Sports

State schools chess from 25th

In this championship, the fair play measures should be applied in accordance with the FIDE Anti-Cheating Regulations and FIDE Anti-Cheating Protection Measures. Unless authorised by the arbiter, it is forbidden for anybody to use a mobile phone or other kind of communication or electronic device in the playing venue, or any contiguous area designated by the Zoom Arbiters. ..

‘Olympics is once in a lifetime opportunity’

HE WILL be the lone face from India at the table tennis venues manning the matches at Tokyo Olympics in Japan. Meet city’s very own Mangesh Mopkar who has covered about 30 international events in his almost ten years of officiating in the pingpong sport. The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, also known as Tokyo 2020, will be starting a year late and will be held from July 23-August 8, 2021. Table tennis events are scheduled to start from July 25 and Mopkar will leave ..

Ritika recalls her meeting with Milkha Singh

CITY’S top doubles badminton player Ritika Thaker recalled her meeting with the legendary ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh four years ago. The bubbly player met Milkha Singh at Nagpur airport. “I had the opportunity of a life-time about four years ago to meet great Milkha Singh the ‘Flying Sikh’ as he was fondly referred to. The legend who passed away on June 18 due to COVID complications was a charismatic personality. His gentle mannerisms, polite speech and his words will remain a motivation for me...

SAI picks handball players for Khelo India centre

AS MANY as 29 handball players of the region have been selected by Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the Khelo India coaching centre which will be coming up at the sports complex of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University off Amravati Road in Ravi Nagar. Names of 14 girls and 15 boys were declared by Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Sports and Physical Education Department, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University...

Ex-CM Fadnavis pays tributes to ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh

FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and noted sportspersons and sports organisers paid rich tributes to ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh who left for heavenly abode late on Friday night. On his Facebook page, Fadnavis wrote, “The Flying Sikh! Pained to know about the demise of Padma Shri Milkha Singh ji. He was not only a mere record holder, but a sports icon for our nation. Our humble tributes to Him. And deepest condolences to His family, friends & millions of admirers. Om Shanti” Fadnavis, ..

‘Sports and yoga should be made compulsory subjects in schools’

SPORTS and yoga should be made compulsory subjects in schools. Sports and yoga keep body and mind healthy. For a healthy nation, it is important that its citizens stay healthy. If the citizen are healthy, country’s health budget reduces immensely. This, in a way, helps the country become financially stable,” said Dr Deepak Mane, Director, Sports and Physical Education Department, Savitribai Fule, Pune University. Dr Mane was delivering the presidential address on the concluding day of the workshop ..

Shuttlers picked for Khelo India coaching centre

SPORTS Authority of India (SAI) has announced names of 27 badminton players who would be trained by the Khelo India at its Nagpur Coaching Centre. SAI and Khelo India has decided to train sportspersons all over the country at grassroot level so that there is a pool of talented players all over the country. The Sports Authority of India-Khelo India badminton centre will be coming up at the Sports Complex of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University situated in Ravi Nagar, Amravati Road. Former ..

BB Colony, Kamptee edge past Ruiganj to clinch Edukick title

BB Colony Kamptee Football Club emerged winner of the Edukick Football Tournament organised by Krida Vikas Sanstha, Slum Soccer, Nagpur and supported by Laureus, Sport for Good foundation, UK. The one-day tournament was held at Kamptee. In the final, BB Colony pipped Ruiganj 2-1 to lift the title. This was the first tournament organised after the unlocking of district. Mohammad Ubaid scored the winner for BB Colony after Mohd Yasin had scored the leveller...

Distt athletes impress but fail to qualify

CITY’S long distance runners Nikita Raut, Prajakta Godbole and Yamini Thakre impressed all with their podium finish performances but were far from the qualifying timing on the opening day of the Maharashtra Senior State Selection Trials. The two-day trials are under way at Minatai Thakre Sports Complex in Nashik. Nikita Raut and Prajakta Godbole finished one-two while Yamini emerged winner in their respective categories. But all the three girls from Nagpur missed the qualifying mark put up by the ..

Hoopsters picked for Khelo India basketball coaching centre

SPORTS Authority of India (SAI) has selected 18 basketball players for the Khelo India coaching centre which will be coming up at the sports complex of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University off Amravati Road in Ravi Nagar. The selection trials were held in the month of February. A total of 18 players which included 11 girls and seven boys have been picked by the selection committee which included Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Sports and Physical Education Department, Rashtrasant Tukadoji ..

Dr Raut grants Rs 5 crore for Dr Ambedkar Sports Complex

TO GENERATE interest among sportspersons of North Nagpur and to give best facilities to those already involved in sporting activities, Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut granted Rs five crore for construction and completion of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Taluka Sports Complex in Jaripatka. Dr Raut visited the sports complex and asked the concerned officials present to submit new proposal to the District Collector...

30 athletes selected for Khelo India coaching centre; Sayali to train them

THIRTY athletes including 17 girls and 13 boys have been selected by Sports Authority of India for its Khelo India Athletics Coaching Centre which is going to be set up at the sports complex of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Ravi Nagar. The selection trials were held in the month of February...

Nikita, Prajakta for State athletics trials

CITY’S international athletes, Nikita Raut, Prajakta Godbole along with six others will be taking part in the two-day Maharashtra State Athletics Selection Trials which begins from June 16. The State selection trials are going to be held at Minatai Thakre Sports Complex in Nashik. The trials are being organised by Nashik District Athletics Association under the aegis of Maharashtra Athletics Association. While Nikita and Prajakta will be attending the competition cum trials in two race categories, ..

