Author: Pratik Asthana

Indian Sports History – 26 May

On 26 May 1928 – Indian Hockey Team won its 1st ever Gold medal in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. A streak that continued through the 1956 Games held in Melbourne.

Jaipal Singh Munda was the captain of the team. In the final, Dhyan Chand scored a hat-trick as India beat hosts Holland 3-0.

In the entire tournament, India didn’t conceded​ a single goal while scoring 29 goals in all. Out of which, Dhyan Chand scored the highest number of goals (14) for India.

Squad:- Jaipal Singh Munda (C), Richard Allen, Rex Norris, Dhyan Chand, Broome Pinniger, Michael Gateley, Michael Rocque, William Goodsir-Cullen, Frederic Seaman, Leslie Hammond, Ali Shaukat , Feroze Khan, Santosh Manglani, Kher Singh Gill, George Marthins

India lose 1-4 to Denmark at Sudirman Cup

Gold Coast, May 22: Star shuttler P V Sindhu’s win was the only bright spot on a dismal day as India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship here on Monday.

Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India came a cropper after they lost the first three ties — mixed doubles, men’s singles and men’s double –, to go down 0-3 in the five- match rubber.

Starting the proceedings, the experienced Ashwini Ponnappa and the young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy paired up and displayed good fighting spirit before going down 15-21 21-16 17-21 to the London Olympics bronze-medallist combo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in the mixed doubles match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes here.

A lot was expected from World No.13 Ajay Jayaram after his recent success against Viktor Axelsen at the Malaysia Open but the Mumbai shuttler capitulated 12-21 7-21 in just 27 minutes as India slipped to 0-2.

In the men’s doubles match, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crossed swords with former Olympic silver- medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

After 33 minutes, it was the Danish pair which emerged victorious 21-17 21-15.

Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu then saved India some embarrassment with a 21-18 21-6 win over Line Kjaersfeldt in a 32-minute women’s singles match.

In the fifth match, the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold runners-up pair of Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy fought hard before losing 21-18 15-21 21-23 to Olympic silver-medalists Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna as Denmark wrapped up the contest 4-1.

India will next face former champions Indonesia on WednesdaY.

source PTI

Football Balloon installed in Delhi

New Delhi, May 19: Sports Minister, Shri Vijay Goel and the Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh at the installation of a big size Football Balloon in the park of Inner Circle of Connaught Place, to promote the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Biren Singh, was the chief guest at the event. The Manipur Chief Minister expressed happiness at India hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Shri Biren Singh has been a national level football player himself and has promoted the cause of football in the country.

The objective behind the event is to popularise football in the country, in view of FIFA Under-17 World Cup being hosted in India from October 6 to October 28, 2017. The event is a step towards restoring Indian football to its past glory of 1950s and marks another step forward in the direction of Prime Minister’s vision, as outlined in “Mann Ki Baat” programme, to take football to every village in the country.

Baruipur High School wins 19th Dhyanchand Memorial Tournament

Kolkata. May 18: Baruipur High School became the Champion of 19th Dhyanchand Memorial (under 14yrs) Hockey Tournament 2017 after beating Nadia District HA 6-0 in an one sided final here at the Bengal Hockey Associatio ground on Thursday.

Rupesh Adhikary and Dipasan Halder found the back of the net on two occasions each, while Santanu Naskar and Atanu Naskar too chipped in with a goal apiece.

Dhyanchand Memorial (under 14yrs) Hockey Tournament is being organised by Bengal Hockey Association.

Dhyanchand Memorial Hockey Tournament 2017 – Day 1

Kolkata, May 08: On the opening day of the Dhyanchand Memorial Hockey Tournament following matches were played. Dhyanchand Memorial Hockey Tournament is being organised by Bengal Hockey Association.

Match 1 Entally Hockey Academy 6 : 0 Marian Friends
Match 2 Behala S A 3 : 1 St James School
Match 3 Nadia District H A 1 : 1 Kolkata Warriors
Match 4 Baruipur High School 8 : 0 Deshbandhu SC

Points Table

Group A GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Baruipur High School 1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
Khalsa Academy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Deshbandhu SC 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0
Group B GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Nadia District H A 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Kolkata Warriors 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Kanaipur Sree Guru H S 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group C GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Behala S A 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
Shinning Club 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St James School 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
Group D GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Entally Hockey Academy 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
La Martiniere for Boys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marian Friends 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0

after match(es) on 08.05.2017

Federation Cup 2017 – Day 1

Cuttack, May 07: East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw against Churchill Brothers in match 1 of the 2017 Federation Cup here at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

In the 65th minute Wedson Anselme, put the Kolkata based club ahead. However, the Red and Golds failed to hold on the lead as Ghanefo Kromah scored the equalizer in the 80th minute.

