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    She was a corporate professional before she realised what her true calling was.
    Today, she is one of the topmost golf players in the country and continues to share her knowledge with youngsters who want to become golfers like her.

    Nikki Ponappa is young, energetic and talented and always has a smile on her face even after spending a really tiring day.

    She recently took part in the Louis Philippe Cup as one of the women pro golfers at the Karnataka Golf Association.

    She shared a few light moments with Anila Kurian, where she spoke about her life off the golf course.

    Where do you drawinspiration from?
    From anything under the sun! Even my dog, who is so full of love and affection, gives me inspiration. I’m inspired by every story that I am introduced to.

    What kind of music do you listen to?
    It depends on my mood actually. If I’m on the golf course early in the morning, I listen to a lot of trance music. In the afternoons, it moves to Beth Orton’s music. I also like listening to Major Lazer a lot.

    Your favourite genre of books.
    I like reading books that are thought-provoking and inspirational. I follow a lot of Dalai Lama’s teachings; ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat’ is one of my favourites.

    Which one are you reading now?
    ‘This Unquiet Land:Stories from India’s Fault Lines’ by Barkha Dutt.

    Your favourite cuisine and dish.
    Without a doubt, it is Coorg food and it has to be ‘Pandi curry’ made by my mother. I also like a lot of fruits.

    What do you do on your weekends? 
    I am, by default, busy with a lot of things. Coaching students to play golf is one of them. I am also busy working with a few foundations that I am a part of and taking care of our homestay back home in Coorg. I am happy busy because I get to do everything I love doing.

    Five things you love doing.
    Playing golf, travelling, reading, listening to music and spending time with animals.

    Your alternate career. 
    I’ve tried my hand at a corporate job and that didn’t interest me. But if not golf, I would be a full-time coffee planter.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / DHNS – Bengaluru , June 09th, 2016

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    Paris, June 3:

    Rohan Bopanna has been India’s top ranked doubles players over the last few years and had a very successful 2015 where he won four titles and reached the final of the year ending ATP Tour Finals tournament at London.

    He has also done well at the majors, reaching the quarter-finals of two Grand Slams, including the French Open this week and semi-finals of Wimbledon where they beat the legendary pair of Mike and Bob Bryan.

    File photo. Indian Aces' Rafael Nadal and Rohan Bopanna during a game against UAE Royals Roger Federer and Cilic during the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) men's double match at IG Stadium in New Delhi.

    File photo. Indian Aces’ Rafael Nadal and Rohan Bopanna during a game against UAE Royals Roger Federer and Cilic during the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) men’s double match at IG Stadium in New Delhi.

    How would he explain his consistency over the past few years and the impact of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi?

    “It’s really special that I am playing a high level of tennis. I am at the peak of my career. I have seen how much Leander and Mahesh have done for India and they still keep fighting out there. It’s not easy.”

    “I am very happy that I am No.1 in the country and keeping the Indian flag flying every single tournament and working hard to winning the title every time you step on court. It’s been a tough journey but I am really happy the way I have been playing.”

    So what are the travails of a professional tennis player? Bopanna felt it was the sacrifices they make to be away from home, family and friends and travel about 30-35 weeks every year.

    “But this is the choice I have made and know this is how it’s going to be. But thankfully my family and friends understand this and it makes it easier.”

    Bopanna also shared some of his career goals. “Winning a Grand Slam and reaching No.1 in the rankings would be the ultimate goal. I had reached a high of No.3 in 2013 after reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and would like to better that.”

    He added that he is highly motivated by competition and doesn’t think about the awards. “I don’t think you have to worry about the awards. If you keep playing well, the country will recognise how you are doing and grant you that award.”

    Bopanna is a man on a mission. Looking to give back to tennis what the sport has given him, he has launched the Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy at Bengaluru. “The main reason is because of the passion I have for the sport. The Indian players have a lot of skills but it is the fitness aspect that we are lacking. So I will be focussing on that.”

    Bopanna also shared his favourite memories on court. “My most special moment was representing India for the first time in Davis Cup in 2002. Also my singles win in final rubber of 2010 Davis Cup against Brazil in Chennai to take India to the World Group as we made a comeback from 0-2 down to win 3-2. In Grand Slams, it was reaching the final of the US Open with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. It’s rare that India and Pakistan come together in sports.”

