Age: 33 Years
Wife: Reeth Rishya
|Full name||Sanil Shankar Shetty Table Tennis Federation of India|
|Profession||Table Tennis Player|
|Famous for||Winning a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Height||in centimeters– 169 cm
in meters– 1.69 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 65 kg
in pounds– 143 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Ranking||• International Ranking– 222 (as of July 2022)
• National Ranking– 2 (as of 2022)
• Gold medal at the 2010 US Open U-21 Table Tennis Championships
• Gold medal at the 2015 Asian Games (Men’s Team Championship) in Singapore
• Gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Men’s Team Championship) in Gold Coast, Australia
• Gold medal at 2019 All India Inter-Institutional Table Tennis Championship (Men’s Singles)
• Gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Men’s Team Championship) in the UK
• Silver medal at 2019 All India Inter-Institutional Table Tennis Championship (Mixed Doubles)
• Silver medal at the 2013 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (Men’s Team Championship) in India
• Bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Men’s Doubles) in Gold Coast, Australia
• Bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Games (Mixed Doubles) in Nepal
|Trophies, Awards and Honours||• In 2013, Sanil Shetty was presented the BPCL Award by Bharat Petroleum.
• In 2014, Sanil Shetty won the Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championship, held in Patna.
• In 2018, Sanil Shetty was felicitated by the Table Tennis Federation of India for winning a gold medal at the 2022 CWG.
• In 2021, Sanil Shetty stood first at the National Ranking Table Tennis Championship, held in Dehradun.
|Career Turning Point||Winning a gold and a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games|
|Coach||• Deepak Mani
• Peter Engel
• Kamlesh Mehta
|Date of Birth||16 August 1989 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||33 Years|
|Birthplace||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Reeth Rishya (table tennis player)|
|Marriage Date||Year, 2019|
|Wife/Spouse||Reeth Rishya (table tennis player)|
Father– Shankar Shetty (former bank employee)
Mother– Bharathi Shetty
|Siblings||Brother– Sachin Shetty (elder, table tennis coach)|
|Cuisine||Punjabi and Italian|
|Sportsperson(s)||M.S. Dhoni, Timo Boll, Jun Mizutani|
|Film(s)||• Hollywood: I Am Legend
• Tollywood: Baahubali
|Quote||“Work hard for all that you want and never give up in life.”|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanil Shetty
- Sanil Shetty is an Indian paddler. He is well-known for winning two medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2022, he made headlines after winning a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.
- Sanil Shetty started his table tennis career at a very young age. In an interview, he claimed that his table tennis journey began on his 9th birthday when his elder brother gifted him a table tennis racquet. He said,
I still remember, it was my 9th birthday, and my brother had come home after playing a tournament in Mumbai. He gave me a tt racquet, which sort of marked the beginning of my journey.”
- Initially, Sanil Shetty was trained by his elder brother and after training with him for some time, Sanil Shetty joined the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Andheri, where he was trained by Deepak Mani for twelve years.
- After getting trained by Deepak Mani, Sanil Shetty moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where he trained with a German table tennis coach named Peter Engel.
- In 2011, Sanil Shetty took up a job at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). There, he represented the organisation at several national-level table tennis tournaments.
- In 2012, Sanil Shetty participated in the Fajr Cup, where he clinched a bronze medal. The tournament took place in Iran.
- In 2012, Sanil Shetty was selected by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to take part in the qualifying matches for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He could not make it to the Indian squad as he was defeated by his rival in the semi-finals. Sanil, in an interview, said,
It was in 2012 when I had a chance to qualify for the Olympics but unfortunately, I lost in the quarter-finals. I couldn’t make it to the finals. I was shattered then. Had I been qualified, I could make it for the Olympics. It did take me time to regain confidence and convince myself that I had to buck up and that what went wrong couldn’t be undone.”
- In 2014, Sanil Shetty participated in and won the Senior National & Inter-State Table Tennis Championship. He became the second player from Mumbai to become a national champion since 1995. Scroll.in
- Sanil Shetty took part in the 2014 Fajr Cup which took place in Iran. In the tournament, Sanil won a silver medal.
- In 2015, Sanil Shetty participated in the South East Asian Games which were held in Singapore, where he won a gold medal in the team championships event.
- In 2016, Sanil Shetty participated in and won the Inter Oil Table Tennis Championship.
Sanil Shetty during his participation in the Inter Oil TT Championship
- In 2018, Sanil Shetty was selected for the Indian table tennis squad which participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the tournament, he not only won a gold medal in the men’s team championships but also a bronze medal in the men’s mixed doubles event.
Sanil Shetty at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
- In 2019, Sanil Shetty participated and won a silver medal at the ITTF 13th South Asian Games, hosted by Nepal.
- In 2021, Sanil Shetty won a bronze medal in the team championships event at the Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar.
- Later in 2021, Sanil Shetty participated in and won the National Ranking Table Tennis Championship. The event took place in Dehradun, India.
- In 2022, Sanil Shetty clinched a gold medal in the team championship event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham, the UK.
Sanil Shetty at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
- On 5 August 2022, Sanil Shetty and Reeth Tennison were defeated by their Malaysian opponents in the mixed doubles table tennis event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
- While giving an interview, Sanil Shetty said that he was born prematurely with a hole in his heart. Due to his condition, his parents did not allow him to participate in any physical activity as it would have put a lot of pressure on his heart and could have severely affected his well-being. He also claimed that he had to undergo different types of medical treatment for five years. In an interview, Sanil said,
When I was born, I had a hole in my heart. Naturally my parents were scared as doctors said. I was too sensitive to play any rigorous sports. So, as a child my parents put me in various arts classes. I would learn painting, drawing and all sorts of things. I was taking homeopathy treatment till I was nine or 10. Doctors said that nothing could be done. Our domestic help used to take me to school and bring me back home. I had breathing problems as well.”
Sanil Shetty’s photo taken in early 1990s
- Sanil Shetty claims that he draws his inspiration from his elder brother to play table tennis. In an interview, he said,
I am largely inspired by my elder brother. In 1998, Sachin brought home a huge trophy he won in a Mumbai University tournament. I was inspired and told him that even I want this trophy.”
- According to Sanil Shetty, his parents were against his decision of pursuing a career in sports because of his medical history. He also claimed that it was his elder brother who supported him and helped him in convincing their parents to allow Sanil to pursue a career in table tennis. He said,
My dad played for the bank that he worked for and my older brother, Sachin,also played at the national level. was only when I was nine years old, did I started requesting my parents to let me pursue table tennis, but my request was denied constantly by them. After this, my elder brother Sachin too helped me by talking to our parents and convincing them to let me at least try. He really supported me a lot.”
|↑1||Table Tennis Federation of India|
|↑2||Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games|