46 cyclists ride 200 kms in 13.5 hrs in BRM

FORTY-SIX cyclists, including 17-year-old Srushti Shivanikar of Amravati and city-based dentist Bhupendra Arya (77), rode 200 kms in a brevet organised by Nagpur Randonneurs on Sunday. A total of 51 riders registered for the brevet, also known as BRM. The BRM was historic as this was the first time in central India that 50-plus cyclists registered for a 200km event. The brevet, organised under the aegis of Audax India Randonneurs, which is affiliated to Audax Club Parisien, went one way to Peepalpani ..

Nasery in final

DOWN two frames, Ranjeet Nasery rallied brilliantly to book a place in final of the Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament under way at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square on Tuesday. In the best-of-five set semi-final Nasery was 0-2 against Md Saifullah but the former bagged the remaining three frames in style to win the last-four encounter ..

Sahil shines in Sportian Nagpur’s win

SAHIL Shende slammed three goals as Sportian Nagpur Football Club defeated Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Services (DDSYS) in the Weekend Sportians Super League under way at Swavlambi Nagar. The Under-12 five-a-side soccer competition, which is being held every Sunday, will be played on home and away format. Each team will be entitled to play a minimum of 10 matches. Shende slammed goals in 3rd, 4th and 15th minutes as Sportians Nagpur recorded a 4-2 win...

Devashree wins silver; Shadab, Riya bag bronze

DEVASHREE Lavhe of Nagpur won silver medal in 400 metres run on the opening day of the State Junior Selection Trials Competition which got under way at Pimpri-Chinchwad. Devashree, an athlete of Om Sai Sporting Club, Umred clocked a timing of 59.00 seconds to finish second. Shadab Pathan and Riya Dohatare won bronze medals in their respective events. In the Under-20 boys’ category, Pathan finished third in the 10,000 metres run with a timing of 32 mins and 19 secs...

Vidarbha return empty-handed

THEY came up with their best show in the last league match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but Vidarbha could still not end up on winning side and will return home empty-handed with no points from five games of the season opening BCCI Twenty20 tournament. At the Emerald High School Ground in Indore on Tuesday, Goa defeated Vidarbha by 16 runs inflicting fifth loss in a row upon former Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup champions. Electing to bat first, Goa made a competitive 156-6 and then restricted Vidarbha ..

Om, Riya to lead Nagpur district teams

TALENTED athletes Om Itkelwar and Riya Dohtare will lead Nagpur district teams in the upcoming Maharashtra State Junior Selection Trials (championships) to be held at Sant Dyaneshwar Sports Complex, Indrayani Nagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune from January 19-22. Om is a member of Nav-Maharashtra Krida Mandal while Riya belongs to Track Star Athletics Club...

Huge response to Bhaskar rally

THE Family Car Rally-2021 organised by Dainik Bhaskar evoked huge response with over hundred cars (116) taking part in the mega event. The car rally, held to promote public awareness on COVID, was flagged-off by Guardian Minister Nitin Raut and Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari...

Lalwani, Saifullah in SF

PANKAJ Lalwani and Md Saifullah made it to semi-finals of the Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament under way at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square on Monday. Lalwani and Saifullah recorded contrasting wins in their respective quarter-finals for sport in last four...

Gadkari inaugurates gymnasium

Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari inaugurated new building of Bharat Vyayam Shala (Gymnasium) at Chitnis Park. Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said to give a boost to sports in the city and produce sportspersons of international standard, government has made available funds to develop 60 grounds of the city...

SKA players clear belt gradation exam

MANY young karatekas of Shyam Karate Academy (SKA) successfully cleared belt gradation examination conducted by NSKAI Nagpur District at Hindu Mulinchi Shala recently. The examination was conducted under the watchful eyes of chief examiner Sensei Sanjay Ingole...

Bhutada, Dakshindas win crowns NDHTA Meet

SEJAL Bhutada and Akshat Dakshindas clinched the Under-14 and Under-12 titles by defeating their respective rivals in the Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Association organised Home Tournament at its Ram Nagar Tennis Academy. In the Under-14 final, Bhutada defeated Dakshindas in the straight sets 4-2, 4-2 to clinch the title...

Vidarbha lose fourth straight match

VIDARBHA’S unimpressive run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament continued as they lost their fourth successive game on Sunday at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Their latest defeat came against Services who thrashed them by eight wickets in the inconsequential match played under lights. Services achieved the target of 151 in 17.2 overs losing just two wickets. If Vidarbha batsmen found form, their bowlers let the team down this time as they failed to defend the competitive score. Services’ opener Lakhan ..

Peeved Wagh to part ways with VCA

ONE of the key members of Vidarbha squad all-rounder Shrikant Wagh, who formed a potent pace attack with India pacer Umesh Yadav, has decided to part ways with Vidarbha owing to his snub for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. “I write this with gratitude towards VCA for giving me the opportunity to serve them as a cricketer for over 13 years. These were the best days of my cricketing career...

Kashish, Akanksha, Adarsh stake claims

KASHISH Bhagat, Akanksha Soudiya and Adarsh Bhure staked claims for a berth in Nagpur district team with their gold winning performances on second day of the District Junior Athletics Selection trials-cum-Competition being held at different venues of the city. Kashish, a student of Mahatma Gandhi English Medium High School, won gold medal in the Under-14 long jump (4.47 mtr) while Nav-Maharashtra Krida Mandal’s national-level player Akanksha claimed the yellow metal in 600 mtr run with a timing ..

Vidarbha Mankaded!

ALL-ROUND show by Prerak Mankad complemented by opener Avi Barot and seamer Chetan Sakariya helped Saurashtra hand Vidarbha their second defeat in as many games of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Wednesday. After losing their tournament opener against Rajasthan, it was second loss for the former Ranji Trophy champions who are not very comfortable with shortest format of the game. Put into bat, Rajasthan scored a huge 233-7 with greenhorn..

Sakshi, Shreyas, Shadab win gold medals

SAKSHI Ambekar, Shreyas Gadhve and Shadab Pathan won gold medals on opening day of the District Junior Selection Trials which got under way on Tuesday at three different venues of the city. The meet is organised by Nagpur District Athletics Association (NDAA). Sakshi won gold medal in the 100 metres event in Under-20 girl’s category. The SB City Club sprinter clocked a timing of 13.89 seconds. Khushi Wasnik of Jai Athletics Club finished second in 14.02 secs. In the U-16 boys 100 metres, Om Itkelwar ..

City cop Dhurve’s record acknowledged by IEA

INTERNATIONAL Excellence Awards (IEA) acknowledged efforts of international sea swimmer police constable Sukhadeo Dhurve the other day. In an event held at Mumbai, Dhurve, along with 34 others, was honoured with a trophy and a certificate at the hands of Prakash Pimpri, Police Commissioner Krishna Chinchwad, Pune; former Deputy Collector Sudhir Diwe, Dr Sandeep Singh, Chairman, IEA and ex-Miss India Simran Ahuja...

Neem Park FC to clinch 5-a-side soccer title

NEEM Park Football Club rallied to beat Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Services (DDSYS) to clinch the Shiv Bhola Krida Mandal organised five-a-side football tournament on Sunday. In an exciting final, Neem FC beat DDSYS by two goals to one. DDSYS took the lead in the 8th minute through Harsh Choubey but Neem FC drew parity within two minutes through Tilak Singh’s goal. Giftson Saji then scored his team’s second goal two minutes later which turned out to be the match winner. Earlier in t..

State air rifle meet begins

Nagpur District Rifle Association and Maharashtra Rifle Association organised State Air Rifle Competition got under way at Priyadarshini College in Hingna. The first ever competition at Nagpur was inaugurated by Dyushant Chaturvedi, executive member, Maharashtra Rifle Association and Vice-President, Nagpur District Rifle Association. On the occasion, ..

Cool Jamba shocks Awachat

KEEPING his cool in tense situation helped Sahil Jamba beat Mahesh Awachat 2-0 in the ongoing Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament in progress at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square, on Sunday. Jamba took the first frame 43-39 but Awachat took lead in the second and it looked that the match would go into the third frame. Jamba was trailing by 30 points in the second. But he kept his cool and covered Awachat’s lead to win the frame and the match...

Cycle polo camp from today

  NAGPUR District Amateur Cycle Polo Association and Nagpur Municipal Corporation will be jointly conducting cycle polo coaching camp for students from January 9 at Prabhag 26 at Wathoda. The coaching camp, which will be free for students of NMC schools, will be inaugurated by newly-elected Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari at 11 am. On the occasion, Krishna Khopde, MLA will preside over. Mohan Mate, MLA; Tanaji Wanve, Leader of Opposition, Vijay Zalke, Standing Committee Chairman, ..

District athletics selection meet from January 11

  By Paritosh PramanikFINALLY, there will be some track and field action in city. After more than nine months of lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, athletes from the city, who were training to get competition ready for past few months, will now be getting a chance to participate in actual competition in a couple of days’ time. Nagpur District Athletics Association (NDAA) will be conducting junior selection (Under-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20) competition from January 11 to 15 at ..

Patankar rallies to beat Palnitkar 2-1

Abhijit Patankar used all his experience as he rallied to beat Ashwin Palnitkar 2-1 in the ongoing Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament under way at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square. After going down in the first frame, Patankar accepted the challenge from Palnitkar and went on to win the next two to move into the next round of the competition. Palnitkar took the first frame 51-40 to give some jitters to Patankar. But the seasoned player bounced ..

Peter bros guide Nagpur Gymkhana into QF

Peter brothers Christopher and Stanley displayed their superb team work and combination as they helped their side Nagpur Gymkhana storm into the quarter-final of the ongoing five-a-side football tournament at Marartoli ground in Ram Nagar. The tournament is being organised by Shiva Bhola Krida Mandal. The other teams to make it to the quarter-finals are Neem Football Club and Super 30 who also registered victories over their respective rivals. Christopher, the elder of the two, had ..

IFFC ‘A’ shoot out DC Football Club

INDIAN Friends Football Club ‘A’ (IFFC), Chankapur shot out Daniel Cataracs Football Club (DCFC) 5-4 in the ongoing five-a-side football tournament organised by Shivbhola Krida Mandal. The meet is under way at Shiv Mandir Marartoli Ramnagar football ground. After both the teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time, the match was decided via tie-breaker...

City to host maiden State air gun competition

THE Maharashtra Air Gun Competition, 2021 will be held at Priyadarshini Campus, Hingna Road, Nagpur on the January 10, informs Chandrakant Deshmukh, General Secretary of Nagpur District Rifle Association. The event, to be conducted by the Maharashtra Rifle Association, Mumbai is being hosted by the Nagpur District Rifle Association, Nagpur...

