Sathian Gyansekaran was knocked out in the second round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite being ranked higher than his Hong Kong rival Siu Hang Lam. With the upcoming Quarterly Summer Games looming, the star Indian peddler has since won the ITTF Men’s Singles title, the World Tour Mixed Doubles title and the World Tour Men’s Doubles title. He also won bronze in the men’s doubles, parenting Sharath Kamal, and was part of the men’s team that won bronze at the 2021 Asian Championships.
Gyansekaran Sathian is now focusing on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“The big goal is definitely Paris 2024. Immediately after Tokyo 2020, we set our goal on Paris 2024. Tokyo 2020 taught me a lot and I put that lesson directly into my game and you can see that it has improved a lot, especially “Now I know how to approach a big tournament mentally. Now I know what it’s like to play in the Olympics and I’m sure exposure will help me when I go to Paris,” Sathiya told FirstPost.
To meet the conditions, the 29-year-old has also recently signed up with top French Pro A League club Jura Morez Tennis de Table for the 2022-23 season.
Sathian and his mixed doubles partner Manika Batra have reached the sixth position in the career-best world in the latest ITTF World Rankings and they believe that the pair can win an ‘elusive medal’ in the event.
“We will focus a lot on mixed doubles and there is a good chance of getting that elusive medal in mixed doubles. When you’re number six in the world, it’s about how you play that day. It is also important to formulate a strategy on the respective pair and we are training together to do that, ”Sathiya said.
However, before the Olympics, 2022 is the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in which the Asian Games have already been postponed until 2023 due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
India presented their best ever CWG show in the last edition on the Gold Coast of Australia, winning a total of eight medals, including three golds.
Sathian, who has won Men’s Doubles Silver, Mixed Doubles Bronze and Men’s Team Gold, wants to focus on winning individual medals, although he is confident that India will be able to replicate his feats.
“Winning a medal in singles at the Commonwealth Games has been my goal for a long time. Last time I lost in the quarter finals. Not only do I want a medal but I want to go straight to the finals. It’s not going to be easy. There are some tough players – Aruna Quadri and Liam Pitchford, who are in the top 20 in the world. There will be tough competition but we are preparing hard and we have formulated our strategy, ”he said.
Sathian is currently sweating at the Raman TT High Performance Center in Chennai under the guidance of his coach S Raman till the end of May before joining the national camp.
Before the start of the 2022 CWG, which starts on 28 July, Sathian will play in the WTT Contender event in Zagreb and the Grand Smash event in Budapest.