Sports

‘Players must do their own branding’

TIME has come for players to do their own branding to make the most of the hard work in this cut-throat competition era, feels senior journalist and experienced athletics statistician Naresh Shelke. Shelke was speaking on third day of the 10-day Webinar ‘Making of Champions’ organised by the Physical Education and Sports Department of RTM..

Fitness trainers, gym owners urge for reopening of sports facilities

MEMBERS of Consolidated Fitness Trainers Welfare Association and Nagpur Gym Owners’ Association handed over a memorandum to Sports Minister Sunil Kedar requesting him to reopen gyms and sport facilities across Maharashtra, informs Pranay Tidke, President (CFTWA) through a press release. They informed Kedar that sport facilities will help in boosting immune system and that over 50,000 fitness trainers will be able to retain their employment...

Online chess Grand Prix to begin from June 3

DUE to the prevalent Covid-19 lockdown situation, chess players over the world have online chess events as the only option at their disposal. The Maharashtra Chess Association has come up with a unique ‘Lets Up - Blitz Grand Prix 2020’ consisting of Five Blitz (Superfast) Grand Prix Open Online Chess Events. Apart form Lets Up-The world of Entertainment, Amanora Park Town, Chitaley Dairy, h2e, Novel Financial Solutions, Jain Irrigation Systems and Narendra Firodia Unicorp are the other sponsors. There ..

Panbude online blitz chess begins

FA Umesh Panbude Online Blitz Chess Tournament 2020 got under way at 6 pm through the platform of ‘Lichess.org’ on Sunday. As many as 58 players are participating in the tournament. In all nine rounds will be played...

We don’t want voting rights, allow VHA teams to participate in HI nationals: Sidhra

IN A valiant attempt to save the rightful existence of Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) and career of hundreds of hockey players of the region, High Court appointed VHA Administrator Triloki Nath Sidhra has written a letter to Hockey India requesting them not to disaffiliate the association and let its players participate in Hockey India orga..

‘Long term planning needed by coaches to produce medal winning athletes’

URGING coaches to chalk out a long-term plan to train budding athletes so that they produce results, Dr Dhananjay Welukar, Member, Board of Sports and Physical Education, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, said athletes and players should be asked to focus on winning medals for the country from beginning itself. Dr Welukar was speaking on the opening day of the 10-day Webinar ‘Making of Champions’ organised by the Physical Education and Sports Department of RTMNU. Speaking on the topic ..

‘Dhanashree’s determination is at a different level’

A CHILD’s first teacher is always its mother. City’s ace yoga player Dhanashree Lekurwale has been lucky that she began her yoga journey under her mother’s guidance. Dhanashree, who has won several gold medals in state, national and international championships, was introduced to yoga by her mother Prema who herself is an exceptional yoga practitioner and till date takes part in yoga championships. For the records, Dhanashree has won gold medals in 24th Amateur World Yoga Sports Championship 2015 at ..

‘Making of Champions’ Webinar from today

THE Department of Physical Education and Sports, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, will be organising 10-day online Webinar on ‘Making of Champions’. The theme of Webinar will be on how to make champions after the lockdown ends and how to overcome the obstacles while making the champions. The Webinar will begin from Friday and will continue till June 7 in two categories of A-B and C-D between 11 am and 12.15 pm...

Swimming coaches suffering a lot

THE deadly coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc all round the world throwing life out of gears affecting all including sports fraternity. This pandemic has resulted in cancellation of all summer camps which has caused a lot of monetary loss to sports coaches, especially to swimming coaches. Swimming coaches and swimming clubs rely completely on summer season to survive throughout the year. Since the pandemic has occurred in summer, full time swimming coaches and freelance swimming coaches’ income ..

A broken bike mirror changed it all!

WHEN a smashing cricket shot broke the rear view mirror of abike passing by, that’s when thefather of a little girl realised thathis daughter has an exceptional talent of hitting the cricket ball hard. The small incident which took place in the life of the Vidarbha’s star batswomanBharati Fulmali introduced herto the world of cricket. The top order opener, whomade her India debut against England in 2019 at Guwahati,always had an interest in cricket but she actually came across theleather ball cricket ..

