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NDFA celebrates Ambedkar Jayanti

NAGPUR District Football Association (NDFA), the soccer governing body of the district, celebrated the 130th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on Wednesday. In a simple function organised at NDFA’s Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, members of the association celebrated the occasion. NDFA President Haresh Vora and Secretary Iqbal Kashmiri attended the function through video conference...

HVPM athletes for Nepal championship

ATHLETES of Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM) Athletics Club did the institution proud by getting selected for the athletics meet which is going to be held at Nepal. Four athletes from the club have been picked for the Asian Athletics Championship which gets under way on Thursday. Jagruti Gajanan Shingare, Varsha Hari Kanpure, Priyanka Sunil Pawar and Om Hirpurkar will be participating in the Pacific Asian Athletic Championship. At the National Pacific Sports Meet held at Rajasthan, Jagruti ..

Opportunity for city coaches; NIS Patiala to conduct 6-week certificate course in June

COACHES from Nagpur have an opportunity to enrol themselves and get certificates in coaching by the renowned Sports Authority of India’s Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports. The premier coaching institution of the country will be conducting six-week certificate course in sports coaching under mass sports participation prorgamme in the month of June. There are several coaches in Nagpur who are imparting coaching without any diploma or certificate. This certificate course will help Nagpur ..

Rise in corona cases postpones district athletics meet

WITH the daily figures of rising positive patients and deaths due to coronavirus in the city as well as in the whole of Maharashtra State, the organisers have postponed the district as well as senior athletics championship. The district tourney was scheduled to be organised from April 15 has been postponed and no fresh dates have been announced. Likewise, the state championship that was scheduled to be held at Pune during the month end has also been postponed. Both events were important as far ..

Alfiya to take on Reka in QF

NAGPUR pugilist Alfiya Pathan will take on Hungary’s Reka Hoffmann in quarter-finals of the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships that got under way at Kielce in Poland on Tuesday. In the +81kg category, apart from Alfiya, there are seven more boxers competing in the event. Alfiya will fight Reka on April 18 afternoon, according to the schedule posted on AIBA site...

Guru Govindsingh Stadium in North Nagpur to be developed by NMC

NAGPUR Municipal Corporation (NMC) has announced to develop six grounds at six MLA constituencies of the city. In that regard, NMC Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane inspected Guru Govindsingh Stadium in North Nagpur the other day. Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, in a recent visit to the stadium, had asked the officials to level the ground and make it playable with all basic facilities...

Much of positive patients dying due to shock: Yoga guru Khodaskar

IT’S all in the mind they say. And yes, death too, if you believe yoga guru Dr Arun Khodaskar. Expressing his views in a webinar, Dr Khodaskar said that twenty-five to thirty corona positive patients are dying because of mental shock. Dr Khodaskar is a former Principal of Degree College of Physical Education run by Shri Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal. Speaking on the subject ‘Controlling mental tension with yoga and diet’ in a webinar organised by Bhopal’s Government Hamidiya Arts and Commerce College, ..

Multi-sports artificial turf ground comes up in East Nagpur

A NEW multi-sports facility – FOICER – has come up in East Nagpur. It boasts of one the city’s biggest artificial turf grounds, according to the owners of the facility. The FIFA certified CC+ artificial turf (55 mm thick) can cater to football, cricket, volleyball and rugby as well. Players of these sports can use the facility even in floodlights. Raja Ram Goyal, a dal mill owner, is the brain behind this new sports facility. He owns a vacant piece of land of over 6000 sq ft adjacent to his mill. ..

City’s Alfiya raring to go

Sports Reporter : NAGPUR’S Alfiya Pathan is raring to go at the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships that get under way on Tuesday. The upcoming boxer will be participating in the women’s +81kg category. The Polish city of Kielce is facing lockdown because of a new wave of COVID-19 in Europe but it is also gearing up to host the championships. Boxers from more than 50 countries are participating in the 10-day long tournament. The Boxing Federation of ..

NGA urges for opening of fitness industry

EVEN as the authorities are contemplating another complete lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra, Nagpur Gym Association (NGA) has come up with a request to consider opening fitness industries on priority that is shut since 2020. Terming themselves as “Health Workers”, an NGA press release issued by Kuldeep Chikane, Rohit Shahu and Dr Kevin Agrawal states that they work under the banner of Fit India and that they not only build strength and immunity but also we help in overcoming people suffering ..

MCAD office inaugurated

OFFICE of the Maharashtra Cricket Association For Disabled (MCAD), Nagpur that has come up on Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur premises was inaugurated recently. Vijay Munishwar Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardee was chief guest on the occasion. Uttam Mishra, President, MCAD presided over. Corporators Sakshi Raut and Dinesh Yadav, Vipin Raut and Namdevrao Balgar, Vice-President, MCAD were the guests of honour. A host of dignitatries representing various associations for handicapped persons attended ..

Martin Nagar clinch cricket crown

MARTIN Nagar defeated DCP Dharampeth XI by six runs to clinch the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena organised cricket tournament at Zingabai Takli the other day. Around 64 teams participated in the tournament which carried a winner’s purse of Rs 21,111. Batting first, Martin Nagar scored 83 runs. In reply, DCP Dharampeth XI were all out for 77 runs thus losing the match by five runs. Martin Nagar won a glittering trophy along with cash prize. Dharampeth XI took home a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 11,111. ..

