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    Viktor Axelsen with My Game Stat founders Sunil Kumar (extreme left), Senthil Kumaran (2nd from right) and Ashok B

    Viktor Axelsen with My Game Stat founders Sunil Kumar (extreme left), Senthil Kumaran (2nd from right) and Ashok B

    Chennai :

    Viktor Axelsen is Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth’s enemy No.1.

    The World No. 1 is a step ahead of Srikanth in the rankings and there’s a Chennai firm that has played a major role in the Danish star’s rise to the top.

    Since early 2017, Axelsen has been working in close collaboration with My Game Stat (MGS), which offers performance analytics in badminton. Comprising former player Ashok B, Sunil Kumar, Senthil Kumaran and Sajith. The company was set up in August 2016 with the intention of devising a performance analytics tool which the players can access for a wide range of data about their game.

    Axelsen, who became the world champion earlier this year, even sported the MGS logo on his T-shirt for three Super Series tournaments earlier in the year. The player’s association with the company started just before the Indian Open earlier this year.

    “I was very curious to know whether the top badminton players were using any analytics. This entire topic is very new. When you discuss this, everyone is immediately interested. When I got in touch with Viktor using my contacts, I found out he was still using his diary to make notes after every match and tournament. He probably plays 70 to 80 matches in a year and he can’t note down every detail. Once we started talking, he was immediately interested and said he had never been exposed to this kind of data,” Ashok told TOI .

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    Axelsen, too, acknowledged the difference that MGS has made to his game. “It is very useful and definitely helping me to prepare for my matches,” he was quoted by the MGS website.

    According to the analytics experts, Axelsen himself was unaware about a potential weakness to lefthanded players. “There was this particular pattern where we noticed that he was susceptible to lefthanders. He was shocked with what he saw and understood the kind of contribution we could make to his game,” Ashok said. It was no surprise that Axelsen went on to beat Chinese legend Lin Dan, a left-hander, in the World C’ship final.

    While the passion that the four shared for badminton brought them together, Senthil’s work experience as a consultant to a company which is the prime vendor for the National Football League in the US, combined with his eye for detail for the sport, was invaluable. Indian badminton is on a high with the rise of PV Sindhu, Srikanth and a host of other players, but the quartet hasn’t yet tied up with Gopichand & Co. The founders, though, insist it’s a matter of time.

    “As an Indian company, we obviously want to associate with Indian players. That is the next objective. We did not want to contact the Indian players until and unless we had a time-tested, proven module.

    We cannot afford to fail in India. We have already been in touch with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and we expect things to be in place by January,” Sunil added.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / by Vivek Krishnan / TNN / November 19th, 2017

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    November 15th, 2017adminSports

    Some of it was sheer bad luck; inevitably there was politics too

    The Singhs of Chennai have been the first family of cricket in the State. Three generations going back to A.G. Ram Singh, hero of the inaugural Ranji Trophy match (he took eleven wickets), have played First Class cricket. Yet, why did this talented bunch of players not get its due? Some of it was sheer bad luck. Inevitably, there was politics too. With the passing of Milkha Singh last week, the question will be asked afresh.

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    Stylish southpaw: A.G. Milkha Singh had the grace and flow of a natural. The Hindu Archives

    Ram Singh might have been on the 1936 tour of England. He was 26, had taken wickets and made a century in the Ranji Trophy. But in the days of the quota system, Tamil Nadu were allowed M.J. Gopalan and C. Ramaswami. Two in the squad was reward for backing the right horse in the cricket board!

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    Ten years later, the senior Nawab of Pataudi, India’s captain, had asked Ram Singh to get his passport ready for the tour of England. Then, during a selection match in Mumbai, Ram Singh asked for a glass of water while batting, and it brought on cramps. A senior player spread the canard that Ram had a heart problem and could not travel.

    For years Ram Singh kept silent over the identity of the player who did this. Then in an interview to me some three decades ago, he revealed the name — Vijay Merchant. Ram Singh outlived both Merchant and the man who went on that tour, the great Vinoo Mankad.

    Ram Singh was a legendary coach — he learnt under the Sussex allrounder Bert Wensley who also coached Mankad — whose passion inspired both the young and the established. Bishan Singh Bedi was already a Test cricketer when Ram Singh made a slight adjustment to his follow-through. He was one of the early influences on Bedi’s career.

