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Dhoni works on his instincts while playing - Ashwin

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni goes blank and without preconceived notions to the field and works on solely his instincts. By winning a match against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday night, CSK is now at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table. Spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja played exceptionally well and helped team to win match.

IOC President to Meet PM Modi Fueling Speculation of India's 2024 Olympic Hosting Bid

President of International Olympics Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, is all set to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The upcoming meeting has fueled speculation that Modi may show willingness to host the 2024 Olympics in India. Sources say that PM Narendra Modi may approve bidding for hosting the game after the meeting. When Randhir Singh, the only IOC member from India, was contacted he said that approval of bidding to host Olympic games will be welcomed by his colleagues in the IOC. He downplayed the talks on hosting 2024 Olympics by calling it wishful thinking. However, he kept the hope alive by saying that if India misses the 2024 opportunity, it may host 2028 or even 2032 Olympics.

Sports Ministry Suspends Paralympic Committee of India

The sports ministry has suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for poor management of the fifteenth National Para Athletics Championships that was held in Ghaziabad from 20 March to 22 March. The decision comes after International Paralympic Committee took a similar step against PCI on April 15. National Sports Federation’s recognition was suspended by the sports ministry yesterday with immediate effect till further notice. The sports ministry took the decision after Sports Authority of India’s inquiry found serious flaws in administration, technicals and logistics while conducting National Para Athletics Championships in March.

Sportspersons to be honoured at Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club Annual Awards

Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club will give awards to sportspersons for their notable contribution to sports at Kolkata’s Rotary Sadan on 23 April. While Lifetime Achievement Awards will be conferred to Aparna Ghosh and Gurbux Singh for their long years of contribution to Basketball and Hockey respectively, Saurav Ghosal will be given Best Sportsperson of the Country award for winning team gold medal and silver medal in singles competition of squash during 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Other players who will be given awards during the ceremony are Doyel Dey (cue sport), Atanu Das, Chandan Bauri and Swapna Burman (athletics), Wriddhiman Saha (cricket), Rajdeep Sarkar (chess), Jose Barreto (football), and others.

45 Players Selected from 6 Disciplines for Target Olympic Podium Scheme

A sports ministry release said that 45 athletes from six different sporting disciplines (sailing, wrestling, shooting, boxing, badminton, and athletics) have been identified by the ministry as potential medal winners in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. The release also said that these chosen players are therefore included in the TOP Scheme or "Target Olympic Podium Scheme". The sports ministry release noted that 37 athletes have sent their consent letters via email, eighteen have sent programmes or requests to prepare for 2016 Olympics, and twenty three have signed agreement. It is learnt that thirty more players will be included in the TOP scheme from athletics and archery.

Three Indian Walkers make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics

After credible performance at the Rio Maior Race Walking International Grand Prix in Portugal, three Indian race walkers - Sandeep Kumar, Manish Rawat, and Khushbir Kaur - have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics. In the men’s segment of 20km race walk, both Manish Rawat (1:22:50) and Sandeep Kumar (1:23:32) finished the race well within the qualification time of 1:24 for Rio Games. Men’s walkers who could not make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics are Devender Singh (1:24:57) and Ganpathy Krishnan (1:27:05). In the women’s segment of 20km race walk, national record holder Khushbir Kaur finished the race well within qualification time of 1:35, by clocking 1:33:58.             

Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare defeated Philippines in Fed Cup Group I

No. 1 Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare defeated Katharina Lehnert and Anna Clarice Patrimonio with 6-3, 6-3 in the Federation Cup at the SAAP Tennis Complex on Saturday. The duo were tailing in the beginning but then Sania took over and guided Prarthana. After the victory Sania said that it is great to help your country to go to Group I.

Delhi Daredevil won match against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Skipper JP Duminy's brilliant all-rounder performance helped Delhi Daredevils to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. For Delhi Daredevils it is the second win of the season. Daredevils made 167 for four and Duminy scored 54 off 41 balls. Sunrisers started well but were restricted to 163 for eight.

SAI to Send More than 100 Athletes to Rio Olympics 2016; Expects 10-15 Medals

Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India, told the media that their own assessment is that more than a hundred athletes will qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics. While talking about the internal assessment of SAI, Srinivas went on to say that they are expecting anything from 10 to 15 medals in the grand tournament, to be held next year. SAI DG also stressed on the fact that anything below ten medals is absolutely unacceptable. Sources say that the disciplines from where Sports Authority of India is expecting to get medals include tennis, archery, wrestling, badminton, boxing, and shooting.

Sourav Ganguly may become Indian Cricket Team's Next Coach

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly may replace Duncan Fletcher as the coach of the Indian cricket team in the coming days. As per reports, Duncan Fletcher’s term ended after ICC World Cup 2015. Reliable sources at Cricket Association of Bengal said that Sourav already had an informal discussion on the matter with the newly elected BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and reportedly expressed his desire for the coveted position. Reports say that Dalmiya has not given any assurance on the matter but Sourav’s personal cricketing achievements in addition to his tactical knowledge on cricket makes him a strong contender for the post.

