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    Chinappa made the main draw of the China Open earlier this week. (TOI Photo)

    Chinappa made the main draw of the China Open earlier this week. (TOI Photo)

    New Delhi :

    India’s highest ranked squash player, Joshna Chinappa, has gained two places to be 12th in the latest PSA rankings.

    Chinappa made the main draw of the China Open earlier this week before losing in the opening round.

    Her teammate Dipika Pallikal moved up a place to be 21st. Pallikal had lost to Chinappa in the China Open qualifiers.

    Both Pallikal and Chinappa will be seen in action at the HKFC International in Hong Kong next week.

    Among the male players, Saurav Ghosal dropped a place to be 28th while Vikram Malhotra was on 62, Harinder Pal Sandhu on 66 and Mahesh Mangaonkar on 67.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> News / PTI / September 01st, 2017

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    Nithin Thimmaiah and Komala BM will lead the State sides in the 3rd All-India invitational hockey tournament for the Bengaluru Cup which gets underway at the hockey stadium on Tuesday.

    A tournament that started in 2014 but was not held last year due to unavailability of turf, returns to the fold this time with six of the top men’s and women’s teams from the country vying for top honours.

    In the men’s section, the State side will be joined by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), South Central Railway and Army XI while in the women’s battle, the State side will have to fight it out against defending champions Hockey Haryana, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA), Hockey Odisha, Eastern Railways and Hockey Maharashtra.

    The tournament will be played on a round-robin cum knock-out format with top four teams from the group qualifying for the semifinals on September 7. The final is scheduled for September 8.

    In the men’s section, Karnataka begin their campaign against a red-hot PNB side while the women’s side will face Eastern Railway in the opener on Tuesday.

    Karanataka squad: Men: Jagdeep Dayal (GK), Mahan Gowda(GK), Appachu SK, Cariappa KT, Veeranna Gowda SP, MB Aiyappa, Rathan Muthanna VT, Abhishek HS, Rajendra, Naeemuddin, Somaiah KP, Raheel, Pradhan Somanna, MB Cariappa, Nithin Thimmaiah (C), Darshan DS, Bharath KR, Pruthvi Raj; Verghese (coach); Sampath (manager).

    Women: Shravya GB (GK), Sandhya MG (GK), Chaithra N, Bhagyashree, Cheluvamba P, Pooja MD, Komala BM (C), Kruthika SP, Kaveramma AH, Sowmyashree, Anjali HR, Swapna NR, Leelavathy MJ, Nisha PC, Ramya, Reshma BB, Avinashree SR, Shalini U; Ganapathy KS (coach); Ankita (manager).

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports> DH News Service, Bengaluru / August 29th, 2017

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    Robin Uthappa is switching to Saurashtra from Karnataka in the coming domestic season.

    Having played all his cricket from Karnataka, discarded India limited-overs batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders star, Robin Uthappa is all set to play for Saurashtra in the coming domestic season. He feels he is stagnating in Karnataka and wanted a shift in his career. He is ready for all the challenges that the move brings and is also dreaming of playing Test cricket for India.

    In this exclusive chat with DNA, the 2007 ICC World T20 victorious Indian team member tells G Krishnan that he wants to win Test matches for India overseas:

    How did the Saurashtra deal come about?

    I wanted a different challenge in my career. As far as Karnataka was concerned, we did well, I contributed to a couple of trebles, which is special. I felt the time is right for me to challenge myself in a different way because I want to constantly keep growing as a cricketer and as a human being. I thought taking myself out of the comfort zone is the way to do that. I love to challenge myself in different ways but given my limitations of not being allowed to go abroad and playing cricket in different leagues in the world, I had to find different ways to challenge myself and grow as a person, as a batsman and as a cricketer.

    But why Saurashtra? There were reports of you playing for Kerala…

    Yes, there were reports of me going to Kerala. I was in discussions with them. I had told them I would get back to them at a certain point, but got back to them four days after the date that I told them. In that window, they had signed somebody else. So, I had to seek another side and I had a few options, put my name out there. Saurashtra came back to me and I very happily took that. I am happy to be a part of that team. It presents different challenges to me, different opportunities for me to grow as a person, just embracing that culture, getting to know them, it is going to be very different from the culture in Karnataka. They are a pretty good side. They are a side that has gone to the tournament knock-outs quite often. I believe I have the right kind of value to take them all the way.

