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Mayor honours Alfiya with ‘Outstanding Young Person’ award

HER gold-winning performance in World Youth Championship was exemplary and none other than young city boxer Alfiya Akram Pathan deserved the title ‘Outstanding Young Person’ more. Alfiya, who boxed her way to gold medal in the AIBA Youth World Championship at Kielce in Poland, was honoured by Nagpur Municipal Corporation in a joint venture with JCI Nagpur Royal on Wednesday. The award was presented to Alfiya at the hands of Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari at Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Memorial Standing Committee ..

Kedar exhorts youths to be responsible citizens

EXHORTING youths of the nation to be responsible citizens, Maharashtra Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sunil Kedar, asked them to pledge to perform their duties with utmost sincerity. Kedar was addressing a Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) function on year-long celebrations from August 2021 to commemorate 75 years of Independence, at Hingna on Wednesday. Kedar also welcomed the CRPF team of cyclists who had embarked on their journey from Kanyakumari to Rajghat. CRPF Deputy Inspector General ..

5 from city to attend Mah hockey trials

FIVE girl hockey players from Nagpur will be attending the final selection trials of Maharashtra senior team which will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune, on September 17. The trials will be conducted by Hockey Maharashtra. Nagpur District Unified Hockey Association (NDUHA), which is yet to get affiliation of Hockey..

Physical education teachers to be feted today

PHYSICAL Education teachers of the region will be felicitated for their yeomen service in the field of sports. The felicitation programme is being organised by Maitree Pariwar which will be awarding several physical education teachers with Gaurav Adarsh Sharirik Shishak Awards every year. The maiden awards function will be held on Thursday at Sai Subhagrah, Shankar Nagar, at 5.30 pm. Dr Arjunsingh Rana, Vice-Chancellor, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University, Gandhinagar, will be the chief guest of the ..

Nagpur Gym boys, Amma FC girls are champs

NAGPUR Gymkhana boys and Amma FC girls emerged champions of the Police Boys Youth Cup Futsal Tournament organised at The Cage Turf, Koradi Road near Eden Garden Restaurant, recently. In the boys section, Nagpur Gymkhana defeated Ajni Boys 4-3 in an edge of the seat encounter. Cristopher Peter (4th) shot Nagpur Gymkhana ahead but Ajni Boys drew parity within a minute through Swapnil. Iqbal Danish and Tony Ghargate scored two quick goals for Ajni Boys to put them in a comfortable position. However, ..

Indian boxer Alfiya to be feted today

INDIAN boxer and AIBA Youth World Champion Alfiya Akram Pathan will be felicitated by JCI Nagpur Royal on Wednesday. The felicitation programme will be held at Standing Committee Hall of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Civil Lines at 2.30 pm. Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari will be the chief guest of the programme. Nagpur’s pride Alfiya will be felicitated and nominated by JCI for the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Person Award in Personal Achievement Category at Zone and National Level. Earlier this ..

Ugale qualifies for pre-natls

HAVING finished a creditable fifth in the Maharashtra Air and Fire Arm Competition that concluded recently in Mumbai, Rahul Uttamrao Ugale qualified for 30th All India GV Mavlankar Shooting Championship going to be held at Ahmedabad, in Gujarat. Ugale, who is a 10m shooting range coach at Shri Hanuman Prasarak Mandal Shooting Club, has qualified in 50m pistol event. He is the only 50m shooter from Amravati. As there is no facility for training 50m shooting there, Ugale, before participating in any ..

35 from district for State softball trials

THIRTY-FIVE softball players from Nagpur district have been selected for the Maharashtra State selection trials which is going to be held at Nagpur. The district trials were held at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University ground, Ravi Nagar. The selected players include 20 in sub-junior boys and girls and 15 in junior category. The final selection trials for the sub-junior category will be held at Nagpur. The selected players will take part in the national championship which is going to be ..

Rewatkars clinch pairs bridge title

WITH festive atmosphere looming large, the father-son duo of Raja and Amit Rewatkar had one more reason to rejoice as they succeeded in emerging champions in pairs event organised at the Vidarbha Bridge Association’s sports complex in Shankar Nagar, on Sunday. Competing from a field of nine pairs from Vidarbha region in 24 deals Match Point contest played in Howell movement, Rewatkars once again succeeded in wresting top honours as they came up strong with a tally of 64.29 MP. D Dabke and MI Hararwala ..

80 first-timers become ‘Randonneurs’

NAGPUR created cycling history on Sunday when 195 riders successfully completed a 200km brevet organised by Nagpur Randonneurs to mark 100 years of Audax. A brevet is a minimum 200km self-supported ride held on a pre-decided course with checks, to be completed within a specified time limit. Other brevet distances are 300, 400, 600, 1000 and 1200 km. The first brevet was held in Paris on September 11, 1921. The September 12 brevet in Nagpur saw an historic 241 registrations, turning the event into ..

Purohit is Mah men’s boxing coach

SENIOR boxing coach of Maharashtra Ganesh Purohit has been appointed as the chief coach of Maharashtra State men’s boxing team for the forthcoming National Boxing Championship. The competition is going to be held at Bellary, Karnataka, from September 14 to 21. Members of Nagpur District Boxing Association wished Purohit and Maharashtra team luck, informs a release issued by Porus Kotwal, Secretary, Nagpur District Boxing Association. Purohit, who hails from Nagpur, is instrumental in imparting ..

NFA celebrates World Fencing Day

NAGPUR Fencing Association (NFA) celebrated World Fencing Day, held on September 11 every year, that aims to unify the fencing community around the world, with enthusiasm. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) celebrated this year’s edition of World Fencing Day on social media. Celebrations were held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Centering around the theme of ‘Fencing, a Passion, a Family’, the FIE encouraged fans to post a video or photo on social media. With relaxed COVID protocol ..

