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    February 1st, 2016adminSports


    Sri Igguthappa Kodava Welfare Association won the Inter-Kodava Association Cricket Tournament organised by Kodava Samaja Cultural and Sports Club in city recently. The winning team is seen with chief guest P.S. Ganapathy, Club President M. Kuttappa and Association President M.P. Nanaiah.

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

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    The south chapter of the Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 have completed, with rally legend Jagat Nanjapa achieving first place in the off-roading challenge event


    After the completion of the north chapter of the Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 last week, the south chapter have also completed now. Off-roading rally expert Jagat Nanjapa along with Chethan (co-driver) has achieved podium finish in the inaugural south chapter of the RFC India 2016 event. Nanjapa, who is an experienced rallyist, is also a nine time winner of the Indian National Rally Riders Championship. Nanjapa and Chethan, representing the V5 Offroaders of Coorg, have been able to achieve an overall score of 525 out of 600 points. The south chapter was held for two days, comprising of rigorous stages with six extremely tough sections or Special Stages (SS). With 11 teams participating in the south chapter of the RFC India 2016 challenge, it was an extreme test of driver skills, coordination, patience, and recovery techniques under extreme off-road conditions.

    The winner of the south chapter, Jagat Nanjapa, will be offered the second wild card entry to the mother event which will be held from 22nd July to 29th July in Goa. Tejinder Pal Singh from Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh is the winner of the north chapter of RFC India 2016, and will also be participating at the main event in Goa.

    Speaking about his achievement, Jagat Nanjapa, member of V5 Offroaders of Coorg, said, “It was a superb experience. Certain obstacles that we did in a few Special Stages were completely new experiences for us. They made us push our vehicle to its limit and also made us realize that a lot of upgrade is required on our Jeep to make it ready for the Goa event. Apart from vehicle modification, I am also going to work on my physical fitness over the next few months to be completely ready for the competition ahead.”

    The Force Gurkha RFC India is part of the international Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia. The Indian leg of the Rainforest Challenge is owned by the Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt Ltd. The company feels that with such events like the north and south chapters, the off-roading sport will receive further publicity, which in-turn will attract more participants in the future events.

    source: http://www.zigwheels.com / ZigWheels.com / Home> News & Features / by Janak Sorap / January 29th, 2016

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    New Delhi :

    Hockey India on Monday announced the 18 member Indian Women’s and Men’s squad for the 12th South Asian Games to be held at Guwahati and Shillong.

    The 12th South Asian Games will see the Indian eves play against Sri Lanka and Nepal while the men’s team will be competing with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and arch rivals Pakistan. The hockey matches will be hosted at Moullana MD. Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Bhetapara in Guwahati from February 7 to 14, 2016.

    Neil Hawgood, chief coach of the women’s team said, “This tournament is of key importance in our scheme of things. Having secured the Olympic berth it is important for us to play as many international games as possible and the 12th South Asian Games also allows us to try new players giving us a much wider spread of talent to choose from for the upcoming Rio Olympics.”

    This team will see Yogita Bali and Sonal Minz guard our goal posts while Jaspreet Kaur, Renuka Yadav, Gurjeet Kaur, Hnialum Lal Ruat Feli, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra will form the defensive wall for India. Captain Ritu Rani along with Deepika, Sonica, Preeti Dubey and Shyama Tirgam will form the midfield for the team while Rani, Jyoti Gupta, Punam Barla, Neha Goyal and Soundarya Yendala will form the forward line for the team.

    The Indian men’s team announced today will include Vikas Dahiya and Pankaj Rajak as goal keepers while Gaganpreet Singh, Chiyanna AB, Sukhmanjeet Singh, Nilam Sanjip Xess, Ajitesh Roy and the experienced Gurbaj Singh will form the defence line for the team. The midfield line includes Manpreet Singh Mangal Singh Chahal, Vikas Chaudhary, Ajay Yadav and Pradhan Sommanna P. Mohd Umar, Anup Amarpal Valmiki, Mandeep Antil (Captain), PL Thimmanna, Gagandeep Singh and Ajit Kumar Pandey will complete the forward line for team India.

    “The team has been together in the camp for quite some time now and the boys are quite upbeat about putting in a strong show at the 12th South Asian Games. We hope to convert our Silver at the last edition of the South Asian Games into Gold this year and will surely put on display our best game,” said coach BJ Kariappa.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Hockey / TNN / January 25th, 2016

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    Bengaluru :

    Fitness enthusiasts in the city can add one more event to their workout calendar with JGI-Jain University announcing the launch of ‘My Country Run 2016’, which will see thousands of runners stream through the picturesque Cubbon Park as they compete in the 5k and 10k events on January 31.

    The Sree Kanteerava stadium will be the hub of the activity as the races, which begin from 4pm, start and finish at the venue. “We have had an enthusiastic response so far as more than 3,000 people have already registered for the race. Though there are many road races in Bengaluru, we still need to do a lot more to get more and more people running,” race director Gul Mohammed Akbar told TOI.

    Akbar said the first prize of Rs 1 lakh has attracted many elite runners, including athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya.