‘Preksha meditation helps in relieving stress’

“Preksha meditation helps in relieving physical and mental stress,” stated Dr Pradyuman Singh Shekhwat during a webinar on Tuesday. Head of the Department of Life Sciences at Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute Deemed University, Rajasthan, Shekhwat was addressing participants during a seminar of ‘Importance of Preksha Meditation...

DDSYS Football Academy starts camp

BUDDING footballers are back on the field at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur. The outside field opposite the indoor hall was abuzz with kids learning basic skills at the DDSYS Football Academy (Deputy Director Sports and Youth Services). With Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) easing out COVID-19 restrictions, the academy started the camp for budding footballers aged between 5 and 21 years a couple of days back...

Omkar is good exercise for lungs, says Dravyakar

TERMING Omkar as “mahamantra”, yoga expert and a naturopath Sujata Dravyakar said that it was a very good exercise for lungs and helps in keeping body and mind calm. Dravyakar was speaking on the topic ‘Omkar for Mental Health’ in the series of online seminars organised by Department of Sports and Physical Education, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; Open and Distance Learning Centre Kavi Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek; Shri Binzani City College and Nabira Mahavidyalaya, Katol. ..

Physical activity is equally important for women: Ahmed

FITNESS Advisor and Motivator Selina Ahmed has urged women to be involved is some sort of physical activity as it is equally important for them. Ahmed was delivering an online lecture on ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International. Harish Choube is host of the event. In the 59th session of the series of webinar Ahmed said, “Physical activity are Important for all women. Regular physical activity ..

Malvika’s The Best!

ALWAYS a focused and sincere shuttler, an ever-improving Malvika Bansod completed a quartet of international titles winning the RSL Lithuanian International badminton tournament with consummate ease at Kaunas in Lithuania on Sunday. Third seed Malvika, who did not lose a single game in the tourney, got the better of fourth seeded Rachael Darragh of Ireland in straight games 21-14, 21-11 in women’s singles final. Like all her five matches in the tourney, this match (29 minutes) too did not go for even ..

Yoganidra helps in keeping one mentally fit, says Dr Sonar

FOR the overall personal development of body, physical and mental stability is of utmost importance. For a healthy body, practising of yoga regularly is being preached since ages. Regular yoga exercise has been of immense help in keeping the mind and body fit. Similarly, to keep oneself mentally fit and healthy, yoganidra has been proved of a great help, said Dr Devanand Sonar, Director, Yoga Naturopathy Department, MJ College, Jalgaon...

‘SRFI wants India on world map’

SQUASH Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) wants to transform India into leading nation on world circuit, said Dr Pradeep Khandre on Sunday. Dr Khandre, who is President, The Maharashtra Squash Rackets Association was speaking to the participants of online webinar on ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International. Harish Choube is host of the event. Delivering his lecture during 58th session of the ..

Hapkido sport included in SGFI

    HAPKIDO, a combination of different martial arts such as Taekwon-do, Karate and Judo, has been included in School Games Federation of India which will be holding competitions from coming season.Informing about the inclusion of the sport in SGFI calendar, Dr Zakir Khan, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Hapkido Association (MPHA) said that the organisation has started giving affiliation to district units in the State. Emmanuel Philip is the Secretary of MPHA.“Maharashtra ..

Malvika moves into 2nd round

  A GOOD show was expected from her and Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod made a perfect start to her campaign at the RSL Lithuanian International Badminton tournament on Friday.The four-day Future Series tournament, organised by the Lithuanian Badminton Federation is being held in Kaunas, Lithuania.In her opening encounter, as expected, Nagpur’s Malvika made light work of local girl Vilte Paulauskaite winning easy two games to move into the second round.Southpaw Malvika cruised to 21-6 ..

Prepare NMC sports policy immediately: Tabhane

 TO PROVIDE best infrastructure for city’s sportspersons so that they excel at national and international levels, Nagpur Municipal Corporation is in a process of preparing a sports policy. NMC Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane has asked the concerned officials to expedite the process of preparing the draft report and submit itimmediately.The decision was taken recently during the online meeting of the sports committee held on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman ..

Yoga and science walk hand in hand: Dr Joshi

 “Traditional Yoga and Science walk hand in hand. Yoga, which is originated in ancient India, is a gift to the world. It is important to perform pranayam, yoga and then carry out scientific analysis of it,” said Dr Lakshimnarayan Joshi, Founder Head, Department of Yogic Science and Dean, Student Welfare, Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar.Dr Joshi was speaking during the online workshop on Yoga and Holistic Health organised by Department of Sports and Physical Education, Rashtrasan..

Malvika to take on Vilte in opener

THIRD seed Malvika Bansod will take on local girl Vilte Paulauskaite in first round of the RSL Lithuanian International Badminton tournament on Friday. The four-day Future Series tournament, organised by the Lithuanian Badminton Federation will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania. Malvika is in the bottom half of the draw. If she beats Vilte, Malvika will lock horns with winner of the match between Heli Neiman of Israel and Finland’s Hanna Karkaus in the second round. Only two Indians — one each in men’s ..

National workshop on yoga begins

A NATIONAL online workshop on Yoga and Holistic Health has been organised by Department of Sports and Physical Education, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; Open and Distance Learning Centre Kavi Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Shri Binzani City College and Nabira Mahavidyalaya, Katol. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Sanjay Dudhe, Pro-Vice Chancellor, RTMNU. “During this pandemic time, yoga plays an important role in keeping body fit. Pranayam has been proved beneficial in post-COVID ..

‘Grappling does not include use of weapons’

“GRAPPLING is a type of sport which is also used in various forms of martial art, wrestling, judo, sumo among others. Grappling refers to techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage, such as improving relative position, escaping, submitting, or injury to the opponent,” said Santosh Deshmukh, General Secretary, Grappling Association of Maharashtra, Joint-Secretary, Grappling Federation of India, International Referee, United World Wrestling. Deshmukh ..

