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    Vizag's octogenerian paddler D. Kesava Rao in action at the Futureall 1st AP State Table Tennis Championship at Vijayawada Club on Sunday. Photo: CH. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Vizag’s octogenerian paddler D. Kesava Rao in action at the Futureall 1st AP State Table Tennis Championship at Vijayawada Club on Sunday. Photo: CH. Vijaya Bhaskar

    D. Kesava Rao, a retired railway employee with the South Eastern Railways, has been passionately playing table tennis for more than five decades and he is the oldest paddler playing in the Futureall 1 Andhra Pradesh Veterans Table Tennis Championship.

    Weighing just over 50 kg, the pencil-thin octogenarian paddler is a cynosure for all at the Vijayawada Club. This veteran table tennis player from Vizag is yet to wear spectacles and he is not stricken by either blood pressure or the dreaded diabetes.

    Meet D. Kesava Rao, a retired railway employee with the South Eastern Railways, who has been passionately playing table tennis for more than five decades and he is the oldest paddler playing in the Futureall 1 Andhra Pradesh Veterans Table Tennis Championship.

    Fit as a fiddle, Mr. Rao is a regular feature at the Port Stadium and at the Railway Institute at Visakhapatnam. He fondly interacts with the sub junior players, passing on his expertise and experience to the next generation.

    “I am healthy owing to table tennis. For more than five decades I am sweating it out for three hours. In fact I travel with a TT racquet where I go,” says the eternal-lover of ping pong.

    Mr. Rao, as a youngster broke his hand while playing football and he was forced to look for a safer game. “The noise the ball made on a table at the Railway Institute drew me closer to the game and from them on we (table tennis) are together,” says the former signal and telecommunications employee.

    Mr. Rao is an inspiring face of the Vizag table tennis circuit and he has represented South Eastern Railways in several inter-railway championships. “I won several medals in the veteran championships. I also took part the Asian Veteran Championship at Chinese Taipei in 2007,” he recollects.

    Mr. Rao is a worried man when it comes to the unhealthy habits among the youngsters. “Youngsters must learn how to sweat it out it in a playground. They should take up some game and should burn calories. In fact the eye sight will improve by playing some game or the other.”

    The ageing process is yet to douse the spirit of the paddler as he bounces on ball to unleash a forehand smash with the enthusiasm of a teenager.

    “I am an aggressive player and I believe that a ball is meant to be hit.”

    The affable veteran preferred the old format of 21-points as he felt it gave the player an opportunity to bounce back. “The 11-point format is ruthless. If you lose the initial momentum then you are in trouble.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J.R. Shridharan / Vijayawada – July 13th, 2015

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    July 6th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

    They are the first women hockey players from AP and TS to join the Indian team, which qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Yendala Soundarya

    Yendala Soundarya

    Yendala Soundarya and Etimarpu Rajani scripted history by becoming the first-ever women hockey players from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to be members of the Indian team which qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

     Etimarpu Rajani

    Etimarpu Rajani

    The last time India played in Olympics was in the 1980 edition when it was given a direct entry because of the boycott led by USA in the Moscow edition.

    India made it to the next edition of Olympics (for the first time after 36 years) by virtue of defeating Japan 1-0 in the play-off match for the fifth place and both Ms. Soundarya and Ms. Rajani were part of the team in the World Cup semi-final league matches in Belgium.

    Ms. Soundarya says she is delighted. “This is one of the finest moments in my career. We are all so happy that our biggest dream is coming true,” said both Ms.Soundarya and Ms. Rajani in a chat with The Hindu in Belgium.

    For someone who took to hockey watching seniors and playing for India since 2006, the 25-year-old Ms. Soundarya was also a member of the Indian team, which won the silver in the Senior Asia Cup and the Champions Trophy.

    Ms. Soundarya says that the team was confident in today’s crucial match. “Hats off to my teammate Rani Rampal; we emerged winner. And we are in celebratory mood right now,” she said in a voice choked with joy.

