18-year-old table tennis player Vishwa Deenadayalan from Tamil Nadu dies in an accident

Vishwa Deenadayalan, an 18-year-old table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, died in a traffic accident while taking a taxi from Guwahati to Shillong on Sunday, the Table Tennis Association of India (TTFI) said in a statement. He traveled with three teammates from Guwahati to Shillong for the 83rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships scheduled to begin on Monday. Ramesh Santosh Kumar, Abinash Prasannaji Srinivasan and Kishore Kumar, the three others who traveled with Vishwa, suffered serious injuries but were declared stable by the attending physicians.

“A 12-wheel trailer coming from the opposite direction plowed through the road divider and hit the taxi in Shangbangla, just after the Umliy checkpoint and crashed into the gorge,” the TTFI publication reads.

The taxi driver died on the spot while Vishwa was pronounced dead by the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences.

Vishwa and his three teammates were taken to the hospital by organizers with the help of the Meghalaya government.

A promising player with multiple national ranking titles and international medals, Vishwa was set to represent India at the WTT Youth Contender in Linz, Austria starting April 27th. Vishwa, a product of Krishnaswamy TT Club in Anna Nagar, was trained by Ramnath Prasad and Jai Prabhu Ram was praised by none other than Sharath Kamal. The paddling ace rated him as a highly talented boy with a lot of potential.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma mourned his death.

“It is sad to learn that Tamil Nadu paddler Deenadayalan Vishwa passed away after an accident in Ri Bhoi district while he was on his way to Shillong to compete in the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championships in our state he tweeted.

He also deplored the death of the taxi driver in the accident.

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala regretted his death and announced Rs 5 lakh in compensation for his family.


Vishwa’s rise to stardom has also been steady. His transition from cadet to sub-junior to junior level was an eye-opener for any teenager aspiring to make it big. He had also won the Cadet and Sub-Junior National titles.

Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin also offered condolences on the death of table tennis player Vishwa Deenadayalan.

Stalin said Vishwa was a legend in the making and was pained that the player left too soon. Tamil Nadu CM announced a Rs 10 lakh relief for the parents of table tennis player Vishwa Deenadayalan who died in a traffic accident while traveling from Guwahati to Shillong on Sunday.

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