Arjuna award-winning former India table tennis participant V Chandrasekhar died at a non-public hospital in Chennai on Wednesday resulting from COVID-19 associated problems, household sources mentioned. He was 64 and is survived by his spouse and a son. Chandra, as he was popularly identified, was a three-time nationwide champion and was the president of Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association and Director and head coach of the SDAT-Medimix TT Academy within the metropolis. The Chennai-born participant, who had reached the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games in 1982, was additionally a profitable coach.
His enjoying profession was minimize quick in 1984 following a botched knee surgical procedure at a hospital right here which led to him dropping mobility, speech and imaginative and prescient.
He fought again to get well and served the sport as a coach. He additionally fought a authorized battle towards the hospital and received a verdict in his favour.
He was a three-time nationwide champion and a gold medallist in BA (Economics) and Law on the time of the career-ending damage. Subsequently, sheer willpower helped Chandra return to 70-80 per cent of his regular mobility and he determined to deal with coaching promising gamers.
According to some paddlers who’ve performed with him, Chandra was one of the vital engaging gamers and took dangers at essential levels of the sport to unsettle opponents.
“We have lost a champion who fought death 37 years ago. Saddened to hear of the passing of V Chandrasekar Sir. Table Tennis as a sport has lost a great mentor, coach and an amazing player. He made the sport famous in the early 80’s. Rest in Peace, Sir,” Kamal tweeted.
On his half, Sathiyan mentioned, “Completely shocked and indeed a very personal loss to me and my family. Lost my long time childhood & former coach & Arjuna Awardee Chandrsekhar sir today…Your memories and teachings will always stay with me sir. RIP.”
“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. It is not only a loss for me, but for my family also,” he added.
Raman, who was skilled by Chandra, recalled his former coach as a really fashionable and multi-talented participant. The desk tennis fraternity in Chennai condoled his dying, saying that the game had misplaced a legend.
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