Sports

Langa speaks on karate during a webinar

CENTRAL India Asian Karate Federation’s only Judge Hanshi Dr Zakir Khan Langa conducted a webinar on karate. Langa, who is also Treasurer, Karate Maharashtra Sports Association and Director, Physical Education, Anjuman College of Engineering & Technology held the webinar on Google Meet. The event was organised by Dr DG Sontakke, Head of the Department, Department of Physical Education, Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts & Social Sciences and Dr Chhaya Patil, Director Physical Education...

International ref Mahajan passes away

A PALL of gloom descended on wrestling fraternity of the city as it lost international referee Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee Dilip Mahajan. Mahajan, who belonged to Shrimant Sardar Tatyasaheb Gujar Vyayam Shala, Tulsibagh, breathed his last on Monday...

Ex-Australian batsman Dean Jones passes away in Mumbai hotel

FORMER Australia batsman Dean Jones, one of the finest exponents of ODI cricket, died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday. Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League. He was in a bio-bubble in a city hotel. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones ..

Opportunity for city sportspersons

THERE is a great opportunity for city’s sportspersons from various disciplines to show their skills and get a chance to be part of Airports Authority of India Sports Control Board’s (AAISCB) Scholarship Scheme. AAISCB has started a sports scholarship scheme for outstanding sportspersons for the financial year 2021-2022 which will be given to the players over 14 years. The scholarship will be given in disciplines like badminton (boys and girls), cricket (boys),..

Webinar on tug of war organised

A webinar on tug of war sport was held on Wednesday through Google Meet platform. The webinar was organised by Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Science. Dr DG Sontakke, HoD VNGIASS and Dr Chhaya Patil, Director, Physical Education Department, VNGIASS were the co-ordinators. Dr Zakir Khan Langa was the resource person who elaborated on the sport and its technicalities. Dr Sunitra Maharaj Patil, Principal, VNGIASS made the introductory remark...

Nawal all praise for ITI’s initiative

AMRAVATI, THE initiative taken by Industrial Training Institute (ITI) is useful in providing skilled manpower as per demand of the industry and also for job creation. Such activities will continue in district, assured Shailesh Nawal, Amravati District Collector here recently while addressing a programme organised during departure of students for training and placement at Aurangabad. ITI has taken steps to get placement for students. Under the same initiat..

AAN’s online sessions for Nagpur swimmers get good response

AQUATIC Association, Nagpur (AAN) organised online fitness sessions for all swimmers of the city on Google meet recently. Online sessions got very good response. More than 180 swimmers attended the sessions. The first session on ‘Importance of warm-up before main work-out’ was conducted by Sachin Deshmukh (MP Ed, DY Ed, NIS in Health & Fitness)...

Need to increase licensed football coaches in Nagpur: Shivalkar

INDIAN Friends Football Cub (IFFC) recently organised a webinar ‘Let’s talk Football — Coaches Training Programme. Former India striker and Air India, Churchill Brothers, Mumbai FC and Head Coach of Mahrashrtra team at Khelo India Youth Games Paresh Shivalkar was the guest speaker on the occasion. Shivalkar, who is Director, Reliance Youth Sports Foundation (Maharashtra) guided coaches of Nagpur city through the online session. Shivalkar said..

Mungantiwar to start 10 hot water kiosks for Ballarpurians

FORMER Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has taken initiative to start 10 hot water kiosks for people in Ballarpur town to deal with coronavirus crisis. These kiosks will be raised and run through his MLA’s fund. Hot water is considered a good preventive measure for coronaviurs and hence Mungantiwar has approved 10 hot water kiosk in Ballarpur town...

Vidarbha beat Raj by 7 wkts inside 3 days on a green top

A RE-LAID VCA turf was fast bowlers’ paradise at one time. The pitch that sported generous amount of green could not stop famous English umpire (late) David Shepherd remarking, “Looks like home, don’t it?” on eve of the India-Australia third Test of the four-match series in October 2004. The Aussies enjoyed the pace and bounce as Indian batsmen wilted. Australia (398 & 329/5d) beat India (185 & 200) by 342 runs to conquer ‘The Fi..

