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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona no more

DIEGO Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60. The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter. ..

Mungantiwar provides 138 sanitiser machines

Former Finance Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar provided automatic sanitiser machines in several public places to give a boost to step taken to contain Corona outbreak. Nearly 138 automatic sanitiser machines have been installed at various places in district including Ballarpur Assembly constituency. A few prominent places where t..

City youths run 100 kms with Indian Flag

THREE city youths ran 100 kms with Indian Tricolour in and around the city on Sunday. Advocate Ashish Agrawal, Sudesh Zamwar and Sandeep Maheshwari did the city proud by completing the run which was organised by Bhatinda Runners and Map Studio with a moto of Run for One Nation and One Flag. Over 174 runners from all over the country participated in this run held virtually. They all ran in their own cities, towns. According to a press release, Sudesh, a recreational runner and member of Orange City ..

Bajaj wins first U-15 online blitz crown

Dishank Sachin Bajaj clinched the first Shanta A Walokar Memorial Under-15 Online Blitz Chess Competition that was organised by Power Chess Academy. The tournament was dominated by Nagpur players as they claimed the top four positions with five finding a place in top nine. The best girls section was swept away by city lasses as they claimed all six spots up for grabs. Bajaj emerged champion on better tiebreaker score as he and Nilay Kulkarni both ended up with 7.5 points from nine rounds. Bajaj garnered ..

‘School inspection squads need to undergo Covid-19 tests’

Amravati, Prakash Kalbande, Vidarbha Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh candidate for Amravati Division Teachers' Constituency election presented a memorandum to Piyush Singh, Divisional Commissioner demanding to make it compulsory for officers and employees from Inspection squads which inspected the schools to undergo Covid-19 tests. The demand, made on the backdrop of Covid-19 tests, has been made compulsory for all the teachers and non-teaching staffers from..

Sachin, Rakhi emerge Strong Man, and Strong Woman of Nagpur

SACHIN Thakre and Rakhi Wankhede emerged Strong Man and Strong Woman of Nagpur during the district level senior masters powerlifting and benchpress competitions held on Sunday at Sadar Park. The competitions-cum-selection trial was organised by Nagpur District Powerlifting Association in tandem with Paramount Gym. While Thakre garnered 381.6 points with a lift of 530 kgs to emerge winner in the men's category, Rakhi collected 286.33 points with a lift of 265 kgs to be declared winner in women's section. ..

Walokar memorial Under-15 chess competition today

POWER Chess Academy will be conducting Under-15 Online Shanta A Walokar Memorial Online Blitz Chess Tournament. The tournament, which will be held on Wednesday from 3.30 pm, will be only for players from Vidarbha. This will be fifth Vidarbha level tournament to be organised by Power Chesss Academy after the organisation successfully conducted open online meets...

SECRSA pays tribute to former footballer Rao

SPORTS fraternity of South East Central Railways Sports Association (SECRSA) paid glowing tributes to PJ Rao, a retired Loco Inspector/Diesel Shed, Motibag who was also an outstanding football player of yesteryears. Rao passed away at Chennai last Saturday. He was 85. After hanging his boots he was very much associated with the erstwhile SERSA and served as Joint Secretary. He contributed a lot for the development of SECRSA Stadium...

VIDARBHA CLINCH A CLIFFHANGER

THE one match that brought Vidarbha cricketers’ characterto the fore in 2017-18 season was their semi-final clash against multiple-time Ranji TrophychampionsKarnataka that went down to the wire. Looking down and out at one stage against a formida..

City loses braveheart of hockey

MORNING Sat Vidarbha Hockey Association ground off Amravati Road won’t be same again. The Sun would rise as usual but the morning rays will miss kissing the ‘Son of Soil’ GurumurthyPillayonthe‘field’. Guru Anna, as he was fondly called in hockey circles all over the country, peacefully left for heavenly abode on early Monday morning at a city hospital. It was ‘final whistle’ for Guru Anna at the ripe age of 83. The Almighty ‘blew the final hooter’ for the ‘Braveheart of Vidarbha’. Guru Anna lived ..

Back to where they belong

After being confined to their homes for several months due to coronavirus imposed lockdown, Vidarbha cricketers are back on their most cherished field, the Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Civil Lines Stadium. The players were immediately on their toes doing fitness drills and other exercises after civic authorities permitted the association to carry ..

BJP pays tributes to Birsa Munda

CHANDRAPUR, Chandrapur City unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) paid rich tributes to Birsa Munda on the occasion of his birth anniversary, recently. The programme was held at Shaheed Smarak in District Central Jail as well as at ST Workshop Square in the city. BJP City President Dr Mangesh Gulwade, General Secretary Rajendra Gandhi, Subhash Kasangottuwar, Ravindra Gurnule, Corporator Shila Chavan, Jyoti Gedam, Chandrakala Soyam, Sheetal Kulmethe, Maya Uike, Vice President, Ganesh Gedam, Ramkumar ..