Saucony India’s 10kms Fitness Run gets good response

MEMBERS of Nagpur Runners and Riders participated in a short 10kms Fitness Run organised by Saucony India the other day. About 60 members of Nagpur Runners and Riders participated in the 10 km run. The run was followed by fitness games like plank and push-up challenge. Soodesh Jhawar, Pankaj Sachani and Sunny Adwani won the events respectively. The run was the first in a series Saucony plans to organise in different parts of the city to create awareness about running, fitness and its benefits...

Karate belt gradation exam held

MITSUYA-KAI Hayashi-ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do India recently organised karate belt gradation examination of Steps Karate Club at Mitsuya-Kai Main Branch, Karate Hall, Divisional Sports Complex Indoor Stadium, Mankapur. The examination was conducted by Hanshi Dr Zakir S Khan and assisted by Steps Karate Club’s coach Shihan Shahwar Khan. District Sport Officer Dr Avinash Pund was the chief guest of the function. He distributed belts to successful students. During the examination the coaches explained the ..

Double GM norm holder Divya to take part in Latvia chess meet

     By Paritosh PramanikAFTER more than two years, city’s Woman International Master (WIM) and double GM norm holder Divya Deshmukh will be playing On The Board (OTB) Chess Competition.The 15-year-old chess player will be p..

Miles N Milers cyclists to participate in 200km ride

  NAGPURIANS are taking cycling seriously and are making it a way of their lives. Since the deadly coronavirus pandemic distupted daily life of one and all, maintaining proper health and developing a fitness culture has become of prime importanc..

Karate demonstration held at Divisional Sports Complex

  KARATEKAS demonstrated their skills and agility during a demonstration event organised by Mitsuya-Kai India Karate at Divisional Sports Complex in Mankapur, recently.Sports Head of Anjuman College of Engineering and Technology, Sadar and Treas..

City challenge ends with close losses

IT WAS a day of mixed fortunes for city shuttlers in the Victor Ukraine International Series Badminton tournament in Kharkiv on Thursday. Ritika Thaker and her Hyderabad-based partner Bokka Navaneeth caused the biggest upset of the tournament accounting for top seeded pair in the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinal but went on to lose the quarters. Second seed in women’s singles Malvika Bansod lost her last-eight match to a lower ranked player. In the men’s singles pre-quarters, Rohan Gurbani went down ..

Tribals setting a benchmark in wushu

A 15-MEMBER team from Deolapar participated in the district-level Wushu Championship that was conducted recently under the aegis of Nagpur Wushu Association (NDWA). The team, including 10 tribals who came from nearby villages including Deolapar, dominated the wushu championship as 13 players won medals and registered their names for the selection camp from where Nagpur district team for the State Championship, to be held later this year, will be selected. It was a surprise for all at the venue as ..

Nagpur City Football Club fetes Alfiya

NAGPUR City Football Club felicitated Indian boxer Alfiya Pathan for her medal winning performance for the county, recently. Sanjay Kathale, President of Nagpur City Football Club, Sandeep Jadhav, former Deputy Mayor of Nagpur, Javed Khan, Mohd Mubin and other members were also present during the felicitation function which was held on National Sports Day. Alfiya wa..

Ashwin included in T20 World Cup squad

SENIOR off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned to India’s white-ball outfit after four years when he was included in the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup alongside the fast-rising trio of Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel and Varun Chakaravarthy. Also making the squad was Suryakumar Yadav, the 30-year-old Mumbai batsman who has been making a name for himself for his power-hitting. The 34-year-old Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined from One-Day cricket following ..

Malvika, Ritika, Rohan in 2nd round Ukraine International

THREE city shuttlers were seen in action in an international event after a long long time and the trio of Malvika Bansod, Ritika Thaker and Rohan Gurbani had great opening rounds in their respective categories of main draw of the Victor Ukraine International Series Badminton tournament in Kharkiv on Wednesday. Second seed Malvika wrapped up her first round match in just 21 minutes. She was just too good for local girl Ukraine’s Anastasiia Prokopovych winning 21-14, 21-3 at Lokomotiv Sports Palace. ..

Taide’s unbeaten ton for Lancaster

VIDARBHA all-rounder Atharva Taide celebrated scoring 1000 runs as a professional player in a season for Lancaster Cricket Club by hammering an unbeaten ton guiding his team to an emphatic 130-run win over Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club (FBCC) in Division One match of Northern Premier Cricket League at Lune Road Cricket Ground. FBCC elected to field and seamer Jon Fenton gave them an early breakthrough cleaning up Lancaster opener Steven Fisher for nought. Taide (132*; 117b, 14x4, 1x6) joined ..

Rohit’s batsmanship is poetry in motion

DO WE romanticise the performer? Yes. If the subject happens to be a certain Rohit Sharma. He is from the old school, and he also represents everything that is modern about classic batsmanship. Test Match. One-Day. T20. All formats come to him naturally. Without wanting to compromise on any aspect of the art. His transformation has been remarkable and compelling in every term. Rohit is the darling of the captain and the team. Remember, he always had some secret admirers in the media too but now ..

City trio makes clean sweep in chess

NAGPUR’S trio of Nilay Kulkarni, Debojyoti Ghoshal and Hridbeg Choudhury made clean sweep in Under-18 chess event of Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass’ annual sports meet Censports recently. In the second edition of the virtual tourney, Nilay of Narayana Vidyalayam, Wardha Road; Debojyoti from Saraswati Vidyalaya, Shankar Nagar and hosts’ Hridbeg (Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass Nagpur) made it 1-2-3 for the city. However, in the Under-9, 11 and 15 age groups, none of the city players ..

