Rafael Nadal To Miss Asian Tournaments Due To Knee Injury

“While the annoyances on my knee are nothing new, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we have always done,” Nadal said on Wednesday. 

“I’m sorry I can’t be with all the fans in China and with the organisers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments that have always had a great relationship with me and my team.” 

Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, where he beat Nick Kyrgios in the final last year. He was also runner-up in Shanghai, denied by champion Roger Federer. 

Missing both tournaments next month leaves the way open for Novak Djokovic to finish 2018 top of the ATP world rankings, despite another positive season for Nadal. 

The Spaniard clinched his 11th French Open title in June after also winning clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. 

He lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon to Djokovic before the knee problem hampered his progress at Flushing Meadows.

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Arpinder Singh, Asian Games Gold Medallist, Eyes Podium Finish At Tokyo Olympics

Triple jumper and Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh aims for a podium finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after becoming the first Indian to clinch a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup. Before the Tokyo Games, he has a golden chance to test his mettle at next year’s Asian and World Championships in Doha, Qatar. “This year has been really amazing for me. Next year, there is Asian Track and Field (athletics championships) and the World Championships and I hope to do well in these tournaments,” Arpinder told reporters on Tuesday.

After the Asiad gold, Arpinder created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic as he clinched bronze with a modest effort of 16.59 metres.

“My target is the Tokyo Olympics and I hope I get a medal over there as well,” said Arpinder.

“No doubt, the competition will be greater at the Olympics than the Asian Games. If we give our best, I’m sure we will get a medal. 17.17 is my best and even this year I did 17.09 in the inter-state (meet), so my performance has been very good. I am sure that I will get a medal in the World Championships if I do 17.40, which is my target,” he said.

Arpinder had jumped 16.77 metres in the Asian Games held in Palembang and Jakarta to clinch India’s first gold medal at the continental show-piece in 48 years in triple jump.    The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist has a personal best of 17.17 metres which he recorded in 2014.

Though he clinched a bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup, Arpinder lamented that the functions post the Asian Games hampered his training, which affected his performance.

“After the Asian Games, there were 10 days for the IAAF Continental. We came back and there were lot of functions, so training could not happen and the strength level went down….So our performance did not come good there.    “Next year I hope to do well,” the athlete said.

He said he took to triple jump after trying his hand at other events. “I started off in 100 metres but I failed.I was around 10-12 years old. Then I failed in 200 metres, 400 metres and then long jump. My father was very disappointed,” he said about his journey before taking to triple jump. 

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Indian Cyclist Amit Samarth Becomes First Asian Cyclist To Complete Trans-Siberian Extreme Race

Talking to NDTV, Samarth highlighted what it was like to compete in this race and what struggles one has to go through during the race. The TSE race covers 9100kms from Moscow to Vladivostok and is to be completed in 25 days in 15 stages and it takes you through seven different time zones.

“When I started the race in Moscow, I was 2.5 hrs behind India time (IST) after 25 days and when I reached Vladivostok I was 4 hours ahead of India time. This bike race is not about cadence, heart rate and power meter. You need truckloads of guts and determination. You need a mind to sit on the bike for 30 hours, 40 hours and sometimes 60 hours to get through every stage,” Samarth said.

“It is a test of your physical and mental strength. Cycling 9100 km in 25 days is just a tool to demonstrate your endurance and power of the mind. You will need to have a long, big conversation with your own self on the bike to get through these distances,” Samarth added.

Talking about his preparations Samarth said, “To ride massive distances like 5000 km in the Race Across America (RAAM) or 9000 km in the TSE, all you need is an empty mind. If you make too many calculations or thinking, it is not possible to sign up for races like RAAM or TSE and not even train. Words can be the biggest motivators.”

The total elevation gained during the race is 77,321 meters which is almost equal to climbing Mount Everest nine times.

The weather in the TSE makes the race all the more challenging. When the race gets organised, it is summer in Siberia. In the initial 5 stages, it is really hot in the daytime but the temperature at night becomes comfortable.

