This softball player wants to represent the country at the 2026 Olympics – The New Indian Express


Express news service

KURNOOL: K Kalyani, 17, from Kurnool, is not only a talented sportsman and won several awards, but also a dancer of Bharatanatyam. She has set herself a goal of representing India in softball at the 2026 Olympics. A rising star and national softball champion, Kalyani has made rapid progress in softball since 2016. She boasts of several gold medals, which ‘she won in various competitions.

Kalyani has proven his talent in Bharatanatyam, drawing, karate and NCC. She obtained six national and 12 state certificates and a bronze medal in national sepak takraw. She also entered the Book of Records – Bharat World Record and Wonder Book of Records – at Bharatanatyam.

Multi-talented Kalyani is the third daughter of a private tour car driver Mallikarjuna and Rajeswari. She never took a step back and strived to become a softball champion, talented karateka and Bharatanatyam dancer. However, while doing this, she did not drop out of school. She obtained 9.5 points on the Class 10 public exam.

Kalyanai told TNIE: “I recently finished my intermediate at St Joseph Junior College. I am considering joining a course, which will give me the freedom to continue my practice. My goal is to compete in the 2026 Olympics and be the softball champion of India. I also want to pass the UPSE exams, I want to do something good for the country by becoming a civil servant.

Sharing her experience, she says, “I started playing softball in class 7.” She was at her first national level event in 2016 and is now a key player on the softball team. Although Kalyani’s parents were not well off, they never stopped her from competing in softball, drawing, karate and Bharatanatyam.

Her coaches such as K Vijaya Kumar, T Gangadar, Sreenivasulu and Gowd sir are helping and cheering her on, she said. “Still. I look forward to the cooperation of the government and the sponsors for my next dance performances,” she said, calling on the students to prove their talent.


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