Yadav, Kiloria are ‘Champion of Champions’

Praneeth Yadav and Ujjain’s Shivani Kiloria emerged as ‘Champion of Champions Award’ for their all-round brilliant performance in the three-day mallakhamb competition held at Tatya Tope Stadium recently. Ujjain district players came out with wonderful show to bag both the overall champions trophies in boys and girls categories. Shajapur bagged runners-up title while players of Panna and Chhatarpur districts stood third in girls’ senior and junior groups. Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare Yashodhara ..

Ritika-Simran to play HSBC India Open

UPCOMING city shuttler Ritika Thaker, along with her Mumbai partner Simran Singhi, have got entry in India Open 2021 to be played at New Delhi from May 11. This is an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 level tournament. It will be more than a year that twenty-year-old Ritika will be playing competitive badminton. Due to covid restrictions, there would be no qualifying rounds...

NMC committee inspects Vinkar Colony’s sports ground

CHAIRMAN of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Sports Committee Pramod Tabhane, after taking charge, has vowed to develop six grounds — one each in all the six MLA constituencies of the city. Tabhane, along with MLA, Cenrtal Nagpur, Vikas Kumbhare; Chairman of Standing Committee, NMC Prakash Bhoyar, Deputy Chairman of Sports Committee Lakhan Yerwar inspected the ground at Aadarsh Vinkar Colony on Friday...

Sportspersons, coaches, PTIs protest at over 100 venues

Nagpur city (may be entire India and even the world) witnessed a protest of this magnitude involving only sports on Friday.Over 150 coaches, an equal number of physical training instructors (PTIs) and scores of sportspersons representing different sports associations and organisations came together with one common motto of saving sports in these tough times. They peacefully protested at over hundred venues in the city against lockdown urging Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to save sports and ..

‘BCCI inviting DCCI good sign for all divyang players’

VERY recently, recognised and established cricket associations running wheel chair, physically challenged, blind and deaf cricket came together under a common umbrella forming Differentlyabled Cricket Council of India (DCCI). Jay Shah, Secretary, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a meeting with all the stake holders of disability cricket had said the BCCI was more than eager to help all forms of cricket in the country including cricket for differently-abled cricket players...

KEDAR FETES THAIBOXERS

MAHARASHTRA Sports Minister Sunil Kedar recently felicitated Nagpur Thaiboxing players for winning several medals in the 7th National Thaiboxing Federation Cup, Pro Night Fight 2021 organised by Telangana Thaiboxing Association at KK Garden Hall. Players from Nagpur T h a i b o x i n g Association, Women’s College Nandanvan Nagpur, succeeded in winning two gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Shagun Sathe (gold), Spandan Goswami (gold), Riya Ugle (silver), Anandi Diwan (silver), Sparsh Goswami ..

Players, coaches to protest against lockdown today

THOUGH the city is witnessing a surge in COVID positive cases and deaths related to it, most of the citizens belonging to various fields are against the lockdown imposed by the State government. Sporting fraternity is no different. On Friday, sportspersons and coaches representing different organisations will join hands to protest against lockdown urging Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to save sports, at their respective places but at the same time — 9.00 am. “This protest by players and coaches is ..

Ex-Vidarbha U-15 skipper Lonkar passes away

FORMER Vidarbha Under-15 skipper Kunal Shirish Lonkar passed away on Wednesday. The former all-rounder was just 33 years old. He was not feeling well since last week and had tested COVID positive on March 30. Lonkar, a resident of Dabha, is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son. It is said that Lonkar could not get a bed in any hospital on time. Lonkar had represented Vidarbha in the Under-15 and Under-17 age category in the BCCI tournaments. He was a right-handed middle-order batsman and part-time ..

Nagpur skaters shine in natl meet

REPRESENTING Maharashtra, Nagpur players did a remarkable job in the National Skating Championship that concluded at Mohali, Chandigarh in Punjab recently. The mega event was Roller Skating Federation of India successfully organised a national-level competition for various age groups. While representing Maharashtra team, the players from Nagpur did a great job and won gold medals and made Nagpur and Maharashtra proud...

Noted hockey personality Dr Yagya Thakur no more

CITY’S noted hockey personality Dr Yagya Thakur left for heavenly abode at a very young age on Wednesday. She was 48 years old and leaves behind daughter Sanskriti, son Sanskar, mother, brother and relatives. She was COVID negative. The last rites will be held on Thursday...

Khare, Jatav bag three golds each

SPARSH Khare and Tanya Jatav bagged three golds each helping Madhya Pradesh team bag the overall championship in the 19th Junior National Wushu Championship that concluded the other day. The championship was organised under the auspices of Wushu Association of India under the supervision of CSO Suhail Ahmed at Fatehabad in Haryana. Proving their mettle, State team players clinched a whopping 36 medals include 15 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals...

HVMP’s Ugale for shooting natls

SHRI Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal Amravati’s athletes are doing their institution proud by getting selected in various national teams. Recently Rahul Ugale, a student of MA Yoga course of Degree College of Physical Education has been selected for the national shooting championship which is going to be held at Delhi...

City’s table tennis has a bright future, says Potnis

NAGPUR’S players have been India Number Ones in Table Tennis Federation of India’s (TTFI) rankings, the city boasts of international and national umpires and in recent past as many as three facilities have come up in different areas where young paddlers are turning up in large numbers. On the occasion of World Table Tennis Day, ‘The Hitavada’ talked in detail about the present scene of sport in the region with Adv Ashutosh Potnis, Secretary Nagpur District Table Tennis Association (NDTTA). Potnis ..

Slum Soccer celebrates IDSDP

MOVING forward with its aim to give opportunities to poor and needy people to grow and develop themselves with the help of sports and arts, Slum Soccer is celebrating International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) at its Bokhara Centre in Koradi. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated on April 4-6 and it presents an opportunity to recognise the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives across the world. A football ..

