Hyderabad: Telangana’s 14-year-old Kotturi Pranay from Nakkalapalli, a remote village in Mancherial district, has set an example of overcoming odds. He won a gold medal in High Jump at the National Inter-District Athletic Championship held in Tirupathi on Monday.

Hailing from a financially weak background, his parents work as labourers in agricultural fields. However, none of his difficulties stopped Pranay from reaching where he wanted to in the athletics. He proved that by winning gold in the event in the under-14 category.

The secretary of Telangana Social welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Dr RS Praveen Kumar was satisfied with the result. He said, “It’s immensely satisfying to see hundreds of students from social and tribal welfare residential educational institutions competing at international and national level sports events in a multitude of disciplines.”

He also thanked the Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and Social Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar for their support. “They helped establish exclusive sports academies to groom students from impoverished families into finest sportsmen and women,” Praveen further said.

Anurag Mallick

A sports enthusiast, Anurag Mallick is currently working with Newsmeter as a reporter. He is a mass communication graduate from Loyola Academy. He is also a budding presenter and loves talking in front of the camera. His future aim is to discuss cricket professionally. He has earlier interned with a YouTube Channel, "Hind ki Pukaar" where he spoke on various topics infront of the camera. He has also interned with "WrytIn", a content writing platform, where he wrote articles on sports & entertainment. "Lights, Camera, Cricket" is what sums him up. He also loves playing cricket and other sports like Badminton & Volleyball.

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