    “I owe my success to my first coach Maqbool in Nizamabad and then to the SAI coaches, including Gloria, at the SAI Centre in Hyderabad, where I trained for five years,” the star player recalled. “Right now, no major event is scheduled and since we have qualified for the Olympics, some events may be lined up,” she said.

    “I feel honoured to play for India, coming from a place like Nizamabad (she was a student of Modern Public School) which has no history of hockey players,” Ms. Soundarya exclaims.

    Achievements not a surprise

    SAI hockey coach P. Madhukaran, who was earlier the Indian women’s World Cup coach, recalls the abundance of talent these girls have shown in their formative years.

    “Their achievements are not a surprise to me given their commitment and sincerity to keep improving,” he says.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – July 06th, 2015

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    June 29th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

     

    Child prodigy:Archer Dolly Shivani who entered the India Book of Records by emerging as the country’s first mixed recurve archer in Vijayawada on Sunday.— Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Child prodigy:Archer Dolly Shivani who entered the India Book of Records by emerging as the country’s first mixed recurve archer in Vijayawada on Sunday.— Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Three-year-old kid archery Dolly Shivani entered the India Book of Records as the first mixed recurve archer of the country by performing with five archers in five different distances at the Volga Archery Academy here on Sunday.

    Shivani, who made her entry into the record book as the India’s youngest archer in March, competed with V. Sai (10m), Bilwesh Dutta Sai (9m), Susanth (8m), Virat Sai (7m) and Nischal (6m) and scored more than the required points set by the adjudicator.

    Shivani hauled 90 points with V. Sai in 10 metre distance, while 105 points with Bilwesh in the nine-metre.

    “With Susanth, she punched 95 points in eight-metre and 85 with Virat Sai in seven. Along with Nischal she scored 110 points in the six-metre distance,” said Viswaroop Roy Chowdary, the representative of the India Book of Records.

    “In total, Shivani used 40 arrows (8 X 5 rounds) while each of her fellow archers used eight each,” he added.

    The archers from the academy set a new record in which 39 archers belonging to Indian, Recurve and Compound segments, using different bows took part in a group event.

    “In 29 minutes and 55 seconds they scored 430 points in the 15 metre distance aiming at a 122 centimetre target face. The specified time was 60 minutes and 320 arrows. They did it in less than half time,” said Mr Chowdary.

    The group event saw literally everyone from Volga Archery Academy, including chairman Cherukuri Satyanarayana to rookie archers taking part.

    Machilipatnam MP K. Narayana, local corporator D. Annapurna, sports administrators Jasti Satyanarayana, K.P. Rao and others took part in the event.

    The five-member film crew from United States of America, which is here to shoot a trailer on Shivani, captured the entire event.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 29th, 2015

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    June 27th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

    Tirupati :

    The first AP State-Ranking Table Tennis Tournament (APSRTTT) began on a grand note with a large number of sports enthusiasts from across the state taking part in the competitions at Srinivasa Sports Complex (SSC) here Friday.

    Being one of the prestigious events and first state-level table tennis competition in truncated AP, the APSRTTT gained a lot of importance in the contemporary sports world. The debut tournament, to be conducted for three days, was almost a big hit, as more than 200 candidates from both coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions registered their names. These 200 sportspersons will compete at five levels i.e, cadets (Under-12), sub-juniors (U-14), juniors (U-17), youth (up to 21 years) and men and women (above 21 years). Every candidate will compete in an 11-point game in men and women’s category, separately.

    On the first day, quarter finals comprising seven rounds for all the age groups and semi-finals for the contestants belonging to cadets’ category was conducted. The winners will get a cash prize of `1 lakh, said APSRTTT tournament director Venkat Malapaka.

    For the first time ever in the history of table tennis tournament, eco-friendly balls were used in the game, promoting the importance of environment. “We used 40+ non-celluloid plastic white balls in the game. This will disseminate and help recognise the importance of environment in the present global warming conditions. Meanwhile, the cash prize announced can add more contestants to the game, making them more competitive to participate at global level sports,” he felt.

