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
Petite Malipeddi Praneeta did her hometown proud by clinching the silver medal in the 16th Asian Roller Skating Championship held at Haining, China, from September 19 to 24. The second-year MBBS student, studying at the Andhra Medical College, won the silver in the Pair Dance Category (artistic) along with her Hyderabad-based partner Anup Kumar Yama, who is the current world champion in artistic skating.
Speaking to TOI here on Saturday, 18-year-old Praneeta however sounded a bit disappointed despite her success. “I was expecting to win a medal in the individual figure skating event, but I missed out and stood fourth. However, I’m happy that I did well in the pair event.”
Praneeta, who has been a national champion in figure skating for the last four years, both at the junior and senior levels, started skating at the Shivaji Park rink from 2005-2006 and since then has been rigorously trained by her coaches, P Satyanarayana, Chitti Babu and Mahesh.
Praneeta had earlier participated in the junior category of the World Artistic Roller Skating Championship in 2009 that was held at Freiberg, Germany, and is now ranked 18th in the world in the senior category. Talking about her immediate priorities, Praneeta said, “I wish to break into the top-10 in the figure skating event by next year.”
The daughter of a cardiologist, Dr M Bhaskar Rao, Praneeta too dreams of becoming a cardiologist like her father. However, she made it clear that she it would not be at the cost of roller skating.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Visakhapatnam / TNN / September 28th, 2014
The Andhra Pradesh Chess Association will felicitate Karthik during the State Open tournament which will be held at Chennupati Ramakotaiah Stadium on September 27
A gold medal at Commonwealth chess championship at Glasgow (Scotland) and a bronze at the World championship at Apatin – Banja Junakovic, Serbia. Twenty-seven-year-old K. Venkata Krishna Karthik is on cloud nine as 2014 is proving to be lucky to him.
The youngster, who is down with a peculiar orthopaedic disorder and poor vision, these two titles in the international tournaments in the physically challenged category has made him realise that his dream of becoming a Grandmaster is not far away.
“We need to thank all those people who stood by Karthik by offering their support both financially and emotionally. Associations like Andhra Cricket Association, Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutes, ARKS Group based at United Kingdom and parents of several players pitched in to give a new dimension to Karthik’s life,” said coach Sk. Khasim of Global Chess Academy.
Karthik not only won FIDE Master title but also earned his first International Master (IM) norm. The chess fraternity went into raptures as Karthik set a fine example to the able-bodied players that what was required to success was hard work and dedication.
“Had Karthik won the eighth round he would have won the title,” felt D. Srihari, secretary of Krishna District Chess Association. Dronacharya Koneru Ashok, Grandmaster Lalith Babu, senior coach and administrator V. R. Bobba and others congratulated the tenacity of Karthik despite his failing health.
Karthik won the hearts of many in the 14 International Physically Challenged World Chess Championship for he played against six talented and higher-rated Russians. A total of 36 players, including International Masters and FIDE Masters from 15 countries, participated in this tournament in which Karthik is seeded the 19th player.
The Andhra Pradesh Chess Association will felicitate Karthik during the State Open tournament which will be held at Chennupati Ramakotaiah Stadium on September 27.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J.R.Sridharan / Vijayawada – September 25th, 2014
September 27th, 2014Sports
The first AP State Inter-District Senior Archery Championship was inaugurated by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju at the Golden Jubilee Grounds here on Sunday.
CMR Group CMD M.V. Ramana, joint general manager of Essar Steel D.S. Varma, correspondent of Sri Kodirama Murthy College of Physical Education R. Chandrasekhar, secretary of AP State Archery Association Ch. Satyanarayana, and president of Visakhapatnam Olympic Association T.S.R. Prasad participated. Later, at the valedictory, Registrar K. Rammohan Rao participated as chief guest and distributed prizes to the winners. AP Tribal Sports Officer P. Deva Nand, Visakhapatnam District Archery Association chairman M.V. Ramanayya and Srikakulam District Archery Association secretary Ramesh were among those who participated in the valedictory. Visakha District Archery Association secretary P. Satyanarayana proposed a vote of thanks.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – September 22nd, 2014
Third ODI between West Indies, India to be played on Oct. 14. Several committees were constituted during a meeting with the GVMC and district officials on security, traffic control, food, water, sanitation, etc.
