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March 10, 2021

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.

Anirban Lahiri of India.

Anirban Lahiri returns to THE PLAYERS Championship for a fifth time this week but is still looking at making a meaningful mark at the event. 

Lahiri got into the elite field at the US$15 million showpiece following the withdrawal of former World No. 1, Brooks Koepka who pulled out due an injury. The opportunity to feature in the PGA TOUR’s flagship tournament at The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is not lost on Lahiri as he seeks to find some momentum to truly get his 2020-21 season into gear following a bunch of mixed results including a missed cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard last week..

Candid as usual, Lahiri, a former Asian No. 1, said, “It’s nice to be back. I didn’t realize it’s my fifth time back. I really like this golf course, I love the way it is set up and I feel like it’s one of those tracks where I can do really well. My record doesn’t show that though. The game has been a little patchy, up and down, but I think it’s trending back in the right direction. I have a couple of things that I’ve been working on and they seem to be falling into place, so it’s all about putting it together now.”

The 154-player field includes more than 100 PGA Tour winners and 48 of the top 50 each from the FedExCup points list and world ranking, including Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Bryson Dechambeau, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm. In Lahiri’s four appearances at TPC Sawgrass, he missed three cuts and finished T74 in 2019.

Apart from the star-studded field, the tournament will also set a unique landmark. Golf fans will be able to enjoy ‘Every Shot Live’ on GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR, made available exclusively by the PGA TOUR.

It will be available from the first round and every shot by every player will be live-streamed on GOLFTV, allowing fans to follow any player in the elite field. More than 32,000 shots are expected over 72 holes from a starting field. Fans will be able to choose what players to watch, how you watch and stream on different devices. 

Lahiri has played at THE PLAYERS both in May previously and now in March and sees a change in weather between the two periods. “Well, obviously three of my previous appearances were in May, with different weather. I played in 2019 in March. But it’s going to be slightly different in terms of the temperatures and the wind. If anything I think this is probably a better wind for my game style. So the one thing I haven’t done as well in the past is probably hit as many fairways as you need to.

“On the weekend, the greens are going to get really firm and fast, we all know that, so it’s going to be critical to come in from the short grass to really control the ball and that’s going to be my mine focus this week.“

Lahiri did not make it to the field at last year’s edition of THE PLAYERS, and the event itself was cancelled after the first round and the TOUR shut down for three months. “I think it’s been a year now, a full circle pretty much since COVID struck the golfing world. For me it was, there was a lot of good that came out of it. I did get a lot done in India, I went back for the Hero Indian Open, which was the week after THE PLAYERS last year. And that ended up being a good thing for me, because I got a lot of time at home with my coach and just managed to reassemble all the parts that were kind of getting a little rickety.”

On what it would take make a serious bid for the title, Lahiri elaborated, “I mean, all the guys who have won here previously have driven the ball really well and putted really well. I think those are the two things that are going to be really, really important. So you have to have all the departments firing and also that’s why it’s not so heavily dominated by someone who hits it miles or who has a really exceptional short game, you got to do everything good and you got to drive and putt well more than anything else.”

Saaniya Sharma and Tvesa Malik.

Saaniya Sharma finally found the form she has been searching for this year as she holed five birdies against three bogeys for the day’s best of 2-under 70 on the first day of the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the DLF Golf & Country Club.

Saaniya’s best finish this season has been T-12 but in the first round at Gurugram she shot her best round of the year. It gave her a one-shot lead over the trio of experienced Tvesa Malik and the Bakshi sisters, Hitaashee and Jahanvi. They carded 1-under 71 each at the challenging Gary Player layout.

Tvesa Malik, playing with Saaniya in the first group this morning, had two birdies against one sole bogey on the par-5 15th. She said, “It was disappointing that I could not take my chances,” said Tvesa, who plans to keep playing on the domestic Tour to keep honing her game before she goes to Europe in summer.

The top amateur was the talented Avani Prashanth, who has already tasted success. She may well have been a joint leader but for the double bogey on the Par-5 18th. She was sole fifth at 72, while Vani Kapoor, playing at her home course, carded 74 and was sixth.

Saaniya, a qualified referee and a coach to boot, has been playing patchy golf this season and was therefore happy to get a card under par. “I have worked hard last few weeks, so it is good to see the scores coming in,” she said. The key will now be to maintain consistency over the next two rounds.

Jahanvi Bakshi was cruising at 5-under through 12 holes before she hit the roadblock with a triple bogey on Par-4 13th hole, which gave grief to a lot of the players. She also dropped a bogey on Par-5 15th, but parred the others to limit the damage and shot 71.

