Sports

Tennis resumes at Ramnagar

AS PER the guidelines of NMC and Government of Maharashtra, outdoor sports facilities were to be started with effect from August 5. In line with the guidelines of COVID-19, the Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Association (NDHTA) has resumed the sport of tennis at its facility in Ramnagar. The courts and other facilities have been sanitised and players are maintaining social distancing. There was a lot of enthusiasm among senior as well as junior players. One of the regular players, Dr Rajesh Singhvi, ..

Coaches request Commissioner for indoor badminton activities

BADMINTON coaches of the city have joined hands and requested Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe to let them start indoor activities. Not only the sportspersons are suffering due to lack of activities, the coaches are suffering from acute financial crisis, they said in a detailed memorandum submitted to the Commissioner. Keeping with the State government’s guidelines, NMC has given relaxation to several outdoor sports in the..

Rambhia speaks on boosting immunity through training

IN A Wellbeing Webinar organised by spoby.in, noted sports personality of the city Mitesh Rambhia spoke on boosting immunity through fitness and training. Mitesh addressed about 62 participants and gave information about the basics of fitness and also highlighted the importance of fitness for boosting immunity. “Immunity cannot be boosted by only considering what you eat and drink, but also by what you do to maintain your body well...

Yoga players begin training

REPUTED yoga coach of city Anil Mohagaonkar has started coaching in two sessions at two different venues in the city from Wednesday. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) gave relaxation to some outdoor sports activities in phase-wise opening of lockdown following State government’s guidelines. Yoga is among those sports that has been included in that list. “We followed all the guidelines...

‘Resuming activities adhering to norms’

FEW sports associations will resume their activities from Wednesday as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to give more relaxation to outdoor sports activities in the phase-wise opening of lockdown through its ‘Mission Begin Again’ campaign. Only outdoor non-team sports like golf, outdoor firing range, outdoor gymnastics, tennis, outdoor badminton and malkhambh have been permitted in the first round. While there ha..

Fortunate Shiva wins 1st online rapid chess title

A POWER failure forced Arena Grand Master R Shiva Subramaniam to drop a point but the two-time online blitz winner braved those tense moments to clinch the first Online Rapid Chess Championship organised by Nagpur District Chess Association (NDCA)...

‘Fighters’ Bhagwat, Joshi script turnaround

MOST of the two-innings matches are remembered for close and exciting finishes. Those may end up in outright results or draws. But one Ranji Trophy match had all the ingredients of an edge-of-the-seat thriller that too for a first innings lead. To add to the drama, it ended in a tie (first innings scores). But with bonus runs Vidarbha took the first innings lead — another rarity in those days! In the three-day Vidarbha versus Madhya Pradesh Ra..

NDCA inaugural weekend rapid chess under way

THE inaugural edition of Nagpur District Chess Association’s (NDCA) Weekend Rapid Chess Tournament in progress through the platform of ‘lichess.org’. In the two-day event, a total of eight rounds, four on each day, will be played. Final results will be declared after getting the anti-cheating report. Thirty-seven players are participating in the tournament...

Shivaji Edn Society donates Rs 67 lakh to CM’s Relief Fund

Amravati, Shivaji Education Society donated of Rs 67 lakh for Chief Minister’s Relief Fund-COVID-19. Shailesh Nawal, Collector, received the fund at the hands of Harshwardhan Deshmukh, President of Shivaji Education Society, and Dilip Ingole, Treasurer. This is second cheque society has donated in CM’s Relief Fund. So far the society has donated Rs 1.18 crore to tackle corona crisis. Coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc all over the world. In India, Maharashtra is the worst affected State. ..

MahaBasket to conduct referees’ development programme from tomorrow

MAHABASKET Referees’ Development Programme will be taken up by the Organisers of MahaBasket — an association of various district basketball associations of Maharashtra. After the successful organisation of six days Webinar followed by referees’ clinic where more than 200 referees and aspirants participated, MahaBasket has decided to further extend the clinic with MahaBasket Referees’ Development Programme. It is designed to d..

