Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced a cash award of Rs 30 lakh each to the duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj from Tamil Nadu for winning silver medal in the men`s doubles table tennis event of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them assuring silver medals for India while paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bagged a silver in the men`s doubles event of the 20th Commonwealth Games here.
Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj had to settle for the silver medal in the men`s doubles after they lost 1-3 to Singapore`s Hu Li and Ning Gao in the title clash of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Indian paddlers had a decent outing in the Commonwealth Games Wednesday with Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj winning their respective mixed doubles third round matches before pairing up to win in men`s doubles as well, here.
Top men shuttlers Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Anthony Amalraj and Harmeet Desai will miss the North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Championships starting here on friday, owing to participation in various leagues abroad.
His transition from junior to senior level has been smooth and he has got better of many of his fancied compatriots but Soumyajit Ghosh remains grounded as he gears up for the Commonwealth Championships.
India made a positive start to their campaign at the final World Olympic Qualification table tennis championships with as many as three out of the nation`s four paddlers registering wins in their tournament openers on Thursday.
The World Qualifiers in Doha may be the last chance for Indian paddlers to secure a place in the upcoming London Olympics, but national champion Anthony Amalraj is in no mood to get buried under pressure.