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Meet Comeback Queen Mouma Das with an undying passion for Table Tennis

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Introduction

Mouma Das is an Indian table tennis (TT) player. Born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal, she has represented India in international events since the early 2000s. Das has won multiple international medals at the Commonwealth Games including the gold medal in the women’s team competition in 2018. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013 for her contributions to the sport.

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Das participated in the 2004 Olympics where she competed in the singles table tennis competition. Mouma Das made her second appearance in the 2016 edition of Olympics after a gap of 12 years. Das entered the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles event at the 2017 World TT partnering with Manika Batra. The duo became the first Indian pair in more than 61 years to make that happen. The duo also won the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was awarded Padmasree in 2021.

The Three lost years

The five-time senior national champion and six-time runner-up had to stay away from the table tennis board for more than three-and-half years after 2018 primarily for giving birth to her daughter Aditri. Her daughter was born in December 2019. Then the 39-year-old female paddler was plagued by Covid-19 twice. Still, she did not give up.

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The Majestic Return of Mouma

Table Tennis Player Mouma Das
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After a gap of almost four years, Mouma came back on board in 2022. She went to take part in the senior national championship held in Shillong, mainly to assess her condition after a three-and-half-year lay-off and finally, she turned back the clock by being the runner-up, losing a gallant fight to Sreeja Akula in the final.

Mouma commenting on the issue, stated,

“I have put on weight. My endurance level has gone down. Still, I could offer resistance to Sreeja, playing from experience.”

Mouma’s Indomitable Mental Strength

Mouma is now 39. She still dreamt of winning the title in the senior national championship, scheduled in Jammu from the 20th to the 27th of March. Mouma has been training under the observation of Debabrata Chakrabarty for the last five years. She added,

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“Debabrata uncle motivates me a lot. Whenever I go to his training center he never allows me to sit, rather pushes me to training camp continuously until I become fully tired.”

Besides, Mouma had praise for his husband Kanchan Chakrabarty and family members when she stated,

“It would not have been possible for me to resume training and perform in competitions after taking caring of my daughter if my husband and other family members had not supported me constantly.”

Mouma added,

“I want to pay something back to my coach, husband, and all other family members who have been supporting me continuously and that is the reason still dream of winning the title in the senior national championship although I know it is very difficult as so many potential girls have come up in the national level that anybody among them can win a title.” 


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