Swimmer Srihari Nataraj Makes Splash At Khelo India Youth Games; Now Eyes World Championships


Swimmer Srihari Nataraj Makes Splash At Khelo India Youth Games; Now Eyes World Championships

Srihari Nataraj from Karnataka in action at Khelo India Youth Games. © Khelo India


Budding Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj had a 100 per cent record at the Khelo India Youth Games, winning gold in each of the seven events he took part in the competition here. At last year’s Khelo India School Games, Nataraj had won six gold medals and this time bettered his show. Another Karnataka swimmer who caught the eye was Likith SP, who ended his campaign at the Games with six medals, including five gold medals, a media release said Wednesday.   

When asked about their friendship, the Karnataka boys, Likith and Srihari, said they always help each other improve as swimmers. “I see great potential in Srihari and I am sure he will achieve big things in the time to come,” said Likith.

Having already represented India at the Youth Olympics and the Asian Games in 2018, Srihari will now turn his focus towards the World Championships to be held in South Korea later this year as he hopes to bring laurels to the country.          

“I have a few important exams to finish now, after which I will begin my preparations for the World Championships,” Srihari was quoted as saying in the release.     

Likith, like his friend Srihari, will be looking forward to the World Championships in July and will begin his preparation at the earliest.


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Australian Teen Hits Six Sixes In An Over At U-19 National Championships. Watch Video


Australia’s teenage sensation Oliver Davies scripted history on Monday after he smashed six sixes in an over at the U-19 National Championships in Adelaide. Following the U-19 National Championships, South Australian city Adelaide will host the opening match of the four-Test series between India and Australia, starting on Thursday. Ahead of the big challenge at home, Sydney-based teenager Oliver Davies’s remarkable knock at Glandore Oval would add to the confidence of the fifth-ranked Australian Test team.

Leading New South Wales Metro cricket team, Davies hit as many as 17 sixes to score a noteworthy knock of 207 runs off 115 balls against Northern Territory.

The 18-year-old batsman, who occasionally bowls off-spin, completed his century off 74 balls, following which he took just 39 balls to reach his double hundred.

Davies displayed the best of the fireworks in the 40th over when he lifted each ball of an over by off-spinner Jack James across the boundary rope. Thanks to those 36 runs, Davies became the first batsman in the history of U-19 Championships to achieve this rare feat.

“After the first two sixes I had it in the back of my head I wanted to give it a crack and it paid off at the end,” Davies said after creating history, as quoted by cricket.com.au.

“I was trying to target (the area) from forward square to cow corner and I was just getting down on the back leg, almost before it was even bowled, and trying to slog sweep them over mid-wicket,” the NSW Metro captain added.

Davies later claimed a wicket with his off-spin as NSW Metro won the match by 168 runs. After Adelaide blitzkrieg, Davies revealed that he idolises Test batsman Shaun Marsh, who will be seen in action against India in the series Down Under.



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Mary Kom Eyes Historic Sixth Gold Medal In AIBA Women’s World Championships


MC Mary Kom will aim for a historic sixth gold at the AIBA Women’s World Championships, beginning November 15. The 10th edition of the championships will see more than 300 participants from 72 countries. This is the second time that India will be hosting the AIBA Women’s World Championships. The last time India hosted the championship, they topped the medal tally with eight medals (4 gold, one silver, and three bronze). The 10-member Indian team, a mix of seasoned and young boxers, is expected to win at least three medals, including a gold.

The 35-year-old Mary Kom, India’s biggest hope, is tied with Katie Taylor on five gold medals and one more will make her the most successful woman boxer in history.

Mary Kom, who will fight in the 48 kg weight category, will also look to win her second gold in front of the home crowd.

She has enjoyed a stellar year so far, claiming gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and the International Tournament in Poland.

“There are boxers who are still playing in my category since 2001. I know them very well. The new boxers are tougher and smarter, they are faster. I will use my experience. The past boxers are more or less the same, I know them,” Mary Kom said.

