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    Bengaluru :

    The Karnataka State Hockey Association stadium will now be known as the Field Marshal KM Cariappa stadium. It was renamed on Thursday during the inauguration of the newly-laid blue hockey turf by the Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports (DYES).

    The grand ceremony, however, was marred by controversy after Hockey Bengaluru (formerly KSHA) – which holds the rights over the stadium land after having signed a 99-year lease with BBMP decades ago – slammed the DYES for ignoring them and not following due procedure.

    “It is wrong on the part of the DYES to change the name of the ground without taking us into confidence. We are not objecting to the developments but they could have consulted us as the BBMP has leased the land to us. It’s a clear violation of the agreement,” fumed Hockey Bengaluru secretary K Krishnamurthy.

    Krishnamurthy explained that the stadium cannot be renamed without a resolution passed by BBMP. “We are not aware whether DYES sought an approval from BBMP,” he said.

    “The agreement signed in 1977 is in the name of KSHA. Although KSHA has been renamed Hockey Bengaluru, KSHA still exists as a trade name with an aim to promote hockey,” he said. “DYES came to an understanding with us during the 1997 National Games to develop the infrastructure and share the facility. The department has no rights over the land.”

    Revealing that Hockey Bengaluru was invited only an hour before the inaugural ceremony, Krishnamurthy said: “Field Marshal Cariappa is a hero for all of us. They have put his name on a flex board instead casting it in stone. This is not the way to honour a national hero. We were not even informed about their plans to change the name.”

    Blaming the DYES, he said: “Ever since the new director has taken charge we have been given raw deal. We were not informed when DYES called for tenders to upgrade the stadium.”

    Krishnamurthy said they will take up the matter with the sports minister after consulting MLA NA Haris, the patron of the club.

    Meanwhile, the DYES director Anupam Agrawal countered Krishnamurthy’s allegations saying they have followed the protocol. “We have an approval from the state sports minister to change the name of the stadium. We have not consulted KSHA because legally they don’t exist,” he said. “We wanted to rename the ground to Field Marshal Cariappa ground to honour his contributions,” he said.

    Stadium will be upgraded: Agrawal

    DYES director Anupam Agrawal said his department will upgrade the Field Marshal KM Cariappa stadium gallery and refurbish the hostel which is home to Sports Authority of India trainees.

    “We have sought an additional Rs 1.5 crore to upgrade the gallery and the hostel. We will also upgrade the toilets and dressing rooms according to FIH standards.

    We are in the process of installing a hockey turf at Somwarpet and upgrading the existing facility at Ponnampet as Kodagu district is the cradle of hockey,” he added.

    source: http:/www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> Hockey> Top Stories / by Sunil Subbaiah / TNN / April 21st, 2017

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    Robin Uthappa was yet again the star of the show for Kolkata Knight Riders when they took on Gujarat Lions in Kolkata.

    He was in exceptional touch from the word go and after Sunil Narine’s initial burst, took the bowlers apart piece by piece.

    The death overs went for plenty as KKR piled on the runs.

    Uthappa ended with 72 runs to his name in 48 balls. He slammed 8 fours and 2 sixes.

    By the time he fell, KKR certainly had the base to push for a big total. They finished with 187/5.

    source: http://www.indiatimes.com / IndiaTimes.com / Home> Sports / by Somak Adhikari / April 21st, 2017

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    April 25th, 2017adminSports
    A file photo of a match during the 2012 edition of the hockey tournament

    A file photo of a match during the 2012 edition of the hockey tournament

    306 teams taking part in hockey tournament in Kodagu that begins today

    The stage is set for what is arguably the world’s largest hockey tournament, in terms of the number of teams participating in it, to be staged in Kodagu from Monday.

    With as many as 306 teams participating in the tournament this is also unique in the annals of sporting events as it is hosted by different families or clans every year and is known as Biddatanda Hockey Namme 2017 this year, as it is hosted by the Biddatanda family.

    Sequestered amidst the rolling hills the picturesque district of Kodagu is better known for coffee but Kodavas also have a fervour for hockey which is evident in the successful staging of this unique event which draws nearly 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh spectators every year.

    The matches will be played at the Gen. K.S. Thimayya Sports Stadium at Napoklu and the local Government PU College grounds and the tournament will be stretched for nearly a month. The organising cost of the tournament is expected to be nearly ₹1.5 crore and funds were also released by the local elected representatives.

    While Pratap Simha, MP, has contributed ₹20 lakh, Veena Achaiah, MLC, has chipped in with ₹ 5 lakh. Similar contributions are in offing from the government.

