DLP Correspondent in Mumbai

While the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shelving active sports across the globe, ELMS Sports Foundation bolstered initiatives at grassroot-level training among Indian schools and trained more than 10,000 Physical Education teachers from all over the country, thereby strongly implementing the vision of physical literacy further.

While the entire country was coming to terms with the sudden lockdown, ELMS Sports Foundation was quick to adapt and convert the on-ground training program into online training sessions for Physical Education teachers of government schools around the country along with education departments from the states of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Tripura, and Jharkhand.

“I am humbly grateful to all the teachers who have attended the six-module foundation program for their association with ELMS Sport in this mission to give a quality Physical Literacy Experience to the children,” said Vita Dani, co-founder of ELMS.

While expressing his gratitude to all Physical Education gurus, who are the first point of contact for a kid to be introduced to sports and physical literacy in the country, mentor of ELMS and badminton legend Pullela Gopichand said: “Let us come together to ensure that even the last five children in a class receive quality physical literacy experience and embrace it for life. This is a vital moment as we move towards our goal of empowering Physical Education teachers with the right knowledge and support to get optimal results for their efforts. This promises to be an exciting moment for all involved. In order to make India a sporting nation, this mission should reach each and every citizen of the country.”

Another mentor of ELMS is Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra, who added, “This will be the first step we will be taking towards imparting modern techniques and practices at the grassroots level. This project promises to impact not only the students in schools but also millions of students the PE teachers will train after school.”

Extending its reach, the team at ELMS has also collaborated with several educational institutions and Physical Education Teachers Associations to conduct these programs in states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Punjab. The online program consisted of more than 300 online sessions with each session’s duration being two hours.

Pranavi Urs and Diksha Dagar.

Pranavi Urs, who has a win and a runner-up finish in the two starts in 2021, will start as a big favourite in the third leg at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Wednesday.

Pranavi, runner-up behind Ridhima Dilawari in the opening leg and then winner in the second leg last month, will lead a big field that includes LET winner Diksha Dagar, who plays her first event of 2021. 

This is the third leg of the Hero WPGT Tour with a purse of Rs. 10 lakhs and the total field is 37, the highest ever in its history, indicating the growing strength of professional women golfers in India. It includes six amateurs.

Ridhima is also in the fray, as is Amandeep Drall, who still leads the combined 2020-21 Hero Order of Merit. Amandeep, who won the eighth leg of the 2020 season and then finished runner-up in the ninth and last leg of 2020, has seen a dip in form. She was ninth in both first and second legs of 2021 last month, so she will be hoping to get back to the form that has seen her get to the top of the Hero Order of Merit.

The Bakshi sisters, Hitaashee, who was second in the second leg, and Jahanvi will also put forward a strong claim, while seasoned Vani Kapoor, winless for a long time, and Amandeep Drall are also in the field.

Astha Madan, who played a few LET events last year, and past winners Gauri Karhade and Neha Tripathi also feature in the field.

Of the six amateurs in the field, namely Avani Prashanth, Khushi Hooda, Nayanika Sanga, Nishna Patel, Sneha Singh and Vidhatri Urs, Sneha has already tasted victory on the pro Tour while still an amateur.

Tee times for the first round of the third leg of the Hero WPGT at TNGF Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai:

8:00 AM : Geetika Ahuja; Ishvari Prasanna;

8:10 AM : Shweta Mansingh; Marshneil Prasad;

8:20 AM : Seher Atwal; Lakhmehar Pardesi; Khushi Hooda (A);

8:30 AM : Avani Prashanth (A); Diksha Dagar; Ananya Datar;

8:40 AM : Vani Kapoor; Vidhatri Urs (A); Rhea Jha;

9:05 AM : Sneha Singh (A); Astha Madan; Shriya Vivek;

9:15 AM : Pranavi Urs; Shagun Narain; Ayesha Kapur;

9:25 AM : Nayanika Sanga (A); Amandeep Drall; Trimann Saluja;

9:40 AM : Asmitha Sathish; Jyotsana Singh; Saaniya Sharma;

9:50 AM : Nishna Patel (A); Khushi Khanijau; Durga Nittur;

10:00 AM : Jahanvi Bakshi; Oviya Reddi; Neha Tripathi;

10:10 AM : Ridhima Dilawari; Hitaashee Bakshi; Gauri Karhade.

