“Life is like a table tennis game. It’s about finding the right balance between deft touches and powerful smashes,” former national champion Venugopal Chandrasekhar once told TOI during a conversation. It summed up his life — a fighter on and off court — battling till the last point. On Wednesday though, the 63-year-old’s willpower was not enough to fight off Covid — the ace player and coach fell to the pandemic that has wreaked havoc. Chandra is survived by his wife Mala and son Sanjay.
Cricket was Chandra’s first love but a head injury while fielding at the slips made him take up table tennis. At 12, Chandra enrolled in the now-defunct Emesor Sports Club in Adyar and his rise in the sport was swift. In 1970, Chandra became the Tamil Nadu subjunior champion. Three years later, he not only became the state junior champion but also made the quarters of the Nationals.
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