Category: Off the field

Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) Season 2 Auctions

Olympic gold medalist Spain’s Carolina Marin was the most sought-after player at the Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) second edition of auctions held on Wednesday, as she attracted maximum price of Rs 61.5 million. On the other hand, London Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu was retained by Chennai Smashers at a surprisingly low price of Rs 39 lakh, while Saina Nehwal who made first round exit at Rio 2016 was bought by Awadh Warriors for Rs 33 lakh.

PBL’s second season will begin in Hyderabad from 1st January and the final will be on 14 January. Each team in the auction had purse of Rs 1.93 crore. Every team had to buy 10 players, including an icon player and a maximum of six overseas players. The winners of the league will get Rs 3 crore while the runners-up Rs 1.5 crore. The losing semi-finalists will get Rs 75 lakh each.

Complete list of players drafted to the six teams

Awadhe Warriors – V Shem Goh (Malaysia – Rs 33 lakh), Kidambi Srikanth (India – 51 lakhs), Savitree Amitrapai (India – 20 lakhs), Saina Nehwal (India – 33 lakhs), Wong Wing Ki Vincent (17 lakhs), Rituparna Das (India – 6 lakhs), Bodin Isara (17 lakhs), Markis Kido (India – 10 lakhs), Prajakta Sawant (India – 3 lakhs), Aditya Joshi (India – 3 lakhs)

Mumbai Rockets – Lee Yong Dae (South Korea – Rs 37.5 lakh), Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea – Rs 60 lakh), Nadiezda Zieba (India – 18 lakhs), Ajay Jayaram (India – Rs 19 lakh), HS Prannoy (India – 22 lakhs), Nipitphon Phusnhphupet (India – 17 lakhs), Manu Atri (India – 7 lakhs), Shreyansh Jaiswal (India – 3 lakhs), Vrushali G (India – 3 lakhs), Mohita Sehdev (India – 3 lakhs)

Delhi Acers – Son Wan Ho (Rs 39 lakh), Jan o Jorgensen (Denmark – 59 lakhs), Jwala Gutta (India – 10 lakhs), Nithchaon Jindapol (17 lakhs), Ivan Sozonov (17 lakhs), Vladimir Ivanov (27 lakhs), Akshay Dewalkar (India – 7 lakhs), Maneesha K (India – 5 lakhs), Akarshi Kashyap (India – 3 lakhs), Siril Verma (India – 4 lakhs)

Hyderabad Hunters – Carolina Marin (Spain – 61.5 lakhs), Wee Kiong Tan (Malaysia – Rs 33 lakh), Chau Hoi Wah (17 lakhs), Rajiv Ouseph (17 lakhs), B. Sai Praneeth (17 lakhs), Satwik Sairaj (3 lakhs), Sameer Verma (11.5 lakhs), Krishna Priya (3 lakhs), Meghna J (3 lakhs), Boon Heong Tan (23 lakhs)

Bengaluru Blasters – Viktor Axelsen (Denmark – 39 lakhs), Yoo Yeon Seong (Rs 39 lakh), Ashwini Ponnappa (India – 15 lakhs), Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (22 lakhs), Ruthvika Gadde (India – 7 lakhs), Sourabh Verma (India – 13 lakhs), Pranaav Chopra (India – 22 lakhs), Ko Sung Hyun (India – 33 lakhs), Sikki Reddy (India – 5 lakhs), Boonsak Ponsana (10 lakhs)

Chennai Smashers – Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia – Rs 26 lakhs), P V Sindhu (39 lakhs), Gabrielle Adcock (26 lakhs), Tanongsak S (30 lakhs), P Kashyap (India – 8 lakhs), Chris Adcock (26 lakhs), Mads Pieler Kolding (25 lakhs), B Sumeeth Reddy (India – 5 lakhs), Ramya Tulasi (India – 3 lakhs), Arundhati Pantawane (India – 3 lakhs)

Kabaddi World Cup 2016 winners felicitated by Govt.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel here today hosted Kabaddi Team which recently lifted the Kabaddi World Cup 2016. The team led by Anup Kumar along with the coaching staff consisting of Balwan Singh and Bhaskaran Edacheryin the finals after trailing at the end of the first half.

The Minister announced that the players and coaching staff will be individually honoured and presented with the amount of Rs. 10 Lakh each. He also said that, India will make all efforts to include Kabaddi in the Olympic Games.

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup hosted in Ahmedabad was two weeks of thrills, excitement and reached out to a global audience. This was the first instance that the Kabaddi World Cup received representation from all Olympic geographies with teams from USA, England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, Japan, Argentina and Kenya.

Tagged as pre- tournament favorites India suffered a shock defeat against South Korea in their opening encounter. However the Indian team lead by veteran Anup Kumar stagged a remarkable come back to reach the finals.

In the finals also, Indians were trailing at the end of first half. But a spirited display in the second half by the home team overcome a resolute Iran side 38-29.

NSFs advised to Identify Medal Prospects for 2020 Olympics by November-end

Department of Sports has advised NSFs to identify medal prospects and their support staff for the 2020 Olympic Games by 30th November 2016. This is to ensure that the core probable get support of dedicated world class support staff on a continuing basis to be able to work as a coherent team and deliver.