Yashwant Stadium craves for maintenance

Eventhough Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on giving importance to sports and fitness for a healthy India, those associated with the sports and fitness and its development in the country, and Nagpur in particular, seem least bothered. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has several stadiums under its control but the civic authority has ignored maintenance of those stadiums - open as well as indoor. The coronavirus pandemic-imposed lockdown since March also played its role in worsening ..

DCFC lift 5-a-side futsal title

DCFC, Sadar blanked SS Air Condition, Kamptee by four goals to nil to clinch the five-a-side futsal tournament organised by Krida Vikas Sanstha at its Bokhara Astro turf pitch the other day. The tournament was organised by Slum Soccer to change the gloomy atmosphere of negativity created due to COVID-19 pandemic and create a new zeal and enthusiasm among youngsters...

YK GoI’s yoga players excel

YOGA players of YK Group of Institute excelled in the recently concluded district level live online yoga competition. The competition was organised by Amateur Yoga Association Katol-Nagpur under the aegis of Maharashtra Yoga Association. A team was selected during this competition which will take part in the 39th State level yoga competition representing Nagpur...

A big positive for Vidarbha As many as 80 players and support staff test negative; training begins tomorrow at Civil Lines

IT WAS a big sigh of relief for Vidarbha Cricket Association as all of its player tested negative for the dreaded coronavirus. The tests were conducted on Tuesday and VCA received the reports on Wednesday. Apart from the players, the entire support staff also tested negative. Confirming the development, VCA CEO Farokh Dastoor told ‘The Hitavada’, “None of our players has been tested positive. In fact, all the 80 players and support staff members, who would be engaged in training and under went the ..

Minister Kedar felicitates Chandurkar

MAHARASHTRA Cabinet Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Youth Welfare & Sports Sunil Kedar felicitated Vishal Chandurkar assistant coach of Aqua Sports Club for his contribution in the field of swimming. Kedar congratulated Chandurkar for becoming the youngest and first swimming coach from Nagpur for accomplishing the ASCA Level-5 Certification Course in swimming coaching at international level and gave him best wishes for his future endeavours...

Vidarbha players undergo Covid tests, training to commence soon

FINALLY some good news for Vidarbha cricketers. They are likely to hit the nets pretty soon. Vidarbha players have undergone Covid tests on Tuesday. The results will be out by Wednesday and Vidarbha Cricket Association is likely to start camps for various age groups very soon. Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has obtained written permission from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation for the same, informs a press release. It states that the training will be conducted in three parts —batting training at ..

Shiva clinches first Vid-level online chess title, eighth overall

IT’S Shiva again! Shiva Iyer, the upcoming chess player of the city has been in striking form since last three months. Shiva stamped his authority on the online chess tournaments being conducted under the banner of Nagpur District Chess Association and Power Chess Academy. Continuing his rich form, Shiva annexed another online title, his first Vidarbha level on Sunday. Missing the earlier two tournaments organised by Power Chess Academy as he was busy with other online competitions, Shiva, making ..

Vidarbha make it to maiden semis

BY VIRTUE of their top position in Group D, Vidarbha were drawn with Group B’s second best team Kerala in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals in 2017-18 season. With four-outright wins, Vidarbha were the only unbeaten team in the group and topped the league phase with 31 points much ahead of the second-placed Bengal (23 points). Though Kerala registered five wins in their group, they also lost one game and had collected identical points like Vidarbha. With the culture of neutral venues in place for the ..

‘Spectators are charm of the match’

AS AN umpire, life becomes quite easy out there in the middle if one is officiating on field with no spectators. There are chances that one may miss sound of a faint edge or ‘click’ that is produced when a bat is much closer to pads when the crowd is roaring, more so in the shortest format of the game where there is non-stop cheering. But Vidarbha’s umpire Ulhas Gandhe, who just returned after end of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), after having his life in bio-bubble for close to ..

Chavan memorial open blitz chess meet tomorrow

KISANRAO Chavan Memorial Open Blitz Chess Championship organised by Power Chess Academy will be held on November 15, informs IA Deepak Chavan through a press release.The one-day tournament, that will be the third Vidarbha-level event by PCA will be conducted on lichess.org platform for chess players of Vidarbha region only at 3.30 pm. The tournament is organised in memory of Kisanrao Chavan and is sponsored by his son Sureshrao Chavan. Total prizes money of the tournament is Rs 3000. Time control ..

ADBA gets warm response

THOUGH some youngsters and their parents are sceptical about joining badminton training, Ajay Dayal Badminton Academy, run by ex-international player and current junior India team coach Ajay Dayal is getting a warm response. The main reason is Dayal, who is among city’s reputed badminton coaches, was always in touch with his wards...

Football Lovers clinch futsal title

FOOTBALL Lovers showed great skills and team effort to clinch the five-a-side futsal tournament organised by Nobel Sports Academy at Dattawadi, the other day. The tournament was played every weekend for past two month. In the final, Football Lovers defeated Real Madrid Fans 6-3 to clinch the title. Rohit Chaturvedi scored a hat-trick while Rakesh Tiwari bulged the net twice in Football Lovers’ handsome win. Shyam Gunjal scored one goal...

