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Old June 23rd, 2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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Hyderabad Sports | Stadiums

The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium. The new Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 55,000 spectators, including an ultra-modern gymnasium along with a swimming pool. It has been recently accorded Test match status by the International Cricket Council. and serves as a home ground of Hyderabad Cricket Association.





The Swarnandhra Pradesh Sports Complex and the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium at Gachibowli are associated specially for hockey and football. SAAP Tennis Complex has a central court that holds 4000 spectators and has seven courts with synthetic surface, a sophisticated Velodrome for cycling at Osmania University.







The Saroornagar Indoor Arena and The KBR Stadium are multi-purpose indoor sports facilities for, ping-pong, basketball, equestrianism, boxing, weight-lifting, gymnastics, archery, sepak takraw and shooting.






The Aquatics Complex Stadium at Gachibowli, can host all water sports and synchronized events, with a capacity of 3000 spectators. Water games like rowing, yachting, kayaking and canoeing are conducted at Hussain Sagar lake. The city also has five Go-Karting tracks and a Paint Ball Field








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Vishnu ‘Paes’ to play in Olympics




When Thursday dawned, state tennis player Vishnu Vardhan was one of the happiest men around. He had just been selected by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to partner veteran Leander Paes at the London Olympics next month. “My entire family had gathered around me. I started scouring the internet and the TV for any news,” said Vishnu.

“Then, I received an email from AITA, which stated that I had been selected to partner Leander while Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna will comprise the second team,” said Vishnu, who had won a men’s doubles bronze and mixed doubles silver at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

“It was an incredible feeling, realising that I would play for my country at the Olympic Games,” said Vishnu, currently ranked 207 in the world in men’s doubles. However, as the day progressed, reports started circulating that Paes — who had on Wednesday written to AITA saying that he would pull out if made to play with a lower-ranked player — has made good on his threat and suddenly, Vishnu’s London dreams were in danger of getting nipped in the bud. However, Vishnu maintained a brave front, saying that the latest development doesn’t dent his current disposition.
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Hyderabad to host National Inter-State athletics meet

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Hyderabad will host the 52nd National inter-State senior athletics championships from June 23 to 26 at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium (Gachibowli) here, Y. Harish Chandra Prasad, chairman of the Organising Committee, said.

The four-day meet will serve as the final trials event for Indian aspirants trying to book a slot for the 2012 London Olympics starting next month, a press release from Mr. Prasad said here. “This is the third time Hyderabad will host the prestigious event after 1975 and 1979. In 1979, it was held as part of the National Games,” he said.

Many Olympians including P.T. Usha, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, and Sriram Singh have been invited for the meet. The Organising Committee with L. Rajagopal, MP, as president, and Prasad as chairman, is making every effort to ensure the event will be a grant success, Prof. K. Ranga Rao, Secretary, APAA, said.

More than 30 Indian campers along with a number of defending champions, National Games medallists and those having already represented India will take part in this meet, Rao said.
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Hyderabad to host World Junior Table Tennis Championship

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The Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championship (WJTTC) for boys and girls under 18 years of age will be held at Hyderabad from December 9 to 16.

“The exact venue of the week-long event will be decided in about a fortnight's time, after inspection by Dhan Raj Choudhary, our Secretary General,” Vice-President, Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association (APTTA), S.M. Sultan told The Hindu .

The two likely venues are the Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy indoor stadium in Yousufguda, where the Global Junior Cadet Challenge was staged in 2010 and the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Complex indoor stadium in Gachibowli,” he said.

Incidentally, the South African Table Tennis Board withdrew from hosting the above mentioned event, citing financial reasons. The TTFI, which had earlier offered to stage the 2013 edition of the same event, stepped in to replace South Africa as host for this year's event.

The city known as IT centre of India successfully organised the Cadet Challenge in 2010. Furthermore, the TTFI celebrates the 75th anniversary of its foundation this year.