Maharashtra eves go down to Chhattisgarh in quarter-finals

CHHATTISGARH Ball Badminton women’s team, who defeated Maharashtra in the quarter-final, secured third position in the Sixty-sixth National Ball Badminton Championship that concluded in Rajasthan recently. In the semi-final match, CG women were defeated by Tamil Nadu 35-30, 35-28 in straight sets. Earlier, by defeating Maharashtra in their quarter-final, the Chhattisgarh state women’s team had made their way into the semi-final round. In the quarters, CG women beat Maharashtra in two straight sets ..

Second straight loss for Amma FC

AMMA Football Club, Nagpur slumped to their second straight defeat in the ongoing Western India Football Association (WIFA) Women’s Football League at the Cooperage ground on Monday. The league is a qualifying tournament for the AIFF Indian Women’s League (IWL). Now, the tournament has been put on hold due to lockdown in State. The loss hampered Amma FC’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals...

Mission on wheels!

A CAREFREE cyclist from Jalna, Maharashtra is on a mission to eradicate social evils like dowry and foeticide and to spread message of national integration and communal harmony. Bhausaheb Bhawar’s, who hails from a small place Hasnabad in Jalna district, only aim is to educate people on these sensitive issues riding on his cycle across the length and breadth of the nation. On one of his numerous tours, this time from Ahmedabad in Gujarat to Kashmir, Bhawar was in the city for a couple of days recently...

Gurpreet named tennis ball umpire for Nepal meet

NAGPUR’S Gurpreet Batra, a tennis ball cricketer and umpire, has been appointed as official for the Indo-Nepal International Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament which is going to be held at Pokhra in Nepal from April 7. In the recently held 31st Senior National Tennis Ball Cricket Championship at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, Gurpreet performed well while officiating in several matches...

Amma FC aim to bounce back

AMMA Football Club, Nagpur started with a resounding win in the opener but came crashing down in their very next game. At the middle of their campaign, the team would look to bouncing back and record their second win when they take on Mumbai district runners-up PIFA in their third match of the Western India Football Association (WIFA) Women’s Football League at the Cooperage ground on Monday. The league is a qualifying tournament for the AIFF Indian Women’s League (IWL). The match will be played at ..

City all-rounder Nalkande starts practise with Punjab Kings: IPL

VIDARBHA all-rounder Darshan Nalkande has started practising with Punjab Kings’, who have changed their name this season from the old Kings XI Punjab, for the 14th edition of Indian Premier League that gets under way on April nine. Nalkande is just second player from the region apart from India player Umesh Yadav, to be a part of this year’s Indian Premier League...

Captain Sunita keeps personal tragedy aside, plays for Amma FC

KEEPING her personal loss aside, Amma FC captain Sunita Yadav decided to play for her side against a strong rival in the ongoing Western India Football Association (WIFA) Women’s Football League, played at the Cooperage ground on Saturday. The league is a qualifying tournament for the AIFF Indian Women’s League (IWL). Sunita woke up to tragic news of passing away of her grandfather. But the Amma FC captain decided to keep her personal loss aside and played team’s second match against Footie First. ..

Gandhe to officiate in IPL

CITY’S international umpire and former Vidarbha Ranji Trophy player Ulhas Gandhe has been appointed as match official for the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The popular league is scheduled to be held from April 9 at different venues of the country. Gandhe has left for Chennai on March 31. He will have to undergo COVID tests followed by quarantine period. This is Gandhe’s fourth successive stint as an IPL official. Last year also Gandhe officiated in IPL which was held in United Arab ..

Amma FC start with a bang

THEY hardly had any combined practice sessions but still Amma Football Club girls eked out a superlative performance in their opening match of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) Qualifiers at Cooperage Ground, Maharshi Karve Road in Mumbai. The Maharashtra Zone of Women’s Football League is organised by Western India Football Association (WIFA). In their opening match, Amma FC thrashed Next Sports Academy by five goals to nil to start their campaign in the seven-team competition on a rousing note. Substitute ..

TN Governor Purohit fetes Duble

HONOURABLE Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit felicitated city’s young adventure swimmer Jayant Jaiprakash Duble at Rajbhavan, Chennai on Thursday for becoming the second fastest swimmer to cross Palk Strait. The finishing point of Duble Palk Strait Swimming Expedition was at Arichalmunai, Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu. He swam between Talaimannar, Sri Lanka to Arichalmunai covering a total distance of 29 km with the timing of 9 hours and 20 minutes on March 26, 2021...

Nagpur’s Amma FC girls to play in Mumbai’s WIFA Women’s league

LAST year, they could not manage to arrange a sponsor and had to miss out on an opportunity to play the prestigious competition. However, Annie Paul, the women’s football coach of Nagpur, ensured that this time there won’t be any shortage of funds. From getting a sponsor to conducting selection trials amidst restrictions, training at different grounds and doing fitness through Zoom platform, women footballers from Nagpur are set to kick-start their season with participation in Indian Women’s League. ..

City divyangs get space in Divisional Sports Complex

THEY have been running pillar to post to get some space for themselves for long. Their unity and perseverance was rewarded when the officials at Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur finally handed divyang cricketers of the city four acres of land and a huge hall for their exclusive use on the premises recently. Avinash Pund, Deputy Director, Sports handed Uttam Mishra, President of Maharashtra Cricket Association for Disabled, the said piece of land and an existing structure for the use for divyang ..

