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 About Rao

Ejjapureddi Prasad Rao was born on 1st July 1954 at Berhampur, Orissa as the third child of Smt E. Jagadamba garu & Shri E Chandrashekar Rao garu. His six siblings include three brothers, [late] Shri E Nageswara Rao, Shri E. Venkateswara Rao, Shri. E Ramakrishna Rao and three sisters [late] Smt Shyamala Kumari, Smt ManiKumari and Smt Manjula Kumari. While his father, a police officer with the Orissa Government took up assignments in various parts of Orissa, the formative years of Prasad Rao were spent in Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, his native land, in the company of his maternal grandmother, mother and siblings.

His initiation to Kabaddi was in the Municipal High School at Vizianagaram under the tutelage of [late] Shri Y. Bhagwan Das Garu, the Physical Education Teacher attached to the school, his mentor and guide, who infused in Rao an everlasting love for Kabaddi. This, together with the encouragement and support of his Mother, led to Rao choosing Kabaddi as a way of his life and there was no looking back once he embarked on his sports career. He started off as a Kho-Kho player and later switched to Kabaddi in his youth. He represented the Andhra State at the National level in the 23rd National Kabaddi Champs at Tatanagar in 1975 & the Orissa State in the 25th National Kabaddi Championship at  Bhilai in 1978. [Late] Shri Y. Bhagwan Das Garu, whose life was dedicated to the sport, was instrumental in producing innumerable Kabaddi players, both Boys & Girls who went on to give an excellent performance at the State & National level.

 He commenced his sports coaching career with a stint at the Physical Education College at Gopannapalem, Eluru, with a diploma in physical education. Armed with this diploma, Rao secured his first job in a Government School in Orissa as a physical education teacher. The turning point in his life occurred when he learnt of the Diploma Courses conducted by the National Institute of Sports and enrolled in the NIS Diploma Course in Coaching at the Sports Authority of India Netaji Subash Southern Centre, Bangalore. He completed the diploma with flying colours and was offered a teaching job in the same Institute the following year. Even as a member of the academic wing of the Sports Authority of India Bangalore, for well over a decade, he continued to take up active coaching assignments and trained several teams of the PSU’s, Armed Forces, Police etc with outstanding results. Meanwhile his marriage to Smt Mythreyee took place in Bangalore in the year 1985.

A couple of years later, he was posted to the SportsAuthority of India Western Centre which was set up at Gandhinagar, Gujarat in the year 1987. The Centre of Excellence in Kabaddi, with Rao as the coach, was introduced at Gandhinagar for the first time in the country. In this Centre of Excellence, numerous Kabaddi players were scouted, trained and polished by Rao for over a decade to bring laurels to the country. Several of the players under his coaching represented India and were instrumental in securing consistent Gold Medals in the Asian level and International level competitions. It is also worth mention that all his trainees invariably secured lucrative jobs in the Public Sector Undertakings such as the ONGC, Air India, Railways, Banking sector etc. He has the distinction of producing several outstanding Kabaddi players, no fewer than 12 Arjuna awardees, about 60 International Gold medal Winners in the Asian & other Tournaments as well as 400 National level Medal Winners from all over the country. He went on to do his Masters Degree in Physical Education from the Shivaji University, Kolhapur and has since embarked on a quest for a doctorate with Kabaddi as his muse.

His contribution to promotion of Kabaddi, the indigenous game of India at the International level started in the year 1982 with the 9th Asian Games hosted by India at New Delhi and is still going strong.  His experience at the International level in various capacities is as follows, in brief.

Achievements

 

The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India under the able leadership of Shri. Janardhan Singh Gehlot, President [AKFI, AAKF & IKF] had a major role to play in bringing about a sea change in Kabaddi from its simple rustic status on to the International platform. Mr. Gehlot, was instrumental in conferring the honorary posts of Technical Director of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and the Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation on Rao and gave him a free hand with all encouragement to promote Kabaddi at the International level. Rao is reputed to have spearheaded the modernization of Kabaddi to suit International standards by bringing Kabaddi from the mud to the mats. 

