October 26th, 2014Sports
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
October 21st, 2014Sports
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
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
October 15th, 2014Sports
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
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