Shrivastava memorial blitz chess on Sunday

SHIVA Iyer would look to continuing his winning run while Aditya Bodkhe and Sumedh Ramteke will aim to take their game a notch up when they participate in the SN Shrivastava and Kalavatidevi Shrivastava Memorial Blitz Chess Tournament which will be held on January 10 from 6 pm onwards. The competition will be held through the platform of In the competition held last week, Iyer maintained his dominance and won his second straight title in the rapid field with an all win record from eight ..

Xavier slams hat-trick

NIZEL Xavier slammed the first hat-trick of the tournament as Dream and Dreamers (DND) Football Club started with win on the opening day of the Shivbhola Krida Mandal organised five-aside football tournament which got under way at Shiv Mandir Marartoli Ramnagar football ground. In the opening match, Youth Football Club stunned Big Ben Football Club in a tie-breaker to move ahead in the meet. In another match, Neem Football Club rallied to beat Shakti Club 4-1 after Manish Patil had given the latter ..

Saifulla shines in lop-sided win

ON A day of lop-sided wins, Mohammad Saifulla came up with the best show to move into second round of the Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament under way atWoodshot Pool‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square on Tuesday. Saifulla recorded a day-high break of 48 to thump Abhishek Katey in straight sets 2-0 (75-22, 136-0)...

City cyclists ride 100km in Brevet Populaire

IN A positive start to 2021, 58 cyclists, including 10 women, rode 100km under seven hours in a Brevet Populaire (BP) organised by Nagpur Randonneurs under the aegis of Audax India Randonneurs. The BP, which started from Zero Mile and went to Umari beyond Saoner, was led by Dr Bhupendra Arya, who, at 77, is probably India’s oldest randonneur. A cyclist who completes a brevet is called a randonneur. Brevets are self-supported longdistance checkpoint rides of 200km, 300km..

Sheikh, Singh record convincing victories in opening round

SHABBI Sheikh, with a break of 67, and Jaswinder Singh recorded convincing wins in their respective opening round matches in the Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament in progress at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square on Monday. Sheikh registered a break of over fifty that is considered rare in this form of the sport on his way to blanking Omkar Umate 2-0 (107-16, 71-23)...

Govt invites HVPM for suggestions on sports varsity

THE Maharashtra cabinet approved a draft bill for the formation of international sports university and it was passed in the Winter Session of the state Legislature in December. Members of the famous Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM), Amravati were called for a meeting seeking their guidance on modelling of the university...

Ghosh, Mankar, Shende win opening rounds

PRANAB Ghosh, Tushar Mankar and Amit Shende made winning starts in the Woodshot Open Snooker Tournament that got under way at Woodshot Pool ‘N’ Snooker Club in Himalaya Harmony, Pratap Nagar Square on Sunday. In opening round matches on Day One, all the players recorded an identical 2-1 win over their respective rivals in the best of three frame matches...

Iyer makes it two in two weeks

SHIVA Iyer seems to be invincible these days. In the last two events, he has won all his 16 games. On Sunday, he emerged as the lone player to have the slate clean and bagged the SN Shrivastava and Kalavatidevi Shrivastava Memorial Nagpur District Rapid Chess title. Iyer and Sumedh Ramteke were the overnight leaders leading with four points each after four rounds but while Iyer went on to win all his four matches on second and final day of the tourney, Ramteke could add just 1.5 points to his score...

Sea swimming expedition on Jan 5

WITH an aim of spreading message of Fit India Movement and awareness on drowning prevention, five swimmers of Maharashtra will swim from Arnala Fort to Vasai Fort on January 5, informs Jayant Duble, President of JD Sports Youth Foundation through a press release...

Gandhe replaces indisposed Gonsalves as Vidarbha coach

VIDARBHA Cricket Association has appointed former captain and coach Pritam Gandhe as coach of Vidarbha senior team for the season opening national Twenty20 cricket tournament for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy that gets under way in Indore on January 10, 2021. The appointment was necessitated as Trevor Gonsalves, who was named coach for the event, tested positive for COVID-19. Gonsalves’ report came after one of the tests that was conducted by VCA for its players and support staff who will be participating ..

Kushwaha bags Diploma in FIFA course

CITY’S Shubham Kushwaha, Assistant Managing Director of Indian Friends Football Club (IFFC), received a diploma from Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), world soccer governing body, recently. Kushwaha, who plays as a goalkeeper with IFFC, successfully completed the Diploma Module created by FIFA for Hygiene Implementation Officer. He is probably the first city footballer to complete the course...

Khanwe, Nawaz to fight for title

TUSHAR Khanwe and Abrar Nawaz recorded identical wins in their respective semi-finals to set up title clash in the Amateur 6 Red Snooker Championship in progress at Shabbi’s Q Sports Sadar Gandhi Square. On Wednesday afternoon, both Khanwe and Nawaz beat their opponents 3-1 in the best of five-frame semi-finals. As many as 54 players of the city without any rankings participated in the tournament...

Malviya memorial ‘run for fun’ evokes good response

ON THE same day last year, a huge cross country race was organised in memory of noted sports organiser LR Malviya. But owing to the prevailing situation this time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race was reduced to a ‘run for fun’ event. Still the race got a good response from young and enthusiastic runners of Hingna. The race was organised by Shakuntala Sports Foundation, Wanadongri...

