N Suresh, defender for Chennai Quick Guns, shared a touching story leading up to Ultimate Kho Kho 2022. Suresh’s journey is truly inspiring, with the 23-year-old refusing to give up on his dream in the face of adversity.
Suresh revealed his humble beginnings and how his uneducated family failed to understand how the sport he is so passionate about is played in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda.
“My father works as a watchman, my mother works as a housekeeper. I come from a lower-middle-class family. I have two older brothers and we live in a small room in Hyderabad. My family is uneducated and does not know this game. My brother encouraged me. He has played in the Senior Nationals himself so he has a fair idea about the game. I suffered so much, and endured failures also but whenever I failed, I worked hard. And that’s the reason why I have gotten here,” he said.
N Suresh then described how he was introduced to the sport by his elder brother, who is an accomplished Kho Kho player himself. He went on to say that after competing in junior-level competitions, he became an ardent fan of the game.
“My brother used to play Kho Kho. Once I started playing, my coach used to encourage me and the senior players also used to encourage me. That’s the reason I chose this game and slowly I started becoming better at it. I played sub-junior nationals and junior nationals and I became a fan of the game.”
Suresh, who is from Tamil Nadu, explained how he was chosen for Ultimate Kho Kho and how proud his family is that he is representing the Chennai-based franchise.
“I played Senior Nationals in 2017 and after a couple of years, I was selected again in Bhubaneshwar Senior Nationals. I performed well in the Madhya Pradesh Senior Nationals and was shortlisted for the auction. I would like to thank the Chennai team for picking me. My family is pleased that I have been selected to be a part of the Chennai team.”
Although N Suresh has yet to demonstrate his prowess on the mat, he will undoubtedly seize any opportunities that come his way. Chennai Quick Guns finally snapped their two-match losing streak, exacting revenge on Telugu Yoddhas and establishing themselves in the points table.