    So does Paris hold special memories? “The city is so beautiful. It is such a romantic city. It was the first place my wife accompanied me. There’s so much to do, there’s great culture, great food and the best clay courts in the world,” answered Bopanna.

    The Indian star from Bengaluru loves watching other sports and follows Manchester United and the ‘Bangalore teams’ — be it Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Bangaluru FC in the I-League and Bengaluru Bulls in the Premier Kabaddi League. He was a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and loves to watch Virat Kohli now and also the Indian badminton stars.

    Bopanna is also amazed at the skills of star South African batsman AB de Villiers, “Every time I speak to South African players, they say he’s great in Tennis, great in Golf, great in Cricket. He’s just an all-round sportsman.”

    In fact, Rohan’s love for tennis and sports is so great that his wife jokes that his tennis bag is his first love!


    source: http://www.oneindia.com / OneIndia / Home> News> Sports / Friday – June 03rd, 2016

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    June 2nd, 2016adminSports


    Suntikoppa :

    Horizon Football Club of Bengaluru won the D. Shivappa Gold Cup in the State Level Football Tournament organised by Blueboys Youth Club at GMP School Ground, here recently.

    Horizon FC, Bengaluru defeated TDL Bylakuppe by 3-1 (tie-breaker) in the final to lift the gold cup. TDL took the lead in the 9th minute when forward Kunga scored a goal. Horizon came back strongly with an equaliser by Viju in the 12th minute. In the 5th minute of the second half, Horizon again took the lead when Suhan scored a goal for them. Later, Taba playing an attacking game scored for TDL to equalise at 2-2 and at the full time the match ended in a draw. In the tie-breaker Horizon Bengaluru scored three goal to win the gold cup 3-1.

    Earlier, the final match was inaugurated by the tournament sponsor D. Vinod Shivappa and MLA Appachu Ranjan. The organisers also held a procession on the main streets of the town before the final match was played. Prior to the finals, senior football players of Spoorti Club and Blueboys Club played an exhibition match. This apart, breath-taking stunts on two-wheelers was performed at the ground.

    Virajpet former MLA Basavaraj, Taluk Panchatyat Member Vimalvathi Sudeep, Hassan Zilla Grahakara Vedike President A. Lokesh Kumar were present.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / June 01st, 2016

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    Yoga Guru Dr. Raghavendra R. Pai, Founder, Sri Vedavyasa Yoga Pratishthana, Mysuru, seen receiving the award at the 2nd Om Yoga & Wellness Hub Festival, held at Vietnam recently.

    Yoga Guru Dr. Raghavendra R. Pai, Founder, Sri Vedavyasa Yoga Pratishthana, Mysuru, seen receiving the award at the 2nd Om Yoga & Wellness Hub Festival, held at Vietnam recently.

    Mysuru :

    In the culture barter expedition of global leaders around the world, Yoga from India has found itself a revered place across borders in an overwhelming acceptance.

    Standing up for the physical, mental and spiritual balance practice, Yoga traces its origin back to the diversely fit cultural land of India.

    Last year in his UN address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested to have June 21 of every year dedicated to celebrate this practice as International Yoga Day.

    “Let’s pledge to make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives,” he mentioned. June 21 (Summer Solstice), is also the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

    As the entire world gears up for the 2nd International Yoga Day celebrations in June 2016, countries across the globe are leaving no stone unturned to make it a grand success. Vietnam, much ahead in its vision to promote Yoga, had organised an event to recognise the efforts of Yoga practitioners from India, who have worked hard to promote Yoga across the world.

    Vietnam’s Om Yoga & Wellness Hub, a centre for Yoga, Ayurveda and Wellness, along with Sri Vedavyasa Yoga Pratishthana, Mysuru, had jointly organised the 2nd Om Yoga & Wellness Hub Festival, in line with International Yoga Day celebrations, on May 14 and 15, 2016 at Om Yoga & Well- ness Hub by Master Santhosh Cheriyamane, Binh Duong, Vietnam.

    The event created two National Records — 81 yoga students and instructors performing 1008 Suryanamaskaras and a 24-hour Yoga marathon under the guidance of Yoga Guru Dr. Raghavendra R. Pai, Founder, Sri Vedavyasa Yoga Pratishthana, Mysuru and Master Santhoshkumar Cheriyamane Anand, Founder, Om Yoga and Wellness Hub, Vietnam.

