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July 3, 2021

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced the return of Domestic Cricket in India, for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

The season will commence on September 21, 2021, with the Senior Women’s One Day League and will be followed by the Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, which will take place from October 27, 2021.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will kickstart on October 20, 2021 with the final to be played on November 12, 2021.

The coveted Ranji Trophy, which was cancelled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021 to February 19, 2022.

The Vijay Hazare Trophy will take place from February 23, 2022 to March 26, 2022.

A total of 2127 domestic games will be played this season across various age groups in the men’s & women’s category.

The BCCI is confident of hosting the domestic season with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount.

A complete breakdown of the BCCI Domestic season 2021-22 schedule can be found here.

JAY SHAH
Secretary
BCCI

Pulela Gopichand

नेशनल स्पोर्ट्स यूनिवर्सिटी (एनएसयू), मणिपुर ने फिजिकल फाउंडेशन ऑफ इंडिया (पेफी) द्वारा प्रदान की गई तकनीकी सहायता के साथ आज  ‘टोक्यो ओलंपिक 2021 में भारत की यात्रा एवं उम्मीद’ विषय पर एक राष्ट्रीय वेबिनार का आयोजन किया। इस वेबिनार में पद्म भूषण और द्रोणाचार्य पुरस्कार विजेता पुलेला गोपीचंद वेबिनार के मुख्य अतिथि थे। उन्होंने 2020 टोक्यो ओलंपिक में भाग लेने जा रहे भारतीय एथलीटों की सभी जरूरतों को पूरा करने के लिए अपने ऐतिहासिक और भावुक प्रयासों के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी और खेल मंत्री किरेन रिजिजू की सराहना की और उन्हें धन्यवाद दिया। उन्होंने उम्मीद व्यक्त करते हुए कहा कि यह ओलंपिक भारत के लिए यादगार रहेगा और एथलीट बड़ी संख्या में पदकों के साथ वापसी करेंगे।

अपने संबोधन के दौरान, पी. गोपीचंद ने कर्णम मल्लेश्वरी के 2000 सिडनी ओलंपिक कांस्य पदक के प्रदर्शन से अपनी प्रेरणा का किस्सा साझा किया और अपनी ओलंपिक भागीदारी की यादें भी साझा कीं। उन्होंने शीर्ष पदक विजेता देशों में से एक बनने के लिए, उन्होंने महत्वाकांक्षी एथलीटों के लिए जमीनी स्तर पर कोचिंग और प्रशिक्षण में सुधार के महत्व पर भी जोर दिया। उद्घाटन सत्र की अध्यक्षता राष्ट्रीय खेल विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति आरसी मिश्रा, आईएएस (सेवानिवृत्त) ने की।

“ओलंपिक खेल टोक्यो में भारत की यात्रा और उम्मीदें ” से हमारी अपेक्षाओं पर विचार साझा करते हुए कुलपति ने कहा कि युवा मामले और खेल मंत्रालय द्वारा पीएम मोदी के खेल को राष्ट्रीय एकता, वास्तविकता के एक महान साधन के रूप में उपयोग करने और उत्कृष्टता को बढ़ावा देने के लिए किए गए प्रयासों की जितनी  प्रशंसा की जाए उतनी ही कम है। खिलाडी के लिए खेलों में उपलब्धि, राष्ट्रीय गौरव और देशभक्ति की भावना को बढ़ाते हैं। उन्होंने आशा व्यक्त करते हुए कहा कि भारतीय एथलीट 2020 टोक्यो ओलंपिक में एक नया रिकॉर्ड स्थापित करेंगे।

Anju Bobby George

विकसित देशों में विश्व स्तरीय एथलीटों को योगदान में तैयार करने में उच्च शिक्षण संस्थानों द्वारा निभाई गई भूमिका के महत्व पर जोर देते हुए, उन्होंने सुझाव दिया कि राष्ट्रीय खेल विश्वविद्यालय स्कूलों के लिए पाठ्यक्रम विकसित करने या हमारे कोचों को उच्च गुणवत्ता वाले शोध प्रदान करने में संयुक्त प्रयासों का नेतृत्व कर सकता है। इस वेबिनार में एथलीट, खेल वैज्ञानिक और प्रशासक 1980 के ओलंपिक स्वर्ण पदक विजेता भारतीय हॉकी टीम के कप्तान वी. भास्करन, विश्व चैम्पियनशिप पदक विजेता और पूर्व ओलंपियन लंबी जम्पर अंजू बॉबी जॉर्ज, राजीव गांधी खेल रत्न पुरस्कार विजेता एन. कुंजारानी देवी और राष्ट्रीय कोचिंग अकादमी, मलेशिया के उपाध्यक्ष डॉ. लिम बून हूई  ने भी अपने विचार साझा किये ।

Kunjarani Devi

उद्घाटन समारोह में मौजूद तकनीकी सत्र के दौरान हॉकी इंडिया के अध्यक्ष ज्ञानेंद्र निंगोमबम, साई गुवाहाटी के पूर्व क्षेत्रीय निदेशक डॉ. सुभाष बसुमतारी, द्रोणाचार्य अवार्डी कोच नागपुरी रमेश, भारतीय फुटबॉल टीम के पूर्व सदस्य गौरामंगी सिंह, पूर्व सचिव (खेल) एआईयू डॉ. गुरदीप सिंह, पूर्व वाइस- स्वर्णिम गुजरात स्पोर्ट्स यूनिवर्सिटी के चांसलर डॉ जतिन सोनी, मानव रचना के प्रोफेसर वाइस चांसलर जी.एल खन्ना और ओलंपियन के लिए स्पोर्ट्स साइकोलॉजिस्ट संजना किरण ने वेबिनार के विषय पर अपनी विशेषज्ञ राय साझा की और भारतीय खिलाड़ियों से अच्छे प्रदर्शन की उम्मीद जतायी।

Sajan Prakash

Swimming Federation of India had earlier in June forwarded its nominations for the National Sports awards 2021 under the various categories. SFI has for the 2nd consecutive year nominated the name of Sajan Prakash for the Arjuna Award, as the most deserving candidate for the prestigious award.

