Category: Off the Field

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.

Well done… Aizawl FC

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)

Khelo India Competitions inaugurated in New Delhi

Delhi, Jan 16: Sports Minister, Shri Vijay Goel inaugurated Khelo India National level Competitions on Monday. The competitions in Delhi had been organized by SAI under aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in Swimming, Cycling and Wrestling.

The inaugural ceremony was held at Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex at Talkatora. Shri Vijay Goel also presented medals to the winners of the Swimming events in different categories. Secretary Sports Shri Injeti Srinivas, Ace swimmers Khazan Singh, Bhanu Sachdeva, Meenakshi Pahuja and hundreds of school children were present on the occasion to encourage the young participants.

Approximately 1000 participants from more than 25 states/Union territories are taking part in the National Competitions for which entry for spectators to watch the events is free at all venues.

Shri Vijay Goel said that Khelo India Competitions are being conducted not only to promote sports at grass-root level but also to help create sports infrastructure in the country. He said it will provide a platform to the budding talents to compete at national level. Talent identification would also be done in the process for grooming them to achieve excellence at international level.  He said a National portal for Sports Talent Search will be launched in this month itself by his Ministry.

While the Swimming and Cycling events were conducted on Sunday both for Boys and Girls under 14 and Under 17 Categories, Wrestling competitions (Free style) for Cadet Group 14 years to 16 years both for Boys and Girls would be held for two days on 20-21 January, 2017 at SAI Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi.

Click here for Results of National Competitions Under Khelo India for Cycling & Swimming held in New Delhi on 15.01.2017