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December 2020

1970 waterpolo team.

Exactly 50 years ago, the Indian Water polo Team created history by winning the Silver Medal at the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games, which to date continues to be India’s finest performance overseas in an International Water polo Competition. To celebrate this memorable and historical achievement a Zoom Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, 20th December 2020 from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm. IST. 

The Swimming Federation of India has joined hands with the former players to make this event a grand success. 1970, silver medal winning team included,  Avinash Sarang, Tarun Goswami, Ashok Biswas, Piyush Mitra, Bharat Merchant, Samir Kapadia, Abdul Mutlib and Umaid Singh, Chand Ram Rana, Deep Narayan Singh & Pattabhi Raman.

Bharat Merchant

Out of the team of eleven team members we have Bharat Merchant & Avinash Sarang surviving heroes and legends of this incredible accomplishment will be a part of this Celebration and will share their preparation, journey through the five day Tournament, the exciting moments, the thrill and joy of this momentous occasion and their experiences while recreating those magical moments. 

Avinash Sarang

Through this Zoom Meeting, an honest and sincere effort is also sought to be made to revive interest in the Olympic Sport of Water polo by getting the new generation to be inspired by this remarkable achievement in Bangkok and subsequent Bronze Medal won by India at the 1982 Delhi Asian Games.

Bharat Merchant, the youngest member of the 1970 Team and top scorer for India in the Tournament, who has taken the lead in this endeavor, along with Arjuna  Awardee Avinash Sarang, who was a key member of the 1970 Team will regale participants in the Zoom Meeting with their experiences and the thrilling moments of India’s march to the Finals, where they lost a close & thrilling encounter to Asian Giants and reigning champions Japan.

Members from the 1982 Bronze Medal winning team and other prominent players who have donned India colours at various Asian Games & International Water polo Tournaments are also expected to join in the Celebration. 

Quote by Bharat Merchant, Team member, 1970 Asian Games-The Water Polo & Swimming Sport has built my all round personality, Physical & Mental, Water Polo have taught me to win all the battles of the Life, Made me Fighter with quality of NEVER TO GIVE UP until match End, Even after Defeat taught me to Prepare for Next win. The Water Polo Helped me to build my Professional career and my today’s all my Achievements are Due to Vigorous water Polo, I Played from my 10 year Tender age to the 25 Year. Thanks Water Polo with Big Cheer ! JAI WATER POLO !-

Quote by SFI- “The event is being celebrated and Swimming Federation of India is participating wholeheartedly. ” Mr Virendra Nanavati
Swimming Federation of India is thrilled to relive this moment of national pride on its golden jubilee alongside the living legends who made India proud on this day 50 years ago. “We take this moment to pledge our commitment to the sport of waterpolo and work with these legendary players to chart a new course for the sport in our country,” said Mr Monal Chokshi.

Brilliant unbeaten century by man of the match Delhi U-19 player Sanat Sangwan (101*, 8X4 2X6) helped Sonnet Club beat Maharaja Umed Singh Club by 38 runs in KAPS cup League cricket tournament here.

Naman Tiwari (90 runs & 2/17) and Sagar Rana (3/36) also played crucial roles in Sonnet’s victory.

Brief scores: Sonnet Club: 250/5 in 40 overs (Sanat 101*, Naman 90); Maharaja Umed Singh Club: 212/10 in 36.5 overs (Himanshu Sharma 57, Sagar 3/36, Naman Tiwari 2/170.

With the National Coaching Camp drawing to an end on Saturday, Indian Women’s Hockey Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne expressed that the team has managed to achieve their primary target of reaching desirable fitness levels.

He said, “One of our goals was improving fitness and that worked out very well. In the past few weeks, we also worked with the Junior Men’s Team in a few sessions to test our speed and handling skills and I am happy with the progress we have made as a group.” 

Despite not having played any competition since February this year where the team had travelled to New Zealand, Sjoerd believes the core group is working hard towards a good build-up to the Olympic Games next year. “We have done well so far in utilizing this time and our primary focus is the Olympics. We are hopeful of playing good matches early next year that will show where we stand and we can plan the months leading up to the Games keeping in mind the areas that require improvement basis our performance in these tours,” Marijne explained. 

