The Indian senior team, led by Dipak Poddar, has won its very first bronze medal at the 44th World Bridge Championships held between September 14 to 28 in China. This was the team’s best result so far, after finishing fourth at the World Championships at Lyon, France two years ago. The team comprised of Dipak Poddar, Jitendra Solani, Subhash Dhakras, Ramamurthy Sridharan, Subrata Saha, and Sukamal Das. Anal Shah (coach) and Vinay Desai (technical analyst) were the other members of the team.
Poddar said, after winning the bronze medal:
India had previously won three medals at Asian Games 2018, held at Jakarta in Indonesia. Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar had won a gold medal in the men’s pair. The Indian team also won two bronze medals in the men’s category and mixed team’s category.
The World Bridge Team Championships, a biennial top-level tournament, was founded in the year 1950. The Championships tournament, held in odd-numbered years, comprise the Bermuda Bowl (open teams), Venice Cup (women’s teams), d’Orsi Senior Bowl (senior teams) and the newly-introduced Mixed National Teams’ event.