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
August 25th, 2014Sports
The first DRM Cup swimming championship was conducted by the East Coast Railway Sports Association here on Sunday. The championship, inaugurated by Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar on Sunday morning, where Madanlal Meena was the guest of honour, was organised at the newly-built Olympic-size swimming pool constructed by the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway.
The championship conducted under the auspices of the Visakha District Swimming Association saw participation of 320 enthusiasts — 200 boys and 120 girls.
President of East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organization Anju Anil Kumar was chief guest at the evening session and gave away the prizes.
G. Vishal Yadav was adjudged best swimmer in the boys’ group and V. Meena Amrutha best swimmer amongst girls.
Senior DCM M. Yelvender Yadav presided over the event. Senior Divisional Engineer (Coordination) G.H. Victor Joseph, Divisional Engineer (headquarters) and Assistant Sports Officer Ch. Vishnu Murty, ADME and Assistant Sports Officer Kaushalender, secretary, Visakha District Swimming Association, A. Mohan, general secretary, ECoRSA, Waltair, B. Appanna Reddy, and secretary, Swimming, ECoRSA, Waltair, . Lakshmana Prasad, helped organise the event.All divisional officers of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway were present.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – August 18th, 2014
India defeats Uzbekistan to clinch the bronze medal, the first-ever medal in the format
What former world champion Viswanathan Anand could not attain, young Grandmaster from Vijayawada M.R. Lalith Babu achieved at Tromso, Norway by becoming part of the medal winning Indian team at the prestigious Chess Olympiad.
India defeated Uzbekistan to clinch the bronze medal, the first-ever medal in the format and the achievement was possible owing to the on-board exploits of Adhibhan, Sethuraman, Parimarjan Negi, Lalith Babu and Sasikiran Krishnan.
India just lost two games in the 44 games played, which showed the consistency exhibited by the team members.
Lalith played three rounds – against Syria, Cuba and Moldova – and later he was rested by the team management to give a chance for others to perform.
Says Grandmaster B. Ramesh, Indian team’s coach in his blog: “I must apologise to Lalith Babu for not letting him play more than he did. It was just that no one lost any games and I didn’t want to spoil the momentum with frequent changes. Lalith is a great team player and he supported our decisions wholeheartedly. He was helping other players in their preparations.”
Mr. Ramesh in his blog praised Lalith Babu and said he was always positive and affirmative. “He is like liquid. He will take the shape of the role which you put him into. Lalith did not only sit outside but also helped his friends in their preparation. He is truly a team player.”
“India finishing third among 171 countries is a sparkling achievement. The medal is all the more important as we won it for the first time without star players – Anand and Hari,” said Sk. Khasim, chairman of Global Chess Academy.
The medal is crucial for Lalith, who is keen on settling down with a job and his efforts are already on to join one of the oil companies. “Andhra Cricket Association has always been every supportive of Lalith. He needs a job to take care of his chess expenses. This victory will give him the necessary fillip to achieve more laurels,” said Lalith’s mother Padma.
Lalith will come down to Vijayawada on August 17 and would leave for Abu Dhabi to take part in a tough Grandmaster tournament beginning from August 18.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – August 16th, 2014
August 11th, 2014Sports
Bowling in Guntur! Well, one has to believe that big time entertainment has finally arrived in town.
For youngsters who are starved of weekend entertainment, a new gaming zone, Splitz and Strikezz, located on the fourth floor of Grand Fortune Mall opposite NTR Stadium is the new destination.
The state-of-the-art air-conditioned gaming zone developed on 4,000 square foot has a four lane bowling alley, the first-of-its kind in the town, a gaming arcade, consisting of Xbox and kinect lounge, and a food court.
“The bowling alley is the most sought-after place for youngsters to hang out. Each game has 20 throw-ins and boys and girls simply love it. We have developed a 50-metre bowling alley on par with international standards of Ten Pin bowling,” says Sasikanth Reddy, game zone manager.
