|Sutirtha Mukherjee Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||October 10, 1995|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sutirtha Mukherjee is an Indian table tennis player who first came into the spotlight in 2018 when she won the ‘Gold’ medal in the women’s team event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. At the 2019 Kathmandu/Pokhara South Asian Games, she clinched the ‘Gold’ medal in the women’s singles, mixed doubles, and women’s team events. Sutirtha had defeated her childhood friend Ayhika Mukherjee in the ‘Gold’ medal match in the singles event. The duo had also combined to secure the ‘Silver’ medal in the women’s doubles event at the 2019 Kathmandu/Pokhara South Asian Games. In early October 2023, Sutirtha and Ayhika 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 – Abhijit Mukherjee
- Mother – Nita Mukherjee
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Stocky frame
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
Sutirtha Mukherjee Facts
- Sutirtha was in the eye of the storm in 2014 when the CBI (The Central Bureau of Investigation, the domestic crime investigating agency of India) initiated an inquiry against several table tennis players for producing manipulated age records that could help them participate in national and international age-restricted competitions.
- It was alleged that Sutirtha had registered her date of birth as October 10, 1997 (as opposed to her real date of birth: October 10, 1995) so that she could participate in the 2014 edition of the Summer Youth Olympics – an event that was open only for athletes born between 1996 and 1999.
- After the conclusion of the aforementioned investigation in 2016, she was banned for a year by the Table Tennis Federation of India (the governing body for the sport in the country) for allegedly fudging her age record.
- A few years later, Sutirtha was embroiled in another major controversy when compatriot Manika Batra accused Indian national coach Soumyadeep Roy of pressuring her to throw a match during a qualification tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in July and August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) so that Sutirtha could also qualify for the mega event.
- A committee composed of two former Supreme Court judges was constituted to probe this serious charge. The committee concluded that Soumyadeep had indeed tried to manipulate Manika but did not find any evidence that she had thrown away the aforementioned match – which was eventually won by Sutirtha.
- Manika and Sutirtha were India’s two representatives, eventually, in the women’s singles event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, the competition did not end well for either of them as they bowed out in the 3rd and 2nd rounds, respectively.
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