Joshna Chinappa felicitated

Madikeri Jan.8th: Renowned squash player Joshna Chinappa, on Friday, exhorted students here to keep up a strong performance in academics on which they should build a strong foundation for a better future.

She was replying to felicitation by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya (BVB-KV).

Joshna said at the same time, students should pursue sports and games activities to keep themselves fit. Hard work and discipline would help them to scale greater heights, Ms. Chinappa said.

Earlier, governing council chairman B.K. Subiah, who felicitated Ms. Chinappa by presenting a silver salver to her, saluted the team of her family members who stood by her success. Leela, grandmother of Chinappa, and her mother were present. Sports ran in the blood of the family as her father Anjan Chinappa and her brother Gaurav Chinappa were squash and badminton players respectively.

Ms. Leela was a reputable tennis player of yesteryear, Mr. Subiah recalled.

Interacting with students later, Ms. Chinappa said she wanted to play squash for some more years and, probably, settle down as a coach to develop the game. She looked forward to comeback to Kodagu to develop the game since it was from here she had received the first sponsorship to play professional squash. She took up the game when she was 8, thanks to her father Anjan Chinappa. Eating in moderation, good exercise and sleep, and avoiding junk food were her secrets of success.

Vice-Chairman of BVB-KV K.P. Uthappa, executive vice-chairman M.B. Belliappa, sports committee chairman C.V. Shankar, correspondent C.B. Devaiah, and principal E. Seenivasan were present.

 – News: The Hindu; Photo: Shakthidaily

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Kodava family hockey tourney from today

Having created waves in the previous years, the annual Kodava family hockey tournament promises a bigger show this time around when the 14th edition kicks off at Ponnampet on April 18.
‘Maneyapanda 20-10’ will be held at Ponnampet Government PU College maidan.

The main maidan for the hockey utsav has been decked. The main entrance gate of PU College has been decorated. Flex banners and advertisements are seen in and around the maidan. A stage has been erected in the mini stadium. On the right side, seating arrang ements have been made to accommodate 3,000 VIPs. The work on steel gallery has been completed. Steel gallery can accommodate 12,000 spectators at a time. The work on cleaning the chairs were seen at VIP gallery and stage on Saturday. Several stalls have come up near the entrance gate. The work on the construction of state of the art stalls are in final stage.

Two maidans have been set for the Maneyapanda 20-10 hockey utsav. The matches will commence from 9.30 am on Sunday, said Utsav committee office-bearers M C Belliappa and M M Ganapathy. Six matches will be played.

In the afternoon, Union Minister of Sports M S Gill and Lieutenant General Chengappa will inaugurate the tournament. There will be a special march fast by 4 members each from 214 teams which have registered for the utsav. There will be match between Indian hockey team and Kodagu 11 on the occasion.

-Deccan Herald

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National level hokey league match in madikeri

The national level hokey league match began here today with a happy note.

Players and empires from all over India have gathered at Madikeri. The astro turf ground is decorated with a temporary gallery erected to hold a gathering of ten thousand. MLC M.C.Nanaiah today inaugurated the first match played between Central excise team and Central team of Excellence. Second match was played between MLI and HAL.

The Hockey league matches would be played till 25th of this month. The winners would receive bountiful prizes and trophies.The first prize would be a cash prize of rupees 1.5 lakhs and a 5.5 feet high trophy, second would be rupees one lakh and third would receive rupees fifty thousand.

Hockey association state president Krishnamurthy and district president Mohan Aiyappa and others were present.

– ShakthiDaily

Uthappa’s huge sixes force ball replacement twice

Bangalore : Robin Uthappa smashed six sixes for his 38-ball 68 runs at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium here Tuesday in the Royal Challengers tie against Chennai Super Kings, forcing the replacement of the ball twice as it could not be located.

Two of his sixes were huge. One went out of the stadium and another time the ball could not be traced though it fell in the stands. Both the times the balls had to be replaced.

Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin and popular Kannada actor and former Congress MP M.H. Ambareesh were among the thousands who watched the hard-hitting Uthappa enable his team reach 171

As usual Siddhartha Mallya, son of RCB owner and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, was cheering his team. Missing this time was Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, whose presence in one of the previous outings of Royal Challengers here had led to tabloid frenzy that the two were dating.


KALS students shine at ICSE sports meet

Madikeri: It was yet another feather in the cap for Karumbaiah’s Academy for Learning and Sports (KALS) in Gonicoppa in Kodagu as the athletes bagged three gold medals and a silver at the National ICSE Sports meet held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, recently. The school is run by the former sprint queen, Ashwini Nachappa, and her sports-promoter husband, Datha Karumbaiah.

Announcing the results at a press conference in Gonicoppa, Ms. Nachappa said that Sharan S. Doopad, who had earlier set a record at the South Zone ICSE meet in shot-put, discuss and javelin, was the cynosure of all eyes at the national meet. He broke the earlier records wining gold in shot-put and discuss at the nationals.

He hurled the shot-put to a distance of 13.6 m and 42 m in the discus throw. The youngest participant, C.N. Nidhi, clinched gold in discus throw, while Navya Shetty got the silver in the same event. “We are proud of the feats of our wards at the KALS at the national event,” said Ms. Nachappa.

Summer camp  

Ms. Nachappa revealed that a month-long athletics summer camp would be held on the campus next April. About five promising athletes will be identified for receiving student scholarships. They would be trained with technical skills and apprised of all nuances and intricacies required of an athlete to emerge on top.

The swimming-pool of the school, being constructed at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh, is likely to be completed by January next, she said. Students would have the privilege of being trained under the guidance of international coach Nisha Millet. Biocon has come forward to sponsor the aquatic programmes, which is part of Ashwini’s Sports Foundation.

– The Hindu