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S. Fidel Rafeeque Snehit, a 12-year-old-boy of class VII of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jubilee hills, Hyderabad, has proved to be a constant performer in the game of Table Tennis. He won four national level medals in the last two years. The latest is the Silver medal in individual category of under-14 in CBSE nationals held in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, from October 28 to November 2. Last year his school team won silver medal in CBSE nationals held in Varanasi, UP. Besides, he won two bronze medals in open nationals last year.
India No-4 in cadet category last year, Snehit is No-1 in sub-junior category in Andhra Pradesh and he became the state champion by winning the title in AP 36th district & 48th championship held from November 9 to 12. The Hyderabad team captained by Snehit is runner up in Junior team championship.
Snehit is the winner of individual (Under-14) category at CBSE cluster level tournament held in Aakash International school, Bangalore, from September 13-17. He represented cluster-VII at a national level meet held in Solan and remained runner up. For the first time a boy from Andhra Pradesh could achieve the fete in recent years.
A team captained by Snehit is runner-up in U-14 team event at the same tournament. Snehit won the title in U-14 category in School Games selections held in Lal Bahadur Stadium on September 21.
In addition to this, Snehit’s team won three inter-school titles for BVBPS in a span of two months. With an excellent support from his teammate Jishnu Vakaria, he won St.Paul Stag Table Tennis Academy tournament, St Paul annual AP state ranking & school tournament and Rukminibai Memorial inter-school tournament. Thanks to Snehit’s superb performance, BVBPS scored a hat-trick, a rare achievement.
Snehit is trained at Global Table Tennis Academy (GTTA) in Naveen Nagar by AP men’s no-1 Somnath Ghosh, who produced two national ranking players. “Snehit works hard. He is able to achieve good results because of the constant support he gets from his parents, Hema and Ramu. The BVBPS also plays a vital role in his success. We thank the principal Rama Devi ma’am, and the PET Lakshmi Reddy for their support,” Mr.Somnath says with pride.
Snehit also thanked the principal Rama Devi ma’am for giving him a seat in the school on the basis of his performance in sports. “I joined in BVBPS in my third standard and my teachers, especially class teacher Kameshwari ma’am, are very supportive. Had they not blessed me, I wouldn’t have achieved these victories. I believe that they would support me to make it to the national team in coming years,” Snehit observes.
Snehit remains an example for sports-academics combination. Though he travels a lot to take part in national and state ranking and school tournaments, he does well in academics too. “With the help of teachers, we can manage sports and academics. We need school support in the next couple of years, which are very very crucial for my son,” Ramu, the paddler’s father and GTTA secretary, says.