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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.

679 Indian Contingent for Asian Games

The Union Sports ministry has cleared names of 679 sportspersons to participate in the Asian Games 2014. This year the tournament will take place in South Korea. The decision has been taken after discussions between Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This large contingent of players will include 516 athletes, 163 coaches, and other support staff members. Asian Games 2014 will start on September 19 and will continue till October 4.

Cilic is New US Open Champion

25-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic wins US Open Tennis title for the first time. He is the second Croatian after Goran Ivanisevic to win a major Grand Slam title. Goran Ivanisevic, who is also the coach of Martin, won Wimbledon title back in 2001. Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. During this 28th Grand Slam event,  Cilic fired 38 winners, 17 aces, and 9 break points.

Leander Teams to Pair Up with Bopanna

Indian non-playing captain Anand Amritraj has confirmed that 41-year-old veteran Tennis star Leander Paes will pair up with Rohan Bopanna against Serbia during Davis Cup doubles tie. Inclusion of the veteran player means that Saketh Myneni, who was earlier selected, is going to miss the tie. He along with Ramkumar Ramanathan and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will be in the reserve team.

Khalsa Warriors defeats Punjab Thunder in Kabaddi League

Khalsa Warriors defeated Punjab Thunder in Wave World Kabaddi League's (WKL) first match in Punjab by 59-57. This is the fifth successive win of Khalsa Warriors. Jasmanpreet Singh's final raid helped the team to win. Punjab Thunder presented a great show by giving the the closest match of the Wave WKL at the Hockey Ground in the Punjab Agricultural University. The match was watched by more than 8,000 audience. Gurpreet Singh Gopi of the Khalsa Warriors was the best stopper with seven stops.

Sania Mirza and her Parner out of US Open Women's Doubles Semifinals

Sania-Cara partnership came to a halt at the US Open women's doubles semifinals when the Indian-Zimbabwean partners lost in straight sets to Swiss-Italian partners Martina Hingis-Flavia Pennetta. Hingis- Pennetta won comfortably in one hour and 10 minutes by 6-2, 6-4.

Sania Mirza reaches US Open Final in Mixed Doubles

India’s ace woman tennis player Sania Mirza reached the Mixed Doubles Final of US Open. Mirza and her mixed doubles partner Bruno Soares beat Ross Hutchins and Y.J Chan 7-5, 4-6, and 10-7. It took them one hour and thirty six minutes to beat the unseeded Chinese Taipei-British pair. Sania and Bruno were the winners of 2012 Mixed Doubles US Open.  

Dhoni Becomes Most Successful ODI Captain

After the emphatic win of Indian Cricket Team, Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the most successful Indian ODI captain. The visitors beat England by 9 wickets in the fourth One-Day International at Birmingham. Dhoni thanked the former as well as present team for helping him achieve this feat. He now has 91 ODI wins to his credit.

India won by 9 Wickets against England in Birmingham

Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane were the real architects of India’s win over England. They followed a planned approach while chasing 207 runs. While Rahane scored a ton, Dhawan remained unbeaten at 97 runs.

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