Indian sports News- September 11th

September 11, 2019

Football, Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Badminton, Cycling, Chess, Shooting, Boxing, Kabaddi2022 WC Qualifiers

Bytes: India held Qatar on 0-0, County cricket, PCI derecognized, PKL Final in Ahmedabad, Radio commentary on AIR, Data Analyst in women’s team, Chess WC, Vietnam Open, Boxing Worlds, Tejaswani not in squad for Worlds, National Trials in shooting, Boxing Juniors Nationals, Ronaldo Singh creates Track Asia record

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2022 WC Qualifiers- A gritty India survived waves of attacks from Qatar to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goalless draw to steal an unexpected point from their away match of the Fifa World Cup qualifiers in Doha on Tuesday. Qatar registered 27 shots in comparison to two from the opposition but India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was the star of the show as he bailed his team out of trouble on multiple occasions with some excellent saves. He single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goals in the Group E match which will be remembered for long by the Indians. India, who had suffered a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Oman in their opening match on September 5 in Guwahati, now have one point from two matches while Qatar have four points as they had beaten Afghanistan 6-0 in their first match in Doha.

Inter Milan’s President- Inter Milan president Steven Zhang said on Tuesday he was ready to shake up European football with his youthful energy and enthusiasm after being elected onto the board of the European Club Association. Zhang, 27, becomes the first Chinese among the 24 board members of the ECA which represents 246 clubs, elected on a four-year mandate until 2023. Zhang – appointed Inter president last October – is the son of Zhang Jindong, chairman of the Chinese Suning Commerce Group, who own a controlling stake in Inter since 2016.

Paralympic Committee- The Sports Ministry has de-recognised the Paralympic Committee of India, citing violation of the National Sports Code in the body’s decision to sack President Rao Inderjit Singh. In the suspension order issued on Monday, the Ministry wrote that the PCI has been penalised for misgovernance. The Ministry had received a complaint from Singh, who was removed by a majority vote, and it found the federation’s response to it unsatisfactory. The PCI had changed its byelaws to bar public servants during a May 4 Annual General Meeting. Singh is Minister of State [planning] in the union government. “Explanation had been sought from PCI vice Ministry’s notices dated 11-7-2019 and 29-8-2019 on the complaint. The explanation furnished by PCI was found unsatisfactory,” said the Ministry in the letter.

County- India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continued his good form for Nottinghamshire this season by taking a four-for in the first division of the English County Championship on Tuesday. Up against Kent, the off-spinner got the wickets of Jordan Cox, skipper Sam Billings, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Oliver Robinson to help his team bowl out the opposition for 304 on day one. Murali Vijay, who is also plying his trade in England’s first-class cricket, failed to impress in his debut match for Somerset. The opener, who has signed on to play three games for the team, could manage just seven runs.

INDvsSA- Captain Shubman Gill missed out on a century by 10 runs while Jalaj Saxena struck an unbeaten 61 as India A dominated the proceedings on the second day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. After gaining a first innings lead of 139 by making 303 in 87.5 overs in reply to South Africa A’s score of 164, the home side bowlers yet again produced an impressive performance at the Greenfield stadium to reduce the visitors to 125 for 5 at stumps. South Africa ‘A’ now trail India ‘A’ by 14 runs with five second innings wickets in hand.

Data Analyst- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited applications for the position of performance analyst for the senior women’s cricket team. The team management has expressed the need for a performance analyst who should not be more than 60 years of age. The deadline to apply is September 20. “The position of the analyst for BCCI consists of collecting data at a granular level as specified by the data collection practices and systems used by the BCCI senior teams,” the board said. The candidate should have a minimum of three years’ experience with a senior state team or a side at the higher level.

Radio commentary- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday announced a two-year radio rights arrangement with All India Radio for live commentary of the national cricket team’s international games at home as well as the domestic tournaments. The audio commentary will commence from the first game of India’s upcoming three-match T20 International series against South Africa in Dharamsala on September 15. In addition to international matches, AIR will also provide coverage for the men’s and women’s domestic tournaments and matches. The two-year tenure starts from September 10, 2019, and runs till August 31, 2021.

Chess WC- India’s Nihal Sarin got off to a strong start at the Chess World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, with a victory against Jorge Cori. The 15-year-old needed 57 moves to beat his opponent in the two-game first round of the tournament. Apart from Nihal, P Harikrishna and B Adhiban were the other Indian players who got off to winning starts at the Chess World Cup. While Harikrishna defeated Yuri Gonzalez Vidal of Cuba, Abhiban got the better of Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela. All the players who got a win in the first game now need just a draw in their second game on Wednesday to move into the second round. A total of ten Indian players are competing at the event. Vidit Gujrathi, M Karthikeyan, Abhjeet Gupta and Aravindh Chithambaram earned draws in their first games of round one, while Surya Shekhar Ganguly, SL Narayanan and SP Sethuraman suffered defeats.

