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    November 20th, 2015adminSports

    Kumta:

    Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada District became the Champions in the Junior’s state level Kabaddi tournament in Kumta.

    Tournament was organised by Taluk United Youth association, Karnataka State Kabaddi Amateur association and Uttar Kannada district Amateur association. Uttara Kannada district became the runners up in the boy’s junior section. Belgaum were the runners up in Girl’s junior section.

    Under Boy’s junior, the Kodagu district entered in the Finals after defeating Bangalore City. Uttar Kannada entered Finals after defeating Udupi district in Semi finals. The Kodagu district went on to become the Championship after defeating Uttara Kannada.

    Under junior Girls section, Belgaum district defeated Chikkamagaluru and entered the Finals. Mysore was defeated by Dakshina Kannada district and came in the Final. Dakshina Kannada district emerged as Champions in Junior girls Section.

    In the finals, popular players of Pro – Kabaddi, Jeev Kumar of U – Mumba and Sukesh Hegde of Telugu Titans were present as the chief guest. The audience enjoyed the finals and cheered the players.

    source: http://www.sahilonline.org / SahilOnline / Home> Sports News / by Staff Correspondent / source: S.O. News Service / Thursday – November 19th, 2015

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    November 16th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

    Mysuru :

    The world’s first barefoot marathon will be held in Kodagu on Dec. 5 and 6.

    Melinda Soman, who recently completed the ‘Iron Man’ event will also take part in the marathon organised by Coorg Wellness Foundation.

    This maiden run is expected to evolve into an annual event and is dedicated to conservation and well-being of environment and all its inhabitants in partnership with Coorg Wildlife Society.

    The event includes the Barefoot mile; Tribal 10 kilometre run, Barefoot 21 kilometre run and the full marathon Barefoot 42 kilometre run.

    Barefoot running enthusiasts may register at www.barefootmarathon.com or www.coorgwellnessfoundation.com. They can also contact: Nikki on Mob: 9845559452.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / Monday – November 16th, 2015

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    Former Law Minister M.C. Nanaiah enjoying a ‘JUMBO’ ride sitting on the tusk of an elephant at the Aane Utsava held at Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu yesterday.

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    Kushalnagar :

    Former Minister M.C. Nanaiah has urged the Government to release Rs. 100 crore for overall development of Kodagu district.

    Speaking after inaugurating the 61st wildlife month and elephant day celebrations at Dubare Elephant Camp, near Kushalnagar yesterday, Nanaiah asked the State Government to take Cauvery River cleaning on the lines of Ganga River cleaning taken up by the Prime Minister.

    Urging the Government to announce a special package for Kodagu, Nanaiah stressed on the need for initiating appropriate measures for ending man-animal conflict across Malnad region, which has seen an alarming rise over the past few years.

    Calling for installation of solar fencing and construction of trenches in order to prevent elephant intrusions into farm lands and human habitats, he urged the Government to move the Supreme Court for taming wild elephants, which are causing havoc across Malnad region.

    The former Minister then urged the government work towards conservation of Western Ghats, preservation of forest wealth and water bodies. He also urged the Govt. to regularise the services of Dubare Elephant Camp Mahouts who have been serving for years.

    Karnataka Forest Industries Development Corporation Chairman T. Eshwar, in his address, said that the Corporation has sent a proposal to the Government on setting up a mega Bamboo Industry at Kushalnagar at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. Madikeri Division DFO Yedukondalu called upon the involvement of everyone in putting an end to man- elephant conflict.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Monday – November 16th, 2015

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    November 12th, 2015adminSports, World Opinion

    Oman Club will host a two-day exhibition hockey competition, which will be played over the coming weekend.

    The event is being held by the club to mark the 45th National Day. The competition will feature senior and U15 sections. Those who are interested to register teams can contact Nader al Raisi (99626297).

    Teams: senior: Oman Club, Bausher, Ahli-Sidab, Seeb, Oman Veterans, Team Coorg A, Team Coorg B, Muscat Arabian Foxes.

