Sekhar had teamed up with Jafreen Shaik to win a historic bronze medal within the blended doubles on the 2017 occasion, marking India’s first-ever Deaflympics medal in tennis.
“Once I gained the primary medal in 2017 in Deaflympics, nobody congratulated me. There may be solely help for regular Olympics and Paralympics,” mentioned Sekhar whereas talking on Sports activities Tiger’s present ‘Constructing Bridge’.
He additionally talked about he had utilized for the celebrated Arjuna Award however was not thought of.
On being requested concerning the authorities’s function within the upliftment of tennis within the class, he expressed his grief on not getting correct encouragement.
The 27-year-old from Chennai, who’s deaf from beginning, additionally spoke about his first Deaflympics in 2013 and the way his mom got here to know concerning the prestigious match and despatched him to the nationals in Aurangabad the place he gained a gold medal in singles in addition to doubles after which bought chosen to signify the nation.
“Once I went there, I used to be so pleased to win a gold in singles and gold in doubles. I used to be so happy with it to get chosen to signify India to play for the Deaflympics,” Sekhar mentioned.
Final yr, unseeded Sekhar defeated 4 seeded gamers, together with high seed Gabor Mathe of Hungary within the semi-finals, to turn into the lads’s singles champion within the World Deaf Tennis Championship in Antalya, Turkey.
“I used to be so pleased and happy with it that I gained the gold medal. It was my greatest achievement,” mentioned Sekhar.