Zakir to head NAM body

ZAKIR Khan has been appointed as the president of Niyuddha Association of Maharashtra (NAM), an ancient form of Indian Martial art also called as ‘Niyuddha Kride’. Khan was appointed to the post by Narendra Shrivastava, 13th Degree Sofran Belt, Niyuddhacharya, Founder and World Chief Technical Director, World Niyuddha Federation. The other members of the association are Emmanuel Philip, Pankaj Khandagale, Rakesh Dhoke, Sachin Lohakare, Hemant Yadav, Shahwar Khan, Aminuddin Sheikh, Sarvesh Gaidhane, ..

VCA to hold T20 tourney from next week, says Jaiswal

NOTWITHSTANDING the curtailed timings permitted for outdoors sports by the local authorities and the impending rains, city’s premier sports institution, the Vidarbha Cricket Association, will be holding a Twenty20 cricket tournament from next week. Senior Vidarbha players have been out of any real action after BCCI’s white ball tournaments — Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Cricket Tournament and Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day Tournament. With COVID easing up and Maharashtra State and Nagpur Municipal Corporation ..

NCA commences cricket camp

WITH the State Government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation giving relaxation in restriction in the city, cricket clubs have started their coaching camp in the right earnest. National Cricket Academy (NCA) has started conducting its coaching activities at Gurunanak College ground, north Nagpur. The camp is open for boys in the age group of U-13, U-15, U-16, U-19, U-23 and above. Coaching is imparted by Sameer Shaikh, Mohtashim Ansari and Rohit Kaishalwar. Those desirous of joining the camp can contact ..

Handball sport is good for developing muscle strength: Thota

“HANDBALL is an excellent cross-training sport that helps many athletes. Many professional coaches have ranked handball very high for top mental and physical development,” said Mohanrao Thota, NIS handball coach, international player and Sports HOD, CMR Institute of Technology Thota was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). “A government survey showed that compared to ..

Can’t hold football matches in 5 to 9 time-slot: Kashmiri NDFA waiting for further relaxation in timing from NMC

WITH the pre-monsoon showers giving some respite from sultry weather and local authorities lifting lockdown-like restrictions in the city, football aficionados are out on the field to ‘warm up’ for the upcoming Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021 tournaments. But the ‘real action’ on field in the city will have to wait for a few more days. The local league tournaments organised by Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA), the football governing body of the district, won’t be taking place, at least ..

Eight clear AICF chess trainer exam

AS MANY as 8 chess trainers from Nagpur city have been declared successful in the All India Chess Federation (AICF) Chess Trainer Exam as per results announced by AICF. The names of successful trainers from Nagpur are — Jeetendra Thakre, Vilas Nerkar, Govind Bhake, Shiva Iyer, Palash Nagdevte, Dattatraya Vaidya, Alok Thakre and Ritik Mohadikar. Certificates to successful candidates will be issued in due course. In all 14 participants from Nagpur had enrolled their names for the training programme...

Two types of divisions — free style and classic style in belt wrestling: Khairnar

BELT wrestling is a form of wrestling which involves two belted contestants who aim to take each other over by grappling with a belt. Santosh Khairnar, who is International Referee, Belt Wrestling Mas Wrestling Pankration and Technical Director, National Traditional Wrestling Federation, explained in detail about the sport during 54th session of ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Students’. These sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha ..

Outdoor sports activities resume

THE latest order on resumption of outdoor sporting events by Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Office brought smiles on faces of city’s sportspersons and sports organisers alike. In the first phase of Unlock 2.0, only outdoor activities have been permitted. Players were seen enjoying sports like lawn tennis, cricket, basketball and volleyball. Those interested in indoor sports like badminton and table tennis were left high and dry and the situation was same for swimmers as swimming pools across state ..

Kumite is one of three main sections of karate: Choube

KUMITE, along with kata and kihon, is one of the three main sections of karate training, informed Kyoshi Harish Choube during a webinar on Monday. Choube was interacting with participants in the online seminar titled ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Choube, Black Belt 7th Dan, National Chief Instructor and Examiner Karate Budokan International and National Sports Co-ordinat..

Ton-up Taide leads Lancaster to huge win

VIDARBHA’S talented all-rounder Atharva Taide hammered a hundred and took three wickets as Lancaster Cricket Club scored a huge 71-run win over Longridge Cricket Club in Division One match of Northern Premier Cricket League at Newsham Memorial Cricket Ground in England. Riding on Taide’s brilliant 114, Lancaster posted 193 before being all out in 47.1 overs. In reply, Longridge innings folded at a mere 122 in 41 overs. Lancaster off-spinner Ben Simm (15-7-35-5) and left-arm orthodox Taide (13-6-23-3) ..

aOutdoor sports activities allowed in city from today: Unlock 2.0

THE Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has allowed outdoor sporting activities to resume in the city from Monday morning. All the sporting activities came to a halt since the end of February due to COVID-19 second wave. A strict lockdown-like restriction was imposed where all activities including morning walk, jogging, cycling were restricted. On Sunday, according to a notification issued by Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, all outdoor sporting activities were allowed but with a rider. ..

‘Hook, most common move in arm wrestling’

“A HOOK is the most common move in arm wrestling and arm wrestlers should perfect this move with practice. An arm wrestler is probably familiar with the hook because it is the move that is used when arm wrestling is portrayed on TV. It is also considered an ‘inside’ move,” said Laxman Singh Bhandari, Asian and National gold medalist. Bhandari was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons organised by Karate Budokan International ..

