Port Blair, March 17: The Andaman & Nicobar Rowing Association (ANRA) President Mr. G Bhasker on Thursday 16th March 2023 chaired a meeting to felicitate the prominent sports personalities of Islands and Nation on Thursday at TSG Emerald View, Port Blair.

At the outset Bhasker welcomed all the sports personalities in his opening address, and said, "I am glad to see that we are all united in our endeavour to work together for the betterment of sports in these Islands. We will work as a team, as friends, as a family. I thank everyone for joining us today. You are the key people who will be taking Indian sports especially Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking forward in the coming years".

Bhasker praised the sportsmen for bringing glory to the nation and the Islands through their stellar performances on their respective fields and told them that they now have an important role to play in boosting the morale of youths.

He also emphasized that a good infrastructure for sports needs to be created in A&N Islands for our younger generation so that they get the opportunity to play as per their desire and ability.

Later, Mr. G Bhasker felicitated Mr. Shiji Kumar. S & Mr. Johny Romal, Silver Medalists in 94th Asian Games for Canoeing and Mr. P.T Paulose, 2004 Olympian in Rowing and 2002 Silver Medalist in Asian Games with a Shawl.

Other International and National sports personalities present on the meeting include Mr. Joy Kumar Roy, Retired Deputy Director, SAG Centre Port Blair and Chief Patron of Andaman & Nicobar Rowing Association, Mr. Eashudasan, Retired Rowing Coach, Mr. V. Selvam, Coach, Ms. Srimoti Bishnoi, Coach, Mr. Vagaram Bishnoi, International player, Ms. Regina Kiro, International player, Ms. Sandiya Kispotta, International player, Mr. D. Rama Rao, International player, Mr. Sanjeev Singh, Rowing Coach, Mr. Manish Kumar Tiwari, Rowing Coach, Mr. P. Venkat Raman, National player, Mr. Karma Toppo, Kayaking Coach, Ms. Suchitra Mondal, National Player, Master. Addit Toppo and Mr. Joy Pinto, Block Sports Officer.