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India wins 2 Golds; Sarita Devi loses on Controversial Judgement

Till now India has won 44 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver, and 31 Bronze) during Asian Games 2014, securing 9th spot on the list. China still tops the list with 249 total medals (118 Gold, 74 Silver, and 57 Bronze). In Tennis Mixed Doubles, Sania Mirza-Saketh Myneni duo won gold. In Discus event, Seema Punia won Gold. In lighweight Woman’s semi finals, Sarita Devi of India lost to South Korean player in a controversial judgement. Men’s Hockey Team and Mary Kom in Woman’s Boxing cruise ahead to finals.

Khushbir Kaur wins silver medal in Race Walk

Khushbir Kaur became the first India woman to win silver medal in a 20km Race Walk in the Asian Games. 21 years-old Khushbir Kaur completed the walk in 1:33:07 and performed better than her personal best of 1:33:37 which was the national record. Lu Xiuzhi of China who won the Gold medal took 1:31:06 to complete the walk at the Marathon Course in Incheon.

Sandeep Sejwal wins a bronze in swimming

Sandeep Sejwal won the bronze medal in the 50 m breaststroke at the Asian Games on Friday. He took 28.26secs to complete the swimming competition. It was way back in 1986 when Khajan Singh won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly at Seoul and Virdhawal Khade won a bronze medal four years ago. Sejwal's coach Nihar Ameen said that winning a bronze medal will give boost to swimming in India.


Ravi Shastri will not accompany Indian cricket team during series against West Indies

Though Ravi Shastri would continue working as a team director but he would not accompany the team in the upcoming home series against West Indies. BCCI officials announced this and further added that Shastri would be joining the team to its Australia tour later in the year. Shastri has been given time to complete his media commitments. But before final announcements, BCCI officials will hold discussions with the working committee. Ravi Shastri was appointed as the director of the team to infuse some freshness in the team after team's poor performance in the Test match series against England.

Sandeep Sejwal wins bronze in swimming at Asian Games

India has managed to win 17 medals (one gold, two silvers, and 14 bronzes) till now in Asian Games 2014. Sandeep Sejwal came third in the 50m breaststroke swimming finals, securing a bronze for India.  India has improved its chances to win another gold medal as they beat Kuwait in the Men’s Squash competition. In Tennis, Indian Men’s Doubles team beat Saudi Arabia to reach Quarter Finals. Saina Nehwal lost to China’s Yihan Wang in Women's Singles Quarters in Badminton.

India takes it Bronze Tally to 11 at Asian Games 2014

India has so far won 11 bronze medals in Asian Games 2014. The 11th bronze was won by Swaran Singh in single sculls event. Women’s compound team ofIndia has reached semi finals by beatingKazakhstan. Men’s compound team also reached the semis by beatingMalaysia. In Men's Competition of 25m Standard Pistol, Gurpreet Singh qualified for the finals.India’s chances in women’s team Squash competition brightened as Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal beat Hong Kong.

India takes its medal tally to 12 at the Asian Games 2014

At the end of fourth day of the Asian Games 2014, India is at the 15th spot with 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 10 Bronze medals (12 medals in total). Badminton stars of India, P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, entered second round of women’s singles. In lightweight men's single sculls final, Dushyant Singh won bronze medal. Men's as well as women's sepaktakraw teams have little chances left for advancing to next round as they suffered 2nd consecutive loss. Indian Men's Basketball team is knocked out of the game after losing to Iran.

Saurav Ghoshal wins Silver and Abhinav Bindra Bronze in team event

India secured its maiden silver medal as Saurav Ghosal settled for the second position in men's singles event of Squash. Top seeded Saurav was shocked by Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Muzayen. Abhinav Bindra, the 2008 Olympic shooting champion, hung the boot from professional shooting after securing bronze medal in men's team event in 10 meter air rifle.  

Dipika Wins Bronze at Asian Games 2014

Jitu Rai not only won India a gold medal in 50-metre pistol event but also led 10-metre air pistol team (consisting of Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, and Samresh Jung) to win Bronze medal. Dipika Pallikal won a bronze for India in Squash. India thrashed Nepal 3-0 in men’s tennis competition to reach the quarterfinals. Thailand thrashed India Women’s Football team 10-0 in third Group-A match.

