vishwa, along with three more TTTA paddlers–R. Santosh Kumar, D. Kishore Kumar, and S. Abhinash Prasannaji, were travelling by car and Vishwa was sitting at the rear while their car collided with a 12-wheel trailer.

The trailer, while coming from the opposite direction, drove through the divider and crashed into the taxi carrying the players. The driver had died on the spot and while he was being rushed to the Nongpoh Civil Hospital, Vishwa lost his life. The other three paddlers sustained severe injuries and with the help of Meghalaya Govt were admitted to critical care at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.

Conrad Sangma, the CM of Meghalaya expressed his sorrow over the unfortunate incident.

A first year B.Com student of Loyola College, Vishwa was part of the TTTA State men’s team in the 83rd Senior National and Inter-State table tennis championships and underwent training at the Krishnaswamy TT Club in Anna Nagar, Chennai under the mentorship of brothers R. Ramnath Prasad and Jai Prabhu Ram.

In January last year, he won the Youth u-19 boys’ singles title at the National-ranking tournament in Dehradun, followed by a runner-up finish at the South Zone ranking tournament in December. This year, Vishwa defeated Malesh Kumar in the selection trials and earned the Shillong Nationals berth.

“Vishwa Deendayalan, winner of the Under-19 title this year at Dehradun, was an exceptional talent and we all expected him to make India proud in the international arena,” the Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana said in a message to Vishwa’s family, which includes his parents and elder sister, “We have truly lost a champion. May God give strength to the family to bear this excruciating loss.”

Dushyant Chautala, the president of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has announced ₹5 lakh to the grieving family.

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