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    Anupama Puchimanda Mundanda, 33, is the first woman referee from India to officiate in 88 international hockey matches and three Commonwealth games. She was awarded the Best Umpire (Women) India by Sardar Gyan Singh Memorial Hockey Society in 2007. She was selected by the Federation International Hockey as one of the youngest umpires among ten men and women in the world. She is in the city to officiate at the fourth National Junior Hockey Championship-2014. She spoke to TOI about her success in a male-dominated field and her goals. Excerpts.

    What motivated you to get into hockey?

    Hockey is popular in Kodagu and enjoys good support. My father and mother played hockey. When I was nine years old, I started my sports career as an amateur athlete in Kudige. At 13, I joined the Sports Authority of India, Madikeri, where I got into hockey. I represented the state in sub-junior and senior national championships several times.

    What made you choose umpiring?

    Since my childhood I wanted to do something unique. Umpiring is a field where we have bright opportunities. In 2001 I took the exam. I first officiated as an umpire at Cheppudira Family tournament, Kodagu. Since then I have never looked back.

    What are the qualities that umpiring demands?

    A referee needs a lot of concentration, has to maintain calmness. We need to study team strategy. It is the complete study of the game. When we manage the game well, everything will fall into place.

    How was the journey?

    I am blessed to have the support of my husband Mandanna Mundanda and parents and relatives.

    Is it difficult for woman to achieve success in the male-dominated umpiring field?

    I don’t want to comment on it. Personally, I went step by step with the support of my well-wishers, friends and seniors.

    How is the performance of Indian hockey players?

    The national hockey team and the state hockey team are performing well. The Hockey India league has been instrumental in promoting the game among the youth.

    What is your next goal?

    My aim is to be an Olympics umpire. But my immediate goal is to officiate at my 100th international umpiring which will be a landmark in world hockey umpiring. It will be a tribute to my father, who passed away recently.

    Your advice to young players, aspiring umpires?

    When we start doing anything from our heart, success automatically follows.

    How do you feel umpiring at the ongoing National Junior Hockey Championship in Mysore?

    I am very happy to be umpiring near my hometown. This is the first tournament I am officiating in Karnataka.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mysore / TNN / March 12th, 2014

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    April 29th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports

    Defending champion Shiva Ram shares fifth position‚ Sanjay finishes ninth

    THT Minister for Communication and Information Minendra Rijal and Managing Director of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd Abhimanyu Poddar (right) handing over the Surya Nepal Masters trophy to India’s Chikkarangappa S at the Gokarna Golf Club in Kathmandu on Saturday.

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    Minister for Communication and Information Minendra Rijal and Managing Director of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd Abhimanyu Poddar (right) handing over the Surya Nepal Masters trophy to India’s Chikkarangappa S at the Gokarna Golf Club in Kathmandu on Saturday.

    Kathmandu :

    Chikkarangappa S defeated fellow Indian pro Shankar Das in the second playoff hole to win the Surya Nepal Masters at the Gokarna Golf Club today.

    The match went to extra holes after the duo returned with matching scores of 15-under 273. While overnight leader Chikkarangappa – who began the day with three stroke advantage — played an even-par 72 in the final round, Das carded a four-under 68 to force the playoff.

    Both the players saved pars on the first extra hole before Chikkarangappa carded a birdie on the second hole after Das failed to make it from 15 feet. Last year’s runner-up Abhijit Singh Chadha (68) and Abhinav Lohan (70) shared the third position at 14-under.

    Defending champion and Nepal No 1 pro Shiva Ram Shrestha fired five-under 67 — his second in the tournament — to share the fifth spot with first-round leader Angad Cheema at 13-under 275. Former winner Shamim Khan was next at 11-under, one stroke ahead of Feroz Ali Mollah.

    Out of the total cash purse of Rs 4.8 Million, Chikkarangappa pocketed Rs 775,920, while Das received Rs 535,920. Chadha and Lohan earned Rs 271,920 each, while Shiva Ram and Cheema got Rs 183,120 apiece. Minister for Communication and Information Minendra Rijal and Managing Director of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd Abhimanyu Poddar handed over the prizes to the winners.

    Shiva Ram made a desired start with birdies on the second and third holes before dropping a shot on the next. He then eagled the par-5 seventh to take the turn at three-under 33. Shiva Ram, who won the last year’s title beating Chadha in playoff, carded two straight birdies on the 11th and 12th and faced his second bogey of the day on the next hole. He then carded a birdie on the 16th to finish the back nine at two-under 34.

