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  1. Covid-19 pandemic halted the preparations 2020 Womens Hockey Junior Asia Cup
  2. MS Dhoni rises while Virat Kohli slips in latest ICC ODI rankings - Ind vs Eng
  3. Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 9th Olympic gold take 4x100m relay
  4. Rio Olympics 2016 PV Sindhu, silver lining for Indian campaign
  5. Sakshi Malik wins first medal for India at Rio Olympics
  6. Rio Olympics 2016, Narsingh Yadavs dope saga, PV Sindhus win
  7. Rio Olympics 2016 Britains golden couple - Laura Trott & Jason Kenny
  8. Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 100m gold, Justin Gatlin got second
  9. Kohli and Kumble will face greater tests than West Indies
  10. India captain Kohli targets period of Test domination
  11. Sri Lanka Cricket captain Angelo Mathews frustrated as two more players injured
  12. Vijender Singh hints at showdown with Amir Khan in India
  13. Ishant Sharma I am at my best in Test cricket
  14. Sachin Tendulakar Players have a lot to learn from Kumble
  15. Indian Hockey Team is praised by PM Narendra Modi for champion trophy
  16. Kohli has decided to become the best athlete in the world
  17. Sushil Kumar vs Narsingh: Today Delhi HC to pronounce verdict
  18. To enjoy the occasion Kohli wants Royal Challengers
  19. French Open: It is a Sania Mirza vs Leander Paes mixed doubles final
  20. Yuvraj Singh Slams Fifty, Says Has No Time For Critics

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Covid-19 pandemic halted the preparations 2020 Womens Hockey Junior Asia Cup

Posted Date :   04 July 2020 01:49:30 AM  
Imphal (Manipur): The Junior Indian Women's Hockey Team were preparing for the 2020 
Women's Hockey Junior Asia Cup, which was to begin on April 6, 2020 in Kakamigahara, 
Japan, when Covid-19 pandemic halted the team's quest to achieve a berth for the 
Junior Women's World Cup by winning the continental championship.
 
"We were in the national coaching camp since first week of March and we were very 
focused on performing well at the Junior Asia Cup, which would have got us direct 
qualification into the FIH Junior World Cup 2021 to be held in South Africa. But the 
Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown halted our preparations," said Suman 
Devi Thoudam, who successfully led the Indian Junior Women's Hockey team in the 
Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations Tournament and the Belarus Tour last 
year.
Instrumental in the team's winning performance at the 3-Nations Tournament in 
Australia held in December last year, Suman added, "We had shaped up well as a team 
and with some good performances last year, we were quite confident of a good show in 
the Junior Asia Cup in Japan."
 
With the National Camp for Junior Women ending on 19 March, Suman's compatriots 
left for home however she decided to stay back in SAI, Bengaluru where the Senior 
Core Probables Group were housed. "My tickets were booked for 22 March but due to 
the Janta Curfew I couldn't travel. Though my tickets were rebooked for 24 March, I 
decided to stay back in SAI because I felt it was safer there and there was a lot of 
uncertainty at the time," she said.
 
On asked how a young player like her faced the challenges of staying indoors during the 
nation-wide lockdown, she said, "At first, I was scared and felt that there was so much 
uncertainty. Myself and three others who were going through rehab due to their injury 
were the only ones from the Junior Team who had stayed back in SAI during this period 
(lockdown) and it probably would have been difficult if not for the constant support from 
senior players and Wayne Lombard (Scientific Advisor). I focused on core strengthening 
workouts which could be done indoors and some conditioning work which Wayne used 
to give us. Also, he would tell us that it's important to improve our immunity and stay fit 
to fight this pandemic which made us motivated through this period," Suman added.

Returning home after three months on 19 June, Suman was in institutional quarantine 
for 14 days as per State rules in Manipur and will further remain in home quarantine for 
another 14 days. "The institutional quarantine in Imphal was quite comfortable. There 
were about 7 students who were in quarantine along with myself and the facilities 
including the food, everything was good. Also the volunteers there were mostly from my 
home club where I began playing hockey, so they were quite helpful too. Now, I just look 
forward to spending time with my family," she said.
Suman began hockey at Seyo Club in 2010 due to the insistence of her father Thoudam 
Anand Singh who works as a carpenter in Imphal. Despite financial constraints, he 
always encouraged his daughter to make her own mark in the sport. In 2014, she was 
picked by the Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy where she further honed her skills as a 
player. Her first call-up for the Junior National Camp came in 2016 after which there 
has been no looking back for this young defender. "My father has been the biggest 
influence in my life. He has been extremely supportive and wherever I play in Manipur, 
he comes to watch me. At first, I never liked hockey but I was quick to make friends at 
the Seyo Club and when they said if I go regularly for practice, I would be given a stick 
and a ball for myself, I was motivated to continue. Getting my own stick was like the 
biggest incentive for me at that time," she recalled.   
 
