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    November 17th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Kidambi Srikanth defeated five-time world champion Lin Dan to win the China Open in Fuzhou. Earlier, Saina Nehwal (below) beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s final. (Source: AP)

    Kidambi Srikanth defeated five-time world champion Lin Dan to win the China Open in Fuzhou. Earlier, Saina Nehwal (below) beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s final. (Source: AP)

    At his best, Lin Dan is the greatest badminton player of all time and deemed invincible by all contemporaries. But even at his worst — when injury makes him wobble — the five-time World Champion is considered shuttling divinity’s Lazarus, the man who can rise from the dead any moment of the match.

    Only two men have snatched matches from the twice Olympic champion since the 2012 London Games — Jan O Jorgensen and Sony Dwi Kuncoro. And China has not seen him lose at home in a decade. So when Lin Dan, recovering from an ankle injury, turned up at Fuzhou this week, it could only mean one thing: Kidambi Srikanth of India stood no chance even if he suddenly found himself in the finals of the Premier Super Series at China.

    Except, Srikanth upturned all logic and calculation by beating Super Dan 21-19, 21-17 at the spaceship-like futuristic stadium in eastern China. In achieving that, he even pushed to the back pages Saina Nehwal’s heart-warming return as champion after she beat Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 21-12, 22-20 for her eighth Super Series title.

    Srikanth, a brooding 21-year-old from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, who grew up watching his father manage many acres of farms that grew paddy, had climbed the rankings ladder of men’s singles painstakingly to World No.16 and done nothing more spectacular than winning India’s first Grand Prix title in men’s singles at Thailand two years ago.

    In fact, he reluctantly started playing singles a few years ago, and needed to be told by coach Pullela Gopichand that making the national doubles semis in U-19 did not constitute ‘ambition’.

    On Sunday, the laidback shuttler confidently stuck to no fixed plan whatsoever (“It’s the only way to beat Lin Dan,” coach Gopichand said), improvised on his unorthodox strokes, and scored a tactically brilliant and historic title triumph for himself and India.

    Considered India’s most talented player for some time now – talented, not always consistent – Srikanth had told his coach in his characteristically crisp fashion that he would only wish Gopichand on his birthday Sunday, if he could beat Lin Dan. And the Hyderabad coach, though happy at how his ward had been playing, wasn’t expecting to be wished.

    Till the very last point, and given the number of times the world had seen Lin Dan defy defeat eventually, Gopichand waited nervously for the Chinese champ’s revival. “I jumped when Srikanth got the last one through. There’s disbelief because you never expect Lin Dan to lose, he always makes a comeback,” the coach said.

    Srikanth had given the coach many reasons to be optimistic over the 45 minutes. He was commanding in the way he started with assurance (“not tentative at all taking the lead in the opening set for someone playing his first Super Series final of his career”); he was making Lin Dan run, catching him off-guard at the net; and he was playing his shots unhindered till the end.

    “But you know how Lin Dan can turn it around. He might be coming off an injury but you never write him off,” the coach persisted an hour after he’d secured his biggest win as mentor. “Biggest, I don’t know, I’m just very, very happy,” he said.

    Only one Indian has beaten Lin Dan – and that was when the Chinese was a rookie. “I’d beaten him 15-4 or 15-3 in the decider when he was very young. But over the years, he’s turned into quite a monster. He’s better, faster and more versatile than anyone else,” Gopichand said.

    His assessment of what Srikanth achieved was unabashedly complimenting. “Srikanth dominated him early, but Dan was reading his game. That Srikanth changed his tactics and used the right ones at the right time, and kept calm makes it a brilliant win,” the coach added. Srikanth’s poise, his 6 feet frame, and tactical nous mirrors Gopi’s, who was the last Indian to win a comparable title – the 2001 All England.

    It was an intuitive call based on the same mental maturity he saw in the boy that made him convince Srikanth that he would be better off at singles. “Good thing about him is he doesn’t think too much, he’ll do what he’s told. And if he’s told nothing, he won’t do anything which can be a problem,” the coach half-joked.

    Moving to the Hyderabad academy was a choice Srikanth made, following elder brother Nandakumar – a far more energetic, outgoing and driven youngster. While Nandu had the spectacular jump smash and all the ambition, Srikanth dawdled about till the coach saw his malleable mind and wrists, and wide range of strokes and decided to put an end to doubles, the closest the reticent boy chose to being a wallflower while playing badminton.