This action of the Department of Sports, approved by the Union Minister of Sports (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel, is intended to give a head-start to the country’s preparations for Olympics, 2020.

The Department has further advised NSFs to prepare the programme of training and exposures of the medal prospects for the year 2017. The NSFs should approach the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for any financial assistance required under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme.

There will be a six monthly review of the performance of the athletes and support staff for inclusion/ exclusion in the list of core probable and their support staff.

The department has advised the NSFs to carry out the exercise of selection and review with total transparency and put up details of the same on their website as a part of suo moto disclosure.

In respect of the sports discipline(s) in which NSFs are suspended / not recognised by MYAS, this exercise is to be undertaken by Sports Authority of India (SAI) namely Archery, Gymnastics, Judo, Tennis.

Government Recognizes Boxing Federation of India as National Sports Federation for Boxing


Government has recognized Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as the National Sports Federation (NSF) for Boxing. The step will give a boost to the sport of boxing which suffered due to absence of an NSF in the discipline since 2012.

BFI, which is a body formed recently, conducted its elections on 25th September, 2016. AIBA, the International Body for boxing, recognized the newly elected office bearers of BFI. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports considered the election report and other documents submitted by BFI for grant of recognition as NSF for Boxing. After careful consideration, the government today decided to grant recognition to BFI as NSF for boxing.

This will help Indian boxers prepare for 2020 Olympics with more national & international exposure, and training.

Selection of Foreign Coaches to be done through Open Advertisement

cropped-Swimming-FS-Women.jpgSelection of foreign coaches in future will be done through open advertisement. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel has approved this proposal which emerged at a meeting taken by him with senior officers of his Ministry and Sports Authority of India in New Delhi yesterday. This will bring more names before the Foreign Coaches Selection Committee in addition to those suggested by National Sports Federations.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports spends a substantial amount on foreign coaches to prepare Indian athletes for Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other important tournaments. Keeping this in view, extension to foreign coaches in future will be given on the basis of their performance as assessed by a Committee.

Hiring of foreign coaches is a necessity for training Indian athletes in many sports disciplines at present, but they will be utilized for training Indian coaches so that our dependence on foreign coaches can be reduced in future. The contract with foreign coaches will invariably include a component of training of Indian coaches for a certain period.

Shri Vijay Goel said that he would continue to take such steps in the interest of transparency in sports.

Medal Winners of RIO Olympics/Paralympics 2016 receive cash award from Sports Minister

Cash award distribution function was held here today for medal winners of Rio Olympics/Paralympics, 2016.  Shri Vijay Goel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports was the chief guest.

In his address, the sports Minister assured the people about the commitment of his government towards the promotion and development of the sports in the country. He assured the all medal winner sports-persons that government would leave no stone unturned in promoting and supporting the all sports in the country.

Amount of cash awards is as follows:

Shri Mariyappan Thangavelu (Gold in High Jump) – 75 Lakhs

Shri Devendra Jhajharia (Gold in Javelin Throw) – 75 Lakhs

Ms. P.V. Sindhu (Silver in Badminton) – Rs. 50 Lakhs

Ms. Deepa Malik (Silver in Shot Put) – Rs. 50 Lakhs

Ms. Sakshi Malik (Bronze in Wrestling) – Rs. 30 Lakhs

Shri Varun Singh Bhati (Bronze in High Jump) – Rs. 30 Lakhs

Cash awards were distributed under the Government of India (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports)’s scheme of special awards to medal winners in international sports events. Ms. P.V. Sindhu and Ms. Sakshi Malik could not participate in the event as they are busy with their national / international competitions. On behalf of Sakshi Malik her father received the award.

Prime Minister unveils trophy of BRICS U-17 Football Tournament

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the Roll On Trophy for the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament in an exclusive Ceremony held at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi today. The Tournament is scheduled to be held at Goa from the 5th to 15th October. An Initiative of the Indian Government, the Tournament aims at creating a fresh opportunity for exchange amongst the BRICS Nations, with the youth interacting on the field of sports. The Tournament will facilitate the nurturing of a lasting understanding, and friendship amongst the youth of these countries. It is likely to be a harbinger of similar exchanges in other sports disciplines too.

Shri Vijay Goel, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), in his introductory remarks, said that the Trophy symbolises the free and enterprising spirit of youth and the strength and commitment of the BRICS Nations towards solidarity in their global endeavours. The Tournament symbolises the Nation’s commitment to ‘Sports for All’. Shri Goel spoke of the Prime Minister’s objective of taking football to every corner of the Country.

The Ceremony was attended by the Ambassadors of Brazil, Russia, and China and other senior dignitaries.

President meets Athletes of Paralympics, 2016

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the participants of the recently concluded Rio Paralympics at the Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday . Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel was among those present on the occasion. The athletes included Shri Devendra Jhajharia and Shri Mariappan, gold medalists of Rio Paralympics, Ms Deepa Malik, silver medalist and Shri Varun Singh Bhati, Bronze medalist.