Rao’s contribution to the promotion of the indigenous game and the outstanding results of his coaching endeavours led to the prestigious 1st Dronacharya Award in Kabaddi for 2002 conferred on him by the President of India, Hon’ble Abdul Kalam Azad, on 29th August 2003 in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. This was a proud moment for his family to see the long awaited fruit of his painstaking efforts for the cause of Kabaddi. 

 

            INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION EXPERIENCE

YEAR

NAME OF THE COMPETITION

POSITION

CAPACITY

1982

9TH ASIAN GAMES, NEW DELHI, INDIA

DEMO

COACH - INDIA

1984

1ST INTERNATIONAL KABADDI CHAMPIONSHIP, MUMBAI

SILVER

COACH - NEPAL

1987

3RD SOUTH ASIAN GAMES, CALCUTTA, INDIA

GOLD

CHIEF COACH - INDIA

1990

11TH  ASIAN GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA

GOLD

CHIEF COACH - INDIA

1995

7TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES, MADRAS, INDIA

GOLD

CHIEF COACH - INDIA

1998

13TH ASIAN GAMES, BANGKOK, THAILAND

4TH Place

CHIEF COACH – SRI LANKA

1999

4TH ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

NA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

1999

SOUTH ASIAN GAMES, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

NA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

2000

5TH ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, BANGKOK, THAILAND

4TH Place

CHIEF COACH - THAILAND

2002

INTERNATIONAL OPEN, KULA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

GOLD

CHIEF COACH - INDIA

2002

14TH  BUSAN ASIAN GAMES, KOREA

GOLD

CHIEF COACH - INDIA

2004

1ST WORLD CUP, MUMBAI, INDIA

Participation

COACH – WEST INDIES

2005

1ST ASIAN WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP, HYDERABAD

NA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

2006

15TH DOHA ASIAN GAMES, QATAR

NA

COMPETITION MANAGER (OPS)

2007

2ND WORLD CUP

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2007

2ND ASIAN INDOOR GAMES, MACAU, CHINA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2008

1ST ASIAN BEACH GAMES, BALI, INDONESIA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2009

KABADDI PROMOTION SEMINAR GUANGZHOU, CHINA

NA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

2010

SAF GAMES, DACCA, BANGLADEHS

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2010

16th ASIAN GAMES, GUNGZHOU, CHINA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2010

2ND ASIAN BEACH GAMES, MUSCAT, OMAN

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2011

5th ASIAN JUNIOR CHAMPS, MALAYSIA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2012

1ST WORLD CUP WOMEN, PATNA, INDIA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2012

3rd ASIAN BEACH GAMES, HAIYANG, CHINA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

2013

ASIAN INDOOR GAMES – INCHEON – SOUTH KOREA

NA

TECHNICAL DELEGATE

 

AWARDS RECEIVED

DRONACHARYA AWARD - 2002

PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST COACH (KABADDI) CONFERRED BY H.E A.P.J ABDUL KALAM, HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA FOR THE YEAR 2002

 

 

 

Publications

Mr. Rao has authored the "Modern Coaching in Kabaddi" [In English] translated into Marathi -"Sastriya Kabaddi Prasikshan" and “The Complete Handbook on Kabaddi” [In English]. His Modern Coaching in Kabaddi has been translated into Japanese by Prof. Shigeru Kaneko and has been included in the syllabus of the Tokyo University,  Japan. Besides this he has also presented several articles on various aspects of the game.

 

Sports literature authored & published by Rao:

  1. Modern Coaching in Kabaddi in English published by DVS publications, New Delhi – 1994
  2. The Complete Handbook on Kabaddi in English published by Jagadamba Publications, AP – 2002
  3. Adunik Va Shastriya Kabaddi Prasikshan in Marathi published by Tara Rani Sports Club , Kolhapur – 1996
  4. Rules of Kabaddi in English published by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India
  5. Coaching in Kabaddi in Japenese published by Japan UNI Agency, Inc., Tokyo – 2000
  6. Scientific Coaching in Kabaddi in Arabic Language Published by the Islamic Republic of Iran Kabaddi Fedeartion

 

