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Advice from Senior Team’s drag-flick specialists has helped me a lot, says Araijeet Singh Hundal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: With five goals to his name in just three matches at the ongoing FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, Araijeet Singh Hundal has grabbed the attention of hockey buffs with his impressive performance.The lanky lad from Amritsar is quick on his feet as a forward and as one of the four penalty corner specialists in the Indian Junior side, Hundal has proved his mettle with powerful drag flicks in crunch situations to help his side. His hat-trick of goals in India’s 13-1 win against Canada even earned him the Player of the Match title. Next up in the quarter-final, the hosts will take on a highly competitive Belgium in what could be a repeat of the 2016 Junior World Cup Final in Lucknow where India had emerged victorious.Oblivious of the significance of that epic match in Bhubaneswar that…

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Bhavesh Shekhawat clinches gold in 25m rapid fire pistol

New Delhi [India]: Bhavesh Shekhawat clinched the gold medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the national shooting championships 2021 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Sunday.25-year-old shooter from Rajasthan scored 33 hits out of 40 in the eight-series finals. This was Bhavesh Shekawat’s first national title. Army’s Gurpreet Singh bagged the silver medal with 29 while reigning Commonwealth champion Anish Bhanwala took bronze with 22 hits.London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar came in fourth with a score of 17. Vijayveer Sidhu and Ahnad Jawanda finished fifth and sixth respectively.The mixed air pistol final is scheduled for Monday while the finals for the women’s air pistol women’s 25m pistol will be held on December 4 and 6 respectively.The Shooting Nationals are being held concurrently at Patiala, Delhi, and Bhopal.

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India’s campaign at Indonesia Open ends

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India’s campaign at the Indonesia Open 2021 came to an end after men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty collapsed to a straight-game defeat in the semi-finals on Saturday.Playing on Court 1, the Indian duo lost to top-seeds Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia by 21-16, 21-18 in 44 minutes. The Minions got off the blocks very quickly as they took the 11-6 lead after exchanging some rapid rallies with Indians. The Indian pair showed some resistance late in the game but the top seeds from Indonesia, in the end, clinched the opener 21-16 in 16 mins.Rankireddy-Shetty came strong in the second game as they took a slender 11-10 lead going into the mid-game interval. But the Indonesians showed their extreme composure as they won the game after leveling it on 16-16.Earlier in the day, India’s ace…

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Indonesia Open: Sindhu collapses in semis against Intanon

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India’s ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu collapsed in the women’s singles semifinals of the Indonesia Open on Saturday against Ratchanok Intanon.Battling it out at Court 1, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand rallied back to defeat Sindhu by 15-21, 21-9, 21-14 in 54 minutes. With this win, Thai shuttler has better her head-to-head record against two-times Olympic medallist Indian by 7-4. The third-seed Indian opened the proceedings on the front foot as she took a handy lead of 8-3 early on. But Ratchanok Intanon showed her poise and reduced the margin to two points going into the mid-game interval.After the break, Sindhu kept her nose ahead through the brilliant defence and crosscourt play as she made sure to profit from Intanon’s errors. The reigning world champion gained the handy lead of 19-14 and made sure to kill the game within the next three points.Intanon came…

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty storm into semis

Jakarta [Indonesia]: The Indian men’s pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Friday entered the semi-finals of the ongoing Indonesia Open.The Indian duo defeated the team of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin from Malaysia by 21-19, 21-19 in a closely contested battle at Court 2 in 43 minutes. The Malaysian duo quickly went off the blocks as they headed into the first mid-game interval with an 11-6 advantage. But Rankireddy-Shetty rallied and clinched the first game after leveling it on 19-19.The second game played out the same way as the earlier one. Fei and Izzuddin went into mid-game interval with a thin 11-10 lead. Indians then came back stronger and gained a healthy 18-13 lead. But the Malaysian pair showed their extreme composure to level the match at 19-19. In the end, Indian shuttlers held their nerves to clinch the game and…

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Defending champions India names 20-member team for Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Hockey India on Friday named the 20-member men’s team for the upcoming Men’s Asian Champions Trophy which is scheduled to be held between December 14-22.Defending Champions India begin their campaign against South Korea. In this edition, they will battle it out against Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, and hosts Bangladesh in the single-pool tournament for top honours. The Indian team will see Manpreet Singh Captain the side along with Harmanpreet Singh who will be his deputy. The team includes goalkeepers Krishan B Pathak and Suraj Karkera. India’s defence will see Harmanpreet Singh lead the charge along with Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, and Mandeep Mor. With this line-up, India will have four options for drag-flick. The midfield will see Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Sumit, Rajkumar Pal, Shamsher Singh, and the experienced Akashdeep Singh.The forward…

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FIH Men’s Junior WC: Hosts India thrash Canada 13-1

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Hosts India thrashed Canada 13-1 in their second Pool B match of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Thursday.For India, Uttam Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sanjay, Maninder Singh, Sharda Nand Tiwari, Hundal Araijeet Singh, and Abhisek Lakra got on the scoring sheet. Coming to Canada, the only goal scorer in the match was Chris Tardif. After their opening game defeat against France, the hosts came off the blocks very quickly with Uttam Singh opening the scoring for India after just three minutes in the match.The captain Vivek Sagar Prasad doubled the team’s lead in Q1 after lifting the one over the Canadian goalkeeper. The vice-captain Sanjay soon found himself among the goals after he dispatched a penalty stroke in the back of the net in the second quarter.Maninder Singh who created most of the problems…

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Spain register record-breaking 17-0 win over US in Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Over 70 goals were scored on the second day of the Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup in Odisha, with Spain registering a record-breaking win with a margin of 17-0 over the USA in a Pool C game.Now with this win, Spain has set a new record for the highest victory margin in the history of the tournament. This record was previously held by Argentina, who defeated Egypt by 14-0 in a Pool D game earlier on Thursday. Argentina had broken the record of the highest victory margin in the tournament’s history, previously held by India, who had defeated Singapore by a margin of 13-0 in the 1982 edition of the tournament. However, Spain’s dominant display of skill meant that the record set by Argentina was broken in a matter of a few hours.Indian Hockey team also dominated the day and registered…

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Indonesia Open: Sindhu sails into quarters after beating Germany’s Yvonne Li

Jakarta [Indonesia]: Two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday entered the quarter-finals of the ongoing Indonesia Open. Sindhu defeated German badminton player Yvonne Li 21-12, 21-18 in 37 minutes to clinch the match.Starting the encounter on a high, Sindhu comfortably took the opening game 21-12 after winning seven straight points at a particular stage in the essay. Riding on the confidence, the Indian shuttler lead 7-4 at the start and took full control over the match. The second half of the second game saw Yvonne coming close to Sindhu but the Indian shuttler got over the line with a score of 21-18.On Wednesday, Sindhu defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 17-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the match that lasted for 70 minutes on Court 1.Sindhu went down in the first game, but she was able to rise to the occasion in the next…

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Indonesia Open: Kidambi Srikanth defeats Prannoy, marches into next round

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday progressed to the next round of the ongoing Indonesia Open.In an all Indian affair, Srikanth defeated HS Prannoy 21-15, 19-21, 21- 12in a match that lasted for 56 minutes. Srikanth won the first game, but Prannoy staged a comeback, sending the match into the third and deciding game. Srikanth however did not relent and he ended up winning the third and final game, progressing ahead in the ongoing tournament.Earlier in the day, Sai Praneeth progressed ahead in the Indonesia Open after defeating France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-19, 21-18.Two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the ongoing Indonesia Open on Wednesday. The Indian shuttler defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 17-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the match that lasted for 70 minutes on Court 1.Sindhu went down in the first game, but she…

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Majestic Pride felicitated Ravi Kumar Dahiya in a Glittering Ceremony

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Majestic Pride Group held a special event on Saturday and felicitated freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya, the Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist and recipient of the country’s highest sporting honour – Khel Ratna. “Ravi Kumar Dahiya brought glory to our country. So, we thought of honouring him in a glittering ceremony,” said Majestic Pride Group Chairman Ashok Khetrapal, adding, “We are happy the event held under strict COVID-19 protocols was a huge success.”The meet-and-greet program after the felicitation ceremony gave Majestic Pride Group guests a rare opportunity to interact with the country’s wrestling icon besides taking photographs with the champ. “I’m touched with the gesture extended by Majestic Pride Group. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to take part in the Group’s future events too,” said Freestyle Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Majestic Pride Group has been holding various events,…

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16 teams ready to battle it out for FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior WC

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : The stage is set in Bhubaneswar as the 16 participating teams prepare to battle it out for top honours at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, which is scheduled to begin on November 24.All four teams in their respective pools will be aiming to finish in the top half of their pool, as the top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-final of the tournament. In Pool A, European heavyweights Belgium will face off against Malaysia, Chile and South Africa.“India will be, of course, a force to watch playing at home with the qualities they have,” Belgium coach Jeroen Baart said on arrival, according to a Hockey India release.Speaking on the prospect of playing at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Malaysia head coach Wallace Tan expressed, “Our team is very excited to play at…

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Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup: Odisha Sports Minister reviews preparedness

