Marital Status: Unmarried
Hometown: Naihati, West Bengal
Age: 26 Years
|Profession||Table Tennis player|
|Famous for||Winning the national table tennis championship and being a part of the gold medal-winning Indian team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 158 cm
in meters– 1.58 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 2”
|Coach/Mentor||Soumyadeep Roy (National TT Coach)|
|Medals||Gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast (Women’s team)|
|Date of Birth||10 October 1995 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||26 Years|
|Birthplace||Naihati, West Bengal|
|Hometown||Naihati, West Bengal|
|Controversy||In 2015, Sutirtha faced a ban in January 2015 when the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) conducted a fact check and found out that more than 50 players had voluntarily given their wrong age in their documents to compete in other groups. Sutirtha and others were asked to submit the fake and real documents to the federation and they received a one-year ban. Due to this, Sutirtha could not compete in the qualifier rounds for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In an interview, she said-
“I stopped watching the sport completely. I would be extremely hurt seeing the others play while I couldn’t. For any athlete, sitting out for one year is a massive blow, and I was the number one female player in India at that time. I was hurt, mentally very low. For two months, I didn’t want to play at all. Whenever I tried, memories would come rushing back. Every single moment of my career would flash in front of my eyes. Everyone told me, ‘Your time will come, you will make a comeback’. Quite a few people were there to motivate me, which helped a lot. Of course, my parents are always there as my mentors, and Mihir [Ghosh, coach] supported me a lot during that period.” The Hindu
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Avijith Mukherjee
Mother– Nita Mukherjee
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sutirtha Mukherjee
- Sutirtha Mukherjee is an Indian table tennis player who is known for being a part of the Indian women’s team that won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
- Sutirtha came from a small town of West Bengal called Naihati, and there were very limited options when it came to pursuing indoor sports. Her mother enrolled her in a nearby indoor games club, where they had the option of table tennis, badminton, and volleyball. She chose table tennis, and over the years, she got more indulged in the game.
- In 2006, Sutirtha played her first national tournament and decided to pursue table tennis as her profession. The breakthrough point for her career came in 2008 when she won the girls’ doubles title with her partner Camelia Sil at the Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championship that was held in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. In 2009, she became a national champion after winning the Sub-Junior National Championship in Chennai.
- She made her international debut at the 2013 Slovakia Junior Open – ITTF Junior Circuit in Slovakia. She won three titles in the girls’ singles, doubles, and team. In the same year, she played in the Asian Table Tennis Championships and then attended Australian Open and Korea Open.
- In 2016, she was given the title of national champion at the 78th Senior National Table Tennis Championships.
- In 2018, Sutirtha went to the Commonwealth Games that took place in Gold Coast, Australia, as a part of the Indian women’s team. The team won the historic gold medal at the tournament by defeating the defending gold medalist team of Singapore.
- Sutirtha participated in the 2019 South Asian Games, and she managed to bag two Gold medals in singles and mixed doubles. She won the mixed doubles with her partner Harmeet Desai.
- In February 2020, Sutirtha won her second national title. In March 2021, Sutirtha made her Olympics debut with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She managed to get a place in the Olympics by defeating Manika Batra at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.