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Sportsperson writes Suicide Note addressing PM Modi highlighting inability to bear Expenses

20-year-old Pooja, a national-level handball player, allegedly committed suicide yesterday after the second year student was denied free hostel facility by Khalsa College in Patiala. She left a suicide note, where she addressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to ensure that every underprivileged girl should get free educational facility. Khalsa College management said that Pooja was denied free hostel facility (but was given free admission) because of her poor performance. In the 4-page suicide note, she said that her father, a vegetable vendor, can’t afford her daily commutation cost of Rs. 120 everyday, amounting to Rs. 3,720 per month.

PV Sindhu helps India bag First Ever Women's Olympic Silver

21 year old Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won a billion Indian hearts even as she settled for silver in the women’s singles badminton final in the Rio Olympic 2016. She went down to World No. 1 Carolina Marin (from Spain) 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 even after winning the first set. PV Sindhu became the first woman silver medallist from India to win silver at a quadrennial event. It is the second medal for India after 23 year old Sakshi Malik won bronze medal in the women's 58-kg wrestling category. Meanwhile, PV Sindhu’s mentor Pullela Gopichand said that her success is a proud moment for him.

Indian "Produnova" Dipa Karmakar misses Olympic Bronze by a Whisker

23 year old Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian gymnast to reach the finals in Olympics, missed the bronze medal by a whisker as her average score (15.066) fell 0.15 points short of Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.216), the bronze medal winner in the event. Gold and silver medals were won by USA’s Simone Biles (15.966) and Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) respectively. India’s “Produnova” girl was sporting enough despite the loss and vouched for focusing on “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. She wished India on 70th Independence day and thanked everyone who supported her.

Lalita Babar qualifies for women's 3,000 metre Steeplechase finals

India’s long-distance runner Lalita Babar qualified for the finals of women's 3,000 metre Steeplechase after finishing 4th in the qualifying heat. Lalita will participate in the final on August 15. She is the only track and field sportsperson from India to reach the finals in 32 years, since PT Usha in 1984. Her winning performance was a puff of fresh air even as other Indian athletes made a poor show. Even mixed tennis doubles partners Sania Mirza and Bopanna lost to the US pair Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-2, 2-6, 3-10 in the semi final match. India is waiting with abated breadth to see gymnast Dipa Karmakar win the first medal for India with her match winning Produniva vault.

Indian Athletes shine bright after Gloomy start of Rio Olympics

After a dull start in Rio Olympics 2016, Indian athletes shone bright as tennis and boxing advances bring India back from the gloom. Indian boxer in the 75 kg category, Vikas Krishan, cruised in to the quarter finals as he defeated Sipal Onder of Turkey. In tennis mixed doubles, the Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna defeated Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in straight sets (6-4 6-4) in 67 minutes to reach the semi finals.

Hockey Team and Bhokanal lifts India's Spirit on disappointing Day 1 at Rio Olympics

Indian athletes started its campaign in Rio Olympics 2016 disappointingly as 9 first-round exits took place on Day 1. Both men’s and women’s Tennis doubles partners Paes-Bopanna and Sania-Prarthana lost in the very first round. The entire table tennis contingent lost too. However, the spirit of Indian athletes was lifted by the Indian men’s hockey team’s win over Ireland. Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal also brought some cheers as he entered quarter-finals of the men’s single scull event.

Bindra-led Largest Indian Contingent exudes Confidence at Rio Olympics Opening

118 Indian athletes (largest ever contingent of Indian athletes in any Olympic games) today exuded confidence during the spectacular opening event of Rio Olympics 2016. The Indian contingent was led by Olympic gold medallist and ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra. The contingent includes the veteran tennis sensation Leander Paes, who is going to participate in a record 7th Olympics. Indian contestants to participate during today’s games will be Ayonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela (Women's 10m air rifle), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (Men's single sculls - Heats), Men’s hockey team, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna (Men's Tennis doubles), Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare (Women's Tennis doubles), and Manika Batra (women's Table Tennis singles).

PM Modi flags off "Run for Rio" and bats for Desi Food during Rio Olympics

While flagging off a promotional event “Run for Rio” in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made strong pitch for promoting sports in India and went on to question the raison d'être of paying higher daily allowance to the bureaucrats than the sportspersons, who indeed bring “glory to the country”. PM Modi said that this disparity of pay have been done away with. He went on to say that Indian team is being sent to Rio in advance so that they can aclimitize in the foreign environment. PM Modi informed that Indian contingent will get Indian food during their stay in Rio.

Neeraj becomes First Indian Athlete to Set World Record

18 year old Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin-thrower hailing from Haryana’s Panipat district, created history by throwing javelin at a record distance of 86.48 m, breaking previous record of 84.69 m held by Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais. He achieved the feat during his third attempt at the Under-20 IAAF World Championships in Poland’s Bydgoszcz. After winning gold, Neeraj said that he never expected to throw at such a long distance. With this feat, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian ever to create a world record in athletics.