    Kripal Singh began with a century on Test debut, and might have led India had his place in the team been assured. Yet, despite leading South Zone and being recognised as one of the best captains in the country, he was never in the running.

    He played his first Test in 1955, and only 13 of the next 43 that India played till his final match a decade later. By then Tiger Pataudi had already led India, and that position was no longer vacant. Kripal’s sons Swaran and Arjan, and his daughter Malavika were also cricketers.

    Years ago in Chennai, Kripal and I would sometimes drive around in his little car, visiting grounds where matches were played. The sticker on his car read, “When I grow up I want to become a Mercedes.” The day following one such trip came the news that Kripal had passed way. He was just 53 and had had a massive heart attack.

    Kripal, a treasure of stories

    Kripal was a treasure house of stories about Indian cricket; he was also a national selector with a keen understanding of a player’s temperament. “Average ability with a big heart will always score over great ability with no heart,” he would say. One of his favourite stories – later confirmed by the then TNCA Secretary Mr S. Sriraman — was how he got the BCCI to postpone a Ranji Trophy final which happened to clash with his university examinations!

    The youngest of the brothers, Satwender might have been in the reckoning had a road accident not held him back; Arjan’s knee injury prevented further progress. He was 27 then.

    For years, the force of Tamil Nadu’s grouse against the national selectors was second only to Bengal’s. In the 1960s, Bengal might have felt hard done by, owing to the treatment meted out to the talented Ambar Roy. Tamil Nadu might have felt the same way about Milkha Singh. Both were attacking left-handers, both belonged to distinguished cricketing families, and each played just four Tests.

    Both were probably kept out by the same player — Mumbai’s Ajit Wadekar, who made his debut for India at 25. Wadekar was born in the same year as Milkha; Roy was four years younger. Milkha was good enough to play for India at 18.

    Milkha, like Kripal, was a jovial soul whose guiding principle seemed to be: “Anything for a laugh”. He enjoyed life hugely, was a popular manager for a side that often had to put up with stuffed shirts who wouldn’t allow youngsters to enjoy the game. He believed that enjoyment was a necessary part of all sport, and laughter enhanced performance.

    When I spoke to Milkha (he was “Micky”, Kripal was “Pally”) about a month ago, he was in good form, as always. He recalled the 1967-68 Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai, and explained where things went wrong for Tamil Nadu.

    But there was no resentment, only a touch of surprise at an umpiring decision half a century later!

    This lack of resentment has been a Singh family feature. It is an important legacy. And no one exemplified this better than Milkha.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Opinion> Columns> Between the Wickets / by Suresh Menon / November 14th, 2017

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    November 13th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

    The Coimbatore city shooters, of late, are making their presence felt on the national and international circuit. The 60th National shooting championships held in Pune last December is a case in point. If 21-year-old N Gaayathri won gold in the women’s 3-position rifle event after beating a field comprising seasoned shooters such as Anjali Bhagwat and Tejaswini Sawant, her city mate and pistol shooter P Shri Nivetha pocketed an individual bronze and team silver in the competition.

    Both Gaayathri and Nivetha have made the senior national side on the back of consistent performances on the junior circuit. “Being part of international competitions as members of the Indian junior team provided us a strong footing before making the senior side,” Nivetha told TOI. She won a junior gold in the 10M Air Pistol category of the Asian Airgun championships held in New Delhi in 2015. Gaayathri, on the other hand, made a mark at the junior World Cup in Suhl (Germany) last year – winning a bronze in the 50M rifle prone event.

    The two made the final in their respective events at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Shooting championships in Gold Coast, Australia. While Gaayathri narrowly missed a medal by 0.7 points – finishing fourth – in the women’s rifle 3-Position event, Nivetha ended fifth in the 10m Air Pistol event. “The competition was of the highest order. In such events, it all boils down to how you handle the pressure during crunch situations,” said Nivetha.

    Gaayathri and Nivetha aren’t the only set of shooters to be making waves from the city. “Shooters such as Srinithi Abirami, Namritha Saravana and many others are doing well from Coimbatore. What is heartening to see is that each one of them has managed to find the balance between their studies and shooting. Srinithi is a qualified engineer while Gaayathri and Nivetha have both done their graduation,” said Marudhachalam, vice-president of Coimbatore Rifle Club.