Vid go down to nemesis Andhra in QF Disha’s all-round effort goes in vain

A BRILLIANT all-round effort by Vidarbha vice-captain Disha Kasat went in vain as the side lost to nemesis Andhra in quarter-finals of the Women’s One-Day Tournament by 49 runs at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday. Batting all-rounder Disha (3-40) first returned with best figures for Vidarbha as Andhra elected to bat and then, opening the innings, matched the match’s top score of 52 but saw her side lose once again to Andhra. Before this crucial last-eight game, Vidarbha ..

Dr Samarth urges to donate for Lok Biradari Prakalp

DR AMIT Samarth, one of India’s finest ultra cyclists, who recently completed Ride Across India covering the Golden Quadrilateral (Mumbai — Chennai — Kolkata — Delhi and back to Mumbai) has urged the donors to contribute for the betterment of Lok Biradari Prakalp...

GM Sadhwani helps Bangladesh Police win title

MAKING his presence felt, Nagpur’s only chess Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani showed his prowess in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Representing Bangladesh Police team, GM Sadhwani helped his side clinch the Mujib Borso Saif Powertec Premier Division Chess League on Monday. The invitational competition was organised by Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim at Dhaka. Sadhwani’s team comprised Bangladesh’s International Master Mohammad Fahad Rahman, Grandmaster Mollah Andullah Al Rakib, GM Rahman Ziaur and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly ..

Vid women to take on Andhra in QF tomorrow

AN IN-FORM Vidarbha will take on an unbeaten Andhra in their maiden quarter-finals of the Women’s One-Day Tournament at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday. It is for the first time that Vidarbha eves have made it to the knock-out stage in the 50-over format of the national tournament. With a thrilling four-run win over Karnataka, Vidarbha made the cut in final league match and by virtue of their head-on result (though they had inferior net run rate), they topped the group ..

Vidarbha finish third in natl tennisball cricket meet

VIDARBHA tennisball cricket team finished a creditable third in the recently concluded 31st Senior National Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament held at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The competition was won by Uttar Pradesh while Mumbai finished second. In the pre-quarter-final, Vidarbha defeated Chandigarh while in the quarter-finals, they got the better of Haryana by six wickets. Vidarbha lost the semi-final to the eventual champions Uttar Pradesh. Vidarbha and Goa were declared joint third finishers...

Khiche in sr men’s State handball team

AMAN Amar Khiche has been selected in Senior Maharashtra State handball team for 49th Senior Men’s National Handball Championship to be held at Indore, Madhya Pradesh from march 30, informs Dr Sunil Bhotmange, Secretary, Nagpur District Handball Association (NDHA). Khiche is student of Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya, Koradi and a member of Nagpur District Handball Association...

Para swimmer Shreyash wins twin medals

YOUNG para swimmer of city, Shreyash Vinod Bahadure, fighting all odds, excelled at National Para Swimming Championship held at Mount Litera ZEE School at, Bengaluru, winning twin medals bringing laurels to the region. The event was conducted by Para Swimming Committee of India recently. Nagpur’s Special child Shreyash won one silver and one bronze medal each...

Yadav wins gold in sqay national meet

CITY’S Dr Anand Babulal Yadav won gold medal in 21st National Sqay Martial Arts Championships that concluded at Jagannath University Indoor Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan, recently. The event was organised under the banner of Sqay Federation of India. Yadav’s top performance came in the khawank sqay kata category for 26 year age group players. As many as 650 players representing 27 states took part in the mega event...

Duble enters into record books

NAGPUR’S Jayant Jaiprakash Duble became the second fastest swimmer to cross the Palk Strait — connecting India and Sri Lanka on Friday. Duble took plunge into sea waters at Talaimannar, Sri Lanka and ended at Arichalmunai (Dhanushkodi), India covering a total distance of 29 kms with a timing of 9 hours and 20 minutes. The Palk Strait expedition was organised by JD Sports Youth Foundation and National Institute of Swimming and under observation of Swimming Federation of India. Technical support and ..

Nagpur’s Alfiya to leave for Poland on March 31

CITY’S pride, young boxer Alfiya Pathan, who will be participating in the women’s +81kg category event in the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships to be held at Kielce, Poland from April 10 to 24, will leave for Poland on March 31 along with the entire 20-member Indian contingent. The strong team will be having a 10-day advanced preparatory camp in Wladyslawowo, Poland and following that it will be participating in the World Championships, which will see in action 487 boxers from ..

We must use our energy in positive way Tewari

“WE HAVE a lot of potential and must use our energy in positive way,” said Dr Nupur Tewari, international coach and motivational speaker on Friday. Tewari who is working in Tokyo, Japan was addressing the online gathering on opening day of the two-day seminar on ‘International Multidisciplinary Conference on Contemporary Approaches & Application in Physical Education & Sports’. Tewari was of the view that during early years, from nursery to fifth, children ..

Maharashtra men lose to CG in final

   Chhattisgarh men scripted history by winning gold for the seventh consecutive time in the senior national softball championship held at Bharatpur in Rajasthan from March 20 to 24. Chhattisgarh defeated Maharashtra 13-4 in grand final of the 42nd Senior National Softball Championship. On the other hand, Chhattisgargh women had to be satisfied with bronze medal as they shared medal with Madhya Pradesh. With this, women bagged a medal after a long gap. Manas, Ashish, Hitesh, ..

Rocque: Solid sports personality

   “The greatest gift we ever had came from God; we call him dad!” – Author unknownADV HCV Rocque, popularly known as Baba Rocque, was a well-known person in sports fraternity. He retired as a Personnel Manager, Western Coalfields Limited after putting in 31 years of service. While in service, he was widely liked by all his bosses as well as his subordinates because of his helpful and jovial nature. Being Vice-President of All India Women’s Cricket Association and ..

