Khaleel Asgarali

Full Name: Khaleel Asgarali
Born: December 06, 1986 (age 30 years)
Birthplace: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
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Career Highlights

2013

  • 1st, Open Men’s Singles, JOOLA Springs, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A., February 16th

2012

  • 1st, Open Men’s Singles, JOOLA Fall, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A., September, 14th
  • 1st, Healthier Generation Singles, Pips, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.A. October 20th

2010

  • Second Stage, Men’s Singles, Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 21-30

2009

  • 1st, Men’s Singles, Southern U.S.A. Regional UCUI, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 1st, Men’s Singles NCTTA, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

 

2008

  • 1st, Guaynabo Open Men’s Singles, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico,

2007

  • 1st, Men’s Doubles, with Dexter St. Louis, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 3rd, Under-21 Men’s Singles, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 3rd, Team Event, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

2006

  • Joins Sparvagen Table Tennis Club, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Pool A, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne, Australia, March 16-26
  • 1st, Sports Relief Silver Bowl, Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1st, Under-21 Men’s Singles, Tyreso Open, Tyreso, Sweden
  • 1st, Swedish League Division-1, Tyreso, Sweden
  • 3rd, Men’s Under-21 Singles, Sparvagen Table-Tennis Open, Sweden
  • 3rd, Under-21 Men’s Singles, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, Puerto Rico
  • 3rd, Team, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, Puerto Rico
  • 3rd, Men’s Singles, Canada Table-Tennis Cup, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 3rd, Men’s Singles, Silver Bowl, Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

2005

  • 3rd, Men’s Team, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, Guatemala City, Guatemala, August, 14-22
  • 3rd, Men’s Doubles, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, Guatemala City, Guatemala, August, 14-22
  • 1st, Men’s Singles, Trinidad & Tobago National Table-Tennis Championships, Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1st, Classified A-1 Men’s Singles, Trinidad & Tobago Table-Tennis Association, Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1st, Men’s Singles, Stiga North American Table-Tennis Pro Tour Open, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • 1st, Men’s Doubles, Stiga North American Table-Tennis Pro Tour Open, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

2004

  • 1st, Boy’s Under-18, Stiga Open, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A. June, 12-13
  • 2nd, Men’s Under-22, Stiga Open, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A. June, 12-13
  • 3rd, Men’s Team, Caribbean Table-Tennis Championships, University of West Indies Sports Hall, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Selected on Trinidad & Tobago men’s senior team

2003

  • 2nd, Boy’s Under-18, Stiga Open, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A. June, 14-15
  • 1st, Men’s Under-21, Stiga Open, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A. June, 14-15
  • 1st, Men’s Under-22, Stiga Open, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A. June, 14-15
  • 1st, Trinidad & Tobago Junior Table-Tennis Championships, Southern Regional Indoor Arena, Pleasantville, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Selected on Trinidad & Tobago junior team
  • 2nd, Team, Caribbean Junior Table-Tennis Championships, Georgetown, Guyana

2002

  • 2nd, Boy’s Under-16 Singles, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. August 8th
  • 1st, Boy’s Under-16 Doubles, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. August 8th
  • 2nd, Boy’s Under-18 Singles, Junior National Championships, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. August 9th

2001

  • Selected to the U.S.A. table tennis team
  • 1st, Boy’s Under-16, Eastern Open Stiga North American Tour, Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S.A. July 21-22
  • 1st, Open Boy’s Singles, Matthew Murand Memorial Open, Towson, Maryland, U.S.A. June 16-17
  • 4th, Boy’s Under-16, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hampton Roads, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • 2nd, Boy’s Under-16 Doubles, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hampton Roads, Virginia, U.S.A.

1999

  • 1st, MDTTC Open Juniors, Maryland, U.S.A. October 24th
  • 1st, Potomac Open Juniors, Potomac Country Table-Tennis Club, Potomac, Maryland, U.S.A. May 23rd

1998

  • 1st, Doubles, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hamptons Road, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • 2nd, Team, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hamptons Road, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • 3rd, Boy’s Under-12, AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hamptons Road, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • 1st, Potomac Fall Junior Open, Potomac Country Table-Tennis Club, Potomac, Maryland, U.S.A. November 22nd

1997

  • 1st, MDTTC Open Juniors, Maryland, U.S.A.

