In a heartbreaking turn of events, Vishwa Deenadayalan, an 18-year-old table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, died on his way to Shillong from Guwahati in a road accident.

The 18-year-old was travelling along with three other teammates by taxi from Guwahati to Shillong for the 83rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships, beginning in Shillong tomorrow, a statement by the Table Tennis Federation of India said.

“A 12-wheel trailer, coming from the opposite direction, ploughed through the road divider and hit the taxi at Shangbangla, just after the Umliy check post, and plunged into the gorge. The taxi driver died on the spot, and Vishwa before reaching the Nongpoh Civil Hospital. The doctors declared him brought dead. Ramesh Santosh Kumar, Abinash Prasannaji Srinivasan and Kishore Kumar, who travelled with Vishwa, suffered severe injuries,” the statement added.

“The organisers of the championships, with the Meghalaya government’s help, rushed them to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong for critical care. The team of doctors attending to them said the boys were stable,” the statement added.

Vishwa Deenadayalan, a promising player with several national ranking titles and international medals to his credit, was to represent India at the WTT Youth Contender at Linz, Austria, from April 27. Vishwa, a product of Krishnaswamy TT Club in Anna Nagar, was trained by Ramnath Prasad and Jai Prabhu Ram had come in for praise from none other than Sharath Kamal. The ace paddler rated him as a highly-talented boy with a lot of promise.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed his condolences on Twitter at the death of Vishwa Deenadayalan.

The father of Vishwa Deenadayalan and family members will be arriving in Guwahati tonight and Vishwa’s embalmed body will be flown to Chennai tomorrow morning. Two members of the MTTA are stationed at Nongpoh to ensure the completion of all formalities.

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