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    July 24th, 2014adminSports
    Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi, an accomplished trekker and mountaineer, who will participate in the Stok Kangri, high altitude expedition in Ladakh from August 2. / Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar / The Hindu

    Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi, an accomplished trekker and mountaineer, who will participate in the Stok Kangri, high altitude expedition in Ladakh from August 2. / Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar / The Hindu

    Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi of Srikakulam district will set her foot on Stok Kangri, located at a height of 20,080 ft (6,125 m), in her first practice climbing on August 2

    She had her first brush with adventure at the age of 10 months! You read it right. She was only a toddler when she accompanied her parents on her first trek to Ananthagiri forest in 2002.

    By the time she turned 10, she completed two high-altitude treks, five national treks, and 25 local treks.

    She has now set her sight on scaling all the major summits in the world. She is preparing for her High Altitude Expeditions in Leh, Ladakh, for advanced training in mountaineering skills. She will go to Stok Kangri, located at a height of 20,080 ft (6,125 m), in her first practice climbing on August 2 this year.

    GutsyGirlANDHRA24jul2014Meet Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi of Srikakulam district, who is an inspiration for young girl mountain-climbers in the State. Her father Krishna Rao is also her coach from her childhood in mountaineering and martial arts.

    Dr. Krishna Rao, a qualified mountaineer, a high-altitude rescuer, and wilderness first responder trainer, has charted her career from childhood.

    Jaahnavi, now 12 years and 8 months old, is studying in Class IX at St. Michael’s in Hyderabad.

    At the age of 9 in 2010, she successfully completed the Roop Kund trek (16,000 ft). In the following year, she participated in the National Himalayan Trek, organised by the Youth Hostels’ Association of India, with special permission, and successfully completed the first batch of the trek scaling 10,000 ft. She was the youngest girl to climb the Venkatagiri Durgam, considered to be the highest in Andhra Pradesh, in 2013.

    “I plan to scale all the seven highest summits in the world sometime next year,” says Jaahnavi, who draws inspiration from Bachendri Pal and Malli Mastan Babu (of Nellore). Her ultimate aim is to scale the Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

    “The trekking at Roop Kund was challenging. It was a test of my endurance, energy levels, and decision-making power,” she said while recalling the expedition.

    “There is always an element of risk in adventure. But, the thrill and winning over nature gives immense satisfaction,” said Dr. Krishna Rao, who had trained many in adventure sports and martial arts in Toronto, Canada.

    Visakhapatnam Sports Journalists’ Association secretary N. Nageswara Rao and Adventure Cultural and Tourism of India Director T. Chandrasekhar are coordinating the training of the girl in the coastal areas.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by B. Madhu Gopal / Visakhapatnam – July 15th, 2014

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    July 21st, 2014adminEducation, Sports


    Daiva Krupa / The Hindu

    Daiva Krupa / The Hindu

    After making a mark in local tournaments, Davia made it to the senior A.P. team and took part in two senior nationals

    Four down…two to go. This 21-year-old kabaddi player from the State is chasing the 2014 Asian Games dream.

    She has attended four Indian camps and left with two more before the Indian team for the Korean sojourn is announced.

    Meet Daiva Krupa, an up and coming raider from Kakinada, who impressed the bigwigs of Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) in the two camps held at Gandhinagar and one each at Bhopal and Bangalore.

    “AKFI has selected 36 players as probables and after six selection camps the final 12-member team will be picked for the prestigious Asiad,” Daiva says.

    From East Godavari

    This East Godavari girl, basically a kho kho player, was introduced to the game by SAAP coach Sai Prasad and after learning the basics she left for Vizag to join the SAI hostel to train under internationally-reputed coach E. Prasada Rao.

    After making a mark in the local tournaments, the stocky-looking Davia made it to the senior Andhra Pradesh team and took part in two senior Nationals, and in one woman’s Nationals. “I also visited Dhaka (Bangladesh) to play an invitational tournament”.

    Davia, as a raider has the capacity to change the entire tempo of the game with in minutes with her controlled aggression.

