Indian sports News- August 13thAugust 13, 2019
Bytes: COTIF Cup, Aishwarya claim world title, Goian joins Chenniyan FC, Trials on Aug 17 or 18, Osaka on Top, Bile do a ‘Triple double’
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FIM Junior- Aishwarya Pissay became the first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports, winning the FIM World Cup in the women’s category after the final round of the championship in Hungary. The 23-year old from Bangalore also finished second in the FIM Junior category on Sunday. Pissay, who won the first round in Dubai and was placed third (Portugal), fifth (Spain) and fourth (Hungary) in the subsequent outings, finished with a tally of 65 points, just four ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women.
INRC 2019- Team Akshara’s Chetan Shivram took a handy lead to emerge triumphant in the Rally of Coimbatore, Round 2 of the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2019, on an action-packed Sunday. Going into the second and final day with a mere four-second lead over Suhem Kabeer (Privateer) and a 19-lead over Younus Ilyas (Race Concepts), Chetan Shivram (with brother Dilip Sharan by his side) showed nerves of steel to win the overall INRC title as well as his INRC 3 category. He enjoyed a bit of luck as his main challenger, Suhem (with Jeeva Rathnam), got stuck in slush in the day’s first stage itself. Suhem lost 6 minutes to slip out of the main reckoning though he could hold on to the third place in INRC 2 class.
COTIF Cup- Impressed with the Indian women’s football team’s performance in the COTIF Cup in Valencia, the tournament’s president handed the players a special third-placed trophy. India played four matches in the COTIF Cup, out of which they won two (3-1 against Mauritania and 7-0 against Bolivia) and lost as many (0-2 against both Villarreal and Spain U-19). This is the team’s best finish in the tournament, and it also won the Fair Play award.
Indian Super League- The two-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC confirmed the signing of Mumbai City FC defender Lucian Goian for the upcoming season on Tuesday. The towering Romanian centre-back joined the Islanders ahead of the 2016 campaign and in his very first season in India, inspired the team to their first-ever semi-final in the ISL.
Pro Kabaddi- UP Yoddha pulled off a big upset when they edged defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 35-33 in a close encounter at the TransStadia Arena in Ahmedabad on Monday to reignite their Pro Kabaddi campaign. In another match of the day, Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors shared the points after playing out a closely-contested 29-29 tie in the earlier game in Pro Kabaddi on Monday.
Selection Trials- Indian wrestling’s most-talked-about weight category is the 74-kg category largely due to the overwhelming presence of iconic grappler Sushil Kumar. The World Championship trials for the 74-kg category were put off by a few weeks (from July last week) owing to the nagging injuries sustained by some of our grapplers, who are slated to compete with Sushil in the 74-kg category. Parveen Rana is grappling with a shoulder injury and has been out of competitive action for a while, while Jitender Kinha is back to full fitness after recuperating from a back injury. Amit Dhankar is the third wrestler in the fray to compete in the 74-kg category. All these wrestlers will now compete on August 17 or August 18.
US Gymnastic Championships- Simone Biles scripted history as she became the first woman to land a triple-double during her floor routine during the recently-concluded US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday. With that, she also claimed her sixth national all-around title with a total score of 118.500. Fans were vowed by the composure she showed during her floor routine as Biles successfully pulled off two back flips and three twists in the air before making a perfect landing.
ATP and WTA Rankings- US and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka returned to the world No 1 spot in the WTA rankings on Monday. The 21-year-old lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of last week’s Rogers Cup but benefitted from the second round defeat of former No 1 Ashleigh Barty and the failure of Karolina Pliskova to reach the semis in Toronto. Rafael Nadal’s Rogers Cup win in Montreal at the weekend marked a significant step for the Spaniard as he prepares for the US Open but it wasn’t enough to topple Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings, released on Monday.
Cincinnati Masters- Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he “did OK” in his first singles match in seven months – a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday. In the women’s draw at the ATP-WTA event, 2011 winner Maria Sharapova, who last played here five years ago, came back from a pair of first-round defeats at Wimbledon and Toronto, defeating Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).