    In the semi-final round, R Adi Lakshmi from Vijayawada won against her opponent Soumya from Visakhapatnam with 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 and 11-7. “Since morning, I was very much excited to step into the ground and hit the ball. The ambience of the tournament had built a competitive spirit in me. Though the competition with my opponent was not so tough in the beginning, the later rounds were like tug-of-war. However, it feels great to win,” 11-year-old Lakshmi told Express.

    In the inaugural ceremony, TTD chairman C Krishna Murthy said that the divided Andhra Pradesh had the capability to host the international and national level sports competitions, towards which government was making all elaborate measures keeping this in view.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / June 27th, 2015

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    June 20th, 2015adminSports
    B. Mounika Akshaya won three medals at the 16th ASEAN age group chess tournament in Singapore.— File Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

    B. Mounika Akshaya won three medals at the 16th ASEAN age group chess tournament in Singapore.— File Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

    Guntur’s Bommini Mounika Akshaya continued her dream run at the 16th ASEAN age group chess championship that concluded in Singapore on Tuesday by winning a bronze medal in the under-12 rapid girls segment by hauling five points out of seven rounds.

    She lost to Tan Huynh Thanh of Vietnam and drew with fellow Indian Swarna Braganza and Bach Duong of Vietnam to make it to the podium. She finished ninth in the blitz category.

    However, she was part of the Indian team that won the gold in the blitz and silver in the rapid segments.

    The other team members were Salonika Saina and Swarna Braganza. Earlier, young Mounika, who is trained by Ponnur-based Murali, won two gold medals in the U-12 standard segment.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 17th, 2015

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    June 20th, 2015adminSports
    Prabhakara Rao

    Prabhakara Rao

    Mr. Prabhakara Rao is the tenth umpire from Andhra to qualify as the BCCI panel umpire.

    Guntur-based K. Prabhakar Rao has been qualified as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) panel umpire, according to a release from the Andhra Cricket Association here on Friday.

    Tenth umpire

    Mr. Prabhakara Rao is the tenth umpire from Andhra to qualify as the BCCI panel umpire. The others being Late M.S. Siva Sankaraiah, V. Srinivasan, B. M. Subbu Swamy, B.V.S. L.N. Sastry, G.A. Pratap Kumar (all retired), P. Bhanu Prakash, S. Rama Krishna, M. Ramesh Kumar and Ch. Ravikanth Reddy.

    A former cricketer, Mr. Rao is presently working as a physical education teacher in Zilla Parishad High School, Vejendla, Chebrolu Taluk in Guntur Dist. ACA members led by secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju congratulated the feat of Mr. Rao.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 20th, 2015

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    April 6th, 2015adminLeaders, Sports, World Opinion
    In a rare honour, a woman congress leader Gara Usharani has been invited by United States of America (USA) for a three-week state sponsored visit to explore the federal political system of USA.

    In a rare honour, a woman congress leader Gara Usharani has been invited by United States of America (USA) for a three-week state sponsored visit to explore the federal political system of USA.

    Guntur :

    In a rare honour, a woman congress leader Gara Usharani has been invited by United States of America (USA) for a three-week state sponsored visit to explore the federal political system of USA. Usha is one of the few to get the invitation from across the nation and only woman from AP. US state department invited select young leaders from across the globe to have a close look at the political administration of its government under International Visitor Leader Programme (IVLP). Usha is presently serving as all-india general secretary of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and in-charge of women wing.

    A multi-talented woman, Usha is basically a Sports Authority of India (SAI) trained badminton coach and also an ace athlete. She joined the congress party at the very young age and worked in the youth congress in the team of Rahul Gandhi at the national level. She was all india general secretary of youth congress when Rahul was in-charge. She was in-charge of Youth congress affairs in various states. After seeing her authority on various languages and ability to act as trouble shooter in crisis management, INTUC chief Sanjeev Reddy took her into his team and appointed her as national level women wing chief. Usha is presently working on various women related issues in the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). “It is a privilege to get the opportunity to study the US political administration,” said Usha.