Another veteran who will be seeking her second gold at the championships will be Mary Kom’s Manipur state-mate L Sarita Devi who will feature in the 60kg weight category. Sarita Devi has five Asian titles besides winning gold in 2006.

The other eight in the team are Pinky Jangra (51kg), Manisha Maun (54kg), Sonia (57kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).

The 10-day championships, which will run till November 24, will feature a host of Olympic and World Championship medallists.

Italy’s Alessia Mesiano will be defending her featherweight title she won two years ago, while 2016 silver medallists Kaye Scott of Australia, Thai Peamwilai Laopeam, Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova are gold medal contenders.

Other gold medal contenders include Virginia Fuchs (51kg) of the United States, Lin Yu-Ting (54kg) of Chinese Taipei, Yin Junhua (57kg) of China, Mira Potkonen (60kg) of Finland, Gu Hong (69kg) of China, Nouchka Fontijn (75kg) of the Netherlands, Wang Lina (81kg) and defending champion Yang Xiaoli (+81 kg), both from China.

(With PTI inputs)



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Polish Boxer Plays Hand At Tabla Ahead Of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships


Ahead of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, slated to get underway from Thursday in New Delhi, Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik tried her hand at tabla. Wojcik tried her hand at playing the musical instrument in between her training and preparations for the World Championships. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) posted the video of Wojcik playing the tabla and said, “Amidst the training and preparations for the World Championships; #Poland’s #ElzbietaWojcik decided to try her hands with the Tabla.”

A few days back, women boxers training for world championships were seen wearing surgical masks, scarves and even T-shirts across their mouths as the level of air pollution in Delhi rises several times beyond the safe limit.

The teams participating in the championship complained about toxic smog hanging over the city, caused by seasonal burning of crop stubble and emissions from vehicles and industry.

Among other major incidents ahead of the World Championships, a professional boxer from Kosovo was denied entry to India because the foreign ministry does not recognise her country, an official said Tuesday.

Donjeta Sadiku has until Thursday to scrape together an entry permit before the contest begins but Indian boxing officials say her chances are slim.

The Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but many countries, including India, still do not recognise the self-proclaimed Balkan state.

Sadiku also holds an Albanian passport and was expected, along with her two coaches, to receive an entry visa to compete in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

(With inputs from agencies)





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Women Boxers Wear Masks, Scarves To Guard Against Smog At World Championships In Delhi


The weather, with no wind to blow the pollution away, has aggravated the problem in one of the world’s most polluted cities.

“My family is worried. We know it is not good for our body,” said 27-year old Bulgarian Stanimira Petrova, a gold-medallist in the bantamweight category in the championships in 2014.

“It’s difficult. I wear a scarf but I have to get accustomed.”

On Tuesday, the level of deadly particulate matter PM 2.5 that lodge deep in the lungs was at 403, about eight times the safe limit, according to a reading by the pollution control board.

Authorities have banned the entry of heavy vehicles into the city and ordered construction work to stop and sprinklers to keep down the dust. But the air quality remains in the severe zone.

Seven European boxers whom Reuters spoke to complained that the air left a bad taste and irritated their eyes.

Their coaches said they were advised about the poor air but organisers had not given them any protective gear.

Indian Olympic flyweight bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is among those taking part.

French coach Anthony Veniant said he had asked for the tournament to be moved out of Delhi but his request was turned down.

“We feel the air is no good. Some of the parents of these players are worried and we tell our players to restrict their time outside,” Veniant said.

Prolonged exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, another pollutant, leads to respiratory illnesses. Doctors in Delhi have reported an increase in the number of patients with respiratory problems.

Jay Kowli, secretary general of the Boxing Federation of India, said the air quality was being monitored in training arenas, boxing venues and the hotel where the athletes are staying.

He ruled out any change of location.

“Shifting the venue is impossible. Delhi has the best sports facilities in the country,” Kowli said.

Teams have been hard at training this week.

Daniel Nash, the coach for the Swedish team, said pollution was a problem, but he had asked the boxers to focus on the competition.

“I’m telling my players to not let this issue affect their game,” Nash said.

