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    Cycle Pure Agarbathies, certified carbon neutral agarbathi manufacturers, took another step forward in their commitment towards development of sports in the country by associating with Joshna Chinappa, a leading young squash player from Chennai.

    Joshna is one of the two players representing India at JP Morgan tournament of champions in New York from January 14 to 19. This will be the 20 edition of the tournament of champions in Grand Central Terminus.

    The 30-year-old Joshna reached a career-high world ranking of world no. 10 in July 2016. She was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003 in the under 19 Category and was also the youngest Indian women’s national champion. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik, won the squash doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport. Currently, Joshna is ranked at 13 in the international arena.

    Thanking Cycle Pure Agarbathies for its support, Joshna Chinappa said, “It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of a prestigious brand like Cycle Pure Agarbathies, who have been doing so much towards shaping the careers of youngsters like me. We sportsmen thrive on passion and I’m thankful to the brand for believing in me and fuelling my passion for squash. I am very grateful to the Cycle brand for their support and hope to do well in 2017 in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games.”

    Arjun Ranga, Managing Director, Cycle Pure Agarbathies, said, “We at Cycle Pure Agarbathies have a rich legacy of nurturing sporting talent. We have always tried to foster a sense of respect, reverence and adulation through our innovative products and this association with the squash prodigy Joshna Chinappa is a logical manifestation of our vision. We also believe in supporting and providing reasons to pray, and what could be better than praying for her win. We wish Joshna all the very best,” added Arjun Ranga.

    source: http://www.citytoday.news / Home> Mysore / by CT Bureau / January 15th, 2017

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    January 16th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    Mangaluru:

    Rotary Club of Madikeri Hills represented by Dr Prashanth, and Gopalkrishna, clinched the 11th annual Rotary quiz trophy securing 190 points. Rotary Club of Mangaluru Metro team represented by Dr Ranjan and Sumith Rao secured 160 points and were declared runners up.

    Rotary Club of Mangaluru Central as a part of Rotary Movement Awareness Campaign conducted their inter club Rotary quiz contest on Friday on Rotary related affairs.

    Mysuru city-based eminent businessman and Rotary past district governor Dr G K Balakrishna was the chief guest. He lauded the valuable contributions of Dr Devadas Rai, the quiz master and the organizer to the Rotary Movement and the annual quiz. He later awarded the Rotary trophy, certificates and a cash prize of Rs 2,000 to the winners and Rs 1,000 to the runners up and congratulated the respective teams on their achievements.

    Eleven teams from Mangaluru, Bykampady Surathkal, Bajpe, Deralakatte, Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Mysuru took part in this contest.

    Dr Rai, the quiz master officiated the closely contested quiz. Vikram Datta, assistant governor zone-3, guest of honour, released the weekly club news bulletin. Anil Gonsalves, club president, presided over the function. Raymond D’Cunha, secretary, presented the monthly report. Prakash Chandra proposed vote of thanks.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / TNN / January 15th, 2017

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    Madikeri:

    Kodagu is known to produce world class sportspersons in the field of hockey, tennis, badminton and athletics over the years and teenager Leelavathi is the latest addition.

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    Leelavthi, daughter of Mallamada Jaya and Vani couple, is the resident of Bekkesodlur village in South Kodagu.

    In the Under -18 age group Leelavathi was the lone player representing the state in Indian team that won the Bronze medal in the just concluded Asia cup. Eight nations took part in the U-18 tournament including China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei.

    Leelavthi , First degree student at Field Marshal Carippa (FMC) college is undergoing training at Sports Authority of India (SAI), centre in Madikeri. Leelavthi scored the first goal in the tournament opener which the team won by 4-0. She also played a major role in India’s bronze medal victory against South Korea.