India was the member association that proposed holding of a world title competition for juniors in late 90s and it became reality in 2003 when the first ever WJTTC was held in Chile,” said Judit Farago, Chief Executive Officer of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

“With India stepping in for 2012, the original proponent will host the 10th edition of the top junior event. Indian players won their first ever world championship medal last year at the WJTTC in Bahrain as the boys reached the semi-finals in team competition,” added Farago, who's also the ITTF's Executive Director of Competitions.
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High jumper Kumari books Olympic berth in Hyderabad




Hyderabad, India – Held in its Golden Jubilee Year, the Indian national Inter-State Senior Athletics championships (23-26) at Hyderabad served as the final selection trials for Indian aspirants at home for the Olympic Games in London.

The magnificent G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium, venue for the nationals, was built for the National Games in 2002 and witnessed several international events since including the inaugural Asian Grand Prix athletics series, the Afro-Asian Games and CISM World Military Games among others.

Although only one athlete, high jumper Sahana Kumari attained the Olympic norm, keen contests were witnessed in several events in the four-day meet. The athlete from Karnataka state, cleared 1.92m —the B standard for London— to achieve the honour. By sailing over the height she eclipsed the national and meet record of 1.91m held by Bobby Aloysius of Kerala since 2004. Aloysius was the first woman high jumper from India to take part in the Olympic Games at Athens. Her national record also came when she attempt to qualify for Olympics.

Kumari had a previous best of 1.89m which she achieved during this year’s Asian Grand Prix series in Thailand in May. Sahana, wife of former national sprint champion B.G. Nagaraj, and a mother, cleared 1.92m on her first attempt although she had some struggle at the previous height. She then bowed out at 1.95m.

"The event was delayed for nearly two hours which made things difficult," she said.

"She put in a lot of hard work and I am sure she could go higher in London," her coach, Evgeniy Nikitin, said.

While Sahana become the fourteenth Indian athlete to attain the Olympic qualification, several other top Indians who were training abroad could not make it to Hyderabad. However one of the athletes who has already qualified, half-miler Tintu Luka, did compete and engaged in to a tussle between another fine middle distance runner Sinimole Paulose in the 800m. Paulose entered the fray thinking of achieving a better mark than Tintu to gain a berth on the Indian squad, however on the appointed day she could not match the young Luka as she timed 2:03.71 against 2:01.36.

Paulose thought of trying again in the 1500m on the last day of the meet, but was down with food poisoning and withdraw at the last minute.

Intermediate hurdler Joseph G. Abraham, the reigning Asian Games champion and a World championships semi-finalist in Osaka 2007, failed to accomplish his dream of making it to the London-bound team as he finished second behind defending champion Satinder Singh. Singh clocked a personal best 49.99 secs while Abraham was second in 50.39s. The national record holder with 49.51, Abraham had a season’s best of 49.98s earlier during the FedCup in Patiala. After the race in Hyderabad, the Kerala athlete admitted that he spent all his energy during the previous day’s heats and ran too hard during the early half of the final which caused the problem. He further revealed that he would again target the time during the upcoming Asian All-Stars meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the end of this month.

Double for Prajusha

M.A. Prajusha, the 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the Long Jump, had a 'double’ taking gold in both the long and triple jumps. She didn’t find her rhythm during the long jump to achieve her best, but a rejuvenated Prajusha had a fine Triple Jump series. Her winning mark of 13.66m was just two centimetres shy of the meet mark held by state-mate and Olympic qualifier Mayookha Johny.

Satti Geetha, a member of gold winning Indian 4x400m relay squad at the Asian Games in Doha six years ago, who represented the host state Andhra Pradesh has showed all her might to win the women’s 100m and powered her state to victory in the sprint relay. However her ambition of taking a third gold in the 200m dash did not materialise as the Haryana girl Manisha surged past to win the event. Earlier Manisha was disqualified for a false start in the 100m.

As expected Kerala retained the team championships with a whopping 192 points with runner-up Uttar Pradesh a distant second with 82.

