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Solid roots

Go Sports Foundation, which backs talented sportsmen, felicitated its patrons



GOOD GROUNDWORK Is what matters in sports

G o Sports Foundation, formed to help talented sportspersons achieve their true potential organised a get together last week to thank its supporters and sponsors and felicitate the sportspersons. The Foundation backs 11 sportspersons including six in swimming, three in badminton and two in hockey.

Olympic swimmer Virdhwal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, and Para swimmers Prasanta Karmakar and Sharath Gayakwad were there and so was the guru of swimming, Nihar Ameen.

The star attraction at the meet was Rohan Bopanna. He spoke about India's chances in the Davis Cup in the upcoming tie against Serbia in March and asserted that the team will put in its best.

Bopanna, who was on his way to Rotterdam for an ATP event was there to show his solidarity with the Foundation. He also donated T-Shirts, with a slogan emblazoned across — “Stop war and make peace”, which is the mantra of Indo Pak team of Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi. “I am glad sportsmen now have this foundation for them. My foundation, when I was struggling to make it as a tennis player, were my parents,” said Bopanna. Bopanna later donned the role as a sports quiz master with aplomb and the crowd showed enough knowledge about the current happenings in the world of sports.

The quiet duo of Khade and Sejwal were upbeat about their chances at the National Games. Go Sports Foundation also screened a short video outlining its work, and appealed for more support for their endeavour. The Foundation also announced an annual award in memory of its founder members Joseph Ollapally, and the proud recipient of the maiden award was Prasana Karmakar, who thanked the foundation for its unstinted support. “I became a National level swimmer and won medals at Para Asian Games and other events, thanks to the encouragement of the Go Sports Foundation,” he said. The award which carried a citation and cash prize of Rs. 50,000, was given to Karmakar by late Joseph's parents.

The Go Sports Foundation team of Nandan Kamath, Hakimuddin, Abhisehk, and Laura proved perfect hosts.

KALYAN ASHOK

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