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January 22, 2021

Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar addressing the gathering. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (Centre) and sports nutritionist Ruchika Sodhi (second from right) during the event.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday distributed cheques of Rs 7.48 crores as financial assistance to 307 Delhi sportspersons.

In a sports ceremony organised in Chhatrasal stadium, Sisodia showered praise on the young athletes. Addressing the gathering, Sisodia said, “Sports play a crucial role in education. Delhi has been at the top position in School Games for last three years. On the other hand, it is receiving accolades for its improved education system. “

“The NITI Aayog ranked Delhi’s government schools as the best in the country. This is a proud achievement for Delhi.”

He further said “other governments pay attention to their sportspersons only after they win medals. But, Delhi government is helping the sportspersons during their struggle phase and enabling them to win medals by providing all possible assistance.”

Under the city government’s Play and Progress scheme, financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for under 14 categories and Rs 3 lakh for under 17 categories is provided. The government provides assistance of upto Rs 16 lakhs to talented sportspersons from Delhi.

West Indies cricket star Kieron Pollard, who has scored over 10,000 runs in the T20 format, is all set to be the captain of the Deccan Gladiators in the upcoming season of Abu Dhabi T10, powered by sky247net. The competition will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 28th January – 6th February 2021.

Pollard expressed that the T10 format suits his style of cricket, “The thrill and excitement of T10 is limitless. But it’s actually not too dissimilar to the kind of cricket I grew up playing. It’s not about see ball hit ball. You need to be able to think on your feet, anticipate and execute plans without pausing too much. It suits me to be honest and my experience stands me in good stead when reading the opposition.”

Pollard added that a team is never out of the game in T10 cricket, “It’s (T10) a great concept and one that’s designed to create continuous excitement. You are never out of the game so those watching on the screen are glued to it every ball.”

The 33-year-old said that he is very excited to play with the likes of Sunil Narine and Imran Tahir in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, “I’m most excited about playing with the group that we have assembled at Deccan Gladiators. I can’t wait to go out there with match-winners like Narine, Tahir, Shahzad, Ingram, the local UAE star Zahoor and others. We also have a few surprises up our sleeves for our opponents.”

The Deccan Gladiators team owner Gaurav Grover expressed that the side is aiming nothing short of winning the trophy, “The target of Deccan Gladiators this time would definitely be to win the trophy. With the changes in the helm this year, there are high expectations from the Gladiators. We have taken care of every flaw we had, which might have been the reason for last year’s defeat (in the final).”

Grover added that the Gladiators have enough firepower to win the competition, “We have West Indian powerhouse as our captain – Keiron Pollard and our Icon Player himself is fearless and unbounded spinner – Sunil Narine. Also, our team is packed with threatening bowlers such as fast bowler Aaron Summers and (leg-spinner) Imran Tahir. Talking about batsmen, we have Mohammad Shahzad, who is also a wicketkeeper.”

A resilient performance from the Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team against the Chile Senior Women’s Team in their fourth match of Tour of Chile saw the two sides play out a well fought 2-2 draw here at the Prince of Wales Country Club on Thursday evening. India’s two goalscorers on the day were Deepika (40′) and Gagandeep Kaur (55′) who led India’s fightback after Chile had twice taken the lead through goals from Mariana del Jesus Lagos (21′) and Fernanda Villagran (51′).

With three wins from three matches in their Tour of Chile, Indian Junior Women’s Team started the match brightly, as they tried to penetrate Chile’s defence, but could not find a clear opportunity inside the first 15 minutes. On the other hand, Chile tried to push the young India team on the counter attacks, with their tactic paying off in the second quarter.

It was in the 21st minute that Chile’s Mariana del Jesus Lagos found herself with enough time and space in front of goal to get her shot away, and give her side an important lead in the match. India were quick to fight back, and tried to take control of proceedings to find the equalizing goal before the half-time break, but came up against some resolute defending from the hosts as Chile maintained their one goal advantage.

A charged up Indian team took to the field in the third quarter, and were able to create a lot more going forward. After having been denied from multiple Penalty Corners, the Indian team finally found the equalizer in the 40th minute through Deepika, who finished off a beautiful team goal to make it 1-1. 

However, Chile did not get bogged down after conceding, and tried to look for an opportunity again in the match to take the lead. It was in the 51st minute that their efforts were rewarded, as the umpire awarded them a Penalty Stroke for an infringement by India inside the striking circle. It was Chile’s Fernanda Villagran who converted from the spot to restore the hosts’ one-goal advantage.

A late fightback from India resulted in another equalizer being scored, with Chile conceding a Penalty Stroke this time after their player was found to be infringing the rules inside the striking circle. Gagandeep Kaur stepped up to take the resulting stroke, and slotted it past Chile’s Goalkeeper to make it 2-2 in the 55th minute. Both teams tried to look for an opening in the last five minutes, but the goal never came for either, and the two teams finished level at 2-2.
 

The Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team will continue their Tour of Chile as they play their fifth match on Saturday evening (locally) / early Sunday morning (Indian Standard Time), taking on the Chile Senior Women’s Hockey Team at 0400hrs IST.