Faiz’s all-round show in vain Lisburn lose to Carrickfergus in semi-final

WHEN Lisburn’s overseas professional player Faiz Fazal joined the squad, it was placed seventh in the eight-team Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup cricket tournament, after three matches. With his all-round show, the Vidarbha skipper helped the team make it to the last four. And, on Saturday, he again played his part in the important semi-final against Carrickfergus but a middle and lower order collapse saw the team go down by eight runs at Middle Road, Carrickfergus. Chasing Carrickfergus’ 173-3 in ..

‘Video games, play stations have ruined sports like rope skipping’

VIDEO games and play stations have ruined sports like rope skipping, lamented Vivek Soni, Technical Co-ordinator, Rope Skipping Federation of India (RSFI). Soni was addressing participants in the webinar series titled ‘Karate and Sports seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) and is hosted by Kyoshi Harish Choube (Black Belt 7th Dan) National Chief Instructor and Examiner Karate Budokan Internatio..

Tiger Group of Adventure celebrates World Bicycle Day

TIGER Group of Adventure celebrated the World Bicycle Day with zeal on Thursday. Commemorating the day, the group took out a rally that started at Tukadoji Square. The cyclists, spreading messages of better health and environment through cycling, pedalled through Ajni Railway station, Ambajhari Lake, Telangkhedi Garden, Seminary Hills, Aakashwani Square, Sitabuldi, Lokmat Square, Wanjari Nagar Water Tank and back to Tukadoji Square. Ironman and an avid swimmer Ravindra Tarare was chief guest of the ..

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in world: Wani

“PICKLEBALL, a racquet and ball game played on badminton size court, is helpful for all-round fitness. It exercises all the major muscles, provides a cardio workout, and improves dexterity, mobility, agility, and balance. The game also serves as a form of high intensity training,” said Rahulkumar Wani, Technical Committee Chairman, All India Pickleball Association. Wani was delivering his speech during the ongoing online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Sportspersons. ..

Tabhane inspects grounds in South Nagpur

CONTINUING with its planning of selecting six grounds to be developed in six constituencies of Nagpur, NMC Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane inspected grounds, this time in South Nagpur area. In the inspection that was conducted some days back, Tabhane and other members of NMC visited Choukoni Ground and Yuva Sanskrutik Krida Mandal grounds in Hanuman Nagar Zone III and Nehru Nagar Zone V. The Choukoni Ground is situated in Hanuman Nagar while Yuva Sanskrutik Krida Mandal is located at Mire ..

YKGI to organise 1st Intl online yoga c’ship

YK GROUP of Institutes (YKGI) will be organising 1st Open International Yogasana Sports Championship (online) 2021. The championship will be organised in association with Yoga Life Centre, District Sports Office and Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi. Those interested in participating in the online championship will have to submit their performance videos by June 9 before 10 pm, informs a media release. The championship will be held in different age categories namely sub-junior boys and girls (5-10 ..

Tug of war needs skills and power, says Dr Waghmare

THE game of tug of war needs skills along with power. Even though the game looks simple, there are many technicalities with which it is played between two teams of eight players each, informed Dr Rahul Waghmare, Referee, Tug of War Federation of India and national tug of war medalist. Dr Waghmare was speaking during the ongoing online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Sportspersons. These seminar is being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region), ..

Cycling has many advantages: Batwe

WORLD Bicycle Day is celebrated on June 3 every year in recognition of bicycle’s unique longevity and versatility, remarked Sanjay Batwe. Batwe, a member of Tiger Group of Adventure, was speaking on the benefits of cycling on eve of the World Bicycle Day. “Cycling, that is in use for centuries, has many advantages. It is good for physical and mental health. It is good for environment and the economy...

Gawai wins Panbude benefit chess title

SIDDHANT Gawai emerged champion in first of the series of Late Umesh Panbude Benefit On-Line Blitz Chess Championships that was conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association. In all 111 players from different cities participated in the tournament that was was held on lichess.org. At the conclusion of the tournament which consisted of total 11 rounds, Shiva Iyer earned the top position followed by Gawai and Harsh Nachankar on second and third positions respectively. But Lichess, the online platform ..

‘Basketball helps in gaining height’

PLAYING any sport assist in overall improvement of health but basketball is among those few sports that helps in gaining height, remarked Dr Dhananjay Welukar during a webinar on Tuesday. Welukar, Chairman, Technical Committee and Member of Maharashtra Basketball Association, was interacting with participants in the webinar series titled ‘Karate and Sports seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) ..

I would have loved to play Test cricket: Mona

ASK any international cricketer about the real form of cricket and more often than not, one would get to hear “Tests”. City’s India player Mona Meshram is no different. Mona, who has been part of the Indian One-Day and Twenty20 teams and played the Women’s Cricket World Cup final at Lords in 2017, missed the bus to ‘Mecca of Cricket’ this time though. And the bigger loss is missing a Test match that India will be playing after a long gap of seven years. For the records, Indian women, who played ..

Swimming is a way of life for these specially abled children

SPECIALLY abled is defined as someone who has different capabilities as compared to an average person. It’s an umbrella term, and can be used to describe a wide spectrum of physical or mental disabilities, from blind people, to those suffering form Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or down syndrome. But, in fact, they do have something special. If they lack something, they are being compensated with some or the other quality that helps them live their life with satisfaction and peace. ..

Kronum ‘urges’ to ‘Join the Revolution’

THE main goal of creating kronum, a mix of several sports, was to bring about a revolution in sports and that’s why kronum’s slogan is ‘Join the Revolution’, informed Rahulkumar Wani during an online webinar on Monday. Wani, General Secretary, Kronum Association of Maharashtra, who is also Technical Committee Member of Kronum Federation of India was speaking during the ongoing webinar series ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons’ being organised by Karate ..