Iyer takes rapid crown

SHIVA Iyer was just too good in the second edition of Prabhakarrao Karkar Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament that concluded late on Sunday night. The tourney was conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association in a joint venture with Lions Club Nagpur through the platform of lichess.org. Iyer was the only player to win all his eight rounds while as many as six players were tied with six points each to take 2-7 spots. In the two-day event, playing with white pieces on top board in the final round, Iyer ..

Parents, Govt must take initiative in promoting lifesaving sports: Duble

IN INDIA, according to National Crime Records Bureau, everyday 83 people die due to drowning with the basic reasons being lack of basic knowledge of water safety and lifesaving techniques. Introduction of lifesaving sports might help in reducing the figures, feels Dr Jaiprakash Duble, former Joint Director of Sports & Youth Services, Govt of Maharashtr..

Student activists apprise Samant of exam related issues

Amravati, Amravati District National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists presented a memorandum to Uday Samant, Higher and Technical Education Minister, regarding issues related to Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University (SGAU)during his visit here the other day. In the memorandum, the NSUI activists said that this year, for the first time, an online MCQ Pattern is being conducted through the university for final year examiation, so there is a possibility of students getting confused. An MCQ-based ..

National-level webinar on online coaching by NUPETA

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Physical Education Teachers’ Association (NUPETA) recently organised a national-level webinar on Online Teaching-Learning and Coaching and Recent UGC Regulation on CAS. The webinar was held in association with Department of Physical Education and Sports; Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi; Taywade College, Mahadula-Koradi; Renuka College, Besa; RS Mundle Dharampeth Arts and Commerce College; CJ Patel College, Tirora and Jyotiba College of Physical Education. ..

City cager Siya lands in US Joins Life Prep Academy on scholarship

CITY hoopster Siya Deodhar has inched closer to fulfilling her dream of playing the WNBA after she landed in the United States and joined the prestigious Life Prep Academy a few days ago. Though the WNBA dream is quite far, Siya joining the academy in the United States would definitely give her dreams the wings to aim for the highest peak one day. The talented cager from Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana will be becoming first professional basketball player from Nagpu..

Karkar memorial open rapid chess from Saturday

THE second edition of Prabhakarrao Karkar Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament to be conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association in a joint venture with Lions Club Nagpur City will begin on Saturday. The two-day event that gets under way at 6 pm will be played through the platform of lichess.org. The tournament will be conducted online under the supervision of FA Umesh Panbude...

HTKBS players keeping themselves fit

PLAYERS of Hingna Taluka Krida Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha (HTKBS) Club, Hingna, following different sports, are keeping themselves fit under their respective coaches, informs Taluka Sports Co-ordinator Rajesh Bhute through a press release. A group of sports enthusiasts are practising yoga at New Bus Stop under the able guidance of Ashok Kumbhre...

BWF’s decision needs to be taken positively: Malvika

ANYBODY would lose heart on learning that a chance of representing the country has been delayed, more so if the news comes on the birthday. But champions think differently. City shuttler Malvika, who turned 19 on Tuesday, feels Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) decision needs to be taken positively. The Thomas and Uber Cup in Denmark was postponed to next year by BWF following a wave of withdrawals by top teams due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. India had announced both the men’s and women’s squads ..

Deshpande’s double dhamaka! Wicketkeeper-opener slams tons in each innings

A SPECIALIST job in cricket considered to be the most thankless one is wicketkeeping. It only adds to the pressure if the stumper doubles up as an opening batsman. It may also be advantageous in one aspect that after a long haul as a keeper, returning to the crease as a batsman, the player loses no time in sighting the ball. Encashing on these precise points, Vidarbha’s Amit Deshpande became the only player from the region to still hold the record of hit..

Iyer bags rapid chess crown

UNBEATEN overnight sole leader Ramchandra Iyer continued from where he left on Saturday and maintained his winning run to emerge victorious in the fourth edition of District-Level Online Rapid Chess Tournament that concluded on Sunday...