‘Happy that we took the correct decision of supporting Darshan’

SUCCESS is not an accident, magic trick, luck or blessing. Rather it is relentless hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrificing and most important the love for what you are doing. The same can be said for city’s right-arm medium pacer Darshan Nalkande, who in his early age got success because of his hard work and determination. Darshan, who used to run after the cricket ball during his infancy has now become a full time cricketer. The lanky Vidarbha Ranji bowler also earned a place in ..

Give financial aid to all needy sportspersons: Delegation to State Govt

OPPOSING the move of Maharashtra Government of helping only those sportspersons having BPL cards, played at international level and representing Olympic sport, a delegation comprising various sports associations met Dr Subhash Rewatkar, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs, Nagpur Division on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum with a request to invite details of other sports and medal winning sportsperson as well for financial aid...

Phadkar’s ‘daddy hundred’ saved the day

ROMANCE of Test cricket is not always in winning. Sometimes, a well-earned draw gives more satisfaction and pleasure even than a victory. And the fight, that helps in snatching a creditable draw from jaws of defeat, remains etched in memory forever. Vidarbha cricket was served one such memory by then middle-order mainstay Suhas Phadkar. The match was a 1983-84 Ranji Trophy Central Zone League encounter between Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh, played at VCA Civil Lines Ground. Madhya Pradesh had won the ..

Seth wins online blitz tournament

SPANDAN Seth scored eight points from nine matches to emerge champion in the Nagpur District Online Blitz Tournament that concluded on Friday. The results were declared on Sunday after the organisers — Nagpur District Chess Association, got the anti-cheating report. Unseeded Seth confirmed the title with a round remaining after securing eight straight wins. In his inconsequential last and final round, Seth lost to Sumedh Ramteke. Seth was followed by Ansh Dhanvij and R Shivasubramanian on second and ..

BJP asks Govt to declare economic package for common people

Gadchiroli, Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded economic package for comman people to deal with difficulties caused due to coronavirus pandemic. A delegation of the party workers called on Deepak Singla, District Collector, on Thursday and submitted him a memorandum in this regard. Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of corona deaths. People are facing severe difficulties. The government has however not declared any package for the people...

Sanitisation breaks, bowing with folded hands

SPORTS would not be the same post COVID-19. A lot will change, though not in the format or rules in any particular sport, but in the way it will be played. The coronavirus pandemic, which has halted all the sporting events for past two months, will make a big impact in the style of playing as well as celebrating. The unknown, invisible disease has forced mankind to maintain social distancing and has made masks part of their life in an attempt to break the chain of the spread of the virus. But once ..

Swimmers turn bakers, painters

City’s star swimmers Sharayu Fartode, Rutuja Talegaonkar, Himani Fadke and Nishant Bagal are keeping themselves occupied during this lockdown period by getting engaged in several hobbies like cooking, drawing, nail art, reading books, Acroyoga and Warli painting. Sharayu, who has won bronze medal at the UIPM 2019 Biathle Triathle World Championships in Egypt, is now engaging herself into drawing, Warli painting, Shell painting etc. “S..

PCCAN helps needy sportspersons

IN A joint venture, the Physically Challenged Cricket Association Nagpur (PCCAN) and Deepjyoti Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha Nagpur have come forward with help for needy sportspersons during the tough times. The corona pandemic enforced lockdown has affected all including sportspersons. One of city’s top athletes Prajakta Godbole, who has represented India in many events and has won medals for the nation has been severely affected by the lockdown...

Vaishnavi’s mom picks her duel with Saina as the best

ONE tries to give one’s best when put up against one of the best in business. It is not the end result that only matters, it is the effort and the way one takes to the fight that also counts. City shuttler Vaishnavi Bhale have won All India Ranking Tournament (Bareilly 2015), she has been runner-up in singles and doubles at same event (All India Ranking Tournament at Sikkim in 2016) but those who are really close to her know that she gave her best shot against Olympic medallist and defending national ..

New stadium 5 substitutions no spectators

FOOTBALL will have a new address this season. Rules will be tweaked a bit. Matches, to some extent, will be played “behind closed doors”. With the Maharashtra Government taking Nagpur out of the Red Zone, football in the city could be seen played on the green lawn turf, by the middle or end of June. After around two months of lockdown which was imposed to break the chain of COVID-19, Nagpur saw ease in curbs on functioning of s..

