The in-form Kabaddi team of India, continued their outstanding performance against England on Tuesday as they beat the Englishmen 69-18 to qualify for the semi finals at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad. Pradeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur played incredibly well with scoring 13 and 11 points respectively in India’s comfortable win against England. India has suffered a shocking defeat against South Korea in the opening match of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016, although India then bounced back and win all the group matches with huge difference of 174. On the other hand, England finished fourth with ten points in Group B. On Tuesday, India dominated the whole match through their performance and gave England no chance to bounce back. Narwal opened India’s account and gave India 5-2 lead over visitors. And Indian players went on to increase their lead with their strong domination over the game as on the 18th minute India were leading 37-5. At the end of the first half India were leading 45-6 with Pradeep attaining Super 10 and Surjeet getting a High 5. In Tuesday’s match, India also used its bench strength and brought five substitutes in the second half, including Rahul Chaudhari. On 28th minute, when India were leading 57-8, England’s star raider Tope Adewalure scored two raid points consecutively to become the first man to score 50 points in the ongoing World Cup. In the 39th minute, Thakur attained Super 10 to give India a massive win over England by 69-18. By Prajakt K.
The Indian sportsperson and a star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as the member of International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission. On Monday night Saina received a letter from the IOC President Thomas Bach, according to the reports. The letter said, “Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes’ Commission.” The next meeting of the Athletes’ commission, which is chaired by Angela Ruggerio and comprises nine vice presidents and ten other members, is scheduled for November 6. Saina has received the appointment just when she has resumed practice after recovering from a knee-injury, which resulted her exit from the Rio Olympics. In an interview Saina, who sustained intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee, said that she is hoping to play tournaments in November if everything went well. Expressing happiness over her appointment to the Olympic panel, Saina’s father Harvir Singh said, “I have become very emotional. It is a matter of great privilege for us that they recognized her and to be a part of the IOC. They thought that she could be of some use. She lost (a medal in the Olympics) because of the injury. We are proud of her.” By Prajakt K.
India’s shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome on Thursday, after he lost a shoot-off against Egypt’s Azmy Mehelba in the skeet event. After scoring 118 in the qualification round, Mairaj had managed to reach the final even after finished tied 6th with other two shooters as he advanced to the final after a superior score in the shoot-off. In the match for the 3rd place, Mairaj scored 14 out of 16 targets where as Mehelba missed only one which took his tally to 15 points. In Rio Olympics, Mairaj had finished 9th with a disappointing performance and failed to reach the final. However, the shooter had managed to win a Silver medal at the World Cup in Rio de Janerio, earlier this year. By Prajakt K.
India continued their dominating performance at Kabaddi WC 2016 after losing to South Korea, against Bangladesh in their third game as they routed Bangladesh 57-20 at TransStadia stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Ajay Thakur’s 10 raid points lead India after coming as a substitute before Pradeep Narwal’s thrilling performance in the first half ended with 8 raid points. This is was a crucial game for India and a tough once as well. However, the Indians showed some outstanding performance to dismiss Bangladesh. India’s defense also contributed well with the defenders keeping the Bangladeshi raiders into their pockets most of the times. India will now play against Argentina on Saturday bu their eyes, simultaneously, will be on the match against Bangladesh and South Korea, where Bangladesh will need to beat South Korea to keep their semi-finals hopes alive. Pradeep Narwal opened India’s account and Sandeep Narwal followed it with a tackle to provide India 2-1 lead. Bangladesh scored their first raid point in the 12th minute as they were trailing 5-14 in the 12th minute. At the end of the first half, India led 27-10 with their strong performance. In the second half, Indian continued their lead reached 29-15 in the 29th minute with help of star raider Ajay Thakur. At the 37th minute India were leading 52-18 and reached 57-20 as Surender Nada attained high five in the dying second of the game. By Prajakt K.