Singh, Agrawal make it to semis

JASWINDER Singh and Shlok Agrawal made it to last four of the Amateur 6 Red Snooker Championship in progress at Shabbi’s Q Sports Sadar Gandhi Square. Players of the city with rankings are not allowed to participate in the tournament. In the Group C quarters, Jaswinder bounced back twice to pip Manish Shahu 3-2 in the best of five frames match. The scores in favour of the winner..

Sports is a big example of social equality, says Dr Dudhe

TERMING sports as a big example of social equality, Dr Sanjay Dudhe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). said that universities must become centres to serve and guide citizens at all levels. Dr Dudhe was addressing a gathering during inauguration of multi event sports training centres at university’s D Laxminarayan Sports Centre to be run by RTMNU. “The university has made a beginning by starting regular training for table tennis, karate and gymnastics and in ..


INDIA bounced back brilliantly to beat Australia by eight wickets in second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The four-Test series is now level at 1-1. Australia had won the first Test in Adelaide, also by eight wickets. Set a target of 70 after Australia were dismissed for 200 in their second innings on Tuesday, the Indians got to the target for the loss of opener Mayank Agarwal (5) and No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara (3). Shubman Gill, who hit seven fours in a delightful innings, was unbeaten ..

With an all-win record, Iyer bags Deshmukh chess crown

SHIVA Iyer was the only player who won all his eight rounds to emerge champion in Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Maharashtra State-Level Online Rapid Chess Tournament results of which were declared on Monday. The two-day event concluded on Sunday but organisers announced the results after getting the anti-cheating report. The meet was a joint venture of Department of Physical Education and Sport of Dhanwate National College, Congress Nagar and Nagpur District Chess Association...

Nagdawane, Yadav on yongmudo martial art body

MASTER Sumit Nagdawane and Master Kiran Yadav have been appointed as president and secretary respectively of the Nagpur Yongmudo Association by the Yongmudo Martial Art Federation. Yongmudo is a modern hybrid Korean martial art...

Kulkarni’s coaching programme in full swing at twin centres

FORMER Mumbai, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Assam’s coach-player Sulakshan Kulkarni began a year-long cricket coaching programme at Akola and Nagpur centres recently for benefit of upcoming cricketers. The camps have got fantastic response with nearly 150 players (age groups U-10, 12, 14, 19 and 23) benefiting from its first camp at RDG Girls College Ground in Akola. A bunch of 30 talented players, after early coaching-cum-screening sessions, were selected for advanced six days coaching at Akola. Players ..

Upcoming shuttler Aayush attends Padukone camp

 Aayush Adey getting completion certificate at the hands of legendary Prakash Padukone in Bengaluru.  Sports Reporter :  CITY’S young and upcoming shuttler Aayush Atul Adey successfully completed the Talent Search Follow-Up Badminton Camp, organised by the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru. The camp was conducted at the world-class Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Bengaluru from December 14 to 24. Ten-year-old Aayush was selected for the national-level ..

Saifullah emerges snooker champ

M SAIFULLAH emerged champion in the annual snooker championship conducted at Shabbi’s Q Sports Sadar, the other day. In the best of seven-frame final, Saifullah got the better of Anshul Tandekar winning 4-2. Scores in favour of Saifullah read 75-39, 63-46, 68-29, 39-60, 22-59,62-32. Earlier in the semis, Saifullah defeated Shabbi Sheikh (3-1) 74-20, 65-24, 41-59, 68-08 while Tandekar beat Rohit Gandhi (3-1) 26-71, 64-51, 45-33, 71-31...

Ganesh to lead Vidarbha in first event after lockdown

ON EXPECTED lines senior pro Ganesh Satish was named Vidarbha skipper after regular captain Faiz Fazal announced retirement from the shortest format just a couple of days ago.Ganesh will be leading what looks to be a very well-balanced outfit for the season opening Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Tournament that gets under way at Indore on January 10.VCA selectors announced the 18-member team on Friday one day after the original schedule as VCA Secretary Parimal Vaidya was not available to ratify the squad ..

Game Changers, Unity FC clinch futsal titles

Game Changers boys and Unity Football Club girls emerged champions of the Super Strike Futsal Tournament, the other day. The five-a-side tournament was organised by Sportians FC Elite Events at Swawlambi Nagar. In all 27 boys teams and four girls teams participated in the competition which was organised following proper Standard Operating Protocols, informs a media release. In the final, Game Changers boys got the better of DC Football Club registering an easy 3-1. In the girls section, Unity ..

Choukse’s Thar challenge begins Dec 31

ATUL Kumar Choukse, city’s International Ultra-Marathon Runner, will begin his sojourn across the tough Thar Desert in Rajasthan on December 31. Choukse, who will be attempting to cross the desert in 27 days, will leave the city on December 27 for Ahmedabad by train. From there on he will arrange some local transport to reach Nada Bet, a far area in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat by Dec 29. His actual, the 1200 km journey, will begin from there on last day of the year. Choukse will run ..

Faiz makes way for a youngster, not to play T20s

ONE may find many players from all over the world nearing forty playing in the shortest form of cricket butVidarbha’s four national titles winning captain Faiz Fazal thinks otherwise. Now 35, the former Rajasthan Royals opener has bid adieu to Twenty20 format just to make sure that he makes way for a youngster. Though fully fit, in fact, much more fitter than his younger team-mates, Faiz has served Vidarbha in all formats till last year. The southpaw still wants to continue with the one-dayers and ..

