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Double delight for Gayatri Gopichand at Senior Ranking Tournament as Lakshya Sen fights hard for the title win

From a Correspondent
Hyderabad, June 24,

 Sixth seed Lakshya Sen staved off a stiff resistance from second seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina to triumph in men’s singles while Gayatri Gopichand finished on a high with two titles as the Yonex-Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament-2019 concluded here on Sunday.
The 17-year-old, who reached the China Masters final in March, was put to a stern test by Chittaboina who edged the Prakash Padukone protégé 25-23 in the first game in an absorbing men’s singles final that lasted 61 minutes. The 2018 Asian junior champion found his rhythm and range midway through the match to take the next couple of games on his way to a 23-25, 21-14, 21-13 victory that gave him his first title of the year.
Gayatri Gopichand, who had upset the fourth seed Aakarshi Kashyap this week, announced her arrival in the senior category with a title in women’s singles as well as women’s doubles. In singles, the 16-year-old, who was seeded 13th, needed just 37 minutes to see off the challenge of Tanvi Lad, 21-19, 21-16 to lay her hands on her first Senior Ranking Tournament trophy.
Gopichand later made it a memorable day when she teamed up with Rutaparna Panda to defeat the fourth seeds and reigning national champions Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K, 19-21, 21-14, 21-10 in a one hour twelve minute long match.
There was no stopping the men’s doubles top seeds Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila who did not drop a game to record a 23-21, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Sri Krishna Sai Kumar Podile and Gouse Shaik. They had won a gold medal at the Senior Ranking Tournament in Vijayawada earlier.
Shaik, however, amended for his mistakes in the mixed doubles category. The seventh-seeded pair of Shaik and Mayuri Yadav fought for 50 minutes to register a thrilling 21-19, 13-21, 21-12 win over Krishna Prasad and Ashwini Bhat.               

Final Results:
MS: (6) Lakshya Sen def
 (2) Rahul Yadav Chittaboina                 23-25, 21-14, 21-13- (0.37)
WS: (13) Gayatri Gopichand def Tanvi Lad    
      21-19, 21-16 -(0.50)
MD: (1) Garaga/Kapila def (7) Podile/Shaik 23-21, 21-17- (0.42)
WD: Gopichand/Panda def (4) Gautam/Bhat 19-21, 21-14, 21-10 - (1.12)       
XD: (7) Shaik/Yadav def Prasad/Bhat 21-19, 13-21, 21-12 - (1.01)

3rd Youth Boxing Nationals 180 women boxers and 248 men boxers from 32 states are participating

By a correspondent
 New Delhi, June 9,

The 3rd edition of the Youth Men’s National Boxing championship started off in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand with an overwhelming participation of over 400 boxers. The national level tournament, which plays a clinical role in identifying and propelling young talents will see the representation of 32 teams.
 In the men’s category, youth world bronze medalist in 2018, Bhavesh of (SSCB) ensured a total whitewash to show Bhumit Patel the exit. Bhumit found himself in the receiving end of a flurry of punches as the youth worlds medalist cruised to a comfortable victory to secure his pre-quarters berth in the 52kg

 Following his footsteps was Aman in the +91 kg category. Aman, who is a Youth Asian Bronze medalist last year continued the fine run in the tournament to set up his pre-quarters clash against Delhi’s Sunny Dabas.
 The highlight in the women’s category was the match between Arpita Kushwaha of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh’s Deepika in 60kg. The Himachal pugilist went all out with her combination punches to send her opponent almost to the ropes as the referee had to stop the contest with a few seconds still on the clock in Round 2.
 In the 64kg women’s bout, Saksham Singh got the better of Goa’s Chotukumar Singh in an intense battle. Saksham, who hails from Uttar Pradesh followed suit to seal the bout with a dominating performance to eke out her Goan rival with a unanimous 5:0 verdict.
 The second day witnessed a dozen bouts resulting in RSC verdicts and dominance of performance by the pugilists.
 A total of 180 women boxers and 248 men boxers will battle it out in the six-day long tournament with the finals being played on June 13.

Maisnam Meiraba wins 4th consecutive BS U19, Malvika Bansod takes home the GS U19 title

From Correspondent

New Delhi, June 4,

Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba continued his fine run in the domestic circuit, securing his 4th consecutive Boys Singles (BS) U19 title while Maharashtra’s Malvika Bansod sealed the Girls Singles U19 title at the Yonex Sunrise All India Junior Ranking Tournament in Trivandrum, earlier today.