NUPETA requests start of sports, fitness activities

THE Nagpur University Physical Education Teachers Association (NUPETA) has requested State government for relaxation to sportspersons and senior citizens in performing their fitness activities during this period of lockdown. NUPETA delegation, led by Dr Arvind Joshi, Vice-Principal, Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, met State Sports Minister Sunil Kedar and submitted a memorandum requesting him to allow morning walkers, sportsp..

Samarth’s Volleyball KM contribute for social cause

SAMARTH Vyayamshala’s Volleyball Krida Mandal has come out in support of COVID-19 affected persons. The mandal is helping those individuals from the city who have been kept in quarantine or isolation wards and migratory labourers. Secretary of the sports association Sunil Hande, has handed over 1500 face masks to Inspector of Pratap Nagar Police Station Bhimrao Khandadale. Senior players of the mandal Nilesh Matte, Saurabh Rokade, Nayan Watkar a..

District Sports Council gives financial aid to athlete Jyoti

DISTRICT Sports Council provided financial aid to international athlete of city Jyoti Chavan. The cheque of Rs 25,000 was handed over to Jyoti by State Sports Minister Sunil Kedar. Jyoti had represented India at the World University Games at Italy last year where she finished 11th and second amongst Indians. Due to lockdown which was imposed due to deadly coronavirus, her family was finding it difficult to arrange two square meals. After the news of her plight was published in several newspapers, ..

Superkids finish 2nd in onilne chess

SUPERKIDS team comprising Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani and Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh finished second best in the recently held blitz online chess meet. The event, which saw around 25 Indian Grandmasters participate, was sponsored by Sukooon Resorts and was played on a blitz format. Chess Gurukul, consisting of young Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and Karthikeyan Murali emerged winner defeating Superkids in the ‘Superfinal’ to win Indian chess.com League. Praggnanandhaa drew his game against ..

95 pc citizens believe sports is a stress buster: Survey

A NATION-WIDE survey conducted by Dr Ambedkar College Sports Academy and Internal Quality Assurance Cell reveals 95 per cent people believe sports is a stress buster and helps one in fighting stress effectively. The survey, which was conducted in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, revealed different reactions and opinions of the citizens. The survey had over a dozen questions seeking opinions from citizens. Since the first lock..

NSFTA submits memorandum to NMC

OFFICE bearers of Nagpur Sports and Fitness Traders Association (NSFTA) submitted memorandum to Nagpur Municipal Corporation requesting them to allow re-opening of their shops with restrictions. The memorandum was submitted to Additional Municipal Commissioner Ram Joshi. Since lockdown, sports shops have downed their shutters and it is of great inconvenience to general public to get indoor sports items like carrom, chess, skip..

When Railways felt the Underdog’s Bite

AN OUTRIGHT victory in the longer format of cricket is most satisfying as it is real test of skill and character of the players. The joy of winning gets multiplied when it comes after a long time and against opponents who behave like they have won the match a day before. There was a time in domestic cricket when Vidarbha were not better than the sitting ducks. But cricket has got the tag of being a game of glorious uncertainties for some reasons...

Help continues to pour in for Prajakta

City’s international athlete Prajakta Godbole, whose family was finding it difficult to arrange even two square meal, is getting help from various organisations and NGOs from Nagpur as well as from other cities. Like several others, Shiv Sena members came forward and provided Prajakta, who represented India in World University Games at Italy last year, ration and financial aid, the other day. According to Rajesh Tumsare, Shiv Sena City Chief, Manarashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey, had asked his ..

Allow us to sell Sports equipment for at least 4 hrs: shop owners

AFTER government’s relaxation order pertaining to start business of non-essential commodities in the city, sports shop owners also want to re-start their business. It has been more than 50 days since the lockdown was imposed sports shops, along with others, are shut. From Thursday, several shops were allowed to operate, albeit with stringent guidelines, in the city. The lockdown, which was first enforced on March 24, has been extended twice — on April 14 and May 4...

Miles N Milers donates Rs two lakh for fight against COVID-19

DR AMIT Samarth, Director of Miles N Milers Endurance sports Academy and ProHealth Foundation, did a 48-hour fund-raising cycling ride which generated over Rs two lakh. Dr Samarth virtually pedalled a distance of 1301 kms in 48 hours in his state-of-art training centre. During this 48 hours he was able to raise Rs 2,09,500 after payment gateway deductions...