Hitaashee Bakshi, who had her maiden win last year, was 2-under through the front nine with three birdies and a bogey. She then parred eight holes in succession. A par would have given her a share of the lead, but she dropped a shot on 18th to fall back to 71.

Three players Gauri Karhade, Shweta Mansingh and Lakhmehar Pardesi were Tied-7th with 76 and three others Neha Tripathi, Oviya Reddi and amateur Riya Yadav shot 77 each to be Tied-10th.

Ridhima Dilawari hurt her left arm and pulled out after shooting 81, while Diksha Dagar, bothered by her back, struggled to 87. Amandeep Drall also did not have a great day as she shot 79, which included a quintuple bogey nine on Par-4 13th hole.

Tee times for the second round of the fifth leg of the Hero WPGT at DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram:

8:00 AM: Diksha Dagar 87; Disha Kavery 85;

8:10 AM: Anisha Agarwalla 85; Trimann Saluja 84; Nishna Patel (A) 83

8:20 AM: Rishika Muralidhar (A) 83; Ananya Datar 83; Hunar Mittal (A) 81

8:30 AM: Jyotsana Singh 81; Gursimar Badwal 81; Ishvari Prasanna 81;

8:45 AM: Geetika Ahuja 81; Gaurika Bishnoi 80; Khushi Khanijau 80

8:55 AM: Shagun Narain 79; Durga Nittur 79; Amandeep Drall 79;

9:05 AM: Vidhatri Urs (A) 78; Astha Madan 78; Rhea Jha 78;

9:15 AM: Riya Yadav (A) 77; Oviya Reddi 77; Neha Tripathi 77

9:30 AM: Lakhmehar Pardesi 76; Shweta Mansingh 76; Gauri Karhade 76

9:40 AM: Vani Kapoor 74; Avani Prashanth (A) 72; Hitaashee Bakshi 71

9:50 AM: Jahanvi Bakshi 71; Tvesa Malik 71; Saaniya Sharma 70.

With inputs from www.golfxyz.in

The online ticket sales of Indian professional boxing superstar and Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh’s upcoming fight on the Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Goa is now live.

The WBO Oriental and the Asia Pacific Super-middle-weight title holder will make his much-awaited return to the ring on March 19 in flamboyant fashion as promoters IOS Boxing Promotions introduce Las Vegas style boxing in India for the first time. Tickets will be available on BookMyShow.com.

Vijender Singh headlines the main event for the night while fans will also witness six other undercard fights bearing 12 top Indian boxers. The show will be held for three hours.

Following social distancing guidelines, the promoters have decided to the fill just 50 per cent of the tickets at the venue and only a limited 150 high-end tickets are available on sale.

The tickets are priced from Rs 10, 000 to Rs 20, 000 in different categories. They range from Gold 10, 000, Platinum 15, 000 and Stage 20, 000.

Speaking on the ticket sales, Neerav Tomar, promoter, IOS Boxing Promotions, said, “We are excited to announce the sale of online tickets on BookMyShow. We have tried to keep this a high-end event and are trying to give the fans the most amazing experience they can have of Las Vegas style boxing in India. We are also adhering to the social distancing guidelines and have limited the number of spectators so that everything goes smooth. I am looking forward to a great event on March 19.”

The first-of-its-kind fight will be held on the rooftop deck of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship – who have been roped in as the venue partner.

Anil Makhija, Head – Live Entertainment, Venues & Service Delivery, BookMyShow said, “We are thrilled to welcome the audiences to the iconic ‘Battle on Ship’, as India’s pride Vijender Singh returns to the ring. We are certain that the overall audience experience, right from the time they book their tickets on BookMyShow till the time they witness the never-seen-before Las Vegas styled fights on the rooftop deck of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship, will be one-of-its-kind and memorable. For audiences who are unable to catch the action live on-ground, we are happy to offer the live stream experience across the country on our streaming platform BookMyShow Online.”

The Majestic Pride is a lively ship docked in the Mandovi River in Panaji, Goa that takes the freshness of gaming and the exhilaration of entertainment to a whole new level. The ship also offers some stunning view of horizon of the golden land and the turquoise river. The bout goes beyond the traditional norms of a regular professional match and offers viewers the glitz and glamour of Vegas-style boxing event.

In his last match, Vijender defeated Ghana’s former Commonwealth Champion Charles Adamu in Dubai to claim his 12th successive win in November 2019. Earlier, Vijender made his winning American debut against Mike Snider at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey.