Dr. Nimal Lucas the skipper of the national table tennis team from 1966 to 1971 and current chairman of the selection committee has achieved a unique feat by winning 50 international medals overall, in the sport.
Dr. Lucas played his first international match as a veteran table tennis player when he contested the World Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Yokohama, Japan in 2004. He then participated in the World Masters Games held in Edmonton, Canada in July 2005 where he won his first medal, a silver, in the men’s doubles partnered by Mohamed Laffeer.
He won a bronze medal in the singles event at the Masters Games held in South Africa in 2006.
Dr. Lucas participated in the New Zealand Masters Games in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 winning a total of 17 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. His best performance was winning 7 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in the 2011 New Zealand Masters Games.
Playing in the Australian Masters Games in 2011, 2013 and 2015, Dr. Lucas won a total of 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. He also won 2 bronze medals in the Veterans Table Tennis Championships held in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2010 and one bronze medal in the Veterans Table Tennis Championships held in September 2010.