Manika Batra wins ITTF’s Breakthrough Star Award

Paddler Manika Batra, who won four medals at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Asian Games, was bestowed with ITTF’s ‘Breakthrough Star Award 2018’.

Manika Batra won four medals - two golds, one silver and one bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Indian star paddler Manika Batra was bestowed with the International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) 'Breakthrough Star Award 2018' during a ceremony at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Incheon (South Korea) here on Wednesday.

At the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, Manika won four medals including the historic women's singles gold, team gold, women's doubles silver (with Mouma Das) and mixed doubles bronze (with G. Sathiyan).

She had also bagged the bronze in the mixed doubles (with Sharath Kamal) at the 2018 Asian Games, also reaching her career-best ranking of 52 in 2018.

"Thank you ITTF for acknowledging my effort and giving me the award. Thanks to [coach] Sandeep Gupta, Subodh Mor (fitness coach), TTFI, SAI, Indian Oil, India Sports, my family and well wishers for all the support. I will continue to keep striving forward," Manika tweeted.