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    Bangalore :

    Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief G Parameshwara is set to continue as the president of the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) while former star Ashwini Nachappa has entered the fray for the post of vice-president in the elections scheduled for October 26.

    Parameshwara’s third term at the helm of KAA is almost certain as the top politician is the only one to file the nomination for the post on the last day on Monday.

    There are five candidates in the fray for the four posts for vice-president. Besides Ashiwini, a key campaigner for cleaning Indian sports, the other aspirants are Uday Prabhu, Sunil Kumar Shetty, Munisanjeevappa and Babu Kumar.

    There are three contestants for the secretary’s post vacated by long-serving official Satyanarayana, while two are in the mix for the treasurer’s post. The final list of candidates will be announced after the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday.

    The candidates: President: G Parameshwara; Vice-Presidents: Ashwini Nachappa, Uday Prabhu, Sunil Kumar Shetty, Munisanjeevappa, Babu Kumar; Secretary: RK Gopalkrishna, Chandrashekar Rai, Nataraj; Treasurer: Uday Kumar, Bhimannanavar.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> More Sports> Kaa / by Biju Babu Cyriac, TNN / October 22nd, 2013

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    Olympians Shiva Thapa, KT Irfan and MR Poovamma would be running as volunteers with the visually impaired school children at the Coca-Cola Salwan Cross Country Run on November 10 at the Army Equestrian Centre here.

    Apart from running alongside visually impaired children, Shiva Thapa, Irfan and Poovamma would also promote and emphasize upon the tenets of Salwan Cross Country Run — to encourage clean and fair sports at the grassroots level.

    This year’s edition of Salwan Cross Country Run would witness participation by more than 1700 visually impaired and differently-abled schoolchildren, all of whom would be running with a volunteer to aid them during the race.

    All the three Olympians, who would be running as volunteers, are under the aegis of Anglian Medal Hunt Company, a venture that seeks to nurture talent in the arena of Olympic sports and beyond.

    From a humble beginning of 300 students running in the year 1995, the race saw participation from 48000 students from 800 schools across India along with 1800 visually impaired, 200 intellectually challenged children running in 2012.

    The participants and winners across each category underwent a dope and age verification test at the 18th edition of the Salwan Cross Country Run last year, with an objective to promote principles of fair play and protection of the athlete’s right to compete in a fair and drug free competition — an initiative that would be strictly enforced this year also.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News> by Press Trust of India / New Delhi – October 20th, 2013

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    October 24th, 2013adminSports

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    Karnataka’s athletes and sports writers came together at the Sports Writers Association of Bangalore Awards ceremony here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday to celebrate their long-standing relationship.
    The achievers of 2012-13 were felicitated by former world professional and amateur billiards champion Geet Sethi, who was also the chief guest.

    HN Girisha, who won a high jump silver medal at last year’s London Paralympics, was awarded the Best Male Sportsperson while athlete MR Poovamma received the female Best Sportsperson award for her exploits in the 400M.

    “To come from a small village in Hassan and go on to be a legend is not something I had ever expected,” said Girisha.

    Arvind Savur, the flag-bearer of cue sports in Karnataka for close to four decades, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award.

    List of awardees: Best sportsperson (male): H N Girisha (paralympian); Best sportsperson (female): MR Poovamma (athletics); Best junior sporstperson (male): Girish A Koushik (chess); Best junior sportsperson: Prema Huchannavar (wrestling); Coach of the year: Raman Vijayan (football); Team of the year: Karnataka State Senior Tenpin bowling team (both men and women); Behind the scenes: KS Rajshekar (volleyball) and Mohan Kumar (basketball); Lifetime achievement: Arvind Savur (cue sports).

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DHNS / Bangalore – October 06th, 2013

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    October 23rd, 2013adminSports

    Madikeri :

    17- The Inter-Kodava Samaja Hockey tournament organised by the Kodava Samaja Federation will be held from Oct. 22 at the Balugodu Hockey Grounds here.

    Disclosing this at a press meet here yesterday, the Sports Committee Chairman Kambiranda Kittu Kalappa said that 16 teams will be participating in the tourney.

    He further said that the final would be played on Oct. 26 which also features tug-of-war competitions for men and women.