Govt move will bring yoga at par with other sports: Mohagaonkar

INCLUSION of yogasana in Khelo India Youth Games 2021 is a boost for the sport as it will bring the century-old Indian art that lay thrust on having a perfect balance between physical and mental health at par with other sports, feels Anil Mohagaonkar. President of the Nagpur District Yoga Association Mohagaonkar has been running yoga coaching classes in the city since decades in two sessions and has produced many international and yoga champions. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the government ..

NUPETA’s online 2-day seminar on sports begins today

A TWO-DAY online seminar on ‘International Multidisciplinary Conference on Contemporary Approaches & Application in Physical Education & Sports’ will begin at 11 am on Friday. Nagpur University Physical Education Teachers Association (NUPETA) will be organising the event with support from the following colleges — Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi; Annasaheb Gundewar College, RS Mundle Dharampeth Arts and Commerce College, Renuka College, Besa; Jyotiba College of Physical Education, Taywade College, ..

Jayaswal selected as CSK net bowler

NAGPUR’S Ananmay Jayaswal has been selected as net bowler for Chennai Super Kings for the upcoming 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) that begins at Chennai’s MA Chidambram Stadium on April 9. The medium fast bowler from city will test among other batsmen none other than skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In fact, it was Dhoni who noticed Jayaswal’s skills while he was undergoing training with the Royal Cricket Academy...

Sahu to cover Golden Quadrilateral on bike

AFTER riding to some amazing places in the past years, Nagpur’s Bhawesh Sahu will be attempting his dream ride, covering the Golden Quadrilateral on his bike, eyeing a place in Limca Book of Records. Sahu, who has successfully completed few rides including Nagpur-Bhutan-Nepal Border-Nagpur; Nagpur-Ladakh-Nagpur, Nagpur-East India-Myanmar Border-Nagpur to name a few, will now be starting his journey this Holi (March 30) covering India’s top metro cities — Delhi (North), Kolkata (East), Mumbai (West) ..

Four city fencers in State team

AS MANY as four fencers from the city have made it to the Maharashtra State squad for the 22nd edition of National Sub-Junior Fencing Championships being held at Cuttak in Odisha. The players were selected according to the rankings and four players from Nagpur were selected, informs Mohd Shoeb, Secretary, Nagpur Fencing Association through a press release...

Mundle students excel in grappling

STUDENTS of Mundle Public School shined in the grappling competition at State level held recently. The players performed exceedingly well and qualified for nationals. This competition was conducted by (GAM 20-21) Grappling Association of Maharashtra at Nasik...

Marartoli football ground to get facelift

IF ALL goes as per plans, the Marartoli Football Ground in Ramnagar will get a facelift which will help budding footballers of the area to train in much better playing conditions. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to develop and maintain several sports fields of the city. NMC’s Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane, on Wednesday, visited Marartoli ground which is famous for futsal (five-a-side) tournaments...

‘Disabled teams playing under BCCI will be great’

THE much cherished dream of differently-abled cricketers playing under the banner of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be great for players, feel city’s international players and noted sports administrators. Indian disabled teams have been participating in various international cricket tournaments and even won the World Cup last year but the teams were never under BCCI fold. With the initiative of none other than BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who in recent meeting with all the stake holders ..

Duble all set to cross Palk Strait

NAGPUR’S 18-year-old open water swimmer Jayant Jaiprakash Duble will attempt to cross Palk Strait between Sri Lanka (Talaimannar) to India (Dhanushkodi) on March 26. The solo swimming expedition is being jointly organised by JD Sports Youth Foundation and National Institute of Swimming. Through this expedition, Duble will spread the message of friendship between India and Sri Lanka, Fit India Movement and Drowning Prevention Awareness. Duble has participated successfully in various adventure sea swimming ..

Rubina shoots gold in para c’ship

PARA shooter Rubina Francis clinched a gold medal for in the 1st National Para Shooting Championship held at Faridabad in Haryana. Rubina, who is undergoing training at MP State Shooting Academy since 2015, won the yellow metal in the women’s ..

Yadav helps Syamala make it to the record books

CITY-BASED swimming coach Aayush Yadav was among those who helped Hyderabad’s entrepreneur Goli Syamala conquer the famous Palk Strait that separates India and Sri Lanka. Syamala made it to the record books as only second Indian woman after Bula Choudhury to achieve the feat swimming the 30 kms stretch in under 14 hours on Friday. Syamala dived into the sea waters from Sri Lanka at 4.15 am and reached the Indian shores in 13 hours and 43 seconds at Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu...

Matter of pride for city: Mayor

TERMING the medal winning feats of city’s para powerlifters Pratima Krushnarao Bonde and Roshani Prakash Rinke as a matter of pride for the city, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari felicitated the duo upon their arrival in the city on Monday. Bonde won a gold medal while Rinke a bronze in their respective categories at the 18th Senior & 13th Junior National Para Powerlifting Championships that concluded at Kanteerawa Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday. Both players have qualified for international events to be held ..

Navse in Mah handball team

NAGPUR’S Sumit Navse has been selected to represent Maharashtra State in 43rd Junior Boys National Handball Championship to be held at New Delhi from March 23-27, 2021, informs Secretary, Nagpur District Handball Association (NDHA) Dr Sunil Bhotmange. Navse is student of Dhanwate National Junior College, Nagpur and is a member of Nagpur District Handball Association. He takes regular training at Yeshwant Stadium under the watchful eyes of Dr Bhotmange and Pankaj Kothari...