    “He only speaks to Gopi about his game. The maximum I’ve heard him speak about sport is about Roger Federer in tennis. Otherwise, he trains, sleeps, watches movies alone, and never discusses the game with me. I was told by our parents that I had to look after my kid brother at the academy, and I don’t clutter his mind about the game either. When I spoke to him last night, I knew he didn’t need to be told what to do against Lin Dan,” brother Nandakumar said.

    “He liked looking at big stadiums, but as a kid he was very quiet and would follow his mother around everywhere. Studies happened alongside, but it’s not like badminton was life-and-death for him. He’s turned into a good player now, no?” father Krishna said. A spectacular understatement if there ever was any, about one of the greatest wins in Indian badminton.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Sports> Badminton / by Shivani Naik, Mumbai / Monday – November 17th, 2014

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    November 7th, 2014adminSports
    Boys and girls from Guntur who, won medals in School Games Championship held at Visakhapatnam recently, pose with medals. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar / The Hindu

    Boys and girls from Guntur who, won medals in School Games Championship held at Visakhapatnam recently, pose with medals. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar / The Hindu

    Young boxers from the district have won laurels at the State-level boxing championship conducted by the School Games Federation of India in Visakhapatnam. Trained by national level boxing champion and coach R. Viswanath, K. Karthik (91 kg) and A.K. Divya (69) won gold medals in boys and girls (under-19 category) sections while Sk. Yasin (81 kg), and B. Srilatha (48) have won silver medals. The girls have also secured runners up championship.

    Complimenting the young boxers at a felicitation function held at LVR & Sons Club here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner of Excise Kullayappa said that young boxers achieved so much in spite of having poor facilities and added they needed encouragement to excel in the sport and promised all help.

    Secretary of LVR & Sons Club Movva Chandramouli said that the club has been extending all help to budding sports persons. The budding boxers have been allowed to use the facilities in the gymnasium where they fine tuned their abilities under boxing coach R. Viswanath.

    Guntur District Boxing Association secretary Venugopal, Assistant Commissioner of Excise Adiseshu, vice- president Kosana Venkateswara Rao and School Games Federation secretary Murali were present.

    Seeking the assistance of various members in providing a boxing ring, Mr. Venugopal said that the Guntur Municipal Corporation had already allotted site opposite tennis court complex at NTR Municipal Stadium and sought the approval by the commissioner. Cotton Association president Pavuluri Krishna Kumari promised that he would speak to the Sports Minister and get the required boxing ring.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Staff Reporter / Guntur – November 06th, 2014

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    November 2nd, 2014adminEducation, Records, All, Sports, World Opinion

    Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya ,Waltair, have done the school proud by bagging medals in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan National Sports meet and also being selected for the Japan cultural exchange programme.

    B Tejasri, student of Class XII, has won three individual gold medals in athletics and eight girls formed the volleyball team that won the championships. Four boys were part of the runners’ up team at the Boys Volleyball National Championships. One girl won a silver in athletics, one boy bagged a bronze in athletics and another the bronze in boxing, school principal PK Purohit announced here on Saturday.

    Doing the school proud were three students who were selected to be a part of 126-member KVS cultural exchange team visiting Japan under the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange of Students and Youth Programme (JENESYS 2.0).

    The three – M Monica Bhavani, K. Tejaswini and M. Manikanta Sai – would be leaving for Delhi on Monday and from there they would be leaving for Japan on a 9-day all-expenses paid tour of Japan.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – November 01st, 2014

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    Sachin would be spending about Rs.4.5 crore from his Rajya Sabha member grant for taking up various developmental programmes in PR Kandrika. (Getty Images)

    Sachin would be spending about Rs.4.5 crore from his Rajya Sabha member grant for taking up various developmental programmes in PR Kandrika. (Getty Images)

    Nellore :

    Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is visiting a remote village, Puttamraju Kandrika in Nellore district on November, 16.

    Sachin adopted the village for over-all development as part of his Saansad Adarsha Grama Yojana (SAGY), the programme proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Sachin would be spending about Rs.4.5 crore from his Rajya Sabha member grant for taking up various developmental programmes in PR Kandrika.

