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    February 22nd, 2016adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion

    Chettalli (Madikeri) :

    It is a known fact that cricket is a popular sport in many countries including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England, Australia and others. But, the sport slowly is steadily gaining popularity in countries such as Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Afghanistan, UAE and others. The common factor among the countries where cricket is gaining popularity is the Indian factor.

    Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa (left) with former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes.

    Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa (left) with former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes.

    There are many Indians who have been promoting cricket worldwide. One such person who has been popularising the sport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) is Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa, a native of Bilugunda village in Kodagu district who has joined hands with legendary cricketers like Ramiz Raja, Aravinda De Silva and Naveed Nawaz to start Future Legends Cricket Academy (FLCA) in Dubai.

    Darshan Chinnappa, who is currently residing in Bengaluru, is the son of Chillavanda Chinnappa, a retired official of Survey of India and Chillavanda Parvathi, a retired employee of Co-operation Department. He is married to Chillavanda Nirmala and the couple is blessed with a daughter Raha Darshan.

    FLCA was started two months back with former Sri Lankan skipper Aravinda De Silva, former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja, Imran Zafar, Shahid Rafique Sheikh and former Sri Lankan cricketer Naveed Nawaz.

    The academy has been providing world class facilities to children and also conducts master classes by inviting top cricketers from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and others countries. Legendary cricketers like Kumara Sangakara and Jhonty Rodes have already conducted master classes.

    Darshan believes that the academy would be recognised at an international level and gain more popularity. Details on the academy are available at futurelegendsca.com and in the facebook page.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / February 22nd, 2016

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    Hyderabad :

    “Look at me… don’t you notice any change,” said Jwala Gutta, displaying her toned down body.

    “This is what our doubles coach has done. I am much fitter now. He brought a number of changes to our game, more particularly to my fitness,” said Jwala, who lost at least 11 kgs in the last five months. Earlier, it was difficult to push Jwala in many aspects. But new doubles coach Kim Tan has found a way on how to deal with talented senior players.

    Ever since he took over five months back, Kim is working hard with the doubles teams. After acrimonious exchanges with national coach P Gopichand, which made headlines, Jwala and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa came back to train at the Gopichand Academy and started working with Kim. Kim took time to understand the doubles scenario in India and succeeded in creating a working atmosphere.

    “My contract with Badminton Association of India is up to 2020. I have to make some good contributions before that. When I came here I was happy with the things around. I realised that I had to deal with two aspects, the senior doubles team like Jwala-Ashwini, who have achieved success, and a few junior doubles pairs. So I have a plan for them,” Kim said.

    Kim is also planning to use Ashwini in mixed doubles. Known for effective smashes which are packed with a lot of power, Ashwini hardly played in mixed doubles events. “Manu Attri and Ashwini will be playing the mixed doubles event. We have finalised on that. They will make an exciting pair,” said Kim, adding that he has plans for others as well.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Badminton / M Ratnakumar / TNN / February 18th, 2016

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    February 21st, 2016adminSports

    Nanaiah Stars for Cauvery College

    FINISHING ON TOP:Cauvery College edged out St. Anne's College 1-0 in the final of the State-level inter-collegiate hockey tournament on Wednesday.

    FINISHING ON TOP:Cauvery College edged out St. Anne’s College 1-0 in the final of the State-level inter-collegiate hockey tournament on Wednesday.

    K.B. Nanaiah’s 59th-minute goal helped Cauvery College (Virajpet) pip St. Anne’s College (Virajpet) 1-0 in the final of the State-level inter-collegiate hockey tournament, conducted by Kautilya FGC, on Wednesday.

    St. Philomena’s (Mysuru) took the third spot with a 1-0 win over St. Joseph’s College (Bengaluru), thanks to Yeshwin’s goal in the 49th minute.

    The results: Final: Cauvery College (Virajpet) 1 (K.B. Nanaiah 59) bt St. Anne’s (Virajpet) 0; Semifinals: Cauvery bt St. Philomena’s 3-2, via sudden-death; St. Anne’s bt St. Joseph’s (Bengaluru) 2-1.

    Special prizes: Best goalkeeper: K.A. Darshan (NIE, Mysore); Best defender: C.A. Boppanna (Cauvery); Best forward: David Karekatta (St. Philomena’s); Player-of-the-tournament: Sudesh (St. Anne’s).