Skipper Kasat’s unbeaten ton helps Vidarbha enter quarters

SKIPPER Disha Kasat led from the front carrying her bat through scoring an unbeaten hundred as Vidarbha stunned table-toppers Karnataka in a thrilling match by just four runs to enter maiden quarter-finals in Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy on Sunday. Vidarbha, electing to bat first at VB Nest Ground in Chennai, scored a modest 216-5 in 50 overs thanks to Kasat’s knock and then the bowlers held their nerves in the final overs to restrict Karnataka to 212-9 recording a close four-run win...

Pratima, Roshani excel

CITY’S para lifters Pratima Bonde and Roshani Rinke excelled in the 18th Senior & 13th Junior National Para Powerlifting Championships that concluded at Kanteerawa Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday evening. In the three-day national event organised by Karnataka Sports Association of Physically Handicapped under the auspices of Paralympic Committee of India, Pratima bagged a gold and Roshani won a bronze medal. While Pratima’s gold came in 50kg class with a lift of 72 kgs, Roshani picked a bronze in 55kg ..

Dugad, Pandhare to lead Mah squads

KETAN Dugad and Pooja Pandhare will lead Maharashtra’s men’s and women’s squads in the 32nd edition of Senior Korfball Championships to be held Padwal in Haryana from March 31. For the five-day tourney, the State teams were declared on Saturday, informs a press release...

City’s Raut captains Maharashtra to record national Ten10 crown

MAHARASHTRA, led by city lad Gurudas Raut, thumped Bihar by nine wickets to emerge champion in the National Ten10 Cricket Tournament for Physically Disabled organised by Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) at Noida. This is for the 19th time that Maharashtra have won the national title in limited overs cricket. Making first use of the turf, Bihar made 73 runs losing eight wickets in the stipulated 10 overs. Amit Singh top scored with 26 whereas Pankaj Kumar contributed 10...

Vidarbha eves a win away from quarters

THOUGH they lost a golden opportunity in their last game to qualify for quarter-finals of the Women’s One-Day Tournament, Vidarbha eves have one more chance but they will have to tick all the boxes right when they take on table-toppers Karnataka in their last Elite Group E league match to be held at VB Nest Ground, Chennai on Sunday. With Karnataka already qualified for the knock-out berth with 16 points from all four wins, Vidarbha are at second spot courtesy their three wins on the trot. Had they ..

Big loss for jr cricketers but players’ safety paramount: VCA Prez Jaiswal

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to suspend all junior inter-state cricket tournaments has put a big question mark on the careers of age-group cricketers especially those in the Under-16 category. Due to increase in the COVID-19 cases, the BCCI has decided to put off all the age-group competitions especially Vijay Merchant, Vinoo Mankad and Cooch Behar Trophy at least till the end of IPL. BCCI secretary Jay Shah informed its affiliates about the decision through an email ..

Big loss for jr cricketers but players’ safety paramount: VCA Prez Jaiswal

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to suspend all junior inter-state cricket tournaments has put a big question mark on the careers of age-group cricketers especially those in the Under-16 category. Due to increase in the COVID-19 cases, the BCCI has decided to put off all the age-group competitions especially Vijay Merchant, Vinoo Mankad and Cooch Behar Trophy at least till the end of IPL. BCCI secretary Jay Shah informed its affiliates about the decision through an email ..

Pawan and Shraddha bag gold medals in karate

CITY karatekas won gold medals at the invitational karate competition held recently in Telangana. Pawan Raut and Shraddha Iyer both bagged gold medals in their respective age categories in 3rd South India Invitational Karate Championship. MITSUYA-KAI Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu Karate-Do India's Maharashtra's seven members team participated in Shito-Ryu Japan Karate-Do India Honbu organised 3rd South India Invitational Karate Championship at Warangal, Telangana under the leadership of Dr Zakir S Khan...

Shooter Manisha bags silver medal at World Cup

Ace shooter of Madhya Pradesh Manisha Keer has bagged a silver medal for the country at Shooting World Cup held at Cairo in Egypt. Keer represented India in the trap team women’s event at the World Cup organised by International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF). Individually, in the event, Keer scored a total of 158 points in the event while her team-mates Rajeshwari Kumari and Keerti Gupta scored 143 points each...

NDAA forms medical panel to make players fit

IN AN attempt to provide medical assistance and produce fit and medal winning athletes, Nagpur District Athletics Association (NDAA), during its special general meeting, formed a medical committee which will look after the players’ fitness. NDAA president Gurudev Nagrale presided over the meeting. The committee headed by Dr Pinak Dande has Dr Ashish Agrawal (Sports Physiotherapist), Dr Shailesh Pangaonkar (Sports Psychologist), Dr Tejas Suryawanshi (Sports Dentistry) and Dr Meghna Kumbhare (Sports ..

Swimmer Rutuja finishes second in five events

CITY’S star swimmer Rutuja Talegaonkar set the pool on fire as she claimed second position in as many as five events during the selections trials for World University Games (WUG), on Wednesday. Rutuja, a student of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, is participating in the selection trials for a place in Association of Indian University (AIU) team which will participate in WUG to be held at Chengdu in China in the month of August. Representing Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University ..

Bharti, Nupur guide Vid to hat-trick of wins

Vidarbha’s India cap holder Bharti Fulmali has become the lynchpin of women’s team. After each passing game in the Women’s One Day Championship under way at Chennai, the one down batswoman has eked out superlative knocks which helped Vidarbha win the battles. On Wednesday, riding on Bharti’s half century, her third in as many games, Vidarbha managed to beat Himachal Pradesh by 25 runs in the Elite Group E encounter at the VB Nest Ground. Bharti scored 67 runs which helped Vidarbha post a competitive ..