    He added that a few important rules have been incorporated in the tourney.

    Kalappa further said that only students of Sports Authority of India Hostel would be allowed to play for Bangalore Kodava Samaja. He added that the winner of the tourney would get a cash prize of Rs. 30,000 and the runner-up Rs. 20,000; the semi-finalists would get Rs.10,000 each and winner of tug-of-war would get Rs.10,000 and the runner-up Rs. 7,500.

    Tourney Secretary Kotera Raghu Karyappa, members Neravanda Bharath, Iynanda Jappu Achappa, Tambu Kuttera Madhu Mandanna and Bolliyangada Dadu Poovaiah were present.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / October 17th, 2013

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    October 23rd, 2013adminSports

    Shanghai :

    Leander Paes, playing with Canada’s Daniel Nestor, and Rohan Bopanna, combining with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, are in the 32-team draw of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

    While Paes has already made the season-ending event the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month with Czech Radek Stepanek, Bopanna, who won the Japan Open last week, has his work cut out, placed as they are in the 13th position of the team rankings. Bopanna and Vasselin, seeded sixth here, are in the same quarter of the draw as the top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

    India no.1 Somdev Devvarman, ranked 95 in the word, fell in the final round of the men’s singles qualifying competition of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, falling in straight sets to Japan’s Tatsuma Ito 6-7 (6-8), 0-6.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Tennis> Rohan Bopanna / TNN / October 07th, 2013

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    October 19th, 2013adminSports

    But for MR Poovamma reinforcing her credentials as the best quarter-miler in the country, there was little to brag about on the penultimate day of the 53rd Open National Athletics Championship. Otherwise, slack organising was the central theme of the rain-hit day.

    The word ‘unreasonable’ best sums up the organisers’ logic in holding the heats and finals of the 400m on the same day. That too after the 400m was widely billed as the marquee fixture of the tournament, which fielded more international athletes than any other stream.

    Amidst these distractions, Poovamma proved unflappable in a grid replete with stars. Tintu Luka, Anu Mariam Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Anilda Thomas were all capable of upsetting Poovamma, who has established herself as the country’s titular figure in 400m.

    Despite her recent form, Poovamma knew the race was by no means a cakewalk. And she set off to a near-perfect start and rocketed off to a handy lead.

    But Tintu wasn’t to be shaken. Braving the fatigue of her gold-winning 800m spurt on Sunday and heats in the morning, she kept snapping at Poovamma’s heels and was within touching distance, so much so that the race seemed heading for a photo-finish. But Poovamma timed 53.96s, two hundredths of a second faster than Tintu.

    Tintu’s mentor PT Usha felt Tintu was undone by rain and scheduling. “Tintu ran the 800m on Sunday in rain and that affected her performance in the 400m. The heats and final of the 400m was held too closely and there was no resting time,” she told TNIE.

    Two meets records were created on the day. In women’s javelin, ONGC’s Anu Rani entered the record-book with an effort of 54.35m while Sudha Singh clocked 10:09.04s to better her mark in steeplechase.

    RESULTS: Men: 110m hurdles: A Suresh (RLYS) 14.19s, K Prem Kumar (AP) 14.34, T Balamurugan (TN) 14.41. 3000m steeplechase: Jaiveer Singh (SER) 9:00.41, Sachin Patil (RLYS) 9:09.12, Karamvir (SER) 9:14.15. High jump: Jithin C Thomas (SER) 2.11m, A Shaiju (SER) 2.08m, Chethan (KAR) 2.05m. Discus throw: Arjun (HAR) 54.10m, Dharam Raj (SER) 50.99m, Karan Singh (RLYS) 50.19m. 20km walk: K Ganapathi (SER) 1:27:18.15s, Gurmeet Singh (RLYS) 1:28:19.30s, Baljinder Singh (PUN) 1:29:09.08s.