City shuttlers, coaches happy to be back on court

THE long wait is finally over for city shuttlers and the coaches. They were all happy to be at the place they all love...the badminton courts. State government and local administration had recently announced that many sporting activities including indoor badminton may start from Monday by adhering to certain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Amateur and professional players and coaches wasted no time and were back to training from M..

Visitors violating serenity of Junona Lake

CHANDRAPUR, The historic Junona Lake located on the outskirts of Chandrapur city is yearning for attention. People visited the lake have turned it into a dumping ground and the place that is supposed to have lush green vegetation and serene waters instead has used bottles and wrappers and decomposing eatables all over the place...

Rohit leads Mumbai Indians to fifth IPL title MI beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wkts

A PEERLESS Rohit Sharma led defending champions Mumbai Indians to an unparalleled fifth IPL title here on Tuesday, dismantling Delhi Capitals in the summit clash with his famously elegant batting and tactical shrewdness. If last year’s one-run win over Chennai Super Kings was an absolute cliff-hanger, Rohit’s aristocratic 68 off 51 balls made it an anti-climax with Mumbai Indians chasing the target of 157 in 18.4 overs. “We know it’s a difficult time, everyone is stuck at home...

Vidarbha blow bugle in Punjab

IN NINE matches the eventual champions played that season, Vidarbha recorded as many as seven outright wins starting with a thumping win over Punjab in their own den in the tournament opener. The foundation of Vidarbha’s maiden Ranji Trophy triumph was laid with the first match itself in their Group D league encounter played at Punjab Cricke..

Constable Dhurve makes it to India Book of Records

CITY Police’s Head Constable and noted international long distance swimmer Sukhadeo Dhurve has made it to the India Book of Records. Dhurve, along with wife Vaishali, son Sarthak and daughter Tanvi had completed a family relay swimming in the Arabian Sea. The family, in a relay, attempted to cover the distance from Elephanta to Gateway of India in Mumbai...

Tarare on Istanbul Run leaderboard

LONG distance runner Ravindra Tarare brought laurels to Nagpur by making a finish on leaderboard by finishing fourth in the 26 Virtual Istanbul Run on Sunday. Tarare completed the 10km distance in 00:55:45 hours and secured 4th rank world wide in 60-64 age group category in the international virtual running event. Over 10000 athletes from 149 countries took part in the event...

Shiva on a roll

SHIVA Iyer is hardly making any wrong moves on the 64-square board these days. The talented player pocketed yet another title emerging champion in the 15th edition of NDCA’s OLBCT. The event was conducted through the platform of lichess.org...

Mungantiwar seeks aid for paddy cultivators

CHANDRAPUR, Former Finance Minister of Maharashtra Sudhir Mungantiwar has expressed his concerns over the large-scale damage to crops due to pest attack across the district. He forwarded a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and demanded to provide immediate relief to the farmers. ..

Dr Vartika holds workshop on success mantra for students

DEPARTMENT of Physical Education and Sports, Shri Binzani City College, Umrer Road and SK Porwal College, Kamptee had jointly organised a one week online workshop for their students. Dr Vartika Parihar Patil, MBBS, MD was resource person on the concluding day and talked on success mantra for students. Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Department of Sports and Physical Education, RTM Nagpur University, was the chief guest. In her address, Dr..

Nete tells youth to start industry, become self-reliant

GADCHIROLI Chimur Lok Sabha MP Ashok Nete has called upon youths to start their own industries and become self-reliant. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Hotel Management Training Centre at Dhanora jointly organised by Rural Citizen Development Sanstha, Dhanora, with the support of Kaushal Vikas Shikshan Mandal, Mumbai, and Dhanashree Multipurp- ose Serv..

Divyang players submit memorandum regarding neglect towards them

CITY’S divyang players and office-bearers of Maharashtra Cricket Association for Disabled submitted a memorandum regarding neglect towards them to the District Sports Officer on Tuesday, informs a press release issued by secretary Sanjay Bhoskar. The team handed over memorandum to DSO Avinash Pund, who is also holding the additional charge of Deputy Director...

JDSYF-The Cyclists cycle rally gets good response

JD SPORTS Youth Foundation (JDSYF) and The Cyclists jointly organised cycle rally under the Fit India Movement recently. This ride was from RBI Square to Koradi Temple and back. The rally was flagged off by Dr Jaiprakash Duble, Former Joint Director, Sports and Youth Services Government of Maharashtra. International acclaimed cyclist Dr A..

Bhopal’s Bhagwan Singh undertakes bicycle journey from Srinagar to Kargil War Memorial

Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha from the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare has made Madhya Pradesh proud by completing a difficult adventurous bicycle journey of about 300 kilometers from Srinagar to Kargil War Memorial within three days. Bhagwan Singh, on Tuesday, met the Director Sports and Youth Welfare, Pawan Kumar Jain and apprised him of this adventurous journey...

