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39th Senior National Archery Championship

IT News
Imphal, March 19,

39th NTPC Senior National Archery Championship was held at Cuttack, Odisha from 09 March to 18 March 2019. The Assam Rifles Archery Team (ARAT) attached with 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the Aegis of IGAR (South), comprising of eight men and four women archers, represented Manipur State Archery team and All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB). The team under coach Nb Sub Satish Dubey participated in the Indian, Recurve and Compound events of Men and Women categories. The championship witnessed participation of 37 top teams of all the States.
Proving their mettle in the championship, the Assam Rifles Team performed exceedingly well by winning medals in both individual as well as team events. A total of 01 Gold, 03 Silver and 04 Bronze medals were won by the archers.
 Rfn N Subhachandra represented All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB) and won Bronze medal in Men’s Team Event in Recurve Round.

Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi top seeded as Chinese stars headline 9th edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open

New Delhi, March 16

Newly-crowned All England Open champion Chen Yufei and defending men’s singles champion Shi Yuqi will lead the draw as the 9th edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open begins at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of Indira Gandhi International Stadium, on March 26.
After eight successful years at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, this time the USD 350, 000 tournament will not only have a brand-new address but is also set to welcome the biggest ever Chinese Contingent. Having upset the World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final of the All England Open last week, World No. 2 Yufei will command a lot of attention as she battles it out with India’s very best at this premier World Tour Super 500 event.
The main draw of women’s singles has as many as six Chinese shuttlers, with World No. 7 He Bingjiao and World No. 14 Han Yue receiving the third and seventh seeding respectively. Former champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui makes her return while Chen Xiaoxin and Cai Yanyan are the other Chinese in the draw.
The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by second seed and 2017 winner PV Sindhu and two-time champion Saina Nehwal, seeded fifth this time.
Shi Yuqi, whose All England title defence ended in the semi-finals to Viktor Axelsen, will hope to rebound at the Yonex Sunrise India Open. The World No. 2 Chinese, who begins his challenge against compatriot Huang Yuxiang, could meet his countryman Zhou Zeqi in the quarter-finals. World No. 19 Lu Guangzu and the 37th ranked Zhao Junpeng will clash in yet another thrilling all-Chinese face-off.

The highly popular Viktor Axelsen, second seed this time and winner in 2017, will look to continue the fireworks after reaching the final of the All England Open earlier this month.
India has handsome representation in the men’s singles section with six shuttlers from home vying for the title. While 2015 champion Kidambi Srikanth has been seeded third, BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma is the fifth seed.
Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Subhankar Dey will carry the home hopes as well.
The third-seeded men’s’ doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin their 2019 season at the India Open amid a lot of expectations. Former National Champions Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy are the only other Indian pair to have been seeded at sixth.
2018 World Championships quarter-finalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are the eighth seeds in the mixed doubles draw which is led by the Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals champions.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy are unseeded and could face the fourth seeds Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the second round.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist combine of Reddy and Ponnappa will look to pull off an upset over the sixth seeds Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu in women’s doubles.

On Kangpokpi District

the tripartite talked between representative of union Government(MHA) and the state BJP ruling talked on 10 March at Senapati HQ seems only to pacify the Manipur Nagas with the cost of Louis ancestral land. How long the UNC is going against the upgradation of Kangpokpi ADC into DC? Are not the Manipur Nagas under the aegis of UNC that developmental works for Kangpokpi district had been siphoned off since 1972 when Manipur attained statehood and till date? It will be the most appropriate that the UNC should returned all developmental works fund mean for Kangpokpi(Sadar Hills) District diverted to Senapati from 1972 till date. Was there any historical that the Manipur Nagas had resisted or war/battle with the imperialist The British to fulfill their political or issues? The Kukis by far had fought war with the British for more than three years(Anglo-Kuki war 1917-1919)This history is the political backbone of the  Kukis  who are far scattered and wide in South East Asian countries.So the state  BJP Government and Union Government should take a soft stand regarding the UNC against the upgradation of Kangpokpi (Kanggui) ADC into DC for peaceful co-existence.

