KARNATAKA

KSCA to construct cricket stadium in Belgaum

Eklavya Award winners for 2011–12 Rajesh Gajanan Shinde of Belgaum and skater Kumari Pragna of JSS College, Mysore, being felicitated in Belgaum on Wednesday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL  

The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has announced its plan to construct a cricket stadium here.

KSCA treasurer Tallam Venkatesh, one of the chief guests at a function organised by the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) to felicitate sports achievers for 2011–12 here on Wednesday, said they had plans to build a new stadium; this would be in addition to the one being constructed by the State government. He said that work on the cricket stadium in Hubli was nearly finished and it would be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in November.

Mr. Venkatesh advised sportspersons against neglecting academics. Minister for Higher Education and VTU Pro-Chancellor C.T. Ravi inaugurated the function.

Earlier, the former international cricketer and KSCA vice-president B.K. Venkatesh Prasad emphasised the importance of a strong educational back-up for sportspersons. People needed to develop a strong positive attitude, which was as important as one’s ability to be successful in life, he said.

VTU felicitated 103 sports achievers with cash awards worth Rs. 5,05,500 and distributed 165 blazers to sportspersons, including 16 physical education directors of its affiliated engineering colleges across the State.

Also, based on the performances of individual colleges in VTU sports programmes during 2011–12, cash rewards of Rs. 1 lakh each were given to 9 colleges.

Ekalavya Award winners for 2011–12 Rajesh Gajanan Shinde of Belgaum and skater Kumari Pragna of JSS College, Mysore, were felicitation on the occasion.



Sportspersons should not neglect academics,

says KSCA treasurer

Cash awards worth Rs. 5,05,500 distributed to 103 sports achievers