Chetan Sharma in New Delhi

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.

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.

Boxing Federation of India presidential contender Ashish Shelar.

Former Maharashtra sports minister and Boxing Federation of India presidential contender Ashish Shelar on Thursday expressed his confidence about winning the BFI elections on February 3.

At a media interaction in New Delhi on Thursday, Shelar revealed that he and his team had met virtually every state unit in the run-up to the elections and “have noted their dissatisfaction and anger”.

“We are going to win the BFI elections by garnering over 70 per cent of the votes,” Shelar, a BJP leader, declared in response to a specific question. “I have personally interacted with almost every state unit and have learnt that the current dispensation in BFI under Mr Ajay Singh had made many promises before coming to power but has delivered very little,” he added, just before filing his nomination papers for the president’s post.

“The federation itself has been run in an autocratic manner, with the state units being completely ignored, which has been a huge setback for Indian boxing at the grassroots level. The financial situation of the BFI is also very delicate due to gross mismanagement and lack of vision which requires urgent attention,” he said.

Shelar, who has held many top positions in sport, including as president of Maharashtra Cricket Association and Mumbai District Football Association, charged that “Ajay Singh and his men were desperately trying to cling to power, even rigging the Electoral College list through the Returning Officer”.

“The Delhi High Court had ruled that only the President or Secretary can finalise the voters’ list. Despite that, the RO has taken decisions on at least three states without having any power to do so, which are, as you can imagine, detrimental to us,” he revealed.

BFI secretary-general Jay Kowli said that he was most unhappy with the way the BFI had been functioning. “It was being run out of the Spicejet office in Gurugram in a dictatorial manner. None of us were ever taken into confidence and nothing has been done to promote and nurture boxing at the grassroots level.

“I had been voicing my dissent against all this but without any effect. I am convinced that another spell by this team can ruin boxing. Something as basic as holding junior level national tournaments has not been done in the last four years. That is why I decided to support somebody who has the welfare of the sport and the boxers in his heart,” Kowli said.

“So many sports federations, even Bihar polls for the Assembly, were held despite the pandemic. But Ajay Singh postponed the BFI polls at the last moment as he realised that he would lose. Sadly for him, we are even better prepared now,” he said.

However, one BFI member slammed Shelar and Kowli’s claims, saying the federation under Ajay Singh has been doing “great work” in grass root level as well. “Junior nationals men and women held in 2017, 2018, 2019 and the young boxers were/are so happy with this new concept. We have done a lot on the grass root level as well. Anybody can check the records for that. It is on papers. For power, people are lying and they themselves are getting exposed. We have all the records with us to prove it,” he said.

The recent administration “mess” has also left some Indian boxers worried. “Olympic is this year and now a power tussle or election drama is on. We faced a lot in the past because of administration mess . We just wish all this settle soon so that we can focus more on the game rather than on this drama,” they told DLP on condition of anonymity.

As many as nine Indian pugilists will be seen at the Olympics later this year after starring performances in the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers in Amman last year.

भारत का ओलंपिक में दो बार नाम रोशन करने वाले पहलवान सुशील कुमार हाल ही में यूट्यूब के माध्यम से अपने फैंस से जुड़े हैं।

सुशील द्वारा की गई इस पहल से उनके सभी फैंस काफी खुश है। पहलवानी में उभर रहे युवा खिलाड़ी, सुशील की दी हुई सलाहों को अच्छे से सुन रहे हैं तथा अपने जीवन में उन सुझावों को लागू कर रहे हैं।

सुशील ने अपनी पहली यूट्यूब वीडियो में बताया कि वह युवा खिलाड़ियों को कुश्ती के गुर भी सिखाएंगे जिससे भारत का नाम ओलंपिक में ऊंचा हो सके।छत्रसाल स्टेडियम में कार्यरत सुशील खुद भी पूरी तरह फिटनेस को फॉलो कर रहे हैं। एक ही दिन में सुशील के काफी ज्यादा फैंस ने उनके चैनल को फॉलो करना शुरू कर दिया है।

Indian boxer Amit Panghal

विश्व चैम्पियनशिप के रजत पदक विजेता अमित पंघाल (52 किलो) और संजीत (91 किलो) ने कोरोना वायरस महामारी के बाद पहली प्रतियोगिता में स्वर्ण पदक हासिल किया। दोनों खिलाड़ी फ्रांस के नांतेस में हो रहे अलेक्सिस वेस्टाइन अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुक्केबाजी टूर्नामेंट में शीर्ष रहे।

एशियाई खेल चैंपियन और राष्ट्रमंडल खेल रजत पदक विजेता अमित ने अमेरिका के रेने अब्राहम को शुक्रवार की रात हुए मुकाबले में 3-0 से हराया। इंडिया ओपन स्वर्ण पदक विजेता संजीत ने फ्रांस के सोहेब बूफिया को मात दी।

भारत के लिए स्वर्ण जीतने के बाद अमित पंघाल ने डीएलपी से बातचीत करते हुए अपनी खुशी जाहिर की। साथ ही उन्होंने अपना यह पदक अपने कोच अनिल धनकर को समर्पित किया।
अमित ने कहा कि वह चाहते हैं कि अनिल धनकर उनके साथ ओलंपिक तक रहे। अपनी नाराजगी जाहिर करते हुए बताया कि अमित ने बॉक्सिंग फेडरेशन ऑफ इंडिया से पिछले दिसंबर को अनुरोध किया था कि उनके कोच अनिल धनकर को उनके साथ रहने की अनुमति दी जाए।

किंतु अभी तक उनकी बात पर कोई सुनवाई नहीं हुई है। अमित ने कहा कि वह आज जो कुछ भी हैं वे अपने कोच अनिल धनकर की बदौलत है। अमित ने आशा जताई है कि स्पोर्ट्स अथॉरिटी ऑफ इंडिया उनकी कही हुई बात पर संज्ञान लेगी और कैंप में उनके कोच अनिल धनकर को भी अनुमति दी जाए।

बहरहाल, रजत पदक विजेता आशीष कुमार ने 75 किलोवर्ग में स्वर्ण पदक जीता जब उनके प्रतिद्वंद्वी अमेरिका के जोसेफ जेरोम हिक्स चोट के कारण फाइनल नहीं खेल सके। एशियाई रजत पदक विजेता कविंदर बिष्ट (57 किलो) को रजत पदक से ही संतोष करना पड़ा जो सैमुअल के से 2-1 से हार गए।