    Leelavathi aspires to represent the senior Indian team in future and owes her success to the contribution from family members, trainers at School and SAI centre.

    source: http://www.newskarnataka.com / News Karnataka / Home> News> Cities / December 26th, 2016

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    January 6th, 2017adminEducation, Sports

    Mysuru :

    Karnataka Pre-University Board had organised a State Level Floorball Competition on Dec.18 at Gonikoppa, Kodagu District in which five students from Seshadripuram Independent Pre University College had represented Mysuru District and the team has won the first place.

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    M. Pruthvi of second PU (commerce) has been selected to the National Level Floorball Competition.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / December 31st, 2016

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    Tennis: Bopanna is hoping for a successful 2017 season with new partner

    Rohan Bopanna partnered a number of different players in 2016 like Florin Mergea, Denis Istomin, Jean-Julien Rojer, Nicolas Mahut, Leander Paes (in Davis Cup and Olympics), Frederik Nielsen, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Daniel Nestor, and Treat Huey.

    Though he ended the year on a positive note by reaching the Semi-finals of the Paris Masters, Bopanna commences the 2017 season at the Chennai Open partnering Jeevan and then joins forces with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay for the season.

    Admitting that the change of partners hampered his 2016 campaign, Bopanna is hoping to change things around in the new campaign. “After Wimbledon, he (Florin) was playing with Horea Tecau and I was consistently looking for a partner for different tournaments. It’s not easy to play with different partners and that was the main reason (for bad results),” Bopanna said.

    “It’s a dream to win a Grand Slam, hopefully it (new partnership) will make a difference. I have always liked the way he plays the game. I have played numerous times against him. He is a solid player who serves and stays at the back, just like Florin. He has won one Grand Slam before. He has experience of playing at high level, so it’s a good chance for me to do well,” added Bopanna.

    “This (partnership with Cuevas) also gives me a chance to play on the deuce court having played on the ad-court for some time with Florin,” said Bopanna who is presently ranked number 28 in the World Doubles Rankings.

    source: http://www.tennisworldusa.org / Tennis World Magazine / Home> News / by Akshay Kohli / January 04th, 2017

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    Kodava elders hope the festival of Kailpodh will encourage the community’s youth to enter international sporting events

    Image credit:  Shawn Sebastian and Tejaswi Dantuluri

    Image credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejaswi Dantuluri

    Deep in the sanctum of his 150-year-old ancestral home, Lokesh Achappa is surrounded by weapons. Dressed in a Kupya, the traditional Coorgi outfit of knee-length black overcoat, a gold and maroon sash with an ornate, carved silver dagger tucked in its folds, Achappa prays to an array of weapons: an antique double-barrel, a .22 mm rifle, traditional daggers and swords, all garlanded with flowers and smeared with sandalwood paste.

    Once the ritual is complete, he steps out of the house, and a series of thundering gun shots reverberate across the valley.

    Coorg, a district in Karnataka famous for its coffee, is home to the Kodavas, a martial hill tribe with a population of less than six lakh. Historically, the community has shared a deep connection with its weapons. Valiant guerrilla fighters and agriculturists, the Kodavas once defended territories with locally made bow-and-arrows. With the advent of firearms, guns became central to Kondava life. Weapons appear frequently in important social customs: births and deaths in the Kodava tribe are announced with gunfire, every newborn touches a bow and arrow, as initiation into the tribe. At the annual harvest festival of Puttari, one of the most important events on the Kodavas festival calendar, everyone in the valley opens fire.

    Weapons are also celebrated at Kailpodh, the annual Kodavas (or Coorgi) festival in the first week of September which marks the end of hardships for the agrarian community – once the paddy has been transplanted. During the festival, Kodavas clean and worship weapons to express their gratitude for the protection they have offered.

    “The period is a time for jubilation when distant families get together,” local resident Ashik Appanna explained.

