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Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre (GAD-TLC) of Ministry of Education located at  SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi organised for the first time One – week Online National Faculty Development Program  (FDP) on Promoting Excellence In Physical Education And Sports Through Innovation In Teaching And Learning, ICT & Professional Approach for physical education and sports professionals from May 27, 2021 to June 2, 2021. More than 300 participants from all over the country attended this FDP. Dr. Vimal Rarh,  Project Head & Joint Director, GAD-TLC, was the National Coordinator of this program.

GAD-TLC which was inaugurated by the then Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani on July 1, 2016 has trained more than 45,000 teachers during the last one year of corona pandemic.

The Inauguration ceremony of the FDP was held on May 27 & the Chief Guest on this occasion was Jitender Singh, Former Minister, MYAS & Defence, Government of India besides a galaxy of eminent guests. The Valedictory session of the FDP was held on June  2 and in this event Dr Sanjay Paswan, Former minister, Human Resources, Government of India was chief guest along.

The eminent guests included amongst others Prof Ved Prakash, Former Chairman, University Grants Commission, Prof. A K Bakhshi,  Chairman, GAD-TLC, Vice-Chancellor, PDM University, Haryana, Prof Jaswinder Singh, Director, GAD-TLC and Principal, SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, D Vimal Rarh,  Prof JS Naruka, Former Vice-Chancellor, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Pro Suman Kundu, Director, South Campus, University of Delhi  and Prof. Pankaj Sinha, Chairman, Delhi University Sports Council, Pro. Suman Sharma, Principal, Lady Shri Ram College For Women, Pro Chinappa Reddy  President NAPESS & Dhananjoy Shaw, Former Principal, IGIPESS, University of Delhi.

Jitender Singh, appealed to all physical educationists to keep themselves informed  with the latest information & technology. As former minister of sports, government of India he gave emphasis to sports sciences.

Dr Paswan in his address expressed the need to bridge the gap between cities & villages then only we can tap the talent and nurture talent to the fullest. He also highlighted that rural sports should be given importance.

In his keynote address at the inaugural event,  Prof. Ved Prakash, highlighted NEP 2020 and said that there is a lack of experts in the field of physical education & sports in the country.

Prof AK Bakhshi in his address appealed to all the participants to embrace technology and take advantage of e-resources & digitalisation and create pathways for the future.

The week long online FDP had brainstorming sessions by very eminent speakers, including Prof AK Uppal, Former Vice Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Prof AK Bakhshi,  Dr George Abraham, Principal, YMCA Physical Education College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Dr Sandeep Tiwari, Principal, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, University of Delhi, Ms Neelanjana Singh, a well-known Nutrition Therapist & Wellness Consultant, Dr Vimal Rarh, Prof P Ravi Kumar, Prof. Jaswinder  Singh,  Prof Ikram Hussain, AMU, Aligarh , Prof Kalpana Sharma Dean Faculty of Education & Director ASPESS & Sports, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh. Dr Meenakshi Pahuja, a well-known swimmer and faculty in LSR College was FDP Coordinator.

With the county coming to a standstill due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, each one– right now– is trying his/her best to help the poor and needy in India. Powerlifter Gaurav Sharma is also doing his bit as the World Champion has been cooking and distributing food and water to at least 1,000 people daily who have found the going tough ever since the government imposed the lockdown in the Capital.

Maintaining the strict health guidelines, Gaurav has been feeding the needy. “The situation right now is very disturbing. Many people have suffered because of lockdown. I know the lockdown is needed but at the same time it affected many lives on the street.

“I have been doing whatever I can to help poor people on the street. It is disheartening to see small kids crying for food. I have even asked others to help them,” said Gaurav.

“I also distribute face masks, shields and gloves to them.” Gaurav further said he made food for people by himself in his temple at Chandni Chowk where he is a priest. “I have been making it for at least 1,000 people with the help of some friends and family members. It feels really great. I just hope this second wave doesn’t affect more families and everything gets settled soon.”

Last year Gaurav also distributed food among the needy.

