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Ishara Madurangi targets medal at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Ishara Madurangi is the number one Women’s table tennis player in Sri Lanka
Ishara Madurangi is the number one Women’s table tennis player in Sri Lanka

Winning the National crown on seven occasions is not an easy task but Ishara Madurangi has performed the near impossibility through dedication and training to emerge as the number one Women’s table tennis player in Sri Lanka.

Madurangi (31) who is the most senior paddler out of the current National Team hails from a table tennis family from Ambalangoda.

Her elder brother Lahiru Dharshika was a leading table tennis player and Madurangi followed his footsteps before achieving great heights in the sport.

Madurangi is one of the best products of Sri Devananda Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda and her talents were first spotted by A. W. Anura Lal, an experienced table tennis coach who has produced many National players in the recent past.

First coach

Ishara Madurangi is the most senior paddler in the current National Team

“My first coach Anura Lal always encouraged me to come up with expectations. I got a chance to make my first overseas tour in 2014 to India for the Asian Junior Cadet TT Championships and there I was able to win the Bronze Medal.”

“This was the only medal for a Sri Lankan Women’s paddler at Asian level. We have enough medals at South Asian level but winning a medal at Asian level is a big achievement.”

“At the 2019 South Asian Games I won three Bronze Medals – Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. But our main task should be to win medals at Asian level.”

“At Asian level we have to play with the world’s top players from China, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. I am always proud about my Asian level medal on my debut tour to India.”

“In 2004, I won the National Women’s crown as a 14-year-old player and this is also a big achievement. I won the National title seven times starting from 2004 and three times I finished runner-up in the Women’s Singles.”

“Today, I am the number one ranked Women’s player. I was the National Junior champion three times in-a-row from 2005 to 2007. Those were the achievements in Singles events.”

“In addition, I was the Women’s Doubles champion and Mixed Doubles champion eight times at the National Championships.”

International experience

“I am always thriving to get international experience as we have to play with the same opponents most of the time at all domestic tournaments. But at international level, we have to play against different players from different countries and it’s a big challenge.”

“I gained a lot of experience by competing at the South Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. All these tournaments were very helpful to develop my skills.”

“After leaving school, my coach was former National player Rohan Sirisena, who also played with us in the same period. I must thank the TT officials for giving me a big hand and especially the Sport Ministry for backing me to go on overseas tours.”

“After leaving school, I joined the Sri Lanka Air Force and managed to win several International medals from 2009 to 2015.”

“But currently I am employed at Sri Lanka Port Authority and they have always helped me to achieve my goals in this sport.”

Ishara Madurangi hails from a table tennis family from Ambalangoda

Gold Coast

Madurangi was able to take part in the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018 as well as in the Asian Games in Jakarta.

“My next aim is to win a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It’s a big challenge but my dedication is very high.”

“Due to COVID-19 we missed our daily practices but once again we have resumed our training and already we have started to take part in domestic tournaments.”

“Age is not a barrier for success and if the players can manage their fitness level that is sufficient to continue in this sport.”

“Endurance is more important to continue in this sport and we have to spend more time to build-up our strength to remain in this sport.”

Ishara Madurangi’s performances at National and International level:

Three-time Junior Nationals champion. Seven-time Senior Nationals champion. Three-time Senior Nationals runner-up. Eight time Senior Nationals Doubles champion. Eight-time Senior Nationals Mixed Doubles champion. Asian Junior Cadet Championships Bronze Medal. South Asian Games Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Bronze Medals.