Unbeaten Iyer leads after Rd 7

UNBEATEN Shiva Iyer emerged as sole leader at end of the seventh round of Late Umesh Panbude BenefitWeekend Online Blitz Tournament on Sunday. The event is being organised by Nagpur District Chess Association. Iyer won all his matches to end the day with seven points and was followed by the duo of Sparsh Khandelwal and Priyanshu Patil who have collected six points each. On the top board of the seventh round, Iyer defeated Vaibhav Raut (5.5). Khandelwal and Patil got the better of Amardeep Bartakke ..

‘SGFI helps in developing character of athletes’

VIJAY Santan, General Secretary, School Games Federation of India (SGFI) affirms that the national body is committed to develop character and personality amongst the school athletes. Santan was interacting with the participants in the webinar ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Students’ organised by Harish Choube under the Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) banner. “SGFI is committed to develop character and personality amongst the school athletes and ..

TAIDE’S BRILLIANT ALL-ROUND SHOW IN VAIN

VIDARBHA’S talented young all-rounder Atharva Taide’s brilliant allround show went in vain as Lancaster Cricket Club lost to Kendal Cricket Club by 26 runs in a lowscoring Division One match of Northern Premier Cricket League in England. The top-order southpaw hit a match high of 91 and took four wickets but could stop Lancaster going down.Taide did not receive any help form other batsmen as the team was shot out for 158 in 45.3 overs chasing Kendal’s 184 all out from 49 overs. Lancaster opted to ..

MBA Secy Dr Tiwari pedals from Bhadrawati to Nagpur, demands KIBC in Chandrapur

WITH the State Government allegedly meting out step-motherly treatment to Chandrapur, Maharashtra Boxing Association (MBA) Secretary Dr Rakesh Tiwari, a resident of Bhadrawati, demanded Khelo India Boxing Centre (KIBC) at Chandrapur. To press his demands, Tiwari pedalled 126 kms from Bhadrawati to Nagpur. He will be meeting Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar on Friday and would be submitting a memorandum demanding a boxing centre at Chandrapur district. Dr Tiwari started from Bhadrawati on ..

Taekwon-do is one of the most practised martial arts in India: Dr Chaudhary

TAEKWON-DO sport, which originated in Korea several hundreds years ago, is one of the most popular and practised martial arts in India. The sport was introduced in India in 70s. Dr Santosh Ramkrishna Chaudhary, Secretary, Sports Taekwon-do Association, Nagpur, Black Belt 4th Dan in Taekwon-do, World Taekwon-do Federation was the guest speaker during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportsperson...

DKA distributes ration kits on Gadkari’s birthday

TO COMMEMORATE the birthday of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Divyang Krida Aghadi (DKA) distributed ration kits to 20 blind persons on Thursday. Dhananjay Upasani, Maharashtra Pradesh Head of Divyang Krida Aghadi distributed ration kits that will last a month at Lakshvedhi Club, NIT Premises, Narendra Nagar, claims a press release...

Shortstopper is team’s most versatile and quickest player in softball: Ambulkar

“A shortstopper is team’s most versatile and quickest player in softball. He tends to have the most responsibilities and most amount of action per game,” said Shiv Chhatrapati award winner Piyush Ambulkar on Wednesday. International softball player of the city Ambulkar, who is also Sports and Cultural Officer, NMC and founder member, Slum Softball Star Project, was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons organised by Karate Budokan ..

Grateful to Woodside for an opportunity in US, states Shomira

AFTER becoming the second hoopster from Nagpur after Siya Deodhar to get a chance to study in US, young Shomira Bidaye is looking forward to experience a quality mix of academics and sports at the prestigious Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, California, USA. Young Shomira, a player of Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG), after proving her worth in both academics and extra-curricular activities received a letter from Woodside Priory School for a place in the Woodside Priory Residential Programme for ..

Loving self in tough, testing times is important: Rathi

MOTIVATIONAL speaker Subhash Rathi feels that due to coronavirus fear, humankind has forgot to love oneself and that loving self is very important in these tough and testing times. Rathi was speaking on the topic ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ — last in the five-webinar series titled ‘National Seminar on Impact of COVID-19 on Mental & Physical Health; Precautions & Remedies’. The event was organised jointly by Priyadarshini Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Wardha; MB Patel College, Sakoli; NMD College, Gondia; Late Nirdhan ..

Throwball is developing fast in India, says Murarkar

“THROWBALL is a very popular game and requires very less equipment. It is a very easy game with very less technicality in terms of rules and regulation. The game is developing very fast in India,” said Murlidhar Murarkar, Vice-President, Throwball Federation of India and Asian Throwball Federation. Murarkar was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Kyoshi Harish B ..

‘BCCI sought no information from us’

LAST year, it was for the first time in Indian domestic cricket’s history that the prestigious Ranji Trophy was cancelled. The COVID-19 pandemic, that affected sports all over the world, was the culprit. But the richest cricket board in the world — Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) — showed magnanimity and had promised compensation to scores of First-Class cricketers whose bread and butter came from participating in the annual event. There are around 700 players, who don’t have IPL contracts ..

Kickboxing requires high level of fitness: Alam

COMPARING kickboxing with yoga, cycling and aerobics, Saeed Alam says that the former requires high level of fitness while the others are low intensity workouts. Saeed Alam, International Kickboxing Referee and a self defence expert was the guest speaker on webinar being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Kyoshi Harish Choube, National Chief, Instructor and Examiner Karate Budokan International and Sports Coordinator is host of the show. Elaborating on the fitness benefits ..

