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    Visakhapatnam:

    City girl Sharanya Mudundi was crowned the ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Intercontinental’ at Grand Sea Universe-2017 held in Sofia, Bulgaria, recently. Adding feathers to her cap, she also won the titles ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Asia-2017’, ‘Miss Popularity’ and ‘Best Interview’ at the fashion pageant .

    Nine-year-old Sharanya represented India and competed with children from 30 countries. She also won the title ‘Little Model Earth India-2017’ and ‘Grand Prix Winner Model-2017’ at an international children’s pageant ‘Little Model Earth’ held at Johannesburg, South Africa, in March this year.

    Speaking to TOI, Sharanya said, “I was on cloud nine after I won the titles at Sofia. Although it was a challenging task, bagging these has boosted my confidence. The theme being ‘Beauty for a purpose’, there were different rounds during the contest including interview round, national costume round, talent round and evening gown round. I also showcased our rich Indian culture and traditions. I performed yoga in the talent round and it was one of my memorable experience at the global fashion stage.”

    Daughter of MSN Raju and M Swati, Sharanya is a Class-V student in Delhi Public School. Balancing both academics and fashion shows, she said that it is the support of her parents coupled with time management that helps her to focus on both.

    National Director of India Valentina Mishra, who hails from the city, said, “She is the only Indian girl child to represent India on the global map and to win at an international pageant twice this year.” Valentina was awarded the winner of best director of the year by MMSEA BG, an international agency.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / TNN / July 08th, 2017

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    June 18th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

    KidambiSrikanthTELAN18jun2017

    Highlights

    1. Srikanth looked in the zone as he easily downed world no 47 Sakai in straight games 21-11, 21-19

    2. The Indonesian Open is Srikanth’s second Super Series Premier title after he won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier

    3. Srikanth had finished runner-up at Singapore Open after losing to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the summit clash last month

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    Jakarta :

    Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Super Series title, lifting the Indonesia Open men’s singles trophy with a straight-game victory over Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the final on Sunday.

    World No.22 Srikanth, who had reached the finals at Singapore Open in April, outclassed Sakai, ranked 47th, 21-11 21-19 in just 37 minutes to take home a cheque of $75,000.

    “He was playing well, especially in the second game and I think for me coming back from 6-11 down and make it 13-13 was the turning point,” said Srikanth, who had clinched the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series.

    “My coach will have a special place in my heart as after he came, I reached the finals at Singapore and to win this tournament, which is considered the biggest tournament. I want to thank all the fans who have been rooting for me all this week,” he added.

    Srikanth played a patient game and didn’t allow his opponent to engage in any fast-paced rally. He dictated the pace with his precise angled returns and unleashed his smashes at perfect intervals to down his rival.

    Playing in tricky conditions, Srikanth took time to gauge the conditions as his initial returns went wide and out.

    But his rival also suffered because of similar unforced errors and the Indian led 6-4 early on. He consolidated his lead to reach 11-8 at the break.

    After the interval, Srikanth continued to dominate the proceedings. His net dribbles were better than Sakai and with Sakai struggling with precision, the Indian zoomed to a 19-11 lead and sealed it with two lucky net chord points.

    After the change of sides, Sakai was more aggressive in his approach and produced an improved net game to dominate the rallies.
    Soon, the Japanese was leading 7-3 as he entered the break with an 11-6 lead with the help of a backhand return near the net.

    After the interval, Srikanth’s aggressive game gave him the desired results. He turned the tables and caught up with the Japanese at 13-13 with an on-rushing smash at the net.
    The duo moved neck and neck after that till 19-19 before Srikanth produced two fantastic smashes to seal the deal.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> Badminton / PTI / June 18th, 2017

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    June 7th, 2017adminSports, World Opinion
    D. Jyothika Sri

    D. Jyothika Sri

    City girl and Intermediate student D. Jyothika Sri has been selected for the 400m event at the World Youth Athletic Championship, which will be held in Kenya from July 12 to 18. Earlier, she participated in the Asian Youth Athletic Championship held in Thailand in which she finished a credible fourth.

    The budding athlete is training at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Sports Talent Center (NSTC) at the Siddhartha Public School under the watchful eyes of SAI coach D.N.V. Vinayak Prasad.

