The men are crowned with Gold – The Goa-India Table Tennis Team beat Portugal in the 2014 Lusofonia Games at the Peddem multipurpose stadium


21-01-2014 …It’s GOLD again for India. Just a couple of hours after the women bagged the gold medal; the men were not far behind. In a 3 hour, 5 game, 18 setter nail biting game, the  Indian Men’s table tennis team emerged winners against Portugal. None of the players left their guard down even for a moment. The neck to neck competition resulted in a 3-1, 2-3, 3-2, 3-1 win for India. The sparks of the Indian players glory translated in an epic win over the Portugal force.

The electrifying game got the crowd screaming and chanting the entire time. The immense support by the Indian audience gave the players a huge boost in times when Portugal had their score sprints. The team Harmeet Desai, Soumyajit Ghosh, Amalraj Anthony, Soumyajit Ghosh, and Harmeet Desai with the support of Coach Peter Engel rushed through the winning points with a loud roar of the crowd and grabbing the gold medals.

The Portugal players were technical on their moves with steady approach towards each games pressurizing the Indians in crucial unforced errors and winning points through long rallies. The end game was nail biting with the Indian team leading 6-0 in the beginning and the Portugal Andre Silva taking back the game to a stronger position and locking the Indian team point on 10 for 4 consecutive winners but eventually loosing on the last one.

All in all team India were confident throughout the days play and took the matches on  a higher level game by game and deserved the place on the winning podium leaving the Portugal team biting the silver medal.