On Monday, in the Commonwealth Games, A 24-year-old Harmeet Desai won gold for India in the table tennis men’s doubles match with his partner G Sathiyan, defeating the Nigerian team visitors swarmed his Surat home to congratulate his family.
Harmeet’s father Rajubhai Desai “We saw the match with crossed fingers. When Harmeet and his teammate won, we jumped from our seats, unable to control our excitement,”
The Indian team beat Nigerian players Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun by 3-0.
Harmeet, a commerce graduate, first represented the Airport Authority of India and now plays for ONGC. His father said, “He started playing table tennis at the of six and has won over 300 medals at the state level, national level, and international level.”
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also tweeted a congratulatory message for Desai and BJP MLA from Majura constituency Harsh Sanghavi and others visited his house to congratulate and meet his parents.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) April 9, 2018
This is the first time since the racket sport’s induction into Commonwealth Games that India has won table tennis matches in both men’s’ and women’s’ categories.