The journey from Arjuna Awardee to ‘Dronacharya’ of Table Tennis - The Story of Kamlesh Mehta

Kamlesh Mehta
The journey from Arjuna Awardee to ‘Dronacharya’ of Table Tennis - The Story of Kamlesh Mehta

A twenty-year career with numerous recognitions; Indian Table Tennis player, 8 times National Champion and Arjuna Awardee, Kamlesh Mehta is the recipient of various accolades including the first Maharashtra Government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award in 1979, twice named as the Best Sportsman by Sports Journalists Association of Bombay and the first Indian to receive the Fair Play Trophy at the Commonwealth Championships in 1989. This former player & coach started playing at a very tender age and has been an icon for generations to come. Having a jewel like him, who has made our country honored at International Championships, is a matter of pride for the entire nation. He is a self-trained player who not only rose to success in a short span with his hard work and dedication but has also bought value addition to this sport.

Quick Facts

Name Kamlesh Mehta
DOB 1st May 1960
Father’s Name Navinchandra Mehta
Mother’s Name Chandrakala Mehta
Spouse NameMonalisa Barua Mehta
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  • Arjuna Award - 1985
  • Highest ranked Indian Player in Asia, Commonwealth and World from 1980 - 2000
  • 8 times on the National Championship
  • First Indian to qualify as two time Olympian and one as a Coach
  • Best performance in the SAF Games at Colombo, won 3 Gold and 1 Silver medals - 1991
  • Won the World Bank Championship at the Isle of Man (UK) - 1989
  • Won all 4 Gold medals at the Pentangular International Championship, Indore - 1983
  • Captain of Indian Team from 1982 - 1986 and 1988 - 1990
  • National Coach and Selector from 1998 - 2017
Place / FromMumbai, Maharashtra
Your Quote for lifeHave strong belief in God

Team imd1 had a chat with him a few days ago, read on to know him further!

Beyond Table Tennis

Favorite Personalities Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Prakash Padukone
Inspirations Pandurang Shastri Athavale
Food I Love Indian food
Food I Hate Brinjal and Bitter Gourd
Had I not been Table Tennis player then… Some other Sport
Like Vacations at Hill Stations
Favorite Pass timeListening to music, watching action movies
Favorite Movies / SeriesMadrasi masala movies
Favorite Actor / Actress Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi