Category: Off the Field

STI NEWS – 07 JUN 2017

Shuttlers seek Sushma’s help in Canadian visa delay

  • New Delhi, 07 Jun: Shuttlers H.S. Prannoy and N. Sikki Reddy sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention ahead of the Canada Open Grand Prix. It has been learnt that some of the players are yet to receive their passports and visas from the Canadian High Commission. Canada Open Grand Prix is scheduled from 11th to 16th of July.

7th Senior National Hockey Championship 2017 (MEN) – “B” Division


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.

Garry Calvert resigns as Indian coach

New Delhi, May 4: Garry Calvert has resigned as National Javelin Coach of India, citing professional reasons. He has accepted a role in China as National Javelin Coach.

During Garry Calvert’s tenure, Indian Javelin reached to new heights as Neeraj Chopra won the World Junior Championships with a world record throw in Poland. At the National Championships in Lucknow, Ravinder Singh Khaira and Shivpal Singh finishing at first and second place with both going past the meet record.

Earlier this year in April, Neeraj Chopra qualified for the World Championships in London with a throw of 83.32 meters it the second leg of the Asia Grand Prix.

In order to ensure that Indian Athletics is given every opportunity to develop and progress, Garry Calvert suggested, “to structurally set up a High Performance Department with a professional High Performance Director and 6 supporting staff to manage the overall program, elite athlete delivery, national teams, overseas camps and coach development. This High Performance Department would take over from the current format and would address the individual athlete requirements and the delivery of a professional coaching staff.” He believes that India has enormous talent in all events and wished them every success in the future.

This is not the time to wonder what India would have been able to achieve under the guidance of Garry Calvert, but to enjoy and appreciate the successes that Indian Javelin Throwers were able to achieve during his tenure. Athletics Federation of India will hopefully soon appoint a coach who would build on the good work done by Garry Calvert.

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.

HI announces Women’s team for New Zealand tour

New Delhi, May 4: Hockey India on Thursday announced the 20-member Indian Senior Women’s team who will tour New Zealand for a Five-Match Test Series to be played at Midlands starting May 14.

The team will be captained by striker Rani while Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, who is making a comeback after nearly eight months of rehabilitation due to an injury, will shoulder the duties of vice-captain.

The team includes a mix of experienced and the young with the defence line formed by Deep Grace Ekka, Udita, Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Gurjit Kaur who also doubles up as the team’s only drag flicker. The goal will be kept by Savita who had a fantastic outing at the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 where she was adjudged the goal keeper of the tournament. Rajani Etimarpu will travel as the second goal keeper in the team.

The midfield will be formed by the experienced Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Renuka Yadav, Nikki Pradhan and Reena Khokar. The forwardline features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Preeti Dubey, Sonika and Anupa Barla.

The Indian Senior Women’s team have had a great start to the new season with some remarkable wins. They kicked off the year with an emphatic Five-Match Test Series win against Belarus. The team returned victorious from the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 beating Chile in the final and securing their berth for the World League Semi Final in June. Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, the newly-appointed chief coach for the Indian women’s team hoped that the New Zealand tour will help the team gain the required exposure ahead of important tournament lined up in June.

The team has been put through the grind in a 21-day camp at SAI, Bengaluru where the team trains three session a day. During the camp, the emphasis was on fitness and improving individual technique as well as developing defensive structure of the team.

Indian Squad:
Goalkeepers: Rajani Etimarpu, Savita
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Udita, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam (VC), Namita Toppo
Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Renuka Yadav, Nikki Pradhan, Reena Khokar
Forwards: Rani (C), Vandana Katariya, Preeti Dubey, Sonika, Anupa Barla

(with inputs from HI)

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.

Indian Football Team breaks into top 100

New Delhi, May 4: Indian Football Team ranked has climbed a spot and are ranked 100th with a total of 331 points, alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia, breaks into top 100 for first time in 21 years.

