Author: Raju Tiwari

Sindhu wins Indian Open

PV Sindhu defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final to win her maiden Indian Open Super Series title on Sunday.

Sindhu, who won the TOISA badminton player of the year as well as overall player of the year awards, avenged her Olympic final defeat to Marin in an imperious fashion with a straight game 21-19, 21-16 win at a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex.

This was the Sindhu’s Second Successive victory over the top seed since her loss to Carolina in the famous 2016 Rio Olympics final. Sindhu had also beaten Carolina in the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December 2016. However, this was the Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s second Superseries title after also winning the China Open in November 2016.

Only two other Indians — Saina Nehwal (women’s singles) and Kidambi Srikanth (men’s singles) — have won the India Open previously, both clinching their respective titles in 2015.

World No. 5 Sindhu, who was seeded third in the tournament, bettered her record to 4-5 against the World No.3 Carolina Marin.

In Men’s Singles, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark downed Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-13, 21-10. Sunday’s win is Dane’s first Indian Open title, after he had finished runners up in 2015 and 2016.

In the all-Chinese mixed-doubles final, defending champions Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong beat Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 22-24, 21-14, 21-17.

In the women’s doubles final, Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto beat their Japanese compatriots Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 16-21, 21-19, 21-10 to win the title.

In an all-Indonesian affair, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo beat Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11, 21-15.

Ankur Clinches Gold at ISSF Shotgun World Cup

Acapulco (Mexico), Mar 23: Extending his good form, Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record equalling effort.

Mittal had settled for a silver at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, where Willet had won the gold.

24-year-old Ankur Mittal concluded the final with 75 hits, also matching the World Record set by the same Willett at last month’s competition in New Delhi, while the 21-year-old Australian shooter finished with 73.

Mittal’s world record matching effort helped him secure first World Cup Gold medal of his career.

Gold – Ankur Mittal (India)
Silver – James Willet (Australia)
Bronze – Qi Ying (China)

Subhankar Dey enters final of 52nd Portuguese International

New Delhi, Mar 12: Fifth seed Subhankar Dey enters into the final of 52nd Portuguese International by beating Hungary’s 8th seed Gergely Krausz by 19-21,21-16,21-18 in 61 minutes. His opponent in final will be 4th seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark.

Earlier in quarterfinals Dey defeated Manuel Vazquez of Spain by 21-15,21-15 in just 29 minute.

While in Women’s Category Sali Rane lost a hard fought match to Yee Yap (Malaysia) in quarterfinals in 55 minutes by 16-21, 21-19, 17-21.

Hero I-League 2017 – Bengaluru Hold Mariners

Bengaluru, Mar 11: Bengaluru FC, who returned to winning ways last weekend after going eight games winless in the I-League football championship, played a goalless draw against Mohun Bagan in a crucial match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.

The match had its share of controversy when a header from Sony Norde’s free-kick was put on the back of the Bengaluru’s net much to the joy of the Bagan crowd piled on the lower East Block. However, referee cancelled out owing to an infringement on the keeper.

Following the result, Mohun Bagan remained at the third spot with 23 points in 12 matches while the defending champions are at the fifth spot with 18 points in 13 matches.

Full Time:

Mohun Bagan – 0 draw Bengaluru FC – 0

Hero of the Match – Arindam Bhattacharya

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.