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    August 10th, 2016adminSports

    The 25th state-level slush field sports meet will be held at C D Bopaiah’s farm at Kaggodlu on August 13, said Zilla Yuva Okkoota president M B Joyappa.

    Joyappa said, the event which is organised jointly by taluk units of Okkoota, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Zilla Panchayat, Youth Hostels Association of India, will be inaugurated by District In-charge Minister M R Seetharam at 9.30 am on the aforementioned date.

    The inaugural session will be followed by the sports competitions for men at 10.30 am. The events include volleyball, football and tug-of-war, followed by 50 metres race for boys and girls in junior and primary level categories, 100 metres race for boys and girls in higher primary school, 200 metres for high school boys and girls and 300 metres for college boys and girls.

    Relay event

    Relay event has been organised for boys and girls in the categories of primary, high school and college, followed by open race for public and traditional running race for the villagers of Kaggodlu.

    President of Yuva Okkoota, Madikeri taluk, Naveen Derala said, “The winners in football, tug-of-war and volleyball will pocket Rs 10,000 cash prize and trophy while the runner-up will take home a cash prize of Rs 6,000 and a trophy.”

    The participating teams should enrol themselves with the organisers by paying an entry fee of Rs 500 on or before August 11.

    The high school students participating in the tug-of-war contest should bring a letter from their schools.

    The first, second and third prizes will be distributed in running events. The prizes include a trophy and certificate of appreciation.

    Chairman of Legislative Council D H Shankaramurthy, Chief Whip of BJP in the Council Ganesh Karnik, MP Prathap Simha, MLA Appachu Ranjan and MLC Veena Achaiah will be the chief guests during the inaugural function.

    MLA K G Bopaiah, SP P Rajendra Prasad, taluk panchayat president Shobha Mohan to name a few will be among the chief guests for valedictory ceremony, same evening.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri – August 09th, 2016

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    “I want Australia. I want them in the semi-finals and I want to beat them bad.”


    It’s been 36 years since India won a medal in hockey at the Olympics. As the team heads to Rio, there is a realistic chance and great anticipation this time around that the team could once again stand on the podium, on the back of some impressive results in the last few years. And one man who could prove instrumental in India’s quest for Olympic glory is S V Sunil.

    Somwarpet Vittalacharya Sunil was born on May 6, 1989 in Coorg district of Karnataka. In his growing up years, he used a bamboo stick to play the game as he came from a poor background.

    He made his international debut at the Asia Cup in Chennai in 2007, a tournament which India won incidentally. He was then part of the silver-winning team at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup the following year. More recently, he was part of two historic triumphs – a bronze at the World Hockey League in 2015 and a silver at the Champions Trophy in 2016.

    “Coming from a poor family in Coorg, hockey has given me everything I need to lead a comfortable life. And when I play, I remember what the game has given me for the sacrifices I have made and I will do everything to bring glory for the country,” Sunil said, while speaking to Followyoursport.com.

    S V Sunil is regarded as one of the fastest players on the turf today and his blazing runs, mostly down the right flank, have caught the opposition unawares many a time. These incisive inroads have either resulted in direct goals or have created set-piece opportunities for others to score.

    With the additional responsibility of vice-captaincy, Sunil is a vital cog in the Indian machine who could tilt fortunes in the team’s favour in crucial match situations.

    “I don’t feel that the role of Vice-Captain brings any pressure to my game. Being part of the team for so long, I have learnt to handle pressure and that helps me stick to my natural game. Vice-Captaincy for me, is all about making the youngsters in the team understand their role and motivate them to play to their potential.” Sunil stated.

    Sunil is quietly confident about the team doing well at the quadrennial event.

    “The approach we have for the Olympics this time is far more systematic and I feel we are on the right track. Last time, we paid more attention to fitness. But this time, it is very different. We pay attention to overall development as a team and the training has a lot to do with discipline and team spirit which I think has helped us on the field and in understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

    Coach Roelant Oltmans is impressed with Sunil’s talent and ability.

