Kumar Eligible to Participate in Para Table Tennis

By USATT | Jan. 09, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

Washington Post - Effective workout is on the tableNavin P. Kumar, a 41 year old male table tennis athlete and 5 time open-heart surgery survivor with mechanical heart from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the newest qualifier with USATT Para Table Tennis eligibility and the first athlete in history with Parkinson's Disease as the qualifying disability. 

Navin, who is coached by USATT National level coach, Larry Hodges, looks forward to competing in table tennis on an international level and representing the USA, all while hopefully inspiring others to play the great game of table tennis for the wonderful health benefits it offers. Navin also plays table tennis for his survival so that he can continue to be a good husband and father to his wife and two little girls.

Table tennis has helped to improve his congenital heart condition and to keep his Parkinson's Disease under control, and hopes that other Parkinson's patients will give table tennis a try so that they can control their Parkinson's Disease and not let the Parkinson's Disease control them.