Who is Sathiyan Gnanasekaran?
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (born January 8, 1993) is an Indian table tennis player, currently ranked 32nd in the world as of April 2020. He was a member of the Indian team that took bronze at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
In May 2019, Sathiyan achieved the best world ranking of his career of 24 and became the first Indian paddler to enter the ITTF world top 25 rankings.
He became the first Indian paddler to sign a contract with Okayama Rivets for the Japanese T league.
He is an ONGC employee and is currently supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentoring Program and is commercially managed by Baseline ventures.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Biography, Wiki
He started playing table tennis at age five at a neighborhood academy in Chennai, India, where a coach noticed his talent and encouraged him to enroll. He began competing at the state level at age seven, and the national level at age 12.
As a child, Sathiyan was passionate about table tennis, but didn’t focus on it full time until after he graduated from college. “There was a time in life when I was in a dilemma. I had to make a decision between education and table tennis. Table tennis has always been my first love. I had an immense passion for it, although I also liked science and computers. When I was doing both at the same time [at university]That’s when I realized that I should take sport as my profession, since that was the only thing that made me feel complete, ”says Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.
After his father passed away from cancer in 2015, he withdrew from a national qualifying event en route to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He says the loss of his father changed the way he played. “It almost brings me back to where I started. He did not know how to react and how to go from there. Everyone was devastated, but that’s when I felt like I was playing like I had nothing to lose. What else did I have to lose after losing my dad? That really changed me as a person. I started playing table tennis more aggressive, taking more risks. I had to start from scratch mentally. I worked with a mental conditioning coach to focus on sports, a fitness trainer, and a dietitian. I started to be more professional and led a disciplined life. That was the key to reaching the  Olympic Games.”
|Full name||Sathiyan Gnanasekaran|
|Sport category||Table tennis|
|Date of birth||January 8, 1993|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Classification||24 (as of May 1, 2019)|
|Teams he played for||India, Tamil Nadu, Dabang Smashers TTC (Ultimate tennis league-India), Angby club (Sweden), TSGKaiserslautern (Germany) and Zooleszcz Gwiazda Bydgoszcz (Poland).|
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Achievements and Awards
- In September 2016, Sathiyan won the Belgian Open table tennis title.
- He became the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event.
- Won bronze at ITTF Challenge – Thailand, ITTF Challenge – Belgium, ITTF Major – Swedish in 2017.
- Sathiyan took silver at the ITTF Major- Bulgaria in the men’s doubles category in 2017.
Continuing the winning streak in 2017, he won gold at the ITTF Challenge – Spanish Open, in Almería in the men’s individual category.
- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran was part of the Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games that made history by winning a silver medal.
- Gnanasekaran has been congratulated with the TOISA table tennis player of the year 2018 award (jury choice).
- He has also been awarded the Arjuna Prize in 2018.
Lesser known facts about Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
- He scored 90 percent in his twelfth class.
- Sathiyan is not only one of the best table tennis players in the country, but he is also a software engineer.
- The sports marketing company Baseline Ventures has signed a three-year representation contract with the paddler to look after all his commercial interests.
- The GoSports Foundation, through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentor Program, is currently supporting him.
- Bananas replaced chocolates, ice creams became a luxury, and sweets fell completely out of his diet after he became a professional paddler.