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Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were heartbroken after they failed to advance to the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
Indian men’s doubles duo Chirag and Satwiksairaj won two of their three league matches in Group A, but still failed to qualify for the knockout stage.
Dubbed the “Group of Death”, Group A saw the world’s number 1 pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) and third duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin (Chinese Taipei) advance to the next round .
The young Indian couple were devastated when they realized they were not going to continue despite winning their third and final league match against Great Britain’s Sean Vendy and Ben Lane.
Both Chirag and Satwiksairaj called their respective families to share their grief for not being able to control their emotions.
Speak with sportskeedaSatwik’s father Kasi Viswanath said:
“Satwik felt very sad when he called us. He collapsed and cried like a baby when he spoke to his mother and brother. In fact, we all failed to contain our emotions when he cried. Satwik ruined the failed chance to make the quarterfinals on his Olympic debut. He was confident of making it into the quarters after their upset win over the world’s No. 3 Chinese Taipei players on Saturday. But the same duo from Taipei shattered our dreams by beating the strong Indonesians.”
Viswanath, his wife Rangamani and Satwik’s older brother Charan watched the match on TV at their Amalapuram residence in Andhra Pradesh.
“We had mixed feelings after seeing the Satwik-Chirag match. We’re thrilled they beat British duo Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in straight games. However, we were depressed when we heard that our boys will not qualify for the next round due to the game difference. I told Satwik not to be discouraged as it is an essential part of the game and he will have many more opportunities to shine for India in the future,” said Kasi Viswanath.
A former national-level track and field and basketball player, Viswanath knows the importance of ups and downs in the sport.
I told Chirag not to lose heart as losses are an essential part of the game: Chandrashekhar Shetty
Chirag Shetty was also swept by the emotions after learning of the outcome of the match between Chinese Taipei and Indonesia. Apparently, doubles coach Mathias Boe had to calm down both Chirag and Satwik when they couldn’t control their emotions in the stadium.
Chirag’s father, Chandrashekhar Shetty, said: sportskeeda:
“Obviously, both Chirag and Satwik were pretty depressed after performing well and failing to qualify for the knockouts. They did what they had in their hands by beating Britain’s opponents today. However, the circumstances forced them to miss the bus by a hair. When Chirag called us after the game, he was quite sad. I told him he performed well and not to get discouraged. I also told him to go around the Olympic Village and soak up the atmosphere to change his mood. I’m sure he’ll get over the disappointment quickly and be fine tomorrow.”
The Shettys live in Mumbai, near Goregaon Sports Club, where Chirag learned the basics of the game from his first coach Uday Pawar.
Interestingly, both Chirag and Satwik’s family members are annoyed at people still asking about the timing of the duo’s next match.
“Since Chirag-Satwik won today and they’ve seen the match live on TV, everyone thinks they’re still in the race. Most of them have no idea about the rules and regulations. Several benefactors, friends and relatives are asking us about the next opponents and the date of the match,” said the parents of Chirag and Satwik.
Chirag and Satwik will return to India on Thursday, as they are required to leave the Olympic Village in Tokyo no later than 48 hours after the last match.
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