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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:23:40 AM (IST)  

Mangalore: Athlete Sahana Kumari from Ullal Qualifies for London Olympics

Mangalore: Athlete Sahana Kumari from Ullal Qualifies for London Olympics

Brijesh Garodi
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Jun 27: It is not uncommon to come across sportspersons hailing from rural or financially backward families going on to become international athletes of repute. When it comes to such sportswomen though, not many pursue their goals after settling down in marriage.

Sahana Kumari of Ullal is an exception, a sportswoman par excellence who has proved her worth by qualifying for the July London Olympics.


Sahana with her Ukraine coach Nikhil Evgeny


Sahana at the qualifying round for London Olympics

Sahana Kumari has been selected in the high jump event, where, in the qualifying round, she scaled a new height of 1.92 metres. 

Born and brought up in Ullal, she completed her early education from Anandashram School, Ullal and later joined Sri Gokarnanatheshwara College, which proved to be the right choice to pursue her sporting dreams. Sri Gokarnanatha College has been the home for many young, dynamic and successful athletes. Her brother and her elder sister are also successful sportspersons. Her sister, like Sahana, is a high jump athlete and her brother is a volleyball player.

Sahana’s mother made it a habit to wake both her daughters early morning at 4.30 and send the two for practice. This helped her a lot to pursue and succeed in the field of sports. She has been taking part in a number of sports events, at the international level as well, and has won a several medals, honours and recognition. She is now working for Central Railways, a job she bagged under the sports quota.

She is now married and settled in Bangalore. Her husband, Nagaraj, is also an athlete. They have a daughter, Pavana (4).

Sahana got into sports nearly 18 years ago. She credits her sucess to her parents, husband, coaches and family members who have always wholeheartedly supported and encouraged her.

Speaking to daijiworld, her coach, Purushottam, physical director at Sri Gokarnanatha College, says that her enthusiasm and her interest towards sports has made her successful.

"There are a lot of famous athletes but everyone loses interest in the field after marriage. Sportspersons, especially the ones who are married and with children, are not usually interested in contesting. Sahana Kumari indeed deserves praise for pursuing her dreams despite being a mother," he says, wishing Sahana all success in the upcoming Olympics.

There are several others from the college who have brought laurels to the country in sports, namely Indian women's kabaddi captain Mamatha Poojary, Deepa Kulal, Amitha Poojary and others.

 

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Comments on this article
sam, mangalore/muscat
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Really Great......!!!

`Jacintha Kotian, Mumbai
Friday, June 29, 2012

Congratulations Sahana. We are proud of you. All the very best.
Subeeth, Jessy & Viren

Pius Rasquinha, Mangalore/Nottingham/UK
Friday, June 29, 2012

Congratulations n wish you all the best...we all Mangaloreans proud of you Sahana...keep it up...we are with you n our prayers too

S. Karkera, Mangalore
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hi Sahana,
Keep focused and believe in God, the success will be yours in Olympics. Our prayers are with you.

Shubha, Kolya Someshwar
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Best of luck Sahana I am happy to hear this news. U made someshwar to feel proud

SRSuvarna, LVT-Ambagilu/KSA
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulation Mrs.Sahana!, I pray for you for your GOLD MEDAL in London Olympic. Good Luck!!!! and God Bless.

Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Good Luck and all the very best Sahana Kumari and we pray that you win a GOLD in the LONDON OLYMPICS. We all are proud of you for qualifying in the London Olympics.

Lancy Henry Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kudlada soluda naari yenklena bari STYLE

Yenchina maraidi ninna Gangasara parpavna SMILE

Ninan tood enna dosti ISMAIL

Kankane buriyer just WHILE

Wa sokuda uddada Namma Kudlada Bareda KILE

Ninan tuye aanda sixer akuwe Criss GAYLE

Ninada patterudanda untod atta lined ajpa MILE

Ninan yerandala line padyer aanda poora pover Bejai JAIL

Ninna Janma bhumi baris kushitt nalipund awwe

"NAMMA KUDLADA ULLAL"


CHIRAG, MLORE/DUBAI
Thursday, June 28, 2012

All the best do well.. cheers..