In a deeply shocking upset, South Korea managed to beat India 34-32 in the opening game of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016. This is the first ever loss of India by South Korea in Kabaddi. Although India were well ahead in the game and dominated most of the part, it was South Korea’s outstanding performance due to which they wiped off the deficit and brought laurels for their country. The Koreans celebrated their win after the match quite strongly and the hosts were still couldn’t that they could not hold on to their three-point lead in the final three minutes and faced the lost in the opener. “Our raiders weren't at their best today, we also made some mistakes at the end and that's why we lost. But nothing's lost yet. We will get back and correct our mistakes,” said Indian captain Anup Kumar. Although Anup Kumar performed brilliantly while India were leading 18-13, other players such as Jasvir Singh and Rahul Chaudhari could not perform well and the South Koreans were giving the tough fight. Korea managed to reduce the deficit to just three points 15-18 in the second half. However, Manjeet’s performance took India to 22-15 ahead. Countering steadily but strongly, Koreans managed to cut the deficit by 19-24, then 26-29 and finally leveling at 31-31. The Koreans managed to take lead of 33-31 as Jan Kun Lee super raided Deepak Hooda, at the final minutes. By Prajakt K.
The Kabaddi team of Pakistan has been barred from competing in the Kabaddi World Cup 2016, starting this week in Ahmedabad, India, the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) confirmed on Wednesday. The World Cup is starting with formidable Iran taking on against the new-comers the United States on Friday. The other nations participating in the world cup are Australia, South Korea, England, Poland, Kenya and Argentina. The chief of the IKF, Deoraj Chaturvedi told an international news channel, “This is not the right time to engage with Pakistan. Pakistan is a valuable member of the IKF but looking at the current scenario and in the best interest of both the nations, we decided that Pakistan must be refrained from the championship.” Reacting to the decision Pakistan Kabaddi Federation Secretary, Rana Muhammad Sarwar said, “We have called a meeting to discuss this issue but let me tell you that a Kabaddi World Cup is no world cup without Pakistan.” Pakistan added that if there were the security concerns, both the rival nations should have been excluded. It alleged that IKF is unfairly targeting the country. Nasir Ali, Pakistan team’s captain said that his boys had been favorites to clinch the cup after defeating India at the six-nation Kabaddi cup held in Pakistan in May and last month’s Asian Beach Games in Vietnam. By stating that the fans were being denied matches between the top two sides, Ali said, “We were hoping to win the world cup in India by beating India.” The decision has come amid the tensions between India and Pakistan after the terrorist attacked army base in Uri, which killed 18 soldiers. By Prajakt K.
The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has come up with few plans to make India win at least 50 medals in 2024 Olympics, after the disappointing performance of the Indian athletes in the recent Rio Olympics According to the reports, the NITI Aayog has orchestrated a plan to increase that tally, which in short terms includes prioritizing 10 sports with a high winning potential.The Aayog has also called plans for spotting talent from tribal and rural areas that had under developed sporting infrastructure. The report titled ‘Let’s Play’ said, “Efforts need to be undertaken at each level, from family and communities to schools, regional academies, states and national level.” It added, “These efforts need to be aimed at radically increasing the level of sporting activities, filling the gaps in the system and monitoring for lags.” The recommendations also includes, developing a school curriculum, inclusive of both sports and academics and the need to encourage children to focus on a specialized sport. It has also added that it needs to take lot of experience and drawing from Cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) to attract investment and increase viewership. By Prajakt K.
Devendra Jhajharia, India’s paralympic athlete has won Gold medal in F46 javelin throw event and has created a history by breaking his own world record which he made in 2004 Athens Paralympics. With Devendra’s Gold, India’s medal tally has reached to 4, with 2 Gold medals and one silver and a bronze. Devendra has now become the only Indian athlete who won two Gold medals in Paralympics. He had won Gold medal in 2004 Athens Paralympics with the record throw of 62.15 meters. He improved his performance in the ongoing paralympics and won a Gold medal with a throw of 63.97 meters on Tuesday. Other Indian paralympians who competed in the event alongside Devendra were Rinku Hooda, who ranked fifth with personal best of 54.39 meters and Sundar Singh Gurjar, who didn’t start the event. Earlier, Deepa Malik had won Silver medal in shotput F53 event and increased India’s medal tally to 3. Jhajharia, who currently ranks at no. 3 in the world, was born in Rajasthan and was awarded Arjuna Award in 2004, Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first paralympian to receive the honor. Devendra was electrocuted while climbing a tree when he was only 8 years old and his left hand was amputated. By Prajakt K.