No need to fear from mucormycosis, immediate treatment necessary: Dr Jambhorkar

EVEN THOUGH there is a steep decline in the cases of coronavirus all over the country, the nation is fighting against another new disease in mucormycosis. There is a sense of fear among the citizen as mucormycosis has claimed several lives. There is no reason to get afraid of this disease. There is a need to create awareness about mucormycosis among the citizen including sportspersons, opined Dr Sachin Jambhorkar. Dr Jambhorkar was speaking during the National Seminar on Impact of COVID-19 on Mental ..

Faiz guides Lisburn to close win

VIDARBHA skipper Faiz Fazal helped his Ireland side Lisburn Cricket Club to a thrilling two-wicket win over Instonians in Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup - 2021. Playing just his second game of the event, the southpaw opener top-scored a well-compiled 45 as Lisburn moved a rung up in the eight-team tournament. Making first use of the turf, Instonians made 138-9 with O Metcalfe making 56. Ireland international Boyd Rankin (2-34), C Atkinson (2-28) and M Berry (2-28) took two wickets each for Lisburn. ..

Badminton coaches should be thoroughly knowledgeable and dedicated: Makode

“A coach in any field has to be thoroughly knowledgeable and dedicated and should be aware of all the rules of the game. A badminton coach, imparting coaching to budding and young shuttlers, should guide players with correct technique of movement skill and racket skill at the basic level. He should be updated with recent technological as well as scientific development in the field of sports in general and badminton in specific,” said Kiran V Makode, who played for India in five World Senior Badminton ..

Shomira to realise her US dream

CITY’S talented cager Shomira Bidaye is close to realising her dream of studying and playing basketball in the United States. The teenager received a letter from Woodside Priory Admissions Committee on Sunday that offered her admission to Woodside Priory’s Residential Programme for the 2021-2022 school year. Shomira, who had earlier made it to the Junior NBA India Girls’ team and led the Under-13 Maharashtra team to National Championship title in 2018 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh after 14 long years ..

‘Sportspersons must keep themselves mentally fit’

THE coronavirus pandemic has forced everybody including sportspersons to get ‘locked’ inside the confines of their homes. Players are managing to keep themselves fit by doing exercises at home. But at the same time they should also try to keep themselves mentally stable and should not think too far ahead about their careers, said Dr Shailesh Pangaonkar, noted psychiatrist of the city. Dr Pangaonkar was speaking during the ongoing five-day national seminar on ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Mental and Physical ..

‘Vaccination for all is must to defeat COVID-19’

  ACADEMY of Physical Education, Priyadarshini Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Wardha; MB Patel College, Sakoli; NMD College, Gondia; Late Nirdhan Patil Waghaye Mahavidyalaya, Lakhani jointly organised a national-level webinar on ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Mental and Physical Health, Precautions and Remedies’.The webinar was inaugurated by Dr Sanjay Dudhe, Pro-VC, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, department of Physical Education and Sports, ..

Traditional karate is about self-defence and survival, says Kyoshi Choube

 “Traditional karate is the original karate. It came into existence as a fighting art in Okinawa, Japan. The original karate has its roots in ‘Tode’, a weaponless self-defence system,” said Kyoshi Harish Choube, National Chief, Instructor and Examiner Karate Budokan International and Sports Coordinator. Choube was speaking during the 36th session of online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons.The webinar is being organised by ..

Faiz to start season with a Twenty20 game today

VIDARBHA’S double Ranji Trophy winning captain Faiz Fazal will start his second season for the Lisburn Cricket Club with a Twenty20 game against Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society (CIYMS) on Friday. Faiz had reached England on May 5 and was in quarantine there for ten days. He reached Lisburn four days back and will play his first match of Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup - 2021 that is a Northern Cricket Union of Ireland recognised tournament. This will be fourth match of the tourney for Lisburn ..

‘India may host Asian dueball meet’

“DUEBALL Federation of India is planning to host Asian Dueball Championship in Mumbai once the coronavirus pandemic gets over and government permits the conduct of sporting events, said Yuvraj Padole, Co-ordinator, Due Ball Federation of India. Padole was speaking during the online webinar organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). The event is hosted by Kyoshi Harish B Choube, Black Belt 7th Dan, National Chief Instructor. Choube is also the Examiner of Karate Budokan International ..

Drop roball is gaining popularity in India, claims Panghal

THE 34th edition of online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons presented another new game to Nagpurians in drop roball. The online webinar is being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region), and is hosted by Kyoshi Harish B Choube, Black Belt 7th Dan, National Chief Instructor. Choube is also the Examiner of Karate Budokan International as well as National Sports Co-ordinator. Drop roball was invented by Ishwar Panghal who is also Technical ..

BJP Divyang Cell distributes ration kits

PANDEMIC due to coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns are taking toll of everybody. And divyangs sportsprersons are no different. With no work, many are suffering from poor financial conditions and are finding it difficult to make both ends meet. In these tough times, Dhananjay Upasani, Sports Incharge, BJP Divyang Vikas Aghadi, Maharashtra Pradesh, who has always been their saviour, has come forward to help the divyang sportspersons. He distributed ration kits to the needy at NIT Garden, Narendra ..

DFI conducts referee development programme

DUEBALL Federation of India (DFI) organised a referee development programme on Google meet recently. Rahul Wani, Convenor, Technical Committee, DFI was the key speaker during the online event. Wani explained about fundamental duties of referee, role and responsibilities of referee. He also talked on skill and other key features to become a good referee. ..