Yours Faithfully L. Nehkholien Haokip via email

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Indian boxers assure five berths in the finals of GeeBee Boxing Tournament

From Correspondent
New Delhi, March 11,

Former Asian Championship gold medallist Shiva Thapa and Mohammed Hussamuddin led the march as six Indian boxers assured berth at the finals of the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.
The youngest Indian to play in Olympics, Thapa outclassed Russia’s Mikhail Varlamov to notch up a unanimous 5-0 victory. The three-time Asian medallist will next take on local favourite Arslan Khataev in the summit clash. 
Following suit was Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Hussamuddin. In a thrilling contest, the Indian held on to his nerves to get the better of Kazakhstan’s Zhanbolat Kydyrbayev in a narrow 3:2 win.  It will be an exciting all-Indian final in the 56kg category with Hussamuddin taking on Kavinder Singh Bisht, who got the better of Frenchman Jordan Rodriquez to make the summit showdown. 
Also advancing to the last-two stage were Dinesh Dagar (69kg) and rookie Govind Sahani (49kg).
Dinesh Dagar, who defeated former Olympic bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas earlier in the tournament continued his impressive run, producing a gritty 4-1 victory over Sergei Sobylinski of Russia in his semis clash. He will be facing Commonwealth Games gold-medallist England Pat McCormack in the finals, a two-time European silver-medallist.
The final berth was secured by Govind Sahani who produced a flawless performance to outclass Russia’s Artysh Sojan 5-0. He will square off against Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod in quest for the gold.
Finishing off with bronze medals were Sachin Siwach (52), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Naveen Kumar (+91kg) after their respective semi-final loss. The former world youth champion, Sachin incurred a 1-4 defeat against Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev while Sangwan suffered a similar fate after a 0-5 loss to England’s Chevon Clarke. In the Super Heavyweight category, Naveen Kumar lost 1-4 against Australia’s Justis Huni.

Delhi High Court upholds BFI as the only recognized national body in boxing

Our Correspondent
New Delhi, March 7,

The Delhi High Court reiterated that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is the sole recognized body for boxing in India by restraining the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) from using the words ‘India’ or ‘Indian’ in its name in an interim order passed today. It was in response to a petition that the BFI had filed, seeking a permanent injunction against the IABF representing itself as a National Sports Federation for Boxing or falsely claiming itself to be recognized by the Indian Olympic Association, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and International Boxing Association (AIBA). BFI opted for the legal course after it came to light that the IABF was in the process of conducting national sub-junior men’s and women’s boxing championships for which entry fees from budding pugilists too had been collected.
Following their plea, the bench of Hon’ble Justice Pratibha Singh not only barred the IABF from using ‘India’ in their name but also directed them to inform all participants that they are not a recognized national sports federation of boxing.
The court order further consolidates BFI’s status after it earned formal recognition from the AIBA, Sports Ministry and IOA in 2017 following its establishment on 25th September 2016. The BFI has worked tirelessly since in a bid to make India a boxing powerhouse.
With Mr Ajay Singh as the President, the BFI has restructured the domestic system, resulting in a steady flow of talent which has led to an increase of medals from elite international competitions in the last couple of years and have brought marquee World Boxing events to India for the first time since 2017.

Priyanshu Rajawat The Best Performer As Indian Campaign Comes To An End At Yonex Dutch Junior International