    Jyothika Sri will be leaving for Sonypath in New Delhi, where she will be attending the Indian camp from June 10. “She belongs to a poor family and she is much interested in athletics. She has the promise to make it big in the world of track and field. We are eagerly waiting for sponsorship which will help her prepare for bigger challenges in a proper way,” says Vinayak Prasad. CBR Academy chairman CBR Prasad has increased scholarship to Jyothika Sri from ₹3, 000 to ₹10, 000 per month. Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala convener Lalith Prasad presented spikes to her.

    The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, which identified her, has announced that it will support her. Jyothika Sri said that she aimed for an Olympic medal and exuded confidence of performing well at the Kenya meet.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 07th, 2017

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    Mind over matter Wheelchair basketball players at the ‘2017 Women’s Development’ camp in Thailand.

    Mind over matter Wheelchair basketball players at the ‘2017 Women’s Development’ camp in Thailand.

    They set sights on gold medals at international events

    Binding to a wheelchair does not dampen their spirits to aim high. They feel even sky is not the limit for them. It is the inspiring tale of two women from Andhra Pradesh — 30-year-old B. Hima Kalyani and 29-year-old Pandranki Satyavathi — afflicted with polio at the age of five.

    After attending the ‘2017 Women’s Development’ camp organised by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) – Asia Oceania Zone in Thailand, they not only attained great skills in wheelchair basketball but also wanted to train women suffering from a similar impairment.

    Their association with the basketball made them realise that the sport would help instil great self-confidence and zest for life in such women.

    Presently employed with Thomson Reuters’, Bengaluru, as a content analyst in finance and risk wing, Nidadavolu-based Hima Kalyani says she was unaware of the game until she attended a wheelchair basketball camp in Hyderabad last June.

    “When we came to know about the camp through Global-AID, an NGO working for development of persons with disabilities, we wanted to give it a shot. The camp introduced us to a new world, making us realise that life is more beautiful than what we assumed it to be,” narrates Ms. Satyavathi, who is working in the Global AID, Gajapathinagaram mandal, Vizianagaram district, as teacher and hostel warden.

    Five months later, the duo participated in the third National Wheelchair Basketball Championship, Chennai.

    “The maiden event, organised jointly by the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) and the International Committee of the Red Cross, made me win a bronze medal,” states Ms. Hima Kalyani.

    ‘Not an easy task’

    Ms. Satyavathi was able to reach up to the semi-final round in the tournament and she along with Hima Kalyani and a few other players got selected for further intensive coaching organised by the IWBF in Thailand.

    “We forgot our physical impediment for a while and competed with international players with ease.

    “Playing basketball on wheels is not an easy task but the vigorous coaching exposed us to different techniques of the sport, manoeuvring special wheelchairs,” they say.

    The players’ next target is to grab gold medals in international events.

    “In addition to this, we also want to train wheelchair-bound women in the sport,” the players say.

    According to founder-president of Global AID Sai Padma, the NGO plans to provide specialised coaching to the physically challenged persons in wheelchair basketball through the Andhra Pradesh Wheelchair Basketball Association.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Rani Devalla / Visakhapatnam – May 03rd, 2017

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    February 26th, 2017adminSports, World Opinion
    Narra Mahesh receiving a trophy from a Ghanaian cricket official at Accra.

    Narra Mahesh receiving a trophy from a Ghanaian cricket official at Accra.

    Narra Mahesh literally eats, breathes and sleeps cricket and his irrefutable passion for the game brings him from Ghana to Vijayawada to play in the annual Power League organised by Krishna District Cricket Association.

    In fact his club – Everest Cricket Club –won the Power League for three consecutive years and it is his club which introduced professionalism into city cricket by inducting Ranji Trophy players in their team for a price. In a low-scoring final, Everest CC defeated Royal in the final recently at Mulapadu.

    Mr. Mahesh, who runs an import and export enterprise – MKNG Traders – at Accra, capital city of Ghana, is also busy developing cricket there by actively participating in local tournaments.

    His club – Everest CC – won a couple of major leagues and tournaments in Ghana and it is backed by sponsors like Golden Dragon Casinos and Agarwal Eye Hospitals. “Three Ghanaian national players — David Ankara, Simon Ateeq and Vincent Ateeq — are in our team,” says Mahesh.

    He says his club comprised players of Andhra Pradesh settled in Accra for several years. “The local leagues are fiercely competed there. Other communities such as Patels and Malayalis also have their own teams.” Many cricket buffs and administrators feel that the innovative step taken by Everest CC saw many other clubs packing their playing eleven with professional players.

