A 14-member squad from the Bangalore School Sports Foundation (BSSF) represenedt India at the 46th International Children’s Games (Children’s Olympics) in Daegu, South Korea, from July 12 to 17. Sponsored by Herbalife, a nine-member football team represented the country at the tournament while former athlete Reeth Abraham joined the contingent as Ambassador.
Team:Chirag Madhukar, Sidharth Balaji,
Tejveer Singh Rekhi, Nihaal Peter George (both from Inventure Academy),
Praveen Ravi, Lokendra Kumar Dayala, Santosh
Parthiban, Magesh, Anto Rashith Sagayar AJ.
Publication: The Times Of India Bangalore;Date: Jul 7, 2012;Section: Times Sport;Page: 26
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Published: July 7, 2012 00:00 IST | Updated: July 7, 2012 04:09 IST
Bangalore boys to play in South Korea
Rakkini and Sarojamma were beaming as their sons, Anto Rashith Sagayaraj and Santhosh Parthiban, were congratulated on making it to the under-15 soccer team which will be representing India at the 46th International Children’s Games being held in South Korea this year. Both Anto and Santhosh, who are mid-fielders, study in government schools. Anto, who has been nominated as captain of the team, says his favourite player is Baichung Bhutia. Like these two, their mates too have been playing the game ever since they were kids. The nine-member team consists of boys from private and government schools who were picked to represent the nation. The players were trained for eight months under Bangalore School Sports Foundation (BSSF) which specialises in promoting programmes in sports, research, education, fund raising and service. BSSF director Elvis Joseph said the foundation had previously trained and sent teams from India to be represented at international events. “Two of the players, Chirag Maduhar and Siddharth Balaji, have represented the country oncebefore,” he said.
This year’s ICG has over 2,000 athletes competing from 50 countries. Though the ICG has been hosting games since 1968, it took India 43 years to declare its presence in the games. In 2009, Bangalore was the first city to have represented the nation in the ICG held at Athens. Mr. Joseph said they plan on getting Bangalore to host the 50th ICG in 2016. He added that the primary goal of the foundation had been to promote sports, especially in Karnataka, and take it from the grass-roots level to international level. The team coach is Valentine Chika Okoli. The other members are Tejveer Singh Rekhi, Nihaal Peter George (both from Inventure Academy), Praveen Ravi, Lokendra Kumar Dayala and Magesh.