Dr Dudhe to inaugurate varsity’s sports training centres on 28th

A MULTI event sports training centre, to be run by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University will be inaugurated at the hands of Vice-Chancellor Dr Sanjay Dudhe on Monday. In university’s D Laxminarayan Sports Centre, regular training for table tennis, karate and gymnastics will be held, informs Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Sports and Physical Education through a press release.The facility will be open to college and school students. Well known national table tennis trainer Deepak Kanetkar ..

Supare leaves a huge void in wrestling field

PAYING rich tributes to the departed soul, members of district wrestling associations have termed the untimely demise of Kamptee Taluka Wrestling Association Secretary Deepchand Supare as a huge void in wrestling fraternity. Supare, who was 65, was very active and presented a thrilling demonstration of various Indian martial art forms this Shiv Jayanti...

Dhruv, Radha hog limelight CPS, AB’s virtual sports meet concludes

MODERN School, Nagpur’s Dhruv Mishra and Radha Ghotkar of RS Mundle Dharampeth Arts and Commerce College, Nagpur won gold medals in Censports — the annual inter-school sports meet organised jointly by Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass and Sports for All (SFA) Play. In the event recently concluded virtual global sports meet, players from USA, UAE, Oman, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Bahrain apart from India took part. As many as 1830 children in the age groups of 7 to 17 years, from ..

East Zone Headmasters are champs

EAST Zone emerged champions in the first Inter-zone Headmasters Cricket Tournament that was held at Mecosabagh Cricket ground Kadbi Chowk recently. In the final, East Zone defeated West Zone by 44 runs. Batting first, East Zone scored 139 runs in eight overs while West Zone could manage just 95 runs. Nanotkar from East Zone scored 72 runs and was adjudged man of match while Shabana Anjum was declared woman of the match. The event was organised by School Headmasters Charitable Association Nagpur...

Sr joint secy of MAA Suryawanshi felicitated

DR SHARAD Suryawanshi was felicitated for being elected as Senior Joint Secretary of the Maharashtra Athletic Association (MAA). Nagesh Sahare, Corporator and also Vice-president of Nagpur District Athletic Association and Corporator Pramod Tabhane were among those who honoured Suryawanshi by offering him a bouquet...

Slum Soccer educate deaf kids with its DeafKidz Goal Project

Can you imagine playing a football match without the sound of referee’s whistle or players shouting and screaming to their team-mates to pass the ball? That’s exactly what was at display at the Krida Vikas Sanstha organised football tournament for the deaf participants during its DeafKidz Goal! Project. Slum Soccer, as it is known all around the world, conducted one of its kind tournament in partnership with Deafkidz International UK to train a group of deaf coaches to deliver life skills and football ..

Jay wins Brandvilla17 chess

YOUNG and upcoming city player Jay Sawalakhe won the Brandvilla17 State-Level Online Blitz Chess Tournament 2020 that was organised by Roshan Sir’s Chess Academy Gadchiroli on Sunday. Though Jay lost his way in the final round going down to Suhan Deshpande, he still managed to win the title. Players from Amravati, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Nagpur and Satara participated in the tournament. Players from Maharashtra State only were eligible for the event. Jay finished the event with 7...

Sujal, Tannistha reign supreme

SUJAL Rangari of Vinayak Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Wardha and Delhi Public School, Kamptee Road’s Tannistha Ghosh reigned supreme in their respective Under-17 karate events of Censports, the virtual sports meet hosted by Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass. The online tourney was organised by Sports for All (SFA) Play. In all 1830 children in the age groups of 7 to 17 years, from 433 schools around the world took part in the 10-day event. Sujal was followed by Manomay Goen..

MP riders bag eight medals in Junior National Equestrian Championship

THE riders of Madhya Pradesh State Equestrian Academy showcased their brilliant performance in the ongoing Junior National Equestrian Championship at Army Polo Riding Centre, New Delhi. The team bagged eight medals, including three gold, three silver and two bronze. On this achievement, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia congratulated the ..

Players and parents are opting for personal coaching: Bakre

IT MAY be a by-product of ‘social distancing’ — a new normal owing to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, but both players and parents are opting for personal coaching in cricket these days. Cricket training is generally a group activity and players approach their coach only to iron out the flaws. But lately, it has been observed that players are opting for personalised coaching. “First of all I am very happy that things are back on track...

Mah to have 1st International Sports University

WITH an aim to promote and develop sports culture in Maharashtra, an International Sports University has been proposed. The Maharashtra cabinet last week approved a draft bill for the constitution of the international sports university and it was passed in the just-concluded Winter Session of the state Legislature. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also Finance Minister of the State, has proposed the Sports University at Shiv Chhatrapati Krida Sankul, Balewadi, Pune. Later, an independen..

Govt permits training for non-contact, minimal contact sports

IN A positive development for sports and sportspersons of the State, Maharashtra Education and Sports Department has decided to permit training/practice of non-contact and minimal/medium contact games. The decision was taken on Wednesday. Though the notification was issued by the State Government, local body, Nagpur Municipal Corporation is yet to issue any guidelines...

City players for national yoga meet Excel in State-level competition

CITY yoga players excelled in the recently held 39th State-level Online Yoga Competition and got selected in the Maharashtra team for the forthcoming nationals to be held on a later date. All the selected players are members of Yamuna Keshav Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha and are coached by international yoga player of city Dhanashree Lekurwale. President of sanstha Baburao Chopde, Prof Pramod Tonpe, Ramrao Chopde, Dr Prema Lekurwale and other members congratulated the winners...