Vidarbha’s Capital gains

MUCH before they tamed the team from National Capital to lift their maiden Ranji Trophy on first day of the year 2018, Vidarbha had thrashed Delhi by an innings inside three days at home. The likes of Indian stars Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were kept subdued as Vidarbha dominated a better part of their Ranji Trophy Group B league match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur in January 2015. When Delhi skipper G..

VCA celebrates 125th Birth Anniversary of Col CK Nayudu

VIDARBHA Cricket Association (VCA) celebrated the 125th Birth Anniversary of legendary cricketer and India’s first Test captain Col CK Nayudu on Saturday. In an impressive but simple function, all captains of VCA teams — men and women, garlanded the statue of Col Nayudu which is situated on the premises of VCA Stadium, Civil Lines, Nagpur...

Deodhagale wins MSV chess title

FIDE Arbiter (FA) Chetan Deodhagale clinched the Vidarbha-level MSV Memorial Open Blitz Chess Championship chess title on Sunday evening. Nagpur’s Deodhagale won the event accumulating eight points out of 9 rounds. He was followed by runner-up Jay Sawalakhe, also from Nagpur, with 7.5 points. Third position was secured by Dishank Bajaj with 7 points...

Sportspersons outshine others: Kiran

PLAYING at least one sport in life helps in overall personality development and sportspersons outshine others in society, observes Soma Kiran. Kiran, an Accounts Officer in Finance Department of Maharashtra State, was interacting with students in an ongoing online workshop that is a joint venture of Department of Physical Education and Sports, Shri Binzani City College, Umrer Road, and SK Porwal College, Kamptee. Making remarks during her pre..

Malvika out of SaarLorLux Open

RUSTY due to lack of match practise, Nagpur’s India Number 2 Malvika Bansod became an early casualty at the SaarLorLux Open Super 100 tournament under way at Saarbrucken in Germany. In her women’s singles opening round match played on Wednesday, Malvika lost to Kristin Kuuba of Estonia in straight games. The match lasted 34 minutes...

Workshop on stress management held

EFFECTIVE stress management plays a core role to lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life, feels Dr Sushama Chougule. Addressing students in the online workshop conducted jointly by Department of Physical Education and Sports, Shri Binzani City College, Umrer Road, and SK Porwal College, Kamptee, Dr Chougule said effective stress management plays a core role to lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life. She added that u..

Mountaineer Bhawna creates Guinness Record

Bhopal, Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehriya, who scaled Mount Everest in 2019, has entered the Guinness World Records by participating in various record events and promoting the Indian Himalayan Mountain range world-wide. She participated in an online event organised by Transcend Adventures and Snow Leopard Adventures (Both India) in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on August 15, 2020, along with thousands of other mountaineers from all over the world...

Dr Sarnaik holds motivational workshop on health and fitness

DEPARTMENT of Physical Education and Sports, Shri Binzani City College, Umrer Road and SK Porwal College, Kamptee have jointly organised a one week online workshop for students, that got under way with resource person Dr Roma Sarnaik. On the occasion, Dr Sujit Metre, Principal, Shri Binzani City College, motivated the students. Dr MB Bagade, Prin..

Sawalakhe clinches Vid-level title

YOUNG and talented Jay Neeraj Sawalakhe kept his slate clean to clinch the Online Blitz Chess Title, the other day. Nagpur’s Sawalakhe, a student of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Srikrishna Nagar, won all the nine boards to emerge clear winner of the tournament in which players from entire Vidarbha participated. Aahana Pachigar finished runner-up with eight points while Vedant Gulhane of Amravati secured third position with 6.5 points...

Mayor felicitates boxer Alfiya

NAGPUR Mayor Sandip Joshi recently felicitated city’s only international boxer Alfiya Pathan. The felicitation was series of such acknowledgements of city women carried out by the Mayor during Navratri celebrations. On Dussehra, Mayor Joshi and deputy Mayor Manisha Kothe felicitated Alfiya at her residence. Mayor Joshi congratulated Alfiya and wished her luck for future. “Alfiya is proud of our city, state and country. I wish her luck for her future endeavours,” Joshi said while praising..

Vidarbha pay for being slow

THERE are some queer rules in place in the glorious game of uncertainties. In longer format of the game where temperament levels of the players are to be tested and the teams are supposed to bat time, it seems no less than ridiculous that the outcome has to be decided on the (faster) scoring rate. For being a tad slow, Vidarbha lost their Ranji Trophy Plate League semi-final to Hyderabad at VCA Civil Lines ground in December 2011...

After Pench Safari, GM Sadhwani ‘devours’ another title

TAKING a break from his busy chess schedule (online though), Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani decided to unwind himself and went to explore the beauty of flora and fauna at Pench National Park last week. That ‘fantastic’ time spent in the jungle and even spotting a tiger, perhaps, reinvigorated Sadhwani’s desire to win more titles. Within a few days, the city’s on..

HVPM’s Tayde wins gold in yoga meet

HANUMAN Vyayam Prasarak Mandal run Degree College of Physical Education’s Rupesh Sanjayrao Tayde won gold medal in the recently held online yoga competition. Tayde, a student of MA (Yoga) final year, performed well among 1134 participants from Asia to win the Asian Yoga Championship. Due to COVID-19, the competition was organised online which was conducted by Five Star Welfare and Sports Club Punjab and was held under the aegis of Yoga Association of India and International Federation ..