Our Correspondent
New Delhi, March 4,

Madhya Pradesh boy Priyanshu Rajawat was the only Indian to reach the quarter-finals as the country’s campaign came to an end at the prestigious Yonex Dutch Junior International 2019 at Haarlem, the Netherlands on Saturday.
The 17-year-old, hailing from Dhar, put up a gutsy performance in the fourth round to stun the fifth seed Christo Popov 22-20, 15-21, 21-15 in a marathon encounter lasting 1 hour 12 minutes. The youngster, however, failed to replicate that show against the fourth seed Brian Yang in the quarter-finals, going down 13-21, 20-22 to the Canadian. While Rajawat showed a lot of promise, the rest of the Indian contingent could not cross the pre-quarter-final hurdle. Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, the wonderkid from Manipur, went down 18-21, 10-21 to the third seed Christian Adinata of Indonesia. Andhra Pradesh boy Sai Charan Koya, who had upset the top seed a day earlier, was beaten 15-21, 16-21 by China’s Li Yunze.
In girls’ singles, Gayatri Gopichand had her brilliant run cut short 15-21, 13-21 by the eighth seeded Benyapa Aimsaard of Thailand.
In boys’ doubles, the Telengana pair of Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala squandered a one-game lead to go down 21-17, 19-21, 10-21 to Indonesians M. Lucky Andres Apriyanda and Yoggi Pamungkas.
The Indian team will now focus on putting up an improved show at the Yonex German Junior 2019 to be held in Berlin from March 7.

Ajgar & Musthafa Score A Hat-trick In JK Tyre Himalayan Drive

IT News
Siliguri, March 3,

 After four days of cross-country rallying, the formidable team of Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa successfully defended their JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7 crown.
Hailing from the small port town of Haldia in West Bengal, Ajgar Ali, along with Erode’s Mohammed Musthafa, achieved the rare feat of winning their third successive title in the country’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally.
In the national category, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa ended with a final tally of 1110 penalty points to emerge victorious. Securing the second position were the team of Gagan Sethi and Rajkumar Mundra with 1847 penalty points while Jogendra Jaiswal and Nagarajan Thangaraj ended their campaign in third position with 2035 penalty points.
In the open category, the team of Govind Dalmia and Anand Agarwal edged past category leader Rohit Agarwal and Kunal Joshi to finish with 9149 penalty points. The Agarwal-Joshi team scored 9691 penalty points. Finishing third in this category were the team of Suyash Raj and Mohammad Sharif with 10796 penalty points. This year’s title battle saw a nail-biting finish. The team of Jogendra Jaiswal and Nagarajan Thangaraj who started the final day (Day 4, Saturday) as championship leaders lost their bid to the crown in the very final moments by missing the penultimate time control and suffering a 900-penalty points blow.
“We made a big mistake (by missing the second-last time control) and we handed the championship title to them (Ajgar and Musthafa). It is a disappointment for us, but the winners deserve the title,” Nagarajan Thangaraj said.
“We are very happy to score this hattrick. It was a very exciting rally and I can say that the seventh edition of JK Tyre Himalayan Drive is the best TSD rally in the country till date. The competitive sections were superb and posed a tough challenge to drivers, navigators and our cars,” said Ajgar Ali.
He was also all praise for Just Sportz, the rally organisers. “This rally is always well-organised and everything is transparent. The hospitality of the organisers is unparalleled,” Ali added.
This year’s victory takes the total winning tally of Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa to four titles (2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019) since the Himalayan Drive was first held in 2013. The team of Sudip Ghosh and navigator Arindam Ghosh were the only other team to have won more than one championship title at this event (2014 and 2016). Anubhav De and co-driver Chandan Sen won the title in 2015.
The last leg of the rally was flagged off from the Kalimpong stadium and started with a steep climb on the road from Mungpoo to Jorebungalow that was lined with verdant forests and offered majestic views of snow-capped peaks of the eastern Himalayas for a few kilometres. This was followed by another competitive section downhill through winding mountain roads of Rohini. The third and last competitive section was a tough drive stretching over nearly 23 kilometers through the bed of the Mechi river that forms the border between India and Nepal.