Soon after the nomination, Sajan Prakash created history in Indian swimming by breaching the Olympic A qualification time which has eluded Indian swimming for decades.

“By making the A qualification for TOKYO 2020 in the 200 meter butterfly event, Sajan Prakash has broken the glass ceiling and goes down in the history of Indian swimming as the 1st Indian to have achieved this feat. His achievement will inspire many more swimmers in time to come. We believe this achievement will place Sajan Prakash’s nomination for the Arjuna Award at the forefront amongst equals” Monal Chokshi, Secretary General SFI

Kamlesh Nanavati

SFI has also recommended the nomination of Kamlesh Nanavati for the Dhyan Chand Award, for his lifetime achievements in aquatic sports. He represented India in water polo at many international competitions and subsequently as a swimming coach in a career spanning 4 decades has produced numerous National medalist’s and National record holders. He has also made a mark for himself in officiating as “Director of Competitions” at national and international meets and has remained on the technical committee of FINA for Waterpolo.

“Kamlesh Nanavati has reason to be satisfied today, as Maana Patel who he has coached for the better part of her career becomes the 1st Swimmer from Gujarat to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics. Blessed is the coach who has the privilege to witness his or her protegee go on to represent the country at the biggest sports platform in the world” R N Jayaprakash, President SFI

Tapan Panigrahi has been nominated for the Dhronacharya Award (lifetime achievement) for his contribution towards producing many national & international champions in para swimming as well as able bodied category.

Top high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan was ecstatic to be named as the flagbearer of the Indian contingent, saying that this will motivate him to produce a medal-winning performance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Mariyappan, who is the defending champion in the men’s high jump (T-42) gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games, said his performance of a leap of 1.86 metres at the recent National Selection trials has boosted his confidence and he is “ready to go for the gold at Tokyo 2020”.

“It was one of my best performances (at Selection trials) after my Rio 2016 performance. I had an ankle injury in 2017 and it took some time to heal. It’s been a while since I had been looking to get my old rhythm back. And I believe I have got it back now. I feel I am ready for the Games.

“I am also very happy to be named as the flagbearer of the Indian team. This will motivate me to come up with a medal winning performance. I will aim for the gold and aim for a jump of 1.93 metres,” the 26-year-old from Salem told the Paralympic Committee of India.

Mariyappan won India’s first gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics since Devendra Jhajharia’s men’s F46 Javelin gold in 2004. He had secured the gold medal in Rio with a jump of 1.89m.

‘Mariyappan will live up to medal expectations’ 

Coach Satyanarayana was confident that Mariyappan would live up to the expectation of everyone and come up with a brilliant performance. “He has been training hard at the SAI Bengaluru and I am confident that he will live up to the medal hopes and defend his title.”

“Considering his height, we are currently focusing on his take off (leap) in the training. I am sure he will further improve in the next one and a half months.”

Meanwhile, a 24-member Para Athletics team was announced by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

The team, which comprises 20 male and four female Para athletes, was finalised by an eight-member selection committee after the conclusion of two-day national selection trials on June 29 and 30, 2021.

While the team has as experienced as two-time Paralympic champion Devendra Jhajharia in its rank, youngsters like Kashish Lakra, Yogesh Kathunia etc have also made it to the list.

Strong Para Athletics team

Speaking on the team list, Para Athletics coach Satyanarayan said: “Since many years, India has had a strong presence in Para athletics at the Paralympics. Last time we had four medals at Rio 2016. This time, we have a strong team of both experienced and newcomers. This will be a great opportunity for the youngsters who are eager to make a mark. We are expecting at least 10 medals with 2 Paralympic records.”

“Apart from Para Athletics, Para Badminton and Para Shooting are other two sports where we have medal expectations.”

“A good medal winning performance by our para-athletes will also boost the Paralympic Movement in our country,” said the national coach.

Meanwhile PCI President Dr. Deepa Malik appreciated the para-athletes for their brilliant show at the National Selection trials that saw two world records and several personal best performances.

“I am amazed by the performances of our para-athletes in the two-days Selection trials. Despite Covid-19, discontinuation of camps and no exposure, they have shown their killer instincts,” said Dr Malik.

“They have raised the bar with their personal best performances this season. I can confidently say that our athletes are ready for the Games.”

Para Athletics Team List

Men: Devendra, Ajeet Singh, Sundar Singh Gurjar (Men’s Javelin F46); Sandeep Sandeep, Sumit Sumit (Men’s Javelin F64); Thangavelu Mariyappan, Sharad Kumar, Varun Singh Bhati (Men’s High Jump T63); Amit Kumar, Dharambir (Men’s Club Throw F51); Nishad Kumar, Ram Pal (Men’s High Jump T47); Soman Rana (Men’s Shot Put F57); Navdeep (Men’s Javelin F 41); Praveen Kumar (Men’s High Jump T64); Yogesh Kathuniya (Men’s Discus Throw F56); Vinod Kumar (Men’s Discus Throw F52); Ranjeet Bhati (Men’s Javelin F57); Arvind Arvind (Men’s Shot Put F35); Tek Chand (Men’s Javelin F54)

Women:  Ekta Bhyan, Kashish Lakra (Women’s Club Throw F51); Bhagyashri Mahavrao Jadhav (Women’s Shot put F 34); Simran Simran (Women’s 100m T13)

Reserve: Sandip Sanjay Sagar (Men’s Javelin F64)