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MOMENT TO CHERISH: Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna with international archer Mangal Singh Champia at a felicitation function organised in Vijayawada on Thursday.
MOMENT TO CHERISH: Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna with international archer Mangal Singh Champia at a felicitation function organised in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

International archer Mangal Singh Champia felicitated

The function is organised at new archery field

Champia thanks the organisers

VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation will extend all facilities to those who pursue sports and games seriously and passionately and give less importance to those who take it up as a hobby, VMC Commissioner P. S. Pradyumna said on Thursday.

Speaking at a function organised by the Volga Archery Academy and the Krishna District Archery Association to felicitate international archer and Arjuna awardee Mangal Singh Champia at the new archery field on Mahanadu road, Mr. Pradyumna said though there were 167 sports complexes in the city, less than 20 per cent of the trainees were pursuing sports and games seriously.

“The remaining members come more for health reasons. Allotting land and extending better facilities to them is sheer waste (of money). We will extend help only to those who strive hard to represent the State and the country,” he made it clear.

He asked the Volga Archery Academy to continue its activities in a constructive manner by producing more champions. “This piece of land was allotted to the Volga Archery Academy because of its result-oriented functioning. That Mangal Singh Champia is a product of this academy is really heartening.”

A word of caution

Mr. Pradyumna sounded a word of caution to the academy’s organisers by pointing to the possibility of the corporation taking over the allotted land in the future under the regime of another commissioner. “I do not know what will happen once I leave the city. There may be pressure from different quarters forcing the VMC to cancel the lease. The only way you can retain this site is by showing results consistently,” he said.

Mr. Pradyumna promised to lay approach roads to the site and organise a civic reception to Mr. Champia for his achievements in archery.

Volga Archery Academy chairman Ch. Satyanarayana requested the Commissioner to construct toilets and fix streetlights on the road near the site for the benefit of archers.

Thanking the organisers, Mr. Champia promised to win two gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

“Vijayawada made me a reputable archer and I will always remember the love and affection showered by the people of this city. Though I started practising archery in 1996, I started getting results only in 2005. Only with hard work and perseverance one can excel on international platform,” he advised the young archers.

District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar, Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao, local corporator M. Subba Rao, Krishna District Archery Association secretary Adinarayana, SCR Vijayawada Division sports officer Arjuna Rao and Vijayalakshmi Colony president Sambasiva Rao took part in the function.

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