Peter Pinto, Badhyar/ Dubai- on tour
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulations and Best wishes.

Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rakesh shetty, mangalore are you out of your mind? She got a chance because of her capability not because of BJP, let me tell you this also still now BJP government as not wished Ms Poojari for the win.

alban lewis, Kallianpur/bangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Sahana Kumari (Mrs.)

Congratulations and wishing you good going in the Olympics. May you scale Greater Heights in your event. Being chosen for Olympics itself is an achievement. Wishing you success and God bless you, your child and especially your husband who is supporting you.

Ivan J. PINTO, Belthangadt- KSA
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Purushotham sir, thanks a lot for producing such a great athlete like Sahana.

Royal, Mangalore / Dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations Sahana Akka best of luck for London.

WALTER MONTEIRO, BELMAN/ABUDHABI
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CONGRATS SAHANA, GOOD LUCK ALL THE BEST. GOD BLESS YOU. PLEASE BRING ONE MEDAL FOR INDIA. MASTER

Ramdas, thokkottu
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ALL THE BEST SAHANA,i am very proud of u bcoz you are my junior in anandashram high school, someshwara

Sandesh Shetty, Bangalore/Kudla
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congrats Sahana Kumari.God bless you and wish you a bright future.

muraligshetty, mangalore/kalyan
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

feel very nice that sahana kumari qualify for london olympick i wish her all the best ...god bless her ..

R.Bhandarkar., M
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Sahana
i have fallen in 'love' with your smile in the 1st picture! Do you always smile like that ? Your smile 'runs a mile' believe me!
I 'Envy' your coach 'Evgeny' too for being very near your 'smile'.
May you cross many 'milestones' in your career. God bless!

ASHOKKUMAR KUNDER, NANDIKUR MALAD MUMBAI
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations Sahana. Qualifying for mega events like Olympics is a great achievement.your hard work paid you, keep the aim of crossing 2 meters then you will be among the medal winner. you made Tulunad and india proud. god bless you and goodluck for olympics.

Kishore, Saraswath Colony, Someshwar
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hi Sahana, We all Saraswath Colony Residents congrats your golden movement of life. We are proud of you. All the best & God bless you. Our best wishes always with you.

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All the best Sahana..

bharath kanchan hosabettu, mangaloe/abudhabi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

congratulations and all the best for Olympics, hope u will get medals...

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Best of Luck Sahana..You have Ukraine Coach.That is good,Even Ashwini Shetty too had Ukraine Coach.Because of him our Kundapura Golden girl lost a chance to represnt London Olympics.(Our atheletes including Ashwini Shetty were banned after blood test showed positive in the drug test).Poor girls pleaded that they consumed food and medicine as per the instruction of Ukraine Coach.He was immediately sacked by sports federation.Unfortunately no one supported our atthles including sprint queen P.T.USHA..So,Sahana be careufl when u take something..GEDDU BAA O NAMMA SAHANA...

Wilma, Dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations dear.... God bless you....Go ahead u can achieve it.... Good luck......

ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congrats KUDLA DA KUVARI SAHANA for securing a place in LONDON OLYMPICS which is dream for every athletes.Good luck in London Olympics..

Wilson D'souza, Udupi, Muscat
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I have heard about her many times in newspapers few years back but i did not know you would reach such a height. Congrats on qualifying to the London Olympics 2012. God Bless you, Best of Luck.

ONIL DSOUZA, MANGALORE / DUBAI
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations Sahana.. All the best. We are proud of you..

puneeth, kolya
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

best for ur achivement......all the best from kolya which is ur birth place.......salute all u

Rakesh shetty, mangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012


CONGRATS TO SAHANA. WELL DONE.

ANOTHER TYPICAL EXAMPLE FOR KARNATAKA IS SHINING NOW IN WORLDWIDE.

HATS OFF TO STATE BJP GOVT FOR GIVING GOOD SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY TO ALL TALENTED ATHLETS.JAI HO.