With inputs from

Jehan Daruvala, Prema Racing. FIA Formula 3 Championship, Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France. 22nd June 2019.

Mumbai Falcons is all set to create history by becoming the first full-fledged team from India to compete in the prestigious F3 Asian Championship, commencing in Dubai on January 29.

The team that swept almost all the titles in the inaugural X1 League last year will be led by F2 stalwart Jehan Daruvala and British F3 Runner-Up Kush Maini, according to a press release here on Wednesday.

With former F2 and GT1 racer Armaan Ebrahim as the Team Principal and 8-time National Champion Rayomand Banajee as strategy and communications head, Mumbai Falcons is confident of winning the Championship.

“Our goal is to take Indian Motorsport to new heights. Asian F3 is just the beginning,” Navjeet Gadhoke, owner of Mumbai Falcons, which came into existence just last year, said. “With Jehan and Kush, we have the best driver line-up on the grid. We are confident of going all the way and winning the Championship,” he added.

“We have quietly been working on this and we are ready to enter the international stage in a big way,” Moid Tungekar, CEO of Mumbai Falcons, declared.

The Asian F3 Championship is the continent’s most competitive racing event, with nine strong teams boasting of multiple F2 and F3 drivers, competing. Last year, two racers from this Championship had even made it to Formula 1. 

Incidentally, MSport had fielded a team last year but had only one Indian driver in the lineup.

The five-round 15-race long season will kick off in Dubai on January 29 and conclude on February 20 in Abu Dhabi.

Jehan Daruvala, who is being hailed as the next big thing in Indian racing, is just one step away from Formula 1. The multiple International Karting Champion is the only Indian to have made it to the podium of an FIA World Championship (third in the 2014 FIA CIK World Karting Championship). 

He also remains the only Indian to win an official Grand Prix (New Zealand Grand Prix). His 26 Rookie Podiums in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a record. He had multiple wins and was second runner up in the 2019 FIA F3 Championship, after remaining in title contention till the last round. A few weeks ago, he became the first Indian to win an F2 Race in its current iteration too. 

Kush Maini is the youngest Indian to ever win an Asian Karting race and is a multiple Karting Champion and race winner across Formula categories. He made waves last year when he was in title contention for the BRDC Formula 3 Championship. With 3 victories to his name, the young Indian proved himself, across some of the most iconic British circuits. Kush was the most prominent driver in the inaugural X1 Racing League, en route to winning the Indian International Driver’s title with Mumbai Falcons.

Archis Patil

Esports India, a prominent member of the Global Esports Federation has announced its first ever Online National Freestyle Football Championship 2020 in collaboration with Football Freestyle India. 
In the current scenario of the pandemic that the world is facing, sports has taken a complete back seat. It is in light of this that Esports India is giving a platform to all the footballers to showcase their talent. The competition will be held at a National Level allowing all participants from every corner of the country to participate and be a part of this first of its kind competition.

This enables both professional and amateur footballers a platform and a sense of community in these trying times, with them coming together to compete albeit virtually. 

“Esports India is presenting a golden opportunity to Football Freestyle to show their ultimate talent at the National level. ESPORTS INDIA is first member of Global Esports Federation who has taken such an initiative to introduce sports on an online platform and we are looking forward for athletes to showcase their talent to the world.” said Amit Gaikwad, President.

Seasoned professional freestylers, such as Archis Patil, India’s top football freestyler along with other prolific names from the circuit have joined the esteemed team of judges for this competition. Alankar Tambe and Monish Nikam who also holds a world record conferred by the Guinness World Book of Records are lending their expertise and encouragement to all the athletes taking part.

“Esports have been the backbone for making the biggest online football freestyle competition possible therby giving many athletes a chance to showcase their skills at ease from home. The Global Esports Federation has taken a crucial step in laying the foundation stone for a lot of budding athletes with this online platform.This is a golden opportunity to show us what you got and Represent your passion,” said Archis Patil on his association for the tournament.

The competition will be held virtually with live telecasts on YouTube and Facebook. The registration for the competition has started since 8th of November and more than 200 footballers have signed up for this competition. the registration link is open on for all who want to participate. The winners will be awarded with a cash prize and medals along with participation certificates for all those who will be a part of this competition. 

The competition is an extension of the mission started by the Global Esports
Federation of trying to develop a community for esports in India, so as to encourage more and more athletes to take part and in turn become a part of a thriving global community.