However, from stage 6 onwards, the weather starts to become very cold in the night, with temperatures going down to 2 to 3 degree Celsius and sometimes it also falls to zero.

Apart from that, it can become very foggy at night and during early mornings that results in poor visibility and reduced average speed.

“In the night, I used to listen to the music. Songs were generally from sports movies like Chak de India, Dangal, Bhag Milkha Bhag and many other such movies. Another big favourite was the music from the movie Baahubali. Music helped me to keep awake and kept the pedals moving at a faster cadence,” Samarth recalled.

“Then many times I used to think about my son and family because I had promised them of a successful finish. Some of my friends told me that it will be impossible for me to land in Nagpur (hometown) if I don’t get this race done successfully,” Samarth further added.

Before completing the TSE, Samarth had already completed the RAAM. Now, he has the distinction of being one of two cyclists in the world to have completed both the RAAM and TSE.

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Asian Games Gold Medallist Swapna Barman Shows Her ‘Rare Talent’

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Asian Games 2018 gold medalist Swapna Barman displayed her rare talent. © Twitter

Asian Games 2018 gold medallist Swapna Barman displayed her rare singing talent at an event in Kolkata. The 21-year-old Barman had also come into focus for having an unusual six toes on each foot. Barman, who was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal took the stage to sing a few lines from a popular song. One of the visitors at the event posted the video on Twitter and said, “Very rare talent of Gold Medallist of  @asiangames2018 @Swapna_Barman96 singing a bengali song in a event at Press Club, Kolkata . A pure bong culture!”  

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Swapna Barman, Asian Games Gold Medallist, Invited By AIIMS For Treatment, Says Report

Swapna Barman, Asian Games Gold Medallist, Invited By AIIMS For Treatment, Says Report

Swapna Barman won a heptathlon gold in the recently-concluded Asian Games © AFP

Swapna Barman won the heptathlon gold in the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 and earned praise from all quarters for her stupendous show. Appreciating her efforts, The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has invited Swapna Barman to treat her tooth infection and back pain. According to media reports quoting The Hindu daily, the premier hospital sent the 21-year-old a message in which they described her as ‘the nation’s pride’ and offered to give her the ‘best possible treatment available’. “You brought smiles on the faces of a million Indians, it is now our turn to make you smile without pain and suffering. The 2,000 resident doctors at AIIMS will work hard to ensure that you have the best possible treatment available,” the message read.

Swapna was reportedly scheduled to undergo tests and was considering surgery for a recurring lower back problem. The Asiad winner was facing back problems since the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar.

“We understand that the athlete has problems in her lumbar region [lower back] since the past year and that the player is also possibly looking at surgical intervention after medical investigations. Her coach has noted that Ms. Barman’s medical treatment is priority now as there is a danger of her collapsing if she continues to compete,” the message added.

Swapna fought off a toothache and a stiff challenge from China’s Wang Qingling to claim gold in the heptathlon event with an aggregate of 6026 points, which is also a landmark as she crossed the 6000-point mark in the Asian Games competition.

Swapna’s triumph in the women’s heptathlon is the first-ever gold for India in the event at the Asiad. Swapna posted a score of 6026 points. Wang Qingling of China scored 5954 to take silver while Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki produced her personal best of 5873 to bag the bronze medal.

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Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran attacs Arvind kejriwal government for not support before asiad

खास बातें

  1. एशियाड की पदक विजेता दिव्या काकरन का दिल्ली सरकार पर हमला
  2. बोलीं-जरूरत के वक्त कोई नहीं करता मदद
  3. पहले मदद मिलती तो जीत सकती थी गोल्ड

