Arise Group to co-host TNSJA awards this year

The Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists' Association's (TNSJA) annual awards, which recognise exemplary deeds, recent performances and bright potential across all sports, is all set for yet another chapter.

Aadhav Arjuna, MD, Arise Group said the company will open a sports academy to promote talent.

It is a meeting point of three generations: past, present and future. The Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists' Association's (TNSJA) annual awards, which recognise exemplary deeds, recent performances and bright potential across all sports, is all set for yet another chapter.

The latest edition, to be co-hosted by Arise Group, promises to be a star-studded affair. The corporate company, which regularly organises basketball tournaments and athletics meets, is keen to make a difference to the lives of sportspersons in the State. As a step in this direction, it has increased the number of scholarships from 10 to 12 this year.

Stressing the need to do more, Aadhav Arjuna, MD, Arise Group, and a former basketball player, said: “We feel that a world-class infrastructure is required to produce future champions. Arise Group is planning to open a sports academy where expert/foreign coaches will strive to produce medal winners for the country. The academy will provide all-round support, right from nutritional needs to financial support, so that the athletes focus on accomplishing their goal: an Olympic medal.

“I have been inspired by the vision and purpose of the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad which has created world-class players and an Olympic medallist — P.V. Sindhu (silver) in Rio, 2016.

“As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, there is no doubt about the talent the State possesses. However, the performance of our athletes at international events has been far from convincing. Excellence in any sport requires uninterrupted training for 10 to 12 years. For this, we need to inculcate the sports culture from the school level,” he said.

In a State which prides on legends across a spectrum of sports — K. Srikkanth (cricket), Ramanathan Krishnan (tennis), Simon Sundararaj (football) and V. Baskaran (hockey), all of them recipients of the TNSJA Lifetime Achievement award — it is time to churn out more and more champions.

The Arise Steel-TNSJA scholarship winners for 2017-18 (Rs. 30,000 each): 1. R. Mohan Kumar (athletics), 2. Sankar Muthusamy (badminton), 3. P. Baladhaneshwar (basketball), 4. P. Jeevanantham (basketball), 5. P. Iniyan (chess), 6. K. Priyanka (chess), 7. R. Adithi (football), 8. B. Jothika (rowing), 9. S. Shrikrishna (snooker), 10. S. Yashini (table tennis), 11. Preyesh Suresh Raj (table tennis), and 12. Dhakshineswar Suresh (tennis).