Mangaluru, Nov 16, 2015: Speaking after receiving felicitations from MLC Ivan D’Souza Nov 15. Former bodybuilder, coach and international jury member of bodybuilding M Sumitra Kumar said Dakshina Kannada district has made its mark in bodybuilding, organised encouragement is needed for local bodybuilders to move ahead further.
Bodybuilding was not considered significant two decades ago when Raymond D’Souza won "Mr World" title at the international bodybuilding competition.
Though things have changed and talents from the region are emerging in the field and are winning national titles of late, better encouragement is needed as bodybuilders require support/sponsorship to go abroad to take part in International competitions, Kumar said.
MLC Ivan D’Souza handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh, contributed by the financial assistance fund from the Chief Minister to Kumar. He said Kumar has trained a number of champions in the field and brought laurels to the district.
Deputy Mayor Purushottam Chitrapur, Sri Devi Group of Educational Institutions president Sadananda Shetty, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports Deputy Director Panduranga, corporators D K Ashok, Praveenchandra Alva and others were among those present on the occasion.