    Marudhachalam also felt that these shooters’ families have supported them to the hilt. “The parents of these shooters understand the rigors of the sport and do everything they possibly can to support them,” Marudhachalam said.

    According to Srinithi, the Coimbatore Rifle club – in existence since 1953 – provides the right environment for shooters. “They conduct regular camps that attract a lot of shooting enthusiasts. I was part of one of the camps back in 2009 and it didn’t take long for me to get hooked to the sport,” said Srinithi, who won silver in the Asian championships at Kuwait in 2015.

    The club, in the midst of getting upgraded to international standards, has already installed electronic targets – a move that has got thumbs up from the shooters. “The club is doing its best to encourage the sport. The installation of electronic targets was certainly helpful for the shooters,” said Nivetha. The renovated club is likely to reopen in the next few weeks.

    From November 15, the likes of Gaayathri, Nivetha and Srinithi will join others in the trials in New Delhi for the upcoming Commonwealth Games next year. Gaayathri has already begun to fine-tune for the same, and the fact that she has chosen to stay away from media commitments for the time being underlines her single-minded focus.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports / by Prasad RS / TNN / November 10th, 2017

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    November 4th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Chennai:

    “I always get to hear this question: Why boxing? May be because, I am a girl. Well, this is the only venue, where I can beat somebody and not get into any trouble,’” grins A Pavithra, a resident of Aadhanoor, who is being trained at Railway Institute Tambaram Boxing Club, located at Railway Ground, East Tambaram.

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    A class 8 student of Adi Dravida Higher Secondary School, she is a national and State-level boxer and has won several medals.

    “Mohammad Ali is my role model. There is a lot to learn from his tactics and follow it,’” said Pavithra, who is trained by coach P Saravanan.

    In the recently held State-level championship for boxing in the under-15 category, she won a medal. She has also won several medals in 200 and 400 metres athletics.

    “‘Pavithra is one of my most obedient students, who does not miss her practice like others of her age group do. And, above all, she often does it with a smile and willingness on her face. She’s an inspiration to some and a role model to many,”’ said coach Saravanan.

    On how she took up boxing, her uncle S Balaji said, “‘It all started at the age of 9. She was strong enough to defend her family members and seeing it, I enrolled her to karate, which she discontinued due to lack of interest. Later, given a choice, she chose to learn boxing and also showed interest in athletics.”

    An average student in academics, Pavithra finds it hard to juggle between her passion and studies. Also hailing from a middle class background, it becomes a challenge at times for her to pay for the expenses and get good accessories for the sport.

    Fortunately, she has been recognised and is being supported by Tamil Amudhan, who is extending all help. Pavithra is taken care of by her uncle Balaji and he can be reached at 98845 43839.

    source: http://www.newstodaynet.com / NewsToday / Home / by Konda Somna / Nov 04th, 2017

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    October 25th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

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    City-based lawyer Ashok Daniel on what it takes to be the first Indian to complete the Tor des Geants, one of the most gruelling trail races in the world

    The Alps stands defiantly outside of time as we know it. Stretching across the spine of Europe, this sky-soaring mountain range has dared warriors Hannibal, Napoleon and Hitler to set foot on its flanks. Its gentler slopes have invited the Romantics, naturalists and alpinists to roam beautiful paths and celebrate a heritage of cheese and watch-making. But to conquer its massifs such as Mont Blanc and Matterhorn, you need to be a giant, one whose strides can summit its peaks with as much ease as its valleys, when running one of the world’s toughest mountain races, the Tor des Geants. Chennai-based lawyer, 26-year-old Ashok Daniel recently became the first Indian to run across Italy’s Aosta Valley, named after the imperial Augustus, to successfully complete the race.

    Daniel, who was schooled and educated in Chennai and Nottingham, is now senior counsel with a law firm that specialises in Intellectual Property rights. An ultra-runner for five years now, he grew up an overweight kid who shammed at the gym and tried many ways to lose weight till he discovered running. When he walks in for the interview, Daniel is as fit and tight as a coiled spring, his obese past well behind him.

    “I lost eight kilograms over a week,” laughs Daniel. “The race spans a distance of nearly 330 kilometres and an altitude of 28,000 metres across 25 passes. You need to finish in 150 hours with intermediate cut-offs at checkpoints which means you average 50-60 kilometres and heights of 4,000-5,000 metres a day. You are lucky if you can run on level ground for at least 10 kilometres. That happened only around the 275th kilometre; by then my legs felt nothing.”