    Women: 400m: MR Poovamma (ONGC) 53.96s, Tintu Luka (RLYS) 53.98, Chavi Sharawat (RLYS) 54.44. 100m hurdles: G Gayathry (TN) 13.70s, J Hemasree (LIC) 14.19, MM Anchu (RLYS) 14.31. 3000m steeplechase: Sudha Singh (RLYS) 10:09.04, Lalita Babar (RLYS) 10:33.40, Kiran Tiwari (HAR) 10:52.75. Pole vault: Khyati Vakharia (ONGC) 3.70m, VS Sureka (RLYS) 3.60m, Kiranbir Kaur (Police) 3.50m. Triple jump: MA Prajusha (RLYS) 12.91m, V Neena (RLYS) 12.76m, Mareena Joseph (Police) 12.50m. Javelin throw: Annu Rani (ONGC) 54.35m, Rupinder Kaur (Police) 48.16m, S Saraswathy (RLYS) 48.07m.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport / by Shan AS – Ranchi / September 10th, 2013

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    October 14th, 2013adminSports

    Shanghai :

    India’s No.1 singles player Somdev Devvarman and doubles top gun Rohan Bopanna have given the latest appointee to the country’s Davis Cup squad – non-playing captain Anand Amritraj – the thumbs up.

    The former ace, ranked as high as No. 74 in singles and 24 in doubles in the 70s, will take over the reins for India’s next assignment, the Asia Oceania Group I opener against Chinese Taipei to be played in Indore in January.

    The 61-year-old Anand, a one-time chess prodigy who went on to win 12 doubles titles on the ATP Tour, most of them in tandem with younger brother Vijay, is widely acknowledged as a keen tennis brain. He even reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 1976. Somdev, ranked 95 in the world, said, “Anand was a fantastic player for India, he’s a great choice for a captain. His knowledge of the game is vast. I have a lot of respect for what he has accomplished. A lot of us have been in touch with him for a number of years and he comes around and watches our matches whenever he can. I look forward to playing for him. We’ll give him our best.”

    Somdev, who led a players’ revolt which saw the country’s best players put up a unified front in expressing their displeasure at the functioning of the All India Tennis Association, forced the federation to replace Shiv Prakash Misra with Anand. Zeeshan Ali will stay on as coach. “The goal is to get back to the World Group,” Somdev said, speaking for his team, “I want to get on with the job and get us there.”

    Bopanna, who will likely partner Pak’s Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi on the Tour next year, welcomed Anand into the squad. “It’s great to have Anand as Davis Cup captain. He’s very enthusiastic, very knowledgeable about the game and understands how tennis is played today.”

    Mahesh Bhupathi said, “Anand has a great tennis brain and a world of experience to fall back on. He brings a lot to the table. I played under him in the Asian Games.”

    Leander Paes told the media that he hadn’t given much thought to the appointment. Paes learnt his craft at Amritraj’s BAT academy in Chennai.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Tennis> Somdev Devvarman / by Prajwal Hegde, TNN / October 13th, 2013

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    India’s Rohan Bopanna and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin have beaten Britain’s Jamie Murray and Australia’s John Peers 7-6, 6-4 in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo to claim the doubles trophy.

    The first set took 44 minutes while the second took 34 minutes to complete in a match that went on for 1 hour and 18 minutes.

    There were no breaks of serve in the first set while a single break in the second set ensured that the Indo-French pair comfortably won the title.

    Bopanna and Roger Vasselin were the fourth seeds in the tournament.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> News-ANI> Sports /by ANI / Tokyo – October 06th, 2013

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    The Arjuna Award, begins Joshna Chinappa, was a really special moment, “I was happy to know I had won it. But it was more special getting it at the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” smiles this Chennai-based squash champion. A tomboy growing up, Joshna is a complete outdoorsy person. “My dad is a squash player and I used to follow him to the Madras Cricket Club and that’s where I started. I loved playing squash and decided at 10 that I was going to make it a career,” she says.

    Joshna, who was the first Indian girl to win the British Squash Championship in 2003 in the Under-19 category, confesses that she has had many hard games. “But one of them was when I was 1-0 down to my opponent at the finals of the British Open Under-19. It was a hard-fought game,” she says.

    She has never had a role model, she says, though she has always looked up to PT Usha. Her parents have been her main source of motivation and support. Her father, Anjan Chinappa, is a coffee planter from Coorg, and mother, Sunitha, a housewife who is very involved in helping with her travel schedules and lodging across the world. Her brother, Gaurav, is a doctor. And she dotes on her grandfather, PM Belliappa, who is a retired IAS officer and her grandmother, Leela Chinappa. Happy in the fact that she is blessed with a supportive family, Joshna likes her space. “I love being on my own after training and maybe watching TV shows online. If it’s the weekend, I love a good bar of chocolate too!” adds the national champion.

