Author: Raju Tiwari

Govt. Revokes Suspension of Deemed Recognition of IOA

Government has decided to revoke the suspension of deemed recognition of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) with immediate effect in the light of the corrective action taken by them in reversing its earlier decision making Abhay Singh Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi, Life Presidents of IOA. Since IOA has admitted the faux pas committed and regretted the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to all concerned, it is expected of IOA that it will uphold the highest standard of probity and ethics in its functioning in future.

In the light of the above developments and keeping in view the larger interest of promotion and development of sports in the country, the Sports Ministry has revoked the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA, imposed on 30.12.2016, with immediate effect.

Pinki Jangra turns professional

New Delhi: With an aim to increase strength and stamina Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Pinki Rani Jangra has decided to turn pro. Pinky is the second women boxer after former world champion L Sarita Devi to become a professional boxer.

The 28-year-old Pinki has tied up with Sporty Boxing Private Limited, which is the commercial wing of Indian Boxing Council (IBC). IBC gives license to professional boxers in India. Sports Authority of India too had considered Pinki’s request and permitted her to shift from the SAI Center of Excellence, Hissar, to the SAI Centre of Excellence, Rohtak, where she will now train with the other IBC boxers.

Inspite of her becoming a professional, Pinki still harbors hopes of representing India in the Asian and Commonwealth Games next year. Pinki has started her professional training at the IBC National Camp at Sports Authority of India’s National Boxing Academy, Rohtak.

The only Indian boxer to defeat the country’s female boxing icon MC Mary Kom twice, Pinki was AIBA’s No.2 Ranked woman boxer in the World in 48 kg. The Haryana boxer had first hogged the limelight when she beat the then four-time World champion Mary Kom during the 2009 Nationals. Five years later, Pinki had prevailed over Mary Kom again to clinch a berth for the 2014 Common Wealth Games, where she eventually bagged the bronze.

Career Highlights:

2014 CWG – Bronze
2015 President’s Cup Open International Cup – Gold
2014 Nations Cup – Silver
2012 Asian Women’s Cup – Silver
2011 Arafura Games – Gold
India-Sri Lanka Duel Championship – Gold

Kerala and Railways are Senior National Volleyball Men’s and Women’s champions

Chennai, Dec 29: Kerala men took revenge of their previous edition’s final loss to Indian Railways, while Indian Railways’ women’s team won rallied to beat Kerala on the final day of the 65th Senior National Volleyball championships at a packed JN indoor stadium, on Friday.

Kerala men’s team had to battle tooth and nail against defending champions Indian Railways before coming out winners with a 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-27, 15-9 verdict.

In the women’s category Indian Railways beat Kerala 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21 for the ninth time in a row. It was Indian Railways’ (Women) 31st overall title win out of 65 editions so far played.

Host Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra took the bronze medal in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.

Final Results:

Men’s Gold Medal Match: Kerala beat Indian Railways 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-27, 15-9.

Men’s Bronze Medal Match: Tamil Nadu beat Punjab 20-25, 25-20, 34-32, 25-21.

Women’s Gold Medal Match: Indian Railways beat Kerala 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21

Women’s Bronze Medal Match: Maharashtra beat AP 25-15, 25-17, 25-9.

Sports Minister Felicitated World Cup Winning Indian Junior Hockey Team

New Delhi: Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel hosted the Indian Junior Hockey Team which recently lifted the World Cup 2016 at his residence, here on Thursday.

The Minister announced that each player of the winning team led by Harjeet Singh will be individually honoured and presented with an amount of Rs. 3.70 lakh each. The minister said these players should be looked up to as role models for the youth in India and expressed hope that majority of the players will be part of senior team in future to bring further glory to their sporting career. He said, the entire nation is very proud of them for what they achieved after a gap of 15 years by winning the World Cup. Recalling the victories at Asian Champions Trophy Tournaments prior to the Junior World Cup, Shri Vijay Goel said, it gives us immense pleasure to see that Indian Men, Women and Junior Hockey Teams have performed very well in international competitions in 2016.

In the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup hosted in Lucknow, India overwhelmed Belgium 2-1 to lift the Junior World Cup and became the second team, after Gagan Ajit Singh’s colts in 2001, to get their hands on the most coveted title. This is also the first time that a host nation has won the Cup.