Kashikar leads coaches delegation for opening of indoor halls

SECRETARY (Tournaments) of the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) Mangesh Kashikar, backed by around 200 state badminton coaches, met MBA President Arun Lakhani requesting him to look into open indoor halls for regular badminton practise. Kashikar, also Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association, handed over a memorandum to Lakhani a..

NDCA’s 4th rapid chess begins today

 NAGPUR District Chess Association will be conducting District-Level Online Rapid Chess Tournament on coming Saturday and Sunday. The competition will begin from 6 pm onwards through the platform of lichess.org. Maximum number of rounds will be eight, informs a press release. Tournament will start at 6 pm on September 12. Similarly, further rounds will continue form 6 pm on Sunday. Players of Nagpur district will be eligible to participate in the competition. The prize money is Rs 3000.The entry ..

NS SM holds national-level webinar

KRIDA Mandal’s Nagpur Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalya organised one day national-level webinar on ‘Modern Trends and Scientific Approach in Training Competitive Hockey’. The webinar was organised on the occasion of National Sports Day which was celebrated on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. Dr Subhash Choudhary, ViceChancellor, RashtrasantTukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University was the chief guest on the occasion. President of Krida Mandal Dilip Dhabe presided ..

Tenders for RTMNU’s synthetic track to be floated for third time

ATHLETES in the city will have to wait for another couple of years to get synthetic track at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University’s (RTMNU) ground off Ravi Nagar due to the lackadaisical approach of Public Works Department (PWD). It is for the third time in around two years that tenders will be floated again by the PWD. On the first attempt nobody showed interest...

City’s Malvika in Indian squad

CITY’S top shuttler Malvika Bansod has been named in the Indian squad for next month’s Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) said on Thursday. Malvika, who is India Number 2 in BAI Rankings at just 19, was selected for Sports Authority of India’s proposed preparatory camp in Hyderabad which was originally scheduled to start on September 7 and conclude on September 27 for the event set for October 3 to 11 in Aarhus, Denmark...

EX-HONG KONG SKIPPER RATH ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR VID

IN THE Asia Cup held at Dubai in 2018 when Anshuman Rath was leading Hong Kong, his side came very close to upsetting India. Rath (73) and fellow opener Nizakat Khan (92) had led the charge adding 174 runs. But the associate member team, chasing India’s score of 285-7, could reach 259-8 going down by 26 runs. Rath, who is just 22, now has relocated himself to India and hopes to “bleed blue” some day representing India. The southpaw..

Porwal College conducts natl e-conference on yoga

SK PORWAL College, Kamptee organised a one day Interdisciplinary National eConference on ‘Role of Holistic Approaches ofYoga during COVID – 19’ in collaboration with Physical Education Foundation of India (PEFI), New Delhi. The e-Conference was jointly organised in association with Dhanwate National College, Nagpur, Yashoda Girls Arts & Commerce College, Nagpur, Saradrao Pawar Arts & Commerce College, Gadchandur and SP College Of Law, Chandrapur. It was conducted virtually on Google Meet, Facebook ..

Handball coaches clear SAI’s coach education examination

SIX handball coaches from city — Dr Sunil Bhotmange, Dr Dhiraj Bhoskar, Dr Nishant Arun Tipte, Rakesh Bansod, Sagar Gupta and Aman Khiche cleared On-line Coach Education Programme Examination conducted by National Testing Agency...

RANADE POCKETS MAIDEN DISTRICT TITLE

MAYANK Ranade won his first district title by emerging champion in the 12th Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) organised by Nagpur District Chess Association through the lichess.org platform. Ranade finished at the sam..

Home isolation now allowed in rural areas too: Nawal

LIKE in the city, now corona patients in rural areas of the district can also be allowed home isolation, informed Shailesh Nawal, District Disaster Management Authority Chairman and District Collector. He was addressing the media at the Collector’s Office. Nawal informed that administration has issued guidelines for home isolation of patients. From August 1, permission was given to asymptomatic patients within AMC areas to isolate themselves at home...