    For their excellence in Yoga, Dr. Raghavendra Pai and Master Santoshkumar Cheriyamane were awarded the prestigious ‘Vietnam King’ title by the Vietnam Book of Records on May 24. The certificates were officially handed over to them by the President of ‘Vietnam Book of Records’ Dr. Nguyen Van Vien and Chief Spokesperson Le Tran Truong An.

    The other recipients of these title included Konanavar Somashekhara, Hebbasuru Siddappa Shivappa, Dombara Ganesh, Keri Suresh Kallappa, Annigeri Shivakumar, Yoga instructors from Karnataka and Perumal Selvakumar and Palanisamy Premkumar from Tamil Nadu.

    Santosh Kumar Cheriyamane Anand, a Yoga practitioner, originally, hailing from Kushalnagar in Kodagu and Nguyen Thi Thanh Van from Vietnam, co-founders of Om Yoga & Wellness Hub, have popularised Yoga in Vietnam and also successfully established centres across three more cities in Vietnam. At these Centres, 12 dedicated instructors from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are imparting knowledge on not just practising Yoga, but also on Ayurveda and its natural healing methods and processes to those interested in and around the region.

    The efforts of these Yoga practitioners in promoting Yoga across the globe is only the beginning of a much bigger dream envisioned by Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Siddha and Homeopathy) and the UN.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 30th, 2016

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    Chinappa will meet the top seed Joelle King in the final on Saturday.

    Joshna Chinappa (in front) in action at the HKFC International in Hong Kong on Friday (image courtesy: Hong Kong Squash Twitter)

    Joshna Chinappa (in front) in action at the HKFC International in Hong Kong on Friday (image courtesy: Hong Kong Squash Twitter)

    World No. 13 Joshna Chinappa, who is the last Indian standing at the $25,000 MEML HKFC International 2016, delighted Indian fans at this Hong Kong tournament by reaching her career’s biggest ever PSA final on Friday. And it did not come easy! The third seed showed a lot of resilience to carve out an 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 victory over the World No. 10 and defending champion Annie Au of Hong Kong.

    The 29-year-old Indian national champion had defeated Au at the Asian Squash Team Championships just a few days back and the experience surely came in handy. She was narrowly edged by the second seed and home favourite in the first game of the match but came up with a big response to take the next two games narrowly.

    However, the 27-year-old southpaw was not one to go down so easily. Buoyed by the crowd support, she stormed back to grab the fourth game 11-7. With the momentum on Au’s side, the pressure was then all on Joshna’s shoulders to try and stop Au from running away with the decider.

    And she managed to do just that! She was close on the heels of the local player even though Au had a slim lead of 8-6 deep in the fifth game. But Joshna made one last push and with an incredible show of determination, she was able to grab the win in exactly 1 hour.

    The Indian was understandably elated after such a big achievement.

    “Every point was fought to the max, just happy to get through to my biggest ever PSA final,” said the Chennai girl.

    Joshna to meet top seed in final

    She will next meet the top seed Joelle King who beat the eighth seed Donna Urquhart 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 in the other semi-final. The two last met in the second round of the Hong Kong Open in December where Chinappa went down in a gruelling five-game match.

    Earlier, sixth seed Dipika Pallikal had bowed out to King in the quarter-finals.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / SportsKeeda.com / Home Page> Squash> HKFC International / by Sudeshna Banerjee@Sudsports / May 27th, 2016

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    Robin Uthappa was just two runs short to reach the landmark before the beginning of this match.

    Robin Uthappa © AFP (File Photo)

    Robin Uthappa © AFP (File Photo)

    Robin Uthappa, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman has crossed the 5,ooo-run mark in Twenty20 cricket. This was in the 51st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. Playing for KKR against Gujarat Lions (GL), Uthappa opened the batting along with Manish Pandey. This was after KKR were invited to bat first. Talking of the batsmen who top the list among leading run scorers in T20s are Chris Gayle, Brad Hodge and David Warner. They are in the top three positions. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are at No. 5, 6 and 7 slots respectively. At No. 4 is Brendon McCullum. Among Indians, after Rohit, Gautam Gambhir is next in the list followed by Uthappa. This makes Uthappa the fifth highest scorer among Indians in T20s.

