Into the fold, it is defi nes a unique table tennis. From his training, his education, his religious life Widaad Gukhool shows and shows from the beginning, it is ready to make sacrifices to achieve its objectives. Proof of this is the last Island Games Indian Ocean where it will hang two gold medals (team and mixed doubles) in a period of Ramadan. Widaad Gukhool has all the qualities of a sports car out of the ordinary.
Still, table tennis was not his first choice in its infancy. "When she was 7 years old, his brother Irfaan practiced karate and she wanted to engage in an activity so also it is put," says his father Ragck Gukhool. "This sport he liked, but it was not compatible with the discipline, so she practiced other sports like swimming."But she still can not find the Shoe Fits. This is where table tennis is in its life, a discipline that would change everything. Detected in 2004 by Mesnil Rajessen Descann, it will integrate the school in April 2004 of the Mauritius Sports Council and almost a year later won his first championship title in the categories benjamines and minimal. "There had been at that time it had real potential. She was very smart tactically and knew how to manage difficult times, something that many players could not do, "tells the national coach, Rajessen Descann.
Like any sport Mauritius, the first goal of a career is still the Island Games. Given his talent and all his titles, Widaad Gukhool reach it in 2007 at the age of 13. At the time, she was the sixth player in the national rankings and prove that his selection for the national team is warranted.
A studious table tennis
Indeed, his 13 years does not prevent him to go for the bronze medal in mixed doubles alongside Rajessen Descann player who was at the time. "The context was not easy for her but she was able to raise its level to get that medal," says national coach who says that in the history of table tennis "no one has ever done whatshe made to her age. Widaad career and his style of play can not be compared to that of an old table tennis player. "
Despite his involvement in the sport, it keeps in mind that the studies will play an important role in its future.
Student private college Doha Academy, she won eight units in School Certificate, a result that surprised his father. "I did not expect it to become as well.
For me, even though it had brought 20 units, this would not have been a problem because I knew all the sacrifices she made for her sport, training hours, the back and forth between home, theschool tutoring. I am proud of her because she is also involved heavily in religion, "said his father.
In the 2011 season, Widaad Gukhool has nothing to prove. She had started the season with a bronze medal in the team African Youth Championship 2011, ensuring the victory over the two matches she should play. She then brought her yet another championship title in Mauritius, with zero loss to the counter.
For the finer skin preparation for Jiří she went with Patrick Sahajasein in China, at the National Tennis Table Heibei.
Three weeks of intensive training that paid off.
Today Widaad Gukhool could easily be a workout in front of a Li Kam Wa Warren or a Billy Chan Yook For. To improve its reminders, the Mauritian Association Table Tennis (Amtt) promoted friction with male sparring partners when a family friend, Auchaybur Lasser, offers help to table tennis as a personal trainer.
After all this preparation, no more for her to shine in the Jiří. It will remove two gold medals, one for each team fi lle and one in mixed doubles alongside Rhikesh Taucoory under more adverse than as it was in the midst of Ramadan. She followed later with a 15th place in singles at the Games Lady of Africa in Maputo and will retain his title of champion Maurice at the National Championship.
Now, the general objective can be attached Widaad Gukhool is to shine at the continental level and go another direction while keeping the feet on the ground.
Olivier CHAPUISET(Source: Lexpress)