NDBA writes to Mayor, NMC Commissioner for resumption of activities

WITH a few cities of the State permitting badminton activities, Nagpur District Badminton Association (NDBA) has requested Mayor and Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to let them begin the training and other activities which would be helpful for thousands of players as well as hundreds of coaches. Since the lockdown was imposed to break the chain of coronavirus in the country in March, sporting activities have come to a standstill. With Maharashtra Government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ several ..

Gadchiroli DCC takes up signature campaign

GADCHIROLI, A signature campaign was taken up recently by the District Congress Committee (DCC) against Central Government’s farm laws. The campaign was launched at the hands of Dr Namdeo Usendi, District Congress Committee President and Manohar Patil Poretti, Vice President of Zilla Parishad. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Usendi alleged, “..

‘Environmental imbalance needs urgent attention’

CHANDRAPUR, THE BALANCE of the environment has been disturbed due to man-made technological disasters. The spread of technology in the name of making life pleasant and luxurious is now posing a threat to life itself on the earth, lamented MLA Kishor Jorgewar urging people to take serious note of the situation. He emphasised on the need of planting trees and nurturing them and lauded efforts of environmentalist to save Mother Nature...

Artificial turf v’ball court complete

A FIRST-EVER artificial turf volleyball court has been constructed at New Manish Nagar. National-level volleyball player Nilesh Matte along with local residents of the area Kirti Dhopte and Gaurav Kale, took the initiative and constructed the well secured volleyball court. Corporator of the area Vishakha Mohod too came forward in helping the residents getting the green coloured court for the citizens...

‘Adventure was Ashok’s passion from childhood’

CITY’S renowned amputee mountaineer and an adventure enthusiast Ashok Munne got motivation after watching an interview of a Pune girl Krushnaa Patil, who at the age of 19 became the youngest Indian to successfully ascend Mount Everest. He was watching TV at Sanjeevani Hospital where he under went third surgery on right leg. At that time Ashok’s parents, who came from a very humble agricultural background, were also in a helpless situation ..

Sports Minister Kedar fetes athlete Manasvi

ACKNOWLEDGING the silver medal winning effort by Manasvi Jamjare, Minister for Sports and Youth Services Sunil Kedar felicitated her with a reward of Rs 50,000. The simple ceremony was held at Shetkari Bhavan recently. Deputy Director of Sports, Nagpur Division Avinash Pund was also present on the occasion. Manasvi, a student of Krida Prabodhini, Pune, won silver medal in the recently concluded National-Level Athletic Fitness Championship...

‘Coaches should get educated regarding sports injuries and their basic treatment’

INDIAN Friends Football Club (IFFC), Chankapur, recently organised a webinar on minimising injuries in sports and its prevention. Ronnie Chatterjee, BCCI appointed Physio for North East State cricketers was the resource person. Chatterjee also works as Head, Physio, IDCPE’s Advance Studio for Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Care during off season...

Dr Jain bags yoga gold

CITY’S famous veteran athlete Dr Rajshree Jain added one more feather to her cap by excelling in yogasana championship. Dr Jain, who participated in the national-level Online Yogasana Championship organised by Indian Yoga and Martial Arts Sc..

Women vulnerable to crime in State, claims Kancharlawar

Women activists of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged Aakrosh agitation the other day to condemn the rising incidents of crimes against women in Maharashtra. Hundreds of women led by Mayor Rakhi Kancharlawar, Zilla Parishad President Sandhya Gurnule, State BJP Vice-President Vanita Kandade and City President Dr Mangesh Gulwade led the agitation at Dis..

MLA Tumane is MSATA President

MLA Krupal Tumane has been appointed as the President of Maharashtra State Amateur Throwball Association. The post of president of MSATA was vacant after the shocking demise of Arif Khan. Tumane was unanimously appointed as the chief by other committee members. The announcement of Tumane’s appointment was done by secretar..

Vidarbha’s ‘professional’ triumph

MANY a time, scoreboard and end result do not present the real picture. What looks to be an easy victory, turns out to be a hard-earned win. The physical pain endured by players while achieving glory too, is, not reflected on the sheet. Vidarbha’s two of the three professional players (all former India players), in their first ever season for the adopted side, displayed “true professionalism” to guide the team to an exciting three-wicket win in a ..

Rehabilitate homeless based near Yashwant Stadium: Shop owners

Shop owners based in Yashwant Stadium located at Dhantoli in the city have raised voice against many homeless who are occupying space in the area. Highlighting that the homeless spend most of their time in the sheds in front of the shops, the shop owners said it has been posing a big threat to the health of the traders and visiting customers. The shop owners, under the banner of Yashwant Stadium Entrepreneurs Association, Nagpur, have also brought the issue to the notice of the Nagpur Municipal Commissione..