HTKBS fetes sportspersons

SPORTSPERSONS of Hingna Taluka Krida Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha (HTKBS) Club, Hingna, who performed well in the Std X examination, were felicitated the other day. Shrushti Gaikwad passed the Board exam with 84.60 per cent marks while Samiksha Warulkar got 78.60%. The other sportspersons are: Ritesh Bhope (73.20%), Swati Goupale (7..

Renowned ISL coaches to train budding footballers next summer

Renowned football coaches of teams that participate in Indian Super League (ISL) will be imparting coaching to budding footballers of the city next summer. The coaching camp will be held simultaneously at Yashwant Stadium, City Police ground, SECR Stadium, Motibagh, Central Railways ground, Ajni and Reshimbagh ground. Aai Kusum Sahare Foundation, along with NMC, has taken the initiative to provide top level coaching to the footb..

Rare Vakataka-era royal seal discovered in Gondipipri tehsil

The precious and rare Vakataka- era royal seal (the stamp used by the royal famlies) was discovered remote village Gajoli in Gondipipri tehsil. The seal made up of bronze belonged to Prithvishen-II, son of Narendrashen, who had ruled from 475 to 495 AD from their capital Nandiniwardhan. The rare seal belongs to Prakash Urade. His son Ranjeet Urade discovered it while exploring the old box of his father after his recent death...

Wadettiwar opens solar-powered mobile essential goods shopee

CHANDRAPUR, The new solar-powered mobile vegetables and essential goods shopee was inaugurated at the hands of Minister for Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation and Guardian Minister of Chandrapur Vijay Wadettiwar...

Somalwar Nikalas’ Varenya, Rushikesh top list of meritorious sportspersons

SOMALWAR High School and Junior College, Nikalas Branch’s Varenya Pawnikar and Rushikesh Chavhan touched 99 per cent marks in the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (SSC) examinations, the result of which were declared on Wednesday. Varenya, who secured 99.8 per cent marks, is a table tennis player while Rushikesh, who got 99 per cent, plays chess. There are as many as 29 meritorious sportspersons from the school...

Permission for home isolation in Amravati from today

“Permission for home quarantine will be provided if separate arrangements are available at the resident of suspected corona affected patient,” said Shailesh Nawal, Amravati District Collector and president of District Disaster Management Authority here in a press conference. The home isolation process will be implemented from August 1. Addressing further Nawal said that Central Government has issued guidelines regarding home isolation. As per that patients from the district will be allowed for home ..

Shiva wins chess title

R SHIVASUBRAMANIAM clinched his second online blitz chess title while Ashwin Gurbani was suspended for taking help of computer by the organisers during the 10th edition of the Online Blitz Chess Tournament. The weekly competition was organised by Nagpur District Chess Association (NDCA) through the platform of lichess.org. Shivasubramaniam collected 7.5 points to top the table after nine rounds. Rookie Gurbani, who had finishe..

‘Arundhati was first player from city to sign contract with a foreign club’

SHE started her sporting career with athletics but destiny had already made some special arrangements for her in the field of badminton. The former India Number 1 in women’s singles, Arundhati Pantawane was initially introduced to athletics by her parents but later she shifted her focus to badminton and made a name for herself and the city. It was athletics’ loss and badminton’s gain. The right-handed shuttler, who bagged the yellow metal for India ..

Vid get their first double centurion Skipper Phadkar breaches two hundred-run mark

THE first season of Ranji Trophy was played in 1934–35. Vidarbha started taking part in the premier First-Class domestic event from 1957 and it took more than three decades for a Vidarbha batsman to register a maiden score in excess of two hundred runs. Suhas Phadkar was the first one to break the barrier. Leading his team against Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy Central Zone League match played at VCA’s Civil Lines ground in No..

