Exclusive Interview: Sanil Shetty Talks Lockdown Life And Future Goals

(Photo: ITTF)

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been felt by all sports, including table tennis, with many professional athletes unable to train during lockdown earlier in the year.

However, things have been especially tough for India’s very own Sanil Shetty, who has only just been able to return to training following a six-month wait in his home country.

Speaking to SD Sport in an Exclusive Interview, Sanil spoke about his lockdown experience in India and the difficulties he was forced to overcome:

“Well, the first few weeks were fine because I got time to spend with my family after many years, but later I was going crazy staying at home without table tennis and missing all the competition was not a good feeling. So, I started working on my weaknesses and I’m also very lucky to have a life partner from the same field – so, we kept motivating each other.” – Sanil Shetty

With the vast majority of the world locked in isolation at home earlier in the year, like Sanil, people naturally found themselves taking up new (yet Covid safe!) hobbies. This was no exception for the 31-year-old from India, who worked on developing new skills in cooking and art:

“Six months of lockdown – I worked on my fitness and analysing my game. I also became a good chef and sketch artist!” – Sanil Shetty

Although Sanil seemed to enjoy improving upon his artistry, it was surely good news for Sanil that, after the six long months away from the action, he was finally able to get back to professional training in Hyderabad, India:

“I have started my personal training in Hyderabad with a small group. It feels amazing to be back on court after six long months.” – Sanil Shetty

Sanil is perhaps best known for his achievements at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, capturing Men’s Team gold with Team India at the event.

Sanil pictured at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia (Photo: ITTF)

Finally back in the training hall, the left-hander already has his eyes set on his future goals:

“The Olympics is my ultimate goal, but for the next two years I will be focusing on playing at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, and also to win the National Championships.” – Sanil Shetty

Currently ranked at 247 in the ITTF World Rankings, the Indian player is also looking to achieve a higher world rank when ITTF and national tournaments eventually resume again,

“My future goal about my ranking is to be back at my personal best: World No.64, and then to make it even better. In the national rankings I finished at No.3 in 2019.” – Sanil Shetty

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