APEI felicitates athletes Jyoti, Prachi

Association of Progressive Employees India (APEI) recently felicitated medal winning athletes of the city. At the Delhi Half Marathon, Jyoti Chavan and Prachi Godbole won gold and silver medals. While Jyoti won gold in 21 kms half marathon, Prachi settled with a silver in 42 kms full marathon. Both the athletes were felicitated by the Association and were rewarded with cash prize of Rs 5000 each. Railway Police Inspector Raj Kumar, Editor of Bahujan Saurabh Dainik Sid..

Live telecast of kho-kho will help popularise the game: Sengar

Star Vidarbha kho-kho player Dilrajsing Sengar, who hails from Katol, expressed his excitement to be watched by people on TV and said broadcasting of the Ultimate Kho Kho will take the sport to larger audience. “I have been playing kho-kho since the last 14 years and I never thought that I would ever attend a camp with so many world class facilities. Now, I understand my body and game better,” said Sengar. Sengar who will be part of Ultimate Kho Kho, said the game will definitely rise once it is beemed ..

Six city cyclists cover 4100 kms in 26 days

SIX cyclists from Nagpur pedalled a distance of 4100 kms starting from Dwarka to Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh in just 26 days and bought laurels to the city. Ravindra Tarare, Sandeep Vaidya, Shrikant Uke, Prasad Deshpande, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy (Hyderabad) and Namdeo Raut (Chandrapur) started their ride on January 23 and continued till February 13 to reach the destination spreading the message about clean environment, importance of cycling in maintenance of clean hygiene and health and green and fit ..

RTMNU to change inter-college sports competitions’ format

FROM next academic session (2021-22), the inter-college competitions organised by the Department of Physical Education and Sports, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, will be held at Divisional level. Five divisions will be created and colleges affiliated with RTMNU will play each other in their division before making it to the quarter-finals. From quarter-finals, matches will be played at Nagpur. Talking with ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Department of Physical Education ..

Vidarbha eves romp to 2nd straight win

HARD-HITTING batswoman Bharti Fulmali missed out on a well-deserved century while right-arm leg spinner Vaishnavi Khandkar bowled a superb spell as Vidarbha women’s scripted their second successive victory in the ongoing Women’s One-Day Championship on Monday. In their opener Vidarbha had thrashed Meghalaya by 146 runs. On Monday, Vidarbha defeated strong Tamil Nadu by 53 runs to continue their winning march in the competition at TI Murugappa Ground in Chennai...

Rutuja, Rishika for WUG selection trials

TWO swimmers of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Rutuja Talegaonkar and Rishika Bodele have been selected for the selection trials of World University Games which are going to be held at Chengdu in China in August...

Kits gutted in train fire, archers still win medals

DEFYING all odds, players of Madhya Pradesh State Archery Academy proved their mettle in 41st Junior National Archery Championship at Deharadun and bagged two silver and a bronze medal in the competition. Madhya Pradesh archers Sonia Thakur won a silver while Amit Kumar won a bronze medal. The duo also won a silver medal in mixed category in 41st Junior National Archery Championship in Uttarakhand...

Alfiya in Indian team for Youth World Boxing Championship

India’s rising boxer and Asian junior champion Alfiya Akram Pathan has once again stamped her authority in country’s junior circuit when she was selected in the Indian youth boxing team which will take part in Youth World Boxing Championship at Poland from April 10 to 24. According to reports, Nagpur’s Alfiya thrashed Punjab’s mighty pugilist Komal Jora Singh hands down to emerge victorious in the selection trials at the National Boxing Academy in Rohtak in 81+ kgs weight category. A total of four ..

RTMNU plans to build India’s best indoor sports complex

IF ALL goes well, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will have India’s best indoor sports complex in coming years. Recently, Sports Ministry had asked RTMNU to return its Rs 1.2 crore grant for not utilising it for indoor sports complex. The proposed complex was supposed to come up first at RTMNU’s Sports Stadium in Ravi Nagar. Due to objection from several quarters it was shifted to Campus area. Later, the venue was shifted back to behind Subhedar Hall. But, RTMNU failed to ..

Poonam to lead Mah handball squad

CITY’S Poonam Kadav has been named captain of Maharashtra State handball team which will take part in 49th Senior Women National Handball Championship to be held at Bareilly (UP) from March 17 to 21, informs Dr Sunil Bhotmange, Secretary, Nagpur District Handball Association...

Leena wins Sqay gold

LEENA Santosh Chute excelled in the recently held Sqay Martial Art Competition. Representing Maharashtra, at the national championship held at Jaipur in Rajasthan, Leena won gold medal in Under-19 girls category. Participants from over 17 states participated in the competition. In the group competition, Maharashtra won silver medal. Leena trains under Mazhar Khan and Mehboob Ansari...

Bharti, Vaishnavi guide Vid to huge win in opener

HARD-HITTING batswoman Bharti Fulmali and opener Vaishnavi Khandkar slammed half centuries while Nupur Kohale spun the web with her slow left arm spin bowling as Vidarbha thrashed Meghalaya in their opening encounter of Women’s One-Day Cricket Tournament at VB Nest Ground, in Chennai on Saturday. In their Elite Group E opener Vidarbha drubbed Meghalaya by a whopping 146 runs to earn four full points. Winning the important toss and batting first, Vidarbha had a shaky start as they lost opener Sapna ..

