VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Volleyball Association (APVA), in its special General Body Meeting here on Sunday, unanimously elected Dronacahrya and Arjuna awardee A. Ramana Rao as its president. Rao succeeded his mentor Kodandaramaiah.

Speaking to the media, Rao promised to develop the game at the grassroots-level with special emphasis on sub-junior and junior segments.

"The game is popular in certain districts like Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Vizag, Krishna and Guntur. Efforts will be made to develop the game in all districts with the involvement of district associations and physical education teachers in a big way," he said.

APVA General Secretary, L. Venkataram Reddy, lauded the services of Rao as a player and coach and felt that volleyball in the State would reach a new high under his leadership.

Summer camp

A three-month summer sports camp will be conducted at the Sri Srinivasa Sports Complex in Tirupati from April 1 to June 30. NIS-qualified coaches will train children and elders separately in swimming, badminton, table tennis and tennis. For details call 6570400.

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