Chander does city proud

NAGPUR’S Chander Rajesh Nagrurkar did the city proud by achieving a Bachelors degree (B.Sc) in Sports and Exercise Sciences, earlier this month. The degree course is believed to give a new dimension in approach to training, physical fitness and health of sportspersons as well as help them in quick recovery of injuries with the help of such sc..

NDCA blitz chess begins

THE 10th edition of Nagpur District Chess Association (NDCA) organised Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) got under way on Sunday evening. The event is being held through the platform of ‘lichess.org’. A total of 34 players are participating in the tournament. In all nine rounds will be played. The time control given to players to finish the game is five minutes each...

COVID-19 delays laying of RTMNU’s synthetic track

IN NORMAL circumstances Nagpur athletes by now would have had two synthetic tracks to train in the city. But the deadly coronavirus pandemic has changed the entire scenario. The nation-wide lockdown imposed to break the chain of spreading of virus in March had halted all sporting activities around the world. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University would have had its own synthetic track by now but due COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that it would take another year, or even more. At present there ..

Podar virtual marathon run gets huge response

PODAR International School, Nagpur hub conducted a virtual run, E–Marathon for its students, parents, grand parents and teachers on last Sunday. With a message of keeping oneself fit and healthy amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, the marathon run was conducted between 6 am to 10 am as per the convenience of students and parents...

Dr Holi alleges negligence in construction of gharkuls

Gadchiroli, Gadchiroli MLA Dr Deorao Holli called on District Collector Deepak Singla and discussed with him about the gharkuls in urban areas under Pradhanmantri Aawas Yojna (PMAY). The scheme has been started by the Central Government with an objective to provide gharkuls to every person by 2022 but even after two three years this scheme has not be..

No correction once score sheet is signed by crew chief, says Article 44

ONCE the score sheet is signed by crew chief, the referees can make no correction according to Article 44, informed Dr Sharad Bansode on fifth day of the MahaBasket Referee’s Clinic being organised by association of district basketball bodies of Maharashtra. Dr Bansode was discussing about specific errors by referees which can be corrected during a match...

10th NDCA OLBCT on 26th

NAGPUR District Chess Association (NDCA) will be conducting District Level Online Blitz Chess Tournament on July 26 from 6 pm onwards through the platform of ‘lichess.org’. Players of only Nagpur district are eligible to participate in the weekly tourney...

Disabled cricketers donate blood

IN A blood donation camp organised under the banner of Physically Challenged Cricket Association, Nagpur (PCCAN), as many as thirty disabled cricketers donated blood. In their contribution to the society during the corona pandemic, the players led by international disabled cricketer Gurudas Raut and Chhatrapati Awardee Piyush Ambulkar, who is also Sports Officer, ..

GM Sadhwani wins international online title

GRANDMASTER Raunak Sadhwani is making his every move count. In recent past, the 15-year-old Grandmaster from Nagpur has attracted attention of top chess players from around the world with his title winning performances. He proved that beating World Number 2 Fabiano Caruana earlier this month was not flash in the pan with a gold winning performance on late Monday night. Sadhwani consolidated his stature at the top further with a drea..

Experts guide on violation, fouls

ON FOURTH day of the MahaBasket Referee’s Clinic, organised by association of district basketball bodies of Maharashtra, Articles from 26 to 33 of the FIBA Basketball Rule Book were discussed. VP Dhanpal, who hails from Tamil Nadu, was guest for the session. An ex-service man, Dhanpal, who served the Indian Airforce, is a FIBA Commissioner who acted in many international events including South Asian Championship, FIBA As..

NDHTA fetes Supriya

NAGPUR District Hardcourt Tennis Association (NDHTA) felicitated Supriya Chatterjee, ITF White Badge Umpire, for being appointed as National Female Ambassador by International Tennis Federation. NDHTA officials Kumar Kale, Ashok Bhiwapurkar, Dr Sudhir Bhiwapurkar, Vikram Naidu and Murli Asudani were present at the function. Guests of Honour were Dr Parinita Fuke (Corporator) and Piyush Ambulkar (Sports Officer, NMC). Supriya ..