Former Wardha MP Waghmare urges ex-CM Fadnavis to save VHA

PRESIDENT of Wardha District Hockey Association (WDHA) and former MP Suresh Waghmare along with Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) Administrator Triloki Nath Sidhra and WDHA secretary Krishna Joshi met former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and urged him to save Vidarbha Hockey Association and hockey in Vidarbha region. In a letter written to Fadnavis, Waghmare stated that existence of VHA is in danger due to ‘One State One Association’ rule of Indian Olympic Association (IOA)...

Rajendra Jaiswal successfully completes Dubai Ironman 70.3

City’s Ultra runner and ultra cyclist Rajendra Jaiswal successfully completed Dubai Ironman 70.3. The 70.3 Ironman has 1.9 km swimming, 89 km cycling and 21.1 km running. Jaiswal completed the distance in 8.19.58 hours in odd conditions and won an appreciation medal for the same...

Vid eves take on Meghalaya today

Vidarbha women cricketers will be back in action after a long gap when they take on Meghalaya in the Senior Women One-Day Tournament to be played at Chennai.The tournament holds significance for Vidarbha women as they had hardly played any competitive cricket since COVID-19 enforced lockdown in March 2020. It would be a task cut out for coach Shrabani Debnath to field the best possible XI for the opening encounter which will set the tone for the remaining part of the competition.In their opening encounter ..

Tabhane inaugurates cricket academy

   Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane recently inaugurated RL Cricket Academy at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Ground in Kukde Layout. The academy will train youngsters from the age group of five years to open category.Academy will also be participating in Vidarbha Cricket Association organised tournaments.On the occasion, Vandana Bhagat, Academy’s Rishi Lodhi, Kiran Bagde, Vandana Hirekhan, Vaidya, Naranje and others were also present...

Nagpur women clinch all India volleyball title

 Nagpur eves defeated Agra to clinch the All India Open Volleyball Championship which was held at Mandla, recently. In the summit clash Nagpur edged past Agra 3-2 in an edge-of-seat encounter.The winners received cash prize of Rs 21,000 and a trophy while runners-up Agra got Rs 11,000. Besides, six players who performed well in the competition were also award with mementoes by the organising committee. All India Open Women’s Volleyball Tournament was organised under aegis of Shaheed Shankar ..

RTMNU fetes women sportspersons, coaches

THE Physical Education and Sports Department of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) recently felicitated women sportspersons and coaches, who excelled in their respective sports, on the occasion of International Women's Day. The function was held at the sports complex of RTMNU, Ravi Nagar. The sportspersons and coaches were felicitated by Urmila Dabir, Management Council Member. Dr Vishakha Joshi, Sports Council Member presided over the programme...

Sportspersons donate blood

ATHLETES and sportspersons of city donated blood during the blood donation camp jointly organised by Nagpur District Athletics Association, Vidarbha Karate Association, Shakuntala Sports Foundation, Aai Kusum Sahare Sports Foundation, Ishwar Deshmukh College of Physical Education, Surya Foundation, Avadhoot Arts, NCC Golden Group, Squash Association at Sitabuldi. Maitree Pariwar Sanstha and Sevankur Sanstha took the initiative in organising the blood donation camp. The blood was collected by Dr ..

Raut, Yadav to lead Mah, Vid cricket teams for disabled

Nagpur’s international disabled cricketer Gurudas Raut and Vinay Yadav are leading the Maharashtra and Vidarbha teams for disabled in the Divyang T10 Cricket Tournament for Disabled which begun at Saheed Vijaysingh Pathik Sports Complex, Noida in UP. The tournament is being hosted by Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India. Raut, who works with Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force, will lead the Maharashtra team while Ravi Patil of Palghar is vice-captain. Vinay Yadav, who is employed ..

City’s Niyaz helps Ahli-Sidab club win hockey title in Oman

CITY'S talented hockey player Niyaz Rahim has once again proved that he belongs to the top league as he helped his club clinch the 50th edition of the coveted His Majesty’s Cup Hockey Championship in Muscat, Oman, recently. Playing for Oman’s domestic heavyweight Ahli-Sidab club, who has won a record 12 titles, Niyaz displayed his skills and agility to win accolades from one and all. In the summit clash Niyaz’s Ahli-Sidab, who were runners-up last season, stunned arch-rivals Bausher by three goals ..

Hockey Mah Secy Bhore, VHA Admin Sidhra hold informal meeting at VHA

IN AN attempt to break the ice, Hockey Maharashtra Secretary Manoj Bhore met Vidarbha Hockey Association Administrator Triloki Nath Sidhra at VHA office on Tuesday afternoon. The informal meeting holds significance as VHA is contesting a case in the High Court against Hockey India’s decision to disaffiliate the hockey governing body of Vidarbha stating one-state-one-unit diktat of Indian Olympic Association. Hockey Maharashtra is also party to the case. The meeting between Bhore and Sidhra was held ..

Iyer keeps slate clean to win another title

SHIVA Iyer continued from where he left as he once again dominated the online blitz title winning all his games to emerge champion. The Nagpur District Chess Association organised Online Blitz Chess tournament has become Iyer’s pet event as he is been invincible for the last six successive competitions. In all he has now won eight blitz crowns. Overall his tally now stands at 15 titles which includes rapid and biltz at District, State and Vidarbha level. The competition was organised through ‘lichess.org’. ..

Women of substance

FEMALE sportspersons from Nagpur have done the city proud on many occasions. They have kept city’s flag flying high at national and international levels. Time and again players like shuttlers Malvika Bansod, Nikkita Joseph, boxer Alfiya Pathan, athletes Jyoti Chavan, Prachi Godbole, yoga player Dhanashree Lekurwale, to name a few, have carved a niche for themselves. ‘The Hitavada’ remembers the golden performances of these lasses who have recently won accolades at national and international levels. ..