Gaurav clinched two gold medals at the 2016 World Powerlifting Championships in England. In 2007, he won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand.

Initially starting out as a weightlifter, Gaurav later switched to powerlifting under the guidance of Dronacharya awardee coach Bhupender Dhawan. But now he has switched to shooting. 

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Good bowling by Varun Pahadiya 5/40 and fine knock by Aditya Sharma 67 and Rahul Chaudhary 40 helped Rann Star Club beat Dahiya Academy by 121 runs in the first Shashi Sharma memorial Under-19 cricket tournament at Stephen ground. Varun received Sport Sun man of the match from Parag Sharma.

Brief scores: Rann Star Club:284 in 39.5 overs:Aditya Sharma 67,Rahul Chaudhary 40, Ankit Yadav 37,Shivraj 6/29,Yug Gupta 2/53.

Dahiya Academy: 163 in 25.4 overs:Yug Gupta 30,Divik Kumar 29,Varun Pahadiya 5/40,Keshav Dalal 2/6.

Shubham Sharma hits century; Darling Frontline Champion

Fine century by Shubham Sharma 122 not out and tishant Dabla 80 not out and good bowling by Akhil Kumar 4/62 helped Darling Frontline Club beat Cricways Academy by 6 wickets and lift 4th Phool Singh memorial cricket tournament Title. Shubham Sharma named man of the match.

Brief scores: Cricways Academy: 348/9 in 40 overs:Prashant Kumar 108, Ritik Vats 108,Prateek Raman 50,Kartik Sharma 38,Akhil Kumar 4/62.

Darling Frontline Club: 349/4 in 28.1 overs:Shubham Sharma 122 not out(71b,16×4,5×6), Tishant Dabla 80 not out,Prashant Gujjar 78,Ankit Chillar 48,Prashant Kumar 2/70.

 Harsh and Tejas shines

Fine allround display by Harsh Kumar 37 and 3/21 and fine knock by Tejas Malhotra 77 and Akshay Saini 54 helped Aarush Sports beat Gyanti Academy by 65 runs in the SH Sports Open cricket tournament at Mundka ground. Harsh Kumar named man of the match.

Brief scores: Aarush Sports: 257/7 in 40 overs: Tejas Malhotra 77,Akshay Saini 54,Ranjeet Singh 45,Harsh Kumar 37,Sudhanshu Yadav 2/41, Akhilesh Semwal 2/49.

Gyanti Academy: 192 in 36.3 overs: Akhilesh Semwal 42,Aman Kedia 41 not out,Aditya Pandey 3/20,Harsh Kumar 3/21.

Dhananjai and Tanishk star

Fine allround display by Dhananjai Singh 2/20 and 35 and good bowling by Tanishk Kumar 4/28 helped Maulana Azad Club beat Telefunken Club by 7 wickets in the league match of the Harcourt Butler Under-15 cricket tournament at Harcourt Butler School ground. Dhananjai Kumar named man of the match.

Brief scores: Telfunken Club: 108 in 26.5 overs: Saksham Negi 27,Tanishk Kumar 4/28,Dhananjai Singh 2/20.

Maulana Azad Club: 110/3 in 22 overs:Dhananjai Singh 35,Lucky Rana 24 not out,Yatharth Singh 2/16.

Naman hits century

Fine century by  man of the match Naman Taneja 126 and half century by Yash Rana 57 and good bowling by Krish Vohra 3/9 and Avinash Dedha 3/20 helped Chetan Anand Academy beat Fore Titans Academy by 145 runs in the One X T-20 Tournament at Naglipoona ground.

Brief scores: Chetan Anand Academy: 234/6 in 20 overs:Naman Taneja 126, Yash Rana 57,Abhishek Bhabad 3/37.

Fore Titans Academy: 89 in 13.2 overs: Ishan Kumar 31,Krish Vohra 3/9, Avinash Dedha 3/20.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has signed an exclusive multi-year TV & Digital broadcast deal with India’s first professional Kho Kho league -Ultimate Kho Kho and strengthened their commitment towards bringing fast paced “edge of the seat action” to their audience in the Indian subcontinent. 