Double Delight Gandhe claims hat-trick, Faiz hits double ton in Vid win

IF SOME brilliant performances by individuals culminate into team’s victory, the joy is multiplied manifold. Riding on two such exceptional shows, Vidarbha, coming into the match having lost the Ranji Trophy season opener to Madhya Pradesh by ten wickets, recorded an exciting win over Services in Delhi in 2008. Vidarbha opener Faiz Fazal cracked an unbeaten double hundred while skipper Pritam Gandhe registered his second First-Class hat-trick in their 135-run Plate Group B win at Palam A Ground, Model ..

Varma, Gregory get PhD in sports related topics

CITY’S national football referee Stanley Gregory and Upendra Varma, who is associated with various sports associations, have been awarded with doctorate degrees in physical education in the faculty of interdisciplinary studies. Gregory’s research title was ‘A Critical Study of Emotional Competence, Adjustment and Alienation Traits in Football Referee Officiating at Different Levels.’..

Gadkari assures to restart Finlay Mill in Achalpur soon

Finaly Mill in Achalpur, which was closed since lockdown, will restart soon as positive discussion regarding the mill was taken in a meeting with Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister. The meeting was conducted by office-bearers of District Wing of BJP in Nagpur on Sunday...

Cycle polo players eligible for government sports quota jobs

PERSISTENT efforts of Cycle Polo Federation of India bore fruits as its players have now become eligible for government sports quota jobs, informs Gajanan Burde, General Secretary of the federation. After recommendations of the Sports Ministry, Government of India, the Department of Personnel and Training that comes under the Ministry of Per..

Good response to NDCA’s online blitz chess meet

THE 12th edition of Nagpur District Chess Association’s (NDCA) Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) got under way through the platform of lichess.org on Sunday. Total 39 players are participating in the tournament. In all nine rounds will be played. The time control given to all players is five minutes each to finish the game. The tournament is conducted under the supervision of IA Pravin Pantawane and FA Umesh Panbude...

Choudhary excels in SAI-SFI online exams

CITY’S swimming coaches made most of the opportunities that came their way during the lockdown period. With no sporting activity, the sportspersons and coaches had not much to do. But Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Swimming Federation of India (SFI) came up with online ‘Swim Coaches Knowledge Series # 1’ for enhancing the knowledge of Indian swimming coaches. The trio of Roshan Choudhary, Pravin Rohad and Shubham Itankar enrolled for the series and got the advance knowledge of technical aspects ..

Chase your dreams with hard work to achieve success: Chatterjee

THE Department of Physical Education and Sports of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University celebrated National Sports Day by organising an online talk show with international tennis umpire Supriya Chatterjee. Speaking during t..

‘Confer Bharat Ratna upon Major Dhyan Chand’

AMRAVATI Peace Forum sent a memorandum to President of India and also submitted a copy to administration demanding to honour Major Dhyan Chand with Bharat Ratna award. In the memorandum, the Peace Forum said that Major Dhyan Chand scripted his name in golden letters in the history of Indian hockey. He led the Indian hockey team and was also the member of gold medal winning Indian hockey team at 1928 Olympic, 1932 and 1936...

GC CRPF conducts volleyball meet

THE Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Khelo India organised 3-a-side volleyball matches across 1600 locations pan India to promote community sports marking the National Sports Day. Keeping in tune, the GC CRPF, Nagpur also orgainsed the popular sport on their campus. The match, inaugurated by Sanjay Kumar, DIGP, GC CRPF, was played between GC CRPF and Lalsingh Academy...

Dhanashree finishes second in Fed Cup Yoga Championship

CITY’S international yoga player Dhanashree Lekurwale finished a creditable second in the recently held online 4th Federation Cup Yoga Sports Championship. The championship was organised by Yoga Federation of India. Dhanashree won the silver medal in the senior group while representing Maharashtra. She competed in Athletic event to emerge second...

Vidarbha’s Hinganghat hurt Padam Shastri, VB Singh excel in Rajasthan victory

 Satish Takle recorded his best First-Class figures. By Anupam Soni :   Padam Shastri, VB Singh excel in Rajasthan victory  CRISIS brings out the best from those who are fighters. Sometimes, a couple of outstanding performances can change the complexion of a game. With his team in doldrums, Rajasthan’s top order batsman Padam Shastri not only bailed out the team (in the first innings) but later went on to hit the winning runs. Another brilliant show came from all-rounder ..