Punjab lad Satinder Singh (400m hurdles) and Kerala star Tintu Luka (800m) emerged as the best male and female athletes of the meet.
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GHMC shuts doors on women swimmers

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Hyderabad: Women from the Old City have yet another gender battle ahead of them as the nearest GHMC-run swimming pool for trained swimmers at Amberpet has refused them entry during regular hours citing discomfort among male members and safety issues as reasons.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Swimming Pool at Amberpet is among the only three such facilities in Hyderabad,the other two being in Gachibowli and Secunderabad,both far from the Old City,where only trained swimmers are allowed.The discriminatory treatment came to light after GHMC officials turned two women away from the pool last week despite them being trained swimmers.There is no separate slot for women at the Amberpet pool,unlike the six other corporation pools in the city,women swimmers allege.
Prem Raj,sports director of GHMC,tried to water down the issue and claimed that it was only a miscommunication and would be resolved soon.The coach was out of station when the women went to lodge a complaint.As they did not have membership cards,the guard did not let them in, he said insisting that the pool had a separate slot,of 3-4 pm,for women.
Interestingly,the GHMC official admitted that it was not possible to allow women during regular timings.How can we allow them if the male members are not comfortable There can be safety issues too.It is therefore best to keep women away during these hours, Raj added.The coach of the Amberpet facility could not be reached for a comment despite repeated attempts.
Dr Sangeeta Seth and daughter Aarushi Seth,mother and daughter duo from Amberpet,had visited the pool last week to enroll themselves as members.The two had even passed the mandatory test to qualify for the same.On the third day of our visit,we were shooed away by the security guard at the pool who said that he had instructions from the coach to not allow us inside, Dr Seth,a family physician,said.
On enquiry,the women were told that the decision was taken by the pools management following complaints from male swimmers visiting the pool.We were asked to either go to the Secunderabad pool or some other facility that had special timings for women and also a female coach, said Sangeeta Seth,criticizing the GHMC for its discriminatory attitude towards women.
We were more than comfortable to go for a swim during regular hours.We are trained swimmers and qualified to go to such a facility.It is appalling that the authorities should treat us like this, said Aarushi Seth.The international pool has a depth of 7.5 feet as against the 4-7 feet range of other swimming pools,making it ideal for trained swimmers.
Expressing shock over the incident,state-level swimmer from the city Ambika Sashittal said that the municipal corporation should immediately take necessary action.She,however,was most taken aback with the reportedly missing slot for women at the pool.How can a corporation pool not have exclusive timings for women There are so many women who are seen taking to swimming these days.It is unfair to turn them away, the young swimmer said.
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Changing tack for monsoon regatta

“India’s largest sailing regatta” is back for its fourth season and this time for a clean Hussain Sagar. This time it boasts of three championships; match racing, the junior optimist championship and the family regatta. The regatta will take place from July 6 to July 8.
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Stern test awaits Hyderabad Cricket Association bosses as D-day nears

HYDERABAD: The battle of two former Test off-spinners has turned out to be a damp squib.

The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) elections slated for July 8 was slated to be a straight contest between rival factions headed by Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) vice-president N Shivlal Yadav, also the HCA vice-president, and incumbent president Arshad Ayub.

But certain of the disenchantment in the ranks with his work and unable to muster support (read votes) Ayub threw in the towel, withdrawing from the race for the president's post.

That meant G Vinod, former president, being declared elected unopposed as the president. Shivlal, in race for one of five VP posts, had made it very clear in the run-up to the polls that he would not oppose the candidature of Vinod. It is now a moot point whether Hyderabad's highest run-scorer MV Sridhar will be able to save his face.

Sridhar threw his hat in the ring for the secretary's post against ruling faction's D Chalapathi, the current secretary. The election to this post had its fair share of controversy too.

While the incumbent contends that he was given the mandate for four years when elected in 2010, the contender - as also the rival faction - avers that as per the amendments made to the HCA constitution the term of all office-bearers is for two years and so a contest is fair game.

The high court said on Tuesday that the process of election for the post of the president of the HCA will go on but action taken by election officer (A Narasimha Reddy) and subsequent actions will be subject to further orders in the writ petition.

The petition was filed by Narender Goud, who contended that Vinod never was an executive member on the HCA panel as required under the new by-law. And that his (Goud) candidature for the president's post is not being considered.