Budokon holds training session

KARATE Bodokon International recently organised a karate training session. The training session was organised at Ramainagar Buddha Vihar under the aegis of Karate Budokon International and Budokon Karate Academy. On the occasion, Kyoshi Harish Choube, National Chief Instructor and Examiner, Style Chief of Karate Budokon International (Vidarbha Region) gave training to the students. He was also felicitated on Teacher’s Day with a shawl and shriphal. The programme was organised by Renshi Karunkumar ..

Wushu championship ends

THE 13th District-level Sub-junior, Junior and Senior Wushu Championship-2021 organised by Nagpur District Wushu Association (NDWA) at Avis Fitness Studio, Wardhaman Nagar concluded on Sunday. The event was held following all the COVID norms as required by the administration. On last day of the championship, the bouts of sub-junior and junior categories were held. In the sub-junior category, the bouts started from Under 15 kg and in junior it from Under 45 kg. Those who won medals in the sub-junior ..

NDFA appoints Norbert as CEO, names various sub-committees

THE Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA) has announced various committees for a two-year term. During an executive committee meeting presided over by President Haresh Vora, former secretary Eugene Norbert has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the association. Similarly, Abid Nausher Khan has been named as the Joint Secretary while Stanley Gregory, Bernard D’Souza and Hemant Sahani were appointed as the Assistant Secretaries. Discussion was also held on starting of the ..

Mohota and Roy pocket pairs title

BASANT Mohota, who enjoys the reputation of having emerged champions in many contests in Vidarbha, succeeded again with his regular duplicate team partner Sameer Roy in pairs event organised by Vidarbha Bridge Association in their sports complex in Shankar Nagar on Sunday. Competing from a field of 9 pairs from Vidarbha region in 24 deals Match Point contest played in Howell movement, Mohota and Roy became eligible for the winners purse by virtue of having secured a tally of 45.71 MP...

Supare’s book ‘Yoga Shikshan’ released

IN ORDER to make coming generation well aware of the benefits of yoga, Shankar Supare asked a youngster to release his book ‘Yoga Shikshan’ the other day. Eight-year-old Kaustubh released the book of Supare who was former Headmaster and Founder of Prakash High School. Dr Prakashe, director of the institution, was chief guest while present headmaster Rahul Meshram was guest of honour on the occasion. The function started with lighting of traditional lamp. Ashok Bhat and Kuratkar were prominently ..

Malvika makes India Sr debut with twin teams

HER transition from junior to senior category has been a seamless one and Nagpur’s pride ace shuttler Malvika Bansod has moved as swiftly as one can from India junior squads to India senior squads. The southpaw became first player from the region to be included in star-studded Indian squads for two major international tournaments at a same time on Sunday. Talented Malvika, who was the only unbeaten player, men and women combined, in the trails held a few days ago, was named for upcoming Thomas and ..

Parale, Barbate pocket wushu golds

GAURAV Parale and Shrushti Barbate excelled winning gold medals in the District-level Wushu Championship being organised by Nagpur District Wushu Association. Parale’s gold came in Under 80kg senior boys category while Shrushti, who started playing wushu just 2 months ago, surprised all with her skills. Bouts of youth and senior categories were held on the opening day. Those who won medals in the different categories were — Youth Boys: (Under 48 kg) Harshal Nimje (gold); (Under 52kg) Ayush Gadinkar ..

State-level chess meet under way

SPORTS Club of Yashwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur is conducting a State-Level Inter-collegiate Online Blitz Chess Tournament. The event got under way through the platform of lichess.org on Sunday evening. Total 41 players are participating in the tournament. Students from 13 district (Nagpur, Wardha, Akola, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Amravati, Nashik, Pune, Mumbai, Solapur, Sangli and Raigad) are taking part in the tournament. In all 9 rounds will be played. The time control ..

Darklords emerge champions

AFTER a lengthy break in sporting activities, Goa hosted an event that was refreshingly different. ‘Enthu Cutlets’ — the world’s largest social networking group of badminton enthusiasts, in collaboration with Panjim Badminton Club, an affiliated unit of Goa Badminton Association, organised a badminton event at its multipurpose stadium, Peddem in Mapusa, where badminton players (35+ and above) competed in a team format. City’s noted Government Approved Auditor Prasad Raj Vaidya was one of the members ..

Krishna secures Gold, Suhas clinches Silver in badminton

KRISHNA Nagar secured a second Gold medal in badminton after Suhas Yathiraj claimed a Silver as it turned out to be a Super Sunday for the Indian badminton contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics here. The 22-year-old Nagar, seeded second, defeated Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai 21-17 16-21 21-17 in the men’s singles SH6 class final to retain his unbeaten run at the Games and join compatriot Pramod Bhagat in the Gold medal winning list. Bhagat had claimed India’s first Gold in badminton in SL3 class on Saturday. ..

Gandhe to officiate in remaining IPL in UAE

CITY’S BCCI Panel umpire Ulhas Gandhe will be officiating in the Indian Premier League which is going to be held in UAE from September 19. Gandhe will leave for Mumbai on September 9 from where he will fly for Dubai. He will have to serve six days of quarantine in Dubai. Gandhe, a former Ranji Trophy player from Vidarbha, was also part of the IPL umpiring team which has to be suspended due to raging coronavirus in India earlier this year. This will be Gandhe’s fourth successive stint as an IPL official. ..

Faiz’s unbeaten ton in Lisburn win

VIDARBHA skipper Faiz Fazal slammed a career-high score for Lisburn Cricket Club against Instonians during their Robinson Services Premier League match of NCUPL on Saturday night. The soutpaw opener carried his bat through in his 158* that took the side to a mammoth 316-6 in 50 overs. The ton also helped Faiz cross 1000 runs for his team this season as Lisburn recorded a huge win...