    “He is an attacker and brings something exceptional to the team. He understands our demands and he keeps questioning what we are doing in a positive way so that he can understand it and translate to the younger players,” Oltmans said.

    “I want Australia. I want them in the semi-finals and I want to beat them bad,” said SV Sunil in a recent interview to Sportskeeda, reflecting the team’s eagerness to beat them after they have emerged as the last stumbling block in a series of tournaments lately.

    (India’s Olympic Hope is a series of profiles of south India’s Olympic participants of Rio 2016)

    source: http://www.thenewsminute.com / The NEWS Minute / Home> Olympics / TNM Staff / Monday – August 01st, 2016

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    A 9-5 job or rather should be termed as a jail is just a sufficient medium to fetch you with bread and butter, but the passion which you always aspired will give you a life! A life which you always experience in your dreams only. Give it a thought! This slavery of 9-5 shift is doing no good to you other than drawing you away from your true passion. If you feel that you could be the next greatest person to come up with some crazy discoveries, then you really can. You don’t need to be smart or rich to achieve that aspiration of yours. All you need to do is to ignite your passion and follow your own inner voice to which you’ve stopped listening. Imagine waking up every morning and feeling like your life is a vacation. Imagine being free to go anywhere without a job permission. Imagine being truly free! Doesn’t it sound awesome? But there are certain questions which turmoil your head when you try to imagine these things. Questions like ‘How would I feed myself and my family? and ‘How would I get money and resources?’ The answer to your concerns is Coorg.

    Coorg is a beautiful town blessed with the natural beauty of the Western ghats. Noted for its lush green hills and soothing climate, Coorg also holds multiple trekking trails and solace-destinations for your weekend escapes. And the best part is that you don’t have to burn a big hole in your pocket to experience what this city has in offer for you. HolidayIQ travellers have compiled some of the awesome trekking trails in Coorg.

    Tadiandamol Trek


    Having a height of 5740 ft from the sea level, Tadiandamol trek is the highest point in Coorg. The adventure of the Tadiandamol Trek passes through vast expanses of Shola forests, through lush green grasslands and breathtaking falls and streams. The best part is that it’s just 8 kilometers from the city and difficulty level of the trek is also easy. Installing and camp here and lighting up a bonfire and enjoying the whole eye-orgasmic view while sipping wine can be one hell of a doing you’re ever likely to experience in your life. And the gutsy wind blowing across adds wonders to the charm of this destination.

    source: http://www.siliconindia.com / Silicon India / Home> SI News> Life / by Silicon India / Friday – August 05th, 2016

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    Rohan Bopanna will partner with Leander Paes in men’s doubles and with Sania Mirza in mixed doubles at Rio Olympics.

    Chandigarh: Rohan Bopanna plays against Korea's Hong Chung in the Asia/ Oceania Group I 2nd Round of Davis Cup in Chandigarh on Sunday. Bopanna won the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

    Chandigarh: Rohan Bopanna plays against Korea’s Hong Chung in the Asia/ Oceania Group I 2nd Round of Davis Cup in Chandigarh on Sunday. Bopanna won the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

    Rohan Bopanna, 36

    Event: Tennis (Men’s doubles and mixed doubles)

    Event date: August 6

    Qualifying Event: Qualified for Rio Olympics on account of 10th rank on the cutoff date of June 6

    Records: Rohan Bopanna has participated in just one Olympics before this (2012) exited in the second round in men’s doubles.

    Career highlights (in last two years): Won Madrid Masters 1000 event (2015), Runner-up at World Tour Finals (2015)

    Bio: Rohan Bopanna is India’s mainstay in the men’s doubles department on tour with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea. Bopanna trained with Mahesh Bhupathi’s father – Bopanna’s partner at London Olympics (his only other Olympic participation) – and now travels full time with his own team and physios.

    He finished in the top 10 of 2015 – a first in his career – and maintained his foothold in the top 20 for fifth time in six years.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / Indian Express / Home> Express Sports> Sports / by Express Web Desk / July 19th, 2016

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    Bopanna urges fans to shun cockfighting in Peta Ad


    As part of an ad campaign for PETA, tennis star Rohan Bopanna has urged his fans to stay away from cockfighting, a blood sport in which roosters are placed in a ring and forced to fight to death.