    The stadium has been spruced up for hosting the tournament, the grounds prepared for staging the games and the main venue has a seating capacity to accommodate nearly 20,000 people.

    The genesis of the tournament could be traced to the passion for hockey of Pandananda Kuttappa who conceived the tournament in 1997 to bring the Kodava families together and he decided to harness the latent passion for hockey among the community members.

    The tournament since then has gone bigger with each passing year and a record 306 teams are participating in the event this year.

    Both the inauguration and the valedictory has the stamp of the colourful Kodava culture.

    Olympian A.B. Subbiah will inaugurate the tournament on Monday at 10.30 a.m. and the founder of the tournament Mr. Kuttappa will be the chief guest.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysuru – April 16th, 2017

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    April 25th, 2017adminSports

    The host Biddatanda team went down fighting against Nayakanda in a league tie in Kodava family hockey tournament at General K S Thimmayya Stadium here on Sunday.

    Nayakanda prevailed over the crowd favourite Biddatanda 6-5 in a tie-breaker.

    Three-time champions Kullettira registered a thumping 4-0 victory against Palekanda to advance into next round. Subam and Nachappa netted two goals apiece for the winners.

    In the other match played at Thimayya Stadium, Ballanda rode on a goal each from Mandanna and Poonacha to see off Telapanda 2-0.

    Manavatteera recorded a clincial 3-0 win against Kanjithanda. Ayyappa, Somanna, and Gagan Cariappa sounded the board for Manavatteera. Pemmanda and Chandoora teams had easy outings on Sunday Pemmanda thrashed Kannambira 5-0 while Chandoora trounced Ponnachanda 6-1.

    Other results
    Hanchetira beat Kalachanda 4-0; Beppudiyanda beat Nambudumaanda 3-1; Sannuvanda beat Chindamada 2-0; Konganda beat Puttichanda 4-2; Kundyolanda beat Maruvanda 3-0; Shantheyanda beat Jammada 2-1; Aithichanda beat Appaccheera 2-1.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Napoklu, Deccan Herald News Service / April 24th, 2017

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    Tennis – Bopanna says enough changes in doubles already; no further required

    Tennis – Indian doubles tennis specialist Rohan Bopanna says that Indians do better in doubles as compared to singles due to lack of supoort from the Indian tennis federation. Bopanna analyzed, “The main reason for the lack of singles players is the federation: we do not have support, when players decide to turning pro, and travel, they have no sponsor. The federation does not support us, we make a lot more effort to emerge because it is not easy, indeed it is almost impossible to keep up with the Challengers through which you’re forced to start: a player gets to 26, 27 years without having enough experience, and then switches over to doubles if he still has the passion and desire for tennis. When this situation will change we will see the results. This is another of the reasons why I opened the academy, I would begin to cultivate the players the basics, because we have a system with which they can grow. We also have no tournaments: if you exclude Chennai which is part of the main tour, there are maybe two Challenger and a couple of Futures, and gaining experience in India is very difficult. In Spain, France, Italy, there are smaller tournaments every week, so it is easier to gain experience without having to travel too.”

    Bopanna is also not happy with the changes introduced in doubles in order to quicken the game. “I think they have already introduced enough. Even just the super tie-break in the deciding set was a major change. The format is already fairly rapid, the matches are shorter, with the exception of Slams. It’s fun to introduce new concepts, but the format is already so fast. Personally I would prefer to play three sets normal, but as players we are required to adapt to what is being proposed.”

    The Banglorean, who was picked by Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi over Leander Paes, says Bhupathi has been instrumental in his growth as a player. “Certainly playing with Mahesh Bhupathi helped me a lot: having a companion of my own nationality was good. I did well at the beginning of my career with Qureshi, we obtained excellent results (final at the US Open in 2010), but playing with Mahesh taught me a lot. He had a lot of experience, played twice at the highest level for many years gave me a great hand to understand my game, understand how to position myself well on the field and deal with new situations for me. The fact that it was the Indian was a great part, get along off the field helps to perform better in the game.”

    The 37-year-old will partner with Pablo Cuevas for the Monte Carlo Masters starting tomorrow and is currently ranked 24th in the ATP Doubles Rankings.

    source: http://www.tennisworldusa.org / Tennis World / Tennis World Magazine / Home> News> Indian Tennis / by Prakash / April 17th, 2017

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    April 25th, 2017adminSports

    Preparations are in full swing for organising Kodagu Gowda families’ cricket tournament, at General Thimmaiah Stadium in Madikeri from April 21.