    What are those challenges?

    By challenges, I mean being out of my comfort zone. Back in Karnataka, everything has been the same for me for the last 15 years. I will be uprooting myself from one culture and immersing myself in another culture where I have to be a thorough professional. There is nothing that I can take for granted, just getting along with them, not understanding the language they speak. Those are the kinds of challenges I would face. Just to understand the boys, their nature, to bring them together, I have been able to do that successfully in Karnataka. To be able to do that with a new bunch of boys is a whole different ballgame altogether. That is something I am really looking forward to.

    As a cricketer, to step outside my comfort zone and put myself in a completely different territory, find my little space within that team and take that team forward. I believe that adding value to whichever team I play is very critical for me. I play to win, I don’t play to just compete. If I am able to contribute to their victories, I will be extremely happy. These are the challenges I am looking at.

    Looking beyond Saurashtra, where do you see yourself as far as international career is concerned?

    Of course, I give myself a better chance (of India comeback) because I am actually putting myself out of my comfort zone. If am able to win championships there, that will be nice. When you win championships is when people grow and when you go to the next level. We did that in Karnataka and today, there are six-seven players in the reckoning all the time. If I can create that same kind of atmosphere where I can take Saurashtra forward, we can have four or five boys in the reckoning. There are two who are already in the Test side. But there can be a few more. If I can contribute to the team in a massive way and win championships, I give myself an even better chance.

    Could things have gone better with your international career?

    Certainly, things could have been different. I don’t regret the way things have gone for me. Essentially as a human being, I have grown a lot, thanks to the sport, thanks to the kind of exposure I have had, learning to deal with the ups and downs of sport. One thing I am extremely proud of is that irrespective of the runs, or the lack of them, I got when I was playing international cricket, it never affected the way I am and the kind of person I am within the team. I always placed the team ahead of me. That is something that is always critical for me. In spite of everything I have been through, I have been at the receiving end. That has not changed about me.

    What brings me joy about playing this game is the fact that it is a team game and 15-20 people get together to achieve one goal. I am a part of that team and to help the team move forward and achieve the goals it has set. For me, essentially, this journey in the past 11 years of being in and out of the side, has been a mixed bag from all perspective. But, if I look at the larger perspective of life, it has taught me a lot of things, taught me a lot of value that I have got, as a cricketer it has taught me how much to fight.

    I have not given up. I am still fighting, I am still hungry. I still believe I will play for the country again, I still believe I will play Test cricket. I am still working to improve. As long as I am playing cricket, I will keep going. I won’t stop. I won’t stop even after I play Test cricket. The dream is to make India win Test matches abroad, win Test series abroad. I believe I have the game and the technique to do that. I just feel I need to get the right opportunities at the right time. I need to just keep pegging away. I don’t think I need to knock on the door. I need to break it down with the runs.

    Where do you think you can fit in the current Indian team, which is packed already? What should you be doing more to get there?

    The team is doing fantastically well and I am extremely proud of that. The kind of culture Virat (Kohli) has created has been fantastic. As far as I am concerned, I need to keep scoring big runs and winning matches for my team, keep putting myself out there like I do every time the IPL turns around or like I have done in the last five years in the domestic seasons, just keep performing and hopefully, something will open up for me. I don’t know when and how. What I can control is the fact that I can score runs and win tournaments. I think the more I do that, the more I give myself a chance to represent my country again.

    You can also take confidence from the fact that Parthiv Patel made a Test comeback after eight years and Dinesh Karthik returned to ODI side after two years…

    Not just them. There have been a lot of domestic cricketers and senior cricketers getting their due. Even Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) made a comeback last year. He was given his due after he scored in domestic season. I believe in that. Today, when you look at cricket the world over, age is just a number. It is about how fit you are, how much you can sustain the workload. I think cricket is a sport that can be played for a long time if you look after yourself well. Sachin paaji (Tendulkar) is a huge example of that. Anil Kumble is a massive example of that. For me, it is just about putting in the work, taking one step at a time and making my performance speak for itself.

    Normally, we associate players moving out of their home state to be towards the end of their careers. You are only 31. How do you look at this?

