Hockey alone cannot feed – S. Prema (Karnataka state women’s hockey captain)

BANGALORE: National championships and awards count for nothing for the hapless S Prema. The Karnataka women’s hockey captain is another among hundreds in the sporting fraternity which pursue sports in all earnestness without just rewards.

Only that in her case, she has nowhere to turn to: neither does she have a job nor are her parents financially strong enough to take care of her needs.

Daughter of daily wage earners who work in a coffee plantation in Siddapura, Kodagu, Prema, 20, has seen hardship from close quarters. She has seen her parents do the odd jobs for a mere Rs 100 per day. She has seen the income increase marginally over the years but hardly substantially enough to turn their fortunes around.

Two less than square meals a day was the norm ever since she was born but was made possible only when Prema’s parents made a concerted effort throughout the day.

There were periods when her father was indisposed, especially during rainy days, forcing her mother to brave heavy rain and work through the day. But then their dream, as Prema says, was to see her shine as a hockey player.

“Ever since I took up the game when I was in eighth standard and joined the Kudige sports school, I was forced to depend on my parents to buy equipment or for travel and tournaments. They never said no to me. They would borrow money to ensure I got the best. It was heart-rending to see them struggle thereafter to pay back the money,” said Prema, who now trains at the State sports hostel in Mysore.

“In the past couple of years I stopped asking them money. We are being well taken care of by Sports Hostel,” said the full back, a final year BA student at Teresian college.

What has dismayed Prema is that the game hasn’t been as productive as she thought it would be. “I have played in the National championship before. We won the South Zone tournament this year in Tirupati and I am leading the side again in Bangalore. I only hope I get a job so that I can take care of my parents.”


  • S Prema
  • Age 20
  • Hails from: Siddapura, Kodagu
  • Trains at: Sports Hostel, Mysore
  • Coaches: Devanand, Vijayakrishna
  • Parents: Daily wage earners

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CM to attend hockey match in S Kodagu

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has agreed to attend the final match of ‘Machchamada Cup’ – the Kodava families’ hockey tournament to be held in Ponnampet of South Kodagu on May 15.

A delegation led by ‘Machchamada Cup’ Hockey Utsav President Kanda Bhimaiah and Working Secretary Dolly Changappa met the CM in his Bangalore residence and extended official invite to the CM to witness the final match.

Chief Minister who was convinced by the delegates and the MLA M P Appachu Ranjan agreed to attend the match. For the first time in the history of the hockey cup, a Chief Minister has agreed to witness the match, informed Utsav organiser M T Kariyappa.

He also said, the CM has shown positive response to the request of the delegation who asked for a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh.

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Joshna Chinappa upsets Pallikal to win Chicago Open


India’s Joshna Chinappa scored an upset 3-2 victory over compatriot Dipika Pallikal to win the Metrosquash Windy City Open title in Chicago.

Fourth seeded Chinappa, ranked 35th in the world, won 11-4 6-11 12-10 2-11 11-6 against another Indian Pallikal, seeded second, in the $ 8,000 WISPA World tour event.

Both the Indians were neck on neck throughout the tie and matched each other in execution of shots and dead drops for winners.

But Chinappa was able to hold her nerve better and the third game which she won in deuce put pressure on her higher ranked opponent.

In the semifinals, Chennai girl Chinappa, ranked 24th in the world, had defeated top seed Ireland’s Aisling Blake 7-11 11-5 5-11 11-8 6-11 in 59 minutes.

Pallikal, who recently became the highest ranked Indian in the world, advanced to the summit clash after her opponent USA’s Latasha Khan retired in the fifth game.

Both were locked 2-2 (5-11 11-6 8-11 12-10) after the fourth game.

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-The Hindu

Len Aiyappa powers AI home

Veteran Len Aiyappa fired a brilliant hat-trick, including a last-gasp winner, to power Air India to battling 3-2 victory over Namdhari XI in a charged-up Ozone Group State Super Division League hockey championship match here on Tuesday.

Len Aiyappa

Having earned a last-minute penalty corner and the sound of the hooter already gone, the ace drag-flicker kept his composure amidst heavy tension, rifling home a powerful shot to trigger wild eruptions in a nervous Air India camp at the KSHA stadium.

The victory lifted unbeaten Air India to second place with 21 points from seven matches while Indian Oil Corporation, who beat Army Red 5-3 in the evening, stay at pole with 24 points from eight matches.

Namdhari, who began the feisty encounter in bright fashion, will have only themselves to blame for suffering a late self destruction that eventually cost them a point at least. Striker Malak Singh set the tempo for an early Namdhari onslaught when he dribbled past VS Vinay on the right with sudden burst of pace before slamming it past goalkeeper Air India custodian Adrian D’Souza for the opening goal in the seventh minute.

