Sunday, April 5, 2009
Dempo bails out Akhilesh with Rs 1 lakh grant for world karate
HERALD SPORTS DESK
Joseph also for Japan event
PANJIM, AUG 2
The Dempo Sports Policy of promoting sporting potential of the youth in Goa found fresh expression with the sponsorship of Rs 1 lakh to karate wonder boy K Akhilesh’s who has been selected for the world karate meet in Japan.
Dempo Group of Companies Chairman, Shrinivas V Dempo handed over the cheque of Rupees 1 lakh to 14-year-old Akhilesh, a Std IX class student of Mushtifund High School, Panjim at a function at Dempo House, here. Akhilesh holds a black belt 1st Dan in karate with the WSKF- India, and has to his credit four gold and one silver medals in international competitions.
Present at the ceremony were sensei Joseph Rodrigues, black belt 4th dan, with whom Akhilesh trains, and the lad’s parents, Mangala Sridevi and Goa Dental College technician T Kalai Chelvan. The parents as well as the coach praised Shrinivas’ grand gesture in sponsoring the costs of Akhilesh’s participation at International Karate Championships in Tokyo from August 7 - 11.
Speaking on the occasion, Dempo said: “Master Akhilesh is a symbol of what youth in Goa was capable of in sport. The Dempo Sports Policy, was designed and adopted precisely to give a fillip to youthful Goan sporting talent.”
Reminding those present that three Goan youths, each a globally benchmarked player in their respective disciplines of lawn tennis (Natasha Palha), swimming (Talasha Prabhu) and chess (Ivana Maria Furtado), had been named Dempo Goodwill Brand Ambassadors, Dempo added: “The generations-old tradition of strong Dempo support to communities across Goa had been carried forward, and would be strengthened in the months to come, especially to young sporting achievers in the State.”
The ceremony also saw young Natasha, lawn tennis sensation and Ivana, national chess wizard, briefing Shrinivas along with their parents on the recent run of global and national successes notched by the two youngsters, displaying on the occasion the trophies they had won so deservingly.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh K will participate in the kata and kumite events in junior category.
Joseph Rodrigues will also represent India in the veterans section.
The Goa team will leave on Wednesday evening for Japan.