    “Some of them are staying back after competing in the Mumbai marathon,” he said. Athletes who have finished the 10k in less than 60 minutes will fall in the elite category.

    JGI Group chairman Chenraj Roychand said the proceeds generated from the race will go towards supporting the 30-35 athletes from below-poverty-line families, which are being looked after by the Jain Group. The money will be used to give them foreign exposure. “After looking at the savings, the trust will put in an equal amount to create a corpus that will be used to help these kids,” he said.

    Uthappa lauds Jain College Returning to his alma mater along with ace cueist Pankaj Advani as the brand ambassador of the race, star cricketer Robin Uthappa recalled how the institution helped him through his college days. “I was frantically looking to get an admission for a degree course when I got a call from Jain College, expressing their willingness to start even a new course. Shankar sir was very helpful throughout my college days and the college even conducted special classes for all the sportspersons.

    Now they want me to complete my MBA and I’ve promised to do that. I can confidently tell that Jain College is the best any sportsperson can aspire for,” recalled Uthappa, in the presence of his fiancee and former tennis player Sheetal Goutam.

    The marriage is scheduled on March 3.

    Roychand, meanwhile, recalled how he helped Uthappa to get back his focus after he was on the verge of quitting cricket.

    “Robin once called up and said he wanted to quit the game but I told him that he was born to play cricket and put him through a few meditation sessions. Eight days later, he was back with a bang, cracking 165 runs,” the JGI chairman said.

    He said the college has supported not only cricket but other sports as well, involving more than 300 international sportspersons, which included seven Olympians. “I’ve told Gul to reach out to rural schools and identify talent who can be nurtured to become top-class athletes. If we put in the hard work for the next 10-15 years, we can get more gold medals at the Olympics,” Roychand added.

    UV Shankar, Director of Sports, Jain University, said the race will be an annual event. “The idea is to get everyone (men, women and kids) on one platform.”

    The total prize money is Rs 5.35 lakh with Rs 1 lakh for the winner of the elite race. The registration fee is Rs 1,000 (Rs 800 for students) for Open 10K and Rs 700 (Rs 600) for the 5k race.

    For online registrations, log on to www.mycountry.run.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Biju Babu Cyriac, TNN / January 19th, 2016

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    Urges Govt. to employ sports achievers

    Mysuru :

    Achievers in sports must be given employment in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), said former International Athlete Ashwini Nachappa here this morning.

    She was speaking after inaugurating the three-day BSNL Employees All-India Athletic Championship 2015-16 at Chamundi Vihar Stadium here under the aegis of Mysore Telecom District, Mysuru.

    Providing jobs in the PSUs for those who excel in sports will inspire others to take to sports which in turn will help the country progress in the field of sports, she observed.

    Ashwini further said that sports persons should be encouraged in their endeavours to come out with flying colours and added that there was no age limit for sports as anyone could take up sports whenever they developed interest.

    Earlier, Ashwini Nachappa was introduced to the athletes from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Kerala, Manipur, NRT-Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other States who are in city to take part in the event.

    P. Nagaraju, Chief General Manager, Karnataka Telecom Circle, presided. Principal General Manager and Championship Chairman K.L. Jayaram, International Referee A. Bricto Joy and BSNL officials V.K. Singh and Sampath Kumar were present on the occasion.

    More than 500 athletes are competing in various track and field events to be held during the three-day championship which includes100 mts sprint, 200 mts sprint, 400 mts race, 800 mts race, 1,500 mts run, 3,000 mts run and 5,000 mts run, discus throw, shot put, hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Wednesday – January 20th, 2016

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    Athlete M.R. Poovamma.— PHOTO: By Special Arrangement

    Athlete M.R. Poovamma.— PHOTO: By Special Arrangement

    Athlete M.R. Poovamma, winner of the 2015 Arjuna award for her contributions in the field of athletics, is the ‘Coorg Person of the Year, 2015.’

    Machettira Raju Poovamma, (25), a native of Kodagu, won the gold medal inwomen’s 4×400 meters relay at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea and clinched a silver in the 400m race in the Asian Championships at Wuhan, China, last June.

    Ms. Poovamma participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is currently ranked No.2 in Asia in the 400 meter category.

    She was chosen as the ‘Coorg Person of the Year, 2015’ in a poll conducted by www.coorgtourisminfo.com, according to a release.

    Daughter of M. G. Raju and Jaji, Poovamma completed her bachelor’s degree in business management from SDM College of Business Management, Mangaluru.

    The past winners of this award include Dr. Kavery Nambisan, novelist (2005), Dr. Boverianda Nanjamma Chinnappa, researcher (2006); Robin Uthappa, cricketer (2007), Joshna Chinappa, squash player (2014), the release stated.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by R. Krishna Kumar / Mysuru – January 18th, 2016

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    Badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa speaks about her plans for the Olympics, sporting rivalry and how the league format has changed sports in the country. Excerpts…


    The last time, Jwala (Gutta) and I waited for the last tournament to actually secure a spot in the Olympics. This time, we’re kind of there, but there are a couple of tournaments left and anything could happen because we have a lot of players behind us who are from different countries, who do have a chance of getting ahead of us. So we’re aiming to be in the top 10 by the end of the qualifying period.