Speaking about the importance of this break, Marijne said, “The players have worked very hard these past four and half months and they have done it without complaining about anything – be it living in a bio bubble with zero outside interaction or to be living away from their families for so long. I am extremely happy with the attitude they have showed these past four months and I understand that the training camp was physically and mentally quite challenging. This break will be especially good to recover from the mental fatigue.” 

He further said, the players have been given certain team-related assignments when they are on a break. “I would want the players to enjoy time with their family and follow the Hockey India SOP when they meet people and socialise because the pandemic is still not over. They have all been given some homework to do as well because this break is part of our training schedule except, they won’t be using the stick and the ball,” he said. 

अर्पित राणा

दिल्ली अंडर-19 प्लेयर अर्पित राणा के ऑलराउंड खेल की बदौलत एयरलाइनर अकैडमी ने पहले रोशन लाल सेठी मेमोरियल अंडर-19 टूर्नामेंट में ज्ञांति अकैडमी को सात विकेट से हरा दिया।

पहले बैटिंग करने उतरी ज्ञांति अकैडमी ने एशान अरोड़ा (52) के अर्धशतक और अंकित बिष्ट के 30 रन की मदद से ऑलआउट होने से पहले बोर्ड पर 175 रन टांगे।

एयरलाइनर की ओर से सिकंदर ने असरदार बोलिंग करते हुए 29 रन देकर तीन अहम विकेट निकाले। अर्पित ने भी उनका अच्छा साथ देते हुए 18 रन के एवज में दो विकेट चटकाए। लक्ष्य का पीछा करने उतरी एयरलाइनर की ओर से अर्पित ने एक छोर पर लंगर डाल दिया और 89 रन की दमदार पारी खेल डाली।

यश ढुल ने दूसरे छोर से 54 रन की  आकर्षक पारी खेली, जिससे एयरलाइनर ने 15 ओवर में ही तीन विकेट खोकर 179 रन बना लिए। सीनियर डीडीसीए अंपायर सुनिल विजय ने अर्पित को मैन ऑफ द मैच अवॉर्ड से पुरस्कृत किया। 

Ashwin Datta

The season’s opening round of the 23rd JK Tyre – FMSCI National Racing Championship (JKNRC) witnessed lots of excitement, with Ashwin Datta and Amir Sayed stealing the show on Day 2 in Coimbatore on Saturday.

Amir Sayed

The 16-year-old Sayed from Kottayam proved his class winning every other race, four in all, with ease in the JK Tyre Novice Cup. It was his first visit to this circuit but he mesmerised one and all with his magic on the wheel.

Even as the others struggled to tackle the tricky and slow first corner, Sayed, despite limited track time, handled it with ease. In fact, he turned it to his advantage winning both the races on Friday in a commanding manner. He further shifted top gear to win two more races on Saturday and also earned a good round of applause from the crowd.

The Formula LGB4, the premier class, saw Ashwin Datta of Dark Don Racing clinch a rare double. Vishnu Prasad delivered for his team (MSport) winning the opening race on Friday. But the experienced star from Chennai found it hot in the second race on Saturday as Datta drove brilliantly.

The race witnessed some nervy moments as there were quite a few spins.The safety car came in time and again but Ashwin kept his cool right through to win it much to the joy of his team. Of course, he completed the race under the yellow flag as the safety car had come in for the fourth time.

“I was slow in the first sector but I was confident enough as I had the pace. It was a nightmare of sorts with the safety car in several times but, that’s what racing is all about,” said Ashwin, who finished ahead of MSport stars Raghul Rangasamy and Vishnu Prasad.

In the second race, it was Raghul who held the advantage at the start before his car let him down midway through. Vishnu cashed in on the chance and moved ahead. It was a fight between Vishnu and Datta from there. Even as the former was building a sizeable lead and looked well set for a double, came the safety car in with just two laps to go.

Datta grabbed the opportunity with both hands and even managed to get past Vishnu in the second corner. Vishnu pressed the pedal hard for one last time but Datta played it smart and clean to finish the day on a merry note.