    Gets competitive

    “Vijayawada’s Power League is no longer a run-off-the-mill competition. Following our footsteps other clubs are spending money to make their outfits competitive with quality players. For youngsters playing and against the experienced players it is a learning curve,” says Girish Varadharajan, who manages Everest Cricket Club at Accra.

    Mr. Girish says the professionalism attracted the sponsors to the league. “Hotel Midcity, Chandana Brothers, Twills, Ramyam Intel and MKN Ventures have pitched in enthusiastically. We gave star hotel accommodation to all players and took care of all their travel needs.”

    However, Mr. Mahesh wants the announcement of the Power League two months in advance so that clubs can take up their preparation. “Of late there is uncertainty over the league. A prior schedule will be helpful especially for a club which operating away from India.”

    Mr. Mahesh came from Australia to Vijayawada, his native place, to hone his cricketing skills and graduate as a first class cricketer. His efforts paid off as gradually he went on play junior State teams and also in Butchi Babu Tournament. He was in the stand-bye in the Ranji Trophy team and unfortunately an injury brought an abrupt end to his fledging career.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J C Shridharan / Vijayawada – February 02nd, 2017

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    An exercise in learning Biker Vaishali More.

    An exercise in learning Biker Vaishali More.

    Trio will cover 2,500 km from Puducherry to Kolkata in two weeks

    Sporting jackets, safety gear and helmets, the three women bikers are all set to take a long ride, covering 2,500 km.

    They will go along the Puducherry-Vizag-Kolkata route on a journey that they hope will overturn gender stereotypes.

    In the process, they will indulge their shared passion for learning more about culture and heritage.

    Vaishali Kulkarni More from Visakhapatnam and Pune bikers Anagha Sant and Sonal Bhat will embark on “Heritage Trail”. They will start from Puducherry on February 23 and end in Kolkata on March 8, International Women’s Day. The ride will cover six States and a Union Territory.

    Ms. More, 49, will be the first woman biker from A.P. to do this section of the Golden Quadrilateral. She earlier rode solo covering 1,700 km from Visakhapatnam to Shirdi in July last year. It was in Shirdi that the trio met and instantly bonded, sharing their zest for the outdoors.

    Inspiration to many

    Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. More said: “I had planned to do this route after returning from my solo ride. When Anagha and Sonal heard about my plan, they instantly agreed to join me. We are in touch with other biking communities. The whole idea is to inspire women to take off by themselves.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / Nivedita Ganguly / Visakhapatnam – February 21st, 2017

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    February 20th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    M. Lalith Babu | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    M. Lalith Babu | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    Vijayawada  :

    City-based chess Grandmaster Musunuri Lalith Babu (2593) needs just seven points to enter the coveted 2,600-mark which will enable him to join the illustrious club consisting of players like Adhiban, Sasikiran, Sethuraman and Abhijit Gupta.

    To garner the elusive points, he will be travelling to Moscow to take part in the Aeroflot Grandmasters tournament from February 20 to March 3 which will feature the best of brains in the world of sixty-four squares.

    After the end of the classic round on March 2, he will take part in the Aeroflot blitz tournament which will contain 18 rounds in which the world top 10 players will feature.

    “This is one of the world’s strongest tournaments where a good number of Russian Grand Masters will take part along with top-notch players from Israel, China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan,” said Lalith who is working as the Grade 1 Officer in the Indian Oil Corporation in Vijayawada.

    Last year, the Moscow sojourn was a forgettable one as he garnered just five points out of nine and finished 42nd in the final rating list. “The tourney assumes importance as the winner will qualify for the prestigious Dortmund Super Grandmaster tournament,” he added.

    He said he was playing in ‘Group A’ where players above 2,550 would clash. “I am placed 78th among the 80 entries in the fray.”

    He said he was not taking any online coaching this year as he could not afford the Bulgarian coach Vladimir Chuchelov who proved costly. “I am practising all alone.”

    He said the tournament was not one to try experimental moves especially with the openings as the rivals were proficient with all sorts of openings. “I do not want to try new things and I wish to play solid chess,” said Lalith who finished fifth in the Delhi International Open that concluded recently.

    He further said, “I wish to avoid complicating positions. I am also working out how not to fall in to the opening trap of the rival.”

