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KOA honours sports personalities

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— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Sports personalities who were felicitated by Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) on Thursday.

Bangalore: The Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) honoured a host of sports personalities from the State at it annual awards ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.

Along with active and retired sportspersons, this year's 27 awardees also included renowned swimming coach Nihar Ameen and K.S. Sridhara, a photographer.

The award comprised a citation, a memento, and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000.

The KOA also presented medallists from the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games with cash prizes on the day.

The diverse list included celebrated sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Arjun Halappa and athletes on the National level like cyclist Geetanjali Joteppannavar and kho-kho player N. Yogesh.

Veteran footballer and 1962 Asian Games gold-medallist D. Ethiraj and Arjuna Awardee A.B. Subbaiah were also among the awardees.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj lauded Karnataka's contribution to sports, urging improvements in facilities in the hinterland.

“The funds the finance commission releases should be sufficient to improve infrastructure in the countryside,” he said.

Pointing to India's fall from its once supreme position in international hockey, he attributed it to the “tremendous facilities” in current powerhouses Holland and Australia. “That is why they are so good,” he said. “More is required of India.”

Gold, silver, and bronze medal winners from the Commonwealth and the Asian Games were awarded monies of Rs. 50,000, Rs. 30,000, and Rs. 20,000 respectively.

However, the event was slightly robbed of its glamour as gold medallists A.C. Ashwini, Pankaj Advani, and Ashwini Ponappa were all unable to attend.

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