Governor fetes Mihir Apar

Mihir Nitin Apar, a young archer from Buldana district, was felicitated by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in a brief function organised at Raj Bhavan on Friday for his outstanding performance in the World Youth Archery Championship held in Poland. The felicitation programme was organised with the initiative of young MLC from Konkan Graduates’ Constituency Niranjan Davkhare and MLA of Buldhana Chikhali Constituency Shweta Mahale. The Governor expressed happiness over Mihir’s spectacular performance ..

Trouble brewing for Gawali: ED officials search Asstt Charity Commr’s office

AFTER the Enforcement Directorate’s raid on companies owned by Member of Parliament Bhavna Gawali on August 30, some officers of the ED again visited Washim and went straight to the office of the Assistant Charity Commissioner Friday and searched for documents pertaining to companies run under Mahila Utkarsha Pratisthan of Bhavna Gawali. With another such visit by ED officials reportedly looking for documents pertaining to the companies of Bhavna Gawali, it is likely that her difficulties might increase ..

Pramod Bhagat wins Gold, Sarkar claims Bronze in badminton

REIGNING world champion Pramod Bhagat on Saturday claimed a historic gold medal in men’s singles SL3 class while Manoj Sarkar bagged the bronze as India stamped their prowess at the Tokyo Paralympics here. Bhagat beat Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell in the summit clash while Sarkar defeated Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara in the third place play-off, with both the Indians winning in straight games. In SL3 classification, athletes with lower limb impairment are allowed to compete. With badminton making its ..

Sensational Sejal wins twin titles in All India meet

STAMPING her authority, Nagpur Sejal Bhutada continued to dominate the tennis circuit in Maharashtra. After winning the Under-16 title a few days back, the city lass won twin titles in Under-14 category on Friday. Sejal justified her top billing in the singles category and went on to win the title at the AITA All India Junior Circuit (CS-7) tennis tournament played at Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in Hyderabad. If that was not enough, she partnered with Asin Kominini to claim the doubles crown as ..

Riya clinches silver, Nikita grabs bronze

CITY’S international long distance runner Nikita Raut and upcoming athlete Riya Dohatare attracted selectors’ attention with their medal winning performances at the State athletics selection trials under way at Meenatai Thakre Sports Complex, Nashik on Friday. While senior athlete Nikita won bronze medal, Riya won the silver in their respective events at the athletics synthetic athletics track in Nashik. In the 3,000 metres steeplechase event in Under-23 age category, Track Star Athletics Club’s Riya ..

Dr Welukar to get Lifetime Achievement award

DR DHANANJAY Welukar has been selected for the first Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented by Maitree Pariwar. The sanstha will be awarding several physical education teachers with Gaurav Adarsh Sharirik Shishak Awards every year. The announcement of the selected candidates will be done on National Sports Day every year, informs a release. Dr Welukar will be conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for his relentless services to sports in the city. Dr Welukar has devoted several years for the ..

HQMC finishes second best in squash c’ship

THE squash team of HQ Maintenance Command (HQMC), Nagpur finished second best in the recently held Air Force Squash Championship at Chandigarh. Eight teams including seven Commands of IAF and Air HQ took part in the Championships. HQ Maintenance Command, Nagpur won the runners up trophy in the team Championships. The team was led by Air Marshal M Baladitya AVSM VSM, SMSO, HQ MC...

Harvinder claims first-ever archery medal for India

HARVINDER Singh on Friday notched up India’s first ever archery medal in the Paralympics, holding his nerves to down Kim Min Su of Korea in a thrilling shoot-off for the men’s individual recurve bronze in the ongoing Games here. World No 23 Singh was the first athlete from India to win a gold medal at a major para competition in the 2018 Asian Games...

Avani becomes 1st Indian woman to win 2 Paralympic medals

TRAILBLAZING shooter Avani Lekhara on Friday became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals by claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had secured earlier in the ongoing Games here. The 19-year-old Lekhara, competing in her debut Games, qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s. In the fiercely contested finals, Lekhara totalled 445.9 to finish ahead of Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik, who let slip her grip on the ..

Prajakta, Jayant bag silver medals

CITY’S international long distance runner Prajakta Godbole lived up to her reputation while discus thrower Jayant Warambhe surprised all as both bagged a silver medal each in the State Athletics Selection Trials at Meenatai Thakre Sports Complex, Nashik on Thursday. Prajakta won the white metal in the 10,000m run. Fitness Forever Sports Club’s Prajakta, competing in the women’s open age group, clocked 36 min 07 secs to finish second behind host city’s Sanjivnai Jadhav who completed the distance in ..

Fuke, Mayur to lead MCA

MLC Dr Parinay Fuke has been elected President and Siddharth Mayur as a Working President unopposed in the Extraordinary General Body Meeting of Maharashtra Chess Association. The long-lasting battle between Maharashtra Chess Association and All Marathi Chess Association came to an end on a sweet note as the latter merged in the parent body in the meeting. Anil Tade was appointed as a Chief Legal Advisor for MCA. In the meeting, 27 districts out of 36 have been recommended for affiliation by the Maharashtr..

Watwe and Das clinch VBA’s bridge pairs title

BRIDGE buffs had a patient and comfortable round of pairs event at their favourite bridge playing haunt, the Vidarbha Bridge Association’s sports complex in Shankar Nagar. Competing from a field of 8 pairs from Vidarbha region in 28 deals Match Point contest played in Howell movement, Sudhir Watwe and AK Das combined well and succeeded in wresting top honours with 60.12 MP. Their performance was applauded by all bridge-mates. Just behind them were DK Dutta and SN Kulkarni who finished runners up with ..