Wiith their tails and confidence up, Namdhari controlled the pace of the match brilliantly. They attacked and defended in numbers, creating continuous chances with their spirited runs and thwarting most of Air India’s raids yards ahead of the striking circle.

Aiyappa, however, brought Air India back with a 25th minute equaliser before Harpreet Singh restored the lead for Namdhari XI in the 37th minute. Post the goal, Namdhari slipped into the defensive before violant tackles from Harpreet (67th) and Harmeet Singh (68th) left them two men short in the dying moments. Air India gleefully capitalised, scripting a terrific come-from-behind win.

Results: SAI: 4 (Nikkin Thimmaiah 2nd, Naveen 28th, Pradhan Somanna 64th, Uthappa SK 69th) bt ASC: 2 (Sarajan Tutti 60th); Air India: 3 (Len Aiyappa 25th, 61st, 70th) bt Namdhari XI: 2 (Malak Singh 7th, Harpreet Singh 37th); IOCL: 5 (Hamza Mujtaba 16th, VR Raghunath 24th, 62nd, Deepak Thakur 41st, 42nd) bt Army Red: 3 (Ignace Tirkey 6th, Rajesh Lakra 55th, S Ali 69th).
Karntaka State Women’s Hockey Association League
Hassan HC: 3 (Rangitha N 15th, 19th, Spurthi 32nd) bt MCC: 0; SAI, Madikeri: 9 (Bhavya 4th, 6th, 17th, Nichitha MJ 5th, 29th, 32nd, Yashasvini 16th, 37th, Bhavya BC 21st) bt Naveen HC: 0; Bishop Cotton Girls HS: 3 (Nikitha B Kumar 16th, Disha Sharma 25th, Ruchitha 27th) bt Belgaum XI: 1 (Devkita Sildar 23rd); Sports Hostel, Kudige: 8 (Supriya 4th, Vidyalakshmi 8th, Jyothi NP 13th, 17th, 24th, Veena 25th, Ramya N 22nd, 27th) bt Zenith Club: 0.

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Good response to Shivappa memorial golf championships

Proud winners: Actor Ambareesh along with the winners of the D. Shivappa memorial golf championships in Madikeri on Saturday. Vinod Shivappa and Congress leader Mittu Chengappa are seen.

The annual D. Shivappa memorial golf championships held at the Mercara Downs Golf Club here saw more than 60 participants rooting for the event on Saturday.

I.K. Anil was the winner in the open stroke play category, while Manohar finished as the runner-up.

“I want to promote sports in Kodagu,” said Vinod Shivappa, who had been sponsoring the annual event.

Actor Ambareesh, a friend of Vinod Shivappa, son of D. Shivappa, participated at the prize distribution function. He said he would love to visit the annual event leaving aside other engagements.

The handicap stroke play prize went to K.U. Vikranth while Harish Appanna finished as the runner up. In the handicap stable ford category, Sam Mathews won the first prize followed by K.M. Bopaiah. The senior citizen handicap stable ford prize went to M.D. Muthappa while Muthanna Cariappa came second.

The ‘Closest to Pin’ category was won by Muthanna Thimmaiah. Congress leader B.G. Mittu Chengappa and Vishal Shivappa, son of Vinod Shivappa, were present.

The event was sponsored by the Bettageri Group of Estates, Kodagu.

 -The Hindu

Tilak shatters course record

The Indian elite athletes fared the best in the men’s half-marathon one-way dash from Bandra to CST with Coorg-based BC Tilak shattering the course record.

Tilak, who plans to graduate to the full marathon next year, breasted the tape in an hour, four minutes and 45 seconds and was followed by Railways’ Soji Mathew (1:05:04), his Army Sports Institute (ASI) teammate Kheta Ram (1:05:32) and Parsaram Bhol (1:05:32), all inside the old mark of 1:05:44 set by two-time winner Surender Singh in 2008.

Joshna Chinappa ranks 35 in Women’s International Squash Player’s Association (WISPA) charts

Joshna Chinappa

Dipika Pallikal Monday equalled the highest ranking ever achieved by an Indian women squash player.

Dipika reached a career-high 27-rank in the Women’s International Squash Player’s Association (WISPA) charts, equalling the feat by former player Misha Grewal.
Dipika moved two places from her previous ranking of 29 after a quarterfinal finish in the WISPA Punj Lloyd Masters here last month. Team mate and friend Joshna Chinappa stands at 35 in the list.

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