BENGALURU: Olympian and Indian hockey team's defensive bedrock V.R.Raghunath and World bronze medalist-cum-Asian gold medalist wrestler Prema Huchannavar have been named in the list of Karnataka Olympic Association awardees for the year 2013 for outstanding performance in various disciplines.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, KOA president K. Govindraj revealed the list which includes sportspersons, press media and photographers and veteran sports personalities. “KOA formed a sub committee to scrutinise and select the best athletes,“ Govindraj said.
The awardees, except the veterans sports persons, will be given a cash award of Rs. 50,000.
The KOA is also extending financial assistance to sports persons who are in difficulty and also for those who are going abroad provided their recommendation comes through proper channel.
Veterans to be honoured: Badminton great Prakash Padukone, former international billiards star and coach Arvind Savur, hockey Olympian B.P.Govinda and former basketball international Jayavanthi Shyam are among the veterans who will also be honoured as a mark of respect for their achievements and contribution to the sport.
The KOA awards will be given away by the governor on Thursday at the Raj Bhavan.
Awardees: Reshma Karthik (badminton), Karan Harold Joshua (basketball), V. Durga Rao (boxing), Shaheera Attar (cycling), Kalpana M.B (fencing), V.R. Raghunath (hockey), Vanitha K.S (kabaddi), Srinivasa nayaka H.R (kho-kho), Sneha P.J (swimming), Ambika B. Khot (taekwondo), Priyanka N (volleyball), Prema Huchannavar (wrestling), Mailaralinga Dindalakoppa (sports journalist), Abdul Hafeez T (Press photographer), Veterans: Jalaja Naresh, Jayavanthi Shyam, Prakash Padukone, Arvind Savur, B.P.Govinda and M.R. Patil
Sports City plans on
KOA president K. Govindraj also shed some light on the plans for the Sports City. “The department is working on the plan to send the file to the Chief Minister,“ he said. “Maybe in another month the blue print will be ready.“
With a couple of sites already identified for the Sports City, the KOA president was optimistic of the project taking off in the coming months.