    Sport brings with it a spate of its own lessons, and for Joshna, injuries have only made her more aware of her body. “After I got injured and during recovery, I realised that the human body is amazing, given what it can achieve. I learnt not to take it for granted and to treat it with respect by taking care of my health, training hard, eating right and sleeping well,” says this youngster. “The only thing I am passionate about is training. But I also like playing other sports, like badminton and tennis. I try and read sometimes,” she adds.

    A private person, Joshna reveals that she likes to focus on her game and stay away from the attention that sports stars draw. “I think if one is a female athlete, and doing well, one will get more attention. But for me personally, I have always stayed away from it unless I have to be in it. It’s just exhausting and I would rather be training and focusing on my game than being seen at some social event regularly or doing photo shoots,” she says, in parting.

    on the hot seat

    HER bucket list: Helping kids with their squash, buying my own house and travelling the world as a tourist.

    On my plate: I love South Indian food (rice and rasam) and sushi.

    A Magical moment: When people genuinely wish you well and are supportive of you, even when you’ve hit rock-bottom — that is special to me. There have been only a few people who have done that for me.

    On the route map: I love going to America and playing there. I find it very relaxed and I have lot of friends there.

    Notes from a champ: Work hard, be open to learning, and most importantly, make sure you study and get a degree from college, at the least.

    Style statement: I am quite casual about what I wear. I don’t like making too much of an effort unless it’s going to be important. I like mixing up my look with accessories.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Commentary / DC / by Tuba Raqshan / October 06th, 2013

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    Joshna Chinappa

    Joshna Chinappa


    Much before Dipika Pallikal swept the squash world with her feathery game and girly charms, there was Joshna Chinappa. Though injuries had taken toll on her career and impeded from achieving the heights she was capable of scaling, Joshna remains the true path-breaker of women’s squash in the country. Dipika only followed the blueprint, and improvised on it later.

    When Joshna took baby-steps in the sport, randomly swishing and swiping the racquet in the MCC Courts, squash was still unglamorous, if not obscure. So much so that she winning the Junior British Open in 2005 went almost unnoticed. But when eventually her feats were acknowledged, they thrust unrealistic hopes on her. Credit to her that she lived up to most of it, though the hope-o-meter scale just exploded.

    She took everything in her stride with a rare poise — the glam-bee image, the exaggerated spat with the Squash Racquets Federation of India, a dodgy knee that threatened a premature death to her career, world rankings that seemed forever struck in the mid-30s, the elusive WISPA title and so on and so forth. Her world seemed a peculiar blend of fame and frivolity. And then came the ultra-glamorous Dipika, pushing her almost to the sidelines, though Dipika herself reckons Joshna as her inspiration.

    But Joshna just focused on her game so focused that such trivial distractions hardly distracted her. “Well, throughout my career, my focus hasn’t wavered. I have been through bad times and injuries, come across a lot of hurdles, but my passion for the game has never ceased. The sheer joy of getting onto the court keeps me up,” she told TNIE.

    Persistence paid. WISPA titles followed. The injury healed. Rank-o-meter rose to a personal best of 25. Arjuna Award ensued. The year has seen an upswing. And Joshna is again smiling. “I think every athlete goes through a phase when you are beset with doubts. But you overcome it with hard work and persistence,” she stressed.

    Now that she is almost back to her full fitness and treading a squash player’s perceived peak, Joshna looks forward to her career with a newfound optimism. “I haven’t set any specific targets as such. I just want to focus on my game at hand and do my best to overcome my opponent,” she said.

    The Arjuna is a due acknowledgement of her accomplishments, but the world number 26 hopes it would spur more youngsters to pursuing the sport. “You need more youngsters to take up this game. Presently, it is popular only in a few cities like Chennai. But only if it reaches out to more centres will the game really take off,” she said. And not to forget, she is Indian squash’s first pin-up girl, though that’s not a tag she is overtly obsessed with.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport / by Sandip G / ENS / September 22nd, 2013

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