    Posing with rescued rooster Smack, he appears next to the words ‘Tennis Is a Sport — Cockfighting Is Not’.
    The visual for the campaign was shot by ace photographer Sam Mohan.

    In December 2014, Bopanna had caged himself holding a sign that proclaims ‘Try to Relate to Their Fate.

    Say No to Cockfighting’, as part of a similar ad campaign.PTI

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> In School /PTI / New Delhi – July 20th, 2016

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    Not used to playing singles anymore, India’s Rohan Bopanna found rhythm in nick of time to edge past Hong Chung before Yong-Kyu Lim prevented a Korean whitewash with a gritty win over Ramkumar Ramanathan in the Davis Cup Asia\Oceania Group I tie on Sunday.

    Asked to take court in place of Saketh Myneni, who is still recovering from his gruelling match on Friday, Bopanna laboured to a 3-6 6-4 6-4 win

    source: http://www.youtube.com / Indian Express Online / published July 17th, 2016

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    Bangalore :

    As Goa gears up for the third edition of Force Gurkha RFC India, Karnataka has broken all records by sending the highest number of entries RFC India has received till date from a single state. This year, a total of six teams from Karnataka will be participating in the country’s toughest and first international off-road motorsport event. Of these, four teams are from Bangalore Off-road Drivers Association (BODA), one team is from Coorg based V5 Offroaders and another is from Mudhogs of Sakleshpur.

    The six teams, represented by BODA’s Madhusudan Reddy, Lokesh Aradhya (co-driver Rohith KR), Vivek Kuriakosse (co-driver Ashok Kuriakose) and Pradeep Kumar (co-driver Prithviraj AC), Jagat Nanjappa (co-driver Chetan Chengappa) from V5 Offroaders and Narthan Byramudi (co-driver Satish Kumar) from Mudhogs, aim to overwhelm the rest of the competitors by their talent and team-spirit.

    Organized by Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 will be held in Goa from 22ndJuly to 29th July. It is the India Chapter of the iconic Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia.

    The event is divided into four competitive legs – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and the Twilight Zone – which are further segregated into 24 Special Stages. The team with the maximum points at the end of all the Special Stages is announced the winner of the competition and the top Indian driver of the event gets an automatic, free entry to the RFC Mother Event to be held in Malaysia at the end of the year.

    This year Kannadigas seem to present the most versatile and flexible representation of the lot.

    33 year old Rohith and 45 year old Vivek, both claim that they will be showcasing the most unique vehicle of all. “We are using 40 inch tyres, custom made axle and have made many modifications to give us that extra advantage,” said Vivek.

    “We are using a suspension unlike any other, which will give us that power to weight ratio,” Rohith added.

    Jagat Nanjappa, a 55 year old rallyist, has been a national champion nine times. He said, “RFC South India was fun but not as tedious as I expected it to be. I am looking forward for the tough and thrilling experience at the RFC India Mother Event in Goa”

    “It’s my third time at RFC India, and me and my driver have an experience of both driving as well as navigating, which has given us high hope for a podium finish,” claims Rohith, who also won the ‘Jungleman Award’ in the first season of RFC India.

    There are 25 teams in total participating this season, bringing in a range of competition to deal with.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Racing / Aditi Sequeira / TNN / July 16th, 2016

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    If there is one place in Karnataka that has produced top quality hockey players on a consistent basis, it has to be Kodagu. And when it comes to producing Olympians, few regions can match this picturesque district.

    Joining the stalwarts likes MP Ganesh, BP Govinda (both 1972 Olympics), AB Subbaiah (1992, 96) and CS Poonacha (1992), Arjun Halappa (2004) who all donned the Indian colours at the quadrennial extravaganza, is the quartet of SV Sunil, Nikkin Thimmaiah, SK Uthappa and VR Raghunath who will form part of India’s charge in Rio.

    “I am lucky to have been born in a region that has such rich tradition of hockey,” gushed India’s ace dragflicker Raghunath.

