Desk tennis stalwart Chandrasekhar dies resulting from Covid-19


Chennai, May 12

Former India table tennis player V Chandrasekhar died at a private hospital here today due to Covid-related complications. Chandra, who was 64, is survived by his wife and a son. Chandra, a three-time national champion, had reached the semifinals at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and was also a successful coach.

His playing career was cut short in 1984 following a botched knee surgery at a Chennai hospital, which led to him losing mobility, speech and vision. He fought back to recover and served the game as a coach. He also fought a legal battle against the hospital and got a verdict in his favour.


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Chandra was a gold medallist in BA (Economics) and Law at the time of his career-ending surgery. Subsequently, sheer willpower helped Chandra return to 70-80% of normal mobility and he decided to focus on coaching.

Chandra last appeared in the Indore Nationals in 1983, losing to the eventual champion Kamlesh Mehta, whom he had beaten the previous year.

Mehta today remembered Chandra as a very amiable character. “He was friendly on and off the court. It was he who made topspin popular in India. He learned the skills at (Ichiro) Ogimura’s academy in Japan,” said Mehta.

“I spoke to him on the day he got admitted to the hospital (May 8). But who would have thought he would leave us all so soon,” Mehta added.

Current Indian player G Sathiyan and former national champions S Raman and MS Mythili were among Chandra’s trainees. “Completely shocked and indeed a very personal loss to me and my family… Playing with him for almost 14 years. From 1998 till 2012 I was with him. He let me play in my style. He was the one who always helped. He nurtured me,” Sathiyan wrote on social media. — PTI



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