    “The second round score of even-par made all the difference,” said Shiva Ram. “I was concentrating in my own game today but when I saw the scores on the 12th hole, I felt that I can catch them. But I fell behind after I missed birdie chances on the 15th and 18th holes,” said Shiva Ram.

    Nepal’s Sanjay Lama (70) was tied on ninth position along with Asbeer Saini, Gulfam and Sanjay Kumar at eight-under 280. Among other Nepali golfers, home club pro Umesh Nagarkoti (70) shared the 15th position at six-under 282, while Surya Prasad Sharma (72) was tied on 31st at one-over. Purna Sharma (71) and Suman Rai (72) shared the 37th position at three-over, while Toran Bikram Shahi (74) and Rabi Khadka (76) were tied on 40th at four-over 292.

    Veteran Deepak Thapa Magar (74) — the first Nepali pro to win the Masters in 2007 — finished 43rd at eight-over, while Pashupati Sharma (82) shared the 49th position at 18-over. Bikash Bogati (77) won the amateur section title with the total score of 11-over 299, while Sanjeev CK (77) came second at 16-over in the two-man field after the duo survived the cut.

    source: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com / The Himalayan Times / Home> Full News / Himalayan News Service / Kathmandu – April 26th, 2014

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    April 28th, 2014adminSports

    The 18th edition of Kodava Hockey Namme-2014, hosted by the Thathanda family, was inaugurated at Virajpet PU College on Sunday.

    Kodava Hockey Academy president and Kodava Hockey Namme founder P Kuttappa inaugurated the event by hitting a silver ball with a silver hockey stick in the presence of thousands of hockey lovers even as it drizzled. Major General A K Singh, in-charge of Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area, Karnataka Madhyama Academy president M A Ponnappa, Kodava Folklore expert Prof I K Biddappa, Thathanda family president T Shambhu Nanaiah were present.

    They were brought to the stage by Kodava Valaga and traditional Dudi Kot Paat.

    An exhibition match was held between SAI women’s team, Kodagu, and SAI women’s team Mysore.

    Ummathat, Bolakot and other traditional Kodava dances were performed.

    As many as 234 teams are playing the Kodava Hockey Namme which will go on for the next 29 days.

    The winners will get `1 lakh and trophies and runners-up will get `50,000 and trophies.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Express News Service – Madikeri / April 21st, 2014

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    April 27th, 2014adminSports

    A file photo of Ashwath (left) with his coach Irfan Sait at KSCA annual award ceremony.

    A file photo of Ashwath (left) with his coach Irfan Sait at KSCA annual award ceremony.


    Mysore :

    “He was a coach’s delight, we miss a lot at the nets and at the Academy” was the words said by Irfan Sait, Director, Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) remembering Ashwath Aiyappa, who passed away recently trying to save his elder brother Dr. Akhil Kuttappa at Chiklihole in Kodagu on Apr. 17.

    Four days after the incident, Ashwath’s coach Irfan Sait was in KIOC Mysore Centre. When spoke about Ashwath’s personality, Irfan Sait said Ashwath was an intricate cricketer and a student of the game.

    Speaking about their last meeting, Irfan Sait said that Ashwath spent nearly three hours with him discussing about the match that was to be played on Friday and Saturday. Ashwath, who represented Swasthik Union in Bangalore League, was to play against Bangalore Occasionals.

    “We discussed the team composition, match strategies, ground conditions and others. Later, he informed me that he would be leaving to his native to cast his vote and also assured he will return to play the match on Friday. Unfortunately, he is no more. We will definitely miss him in our Academy,” said Irfan Sait.

    A book penned by Ashwath based on struggling cricketers was to be released today (Apr. 21) as per the initial plan. But, he was advised to release the book after May 10 because of the ongoing General Election and IPL. In fact, his book had impressed Rahul Dravid and Brijesh Patel. Rahul Dravid had also offered to write the Foreword for the book.

    Irfan, who did not wish to name the book, said that he would be visiting Ashwath’s parents in Kodagu to offer his condolences and to discuss on the release of the book.

    “Come what may, the book will be released,” said the coach.

