Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Wednesday was a memorable day for 36 sportspersons from Krishna district who won medals in the junior and senior national events as they were honoured with cash awards for their exploits as a token of appreciation by the Kethanakonda-based CBR Sports Academy at IGMC Stadium.

The awards were given away by CBR Sports Academy president Chalasani Prasad on the occasion of National Sports Day, celebrated all over the country in memory of late hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.

Some of the notable award winners were Ch. Lenin, A. Raju, J. Rama Rao (all archery), Bharata Reddy, Asha Mary, Anitha Kumari, Tirumalai Kumar (all athletics), Suswetha and Nagaraju (both badminton).

The gold medal winners carried home Rs. 2,000, while the silver and bronze medallists received Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 1,000, respectively, along with a Chalasani Malathi memorial certificate.

Speaking at the function, Dronacharya and Arjuna awardee A. Ramana Rao, a volleyball legend, emphasised the need for parents to show extra interest in allowing their wards to pursue their chosen game or sport.

“There is name, fame and money in sports too. Instead of restricting their children to engineering and medicine, parents should allow them to reach the pinnacle of the chosen sport. We have examples like Koneru Humpy, Sania Mirza and P. T. Usha who, against all odds went on to bring laurels to the country,” he pointed out.

He also said the latest sports policy announced by the Central Government was very encouraging for sportspersons both in terms of exposure and career. “You should aim high and train in scientific manner to reach the pinnacle,” he advised the young awardees.AP Physical Education Teachers Association Secretary P. Sudhakar highlighted the importance of fitness for good health and advised the youngsters to spend at least 30 minutes in the grounds. Krishna district Superintendent of Police Murugesh Kumar Singh, CBR Sports Academy President Chalasani Prasad,

SAI Coordinator Jagmohan and Regional Deputy Director (SAAP) R. Chinnaiah enlightened the youngsters on the brighter side of sports and games.