England’s tour of India 2016-17 – 4th Test at Wankhede – Day 3

@imVkohli help India take lead on 3rd day of 4th TestClick To Tweetvirat-kohliMumbai: Skipper Virat Kohli’s brilliant unbeaten century powered India to a commanding position on the second day of the ongoing fourth Test match at Wankhede Stadium, here today.

Earlier today, India lost the wicket of overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (47) on the second ball of the day. However, Kohli’s 15th Test hundred and an equally confident 136 by Murali Vijay (his 8th Test hundred) helped India to reach 247/2 at lunch.

Post lunch India lost wickets of Murali Vijay, Karun Nair (13), Parthiv Patel (15) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) within 45 runs to slump to 307/6. However, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (25) took India close to visitor’s first innings score with a 57 run stand for the seventh wicket.

The unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 87 between Kohli and Jayant Yadav (30*) helped hosts extend their first-innings lead to 51 runs by the end of day’s play.

For England, spinners Moeen Ali (2/139), Adil Rashid (2/152) and Joe Root (2/18) accounted for six of the seven Indian wickets to fall.

Brief Score at the end of Day – 3:

England: 400 all out (Keaton Jennings 112, Jos Buttler 76, Moeen Ali 50, Ashwin 6/112, Jadeja 4/109)

India: 451/7 (Virat Kohli 147*, Murali Vijay 136, Joe Root 2/18)

India lead England by 51 runs with 3 wickets remaining.

England’s tour of India 2016-17 – 4th Test at Wankhede – Day 2

@MuraliVijayFC put India on top after 2nd day of 4th TestClick To Tweetmurali-vijayMumbai: Murali Vijay’s (70*) unbeaten 15th fifty and his century partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (47*) put India in a commanding position on the second day of the ongoing fourth Test match at Wankhede Stadium, here today.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 288 for five, vistors were reduced to 334 for eight as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes (31) while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with wickets of Chris Woakes (11) and Adil Rashid (4).  However, Jos Buttler (76) scored his sixth fifty, as he shared a 54 run stand with Jake Ball (31) for the ninth wicket to prevented hosts from gaining advantage. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 400 runs in their first innings.

For India, Ashwin picked up six wickets, his 23rd five-wicket haul, while Ravindra Jadeja bagged the remaining four wickets.

Brief Score at the end of Day – 2:

England: 385/8 (Keaton Jennings 112, Jos Buttler 76, Moeen Ali 50, Ashwin 6/112, Jadeja 4/109)

India: 146/1 (Murali Vijay’ 70*, Cheteshwar Pujara 47*)

India trail England by 254 runs with 9 wickets remaining.

Ranji Trophy 2016-17 – Final Scores – Round 8

GROUP A

Venue:Dharamsala
Madhya Pradesh 217 & 293
Baroda 164 & 114
Result:MP won by 232 runs
Man of the Match: Ishwar Pandey

Venue:Belagani
Gujrat 624/6d
Punjab 247 & 261/2
Result:Match Drawn
Man of the Match:Priyank Panchal

Venue:Rajkot
Uttar Pradesh 259 & 330
Railways 214 & 155
Result:UP won by 220 runs

Man of the Match:Shivam Choudhary

Venue:Nagpur
Bengal 99 & 437
Mumbai 229 & 203/6
Result:Match Drawn
Man of the Match:Ashok Dinda

GROUP B

Venue:Patiala
Karnataka 200 & 216
Saurastara 359 & 58/6
Result:Saurastara won by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Prerak Mankad

Venue:Wayanad
Odisha 319
Maharastra 94 & 107
Result:Odisha won by an Inning and 118 runs
Man of the Match:Biplab Samantray

Venue:Chennai
Vidharba 183 & 37/3
Delhi 250/8d
Result:Match Drawn
Man of the Match: Manan Sharma

Venue:Vizianagaram
Jharkhand 316 & 111/5
Assam 126 & 299
Result:Jharkhand won by 5 wickets
Man of the Match:Rahul Shukla

GROUP C

Venue:Cuttack
Tripura 213 & 162
Kerala 193 & 182/3
Result:kerala won by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Mohammad Azharuddeen

Venue:Dhanbad
Goa 115 & 276
Andhra Pradesh 159 & 198
Result:Goa won by 34 runs
Man of the Match:Shadab Jakati

Venue:Vadodara
Hyderabad 328 & 244/2d
Jammu & kashmir 169 & 117
Result:Hyderabad won by 286 runs
Man of the Match: Tanmay Agarwal