District wushu meet from tomorrow Around 250 players to participate

NAGPUR District Wushu Association (NDWA) is organising a two-day District-level Wushu Championship 2021 that will commence from Saturday. The championship will be held at Avis Fitness Studio, Central Avenue, Ambedkar Square, Wardhaman Nagar. The event will be inaugurated at 8 am at the hands of Piyush Ambulkar, Sports Officer, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC)...

Fencing assn welcomes new national body

NAGPUR District Fencing Association (NDFA) welcomed the unanimous election of Fencing Association of India (FAI) during a Special General Body Meeting and Election of the Executive Board (2021-25) that was held in Raipur recently. MLA from Noida Pankaj Singh was elected as President while Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta was elected as General Secretary of FAI...

Malvika was brilliant in trials: Mishra

THERE were well over hundred matches in the trials for the upcoming Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup organised by Badminton Association of India (BAI) at Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. In the five-day intense battle for supremacy that ended on Wednesday, city’s Malvika Bansod, among India’s top shuttlers, was the only unbeaten player as she took the numero uno position in women’s singles. As many as 80 players took part across the four categories of men’s and women’s singles along with ..

NMC wants to use existing play ground for commercial projects

RESIDENTS of Nelco Society Nagrik Samiti (NSNS) and nearby areas in Pratapnagar were enjoying a serene life while using a well-raised and well maintained play ground located in the society. The ground is enclosed by a compound wall with two gates, it houses a cricket academy, it has a jogging track, a green gym, electric poles and tree plantation on all sides and benches for senior citizens. All these facilities were provided by NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on request of the residents of ..

International runners Nikita, Prajakta for State trials

INTERNATIONAL long distance runners Nikita Raut of Track Star Athletics Club and Prajakta Godbole of Fitness Forever Sports Club along with Shadab Pathan and Riya Dohatare, both Track Star, are part of Nagpur District Athletics Association’s team which is going to take part in the State athletics selection trials which begins at Meenatai Thakre Sports Complex, Nasik from Thursday. The selection trials is being held for Under-23 and open age groups. Medals are expected from all four athletes, hoped ..

‘With Vasu Sir, an era of coaching has ended’

WHILE condoling the demise of former cricketer and coach Vasu Paranjape, one of his proteges, former India player Prashant Vaidya said that with him an era of coaching has ended. Paranjape was among the first set of coaches when the National Cricket Academy was founded in 2000. Paranjpe, 82, breathed his last at his house in Mumbai on Monday. He is survived by wife and son Jatin, who has been an Indian player and a national selector. “Losing him is definitely a sad day for me. He was instrumental ..

Miles N Milers organises cycle rally

Miles and Milers celebrated National Sports Day by organising a cycle rally. Cyclists of Nagpur participated in the rally in large numbers. Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and Bicycle Mayor of Nagpur Dr Amit Samarth were the prominent guests on the occasion. They gave a message to make Nagpur a Cycling City. Many members of Miles and Milers Sports Academy pedalled hundreds of kilometres in and around the city to mark this occasion. Rotary Club also organised a sensitisation event to ..

Agrawal completes Mum Stadium run

NAGPUR’S Ashish Agrawal recently completed a 24-hour stadium run at Mumbai. The event was organised by NEB Sports. This was the third live event of the year. By running 24 hours, Agrawal became the first person to do so from Central India, informs a press release. Agrawal got inspired for a 24-hour run at the stadium after he successfully completed the 12-hour run at same venue in March earlier this year. After discussion with Mitesh Rambhia, Kumar Ajwani and Adv Ekta Awachar, he planned the 24-hour ..

Bansod is FIDE Lecturer

THE only category A level International Arbiter in chess from Vidarbha IA Swapnil Bansod brought laurels to the city by becoming the 4th FIDE Lecturer in India adding another feather in his cap. The prestigious title has been approved by the 2nd FIDE Council. Bansod had complied with all the requirements for FIDE Lecturer (an Arbiter Trainer) in FIDE Arbiter Seminars at Guwahati in December 2017, at Manali in March 2018, at Udaipur in September 2019 and at Salem in December 2019. In all these four ..

Raunak is Vidarbha’s first Super GM Crosses 2600 ELO mark which nobody from Vidarbha has ever reached

RAUNAK Sadhwani has put Nagpur and Vidarbha on world chess map becoming the first player from the region to cross the 2600 ELO mark gaining the status of a Super Grandmaster. The title win at the Innsbruck International Chess Festival that concluded in Austria, the 15-year-old gave a performance rating of 2692 and earned 10.1 Elo rating points crossing that magical mark of 2600. A couple of week ago, Sadhwani had bagged a title in Italy on his Europe sojourn. Maharashtra’s youngest GM Sadhwani ..

Sejal wins AITA doubles title

ONE of Nagpur’s brightest talents in the sport of lawn tennis, Sejal Bhutada has won the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy AITA CS7 Under-16 doubles tennis tournament held at Hyderabad. The tournament was played under various categories and Sejal won in the Under-16 category with her partner Nainika Reddy from Solapur, informs Vijay Naidu of Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Association...

Sports Univ will help shape winners: Kedar

PRAISING the performance of Indians at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, Maharashtra Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Sunil Kedar said that Sports University, coming up in Pune later this years will churn out winners. Kedar was delivering his presidential speech during National Sports Day celebration organised by District Sports Office at Mankapur Stadium. Collector Vimala R was chief guest on the occasion. “Nagpur district will play host to Rashtriya Yuwa Mahotsav from January 12-19, 2022. ..