Siddhant retains online blitz title

SIDDHANT Gawai continued from where he left as he retained the top spot in the 9th edition of the Online Blitz Chess Championship, the other day. The online tournament was organised by Nagpur District Chess Association through the platform of lichess.org. Gawai garnered 8.5 points to remain unbeaten in the nine rounds competition. His only draw came against Arush Chitre who finished second with 7.5 points. ..

Administration rejects RSCAN’s request for sporting activity

REQUEST for restarting sporting activities by Roller Sports Coaches Association of Nagpur (RSCAN) has been turned down by city administration, informs secretary Manish Baisware. A team of RSCAN met NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe with an appeal to let them resume sporting activities as World Health Organisation and Olympic Committee have said that physical activities help in developing immunity that fights the virus...

Statistics and Table Officiating explained

A VERY important session on Statistics and Table Officiating was held on Day 3 of the MahaBasket Referee’s Clinic. The five-day clinic is being conducted by association of district basketball bodies of Maharashtra. Lebanon’s Maroof Mawloud, who is the Data, Eligibility and Statistics Manager of FIBA Asia and also a Statistics Manager at upcoming Tokyo Olympics, inaugurated the session. Michel Vino from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, an FIBA referee who offic..

A revolt and a new beginning

VIDARBHA have been overall a very disciplined side but it also had its share of controversies. One such incident happened in 1986 when revolt by as many as six regulars led to their axing from the team. Vidarbha selectors had gone for a change in guard by appointing a much younger Suhas Phadkar as the leader replacing Sunil Hedaoo...

MahaBasket referee’s clinic gets under way

MAHABASKET Referee’s Clinic organised by MahaBasket — an association of district basketball bodies of Maharashtra got under way on Sunday. The five-day clinic was inaugurated by Joseph John, a seniormost referee in Maharashtra who has been chairman of the then Maharashtra Referees Association for long time. John’s valuable guidance and sharing of his experience was worth listening to by all the aspirant as well as qualified referees. BS Shridhar, FIBA Commissioner from Bengaluru, Karnataka delivered ..

Ninth NDCA online blitz tourney begins

THE 9th edition of Nagpur District Chess Association’s (NDCA) Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) got under way on Sunday. The nine rounds event is being conducted through the platform of ‘lichess.org’. As many as 29 players are participating in the tournament. The time control gave all players five minutes each to finish the game...

IA Anurag, Pravin get Category ‘C’ titles

Anurag Singh and Pravin Pantawane, city’s two International arbiters, have been promoted and achieved Category ‘C’ of International Arbiter title. The title upgradation was done by FIDE (world chess federation) in the 2nd FIDE online council Meeting 2020, recently. With the title upgrade both entered joined top 60 chess professionals (Arbiters) in the country. Similarly, they also join top 10 chess arbiters of Maharashtra. The chess fraternity feels proud as these achievements will definitely give ..

Narayani makes right moves

COMMONWEALTH Chess champion and ISF World Schools Chess runner-up Narayani Adane of Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Srikrishna Nagar girl, who made right moves on the 64-square board, did an encore in her exams. Narayani, an ideal combination of sports and academics, excelled in her class tenth CBSE by scoring 98.2 per cent marks...

Malvika shines in academics too

INDIA Number 2 in senior women’s singles category, city’s badminton star Malvika Bansod has cleared her Class 12 examinations with flying colours. The results of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education were announced on Thursday. A student of Shivaji Science College Malvika scored a staggering 92.15 per cent marks...

Sportspersons make a mark!

WITH a whopping 99.4 per cent marks chess player Ojas Khamele and shuttler Vinil Mokhade (99%) of Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Trimurti Nagar led budding sportspersons of the city in CBSE exams, the results of which were out on Wednesday. Among city’s top chess players, young Women International Master (WIM) Mrudul Dehankar (93.80%) proved her mettle in academics too. Busy with her national and international tours, she hardly got time to attend school or study regularly. But she gave ..

