Divisional Railway Manager Anurag, who attended the valedictory as chief guest, gave away the trophies, prizes and mementoes.

Engineering department emerged as the overall champion to lift the second DRM Cup for the inter-department shuttle badminton tournament that concluded at the Railway Institute here on Sunday. The four-day tourney witnessed 14 teams comprising 70 shutters from various departments and railway institutes vying for honour in four segments - singles and doubles in both men and veteran categories.

Railway Protection Force Ch. Veeranjenayulu bagged the men’s single’s title defeating K Bhanu Prasad of Engineering 21-17, 18-21, 21-18. The doubles honours went to K. Bhanu Prasad, who partnered Dhanunjaya Rao to beat G. Srinivasa Rao and P. Venkateswara Rao 21-17, 10-21, 21-14.

In the veteran segment saw P. Srinivasa Rao bagging a grand doubles by winning both the singles and doubles. Mr. Rao took the better of P. Nagamalleswara Rao 21-16, 19-21, 21-17 and in the doubles he partnered Nagamalleswara O to beat K. Reddaiah and G. Sriniavsa Rao 21-19, 19-21, 21-18.

Divisional Railway Manager Anurag, who attended the valedictory as chief guest, gave away the trophies, prizes and mementoes.

The organisers felicitated Mr. Md. Basha, a mail guard, who is a senior-most badminton player. “Mr. Basha who is retiring this month-end had played many inter-railway tournaments,” said Arjuna Rao, Welfare Officer (Sports). District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna, Senior Divisional Engineer (co-ordination) A.K. Sinha, Divisional Sports Officer and Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Ramesh Chandra, Railway Institute chairman and Divisional Engineer (East) G. Srinivasa Rao, SCR Mazdoor Union Divisional Secretary Swamy Charan, SC & ST Association Divisional Secretary Y. Kondala Rao and Employees Singh Divisional Secretary Venkata Subbaiah took part in the function.

Selection

A Vijayawada division badminton team will be picked from this tournament to take part in the South Central Railway inter-divisional shuttle tournament to be held in July at Secunderabad.

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