    “She likes to go in search of points and never hesitates meet the opponents head on. She also has the ability to wriggle herself out of the clasp of they rival defence astutely,” says former India and senior SAI coach Padmaja Bala.

    Stiff competition

    Krishna University women kabaddi coach Koteswara Rao says Daiva faced competition from Haryana and Maharashtra raiders. “The team needs six raiders and she stands a chance to get in to the team”.

    Davia, who played an important role, in the Krishna University winning the bronze medal in the South Zone inter-university women kabaddi torment last year was felicitated by the varsity Vice Chancellor V. Venkaiah along with others with a cash award of Rs. 4,000 each. She also helped KRU team to finish fourth in the all India inter-university fixtures.

    Davia is currently pursuing her final year degree at SRR & CVR Government College.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – June 21st, 2014

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    July 15th, 2014adminAmazing Feats, Education, Records, All, Sports
    Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi

    Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi


    Thirteen-year-old Vizag girl Sriperambuduru Jaahnavi, an adventure enthusiast, is probably the first girl from Andhra Pradesh to attempt scaling Stok Kangri, which is 6,125 metres (20,080 feet) above sea level and the highest peak in the Stok range of Himalayas in the Ladakh region. She will start her journey from August 2.

    Young Jaahnavi, who is trained in trekking, rafting, parasailing, hot-air ballooning, rock-climbing, always dreamt of a being a mountaineer inspired by Bachendri Pal and Malli Mastan Babu. The young girl has completed two high attitude treks — 16,000 feet Roopkund ranges in 2010 and  the 10,000 feet National Himalayan Trek in 201“Adventure involves risk but it is necessary for all-round growth and development. I don’t know the meaning of fear” said Jaahnavi, who completed the 15 most difficult treks across the country.

    “Adventure involves risk but it is necessary for all-round growth and development. I don’t know the meaning of fear” said Jaahnavi, who completed the 15 most difficult treks across the country.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / by DC Correspondent / July 15th, 2014

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    July 12th, 2014adminSports

    Vijayawada :

    Andhra Pradesh Athletic Association (APAA) felicitated runner M Manikandaraj, who has been selected for 20th Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3, at Indira Gandhi Municipal stadium Wednesday.

    CBR sports academy chairman CBR Prasad presented `1 lakh to Manikandaraj and hoped for his success in the competition.

    Prasad urged children to take Manikandaraj as inspiration and excel in sports. He urged parents not to restrict children to studies but also encourage them in sports. Manikandaraj is working as TTE in South Central Railway, Vijayawada. He got many medals in national and international competitions. In the Commonwealth Games ‘14, he will represent India in 4×100 metres relay and 100 metres individuals.

    Vijayawada Central MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, ANU physical education director Y Kishore, Krishna District Sports Development officer P Rama Krishna, C Channel MD and APAA vice-president TV Ramesh and APAA general secretary A Raghavendra were present on the occasion.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / July 10th, 2014

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    K.V.K. Karthik / The Hindu

    K.V.K. Karthik / The Hindu

    For 27-year-old K.V.K. Karthik, a city chess player down with a peculiar orthopaedic complication, the sojourn to Scotland ended in a memorable fashion, as he went on to win the gold medal in the physically challenged segment of the Commonwealth chess championship that concluded in Glasgow on Wednesday.

    Karthik hauled five points out of nine rounds and finished top of the heap. In the open category, he finished at 40 among 152 players participated from the world over.

    The 11-day tournament, jointly organised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Commonwealth Chess Association, witnessed top Grand Masters and International Masters taking part from 24 countries. “More than 11 GMs and 11 IMs vied for honours,” said Sk. Khasim, Karthik’s coach who accompanied his ward.