    Image credit:  Shawn Sebastian and Tejaswi Dantuluri

    Image credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejaswi Dantuluri

    With the tightening of gun regulation laws, the ban on hunting, and due to large-scale migration of younger generation Coorgis, many have predicted that the Kodava weapon culture will disappear altogether. Elders of the Kodava community are hoping that festivals like Kailpodh will encourage young Kodavas to return to their traditional shooting skills.

    Gun Rights and Regulations
    In 1861, the British administrators granted Kodavas an exemption from the Arms Act, for their support to the East India Company in administrative and military affairs.

    “Gun ownership is a birthright for us,” said Appanna Bacharinanyanda, an 80-year-old retired lecturer who exhibits antique Kodava weapons and utensils in his front yard every Kailpodh.

    Bacharinanyanda says the Kodavas never “misuse” guns. He expresses a deep apprehension over the government’s attempts at over-regulating weapons: “These days authorities have started demanding bribes to grant us the exemption certificate, which is completely unacceptable.”

    With the Wildlife Protection Act of 1971, hunting has been prohibited in India. The legislation came as a big blow to the Kodavas, for whom hunting was an integral part of life and survival.

    Naveen Bidappa, a young Kodava lawyer, pointed to a photograph in his house of a man named Tiger Thimmaiah. In the picture, Thimmaiah stood next to a tiger he had killed and then tied to a tree.

    “He shot 12 tigers, hence the name,” smiled Bidappa.

    Since tigers posed the biggest menace for livestock, tiger hunters were once highly venerated figures in the Kodavas society.

    “Narimangala (tiger-marriage) was a big tradition in the olden days,” he said. “The tiger hunter was married to the tiger he killed, and villagers would offer them gifts and cash as a mark of respect.”

    Changing relevance of gun culture
    In early September, scores of Kodava youth assembled at a school ground at the Coorgi village of Chettali. Each carried a gun.

    Bidappa, a 70-year-old elder from the community, walked into the ground filled with curious onlookers, and shot a coconut hung several yards away to inaugurate the annual shooting competition that coincides with Kailpodh. He hit the bulls-eye with a single shot.

    “Shooting skills are in our blood,” he said, shrugging at the crowd’s deafening cheers.

    Over the last few years, shooting competitions that were once limited to households have turned into larger events, with an increasing number of shooting enthusiasts showing up from all over Coorg.

    “Our aim is to prepare and pass down shooting skills to the younger generation,” Bidappa said.

    Over the next five years, local shooting competition organisers plan to develop a shooting range in the village to groom young shooters, and train them for national shooting competitions.

    “Festivals such as Kailpodh have found a new meaning in changing circumstances,” he said.

    A Kodava shooting competition. Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    A Kodava shooting competition. Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Fifteen-year-old Lakshan Ayyappa is a widely recognised face at Kodavas shooting competitions. He is the great-grandson of Tiger Thimmaiah, but has also established himself as an ace shooter in his own right – he has won more local competition prizes than he can remember.

    “My target is to make it for 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said. Ayyappa first learnt to shoot at the age of five. He was taught by his mother.

    “Whenever I see a new gun, I discuss it with my dad,” he said. “I know everything about its make, calibre, range, the cartridges used. I feel by the time we are born, we are already half trained.”

    Like in Punjab, it is usual for Kodava households to send a member of their family to join the military. Many attribute this to early affinity Kodava youngsters develop with weapons.

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Shooting is not a male sport in the Kodavas tribe. Kodava women traditionally kept guns to protect their families when the men left for hunting and battle. Everyone from septuagenarian grandmothers to 16-year-old girls participate in local shooting competitions.

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Shooting is not a male sport in the Kodavas tribe. Kodava women traditionally kept guns to protect their families when the men left for hunting and battle. Everyone from septuagenarian grandmothers to 16-year-old girls participate in local shooting competitions.

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Credit: Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri

    Several modern-day sports like shooting and archery have been born of indigenous communities across the world. In India, the attempts at unearthing such indigenous talents have been poor.