    Lalith Babu is spending the best part of his time improving his fitness as he needed seven hours of playing daily. “One needs to have lot of energy as it is gruelling event,” he added.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> State> Andhra Pradesh / by J.R. Sridharan / February 18th, 2017

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    August 30th, 2016adminSports
    S Marathamma practising with National Boxing coach for Women I Venkateswara Rao in Visakhapatnam | Express

    S Marathamma practising with National Boxing coach for Women I Venkateswara Rao in Visakhapatnam | Express

    Visakhapatnam  :

    The young woman boxers in the city, especially those from poor families, are drawing inspiration from PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar, the Olympic medallists who made India proud at Rio, and are working hard to get a foothold in the tough sport. Some of them have already proved themselves at the national and international tournaments and bagged medals. Now, they are gearing up to represent India in the next Olympics.

    Boxing for these girls is not just a ticket to better life but also their passion. 20-year-old S Marthamma, who is practising boxing for the past five years was not interested in the sport initially. She has taken a liking for it after looking at the male boxers in the ring. She wore the gloves in 2010 at a summer coaching camp and after participating in the World Championships in 2011 and 2013, she bagged a silver in 64 kg category in the international tournament 2014 and did not look back since then.  Marathamma was the only woman boxer from the city, who participated in the senior pre-Olympic National camp.

    Though not selected for the Olympics this time, she didn’t lose hopes and is working harder.”The women who compete at the Olympics make their cities and state famous for the sport. One day, I will make Vizag proud. I want to this city to be known for women boxers,” Marathamma said, brimming with hope.

    “I don’t have enough money to get branded shoes and other kits. But, I have the guts and courage. I was disappointed for not being selected in the pre-olympic national camp. But, the girls’ show at Rio gave me a new hope,” she added. Marathamma lost her father during her childhood is now studying degree first year and aims at making her mother, a vegetable vendor, proud.

    For 16-year-old G Ramya, another budding pugilist from the city, becoming a boxing champion is the dearest dream. She has been learning boxing for the past three years and has recently won a silver medal at the fifth Nations Cup 2016 held at Serbia. “It was my father’s dream to see me as a boxer. I have seen my uncle returning home with blood marks on his shirt after tough matches and yet I never lost love for this sport,” she said. “Since childhood, we are taught to be tough enough to face any situation. Once, I enter the ring, I have one thing in my mind: To prove myself,” says 17-year-old B Likitha, an intermediate student and a budding boxer who shifted to Vizag a couple of years ago for her training.

    15-year-old boxer from the city, G Niharika said: “I am nothing without boxing. It is my identity. And from the proud moments we had at Rio, I am convinced that success is not far away.” A silver medallist in the World Championship 2014 in 60 kg category and gold medallist at Pykka National Boxing Championship held in 2013 under 60 kg category, Niharika is leaving no stone unturned in her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Sri Lakshmi Muttevi / August 30th, 2016

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    August 22nd, 2016adminSports, World Opinion

    Sharjah women’s cricket team, as part of its exposure trips, is at Andhra Cricket Association women’s academy at Guntur and it will play practice matches with ACA Colts till August 25.

    The academy at JKC College premises, which has been adopted by BCCI, has earlier played host to China, Thailand and Asian Cricket Council teams for training stints.

    “The team, with 12 members and coaching staff, had arrived on August 17 and they will play T-20 matches along with training sessions. Women’s cricket is gradually picking up in the desert nation and young girls are showing more interest towards the game,” says ACA coach Srinivasa Reddy.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities>Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – August 21st, 2016

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    July 31st, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports

    Aasapu Srinidhi, who is studying 6 standard in Shirdi Sai School here, got the gold medal in national-level chess competition conducted by the International Student Olympic Association at Haridwar from July 22 to 25.

    A total of 33 students participated from the Students Olympic Association East Godavari (SOAEG) in various events such as chess, yoga, kung-fu, wrestling and kyushu. Srinidhi of Rajamahendravaram got the gold medal in chess (under-12) in her first attempt and bronze medal in yoga.

    K. Rajasekhar, SOAEG general secretary, told The Hindu that the students of SOAEG got medals every year and this year Srinidhi got two medals in different events. He thanked coaches Vittanala Kumar (chess) and Devarapalli Veeraraghavulu (yoga) of the Shiridi Sai school.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Rajamahendravaram – July 29th, 2016

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