3 more Indian boxers reaches the semi-finals of Makran Cup in Iran

From Correspondent
New Delhi, Feb 26,

Commonwealth Silver medalist, Manish Kaushik alongside two other pugilists progressed to the semi-finals and in the process assured medals for India at the ongoing Makran Cup boxing tournament in Chabahar, Iran on Sunday.
The reigning national champion put up a dominant display to secure a place in the semis after outclassing Moumivand Salar in a unanimous 5:0 victory in the 60kg quarter-final clash. Following suit was Rohit Tokas who came under the limelight with his promising performances in World Series Boxing, early last year. Tokas is known for his attacking style of boxing, did not give his opponent Tugrulbeg Pazzyyev any chance to settle down, he was declared a 5-0 unanimous winner by the judges t the end of three rounds.
Army man, Duryodhan Singh Negi also guaranteed himself a semi-finals berth in the 69 kg category  after his match against Kamyab Moradi was abandoned in R2 in favour of the Indian. 
It was, however, end of the road for boxers Manish Panwar and Madan Lal. Chemistry Cup Gold medalist, Madan Lal, is also the reigning national champion; put up his trademark aggressive display but suffered an unfortunate result losing out narrowly 2:3 against Mohammad Kaspour in his 56kg semi-final bout. 
Young pugilist Manish Panwar too suffered a similar fate after being stunned to a 0:5 loss against Safari Keivan (81kg).
India pugilists have assured a total of 8 medals in the ongoing tournament. Earlier, five other Indians- Deepak (49kg), Lalit Prasad (52kg), Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg), Sanjeet (91kg) & Satish Kumar (+91kg) assured medals after winning their respective quarters bouts to progress to the semi-finals of the event. The semi-final matches will be played later on Monday night.

A R Maj Bob Khathing Tournament 2019 Culminates

IT News

Imphal Feb 24,

8th edition of the Assam Rifles Maj Bob Khathing Tournament culminated on 23rd February at the TNL ground, Ukhrul with the final of Men’s Football. The final match was played between Ukhrul United Football Club (UUFC) and Ukhrul Football Club (UFC) and was won by Ukhrul United football club (UUFC).

Earlier on 21st February, the Choir competition saw Phungyo Baptist Church emerge as winners. Women Volleyball Trophy was lifted by Chameleon which defeated Evergreen in the final match played on 22nd February.

Apart from team prizes that were presented during the closing ceremony, individual prizes were given to Miss Rinreichon Shangh as best spiker in Volleyball, best player Miss Thangmeiwon Lashing (Volleyball), best scorer in football Mr Khanngam Horam (UUFC), best goal keeper Mr Ngaranngan (UUFC).The awards were presented by Brig Mohit Seth, DIG 10 Sector Assam Rifles.  Assam Rifles extended its thanks and appreciation to the TNL, TSL TKS, TNWL TNML, Ukhrul media, Ukhrul Referee Association, Tangkhul Gospel Music Forum, Hao Services and the people of Ukhrul who were a constant support in ensuring success of the tournament. The six day mega event has become a huge symbol of togetherness and collective pride for the Tangkhul legend that is Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao.   


Manipur enters Qtr Final in National Junior Boys Handball Championship

IMPHAL, Feb 23-Host Manipur enters the quarter finals of the 41st National Junior Boys Handball Championship which is underway at the Indoor Stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal.

In their pre quarter finals match played today, Manipur beat Jammu and Kashmir 23-22.Interestingly most of the first seven players of Manipur team was represented by players from other states.

Other teams which entered the quarter finals of the biggest ever national championship are National Handball Academy(NHA), Delhi,Chandigarh,Madhya Pradesh(MP),Haryana, Sports Authority of India and Uttar Pradesh(UP).In their pre-quarter finals,NHA beat Telangana(26-18),Delhi beat Odisha(23-13),Chandigarh beat Maharashtra(23-21),Madhya Pradesh beat Chhatisgarh (27-26),Haryana beat Punjab(29-24),SAI beat Maharashtra(26-19) and UP beat Rajasthan(24-19).

However none of the three north east states namely Assam, Nagaland and Tripura could not enter the quarter finals of the championship which was started from Feb. 20.

It may be mentioned that around 500 boys from 28 states and 2 Sports Academy is participating in the six-day long championship organised by the Manipur Handball Association under the aegis of the Handball Federation of India.

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