    Junior: Oman Club, Bausher, Seeb, Indian School al Seeb, Indian School Muscat.

    source: http://www.muscatdaily.com / Muscat Daily.com / Home> Oman / November 11th, 2015

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    Mysuru:

    India discard Robin Uthappa on Monday cracked his second century of the season to help Karnataka gain a 168-run lead after they declared their first innings at 400 for nine against Odisha on the third day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match played here.

    Trailing by 168 runs, Odisha were zero for one in their second innings when the umpires called off the day’s play due to bad light. Nataraj Behera and first innings centurion Govinda Poddar were batting on zero as opener Rajesh Dhuper (0) lost his wicket to Vinay Kumar in the very first over of their second innings. Karnataka, who registered their first outright win against Rajasthan in their previous match, would go for the second outright victory this season when they take the field on fourth and final day of the match tomorrow. Uthappa smashed a sparkling 148 runs off 257 balls with 11 boundaries and two sixes, and Karun Nair scored a useful 73 runs off 164 balls with six boundaries and a six. The duo stitched a 169-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which took the match away from the hands of Odisha.

    After Odisha succeeded in breaking Nair and Uthappa’s partnership, the visitors did well to restrict the hosts by bagging six wickets for 103 runs, with slow-left-arm orthodox Dhiraj Singh (3/156) leading the fightback and ably supported by right-arm medium Suryakant Pradhan (3/94). Basant Mohanty and Biplab Samantaray claimed two and one wicket respectively. As Singh and Pradhan picked up wickets at regular intervals, lower-order batsmen including Chidamabarm Gautam (20), Stuart Binny (4) and Shreyas Gopal (13) failed to capitalise on Uthappa-Nair partnership.

    Resuming at 255 for three, Karnataka soon lost Nair after he added 21 runs to his overnight score of 52. Left-armer Singh had him caught by Pratik Das. Binny lasted for seven balls and was cleaned up by Samantaray after he scored four. Gautam was out for 20 as he became another victim of Singh. Gopal and Jagadeesha Suchith did not last long and fell to Pradhan and Singh rather quickly which prompted Vinay to declare the innings.

    source: http://www.sahilonline.com / SahilOnline / Home> Sports / by PTI / Home> Sports News / posted by Mubashir / Tuesday – November 10th, 2015

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    S Chikkarangappa (TOI Photo)

    S Chikkarangappa (TOI Photo)

    Bangalore :

    Indian golfer S Chikkarangappa successfully defended his title after defeating compatriot Shubhankar Sharma on the first extra hole at the TAKE Solutions India Masters here on Saturday.

    Chikka and Sharma, who shared the overnight three-shot lead, ended regulation play tied on 25-under 263 after posting identical final rounds of six-under 66s at the Eagle-The Golf Village.

    The duo returned to the par-four 18th hole for the play-off battle where Chikka outplayed Sharma with a birdie against a par to claim his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the USD 120,000 event.

    Abhijit Chadha, also of India, returned with a stunning 62 to take third place on 269 while countryman Rashid Khan and American Greg Moss settled one shot back in fourth following matching rounds of 67s.

    Chikka, who fired seven birdies against a lone bogey, played consistently to stay in control for most of the round and kept his cool even when Sharma surmounted a late charge to force a play-off.
    “I haven’t really performed well this season. This win came at the right time and I am confident this will be a sign of better things to come. There were a lot of expectations from me this week, especially from family and friends. I’m glad I didn’t disappoint them,” said the 22-year-old Chikka.

    “I wasn’t really nervous out there. I just played my own game. I have been in this kind of situation before so I knew how to handle it. I guess my past experience helped. This win definitely boosted my confidence and I’m looking forward to better results at the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour next week,” he added.

    Chikka will take home a winner’s prize cheque of USD 21,000 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win.

    Despite missing out on a grandstand finish, Sharma took pride in what was his best result on the ADT and a record personal best 72-hole score.

    “I kept calm out there. I played really well on the back nine and finished with four straight birdies to force extra time with Chikka. I knew I had a chance coming to the last two holes. It was a pity to miss out on the birdie putt in the play-off. I hit two good shots but I guess I just didn’t trust the putt,” said Sharma.