Also queering the pitch for the rival faction is Yadgiri, the former treasurer, who has switched sides. Clubs (voters) are keen to exact their pound of flesh knowing full well that nothing is yet to come out of the probe ordered into the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup trophy fiasco after it was discovered the trophy had lost its weight in terms of gold and was worth not half its original value.

Given the situation it will be a nervy few days before the D-day on Sunday when elections will be held for the following posts: vice-presidents (5), secretary (1), joint secretaries (2), treasurer (1) and executive committee members (12).
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Saina Nehwal gave up karate to embrace badminton



Badminton ace Saina Nehwal, who is confident of winning the gold in the London Olympics, was initially into karate before she took up the shuttlecock game, says a just released book.

Saina was learning the martial art from coach Indrasena Reddy in Hyderabad paying Rs.100 a month.

"The karate coaching came to an abrupt end in December 1998 when, during a demonstration, the instructor prepared to run a motorbike over the hands of the students," says journalist T.S. Sudhir's book "Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography" (Nimby Books).

"Saina's parents did not allow that and withdrew her from karate. Karate's loss was to become badminton's gain."

A born vegetarian, Saina, the book says, became non-vegetarian in 2005 while in China.

According to her coach P. Gopichand, when they found no vegetarian fare at a restaurant they were in, he told Saina to eat fish and crab.

The champion in the making did not argue. The book quotes Gopichand as saying: "To my surprise, she ate. No questions asked. She couldn't even open her mouth, but she ate."

But Saina, the book says, still does not particularly like meat. "She stays away from fish and mutton and only eats chicken. Given a choice, she still would fill her plate with rajma, dal and roti."

The 231-page book, the first biography of one of India's greatest sporting icons, is packed with interesting anecdotes from the time the Haryana-born Saina took to badminton.

Saina was in tears when she lost her first expensive badminton Isometric racquet that in 1999 cost Rs. 2,700. It was bought for the under-10 Krishna Khaitan Tournament in Chennai.

In her early teens, Saina had to travel 25 km daily for training in Hyderabad. As she woke up at 4 a.m., "many a time Saina would doze off on the backseat of (her father's) scooter". In March 2000 the family purchased a Maruti 800 car for Saina's use.

Although she chose badminton over studies, there was a time when she would carry two bags -- one with her badminton kit and another with school books.

Her steadily growing badminton career cost the middle class family - her father Harvir Singh was an official in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Rs.12,000 a month when she was barely 12-13 years old.

From 1999, the Sports Authority of India gave her a fellowship of Rs.700, a kit and second class train fare for tournaments.

In 2003, the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board gave her a fellowship of Rs.2,500.

Harvir Singh and mother Usha Rani were surprised when Bharat Petroleum offered Saina a job when she was only 14 and had not passed Class 10.

To finance her game, her father drew money from his provident fund six times, claiming his wife was ill.

In contrast, Saina paid Rs.60 lakh in income tax in 2010 and Rs.1.5 crore in 2011. Her chartered accountant's fee alone was Rs.2.5 lakh. Companies now vie to pay her around Rs.1 crore for an endorsement.

The book says her aloofness coupled with aggression on court did not make her popular with players at the receiving end.

"In Saina's case, the urge to 'take revenge' has always been part of her personality. "She is also very stubborn... It is this lack of fear and respect that enabled her to beat top Chinese players."

Saina is extremely fond of chocolates, biscuits and ice cream, the book says.

Once, after visiting Malaysia, her weight went up by seven kilograms due to wrong diet. Her fitness was hit. "Now Gopi's permission is required if Saina wants to celebrate a win with an ice cream!"

The Hyderabad resident enjoys playing in Indonesia, "where she feels she perhaps has more fans than in India". This is because Indonesians resent Chinese domination of world badminton.

Does Saina, who turned 22 in March, have marriage plans?

Wedding is a long way off, according to her parents. Saina says: "At the moment, it is only badminton, badminton and badminton."

