June 22, 2021

Arjuna-winning veteran paddler Chandrasekar passes away

Three-time Nationwide champion and former Worldwide loses his battle with COVID-related problems.

Three-time Nationwide desk tennis champion and former Worldwide paddler V. Chandrasekar handed away right here on Wednesday as a consequence of COVID-related problems. He was the present president of Tamizhaga Desk Tennis Affiliation (TTTA). He’s survived by his spouse Mala and 20-year-old son C. Sanjay, a ultimate 12 months engineering pupil.

The 63-year-old Chandrasekar, a 1982 Arjuna Award winner, was admitted to a metropolis hospital just lately for coronavirus, after which he developed lung an infection. Chandra, as he was popularly recognized, has groomed many top-level gamers reminiscent of S. Raman, Arul Selvi, Chetan Baboor, N.R. Indu, M.S. Mythili and G. Sathiyan and teenager Preyesh Suresh Raj, to call a number of.

Teaching stint

Chandra has been teaching younger paddlers for the final twenty years. Beginning his teaching stint in early 2000 at YMCA (Royapettah), he established his academy with assist from the Sports activities Improvement Authority of Tamil Nadu in Arumbakkam and later [now] in Mogappair.

Chandra, retired from State Financial institution of India, had a tumultuous journey, particularly after a botched-up surgical procedure on his proper knee that minimize brief his profession when he was simply 26 years outdated. He fought a authorized battle with the reputed hospital and finally received the case. Regardless of his failing well being and restricted mobility — his peripheral imaginative and prescient was affected because of the after-effects of the surgical procedure — he continued to educate kids with the identical enthusiasm as his taking part in days.

As a participant, he was attacking, at all times keen to experiment and take dangers. Whether or not he was taking part in in native prize cash tournaments or the Nationwide championships, folks flocked to see Chandra play.

On the Worldwide degree, Chandra had some success. He reached the semifinals and bagged a singles bronze within the 1982 Commonwealth Championships in Mumbai, and was instrumental in guiding the Indian males’s crew from Group II to I within the 1983 World championships in Tokyo.

Spoke for unity

After the Tamil Nadu Desk Tennis Affiliation (TNTTA) cut up into two factions in 2018 — TNTTA and TTTA, Chandrasekar was made the president of TTTA. However he wasn’t solely pleased with the place and at all times spoke about unity within the TT fraternity.

In actual fact, he and G. Jagannath, one other former Nationwide champion, ready a blue-print for the way forward for TT within the State. “We informed the 2 Items that they’ll struggle the instances in court docket however maintain tournaments as one unit in order that the gamers don’t get affected, however issues didn’t work out,” mentioned the 76-year-old.

Chandra’s autobiography with Seetha Srikanth, My fightback from Loss of life’s Door printed in 2006, was nicely obtained because it frankly recounted in some element sure vital incidents in his taking part in profession and his battle with the hospital, amongst different issues. He wrote touchingly: “There are occasions once I come across the footpath, and other people have thought that I used to be drunk. That’s when it hurts for it isn’t my fault.”

Outspoken throughout and after his taking part in days, Chandra was a trailblazer each as a participant and a coach. His legacy will reside on.

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