    Giving the details of Sachin’s tour, joint collector Gorle Rekha Rani, who was instrumental in prevailing upon Sachin to adopt the remote village on AP coast, said that Sachin would be reaching Chennai from Mumbai in a charted flight on the evening of November, 15.

    He would then fly down at Krishnapatnam port in a chopper. Sachin would stay overnight in the guest of port and proceed to PR Kandrika village on the next day. He would inspect various works launched in the village and return to Chennai by afternoon.

    Joint Collector said that all roads in the village would be converted into CC roads and an underground drainage would be taken up. In addition to providing protected drinking water to all residents in the village, they would see that each household have an individual toilet as part of the programme.

    Rekharani, who got an opportunity to be the co-traveler of Sachin in a flight during a visit from US, made a request to adopt a village in her district to which the master cricketer had instantly agreed.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports / October 31st, 2014

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    October 28th, 2014adminSports
    Archers paying tribute to international archer and coach Ch. Lenin on his fourth death anniversary in Vijayawada on Friday. / Photo Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Archers paying tribute to international archer and coach Ch. Lenin on his fourth death anniversary in Vijayawada on Friday. / Photo Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    The fourth death anniversary of international coach and archer Cherukuri Lenin was observed in a sombre manner amidst emotional speeches and memorable reminiscences at VMC-Volga Archery Field in Gunadala here on Friday.

    Cutting across party lines, politicians and sports lovers paid homage to Lenin, who made the city proud by winning several medals and honours, both at the national and international competitions.

    Four years ago, the 24-year-old Lenin died in a road mishap near Ibrahimpatnam while returning from Hyderabad after attending the felicitation arranged to honour 2010 CWG medallists by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

    “It was unfortunate that Lenin died in a mishap when the world was at his feet. He was blossoming as a successful Indian coach after the silver medal effort in the men’s compound event at CWG. His father Satyanarayana, with grit is taking the dream of his son forward by turning Vijayawada into a hub for archery,” said MLA Gadde Rammohan.

    City Central MLA Bonda Uma Maheswara Rao said Mr. Satyanarayana showed exemplary courage by taking the twin shocks — death of son Lenin and daughter Volga — into his stride by moving forward confidently helping city archers win a medal at the Incheon Asian Games last month.

    City Mayor Koneru Sridhar said the corporation will offer all necessary help for the effective functioning of the academy at Gunadala.

    Asian Games bronze medallist Purvasha Sudhir Shinde’s parents’ donated Rs. One Lakh to the CM relief fund but later as per the advice of the legislators they donated the sum to the academy.

    District Sports Development officer P. Ramakrishna, Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao, Congress leaders Devineni Avinesh, corporators Chennupati Gandhi, Devineni Aparna, D. Malleswari, Krishna District Archery Association chairman Parthasarathy, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, CPI women’s wing leader Vanaja and others took part.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – October 25th, 2014

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    October 26th, 2014adminSports
    Archers paying tribute to international archer and coach Ch. Lenin on his fourth death anniversary in Vijayawada on Friday. / Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

    Archers paying tribute to international archer and coach Ch. Lenin on his fourth death anniversary in Vijayawada on Friday. / Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

    The fourth death anniversary of international coach and archer Cherukuri Lenin was observed in a sombre manner amidst emotional speeches and memorable reminiscences at VMC-Volga Archery Field in Gunadala here on Friday.

    Cutting across party lines, politicians and sports lovers paid homage to Lenin, who made the city proud by winning several medals and honours, both at the national and international competitions.

    Four years ago, the 24-year-old Lenin died in a road mishap near Ibrahimpatnam while returning from Hyderabad after attending the felicitation arranged to honour 2010 CWG medallists by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

    “It was unfortunate that Lenin died in a mishap when the world was at his feet. He was blossoming as a successful Indian coach after the silver medal effort in the men’s compound event at CWG. His father Satyanarayana, with grit is taking the dream of his son forward by turning Vijayawada into a hub for archery,” said MLA Gadde Rammohan.

    City Central MLA Bonda Uma Maheswara Rao said Mr. Satyanarayana showed exemplary courage by taking the twin shocks — death of son Lenin and daughter Volga — into his stride by moving forward confidently helping city archers win a medal at the Incheon Asian Games last month.