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: With just two days to go for the Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup, Odisha Sports Minister, Tusharkanti Behera visited the Kalinga Stadium and reviewed the progress of work.Almost all of the participating teams have arrived in the host city, Bhubaneswar, and are training rigorously at the Kalinga Stadium for winning the Champions title. According to the press release by the Sports & Youth Services Department on Sunday, Officials of the Sports and Youth Services Department and Hockey India briefed and updated him on the preparations. Aspects related to Covid management, security, infrastructure, broadcasting and hospitality, were the high points of the review.Expressing his satisfaction with the preparedness of the event, Sports Minister said, “All mandatory arrangements and protocols are in place. I am satisfied with the timely execution of work. Our efforts are towards the safe and successful conduct of the…

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Qatar GP: Hamilton wins, narrows Max Verstappen’s title lead

Doha [Qatar]: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to title rival Max Verstappen following a dominant victory in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, with Verstappen recovering from a grid drop that saw him start P7 to finish second, as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium position.After a clinical start from pole position, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front of the field, his second in a row after Brazil. But while Hamilton was impressive, so too was Verstappen, who was dropped from P2 to seventh on the grid for failing to respect double waved yellow flags in qualifying. “Verstappen shrugged off the disappointment, though, jumping to P4 at the start before quickly making his way up to second, before following Hamilton home to limit the damage to his title lead, which now stands at…

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Indian contingent win 47 medals at Uganda Para-Badminton International

Kampala [Uganda]: The Indian contingent has managed to win 47 medals at the Uganda Para-Badminton International event.This medal tally includes 16 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals. Palak Kohli, Abu Hubaida and Ammu Mohan finished with 2 gold and 1 silver each. Manasi Joshi also managed to clinch a gold medal in the women’s singles SL3 event.The list of gold medal winners — Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam, Hardik Makkar, Abu Hubaida, Dhinagaran, Manasi Joshi, Palak Kohli, Jyoti, Ammu Mohan, Arwaz Ansari and Deep Ranjan, Chirag Baretha and Raj Kumar, Palak Kohli and Mandeep Kaur, Manasi Joshi and Ruthick, Abu Hubaida, Ammu Mohan and Sivarajan.Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat ended up winning a silver medal in the men’s singles SL3 event. Bhagat also won a silver in the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 event alongside Manoj Sarkar.Bhagat bagged his third silver alongside Palak Kohli in…

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Bhubaneswar: Teams arrive for Junior Hockey WC

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: USA and Chile arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday for the much-awaited FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021.Grouped in Pool C, along with Korea, Spain, and the Netherlands, the USA are in for a tough battle to make it through to the group stages. “We had a camp in California. It was around 10 days, so we had a training camp there. We were preparing as a team, so we are ready to go,” said Pat Harris, USA Head Coach, according to a Hockey India release.Excited to compete in Bhubaneswar at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Harris said, “The boys are very excited. This is the first time for many that they have been in such a hockey atmosphere. I think to the world, India has a very strong hockey culture with a big hockey stadium. So, I am sure…

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Abhishek Verma finishes with silver

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: India’s Abhishek Verma bagged silver in the Men’s Individual final at the Asian Archery Championships 2021 on Thursday in Dhaka.The 32-year old bowed out of the tournament after losing to the Korean archer Kim Jongho by 148-149. This is Abhishek’s second Asian championship, as he earlier won Bronze in the men’s team event. The game went down to the wire as both the archers kept on fighting till the last minute. Verma went down in the very round as he was able to grab 29 while Jongho took 30. However, all the next rounds went for a draw and the game ended with Abhishek losing by one point.Earlier in the day, India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam clinched gold in the women’s compound final after defeating former world champion Oh Yoohyun by 146-145.On the other hand, Rishabh Yadav and Jyothi Surekha Vennam settled for…

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Vennam wins gold in archery

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam clinched gold in the women’s compound final at the Asian Archery Championships 2021 on Thursday in Dhaka.In a nerve-wracking final the Indian defeated top seed and former world champion Oh Yoohyun by 146-145. This is Jyothi’s second Asian championship (individual) gold. The 25-year-old Indian enjoyed a perfect start to the final shooting 30 with the first set of three arrows, compared to the Korean’s 29. However, a wobble in the second set with a score of 28 meant that Oh Yoohyun equalised at 58-58.Jyothi came back strongly in the third set as she shot a perfect 30 again, while Yoohyun replied with 28 and handed a two-point lead. Both archers didn’t take their step from the pedal in the fourth set as they shot the perfect 30s and the Indian maintained a two-point lead.Though Jyothi wasn’t able to…

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Sai Praneeth bows out after losing to Rhustavito

Bali [Indonesia]: India shuttler Sai Praneeth on Wednesday crashed out of the ongoing Indonesia Masters.Praneeth suffered a defeat against Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-16, 14-21, 20-22. The Indian shuttler won the first game, however, the Indonesian opponent staged a remarkable comeback in the second and third games to win the match.Earlier, HS Prannoy entered the pre-quarters of the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament after a thumping win.Prannoy defeated Malaysian badminton player Liew Daren 22-20, 21-19 in the round of 32 game. The entire game lasted for 49 minutes which saw the Indian shuttler getting over the line after a fighting show.With this win, India’s campaign continued its fine form as earlier mix doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and N Reddy Sikki and ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth had reached the last 16.Also, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy went down 15-21, 16-21 against sixth-seeded, Indonesian…

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First SAI Institutional Awards

New Delhi [India] : A total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches were conferred with awards in the Outstanding Award and Best Award category for their performance in national and international competitions on Wednesday.The first-ever SAI Institutional Awards for Athletes and Coaches were given out by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday, in the presence of the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik. The athletes and coaches were given cash awards amounting to a total of Rs 85.02 lakhs during the ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.According to a statement, the awards acknowledged the exceptional performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international level from 2016. The awards thus have been granted to the deserving candidates for…

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Antonio to leave Alfa Romeo

London [UK] : Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi will leave the side at the end of the 2021 Formula One championship, following three seasons, the racing team said on Tuesday.The Martina Franca-born racer, the first Italian to compete in a full F1 season since 2011 when he lined up for the team on the Melbourne grid in 2019, has taken part in 59 races with the Swiss squad so far — including two for Sauber in 2017. “Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long,” said Alfa Romeo’s Team Principal Fred Vasseur in a statement.“As we part ways, we will cherish the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing these moments all made us grow together as a team.“We wish Antonio…

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Brazil GP: Hamilton records win

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a sensational battle with his rival Max Verstappen in an absolutely enthralling return to Brazil for Formula 1.Verstappen finished runner-up ahead of third-placed Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton enjoyed a terrific start from P10 on the grid and was clearly on the charge, team mate Bottas – who lost the lead to Verstappen at the start – letting him for P5 by on Lap 5. “Hamilton then took P2 off Perez in a duel that began on Lap 17 and culminated in a Lap 19 pass at Turn 4. The first stops took place around Lap 25 but the action built up to a terrific crescendo after Verstappen took a second stop on Lap 41, Hamilton on Lap 44,” stated an official F1 report.The Mercedes driver bore down on Verstappen and despite being…

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Olympic bronze medal : Indian Hockey Team

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : Star players from the historic Olympic bronze medal-winning Indian men’s hockey team will arrive in Bhubaneswar on Sunday for the national coaching camp.The coaching camp commenced on Wednesday as part of their preparations for the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 30-member Indian men’s hockey core probable group will camp in Bhubaneswar till December 9. The group includes Manpreet Singh and PR Sreejesh who will be conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award on Saturday in New Delhi.The group also includes Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit, Hardik Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Varun Kumar who were all conferred with the Arjuna Award for their historic performance in Tokyo Olympics.Vivek Sagar Prasad, who is also in New Delhi for the Arjuna Award ceremony, will join…

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National Rally Championship

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: After a couple of postponements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021-22 season of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship will kick-start in Visakhapatnam from December 16-18.The announcement was made in a glittering function by the Sports Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Muttamseti Srinivas Rao and the promoter of INRC, Vamsi Merla here in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. This is the first time that the city host an event of such magnitude and the promoter as well the government has promised to make it a grand affair and will leave no stone unturned to deliver a spectacular and memorable event.The event will be conducted by the Karnataka Motorsport Club and apart from round 1, they have been given the responsibility to take care of the K100 Rally as well, which is Round 2 and will take place in Bengaluru in January.“It is…

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BAI to begin domestic badminton

New Delhi [India] : The 20-month wait for the domestic badminton season is over as Indian shuttlers are getting back into action with back-to-back senior-ranking Level 3 tournaments next month, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced Wednesday.The season is scheduled to kick off in Chennai with the first tournament from December 16 to 22, followed by another Level 3 tournament in Hyderabad from December 24 to 30. Both events carry prize money of Rs 10 lakh each, and are a part of the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) new domestic format, which was approved in 2019 but due to the pandemic was not introduced earlier. The last date of entry for the Chennai event is November 24, while that of Telangana is December 1.BAI secretary Ajay K Singhania said that the domestic season begins with all Covid-related protocols in place and that the…

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Virender Singh conferred PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Wrestler Virender Singh was on Tuesday honoured with Padma Shri at the civilian awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.He received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind. The President presented Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awards for 2021.Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was also honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award.Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award. The Padma awards are the country’s highest civilian honours and are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).