    When I hired a personal batting coach (Pravin Amre), people were laughing at me. We were mocked at. Today, you see that is the norm. I have been one of those guys who has been really honest with himself, I have not really gone by the norms of the world. I have made my own road. That is what I am doing right now. I want to experience and grow more as a cricketer and that can only happen when I have challenges ahead of me. That’s why I get pumped up and excited about playing in IPL because for me that is when I am exposed to international cricket. I thrive on that. I love the challenges, love what I am able to do there, and winning matches for my team. I don’t get that for the rest of the year. I have to try to find different ways to create that challenge.

    Unfortunately, we are in a stage right now where we are not allowed to go outside and play cricket. We are not given the opportunity to go out and expose ourselves to different culture, different conditions like the rest of the world do when they come here for the IPL. They come into the IPL, they get exposed to the conditions. To give an example, Chris Lynn came here initially, with all due respect, struggling against spin. Today, he has figured out a way to get successful in India. Unless we cricketers are exposed to different conditions, we are not going to grow. For me, life, cricket is about growth, about moving forward, adding value. If I am going to get stuck in one place, I am not growing, I am stagnated. I want to keep growing, keep trying to find different ways of growing as a cricketer. Winning the treble for Karnataka once was joyful. But winning again was a challenge and we did it again. Similarly, I find myself in a place where I want to challenge myself again. I am uprooting myself and putting myself in a new culture, definitely Indian culture but different from how it is in Karnataka, how it is in South India. For me to get in there, figure out my way there, that is the extent of pushing myself out of the comfort zone. It is the only option I have got right now. I am not looking at this as finishing my career. I am just trying to challenge myself and grow and still pursue my dream and get better. If you are not growing, you are wasting yourself away.

    Will we see something new when you play for Saurashtra?

    I think anyone who has noticed me closely in IPL would have seen a shift in my game. I shifted to being more free-flowing than a circumspect that I used to be. The way I hit most sixes in the last three or four years, there is a lot of confidence gained to fast bowling and spin bowling. I think that is what you will continue to see from my side. What I want to win tournaments with Saurashtra and truly believe that Saurashtra will be one of the dark horses in the coming domestic season. It is a funny thing what belief can do to a team and I believe have the ability to bring that out it in the cricketers. That is also a challenge for me. I was able to do it in Karnataka. I want to do it with a different bunch of boys that I don’t know at all. I am looking forward to it.

    Do you feel sad or happy to be leaving your home state and going to a new place?

    I leave Karnataka with no hard feelings but with a lot of love. I would like to thank Brijesh Patel (former KSCA secretary and India batsman) for all the help he has done for me. He has been a massive influence in my life, he has been a mentor, guide and a huge support in my life. He has disciplined me, he has guided me. I have been his pupil ever since I started playing cricket. I am extremely grateful for what he and Karnataka State Cricket Association have done for me. Karnataka will always be my home. They challenged me, pushed me, they motivated me, they cheered me, they made my dreams come true and I am extremely grateful for them and to all the team-mates who accepted me for who I am, for allowing me to be the person that I am and allowing me to express myself as a human being.

    source: http://www.dnaindia.com / DNA (Daily News & Analysis) / Home> News> Sports News> Cricket News / by G. Krishnan / August 29th, 2017

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    Joshna Chinappa with her Asian Squash Championship title which she won in April (Twitter image)

    Joshna Chinappa with her Asian Squash Championship title which she won in April (Twitter image)


    Joshna won the National Squash Championship a few days back and the Asian Champinship in April

    She recovered from a career-threatening knee injury sutained in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since

    Joshna was recently appointed a senior sports officer with the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation

    New Delhi :

    “I’m not thinking of stopping anytime soon. I have a lot more to achieve.” Being appointed a senior sports officer with the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation does not mean that Joshna Chinappa, India’s highest-ranked squash player, is contemplating life beyond the sport already. Her decision to make a direct appointment under the sports quota was made after she put in a request. And as Joshna puts it, the post is a back-up so that she can work towards the promotion of sport when she is done as a professional squash player.

    That thought however, should be put away for a long while because Joshna is going strong. Over the weekend, she won the 74th National Squash Championship as many expected, and even though she did not have it easy in the title round, it all went according to the presumed script. Joshna notched up her 15th national title by beating Lakshya Ravendran 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4 in the final, which leaves her just one shy of equalling Bhuvneshwari Kumari’s record of 16 titles.