    Ashwath was so passionate that he used to coach the Under-10 cricketers at the Academy in Bangalore. “Ashwath identified talents at a very young age and groom them into good cricketers. Players like Yeshwanth, Chinmayi, Swaroop and others have been playing extremely well at the junior level,” added Irfan.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / April 21st, 2014

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    April 27th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    Women’s match ends in a draw, Kodagu XI defeats Virajpet XI

    Kodava Hockey Academy President Pandanda Kuttappa is seen hitting a silver hockey ball with silver hockey stick to mark the inauguration of Thathanda Hockey Namme-2014 at Virajpet in Kodagu yesterday. ( Picture right ) shows women in action.

    Kodava Hockey Academy President Pandanda Kuttappa is seen hitting a silver hockey ball with silver hockey stick to mark the inauguration of Thathanda Hockey Namme-2014 at Virajpet in Kodagu yesterday. ( Picture right ) shows women in action.

    Virajpet :

    The exhibition hockey match organised as part of the inauguration of Thathanda Hockey Namme-2014 between SAI Mysore and SAI Kodagu women’s teams ended in a draw with both teams scoring two goals each.

    In the other match played between Virajpet XI and Kodagu XI, Kodagu XI team defeated their opponents convincingly by 4-2 goals. The specialty of the tournament is that the organisers have introduced the new rules and regulations which the Hockey India will be introducing from Sept. 2014. Accordingly, Own Goal and Golden Goal have been removed.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / April 21st, 2014

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    April 26th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports

    Chinappa dominated the second game before Grinham fought back in the third. (TOI Photo)

    Chinappa dominated the second game before Grinham fought back in the third. (TOI Photo)


    Richmond :

    Joshna Chinappa of India ended a career-long losing run to Australia’s former world champion Rachael Grinham when she upset the top seed in straight games to win the inaugural $10,000 Richmond Open.

    World No.21 Chinappa beat her 16th-ranked opponent 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 for the first time in six meetings to bag her ninth Women’s Squash Association (WSA) tour title at the Country Club of Virginia on Saturday.

    With the victory, Chinappa also avenged her defeat of the Texas Open last week when she lost to the 37-year-old Australian in just 24 minutes.

    For Grinham, it was the 65th final appearance since making her first tour final back in March 1998 while it was the 16th final for the Indian.

    Tournament spokesman Kristen Lange narrated the final. “Starting the first game, Grinham came out swinging, firing her way to a 6-2 lead – however Chinappa surged back through consistent play to level the game off at 6-6,” Lange said.

    “From here it was a battle to 11, with the lead oscillating between the two players until a couple unfortunate mistakes gave Chinappa the first game,” he said.

    Chinappa dominated the second game before Grinham fought back in the third.

    “The start of the third game was once again all Chinappa as she quickly sailed to an 8-2 lead. Never one to be counted out Grinham fought her way back to 8-8, however it was a case of too little too late as Grinham made three critical errors to give Joshana her first win over the courageous Australian,” Lange added.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> More Sports / PTI / April 20th, 2014

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    Former India player has undergone an amazing transformation

    Robin Uthappa (second left) practises with the Kolkata Knight Riders’ team at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium. — KT photo

    Robin Uthappa (second left) practises with the Kolkata Knight Riders’ team at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium. — KT photo

    Robin Uthappa is not just looking leaner and fitter, he is also in a good mental space. Ever since the dashing opener, who went on a 10-day break to Belgium last July, before returning to India and hiring former India batsman Pravin Amre as his personal coach, there has been an amazing transformation in the Karnataka batsman. Yes, the ruthlessness in still there in his batting, just that there is more discipline and a price on his wicket.

    Uthappa went through a whole make-over in his bid to make a comeback into the Indian team. And the road towards that began with a trophy-laden domestic cricket campaign with Karnataka and continues with the seventh edition of the IPL which begins on Wednesday.

    Uthappa, who began with Mumbai Indians before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore and the now defunct Pune Warriors, will be parading his wares for the Shahrukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) this season.

    Uthappa, who made his ODI debut against England in April 2006, and had scored 86 in India’s win, last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final in Karachi, in July 2008. He made his T20 debut against Scotland in the T20 World Cup in Durban in September 2007 but that match was abandoned. His last T20 was against South Africa in Johannesburg in March 2012.