Venue:Mumbai
Services 225 & 340/7
Chattisgarh 281 & 266
Result:Services won by 18 runs
Man of the Match:Diwesh Pathania

Venue:Valsad
Himachal Pradesh 233 & 432/5
Haryana 402 & 162/3
Result:Match Drawn
Man of the Match:Guntashveer Shingh

ISL2016 – Match 53 – Gaurs beat Chennaiyin in a high scoring encounter

FC Goa beat Chennaiyin FC 5 - 4Click To TweetFC Goa beat Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in an Indian Super League match played today at Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Fatroda.

It was an aggresive start by both teams. Jerry Lalrinzuala put Chennaiyin FC ahead in the 4th minute but their lead was for only two minute as Rafael Coelho Luiz equaliser. Chennaiyin took the lead again in the 14th minute, as Grégory Arnolin scored an own goal but FC Goa managed to equalise in 21st minute through a penalty and Jofre González Mateu didn’t missed oppurtunity. Hero of Match in previous encounter Dudu Omagbemi put Chennaiyin in lead in the first half in 28th minute. Chennaiyin FC was leading 3-2 at Half time.

The second half started off on a contrasting note, as the game lacked the fire of the first. Halfway through the second half however, the tempo quickly stepped up as Sahil Tavora evened the scores for FC Goa in 68th minute. Soon after, Rafael Coelho Luiz put hosts Goa in the lead for the first time in the match in the 76th minute. Chennaiyin FC were able to get back into the game when Raju Gaikwad committed an awkward handball inside the penalty. John Arne Riise put it away to equalise the scoreboard 4 – 4 once more in 88th minute. In the dying moments of the game, Sahil Tavora ran in from the left and drilled in a goal in scintillating fashion. This turned out to be the match-winning goal for the hosts.

After today’s match, both FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC end of their this season’s campaign. FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC finish with 14 and 15 points respectively.

Rafael Coelho of FC Goa was named “Hero of the Match”

Final Score:
FC Goa – 5 (Luiz 6′, Gonzalez (P) 21′, Tavora 68′, Luiz 76′, Tavora 90′) beat Chennaiyin FC – 4 (L ‘Rinzuala 4′, Arnolin(OG) 14′, Omagbemi 28′, Riise (P) 88’)

ISL2016 – Match 52 – Highlanders keep their semis hope alive

NorthEast United FC beat Delhi Dynamo FC 2 – 1 in an Indian Super League match played today at Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati.

Seityasen Singh put North East United ahead in the 60th minute. A brilliant assist by Robert Cullen helped Koffi N’DRI double the lead in 71st minute. For Delhi Dynamos, Marcello Pereira scored in the penultimate minute, but his goal only reduced the margin of defeat for Delhi.

The win kept NorthEast United FC’s hopes alive of making it into the top four. Today’s defeat didn’t have any impact on Delhi’s chances, as Dynamos have already qualified for the semis.

The Highlanders will play Kerala Blasters FC in a virtual quarter-final to decide who claims the 4th spot. While, Delhi will play Mumbai City FC in their last league match to decide which team tops the table.

Seityasen Singh of NorthEast United FC was named “Hero of the Match“

Final Score:

North East United FC– 2 (Seityasen Singh 60′, Koffi N’DRI 71′) beat Delhi Dynamo FC – 1 (Marcelo Periera 90′)

Affan Yousuf’s brace helps India beat Australia 3 – 2

A brace by Affan Yousuf within one minute helped VR Raghunath led side beat hosts Australia in the opening match of two match series in the first of two Tests in Bendigo, Victoria on Tuesday.
After a goalless first quarter. The 22-year-old struck twice in the second quarter to put vistors in command. Courtesy, Affan’s two brilliant field goals India, ranked sixth in the world went into the half time leading the Kangaroos by two goals.
The world champions manged to equalise through field goals from Matthew Willis and Trent Mitton in 36th and 43rd minute respectively. However, in the next minute only VR raghunath netted the match winner through a penalty corner to put India in lead again.
India managed to see off the host in the final quarter to win the match 3 – 2. 
Final Score:
INDIA 3 (Affan Yousuf 19′, 20′, VR Raghunath 44′) beat AUSTRALIA 2 (Matthew Willis 36′, Trent Mitton 43′)