J. R. Shridharan
Sportspersons led by Koneru Humpy and her father carry the torch
Students reach stadium from five different venues
RJ Swapnika adds an element of entertainment
VIJAYAWADA: The sprawling Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium wore a festive look on Saturday, with thousands of schoolchildren taking part in the Olympic Run organised by the Krishna District Olympic Association.
Carrying the fluttering Olympic flags, the students reached the stadium from five different venues with loads of enthusiasm, thus bringing to the fore the spirit of camaraderie that Olympics are known for.A team of sportspersons led by Grandmaster Koneru Humpy and her father Koneru Ashok carried the torch amidst wild cheers from the students. Radio jockey Swapnika added an element of entertainment with her rapid-fire talk.
Speaking on the occasion, KDOA president Y. Harischandra Prasad said though Krishna district had produced many film personalities, the people of the district always loved and respected their illustrious sportspersons. “This was evident when the students went into raptures when Humpy lit the lamp. Our main motto is to build an Olympic Bhavan for the benefit of the sportspersons of the district. We’re keen on realising this dream during our four-year term,” he said.
Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna exhorted the students to indulge in sports and games along with education for the overall development. Koneru Humpy, while appreciating the students for their participation in run, advised them to protect greenery to reduce pollution. KDOA secretary K.P. Rao thanked Kesineni Srinivas of Kesineni Tours and Travels for sponsoring the run.
It was sight to relish when many children mobbed the lanky international volleyball player G. Pradeep for an autograph. The organising committee later felicitated Grand Master Koneru Humpy, Dronacharya Koneru Ashok, Pradeep, B. Uday Kumar, who took part in the World Veterans’ table tennis championship, Tirumalai Kumar, who bagged many medals in the Paralympics Games, national cricketer Durga Bhavani, national archer I. Rama Rao, Naga Prasanna, a national netball player, Tulasi Chaitanya, a national swimmer and R. Chandna Sai, a national gymnastic.
The organisers also felicitated D. Dayakar (volleyball) and M.V. Satya Prasad (women cricket), both PETs, for their contribution to sports.