Ton-up Kale, all-round Taide fashion victories

VIDARBHA players Mohit Kale and Atharva Taide looked in supreme touch as the former with a century and the latter with his all-round show fashioned their respective team’s wins in the county matches in England. Kale hammered a ton and then took two wickets as Wem Cricket Club thrashed Oswestry CC by a huge margin of 214 runs in the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League Premier Division Two match at their home ground Electing to bat, Wem scored a mammoth 327-3 in 50 overs. Number three Kale ..

Will help VHA in getting astro turf: Mayor Tiwari

NAGPUR Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari dedicated hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand’s mural to the city during a ceremony organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at Vidarbha Hockey Association ground on Sunday morning. On the occasion of National Sports Day, the Mayor once again raised hopes of an astro turf at VHA. “The proposal of an astro turf at VHA ground is pending with the government for several years. I request corporator Kishor Jichkar to follow up with the State Government where the file is ..

Prerit, Mitali, Raghav, Sanvi win

KHELO India Nagpur University Training Centre’s Prerit Kashiwar and Mitali Bhoyar, Nav-Maharashtra Krida Mandal’s Raghav Thakre and Modern School’s Sanvi Pathak emerged champions in their respective categories in the 50m time trial race that was held jointly by Nagpur District Athletics Association (NDAA) and RTMNU on Sunday to mark National Sports Day. Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Sports & Physical Education, RTMNU, presided over the prize distribution function while Gurudeo Nagrale, President, ..

Vora, Kashmiri continue to head NDFA

THE new body of Nagpur District Football Association took charge after the election of the association on Sunday. The entire body was elected unanimously at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium, Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. Haresh Vora will continue as President for another term of two years. This will be his fourth term as the chief of the body. Iqbal Kashmiri too will continue to be the secretary. The only change at the top is the election of Mohd Khalid Ansari as treasurer of the association. ..

Nishad wins silver in men’s high jump

INDIA’S Nishad Kumar clinched a silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event in the Tokyo Paralympics with an Asian record effort here on Sunday. Kumar cleared 2.06m to win the silver and set an Asian record. American Dallas Wise was also awarded a silver as he and Kumar cleared the same height of 2.06m...

Captain Wadkar escorts Navniketan to win

CAPTAIN Akshay Wadkar played a superb knock to help his side Navniketan Cricket Club beat All India Reporter (AIR) by five wickets in the ongoing Guzder League A Division T20 Tournament at Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Civil Lines ground, on Friday..

Washim teen summits Mt Kilimanjaro

A 19-year-old youth from Washim has made the district proud by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Yash Maroti Ingole’s dedicated efforts paid off on August 15 when he hoisted the National Flag at Kilimanjaro, 19,341 feet above se..

Kedar to inaugurate Dhyan Chand’s mural at VHA on Sunday

MAHARASHTRA Sports Minister Sunil Kedar will inaugurate the mural of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand at Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) ground on August 29, National Sports Day. The function will be held at 10 am. Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari will pr..

Shrivastava, Parande excel in XI Star, Adv XI wins

FORMER Vidarbha skipper and seasoned campaigner Shalabh Shrivastava played a scintillating knock while Nachiket Parande came out with an all-round performance as their respective teams Eleven Star Cricket Club and Advocate XI Cricket Club registered close wins in league matches of Guzder League A Division Twenty20 Cricket Tournament 2021-22 that resumed after a break of two days at VCA Civil Lines Ground on Thursday. Shrivastava’s unbeaten 80 and skipper Shubham Dubey’s 43 lifted Eleven Star to a ..

Global FC clinch football title

GLOBAL FC pumped in three goals as they went on to clinch the Independence Day 9-a-side football tournament organised by Young Muslim Football Club at YMFC ground, Mominpura. In the summit clash, Global Football Club thrashed Al Fateh FC 3-1 to clinch the title and a cash prize of Rs 11,000 along with a glittering trophy. In was Al Fateh FC who took the lead in the 12th minute of the match. However, Ashir Akhtar drew parity for Global FC in the 20th minute. Global FC then dominated the proceedings ..

Swarnim Vijay Varsh Cyclothon held

TO COMMEMORATE Golden Jubilee Victory Celebrations and to pay tribute to soldiers of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, a 75 km Swarnim Vijay Varsh Cyclothon was organised at Air Force Station, Sonegaon, Nagpur on Thursday. The cyclothon was flagged off by Group Captain Kanchan Kumar, Station Commander, Air Force Station Sonegaon from Air Force Station Sonegaon...

JD lifesaver course is useful for youths: Gadkari

DISTRICT Disaster Management Authority, Collector Office, Nagpur and JD Sports Foundation (JDSF) jointly organised JD Lifesaver (Basic) Training Programme under its Drowning Prevention and Road Safety Awareness Programme recently. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari declared the meet open. This course was held under the framework of Collector of Nagpur R Vimala. In his inaugural speech, Gadkari highlighted the importance and need for technical education for road and water safety through which one can ..

HEROES RETURN HOME to a befitting welcome

“It was a very emotional moment for me when I realised that we had defeated America in the Compound Round of the World Archery Championship to win the gold medal for India. I was at loss of words and did not know how to express myself,” said Mihir Nitin Apar, visibly excited as his townsman poured in huge numbers to offer the champion a grand welcome in his hometown of Buldana. Apar arrived to a heart-warming reception in the city with crowds pouring in to see their hero. District Sports Office and ..

Vora, Kashmiri unanimous choice for post of president, secretary

THE 18-member executive committee of Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA) will once again be elected unanimously with incumbent president Haresh Vora and secretary Iqbal Kashmiri facing no opposition for their respective posts. Similarly, the four vice-presidents will also continue to hold their posts for a term of two years. The election of the association is scheduled for August 29 at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, North Nagpur. The only change at the top will ..