    City Mayor Koneru Sridhar said the corporation will offer all necessary help for the effective functioning of the academy at Gunadala.

    Asian Games bronze medallist Purvasha Sudhir Shinde’s parents’ donated Rs. One Lakh to the CM relief fund but later as per the advice of the legislators they donated the sum to the academy.

    District Sports Development officer P. Ramakrishna, Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao, Congress leaders Devineni Avinesh, corporators Chennupati Gandhi, Devineni Aparna, D. Malleswari, Krishna District Archery Association chairman Parthasarathy, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, CPI women’s wing leader Vanaja and others took part.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – October 25th, 2014

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    October 21st, 2014adminSports
    The IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada will be venue for Junior Athletics. Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    The IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada will be venue for Junior Athletics. Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    The 30th edition of the junior nationals of the Athletic Federation of India (AFI), the biggest athletic event in the country, will be held for the third time at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium from November 25 to 30. More than 2,500 athletes will take part in the event. Earlier, the city hosted the event in 2004 and 2007.

    For AP, the event will be challenging, as it is the first major sporting extravaganza in the State post-bifurcation. “We do not have any equipment and infrastructure, but we are confident of conducting the event successfully,” said AP Athletic Association secretary V. Raghavendra.

    The athletic fraternity is looking forward to the event, as the future faces of Indian athletics will be identified in the meet. “Stars like Tinku Luka, Mrudhula and Sowjanya were spotted in the earlier junior nationals. It is a platform for youngsters to draw the attention of senior coaches and administrators,” said Sports Authority of India senior coach Vinayak Prasad.

    He added that athletes for junior Asia, youth world and youth Commonwealth meets would be selected during the event. “As many as 108 events, both track and field segments, will be staged in four age groups – under-14, 16 ,18 and 20,” he said.

    Mr. Raghavendra added that efforts were on to lay a synthetic track (400m) at the IGMC Stadium. He said bifurcation had hit athletics hard, as along with the Gachibowli stadium, even international standard equipment remained in Telangana. “We do not have even a hurdle,” Mr. Raghavendra added.

    Mr. Vinayak Prasad, who has trained several national athletes, is happy with the performance of AP athletes in the recently-concluded South Zone edition in Hyderabad. “We won four gold, four silver and nine bronze even without proper facilities,” he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J.R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – October 18th, 2014

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    Nellore :

    Legendary cricketer and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar is reportedly planning to adopt a village in Nellore district under ‘Sansad Gram Yojana’ programme.

    Sanchin Tendulkar met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday and expressed his desire to join his ‘Clean India’ programme. Later, Sachin reportedly promised to adopt a village for providing all-round development under Sansad Gram Yojana.

    Official sources said Tendulkar will visit Nellore district next month to finalise the agreement. Sources said Nellore district collector N Srikanth had sent a proposal for development of Puttamraju Kandrika village of Gudur rural mandal to a close aide of Sachin Tendular last week. Sources said the district collector proposed various works including underground drainage, sewage treatment plant, community hall, individual toilets in all houses in the village and drinking water supply connections.

    The project will cost about Rs 4 crore.

    Sources said Sachin’s close aide and former cricket administrator V Chamundeswarinath has suggested that Sachin adopt a village in Nellore district. Incidentally, Nellore is the home district of Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad / TNN / October 18th, 2014

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    October 15th, 2014adminSports
    Sri Sai Krishna school students K. Hematrishathi, S. Pranavi and T. Gayatri, of Kadapa have been chosen to take part in the second phase of National Aerolympics 2014 in Bangalore. / The Hindu

    Sri Sai Krishna school students K. Hematrishathi, S. Pranavi and T. Gayatri, of Kadapa have been chosen to take part in the second phase of National Aerolympics 2014 in Bangalore. / The Hindu

    Three girls — K. Hematrishathi, S. Pranavi and T. Gayatri — studying ninth standard in Sri Sai Krishna English Medium High School in Kadapa have been chosen to take part in the second phase of National Aerolympics 2014 being conducted by the Aeronautical Society of India at Bangalore from November 27 to 29.

    Guided by J. Phaneendra, Director of Student Resources Department of the school, the enterprising girls cleared the first phase of the National Aerolympics 2014 by submitting a project report on “Eyes and Arms in the Sky: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” to the Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore.