    A few notable exceptions are people like Laxmirani Manji, from the Santhal tribe in Jharkhand who represented India in archery at the 2016 Rio Olymipcs, and Limba Ram of Ahari tribe in Rajasthan, an Arjuna awardee archer who represented India at three Olympics. If they are given enough support and attention, many modern-day Tiger Thimmaiahs might emerge from Coorg.

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    source: http://www.scroll.in / Scroll.in / Home> Magazine> After the News / Point & Shoot

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    Looking ahead: Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy are looking to take it match by match as they chart their course in the big league in the doubles.

    Looking ahead: Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy are looking to take it match by match as they chart their course in the big league in the doubles.

    Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy, who will play for Bengaluru Blasters, look to the ongoing Premier Badminton League (though they feature only in the mixed doubles event as there is no women’s doubles) as a huge learning curve.

    Their first target will be to break into the elite group in women’s doubles after finishing runner-up in the recent Welsh International Challenge and picking up a bronze at the Irish Grand Prix.

    Ashwini says they will take it match by match as they chart their course in the big league.

    “PBL is a major platform with so many Olympians. Anyone can pick up a few new things to improve their game,” says Ashwini.

    “Personally, I am very keen to focus on fitness and be more consistent,” she said.

    “It is only a question of how quickly we understand each other in the next few tournaments. It will be a different experience for me compared to the partnership with the more experienced Jwala,” said the 27-year-old Ashwini.

    “It’s been only a month since we began training together and I am happy at the way Sikki has been responding, especially in mastering how to rotate in simulated match situations. We have a very good doubles coach (Tan Kim Her),” says Ashwini.

    “I always believe that everything happens for a reason. So also my split with Jwala, and it is time now to look ahead. I am confident Sikki and will be a formidable force in women’s doubles,” she said.

    On her part, Sikki, fresh from the Brazilian and Russian Grand Prix titles and finishing runner-up in the Scottish Grand Prix partnering Pranaav Chopra in mixed doubles, is excited about playing with Ashwini.

    “Unlike many seniors, she is a very sweet person always pushing me to be better. The best part is she tries to make me feel comfortable.

    “Breaking into the top-15 in mixed doubles in such a short span is a huge morale-booster. These are the kind of results which can change your perception and confidence level,” said Sikki, who shot into the limelight after losing to Saina Nehwal in the 2008 Pune Commonwealth Youth Games final.

    A serious knee injury, however, forced her to focus only on doubles.

    “I don’t want to talk big, but yes there was some pressure initially as I stepped into the shoes of the formidable Jwala. She is a fabulous player and, like me, a left-hander,” Sikki said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Premier Badminton League – Other Sports / by V.V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – January 02nd, 2017

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    At No 28, Rohan Bopanna is the highest ranked Indian doubles player.

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    Name: Rohan Bopanna

    Age: 36

    Country: India

    World Ranking (doubles): 28

    Record in Chennai Open: 2002: Round of 16 ( partnered Carlos Cuadrado); 2006: Finals ( with Prakash Amritraj); 2009: Round of 16 ( Flavio Cipolia); 2010: Quarterfinals ( Mahesh Bhupathi); 2011: Quarterfinals (Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi); 2012: Semifinals ( Bhupathi); 2013: Quarterfinals (Rajeev Ram); 2014: Quarterfinals ( Qureshi);

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    Rohan Bopanna began the year 2016 by reaching the final of Sydney International ATP 250 tournament with Florin Mergea and followed it up with another entry to the final at the Madrid Masters with the same partner. He reached the quarterfinal of Rio Olympics in the mixed doubles event with Sania Mirza and also has three semifinal appearance in ATP tour events including one in the Masters.

    At No 28, Rohan Bopanna is the highest ranked Indian doubles player. He will partner local lad Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in the doubles in what will be his ninth appearance in the ATP tournament. The duo played the Chengdu Open in September and had reached the quarterfinals.

    source: http://www.sportstarlive.com / SportStar / Home> Chennai Open / December 31st, 2016

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    Indian Oil looked the better team in the initial stages, earning two quick penalty corners before Gurjinder took the lead off one. S.V. Sunil was in the thick of things by creating good moves.