Contestants just have to deal with it, said Abdul Fkiri, the coach of the Dutch team.



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Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships


Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships


Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the gold with 239.8 points in the eight-man finals. (File Pic) © AFP


India’s teenage shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary continued his incredible run by claiming his fourth individual gold medal in as many months with a top finish in the 10m air pistol junior men’s event of the Asian Airgun Championship in Kuwait city on Thursday. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer based in Meerut, first combined with compatriots Arjun Singh Cheema and Anmol Jain to log a total of 1731 to win the team gold and fetched the individual gold with 239.8 in the eight-man individual final to finish with two gold medals. 

Saurabh won the gold medal at the Asian Games in August, besides bagging golds at the World Shooting Championships in September and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina last month. 

Arjun (237.7) secured the silver medal after finishing second, while Chinese Taipei’s Huang Wei-Te clinched the bronze with a score of 218.0 to deny India a clean sweep. 

Anmol finished fourth with a score of 195.1. The Indian trio missed the World and Asian Junior record by a mere point. 

Earlier, the Indians dominated the qualifying stages with Arjun topping the standings with a score of 578 after 60 shots. Anmol was second with 577 while Saurabh was placed third with a score of 576 and all three made it to the eight-man final. 

This takes India’s tally in the ongoing event to 10 medals, including three gold, five silver and two bronze medals. Manu Bhaker and Abhidnya Patil are also slated to feature in the junior women’s 10m air pistol final later in the day. 






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Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik To Lead Indian Challenge At World Championships


In the women’s section, Sakshi (62kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg) and Ritu Phogat (50kg) are expected to be strong medal contenders in their respective weight categories.

Ritu is the only Phogat sister to feature in the squad as Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh was ruled out because of an elbow injury during the trials.

Four wrestlers — Bajrang, Kuldeep, Gurpreet and Harpreet — have been training in Hungary for more than a fortnight while the rest of the squad joined a week back.

The squads:

Freestyle: Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Sonba Tanaji Gongane (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Pankaj Rana (70kg), Jitender (74kg), Sachin Rathi (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Deepak (92kg) Mausam Khatri (97kg), Sumit (125kg), Jagminder Singh (chief coach).

Women: Ritu Phogat (50kg), Pinki (53kg), Seema (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sangeeta (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Ritu (65kg), Navjot Kaur (68kg), Rajini (72kg), Kiran (76kg), Kuldeep Malik (chief coach).

Greco Roman: Vijay (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Gaurav Sharma (63kg), Manish (67kg), Kuldeep Malik (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Manjeet (82kg), Harpreet Singh (87kg), Hardeep (97kg), Naveen (130kg), Kuldeep Singh (chief coach).



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Wrestler Vinesh Phogat To Miss World Championships Due To Elbow Injury


In a big blow to India, Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat was on Sunday ruled out of the World Championship after suffering an elbow injury during practice in Lucknow. “I’m sad to inform you all that I wouldn’t be participating in the upcoming World Championships in Hungary. Unfortunately 2 days ago, I injured my elbow during training. The doctor has advised me to rest it out for 4-6 weeks,” Vinesh tweeted after initially being reluctant to talk about the injury.    

“It is a big setback for us. During sparring, she injured her elbow and the MRI scans done in Mumbai revealed the ligaments are torn. It will be very risky to compete in the Worlds,” a WFI official said.    

Vinesh, who was exempted from the World Championship trials, was to compete in the 50kg category and was a medal favourite.    

She was also one of the favourites to win a medal at the Rio Olympic Games but a leg injury had ended her campaign.    

National coach Kuldeep Malik, under whose supervision the national camp is being conducted in Lucknow, refused to comment on the development.    

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will have to look for a replacement but interestingly the next best grappler in the 50kg category Ritu Phogat has now been selected to represent the country in the 53kg.    

Originally Pinki was to compete in 53kg but when she was asked to appear in a re-trial with Ritu, the Yasar Dogu International gold medal winner had refused.    

The WFI nominated Ritu in the 53kg. The World Championship will be held in Budapest from October 20-28.





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