    Every year, the Tor des Geants is run in September, beginning and ending in Courmayeur, an Italian town that is home to Europe’s highest botanical garden. Running through the day and night at such altitudes puts runners at risk of hypothermia, disorientation and the possibility of gently expiring within view of the Matterhorn. Trail running also means changing your stride every now and then, bounding past obstacles and scrambling through scree and obtuse rock faces.

    “On Day 4 and 5, the nights were down to 10 degrees Centigrades, the streams were frozen and my lips were bleeding. Trail races are not just about putting one foot in front of another; one moment you are on the valley floor, the next you are close to the sky. Tor des Geants has a trail only up to tree cover; its alpine zone is completely rocky and verglassed and there are ropes and ladders to help you. But, it can be frustrating at night even with crampons and hiking poles. You can’t switch off and when you see someone being rescued by helicopter you stop hallucinating and drag your mind back to the present,” says Daniel, who slept for one to two hours a day. “That’s what you train for, else you don’t finish. There are days you don’t want to get out because it’s so cold. But, the views are spectacular and you can see the seasons change from summer to fall to early winter.”

    For this race that saw 880 people begin and only 53 % finish, Daniel has been preparing over the past year. In 2016, he was the youngest Indian to complete the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) that covers three countries and 10 alpine summits. Earlier, he had done the North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail that runs through the Italian Dolomites. And, in June, he ran the Old Dominion in the Shenandoah Mountains, US. After the Tor des Geants, Daniel went on to complete the Malnad Ultra and another at Reunion Islands.

    The runner, who turned vegetarian two years ago, and acclimatised in Manali, Spiti and Chamonix before he set off, says ultra running is both about kit preparation and an understanding of your own capabilities. “Training in Chennai’s humidity helps build endurance. However, when you scramble past suspended hunks of ice it calls for both physical and psychological strength. Tor des Geants is very professionally organised. At 650 Euros, everything from mountain rescue to cubicles and food is taken care of,” says Daniel, hoping ultra racing will grow in India that has the world’s highest mountains.

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    Daniel is now training to run the Petite Trotte a Leon. A team race within the framework of the UTMB, this one has no trails and calls for finding your route with GPS trackers and maps. When it’s time to leave, he says he’d like another go at the Tor des Geants. But why, I ask incredulously. “The race ends in the heart of the town to the peal of bells. People are giving out beer and ice cream and yelling your name. You run through old Roman roads, historic towns and spectacular scenery. When they see the name of the country on your bib, it gets you many cheers. And, when you finish the race wearing the gilet, the Tricolour around you and hit that high note of positivity, you know you are home.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Deepa Alexander / October 25th, 2017

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    October 23rd, 2017adminEducation, Sports

    Chennai:

    India openers, Ranji Trophy veterans and most recently Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) talents — not many educational institutions in Chennai can boast of grooming a galaxy of star cricketers. But Guru Nanak College in Velachery has been doing just that for more nearly four decades.

    Though sports is promoted in many educational institutions, Guru Nanak College stands out because of its facilities, a dedicated sports quota and its exposure as a playground for national-level matches. The college, set up in 1971, encourages its students to take part in various sports. Over the years, they have produced some of the finest cricketers like India batsmen Sadagoppan Ramesh and S Badrinath and former Tamil Nadu opener S Vidyut.

    Most strikingly, 10 of its students are playing in TNPL and various domestic competitions. B Indrajith, S Kishan Kumar, S Abishek, Sathyanarayanan, S Lokeshwar, S Aravind, Silambarasan,

    B Aparajith, S Arun, R Rajan are some of the prominent names who have been playing in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Cup and various other championships.

    The college is run by the Guru Nanak Educational Society — a not-for-profit organisation. According to Manjit Singh Nayar, general secretary of the trust, the motto of the institution is to promote sports for the overall development of students. ”Our trust is managed by people with an army background who have been sportsmen. Our goal is to encourage students to participate in a sport of their interest. We are one of the few educational institutions to allocate huge funds for sports development,” says Nayar.

    Former Tamil Nadu skipper Badrinath, who grew up in Velachery, fondly remembers his practice sessions at the ground. “There was not a single morning when I would not be at the ground. It was like my backyard. The best part was watching great players like Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath during Ranji Trophy games, which motivated young players like us. I benefitted a lot,” says Badrinath.

    Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy star Aparajith, who has been pursuing marketing management in the college, feels without its support he wouldn’t have become a professional cricketer. “It’s not like other institutions that promise a lot but fails to deliver. My college is an exception and it has been extremely supportive to its students who are seriously taking up sports,” says Aparajith.

    Its well-maintained cricket ground, has been hosting first-class cricket matches since 1978 and Ranji Trophy matches since 1996. The Women’s One Day International was also held there in 2002 and was one of the venues for hosting warm-up matches for the Women’s World Twenty20 last year.

    While cricket is the preferred sports among Guru Nanak students, the institution, along with Loyola College, A M Jain College, Pachaiyappas College and Vivekananda College, has been at the forefront in acting as a launchpad for aspiring sportspersons in the field of athletics, squash, volleyball and other disciplines. Abhay Singh, who won the junior world title earlier this year, is one of the prominent squash players from the Velachery college.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News>City News> Chennai News / TNN / October 23rd, 2017

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    October 21st, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    lying high Aswin has set his eyes on representing India in the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year

    lying high Aswin has set his eyes on representing India in the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year

    In conversation with JK Aswin, a third-generation cyclist who is winning laurels for the country

    Practising a sport requires commitment and dedication but excelling at it needs grit and determination. Coimbatore-based JK Aswin, a gold medallist from the Track Asia Cup 2017 and a third-generation cyclist, talks about his journey in spinning the wheels. Excerpts:

    What inspired you to take up cycling?

    Coming from a family of cyclists, there was no lack of inspiration and motivation. My grand-dad, late Jayaraman was a member of the national road cycling team from 1958 to 1962. My dad Krishnamoorthy was also a member ofthe national squad from 1984 to 1987. I was a late bloomer, started riding a bike when I was seven years old. I had always been fascinated by my grandad’s and dad’s medals and certificates. once on the bicycle, the joy of riding inspired me to aim for my own collection of medals.

    Can you talk a little about your formative years?

    In the first couple of years, I spent a lot of time riding with my dad along Kovaipudur and through the villages around Coimbatore. This helped build my riding technique and connect with the bike. My first taste of racing was at the age of 10 in the Tamil Nadu State Cycling Meet in 2009. I finished fourth in the under-13 category. After that, the fun rides were gradually substituted with more intense training. Three to four hours of riding became a norm during weekdays and weekends were booked for hill training sessions in The Nilgiris.

    Why did you go in for track racing?

    The different disciplines in cycling require specific skills. A 100 km race requires endurance and efficient usage of energy reserves, whereas a track sprint requires muscular power, ability to understand the competitor’s weakness and technique to ace. I was hooked on speed and quick short sprints so I picked the latter. Another key reason was that training indoors was safer than on open roads. We in India are still warming up to cycling as a sport and road users are not used to a bicyclist riding at over 40 kmph.

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    How did the transition from state to national level happen?

    It started in 2014 when I was selected to train in the national camp hosted by the Cycling Federation of India and Sports Authority of India. The training was scientific and focussed. The regular rides were measured and post-training effects analysed. Speed and duration became secondary parameters and training with heart rate and power was introduced. In time, I got to understand that recovering after a training session was key to performance rather than slogging day in and day out on the bike. The technique was to push the body and mind to higher levels of performance through High Intensity Interval Sessions (HIIT), give the muscles just enough time to recover, gain strength and slot in another HIIT session focussing on another performance parameter.

    What about the training camp in Germany?

    The big jump came when the Indian squad at the CFI camp enrolled for a three-month training programme in Germany between June and August 17. We were trained by the German national coach in the Cottbus Velodrome. The formula was to train, race, recover and repeat. The team was not allowed to use mobile phones for three months and the training was intense. We also got an opportunity to compete with teams from other European nations and the take-away was immense. Competing with these Olympic standard teams became part of the training schedule and we were able to finetune our understanding of aerodynamics, riding posture and race strategies.

    What is next?

    The interim goals is to represent India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held in Queensland, Australia. I also have my eye on the Asian Games in August 2018 at Indonesia. Good results in these two will win India a berth in the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tokyo. This would be a big one for us as a nation, as the Indian cycling team would have won a slot to compete in the Olympics after 56 years. The last time India was represented was in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympics.

