Hyderabad: Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan h inaugurated the “YAI Multi-Class (Ranking) Sailing Championship” at Sailing Annexe in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The event is being jointly organised by the EME Sailing Association (EMESA) and Secunderabad Sailing Club under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India supported by Sports Authority of Telangana State. Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commodore, EME Sailing Association and Shashidhar Batchu, President, Secunderabad Club were among other dignitaries were present on the Inaugural Ceremony.
Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh in his opening address said “The response this year had been tremendous. A total of 188 Sailors with 169 entries from different associated clubs have been received, out of which 23 are in the women’s category. A total of 21 participants are from Telangana”. He mentioned that there would surely be a healthy competition in the highest traditions of sportsmanship and he was sanguine that there would be fair Sailing all through the Sailing week.
Governor addressing the gathering said, “The Government of Telangana has been givingmany incentives for the sport of sailing. This vast expanse of Hussain Sagar Lake in the twin cities has proved to be a nursery for Champion Sailors, especially Miss Ashwini, Miss Kirthi, Master Ajay & Sanjay of Telangana Sports School have achieved National acclaim. I am sure the joint efforts being put in by the Laser Class Association of India (LCAI) and Sports Authority of Telangana State and the host clubs will produce many more Champions”.
As the event enters its 34th year, participants are expected to compete in races including a sizeable number of women sailors.
Major General TSA Narayanan, Vice Commodore, EMESA, said “This is a landmark year for the EME Sailing Association as the event has been accredited as the YAI National Ranking Event where in the performance of the sailors will be ranked, which will give them points for selection into National team.
He further stated that the EME Sailing Association was formed in the year 1964. The sailing association has produced a number of medal winners both at National and International level. In the year 1986 LCAI was founded with a view to promote sailing in the Country. Since then, the event has been conducted continuously for the last 33 years and is popularly known as “Hyderabad Sailing week”.