    The tournament is organised jointly by Kodagu Gowda Yuva Vedike and Paikera family. It will commence on April 21, with a qualifying round till May 4. The quarter-final and semi-final will be held on May 6 and the final will be held on May 7.

    Kodagu Gowda Yuva Vedike publicity committee president Kudekal Santhosh said that 180 families had taken part last year. This year, 210 families have registered for the tournament.

    The organisers will also hold a free eye camp and diabetes screening camp on April 29. “A flood-lit kabaddi tournament will be organised on April 30, with women’s teams taking part – out of 32 teams registered, eight are women teams. Even a throwball tournament, for women too, will be held,” said Santhosh.

    “A torchlight rally to mark the beginning of sporting events will be taken from Omakareshwara Temple to Guddemane Appayya Gowda statue and then to district stadium by the athletes, who have made their names in national and international competitions,” said sports committee president Baladi Manoj. He said that it was Kodagu Gowda Samskrithika Academy which started the cricket tournament 18 years ago. The youth wing has been shouldering the responsibility of the tournament for the last five years.

    A sum of Rs 74 lakh would be spent on organising the tournament. The inauguration of the tournament will be attended by Adichunchanagiri Mutt seer Shambhunath Swami, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS News Service / Madikeri – April 20th, 2017

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    As many as 306 teams have enrolled for the prestigious Kodava family hockey tournament scheduled to begin here on Monday. With Biddatanda family hosting this edition of the annual tournament, the event is named Biddatanda Hockey Namme-2017.

    The hockey festival, in its 21st year, promises to a treat for hockey buffs with a record number of teams are vying for the top prize. The tournament has produced fine talents over the years some of whom have made the cut into state and national teams. The matches will be played at three grounds – two at Gen Thimayya Stadium at Cheriyaparambu, and at Govt PU College ground.

    Grounds Committee chairman B B Belyappa said, “Final touches are being given to the grounds to make them match-ready at a cost of Rs 16 lakh. The 27-day tournament is being organised at a cost of Rs 1.6 crore.”

    Thunder showers, in the recent past, in the run up to the competition have delayed the preparations. With rain taking a break on Saturday, the groundsmen took up the last-minute preparations to make the grounds ready for the matches, starting on Monday.

    For the first time in the history of the tournament, a metal gallery has been erected for the benefit of the spectators. The organisers have also made necessary arrangements like mats, sound system, lighting, media gallery at a cost of Rs 33.50 lakh.

    As many as waterproof make-shift food stalls have been set up at the grounds. Safety measures are also in place with shade nets covering the banks of Cauvery river to prevent people from venturing into water and contaminating the same.

    Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha had promised Rs 30 lakh from his MPLAD funds for the tournament but released only Rs 20 lakh. Zilla Panchayat is also expected to chip in with Rs 4 lakh for building a check wall.

    MLC Shantheyanda Veena Achaiah has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh. Legislators K G Bopaiah and MLC Suneel Subramani too have promised funds.

    Hockey India, Hockey Karnataka, Hockey Kodagu and Umpire Association have extended their support to the event. President of Umpire Association Katumaniyanda Umesh has taken over the mantle of supervising the matches.

    According to technical director of Biddatanda Hockey Namme B S Thammaiah, seating facilities have been made for 20,000 people. It includes 4,000 seats for VIPs. Parking facilities have been made on 15 acres of land.

    Hockey Olympian Anjaparavanda B Subbaiah will inaugurate the tournament on April 17 at 10.30 am. Founder of Hockey Namme, Pandanda M Kuttappa, will be the chief guest, while Prof B C Ponnappa of Biddatanda clan will preside over the inaugural function.

    Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa, Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai, former minister M C Nanaiah, MP Prathap Simha, MLAs K G Bopaiah and Appachu Ranjan, MLCs Shantheyanda Veena Achaiah and Suneel Subramani, SP P Rajendra Prasad, president of Kodagu Hockey Association Pykera Kalaiah and Muliya Prasad from Muliya Foundation are also expected to attend the inaugural session.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service / Napoklu – April 16th, 2017

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    April 25th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports
    Sampath of Biddatanda Hockey Namme technical committee, ground committee president Biddatanda Belliappa and Kodava Sahitya Academy president B S Thammaiah release the fixtures of the tournament at Madikeri Press Club on Tuesday.

    Sampath of Biddatanda Hockey Namme technical committee, ground committee president Biddatanda Belliappa and Kodava Sahitya Academy president B S Thammaiah release the fixtures of the tournament at Madikeri Press Club on Tuesday.

    The fixtures of Biddatanda Hockey Namme 2017 were released at Madikeri Press Club on Tuesday. The tournament will be held at General Thimmaiah Stadium at Napoklu Cheriyaparambu from April 17.