Indian men's shooter team win bronze

Jitu Rai, who won the first gold medal yesterday again became the star performer. Under his guidance the men's team won the bronze medal in 10m air pistol event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range. Rai earned 585 points and got qualified for the medal round. Samaresh Jung’ garnered 580 points, Prakash Nanjappa 578 and thus helped India to gain 1743 points in total, the same as second placed China. But it was the number of Xs (bullseye) in the tens that helped China to win Silver (China 65, India 64). Whereas Dipika Pallikal won the first women’s singles squash medal in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.

Jitu wins gold, Shweta bronze in Asiad shooting

Jitu Rai  gave India its first gold medal of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon, South Korea, after winning the men's 50 metre pistol event. On the same day Shweta Chaudhry also won the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event. As per media report, Jitu said that he desperately wanted to win gold medal though competition was tougher than the Commonwealth Games or the world championship. 

Sardar Singh is the Flag Bearer of India for Asian Games

28-year-old Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh is the flagbearer of India during Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games. He was also a part of the Asiad torch lighting ceremony that started from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. This is the second time Sardar Singh will represent India at the continental Games. In the year 2010, he was included in the FIH All Star Team, solely for his outstanding performance.

Strict Action to be initiated against Male Gymnast and Coach

A day after a woman gymnast accused international level gymnast Chandan Pathak and Asian Games coach Monoj Rana of making lewd remarks and obscene gestures against her during national camp in New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Gymnastic Federation of India promised of undertaking strict action against the duo if found guilty. The Sports Authority of India has already initiated an inquiry into the matter.

Boxer Manoj Kumar to finally get Arjuna Award

Boxer and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar will finally be given Arjuna Award by the Sports Ministry after the award committee led by Kapil Dev earlier refused to oblige. The boxer had filed a case in Delhi High Court earlier. The Sports Ministry told the  Court that the award committee denied award to Manoj Kumar as it mistakenly believed that he was involved in a doping case.


UAE beats India 5-0 in Asian Games Championship

Men’s Indian Football team was thrashed by UAE in their opening match in the Asian Games campaign. UAE humiliated India by scoring 5-0 goals. Indian men's football team is now in a tight spot and advancing to the next round seems difficult. UAE took control of this Group G match from the very beginning. The Indian team made some serious blunders from the very start of the game including mispasses, sluggish mid-field, ineffective wings, and many more.   

Viswanathan Anand Defeats Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine

During the campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters, India’s Viswanathan Anand, the 5-time world chess champion, won over former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov. It was Anand’s last tournament before re-match against Magnus Carlsen during world championship to be held in coming November

Yo Yo Tigers defeated Punjab Thunder in WKL

Yo Yo Tigers wins a kabaddi match in World Kabaddi League (WKL) at the Rajindra College Hockey Stadium Bathinda, Punjab by defeating Punjab Thunder by 61-58. Stamping their fourth win, Yo Yo Tigers earned eight points from six matches. Whereas Punjab Thunder won two matches, one tie and lost three matches. They have earned five points so far in WKL. Raider Manminder Singh of Yo Yo Tigers played extremely well in the excited match and ended match with 20 successful raids.

The Indian women's hockey team leaves for Asian Games

The Indian women's hockey team has left for South Korea to participate in the 17th Asian Games. The games are going to be held at the city of Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4. Ritu Rani (184 caps) is the Captain of the team whereas Deepika (131 caps) is her deputy. The team has been trained by chief coach Neil Hawgood. Hawgood said that the team displayed a good show in the preparatory camp in Patiala and New Delhi. Strategy for each player has been set up and put into place. Main problems have been identified and tackled. Skipper Ritu said that the team has worked really hard for the Asian Games.

Sports Ministry and SAI Shocked on Key Tennis Players Skipping Asian Games

Sports Authority of India (SAI) and sports ministry have expressed shock over the decisions of some star tennis players Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Rohan Bopanna skipping from representing India at the Asian Games, which will start on September 19, 2014. As per media reports, these seasoned players have skipped Asian tournament because they want to participate in WTA Tour events and better their ATP rankings.

Secretary General of Hockey India accuses Sports Ministry of Double Standards

Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India, has accused Sports Ministry of double standards. He has pointed out that the process of selecting the contingent team for Asian Games is flawed. While the name of former Indian captain and assistant coach of Indian hockey, Jude Felix, was struck off from the contingent list, names of Tennis stars Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, and Leander Paes are still there in the list when they have actually opted out of the tournament itself. There are many other such instances, he pointed out.

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