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Rani Rampal awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020 on Monday. Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award. The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today. Rampal was conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the attendees. The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of…

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Have been lucky to get exposure with senior team, says Salima Tete

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Over the last three years, Salima Tete has proven her mettle to cement her place in the Senior Women’s Team. Only 19-years-old, Salima was one of the youngest members of the Indian Women’s Team that came up with a historic performance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where they narrowly lost the bronze medal to Great Britain.“I have been really fortunate to get this kind of exposure with the senior team, so early in my career. Playing under pressure and also understanding what it really takes to play at the highest level have been some of the key takeaways for me. I look forward to using this experience with the Senior team while working with my teammates from the Junior core group,” stated Salima in an official release. The Indian Junior Women’s team are grouped in Pool C along with Argentina, Japan…

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Akash Kumar becomes 7th Indian male boxer to win medal at World Boxing Championships

Belgrade [Serbia]: Indian boxer Akash Kumar’s sensational run at the 2021 AIBA men’s World Boxing Championships ended with a bronze medal after he suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semi-final in Belgrade on Thursday.Akash endured a 5-0 loss against Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in the 54kg category. It was India’s seventh medal at the world’s one of the biggest boxing events as Akash joined the elite list of boxers that includes Amit Panghal (silver in 2019), Vijender Singh (bronze in 2009), Vikas Krishan (bronze in 2011), Shiva Thapa (bronze in 2015), Gaurav Bidhuri (bronze in 2017) and Manish Kaushik (bronze in 2019) who have won medals for the country at the Men’s World Championships in the past.Playing in his debut World Championships, Akash started the Last-4 bout aggressively as the first round saw both the boxers trading heavy blows.However, the Kazakh boxer looked in a…

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Neeraj, Mithali, Chhetri among 12 to receive Khel Ratna on November 13

New Delhi [India] : Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021 on Tuesday. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 13.Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award will be given to 12 sportspersons including Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Sreejesh P.R (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football), and Manpreet Singh (Hockey). All men’s Hockey India team who has won the historic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been awarded Arjun Award with the exceptions of PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh.The full list of athletes who will receive the Arjuna Award are Arpinder Singh, SimranjitKaur, Shikhar Dhawan,…

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World Boxing C’ships: Narender advances into quarter-finals

Belgrade [Serbia]: India’s Narender entered the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships with commanding victories in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.Narender produced a power-packed performance to upstage the former Asian Games champion veteran Tajikistan pugilist Jakhon Qurbonov by the Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) verdict in the second round of the +92kg pre-quarterfinal contest. Akash started the day for India on a winning note. Playing their first match in the competition, both the boxers began with an aggressive note and traded punches continuously in a highly busy first two rounds of the 54kg Last-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had received a walkover in his opening match while Tirado was given bye in the first round.The tallest among the two pugilists, Akash made good use of his height and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a comfortable…

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World Boxing C’ships: Akash Kumar storms into quarter finals

New Delhi [India]: India’s Akash Kumar stormed into the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships with a comprehensive victory against Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday. Both the boxers, playing their first match in the competition, started with an aggressive note and traded punches continuously in a highly busy first two rounds of the 54kg Last-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had received a walkover in his opening match while Tirade was given a bye in the first round.The tallest among the two pugilists, Akash made good use of his height and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a comfortable lead after the first two rounds, Akash showed tactical brilliance and started maintaining distance in the final round which denied his opponent any chance to make a comeback into the match. With this…

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World Boxing C’ships: Sumit extends winning run, advances into pre-quarters finals

New Delhi [India]: Indian boxer Sumit continued his impressive form and moved into the pre-quarterfinals after defeating Abdumalik Boltaev of Tajikistan in the 75kg round of the 32nd match at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday.Sumit started the bout aggressively right from the first minute and dominated in a highly engaging and busy bout. Boltaev however tried to gauge Sumit’s strategy but the Indian played on the front foot, taking away the first two rounds comfortably from his southpaw opponent. Trailing unanimously, Boltaev hit the aggressive mode in the third round but couldn’t match the sharp footwork and work rate of Sumit, who kept landing precise punches before securing a unanimous victory.In the Last-16 stage, Sumit will be up against Cuba’s Yoenlis Hernandez on Monday.Later tonight, Sachin (80kg), Govind Sahani (48kg) and Shiva Thapa (63.5 kg) will be seen…

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French Open: PV Sindhu beats Thailand’s Ongbamrungphan, storms into semis

Paris [France]: India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday stormed into the semi-finals of the ongoing French Open after defeating Thai badminton player Busanan Ongbamrungphan in straight sets.The Indian shuttler defeated Ongbamrungphan 21-14, 21-14 in the quarter-finals to move into the next round. Sindhu started the match on a high and took the opening game Ongbamrungphan 21-14. Riding high on confidence, the Indian shuttler started the second game with a lead of 4-2.Sindhu continued her fine form and won the second game 21-14 to seal the match.Earlier in the day, shuttler Lakshya Sen faced a defeat in the quarter-finals of the ongoing tournament.Playing at Court 2, Lakshya lost in straight sets against South Korea’s Heo Kwanghee 15-21, 17-21.On Thursday, Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.

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French Open: Lakshya Sen loses to Heo Kwanghee in quarter-finals

Paris [France]: Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen got defeated in the quarter-finals of the ongoing French Open on Friday.Playing at Court 2, Lakshya lost in straight sets against South Korea’s Heo Kwanghee 15-21, 17-21. Earlier in the tournament, shuttler Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.The Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost in the round of 16 match.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-15, 17-21, 19-21.The pair of Ponnappa and Satwik dominated the game in the first round but the Indonesian duo came back stronger in the second and the third round.Later, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu will be going against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarter-finals game of the French Open 2021. Sindhu on…

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French Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty advance into quarterfinals

Paris [France] : Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty edged out another Indian duo to cruise into the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles in the ongoing French Open here at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin on Thursday.Battling it out at Court 2, Rankireddy and Shetty defeated compatriots M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 15-21, 21-10, 21-9 in 58 minutes. In another late-night encounter, Sourabh Verma bowed out after losing to Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 12-21, 9-21 in just 37 minutes. The Japenese was in control of the tie from the word go as he dominated and cruised into the next round with ease.Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Danish badminton player Line Christophersen in straight sets to move into the third round of the women’s singles event by winning 21-19, 21-9.Lakshya Sen also entered into the third round of the ongoing tournament after defeating Singapore’s…

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French Open: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen sail into third round

Paris [France]: India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Danish badminton player Line Christophersen in straight sets to move into the third round of the women’s singles event at ongoing the French Open 2021 on Thursday.Sindhu started the match on a high as she won the first game 21-19 after a hard-fought battle. The Indian shuttler then thrashed Christophersen 21-9 in the second game to seal the match. Lakshya Sen also entered into the third round of the ongoing tournament after defeating Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 21-17, 21-13 on Thursday.However, shuttler Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.The Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost in the round of 16 match.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti…

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French Open: Mix doubles pair of Ponnappa, Satwik lose to Indonesian duo

Paris [France] : Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Thursday lost in the round of 16 match in the ongoing French Open.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-15, 17-21, 19-21. The pair Ponnappa and Satwik dominated the game in the first round but the Indonesian duo came back stronger in the second and the third round.Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s Julie Jakobsen 21-15, 21-18 in straight sets to advance into the second round of the women’s singles event at the French Open 2021.Elsewhere, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was forced to retire from her opening round match with an injury. Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-11, 9-2 against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in her women’s singles clash when she decided to concede.Earlier, Lakshya Sen stormed into the…

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French Open: PV Sindhu, Sen advance; Saina retires with injury

Paris [France]: India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s Julie Jakobsen in straight sets to advance into the second round of the women’s singles event at the French Open 2021 on Wednesday.Battling it out at the Court 2 of Stade Pierre de Coubertin, the two-times Olympic medallist and reigning world champion, Sindhu defeated Jakobsen by 21-15, 21-18 in 35 minutes to reach the round of 16. She will next face Line Christophersen of Denmark. Elsewhere, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was forced to retire from her opening round match with an injury. Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-11, 9-2 against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in her women’s singles clash when she decided to concede.Earlier, Lakshya Sen stormed into the men’s singles round of 16. The 20-year-old defeated Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen 21-10, 21-16 in 45 minutes.Sourabh Verma also went into the men’s singles round of 32.…

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Ganguly to step down from Mohun Bagan role after RPSG’s re-entry into IPL

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly will step down from the board of ATK-Mohun Bagan after RPSG Ventures won the bid for the Lucknow franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a record INR 7,090 crores.As per ESPNcricinfo, Ganguly has initiated the process of standing down from his role at Mohun Bagan, which is one of the most popular football clubs in India and is currently part of the Indian Super League (ISL). In addition to being one of the directors on the Mohun Bagan board, Ganguly is also a shareholder.The issue of the conflict surfaced after RPSG vice-chairman Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Mohun Bagan as well as the as-yet-unnamed Lucknow IPL franchise, told CNBC-TV 18 on Monday that Ganguly was on the verge of stepping down. “Well, I think he is…