    She said that as per the programme, the US officials would introduce the structures and functions of the U.S. federalist system of government, with emphasis on the division of authority and responsibility between federal, state, and local governments and the courts. She said that they would also demonstrate successful models of cooperation among state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community organizations, and the business sector.

    “Exploring the role and structure of ethics in government and business in the United States and illustrate the principles underlying transparency and accountability will be main task of the tour,” said Usha. The tour will begin on April, 4 and culminate on April, 25. She explained that there would be roundtable on women in politics during the tour in which representatives of the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), Running Start and Women’s Policy, Inc. (WPI) would join for a conversation on building political aspirations and power among women both in the United States and across the world.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad / by M N Samdani, TNN / March 29th, 2015

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    March 27th, 2015adminLeaders, Sports

    Executive committee member of the East Godavari District Cricket Association K.S. Kiran Raju was co-opted as president of the association in the place of Dr. K.T. Mathews, who passed away recently, during an executive committee meeting of the association held in Kakinada last week.

    EGDCA passed a resolution hailing the services rendered by the late Dr. Mathews and conveyed its condolences to his family.

    Mr. Kiran Raju will function as president of the association till the residuary period of the 2011-15 term for which Dr. Mathews was elected in the past, secretary K. Bapiraju informed. Mr. D. Ravikumar was co-opted as a EC member in place of Mr. Kiran Raju.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – March 27th, 2015

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    March 27th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

     

    Indian cricket captain Mithali Raj with author Vattikuti Sambasiva Rao in Hyderabad.– PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

    Indian cricket captain Mithali Raj with author Vattikuti Sambasiva Rao in Hyderabad.– PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

    For someone whose first love is agriculture, Vattikuti Sambasiva Rao, a farmer hailing from Guntur district, has scripted his way into the Telugu literary world by penning two unique books on cricket – Bharat Ratna and Jayaho Bharat . While one signals the end of the Sachin Tendulkar era, the other is on India’s performance graph in recent times. Interestingly, this 65-year-old, whose earlier notable contribution to literature was his book on late Chief Minister and Telugu matinee idol N.T. Rama Rao, developed an interest in cricket only a decade ago. But it seemed enough to spur him to try his hand at writing books in cricket, which he says is his ‘first love’.

    Encouraged by his children, he seems to have mastered the art of interspersing his knowledge in the language with cricketing terms, which catch the imagination of the average cricket lover.

    The books were formally released by Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj and Andhra Jyothi  Editor K. Srinivas here on Monday.

    ‘Huge Tendulkar fan’

    “I am a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and am longing to meet him at least once. I consider it God’s grace that I wrote my first book on him,” he remarked. Mr. Rao said that he was almost ready with another book on India’s progress in the ongoing World Cup.

    Pens two unique books on cricket – one signalling the end of the Sachin Tendulkar era and the other on India’s performance graph in recent times

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – March 27th, 2015

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    March 12th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

    Local resident Mr. Abhiram clinched the singles title in the Pin Strikerz Bowling Championship held here on March 8 and 9. Mr. Vivek from Hyderabad and Mr. Pasha from Vijayawada bagged the second and third places respectively.

    In the doubles category, the team of Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Vamsi from Vijayawada won the championship, while another local team of Mr. Pasha and Mr. Dilip Jain from the city bagged the second place.

    In all, 32 participants from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States participated in the two-day championship.

    Andhra Pradesh Ten Pin Bowling Association general secretary Smitha Chowdhary was chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony. P.S. Charan, general manager Planet Fun and Praveen Tungala, president Pin Strikerz Group, distributed the trophies, said a press release.

    In the doubles category, the team of Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Vamsi from Vijayawada won the championship

    source:http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – March 10th, 2015

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