UP tactics deny Vidarbha win

IT HAD been over three years that India lifted their maiden World Cup (then a sixty-over affair) but the scores in those days used to be gathered at about four runs per over. When the One-Day International was recalibrated to 50-overs a side match, the teams would generally score around 200 and that was considered as a competitive one in those days...

Gopi, Umesh to interact with city sportspersons

CITY sportspersons are in for a treat as they would be getting a chance to interact online with several international sports stars including Olympians of the country. If all goes well, the Physical Education and Sports Department of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University will be roping in several international repute athletes for a Webinar who will guide city’s athletes, sportspersons, trainers, coaches on how to keep themselves motivated during thi..

NDCA 8th online blitz chess tourney gets under way

WITH 38 players including defending champion Arush Chitre and winner of sixth edition Siddhant Gawai, the 8th edition of Nagpur District Chess Association organised Online Blitz Chess Tournament got under way on Sunday evening. In all nine rounds will be played with a time control of 5 minutes each to finish the game. ..

ITF names Nagpur’s Supriya as National Female Ambassador

CITY’S international tennis umpire Supriya Chatterjee has been appointed as National Female Ambassador to promote female tennis officials in India. The appointment was done by International Tennis Federation (ITF) recently. In 2019, ITF Officiating launched the project ‘Advantage All’ to highlight and promote women in tennis officiating across the globe...

Sankalp emerges best city player

SANKALP Gupta ended the Letsup Grand Prix Blitz International Online Chess Tournament as city’s best player securing 16th place in the fifth and final round of the event organised by Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA). Sankalp ended the event with 6.5 points from ten matches of three minutes each played back to back. He started slowly with a couple of draws and then hit form to win two matches in a row. He ended the fifth round ..

Divya to spearhead Indian Challenge in junior group

IT WILL be another feather in Nagpur’s chess prodigy Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh’s cap as the youngster will be spearheading Indian Challenge in junior group in the 2020 Online Olympiad that will be held from July 22 to August 30. The Online Olympiad is a national team event in which all federations affiliated to International Chess Federation (FIDE) will participate. Divya is the first choice player in the Junior Girls Category while Vantika Agarwal is the reserve player...

Sadhwani stuns World No 2 GM Caruana

NAGPUR’S only Grandmaster, 15-year-old Raunak Sadhwani is consistently making his mark at the international level. First, he became only Nagpurian to qualify for the eight-player knock-out Online Blitz Championship which had participation of over 600 top rated chess players. Then he created ripples by decimating top player of the world chess a couple of days back...

Divya to spearhead Indian Challenge in junior group

IT WILL be another feather in Nagpur’s chess prodigy Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh’s cap as the youngster will be spearheading Indian Challenge in junior group in the 2020 Online Olympiad that will be held from July 22 to August 30. The Online Olympiad is a national team event in which all federations affiliated to International Chess Federation (FIDE) will participate. Divya is the first choice player in the Junior Girls Category while Vantika Agarwal is the reserve player...

NIT, Koshish Foundation’s online live interaction with Rahane

NAGPUR Institute of Technology (NIT) and Koshish Foundation are organising online live interaction with international cricketer Ajinkya Rahane under the event “Confab with Achievers” – Success Stories Webinar Series. Rahane who is the vice-captain of Indian Test cricket team, will be interacting with citizens of Nagpur on NIT Facebook Page (@NITEngineering) and Zoom on Friday at 5:30 pm. Those interested can log in at the Zoom ID : 93837767617. The password is 546825...

Six-day MahaBasket Webinar concludes

THE six-day MahaBasket Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra, concluded the other day. In the concluding session, two International players from Maharashtra — Shiv Chhatrapati Awardees Shireen Limaye and Siddhant Shinde — exchanged their thoughts with budding players, coaches and parents...