Scheduled to kick-start in 2021 with a goal to captivate audiences and sports enthusiasts, Sony Pictures Networks India and Ultimate Kho Kho will bring forth this home-grown sport in its new avatar under the lenses of sports technology and innovations, that will guarantee high-octane games exclusively across SPNI’s network sports channels and their dedicated OTT platform SonyLIV which will allow viewers to watch the Ultimate Kho Kho ‘on the go’.

“Ultimate Kho Kho will bring back the oldest sport packaged in a modern avatar coupled with a new format and a dazzling television product that has the potential to not only revolutionise the sport but also create a unique experience for the audience—something that no one has ever witnessed before,” Amit Burman, Dabur Group Chairman and Promoter of the Ultimate Kho Kho said.

The traditional Indian sport of Kho Kho enjoys massive popularity across India owing to its easy to play rule and high-speed format. Mr. Burman who has acquired long-term commercial rights from the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) are engaged to work together to develop excellence and shape the future of competitive Kho Kho to make the sport bigger and better.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, in a statement, said: “At Sony Pictures Networks, our focus has always been to promote a multi-sport culture in India and Ultimate Kho Kho is a great addition to our sports portfolio. Kho Kho is an extremely popular traditional Indian sport popular across India and we are happy to be on-board and showcase Ultimate Kho Kho to our viewers.”

Kho Kho Federation of India President Mr Sudhanshu Mittal welcomed the move, saying, “It is a great day for the home grown game of Kho Kho. Sony Television will be official broadcaster of the ultimate Kho Kho League taking it to every household,” he said.

“We are thankful to the government for encouraging indigenous games like Kho Kho by providing encouragement and support at all levels. Our Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi ji and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju ji have so often publicly extended support to indigenous games and encouraging us to become truly global,” he added.

The teams will consist of men and under-18 from all states across India registered under Kho Kho Federation of India. Player drafts are scheduled for mid-year this year and franchise-owners will be offered a bank of over 150 Indian players based on their performance and score in National and recently concluded high performance training camp in February 2021.

Tenzing Niyogi, Chief Executive Officer – Ultimate Kho Kho also stated: “For a sport to be packaged as a brand, it needs to have ‘an edge of the seat’ format, where every minute is a spectacle. Ultimate Kho Kho has been envisioned as an intersection where the passion for a popular homegrown sport meets new age technologies & state of the art formats. We aim to create new champions, celebrate the pride for the sport and take Kho Kho to newer commercial heights.”

“With Sony Pictures Networks India as our partner, our endeavour is to deliver a compelling product that will attract not only the fancy of the viewers but become a platform for the brands to connect with consumers.”  

Ultimate Kho Kho will be telecast in English as well as Hindi with regional language commentary on the cards.

School Games Federation of India President Sushil Kumar and Treasurer Surendra Singh Bhati.

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has been re-elected as the president of the School Games Federation of India, whereas, Vijay Santan will be the secretary.

The School Games Federation of India held its elections on Tuesday.The el­e­ction was conducted as per the 2011 National Sports Development Code of India. According to sports ministry’s directive, the School Games Federation of India also left out those candidates who had been charged with some kind of misconduct. 

The election was unanimous. Surendra Singh Bhati is the treasurer. There are eight vice presidents and joint secretaries; six executive members.The election was held after the ministry declared School Games Federation of India election held on December 29, 2020 null and void.

The Returning Officer BS Mathur will now send the result to the Sports Ministy for further recognition. 

Officials; President- Sushil Kumar; Vice-president Zeeshan Qamer (IAS), Asarpal Singh, Rubinderjit Singh Brar (PCS), Partha Pegu (ACS), Vikas Srivastava, P Narassingame, L Sokun Singh, Bhagram Hauta; General Secretary- Vijay Santan; Joint Secretary- Paimong Mog, JR Marak, M Vasu, Anil Kumar, Satyanarayan Rayguru, David Lalthanngura Sailo, Harinder Singh Grewal, Gopala Krishna; Treasurer- Surender Singh Bhati; Executive members- Jigme Youzar Lepcha, Mithilesh Kumar, Nagendra Singj Bartwal, Usha Singh, Manish G Smart, Samir Panchal.