    Now you can go and watch sports for entertainment. In the past, you only had leagues on TV, but now you can go to the stadium and watch the matches, and it’s got a festive feel. One of the nice things is that it’s taken different sports to different cities. So people watch live action in front of them, as opposed to watching it on TV. You have top sports stars playing in front of you, and it’s always fun to go and watch that because it’s totally different when you’re watching it on TV. These sports (badminton, tennis, football and kabaddi) have got more of a fan following now because of that.


    The leagues have also given us an opportunity to interact and mingle with players from other countries who we’d normally see only on the other side of the court. That’s not something that usually happens because otherwise, you’re playing for your respective countries. But now, the league has given us a chance to make new friends, learn different things about each other and find out how training is in their country.


    I had said earlier that training, for Jwala and me, was difficult, since we lacked support in terms of not having a professional doubles coach or a centre with sparring partners where the two of us could train together. Now, we do have training in Hyderabad, so I go there. But with leagues like this, you get a lot of match exposure, which is really important for your sport and it helps you get better.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Badminton / by Anjali Muthanna / TNN / January 18th, 2016

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    Robin Uthappa will hope that his milestone will help inspire the team to a comeback in the tournament.

    Robin Uthappa is known for his explosive stroke-play © IANS (File Photo)

    Robin Uthappa is known for his explosive stroke-play © IANS (File Photo)

    Robin Uthappa has become the first batsman to register over 1,000 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This is testimony to the Karnataka batsman’s explosive abilities with the bat which have also made him a prominent name in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Uthappa achieved the milestone en route his knock of 48 against Odisha which enabled Karnataka to take an easy six wicket win. Uthappa is a Karnataka stalwart and has been with the team for a long time now. In all, Uthappa has played 183 T20 matches including games for India and IPL teams and has scored an astonishing 4,665 runs at an average of 29.71.

    Uthappa will hope that this milestone brings him in focus of the national selectors and perhaps an opportunity for him to make a comeback in the near future. Uthappa’s team Karnataka has not being doing too well in this edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. They have played five games and won only two while facing defeat in the other three.

    Uthappa will hope that his milestone helps inspire Karnataka from here on and that they can pull off a miracle to stay alive in the tournament. Uthappa is a senior member in the Karnataka side and he holds a strong sway in the mood of the team. This feat will help brighten his mood and is likely to give the team bit of a psychological uplift. Uthappa has been a bright spot in Karnataka’s dull campaign having scored 205 runs in the five games so far at an average of 41 and strike-rate of a magnificent 139.45.

    source: http://www.cricketcountry.com / Cricket Country / by CricketCountry Staff / January 09th, 2016

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    Cuttack :

    Opener Robin Uthappa and Stuart Binny made short work of a modest chase to add to the team’s bowling effort as Karnataka outplayed Odisha by six wickets in the Group D Twenty20 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here today.

    If medium-pacer Abhimanyu Mithun and leg-spinners Shreyas Gopal and KC Cariappa, sharing two wickets each, set up the win for Karnataka then the 53-run fourth-wicket partnership between Uthappa (48) and Binny (32 not out) helped the R Vinay Kumar-led side achieve the target in 17.5 overs.

    A file picture of Robin Uthappa

    A file picture of Robin Uthappa

    Uthappa smashed six fours and a six in his 41-ball stay, while Binny’s 30-ball knock was laced with two fours and a six.

    Leg-spinner Tukuna Sahoo bagged two wickets, while Deepak Behera and Basant Mohanty picked up a wicket each.

    Earlier put into bat, Odisha suffered from lack of partnerships against a disciplined Karnataka attack to stumble to 102 for seven in 20 overs. Abhishek Yadav top-scored with 31 runs as the rest of the batting disappointed.

    Brief Scores: Odisha 102/7 in 20 overs (Abhishek Yadav 31, Biplab Samantray 19; Abhimanyu Mithun 2-13, Shreyas Gopal 2-15, KC Cariappa 2-14) Karnataka 106/4 in 17.5 overs (Robin Uthappa 48, Stuart Binny 32 not out; Tukuna Sahoo 2-17)

    Points: Karnataka 4, Odisha 0.


    source: http://www.oneindia.com / One India / Home> News> Sports> Cricket / by PTI / Saturday – January 09th, 2016

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    January 9th, 2016adminSports

    Mysuru :

    Kodava Samaja Cultural and Sports Club, Vijayanagar 1st Stage in city has organised Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament for Kodavas in Mysuru on Jan. 15 from 9 am at Mahajana College Sports Ground in Jayalakshmipuram and at the Railway Ground, adjacent to the Railway Museum on KRS Road in city. The tournament will be inaugurated at 9 am at Mahajana College Sports Ground.

    An exhibition match by the senior members (above 60 years) of the Club will be held on the same day at 3.30 pm in Mahajana College Ground. Interested senior members may contact Club’s Hon. Secretary K. D. Muthappa before Jan. 10

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 09th, 2015

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