Mr. C. R. Visswanathan, AIFF nominee and in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Football Affairs, reiterated that he is the sole authority to take care of the sport in the State till the Federation appoints a committee to take control of the subject

Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Mr. Visswanathan said that this was the message conveyed by the Federation after its last executive committee meeting. “Mr. Praful Patel (AIFF president), in consultation with V. Hanumanth Rao, MP from Andhra Pradesh, will finalise the panel and once that is in place, then the issue of me being out of the picture arises,” he said.

He appealed to all who are genuinely concerned about promoting the sport not to indulge in petty politics but work together to restore the old glory of football in a City which produced so many Olympians.

Responding to the criticism on inclusion of Army outfits — EME and AOC Centre — in the on-going Rahim Centenary league championship, being held in memory of the football coach, S. A. Rahim, Visswanathan said the two teams were included to ensure high standard in the League.

“We have decided to conduct the Coca Cola schools championship before September in Vizag and Hyderabad. And after this event, we will call for selection trials to tap the talent in other districts also before finalising the State team for the All India edition,” the veteran administrator said.

Falak for Asian meet

Syeda Falak of Sri Chaitanya Junior Kalasala (Narayanaguda) is selected to represent India in the 10th Asian Karate Federation junior and cadet championship to be held in Hong Kong from August 1 to 8.

The 16-year-old Falak was a gold medallist in the Singapore annual international championship (14-16 years category) and in the Asian Open style martial arts championship in Hyderabad late last year.

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