Strong sports policy to be implemented in State: Kedar

“MAHARASHTRA Government will be implementing a strong sports policy in the State so that sportspersons from the region could win medals not only at national level but also at international stage,” State Sports Minister Sunil ..

Divya ‘honoured’ to be part of title winning Indian team

NAGPUR’S talented chess prodigy Divya Deshmukh was over the moon after Indian team, of which she was a part, was declared joint winners of the Online Chess Olympiad along with Russia. “Thank you everyone for your wishes, support and love! couldn’t have done it without you guys!,” tweeted the 14-year-old Divya on Sunday evening. India and Russia were ..

Sportspersons receive national honours virtually

INDIA’S sporting heroes were bestowed the annual national awards in an unparalleled online ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic during which athletes logged in from multiple cities to be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday. This year a whopping 74 winners were picked for the national honours, including an unprecedented five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna awardees...

Gandhe to officiate in IPL in UAE

NAGPUR’S international umpire Ulhas Gandhe has been appointed as an official for the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) which is scheduled to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10. The 13th edition of IPL has been shifted out of India due to coronavirus pandemic. During the 60-match IPL, Gandhe, who works as Senior Accountant with Accountant General (A&E)II Maharashtra Nagpur, will perform his duties as an umpire (Match official). Last year, Gandhe officiated ..

GM Sadhwani impresses in intl chess meet

NAGPUR’S only Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani performed exceedingly well in the recently concluded Katara Online International Arena Chess Competition. The online Bullet Finals (one minute chess) was sponsored by the Qatari Chess Association. In the competition, which was studded with world’s best chess brains including Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen, who eventually won the title, Maharashtra’s youngest GM Sadhwani overcame challenges from higher r..

‘Organ donation is social responsibility’

Amravati, “Organ donation is need of the hour as it can save life of patients who desperately need those. Organ donation should be considered as a social responsibility ,” said Dr Shyamsunder Nikam, District Civil Surgeon. Nikam was addressing an online organ donation awareness programme jointly organised by Health Centre and National Service Scheme Department of Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University (SGAU). The programme was organised on th..

Dayal, Chetak clear SAI’s Coaches Education Programme

CITY’S noted badminton coaches Ajay Dayal and Chetak Khedikar along with Anand Apte cleared the Coaches Education Programme examination conducted by Sports Authority of India (SAI) through the National Testing Agency (NTA) recently. Dayal, current junior Indian team coach a former national badminton coach and ex-international player cleared the exam for the shuttle sport while Khedikar, who works with Centre Point School, cleared twin exams — one for badminton and the other for sports science. Khedikar ..

Nagpur District Cycle Polo Association congratulates Insignia recipient Burde

POLICE Sub-Inspector and member of Subhash Mandal, Subhash Burde was congratulated by Nagpur District Amateur Cycle Polo Association after he received the DG Insignia on Independence Day. Burde, who is also a member of Nagpur District Amateur Cycle Polo Association received the award at the hands of Rakesh Ola, Superintendent of Police, Nagpur Rural...

Youth serving food to needy in lockdown feted

Chandur Bazar branch of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) recently felicitated Suyog Gorle, a youth and and his family members from Madhan in tehsil for opening Annachhatra (food serving centre)at his resident for 45 days for extending help to poor and needy persons during lockdown period. Notably, lockdown was imposed in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus which caused havoc across the globe. The lockdown had badly affecte..

Deshpande wins his maiden online blitz chess title

SUHAN Deshpande bounced back from a second round setback to clinch his maiden online blitz chess title, the other day. Out of nine rounds, Deshpande won eight to emerge clear winner of the 11th edition of the competition organised by Nagpur District Chess Association through the platform of lichess.org. Total 42 players participated in the tournament where the time control for players was of 5 minutes each to finish the game. Arush Chitre finished second with 7.5 points while Aditya Bodkhe finished ..