VARA to hold Full Moon Adventure Ride on 31st

THE Vidarbha Automotive Racing Association (VARA) will be organising VARA Wild Escape – Full Moon Adventure Rides & Drives on October 31, 2020. The to and fro distance will be approximately 300 kms with intervals at places of interest, informs a press release. Entry to this adventure ride is open for all and for all makes and models of cars and bikes. The ride will start at 8 pm on Saturday, October 31 and riders will have to return back on Sunday early morning...

Sawalakhe powers to first Vidarbha-level OLBCT title

CITY’S Jay Sawalakhe stamped his authority among over 100 participants to clinch the 1st Vidarbha-level Online Blitz Chess Competition. The competition was organised by Power Chess Academy in association with Nagpur District Chess Association through lichess.org platform. Sawalakhe garnered 7.5 points out of possible eight to claim the title on better tie-break quotient ..

Residents fume over poor state of roads

Gadchiroli, Roads in Gadchiroli city are giving commuters a hard time as they are full of potholes and slush and to add to it, cattle can be seen resting on the roads across town. The problem of stray cattle sitting in the middle of the roads and making the already difficult ride even more difficult is making residents anxious. Many of them have lodged complaints with the Municipal authorities on several occasions in the past, but in vain. The rain water filled in potholes is also causing mosqui..

COVID Warriors ASHA workers feted

CHANDRAPUR, CORONA Warriors ASHA workers were felicitated on behalf of MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar in a programme held at Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Library, the other day for their dedicated work in tackling crises. The programme was organised under joint aegis of Shri Mata Kanyaka Seva Sanstha and MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar. Mayor Rakhi Kancharlawar informed that ASHA workers are playing an important role in crisis of Corona and they must get their due for the hard work...

Webinar on physical education, sports and its importance held

A WEBINAR on sports, physical education and its importance was organised by Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (VNGIASS) recently. The students were taught about sports and physical education, its importance and scope. Dr Indrajit Basu, Assistant Professor, SK Porwal College, Kamptee was the resource person...

CPS’ Sarah bags gold in Sqay

SARAH Farooqui, a student of Class 12 of Centre Point School, Katol Road brought laurels in the recently held Sqay competition. Sarah, with her agility and dexterity, bagged gold medal in the Senior Girls K1 category in the 1st Online International Sqay Artistic Championship held in August. The event was organised by International Council of Sqay and participants from India, Peru, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Iran took part in the competition...

City coaches welcome SFI’s decision to defer national events

THE Swimming Federation of India (SFI) recently ruled out the possibility of holding any competitive event in the country unless swimming pools are reopened for training in all the states. The restriction on conducting various sporting activities including swimming pools were in place since March 24 following the coronavirus-induced break. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had announced the reopening of pools used for training of sports persons across the country from October 15. But the SFI had ..

23 wins in 3 hours GM Sadhwani records another podium finish at world level

AT AN age when teenagers find it difficult to sit idle at one place for even a few minutes, Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani, all of 14 years, carved out stupendous performance in three hours in the online chess at international level. In yet another amazing performance, Nagpur’s only Grandmaster Sadhwani, finished second best in the Arena 960 blitz online chess tournament which was held on lichess.org platform. Starting with a loss and some inconsistent ..

Hockey GK Chikte applies for KIC at his sports academy

INDIA goalkeeper Akash Chikte is planning to promote and develop hockey culture in his native Yavatmal district. Born and brought up in Lohara Village of Yavatmal, Chikte, who has started an academy “Akash Chikte Sports Academy” a few years ago, has applied for the Khelo India Hockey Centre at his academy. The decision to apply for government-backed Khelo India Centre grant will further boost the promotion of the game in Yavatmal. In the month of June, the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports decided ..

Kumbhalkar is FIDE Arbiter

CITY’S Senior National Arbiter Swati Kumbhalkar has cleared the FIDE Arbiter exam recently. The 86th internet-based FIDE Arbiter seminar and examination was organised by African Chess Federation and FIDE from September 14-18. Total 20 arbiters representing seven different countries including India attended the seminar and examination...

Joginder all the way!

HARYANA all-rounder Joginder Sharma, who played four ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals for India and made a name for himself by bowling India to victory in the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007, recorded his best First-Class bowling figures against Vidarbha in 2004. Joginder’s figures of 8-24 and 6-92, coupled with first innings top score of 30 and another 28 in the second innings earned Haryana a 41-run win over Vid..

Shiva unstoppable Wins fourth blitz title

SHIVA Iyer seems to be unstoppable. Continuing from where he left in the last edition, the 18-year-old annexed another blitz title to take his tally to four in the Nagpur District Chess Association organised Online Blitz Chess Competition...

Karate coach Zakir conducts webinar on self defence for girls

A WEBINAR on self defence for girls was organised by karate coach Dr Zakir Khan, the other day. Zakir Khan, who is Central India Asian Karate Federation’s Judge and also President of Karate-Do Association of Nagpur District (KAND), conducted the webinar through Zoom meeting platform. The webinar was conducted in association with Dr Shraddha Anilkumar, Principal and Dr Meena Narad, Head of the Department, Physical Education, Dayanand Arya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Jaripatka and under the guidance of Dr ..