The Caribbeans are coming to the city again. The third ODI between West Indies and India will be played at the ACA-VDCA stadium on October 14. West Indies played India in November last, and an ODI during its India tour was allotted to the city again in view of the diamond jubilee of the Andhra Cricket Association.
This will be the fourth ODI in the city between India and West Indies. India won two matches, at the MCV stadium and the ACA-VDCA stadium. The city has hosted 10 ODIs so far.
Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust M.T. Krishna Babu, who is chairman of the ODI organising committee, at a press conference here on Thursday, explained the arrangements being made for the match.
Several committees were constituted during a meeting with the GVMC and district officials on security, traffic control, food, water, sanitation, etc.
District Collector N. Yuvaraj, president of Andhra Cricket Association D.V. Subba Rao, and general secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju were present.
Tickets priced at Rs. 250 (1,800) meant only for clubs and their players; Rs. 400 (3,500), Rs. 1,000 (9,298), Rs. 1,500 (6,028); Rs. 2,000 (4,310), and Rs. 5,000 (1,620) will be issued. Higher denomination tickets will be sold online and other tickets through eSeva centres.
Another meeting will be convened on October 4 to finalise the arrangements and to check the floodlights and other facilities at the stadium.
Regarding Test status to the stadium, Mr. Gangaraju said some minor changes suggested to the venue by the ICC would be completed by this month end. A BCCI team was expected to visit the stadium again. He was confident that the BCCI, during its next AGM, would accord Test status to the stadium.
The BCCI and other centres in the country appreciated the ACA for conducting all the ODIs without any hitch, he said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – September 11th, 2014
Impressed by mind-boggling feats of students, Police Commissioner A. B. Venkateswara Rao decides to adopt V. M. Ranga Municipal School at Krishna Lanka
The students of V. M. Ranga Municipal School at Krishna Lanka will always remember this bunch of students, who are ardent practitioners of yoga.
It is their dedication to the traditional art that helped win the heart of Commissioner of Police A. B. Venkateswara Rao, who impressed by their mind-boggling feats, decided to adopt their school.
The school will soon will have a yoga hall and amenities such as computers, toilets and other infrastructure for the benefit of hundreds of students. “That is the power yoga,” proudly said Krishna District Yoga Association president V.V. Rama Rao.
Flexing their supple bodies like rubber, these girls drew the attention of the viewers at the IGMC Stadium during the Krishna District yogasana competition on Sunday by showcasing several asanas(postures) and patterns, using breathing to the optimum level.
“These girls have been practising for the past two years and are regular participants in the district and State competitions. They regularly exhibit their talent at various public functions like Independence Day, Republic Day and Chief Minister’s visits, promoting the concept of healthy life,” said coach Suryakumari.
Highlighting the importance of yoga in the stress-filled modern world, Mr. Rama Rao said yoga not only improved the will power and mental faculties but also made the body strong. “Yoga is essential for students are their future is filed with deadlines and targets. The modern corporate sector is so demanding you (youngsters) need to spend more number of hours in front of the computer. Yoga helps you acquire how to tackle stress by improving immunity.”
He said yoga improves flexibility, adds strength to limbs and helps achieve better concentration. “To play a game a cricket we you need to spend thousands of rupees but to master yoga you need just a mat,” said Mr. Rama Rao amidst thundering applause.
Many speakers while highlighting the positives of yoga said that diseases like hyper- tension, blood pressure and diabetes can be prevented by regularly practising the ancient art.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – September 15th, 2014
September 2nd, 2014Sports
The snide remarks were so pronounced that Doddapaneni Kalyan Krishna (30), former Andhra Ranji fast bowler and IPL cricketer, decided to pack his bags and leave Hyderabad for Vijayawada, his native place. Months before bifurcation, the insecure feelings in government offices reached a new high, and Kalyan thought enough was enough. “The nagging was there,” he admitted.
After leaving a cosy city life and hectic cricketing indulgence at Hyderabad, Kalyan, an accounts assistant at South Central Railway Vijayawada Division, is like a fish out of the pond in Vijayawada, as he is unable to play or coach the game with which he was associated at the highest level for over 12 years. “Yes I miss my cricket,” says Kalyan, who played 51 Ranji matches since 2002
Kalyan shone as a medium pacer leaving his footprint in the Andhra Cricket Association’s history by claiming over 200 wickets in the first class cricket including 153 in the Ranji format.