NCSC demands reservation for sportspersons in Nagpur Metro

NAGPUR Congress Sports Cell (NCSC) has demanded reservation for sportspersons in Nagpur Metro jobs. An NCSC delegation met Maharashtra Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Sunil Kedar and handed over a memorandum requesting him to reserve jobs in Nagpur Metro for sportsperson who have excelled at international, national and state levels. Maharashtra Congress’ Atul Londhe, Dr Chetan Mahadik, Samir Yeole, John Augustin, Pratik Kuthe, Shubham Jabalpur, Sanjog Kumre, Gurmit Bagga, Nikhil Wahane, Bilal ..

Athletics is mother of all sports, says Dr Suryawanshi

TERMING athletics as mother of all sports, Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, former international athlete said that the sport helps a sportsperson build a healthy and physically fit body. Dr Suryawanshi, who is Director, Sports and Physical Education, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, Senior Joint Secretary, Maharashtra Athletics Association and Nagpur District Olympic Association was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons...

Exercise, fresh air must for boosting immunity, says Dr Karvande

DURING these tough times of COVID-19, the most important thing to fight the virus is our immunity and exercise, fresh air are among those things that are must for boosting immunity, says Dr Anil Karvande. Dr Karvande, President, Krida Bharati Maharashtra Pradesh and Vidarbha Prant was speaking during a webinar hosted by Krida Bharati Maharashtra Pradesh recently. “In these times we need to have healthy body and mind. Exercises, fresh air are must for boosting immunity. The easiest way to boost ..

Bunkai is a soul of karate, says Kyoshi Choube

IN THE 32nd session of online ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of the Students’, Kyoshi Harish Choube spoke in length on ‘Understanding Budokan Kata And Its Relationship To Bunkai’. The sessions are being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Karate Budokan International is global association with branches around the world. It is one of the largest and well-disciplined organisations in the world, claims Choube. Starting his address, Choube ..

‘Understanding body language can improve relations’

Well known Mind Coach and Corporate Trainer Anand Kulkarni said that understanding minute details of body language of employees can enhance relation between the employer and his employees. He was speaking at the on-line session on the topic of “Secrets of Body Language of Employee” as a part of the ‘The Wisdom Talk’ organised by Vidarbha Management Association (VMA), Nagpur. “If your employee is rubbing finger against nose when you are speaking with him or her means he or she has problem in accepting ..

Tchoukball is a contactless sport and minimises injuries

The ongoing online seminar organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) and hosted by Kyoshi Harish B Choube, Black Belt 7th Dan, National Chief Instructor and Examiner, Karate Budokan International and National Sports Co-ordinator has once again introduced Nagpurians to a new sport— Tchoukball. The 31st session of Online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons was a session during which the amateur game was explained by Nisar Sayyad, coach ..

Janbandhu wants Indian girls to be able to defend themselves

LIFE has not been easy for Chhaya Shishir Janbandhu, but the sportsperson in her helped her take those tough times in her strides. And she came out victorious. With her motto ‘Be Strong, Be Fearless, Be Brave And Be Alert’, Janbandhu has been teaching self defence tactics to girls (mainly) and her effort of reaching out to girls of more than 200 schools and colleges of the region has helped add another feather to her cap. An employee of South East Central Railway, Nagpur was honoured by MVLA Global ..

Dr Agrawal urges not to over stress while exercising

CITY’S noted Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist Dr Kevin Agrawal urged fitness freaks not to over stress while exercising and to avoid trying new fancy exercises. Dr Agrawal was speaking during a webinar ‘Keeping Fit At Home In This Pandemic’ organised by Nagpur Runners And Riders (NRR) recently. Around 100 fitness enthusiasts from across the country attended the seminar which went on for nearly two hours. Dr Kevin spoke about different forms of exercises and simple tips on home exercises starting ..

Shooting sports has an array of health benefits, says trainer Naidu

TALKING on shooting, Clifford Leo Naidu listed various health benefits of learning air rifle and air pistol sports. Naidu, Sports Trainer (Air Rifle and Air Pistol) at Ace Sports Academy and also a Physical Education Teacher (PET) at Mahatma Gandhi Centennial High School, Nagpur was addressing the participants during online seminar on ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of sportspersons’. The series of seminars is being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha ..

Tennikoit popular in Germany, SA, Brazil and sub-continent: Wasnik

BASICALLY a recreation sport, tennikoit is played in fourteen countries and is quite popular in Germany, South Africa, Brazil and sub-continental countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, said Anand Wasnik during a webinar. In the 28th session of seminar ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Sportspersons’, Wasnik, International Referee of Tennikoit and Ex-Member of Maharashtra Tennikoit Association, was the guest speaker. The series of seminars is being ..

Nihar, Pragati, Priyanka John bag golds

NIHAR, Pragati, Priyanka John, Domla, Pratibha, Nisha, Anjali, Vedanti, Madhuri, Preeti, Akanksha Thakur, Tasring, Anshu, Zeon and Onisengkom won gold medals in the 15th Maharashtra Sports Aerobics, Fitness and Hiptop Championship that concluded the other day. All the gold medal winning players are students of Shri Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM) and they did their institution proud by winning a bagful of medals in the competition that was held at Shri Rashtrasant Janardhan Ashram, Tapovan Panchwati ..

Boxing is a novel art of self-defence: Dr Tiwari

“The sport of boxing is not only a pugilism or exchange of blows but it’s a novel art of self-defence. It is a played inside the ring with controlled aggression and with unique set of rules and regulations worldwide,” said Dr Rakesh Tiwari, Secretary General, Maharashtra Boxing Association (MBA). Dr Tiwari was speaking during the 27th Online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of Students organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Kyoshi Harish B Choube, ..

