Harmeet Desai is a senior-level table tennis player from India who was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2019. He once again came into the limelight after winning a gold medal along with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in the final match of the table tennis mixed doubles event held at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.According to Harmeet Singh, his journey as a table tennis player began when he was six years old.Harmeet Desai claimed that he had to frequently change schools as most of the schools in which he studied did not give any concession in attendance to him; therefore, it became very difficult for him to cope as he had to manage his table tennis career and attendance in school at the same time. He also claimed that because of his hectic schedule, he had to miss out on classes and could only appear for the exams in school. In an interview, he claimed, I have studied in quite a number of schools because I changed a lot of schools; about nine schools actually. So it was pretty hard for me to achieve my goal like this. As I was playing tournaments I had to travel a lot. So back then, my school in the city did not try to understand. I had to miss out classes a lot. Though I was a good student as in good in the studies, I could only appear for the exams. Some of the schools never really supported me and that made me change schools again and again. Harmeet Desai being honoured in his school in 2001.
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