    Uthappa felt that his time out of the Indian team has helped him learn a lot. “It has been challenging for sure. But I have been able to embrace difficult times and learnt from it because it has brought me where I am today and helped me grow not just as a cricketer but also as a human being. Trials and tribulations helps one grow and I have used it in a very positive way. I think I have grown and matured a lot,” Uthappa said.

    There might be a massive waiting list for a slot in the Indian team but Uthappa said he still had age on his side. “I’m not that old. I’m only 28. Thing is I started at the Under-19 level and you guys have seen me for so long that you think I’m old. I’m only 28 and it would be good to be back in the team and be part of the set up. It is about putting runs at the right time and if you can contribute to the team. I’m very happy that I have been able to contribute to the teams that I have played with because that becomes meaningful and that’s when you are valued and you value your performances. And people begin to trust you and put that faith in you,” he said.

    Uthappa was pleased with the domestic showing. “As a team, Karnataka created history. We won the Ranji Trophy. We won the Irani Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. No team has done that in domestic cricket in India. We all feel a lot of pride. It has been good and satisfying to be a meaningful contributor to those victories. So, very satisfied with the way things are going,” said Uthappa.

    Karnataka won a seventh Ranji Trophy title before lapping up a fifth Irani Cup against the Rest of India. They also won the Vijay Hazare Trophy where Uthappa accumulated 536 runs, including three centuries. Uthappa repeatedly mentioned discipline which has helped him transform into a better cricketer.

    “It has been a journey over the last couple of years. I have just got more disciplined with my food. I have become more disciplined towards the sport. I got a bit distracted because of some personal issues. But then, common sense prevailed. I got in line with my goals. It took a bit of time,” he said.

    Uthappa felt that the strong showing has put him back in the reckoning for a return to the Indian team. “It is pretty clear for me. I played for India ‘A’ last year. I scored a 100 and I was in the reckoning. Unfortunately, I had an injury and it took me 10 weeks to be back. I played six games of the Ranji Trophy. But I came back and was able to contribute to the team.” Uthappa said. “I have changed a lot on my technique. I value my wicket a lot more right now,” he added.

    source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com / Khaleej Times / Home> Sport Home> IPL 2014 / by James Jose (james@khaleejtimes.com) / April 13th, 2014

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    Rohan Bopanna, at 34, is the most experienced member of the Indian Davis Cup team. He’s also back on the pro circuit with his most successful doubles partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Off the court, his marriage to Supriya Annaiah is just over a year old.

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    He chats with Shamya Dasgupta about the calm after a stormy few years for the tennis player.

    You’ve had 11 years in the pro circuit now. Do you think you have achieved what you set out to do?

    Looking back, if someone told me that I would one day be the most senior representative on the Indian Davis Cup team and reach a career high of World No 3 (in men’s doubles), I would have found it hard to believe. It has been a journey of sacrifices and determination, which have, fortunately, paid off. I would say I have achieved most of what I set out to when I decided to take up the game, though I would still like to lead India to laurels on the global stage (in the Davis Cup) and also win a Grand Slam title, or many.

    A question you would have fielded before—why do Indians make better players in the doubles game as compared with the singles game?

    I don’t think there’s a tennis player in the world, who when he picks up the racquet for the first time and decides to be a professional, wants to be a doubles specialist. It is only later on in your career that you decide, based on your skills and your game, and choose to be a doubles specialist. I guess, in India, it is also due to the lack of sponsors that you choose the doubles route, an option that is financially viable.

    You’re back with Aisam—what makes the two of you such a strong doubles team? Indeed, what makes any two individuals play well together?

    There are a lot of factors that account for a great doubles pairing. Most important, I believe, is great chemistry on and off the court. Aisam and I have been close friends, having spent so many years on the circuit in proximity. I think that is a significant contribution to our success, apart from our understanding of each other’s game and each other’s strengths and weaknesses, again on court and off court. Drawing parallels to a marriage, which is my other significant partnership these days, I would say that all partnerships need work, effort and commitment.

    Do you think you, and Aisam of course, became sacrificial lambs, so to say, in the 2011-12 period because of ‘issues’ between other people (Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi)?

    I can only speak for myself here and not for Aisam—well, it was I who decided to play with Mahesh and not Aisam in 2012 keeping the focus on representing the country and the London Olympics. And looking back at the on-court success, 2012 was definitely one of the best so far in my career. Off-court controversies are in the in the past and as players, you live, learn and move on as mature individuals. My focus is now on the year ahead and I am looking forward to it.