In match 2, Aizawl FC managed to pull off a 3-2 victory against Chennai City FC after trailing by two goals at the end of first half. Charles De Souza put Chennai ahead in the 13th minute. In the 39th minute Edwin Vanspaul doubled the lead. Mahmud Al-Amna’s goal in the 53rd minute reduced the margin to 2-1. In the 62nd minute Laldanmawia scored his first of the two goals of the match as the recently crowned Hero I-League champions drew parity. Laldanmawia’s second gaol of the match in the 81st minute helped Aizawl FC complete a tremendous comeback.

The top eight teams of the recently concluded I-League season will fight it out for the premier cup competition in Indian football. The teams are divided into two groups of four teams each. The winner of 38th Federation Cup will represent India in the AFC Cup, alongwith Aizawl FC.

Points Table at the end of Day 1

Group – A GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Aizawl FC 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
East Bengal 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Churchill Brothers 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Chennai City 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0

Hockey Him wins 7th Junior National Hockey

Bhopal, May 7: Hockey Him thrashed Hockey Mizoram 5-0 to become champions of the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Women) ‘A’ Division at the Aisbagh Stadium here on Saturday.

Ankita put Hockey Him ahead in the 14th minute. Hockey Him continued their dominance and in the 20th minute Ekta Kaushik doubled the lead. Right on the hooter for the first half, Ankita found the back of the net again to score her second goal of the match. Hockey Him went into the break leading 3-0 at the half time.

Despite the change in pace in the second half, and Hockey Mizoram’s constant attempts to fore the play and claw back in the game with a goal, Hockey Him’s quality and astute game-play guaranteed them an outstanding victory. Manju Chorasiya (39′) and Umra (66′) were also among the scorers for Hockey Him.

In the 3rd/4th place game, Hockey Andhra Pradesh beat Assam Hockey 7-0. Jyothi Pilligoila scored an outstanding first half hat-trick (13′, 18′, 25′) and was backed up perfectly by captain Maheswari Balagond who scored a brace (29′, 49′) s Hockey Andhra Pradesh eased to victory. (ANI)

BFI recommends Saweety, Sonia and Sarjubala for Arjuna awards

New Delhi, May 4: The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has recommended the women’s trio of World Championship silver-medallists — Saweety Boora (81kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), and Sarjubala Devi (51kg) — for this year’s Arjuna awards.

All the three boxers have been consistently performing well for India and are regulars in the national team.

Saweety’s world silver medal came in the 2014 edition, the same edition Sarjubala got her silver. Sonia, on the other hand, was India’s lone medalist at the 2016 edition of the big event with her silver.

Both Saweety and Sonia are silver-medallists at the Asian Championships as well. While Saweety won in the 2015 edition, Sonia had claimed it back in 2012.

Sarjubala is a former youth world champion and won a silver medal at the season-opening Nation’s Cup in Serbia early this year.

It is learnt that Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg) is among the male boxers to have been recommended for the Arjuna award. But his recommendation has not gone through BFI.

Athletes can be recommended by individuals and entities other than the national federation as well.

Sindhu, Saina lose a place in BWF ranking

New Delhi, May 4: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal slipped a place each to be at the fourth and ninth spots respectively in the latest BWF World ranking released today.

Both Sindhu and Saina last played at the Asian Badminton Championship in China with the former losing in the quarterfinals, while the latter bowed out in the first round.

In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram continues to be the best- ranked Indian at the 13th spot, while Singapore Super Series champion Sai Praneeth gained a place to reach 22nd.

Former World No. 3 K Srikanth, who also reached the finals at Singapore, is at the 26th spot followed by Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer Verma, who gained a place to be at 27th.

H S Prannoy lost a place to be at 30th position, while Sourabh Verma was at the 39th spot.

Fast-rising new women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and R Sikki Reddy improved two places to be at the 28th spot.

Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy is at the 25th position, while mixed doubles combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are placed at the 16th place.

Pant, Samson hunt down Lions

Delhi, May 4: Rishabh Pant’s 97 off 43 balls helped Delhi Daredevils beat Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets in match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League here at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Thursday.

Earlier, Skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik added 133 for the third wicket to help Lions post a challenging 208 for 7.

However, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson (61 off 31 balls) added 143-runs for the second wicket, as Daredevils reached home with 15 balls to spare.

Brief Scores

Gujarat Lions: 208-7 (Suresh Raina 77, Dinesh Karthik 65, Kagiso Rabada 2-28, Pat Cummins 2-30) lost to Delhi Daredevils: 214-3 in 17.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 97, Sanju Samson 61)

Man of the Match: Rishabh Pant