Nagdawane awarded black belt

SUMIT Nagdawane became first player from the city to earn black belt in yongmudo martial arts. The International Yongmudo Martial Arts Federation, South Korea conducted the online gradation exams recently. Chief Master of International Yongmudo Federation Mitul Kang, Master Hain Tai Kwan, President of Indian Yongmudo Master Rohit Nark..

Suveer clinches bronze in sqay meet

Suveer, a promising karateka of Class 5 of Centre Point School, Katol Road, won a bronze medal in the Aero Sqay Individual Artistic Music as part of the Online National Sqay Championship. The event was organised by Sqay Federation of India in which schools from 24 States participated. Suveer participated in the U-11 age category and was the second runner-up. Principal Shiplee Ganguly, sports department, staff and students lauded Suveer’s success...

Webinar on yoga and its importance held

  VASANTRAO Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Science recently organised a webinar on yoga and its importance for students. Dr Meena Balpande , HOD, Physical Education, Dayanand Arya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, guided students. Dr Balpande highlighted the importance of yoga in students life with its type, form, niyama and also on the importance of meditation. Dr Sunetra Maharaj Patil, Director of the Institution, made the introductory remark and appreciate the activities conducted ..

MBA requests Kedar for resumption of badminton activities in State

IN ANOTHER attempt to convince the State authorities and decision makers to let them start badminton activities, Maharashtra Badminton Association officials met Maharashtra State Sports Minister Sunil Kedar at his residence in Nagpur and handed over a letter requesting him to help the players as well as coaches. MBA President Arun Lakhani and secretary (tournaments) Mangesh Kashikar met Kedar and put forward the problems players as well as coaches are facing since last seven months in the State. ..

GM Dhopade to give online training to beginners

  By Paritosh PramanikENCOURAGED by the huge success to his online chess course, head coach of Chess Pathshala Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade has decided to move a step further and train budding chess players around the world. The first Grandmaster of Vidarbha Dhopade has decided to introduce a course exclusively for the beginners.Earlier this year Dhopade, who has created many a chess champions, had planned to start chess academies at Amravati, Yavatmal and Wani. But due to COVID-19 pandemic ..

NDCA online blitz chess on Sunday

AFTER a week’s break, Nagpur District Chess Association (NDCA) will be organising online blitz chess competition on Sunday, October 11. This will be the 14th edition of the tournament which started during the lockdown period in the month of May. The competition will be played through the platform of lichess.org. Players of Nagpur district only will be eligible to participate in the competition which carries a total prize money of Rs 3000...

Duble stresses on need of awareness programmes for dope free sports

FORMER Joint Director, Sports and Youth Services, Government of Maharashtra Dr Jaiprakash Duble stressed on need of awareness programmes for dope free sports in India. Dr Duble was speaking during a webinar jointly organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Services, District Sports Office, Akola and JD Sports Foundation on the subject of ‘Doping Control in Sports’. Speaking up his mind, Dr Duble, who is also President of JD Sports Foundation, said, “State and Central Go..

Chahal to sport Bhopal’s Dr Nayak’s name on jersey during IPL

Many health professionals faced tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic and a doctor from Bhopal, who lived in his car for preventing passing on virus to his family, was hailed by Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Yazuvendra Chahal on social media. Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and leg break bowler Yazuvendra Chahal took to the social media to appreciate the efforts of Dr Sachin Nayak, who steeped out to safeguard the health of those affected...

GOING FOR A HOOP

Young cagers honing their shooting and dribbling skills at Surendra Nagar’s basketball courts. Sporting activities have been permitted for outdoor sports following SOPs including physical distancing and sanitation measures. All sports activities were stopped since March when the nation went into complete lockdown. Basketball is considere..

Webinar on ‘Physical Activity and Health post COVID-19’ held

VASANTRAO Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (VNGIASS) recently organised a webinar on ‘Physical Activity and Health’. The webinar was in continuation of the sports series lectures organised by the Department of Physical Education and Sports. Dr Roma Sarnaik, a certified specialist in the branch of Lifestyle Medicine concerned with Healthy Lifestyle Behaviour Changes and Sustainable Lifestyle, was the resource person...

National player Shreya organises blood, plasma donation camp

SPORTSPERSONS of the city are also taking part in social and humanitarian services during these tough times. The initiative of plasma and blood donation camp was taken by a national-level basketball player of the city Shreya Dandekar. Leo Orchid Club, that is led by Shreya as its president, under the aegis of Lions Club of Nagpur Medicos organised the camp in association with Lifeline Blood Bank at the Hanuman Mandir Hall, Shrikrishna Nagar re..

BJP activists flay rising cases of women’s harassment in State

AMRAVATI City women’s wing of the Bhartiya Janata Party protested against increasing incidents of harassment against women in the State during regimes of Mahavikas Aghadi. The protest was staged at Rajkamal Chowk under the leadership of Kiran Paturkar, Amravati City President of BJP. According to protesters, the issue of..

