India’s greatest Table Tennis players V. Chandrasekhar passed away due to COVID-19
Arjuna Winning table tennis legend Chandrasekar passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19
Arjuna Winning Indian national table tennis champion, Chandrasekar passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19 with complications. Chandrasekar was 64 and is survived by his wife and a son. Chandra, as he was popularly known, was a three-time national champion.
Current Indian table tennis player Gnanasekaran Sathiyan was among his trainees. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is an Indian table tennis player, currently placed at 32 in the world. Sathiyan was a member of the Indian team that took the bronze in the 2011 Junior World Championships. He tweeted for the Chandrasekar as well stated: “Completely shocked and indeed a very personal loss to me and my family– Lost my long time childhood & former coach & Arjuna Awardee – Chandrasekhar sir today for Covid– Your memories and teachings will always stay with me sir– RIP”
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 for Covid😢
Your memories and teachings will always stay with me sir😢
— Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (@sathiyantt) May 12, 2021
The Chennai-born player had reached the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games in 1982. Moreover, he was the president of the Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association. and was also a notable successful T table tennis coach.
Chandrasekar performing career was cut short in 1984 following a wrecked knee operation at a hospital, which led to him losing mobility, speech, and vision. He struggled back to recover and served the sport as a coach. The table tennis fellowship in Chennai consoled his death, saying that the sport had lost a legend. He also fought a legal battle against the hospital and got a verdict in his favor.