    Achievements

    National medallist in Track Championship 2012, 2013 and 2015

    Won the National Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2010. The award was presented by then President of India Pranab Mukherjee

    Track Asia Cup. Gold in team sprint (men junior) and bronze in sprint (Men junior) at the Track Asia Cup in 2017

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style> Fitness / by Deepak Samuel / October 20th, 2017

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    Sippiparai dog at the show held at Maduravoyal on Saturday. | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

    Sippiparai dog at the show held at Maduravoyal on Saturday. | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

    No registration fee for these dogs, says canine club president

    Various breeds of dogs made a beeline to Mettukuppam Main Road in Maduravoyal on Saturday as the two-day All Breeds Championship Dog Show organised by the Madras Canine Club began.

    The Labrador Retriever Club of India’s 13th National Show, The Tamil Nadu Rottweiler Association’s Speciality Show, The Indian Association of Doberman Breed Speciality Show and The Madras Canine Club’s All Breed Championship Show saw a number of entries from across the country.

    “About 400 dogs of 52 breeds have registered. Over 50 dogs of Indian breeds have also registered. Mudhol Hounds, Rajapalayam and Chippiparai are among the popular Indian breeds. Every dog, as per the rules, has to be microchipped. The cost of a microchip is about ₹500. We are not charging registration fee for native breeds this year. People with other breeds will have to pay,” said C.V. Sudarsan, president, Madras Canine Club. Pointing to the new system of competition among native breeds this year, Mr. Sudarsan said the Kennel Club of India was now making an all-out effort to improve the native breeds.

    A. Swaminathan, a participant whose 6-month-old Doberman Pinscher came second, said the show continues to be an opportunity to learn and draw inspiration from other breeds. Software engineer C.Nithyanandan, who brought two of his Rajapalayam dogs from his native village near Gudiyatham, said he wanted to continue work on conserving native breeds.

    While the first day of the event saw breeds such as Labrador retriever, Doberman pinscher, Rottweiler and Dachshund competing in different rounds, Sunday will also have other breeds participating in the show.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News>States> Tamil Nadu / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – October 07th, 2017

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    July 4th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports
    Waltzing to victory: Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu of the Army Yachting Node, Mumbai, who won all three races in the RS:X class on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

    Waltzing to victory: Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu of the Army Yachting Node, Mumbai, who won all three races in the RS:X class on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

    His coach optimistic about medal prospects at next year’s Asian Games

    Just as the wind gusted, Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu too did, pumping up the pace. It averaged 10 knots in the opening race, climbed to 15 by the second and soared to 18 by the third. The 26-year-old rarely let down his dagger board, preferring power to precision, surging to victory in all three RS:X races of the Hyderabad Sailing Week senior multi-class regatta at Hussain Sagar on Tuesday.

    “Speed can make up for other mistakes in a race,” Jerome said. “It gives you room to remain ahead of the fleet and chart the course forward,” he added.

    On Tuesday, Jerome’s coach at the Army Yachting Node (AYN), Mumbai was a content man. “Coming to wind shift reading, tacking, gybing or rounding the marks, he’s by far the best in the fleet,” said D.P. Chennaiah. So was he optimistic about his ward’s medal prospects at next year’s Asian Games.

    Interestingly, Jerome trailed in the opening leg of the first race, compatriot Ebad Ali completing the beat first. On the second upwind leg, he overtook Ali and Arjun Reddy on the third. Arjun capsized in the next race’s second beat, which Jerome made the most of to zoom ahead and remain in front till the hooter.

    On song

    By the third race, Jerome was on song. With the winds strong, he pulled up the centre board and rounded the first windward on a single tack.

    Riding the strong drafts that persisted, the boom, foot strap and harness were in perfect harmony as he crossed the finish line a clear 100 metres ahead of his nearest rival.

    The results (provisional):

    RS:X: Race I: 1. Jerome Kumar, 2. K. Arjun Reddy, 3. Ebad Ali (all AYN); II: 1. Jerome, 2. Ebad Ali, 3. Manpreet Singh (AYN); III: 1. Jerome, 2. Manpreet, 3. Arjun.

    Laser Standard: I: 1. Vir Menon (RMYC), 2. Harpreet Singh (AYN), 3. Ramesh Kumar (AYN), II: 1. Mujahid Khan, 2. Harpreet, 3. Kundhan Upadhyay (all AYN); III: 1. Mohit Saini, 2. Mujahid, 3. Ramesh.

