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Rajat Chauhan Contends with Silver at World Archery Championships, But Still Makes Historic Feat

20 year old Rajat Chauhan won silver during World Archery Championships. It is a historic win as he is the first Indian archer to win a silver medal, in compound individual event, in the world championship, held in Copenhagen. Rajat Chauhan lost to Denmark’s Stephan Hansen by 147-143. Chauhan started well by scoring 29 points in the first two sets, tying points with Stephan Hansen. However, in the 3rd set, the Indian archer was able to get just 27 points against Hansen’s perfect 30 score. Though Rajat managed to decrease the lead by 1 point, another perfect score by Hansen in final set sealed the deal against the Indian.   

Golfer Ranveer Saini becomes First Indian to Win Gold at Special Olympics World Games

14-year old autistic Indian golfer Ranveer Singh Saini achieved a historic feat yesterday as he won the first ever gold by any Indian in the Special Olympics World Games. Ranveer won gold in the GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event. He achieved the top slot by playing in a world tournament, participated by 21 countries. The Gurgaon-based golfer was diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder, at the age of two. However, he started playing golf at the age of nine. In fact, Ranveer Singh Saini won two gold medals two years back at Asia Pacific World Games.

Rajat Chauhan in World Archer Championship's Final

Rajat Chauhan reached World Championships of Archery men’s final after defeating Colombia’s Camilo Andres Cardona in the semi-finals with the final score 143-138. In the final match Rajat will face-off with Stephan Hansen of Denmark. Deepika Kumari lost to her Chinese opponent in the 3rd round. Laxmirani Majhi, in the women's individual recurve, defeated China’s Jiaxin Wu and Mexico’s Valencia Alejandra in the pre-quarter and quarter-final matches respectively but lost to Shih-Chia Lin of Chinese Taipei. Laxmirani will now play against South Korea’s Misun Choi for the bronze medal. Mangal Singh Champia secured his individual berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics after entering recurve quarterfinals.     

India to Host Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against Czech Republic from September 18-20

All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided to select Delhi as the venue for face-off between India and Czech Republic (top seeds) for Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie. It is learned that the matches will take place from September 18 to 20. Sources say that due to popular demand from the Indian tennis players, AITA has finalised Delhi instead of another shortlisted venue – Pune. It is learnt that the likes of Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri, and Somdev Devvarman were not willing to play in Pune because of the high altitude factor. The players specifically preferred to play at RK Khanna Tennis stadium of Delhi.

Former World No.1 Deepika Kumari earns Direct Entry to Round 16

Deepika Kumari, former World No.1, has got a direct entry to Round of 16 at World Archery Championship. It needs special mention that Deepika Kumari received a bye and entered the Round of 16 directly because of being in the top 8 slot. She will next take on China’s Yuhong Qi. The other two archers who advanced to the round of 16 are Laxmirani Majhi (in the women’s section) and Mangal Singh Champia (in the men’s section). However, the other archers who lost matches in their respective rounds are Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar in the men’s section and Rimil Buriuly in the women’s archery section.

Sourav Ganguly supports BCCI on Putting Hold on Resumption of Indo-Pak Cricketing Ties

A day after BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur put a hold on the resumption of India-Pakistan cricket series; Sourav Ganguly supported BCCI’s decision. He said that BCCI has taken the correct decision of not going ahead with the bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan now as people want terror to go completely. BCCI Secretary, in another occasion said that the ongoing ban on three players (Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankit Chavan) of Rajasthan Royals will continue as Delhi Police is all set to challenge the lower court order, which acquitted these players.

CAS Suspends Controversial Gender Test Allowing Indian Sprinter Dutee Chand to Compete Again

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended the controversial gender test regulation, issued by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thereby allowing Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to participate in athletics again. CAS has observed that the concerned regulation on hyperandrogenism will be permanently done away with if IAAF fails to prove that increased testosterone production leads to improved performance by the athletes suffering from this issue. Dutee Chand expressed her relief and happiness after the verdict. While talking to the media, 19-year-old Duttee said that she went through lots of humiliation and suffering but wants to start afresh.