The results (Provisional):

JK Tyre Novice Cup: Race 1: 1. Amir Sayed (MSport) 15:56.927; 2. Neym Rizvi (MSport); 3. Dhruvin Gajjar (DTS Racing).

Race 2: 1. Amir Sayed (MSport) 16:23.787; 2. Dhruvin Gajjar (DTS Racing); 3. Aman Chaudhary (DTS Racing).

Race 3: 1. Amir Sayed (MSport) 11:58.316; 2. Aman Chaudhary (DTS Racing); 3 Dhruvin Gajjar (DTS Racing).

Race 4: 1. Amir Sayed (MSport) 17:53.731; 2. Aman Chaudhary (DTS Racing); 3. Dhruv Tyagi (Momentum Motorsports).

JKNRC (FLGB4):

Race 1: Vishnu Prasad (MSport) 21:58.046); 2. Sandeep Kumar A (Dark Don Racing); 3. Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing).

Race 2: Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing) 20:52.423; 2. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport); 3. Vishnu Prasad (MSport).

Race 3: 1. Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing) 22:13.962; 2. Vishnu Prasad (MSport); 3. Sarosh Hataria (Ahura Racing).

Devendra Jhajharia

Some of the country’s top Para athletes including double Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, two-time world champion Sundar Singh Gurjar and world no. 1 Para Badminton player Parul Parmar will participate in the 5th edition of the Cairn Pink City Half Marathon which will be held virtually between December 13-20, 2020.

Alongwith Parmar, Jhajharia and Gurjar, both Para Javelin champions, there will be seven other Para athletes competing at the marathon from different cities across the country. All these Para athletes, from Rajasthan and Gujarat, are being supported by Cairn Foundation (CF) as part of an MoU signed between the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) and CF to support the overall development of the athletes last December.

Under the theme #WEARMASKSAVELIFE, a jan andolan initiative driven by Honourable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Ashok Gehlot and supported by the Fit India movement by the Government of India, this year’s half marathon can be participated from any part of the globe using any GPS application like Nike Run, Strava, Runkeeper etc.

The virtual marathon format is also kept flexible for participants who can choose the date, time, location, route, distance, based on their convenience. Participants need to run or walk or jog using any of the listed but not limited GPRS applications to record their activity and upload the screenshot of the activity at the end of the race.

This year, the event has four categories – Half Marathon 21 km, Cool Run – 21 km, Dream Run – 5 km, Fun Run – 2km  

Said Jhajharia who will be taking part from Jaipur: “Through this marathon we want to send a message to every corner of the country—to every house, village and cities –about staying fit. The government of India’s Fit India movement will also get a major boost through this virtual marathon. Our mission is to motivate everyone, right from 8 to 80 years, to run and stay physically fit and healthy.”

Calling everyone to join the marathon, Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games bronze medallist Para athlete Sandeep Singh Maan added: “During this global Pandemic, the focus has turned to maintaining fitness. All of us have also realised how much it is important to stay physically fit to stay healthy. This year’s virtual marathon has been organised keeping these factors in mind. So, join us by registering for the event.”

One can register for free and get an e-certificate, while there’s take away goodies – medal, T. Shirt and mask besides e-certificate through paid registration.

For registration:  https://www.townscript.com/e/cairn-pink-city-half-marathon-2020-203423

Sukrit Bhatia

A brilliant innings by Sukrit Bhatia (56*) and a superb bowling from Himanshu chouhan (3/18) helped Master’s Cricket Academy beat Queeta DAV Academy, Nizamuddin by seven wickets in the inaugural Roshan Lal Sethi Memorial Prize Money U-19 cricket tournament at Mandir Marg.

Aryan Rao (50), Anshuman Singh (3/21) and Shivam Payal (2/12) also played crucial role in Master’s win.

Brief score: Quetta DAV: 149/10 in 33 overs (Mohd Kaif 66, Himanshu Chouhan 3/18, Anshuman Singh 3/21, Shivam Payal 2/120; Master’s Academy: 150/3 in 19.2 overs (Sukrit Bhatia 56, Aryan Rao 50, Pratap Basista 1/20).