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ICC Table Tennis Center raises $150K to send Bay Area athletes to Rio Olympics

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MILPITAS, Calif. (Diya TV) — This year, the Indian Community Center table tennis program — the largest and most successful program in the nation — is sending four Bay Area athletes to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, and on Sunday raised $150,000 in the efforts to get them there.

The ICC Table Tennis Program houses hundreds of players, both children and adults — its Talented Kids Program has produced more Olympians and national champions than any other program in the U.S.

“We are the only center in the US that has produced, trained, and nurtured this much table tennis talent – we have two out of three women going to Rio Olympics from ICC and two of three men going to Rio Olympics that are ICC Alumni — and the top three out of ten national coaches in the country right here,” said Raj Desai, CEO of the India Community Center.

With the support of the community and ICC co-founder Anil Godhwani, the center has grown into a 20,000-square-feet facility, with head coach Massimo Costantini guiding the aforementioned program. Costantini joined the center six years ago.

“Whoever comes to ICC has a guarantee to be assisted by the coaches – at any level. Kids or adults are our customers and we want them to feel that this is a place where they can make things happen,” said Costantini.

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For decades, the sport has been dominated by nations such as China, Korea and Sweden. But Lily Zhang and Jiaqi Zheng are just two of the players who are attempting to capture America’s first medal in the sport.

” (The) U.S. has never medaled in table tennis at least, so if I were able to get that medal, it would absolutely be a dream come true,” said Zhang, who began training at the ICC when she was 12 years old. “ICC has come so far! When I first started we were in a much smaller facility, and now the facility is absolutely incredible and there’s been so many more coaches”

Zheng has been playing table tennis since age 7 back in China, and arrived at the ICC just two years ago.

The center’s director, Rajul Sheth, said that the first 7-8 kids that joined the center years ago all played with the national team.

“Since 2011 we always had our players in the national team – not some, but a lot of them,” Sheth said.

The 2012 national team was entirely composed of ICC table tennis players.

Nilesh Patel, who sits on the advisory board for ICC’s Table Tennis Center, reminisced about the humble beginnings of the center’s existence.

“There used to be one table in the corner where coaches used to come, and 4 early kids. Then it became evenings, extended to weekends, and so forth. It took 4-5 years to get to the scope and size we are now in this center.”

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

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Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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