Born on the fifth of January, in 1990 – Shaolin Chandam was a soft spoken, independent young man who was fuelled by the burning desire to succeed. He lived a life of struggle and worked harder than everyone around him. Shaolin was a man of few words who preferred to let his actions and achievements do the talking. He was an extremely fine and talented athlete who left behind a lasting legacy in College Tennis in Southern Virginia University, USA. He left us untimely at the young age of 25.
Shaolin started his primary education at St. Patrick’s English School, Imphal. Born to Chandam Ranjan Kumar and Chandam Suniti Devi of Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai, Shaolin started playing Tennis at the age of 6 under Coach Th.Tuleswar Singh of the same locality at THAU Sports Complex and at Officer’s Club Lamphelpat under Manipur Tennis Association.
During October 2000, Shaolin became the winner of under-16 tennis at the second Manipur State Level THAU Tennis Championship. Thereafter, he had a brief coaching at Dr. Paes Tennis Centre, Kolkata (Father of Leander Paes) during which he became Runners Up/ Semi-finalist playing against much experienced and senior opponents in India.
In June 2001 he was selected for the prestigious Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy, Chennai, popularly known as BAT, run by Mrs. Amritraj, mother of legendary Tennis Star Vijay Amritraj. While at BAT, Shaolin attended Madras Christian College Higher Secondary school.
In April 2003, Shaolin was also among the twenty trainees from the country and the first from the North East to be selected for the newly launched state of the art National Tennis Academy run by the All India Tennis Association (AITA), New Delhi, to train young talents for the future. Thereafter Shaolin joined Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) in 2004 under the sponsorship of the Indian Army. He had his schooling at DAV Higher Secondary school, Chandigarh.
In December 2007, He returned to Manipur to play in the First Manipur State Ranking Tennis Tournament under the aegis of MATA (Manipur Tennis Association) and became the Winner of the Men’s single Title collecting the prize money of Rs.40000 from Jernail Singh, Chief Secretary, Manipur.
In Jan 2010, Shaolin became a part of the Concordia Clippers Tennis Team, New York. He had been selected on the basis of his past performances and was given a scholarship in college Tennis while pursuing his graduation. The following year, Shaolin moved to Southern Virginia University, USA. He was the No.1 seed in both singles and doubles and was the Captain of the team. Under his leadership, the tennis team set a 16 year record in the University history.
Besides Tennis, he was successful in his career of finance, insurance and investments. He secured a number of licences in USA by qualifying in many competitive examinations conducted by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He was a man of few words who was highly result oriented and worked in many reputed companies in the short period of time he had, after his graduation. He believed success has no boundary or limit and only hard work, struggle and commitment can take someone there.