    Khasim said his ward played against Australians, Scots and fellow-Indians in the allotted nine rounds. “He defeated Dishan Baura of India in the first round and later tamed Scots like Andrew Burnett, Robert O’Brien and Ian Robertson. He drew with Clement Streeves and Andrew Green to finish with five points. Karthik is a victim of failed nervous system that resulted in blurred vision (right eye) and his head hardly stays on the shoulders – wobbling continuously – owing to detachment of an optical nerve.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by  J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – July 10th, 2014

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    July 3rd, 2014adminSports

    It’s crunch time for two city archers — Vennam Jyothi Surekha and Purvasha Sudhir Shinde — as they are among the top eight archers of the country’s compound segment and they will be part of the selection trials on from which four will be shortlisted for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

    The Archery Association of India (AAI) has staged four National Ranking Archery Tournaments (NRATs) and picked the top eight arches in both compound and recurve segments. “Four archers will be picked for the Asian Games after two back to back trials in July,” said AP Archery Association administrator Ch. Satyanarayana.

    Much to the delight of the local archery administrators, the 15-year-old Purvasha, a trainee from Volga Archery Academy, catapulted herself to the top league by garnering encouraging points to emerge among the top eight. She won the sub-junior and junior titles and later dominated the women segment by winning the third NRAT at Hyderabad.

    “Now we have two champion archers from Vijayawada in Jyothi Surekha and Purvasha and both will be vying for berths for Korea,” said Krishna District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna.

    Purvasha Shinde

    Purvasha Shinde

    Purvasha in her maiden international event at Columbia (World Cup Stage 2) reached the last 16 in women’s draw beating Colombian Superstar Sara Lopez 146-144. However, she could not replicate her form in the pre-quarters going down to eventual finalist Toja Cerne of Slovenia. India’s former No. 1 archer Jyothi Surekha, who has been performing consistently, is finding the going tough as she is left with no coach after her fallout with Volga Archery Academy. Surekha is now taking tips from International Isaiah R. Sanam from Hyderabad.

    Jyothi Surekha

    Jyothi Surekha

    Jyothi Surekha, a find of late Indian coach Ch. Lenin, made her mark in the Indian archery as a precocious talent by winning bagful medals to the country.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – July 01st, 2014

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    June 28th, 2014adminSports

    The Army Boys Company, AOC Centre at Secunderabad, is conducting a pre-induction rally (trials) at the Port Stadium’s outdoor basketball courts here from July 3 to 5 for boys of Andhra Pradesh.

    The final selection would be conducted later at Secunderabad during which the boys would be picked up for an intensive training by Army and SAI coaches. Food and accommodation would be provided for the boys during the training programme and they could also opt for a job in the Army at the end of training, president of the District Basketball Association T.S.R. Prasad told reporters here on Friday. The AOC took the help of DBA for organising the pre-induction rally (preliminary trials) for boys in the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh.

    Boys in the 11-14 years age group as on August 5, 2014 can appear for the preliminary trials here. Boys who have played for a State in the Zonal or National championships or raw but talented players can attend. They have to bear their own expenses during the trials.

    Other details can be had by contacting Boys Sports Academy, AOC Centre, Secunderabad, PIN 900 453, C/O 56 APO. Senior JCO, Sports Coy 09392417194 or basketball coach 93940 09631.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – June 27th, 2014

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    June 19th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports
    Jet skiing boat on Mypadu beach near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. / The Hindu

    Jet skiing boat on Mypadu beach near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. / The Hindu

    The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a three to four minute ride. The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a single three to four minute ride and yet there is considerable demand to the jet skies.

    These days, visitors are greeted by the spectacular scenes of one or two persons riding aquatic motorbikes at the Mypadu beach in Nellore district.

    The general public is being held spell-bound as this fun sport was introduced by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). Now a joy ride on these aquatic motorbikes has become a must at this boating point.

    Located nearly 24 km. from Nellore town, the Mypadu beach point has been allotted two jet ski aquatic bikes. The APTDC started offering this service keeping in mind the huge potential for attracting the fun-loving urban enthusiasts.

    For the rural folks, the aquatic bikes are indeed a feast to the eyes. The visitors who come to bathe in the sea just stand watching in wonder as the AP tourism’s drivers take tourists on the bike ride against the lapping waves of the sea.