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ONE World Grand Prix: Ritu Phogat to face Jenelyn Olsim following Itsuki Hirata pull out

Singapore : Undefeated Japanese star Itsuki Hirata has withdrawn from her semifinal bout with Indian mixed martial artist Ritu Phogat in the ONE women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix.Jenelyn Olsim, who was originally scheduled to face Jihin Radzuan in a World Grand Prix alternate bout at ONE: NextGen II, steps in to face Ritu. “ONE Championship (ONE) announced multiple changes to the upcoming ONE: NextGen card, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, 29 October,” an official statement read.ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia has also withdrawn from his ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Title bout against Iraj Azizpour.Taking Kryklia’s place is Anderson “Braddock” Silva, who will face Azizpour in a heavyweight kickboxing non-title bout.“Kryklia and Hirata were both forced to withdraw from their bouts due to undisclosed medical issues,” the statement further added.The match between Stamp Fairtex and Julie Mezabarba,…

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ATP Rankings: Federer tumbles further, Sinner moves to career-high

London [UK] : Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has slipped down four positions in the latest ATP rankings released by the association on Monday to 15th.Notably, the former world number one had exited the top 10 last week. That was for the very first time since January 2017 that the 20 times Grand Slam champion went out of the Top-10 rankings in men’s tennis. The 40-year-old is currently at the 15th spot with 2,785 points. The 103-time tour-level titlist has not played in a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon. In August, Federer had announced on Instagram that he will miss “many months” after undergoing knee surgery.Elsewhere, Jannik Sinner reached the career-high 11th spot in rankings. The Italian star gained two spots after defeating second seed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win the…

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Sports facilities across Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu upgraded as Khelo India State Centres of Excellence

New Delhi [India]: The Sports Ministry has upgraded three new existing sports facilities across the country as Khelo India Sports Centres of Excellence (KISCE).The Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow, the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai are designated as KISCEs; the total number of KISCEs now standing at 27 across 26 states and Union Territories. The Uttar Pradesh government proposed the name of Guru Gobind Singh Sports College as it is the main training centre of the state, having facilities for three disciplines of Hockey, Athletics and Badminton. The three disciplines are in the order of priority under the ‘One State One Game’ rule of the state.Similarly, the Chhatrasal Stadium, a renowned hub of wrestling in the national capital, which has recently produced an Olympics silver medalist in the form of Ravi Dahiya, has been proposed by…

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US GP: Verstappen edges Hamilton to seal victory and extend championship lead

Texas [US]: Max Verstappen won a spectacular duel with title rival Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 United States Grand Prix, with Red Bull gaining ground on Mercedes thanks to Perez’s podium finish – and the championship leader extending his lead to 12 points.From second on the grid, Hamilton enjoyed a stellar start off the line as the lights went out in Austin, and despite Verstappen squeezing him as far as possible down the inside to the run-up to Turn 1, the Briton gained P1 from the Dutchman to lead going into the esses. Perez, starting third, followed and began to lose hundredths, then tenths, to the leaders. “Red Bull championship hopeful Verstappen opened the pit window on Lap 11, pitting from medium tyres to hards, while Mercedes’ reigning champion Hamilton followed in on Lap 14 only to emerge second behind the under-cutting Red Bull…

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Women’s National Boxing C’ship: Reigning Asian Champ Pooja Rani sails into quarter

Hisar (Haryana) [India] : Reigning Asian champion Pooja Rani of Haryana entered the quarterfinals of the fifth Elite women’s National Boxing Championship in the 81 kg category in dominant fashion on Sunday, knocking out Kerala’s Parvathi P in the first round of the pre-quarters match.Such was the ferocity of Rani’s punches that the referee stopped the contest in the first round itself, on Day 4 of the tournament at the St Joseph’s International School in Hisar, the venue of the prestigious event. Earlier on Sunday, World Youth Champions Nitu of Haryana and Ankushita Boro of Assam maintained their winning streak, as they confirmed their places in the quarter-finals in the 48kg and 66kg categories respectively.The fleet-footed Nitu outclassed her opponent Purabi Karmakar from West Bengal 5-0 in the 48kg category on Day 4 of the tournament at the St Joseph’s International School in Hisar,…

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Russia’s Andrey Rublev qualifies for 2021 ATP Finals in Turin

London [UK]: Andrey Rublev became the fifth singles player to qualify for the 2021 ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21, after the Erste Bank Open draw was published on Saturday.The Russian star, who reached a career-high No. 5 in the ATP Rankings in September, claimed his eighth ATP Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Fucsovics) in March. The Moscow native also reached his first two ATP Masters 1000 finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Tsitsipas) in April and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (l. to Zverev) in August. “I am so happy to be back competing with the best eight players in the world,” said Rublev as per nittoatpfinals.com. “It is such a unique and prestigious tournament and I can’t wait to play in Turin.”Rublev has…

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Day 6: 1st Hockey India Junior Men Academy National C’ships results

Bhopal [Madhya Pradesh] : Salute Hockey Academy, Hubli Hockey Academy, Jai Bharat Hockey Academy, SGPC Hockey Academy, Vadipatti Raja Hockey Academy and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy earned victories in their respective matches on day six of the 1st Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021 here in Bhopal on Saturday.Salute Hockey Academy began the day six proceedings with a monumental 17-2 win over Malwa Hockey Academy Hanumangarh in the Pool F match. Gaganjeet Singh (22′, 41′, 56′) and Gurnoor Grewal (42′, 52′, 60′) registered hat-tricks to their names, while Ramkesh (9′, 36′), Ankush (17′, 60′) and Pritam (33′, 35′) bagged a brace each. Sumit (19′), Manjeet (24′), Manish (28′), Vipin (50′) and Aadil Khan(54′) also chipped in with a goal each to help their team Salute Hockey Academy seal a place in the quarter-final of the tournament. Abinav Singh Bhadoriya (9′, 49′) scored…

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Denmark Open: PV Sindhu loses to Seyoung

Odense [Denmark]: India shuttler PV Sindhu lost in the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open on Friday.She was defeated by South Korea’s AN Seyoung 11-21, 12-21 in the quarterfinal match here at Court 1. Sindhu’s defeat marks the end of the Indian challenge in Women’s Singles in the Denmark Open.Sindhu had in her earlier match defeated Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-16, 12-21, 21-15. Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth also bowed out of the Denmark Open on Thursday after losing his round of 16 matche against Japan’s Kento Momota 21-23, 9-21.Mixed doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy also bowed out after suffering a defeat against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet.Sameer Verma will be facing Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the quarterfinals of men’s singles in the tournament.

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Europa League: West Ham in control, Lyon stay perfect

London [UK] : Olympique Lyonnais and West Ham United have the last two perfect records in the UEFA Europa League group stage after three rounds of fixtures, the French club winning a thriller in Prague and the Hammers easing to three points in London.Elsewhere, there were significant wins for Galatasaray, Monaco and Eintracht Frankfurt, while Napoli and Rangers gave their prospects a much-needed lift. West Ham continued their immaculate start in Group H, although the impressive Paul Onuachu came within millimetres of giving the visitors a first-half lead with a looping header. However, Craig Dawson nodded in Aaron Cresswell’s corner on the stroke of half-time, a trick repeated by Issa Diop early in the second half, and when Jarrod Bowen added a third moments later it was job done for the Hammers.In Prague, ten-man Lyon came from two goals down to beat Sparta Prague…

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5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship: Hemlata, Aarya dominate on Day 1

Hisar (Haryana) [India] : The 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships got off to a blistering start on Thursday, with Delhi’s Hemlata outmanoeuvring her opponent PS Mantasaha Kumari from Assam 4-0 in the 50kg category.Nimble-footed Hemlata gave Mantasaha no chance whatsoever as she connected her jabs to precision and won the contest on a unanimous basis at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar, Haryana. Another highlight of the Day 1 was the flawless performance from Maharashtra’s Aarya Kulkarni, who outclassed Yape Bamang of Arunachal Pradesh 5-0. It was a display of total domination from Kulkarni, evident from round one, and she did not let up till the final round to register an easy win.The tournament is being hosted in association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh, and has been witnessing the participation of more than 320 pugilists from 36 States/Union Territories/Boards from across the country.Dominating…

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Denmark Open: HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap bow out

Odense [Denmark]: Indian shuttlers HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap were knocked out of the ongoing Denmark Open on Wednesday.Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie defeated Prannoy 21-18, 21-19 in the round of 32 match that lasted for 45 minutes. On the other hand, Kashyap retired after being 0-3 down against Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen.Earlier, Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the ongoing Denmark Open. Nehwal lost her round of 32 match against Japan’s Aya Ohori 16-21, 14-21. The entire game lasted for 34 minutes.Earlier on Wednesday, Lakshya Sen dominated an all-Indian affair against Sourabh Verma and he registered a 21-9, 21-7 win.Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Wednesday lost in the first round of the ongoing Denmark Open. The Indian pair lost against China’s Feng Yanzhe and DU Yue by 17-21, 21-14, 11-21 here at Court 2.Earlier on Wednesday, the Indian duo of…

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Denmark Open: Mix doubles pair of Ponnappa, Satwik lose to Chinese duo

Odense [Denmark]: Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Wednesday lost in the first round of the ongoing Denmark Open.The Indian pair lost against China’s Feng Yanzhe and DU Yue by 17-21, 21-14, 11-21 here at Court 2. Earlier on Wednesday, the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy got defeated by South Korea’s Lee Sohee and Shin Seung-chan 17-21, 13-21 here at Court 1.The women’s doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and S Ram Poorvisha also lost their game against the Indonesian duo by 8-21, 7-21, at court 2.In other matches, Indian shuttler Sourav Verma will be taking on his compatriot Lakshya Sen while in women’s singles Saina Nehwal will square off with Aya Ohori.

