India’s top paddler Sharath Kamal said the pandemic has cast a gloom over the entire nation. As a sportsperson, it is his responsibility to spread positivity. “We have the capacity to motivate the youngsters as people are going through depression,” he spoke during a webinar ‘Future of sports post COVID-19, organised by Sports Dunk. At such a difficult time, it is understandable that sport has taken a backseat. Resumption of sporting activities will take time, he said.

The multiple Commonwealth Games medallist was of the opinion that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by Sports Authority of India (SAI) for table tennis wasn’t practical. He said the idea of having different-coloured ball for each player and playing in alternate table are suggestions that are not rooted in practicality.

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