Gurdaspur Attack Fallout: BCCI Secretary says Resumption of India-Pakistan Cricket Ties will stop if Terror Strikes Continue

Following yesterday’s Gurdaspur terror attack and evidence pointing towards alleged involvement of Pakistan in cross-border terrorism, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said that resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan by 2015-end may not be possible if Pakistan continues terror strikes. Thakur told media that with the Jammu attacks (heavy cross-border shelling and firing) in the recent past followed by the terrorist attack in Punjab yesterday, resumption of cricket ties are not possible now as Indian citizens are dying due to Pakistan’s involvement. The Hamirpur MP, while condemning the attack, pointed out that resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties will not resume until and unless the situation improves.  

BCCI and CSA confirm South African Tour to India from 29 September to 7 December

Cricket boards of both India (BCCI) and South Africa (Cricket South Africa) have confirmed reports that SA will kick start its longest ever India tour (of 70 days) from 29 September 2015. The tour will go on till 7 December, during which three T20 internationals, 5 one dayers, and four tests will be played. The ODI events will take place on 11 October in Kanpur, 14 October in Indore, 18 October in Rajkot, 22 October in Chennai, and 25 October in Mumbai. Four test matches will be played in Mohali (November 5-9), Bangalore (November 14-18), Nagpur (November 25-29), and Delhi (December 3-7).  

Indian Women's Wrestling Team finishes 2nd in the Senior International Wrestling Tournament

Just before the World Championship, Indian women's wrestling team got a shot in the arm after securing second position in 5th Senior International Wrestling Tournament, thereby winning US$10,000. In the 8-member Indian team, Anita won her bout in 63kg category, Lalita Sehrawat in 55kg category, and Vinesh in 48kg category. However, in the 58kg category, Sakshi Malik lost the bout even after putting impressive performance. Other members of the Indian team such as Nikki in 75kg, Navjot Kaur in 69kg, Sarita in 60kg, and Nirmala Devi in 53kg categories also put up impressive respective performances. Host country Kazakhstan won gold, followed by India and Mongolia.

Former Indian Hockey Coach Jose Brasa makes Serious Allegations against Hockey India

After the sudden sacking of Indian hockey coach Paul van Ass (from Netherlands) by Hockey India, another former hockey coach of India – Jose Brasa – from Madrid shot back by saying that Hockey India treats coaches as “marionettes”. He opined that lack of freedom of foreign coaches and repeated interferences are the two main reasons of sudden exit of most foreign Indian hockey coaches. Brasa went on to add that Hockey India starts interfering if the chosen players are not in accordance with their satisfaction. While emphasising his point Jose Brasa said that Hockey India even sacked world’s best coach Ric Charlesworth.

S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan accused in IPL Spot Fixing Discharged of all Charges by Trial Court

Delhi Police faced a major setback yesterday when a trial court discharged 36 accused including cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila in 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. Former skipper Sourav Ganguly expressed happiness on clearing of the three players’ name. However, BCCI has said that its action is independent of verdict given by the trial court. Indian board went on to say that they are in no way going to revoke ban on these three players. In the July 30, 2013 chargesheet filed by Delhi Police, regarding IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal, absconding underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel were named as main culprits.

Union Government Constitutes Sports advisory Body for Development and Promotion of Sports in India

Union Government yesterday constituted a sports advisory body – All India Council of Sports (AICS) – for deliberating on sports development and promotion in India. In a release, sports ministry has said that the advices rendered by AICS will be considered seriously by the ministry but the advices are no way obligatory or binding on the union government. To promote sports in India, All India Council of Sports may organise symposia, seminars, and conferences of national or international stature. President and council members of the body will be appointed by the government. AICS will be headed by the president, having Minister of State rank.    

Shubham Jaglan wins IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas

Indian golf prodigy Shubham Jaglan won his second world golf tournament within a week’s time after he won IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas yesterday. Last Sunday he won Junior World Golf Championships. In the Boys 9-10 years category title, 10-year-old Shubham accumulated a score of 106 at the end of 3 rounds, thereby defeating Justin Dang, Sihan Sandhu, and Pongsapak Laopakdee (of Thailand). Anjala Jaglan, Shubham’s mother, when contacted expressed her delight and hoped that her son wins the upcoming tournament too. She credited Shubham’s coach for her son’s success and also thanked Delhi Golf Course.

