Category: Off the field

Gramin Khel Mahostav 2017

New Delhi, Feb 22: The Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav 2017 is being organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in association with Delhi Government from 25th to 31st March 2017, to invite the talent from rural areas of NCT of Delhi to come and participate in a multi-sport championship to promote the culture of sport in Delhi.

Announcing this here today Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel said, a need has been felt to deepen the sports culture among the rural youth. The festival will help involve rural youth in large number to participate in popular sports and will encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style.

He said these Games are intended to act as a catalyst to promote sports in rural areas of the entire country and are going to be replicated in other States and UTs as well.

Structure of the competitions will be as under:-

  1. Block Level
  2. Inter Block Competitions
  3. Final


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.

Government forms Panel For National Sports Code

The Government has decided to constitute the following Committee to study the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance, including court judgments & international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines.

i. Shri Injeti Srinivas, Secretary (Sports) Chairman
ii. Shri Abhinav Bindra, Olympian Member
iii. Ms. Anju Bobby George, Olympian Member
iv. Shri Praksh Padukone, Eminent Sports Person & Coach Member
v. Shri Narinder Batra, President, FIH Member
vi. Shri. Nandan Kamath, Lawyer Member
vii. Shri Bishweshwar Nandi, Coach Member
viii. Shri Vijay Lokpally, Sports Journalist Member
ix. Joint Secretary (Sports), MYAS Member Secretary

The terms of reference of the committee are to identify basic universal principles of ethics and good governance based on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Charter international best practices, draft National Sports Development Bill, National Sports Development Code of 2011, Supreme Court and High Court judgments,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Committee is required to submit its report within a month.

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

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.

East Bengal FC signs Ivan Bukenya

@eastbengalfc signs Ivan BukenyaClick To Tweetkingfisher-east-bengal-fc-logoEast Bengal FC, one of the most successful in the I-League has signed the Ugandan International defender Ivan Bukenya for the next season’s I-League campaign.

Bukenya played for Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premier League in last season and can play as central defender and defensive midfielder.

He replaces, British defender Calum Angus, who was hospitalized during the Bordoloi trophy recovering from Dengue

East Bengal Football Club was founded in 1920, has won 3 National Football League (I-League) titles, apart from 8 Federation Cups and 3 Indian Super Cups.

They are the current holders of the Calcutta Football League. The club has the distinction of representing India maximum number of times in the Asian Competitions, with a best performance being a semi-final finish in the AFC Cup 2013.

England’s tour of India – 3rd Test at Mohali – Preview

After a 246 runs victory at Vizag, India will again start as favourites as they not only have the momemtum but also they are playing in their fortress.

India will not take England likely because they had also some positive. England are known for comeback as they won two series against after 1-0 down.

Pitch: It is expected be a spinner’s pitch. Mohali known for one of the fastest pitch in India but after the last test against South africa . It would be easy to say that it is likely to spin from day 1 .

Team news:

England – After Stuart Broad injury, Allrounder Chris Woakes take his place. Jos Buttler will also in place of Ben Duckett who are struggling to pick indian spinner. One more change could be Ansari because of injury concern Gareth Batty will take his place.

Expected XI – Cook(c), Hammed, Root, Buttler, Ali, Stokes, Bairstow (wk), Woakes, Rashid, Batty, Anderson

India – One forced changed for India will be Parthiv Patel in place of Saha. Bhuvneswar kumar might be picked in place of Umesh Yadav.

Expected XI – Vijay, Rahul, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Parthiv (wk), Aswin, Jadeja, Jayant, Bhuvneswar, Shami.

General Dalbir Singh felicitates Tajamul Islam on winning Gold Medal in World Sub Junior Kickboxing Championship

Army Chief, Gen Dalbir Singh felicitates Tajamul Islam on wining Gold in World Sub Junior Kickboxing ChampionshipClick To Tweet

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. Miss 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)

Boxing team selected for 1st Elite (Senior) Women’s National Boxing Championship

State boxing team for the upcoming  for 1st Elite (Senior) Women’s National Boxing Championship to be held at Haridwar from 19th to 24th November, was selected yesterday.

The 10 member strong Uttarakhand team comprises of Krishna Thapa (48 kgs), Poonam Bisht (51 kgs), Shikha Chand (54 kgs), Kamla Bisht (57 kgs), Vaishali Chand (60 kgs), Niwedita (64 kgs), Vineeta Mahar (69 kgs), Babita Bisht (75 kgs), Babita Basera (81 kgs) and Neeru (81+ kgs).

For more information, please contact:

Dr Dharmendra Bhatt,

The Secretary General,

Uttarakhand Boxing Association

Contact Number:- 0135 – 2781414, 2789794

KL Rahul included in the squad for the second Test

KL Rahul back in Indian Test TeamClick To TweetOpener Lokesh Rahul was today included in the Indian squad against England for the ongoing Test series, BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke informed on Tuesday.

Rahul impressed chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and selector Sarandeep Singh after he scored 76 and 106 in the two innings against Rajasthan in the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy.

It remains to be seen, if KL Rahul gets a chance to play in place of Gautam Gambhir in the second test match against England. Gautam Gambhir scored 29 runs in the first innings whereas in the second innings, he failed to open his account.

However, inclusion of Rahul is a welcome addition to the Indian team ahead of the second test match, which begins on 17th November at Visakhapatnam.

India Squad for second Test:
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Karun Nair.