‘Mallika continuing family legacy’

A TRUE champion is someone who recognises one’s natural talent, work one’s tail off to develop them into skills, and further uses these skills to accomplish one’s goals. Just like city’s ace table tennis player Mallika Bhandarkar, who, with her extraordinary talent and perseverance, clinched several major achievements like representing the Asian Team that won gold at the World Championship in Japan and being the first Indian to represent India in Youth Olympics in 2010. Mallika has also represented ..

Rope jumping is an easy option during lockdown, feels Bhagat

DURING the lockdown period, one of the easiest ways to keep the body fit is rope jumping, informs Snehlata Bhagat, Secretary, Nagpur District Jump Rope Association, through a press release. In the absence of any ground activity, rope jumping offers an easy solution and can be practised by all age group persons who have no major health issues, the release adds...

When Mugdha appeared for a paper after a long travel

AMONG India’s top singles badminton players, Mugdha Agrey had covered a large distance overnight from Valsad to Nagpur and appeared for her first paper of class 12th. The city lass left Valsad late in night with her mother and after some ten hours was writing her 12th English paper in Nagpur. “There is an interesting story regarding her 12th English paper...

Can manage with this ration but desperately need a job: Prajakta

CITY athletes, who were living in dire straits, without a penny and unaware from where their next meal would be arranged since past several days, are now heaving a sigh of relief after several NGO, NMC and citizens came forward to help them with ration. ‘The Hitavada’ had reported the plight of international athlete Jyoti Chavan and her family a few days ago. Similar was the situation of another international athlete Prajakta Godbole who also represented India in World University Games held in Italy, ..

City’s BCB chief curator Hinganikar back, in quarantine

FORMER Vidarbha Ranji Trophy skipper Praveen Hinganikar, who is presently Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Curator, has safely returned to the city and has been put up in quarantine as it is mandatory for people coming from abroad. After being in lockdown in Chittagong for about 40 days, Hinganikar was among the lucky few who returned to their native places when the restricted international flight services resumed. “First two flights were f..

Double Delight For Bhoyars

IT WAS for his son Satyam’s fitness in the rainy season that Advocate Rajesh Bhoyar admitted his kids (daughter Sai) at a tennis coaching centre. That fitness class would be only for three months, Adv Bhoyar had decided. At the end of three months, Satyam, had to reluctantly leave tennis, despite “knocking” the tennis ball well, while Sai continued with the sport, in which she had generated interest immediately. Those three months made Sai an acclaimed tennis prodigy of the city...

Puglia’s schools, mill employees donate Rs 4.19 lakh to CM’s fund

CHANDRAPUR, FORMER MP and senior trade union leader Naresh Puglia has donated handsomely to the Chief Minister Relief Fund (Covid-19) through his educational institutions and union. The workers of Ashti Paper Mill and employees of five different schools running under chairmanship of Naresh Puglia donated a sum of Rs 4.19 lakh for the cause of fight against coronavirus pandemic. The teachers working with various schools run by Puglia contributed their one day’s salary for the cause and the sum thus ..

Khurasiya-Patil snatch an Unbelievable Victory for MP Time Travel

THE Twenty20 format of cricket was some 14 years in the womb of future when Madhya Pradesh, led by mercurial India star Sandeep Patil, chased a target of 218 in 22.3 overs losing three wickets in a four-day match. The Vidarbha versus MP Ranji Trophy Central Zone League game played at VCA Civil Lines ground in November-December 1991-92 was an interesting match that saw a lot of records rewritten from both sides...

‘Damini made us proud by excelling in a lesser known sport’

THE taste of victory is the sweetest when obstacles are the toughest and challenges are the hardest. The adage goes well the with the daughter of a ‘Paan Kiosk’ owner Damini Rambhad who, despite having numerous obstacles in her way, achieved national and international recognition in the sport of fencing. In spite of having limited access to funds, information and coaching Damini represented India at the Foil Grand Prix Championship in Shanghai, China. Hard work and perseverance also got her bronze ..

