Commonwealth Games won`t lose sheen by stars pull out: Sharath

New Delhi: Ace Indian paddler Achanta
Sharath Kamal believes Commonwealth Games would not lose its
"sheen and charm" if one or two star international athletes
decide to give the October 3-14 mega-event a miss.

Sharath said withdrawl of one or two players would not
make any difference and India will deliver the best Games ever
in the history of the sporting event.

Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy became the latest Olympic
champion to withdraw from the Games recently after Jamaican
sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser decided to skip the
Delhi Games.

"It doesn`t make any difference if one or two stars are
not coming. Commonwealth has its own sheen and charm. It`s has
its own class. If someone has decided to skip the event, it`s
his or her choice but we will host the best Games ever," said

"At the end, we should look forward to those players who
are coming to India and participating. It`s such a big event
and matter of great pride to be representing your country. One
should not be concerned about who is coming or not," added
Sharath, who was in the city to attend a felicitation function
organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India to celebrate
his recent success at the international level.

World number 76, Sharath recently clinched the US Open
title at Michigan on July 4 before creating history in Egypt
Open in Cairo on July 11 where he become the first Indian to
win an ITTF Pro Tour singles title.

It would have been a hat-trick of international titles
had he won the Indian Open, which was held last month in Delhi
as a test event for the Commonwealth Games. He had crashed out
of the tournament in the semifinals.

High on confidence after bagging two international titles
in as many weeks, Sharath said he is concentrating on China
Open -- a pro tour championship -- next month to earn valuable
ranking points.

"It`s the highest prize money tournament and I am looking
forward to come out with some good results. China is
considered as power house of table tennis and competition
would be extremely tough. It`s like world championship for me
and I am looking to make few upsets in the top 50 list of
players," Olympian paddler said.

"I am satisfied with my performance in both the
tournaments (US Open and Cairo Open). Egypt win was much
bigger for me and I`ll savour it for rest of my life," he

Bureau Report

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