    “Overall, it was still a great experience. I am happy with the way I played all week. This is my best result on the ADT. I didn’t expect myself to finish with a 25-under total so it was great,” added the 19-year-old.

    source: http://www.timeofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Golf / PTI / October 31st, 2015

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    November 6th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

    It took a play-off to determine the winner of the Take Solutions India Masters, and even then there was only a couple of inches in it. S. Chikkarangappa’s 9-iron from 145 yards on the 18th sailed past the flag, bounced once on the green, and rolled sharply back.

    It left him needing a birdie putt of some four feet to win the tie-breaker, and he nailed it. Moments earlier, Shubhankar Sharma had watched his birdie putt, from 10 feet, settle inches wide of the cup.

    It was thus by the finest of margins that Chikkarangappa defended his title at the Eagleton Golf Resort on Saturday. Shubhankar — dogged to the end — and he returned an identical tally of 25-under-263 to force the first play-off hole, when the local favourite triumphed. That it went down to the wire was due to Shubhankar’s run of four birdies on the final four regulation holes, a passage of play that included one putt from 20 feet on the 16th.

    S. Chikkarangappa with the trophy after winning the Take Solutions India Masters / Photo: Shreedutta Chidananda

    S. Chikkarangappa with the trophy after winning the Take Solutions India Masters / Photo: Shreedutta Chidananda

    Chikkarangappa, level with his opponent overnight, had eased into a two-shot lead by the seventh hole, after a hat-trick of birdies had followed a bogey on the fourth.

    It appeared that advantage would be enough, but Shubhankar simply would not give up.

    “Even I didn’t expect that he would make four out of four at the end,” Chikkarangappa said later. “But I was confident. I have been involved in three play-offs as a professional and I’ve now won all three.”

    It was an emotional victory for the 22-year-old, who was in tears as he embraced his mother afterwards. “I’ve been through a bad patch these last three months. I had a back injury that made me fear for my career. Also, losing on my home course would have been very hurtful,” he said.

    Chikkarangappa took home a cheque for Rs.13,65,000, which lifted him to first place on the PGTI Order of Merit.

    The win was his second on the Asian Development Tour and seventh overall. Abhijit Chadha, who shot the day’s best of 10-under-62, finished the tournament in third place at 19-under-269.

    The scores (top eight after 72 holes): 263: S. Chikkarangappa (65, 66, 66, 66), Shubhankar Sharma (65, 64, 68, 66); 269: Abhijit Chadha (70, 69, 68, 62); 270: Greg Moss (62, 70, 71, 67), Rashid Khan (65, 70, 68, 67); 271: Himmat Rai (64, 67, 69, 71); 272: Anura Rohana (66, 73, 66, 67), Oskar Arvidsson (69, 69, 67, 67).

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Shreedutta Chidananada / Bengaluru – October 31st, 2015

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    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.

    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.



    Prakash Padukone hoped that OGQ’s sports science would make a difference to Jwala and Ashwini’s fitness levels.

    Olympic Gold Quest, the not for profit organisation founded by sports legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone, announced on Wednesday that it will support the badminton doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the run up to next year’s Rio Olympics.

    Badminton legend Prakash Padukone hoped that OGQ’s sports science would make a difference to Jwala and Ashwini’s fitness levels.

    “Jwala and Ashwini are undoubtedly the number one women’s doubles pair in India and they are consistently among the top 20 in the world. I feel that OGQ’s efficient and timely support will help them immensely.

    “I also believe that OGQ’s sports science team will make a difference to their fitness levels. The emotional support that OGQ provides the athletes will help Jwala and Ashwini completely focus on their training,” said Padukone.

    Jwala said that OGQ’s support has come just at the right time with Olympics only nine months away.

    “With less than nine months left for the Rio 2016 Olympics, I think OGQ support for Ashwini and myself has come at the right time. Our dream is to win a medal for India at the Olympics and OGQ support is a massive boost to us. I can already see an environment of excellence and positivity within OGQ. I wish to only focus on our Olympic preparations from now on,” said Jwala.