Don’t have words to express my gratitude: Athlete Jyoti

“I have no words to express my gratitude,” said Jyoti Chavan, after she received ration and financial help from several citizens, policemen and the civic body. In this trying time that has disrupted normal life, the family of city’s international athlete, Jyoti, too, was finding it difficult to make ends meet and had to stand in long queues for two square meals every day...

BFI, HI certificates valid for grace marks

THE Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Maharashtra, has decided to grant sports grace marks to basketball players of the State and hockey players of Vidarbha for the 2019-2020 academic session. A letter has been issued by the department to all district sports officers. The participation certificates, issued by the committee of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Hockey India to Vidarbha Hockey Association players (boys and girls) will be valid for awarding sports grace marks ..

City’s international athlete’s family stands in queue for food packets

THE coronavirus pandemic, which has forced a countrywide lockdown, is making life miserable for one and all. Those well off are somehow managing with their daily bread but there are a few who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. City’s international athlete Jyoti Chavan’s family is in dire straits. With all the savings spent, the family is now dependent on the food packets being distributed by the NGOs and others, it has been learnt. Jyoti, who has won several medals at district, divisional, ..

GM Sadhwani misses third place by half a point

CITY’S only and Maharashtra’s youngest Grandmaster (GM) Raunak Sadhwani missed the podium finish by a whisker in an online blitz chess tournament held the other day. Other city players Divya Deshmukh and Sankalp Gupta finished the competition with seven and 6.5 points, respectively. GM Sadhwani, who was going strong in this Chess Tr..

Aditya keeps his promise of becoming top cricketer

‘KEEP every promise you make and only make promises you can keep’ — the adage goes quite well with city’s quintessential pacer Aditya Thakare who, during his childhood had made a promise to his father that one day he will play extraordinary cricket and will also become number one cricketer for him. The lanky pacer, who has taken 31 wickets in First-Class cricket in a short span of time, not only lived up to the promise he had made to..

NCA’s virtual sessions in full swing

THE outbreak of COVID-19 has stopped all the activities related to outdoor games and right in summer when one could find umpteen number of various sports camps running full, the aspiring players are not allowed to venture out. All the grounds were locked out immediately after Vidarbha lifted their maiden BCCI Under-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy beating Madhya Pradesh by 8 wickets at the Holkar Stadium, Indore. During summer the grounds are flooded with kids. Regular players start working again on their ..

Amid applause, courageous health care teams enter, exit Covid Hsptl

AMRAVATI, FAREWELL was accorded to 75 members of healthcare team which had extended services in the ‘very risky’ COVID-19 Hospital here. At the same time, the fourth team was accorded grand welcome amid beating of bands at the COVID-19 Hospital. Special COVID-19 Hospital has been set up at the Divisional Super-Speciality hospital. A squad of about 100 healthcare staffers including doctors, nurses, ward boys, sanitation employees, technici..

Delayed start to NDFA’s football season this year

THE 2020-21 football season of Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA) will have a delayed start due to coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought all the sporting activities in the city to a grinding halt. League matches of NDFA’s two divisions—Senior and First—were not even started when the government imposed complete lockdown in March. NDFA had even declared the fixtures of Senior Division which was scheduled to start from March 16. But the Janta Curfew and then the lockdown, which has ..

Cricketer Raut gets promised dues of Rs 2.70 lakh from BCCI

CITY’S international cricketer Gurudas Raut, who was part of physically challenged India cricket team that won the World T20 series in England earlier this year, finally received the promised dues of Rs 2.7 lakh from the Indian cricket board. After India won the World T20 Series in August last year, BCCI invited captain Vikrant Keni and Raut to Mumbai in March and had felicitated them and had handed over a token cheque of Rs 65 lakh to the team...

Dr Samarth raises Rs 2 lakh by pedalling 1301 kms

DR AMIT Samarth, one of the most accomplished ultracyclists of India, added another feather to his cap when he completed 48 hours of non-stop indoor cycling. In the process he virtually pedalled around 1301 kms on Monday. The attempt was made with a view to generate funds to fight against coronavirus. Dr Samarth raised Rs two lakh. He lauded th..

When Knight Krishna Kumar shone in the dark! Time Travel

WHEN the result came it was 5.40 pm. The official scorers sitting below the NMC pavilion at the VCA Civil Lines Stadium were doing their job with a tubelight on. And this was no Day-Night match! It was month of January and mid-winter meant the Sun was setting earlier, making it dark much sooner. In those days, if the captains agreed, the match would go on till the completion of the required number of (mandatory) overs...