    Kishan S. Bedare’s 71 (11×4) took National CC to a two-wicket win over Vidyaranya in the quarterfinal tie of the KSCA Mysore Zone’s Sri. M. Gopalaswamy Memorial cricket tournament on Wednesday.

    The scores: Vidyaranya 175 in 46.3 overs (Munish Chengappa 35 n.o., G.L. Yashas 30) lost to National 178 for eight in 45.3 overs (Kishan S. Bedare 71, Deepak S. Gowda 27, N. Zahed four for 24).

    MUCSC 113 in 22.5 overs (Bharath Bhushan four for 28, Punith three for 16) lost to Young Cricketers 116 for nine in 27.3 overs (Swaroop 44, N. Bharath five for 30).


    Md. Asif’s brace (48 & 69) and an own-goal by defender Karthik of Friends Union enabled Lucky Star (Bannur) score a 3-1 win over Friends Union in a Group A league match of the MDFA ‘C’ division football tournament for the Chirag Trophy on Wednesday.

    Kitti scored the lone goal for Friends Union in the 14th minute.


    Karnataka’s Akarsh Gaonkar and Anmay Yogesh Devaj entered the boys’ singles semifinals of the KTPPA Yonex AITA under-12 tennis championship at the Energy Tennis Centre courts here on Wednesday.

    Gaonkar took out Tharakesh Ashokar of Tamil Nadu 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the last-eight, while Devaj rallied to script a 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 win over Arjun Gohad.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport / Mysuru – January 28th, 2016

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    February 21st, 2016adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion
    Team Coorg receives the winner’s trophy from H E Indra Mani Pandey

    Team Coorg receives the winner’s trophy from H E Indra Mani Pandey

    Team Coorg edged past United Thalasserry Sports Club (UTSC) Oman 2-1 to lift the Republic Day Cup at the 67th Republic Day of India Hockey Festival, which was held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex recently.

    It was the ninth successive year of the festival, organised by Team Coorg and Friends of Naqvi Group.

    Three teams took part in the Republic Day Cup.

    In the opening clash, UTSC Oman edged past Beatrice XI by a solitary goal to set up summit clash with Team Coorg, which received a first-round bye.

    Earlier in the clash for the Ambassador Cup, Ambassador XI beat Indian School al Seeb 1-0. Later, H E Indra Mani Pandey, the Indian Ambassador to Oman, gave away the prizes in the presence of H E Sheikh Mahfoodh al Juma, the Oman Hockey Association (OHA) chairman and also a Majlis A’Shura member, and Kanak Khimji, the Oman Cricket chairman.

    On this occasion, H E Pandey honoured veteran hockey coach and sports administrator S A S Naqvi for his contribution to the game.

    Source: http://www.muscatdaily.com/ MuscatDaily.com / Home> Sports / January 27th, 2016

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    Top seed Joshna Chinappa came back from behind to beat second seeded Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan to clinch gold at the South Asian Games on Monday.


    Star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash to make up for India’s disappointment in the men’s event on Monday.

    Top seed Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, recovered from one set down to beat second seeded Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the brand new squash facility at the R G Baruah Sports Complex here.(Wrestlers make India proud at SAG)

    With Chinappa’s gold, India has so far won three medals in squash with Sourav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu having grabbed a bronze each after losing to their Pakistani opponents yesterday.
    Chinappa, one of the few top Indian players to have opted to play in the SAG, thus gave some solace to the team management after men’s players failed to reach the final.

    The women’s final match had all the drama which was witnessed during the men’s semifinals with Chinappa expressing unhappiness to the match officials with the “aggressive” play of Wazir who was seen as trying to be a bit physical with the top-ranked Indian.

    Wazir, ranked 50th in the world, won the first set 12-10 after a neck-and-neck contest but she got injured midway in the second set at 7-7 as blood came out of her left eyebrow region after contact with Chinappa and play was stopped for a while to get her treated.

    The Pakistani was immediately given first aid and she resumed play after a few minutes. It looked like the break gave Chinappa time to ponder on her game and the glamorous Indian started dominating the match from there on.

    Wazir looked tentative just after coming from her injury break and Chinappa did not take much time to take the second set 11-7 and level scores at 1-1.