1996

  • Joins the Maryland Table Tennis Association, Carroll County, Maryland, U.S.A
  • 1st, MDTTA Junior Table-Tennis, Maryland, U.S.A. September, 8th

Awards/Titles

  • Student Athlete of the Year, University of Puerto Rico, Recinto De Rio Piedras, 2012

Biography

Khaleel Asgarali spent his first few years in St. James, a thriving town on the outskirts of the capital of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (T&T). He is the second of two (2) children born to Nazruddin and Shamoun Asgarali, who migrated to Maryland, in the United States of America, in 1992.

His father was a former T&T table-tennis player for more than 20 years and young Khaleel was fascinated with the sport, so much so that he used the family dining table as his first practice board.

Dad, Nazruddin, saw his interest and joined Khaleel at his makeshift board, using soda cans in place of a net.

His father served as his coach in his early years in Maryland, U.S.A., where he represented his school and eventually started taking part in competitions in his state.

The first such competition was a junior tournament in Maryland, which he won. Although he was just 10 years old, and facing other competitors as old as 18 years, Khaleel was unfazed and was a deserved winner.

As a result of his love for the game Khaleel played in tournaments every weekend, which delighted his father as he too continued playing.

Asgarali’s father maintained contact with many T&T table-tennis players and officials and eventually Khaleel was invited to return to Trinidad and Tobago to take part in the 2003 National Championships, which was held in San Fernando.

Asgarali was thrilled at the prospect and continued to stay in contact with local officials afterwards.

He continued winning many tournaments, during his junior years in the U.S.A., and eventually Table-Tennis United States came calling and he was selected to their junior team in 2003. However, he informed his father of his preference to represent the country of his birth and turned down the offer from Team U.S.A.

Later in 2003, Asgarali was selected on the Trinidad and Tobago junior team to the Caribbean Junior Championships in Guyana, where he earned a silver medal in the team event.

In 2004 he was selected on the senior team for the Caribbean Championships held in T&T and earned another medal, this time a bronze.

Asgarali continued to perform well on his return to the Unites States and won his first T&T Men’s Singles titles in 2005 as well as earning two (2) bronze medals at the Caribbean Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

A crowning moment for Asgarali came when he was selected as part of the Trinidad and Tobago contingent to the Commonwealth Games, in 2006. However, he lost both matches at the games, which were held in Australia.

Asgarali made the move to the professional ranks later in 2006, joining Swedish club, Sparvagen, which was coached by former Trinidad and Tobago team coach, Marcus Gustafson.

After his stint in Sweden, Asgarali was given a scholarship to study in Puerto Rico, where he continued playing as well as getting into coaching.

He took some time off from the sport to focus on academics during that period but still managed to participate in at least two tournaments a year.

By the time he graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras, in 2012 Asgarali had become more interested in coaching.

He continued on the United States circuit, where he won two tournaments in 2012 and early 2013, before taking some time away from the game. Asgarali has returned to training as he prepares himself for the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in 2014.

He is currently a coach at Club JOOLA in Maryland in the United States.

Asgarali is intent on giving back to the sport he loves and a return to Trinidad and Tobago to coach is on the horizon. Asgarali feels that the younger players need the right guidance and support for them to be successful in table tennis.

He has given himself until the age of 35 when he intends to retire from playing table-tennis. But he hopes to land more titles until then after which he will be devoted to coaching.

 

Education

  • Mucurapo Boy’s R.C, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Patuxent Valley Middle School, Savage, Maryland, U.S.A.
  • Hammond High School, Columbia, Maryland, U.S.A.

References

  • Interview with-Khaleel Asgarali—22nd April 2014

     

Sport Clubs / Teams

  • Baltimore Table Tennis Club
  • Wazuri Wizards
  • Club JOOLA
  • Sparvagen, Stockholm, Sweden

 

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