Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Excelling in sports and games activities was capable of empowering sportspersons by making them not only mentally and physically strong but also move up the social ladder, Pushpa Kuttanna, former member of the Indian women basketball team, said here on Wednesday.

She was addressing players and spectators at the finals of the Inter-SAI women’s hockey tournament at Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here. In the finals, Madikeri SAI training centre trounced Kollam SAI training centre from Kerala by 5-0. The winners led 2-0 at half time. For Madikeri, Chaitra (1st and 49th minute) and Kulsumbi (10th and 55th minute) scored a brace each while Saira Banu got the other in the 40th minute.