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Denmark Open: Women’s doubles pair of Ponnappa, Sikki defeated by South Korea

Odense [Denmark] : India women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy on Wednesday lost in the first round of the ongoing Denmark Open.The Indian duo got defeated by South Korea’s Lee Sohee and Shin Seung-chan 17-21, 13-21 here at Court 1. On the same day, women’s doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and S Ram Poorvisha lost against Indonesia’s Nita Violina Marwah and Putri Syaikah by 8-21, 7-21, at court 2.On Tuesday, India’s Srikanth Kidambi got the better of compatriot B Sai Praneeth in straight sets by 21-14, 21-11 in the men’s singles 1st round.His victory was followed by the men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila defeating England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy by 21-19, 21-15.Later on Tuesday, India shuttler PV Sindhu marched ahead to the next round of the ongoing Denmark Open by defeating Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-12,…

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Prakash Padukone, NSCI launch badminton coaching in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : In a major boost for the sport of badminton in Maharashtra, Padukone Sports Management (PSM) in partnership with the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) has launched the PSM Badminton Coaching Program in Mumbai.State-of-the-art badminton coaching and playing facility was inaugurated on Tuesday by former World No.1, Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee, the legendary Prakash Padukone in the presence of Atul Maru, Secretary, NSCI, Mumbai and other eminent members of NSCI committee. The partnership between PSM and NSCI will aim to establish this Prakash Padukone Badminton Coaching Program as a Centre of Excellence in the future for this part of India.PSM is now run by Prakash Padukone directly and this NSCI centre is his first in Maharashtra, since then. For this, NSCI has revamped its existing infrastructure with state-of-the art badminton courts and other related facilities. The partnership would provide…

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Denmark Open: PV Sindhu marches into next round

Odense [Denmark]: India shuttler PV Sindhu on Tuesday marched ahead to the next round of the ongoing Denmark Open.Sindhu defeated Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-12, 21-10 in a match that lasted for 30 minutes. The ace Indian shuttler dominated the entire match and her Turkish opponent was left struggling to search for answers.Earlier in the day, India men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy progressed to the next round of the ongoing Denmark Open.The Indian duo defeated England’s Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood 23-21, 21-15 here at Court 3.Earlier in the day, Srikanth Kidambi got the better of compatriot B Sai Praneeth in straight sets in the men’s singles 1st round of Denmark Open here at the Odense Sports Park on Tuesday.Playing at court-2, Kidambi inflicted a 21-14, 21-11 defeat on Praneeth in just 30 minutes. With this win, Kidambi has now moved…

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East Bengal to take on I-League champions Gokulam Kerala FC

Panaji (Goa) [India] : SC East Bengal will take on reigning I-League champions Gokulam Kerala FC in their third friendly match at the Don Bosco Ground here on Wednesday.The red and gold brigade began their pre-season by playing two friendly games last week. Coached by former Real Madrid tactician Jose Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz, the Kolkata-based side beat Vasco SC and Salgaocar FC by 3-1 and 2-0 goal margins respectively. Gokulam Kerala FC overwhelmed Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC 4-1 in the final round match of the I-League earlier this year to win their maiden league title.The Kozhikode-based side became the first club from Kerala to lift the trophy and the first-ever Kerala club to participate in an AFC competition.Coached by Italian Vincenzo Alberto Annese, Gokulam Kerala FC will have their four foreigners — Sharif Mukhammad, Rahim Osumanu, Bouba Aminou and Chisom Elvis Chikatara…

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Three doubles teams qualify for 2021 WTA Finals

Florida [USA]: The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Monday that the doubles teams of Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Demi Schuurs, Elise Mertens and Hsieh Su-Wei, and Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai have secured qualification for the 2021 WTA Finals Guadalajara.They join the Czech pairing of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova and the all-Japanese partnership of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in the doubles field, leaving three qualification places remaining. Mertens and Hsieh, the current World No.1 and No.2 in doubles, will be making their debut appearance as a team at the WTA Finals and head into the tour’s crown jewel event following a title-run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells over the weekend. It marked their second tournament triumph of 2021. Earlier this year, they won their first Grand Slam title together at The Championships, Wimbledon.Another duo making their team debut at…

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Punjab: Cash rewards for 3000 players, coaches

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Sports Minister Pargat Singh on Monday approved the cash prize to the players and coaches hailing from the state who performed exceedingly well at the state, national and international level. According to a statement issued by the Punjab government today, a total of over 3000 players would be given prize money amounting to Rs 11 crores for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.The decision was taken here in a meeting held at Punjab Bhawan summoned under the aegis of the Sports Minister. The meeting was attended by Secretary Sports Ajoy Sharma, Director Parminder Singh, Secretary-General Punjab Olympic Association Raja KS Sidhu, Sports expert and Committee Member Arjuna Awardee Colonel Balbir Singh and Jaipal Singh apart from Deputy Director Sports Authority of India. After the meeting, Pargat Singh said that the State Government is committed to rewarding the players winning medals in…

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IOC Executive Board make decisions relating to Beijing 2022 in Greece

Athens [Greece]: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) on Saturday met in Athens, Greece, ahead of the flame-lighting ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Monday, October 18.The IOC EB made decisions relating to the Beijing 2022 Games and received updates on the preparations. The IOC Executive Board decided to approve the change of nationality for one athlete in view of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Jack Gower – Alpine Skiing – has changed his nationality from Great Britain to Ireland. The IOC EB granted the requested exemption to the three-year waiting period, with the prior agreement from the International Federation (IF) and National Olympic Committees concerned, in accordance with Bye-law 2 to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter.With the lighting of the Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to take place on Monday, a brief…

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Thomas Cup: Indian men’s team loses to Denmark in quarter-finals

Aarhus [Denmark]: India men’s badminton team on Friday lost to Denmark by 1-3 in the quarter-finals of Thomas Cup.In the first match, India went down as Kidambi Srikanth lost the match by 21-12, 21-13 against Viktor Axelsen. Following this, the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen by 15-21, 21-17, 18-21.In the third match, shuttler Sai Praneeth B lost against Anders Antonsen 21-8, 21-15.In the final match, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost by 21-16, 21-9.The defeat marks the end of India’s campaign in this year’s Thomas Cup.

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Uber Cup: India loses to Japan in quarters, bows out of tournament

Aarhus [Denmark]: The Indian women’s badminton team on Thursday bowed out of the ongoing Uber Cup after suffering a defeat against Japan in the quarter-finals.Malvika Bansod lost her match to world number five Akane Yamaguchi 12-21, 17-21 in the first match of the quarter-final tie. The duo of Tanisha Carsto and Rutaparna Panda then lost their match against yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto 8-21, 10-21 and this gave Japan a 2-0 lead in the encounter.Aditi Bharat then lost her match against Sayaka Takahashi and after this, Japan went on to seal the five-match affair.Earlier in the day, the men’s badminton team suffered a 1-4 defeat against China in their last group-stage match.The men’s badminton team will now square off against Denmark in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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MP gears up for 1st Hockey India Junior Men Academy National C’ship

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : After the success of the 1st Hockey India Sub Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021, Madhya Pradesh is all geared up to host the forthcoming 1st Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021 starting on October 18.28 teams with over 550 players as well as coaching and support staff, will arrive in Bhopal this week for the first-ever Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021. The maiden tournament for academies will provide young hockey players with a platform to showcase their talent and impress selectors, who will be present at the National Championships. Good performances here will hold great prospects for young and aspiring players to make it to the National Program.The participating teams include Berar Hockey Academy (Vidarbha) Amravati, Naval Tata Hockey Academy — Jamshedpur and Olympian Vivek Singh Hockey Academy in Pool A, while Bhai…

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Resilient India defeat Spain by 3-2 in Uber Cup 2021

Aarhus [Denmark]: India defeated the team from Spain by 3-2 in their opening Group B encounter of the ongoing Uber Cup here at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus on Sunday.In the opening clash of the tie, India’s lead women’s singles player at the Uber Cup, Saina Nehwal was forced to retire from her opening match against Spain’s Clara Azurmendi when she felt a sudden pain in her groin. Before retiring from the match, the Indian narrowly lost the opening game 20-22 to the world no 58 Azurmendi. With that, Saina was then unable to continue the second game.For the second match of the tie, Malvika Bansod propelled India towards a fightback as the 20-year-old got the better of world No 71 Beatriz Corrales in straight games. The left-handed Indian shuttler overwhelmed Spaniard by 21-13, 21-15.In the third match, doubles pair Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna…