Rana extends helping hand to needy woman in Mozari

On getting information about Tulsa Nagorao Sawant from Mozari in Mozari-Teosa town, who was homeless and helpless, MP Navneet Rana reached Mozari and immediately extended a helping hand. Navneet Rana presented saree-choli and grocery items to Tulsa Sawant. Navneet Rana also discussed with Shailesh Nawal, District Collector and checked if an elderly woman can get a home within government rule. She also clarified that if a woman cannot get home from administrative scheme then Yuva Swabhiman Party will ..

Chitre 3rd time lucky, wins online blitz chess title

AFTER missing the top spot by a whisker twice, Arush Chitre made it sure he claims the crown on the third attempt as he won the seventh edition of Online Blitz Chess Tournament organised by Nagpur District Chess Association through the platform of lichess.org. Ten-year-old Chitre ended up with eight points from possible nine to emerge clear winner of the seventh edition. His only loss came against Sumedh Ramteke in the last round. But that did not affect much as he emerged clear winner...

Khodke dedicates street lights to public

Amravati, SULABHA Khodke, MLA, dedicated street lights installed at Rahatgaon to New ITI College road to public recently. Street lights were installed following memorandum presented by people from Sankalp Nagar, Omshanti Colony, Gurukrupa Colony, Saat Bunglow premises and other from PDMC-Sant Gadgebaba Ward Number 2...

Coaches should focus more on demonstration: Kshatriya

COACHES should focus on demonstration rather than wasting time in explanation, said Rajesh Kshatriya, chief basketball coach of Government of Maharashtra Sports Department during the online session on Day-Six of the MahaBasket Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra. He spoke on the importance of training sessions and how to manage them. Kshatriya gave important tips to coaches regarding punctuality, pl..

Easy Test App to avoid students’ loss: Kadu

“CORONAVIRUS pandemic has created various problems in process of starting of schools. Still, education will be provided to children making use of various mediums. No one will remain deprived of education and Government is planning to make arrangements for students who do not have cell phones,” said Bacchu Kadu, Minister of State for Education, Government of Maharashtra. He was addressing the meeting with officers from Education Department at Paratwada rece..

Vidarbha’s brain-fade moment

HOW many runs can one expect to be scored when the bowler hits pads of a newcomer tailender? None or one would be a logical answer. But the glorious game of uncertainties defies logic. A moment of madness from the fielders resulting in a couple of overthrows allowed the batsmen run three to complete a thrilling win on last ball of the match. It was about 6 pm and it was getting dark. In the month of November when the Sun sets a bit early, VCA Civil Lines ground, with lights on in the pavilion, was ..

Bottas wins chaotic season opening GP

VALTTERI Bottas won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday while Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty. The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon — who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track...

Chavan 6th Int’l Arbiter from city

CHESS Arbiter Deepak Chavan became sixth International Arbiter from Nagpur after he cleared the FIDE Arbiter examination and received the FIDE Arbiter title recently. Chavan received the title during the 2nd FIDE Online Council Meeting. Chavan successfully cleared FIDE Arbiter exam in November 2016 and got the FIDE Arbiter Title in Presidential Board by written resolution in 2017. He performed as an Arbiter in many national and international chess championships in different parts of India...

‘Correct terminology must be used for basketball coaching’

CORRECT terminology must be used for different aspects of basketball said, Arnika Gujar Patil, Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee and an international basketball player during during a session on Day Five of the MahaBasket Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra. Patil introduced the participants to FIBA/WABC certification courses, their curriculum, international terminology and other online material to study basketball during the session. Patil, during her speech, focused ..

Participation of locals crucial during disaster: Badwe

ON BEHALF of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Services, a Webinar under the Youth Welfare Programme on ‘Drowning Prevention, Life Saving and Water Safety’ was jointly organised by Deputy Director, Divisional Sports Complex, Nagpur and JD Sports Foundation. During inaugural function of the Webinar, Supriya Badwe, Chief Executive Director of Badwe Group and the Chief of Sports India expressed the strong possibility of youth employment on a large scale at the Disaster Management Programme and called ..