Workshop on baseball, korfball held

IN THE last workshop of the week-long series of workshops for various games under the title ‘Games: New Rules, Regulations and its Benefits’ through Google Meet platform, workshop on ‘Baseball and korfball’ was conducted by Dr Amit Tembhurne. Guest speaker Dr Tembhurne is Director of Physical Education Department in MB Patel College, Sakoli. He is national level korfball player and a qualified Level ‘O’ fitness trainer from NCA (BCCI) Bengaluru. He is a ex-fitness trainer of Vidarbha Ranji team. Member ..

Laying of RTMNU synthetic track delayed again Online work tender to be floated again

THE wait for second synthetic track in city is becoming longer. The track, which is supposed to come up at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Sports Complex off Amravati Road, will take much longer. Nagpur has one synthetic track at Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur. The PublicWorks Department (PWD), which will be doing the construction work of the track, will be floating work tender once again. The earlier tender has to be scrapped due to “some discrepancies”. “The tender will ..

Gokhale holds workshop on athletics

AWORKSHOP on athletics and its rules was organised during the ongoing Games: New Rules, Regulations and its Benefits through Google Meet platform. The workshop was organised jointly by Department of Sports and Physical Education, SB City College, Nagpur; SK Porwal College Kamptee; Arts College, Sihora; Shri Niketan Arts Commerce College, Nagpur, DD Bhoyar College of Arts and Science, Mouda. Vasant Gokhale, Member of Technical Committee, Maharashtra Athletics Association, was the guest speaker on the ..

Devyani bags silver in Asian yoga tourney

NAGPUR’S talented yoga player Devyani Donge emerged second best in the Online Asian Yoga Championship that concluded recently. Devyani, a student of Sewadal Mahila Mahavidyalaya, won the medal in Under-25 age group for girls.The event was hosted by Five StarWelfare and Sports Club that is affiliated to Yoga Association of India. As many as 1800 Indians participated in the tournament. In the first ever International Yoga Olympics that was conducted on September one, the city girl had finished a ..

VCA appoints Gonsalves as senior team’s coach

COACH of Vidarbha’s Under-23 side Trevor Gonsalves has been promoted as coach of the senior team for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament. Trevor was coach of the Under-23 team that won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy 2019-20 played at Indore in March 2020. Vidarbha Cricket Association Executive Committee approved the appointment of Gonsalves as coach of the senior team for this tournament during a meeting. It will not be a tough job for Gonsalves as most of the players have graduated to the senior ..

Iyer adds one more to his kitty Wins Sahare memorial blitz chess tourney

WITH an all-win record, the man in form Shiva Iyer helped himself to yet another chess crown. The talented player won the Kusumtai Sahare Nagpur District Open Online Blitz Chess Tournament 2020 organised by Nagpur District Chess Association. In the nine-round event that was played through the platform of, Iyer won all his matches making it nine out of nine points...

Infinity Ride 2020 reaches Nagpur

LED by Maharashtra boy Harshit Mundra and India’s only woman para cyclist Tanya Daga, the Infinity Ride 2020 reached Nagpur the other day. Aditya Mehta Foundation’s Infinity Ride is a cycle rally that started from Kashmir and will culminate at Kanyakumari. The rally intends to raise awareness about para sports in local kids. The sixth edition of the Infinity Ride 2020, which was flagged off from Srinagar on November 19 aims to reach out to para sporting talent from the city to raise awareness...

IM Sankalp qualifies for Worlds

CITY'S talented International Master Sankalp Gupta made it to the renowned World Chess Championship which will be held online from December 19. IM Sankalp finished a creditable second in the just concluded Asian Continental Selection FIDE Online World U10-18 Rapid Championships. In the competition, 17-year-old Sankalp tied with compatriot Indian Grandmaster Iniyan P and Gholami Orimi Mahdi of Iran with 5.5 each...

Finally, NMC wakes from its slumber, cleans Yashwant Stadium ground

Waking from its deep slumber, Nagpur Municipal Corporation finally decided to take out the maintenance work at Yashwant Stadium, situated in the heart of the city. After more than a month when ‘The Hitavada’ published the pathetic condition of the stadium, NMC staffers decided to cut the weeds and grass from the ground. Players of Nagpur District Handball Association, after several verbal requests, had decided to clear their playing area...

Dr Suryawanshi flags off Nagpur-Shegaon cycle rally

TIGER Group of Adventure and Krida Bharti have organised a Nagpur to Shegaon Cycle Rally. Around 10 cyclists from Nagpur are taking part in the rally. The rally was flagged off by Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Physical Education and Sports Department, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj square on Friday...

Singh, Hansing excel in Kale memorial golf tourney

  ANUJ Singh with a Best Gross of 80 and L Hansing with a Best Net of 69 excelled in the Satish Kale Memorial Golf Tournament that was held recently. The two-day event was held at Garuda Environmental Park and Training Area, Kamptee. An avid golfer Kale, in whose memory the meet was conducted, was one of the founder members of Vidarbha Golf Association. As many as 83 participants took part in the tournament and the winners in different categories are as under: Best Gross — Anuj Singh ..

Huge response to Sahare chess

ONLINE blitz chess tournament orgainsed to mark second death anniversary of Kusum Sahare, got good response. The Nagpur District Open Online Blitz Chess Tournament is being conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association. The virtual inauguration of Kusumtai Sahare Memorial Blitz Chess Tournament was held through the platform of on Sunday evening...

