We have ended the Third
edition of The India Open Racquetball Championships – 2016 on a great note. We thank
the athletes, fans, officials, delegates, audience, supporters and the Media
for all the support in making this another successful event. This year, we had
39 players compete in 81 matches over 3 days with players from 3 countries and
the audience participation was tremendous too. We continued with the junior
division this year as well, which is always a great sign of success.
We would like to extend
special thanks to Lanco Hills for the continued support and providing the venue
to conduct the event, Mr. Samuel Varghese and Mr. Usman Mohammed for the
support provided in conducting the tournament. We take this opportunity to
thank them for helping us promote Racquetball in India. We also thank Club Zeus and
LHOWA and all the residents of Lanco Hills for being great hosts and helping
A big thanks goes to Valuable
Luxury Interiors and Express Electricals for being the primary sponsors for the
event, without their support this event would not have been possible. We would
like to thank the ARF & IRF for making this a sanctioned tournament.
A very special thanks goes to
Mr. Oikawa Kazushige, Director of ARF, who travelled from Japan to be involved with the growth of
Racquetball in India
and also help train the Juniors. This goes on to prove the tremendous support
the ARF and IRT – Japan for the growth of Racquetball in Asia.
We are really grateful to Dr.
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS., Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics &
Communications Department, Govt of Telangana and Commissioner of Industries and
Managing Director of the TSIIC Limited, for accepting our invitation and
gracing us with his presence at the opening ceremony at such a short notice. We
thank Mr. Murali Bukkapatnam for inviting the guest on our behalf and making it
Thanks to Mr. Srinivas
Avasarala, who arranged for accommodation for the players that travelled to Hyderabad and volunteering whenever his schedule permitted,
Mr. Vamsi Varanasi for coming from Bangalore
as a volunteer to help with the tournament. A special thanks goes to Mr.
Deepanjan Roy who ensured that the arrangements for food and other things were
done on time and that no players went hungry and also entertaining the guests
and delegates and taking care of their needs when needed.
Thanks to Ms. Sarada Vithala
for anchoring our opening and closing ceremonies, Mr. Hari Voruganti, Mr. Ravi
Putta, Mr. Pavan Kora, Mr. Mayank Chandel, Mr. Neeraj Garg, Mr. Suresh Madala,
Mr. Ashish Garg, Mr. Yugandhar Tammareddy and too many other residents of Lanco
Hills for helping out in whatever way possible to ensure that things went
Thanks to all the media that
has extended their support in helping spread awareness of Racquetball around
the country. You have been our voice that has reached everyone like a roar.
This event would not have
been the same without the audience and supporters. We thank you all for the
outstanding support that inspired the athletes to perform better. Your support
inspires and motivates us to grow the sport in the country.
Finally we thank each and
every athlete that has taken great pains to compete in the Championships and made
it memorable. The response was heart warming, though very slow to being with,
picked up well in the last couple of days. You were extremely patient and made
sure that the entire tournament went on as per schedule without significant
delays. You have proven that we are one big Racquetball family and have also
proven that Racquetball is a passion that never dies and is bound for greatness
in the country.
We sincerely apologize if we
have forgotten to thank anyone in particular and hope that you understand and
it is not intentional.
We had a target to setup
public access courts in the country by end of last year and have failed on that
front, but the success of this tournament has motivated us again to make a
great push to get courts by end of this year. This time we are even more
confident that we can achieve it with some support. We request every single
person to contribute their best possible effort to support the cause. While
monetary support is greatly appreciated, what we really need are volunteers to
help us reach other parts of the country. RAI on its part promises to do
whatever is in its reach to support the growth of the amazing sport in any part
of the country.
Three cheers to the
Racquetball family, may it prosper and grow in India.
Let’s Play With a ROAR!!!
On behalf of RAI
Sri Kandadai, President