    The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a single three to four minute ride and yet there is considerable demand to the jet skies.

    The recreational water sport with these aquatic bikes has become commercially successful. The visitors, who stay at the AP Tourism’s Haritha hotel nearby, are making it a must to enjoy a ride on the jet ski bike.

    Seeing the big scope for this, the AP Tourism officials picked up local youths and arranged specialised training. “I got training at Goa beach. There the sea is more or less smooth. Visitors drive the jet ski by themselves with expert swimmers kept available for emergencies,” said Ch. Srinu, who is hired as an aquatic bike driver by the APTDC.

    As the sea is not smooth here, the riding enthusiasts are not being given a chance to ride the water bikes on their own. One has to sit and gently hold the handle while the AP Tourism’s driver rides the bike.

    Officials of the AP Tourism intend to allow a few select individuals to rides these jet ski bikes once they get used to this riding habit.

    The jet skies bikes are fitted with petrol engines and they have to be operated with extra care. The officials are hopeful of a greater patronage from the public going by the welcoming initial response to this recreational activity at Mypadu beach.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Nellore – January 11th, 2014

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    June 19th, 2014adminSports

    Sites have been allotted for taking up development of playgrounds in the Assembly constituencies that fall in GVMC limits.

    The grounds will be developed by the Sports Department with the State Government funds and the District Sports Development Officer will oversee the works.

    There was a demand in the general body meetings of the GVMC to develop a sports ground in each of the six zones. However, this has been changed to Assembly constituencies.

    No site was available to develop the grounds in Visakhapatnam East, South and North constituencies that are located in the heart of the city. However, various stadiums are located in these constituencies.

    For Bheemunipatnam, the ground will come up on a 2.5-acre site at Madhurawada and work has already begun, according to Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana.

    For Visakhapatnam West, 70 cents of land was identified near Coromandel Gate and tenders called.

    For Pendurti, six acres of land near Parawada police station and for Gajuwaka, five acres opposite Duvvada railway station have been identified.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – June 11th, 2014

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    June 19th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports
    Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

    Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)


    A seven-year-old skater is trying to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Gundupalli Devisri Prasad, started skating at the local Srinivasa sports complex in Tirupati at the age of six. He is planning to enter the record books in Limbo skating.

    Even though Devisri Prasad is confident of turning his dream into reality, he is on the lookout for sponsors to turn his dream into reality.

    He has already won many sporting laurels on the global arena over the years.

    The grim reality in terms of available resources including financial issues has come as the biggest hurdle for this 7-yr old skater who hails from a lower middle class family.

    Devi’s father G.Lokanatham, a retired Junior technical officer in the Panchayat raj department and mother G.Padma, a housewife have been a pillar of support for Devi ever since he stepped into the skating rink.

    ‘My father is my biggest strength. He attends every single practice session of mine which goes on for 4 hours a day on a road between Sri Venkateswara university and Sri Venkateswara Vedic university without fail and instills confidence in me whenever i’m down’.

    His father Lokanatham says ‘Devi is a god’s gift to us. He was born after close to three decades of our marriage and ever since he stepped into skating we have backed him despite our financial difficulties to ensure no hurdle comes between him and his dream of becoming the world’s best skater’.

    Devi’s mother and foster mother G. Meena Prabha too chip in with the needed help when it comes to maintaining a good diet and other personal issues. Meanwhile the management of the ‘Silver Bells Central school’ where Devi is studying grade III have been very accommodating when it comes to re-scheduling special classes for him which he misses on account of his sporting engagements.

    ‘Devi is the best among the boys in his age group in the country, but he needs more training to win accolades for the nation in the international sporting events, which comes at a price’, says Devi’s trainer Mr.Prasad.

    The young skater who is all set to go the distance to get a place in the Guinness book of world records is on the look out for sponsors to get closer to his dreams.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Politics / DC / by U. Sudhakar Reddy / June 19th, 2014

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