    Laser Radial: I: 1. Harpreet Singh, 2. Sharif Khan (both AYN), 3. Deelip Kumar (EMESA); II: 1. Harpreet, 2. Deelip, 3. G. Bhaskar Rao (AYN); III: 1. Harpreet, 2. Abhimanyu Panwar (RMYC), 3. Avinash Yadav (INWTC, Mumbai).

    Laser 4.7: I: 1. M. Koteshwara Rao (Trishna SC), 2. Vivin Vinil (INWTC, Mumbai), 3. Mahesh Balachander (TNSA); II: 1. Ram Milan Yadav (NSS), 2. Ashish S. Roy (Trishna), 3. Vivin; III: 1. Vivin, 2. Ananya Chouhan (EMESA), 3. Koteshwara.

    Finn: 1. Naveen Kumar, 2. Prabhit Bala, 3. Swatantra Singh (AYN); II: 1. Swatantra, 2. Sukhvir, 3. Vivek (all AYN); III: 1. Naveen, 2. Prabhit, 3. Vivek.

    Helm name first, crew next: 470: I: 1. Ayaz Shaikh & Shubham Patel (AYN), 2. Virender Singh & Sudhanshu Shekhar (INWTC), 3. Atul Lande & Mahesh Yadav (AYN); II: 1. Ayaz & Shubham, 2. Virender & Sudhanshu, 3. Praveen Kumar & Ravindra Kumar Sharma (INWTC, Mumbai); III: 1. Ayaz & Shubham, 2. Virender & Sudhanshu, 3. Prabin & Vijay Singh (AYN).

    Hobie 16: I: 1. Kamlesh Kumar Patel & U.B. Rawankar (AYN), 2. Kaushal Kumar Yadav & Girish (AWSA), 3. Pawan Kumar & Nitin (AYN); II: 1. Kaushal & Girish, 2. Pawan & Nitin, 3. Kamlesh & Rawankar; III: 1. Kaushal & Girish, 2. Kamlesh & Rawankar, 3. Pawan & Nitin.

    Enterprise: I: Satish Kumar & Rahul M. Nair (AYN), 2. E. Hemant Kumar & Amit Arvind Shinde, 3. Manoj Kumar & Swardeen (both CESC); II: 1. Satish & Rahul, 2. Ashish Patel & Nagen Behera (EMESA), 3. Rajwant Singh & Mukhtiar Singh (CESC); III: 1. Satish & Rahul, 2. Ashish & Nagen, 3. Rajwant & Mukhtiar.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by A. Joseph Anthony / Hyderabad – July 04th, 2017

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    June 7th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Indian beach volleyball player Master Robin, belongs to a fisherman family at Pazhaiyar village, who got second place, returned from France. | Photo Credit: G. Krishnaswamy

    Indian beach volleyball player Master Robin, belongs to a fisherman family at Pazhaiyar village, who got second place, returned from France. | Photo Credit: G. Krishnaswamy

    Robin’s team returns with runners-up trophy in beach volleyball

    Even after a long journey, R. Robin did not feel tired for a minute talking about his team winning silver medal in beach volleyball competition at Tahiti. The class 11 student and his team-mates, Dharun and Swagath, were runners-up playing against Brazil in the championship conducted by the International School Sports Federation.

    Hailing from a family of fishermen from Pazhaiyar near Sirkazhi, his father V. Ravi is a fish worker, playing beach volleyball came naturally to the youngster. “Having come in 3rd at the national level, we were sent to play at the international level. We made small blunders, which was the reason the other team won. Next time, I will practise harder and win gold,” said the youngster, whose elder brother R. Radhan too came in runners-up in beach volleyball in the State-level recently.

    Robin has been playing beach volleyball for the past three years. “I used to play regular volleyball at school and then someone told us about the beach version. Initially it was difficult playing in the sand and required more energy. We are now used to it. We practise at Nagapattinam in 10-day-long camps,” he said.

    In his first international trip, Robin had the opportunity to go around Tahiti. “It was a very beautiful place,” he added.

    M. Ilango, president, National Fisherfolk Forum, said the government must recognise the students as they have represented the country at the international level. “The children are both from the State and the Chief Minister should appreciate the under-16 winners. The encouragement would help them go to the next step,” he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – June 07th, 2017

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