He used to bowl to his strengths and used to move the ball either away to baffle the best of batsmen. “My back-to-back dismissal of Rahul ‘Wall’ Dravid in Mysore in one of the Ranji fixtures was a memorable one. Dismissing the batsman known for his unflappable technique is unimaginable,” says Kalyan to The Hindu.
Even after shifting to Vijayawada six month ago, Kalyan is unable to be part of the cricketing administration as a coach and he feeling a bit rusted. “I played cricket with the best of players and against the best of rivals. I have immense experience as a bowler as I took part in all formats including the Indian Premier League for Deccan Chargers. I want to be part of ACA’s bowling think tank and help bowlers to shine,” says the former medium pacer passionately.
It is a nice feeling to relish Kalyan’s achievements as a fast bowler as he carried forward the legacy of fast bowling from Vijayawada which produced quickies like N. Madhukar, Hanumara Ramkishen, H. Ramaprasad, Nekkanti Venkata Rao and the late Johnny Cussack, with élan. Known for commitment, Kalyan Krishna will be an asset to ACA which is keen to restore its lost image in the first class format. The association can also make use of him in the crucial age category (i.e.) u-19 – which is considered a laboratory where the future cricketers are tested.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / J. R. Shridharan / Vijayawada – September 02nd, 2014
A.P. Telecom team beats Karnataka team with a margin of 48-25. Both Haryana and Rajasthan were declared joint third place in the three-day tournament in which seven teams took part.
Amidst bursting of crackers and warm round of applause, host Andhra Pradesh telecom won the prestigious 14th all India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited kabaddi tournament by defeating Karnataka 48-25 at Railway Stadium here on Friday.
The one-sided final, which was dominated by A.P., saw the host finishing the first half breather at 22-13. AP team posted four lonas, one in the first half and three in the second. It maintained the nine-point lead in the second half and emerged winners to pocket Rs. 50,000. Karnataka carried home Rs. 20,000.
Both Haryana and Rajasthan were declared joint third place in the three-day tournament in which seven teams took part.
“A.P. team excelled both in offence and defence,” observed N. Arjun Rao, Sports Welfare Officer, and Vijayawada Division, who represented Indian in kabaddi in the 90s. Chief Referee S. Yadav appreciated the teams taking part in a sportive spirit by following the rules and regulations.
Speaking at the prize distribution function, Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner C. Harikiran lauded the efforts of A.P. telecom in hosting the national event and pointed out the importance of indulging sports and games to stay fit and healthy.
The organising committee gave away mementoes to all the technical staff and team management for their support for conducting the tournament in a successful manner.
A.P. telecom senior General Manager V. Sundar and several officials from the telecom sector attended the valedictory function.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – August 23rd, 2014
Commonwealth chess gold medallist under physically challenged category K.V. Krishna Karthik along with his coach Shaik Khasim of Global Chess Academy called on Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Mr. Naidu appreciated the medal-winning achievement of Mr. Karthik, who suffers from an acute orthopaedic disorder and assured all assistance to him in the future. Later, Mr. Khasim narrated Mr. Karthik’s on-board exploits at Glasgow to the Chief Minister and also explained him about his unflinching commitment towards promoting and playing chess, said a press release.
Mr. Khasim said that the Chief Minister had enquired about the support offered by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh and the benefits Mr. Karthik was getting from it. “We told him the fact that SAAP was not financially helping the physically challenged players for which he asked us to put a note with his personal secretary.”
Incidentally, Mr. Karthik is qualified to participate in the World Physically Challenged Chess Championship to be held in Serbia later this year.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – August 20th, 2014
August 25th, 2014Sports
A three-day Andhra Pradesh State Open Bridge Championship-2014 was inaugurated by RINL director (Personnel) GBS Prasad Saturday at the Ukkunagaram Club. The event is being organised by the Ukknagaram Club in association with the Visakhapatnam District Bridge Association and AP State Bridge Association.
The Ukkunagaram Club, with 1,600 members, is actively involved in organising major sports events. The AP State Open Bridge Championship commenced in 2009 with 30 participants.
As many as 250 participants from across the country are participating in the tournament.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / August 24th, 2014