    “The tradition dates long back. We have that in our blood. Promoting hockey and joining the Indian Army are the two things that people in Kodagu look up to as they grow up,” he remarked.

    While Raghunath believes that it’s the love for the game that has resulted in such a surge of players, the vice-captain of the Rio-bound side, Sunil, credited the way in which Kodagu nurtures the upcoming talent. “I think it has got more to do with the way we nurture talent. We have clubs and loads of teams that play hockey,” said the forward.

    “I remember my days. The seniors at the club would come home and drag me to the ground if I didn’t turn up for a practice session.”

    Uthappa explains the keen interest that the people back in his hometown take in the game: “Recently when I was back home for two days, the way people spoke — not only the ones I knew, but also strangers — about the Champions Trophy was really touching.

    “It not just a compliment, but people would dissect and analyse every move of yours. Things like you should have done this and not that and so on. That shows the interest people have,” he said.

    Joining the illustrious list of hockey Olympians from Kodagu for the first time is Thimmaiah. And the 25-year-old is eagerly looking forward to it. “I grew up reading and hearing about Olympics. And here I am preparing for what will be my first Olympics. I want to ensure that I do well and give the best for my team,” stressed the 25-year-old.

    While the Kodagu quartet is sure to play a key role in the Indian set up for sometime now, there are worrying signs. The junior national side, that is busy preparing for the Junior World Cup later this year, has no player from Karnataka. Raghunath, though, believes that it’s just a phase.

    “Yes, we did have a small break in between, where you had no one coming up in the age-group category. But I see it as a part of a cycle,” he said.

    “We have been identifying good players in the U-16 and U-18 level. And I am sure by next year we will have guys in these age-group teams too. But insofar as the Junior World Cup is concerned, the core group looks set and it’s difficult for anyone to break in now,” he reasoned.

    DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / by Naveen Peter / DHNS – Bengaluru, July 16th, 2016

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    Raghunath Vokkaliga. (Getty Images)

    Raghunath Vokkaliga. (Getty Images)

    Bengaluru :

    Karnataka has added another feather to its glorious hockey history with four players having secured berths in the 16-member Indian squad for the Olympics. The quartet of SV Sunil, VR Raghunath, SK Uthappa and Nikkin Thimmaiah – all from Kodagu district – will have a key role to play when India launch their campaign in Rio de Janeiro against Ireland on August 6.

    Star striker Sunil, who was handed the role of vice-captain, said he enjoyed taking up responsibilities. “Vice-captaincy came as a surprise. I was not expecting it,” said an elated Sunil, who essayed a similar role at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (April) and Champions Trophy (June).

    “I feel that I play better when I am asked to shoulder a big responsibility. I enjoy doing that. My job is to share the decision-making duties with my skipper and motivate our players,” added Sunil, 26, who made his Olympic debut at London 2012.

    The striker, a veteran of 190 international matches, felt the team is headed in the right direction. “We have prepared well for Rio. We have identified small mistakes and worked on them. The players are high on confidence,” he added.

    With 214 international caps, Raghunath is second in the list of senior members in the side after former skipper Sardar Singh (247). Being part of a team that finished a disappointing 12th at the London Games, Raghunath realises the challenges of playing at the highest level.

    The drag-flick exponent, making his second Olympic appearance, felt the team has improved in all departments. “London Olympics was very disappointing. But this time we improved in all aspects of the game,” he said. “In the tournaments leading up to Olympics, we have played all big teams and proved that we are a force to reckon with. We have prepared strategies after analysing other teams’ strengths and weaknesses. What is more important for us is to start on a winning note in Rio.”

    Midfielder Uthappa, 24, who was part of the Indian team in London, said. “It is great that we have four players from Kodagu in the Olympic team. Making my second appearance in the Olympics gives me a high but I am looking to contribute to the team’s success,” he said.
    “Our performance at the London Olympics was very unsatisfactory and we want to put up a better show this time,” Uthappa, who has played 94 matches for India, added.

