On April 2, 2019, Srujana Cultural & Literary Organisation honored former NIS and BCCI Coach Mirza Rahmatullah Baig with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University as part of its annual Sports Excellence awards. The award was presented by Hon Justice of High Court of Telangana T. Amarnath Goud, Dronacharya awardee Shri S.M. Arif and Dr. Avula Manjulatha, former
Vice-Chancellor, P.S. Telugu University. Srujana Organisation Chairperson Smt. Anjana Chowdary welcomed the gathering and General Secretary Ramya Teja gave the vote of thanks. I went to watch his felicitation with Ramaraju. Ehtesham and Baliguddin joined us as well.
|Baig sir being felicitated - his old friend S.M. Arif putting the pagdi on|
There were three categories of awards – Lifetime Achievement Award, Sports Excellence awards and Young Achievers. In Sports excellence Coaches such as P.G. Palguna (Football), V. Venkateshwara Rao (Rowing), K. Daniel (Cricket), Ramesh Goud (Karate), S. Swarnalatha (Gymnastics), B. Kameshwara Rao (Hockey), T. Jyotishwar (Kabaddi), Jitender Gupta (Roller Skating), Sandeep Kumar (Shooting) were honored. Shekhar Goud received a special award for adventure sports. Young achievers included Soumya (National Football Team captain), Nireekshan Reddy (kabaddi), Bhanu Prakash (shooting), Vishal Jadhav (gymnastics), T. Sunil (Rowing), Aryan Karra (Roller skating), T. Tarun Tej (Roller skating), Ameesha Mannut (Karate) and Preethi Gonda (Karate).
|A picture with our Coach - Ahmed on the right!|
Mr. Baig started coaching in 1963 when he was employed with the Indian Navy. Till date, he has coached over 35 internationals and 150 first-class cricketers. He was one of the coaches who were involved in training Team India players before the 1983 World Cup.
|Baig sir with Azhar|
It was wonderful to see Baig sir receive this award from a cultural and literary organisation who recognises sports. Unfortunately sports bodies do not seem to recognise sportspersons as much.
|With L. Sivaramakrishnan|
|With his students - new and old|
Sasi, Saiket, Bhupinder, Prakash, Ahmad, Me, Abdulla and Anuj, Mary (kneeling)