Her proud father, who has given up promotions to be in Hyderabad for her sake, says: "I wish every parent had a daughter like Saina."
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Laxman floors young sailors at regatta

Even for someone who wields the willow with a distinct touch of class and authority against the best of the bowling attacks, it is a totally different experience when V. V. S. Laxman went for a ride in the boat as part of the efforts to promote regatta and also to keep the Hussainsagar lake clean.

When the elegant India cricketer stepped into the boat, the beaming faces of the young sailors, many of whom got the chance by virtue of winning the quiz competition held yesterday to sail with Laxman, said it all. They really loved the august company of an illustrious cricketer.

“Well, I have crossed this lake so many times since my childhood. But this is the first time I am into the lake and it has been a wonderful experience,” remarked Laxman later.

“It is equally pleasing to see so many youngsters take up this adventure sport. When we go abroad to play international cricket, we often look for adventure sport. So, I wish many more children take up this water sports and make it big,” Laxman said pointing to the lake which he reminded has a special place in the hearts of Hyderabadis.

“It is important for children to not only take up the sport but also enjoy. I am thrilled at their joy in going into the waters. This shows they cherish every moment of their competition here,” the elegant India batsman said.

“I would love to come back to the lake whenever I find time and also bring my children. This has been one of my best days in Hyderabad, honestly,” says a delighted Laxman.

The cricket superstar also lauded the efforts of Suheim Sheikh, president of Yacht Club of Hyderabad, for his concerted efforts to promote water sports and also to keep the lake environment-friendly. “Definitely, it is the responsibility of all of us to keep it clean so that we keep enjoying coming to the venue repeatedly,” Laxman pointed out. Later, Laxman gave away the prizes to the medallists in different categories.
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HCA elections today

By all means, the elections to the various posts of the Hyderabad Cricket Association which will be held on Sunday might leave little choice to the 215 voting members if they are looking for really ‘clean, transparent’ set-up for the next two years.

For, a day before the polls, it is obvious from the way the two groups, which lined up against each other, are packed with controversial candidates against whom serious allegations were made and many cases are still pending.

It will be interesting to see the fate of some of those allegedly involved in misappropriation of funds (in the construction of Uppal Stadium) but are in the fray for different posts. There is also an ongoing ACB enquiry in this regard.

Campaign

BCCI vice-president N. Shivlal Yadav, who is contesting to retain his vice-presidentship in HCA, has been campaigning actively for his ‘group’ which includes incumbent secretary D. S. Chalapathi, joint-secretary S. Venkateshwaran (Indian Airlines). Though, he openly supported G. Vinod’s candidature for presidentship, he has been lobbying hard for the success of not only the above two key candidates besides many in his panel including Vijayanand (joint secretary), John Manoj, Amarnath (Galaxy), Vidyuth Jaisimha, Dharamchand Jain, for vice-president posts. Incumbent treasurer Naresh Sharma is tipped to be the favourite to retain his post from this group against Surender Agarwal.

On the other hand, former Ranji captain Dr. M. V. Sridhar is locked in a battle against seasoned campaigner D. S. Chalapathi for secretary’s post while the candidates for five vice-president’s posts include E. Venkat Reddy, P. Yadgiri (former treasurer), S. L. Venkatapathi Raju. For the two joint-secretary posts T. Seshnarayan and Purushotham Aggarwal are in the fray from this group.

There are 36 candidates for the 12 Executive Committee members posts with the senior most of them being E. Gopal.