Rewatkars do it again

BRIDGE buffs from Orange City and those from neighbouring districts within Vidarbha had a decent challenge in VBA competing in open pairs event organised on Sunday. Father and son duo of Raja and Amit Rewatkar were at it again, exhilarating at the top. This time around it was an eight-pairs event played out at their favourite haunt Vidarbha Bridge Association’s sports complex in Shankar Nagar...

Chore shines in North Down’s close win

IN-FORM former Vidarbha player Aniruddha Chore gave North Down a solid start as the team pipped Istonians by four runs in Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League in Ireland. North Down made 226-6 in allotted 40 overs and then the bowlers restricted the rivals to 222-6. Playing at their home ground at Shaw’s Bridge, Istonians won the toss and invited the visitors to take first strike. Openers skipper A Shield (16) and stumper Chore (41) added 46 runs before the former became the first casualty. ..

Dr Suryawanshi, Dr Welukar visit Guj varsity

CONTINUING their study tour, members of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) visited Gujarat University in Ahmedabad to get the knowledge of indoor sports complex and other facilities on Tuesday. Director of Physical Education and Sports, RTMNU Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, former director Dr Dhananjay Welukar along with architect Anand Sarda are on a two-day tour of Ahmedabad where they would be collecting details about the indoor sports complex. This is RTMNU delegates’ second visit after ..

Wakode stars in MRCC win

ANKUSH Wakode came up with a brilliant all-round performance as Medical Representative Cricket Club (MRCC) defeated Lipton Cricket Club by 11 runs in Vidarbha Cricket Association organised Guzder League A Division Twenty20 Cricket Tournament that got under way on Monday at its Civil Lines ground with a double header. Electing to bat, MRCC scored 147-7 in 20 overs and then the bowlers did a fine job bundling out the opponents for 136 in 19.2 overs. Light and medium showers made the ground wet and ..

Construction work of synthetic track begins at RTMNU Sports Complex

THINGS have started taking shape at the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Sports Complex in Ravi Nagar. The work of laying of synthetic track has started with the construction company digging boundaries of cinder track. A JCB excavated earth from the boundary of football ground for the drainage line. With a good base under the cinder track, not much work would be needed on that area. The track is expected to be completed in nine months. The ground breaking ceremony was held recently at ..

Double fault

SUDDENLY, the Big Three who charmed tennis lovers for over a decade have been double faulted by Father Time. Age and the health ills it inflicts on a human body have combined for a conspiracy to rob the game off its much-decorated sheen. A creaky knee has prodded Roger Federer to take a break for the rest of 2021 and his chronic left foot pain has pushed Rafael Nadal on the same course. The Big Two of tennis will be off the courts for the rest of the year and perhaps more. One wishes their absence ..

Rizwan strike gives Bhankheda FC title

STRIKER Rizwan Khan helped Bhankheda Football Club pip Al Fateh to win the Under-14 soccer tournament organised by Young Muslim Football Club (YMFC). A 35th minute goal from the forward was enough for Bhankheda to beat Al Fateh 1-0 in the summit clash. As many as 35 teams participated in the event. Bhankheda pocketed a purse of Rs 3000 cash a trophy while runners-up Al Fateh took home Rs 2000 and a trophy. Baba Football Club’s Ubaid was adjudged as player of the tournament. Apart from the Under-14 ..

MRCC to take on Lipton in opener

AFTER the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced its domestic calendar a few days ago, Vidarbha Cricket Association, (VCA) without wasting any time, has come up with its premier and popular Guzder League. The BCCI calendar starts with Women’s Under-19 One-Dayers and the first men’s tournament to be conducted will be Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy (October 27-November 22). Keeping in sync with the national body, VCA has announced its Twenty20 League that gets under way on Monday. In the ..

Thakur memorial cycle rally gets good response

LAUGHTER Riders and Runners (LRR) in association with Hospitality Professional Welfare India organised a cycle rally in memory of athlete Bharat Singh Thakur on Sunday. As many as 120 cycling enthusiasts participated in the rally. The rally started from Japanese Garden and reached Gorewada Zoo via Toll Naka Friends Colony. After a brief stop at the zoo, the cyclists returned back to end the rally at Japanese garden. All the participants were given refreshments and e-certificates. Guests for the event ..

Young Vedika clinches state chess crown

VEDIKA Pal, one of the budding chess wizards in making, emerged champion in the state school online chess championship organised by Maharashtra Chess Association. Vedika won the tittle in Under-9 age category. She scored seven points out of possible nine. Vedika defeated Ananya Todur, Swaranjali Thwawali, Maitreyi Bera, Ria Sanghavi, Hiranmayee Kulkarni, Chaturthi Pardeshi, and Khanak Paharia...

Webinar on Fit India Movement organised

  Principal Correspondent : THE Department of Physical Education and Sports and National Service Scheme of Anjuman College of Engineering and Technology recently organised a national webinar on Fit India Movement. Sports Department Head Dr Zakir S Khan made the introductory remark. Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Services, Nagpur Division Shekhar Patil was the chief guest of the webinar. Patil asked participants to play together, stay together and suggested consumption of drumsticks ..

Amit Kumar wins archery gold

INDIA’S national flag was hoisted in Poland as ace archer Amit Kumar bagged a gold medal for India at Cadet Youth World Archery Championship. Amit shone as India defeated France 5-1 in final of the recurve team event in the championship, held at Wroclaw city of Poland. Amit Kumar, who wore blue in the finals, scored 72 out of 80 and Services’ Vishal Changmay and Vicky Kushal scored 73 points each...