NDCA’s 7th online blitz chess tournament gets under way

WITH 35 participants, the seventh edition of NDCA Online Blitz Chess Tournament got under way on Sunday. The tournament is being held through the platform of Lichess.org and is conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association. In all nine rounds will be played with a time control of five minutes per player to finish the game...

‘Referees should be well-versed with latest rules, regulations’

FIBA Black Licencee Dr Sharad Bansode from Kolhapur briefed the participants on Technical Aspects and Officiating Philosophy of Basketball during the online session of the Mahabasket Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra on Thursday. On third day of the Webinar, Dr Bansode in his online presentation stressed that the referee should be well conversant with the latest rules and regulations, upgrade himself with the changes and must have knowledge of basic philosophy ..

After VHA, Mumbai Hockey Assn too wants participation in HI nationals

THE clamour to save their existence has started to grow among hockey associations of Maharashtra. After Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) knocked High Court’s door for their survival with Hockey India, several Mumbai-based legendary Olympians, too, have come forward to save Mumbai Hockey Association and its players’ future. ..

‘Kick Corona’ All India Online Karate Kata Tournament Concludes

WITH a tally of 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals, Maharashtra bagged honours in the ‘Kick Corona’ All India Online Karate Kata Tournament 2020 that was organised by Karate Kokusai Independent Federation of India. The event was attended by participants from five states who made this tournament a huge success. Winners Maharashtra was followed by Assam who picked 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals. With 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze Delhi bagged the third position. Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh ..

Gawai clinches maiden NDCA online blitz title

PARTICIPATING for the first time in the competition, Siddhant Gawai made most of it to clinch his maiden online title, the other day. Gawai stunned one and all as he remained undefeated in nine rounds to clinch the Nagpur District Chess Association organised 6th Online Blitz Chess Competition with 8.5 points The meet was organised through the server of lichess.org...

‘Warm-up, cooling down key to avoid injuries’

WARM-UP and cool down are important to avoid injuries, said Dr Kevin Agrawal during the online session on Injury Free Sports and First Aid on Day Two of the Mahabasket Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra. Agrawal gave information about first aid and how it can be used to deal with cases of injuries like wrist injury, ankle injury, knee injury or muscular injury. He also spoke on the role of a coach during an injury. ..

Shubham following grandfather’s sport

HE COULD have picked hockey stick like his father Ashok, but Shubham Palkar preferred to shine in the mud and followed his grandparents’ sport—kabaddi. The decision did not disappoint Shubham or his family members. Shubham climbed the ladder in kabaddi remarkably and is now an acclaimed kabaddi player not only in Nagpur but all over the country, thanks to Pro Kabaddi League. The star raider actually began his journey from where his grandfather and grand uncle had left. Shubham, who has represented ..

No relief to VHA from HC

NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to grant any relief to Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) and turned down its demand to allow VHA team to participate in national meets directly. The Hockey India once again reiterated that it was bound to follow One State One Unit and the VHA would have to participate through Hockey Maharashtra. As a result, the status of VHA as an affiliate unit of Hockey India has come to an end with effect from July 1, as of now. A division bench consisting of ..

No decision yet on new Vidarbha coach, says Vaidya

THE post of head coach of two-time Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup champions Vidarbha is lying vacant since Chandrakant Pandit bid good-bye to the team after a three-year successful stint. Soon after his decision to take Madhya Pradesh job, lockdown was imposed in the nation due to COVID-19 pandemic. All the activities, including the sporting ones, were closed and with Maharashtra Government extending it by another month till July 31, uncertainty still looms large on resumption of sporting activities. ..

Kedar inaugurates MahaBasket Webinar

MAHABASKET Webinar, organised by various district basketball associations of Maharashtra, was inaugurated on Tuesday by State Sports Minister Sunil Kedar. Minister for Women and Child Welfare Yashomati Tai Thakur, who is also an ex-basketball player, gave away valuable suggestions and encouragement to the participants. Nagpur Mayor and President of NDBA Sandip Joshi asked players and coaches to take advantage of the Webinar. ..