The schedule for Sunday is that the Annual General Meeting starts around 9 a.m. at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal) and the elections are last on the agenda and most likely to take place under the supervision of Returning Officer A. Narasimha Reddy.
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Callaway hosts the Hex Black Tour Challenge in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India., July 10, 2012 – (Meshpress) - Callaway Golf India organized the Callaway Hex Black Tour Challenge at the Hyderabad Golf Association today in Hyderabad. The tournament marked the launch of Callaway’s revolutionary product, the all new Hex Black Tour Golf Ball.
The event witnessed the presence of more than 100 golfers of Hyderabad and some honorary committee members of the HGA including Mr. C. Dayakar Reddy – Hon. Jt. Secretary, HGA, Mr. A. Bhaskar Reddy –Chairman, Tournament Sub-Committee, HGA and Vivek Mehta, Country Head, Callaway Golf India.
Excitement was all over the greens as the participants of the tournament were introduced to Callaway’s Hex Black Tour Ball, an ultra – premium and game changing product from the house of Callaway which features Callaway’s finest engineering advancements.
Expressing his delight over the occasion, Mr. Vivek Mehta, Country Head, Callaway Golf India commented, “We are delighted to launch the new Hex Black Tour Ball in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has always been very receptive to new technologies and this time too, we are extremely positive that our revolutionary Hex Black Tour Ball will receive a tremendous response from the golfers of Hyderabad.”
Further discussing about Callaway, Mehta added, “Callaway is constantly upgrading its product line and we have brought some of our revolutionary equipment to the fore this year, but there is still more to come. We always focus on innovation and in providing the best of technology to the customers that enhances their performance and helps them improve their game. Our strategy will always be driven by quality research and we will thus continue to explore more and more with our brand. ”
The tournament provided a great opportunity to the golfers to try this revolutionary new product from the house of Callaway. The participants also witnessed better Spin Separation and experienced superior control over their game with the new golf ball.
Hex Black Tour is not just another golf ball. There is a lot of research and technology that has gone into the making of the 5 layer masterpiece. The technological advancements include an innovative dual-core construction, an exceptionally durable cover material and revolutionary HEX Aerodynamics, combining to deliver a five-piece golf ball with better Spin Separation and all-around performance characteristics than any previous introduction from Callaway.
Hex Black Tour Ball, an ultra – premium and game changing product from the house of Callaway which features engineering advancements including an innovative dual-core construction, an exceptionally durable cover material and revolutionary HEX Aerodynamics, combining to deliver a five-piece golf ball with better Spin Separation and all-around performance characteristics than any previous introduction from Callaway. A golf ball that yields distance-enhancing low spin off the tee, while still providing the superior control that comes from generating more spin around the greens, has long been held as the “holy grail” of golf ball design. The measured differential between the high spin generated on shorter approach shots into the green and the optimal low spin off the driver for maximum distance off the tee is called Spin Separation, and Callaway’s all-new HEX Black Tour has it in spades.
The tournament was then followed by the prize distribution ceremony along with the formal launch of the Hex Black Tour Ball.
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About Hex Black Tour Golf Ball:
Hex Black Tour Ball, an ultra – premium and game changing product from the house of Callaway which features engineering advancements including an innovative dual-core construction, an exceptionally durable cover material and revolutionary HEX Aerodynamics, combining to deliver a five-piece golf ball with better Spin Separation and all-around performance characteristics than any previous introduction from Callaway. A golf ball that yields distance-enhancing low spin off the tee, while still providing the superior control that comes from generating more spin around the greens, has long been held as the “holy grail” of golf ball design. The measured differential between the high spin generated on shorter approach shots into the green and the optimal low spin off the driver for maximum distance off the tee is called Spin Separation, and Callaway’s all-new HEX Black Tour has it in spades.
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Hyderabad has a long history of producing world class shuttlers who make it a habit to set the courts on fire. Saina Nehwal has done it time and again, Jwala has too. Now, it’s P.V. Sindhu’s turn.

Sindhu, for long considered an exceptionally talented player, was one of the most remarkable players on the senior circuit when she made her debut last year. Ranked in excess of 180 when she made her debut, Sindhu made giant strides, impressing one and all with a slew of exceptional results.

Most recently, she won the Badminton Asia Under-19 Championship at Gimcheon in South Korea by defeating Okuhara Nozomi in a thrilling three-game final. On of Sindhu’s most impressive victories en route to the final was over China’s Sun Yu in the quarterfinals. Sindhu scripted a hard-fought straight games 22-20, 21-19 win over Yu. Incidentally, Sindhu had lost to the same player in three games in the last edition and had to settle for a bronze medal. In that match, Sindhu had won the first game 21-13 but then the Chinese player staged a comeback to wrap up the match 21-12, 21-10 over the next two games.