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India’s success in Junior World Championship will inspire several budding shooters: PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed India’s “outstanding” performance in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship and said that the success of the Indian contingent will inspire several budding shooters.India won three more gold medals on Friday, the penultimate day of competitions to confirm a top place finish. “Outstanding performance by our shooters! India emerges on top of the medal tally at the Shooting Junior World Championships with 40 medals including 16 Golds. Congratulations to the team and best wishes for the future. This success will inspire several budding shooters,” PM Modi tweeted.In the Junior Men’s Double Trap India’s Vinay Pratap Singh Chandrawat won gold with a score of 120 while teammate Sehajpreet Singh won silver with 114. In the Women’s event, Manvi Soni won gold with 105 while Yshaya Contractor won silver with 90 and…

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Narendra Modi Stadium best venue to host opening ceremony if India gets to host 2036 Olympics, says IOA president Batra

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India] : Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra feels the newly built Narendra Modi Stadium is the best venue to stage the opening ceremony of the 2036 Olympics if India gets to host the mega event.The stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world as it has a total capacity of 1,32,000 and it is oval in shape. “If someone asks me about the venue for the opening ceremony at present, then it is definitely going to be the Motera stadium,” Batra told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by TransStadia, a city-based sports infrastructure firm.“There is no stadium better suited to host the opening ceremony of the Olympics (in India). I can’t say what will happen by 2036 (but) I will be proposing Ahmedabad as the venue for the opening ceremony,” he added.“When you say opening ceremony,…

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Turkish GP: Bottas gets pole as fastest driver Hamilton takes grid penalty

Istanbul [Turkey]: Lewis Hamilton went fastest in qualifying for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix but will take a 10-place grid penalty for his Mercedes engine change, meaning P2 qualifier Valtteri Bottas will start on pole position on Sunday ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.The 100 per cent risk of rain predicted ahead of the session manifested in the form of light drizzle in Q1 but the clouds soon dissipated and the track matured to see Lewis Hamilton take the top spot in that session, just 0.007s ahead of Max Verstappen. Q2 saw Hamilton repeat the feat, and he delivered again in the final session with an ultimate effort of 1m22.868s – a new lap record at Istanbul Park. Bottas was 0.130s off in P2, which will be pole when Hamilton’s engine penalty demotes him to P11 – while Verstappen was 0.328s off top spot…

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Skipper Rani feels playing in FIH Hockey Pro League will help women’s team take game to next level

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Indian women’s hockey team was elated on Friday as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that India and Spain will be a part of the FIH Hockey Pro League season 3 after Australia and New Zealand pulled out.The team expressed excitement about joining the world’s best teams to compete for the coveted title this season which kicks off on October 13 with the first match between Olympic Champions The Netherlands and Belgium. “This is great news for us. We have seen how much the exposure at the FIH Hockey Pro League helped our male counterparts from the Indian team,” skipper Rani said in a Hockey India release.“They got to play the best teams of the world, and I believe that helped them take their game to the next level. Likewise, the Indian women’s team is also looking forward to make…

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Anshu Malik scripts history, becomes 1st Indian woman to win silver at World Wrestling C’ships

Oslo [Norway]: Anshu Malik scripted history on Thursday as she became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in the World Wrestling Championships.Anshu Malik lost the final to Olympic medallist Helen Maroulis 4-1 in Oslo, Norway on Thursday. The American wrestler pinned Anshu Malik in the women’s 57 kg division during the summit clash. Maroulis won the gold medal after her splendid show in the World Wrestling Championships as she defeated Anshu by fall in the final.Anshu Malik has been a trainee of SAI national centre of excellence Lucknow since 2016.She made her debut in the Olympics earlier this year and has now become the first woman in history to win silver in the Wrestling Worlds.Anshu Malik is a two Asian Championship medalist, which includes gold and a Ranking Series silver medalist.On Wednesday, Anshu Malik had etched her name in history books…

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Winners of FIH Awards now aiming for consistent performance at major tournaments

New Delhi [India] : Riding on their historic success at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, the Indian nominees made a clean sweep at the FIH Awards 2020-21 by winning in all eight categories.Winners Gurjit Kaur (FIH Player of the Year, Women), Harmanpreet Singh (FIH Player of the Year, Men), Savita (FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Women), PR Sreejesh (FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Men), Sharmila Devi (FIH Rising Star of the Year, Women) and Vivek Prasad (FIH Rising Star of the Year, Men) all believe that the awards were an outcome of a collective effort and it also brings with them greater expectations to come up with a consistent performance at major tournaments. Chief Coach of India’s men’s team, Graham Reid and former India Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne too grabbed the highest number of votes in their respective categories and they thanked the team…

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Great moment for Indian hockey as all our nominees for FIH Stars Awards have won, says HI President

New Delhi [India]: Hockey India on Wednesday congratulated all the award winners of the FIH Hockey Stars Awards which was announced on Wednesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The voting-based annual awards had six Indian hockey players and two coaches from both the Indian hockey teams (Men and Women) nominated for various categories. This is the first time that all nominees from India have won the prestigious awards in their respective categories.India’s dragflick sensation Harmanpreet Singh was crowned the ‘FIH Player of the Year’ in the men’s category. He was the top scorer in India’s Bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Indian women’s hockey team dragflicker Gurjit Kaur won the ‘FIH Player of The Year’ in the women’s category. India’s famed goalkeeper PR Sreejesh won the ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ in the men’s category. Sreejesh came up with a career-best…

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Indian men’s hockey team hits turf for first time post bronze medal win at Tokyo Games

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bronze medallists from the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team resumed training at SAI Bengaluru on Monday. The team hit the turf for the first time after their podium finish at the Tokyo Games and looked all charged and pepped for their upcoming international engagements.All covid protocol guidelines are strictly being adhered to in the camp. The players have gone through the Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and are staying in separate rooms as per the quarantine rule. They are undergoing outdoor training in a different slot and are not mixing with other campers of SAI Bengaluru. The revised SOPs of the SAI allows for outdoor training.The men’s hockey team is likely to participate in the Asian Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in Dhaka in December this year, Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Birmingham in July 2022,…

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Hockey India tells IOA team won’t participate in CWG, prioritises Asian Games

New Delhi [India] : Hockey India on Tuesday decided not to send its men and women teams for the Commonwealth Games set to go ahead in Birmingham next year.The decision has been taken citing the 10-day mandatory quarantine period for Indian citizens in the UK as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter accessed by ANI, Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam President clarified that why such a stance has been taken.“With reference to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we have observed over the last 18 months that England has been the worst effected country In Europe. As you are aware that the Commonwealth Games are scheduled in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 08 August 2022 and the Asian Games are scheduled in Hangihoti, China from 10 to 25 September 2022 There is only a 32-day window between the conclusion of…

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Hockey India tells IOA team won’t participate in CWG, prioritises Asian Games

New Delhi [India]: Hockey India on Tuesday decided not to send its men and women teams for the Commonwealth Games set to go ahead in Birmingham next year. The decision has been taken citing the 10-day mandatory quarantine period for Indian citizens in the UK as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.In a letter accessed by ANI, Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam President clarified that why such a stance has been taken.“With reference to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we have observed over the last 18 months that England has been the worst effected country In Europe. As you are aware that the Commonwealth Games are scheduled in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 08 August 2022 and the Asian Games are scheduled in Hangihoti, China from 10 to 25 September 2022 There is only a 32-day window between the conclusion of the…

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Would rank this silver medal win as one of my best results ever, says chess player Harika Dronavalli

New Delhi [India]: India chess player Harika Dronavalli labelled the country’s silver medal win at the World Women’s Team Championship as one of her “best results” ever.India on Saturday had won their first-ever medal in the FIDE world women’s team chess championship. India lost its final match to Russia by 3-1 (second round) in the summit clash to clinch the silver medal. “Feeling very emotional today, having achieved one of my long-awaited goals, of winning a team medal in the Olympiad or world team’s!!! I first played a team event in 2004 and in the events since then, it has been a roller coaster and on numerous occasions, we have been close but somehow we never achieved the podium finish,” Harika tweeted.“Some of these chances left me very dejected and I cried multiple times whenever we left empty-handed. I have been longing for this…

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FIDE world women’s team c’ship: India beat Georgia to enter finals

New Delhi [India]: India on Friday defeated Georgia to reach the finals of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship.The Indian side beat Georgia 2.5-1.5 to advance to the finals of the tournament. Tania Sachdev sealed the deal for India as she defeated Meri Arabidze in the game.“India beats Georgia 2.5-1.5 and are through to the FINALS of #WWTC2021. Big wins came from@chessvaishali@TaniaSachdev!Kudos Team@HarikaDronavali@Bhaktichess@chessvaishali@TaniaSachdevMary@chessgmkunte@Shyam_chess@aicfchess,” Chess. com-India tweeted.