Lok Sabha Congratulates Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Sumit Nagal and Shubham Jaglan for bringing Laurels to India in International Tournaments

Lok Sabha yesterday congratulated Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, 17-year-old Sumit Nagal, and 10-year-old Shubham Jaglan for their respective feats in the international tournaments, bringing laurels to India in the international sphere. While Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, and Sumit Nagal won Wimbledon mixed doubles, Wimbledon Women’s Doubles, and Wimbledon junior doubles trophy respectively, Shubham Jaglan won Junior World Golf Championship. Sumitra Mahajan (Lok Sabha speaker) congratulated the concerned players on behalf of the Lok Sabha, while members of Lok Sabha applauded. She said that their “stupendous achievements” is “a matter of national pride”.

Lodha Committee seeks Time from Supreme Court to Complete its 2nd Report

The three-member Lodha Committee, appointed by Supreme Court, has asked SC to grant them five months time for completing second part of the report. Accordingly, the committee has submitted application with the apex court, which is expected to be heard during later part of the week. Reports say that in its second report, Lodha Committee is going to recommend changes in BCCI’s constitution as well the way of functioning. Analysts say that the Indian cricket board can continue its affairs in accordance with the current rule book till end of the year until Lodha committee suggests amendments to streamline BCCI’s working and prevent frauds.

BCCI forms 5-Member Committee to Study Justice Lodha Committee Report

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set up a 5-member committee for studying the Justice RM Lodha report on cleaning Indian Premiere League betting and other related mess. Reports say that the concerned working group will have six months time to study the report, consult with all the stakeholders, and give its recommendation. The constituent committee members of the working group will be Chairman of IPL Sanjeev Shukla, IPL Governing Council’s member and ex-Skipper of Team India Sourav Ganguly, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhury, and BCCI Legal Advisor UN Banerjee. While briefing the media, Rajeev Shukla said that they don’t want any legal complications on the recommendations given by the committee and that’s why the working group will also consult legal experts before recommending.  

Yuki Bambri seals the deal for India in Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup Tie

After Somdev Devvarman’s spectacular performance against Marcus Daniell, 23-year-old Yuki Bhambri gave a fired up performance to snatch the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup Tie against New Zealand 3-2 and consequently advance to the coveted World Group Playoffs. Yuki Bhambri drubbed his Kiwi opponent Michael Venus in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Bhambri was authoritative from the beginning of the match and didn’t give his opponent a single break chance of his serve. It was only in the third game of the match that Michael Venus was able to put up some resistance to Yuki Bhambri’s juggernaut when the former was on the verge of a break point in the 6th game. However, Bhambri pulled it off well and settled the third and final set 6-3.

Zimbabwe stuns India in Second T20 Match to level Tournament Score 1-1

After losing the ODI series and also the first match of the Twenty-20 tournament, host Zimbabwe bounced back to clinch a thriller from India and level the T20 series 1-1. Zimbabwean team defeated Team India by 10 runs in the second T20 international match, played at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe batted first to put on a score of 145 runs in 20 overs at the loss of 7 wickets. Chamu Chibhabha, one of the openers of Zimbabwe, was the highest scorer with 67 runs in just 51 balls. While chasing a score of 146 runs to win the match, India was at one point struggling at 69 for 5 in 9 overs. The only formidable score put on board by an Indian batsman was Robin Uthappa, who scored 42 runs in just 25 balls. Indians were able to score just 135 runs at the end of 20 overs.

Somdev Devvarman bounces back to level Score 2-2 at Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie with New Zealand

Young Indian tennis Turk Somdev Devvarman bounced back at the right moment when his country needed him most at Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie with New Zealand by defeating Marcus Daniell in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. It took Somdev 2 hours and 18 minutes to level the score 2-2 against New Zealand. Devvarman started the game coolly and broke the serve of Marcus Daniell in the very first game of the first set. The Indian broke Daniell’s serve in the 3rd game of the second set. Somdev broke the Kiwi’s serve in 5th game of the third set, making it a straight set win for the Indian. Yuki Bhambri will next play the 5th crucial match with Michael Venus in the Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie to seal the deal in favour of India and help the team advance to the World Group Play-offs.