Mangalore, July 26: Sportstar , the only surviving sports weekly magazine in the country, was re-launched on Wednesday in Mangalore, presenting itself with “renewed vigour” as a “new avatar”.
Published by Kasturi and Sons Ltd., which also comes out with The Hindu , Sportstar goes back to the magazine format after having experimented with the tabloid format for the past five years. First having been launched in 1969 asSport and Pastime , the latest avatar is one of many that has seen the magazine through many, albeit transient, competitors.
‘It has substance’
“It (Sportstar) has survived because of its substance, and the quality has been maintained,” was how Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda described the magazine.
DC’s tryst with magazine
Releasing the first copies of the sports magazine at a function, he said his first tryst with the weekly was in 1975 and the interest continued till the rigours of his career made it difficult to follow sports. “The magazine has news that benefits sportsmen and contains useful inputs sportspersons can use,” he said.
In keeping with the ethos of fostering sporting culture, four sportspersons who have made significant contributions to sport in the district were felicitated at the event. Those felicitated included: Anand Shetty, distinguished athlete whose gold and silver medals at numerous South Asian Federation (SAF) games have won him laurels, including the Karnataka Rajyotsava award in 1991; Viani Antonio D’cunha, a St. Aloysius College student and a chess player who holds the highest FIDE rating in the District which won him the 2010 Ekalavya Award given by the Karnataka Government; Royston Pinto, who at just 23 has many medals for skating at the Special Olympics held in Athens; and Roshan Ferrao, a bodybuilder of international repute and the 2010 Mr. Asia-Pacific.