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Manu Bhaker clinches gold, Esha Singh bags silver in ISSF junior world championships

Lima [Peru]: Young Indian shooter Manu Bhaker clinched the gold medal in the women’s junior 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) junior world championship here on Thursday.Manu scored 241.3 to take gold while another Indian shooter Esha Singh shot 240.3 to win the silver medal. “#Shooting Update Women’s Junior 10m Air Pistol Event @ISSF_Shooting Junior World Championship 2021, Peru. First place medal Manu Bhaker Score: 241.3 Second place medal Esha Singh Score: 240.3. A brilliant effort by our young Pistol Shooters. Way to go Girls!!” SAI Media tweeted.Earlier in the day, shooter Rudrankksh Patil clinched the silver medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the Junior World Championship.Rudrankksh scored a total of 250 while USA shooter William Shaner shot 250.7 to win the gold medal.Shooter Ramita won the bronze medal as she scored 229.1 in the Women’s…

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AIBA says Rio 2016 boxing bouts manipulated, confirms sporting integrity reforms

Lausanne [Switzerland] : The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Thursday revealed the findings of an independent investigation which has “identified a system for manipulating the results of bouts at the Rio 2016 boxing tournament”.Professor Richard McLaren was appointed by AIBA as part of the recognition by the current AIBA leadership that governance, sporting integrity and financial integrity were not previously satisfactory and that there was a need for reform. According to AIBA, Prof. McLaren will investigate not only the Rio 2016 boxing tournament but also all key events till now to reach full transparency.“Professor McLaren and his team have identified a system for manipulating the results of bouts at the Rio 2016 boxing tournament. I am determined to ensure that boxers receive a fair fight. This determination is demonstrated by AIBA’s clear commitment to uncovering the truth and acting on it,” said AIBA President…

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F1: Raikkonen not satisfied despite best finish of season at Sochi

Sochi [Russia]: After missing the Dutch and Italian Grand Prix due to a positive COVID-19 test, Kimi Raikkonen returned in Russia and brought the Alfa Romeo their first points in four races — but he wasn’t totally satisfied at Sochi.Raikkonen started 13th in Russia despite his sixth Q1 elimination in seven races — that was thanks to grid penalties for Nicholas Latifi, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc — and made it up to P10 on the opening lap. Pitting early from mediums to hards, it seemed like the veteran would have to settle for 13th. That was, until the rain came and he picked up five positions on the intermediate compound to finish eighth at the line. Regardless, he said: “I’d much rather be a bit higher up… We had a good start and got some positions and then followed the Alpine [of Esteban…

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Sudirman Cup 2021: Dominant Thailand beat India by 4-1

Vantaa [Finland]: Team Thailand crushed India by 4-1 in the opening tie of the Sudirman Cup 2021 at the Energia Arena Court in Vantaa, Finland on Sunday. After this overwhelming defeat in Group A encounter, the Indian badminton team now face an uphill task of qualifying for the knocks-outs with ties against the defending champions China, on Monday, and hosts Finland, Tuesday, lined up next.In the first match of the day, the Indian men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila defeated Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren of Thailand 21-18, 21-17 to hand their team a 1-0 lead in the opening tie of the Sudirman Cup 2021. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila looked in control throughout the match as they closed the encounter in just over 35 minutes. In the second match of the day, Thailand came back strongly as Pornpawee Chochuwong raced…

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India claim two silver medals at Archery World Championships

Yankton [US], September 25 : The Indian women’s and mixed compound teams have managed to win silver medals at the ongoing Archery World Championships in Yankton.India women’s team comprising Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar suffered a defeat at the hands of Colombia’s Sara Lopez, Alejandra Usquiano and Nora Valdez. Colombia defeated India 229-224. On the other hand, the Indian mixed pair duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam lost to the Colombian pair.The Colombian pair defeated Verma and Vennam 145-150 in the summit clash.India remains in contention for three medals in individual compound events with Verma and Jyothi set to compete in their respective quarter-finals later on Saturday.Ankita Bhakat is also in the fray in the recurve competition and she will play in her last-eight match on Sunday. 

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Paralympic bronze medallist Sharad diagnosed with swelling in heart

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics bronze medallist Sharad Kumar has been diagnosed with swelling in the heart. He was recently admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. The high jumper was initially kept under observation after complaining of chest pain and underwent tests. New Delhi [India], September 23 : “I don’t know what happened, but my reports show that there is swelling in my heart and I am in pain. I am fed up with the regular tests in hospital and I am at home now. But I do have to travel to the hospital for tests,” he told. After winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the men’s high jump event, Sharad had revealed that he was battling through an injury on the eve of the event.“It was very bad for me, I was crying the whole night.…

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Indian rugby team returns after winning silver in Asia Under-18 Girls 7s

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: The Indian rugby team was elated as they landed in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday after winning silver in the Asia Rugby Under-18 Girls 7s.Asia Rugby Under-18 Girl’s Rugby 7s Championship was hosted by Uzbekistan Rugby Federation, in Tashkent on September 18th and 19th, 2021. The Indian team fell 17-21 against the United Arab Emirates in the final to register a second-place finish on the podium. This was the first official tournament in Asia after 1 year, 11 months and 29 days. Host Uzbekistan was joined by Kazakhstan, India, Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates to compete for the trophy.Anshika, the captain of the Under-18 team told ANI, “We all played well and we gave our best. We might have lacked something that’s why we came second. But next time we will try our best to get the first position. They defeated us…

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Elite Men’s National Boxing C’ships: Delhi’s Rohit stuns Hussamuddin to clinch gold

Ballari (Karnataka) [India], September 21 : Delhi’s Rohit Mor stunned the defending champion Mohammad Hussamuddin of Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) to clinch the gold medal at the 5th Elite Men’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sports on Tuesday.With a dominating 5-0 defeat over the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and one of the strong contenders for the title in the 57kg, Rohit also earned himself a spot at the upcoming 2021 AIBA Elite Men’s World Boxing Championships. The gold medal winners of the National Championships will represent India at the prestigious event which is scheduled in Belgrade, Serbia from October 24 to November 6.On the other hand, reigning Asian Champion Sanjeet, representing SSCB, lived up to the expectations and emerged champion in the 92kg as he outclassed Hayana’s Naveen Kumar by the unanimous margin. Deepak (51kg), Akash (54kg), Akash (67), Sumit…

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Anurag Thakur to meet state sports ministers twice a year to evaluate progress on infrastructure

New Delhi [India]: The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Monday held a meeting with state sports ministers to draw a roadmap for preparing the country’s athletes for the future.“Meeting (with state sports ministers) was held to draw a roadmap to prepare our athletes for future Olympics, Asian Games, & Commonwealth Games. We’ve agreed to meet at least twice a year, to evaluate progress on better infrastructure,” Thakur told reporters after the meeting. “We will also be holding regional meetings in various zones and will be looking at creating a dashboard where the data regarding the sports infrastructure available at block level in each state,” he added.Following the major success of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Thakur interacted with the States and UTs about the ways forward and how they would contribute to the mission to make India a…

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CWC, Asian Games on radar next: Amlan Borgohain

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: After winning the gold medal at 60th National Open Athletics Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Telangana’s Warangal, sprinter Amlan Borgohain has now set his sights on the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the upcoming year.The sprinter won the gold medal in the 200m with Personal Best (PB) timing of 20.75 seconds on Sunday. He has been trained at the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High-Performance Centre (HPC) in Bhubaneswar since April 2020. According to the press release, earlier, Borgohain had also won silver in the 100m in the competition, clocking yet another PB of 10.34. But it was his standout performance in the 200m on the final day of races that has established his credentials as among the most impressive young athletes in the country.“My coach has already said that you can win the race in the call room and…

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French people show strong support for Paris 2024 Games

Paris [France]: Two surveys conducted in the wake of Tokyo 2020 have revealed robust approval among France’s population for both the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and much admiration for the handover ceremonies.The French public is highly enthusiastic about the hosting of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the latest opinion polls. The Olympics survey was conducted between August 9-11 by the IFOP Insitute for the Paris 2024 Organising Committee on a representative sample of 1018 members of the French adult population, as per paris2024.org.A survey conducted in the wake of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 found that 82 per cent of French people are in favour of hosting the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while among 18 to 24-year-olds there is a massive 92 per cent support.Tokyo 2020 also made a big impression, with 80 per cent of…

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Beijing 2022 Winter Games reveals official motto: “Together for a Shared Future”

Beijing [China]: The official motto of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 was revealed as “Together for a Shared Future” at a ceremony held in the city’s Capital Museum on Friday.The Organising Committee explained that the motto represents the power of the Games to overcome global challenges as a community, with a shared future for humankind. The words reflect the necessity for the world to work together towards a better tomorrow, especially given the difficulties faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking about the motto, Chen Ning, Director General of the Culture and Ceremonies Department of Beijing 2022, said, as per olympics.com: “‘Together for a Shared Future’ reflects Beijing 2022’s contribution to the Olympic spirit and the contribution of Beijing as the first ever dual Olympic and Paralympic city. On the basis of the Beijing 2008 Games slogan, ‘One World, One Dream’, it…