Rohan will win medals for India, says a confident father

IF INTELLIGENCE is added to the tried and tested 3D (Discipline, Dedication and Determination) recipe for excelling in sports, the outcome has to be more fruitful. The best of coaches can help one acquire skills but it is left to one’s intelligence to derive optimum result from the training using his grey cells. “Rohan plays the game intelligently. Presently, he is ranked second in India in the Under-19 age group. He might be just behind some top shuttlers in stamina and endurance as those players ..

Virtual indoor run evokes good response

Orange City Runners Nagpur, Raipur Runners Raipur, Rajnandgoan Runners, and Dhamtari Runners recently organised Virtual Indoor Run, the other day. The run, which was organised to pay tributes to the doctors, police force and NGOs for fighting against COVID-19, evoked good response in which more than 3,500 participants participated. The run was organised from 6 am to 9 pm. Participants were asked to run 3 km, 5 km and 10 km distance in thei..

When Akshay traded gloves for ball

WICKETKEEPER Akshay Wadkar was an important member of Vidarbha team that won its maiden Ranji Trophy and went on to retain it one year later. His contribution behind the stumps as well as in front with willow in his hands was an important factor in the back to back triumphs. But very few people know that Akshay was a leg-spinner before he picked up gloves. And his early skills once bailed out his team from a precarious situation. ..

Finger power session impresses city coach Dayal

AMONG city badminton coaches who are taking online training, Ajay Dayal was mightily impressed by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand and Indonesian Augus Dwi Santoso’s session on finger power session that was conducted on Thursday. “Gopi Sir and 55-year-old Santoso, who has been a national coach for his home team, Korean and Malaysian national teams, held impressive session on finger power. “They shared some important tips with examples...

Samarth to do indoor cycling for non-stop 48 hours

IN AN attempt to raise funds and fight against COVID-19, Dr Amit Samarth, an accomplished Ultracyclist of India will be riding cycle non-stop for 48 hours in his indoor cycling set up in Nagpur on May 2. Samarth has finished successfully 9100 km Trans Siberian Extreme race and 5000 kms Race Across America race. The ride is being done to raise funds for coronavirus pandemic...

Archery equipment factory manufacturing PPE kits

ON ANY given day, this factory in Amravati manufactures hundreds of sports wear and archery equipment. But with the nation under complete lockdown, the production of sports wear and archery equipment has stopped. Instead, the factory is now helping the nation in making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits. Former international archer and Secretary General of Archery Association of India Pramod Chandurkar, who is the managing direct..

Gouri, making a mark in sqay

SQAY player Gouri Gokhale, who started learning the Indian martial arts at the age of seven, has been doing exceptionally well in the sport and has won more than 25 medals at national and international levels. Daughter of Rajeshwari and Rajas Gokhale, Gouri first showed interest in sports when she was just five. Noticing her skills in the same, her mother encouraged her to join martial arts at school...

When Gandhe proved his point with a hat-trick

CRICKET sometimes can be cruel. As a spin bowler one might be getting enough purchase from the wicket, but not the edges from the opponent’s bats; one might beat the batsmen umpteen number of times without any success, then there are a few dropped catches, some missed stumping chances and the bowler returns with not much to show in the fourth column of his statistics. And if some members from the team and the team management,..

Roadside bat sellers finding it difficult to make ends meet

EVERY year, the month of April would bring cheer to their faces. As soon as school, college exams get over, their business used to flourish and these roadside bats sellers would make a good earning. There used to be a sudden sprout of ‘would be’ Sachins, Virats, ..

Swim Coaches Knowledge Series # 1 under way online

IN A joint effort, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Swimming Federation of India (SFI) have come out with an online knowledge series for enhancing the knowledge of Indian swimming coaches. This online workshop ‘Swim Coaches Knowledge Series # 1’ is helping all the coaches to get advanced knowledge of technical aspects and soft skills of coaching. With this knowledge workshop, the coaches may utilise the lockdown period productively and can plan their coaching programme effectively for the coming ..