    Ashwini added: “I am so happy that Jwala and me are a part of the OGQ family now. We have seen the way OGQ has been supporting other top badminton players over the years.

    “We have already started working with OGQ a month back and the professional approach of the team, the warmth and the personal rapport is clearly evident. It is a huge relief to get this kind of support.”

    Founded with a mission to help Indian athletes win Olympic gold medals, OGQ supports the training of 75 athletes in eight individual sports.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / PTI / New Delhi – November 04th, 2015

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    October 31st, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports

    Ashwini Sports Foundation, floatedby Olympian Ashwini Nachappa, takes a step closer to building itsworld-class facility in Coorg with inauguration of Shooting Rangeand Gymnasium at Gonikoppal, South Coorg.

    Embassy Group, India’s leading real estate developer, haspartnered with Ashwini’s Sports Foundation (ASF) to launch thespanking new, world-class Embassy ASF 10m Shooting Range andGymnasium. It was inaugurated by Jitu Virwani, Chairman & ManagingDirector, Embassy Group and his wife Lina Virwani recently.

    Arjuna Awardee, Ashwini, over the past decade, has been focusingon creating a unique approach to education that integrates sportswith academics at a very early age. Along with her husband DathaKaruambiah, she manages a school – KALS which put this approach intopractice. Talented athletes from this school are then absorbed intoASF, which then provides structured, world-class training through aunique 4-step model. More than 50 talented children have beenidentified and are training in Athletics and Hockey. With theEmbassy ASF Shooting Range, ASF will now addthis to its repertoire of sporting disciplines.

    Speaking on the occasion, Jitu Virwani said that “we are verysupportive of Ashwini Nachappa’s and ASF’s efforts to popularizeshooting as a sport. We are extremely pleased to have collaboratedwith ASF to set up a facility that matches international standards.I am sure this shooting range will help many young rifle shootingaspirants develop their talent and become world beaters at nationaland international events. We stand committed to the vision of ASFand wish them all success in their future endeavours.”

    Ashwini Nachappa said that “our intent at ASF is to create asustainable and replicable model that will enable talented athletesnot just in Coorg but from anywhere in the country to rise to theirfullest potential. I am hoping that in the next 5-7 years we areable to show results at the international level and be able toproduce world champions.

    source: http://www.news.webindia123.com / WebIndia123 / News Home> India / Coorg, Thursday – October 29th, 2015

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    October 30th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports
    Hockey is part of Coorg’s heritage

    Hockey is part of Coorg’s heritage

    Hockey India, the apex body governing the sport in India has introduced Hockey Coorg as an Associate Member unit from the state of Karnataka. The state of Karnataka will now boast of two member units, where Hockey Karnataka themselves already operate as a Permanent Member unit while the latest entrant Hockey Coorg will operate as an Associate Member unit. The newly formed Hockey Coorg, will see Mr. PE Kalaiah spearheading the unit as the President.

    Hockey India, which currently has 20 Permanent Member units, will have 28 Associate Member units with the formation of Hockey Coorg. Karnataka has traditionally been a major contributor to the sport of Hockey.

    Hockey Coorg’s primary functionality will be to manage the large talent pool from the Coorg region of the state that in the past has produced some great players like BP Govinda, Arjun Halappa, AB Subbaiah and MP Ganesh. A few of the current players donning the national cap from Coorg are VR Raghunath, SV Sunil, SK Utthappa, Nikin Thimmiah and Nithin Thimmaiah.

    With the formation of Hockey Coorg, the region can now participate in the National Championships as a separate team, helping India unearth a larger pool of talent for the future. Speaking on the development, Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “I am delighted to welcome Hockey Coorg as an Associate Member unit of Hockey India.

    The region of Coorg has always given our country some exceptional athletes in the sport of hockey, and with the formation of this new unit, I am confident that we will be moving towards a formidable talent pool who only are going to help us carry forward the legacy and honour of the sport, bringing many laurels to the country.”

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / Sports Keeda (SK) / Home> Hockey> News / Press Release / October 29th, 2015

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