Equipment rendered useless in Krishna district
City youngsters keen to learn the sport of fencing are a disappointed lot as the Krishna District Fencing Association (KDFA) has stopped functioning since 2005 owing to the inept functioning of Andhra Pradesh Fencing Association (APFA) and with all swords (foil, epee and sabre) numbering 20 broken, the sport, which was once in the ascendancy, has virtually come to a halt. Former KDFA secretary Murali is in a dilemma as the APFA bigwigs has asked him to stay away from activities as he had failed support them in the elections. “As per the advice of then KDFA president Gokaraju Ganga Raju I stayed away from the elections as there were two warring groups in APFA. Now the ruling group has kept me aside and brought in a new panel,” Mr. Murali explained. But the new panel headed by an administrator from Nuzvid is yet to rejuvenate the sport in the district.
Fencing caught the imagination of the youngsters through various demo fights organised by the association, especially in the annual Krishna Agricultural and Industrial Exhibitions at Swaraj Maidan. “We got good support from colleges as Andhra Loyola College helped us to stage a series of demos,” Mr. Murali added.
Schools like Nirmala and NSM Public School had good number of students fine-tuning their skills in all three segments - foil, epee and sabre - and they also took part in several district and state tournaments and won medals and trophies. “In fact, after Hyderabad it was Vijayawada that started the district association in Andhra Pradesh. But unfortunately owing to misunderstandings among administrators, the sports is suffering in the city,” said Mr. K.P. Rao, secretary, Krishna District Olympic Association.
Mr. Rao said the APFA has sidelined Mr. Murali and has given affiliation to an administrator at Nuzvid. “APFA has the right to change the office-bearers. But the change should be made for the benefit of the sport. The activity should not suffer,” he added.
Mr. Murali said the sport has to start literally from the scratch as all the hard work has gone waste. “Lakhs of worth equipment has been rendered useless owing to non-use. The protective gear, made of cotton and nylon, is out of size and the masks and the computer gadgets have become redundant,” he pointed out.
No activity since 2005 The sport activity has to start from the scratch
No activity since 2005
The sport activity has to start from the scratch