All after 36 long years Vidarbha thump Madhya Pradesh by 7 wkts

THERE are some spells by bowlers and some knocks by batsmen that do not seem significant when you look at the scorecard some years later. But when one goes back in time to relive those moments then one realises the importance of those little (or substantial) contributions that changed complexion of the game. One such spell by skipper Pritam Gandhe and a defiant knock by a young opener Faiz Fazal gave Vidarbha a memorable win. The game was Vidarbha versus Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy Plate League Group ..

Jay clinches Chess960 title

YOUNG and upcoming Jay Sawalakhe stunned a couple of better rated player to triumph in the Chess960 Format Tournament organised by Power Chess Academy. The first edition of the Chess960 OLBCT was conducted through the platform of lichess.org. Sawalakhe remained the only player to score eight points from as many matches...

Handball players start fitness, stamina building

SEVEN months after coronovirus induced lockdown, sporting activities seems to be returning back on the track, though not in full flow. Sportspersons have started fitness training and stamina building to bring themselves back in shape and keep them competition ready. Though there is no green signal to actual competition with State government permitting outdoor activities with restricted numbers, sportspersons are making use of whatever opportunity they are getting...

MHA decision to reopen pools gets thumbs up from coaches

PROMINENT swimming coaches of the city welcomed Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Government of India’s decision to reopen swimming pools across the country from October 15. But most of them were sceptical whether Maharashtra government will follow suit since they have banned the water sport activities till October 31. ‘The Hitavada’ talked to a host of top coaches of Nagpur to get their views on the recent development. “Central Government granting permission to start swimming pools for top level swimmers ..

NSA training young athletes

YOUNG athletes of Wadi and Dabha area are training regularly to keep themselves fit for future competitions and job opportunities. With the lockdown imposed since March, athletes and sportspersons were unable to do their regular practice. But since the government permitted to start outdoor activities, athletes at Noble Sports Academy (NSA) at Wadi are getting ready for the competitions ahead. “The athletes are trained by Jasbir Singh...

MHA announces reopening of swimming pools from Oct 15

IN WHAT might be a good news to the swimming fraternity, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in its latest order on Wednesday, announced reopening of pools across the country from October 15. However, it remains to be seen whether Maharashtra Government and the local authority — the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, also allow the swimming pools to become functional with fear of dreaded coronavirus still looming large...

Raise age limit for jobs by one year, says former minister Mungantiwar

Former Finance Minister and MLA from Ballarpur Sudhir Mungantiwar has demanded to raise the age limit by one year for the entry into government service so that the unemployed people get fair treatment and their future should not be jeopardised due to prevailing pandemic. He argued that country is battling the global epidemic of Covid-19 for the last six months. Schools and colleges are closed. The Finance Department of the State Government has given clear instructions not to recruit any government ..

Vidarbha Karate Association wants sports activities to resume soon

TO KEEP public and students in particular healthy, the Vidarbha Karate Association wants sports activities to start soon. After the lockdown there were some concessions in holding of certain sports events. But no indoor activity is still permitted and there is also restriction on number of participants. Vidarbha Karate Association, Nagpur organised a small programme at Swami Vivekanand Smarak, Ambazari recently urging the authorities to let more sports activities start...

A Chase Two Short

THERE were just two successful run chases in excess of 350 runs in the history of Ranji Trophy till then. A charged up Vidarbha could well have become the third team but their spirited challenge ended when they lost the match by just two runs. The hosts, chasing 353 for a win, were all out for 350 going down on penultimate ball of the match...

Sadhwani’s Armenia Eagles win Chess Pro League crown

IT WAS well past Sunday midnight. Citizens had resigned to their cosy beds after enjoying the high-voltage run-fest in the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. However, there was one Nagpurian who still had his ‘Champagne on Ice’. The celebration was kept on hold. Fourteen-year-old Raunak Sadhwani, concentration personified, was glued to his computer well past midnight playing the final of Chess Pro League, re..

Spanish footballer Fernandez pledges support to Slum Soccer

SLUM Soccer, the organisation working towards uplift of poor and needy through football, received a fillip for their noble work they are doing for the past several years. The organisation recently got support from a Spanish First Tier footballer. Recently, goalkeeper Andres Fernandez, who plays for SD Huesca in Spain’s La Liga First Division League, has pledged to support Slum Soccer...

Iyer pockets fifth blitz title

IT IS Shiva Iyer again. The in-form player won all his nine matches to pocket fifth title of the season emerging champion in the 13th edition of district-level Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) that was held on Sunday through the platform of lichess.org...

Grandmaster Sadhwani takes Armenia Eagles into Chess Pro League final

FOURTH youngest Grandmaster of India and first from Nagpur, Raunak Sadhwani once again proved why he is being rated so high by chess legends of the world. The ninth youngest Grandmaster of the world Sadhwani helped his side Armenia Eagles storm into final of the Pro Chess League 2020, being held online on chess.com. The Pro Chess League 2020 was suppose to be held at Norway but due to COVID-19 pandemic, organisers decided..