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Elite Men’s National C’ships: Boxer Deepak eases into second round

Bellary (Karnataka) [India]: Led by Deepak’s fluent show, Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) boxers produced an impressive all-win performance on the second day at the fifth Elite Men’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sports in Bellary, Karnataka.Deepak, who had upstaged the world and Olympic Games champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan during his silver medal show at the Strandja Memorial earlier this year, started the domination for SSCB with a flawless 5-0 win against Bihar’s Aman Kumar in the 51kg opening round match on Thursday.Barun Singh (48kg) and Akash (54kg) further extended SSCB’s winning momentum as they managed unanimous victories against Telangana’s Donald Janumala and Rocky of All India Police respectively.Dalveer Singh Tomar (64kg) and Naveen Boora (71) were the other two boxers to progress into the second round as all the five SSCB boxers in action emerged victors on the second…

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India beat Kuwait to clinch first win at Asian Volleyball Championship

Funabashi Arena [Japan]: The Indian men’s volleyball team beat Kuwait 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20) in the Asian Volleyball Championship 2021 at the Funabashi Arena, Japan, on Thursday.India had earlier lost to Bahrain, Qatar and nine-time champions Japan to finish bottom of Group A. With only the top-two from each group progressing to the last eight, India is now fighting for the best-possible finish within the ninth to 16th positions at the biennial competition, as per olympics.com The Indian volleyball team has been clubbed in Group G — with Kuwait, Uzbekistan and Bahrain — in the classification round. It was a dominant performance by India against Kuwait.India’s Mahesh Ashwin Raj led the way with 11 points in the match — the highest in the team — followed by Shubham Chaudhary (10 points) and captain Karthik Ashok (nine).Kuwait’s Anbar Rashed Saleh scored a match-high 18 points…

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India to compete in Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship 2021

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Rugby India on Tuesday announced that the Indian Junior Girls Rugby squad will participate in the Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship 2021 which will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 18 and 19.The team of 14 players and 5 officials (coaches, physio and manager) departed to Tashkent on Tuesday. A total of five countries from across Asia including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and hosts Uzbekistan will vie for top honours at the championship.The Indian National U18 Girls Rugby team is supported by Societe Generale (financial partners & official bank), Government of Odisha and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology- KIIT (high-performance partners), BLK (match kit partner), Fast & Up (nutrition partner), BLADE India and Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance (ABTP) as associate partner.Commenting on the occasion Vikram Ahuja, President, Rugby India said, “We are thankful to Societe…

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Online Chess Olympiad: India to lock horns against US in semis

New Delhi [India]: The Online Olympiad play-off quarter-finals were held on Monday (local time) on the Chess.com servers.Four fascinating matches, two of which were decided by the blitz tiebreaks. Based on the results and the knockout stage brackets, the semi-finals – scheduled for Tuesday are — India vs United States and China vs Russia.The quarter-final match between India and Ukraine was a hard-fought battle in which India eventually prevailed in the blitz tiebreaks. The first match fell 4-2 to the side of the Indian squad thanks to wins on boards five and six.Their main scorer was Nihal Sarin, who has netted six out of six in the competition, including two decisive games on Monday.However, Ukraine bounced back in the second match, winning by a slim margin (3 1/2 -2 1/2 ) and forcing the tiebreaks. The most dramatic game was the 114-move victory by…

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European Leagues ‘unanimously oppose’ FIFA plan for World Cup every 2 years

London [UK]: European Leagues, the body representing professional football tournaments in Europe, on Thursday “unanimously opposed” FIFA’s proposals to stage World Cup every two years.The European Leagues board of directors having members from the Premier League, LaLiga, the Bundesliga, and Serie A met on Thursday. “On this occasion, the Leagues have firmly and unanimously opposed any proposals to organise the FIFA World Cup every two years,” European Leagues said in a statement.European Leagues said it will work together with the other stakeholders to prevent football governing bodies to take unilateral decisions that will harm domestic football which is the foundation of our industry and of utmost importance for clubs, players, and fans across Europe and the world.“New competitions, revamped competitions or expanded competitions for club and national team football both at continental level and/or at global level are not the solutions to the current…

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Neeraj Chopra thanks Punjab CM for hosting dinner for Olympians, says ‘it shows how much he loves sports’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra appreciated Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for hosting a dinner for Olympic medallists and participants and expressed gratitude for giving the highest levels of respect to sportspersons.“I am feeling happy that for the first time any chief minister is taking out time like this for sportspersons. This shows how much he loves sports and sportspersons. I thank him for giving us so much respect,” said Chopra while speaking to reporters in Chandigarh about the dinner hosted by the Chief Minister at his farmhouse in Mohali on Wednesday. The Chief Minister was seen serving his guests personally, straight out of the ‘patilas’ in which he had cooked his choicest dishes earlier during the day.“I started at 11 in the morning. Most of it was done by around 5 pm., and then it was time for some…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur felicitates medallists

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday felicitated India’s para athletes who won a historic 19 medals, including 5 gold and 8 silver, in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik also graced the event. Secretary of Department of Sports Ravi Mittal, Secretary of Department Youth Affairs Usha Sharma and other officers of the Ministry were also present on this occasion. During his address, Anurag Thakur congratulated all the para athletes for their fantastic performance and said, “I recall in the 2016 Paralympics, the size of the Indian contingent was 19, while this year the country has won as many as 19 medals! You have shown us that the human spirit is the most powerful of all! Our medal tally has increased by about…

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Indian athletes’ performance in Tokyo has increased awareness about para-sports: Deepa Malik

New Delhi [India]: Deepa Malik, the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) feels Indian athletes’ outstanding show in the recently concluded Paralympics have further increased the awareness about para-sports.Indian contingent on Sunday finished their campaign at the Paralympic Games at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals. “Medals in Paralympics have also increased the responsibility. We have not only stamped our authority on the field but we have also increased awareness about para-sports,” Deepa Malik told ANI.Prior to the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with the para-athletes. The PCI chief praised PM Modi and thanked all the coaches who helped the Indian contingent achieve a historic feat.“I want to give credit to PM Modi as he joined our movement. He also interacted with…

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Want to change colour of my medal in Paris Games, says Sundar Singh Gurjar

New Delhi [India]: Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar might have won a bronze medal in the recently concluded Paralympics but the star athlete wants to convert his medal into gold in the Paris Games.Sundar bagged the bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58 on August 30 in the Tokyo Paralympics. “In Rio Olympics, I was disqualified as I was 52 seconds late. I got demotivated at that time and thought everything is finished for me. My coaches motivated me and helped me regained my confidence back,” Sundar told ANI.“As a result, I became the World Champion in 2017, 2019. Now I have won bronze in the Paralympics and I am extremely happy about this. I will want to change the colour of my medal in the Paris Games and would try to win gold next time,” he added.Javelin throw has hogged the limelight in…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Noida DM Suhas Yathiraj clinches silver medal

Tokyo [Japan]: Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj bagged the silver medal the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday after going down fighting in the final of the men’s singles SL4 event against France’s Lucas Mazur. Lucas won by 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 in 1 hour and 2 minutes at Court 1 — Yoyogi National Stadium.The unseeded Indian started the match swiftly and ran off with a lead of 11-8 at the mid-game interval against the Frenchman. Suhas continued with his superior tactics and agility as he took the first game easily by 21-15 in 20 minutes. He clearly looked like a man on a mission as he matched the top seed and even bettered him in the opening game. But Mazur wasn’t ready to get bogged down and he clawed his way back in the second set. But a series of errors by…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Shuttler Tarun Dhillon loses to Indonesia’s Setiawan in bronze medal match

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shuttler Tarun Dhillon missed out on a bronze medal after he faced a defeat at the hands of Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan in the men’s singles SL4 event of the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday. Setiawan defeated Tarun in straight sets 21-17, 21-11 to clinch the bronze medal match in just 32 minutes.Tarun got off to a decent start and gave a neck-to-neck fight before losing the first game to Setiawan 21-17. The Indonesian took the closely-fought first game to move closer to the bronze medal. In the second game, Setiawan continued his fine form and took an early lead in the essay. The Indonesian shuttler led the second essay 10-4 at the halfway mark. Riding high on confidence, Setiawan piled further pressure on Tarun to take the second game 21-11.On Saturday, shuttler Pramod Bhagat clinched the gold medal after defeating Great Britain’s…

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Tokyo Paralympics: This gold is equal to 100 other medals, says shuttler Pramod Bhagat

Tokyo [Japan], September 4 : Shuttler Pramod Bhagat, who is basking in the glory of winning gold at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, on Saturday said this win is equal to winning 100 medals at other championships.“This was my dream to win gold at Paralympics, 100 medals is equal to this gold. My coach Gaurav (Khanna) sir told me that you are the best and give your best effort. “I got a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the win. I just embraced my coach. My feelings just came out, I was just too happy. I have not been able to talk to my family, I am going back to the Games Village and then I will talk to them,” he told ANI.When asked about his message for the fans and country, Pramod said: “I just want to say that the country has really supported…

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