While the Junior team awaits to receive a call-up to return to SAI Centre Bangalore, 
Suman is confident her team can bounce back after this setback in their preparations. 
"There is a lot of openness in the team where we discuss our strengths and 
weaknesses and each of us have improved individually as well as a team over these 
past years. When we are called back, we will refocus on our goal to do well at the Junior 
Asia Cup," she concluded. 



MS Dhoni rises while Virat Kohli slips in latest ICC ODI rankings - Ind vs Eng

Posted Date :   28 January 2017 01:23:44 PM  

Indian captain Virat Kohli slipped a rung to third in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen but his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni gained a spot to be 13th in the latest list issued.
 
Rohit Sharma slipped three places to be 12th, while Shikhar Dhawan was in the joint 14th spot with Englishman Jos Butler.
 
Among the bowlers, no Indian found a place in the top-10 with Akshar Patel being the highest placed at 12th, a drop of three positions. Following him closely was Amit Mishra at the joint 14th position.
 
Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner wrested the top spot rankings for ODI Batsmen.
 
The Indian team was unchanged at the third position in the team rankings.
 
The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa's AB de Villiers and Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.
 
There were other batsmen to gain too after India's 2-1 win over England in a series that ended on Sunday.
 
England batsman Jason Roy's three half-centuries have taken him into the top 20 for the first time as he has gained 23 slots to reach 17th. For India, Kedar Jadhav's 232 runs have helped him gain 57 slots to reach 47th ranking.

Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 9th Olympic gold take 4x100m relay

Posted Date :   20 August 2016 01:03:03 PM  

Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.
 
He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to finish in 37.27 seconds.
 
Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand Canada bronze and lift Britain up to fifth.
 
Bolt said, "There you go. I'm the greatest,"  after bringing an end to one of the most astonishing Olympic careers of all time.
 
 
In February, Bolt confirmed he would retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and will not compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be nearly 34.
 
His haul of nine gold medals is the joint highest among Olympic athletics, equal with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.
 
"I'm going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out," Bolt told BBC Sport.
 
"My team came through for me tonight. As long as we got the baton round, it was never in doubt.
 
"It's a brilliant feeling. I've pushed myself, it's been a long road. I'm happy but I'm relieved. It's great to be in the history books as one of the greatest. I'm proud of myself."
 
Blake made an attempt to persuade 100m and 200m world-record holder Bolt to continue for another four years, saying: "Usain needs to be immortal and he is immortal. I will encourage him to come back for 2020."
 
When asked about bowing out of the Olympics, Bolt added: "I'm going to miss the crowds. I'm not going to miss the interviews. I've done, like, 500."
 
 

Rio Olympics 2016 PV Sindhu, silver lining for Indian campaign

Posted Date :   20 August 2016 11:44:04 AM  

 
Rio Olympics 2016: Day 14  saw India win a historic silver medal in badminton after PV Sindhu went down fighting in a closely contested women's singles final against Spain's Carolina Marin. But her second-placed finish made her the most successful Indian woman at the Olympics. 
 
PV Sindhu's silver Medal in the women's singles competition lifted India's spirits, as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old's historic feat. World No 10 Sindhu fought hard but ultimately ended up losing 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
The silver took India's medal tally to two, after wrestler Sakshi Malik won bronze in the 58-kilogram freestyle wrestling on Wednesday.
 
Sindhu started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.
 
Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15. Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.
 
In the second game, Carolina attacked from the start and Sindhu couldn't manage to control the torrent of attacks, trailing 2-11 at the mid-game break. After the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of her Spanish opponent, but eventually relinquished the second game 12-21.
 
In the decider, Marin got off to a flying start and took a five-point lead to go 6-1 up. But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in the earlier rounds, pulled level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one-point margin.
 
After the breather, the duo continued to fight valiantly for each point, but it was the more experienced Marin who proved superior. Sindhu kept herself within touching distance at 14-16. But she was powerless when Marinupped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15 to become the first Eurpoean woman to clinch gold.

Sakshi Malik wins first medal for India at Rio Olympics

Posted Date :   19 August 2016 12:08:30 PM  

 
The 23-year-old Indian Wrestler Sakshi Malik defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in a dramatic finish in the 58kg freestyle wrestling category, making a comeback in the final seconds to win 8-5.
 
After her victory Malik jogged around the wrestling arena, carrying the Indian flag before collapsing on the mat as true realisation of her feat sank in. 
 
“It’s (the victory) the result of 12 years of wrestling day and night. I never gave up in the bout and gave it my maximum,” she told Indian television news channels after her victory.  
 
Sakshi Malik is the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal
 
Born in northern conservative Haryana state, adjoining New Delhi, where women were only recently allowed to wrestle, Malik is India’s fourth female athlete to climb the Olympic victory podium. 
 
Sakshi’s father Subir Malik said, “She emulated her grandfather who was a wrestler and never regretted her decision.” 
 
Sakshi should be an example to all fathers who feel that their daughters should not enter the sports field, he told NDTV from his hometown of Rohtak.
 
 
Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Malik, calling her "India’s daughter" as millions of thankful Indians celebrated the event, bitterly disappointed after almost all the country’s medal hopefuls were eliminated.