खिलाड़ियों को जब प्रतियोगिता से पहले तैयारियों के दौरान मदद की जरूरत होती है तो कोई सामने नहीं आता. मगर ,जब खिलाड़ी विपरीत हालात से लड़ते हुए अपने संघर्षों के दम पर पदक जीतने पर कामयाब होते हैं तब सरकारें इनाम की बारिश करतीं हैं. अगर समय से मदद मिल जाए तो खिलाड़ी और बेहतर प्रदर्शन कर सकते हैं. कुछ यही दर्द  एशियाड की कांस्य पदक विजेता पहलवान दिव्या काकरन का दिल्ली सरकार के कार्यक्रम में छलक आया. उन्होंने मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल को खरी-खरी सुनाते हुए कहा कि आश्वासन के बाद भी मदद के लिए कोई सामने नहीं आया. यहां तक कि किसी जिम्मेदार ने उनका फोन भी नहीं उठाया.

 पहलवान दिव्या काकरन ने दिल्ली सरकार को आड़े हाथ लेते हुए आरोप लगाया है कि इन खेलों से पहले उन्हें सरकार की तरफ से कोई मदद नहीं मिली और यदि जरूरत के समय उन्हें मदद मिली होती, तो वह स्वर्ण पदक भी जीत सकती थी. दिल्ली सरकार की ओर से यहां बुधवार को आयोजित सम्मान समारोह में काकरन ने कहा, “जरूरत के समय कोई भी हमारी मदद नहीं करता है.अगर मुझे मदद मिली होती तो मैं स्वर्ण पदक भी जीत सकती थी.”  


काकरन ने एशियाई खेलों में महिलाओं के 68 किलोग्राम फ्रीस्टाइल वर्ग में ताइपे की चेन वेनलिंग को हराया. दिल्ली सचिवालय में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल से बातचीत में काकरन ने कहा कि राष्ट्रीय राजधानी की सरकार ने पदक जीतने के बाद उन्हें मदद की पेशकश की, लेकिन ‘जरूरत के समय’ उन्हें मदद नहीं मिली.काकरन ने कहा, “मैंने राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में पदक हासिल किया. इसके बाद आपने मुझे मदद का आश्वासन दिया.जब मैंने एशियाई खेलों की तैयारी के लिए मदद मांगी तो मुझे नहीं मिली.मैंने लिखित तौर पर भी दिया लेकिन किसी ने मेरा फोन तक नहीं उठाया.”


दिव्या काकरन ने मुख्यमंत्री से गरीब बच्चों की मदद की अपील की. केजरीवाल ने धैर्य के साथ उनकी बातों को सुना और कहा कि वह उनसे सहमत हैं लेकिन उनकी सरकार कई अवरोधों का सामना कर रही थी. अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा कि पहले की खेल नीति में गड़बड़ियां थी, उसे दुरुस्त कर खिलाड़ियों की मदद करने को सरकार तत्पर है.(इनपुट-भाषा)


वीडियो-एशियाड के चैंपियनों ने साझा किया अपना अनुभव 


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Would Have Won Asian Games Gold If I Had State Assistance, Says Wrestler Divya Kakran

Wrestler Divya Kakran, who won a bronze in the recently-concluded Asian Games, on Wednesday lashed out at the Delhi government for not extending any help to her before the games. “Nobody helps us when we need it and had I got assistance, I could have even won a gold medal,” she said at a felicitation event held by the Delhi government. Kakran defeated Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the women’s 68 kg freestyle wrestling category at the international event.

During an interaction with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat, the wrestler said the city government offered her help only after she won the medal, but no assistance came her way “at the time of need”. “I won the medal in Commonwealth Games and you called me and assured me help…when I asked help to prepare for the Asian Games, it (the help) did not come. I gave in writing, but no one even answered my call,” Kakran said. She appealed the chief minister to help poor children. “Although I am poor, I have the fire to do something in wrestling. 

If you will support, it will be very good,” the bronze-medallist said. Taking another dig at the Kejriwal-led dispensation, Kakran said athletes from neighbouring Haryana shone in the Asian Games because they received support from their state. “Just see how many Harayana athletes have won because they have support,” she told the chief minister. 