India’s Paralympic athlete, Deepa Malik has won Silver in F-53 Shotput event in Rio Paralympics and has created the history, as she has become the only woman from India to win medal in Paralympics. This is India’s third medal in Rio Paralympics after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won Gold and Bronze respectively in Men’s High Jump event. Deepa Malik’s throw of 4.61m was the best in her six attempts. She has confirmed India’s third medal at Rio Paralympics. Her opponents Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won Gold medal with the best throw of 4.76m and Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with the throw of 4.28m. Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming in Paralympics. She has won several medals in swimming at international competitions. Deepa Malik, who holds Asian record in javeline throw, also has world championship silver medals in shotput and discus in 2011. Malik, who is a mother of two and a wife of a Army officer, is a paraplegic, paralyzed from waist down. 17 years ago, she was suffering from the spinal tumor which made walking impossible for her. Her spinal tumor was operated with 31 surgeries and Deepa had to undergo 183 stitches on her waist and legs. By Prajakt K.
India’s freestyle wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt who won bronze at London Olympics 2012 may get Silver medal after the Russian wrestler late Besik Kudukhov tested positive for doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Although there is no official confirmation on the issue, according to the experts, if an Olympian caught positive for the banned products the best athlete after him gets upgrade. If the reports are true Yogeshwar Dutt will join the another silver medalist from India at London Olympics 2012, Sushil Kumar. Earlier in 2012, in the pre-quarterfinal, Kudukhov had beaten Yogeshwar and reached the finals. In the repechage round Yogeshwar had beaten Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico, Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran and Ri Jyong-Myong of North Korea to score a bronze medal. As per the Russian news agency, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Kudukhov had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia. His samples have been tested positive for the banned substances by the World Anti-doping Agency. A former wrestler told a famous news channel, “If a medallist has tested positive for a banned substance, then it is a standard procedure to give his medal to the next best athlete. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has to inform the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United World Wrestling about the development. It might take some time for Yogeshwar to get the silver medal.” The Wresting Federation of India, however, told a leading daily that they are aware of the decision but they have not made any official announcement till now as the official confirmation from the IOC has not yet received. A source in United World Wresting (UWW) told a leading daily, “The samples of five wrestlers, including Russia's Besik Kudukhov (60 kg) and Uzbekistan's Artur Taymazov's (120 kg), have tested positive for banned substances. Kudukhov failed a dope test in re-tests of samples collected during the London Games. In Taymazov's case, the re-tests date back to samples collected from the Beijing Games (2008). Kudukhov is a silver medallist and Taymazon a gold-medal winner. They will lose their medals. With Kudukhov testing positive, Yogeshwar Dutt of India will get the silver.” By Prajakt K.
Four athletes who performed well at Rio Olympics 2016, including silver medalist P.V. Sindhu, Bronze medal winner Sakshi Malik, shooter Jitu Rai and gymnast Dipa Karmakar conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards on Monday from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. WATCH: Rio Olympics Silver Medallist PV Sindhu conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in Delhi.https://t.co/MAO2ujWGSK — ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016 WATCH: President Mukherjee presents Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.https://t.co/MJCzpU0VKi — ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016 Delhi: Dipa Karmakar conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Mukherjee. pic.twitter.com/RfTVVo0YLu — ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016 Shooter Jitu Rai conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/OYhcMEcVgK — ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016 The award ceremony also watched fifteen other sportsperson winning Arjuna Award and three with Dhyan Chand Award. Six coaches of different field won Dronacharya award. The Punjabi University of Patiala was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy 2015-16. Press release by the sports ministry said thath the Khel Ratna awardees will get Rs. 7.5 lakh with a medal and citation. The Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each. The selection committee for choosing players for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Award was headed by Justice S. K. Agarwal, a retired Delhi High Court Judge whereas M.C. Mary Kom headed the selection committee for Dronacharya Award and Dhyan Chnad Award. Full List Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016 Name of awardee Discipline P.V. Sindhu Badminton Sakshi Malik Wrestling Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics Jitu Rai Shooting Dronacharya Award 2016 Name of awardee Discipline Nagapuri Ramesh Athletics Sagar Mal Dhayal Boxing Raj Kumar Sharma Cricket Bishweshwar Nandi Gymnastics S. Pradeep Kumar Swimming (lifetime) Mahabir Singh Wrestling (lifetime) Arjuna Award 2016 Name of awardee Discipline Rajat Chauhan Archery Lalita Babar Athletics Sourav Kothari Billiards and Snooker Shiva Thapa Boxing Ajinkya Rahane Cricket Rani Hockey Subrata Paul Football V R Raghunath Hockey Gurpreet Singh Shooting Apurvi Chandela Shooting Soumyajit Ghosh Table Tennis Vinesh Poghat Wrestling Amit Kumar Wrestling Sandeep Singh Mann Para-Athletics Virender Singh Wrestling (deaf) Dhyan Chand Award 2015 Name of Awardee Discipline Satti Geetha Athletics Sylvanus Dung Dung Hockey Rajendra Pralhad Shelke Rowing By Prajakt K.
