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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.

21 से 30 दिसम्बर तक दिल्ली के आर्मी पोलो राइडिंग क्लब  में आयोजित राष्ट्रीय जूनियर घुड़सवारी प्रतियोगिता में  दिल्ली के युवराज भाटिया ने विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं में अपनी प्रतिभा सिद्ध की है।

कैवमेन (अशवशक्ति) पर सवार युवराज ने ड्रेसाज यंग राइडर्स श्रेणी में निजी स्वर्ण पदक तथा इसी श्रेणी में टीम रजत पर कब्जा किया। नौशेरा (अशव) पर सवारी करते हुए युवराज ने 3 मिनट 40 सेकंड में एक दिवसीय क्रास कंट्री में बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन किया। 

20 वर्षीय युवराज सिंधिया स्कूल ग्वालियर से पढ़े है एवं स्कूल घुड़सवारी वाली टीम के कैप्टन भी रहे हैं। स्कूल के दौरान व उसके बाद भी राज्य एवं राष्ट्रीय प्रतियोगिताओं में अपना हुनर दिखा चुके हैं। 11 वर्ष की उम्र से घुड़सवारी कर रहे युवराज वर्तमान में दिल्ली स्थित गुलाब सिंह अकैडमी में मानद कैप्टन गुलाब सिंह एवं गोरव पुण्डीर से घुड़सवारी के हुनर सीख रहे हैं।

अश्वशक्ति पर ट्रेनिंग के अलावा घोड़ों के व्यवहार, संरक्षण और देखभाल में उनकी गहरी रुचि है। घुड़सवारी को विशुद्ध रुप से खेल और टीम भावना से मानने वाले युवराज का इस खेल के प्रति गहरा समर्पण है। दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के छात्र युवराज भाटिया पढ़ाई के साथ-साथ इस   खेल को कैरियर के रूप में अपनाना चाहते हैं।

भारत का ओलंपिक में दो बार नाम रोशन करने वाले पहलवान सुशील कुमार हाल ही में यूट्यूब https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyFV1NAIbrIU2USeDu5P20g 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।

Brilliant unbeaten century by man of the match Delhi U-19 player Sanat Sangwan (101*, 8X4 2X6) helped Sonnet Club beat Maharaja Umed Singh Club by 38 runs in KAPS cup League cricket tournament here.

Naman Tiwari (90 runs & 2/17) and Sagar Rana (3/36) also played crucial roles in Sonnet’s victory.

Brief scores: Sonnet Club: 250/5 in 40 overs (Sanat 101*, Naman 90); Maharaja Umed Singh Club: 212/10 in 36.5 overs (Himanshu Sharma 57, Sagar 3/36, Naman Tiwari 2/170.

अर्पित राणा

दिल्ली अंडर-19 प्लेयर अर्पित राणा के ऑलराउंड खेल की बदौलत एयरलाइनर अकैडमी ने पहले रोशन लाल सेठी मेमोरियल अंडर-19 टूर्नामेंट में ज्ञांति अकैडमी को सात विकेट से हरा दिया।

पहले बैटिंग करने उतरी ज्ञांति अकैडमी ने एशान अरोड़ा (52) के अर्धशतक और अंकित बिष्ट के 30 रन की मदद से ऑलआउट होने से पहले बोर्ड पर 175 रन टांगे।

एयरलाइनर की ओर से सिकंदर ने असरदार बोलिंग करते हुए 29 रन देकर तीन अहम विकेट निकाले। अर्पित ने भी उनका अच्छा साथ देते हुए 18 रन के एवज में दो विकेट चटकाए। लक्ष्य का पीछा करने उतरी एयरलाइनर की ओर से अर्पित ने एक छोर पर लंगर डाल दिया और 89 रन की दमदार पारी खेल डाली।

यश ढुल ने दूसरे छोर से 54 रन की  आकर्षक पारी खेली, जिससे एयरलाइनर ने 15 ओवर में ही तीन विकेट खोकर 179 रन बना लिए। सीनियर डीडीसीए अंपायर सुनिल विजय ने अर्पित को मैन ऑफ द मैच अवॉर्ड से पुरस्कृत किया। 

Sukrit Bhatia

A brilliant innings by Sukrit Bhatia (56*) and a superb bowling from Himanshu chouhan (3/18) helped Master’s Cricket Academy beat Queeta DAV Academy, Nizamuddin by seven wickets in the inaugural Roshan Lal Sethi Memorial Prize Money U-19 cricket tournament at Mandir Marg.

Aryan Rao (50), Anshuman Singh (3/21) and Shivam Payal (2/12) also played crucial role in Master’s win.

Brief score: Quetta DAV: 149/10 in 33 overs (Mohd Kaif 66, Himanshu Chouhan 3/18, Anshuman Singh 3/21, Shivam Payal 2/120; Master’s Academy: 150/3 in 19.2 overs (Sukrit Bhatia 56, Aryan Rao 50, Pratap Basista 1/20).

India’s only individual Olympic Gold Medallist Abhinav Bindra, who is the event ambassador of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020, expressed during a media conference on Friday that the event will bring people together in India. 

The event is set to be held on Sunday, 29 November. While the Elite runners will be at the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on the 29th November, amateurs from across the globe will join them via the exclusive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.

“Sport unites people and the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will help in uniting people.  Bringing in more solidarity is important at the moment. Each one of the runners participating in ADHM 2020 has a good role to play in uniting people and the community. My best wishes to the participants and also congratulations for their contribution” said the former shooter.

Bindra added that ADHM 2020 is a significant moment for Indian sports since the pandemic started earlier this year.

“The ADHM 2020 is a very significant moment for Indian sports since the pandemic started. Our athletes have resumed training but we have to get them in the competitive space again. This is a very important step towards resuming competitive sports in India. This event would be a benchmark for other sports to follow in the future,” said the Olympic Gold Medallist.

Speaking on the amateur runners participating from remote locations, Bindra said, “This era forces us to embrace technology more and innovate more. Sports needs technology and innovation. To survive a challenging situation, we have to adapt to the situation.”

When asked about his own tryst with running, Bindra said that it was a vital part of his training regime during his shooting days, “I picked up the sport of shooting because I thought I didn’t have to move, but to succeed in shooting, I had to run quite a bit. Running helped me to sustain pressure in a competition so it was a very important part of my training regime.”

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