Ritika has been achieving set targets, says a proud father

AMONG the top badminton players of the city, Ritika Thaker is presently the highest placed doubles player at world and national level. The graph of her progress has been a pretty steady one. After dominating at the state and national levels in women’s and mixed doubles in the junior category, the city shuttler took to the senior level without much fuss. In just over one year at the senior level, she has already made an impact...

DACSA distributes milk to needy

AS A part of its social responsibility, Dr Ambedkar College Sports Academy (DACSA) in association with Shyam Dairy distributed 250 litre milk to the poor and needy during the lockdown at Kachipura slums on Friday. Secretary of academy and vice-principal of Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi Dr Arvind Joshi; Director of Shyam Dairy Hemant Pande, Prashant Bambal, Shailesh Raulkar, Dr Shailesh Bahadure, Capt Sujit Chavan, Sanjay Bhivgade and Prashant Kantode were present on the occasion...

Medals galore, mother wants to see swimmer Sharayu as a naval officer

SHE has won a bagful of medals in swimming and other competitions. Now, Sharayu Fartode’s mother wants to see her daughter don a navy attire and join the force. Making a splash in swimming pools around the country and abroad as well, Sharayu has won several medals since childhood. As a kid, Sharayu enjoyed running and playing with water and as her inclination towards swimming grew she never imagined that one day she wo..

City coaches Dayal, Chetak join SAI-BAI online coaching

CITY’S badminton coaches Ajay Dayal and Chetak Khedikar are among 920 coaches from all over India taking part in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Badminton Association of India (BAI) organised Online Coach Education Programme that started on April 20 and runs till May 8, 2020. Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Coach made introductory remarks and was followed by briefings from Augus Dwi Santoso and Namrih Suroto...

Love this look Paaji! Keep it: Manjrekar to Kapil

FORMER India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has advised Kapil Dev to keep sporting the shaved head look, saying he loved it. A day after Sachin Tendulkar posted pictures of trimming his own hair amid the COVID-19 lockdown, former India captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev’s new look was revealed on Twitter where he was seen posing with a shaved head. India’s first World Cup winning captain was also seen sporting a sunglass and wearing a black blazer as he looked dashing. “Love this look Paaji! Keep ..

From playing with plastic bat to Ranji title

CRICKETING legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Wasim Jaffer were only devoted to cricket from the very beginning and they actually lived their life in between the 22 yards. For them cricket was everything and apart from cricket they never particularly liked any other sport. Same was the case with city’s right-hand batsman and wicketkeeper Siddhesh Wath, who from his early youth, picked the bat and ball above everything else. Little Siddhesh, who used to play with plastic bat, would have ..

More than financial losses, missing Olympic culture is Mundra’s loss

HE HAS never missed a single major sporting event around the world in last 20 years. But the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought the entire world to a grinding halt, has forced globe-trotting Omprakash Mundra to reschedule his tours of 2020. The young 70-year-old Omprakash Mundra, a steel businessman from Nagpur, has been travelling around the world, being part of each and every sporting extravaganza since 1982 Asiad in New Delhi. He was ‘part’ of all the major sporting events, be it the Summer ..

Will rip them apart, Singh said....and did!

JUDGING a book by its cover is never considered prudent. But sometimes a gut feeling tells you to overrule it. When young Vidarbha seamer Sandeep Singh was handed the new ball by skipper Pritam Gandhe at the green and hard wicket at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot, he judged the wicket with the first cherry. And then he wrote his own story! Vidarbha had opted to bowl against Saurashtra in this Ranji Trophy match played from December 17, 2005. Right-arm seamer Singh was instinctively very ..

‘Sincerity, stubbornness and focus made Malvika what she is’

STUBBORNNESS is dogged determination that can help in making or breaking an individual. If it is given correct direction it can help in yielding positive results and if not, the virtue has potential to ruin one’s life. Those close to that individual with stubbornness play an important role in shaping one’s destiny. And if there are two and they..

How Dad’s hobby made Divya

HER father used to play chess as a hobby while her great grandfather (maternal) used to spend Saturdays challenging the great revolutionary Vinoba Bhave in the game of 64 square. Inculcating father’s hobby and grandfather’s ‘roots’, Nagpur’s Divya Deshmukh carved a niche for herself to become a Woman International ..