Sindhu said she was determined to go all the way this time, even before she began her campaign. “I won a bronze medal at the tournament last year and this time, I was going to settle for nothing less than gold. In fact, I had lost to Sun Yu in the semifinals last year, and the fact that I defeated her on my way to the title makes it that much sweeter,” the 17-year-old said.

With the Olympics less than three weeks away and most of India’s badminton contingent being from Hyderabad, Sindhu certainly has quite a few role models to look up to. But for now, she is more than happy just focusing on the immediate future. “I don’t really set myself long-term goals. I always ensure I focus only on the next tournament I’d be playing in,” she said.

For the moment, Sindhu would just be training at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy as with the London Games just around the corner, there are no major tournaments coming up. “Usually it’s Gopi sir that decides which tournaments I take part in. For now, there’s nothing on the horizon, so I’ll just be concentrating on my training,” she added.
Sindhu does, however, have one long term goal. She has her sights set firmly on the very top of the world. “I would like to become the No.1 player in the world.”
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Olympics-bound athletes, coaches felicitated


The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) felicitated the Olympics-bound athletes at a gala function here on Tuesday.

Apart from the athletes representing the State, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Ashwani Ponnappa, Gutta Jwala, Parupallu Kashyap, V. Diju, Sandeep Kumar, Sawaran Singh and Manjeet Singh, those felicitated included coaches Pullela Gopichand, Ismail Baig (rowing), M. A. Aziz (technical official in judo) and P. Ravi Shankar (SAAP archery coach) who is presenting a paper in the Pre-Olympic Congress in Liverpool. Sports Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar was the chief guest.

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“I believe that this function would provide the right kind of motivation for all of us to produce something special in Olympics. We have always been getting great support from the State government over the years and are indeed grateful to learn now that it is also going to implement two per cent job quota very soon for sportspersons,” Mr. Gopichand said.

Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Sania Mirza said all athletes would consider it an honour to represent India in Olympics. “I take pride in being a Hyderabadi,” she remarked.

“We cannot promise medals, but definitely we will give more than 100 per cent in our efforts to come up with a special performance at the Olympics,” she added.

Ace shuttler and one of India’s best medal prospects, Saina Nehwal, felt that the State team could pull off major surprises. India’s premier women’s doubles shuttlers Ashwani Ponnappa and Gutta Jwala said asserted that they would do their best.

It is a wonderful evening and it is a great gesture on behalf of State government to felicitate the Olympics-bound athletes from the State, remarked Mr. Gopichand. Perhaps, reflecting the general mood and opinion of the stars who are expected to twinkle in London in this month-end’s ‘Mother of All Battles’.
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New golf ball launched in Hyderabad

The spectators at the Callaway Tour Challenge in Hyderabad got to see a new brand of ball in play.The tournament marked the launch of Callaway's new product, the all new Hex Black Tour Golf Ball.

This is not just another golf ball. There is a lot of research and technology that has gone into the making of the five-layer masterpiece. The technological advancements include an innovative dual-core construction, an exceptionally durable cover material and revolutionary Hex Aerodynamics, combining to deliver a five-piece golf ball with better Spin Separation and all-around performance characteristics than any previous introduction from Callaway.

Vivek Mehta, Country Head, Callaway Golf India said: "We are delighted to launch the new Hex Black Tour Ball in Hyderabad. This city has always been very receptive to new technologies and this time too, we are extremely positive that our revolutionary Hex Black Tour Ball will receive a tremendous response from the golfers of Hyderabad.

"Callaway is constantly upgrading its product line and we have brought some of our revolutionary equipment to the fore this year, but there is still more to come. We always focus on innovation and in providing the best of technology to the customers that enhances their performance and helps them improve their game. Our strategy will always be driven by quality research and we will thus continue to explore more and more with our brand."

The tournament provided a great opportunity to the golfers to try this revolutionary new product from the house of Callaway. The participants also witnessed better spin separation and said they have experienced superior control over their game with the new golf ball.