Divyang players congratulate Munishwar

A HOST of city’s disabled players representing various associations congratulated Vijay Munishwar for being selected for the prestigious Dronacharya Lifetime Achievement Award. Munishwar, who got Arjuna Awardee as a player in 2000, was named as recipient of the Drona award by sports ministry the other day. The honour will be bestowed upon him on National..

‘Co-op Banks ready to lend Rs 100 cr to women SHGs’

AMRAVATI, DISTRICT Co-operative Bank has shown readiness to provide funds up to Rs 100 crore for credit to women’s self help groups for women empowerment in the district. Accordingly, Women’s Development Financial Corporation will provide financial assistance to women self-help groups for industry and businesses, announced Adv Yashomati Thakur, Women and Child Development Minister and Guardian Minister of the District...

Vidarbha collapse in Amravati, yet again

LIGHTNING does strike at the same place twice. Having lost their first-ever Ranji Trophy match in Amravati in 1976, hosts Vidarbha were dealt with the same fate once again, four years later (December 1980) in the same city. Though venues on both the occasions were different, the results were almost the same...Rajasthan winning those games comfortably. In first match played in Amravati at Territorial Army Parade Ground (Reforms Club Ground) both the teams failed to cross even the two-hundred run mark ..

Good response to NDCA OLBCT

AFTER a break of almost four weeks, Nagpur District Chess Association organised 11th edition of Online Blitz Chess Tournament (OLBCT) got under way on Sunday with a much better response than the earlier editions. The event being played through the platform of lichess.org, saw participation of as many as 42 players. In all, nine rounds will be played...

Divya shines as India stun China Qualify for Chess Olympiad quarters

NAGPUR’S Divya Deshmukh starred with a crucial win as India stunned a formidable China 4-2 in the ninth and final preliminary round to make quarter-finals of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Sunday. The Indian team, which finished at the top of Top Division Pool ‘A’, will play the quarter-finals against a yet-to-be-decided opponent on August 28. Four draws and two wins on Under-20 boards helped India pull off the victory against the Chinese...

Mayor Joshi felicitates Munishwar

NAGPUR Mayor Sandip Joshi felicitated para athlete of the city Vijay Munishwar for being selected for the Dronacharya Award (Lifetime Achievement). Munishwar became the first sportsperson from Maharashtra to complete set of awards as a player and then as a coach. He had received Maharashtra’s top award for a player Shiv Chhatrapati Award (1990-91) and then won the Dadoji Konddev Award (2006-07) in coach’s category. He was conferred with Arjuna award also by the Sports Ministry. Munishwar will be conferred ..

Ramachandran snaps Panbude’s winning run

V RAMACHANDRAN snapped the unbeaten winning run of overnight sole leader Umesh Panbude in the 7th Kamal Kumar Barat Memorial Online Classical Chess Tournament on Thursday. On the top board of the sixth round, Ramachandran, playing with white pieces, outwitted Panbude. The result made both of the joint leaders with five points apiece on penultimate day of the four-day annual event for veterans (for players above 45 years) being organised by Nagpur District Chess Association...

India Pedals holds cycle rally

INDIA Pedals, a citizens initiative to promote cycling as a way of life, organised Independence Day Cycle Rally on August 15. The rally was attended by around 300 cyclist from city. The route for the rally was Ladies Club Square - Law College Square - Ravi Nagar - LAD College Square - Ambazari Lake - Mate Chowk - Pratap Nagar Chowk - Khamla Squ..

Panbude is sole leader

UMESH Dinkarrao Panbude emerged sole leader at the end of Round 4 of the 7th Kamal Kumar Barat Memorial Online Classical Chess Tournament on Wednesday. Winning all his four games, Panbude was right at the top with four points in the online meet organised by Nagpur District Chess Association for players above 45 years...

Rambhia raises funds for war widows by running 74 kms on 74th I-Day

WELL-KNOWN sports enthusiast and marathoner of the city Mitesh Rambhia, under the banner of Adventures and You and support from Saraswati Vidyalaya Alumni Association (SVAA), successfully ran 74 kms on 74th Independence Day to raise funds for the war widows of the country. The fund-raising event saw citizens donating Rs 1,25,000 till the evening of August 15. Rambhia started his run at 4 am on 15th from his school Saraswati Vidyalaya, located at Shankar Nagar...