    Speaking after releasing the fixtures, Kodava Sahitya Academy president B S Thammaiah said that the fixtures released are official and matches will be held based on these fixtures.

    The inaugural session will be held between 11 am and 12.30 pm on April 17, he said.

    He said that the Rest of India and Coorg Regiment of Indian Army will play inaugural exhibition match between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. The majority of people in Kodagu are not aware of Coorg Regiment in Indian Army. Hence, to introduce the regiment to the people, the exhibition match is being organised, he said.

    The Rest of India hockey team will be led by Indian Hockey player Raghunath. The inaugural session will have Army band and Kodava dance, Thammaiah said.The tournament will have 18 to 24 matches everyday.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, April 12th, 2017

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    Amanpreet Ahluwalia proved he’s a master of short turns and deft handling as he finished first in the autocross, or the Super Special Stages.

    With the breathtakingly beautiful Dirang valley for inspiration, National autocross champion Amanpreet Ahluwalia jump into the lead on the first day in the fourth edition of the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed here on Saturday.

    He proved he’s a master of short turns and deft handling as he finished first in the autocross, or the Super Special Stages as it’s called here.

    However, the championship suffered a huge setback after quite a few big names pulled out. Seven-time Desert Storm winner Sunny Sidhu pulled out citing engine issues. Joining him were ten-time Raid de Himalaya champion Suresh Rana and newly-crowned India Baja champion, Gaurav Chiripal. Both withdrew citing different reasons.

    Organisers said Gaurav was stuck in Dubai due to personal issues while Rana’s car’s front axle was damaged. Another prominent rallyist Raj Singh Rathore, too, withdrew.

    The hero of the day was Amanpreet. Driving a Maruti Gypsy, Amanpreet tackled the slippery grass track at the L’Opon Stadium to delight the locals, who had gathered in moderate numbers to watch the action-packed event. He needed just 2minutes and 09 seconds to complete the zig-zagging course.

    “It was fun racing on this tricky course,” Amanpreet, a veteran rallyist from Delhi, said. “We are happy that we have taken the early lead. There is still a long way to go and we hope to drive on this momentum through the weekend,” he added.

    The top seeded racer among those in classified cars here, K. M. Bopaiah from Coorg, had to settle for the second place in his 1600cc Polo. Delhi’s Sandeep Sharma finished third. In the autocross and sprint cars for local talent, Babit Lyngdoh shot into the lead, winning both his rounds.

    The provisional results

    1. Amanpreet Ahluwalia & navigator Ajay Kumar(02:09), 2. K.M. Bopaiah & Gagan Karumbaiah (02:12), 3. Sandeep Sharma & Prathap Thakur (02:13), 4. Ewellson Cyngdoh & Rijop M Sangma (02:14).

    source: http://www.sportsalive.com / Sports Star / Home> India / by K. Keerthivasan / Dirang Valley (Arunachal Pradesh) / April 15th, 2017

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    Robin Uthappa is known for his hard-hitting batting and his hunger for big sixes. He is a talented stroke-maker, an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace.

    About

    DOB November 11, 1985
    Batting style Right Handed
    Bowling style Right-arm medium

    Bio

    Robin Venu Uthappa had a dream One Day International debut in final match of the English tour of India in April 2006. He scored a well compiled 86 as an opening batsman before being dismissed run out. Uthappa first grabbed eyeballs after a good show in the 2005 Challenger Series playing for India-B against India-A. He played an important role in India’s win at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. He finished the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy season as the highest run scorer that season. Uthappa entered Indian Premier League in 2008 after being bought by Mumbai Indian. He later shifted to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009, Pune Warriors in 2011, and finally to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. He currently plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

    The Walking Assassin

    Robin Uthappa has been nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’ for his tactic of charging the bowler. Uthappa, part of the Indian team that won the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007, made hi ODI debut in 2006 but from July 2008 to June 2014 was not picked in the ODI team. In the IPL format, he has been playing for Kolkata Knight Riders since 2014 and has been a consistent run-getter for the team.

    Batting Statistics

    Matches 135
    Innings 130
    Not outs 15
    Runs 3390
    Average 29.47
    Strike rate 128.65
    Highest score 83* v Royal Challengers Bangalore
    Hundreds 0
    Fifties 17
    Balls faced 2635
    Fours 341
    Sixes 104

    Fielding Statistics

    Catches 66
    Stumpings 26
    Run outs 7

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Timesofindia.com / Home> Cricket> IPL> Player Profiles / Aoril 15th, 2017

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