    The third set saw Chinappa taking a 5-2 lead but Wazir came back with some superb shots to make it 6-6 and then 8-6. By then there was tension among the crowd at the stands, but a calm Chinappa just went about her job and brought the score to 9-9 and then 10-9 before taking the set.

    In the fourth and final set, Wazir gave some fight initially but later frittered away as Chinappa won it 11-7 to give India the first gold in squash in this edition.

    Chinappa later made it known that she was not happy with the way the referees handled the match and that she did not enjoy playing the match as her opponent was “very aggressive” and “not playing fair”.
    “Wazir is a good player but she was very aggressive. Fortunately, I won the gold but I did not enjoy playing the final. I play in the professional circuit and there, these kind of things, likes lot of interference and blocking (by rival player) does not happen,” she said after the match.

    “I tried to keep myself calm but I had to let them (match officials) know what was happening on the court. I cannot let things happening all the time,” said Chinappa, who argued with the referee on a couple of occasions.

    “I am a kind of player who plays fair, without these interfering and blocking etc. Doing all these is not nice for the spectators and also for the game,” she added.

    Asked if the referees should have handled the situation better, she said, “I don’t want to be in trouble again but I feel it is their job to control the match and stop all those things. They should have done better.”

    source: http://www.indiatoday.intoday.in / IndiaToday.in / Home> News> Sports> Other Sports / PTI / Guwahati – February 08th, 2016

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    Ace quartermiler MR Poovamma and Asian champion shot putter Inderjeet Singh will spearhead a 68-member Indian athletics team at the 12th SAF Games to be held in Guwahati from February 5-16, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said today.

    Poovamma, who won gold in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2014 Asian Games, and Inderjeet, a gold medallist at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2015, will be part of the Indian squad which also includes Olympian shot putter Omprakash Singh Karhana.

    The Indian athletics team, comprising 36 men and 32 women, will compete in the track and field tournament of the SAF Games which is scheduled be held from February 9-12.

    India topped the medal tally in athletics in the previous edition held at Dhaka in 2010, winning 29 medals overall, including 10 gold medals, 11 silver and 8 bronze. The Indian team is expected to face competition from Sri Lanka, which finished second in the medal tally in track and field in the 2010 Games.

    This time, the athletics competition will witness 20 events in men and 17 in women respectively at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati.

    AFI President and Olympian, Adille J Sumariwalla said: “The 12th SAF Games is special because it’s being hosted in Guwahati and we hope to notch up maximum number of medals at home.

    Though the competition is being held at a time when our elite athletes are in the midst of their training for 2016 Olympics, we’ve tried to select the best possible team under the situation. The team is a good mix of experience and youth and we hope they will return with a rich haul of medals from the 2016 SAF Games.”

    Meanwhile, the preparations are in full swing at the various National camps and a number of elite athletes who have qualified for Rio, are also expected to be part of the action at the SAF Games.

    The National campers for quarter miles, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relays for both men and women under coach Yuri Ogorodnik returned from a 69-day training stint in Turkey and will reach Guwahati from their present camp in Thiruvananthapuram.

    The leading long and triple jumpers in the country who are currently training under Romanian coach Bedros Bedrosian in Thiruvananthapuram are scheduled to participate first in the SAF Games and next at the Asian Indoor Championships to be held at Doha from February 19.

    Asian champion Inderjeet Singh is scheduled to reach Guwahati directly from his training centre in the US. However, the organisers have not received enough entries to conduct the men’s hammer throw event, and therefore the event is uncertain till now.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / PTI / New Delhi – February 01st, 2016

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    The ‘Ajab Gazabb Love’ (2012) actress, Nidhi Subbaiah gets a high zooming off for long rides.

    Nidhi Subbaiah

    Nidhi Subbaiah

    In both her upcoming films, ‘Love Shagun’ and ‘Direct Ishq’, she was required to ride the two-wheeler.

    The youngster had her share of thrills and spills during the shoot in Goa.

    Nidhi is also big time into adventure sports and likes paragliding and cliff climbing. An action flick is right up her alley.

    source: http://www.mid-day.com / mid-day / Home> News> Mumbai News> National> Columnists> Entertainment News> Bollywood News / by The HitList Team / February 01st, 2016

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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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