Despite the bad weather, 4th annual badminton tournament in Northeast Ohio was concluded successfully

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Reminderville, Ohio. Feb, 29th 2020: Telugu Association of North America (TANA), a national organization, and Northeast Ohio Telugu Association (NEOTA) a local Telugu community organization, jointly organized and concluded 4th Annual Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament successfully at Reminderville Athletic Club (RAC)

Reminderville Athletic Club, Reminderville, Ohio

The Gymnasium at RAC features 2 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, and 1 badminton court. Each basketball hoop can be adjusted from 8ft-10ft depending on the program. The gymnasium has a second floor walking track overlooking the gymnasium with 12 laps equaling a mile. It can accommodate 8+ badminton courts with enough room to host all the players.

TANA and NEOTA Banners at the Tournamanet Venue.

Apart from 2020 being a leap year, it is even more special that the City of Solon, City Of Twinsburg, City Of Aurora and Village of Reminderville had declared Feb 29th as TANA & NEOTA Day in Northeast Ohio through proclamations. This is a significant achievement and will definitely encourage more events to benefit local communities.

As in the past 3 years, tournament was officially inaugurated by Sam Alonso, Mayor of Village Of Reminderville. As observed by few long time local badminton players, Mayor seems to be picking up few new badminton skills every year.

Sam Alonso, Mayor of Village Of Reminderville, Ohio

Mayor was welcomed and greeted by current NEOTA President Madhavi!

Sam Alonso, Mayor of Village Of Reminderville and Madhavi, President Of NEOTA

Ashok Kolla, Joint Secretary of TANA – Speaking at the beginning of the tournament.

Top 3 teams were awarded in both Men’s and Women’s doubles groups. Women’s Tournament was inaugurated by Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor of City of Aurora, Ohio.

Anne Womer Benjamin, Mayor of City of Aurora, Ohio with (left to right) Rama Rao Panguluri, NEOTA Executive Committee Members and NEOTA Trustee, Giri Raju.
Rama Krishna Velaga, receiving recognition from TANA and NEOTA for his role in actively promoting sports in local committing
Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor of City of Aurora, Ohio and Teams

In a span of 10+ hours, 100+ games were played to decide the Quarter Finalists, Semi-Finalists, Winners, Runners-Up and 3rd place teams from Winners and Losers brackets. It was great to see teams trying to win games in the Losers bracket to improve their chances to reach final rounds.

Women’s Winners of 2020 Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament – Sammie Lin & Jaime Wang
Left to right: Rama Rao Panguluri, Madhavi, NEOTA President, Winners and Sarita Chinnam , NEOTA Cultural Coordinator
Women’s Runners-Up of 2020 Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament 2020 – Srijana Chhetri & Surabhi Patel
Women’s 3rd Place – Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament 2020 – Anne-Isabelle Rene (not present in this picture) and Kalyani Miriyala
Men’s Group – Winners – Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament 2020 – Shameer Syed and Tej Bosam
Men’s Group – Runners-Up – Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament 2020 – Ashrith Pai and Vishnu Gottipati
Men’s Group – 3rd Place – Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament 2020 – Bing Lin and Minh Vo
Volunteers with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners from both Men’s and Women’s Groups.

As repeatedly mentioned by the tournament organizers, this event would not be possible without the help from very dedicated and committed community volunteers.

Entire courage of the event (pictures) can be found here. Pictures are hosted on Google Photos.

Majority of the community events conducted by TANA and NEOTA have a strong commitment to raise funds for various causes to support in the local community and in Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana in India.

Rythu Kosum is one of the effort by TANA to raise funds to provide protection kits to the farmers who work in agriculture exposed to various chemicals and fertilizers used as part of farming. This effort in Northeast Ohio is well coordinated and promoted by Rama Rao Panguluri, TANA National Coordinator. If you wish to donate to Rythu Kosum program please visit this link https://www.tana.org/donate and select Rythu Kosum TANA PPE or Rythu Kosum TANA Soil in the “Make my donation to” drop-down.

Apart from badminton players traveled from near by states, few Telugu Association of Central Ohio (TACO) members paid a visit and support to this annual tournament, despite inclement weather.

Telugu Association Of Central Ohio (TACO) members also made a visit to the Tournament, despite inclement weather!

Tournament sponsors.

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