Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police G.R. Radhika at a tent on her way to the summit of the Kun mountain in Jammu and Kashmir. – Photo: By Arrangement
Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police G.R. Radhika performed the feat on September 7 after a gruelling climb for over 10 days.
As any mountaineer would do, G.R. Radhika, the frail-looking police officer in Adilabad District of Telangana also swears by Sir Edmund Hillary’s belief, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” And her concurrence with the legendary mountaineer does matter as she has become the first Indian woman to conquer the 7,077-metre Kun mountain, the twin of Nun, located in the inhospitable Zanskar range of Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir.
Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police performed the feat on September 7 after a gruelling climb for over 10 days. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation subsequently declared her to be holding the record for an Indian woman.
“I am a bit of a risk taker,” reveals Ms.Radhika about her personality which evidently craves for challenges that go beyond the ordinary ones faced by women. “I was brought up more like a boy than a girl,” says the younger one of the two children of a teacher couple as she tries to reason out her craving for adventure.
She likes to accept challenges which is why she quit her earlier job as an English language lecturer and took up policing. Despite her inclination, there was nothing to write home about in her 8 years as a cop until the opportunity to climb the rugged mountain came her way.
It was in 2012 that this mother of two children belonging to Anantapur District in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, her birth place and Kadapa, where she grew up, got to know about mountaineering as a sport. One of her friends suggested she get trained in mountain climbing after she successfully completed the difficult pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar in the Himalayas, Radhika recalls.
This set in motion her as yet short yet illustrious association with the sport. She finished her basic and advanced mountaineering courses which was, among other things, a confidence-building exercise.
“As part of the course I climbed the 5,980 mtr high Golep Kangri peak, also in the harsh Zanskar range in 2013,” Radhika states. “The following year, I scaled the 6,443 mtr high mount Menthosa in Himachal Pradesh which was all technical climbing,” she adds.
The policewoman enrolled herself for the Kun expedition with a recognised mountaineering outfit and set off towards it in the latter half of August. The team consisted of 7 muntaineers, some of them much experienced.
“Five of them dropped out on our way to the peak,” Radhika remembers trying to drive home the point about the difficulty quotient which even had her lose 4 kg of her weight. “Kun is considered more difficult because of its numerous crevasses and the ‘walls’ which meant a vertical climb of even 300 mtr at some place with a load of 6 kg,” she shrugs off a shudder as recent memories came flooding back.
Having seen her team mates back out did not diminish the gutsy woman’s enthusiasm in any way though she swears that it was only will power that kept her driving towards the peak. “The peak was visible but seemed ever so far thanks to he fatigue,” she recalls of her final effort.
“It took a few seconds for the feeling of victory to register,” she observes of the moment when she made it to the top. “I felt happy when it was confirmed that I was the first Indian woman to achieve the feat,” she adds, a wide grin breaking on her face.
Radhika is seriously contemplating making an attempt at scaling Mount Everest. “I have not decided as yet but I am definitely inclined to do so,” she asserts.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Telangana / by S. Harpal Singh / Adilabad – October 04th, 2015
He said the event staged at Cali City will feature four more Indian skaters — Boppana Nishank (figure skating), Arun Kumar, Farheen (both free style and pair skating) and Anup Kumar Yama (inline free skating).
“Tatiya will take part in the figure skating event and she will be performing as per the theme given by the judges. She came to us six years ago and from then she has been regularly winning medals for Andhra Pradesh. She hones her skills at the skating rink behind the DRRMC Indoor Stadium,” said Mr Durga Prasad.
The teenager, a junior Intermediate student with Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala, qualified for the world championship by faring well in the selection meet held in Ahmedabad early this year. She also took part in the earlier edition of the world championship in China but could not win a medal. He said Tatiya will be trained by former Indian coach Satyanarayana of Vizag.
SAAP board member B. Hanumantha Rao and District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna congratulated her for making it to the premier event.
Shubhra Tatiya will compete in the World Artistic Roller-skating Championship to be held at Cali City from September 19 to 25
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – September 10th, 2015
Andhra Pradesh police team bagged the bronze medal in rowing coxless four category of 14th All India Police Water Sports Championship held in Dal Lake in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Superintendent of Police A. Ravikrishna complimented K. Tejeswar Reddy, 2013 batch constable of APSP Battalion, Kurnool, who won the bronze medal in the event, at his camp office on Saturday.
Mr. Tejeswar Reddy was part of the team which comprised four constables of the APSP II Battalion, Kurnool and III Battalion, Guntur.
Indo Tibetan Border Police bagged the gold medal.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Kurnool – September 06th, 2015
ACA general secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju felicitating cricketer Kalpana, who played for the country, at a function in Vijayawada on Sunday.—Photo: V. Raju
Spurning marriage helped young Kalpana from not only becoming a quality cricketer and also gave her a place in the senior Indian team against New Zealand in the recently-concluded limited overs tournament at Bengaluru.
The teenage wicketkeeperfrom Vijayawada was felicitated by Andhra Cricket Association here on Sunday and gave her a purse of Rs. 50,000. Women’s Academy chairman J. Murali Mohan presented Rs. 10,000 while Prakasam District Cricket Association secretary Pratap Kumar handed over Rs. 40,000 to laud Kalpana’s feat.
“Her (Kalpana) parents were keen on performing the marriage. But our coaches Srinivas Reddy and Chiranjeevi convinced them to allow their daughter to play cricket and the rest is history,” said ACA general secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju.
Incidentally Kalpana is second cricketer after Vizag’s Sneha Deepthi to play for India from the ACA. “Women cricket took a decisive turn when J.K.C. College management in Guntur under the stewardship of late J. Narendranath gave the land for lease for setting up an academy. New Zealand coach Maria Fahey added the dose of professionalism and infused self belief in the girls,” said ACA director M.S.K. Prasad.
ACA president D.V.V.S. Somayajulu said that the association was helping players by granting a stipend of Rs 4,000 per month.
“The State players get Rs 4,000 while the zonal players take home Rs. 2,000. ACA is the only association in the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which gives stipend on a monthly basis to players”.
Mr. Prasad said the Guntur women academy was adopted by the BCCI as the headquarters of Indian women cricket and all major Indian camps were allotted to the academy. He also felt Kalpana should improve her batting skills to survive in the Indian cricket for long.
Kalpana is second cricketer after Vizag’s Sneha Deepthi to play for India from the ACA
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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