Sujan started playing table tennis as a five year old, taking inspiration from his older brother Vipin who trained at the Horizon Academy in Basavangudi. He used to accompany his brother and pester the coach, Jagadish Chandra, to give him a chance and Jagadish used to relent and give him a ball and a racket. There was no looking back. In two years time he won his first mini-cadet event. A year after that, in 2013, he secured a maiden State cadet (U-13) title, aged only 8.
A typical day in the young paddler’s life begins at 4.30 a.m. heads straight to Sree Kanteerava Stadium for a fitness session with athletics coach V.R.Beedu and it continues after school with practice at MSSTTA with his coach Aloysius Sagayaraj and ends at 10 p.m.
It is clear, though, that Sujan—a student of 8th standard at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, Basavangudi, is in love with the sport. His father, a CEO of a microprocessor chip-design company, has installed a table on the second floor of his Gandhi Bazaar office.
His first major break-through came in the 2015 State Championships where he bagged the sub-junior title. On the following year he bagged the Cadets’ crown. He cinched a silver in the national championship (cadet category). Last year he won the sub-junior state crown for the second time and impressed at the nationals as well, winning the silver for the straight second year.
According to his coach Sujan is fearlessness. He never gets flustered. He fights tooth and nail with his opponents. That has made him stronger. Sujan’s aim is to compete at the Olympics.
Given his hard work and commitment, Sujan really has the potential to unlock his dreams and make his dreams a reality. All the best Sujan for your future endeavours.