    Would you say, because of the way things panned out, no one really benefited in that period, not Leander or Mahesh, nor you or Aisam, or even Sania Mirza?

    I do not think anyone who genuinely cared about the sport benefited from the issues at that point of time. But, we have moved on. But, there’s a chance a similar issue might crop up before the 2016 Olympics. I am focused on the current year and not looking that far ahead.

    Moving on, the International Tennis Premier League is also around the corner. What do you think the ITPL will do for you, and for tennis as a whole?

    I’m really looking forward to being part of the ITPL. It will be a great opportunity to play along with and against some of the biggest names in the sport. I hope that it propels the interest for the game and boosts the viewership across Asia.

    You are the most experienced player in the Indian Davis Cup team at the moment. What does that mean to you?

    It is a fairly young team that we have currently representing the country at the Davis Cup. All of the guys are enthusiastic about making the country proud and, for me, it is a great opportunity to try and help them and pass on what my experiences in the game have taught me.

    The reunion with Aisam has already brought you a title in Dubai. You and Aisam are the same age, so how far do you think the two of you can go?

    The win in Dubai was gratifying and we hope to continue with the success from that win. We would like to play together for a couple of years at the very least, with a Grand Slam victory a priority.

    (The author is Senior Editor at Wisden India)

    source: http://www.articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / Home> News> Sports / ET Bureau / by Shyama Dasgupta / April 05th, 2014

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    Cubbon Park was charged with enthusiasm as more than 150 cyclists participated in the Child Rights and You’s (CRY) Vote for Child Rights Cycle Rally. Flagging off the rally alongside Regional Director of CRY recently, (South) Suma Ravi, were eminent personalities, including ace Badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa, Paralympic high jumper silver medalist Girisha Hosanagara Rajegowda, Kannada actor Srimurali and Guinness Record holder, young actor-director Kishan Srikanth. The 6-km rally which started off at Cubbon Park, and traversed around M G Road, culminated at Cubbon Park.

    Suma Ravi said, “The Bangalore Cycle rally concludes our events for CRY’s Vote for Child Rights campaign, and yet again we are thrilled to witness the enthusiasm of all our participants in helping us spread the word.”

    Ashwini Ponnappa said, “I’m glad that I am associated with a campaign that calls for everyone to become active advocates for Child Rights. I would like to see all girls getting equal opportunities everywhere in life.”

    Mirroring the same sentiments, Girish Hosanagara said, “The Vote for Child Rights campaign stands for the rights for our children and is aimed at the people who will finally be in power. Every child, irrespective of any disability, must have the right to a happy, healthy childhood.”

    Srimurali said, “CRY has always worked towards ensuring lasting change for children, and as an actor if I can do anything to help, I will.”

    Supported by Unibic Foods India Pvt Ltd (Refreshment partner), Kerberon Automations, Bangalore Cyclists Club, Eden Suites and Target Imprints, the rally is part of CRY’s nationwide Vote for Child Rights campaign that started on November 13, 2013. It included activities ranging from signing pledges from the general public to getting prominent personalities from across India to support the campaign, to the organising events like wall paintings and flash mobs to showcase the current state of Child Rights in India.

    The campaign believes that India’s children, who account for one third of the population, deserve the collective demonstration of commitment towards child rights. It also calls for action to express zero tolerance towards violation of child rights so that every child can be assured of a happy, healthy and creative childhood. That can happen only if children are recognised as rights holders and people in power remain committed towards providing care, protection, essential services and opportunities to each and every child.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Express News Service – Bangalore / March 24th, 2014

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    New Delhi :

    Leading Indian doubles badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa said on Sunday that she is happy to see more and more people take up the sport.

    “I am happy to see more and more people take up badminton. It is great to see that many people are getting interested in the sport and are following India’s progress at the world stage,” the 2010 Commonwealth Games women’s doubles gold medallist said after giving away PNB MetLife RWA Badminton Championship prizes at the Thyagaraj Stadium here.

    “I hope to see more support for badminton in the future as this will spread the popularity of the sport in India.”

    The 2011 World Championship bronze medallist starts her campaign at the $250,000 India Open Super Series at the Siri Fort Sports Complex Wednesday.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Badminton / IANS / March 30th, 2014

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