Sonali wants rocball to rock in the region

A COMPARATIVELY young sport rocball, a derivative of volleyball that also has goalposts at two sides like soccer, is slowly but surely getting foothold in India. The sport is getting popular in many Asian countries and Delhi is becoming epicentre of development of the game in India. Any volleyball court can be converted into a rocball field by placing two goalposts at two sides. Rocball Federation of India was founded in Delhi in 2014 while Rocball Amateur Association of Maharashtra was established ..

Vovinam provides efficient way of self- defence, says Dr Sahai

VOVINAM, a form of martial art, is practiced with and without weapons which provides an efficient way of self- defence, said Dr Vishnu Sahai, Technical Chairman and Founder President, Vovinam Association of India and Vice-President of World Vovinam Federation and Asian Beach Games Referee 2016. Dr Sahai was speaking during the Online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of students organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) and hosted by Kyoshi Harish B ..

Chess fraternity shocked by Panbude’s untimely death

A WELL-KNOWN chess coach of central India, Nagpur’s Umesh Panbude, passed away on Tuesday morning after fighting a battle with COVID-19. Panbude, 47, was the first coach of Nagpur’s only Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani and also coached Vidarbha’s first GM Swapnil Dhopade. He was also an outstanding former chess player. Panbude, a FIDE Arbiter, was admitted at a city hospital where he succumbed to the dreaded virus. He is survived by his wife, 18-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and father. An ever-smiling ..

NRR fetes Samarth, Choukse

NAGPUR Runners And Riders (NRR) recently felicitated city's two bravehearts who excelled in their respective fields. Cyclist Dr Amit Samarth and runner Atul Choukse both completed arduous tasks to etch their names in history books. Dr Samarth cycled 6000 kms across India on the Golden Quadrilateral to create a new world record and break the existing one by 38 hours. Similarly, Choukse ran 1551kms across the Thar Desert, starting from Kutch, Gujarat till Bathinda, Punjab, pulling a cart weighing 160 ..

SAI courses immensely helpful: Experts

SPORTS Authority of India’s (SAI) Academic Wing Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) will be conducting six-week certificate courses in sports coaching under mass sports participation programme from June 21. The coaching programme covers as many as 24 different sports disciplines and city experts in their respective fields, urged PTIs, young coaches and even students to go for the short courses as those are immensely helpful. Following are the sports disciplines for both men and women, ..

Hirpurkar, Ujjainkar win gold medals in Asian athletics meet

THE quartet of Om Sanjay Hirpurkar, Virendra Ramaji Ujjainkar, Priyanka Pawar and Varsha Kanpure all won gold medals in their respective events in the Pacific Asian Athletic Championship that was held in Nepal recently. All the players are members of Athletic Club run by Shri Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM). Hirpurkar and Ujjainkar won their respective 100m and 400m races to bag the gold. Priyanka, a first year BPEd student, won the yellow metal in the blue riband 100m race for women...

Ashtedu is one of the most systematic and scientific sports: Talmale

ASHTEDU is a refined name of Indian traditional cultural yogic martial arts sport ‘Akhada’. It is a cultural sports science and physical educational form. It is one of the most systematic and scientific sports, said Mahaguru Rajesh Talmale, Technical Chairman, ITF Tang Soo Do, Sports Federation of India, Black Belt 7th Dan. Talmale was speaking during the Online Karate and Sports Seminar for physical and Spiritual Development of students. The seminar was organised by Karate Budokan International. ..

VNIT inaugurates chess club

VNIT Nagpur inaugurated its Chess Club in the presence of Director Dr PM Padole, Deans, faculties, students and alumni of the institution. The inauguration was held online where renowned chess personalities from Nagpur like International Master Anup Deshmukh and others attended the event. Well-acclaimed chess coach of India Grandmaster RB Ramesh was the chief guest who attended the function online. In his speech, GM Ramesh emphasised the need for hard work. In his address to youth he said “choosing ..

Yadav receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

City’s India pacer Umesh Yadav on Saturday received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. “Vaccination done. A big thank you to all our health care workers and I urge everyone to get vaccinated when you get the opportunity,” Umesh said in a tweet. Yadav has been named in India’s squad for the upcoming final of the World Test Championship (WTC) and the five-match Test series against England. A BCCI official said that it will need some more time before a clear picture can be drawn regarding the vaccination ..

Vaccination boosts immunity: Dr Agrawal

BUSTING the myths that vaccination brings weakness and fever, Sports Physiotherapist Dr Kevin Agrawal said that vaccination, in fact, boosts immunity and is beneficial for players. Dr Agrawal was speaking on a webinar hosted by Sports and Physical Education Department of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) titled ‘Krida Samvad’ urging players to take the jab. Addressing participants on the online platform, Dr Agrawal said, “Weakness associated with vaccination and the subsequent ..

Tang soo do, Korean version of karate

TANG soo do could be best described as a Korean version of karate. It is a striking style of martial arts in that practitioners utilise hand strikes, kicks and blocks to defend themselves, said Master Devender Dutt Gaur, Technical Chairman ITF Tang Soo Do Sports Federation of India, Black Belt 7th Dan during an online event. Gaur talked in depth about the sport not very common in India in a seminar ‘Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development.’ The series of seminars is being ..

Karateka Anjali shines in international tourney

ANJALI Bharatwal, a promising karateka of Centre Point School, Katol Road has been consistently participating in the kata tournaments and winning accolades. In the International Online Kata Tournament held recently, Anjali secured the runner-up position in the Under-11 kata event in which her score was 4 out of 5. The prestigious tournament, organised by SFA (Sports For All), was exclusively for participants from India, UAE, Muscat, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The tournament was conducted by Delhi ..