    It’s dream come true for forward Thimmaiah, who will be making his debut. “It’s an honour to represent India at the Olympics. The positive thing is that in the lead-up to the Olympics, we have produced good results in all tournaments. We will look to maintain the same form at Rio,” said 26-year-old, who has 71 international caps.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home / Sunil Subbaiah / TNN / July 13th, 2016

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    For Forest Department officials, illegal trekking remains a problem in Chikkamagaluru, Chamarajanagar and Dakshina Kannada districts. File photo: K. Murali Kumar

    For Forest Department officials, illegal trekking remains a problem in Chikkamagaluru, Chamarajanagar and Dakshina Kannada districts. File photo: K. Murali Kumar

    Recent arrest of trekkers for violating forest rules shows the kind of confusion in eco-tourism sector

    What starts off as an innocuous desire to explore the lush forests and towering peaks of the State, sometimes ends up as an interrogation by a forest officer or at the local police station. For 18 trekkers from Bengaluru, the experience was all too real when they arrived at M.M. Hills. Organised through a travel portal, they landed in the forests of Chamrajanagar, only to be rounded up by the officials of the Forest Department for illegally trespassing into a wildlife sanctuary.

    This experience, however, is not uncommon, particularly with adventure portals, trekking clubs and informal groups increasing in number to catch up with the demand for trekking.

    “We had no idea that the trek was illegal. As a portal, we rely on the vendors who offer these treks … it is up to them to obtain the required permissions. We relied entirely on the local guide … since there are no boards or signs demarcating revenue and forest land, those in the trek did not know they had strayed into a forest range,” said Pradyot Punj of the portal adventuresome.in, which organised the trek.

    Portals insist responsibility lies on the vendors — locals offering the trek — and participants are made to sign an indemnity contract fixing responsibility of any eventualities on the guides themselves. “After this experience, we will ensure that all vendors have the required permissions. Many organisations are not aware of this,” added Mr. Punj.


    An increase in for-profit companies over the last two years has seen rampant flouting of rules, says Niranjan Kumar, an avid trekker, who organises hiking outings on a voluntary basis. “These companies tend to rely on locals looking to make a quick buck. We have seen them litter and burst crackers to make it seem like a party for gullible participants. What costs us Rs. 300 to organise will be charged Rs. 1,400 by some companies. It has become less about nature and more about commerce. This gives a bad name to all trekkers,” he said.

    The Kodagu experience

    In Kodagu, which attracts thousands of Bengaluru residents on weekends, the trek through the reserve forest at Thadiyandamol — the highest peak in the district — was proving to be a headache for the officials of the Forest Department. “There used to be night treks offered by coffee plantations and home stays in the area. We have put an end to it by posting a watcher there. Also, boards have been installed to warn trekkers,” said Manoj Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests (Kodagu).

    For Forest Department officials, illegal trekking remains a problem in Chikkamagaluru, Chamarajanagar and Dakshina Kannada districts. The emphasis, instead, is on the Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board to increase the number of trails that are offered legally. “After the monsoons, we will be offering more trails and ensure that trekking and hiking can be done in a regulated manner,” said Vijay Mohan Raj, Additional CEO of the Board.

    No night trek near Bengaluru

    Benglauru may see more hiking trails once the monsoon clouds clear. The Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board has proposed opening of trails such as Skandagiri, Savandurga, and Madhugiri. However, the once popular night treks — done surreptitiously over the years — will remain banned as forest officials emphasise that large-scale human movement adversely disturbs nocturnal animals

    Will an app clear the confusion?

    With eco-tourism, particularly trekking, remaining shrouded in confusion and bureaucracy, the Forest Department hopes to bring in some clarity by launching “myecotrip,” a mobile application.“From zoo tickets to bookings in jungle lodges to trekking trails, this app will allow citizens to directly connect with the nature activity of their choice,” said Vijay Mohan Raj, Additional CEO of the Karnataka EcoTourism Development Board. The app, however, will be launched only in September after the monsoon and when forest trails will once again be open to trekkers.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / Mohit M Rao / Bengaluru – July 13th, 2016

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