Raunak second best in international event

EMERGING victors in three Armageddon games, Nagpur’s only Grandmaster 14-year-old Raunak Sadhwani stunned world’s strongest GMs to win a creditable second place in the international online chess festival, the other day. Maharashtra’s youngest GM, Raunak once again showed his skill and talent in chess as he finished behind compatriot Aravindh Chithambaram in the One Belt One Road International Online Rapid Chess Festival which was organised by North America Chess Hub. In the seven-day event, Raunak ..

City’s Divya, Raunak to spearhead Indian challenge

City‘S talented chess players, Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh and Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani will be spearheading Indian challenge in the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth (Under-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18) Rapid Chess Championships which gets under way from Friday. Divya, who turned 15 and Raunak who will be 15 years old in a couple of weeks, will be the part of strong Indian girls and boys teams, respectively. A strong Indian cadet chess contingent will be taking up Asian rivals ..

Volleyball has evolved over the years: Pant

SPEAKING during his ‘Volleyball Workshop’ that was part of the week-long online workshop on ‘Games : New Rules, Regulations and Benefits’, Purshottam Pant said the sports has evolved over the years. From a number of consistent techniques including spiking and blocking and the introduction of the libero player, volleyball has been evolving, informed Pant, adding that the sport has been a part of the official programme of the Summer Olympic Games since Tokyo 1964...

Censports kick-starts with virtual inauguration

CENSPORTS 2020 in its online edition commenced with a virtual inaugural on Thursday. Censports was officially declared open by Director of Centre Point Group of Schools Radhika Rajwade. To mark the commencement of Censports, the Principal of Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass Radhika Mehra, Vice-Principals of Centre Point School, Amravati Road Bypass Perveen Cassad and Anita Sharma, HOD Sports Department, Centre Point School, Amravati Road Chetak Khedi..

Patankar holds workshop on kho kho

CHHATRAPATI Awardee Prashant Patankar shed light on popular tag game kho kho that was invented in Maharashtra and is one of the two most popular traditional tag games in the Indian subcontinent, the other being kabaddi. The sport is widely played across South Asia and has a strong presence in South Africa and England, said Patankar during his ‘Workshop On Kho kho’ that was a part of the week-long workshop on ‘Games : New Rules, Regulations and Benefits’ on Wednesday. Speaking from Mumbai, Patankar, ..

City’s GM Sadhwani selected for WestBridge-Anand Academy fellowship

NAGPUR’S only chess Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani has been selected by Bengaluru based WestBridge-Anand Chess Academy (WACA) for fellowship where he will be mentored and trained by GM and former world champion Viswanathan Anand. At present the training will be held virtually due coronavirus pandemic. In the recent past GM Anand had rated Sadhwani highly and had predicted a great future for the youngster. According to a media release, WestBridge Capital, under the um..

Four-event Censports begins today

CENTRE Point School Amravati Road Bypass, Nagpur is hosting the much awaited event, Censports, to cap off the year. Censports that is going to commence from Thursday, is a global online inter-school sports meet. This meet is testimony to the great adaptability and novelty of Centre Point School. It is an intrepid move to conduct an online sports meet, that too with international entries. The inaugural ceremony for this trailblazer will be conducted on Thursday at 5:00 pm through YouTube. Radhika ..

Kulkarni rules the roost

NILAY Kulkarni ruled the roost as Nagpur players dominated the fifth Vidarbha-level online blitz chess competition organised by Power Chess Academy and was held on Sunday. The competition was held in memory of Kamlabai Ramrao Gorle and was conducted through platform. Players from Vidarbha only were eligible to take part in the competition. In the final round, eventual winner Kulkarni got the better of Nirmaan Pohane of Chandrapur on the top board. Kulkarni, who had a clear half point ..

Bambal explains calculation of time lost in interrupted one-day cricket matches

CALCULATION of time lost and setting the revised target in a one-day match interrupted by weather or other circumstances is a very tedious job. In his ‘Workshop On Cricket’ that was a part of the week-long workshop on ‘Games: New Rules, Regulations and Benefits’, Dr Prashant Bambal explained in details many aspects of cricket including the calculation of time lost in a one-dayers due to interruptions. Bambal, who is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Physical E..

SDYS’ badminton court gets operational

SANATAN Dharam Yuvak Sabha (SDYS), a city-based organisation, inaugurated its badminton court at Kadbi Square on Monday. A friendly match was held for children of the same locality in presence of city’s international badminton players like Ritika Thaker and Rohan Gurbani. Rohan is Under-17 junior national champion. He also represented India in Asian Badminton championship 2..

Ingole elected President of TWA

Traditional Wrestling Association Maharashtra State recently held its Zoom Online General Meeting. Khushal Ingole of Nagpur Division has been appointed as the president of Traditional Wrestling Association Maharashtra (Nagpur Division). The General Body meeting of the association was held virtually through Zoom platform. The three-hour meeting was attended by all the dis..

VCA conducts online AGM this year

THE 86th Annual General Meeting of Vidarbha Cricket Association was held on Sunday on virtual platform because of the lockdown restrictions. Adv Anand Jaiswal, President VCA, was in the chair. The members unanimously approved the report of the Secretary, the audited accounts and reappointment of Justice (Retd) AP Deshpande as Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer...

