For me, the Olympics in 2021 is a year won, not a year lost: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

NEW DELHI: For an Olympian looking for motivation when all plans and hopes for the near future have been shattered, India Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Perhaps he has made one of the most revealing statements: For me, (Tokyo 2020 postponement to next year) it is a year won, not a year lost.

The first Indian to enter the top 25 of the ITTF Rankings From Sathiyan Table tennis chart reached ancestry in 2017; and although it fell to number 31 before the Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only a matter of a couple of tournaments before he had qualified for the Tokyo Games.

Could have qualified for the Olympics in April. But things have changed dramatically in the past few weeks, Sathiyan from Chennai said in a video interview with Timesofindia.com.

For my age and the way I play, I feel like I've been improving and for me it has definitely been a year won.

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the21-dayshutdowninindia,whichranfrommarch25,hasforcedsathiyanandotherindianathletestostayhomeorstayattrainingcentersacrossindia.butallactivities,includingongoingcamps,havebeensuspendedtomaintainsocialdistancingduringconfinementtobreakthechainofthevirus.



seriously,idon'tremember,sathiyansaidwhenquestionedwhenhewashomethelasttime.probablyduringmytwelfthmeetingexams,ifiremembercorrectly,almost10yearsago.

notamovieaddict,butthe27-year-oldengineerfromchennaiprefersthatoverpubgortiktok.atpresentfromsathiyanfree-timerosterincludesamovieadaywithhismother.

thebestpartisthatisitdownwithmom,weenjoyourlunchandwemakesurewewatchamovietogethereveryday,shesaid,beforeadding,it'sadifferentlife(athome).theblessingindisguiseisspendingtimewithmombecausei'veneverhadthatluxuryforyears,havingfoodcookedbyher.thatisthebestthatanathletecanenjoyatthisstage.

'importanttohaveaschedule'



sathiyanrecentlymovedintoanewhome,allowinghimmorespace,especiallyduringtheseconfinementmoments,whenheneedsspacetoexerciseandhavesomehittingsessions.

it'simportanttohaveascheduleeveninthissituation,saidthe2018commonwealthgamesmen'steamgoldmedalist.everythinggoescrazyifyoukeepsleepingandeatwhatyouwant,youjustlosesightofwhatyouhavetoaccomplish.

the2018arjunaawardwinnerfromthe2018honorslistaddedamixedteambronzemedalwithmanikabatraatthe2018cwgtohiskitty.hewasalsoamemberofthebronzemedalwinningteamattheasiangamesthesameyearinjakarta.



iwasabletomaintainmyroutine,hesaid,talkingabouthisexerciseroutineduringthelockdown.ofcourse,wecan'tcompareanythingathometoagym,butihavesomeequipmentathome,likeastepper,somesmallobstacles,theraband,weights,jumprope.forasituationlikethis,iamluckytohavealotofexerciseequipment.

inthebasementofhisnewhome,sathiyanhasplacedhistttable.andcurrently,thereisaroboticmachinethatisassistingyouinyourhittingsessions.

iamluckytohavearobot,thankstogosportsandbutterfly.soicanhitsomegoodballs.iplayanhourinthemorningandanotheratnight,headded.

cancelingtheolympicswouldhavebeencatastrophic



oncethecovid-19wasdeclaredapandemicbytheworldhealthorganization,itdidn'ttakelongfortheinternationalolympiccommitteeandthehostsjapantodecidethatitwasinthebestinterestofeveryonetopostponethegamesto2021.afewdayslater,thenewdateswereannouncedaswell.

thetokyoolympicsitwillnowtakeplacefromjuly23toaugust8,2021; but it will still be called Tokyo 2020.

We were expecting this with the spread of the virus, Sathiyan said in his reaction. Of course, the cancellation would have been difficult for everyone, catastrophic for sure. It is good news that it has only been postponed.

Hablando de sus propias posibilidades de reservar un boleto a Tokio, el as remador parecía confiado y, de hecho, sintió que estaría en mejor forma para the Juegos Olímpicos en 2021.

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Of course, I had qualified almost virtually with the kind of world ranking (31st) I had and the flow I was in. But as you have seen my graph, I have continued to improve from 2017 to 2019 and 2020 (TT season) is yet to start, so I am only improving

Tomaría como positivo que ahora tengo un año más para prepararme para the Juegos Olímpicos, y siento que estaré en una forma aún mejor en 2021. Estoy bastante seguro de alcanzar un pico mucho más alto e ir a the Juegos Olímpicos en mucho mejor forma que ahora , dijo Sathiyan.

'CORONAVIRUS TEACHES US A LESSON'



Con la vida estancada, la economía mundial siendo golpeada, la gente muriendo de una pandemia y la humanidad obligada a permanecer dentro de the límites de su hogar debido a una emergencia médica, Sathiyan siente que el virus nos está enseñando una lección a todos.

I never thought I would experience this kind of situation even in the wildest of my dreams. It's probably more than what we see in the movies. It is a very sad situation. Now health and a healthy lifestyle have become so important. Now everyone would have realized that whatever money you have, whatever you do, health is always a priority, it is a good lesson for all of us.

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I realized how important it is to help each other, not only during the crisis but even in normal life, to be there for each other, he said.

Sathiyan continuó compartiendo cómo se sentía por the jugadores chinos que estaban atrapados en Doha durante el Abierto de Qatar a principios de marzo de este año.

We met some Chinese players during the Qatar Open. They were in Qatar for almost more than a month. I asked them how it was in China and they couldn't go home. It was really sad to know how people have been forced to face so many problems and how (the pandemic) has expelled everyone from their circles, he said.

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