|Ayhika Mukherjee Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||June 10, 1997|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ayhika Mukherjee is an Indian table tennis player who first came into the spotlight in 2019 when she won the ‘Gold’ medal in the women’s team event at the Kathmandu/Pokhara South Asian Games. She also secured the ‘Silver’ medal in the women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles events. While Ayhika was defeated by her childhood friend Sutirtha Mukherjee in the ‘Gold’ medal match in the singles event, the duo had combined to secure the ‘Silver’ medal in the women’s doubles event at the 2019 Kathmandu/Pokhara South Asian Games. In early October 2023, Ayhika and Sutirtha created history by winning the ‘Bronze’ medal in the women’s doubles event at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (held in September and October 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This was India’s first-ever Asian Games medal in table tennis in the women’s doubles event. It was also India’s only medal in table tennis at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and just the country’s 3rd medal overall in table tennis at the Asian Games. India’s first 2 table tennis medals at the Asian Games had been secured in the previous (2018) edition held in Jakarta, Indonesia – the ‘Bronze’ medal in the men’s team event and the ‘Bronze’ medal in the mixed doubles event.
Naihati, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India
West Bengal, India
Table Tennis Player
- Father – Gautam Mukherjee (Former Member of the BSF (Border Security Force, India’s border guarding organization that works at its international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh))
- Mother – Soma Mukherjee
She has been represented by Sportwise India, Athlete Management & Sports Consultancy Firm, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Ayhika Mukherjee Facts
- Ayhika’s parents played a tremendous role in her early development as a table tennis player. Her mother was the one who introduced her to the sport and enrolled her at a training center; while her father had quit his job with the Border Security Force in 2010 so that he could devote more time to her training as well as travel with her for her tournaments.
- Ayhika came into the spotlight in July 2019 when she became the first Indian player to have won a ‘Gold’ medal in the women’s singles event at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. The Indian contingent created history at the 2019 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships by winning the ‘Gold’ medal in all 7 events that were contested – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s team, women’s team, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
- She has been employed as an officer by the RBI (The Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank & the principal regulatory body responsible for the Indian banking system). It is common in India for many sportspersons to be employed by governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations. Such appointments provide sufficient financial support to players during their playing careers, especially in sports where sponsorships are scant and financial rewards are limited. These jobs also provide financial security to players after they retire from their sport.
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