Defeat is not part of this Kho Kho player's game

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Defeat is not part of this Kho Kho player's game

His small frame belies the talent of 21-year old Yogesh of Ambedkar Nagar in Kolar.

But Yogesh is like a stag, impossible to catch once he enters the Kho Kho field. With his speed and skill he dodges his chaser.

In his team he is the one who never accepts defeat. It is a treat to watch him play.
Yogesh, who has just completed his B Sc from Gokul College took a liking for Kho Kho from the time he was an eighth standard student.

He has all the support from Kolar Kho Kho Club. Coaches from the club, Madhu, Suresh Goud and R Sridhar have been encouraging him.

He was selected for the high school level State team even while he was in the eighth standard. Thus began his relentless effort in the pursuit of success.

In the 34th National Sports meet held in February 2011 at Jharkhand he won laurels as a part of the State Kho Kho team.

In August 2012 in the senior national Kho Kho championship organised by the Kho Kho Federation of India in Jharkhand he got the second place clinching the silver medal.

Yogesh was also one of the three players to participate in the South Zone Inter-University Championship held in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh in 2010-11.

In 2011-12 in South Zone Inter-University Championship held in Coimbatore he secured a place. He also  participated in 2009-10 in the same championship organised by Kakatiya University.

He was a prominent player of the State team, which won the third place in the 29th Junior National Championship organised by the Kho Kho Federation of India in January 2010 in Goa. His brother K Sunil was also a part of the team.

In the inter-college Kho Kho tournament organised by the Bangalore University in 2010-11 and 2011-12, Yogesh’s team won the first place.

Before concentrating on Kho Kho, Yogesh also participated in athletics participating in 100 metres, 400 metres and 1,500 at the taluk level winning in many of these events.

Kho Kho is a strenuous game which requires adequate nutrition, but Yogesh manages to remain fit with the staple diet of ragi mudde and chapathis.

He practices everyday from 4 pm to 7 pm and during holidays he also practices in the morning. He jogs in the morning to keep fit.

He credits his success to Kolar Kho Kho Club, its coaches and senior players Sandeep and Babu.

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