Courses

TRAINING JAPAN MEN TEAM AT TOKYO IN 2003

RAO TRAINED THE JAPANIES MEN AND WOMEN TEAMS AT TAISHO UNIVERSITY, TOKYO IN THE YEAR 2003-04 UNDER THE GUIDENCE AND SUPPORT OF Dr. ICHISHIMA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAINED THE INDIAN MEN AND WOMEN TEAMS FOR ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1981, DHAKA BANGLADESH AND FOR THE 9TH ASIAN GAMES NEW DELHI IN 1982 

MY TEAM AT 1990 BEIJING ASIAN GAMES WHICH WON THE FIRST GOLD MEDAL IN ASIAN GAMES, CHINA

RAO TRANING SRI LANKAN KABADDI TEAMS AT COLOMBO FROM 1996 TO 2000 FOR VARIOUS COMPETITIONS INCLUDING FOR THE 13TH ASIAN GAMES 1998 BANGKOK

Conducted Level one coaches coaches course at Kualalumpurm Malaysia in 2002

 

 

 

Training the Beach kabaddi teams of Thailand for the 1st Asian Beach Games held at Bali, Indonesia, where Thailand teams won Silver Medal in Women and Bronze Medal in  men sections.

 

 

 

TRAINED WEST INDIES KABADDI TEAM FOR THE 1ST WORLD CUP 2004 AT MUMBAI IN TORTOAL, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

STARTED A NEW ONGC KABADDI TEAM IN INDIA WITH THE HELP OF MR. JAGATI & DR. JEET AT GANDHINAGAR AND TRAINED THE TEAM FROM 1995 TO 2005, PRODUCED MANY INTERNATIONALS AND ARJUNA AWARDEES

Various coaching courses conducted by Rao include:

  1. International Coaches courses  IKF/AKF at Colombo (Srilanka) 1996, Khatmandu, Nepal 1999, Bangkok, Thailand 2000, Pune, (India) 2001 & 2011, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 2002, 2007 & 2008 and Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan 2004, Qatar 2006,  Guangzhou, China 2010, Haiyang, China 2012, Incheon, Korea 2013 as Course Director of IKF/AKF
  1. Diploma course in Sports coaching in Kabaddi (NIS) from 1981 to 2000 at Bangalore & Gandhinagar as a Teaching Faculty Member
  1. Advance & Refresher courses in coaching & certificate courses (NIS) as a Teaching Faculty Member at Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Gwalior and Aurangabad. 

COURSES CONDUCTED

  • Course Director of IKF/AKF for the International Coaches and Technical officials courses conducted at Colombo (Srilanka), Pune, (India), Kathmandu Nepal), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Tokyo (Japan), Guangzhou & Haiyang (China), Muscat (Oman), Hanoi (Vietnam), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Busan (Korea), Bali (Indonesia) & Qatar (Qatar), 
  • Teaching Faculty Member to conduct the Diploma course in Science of coaching in Kabaddi (NIS) from 1981 to 2000
  • Teaching Faculty Member to conduct the Advanced Refresher courses in coaching & certificate courses (NIS
  • Visiting professor for Taisho University, Japan
  • As a PRO Kbaddi Technical Director conducted courses for the Pro Kabaddi Technical Officials and coaches at Raighad, Jaipur & Mumabai

 

Family

I owe my present position to a lot of near & dear persons and & I would like to use this platform to express my heartfelt gratitude to them for their contribution in making me what I am today.

My parents, [late] Smt E. Jagadamba garu & Shri E Chandrashekar Rao garu who stood behind me and gave me all the encouragement and support in all my endeavours. The lion’s share of the credit goes to my mother who had complete conviction in my chosen career in the days when academics and a Government job were the ultimate for every child from the middle class background and sports were frowned upon as a waste of time and were not favoured as a career option. 

My brothers & sisters, [late] Shri E Nageswara Rao, Shri E Venkateswara Rao, Shri E Ramakrishna Rao, [late] Smt Shyamala Kumari, Smt Mani Kumari, Smt Manjula Kumari, their spouses and my wife, Mythreyee for their fortitude, support, patience and affection. 

