Table Tennis star G Sathiyan: 8 Things You Should Know
One can say that he is an Engineer-turned-TT Player!
G Sathiyan attended St.Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai from 2010-2014 and successfully completed his graduation in engineering.
He was even offered a job by ONGC, which he ‘gladly’ refused because he aspired to be a table tennis star some day down the line.
Additionally, he was bestowed with a scholarship under the Elite Scheme by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.
Defeated Junior World No.1 Niwa Koki in the year 2011…..
And secured a finals berth at the Asian Juniors Championship in Jaipur.
Like Coach(s), Like Player!
Sathiya was initially groomed by 3-time National Champion V. Chandrasekar. Later, since 2012, he has improved his game under the tutelage of Commonwealth Games (CWG) medallist, S. Raman, and the ‘partnership’ between the two is still going strong.
Did not let his father’s demise make him weak
Often, when one is struck by a tragedy, like losing a near & dear one, one may see themselves going off-track. However, this wasn’t the case with Ganasekaran Sathiyan, who channelized the grief (and resultant anger) of his father’s demise into his game.
Belgium Open 2016 stands a testimony to this fact as despite being 26th seeded, Sathiyan managed to beat local favourite, Cedric Nuytinck, 4-0 in the final!
The UTT Accolade!
G Sathiyan was the only Indian to remain unbeaten at the inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), India’s franchise-based professional TT league, in 2017.
Dream Debut at the 2018 Commonwealth games, Gold Coast
He won not one, not two but as many as 3 medals — 1 team gold, 1 silver in men’s doubles alongside Sharath Kamal, and 1 bronze in mixed doubles with Manika Batra — at CWG Gold Coast, 2018.
Arjuna Award Recipient
Ganasekaran Sathiyan was honoured with the prestigious Arjuna Award in September 2018 for his “Outstanding Achievements in Table Tennis”.
Top Ranked Men’s Indian Table Tennis Player
In November 2018, paddler G. Sathiyan achieved his career-high ranking of World No.35.
Notably, Sathiyan, who was nowhere near the top-100 bracket in 2017, was India’s top-ranked player (rank-49) in January 2018, even surpassing Indian Table Tennis legend Sharat Kamal, who was ranked 51 at the time.