Meet Atif, Ping Pong Pro and Care Champion. We sat down with Atif to discover more about his love of Ping Pong and life at Allianz Care
How did your love of table tennis begin?
My dad was the person who introduced me to table tennis when I was a kid and I’ve been hooked ever since!
What's your favourite thing about table tennis?
My favourite part is that anyone can play table tennis, It keeps your brain sharp and improves hand-eye coordination. There’s nothing more rewarding than winning a long rally against an opponent.
Is table tennis a social activity for you or is it an outlet for competitiveness?
Table tennis was a way for me to meet new people in Qatar. I was part of a Meetup group where our common interest was table tennis and we used to meet every weekend and play. While I do get competitive, it’s always been a fun way for me to meet new people.
Speed is a big part of table tennis, would you say you’re a quick thinker at work too?
Yes - although you might need my friends and co-workers to vouch for me on this point! It’s a game where you have to think two steps ahead and adjust with every move from your opponent.
Do you find table tennis helps you keep your brain sharp and focus on other tasks?
Definitely! While a part of the game is speed and power, a huge factor is strategy. You have to try to be two steps ahead of your opponent and guess their next move. It’s a game that develops mental acuity.
What is your role in Allianz Care?
I joined Allianz Care in Qatar 5 years ago as a Claims Officer and for the past two years I’ve been working as a Senior Claims Officer.
If you had to sum up your experience as part of Allianz Care in one word what would it be?
Rewarding. I’ve met and worked with some amazing people and developed my skills.