    Gujarat Lions will look to bounce back from their heaviest defeat this season as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in this Indian Premier League (IPL) game. Regular captain Suresh Raina is back for the tie at the Green Park stadium to boost the team’s confidence after skipping the Royal Challengers Bangalore match to be alongside his pregnant wife who gave birth to a daughter recently.

    The last time these two sides had met at the Eden Gardens, the Lions had come out on top and it will be interesting to see what Gautam Gambhir will do to turn the tables this time around. The home side might look to get in Dale Steyn and James Faulkner in the side to strengthen their bowling. The wily fast bowlers might prove to be handy against the in form KKR batsmen. The Knights have suffered problems in their top order but they have been able to put healthy totals on the board frequently.

    (With inputs from IANS)

    source: http://www.cricketcountry.com / Cricket Country / Home> News / by Cricket Country Staff / May 19th, 2016

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    Rohan Bopanna.— FILE PHOTO

    Rohan Bopanna.— FILE PHOTO

    Rohan Bopanna is happy that he is able to strike a winning form in the run up to the Grand Slams. Even though he has been defending points comfortably, the 36-year-old is keen to ride on the momentum and get into the top-10 of doubles to ensure an Indian entry for the Olympics.

    It may be difficult to visualise, but Bopanna is practical that with his current rank of 13 and Leander Paes’s 54, it may not be possible to guarantee an Indian entry in doubles for the Rio Games.

    “The cut-off for the London Olympics was 68,” recalled Bopanna, as he used the break from tennis owing to wet weather in Rome, for a brief chat, before his doubles semifinals, in partnership with Florin Mergea of Romania.

    “We have been winning some close matches. It is good to get some confidence back. Most of the matches are decided on two or three points. The key is to string together four or five matches,” said Bopanna, sensing that he was getting close to winning a Grand Slam title.

    “Winning a Grand Slam is not easy. So many different players are playing these days. In fact, very few top players are not playing doubles,” Bopanna observed.

    This being the Olympic year, it is only natural that Bopanna finds a lot of players including Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco playing doubles in the professional circuit, in the Masters events, in particular.

    “Even if I want to play doubles with Leander, we can’t get into the big events with our rank. Getting an entry in the ATP-500 events itself would be difficult,” said Bopanna. What about playing mixed doubles with Sania Mirza in the two Grand Slams before the Olympics, as possible preparation for the big stage, even though there may be a fight for her hand.

    Yet to decide on partner

    “I know that Sania is tied up for French Open mixed already. I am yet to finalise my partner. After French Open, if she is not fixed up with another partner, we may play together. I believe in a systematic approach. The main aim is to be in the top-10, and then take it from there,” he said.

    Thus, Bopanna is not even interested to think about whom he would prefer as his partner, if he makes it to top-10 on June 6.

    “Of course, I know that I can play with anyone who has a rank, Leander, Saketh, Yuki, if I am in the top-10. But it is not right to think that far now. Actually, I heard that for the next Olympics, the ITF is trying to restrict the partner’s rank to top-300. I also know that there are no wildcards this time in tennis.”

    Bopanna said he was not thinking about the results or defending points.

    “Basically, I am enjoying good tennis. I don’t think too much about other things,” concluded Bopanna.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport / by Kamesh Srinivasan / New Delhi – May 15th, 2016

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    May 15th, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports


    Kaliyanda hockey team (pic. left) won the Shantheyanda Hockey Cup-2016 beating Palanganda hockey team (pic. right) in sudden death after both teams ended at 1-1 in the finals at Madikeri yesterday.

    The teams were also tied in the penalty shoot out.

    Kodagu District In-charge Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao distributed the trophies and cheques to the winner and runner-up teams.

    While the Kaliyanda team was awarded Rs. 2 lakh cash prize , the Palanganda team was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

    Kodava Hockey Namme-2017 will be hosted by Biddatanda family at Napoklu in Kodagu.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / May 15th, 2016

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    May 15th, 2016adminSports

    Kodava traditional Odi Kathi presented to Defence Minister


    Madikeri :

    Stating that Kodagu has some of the best military and sporting traditions in the country, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he was here to touch the soil that gave birth to late Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, Gen. K.S. Thimayya and other Generals who have served the Indian Army.