Delhi Daredevils Clinch a Thriller against Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils was ultimately successful in putting an end to their 11-match losing streak at the Indian Premier League, thanks to a splendid 106-runs partnership between Yuvraj Singh and opener Mayank Aggarwal against Kings XI Punjab. Batting first Kings XI Punjab put up a formidable 165 runs on the scoreboard at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. However, brilliant knocks by Yuvraj Singh (55 runs) and Mayank Aggarwal (68 runs) helped Delhi Daredevils reach 169 runs at the loss of 5 wickets with one ball to spare.

Draw in Kuala Lampur Places Indian Football Team against Asian Behemoths in 2nd Phase of 2018 FIFA World Cup

In the second phase of qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Indian football team has been placed in a tough group where it has to play against the top football playing nations in Asia such as Guam, Turkmenistan, Oman, and Iran. The draw for group placement took place in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. India, having a world ranking of 147, will have to take on World No. 97 Oman (first qualifier on June 11) and World No. 44 Iran (per FIFA charts) in Group D match. Qualifying competition for the Asian countries will start on June 11, 2015 and will continue till March 29, 2016.  

Sports Authority of India Launches 24x7 Athletes Personalised Contact System

Indian sports ministry is taking Rio Olympics seriously as Sports Authority of India has launched a 24x7 personalised support system for reaching out to the athletes and 200 medal hopefuls. As per the initiative, the medal hopefuls can contact senior SAI officials directly under Athletes Personalised Contact System (APCS) for needs related to equipments and training along with conveying personal grievances. This 24x7 facility comes days after the launch of TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme), meant for helping athletes prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Recently launched Athletes Personalised Contact System is the brainchild of Injeti Srinivas, the new Director General of SAI.

Sania Mirza Becomes the First Indian Female Tennis Player to Reach Number one rank in Doubles

Sania Mirza became the first Indian female to reach the No. 1 rank in doubles tennis after she and Martina Hingis won their third consecutive championship, USD 731,000 WTA Family Circle Cup in Charleston, in a row as partners.  Though the official ranking chart will be published today, available information shows that Sania reached the top with 7965 points in her kitty, followed by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy having accumulated 7640 points each. Fact sheets show that Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo have till now played 14 matches in three tournaments and have lost just three sets.

Sania Mirza is just a win away to become No. 1 in doubles

Sania Mirza and her partner Martina Hingis have reached to the final of the WTA Family Circle Cup. Sania is a win away from becoming No. 1 in doubles. Pair of Mirza and Hingis defeated Russian players Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 1-6 10-7 in the semifinal. In case they win doubles final then Sania Mirza will become the first Indian woman to reach No. 1 in tennis. The final match is against Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak.

Rajasthan Royals defeat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The preliminary round match was played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday. Kings XI Punjab was to chase 163 runs but managed to reach 136/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Australian cricketer James Faulkner was the star of Rajasthan Royals. He scored 46 runs. Punjab got off to a worst possible start with Virender Sehwag being dismissed on 0 and quick dismissal of Wriddhiman Saha on 7.

Chennai Super Kings Win Match Against Delhi Daredevils by One Run in a Nailbiting Finish

Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed a thriller as Delhi Daredevils’ South African player Albie Morkel’s effort almost snatched the match from Chennai Super Kings. Batting first, CSK put up a score of 150 runs on board at the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Chasing a 151 runs target, Delhi Daredevils put up a brave fight with Albie Morkel leading the effort with a 73 runs knock. Even after he hit a six and a four in the last over, DD’s innings ended at 149/9, falling short of CSK by 1 run.

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis Reach Quarters of USD 731,000 Charleston WTA Tournament

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo carried on their winning streak by advancing to the quarterfinals of USD 731,000 Charleston WTA clay court event’s women’s doubles segment. The Indo-Swiss duo clinched the match from the Australian sisters Arina and Anastasia. While Sania-Hingis lost the first set to Arina-Anastasia by 6-7, they were quick to make a comeback and win the second and third sets by 6-3, 10-5. In the quarters, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis pairing will take on Spanish-Kazakh duo Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedovain. Yaroslava Shvedovain-Anabel Medina Garrigues pairing defeated Lisa Raymond-Madison Keys duo in straight sets 7-5, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinal.

Indian Badminton Players Advance in Singapore Open

H.S. Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa duo moved ahead to the second round of $300,000 Singapore Open Superseries. Parupalli Kashyap defeated South Korean Lee Hyun Il in just 33 minutes in straight sets (21-11, 21-13). In the 2nd round Kashyap will play against South Korea’s Son Wan Ho. H.S. Prannoy took 40 minutes to defeat Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong by 21-15, 21-17 to advance to the second round where he meets Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. In another match, Kidambi Srikanth had a tough time against Tien Minh Nguyen from Vietnam but secured a win after 51 minutes (21-18, 19-21, 21-14).  

KKR Wins Opening Match of IPL 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday beat Mumbai Indians in the opening match of T-20 Indian Premier League 2015 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. While Mumbai Indians (MI) scored 168 runs at the loss of three wickets in 20 overs, KKR scored 170 runs in just 18.3 overs at the loss of three wickets. MI captain Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 98 and was well supported by Corey Anderson who scored 55 runs. However, KKR outperformed MI mainly led by KI skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 57, Manish Pandey’s 40, and a blazing 46 of 20 ball knock by Surya Kumar Yadav.