PM Modi says Sports can become Instrument for National Integration

While digitally launching country’s largest multi-city school and college sports competition, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the need of promoting sports in India. He also highlighted how sports can help in national integration. PM Modi said that “sports should be an integral part of our everyday life” and not merely a way “for physical well-being”. He said that “sports are important for overall development of an individual”. PM also underscored that sports help persons become fighter and help them learn “to deal with defeats”.

Kohli's maiden 200 with Ashwin's Ton puts India in Command in Test 1

Indian test captain Virat Kohli continued his stellar performance by hitting his maiden test double century against the mighty West Indian pacers on second day of the first test against the Caribbean team at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium of Antigua’s North Sound. Ravichandran Ashwin’s third test century, along with Wriddhiman Saha’s brisk 40, helped Team India to reach 566/8 and declare their first innings. By the end of Day 2, West Indies was struggling at 31/1 and was trailing by 535 runs.

Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific Title

Indian boxing star in the commercial ring, Vijender Singh, clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title after systematically dismantling 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in 10 rounds. Haryana’s Vijender became a unanimous winner after the score in his favour was 98-92, 98-92, 100-90. With this win, Vijender recorded 7 straight wins in the professional boxing circuit. Celebrities including M C Mary Kom, Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Rahul Gandhi were present during the bout and cheered for Vijender Singh.

Ravi Shastri resigns from Anil Kumble headed ICC Cricket Committee

Former Indian cricket player and Team India director 53 years old Ravi Shastri has resigned from a cricket committee of International Cricket Council (ICC) that is headed by newly appointed head coach of India Anil Kumble. Though many media reports connect the current move of Shastri to the fall out with CAC member Sourav Ganguly and losing out to Anil Kumble in the race as head coach of Team India, the decision came after Shastri expressed his desire to resign from the committee to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

India Loses in the Finals with Penalty Shoot-out Heartbreak

Indian men’s hockey team went down to the World Champions Australia in the final of 36th Hero Champions Trophy in London in the penalty shoot-out with final score being 1-3 in favour of Australia. The three scorers in favour of Australia were Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon Orchard. While Harmanpreet Singh was the only scorer for India, SK Uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar missed their target. However, controversy marred the day as video umpire asked OZ player Daniel Beale to take a re-shot after he failed to score. PM Modi tried to console Indian hockey team by applauding their spirited performance. 

AITA intervenes to smooth the path for Leander Paes to make History

AITA (All India Tennis Association) asked Bopanna to pair up with Leander Paes (who recently won a Career Slam in Mixed Doubles, taking his total title wins to 22 including 10 mixed doubles wins) in the men’s doubles event at the Rio Olympics. Though Bopanna’s choice of partner was Saketh Myneni, he told media that he respects decision of AITA. Leander Paes will now represent India in Olympics for 7th consecutive time and has regarded his selection as “dream come true moment”.

Leander Paes Completes Career Slam in Mixed Doubles

42-year-old ace Indian tennis player Leander Paes did a superman job by completing a “Career Slam” as he (along with his mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis) won French Open title. In 2015, veteran Leander Paes teamed up with Martina Hingis to win Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. Paes-Hingis duo defeated Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig pair in a hard fought battle with the final score 4-6 6-4 10-8. With this win, total number of titles won by Paes reached 22, including 10 mixed-doubles win.

BCCI President Shashank Manohar resigns

Shashank Manohar, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has resigned from his post with immediate effect. There’s a huge buzz that the reason behind this step is Mr. Manohar’s belief regarding the non-implementation of the RM Lodha panel recommendations. He has also quit as the chairman of the International Cricket Council. 

Two Indian Woman Wrestlers secure berth at Rio Olympics 2016

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik secured their berths at Olympics. This is the first time ever two women wrestlers secured Olympics berths at the same time. While Phogat secured quota for 48kg, Sakshi for 58 kg category. In 2nd Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament final, Vinesh Phogat will wrestle against Poland’s Iwona Nina Matkowska and Sakshi Malik against Russia’s Valeria Koblova Zholobova. The only Indian woman wrestler till now to wrestle at Olympics was Geeta Phogat in London Olympics 2012.

Sachin Tendulkar appointed as goodwill ambassador for Rio Games 2016

Better known as the ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the Indian Olympic Association’s(IOA) offer to be appointed as goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Olympics scheduled to take place at Rio de Janeiro. Tendulkar has joined 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as goodwill ambassadors from India.

NADA launches anti-doping Programme to control doping among Indian Athletes

After report published by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) showed that India had the 3rd highest ADRVs (Anti-Doping Rule Violations), NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) has launched an anti-doping programme for sensitising Indian athletes about the pitfalls of WADA-prohibited substances. Sports ministry believes that Program for Education and Awareness on Anti-Doping in Sports (PEADS), launched in October 2014, will help bring down the ADRVs. Government of India has also decided to enhance the outreach of sensitisation programme by establishing five regional outreach centers.