Following the successful completion of the High-Performance Assessment and Scientific Analysis & Evaluation Programme–“Rise in Sports Excellence”— for the national Kho Kho players, the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) on Wednesday introduced another revolutionary ‘High Performance Coaches’ Coaching Camp’ for the very first time.

According to KKFI General Secretary Mahender Singh Tyagi, as many as 54 coaches from all over India are taking part in this 10-day programme at the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions in Faridabad.

“The coaches will be monitored by vastly experienced officials at Manav Rachna Sports Science Centre with the help of experts from Sports Authority of India, Delhi University and other institutions. This will be a Level 2 course and the coaches will be informed about the sports science benefits, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, injury management, biomechanics, biokinetics, psychological impact, leadership quality and other important things.

“Then there will be a technical official workshop Level 3 from March 12 to March 17. Nearly 75 officials will come for that. They will be guided by the experts about the new rules and regulations of the Kho Kho. Our focus is to make this sport more advanced and easier to understand for all,” Mr Tyagi added.

The sport has now gained momentum and the Kho Kho Federation of India, under the leadership of President Sudhanshu Mittal and also with the guidance from IOA Secretary Rajeev Mehta, is leaving no stone unturned to make it more and more attractive for the general audience.

Players in action on Friday.

As the Kho Kho actions resumed in the country post COVID-19 pandemic with the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) 2021 Super League Kho Kho Tournament, four teams started off their campaign on a winning note on Day 1 of the tournament at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here today.

The tournament, which is part of the KKFI and Ultimate Kho Kho (UKK)’s first-ever scientific training camp, will see a total prize money of Rs 5 lakh.

UKK CEO Tenzing Niyogi, Kho Kho Promoter Rajender Gupta, KKFI President Sudhanshu Mittal, IOA Secretary Gen Rajeev Mehta, KKFI Gen Sec MS Tyagi during the inauguration of Super League Kho Kho Tournament.

The men’s event saw four round-robin matches played with two each in Pool A and Pool B while one women match was played on the opening day. In the Pool A matches Rhinos beat Ninjas 37-32 while Cheetahs registered a thrilling 40-39 win in a closely-contested game against Jaguars.

However, in the Pool B matches, Frisky Rangers beat Sharks 40-36 and Panthers held draw against Pahadi Billas with a score of 35 points each. Meanwhile, the women’s teams which are also named as Panthers and Cheetahs, Panthers defeated Cheetahs by four points with the final score line standing at 13-9.

The eight men’s teams, divided into Pool A and Pool B, will play their round-robin matches tomorrow in their respective pools while the top two teams from each group will progress into the semi-finals. Final match will be played on February 15. However, two teams participating in the women’s event will be playing one match a day and the team with maximum wins will be declared winner.

SGFI President Sushil Kumar had alleged that secretary-general Rajesh Mishra had manipulated SGFI constitution to stay in power.

The sports ministry has declared the recent elections of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) null and void. The SGFI had elected new office bearers during its annual general body meeting held in December in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu.

The ministry, however, rejected the SGFI request to grant annual recognition to it as a national sports federation (NSF) that oversees sports at the school level on the grounds that the National Sports Development Code 2011 guidelines were overlooked during the December elections.

The ministry in a letter to the SGFI said that the SGFI should hold the elections again as per the Sports Code.

Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who was president of the SGFI, had alleged that the SGFI secretary-general Rajesh Mishra had manipulated SGFI constitution to stay in power.

Sushil had also alleged that Mishra had forged his signature to change the by-laws of the SGFI. The Olympian apprised the sports minister about the manipulation done by Mishra and the ministry took a serious view of the alleged fraud.

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.

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