    Kolkata :

    Indian Oil won their fifth All India Beighton Cup title by edging past Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) 5-3 in the final at the SAI training centre here on Tuesday.

    India defender Gurjinder Singh scored a first half brace with S.K. Uthappa with the veteran duo of captain Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh also finding the net.

    Indian Oil led by three unanswered goals at halftime. Bharat Petroleum, led by Sukhwinder Singh, tried to stage a comeback in the early stages of the second half through Amir Khan and Varun Kumar who sounded the boards after a flurry of penalty corners. But Deepak and Prabhjyot sealed the deal by scoring two more goals with Harmanpreet Singh getting on the scoresheet for the runners-up with a late consolation goal.

    Indian Oil looked the better team in the initial stages, earning two quick penalty corners before Gurjinder took the lead off one. S.V. Sunil was in the thick of things by creating good moves. Prabhjyot made a solo run, almost doubling the lead, before Uthappa pulled the trigger to make it 2-0 from a V.R. Raghunath pass.

    Gurjinder doubled his tally from another penalty corner as Indian Oil made the most of their opportunities while Bharat Petroleum failed to do so. The eventual winners also saw their goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan on top of his game pulling off a string of good saves. After the breather, Amir scored a field goal to make it 3-1 with Varun finally converting a penalty corner for Bharat Petroleum.

    Deepak and Prabhjyot though dashed any hopes of a fightback by netting goals in quick succession. Harmanpreet finished off the goal glut with a consolation strike in the dying minutes of the match. “We wanted them to press the panic button first,” Deepak, who was part of all five Indian Oil wins in the oldest domestic tournament, told reporters later.

    “They were younger and faster than us. We had quite a few veterans in the side so we could not match up to their pace. We played the Asian style of hockey while they stuck to the European style which the national team also plays. I am happy as captain that we prevailed eventually,” he added.

    Indian Oil’s Kothajit Singh was adjudged the man of the tournament. “I take inspiration from Mary Kom (boxer),” the Manipuri said. “She and Sarita Devi (boxer) have inspired me a lot,” added the 24-year old India international.

    source: http://www.india.com / India.com / Home> Business / by Indo-Asian News Service / December 27th, 2016

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    Sprinter HM Jyothi and golfer S Chikkarangappa are in the list of 16 sportspersons who will receive the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) awards this year.

    Other notable winners include young table tennis star Archana Kamath, swimmer Damini K Gowda, top-ranked girls’ badminton player Shikha Gautam and Indian hockey team midfielder SK Uthappa.

    Press photographer G Mohan and sports promoter Vinaya Hegde will also receive the honour while in the veteran category, B J Kariappa will be the recipient, KOA President K Govindaraj told a press conference.

    Sharana Gouda Beleri (wrestling) will receive the award in the coach’s category.

    The awards will be presented on Monday by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a ceremony to be held at Yavanika, State Youth Centre.

    The list of awardees:

    HM Jyothi (Athletics), Shikha Gautam (Badminton), HM Bhandavya (Basketball), Sandesh M Uppar (Cycling), Chikkarangappa (Golf), SK Uthappa (Hockey), Mallaprabha Jadhav (Judo), Usha Rani (Kabaddi), Mayur Bhanu (Shooting), Damini K Gowda (Swimming), Anitha R (Taekwondo), Archana Kamath (Table Tennis), Dhruthi Venugopal (Tennis), Vinayak Rokade (Volleyball), Naveen Chandra (Weightlifting), BJ Kariappa (Veteran hockey player), Sharana Gouda Beleri (Wrestling coach), G Mohan (Press photographer), Vinaya Hegde (Sports promoter).

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / Bengaluru – DHNS, December 25th, 2016

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