Munishwar to the four

THE much decorated para athlete of the city Vijay Munishwar added one more important sporting honour to his name when as he found a place in the list of Droncharaya Awardees (Lifetime Achievement) that was announced on Tuesday. Munishwar became the first sportsperson from Maharashtra to complete the set of awards as a player and then as a coach. Maharashtra’s top award for a player is Shiv Chhatrapati Award (1990-91) while that for the coach is Dadoji Konddev Award (2006-07)...

City’s Dhanashree leading Mah squad in Federation Cup

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed yoga player Dhanashree Lekurwale has been selected to lead the Senior Maharashtra squad in the 4th Federation Cup Live Online Competition. The competition got under way on August 15 and will continue till August 30...

Ramteke brothers script 1-2 finish in online chess

RAMTEKE brothers, Sumedh and Ayush, clinched the top two positions in the Third Online Rapid Chess Tournament organised by Nagpur District Chess Association. The two-day event was organised through the platform of lichess.org. Only Nagpur district players were allowed to participate in the competition which had a total prize money of Rs 3000. Elder brother Sumedh won the title with 7.5 points from maximum eight while the younger Ayush followed him at the second spot with 6.5 points...

Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat, Rani Rampal among 5 picked up for Khel Ratna Award

STAR cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal were among an unprecedented five picked for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, while another unparalleled 29 were recommended for the Arjuna award by the Sports Ministry’s selection committee here on Tuesday. Paddler Manika Batra and Rio Pa..

A rare dismissal and a dubious record

THE second and last First-Class match played at Akola Cricket Club Ground in Akola will be remembered for a dismissal not seen often in the game of cricket. In a Ranji Trophy Central Zone League played between Vidarbha and Rajasthan in December 1984 (3-day match played on matting wicket), Vidarbha all-rounder Hemant Wasu was declared out ‘obstructing the field’ in the second innings. Vidarbha skipper Suhas Phadkar won flip of the coin and decided to make first use of..

When skipper Dhoni asked Dada to lead India

MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni has earned many adjectives in his life for his looks (early on in his career with long and coloured hair-do), unorthodox batting style, match-finishing abilities, leadership skills and calm & cool demeanour on the field. Dhoni’s one small gesture that is not remembered often was witnessed by Nagpur fans at Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Jamtha Stadium in 2008. In Sourav Ganguly’s farewell Test match at Nagpur, Dhoni, who was newly-appointed skipper of the Indian team, offered ..

Hockey fraternity shocked with untimely death of Kanojiya

HOCKEY fraternity of the region is shocked with the untimely death of Dharamraj Kanojiya, a former national level umpire of Vidarbha Hockey Association. Kanojiya, a resident of Sadar and former employee of MECL, passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19 at the age of 66. “Dharamraj was admitted to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (Mayo) and Hospital last week. But he could not recover,” his brother-in-law Sunil Kanojiya told ‘The Hitavada’...

Three city seamers to accompany IPL teams

THE trio of young city speed merchants Aditya Thakare, Saurabh Dubey and Nachiket Bhute have been rewarded for their consistency by different Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees. India pacer Umesh Yadav is the only regular IPL player from the city while young all-rounder Darshan Nalkande, who will be having his second season with Kings XI Punjab, is yet to make his debut. It will be a huge step for Thakare, Dubey and Bhute, who have been picked as net bowlers for thirteenth edition of the popular ..

Eco-Pro reiterates commitment to conserve forests

The activists of Eco-Pro organisation tied ‘Rakhis’ to trees in the forest of Lohara-Mamla in a traditional gesture of their dedication towards protection and conservation of forest for the sake of future generation. Eco-Pro organisation has made it a tradition to repeat their commitment for protection of Lohara-Mamla forest after the organisation had fought tooth and nail and successfully thwarted the move of Adani Group of Industries to establish opencast mine there by destruction of around 2000 ..