The Olympic flame was extinguished in an colorful opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016 and the baton was passed to Tokyo who has promised the best best Olympics games ever in 2020. American basketball team defeated Serbia 96-66, just before the closing ceremony, to win the final gold medal in the game and finishing the camping at the first place with winning 46 golds to Great Britain and China who finished second and third with winning 27 and 26 golds respectively. Finishing its Olympic campaign at 67th spot with winning one silver and one bronze medal by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik respectively India completed the Rio Olympics. Sakshi Malik was also the flag bearer of India at the closing ceremony as PV Sindhu returned to India on Saturday. Olympics chief Thomas Bach said, “These were marvelous Olympic games in the marvelous city. These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about Rio de Janeiro before and much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said, “The Japan’s government will work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever.” Michael Phelps, a swimming legend, by winning five gold at Rio Olympics and a silver and took his medal tally to 23 in his Olympic career. The host country Brazil celebrated the the famous football win when the Brazilian team defeated Germany, under Neymar, in the penalty shootout revenging their infamous 7-1 loss in World Semi finals in 2014. The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt who has announced his retirement after the 2017 world championship, won three gold medals in Rio at 100m, 200m and 4x100m event taking his Olympic medal tally to nine after winning the same in London and Beijing Olympics. The security as well as logistical problems were at its peak during the South America’s first Olympics. But it was kept under control by the authorities as the audience saw an outstanding performance by many Olympic athletes of the different countries. Among the controversies happened in the Games, Mongolia’s Chagnaadroj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test. In an another event, police raided the Irish Olympics office after the Irish International Olympic Committee chief Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam and seized passports, phones and computers. Mongolian coach protested in a furious way when he stripped down to his underwear after an alleged wrong decision against wrestler Gazorigiin Mandakhnaran. By Prajakt K.
India’s one of the top wrestlers, Yogeshwar Dutt, faced a shocking defeat in a qualification round as he was beaten by Mongolia’s Gonzorigiin Mandakhnaran and ended India’s Olympic campaign with two medals in total won by Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu in 58 kg women’s freestyle and women’s singles badminton event respectively at Rio Olympics 2016 Dutt showed extremely poor show at the match and the 33-year old wrestler from Haryana lost to the Mongolian grappler 0-3. Mandakhnaran showed some outstanding skills and played at a good pace and Dutt had no answer for his skills. Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won a bronze medal at London Olympics, had to depend on his Mongolian opponent to stay his hopes alive to go forward in the tournament. However, as Mandakhnaran lost in the quarter finals, it was all over for Dutt as well as for India. With Yogeshwar Dut’s shocking ousting from the Rio Olympics, India have finished it’s Olympic campaign with winning one silver and one bronze respectively by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. Among the 119 player contingent, which was largest in any Olympics game from India, Indian athletes could not win enough medals and disappointed the nation. Dutt, who qualified for Rio Olympics in March after a knee injury, could not score the required points in the second half as well after being trailing 0-3 till the break which resulted into his shocking defeat in the 65 Kg freestyle event. Although in last minute he tried to pin down his opponent but all his efforts went in vain as he could not capitalize on it. By Prajakt K.
With the help of the fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt, Jamaican team won the finals of 4x100m baton relay event at Rio Olympics and secured the gold medal. Usain Bolt won his third gold medal at Rio and ninth in his overall Olympic career. Bolt, who accepted the baton in the final leg, had not comfortable advantage, although he won the race by two or three meters. Jamaican team finished their race in 37.27 seconds ahead of Japan (37.60s) and Canada (37.64s). The USA team which actually finished before the Canadians, when they were disqualified due to baton change outside the box. Bolt, who has announced his retirement after the world champion in 2017, has won the ninth gold medal in Olympics and third in Rio Olympics. Earlier, he had won 100m, 200m and 4x100m events with gold medals at Beijing in 2008 and at London in 2012. Usain Bolt now has finished his journey in Olympics with equaling the record of winning nine golds in athletics of US sprinter and jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi. By Prajakt K.