G R PRABHU, BEJAI ,MANGALORE
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I have not heard her name so far. But after hearing a girl from ullal,i am very glad.Good Luck SAHANA.Keep india flag flying in LONDON.

irfan, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulation,,,All the best for ur Future

Blaan Mendonca, USA
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Best of Luck Sahana Kumari

Rihan, DXB
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Looks are similar to Pinky Pramanik???lol...anyway all the best and get us a medal...

alban lewis, Kallianpur/bangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Suhana Kumari

Wishing every success in the coming Olympics in London. Me and my family
will be avidly watching yours and other Indian athletes performance.
Getting ed for the Olympics itself, is a great achievement.
God Bless you.

S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WiSh YoU AlL tHe BeSt.

NN , Byndoor/KSA
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Great! Very proud of you Sahana. Try your best. Good luck and God bless you.

WALTER MONTEIRO, BELMAN/ABUDHABI
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK. PLEASE WORK HARD AND GET ONE MEDEL FOR INDIA. JAI HOOO INDIA FROM WALTIMASTER

MB.Anchan, kallianpura,Udupi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good news All the best Sahana.We Wish you Sahana All Success in the Upcoming Olmpics.Best of Luck.Make us all Proud. GOD Bless you.

Ashok, Udupi/Dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All the best. We are proud of you.

farooque ullal, kotepura ullal
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good news! Best wishes to Sahana... best of luck ullal going to sunshine

VDK, Mangalore/Dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Being a year senior to you in school I have seen you starting your one of first jump at the same sand pit were we used to practice!! I salute your determination and courage to conquer...!
I wish to take name your first coach “Mr.Jalandhar Rai “who is no more now…without his encouragement and support I believe the golden journey of yours wouldn’t have been complete .I feel so proud of your achievements ,keep going Sahana ..best of luck…

Naveen D'souza, VALENICIA,KUWAIT
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ALL THE BEST SAHANA. IF YOU MEANS IT IS A GREAT NEWS FOR WHOLE KARNATAKA. WHOLE KARNATAKA PEOPLES BLESSING MEANS YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING AND GET A MEDAL FOR INDIA. ALL THE BEST.

Hariprasad Hegde, Mangalore/Udupi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

our best wishs are with Sahana.

Ismail Shaikh, Moodbidri/Dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations Sahana. Qualifing to mega events like Olympics is a great achinevement particulary CRICKET crazy India. Wish u all the very best and hope God wishes u will return with rich flying colours

Habeeb, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I hope see can bring one gold medal for India. All the Best

Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's a Great news all the best Sahana... India further shine.. Now dear commentors pls don't bring your politics on this issue just appreciate her talent.

capt.cornelio, udyavar
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It is a great privilege for sahana to get qualified to represent india in Olympic.I am sure she will make us all proud.

Ivan, karkala
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All the best Sahana. Though it is a very good news...many brilliant creatures say they "disagree"...Do they really read it as "This, I agree"!

Sneha H, Udupi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Well done !! All the best !!

Braan, kemmannu
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Its an great honour to participate in OLYMPICS. Give your best Sahana Kumari, we are eagarly waiting for you to perform in the field. All the best.

SHARATH, katpadi/muscat
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

all the best for you.

avani, mlore/uae
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good news! Best wishes to Sahana...

Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All the Best Sahana God Bless You make Karnataka proud our prayer is with you...
go sahana go we know you can do it.

Jayesh Raval, Damaskatte-Baiitha Mane/Rajkot
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What coach so deep looks inside sahana kumari. Beware - it looks same episode of 'Rajneethi' yet to make.

Bhavna, manglore-dubai
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All d best sahana... we all our countries best wishes with u and hope u have success in olympics 2012.make us all proud

Jayesh Raval, Damaskatte-Baiitha Mane/Rajkot
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ukraine coach Nikhil Evgeny - looks like Naseeruddin Shah. Best of Luck Sahana Kumari. All the blessing from Ullal Dargah. Even Dargah hold power. Creator's creation.

Venzil Fernandes, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All the best for you bright future Sahana Kumari

 
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