Aiming for a long run: Varuni Jaiswal
Pursuing second year in Bachelor of Science Bio Technology at St Marys Yousufguda, Hyderabad, the 17yearold Varuni Jaiswal has proved that she is a champion indeed With a black belt title in Karate and having handson experience in using the weapon Nunchaku, the professional table tennis player is also adept at narrating Bhagavad Gita in different languages She also stresses on pursing scien
Pursuing second year in Bachelor of Science –Bio Technology at St Mary’s Yousufguda, Hyderabad, the 17-year-old Varuni Jaiswal has proved that she is a champion indeed. With a black belt title in Karate and having hands-on experience in using the weapon Nunchaku, the professional table tennis player is also adept at narrating Bhagavad Gita in different languages. She also stresses on pursing science to be a doctor.
Extracts from an interview
What made you take up playing Table Tennis as a career?
When I was five, my father had a table tennis court in his personality development and public speaking institute. I used to visit his institute during weekends to play. I never thought that table tennis would become something that I would choose as a career. I started playing the game casually and sooner it became a serious game. I always wanted to be a doctor, but I am also achieving really good in the game, so I would like to manage both academics and game.
Professionally, I started training at the age of 7. Until the age of 10, I was getting trained by my father who has been very supportive about whatever I was doing. Later, I started training at Secunderabad Gujarati Seva Mandal where Venu Gopal Sir and Nagaraj Sir happened to guide and train me. It is because of my mom and dad’s support that I am here today.
How many hours do you practice?
I play for almost 5 hours a day. During weekends I practice both in the morning and evening and on weekdays I play according to my schedule.
How do you manage your academics and the game?
I have taken science as my subject, which needs at least 10 hours of study. In a month I have four to five tournaments and so I miss my college, which is very difficult to manage. But, I somehow manage to cope with my studies and also play my game.I maintain a dairy which has a time table mentioned for my day. I have some 25 activities throughout the day and I complete all of them in the scheduled time. I also discuss with my father what I must do for the day. If I happen to miss few of the activities, I re-schedule them for the next day which makes my day easier.
Tell us about your memorable achievements?
My biggest achievements are when I won the junior singles girl’s title at the World Junior Circuit in the year 2016. I was also captaining for Osmania University team and for the first time we won gold for South Zone and we also achieved the all India title. I represented India in seven countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Israel, and Slovakia to name a few. During Thailand Open we won the bronze medal as a team. In South Asian Championship we won the gold medal as a team. In Slovakia and Poland tournaments I was ranked fourth.
Who has been your inspiration?
MS Dhoni, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. I love to see them play.
Are you planning to get into Olympics?
Yes! I want to represent my country at Olympics and make my country proud by winning the title. I am practicing hard to achieve a title. I have undergone Tonsillitis surgery, but, I have recovered now, and I am back into practicing for the game. I won the Youth Girls’ singles title at the State Ranking tournaments, which was held in Hyderabad recently.
What are your plans for future?
I am planning to take up table tennis further. The life span of a sports man is very short, and he/ she has to grab all the opportunities that come by. I am grabbing all the opportunities that are coming my way.