The current regulations mandated by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the United States Golf Association, state that diameter of the golf ball cannot be any smaller than 1.680 inches (43 mm). The maximum velocity of the ball may not exceed 250 feet per second (270 km/h) under test conditions and the weight of the ball may not exceed 1.620 ounces (45.9 g).
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New Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI): Rifle ace Gagan Narang is hoping to be third-time lucky and experience the ''heroic'' feeling of winning on the planet’s biggest sporting event in the upcoming London Olympics after two unsuccessful attempts in Athens and Beijing.

Since missing out on the final by a point in the Beijing Games four summers ago, Narang has gone on to win numerous medals in the ISSF World Cups, World Championship, Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, besides creating a new world record in 2008.
“I have been unlucky twice (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), hope I get third time lucky,” Narang said.

“An athlete’s ultimate ambition is to win and I am determined to go all the way and do whatever it takes,” the genial medal hopeful from Hyderabad adds.

Narang will be representing India along with Beijing Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra in their pet event — 10-metre air rifle on July 30.

Besides 10-metre, Narang is also competing in 50M Rifle Prone (August 3) and 50M Rifle 3 Position (August 6), giving himself enough chances of winning a medal at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Going by his form over the past couple of years, Narang stands a realistic chance of standing on the podium in London, and the experience of having represented his country in two previous Olympics only adds to the hopes and expectations.

“Olympics is everyone’s dream. We know what’s coming. We have come a long way. All I can say after representing the country twice already is that I have better control keys,” he says.

As cliched as it may sound but for Narang, the thought of winning a medal in Olympics is something that cannot be explained in words. “All of world’s eyes are trained on the Games. So winning at that stage is heroic. It is a different feeling altogether and cannot be explained in words,” is how the 29-year-old responds when one asks him about his desire to win at the Olympics.

A knee problem limited his participation to just one World Cup last year, but he had by then done enough to make people take notice of him.

After the disappointment in the Beijing Games, Narang shot a new world record of 703.5 in the World Cup finals in Bangkok, including a perfect 600 out of 600 in qualification.

Narang was at his best in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning four gold medals, which was followed by two silver at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Had the CWG been recognised by the International Shooting Sports Federation, Narang’s score of 703.6 would have been his second world record. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour last year came at the right time and, according to Narang, it would “spur him to bring more laurels for the country”.

India is hoping that the shooter from Hyderabad lives up to his word.
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10-yr-old from AP is US champ in Taekwondo


Kolli Mihir Sai, the grand-son of former director-general of police V. Appa Rao has won the annual United States Open taekwondo 2012 held at Colorado Springs City at Colorado, US. Mihir won a gold medal and a bronze in separate categories in the 10-12 years group.

Mihir is studying at the same school in Honolulu where US President Barack Obama studied
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City archer to officiate in London Olympics




From the classrooms of Wesley College in Secunderabad to the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground archery competition in the 2012 London Olympics this month-end. This is a dream journey for former Asian bronze medallist in archery - Nachupally Arun Kumar.

The 35-year-old former Asian bronze medallist has the privilege of being nominated as a technical official for the Olympics archery competition at a venue which is incidentally the ‘Mecca of World Cricket’. “As an archer I could not make it to the Olympics. But my dream of being there in some capacity is now a reality,” says a visibly delighted Hyderabadi.

And importantly, the Business Management graduate from Osmania University is ready for the biggest sporting event of his career.

“By virtue of my experience in the pre-Olympics test event at the same venue, I did get a feel of what the organising committee expects from me,” says Arun Kumar, who incidentally got this ‘life-time opportunity’ on his own rather than through the Archery Association of India.

For someone who is also credited, along with a Jharkhand archer, to introduce compound bow category in Indian archery, but which interestingly doesn’t figure in London Games, Arun does believe that the conditions in London should be much better off for Indian archers compared to the last Olympics in Beijing where it was windy after heavy rains. “We have a great chance to surprise many in archery given the remarkable achievements of Indian archers of late,” he insists, having seen many in the Indian team from close quarters.

The 2006 national champion, who is now into import and export business, is all geared to get a feel of what it means to be there in the thick of Olympics.
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