Olympics: US Table tennis player Nikhil Kumar have roots in 'Kannur'
Nikhil Kumar, a Malayalee, having roots in Kannur, is competing in the Olympics for the table tennis team of the United States. Nikhil is also the youngest member of the team to compete in singles and doubles events.
Earlier today, the 18-year-old won his first match (4-1) against Mongolia's Lkhagvasuren Enkhbat.
At the age of eight, he went to explore table tennis to kill his spare time at a summer camp, got interested, and eventually became a member of the American national team. After intensive training at the Indian Community Center in 2010, he went on to outshine in the US Open held in 2011.
He was also the U9 National Champion and U10 runner-up in the US Open and US Nationals competitions. He was selected to the World Cadet Championship six years ago. At the age of 12, he became the first rank holder in the North American tournament conducted by ITTF.
He then attended a training camp in Shanghai, China. He has also won various competitions in Canada, Sweden, and China.
Nikhil is the son of Sasikumar and Beena Nambiar, a software engineer in California,. He is a computer science student.