    Sri Sai Krishna English Medium High School in Kadapa and Space Central School at Sriharikota in Nellore district were the only two schools from the State and among 24 schools across the nation chosen for participation in the second phase of the National Aerolympics.

    Before Wright Brothers

    Thalpade was the first to build and operate an unmanned aerial vehicle in 1895, eight years before Wright Brothers flew their aircraft, by adopting principles from Rig Veda, Bhashya Bhumika and Vaimanika Sastra, the students said in their project report. The famous Indian UAVs were Lakshya and Nishant, mainly used for military, policing and other specialised operations, they added.

    Sage Bharadwaja in his book ‘Yantrasarwaswa’ made a mention of flying machines, techniques of offence and defence, diet and clothing of a pilot, metal and alloys, ‘rukma vimana’, its process of preparation, flying, classification of ‘vimanas’ and so on, they added recounting the history.

    “Ironically Indians brushed aside the valuable information as myths, but foreigners adopted the data enshrined in the scriptures that portrayed the advanced technology used by our ancestors,” K. Hematrishathi, S. Pranavi and T. Gayatri said.

    Taking advantage of the knowledge of ancient Indians on flying machines, the Mini Rukma Vimana Unmanned Air Vehicle (MRV UAV) designs were prepared. Lift fans configuration similar to ‘Rukma Vimana’, mentioned in ‘Vaimanika Sastra’, can be used to go through mountainous regions and fans are preferred other than wings for vertical take-off. Using the MRV UAV would make the missions much simpler and easier to carry out, the students concluded.

    The students are engrossed in preparing a home report on “incredible habits” for submission in the three-day second phase of the National Aerolympics next month. The Kadapa students would participate in nine events including audio-visual quizzes on aviation, awareness of GK and current events and honours and awards, project and home reports and project presentation, collage making, cultural programme and surprise event in November.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Telangana / by Special Correspondent / Kadapa – October 12th, 2014

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    October 5th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    CBR Sports Academy chairman Chalasani Balaramaiah handing over a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh to Asian Games bronze medallist Jyothi Surekha on her arrival at Gannavaram Airport on Saturday. - Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

    CBR Sports Academy chairman Chalasani Balaramaiah handing over a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh to Asian Games bronze medallist Jyothi Surekha on her arrival at Gannavaram Airport on Saturday. – Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

    Incheon bronze-medallist accorded a warm welcome

    A warm welcome was accorded to teenage archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha on her triumphant return from Incheon after winning a bronze medal in the women’s team compound segment, at Gannavaram airport on Saturday.

    On Friday, Purvasha Sudhir Shende of Volga Archery Academy, the other member of the Indian team, along with coach L. Chandrasekhar, arrived in the city.

    The medal won by the archers assumes significance, as the city athletes had won an Asian Games medal after a gap of 63 years.

    “In the 1951 first-ever Asian Games held in New Delhi, Krishna District’s Kamineni Eswara Rao (90kg) and Dandamudi Raja Gopala Rao (95+kg) won silver and bronze medals respectively in the weightlifting event,” said District Sports Development Officer S. Ramakrishna. Meanwhile, Kethanakonda-based CBR Sports Academy chairman Chalasani Balaramaiah alias C.B.R. Prasad handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 lakh to the eighteen-year-old archer, pledging support for her preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    “This girl faced a lot of hardship to achieve the medal. She is a fine example to modern-day youngsters, as she made many sacrifices to realise her goal with a singular motto. She can make use of my academy for her future preparations,” Mr. Prasad said.

    Congratulating Surekha, Gannavaram legislator Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan promised to take to the notice of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu the importance of quality sports infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh.

    “Hyderabad was nurtured as an international sports hub during the Afro-Asian Games. We need such a mega event to develop a new sporting culture in Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

    Amid ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans, a visibly tired Surekha thanked Andhra Cricket Association, Laila Group of Companies chairman Gokaraju Ganga Raju, Bhima Cements, Nalanda Educational Institutes, Koneru Lakshmaiah University and Vennam Foundation for their supportin helping her realise her dream.

    Surekha’s father Vennam Surendra thanked the Archery Association of India for giving his daughter direct entry.

    Several coaches, sports administrators, students of K.L. University visited the airport to accord a warm welcome to the medal-winning archer.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J.R.Sridharan / Vijayawada – October 05th, 2014

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