    That wasn’t even her best though. In April, Joshna became only the second Indian in 21 years to make the final of the Asian Squash Championship. This time she would go one up on Misha Grewal – who had claimed silver in 1996 – and clinch gold. The Asian crown is a big shot in the arm for the 30-year-old ahead of the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year.

    Speaking to TOI Sports , she elaborates: “The Asian Championship is one of our prestigious events in squash and I’ve been playing the Women’s Championship since I was 12. When I played it the first time, I won the consolation prize; I don’t think many people know this. I’m just really glad that I could win it this season. It was a long season last year and it was a nice way to cap it off. I’m happy to have won it in Chennai in front of my home crowd.”

    One could almost sense it coming. There were a few quarter-final and semi-final finishes in between since she broke into the top 10 in November 2016, and one of them included the World Championship in Egypt. Joshna, seeded 12th, lost 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 3-11 to second seed and World No. 3 Camille Serme of France. Then there was also a second-round elimination at the British Open Squash Championship in London – just a month before the Asian Championship – where she lost to Egyptian World No. 3 Raneem El Welily. It was a frustrating period.

    “Absolutely; especially last year in Mumbai when I lost the final of the $ 35,000 event. I’d come that close to ending my drought of lifting a title. Of course it was heartbreaking but as an athlete you keep going back, keep working harder, keep fighting. Eventually it will come together. It’s frustrating as an athlete to figure when it’ll come together but that’s what being professional is about, and I love it,” says Joshna.

    “I enjoy training much more than I enjoy playing the actual matches. I love the work that goes into being a professional squash player. It is so physical and I really like that part. The playing part is not so exciting because there is nerves, pressure of winning matches. I’m the most relieved when the game is over; irrespective of a win or a loss.”

    Beyond that immense training lies Joshna’s gritty determination and steely resolve. To clinch the Asian title, she beat none other than Dipika Pallikal, her compatriot and at the same time one of her biggest opponents. She had lost to Dipika the last few times – including the final of the National Championship last year – but come the All-India final, where both were assured of a medal, Joshna had come prepared and eventually prevailed in a tight five-game encounter 13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4. The two go way back; to a time when Dipika was a 10-year-old who had just started playing and had front bands falling on her forehead. Growing up training together, they know each other’s games inside out, and as time passed, evidently, the two became each other’s competition.

    Joshna: We're at a stage where Dipika and I have each other's back "

    Joshna: We’re at a stage where Dipika and I have each other’s back “

    “We have this unique case where even though we have to compete against each other, at the same time the next moment if we have to play for India, we are on the same page,” Joshna says. “Of course we have our ups and downs in the game but today we are at a place where we both have each other’s back. We really want to do well for India and win medals for the country together. We had a great time at the World’s doubles Championship where we won a bronze medal and we have great team work going on right now. We train with the same coach, who has been a real positive influence on both of us.”

    Despite training with different coaches, for a major part of her career, Joshna travelled to tournaments without a coach before the Squash Rackets Federation of India roped in Achraf El Karagui as the consultant coach midway through last year. A native of Egypt, a country that is a force to reckon with in squash, Achraf has been a positive influence not just on Joshna, but also the likes of Dipika, Saurav Ghosal and many budding players.

    “I work with Achraf pretty much all the time, and he has helped be bring order and structure to my game. I know what I have to work on everyday and I’m constantly reinforcing the physical aspect, skill aspect, mental aspect day in and day out. That I believe is going to help me become a more complete player when I’m competing with the top girls,” Joshna says.

    “Achraf has been part of that Egyptian culture so he brings a lot of that with his coaching when he’s working with me or Dipika or anyone else for that matter. So I know how these girls are working. Also I went and spent some time in Egypt during the summer; I was training over there so I worked with one of their top fitness trainers. I really got to know the type of work a world champion is doing and tried to put those elements in my game. I felt a lot stronger and understood the game better. I owe a major chunk of my success to him.”

    And to think that all this almost didn’t happen. In 2011, during the semi-final of the Hamptons Open, Joshna tore a ligament on her knee and was stretchered off midway. The scans suggested that Joshna’s injury was almost a career-threatening one and the doctors’ flat-out verdict of her being out for at least year was almost “coup de grace”. It was so bad that all Joshna wanted to do was to be able to walk again.