The last time India had been in the top 100 of the rankings was way back in 1996, with the 94th spot in February 1996 being the country’s best ever FIFA ranking.

India’s rise in the rankings has been due to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar, both away wins. India will next face Lebanon in an international friendly on June 7, ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying tournament.

Aizawl FC – Well done!!!

Aizawl FC winning the Hero I-League has unleashed a new era in the history of Indian football. These guys had proved that hard work, dedication, true spirit, passion and will force is the last word for success.

Aizawl Football Club, a small team from Mizoram (India) defied all expectation and won the I-League 2017, the top division football league in India in just their second appearance in the league.

Last year despite not being the last placed team they were relegated, though being recalled by AIFF to play in the topmost tier of Indian football. This year you showed purpose from the very beginning of the I-League. More creditable, they remained undefeated in their home ground.

Justice for Aizawl Football Club, India’s national champion

A team with a total budget of only 4.12 crores, a team comprising of 8 (eight) players from the academy, you really showed the true way to the ultimate glory, rising to the epitome of the Indian football.

They had done what Leicester City did in English football, Deportivo La Coruna did in Spanish football. Really, North East is the growing future of Indian football.

Congratulations to Aizawl FC, congrats Khalid Jamil and their support staff, congrats all the players of Aizawl FC, congrats to all the officials.

(article by Diptashis Dasgupta)

Gen Dalbir Singh felicitates Tajamul Islam

New Delhi, 16 Nov: General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, felicitated Miss Tajamul Islam, student of Class II of Army Goodwill School, Bandipora, and winner of ‘Gold Medal’ in World Sub Junior Kickboxing Championship at South Block, New Delhi, yesterday. She won the gold medal in the championship which was held at Andriana, Italy, after beating her American opponent.

The Army Chief praised the grit and determination of the little girl who has made the nation proud and hoped that her success would inspire other children of the Valley. Young Tajamul Islam expressed her joy on meeting the Army Chief.

This young talent was spotted and initially nurtured by the Army Goodwill School, Bandipora. Tajamul started her journey in the world of kickboxing by winning the Gold Medal at the State level championship, held in Jammu in 2015. She thereafter, won gold medal in sub-junior category at 2015 National Kickboxing Championship, held at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.

Tajamul Islam also happens to be the first player to represent India at the World Kick Boxing Championship. The child prodigy won six bouts over five days to lift the Championship in her category. (source: agencies)

1st Elite Women National Boxing Championship 2016 – 17 in Haridwar

Haridwar, 15 Nov: Uttarakhand Boxing Association is conducting the 1st Elite (Senior) Women’s National Boxing Championship to be held at Haridwar from 19th to 24th November, 2016 at Police Line, Roshanabad, Haridwar. The tournament is scheduled to be organised under the supervision of “Boxing Federation of India”.

So far almost 400 boxers, coaches and officials including star boxers like MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Pinki Jangra, etc from 34 States and Union Territories are. expected to compete in the Championship in 10 weight categories. Each match in the Competition will consist of 04 rounds of two minutes each, with rest of one minute rest in between the two rounds.

Hon’ble Union Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel; Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Harish Rawat; Shri Dinesh Agarwal (Hon’ble Sports Minister); Shri Ajay Singh (Hon’ble President; Boxing Federation of India); Shri Rajiv Mehta (Hon’ble President, Uttarakhand Olympic Association) are expected to be present during the opening ceremony on 19th November, 2016 to encourage the players.

Uttarakhand Boxing Association hopes that the Championship will provide opportunity for State level boxers not only to exchange punches with the experienced boxers but also improve their Technique and Tactics. The event is not only expected to encourage boxers but also provide an opportunity to the sports enthusiasts to see their favourite boxers live in action.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Dharmendra Bhatt,

The Secretary General,

Uttarakhand Boxing Association

Contact Number:- 0135 – 2781414, 2789794