    He was addressing the closing ceremony of Shantheyanda Family Hockey Tournament at Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College Ground here on Sunday.

    Responding to a memorandum submitted by the tournament Organising Committee President Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa seeking a branch of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Kodagu, conferment of Bharat Ratna Award posthumously to Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa and Gen. K.S. Thimayya, establishment of a DFRL unit in Kodagu and setting up of an exclusive Kodava Regiment in the Indian Army, among other things, Parrikar said he agrees that Kodagu should have been the location of some kind of military training institute and that he would definitely work on the idea. He observed that it was a tragedy that there is no military academy or military college in the district though a large number of youth from Kodagu were serving in Indian Defence Forces.

    Assuring that he would raise the idea of setting up a Hockey Academy or Sports Authority in the district with the Sports Minister, Parrikar appreciated the people of Kodagu for their contribution to the armed forces.

    Kodagu District-in-charge Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao in his speech, praised Parrikar for attending Kodava Hockey Festival despite his busy schedule. Terming Kodagu district as ‘Karnataka Ratna’ for its contributions to the country’s armed forces and sports, Dinesh Gundu Rao sought the co-operation of all concerned to take Kodagu to much greater heights through development. Shantheyanda family Pattedar Shantheyanda B.Monnappa presided.

    Kodava Hockey Academy President Pandanda Kuttappa, Legislators K.G. Bopaiah, Appachu Ranjan and Sunil Subbramani, AICC spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa, Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr. K. Bhyrappa, Madikeri CMC President Sumathi Bangera, ZP President B.A. Harish, Organizing Committee Working President Veena Achaiah and others were present.

    Earlier, Parrikar who arrived in a IAF Helicopter at the Golf ground helipad, was given a warm welcome by the district administration, Police Department and the tournament organisers.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 09th, 2016

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    Dipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa with kids in Chennai on Friday | D Sampathkumar

    Dipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa with kids in Chennai on Friday | D Sampathkumar

    Chennai :

    When Joshna Chinappa makes her flight bookings to take part in events on the other side of the world, she must ensure that she advances well into the tournament to even break even. Unbelievable? “If I make the main draw in a $25,000 event, I get about $400 for playing the first round,” she says. “But what’s $400. Flight costs $1000. So you are not really making much unless you are a top 10 player.”

    Chinappa is just outside the top 10 (world No 13), but even she finds the unforgiving nature of the sport a bit tough at times. “It is hard because I pretty much do this on my own. I travel on my own so it is sometimes hard to be constantly motivated when you don’t have someone in your corner. A lot of girls I play with are in the top 15 and they always come with a team. So I am at a slight disadvantage but I have been playing and enjoying.”

    Given that’s the case, has the 29-year-old ever contemplated giving it all up? The answer starts even before the question is completed. “I just love what I do,” she smiles. “I don’t know anything else. I have a limited time in this field and I just want to make the most of it.”

    The Chennai girl, who was at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) on Friday for an exhibition match-up with Malaysia’s Delia Arnold (No 15) and Dipika Pallikal (No 19), also spoke about how the sport is on the right path apropos equal pay. “It’s become so much better in squash. A lot of the big tournaments have equal pay but you are not going to have that all the time. There will be times when the men get paid more and there will be times when the women get paid more. It balances out somewhere down the line,” she says.

    Pallikal chimes in. “Two days ago, it was announced that the 2017 World Open (Manchester) will be having equal pay for the first time. That’s a massive change. I’m a big believer in it and I hope our sport can set the standard.”

    Given Pallikal and Chinappa cannot play together because of the absence of a doubles tour on the circuit, the former was happy to have a hit with her more senior partner. “We don’t tend to play with each other because of the absence of the absence of a doubles circuit. We only play once in four years during the Commonwealth Games. So it was nice to come back and enjoy a hit with her.”

    The 24-year-old has slid down the rankings chart recently but isn’t too bothered about that. “Rankings aren’t as important for me as much as playing well and enjoying the game. I keep telling myself that if I play well, the rankings will automatically improve.”

    Bigger tests await both women but they will first have to tackle giants Malaysia in the Asian Team Championship that begins in Chinese Taipei from May 11.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport / by Swaroop Swaminathan / May 07th, 2016

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