Girls must strengthen themselves, says Dr Khan

SPEAKING on the topic of ‘Self Defence’, Dr Zakir Khan stressed that it was high time the girls needed to strengthen themselves. Khan was addressing a lot of students on opening day of the online workshop on ‘Games: New Rules, Regulations and Benefits’. The week-long online workshop is being jointly organised by Department of Sports and Physical Education, SB City College, Nagpur; SK Porwal College Kamptee; Arts College, Sihora; Shri Niketan Arts Commerce College, Nagpur, DD Bho..

Tarare, Deshpande bring laurels

NAGPUR’S long-distance runner Ravindra Tarare continued to find a spot on the podium and another adventure enthusiast Prasad Deshpande joined him this time as the duo made a mark in the Singapore 26Virtual cross country race. Tarare has been impressive in the series of 26Virtual and finished second in his 60-64 year category to bag a silver medal. Ironman Tarare completed the 10km run in 52 minutes and 37 seconds...

Sporting activities begin at DACSA

IF ONE is interested in more than one sport and that too at one place, one needs to visit the Dr Ambedkar College Sporting Academy (DACSA) located at Laxmi Nagar square. One can find cricket fans of all ages and from diverse fields having a ball there at various types of turfs. Those interested in lawn tennis and table tennis can also have fun and there is place also for those who want to pump iron...

PCCAN beat MSCAD by 9 wkts

BJP DivyangVikas Aghadi, in association with Nagpur City and Maharashtra Cricket association for Disabled (MSCAD), organised aT20 cricket match at Reshimbagh ground the other day. The match was held between PCCAN XI and MSCAD XI. Batting first MSCAD scored 101 for eight in 10 overs. Lokesh Marghade top scored with 58 runs. In reply, PCCAN achieved the target in 9.1 overs losing just one wicket. Sarang Chafle remained unbeaten on 43. MLA Mohan Mate was the chief guest of the prize distribution function...

JDSYF to conduct Prabhat Pheri walkathon on Dec 13

THE JD SportsYouth Foundation ( JDSYF) will be conducting Fit India Prabhat Pheri Walkathon on December 13, informs a press release. The event will start at Raman Science Centre Gate at 6.30 am. There are no registration charges for the event. Complete application forms must reach the organisers latest by 5 pm on December 12. Further details can be had by contacting Snehal Bhagat (9860621066) on at the following mail id [email protected] All the participants wil..

Kulkarni grabs State-level online blitz chess title

Nilay Kulkarni of Nagpur clinched the first online blitz chess title the other day. The Dr Appalwar Eye Hospital Gadchiroli State-Level Online Blitz Chess Tournament was organised by Roshan Chess Academy through Kulkarni garnered 7.5 points out of maximum nine to emerge clear winner. He was followed by Suhan Deshpande also of who collected seven points with a tiebreak score of 42.25. Sumedh Ramteke had to satisfy at the third spot who also collected seven points. His tiebreak score was ..

VCA opts for Ranji-Mushtaq combo

IT WAS a given that two-time champions Vidarbha would prefer the Ranji Trophy to go ahead this curtailed domestic season. But from the four options that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while sharing its blue print had given to the member associations, Vidarbha Cricket Association preferred the second one — a combination of Ranji Trophy (longer format) and Syed Mushtaq Ali (Twenty20 event). The other three choices were — having only Ranji Trophy, holding just the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 ..

Faiz signs for Lisburn return

VIDARBHA’S most successful skipper Faiz Fazal has once again signed on the dotted lines to play for Lisburn as their overseas professional for the 2021 season. The elegant southpaw opener confirmed the development. “Yes, I signed the contract papers yesterday. The season there starts by mid April and by that time most of our domestic assignments are over. And, moreover, if any issue crops up during that time, I will take a call then,” said the soft-spoken Faiz while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Wednesday. ..

Action commences at Mujumdar academy

THE hustle and bustle normally associated with the Mujumdar Cricket Academy (MCA) ground in heart of the city in Vasant Nagar throughout the year, that was missing due to the lockdown for over eight months, is back. Sunil Mujumdar, Director MCA, informed in detail about resumption of cricket at his academy. “Since we are affiliated to the Vidarbha Cricket Association and strictly follow the rules and regulations set by the body, we had no action till VCA was closed down. We started activ..

Slum Soccer pays tribute to Maradona

SLUM Soccer India, a venture of Krida Vikas Sanstha, Nagpur recently paid tribute to Argentina football legend Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away last week. Founder of Slum Soccer Prof Vijay Barse, along with his team of coaches, staff and players paid glowing tributes to the departed soul. The remembrance programme was held at organisation’s main campus at Bokhara. Maradona, one of the greatest sportsmen of the world, passed away at the age of 60. His Hand of God goal knocked England out of ..

Choukse to run across Thar Desert on foot in 27 days

To keep the human race away from superstition, city’s ultra marathon runner Atul Kumar Choukse will be attempting to cross the difficult Thar Desert in Rajasthan in 27 days. The reason behind taking up this dangerous and tough decision to run in Thar Desert was because of Choukse losing his beloved wife Nikita to superstition. According to Atul, his wife committed suicide earlier this year due to superstition. Atul, who also runs a foundation ‘Atulniya’ which helps people fight depres..

Virat breaks Sachin’s fastest 12,000 ODI runs record

INDIAN captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, breaking a record held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli reached the milestone during the third and final match against Australia here. Kohli, who needed 23 runs for the landmark coming into the match, touched the figure in his 242nd innings when he took a single off Sean Abbott in the 13th over of India’s essay. In comparison, it took Tendulkar 300 innings to get there...