Kejriwal, who gave a patient hearing to the wrestler, said he agreed with her but said his government was facing numerous obstructions at work. “There were several shortcomings in the sports policies of Delhi government. We have made several efforts to reform them since coming to power. You read in newspapers how obstructions are created in our work. All our policies were stopped at the higher level for one or the other reason,” he said. 

The chief minister said his government was able to take decisions on administrative matters only after the recent Supreme Court verdict which upheld the Delhi government’s power to legislate and govern on key issues. He also announced a hike in cash prizes for medal winners. “The announcement we made today is because of the Supreme Court judgement. It would have not come without the Supreme Court verdict,” Kejriwal said. 

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo announced that the Delhi government had last week amended its policy and substantially enhanced the cash incentives for medal winners at international events. He said gold medal winners at the Asian Games will now be given Rs 1 crore instead of Rs 20 lakh which they were getting earlier. Similarly, silver medal winners at the Asian Games will now get Rs 75 lakh in place of Rs 14 lakh and bronze medal winners will get Rs 50 lakh in place of Rs 10 lakh, the chief minister added.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Asian Games Gold Medallist Tejinder Pal Singh Reaches Home To News Of Father’s Death

Asian Games Gold Medallist Tejinder Pal Singh Reaches Home To News Of Father

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor made the country proud by clinching a gold medal. © AFP

Shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor made the country proud by clinching a gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Games 2018. Unfortunately, his arrival to India was to the sad news of his father’s death. Athletics Federation of India (AFI), President Adille Sumariwalla confirmed the news on Tuesday and said that the AFI mourned the loss suffered by Tejinder. “AFI is in deep shock. We just received Tejinder Toor our Shot Putt ASIAN Gold Medalist at the airport and at the same time received the sad news of the passing on of Tejinder’s beloved father. May is soul rest in eternal peace. Our heartfelt condolences to him and his family,” Adille Sumariwalla tweeted.

“RIP sir, so so sad, we are so shocked,” the Athletics Federation of India said.

The 23-year-old Tejinder had threw the shot put to 20.75 m to win the gold and set a national record as well. He had then dedicated the medal to his ailing father who was battling cancer and said all his sacrifices had paid off.

Tejinder had lived up to the billing of being the strongest contender in the Asian Games 2018 as he was the season leader among the Asian athletes in shot put. His earlier personal best was 20.24m which he came up with last year.

Tejinder had also helped India earn their eighth shot put gold medal in the history of the Asian Games.

(With PTI inputs)

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Dutee Chand Says Two Asian Games Silvers Biggest Thing In Her Life

Two Asian Games Silvers Biggest Thing In My Life, Says Dutee Chand

Dutee Chand won two silver medals at the 18th Asian Games © NDTV

India’s Dutee Chand defied all odds and marked her comeback on the international stage with two silver medals at the recently-concluded 2018 Asian Games. In an exclusive conversation with NDTV during a programme featuring Asian Games 2018 medal winners, Dutee Chand said the silver medals she won in the Asian Games were the biggest thing in her life. “Two silvers biggest thing in my life,” she said. She also attributed her success to national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who guided and helped her during her struggling days. “Gopichand sir helped me a lot. Her mom treated me like a daughter,” she added.

Dutee clinched two Asian Games silver medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres races. Dutee clocked 23.20 seconds in the 200m to finish behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong, who claimed the gold medal in 22.96 seconds. Wei Yongli of China won the bronze medal with a timing of 23.27 seconds at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Stadium.

Odisha athlete Dutee had topped the standings in the semi-finals with a timing of 23.00 seconds — her personal best, while Odiong was second in 23.01 seconds.

In the 100m dash, Dutee grabbed the silver medal to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event. The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in her first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism (a medical condition that reflects excessive male hormones in a female body) policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career.

India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.

The two medals for Dutee at this Games meant that her career had taken a completely different turn after she was barred in 2014 for high androgen levels.

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Asian Games 2018: Sportsmen in economy class and Officials in Business class

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