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An irreparable loss for Volga Archery Academy

J.R. Shridharan


We are conducting a ‘run for archery' in memory of Lenin, says Ch. Satyanarayana

‘It is being organised to raise funds to meet the fee of the Korean coach Lim Chae-Woong'




International Archer,Cherukuri Lenin. — A file photo

VIJAYAWADA: If there is any day in 2010 that the sports fraternity of Vijayawada would like to forget, it is October 24.

The day witnessed the unfortunate death of Indian archery coach Cherukuri Lenin in a road accident. He was just 26 summers old and considered one of the country's best archery coaches and a specialist in compound segment, the mechanised form of the sport.

With the silver medal-winning performance by his teenage trainees Ch. Jignas and Ritul Chatterjee in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Lenin proved to the world that with hard work and dedication coaches could produce champions regardless of age and hurdles.

Lenin's death made archers of the city-based Volga Archery Academy orphans, for they lost a mentor, guide, coach and above all their anna who cajoled them to dream big.

But the young archers took Fate's verdict in their stride. In the ongoing 31st junior national archery championship at New Delhi, despite the absence of their “anna” they won nine medals for Andhra Pradesh. Ritul bagged three golds and one silver while Jyothi Surekha bagged two golds and one silver. Sai Vaishnavi romped home with a silver and bronze.

No doubt that the void created by Lenin's death is too big and the academy's administrators are making efforts to rope in a quality coach to train the archers to earn slots in the Indian team for the 2012 London Olympics.

“We are conducting a ‘run for archery' in memory of Lenin (Lenin Lakshyam Koraku Parugu) on February 6 in which athletes like Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, Chetan Anand, P. Gopichand, Ganga Narang, M.S.K. Prasad and several Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees would take part. We have also approached veteran film director Dasari Narayana Rao, who promised to help us. Film personalities are also likely to run for Lenin,” said Lenin's father Ch. Satyanarayana.

He said that the run was being organised to raise funds to meet the fee of the Korean coach Lim Chae-Woong, who had agreed to train the budding archers of the city. “I am expecting around 15,000 participants from various schools and colleges and the money generated from the event will go into a corpus to be used for the academy and for paying the fees of the coach,” Mr. Satyanarayana explained.

The run will be part of the 31st senior national archery championship to be held here from February 5 to 10. “Archers like Dola Banerjee, Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia, Tarundeep Roy, Jayanth Talukdar, Deepika Kumari and several top archers from the country will take part,” he added.

The year also saw the passing away of B. Sudharshan Rao (75), a veteran kabaddi coach, who produced quality players like Padmaja Bala, Jhansi and Rani; D.N.V. Prasad alias Nani (54), who was the first coach of Saina Nehwal; P. Anjaneya Naidu (70), a veteran hammer-thrower; and P. Chandrasekhar (55), vice-president of the Krishna District Table Tennis Association.

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