    “It was very heart-breaking but then again, it allowed me to begin a process. I moved to Mumbai to basically get away from everything, do my rehab there and come back stronger,” Joshna says. “It gave me the opportunity to start from scratch and do things right. So I really worked on my physical strength, getting my legs stronger; I worked with Ritwik Bhattacharya (ex-national champion and Joshna’s coach for four years). I just think I became a very different athlete and person altogether from that injury.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News / by Aditya Bhattacharya / timesofindia.com / August 29th, 2017

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    Gurmeet Virdi (left) with his co-driver Kirpal in Goa. Tribune Photo

    Gurmeet Virdi (left) with his co-driver Kirpal in Goa. Tribune Photo

    Chandigarh :

    Chandigarh’s Gurmeet Virdi and co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung won the Force Gurkha RFC India, which concluded today at Dona Paula (Goa). With this win team Chandigarh Gerrari Offroaders get an automatic entry to RFC Global Series finale, to be held in Malaysia later this year.

    The team also won $8,000 prize money. After a week-long nail-biting competition, Virdi and Tung claimed the trophy with a total score of 2019 points out of 2600. Virdi defended his title and is the only Indian driver to have won the country’s toughest off-road motorsport competition since its launch in 2014.

    The overall second position went to Jagat Nanjappa and co-driver Chetan Changappa of Team V5 Offroaders from Coorg with 1906 points. In an interesting turn of events, Gerrari Offroaders’ Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal and co-driver Gurpartap Singh overtook Siddartha Santosh in the final moments to clinch the final spot on the podium with 1685 points.

    Virdi was elated on winning the country’s most coveted off-road motorsport trophy for the second time in a row. “I am overjoyed that we’ve successfully managed to defend our title. It was a pretty tough competition, the positions kept on changing, but we are happy that we came out victorious,” said Virdi.

    As the top Indian driver of the competition, he will get monetary benefits of up to $8,000, along with a paid-for entry in the RFC Grand Final in Malaysia and the travel expenses. Moreover, Cougar Motorsport will contribute up to $3,000 towards the cost of arranging the vehicle to participate in the event in Malaysia. “There was no pressure throughout the event but the last stage of the competition gave me some serious chills as the competition was really close. It’s the first time that our club Gerrari Offroaders has clinched two positions on the podium in RFC India. Overall, I couldn’t have been happier,” added Virdi.

    This is the second consecutive year when veteran Indian rallyist Jagat Nanjappa competed in RFC India. He is satisfied about the fact that he has risen up from last year’s eighth position to the second position this year. “This year it turned out to be a brilliant competition amongst the top three throughout the event. Virdi has defended his title with full force and I congratulate him on his superb performance,” said Nanjappa.

    Nanjappa took the first position in his category (1611-3010cc diesel). From being eliminated in the first special stage of RFC India last year to making it on the podium this year, it has been a fairytale journey for Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal. “It was really close till the last moment. The first few days I was concentrating on preserving my vehicle. I was observing how the course behaved. Things started to improve with each passing day. In the last 10 stages, I became more aggressive and the event finally concluded exactly the way I wanted it to,” said Dhaliwal.

    The Team Spirit Award was given to R Sumanth Shenoy from Chikmaglur, while the Jungleman Award went to Dr. Chaitanya Challa of Hyderabad Jeepers Adventure Association. The Most Unique 4X4 Award went to the Hornet driven by Yamunanagar-based Sushant Saini.

    The Environment Award went to William Dwaine Jungen from Arizona (USA), while the Best Service Team Award went to Gerrari Offroaders.

    The Team Award went to BODA. The Rookie of the Event was awarded to Goan driver Dattaraj Raut Dessai and his co-driver Pratik Prabhu Dessai for their exemplary performance.

    source: http://www.tribuneindia.com / The Tribune / Home> Chandigarh / Tribune News Service / July 31st, 2017

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    July 30th, 2017adminSports
    Commanding show: Ranjan Aiyappa scored a brace in Railways’ demolition of Bengaluru Hockey Association.   | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

    Commanding show: Ranjan Aiyappa scored a brace in Railways’ demolition of Bengaluru Hockey Association. | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

    Santa Singh scores Punjab & Sind Bank’s winner

    Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) warmed up for the title defence with an authoritative 6-2 win over Bengaluru HA in a Pool A match of the 91st MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup all-India hockey tournament at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium here on Friday.