PKL- Iranian defender Fazel Atrachali clinched a ‘high five’ and led their defence with perfection to help former champions U Mumba trounce Telugu Titans 41-27 in a rescheduled Pro Kabaddi League fixture in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Iranian defender also scored six tackle points from eight attempts and was ably supported by Arjun Deshwal with nine points as the Season II champions recorded an easy victory that saw them leap to fifth place in the table. Initially, both teams tried to minimize their mistakes in the match, which was slated for Friday, had to be brought forward due to unavoidable circumstances.

Final PKL- The organisers of the Pro Kabaddi League announced on Tuesday that the final of the seventh season would be played in Ahmedabad on October 19. The organisers also through a media statement declared Ahmedabad as the venue for the play-offs, where two eliminators, semifinals will be played apart from the final. The eliminators will take place on October 14, while the semi-finals will be played on October 16. Currently, out of the 12 teams, Dabang Delhi KC are the table toppers with 59 points, while Bengal Warriors are on the second spot.

Vietnam Open- Indian shuttlers Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and Ashmita Chaliha failed to make it to the main draw of the Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 at Ho Chi Minh on Tuesday. In the qualifiers, Chittaboina made a positive start, beating Taipei’s Su Li Yang 21-16, 21-14 before losing 24-26, 15-21 to Japan’s Shota Omoto in the men’s singles second round. In the women’s singles qualification round, Chaliha lost 13-21, 16-21 to China’s Wei Ya Xin to exit the tournament. On Wednesday, Siril Verma will face Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain and Siddharth Pratap Singh crosses swords with Jia Wei Tan of Malaysia in men’s singles. Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka takes on Asuka Takahashi of Japan, Vrushali Gummadi squares off against Korea’s Sim Yu Jin and Riya Mookerjee meets Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po in women’s singles main draw.

Track Asia Cup Cycling- India’s Ronaldo Laitonjam created an Asian record for men’s junior 200m time trial event at the Track Asia Cup cycling competition in New Delhi on Tuesday. After winning two gold medals on day one, Ronaldo clocked 10.065 seconds in the qualifying round to break the previous record held by China’s Liu Qi, who had completed the race in 10.149 seconds in 2018. Table-toppers India continued their medal rush, capturing three more medals to add to the 12 that the country won on day one at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium. On the opening, India won 12 medals including four gold, thanks to their junior teams in both men’s and women’s category.

World Championships- India’s Brijesh Yadav (81kg) defeated Poland’s Mateusz Goinski by a unanimous 5-0 verdict on Tuesday to move to the second round of the men’s Boxing World Championships in Yekaterinberg, Russia. Yadav was slow to get off the blocks and Goinksi, showing good footwork and intelligent ring coverage in the early stages, launched a series of attacks on his tentative opponent. Yadav was unable to launch an attack of note in the first round but looked a different boxer after the break. Yadav faces Turkey’s Bayram Malkan in the second round.

Junior Nationals- Punjab and Haryana dominated the proceedings as the preliminary rounds concluded at the third junior women’s national boxing championships at Rohtak on Tuesday. Haryana’s Preeti Dahiya (60kg) and Punjab’s Gagandeep Kaur (57kg) were among the boxers who progressed to the quarter-finals. A month after winning a gold medal at the third Nation’s Cup in Vrbas, Serbia, Dahiya advanced when her bout against Mizoram’s Lal Remsangi was abandoned in round one. Kirti (57kg), Lashu Yadav (66kg), Komal (80kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (70kg) also brought wins for Haryana on day three. From Punjab, Gagandeep blanked Karnataka’s Shivani Prakash 5-0 to march into the last-eight. Vishakha (63kg), Anjali (70kg), Khushi (75kg) put Punjab on the winners’ column as well. The six-day tournament, which will pick the best of India’s rising female pugilists, has a total of 233 boxers participating from 27 states across 13 weight categories.

High Jump- High jumper Tejaswin Shankar has conveyed his inability to compete in the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 27, the Athletics Federation of India said on Tuesday. The US-based Shankar told the athletics body that he was in his off-season and not in jumping shape yet, and hence declined to compete in Doha. Though he missed the qualifying standard (2.30m) by two centimeters, the 20-year-old Delhi athlete made the grade by virtue of being among the IAAF Top Performance List, as he is ranked 39th in the world. The World Championships can have a maximum of 32 competitors in high jump. “We would have liked him to compete in Doha and gain the experience of the big stage, but we respect his decision to decline the invitation,” said AFI President Adille Sumariwalla.

Nationals Trials- Mehuli Ghosh of West Bengal won both the senior and junior Women’s 10m Air Rifle finals, even as recent India internationals Anhad Jawanda and Parul Kumar won the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol and men’s 50, Rifle 3 Positions competitions respectively to claim the 2019 T6 titles, at the ongoing National Shooting Trials at New Delhi’s Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. Mehuli was the undoubted star of the day, winning the senior Women’s Air Rifle with a score of 252 over Madhya Pradesh’s Shreya Agrawal who finished with 251.2 to claim second place. World number one and finals world record holder Apurvi Chandela of Rajasthan shot 229.3 to finish third.

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