Chennai: C. Srither, national champion in the compound-bow category, was felicitated by the Archery Association of Tamil Nadu for having qualified to represent the country at the Commonwealth games, here on Wedneday.
The archer, currently with the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) topped the qualifying event with a cumulative score of 5581 in the trials conducted in Kolkota earlier this month.
Srither, hailing from the remote Pappireddipatti township of Dharmapuri district, helped India to its first gold at the Asian Archery Championship in the team event at Indonesia in November this year.
Ranked 49 in the world, Srither upset several seeds in reaching the pre-quarterfinals of the World Archery Championship at South Korea before losing out to the top-seed.
His achievements have come in spite of a debilitating paucity of funds, a deficiency which becomes all the more acute in an expensive sport like archery.
Srither said he operated with a borrowed bow while competing at world-class tournaments where his opponents enjoy the best of equipment and coaching.
Srither also said that he was currently scouting for sponsors and that with the right backing, success at the Olympics would not be too far out.
Suri-Vijayaraghavan pair wins
T.M. Suri and R. Vijayaraghavan won the weekly pair event at the T. Nagar Social Club, with a score of 72.92 per cent playing East-West.
Srihari Varghese-Sunil Varghese won from the North-South direction with a score of 61.22 per cent.
Other positions: North-South: 2. V.K. Bansal- K. Ramesh; 3. S. Raghuraman-S. Kailasam; East-West: 2. M. Ravindran-R. Ravichandran; 3. Karthik-Vinothkumar.
SAI ‘A’ posts win
SAI ‘A’ beat Chennai Port Trust 4-0 in a match of the CHA senior division hockey league, thanks to a first-half glut that yielded all four goals. Sathyarajan scored a brace while Maria Stalin and Gnanavel chipped in with a goal apiece for SAI ‘A’.
Other results: Southern Railways ‘A’ 3 (Gowtham, Dinesh Babu, Suresh) bt TNEB 0.
Raja Sekar shines
C.B. Raja Sekar made 62 as Prahlad CC ‘A’ defeated Kanniah CA by 52 runs in the Prahlad under-12 cricket tournament.
VB CA 89 for eight in 25 overs (G. Anush 32) lost to Chennai CA 90 for four in 22.2 overs (G.K. Shyam 34).
Little Hearts CA 141 for four in 25 overs (R. Karthick 28, R. Sundar 30) bt Adambakkam CA 78 for seven in 25 overs (Riskash 26).
Asiatic CA 115 for seven in 25 overs (C. Rajesh 25, M.P. Hari Kumar 25, Abhijith Venkatesh three for 23) bt Prahlad CC ‘B’ 88 for seven in 25 overs (S. Shree Sharan 25, Vijay Shankar three for seven).
Prahlad CC ‘A’ 158 for eight in 25 overs (C.B. Raja Sekar 62, P. Krishna 26, C. Saiprasad 25) bt Kanniah CA 106 for eight in 25 overs (R.S. Jaganath Srinivas 32, R. Sundara Murthi three for 11, P. Vidyuth three for 24).
Future Stars Cricket Academy will conduct the K.R. Sundararajan memorial Under-13 tournament from January 1.
The tournament will be held on a league-cum-knock out format. Sixteen teams are expected to participate — FSCA, Asiatic, Prahalad, LHCA, Kedar, Reddy’s, LMCA, C.S.S.F, V.B.C.A, Chennai Stars, Abdul Jabbar, Chakra and Budding Stars.