    Former champion ONGC trounced Hockey Odisha 7-1 in a Pool B contest, augmented by a hat-trick by former International Diwakar Ram.

    In the last match of the day Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) edged out BPCL in an evenly contested Pool A tie, through a solitary goal by Santa Singh.

    There was fluidity and cohesion in most of Railways’ moves. Ajmer Singh opened the account for Railways with a stirring run from the left. With the defender giving up the chase thinking the ball was out, Ajmer made the most of it with a neat push. Drag flick specialist V.R. Raghunath equalised with a perfect penalty corner that struck the top of the roof. From there on, it was Railways’ show.

    Comprising mostly of youngsters with veterans Vikram Kanth, V.S. Vinaya and Raghunath for company, Bengaluru HA forwards appeared clueless in the striking circle.

    If the half-time score (2-1 in favour of Railways) was an indication of a close contest, it was way off the mark. Railways toyed with Bengaluru defence, with Ranjan Aiyappa scoring a brace. The area of concern for Railways coach C.R. Kumar, will be the number of penalty corners, seven, that it conceded.

    Hockey Odisha went down without a fight to ONGC conceding seven goals.

    The results: Pool A: RSPB 6 (Ajmer Singh 4, Raju Paul 32, Ranjan Aiyappa 49, 62, Manpreet Singh Chahal 56, Kunjan Topno 59) bt Bengaluru HA 2 (V.R. Raghunath 18, K.A. Nilesh 68); PSB 1 (Santa Singh 65) bt BPCL 0.

    Pool B: ONGC 7 (Diwakar Ram 7, 9, 60, Machaiah 38, Nilam Xess 56 & 70+, Jagwant Singh 69) bt Hockey Odisha 1 (Cyril Lugun 4).

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Hockey / by K . Keerthivasan / Chennai – July 28th, 2017

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    Rohan Bopanna along with Serbian coach Dragan Bukumirovic at his tennis academy in Bengaluru. (Image: Instagram/rohanbopanna0403)

    Rohan Bopanna along with Serbian coach Dragan Bukumirovic at his tennis academy in Bengaluru. (Image: Instagram/rohanbopanna0403)

    The French Open mixed-doubles champ Rohan Bopanna, who made it to the Wimbledon quarter-final, is back in Bengaluru. Taking no time off after his long month of play, the tennis star was back in action, not for his game, but to train children at his tennis academy.

    Bopanna shared this picture on social media of him with his students. “Always a great feeling to be back in Bangalore at the tennis academy.” And looks like the kids are getting tips not just from one pro but Serbian coach Dragan Bukumirovic too.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> Magazines> Panache / by Maleeva Rebello , ET Bureau / June 25th, 2017

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    Chennai :

    International squash player Joshna Chinnappa was on Tuesday appointed senior sports officer of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco).

    Chinnappa met chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy at the secretariat and received the order in the presence of power minister P Thangamani, energy secretary Vikram Kapur and Tangedco chairman M Saikumar.

    The decision to make a direct appointment under the sports quota was made after the squash player made a request. Chinnappa won the women’s title in the Asian Individual Squash Championship in April this year.

    Earlier this year, she reached the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Egypt. She also won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the women’s doubles with Dipika Pallikal-Karthik. She has won seven titles so far.

    Though many national and international sport persons are employed in public sector undertaking like railways, oil companies, banks etc, this is probably the first time an international sports person has approached the Tamil Nadu government for a job.

    “Squash is not very famous in the country and therefore I did not approach PSUs. I approached the Tamil Nadu government for employment as the government has allocated money for several sports persons,” Chinnappa told TOI.

    “In the next 5 or 6 years if I decide to retire from the sport I want job security and so I approached the state government. I will be joining the job in a few days and only after that I will come to know of the type of work I need to perform,” said Chinnappa.

    Tangedco has in the past appointed sports persons, but this is the first time a sports person of international repute has been appointed in the discom. “It is the first time an international sport person has applied for an employment with us. She stands number 1 in squash in India and 14th in the world,” Saikumar told TOI.