Youths must take lead in sports and arts, says Ujawane

YOUTHS must take the lead in sports as well as on all fronts including arts and culture, remarked Vilas Ujawane, a senior actor in the Marathi film circuit. Ujawane was addressing a small group gathered to honour Dr Anand Babulal Yadav, who won a gold medal in the 21st National Sqay Martial Arts Championship that was held in Rajasthan. Yadav’s gold came in the 27 year age group in khwank sqay kata event. Over 600 participants representing 27 states took part in the national event. Ujawane felicitated ..

My next target is 2024 Paris Olympics, says bronze medal winner Manjiri

THE senior archers of country might have fallen short of winning a medal at the just-concluded Tokyo Olympics in Japan but the cadets of India made a mark at the Poland World Archery Championship where they produced medal winning performances. The archers achieved their best ever show in the Youth World Championships by grabbing three gold, one silver and a bronze medal in the compound section. In absence of Asian heavyweights Korea and China, Indian archers ruled the roost in the Under-18 (cadet) ..

Anands give joy to AYFC Blank Ajni Boys for soccer title

ANANDS — Thakur and Popche, scored on either side of the break to help Avinash Youth Football Club (AYFC) win Jhund Zopadpatti Football Tournament that concluded at Bhagwan Nagar Ground Nagpur Sports Ground. In final of the event organised by Krida Vikas Sanstha, AYFC blanked Ajni Boys 2-0. Thakur gave the team a 1-0 lead in 22nd minute of play while Popche sealed the deal with another in the second half. Following teams took part in the tourney: Black Boys, Ajni Boys, Avinas..

Kulkarni pockets Panbude chess title

THE third edition of Late Umesh Panbude Benefit Online Blitz Chess Championship saw a yet another champion. Nilay Kulkarni, with 7.5 points from nine matches, was declared winner. He was tied with Dikshank Bajaj at the same score but better tie-break scores went in favour of Kulkarni...

Taide, Kale spin respective teams to victory Faiz century goes in vain

VIDARBHA cricketers Faiz Fazal, Atharva Taide and Mohit Kale have been constantly contributing in the success of their respective teams in English and Irish cricket leagues this season. All three of them had nice outings with Taide and Kale helping their sides to victory while Vidarbha skipper’s yet another ton went in vain. Taide’s all-round show fashioned Lancaster Cricket Club’s thumping nine-wicket win over Kendal Cricket Club in Division One match of Northern Premier Cricket League at Lune Road ..

Rewatkars emerge champions

AFTER getting tremendous success in online bridge, it was time for all seasoned players to show their talent in special open pairs event organised by Vidarbha Bridge Association (VBA) on Independence Day. Father and son duo of Raja and Amit Rewatkar clinched top honours, competing from a field of 11 pairs, played across 10 rounds of 2 boards each in Match Point format...

Nav Maharashtra Krida Mandal fetes sportspersons

  Sports Reporter ; NAV Maharashtra Krida Mandal felicitated its sportspersons who excelled in the Sports Quiz conducted by Maharashtra Athletics Association. Sayali Waghmare, Sujal Jhanjal and Sanyogita Misar achieved the top three spots from the mandal. Naresh Shelke of Marathi daily ‘Sakal’ finished second at the state level. All were honoured at the hands of Shankar Tule, Yogesh Thakre and Sarang Mirashi. Jitendra Ghordadekar made introductory remarks. Sayali conducted ..

‘Want to give something back to the game’

THANKSGIVING is a very important thing in life to express gratitude. And it becomes more relevant when it is not limited to words but is translated into some concrete action. So, it hardly came as a surprise when Roopkumar Naidu, city’s former international handball player and a person who served Sports Authority of India (SAI) in various top roles decided to give something back to handball after his retirement. On Monday, Premier Handball League (PHL) announced Garvit Gujarat as the first team (of ..

Sadhwani pockets Spilimbergo crown

CITY’S lone Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani once again brought laurels to the nation by pocketing Spilimbergo Open Masters Chess Tournament that concluded on Independence Day in Italy. This was Sadhwani’s seventh tournament in a row in Europe. In the week-long tournament Sadhwani accumulated seven points form nine rounds. He remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. The 15-year-old lad gained +10 ELO Rating points for the stunning win. During the entire week, Sadhwani played some quality chess to lay ..

Sports organisations celebrate Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE Day was celebrated with great zeal by various sports organisations of the city. A bicycle rally was organised by the newly appointed Bicycle Mayor of Nagpur Dr Amit Samarth. The rally was flagged off by the NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and the District Collector Vimla. Both encouraged people to take up cycling as a means of transport and assured that they would soon help develop Nagpur into a Cycling City. The rally was well attended by many citizens. India Pedals, a non-profit organisatio..

Budokan belt gradation exam organised

KARATE Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) and Karate Budokan Academy recently organised budokan coaching and belt gradation examination. The coaching and examination was organised by Kyoshi Harish Choube, Black Belt 7th Dan. Around 65 karatekas took part in the coaching and belt gradation examination. Out of these, six participants including Virendra Lautkar, Pawan Sahare, Ashok Sahare, Rajesh D’Silva, Ranjan Deb and Karunkumar Tirpude received 5th Dan Black Belt (Shodan)...

Webinar on importance of sports to maintain health held

A One day webinar on importance of sports to maintain health was organised by the Sports Department of KDK College of Engineering, Nagpur. The webinar was held under FIT India Movement. Dr Kalpana Jadhav former, Director, Department of Physical Education and Sports, RTMNU was the guest speaker on the occasion. She spoke on the importance of sports and physical activities during pandemic period. Dr Jadhav advised that at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily should be performed by all. “The COVID-19 ..

NDFA election on August 29

   By Paritosh PramanikTHE Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA) will be holding its election on August 29. In all probability, the present executive committee will continue with the only change being expected for the treasurer’s post. The new body will be elected for the period of two years.For the first time, the election will be held at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, NDFA’s new office. The election notice and forms will be issued on ..