Techie finds his calling in American football – the New Indian Express


Express news service

KADAPA: Pohireddy Sandeep Kumar Reddy, an IT professional, rose to prominence in a little-known sport in the country: American football.

Pohireddy Sandeep Kumar was
chosen as captain of the Indian team.
(Photo | Express)

He led the Indian team as captain of the 2021 International Federation of American Football Flag Football World Championship held in Israel from December 5-10. Of the 24 countries that participated, India placed 15th under Sandeep’s leadership.

The sport in India, which is still in its infancy, is governed by the Indian American Football Federation, based in Mumbai.

Determined to make American football, known simply as football in the United States, be more widely accepted in India, Sandeep said: “My ultimate goal is to see India become the world champion,” he said. declared.

At the time of his studies, Sandeep was a soccer player, but he learned American football, which has its roots in rugby, while continuing his university studies.

Over the past decade, he has played in several national and international tournaments and made the country famous. After playing 30 international matches, he was elevated to the head of the Indian team.

Son of YSRC Party Secretary of State Pothireddy Nagarjuna Reddy and Surekha, and grandson of former President of Andhra Pradesh Women’s Cooperative Finance Corporation P Krishnamma, Sandeep graduated from Kurnool, where he headed the football team and helped Kurnool win their first championship. .

He later joined the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore to play football and simultaneously completed his intermediate. After finishing B. Tech from Narayana College in Nellore, he turned to American football. Although he got a job in IT, he gave it up in 2011 to devote himself entirely to a career in sports.

“I was in love with the game, so I quit my job. I focused all my attention to stand out in this area, ”he told TNIE.

After quitting his job, he joined the Hyderabad American football team. There was no going back for him from there. Its first international tournament was the India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka tri-series held in Sri Lanka. In 2014, he played for Oklahoma, and his efforts paid off as he was selected for the Indian team in 2016. In 2018, he played in the India-Dubai match which took place at Gachibowli Stadium. . To improve his game, he completed a six-month training course in the United States. “I hope the game will be rewarded by state and central governments.”

Nagarjuna Reddy is proud of his son’s accomplishments and said he felt honored when Sandeep was selected for the Indian team and was subsequently named captain.

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