THE EJJAPUREDDI CLAN

 

Mentors

My guru, mentor and guide of my formative years [late] Shri Y. Bhagwan Das Garu, Physical Education Teacher of the Municipal High School Kaspa, Vizianagaram infused in me an everlasting love for Kabaddi. This, together with the encouragement and support of my Mother led to my journey with Kabaddi as my life's career. I started off as a Kho-Kho player and later switched to Kabaddi in my youth.

[Late] Shri Y. Bhagwan Das Garu, whose life was dedicated to the sport, was instrumental in producing innumerable Kabaddi players, both Boys & Girls who went on to give an excellent performance at the State & National level. Many of his pupils took up Kabaddi on a professional level and are placed in very good positions in Public Sector and Government Organisations. I am one among several such fortunate pupils who owe a debt of gratitude to our guru.

My mentors at a later stage in my life when I was on the threshold of my career include my teachers from Physical Education & National Institute of Sports, SAI Bangalore particularly Dr. H.V. Nataraj, Chief Coach who was a great source of inspiration and guidance during my course and later when I joined the academic faculty at SAI Bangalore. He remains a great mentor to me to this day.

My coaching career began in earnest in the year 1981, when the then President of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, Shri. Sharad Pawarji and [Late] Shri Onkar Prasad, Secretary General, & Late Shri. S.N.Salvi (BUVA), Chairman entrusted me with the coaching of the Indian Men kabaddi team for the 2nd Asian Championship at Dacca, Bangaladesh which was my first major International assignment.

​I am deeply grateful to [late] Shri. Chanda Hussain & Shri. P.K.Walanj, the then Technical experts of AKFI who honed my technical skills of the game and gave me free reign to implement various new techniques during my coaching.

 

 

 

 

"The Man Behind my Success"

I owe a depth of gratitude to Shri. Janardhan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation & Asian Kabaddi Federation, who reposed a great deal of faith in me and entrusted me with the duties of Technical Director of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and the Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation. Shri. Gehlot, as the President of AKFI, AAKF & IKF took great pains to ensure that Kabaddi found a berth in the Asian Games as a regular priority discipline. Kabaddi happens to be the only team game of our country which has been accepted in its various forms of   Regular Kabaddi, Beach Kabaddi and Indoor Kabaddi as a priority discipline at the Asian level and the credit goes to Shri. J S Gehlot, who went all out to bring about awareness about Kabaddi and to persuade the other member countries of the OCA to take up Kabaddi in real earnest.  Due to his sincere efforts about 32 countries from Asia, Europe, America and Australia have adopted this sport and are affiliated to the International Kabaddi Federation.

 

In my association spanning over 30 years with Shri Janardhan Singh Gehlot, I always found him receptive to progressive ideas concerning Kabaddi and despite his busy schedule, he always gave maximum time to the promotion and development of Kabaddi. His firm support and the freehand, he gave me have made it easier to promote Kabaddi at the International level.

I am indebted to the various office bearers of the AKFI and State associations, from my native club to the National level, who were very supportive and encouraging in our joint quest for the promotion of Kabaddi at various levels.

I am very grateful to the Kabaddi players of yester years and Kabaddi enthusiasts from various parts of the country who have given me the encouragement & impetus to bring out literature on Kabaddi as my small contribution to the promotion of the game at the National & International level.

Federation

The Asian Kabaddi Federation [AKF] was formed in the year 1978. The 1st Asian Kabaddi Championship was held in the year 1980 and was included as a demonstration game in the 9th Asian Games, New Delhi in the year 1982. The game was included in the South Asian Federation (SAF) games from the year 1984 at Dacca, Bangladesh. Kabaddi was included as a regular sports discipline in the 11th Beijing Asian Games 1990, Hiroshima 1994, Bangkok 1998, Busan 2002 , Doha 2006, Guangzhou 2010 & at Incheon 2014

 

The International Kabaddi Federation [IKF] was formed during the 1st World Cup in Kabaddi 2004 at Mumbai in India. The First Asian Women Championship was held at Hyderabad in 2005 and Women Kabaddi was included for the first time in the South Asian Games held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2006.. The second World Cup was held in India at Panvel in 2007 and the first World Cup in Women Kabaddi was conducted at Patna, India in 2012

 

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