Developed by Vishnu, the latest gaming zone was recently inaugurated by Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao and Guntur West MLA Modugula Venugopala Reddy.Youngsters have a unique feeling of cosmic bowling in the alley dotted with neon lights.
“The demand for bowling alley goes up during weekends. We allow pre-bookings during weekdays,” Mr. Reddy says. Apart from games, youngsters have plenty of choices. They can hang out in party space and can lounge in the Xbox and kinetic lounge.
“We are keen on bringing top-class entertainment to Guntur. We will further develop the gaming zone to include games for kids and make this as a complete family entertainment zone,” Mr. Reddy adds.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by P. Samuel Jonathan / Guntur – August 03rd, 2014
August 10th, 2014Sports
Municipal Commissioner Harikiran on Sunday exhorted parents to encourage their wards in taking up sports and games for the overall development of their personality
Speaking at the inaugural function of the sub junior rapid chess tournament, organised by Global Chess Academy at Fun Times here, he said top universities world-over preferred students with overall skills and sports and games played a crucial role in youngsters getting seats in prestigious educational institutions.
“It is imperative that students along with academics pursued their interests in sports, cultural and literary activities. Vijayawada has produced many talented sportspersons, and you should emulate them and bring laurels to the Andhra Pradesh and the country,” he added. As many as 77 players from the district took part in the event, which was held in six rounds. Fun Times secretary Ajit Babu said that the club was always at the forefront of organising sports events. “We are regularly conducting badminton and chess tournaments. We will continue to support chess in a big way,” he promised.
Global Chess Academy secretary Sk. Khasim, Fun Times treasurer Krishna Rao, committee member V. Sambasiva Rao and Fun Times chess coach Basheer were present in the inaugural function.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Vijayawada / by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – August 04th, 2014
Hong Kong cricketer Marico Hell was head over the heels at the facilities offered at ACA Women’s Academy at JKC College, Guntur, and felt that the ‘beautiful’ venue would be the safest for women to stay and play.
She was part of the 17-member Asian Cricket Council (ACC) team that had arrived from various Asian countries such as China, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand and she will hone her skills till August 22 for her future endeavours.
“This camp is important for us, who had come from various countries of Asia, as it will help us forge an ever-lasting friendship. This also helps us learn the intricacies of team work,” Ms. Marico added.
ACC Development Officer and former India spinner Venkatapati Raju said that the camp was part of the preparation for the Incheon Asian Games. “Players are delighted to play as state-of-art facilities are offered to them. They will play four ODIs and six T-20 matches against Andhra team.”
ACA women’s Academy chairman Murali Mohan said that the academy was the vision of late ACA vice- president J. Narendranath, who had spruced up the academy with the help of ACA secretary Ganga Raju. “It is a fitting tribute to name the Perecherla playfield after J. Narendranath, who passed away recently,” he pointed out.
Ms. Maria Fahey, Head Coach, Women’s academy, said that it will be a fruitful experience for her to teach the nuances of the game to the budding ACC cricketers.
Mr. M.S.K. Prasad, Director, Cricketing Operations, ACA administrators K. Ramesh, Uma Maheswar Rao, Sitapati, C. R. Mohan and Bapuji were present.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – August 05th, 2014
August 3rd, 2014SportsVisakhapatnam :The Eastern Naval Command Cross Country Championship 2014-15 which was held at the Naval Air Station INS Dega, was won by the Fleet B Team in Visakhapatnam here Saturday. Team A were the runners-up.
The 12 km race was won by P Das, Leading Topass of Fleet A Team, while RK Chauhan, the Petty Officer of Fleet B Team was the runner-up.
All ENC ships and establishments took part in the event that also was aimed at selecting the team that would represent the ENC at the Navy Cross Country Championship to be held later this year.
The race was flagged off by Captain Shobhit Srivastava, CO, INS Dega.
Captain Srivastava gave away prizes to individual winners and trophies to the winning and the runner-up teams.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / August 03rd, 2014