    Chinappa’s appointment in Tangedco comes a day after the chief minister announced cash rewards for Tamil Nadu athletes who won medals in the Asian Athletic Championship which concluded in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> More Sports> Others / by Sivakumar B / TNN / July 11th, 2017

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    Current head Parameshwara not to contest

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Former India international Ashwini Nachappa will contest for the post of president and secretary of the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) in the elections to be held here on July 1.

    Dr G Parameshwara, the current president, who had put his name for the top post again, withdrew on Thursday, the last day to file the nominations. Parameshwara, president of KAA since 2004, was not eligible to contest as he had already completed 12 years in the post.

    The KAA in 2015 had amended its constitution, in line with the Sports Code, and according to the changed rule, a president could hold office for a maximum period of 12 years with or without a break.

    Also contesting for the president’s post against Ashwini, who currently heads the Bangalore Urban District Athletics Association (BUDAA), will be HT Mahadev, secretary, Hassan District Athletics Association.

    For the secretary’s post, Rajavelu, from the Shimoga District Athletics Association, will be Ashwini’s opponent. Sources said that the incumbent KAA secretary, Chandrashekar Rai, eligible for another term, had not filed his nomination for the post.

    The KAA used to have a three-year term for its office-bearers but as per the amended constitution of the body, they will have a four-year term from now on.

    The secretary and treasurer may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each. After which, they need to serve a cooling off period of four years before they can seek fresh election to either post.

    As per the Sports Code, the office-bearers will cease to hold the post on attaining 70 years of age.

    The elections will be at the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) on July 1.
    The KAA had come under fire from the district units for not holding the AGM and elections on time last month. After the notification for election was issued on June 8, the list of eligible candidates was published on June 19. The scrutiny of the candidates will be done on Saturday and the last date for withdrawal of names is next Monday.

    Unhappy members

    It was learnt that some of the members who had thrown in their names for the elections were not happy with some of the contestents.

    As per the tradition, the clubs across the states will not be allowed to vote and only the 28 district associations will participate in the elections. Udupi, due to the in-fighting in its faction, has been disqualified from voting.

    Apart from president and secretary, the elections will be held for the posts of senior vice-president, four vice-presidents, senior joint secretary, joint secretary (3 posts) and treasurer.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DH News Service / Bengaluru – June 23rd, 2017

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    June 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    Bengaluru :

    “Solitude is imperative in today’s mad world,” notes Alexis Greenwood. That is this 35-year-old’s excuse for packing his fishing rods and running away from Bengaluru on weekends. “My favourite fishing spot is the Cauvery river stretch in Coorg. The quiet wilderness takes you away from the chaos,” he says. Greenwood, who is a learning and development manager at First Advantage, has even made a business of this childhood hobby . With three like-minded partnerfriends, he set up fishing-travel company Nature’s Beat four years ago.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city's Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city’s Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank.

    Fishing is the instrument to unwind when he feels tired of imparting communication skills as a behavioural trainer during the course of the week.

    Greenwood takes a mixed bag of three to four software professionals to licensed angling sites at Shivasamudram, Coorg. He even conducts groups for salt-water fishing on the coastline. He teaches them the basics and handling equipment with different types of baits at about Rs 5,000 per head. Most species of fish they catch are released back into the water. The invasive species, however, are given away to the locals.

    Ask Greenwood who he learnt the art of angling from, and he gets nostalgic. “I must have been seven-years-old. My mother taught me to fish using a bamboo stick with a hook. We often went on camping trips to the Cauvery river stretch flowing through Galibore (near Mekedatu),” says Greenwood, a Mangaluru-born who was educated in Ooty.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city’s Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank. “I didn’t like asking for pocket money from my mother. I loved buying high-tech music gadgets and gear. I decided to fund it myself and took up the job for Rs 10,000 per month,” recalls Greenwood.

    He believes that pursuing two careers is important, if only to break the monotony. “My job as a trainer is a means to my end.Fishing is the end to my means. In the age of instant results and click-and-buy online, fishing teaches one to sit and wait. More often, we don’t even get what we want. It teaches me patience,” says Greenwood. Evidently, there is no room for feeling a burnout here.

    He has no plans of scaling up his business model, but his five-year-old daughter is apparently hooked to the sport.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> News> Politics and Nation / by Smita Balram, ET Bureau / May 17th, 2017

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