Meiraba, who won the previous junior ranking tournament in Chennai as well, made a solid case as the performance in both the tournaments will be counted for the Junior ABC squad selection. The top seed looked in sublime form as he outclassed Sankar Muthusamy 21-14, 21-10 in the BS U19 summit clash. He has earlier won titles at Vijaywada and Bengaluru as well.

Second seed Malvika Bansod too maintained her spectacular run to notch up a dominating victory against Uttarakhand shuttler Unnati Bisht without dropping any game to win the match 21-7, 21-9. In the BD U19 summit clash, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Vishnuvardhan Goud P prevailed against the pair of Ravikrishan PS/Manav Raj Smith with a comfortable 21-12, 21-14 victory.

The young and upcoming Girls Doubles pair of Treesa Jolly/Varshini VS made a strong impact with their performance to overcome a tough challenge from second seeds Aditi Bhatt/Tanisha Crasto in the summit clash. Going down by 14-21 in the opening game, Treesa and Varshini marched back into the match, pocketing two consecutive games to seal the tie at 14-21, 25-23, 21-12 in a thrilling one hour encounter.

In the Mixed Doubles U19 final, Dingku Sing Kontohoujam and Ritika Thaker caused an upset to eclipse past the second-seeded pair of Edwin Joy/ Shruti Mishra in a well-fought 16-21, 21-12, 21-15 win.

Earlier in the day, tenth seed Aditi Bhatt got the better of Keyura Mopati to guarantee the third place in the Girls Singles U19 category with a convincing 21-19, 21-16 win while Satish Kumar overturned an aggressive Sidhanth Gupta 21-18, 21-18 to assure the bronze in BS U19.

 Finishing at the third place in Chennai last week, the top-seeded BD U19 pair of Manjit Singh Khwairakpam/Dingku Singh Konthoujam did an encore in Trivandrum after getting the better of Kush Chugh/Nithin HV 21-17, 19-21, 21-18.

 It was a double bronze for Manjit Singh Khwalrakpam as he also finished third in XD U19 category with partner Mehreen Riza, defeating the pair of Ravi and Sakshi Gahlawat 21-18, 21-19. The GD U19 bronze was won by the sixth seed pair of Simran Singhi/Ritika Thaker, who eked out the team of Trisha Hedge/Arya Shetty in a well-fought 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 win.

 

Under -7 chess players of Manipur score magnificent points in Natl. Championship

IT News
Imphal, June 4,

Five members team, three boys & two girls of Manipur Chess Association Ad-Hoc-Committee is representing in the 33rd National Under-7 open & girls’ chess championship being organised by Bengal Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation and hosted by New Town School, Kolkata from 1st to 6th June, 2019. Top 20 rankers from each of boys and girls category will be awarded with cash prizes and certificates. For Manipur, at the end of seventh rounds, Lemba Sougaijam has scored 2.5 points, Ngairangbam Lanchenba with 2 points, Thokchom Preeti with 2.5 points, Nongthombam Anjelena with 2.5 points, and Reagan Thoudam with one point.
On Day 4, with the completion of 7th round today, Lemba Sougaijam loses from Aradhya Adhikari of Sikkim. Lanchenba Ngairangbam loses from Avyay Bhatia of  Punjab, Reagan Thoudam loses from Yohann Jain of Assam, Thokchom Preeti gets tie with Anushka Thappa of West Bengal, Nongthombam Anjelena also gets tie with Dishita Dey of West Bengal.
Lemba vs Diptarka Das of WB, Lanchenba vs Anjan Tripathi of Uttarakhand, Reagan vs Samriddha Sheet of WB, Preeti vs Amaira Arora of Delhi, Anjelena vs Arshia of Punjab are on board now to start game at 3 pm.

Assam Rifles Conducts Friendly Volleyball Match

IT News
Imphal May 11,
Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the ae begis of IGAR (South) conducted a friendly Volleyball match at Nambol Company Operating Base (COB) on Yesterday
With an aim to further strengthen the bond and mutual trust between locals and Security Forces, the volleyball match was played between the teams of Kamong Youth Club and troops of Nambol COB. Both the teams played with great zeal and enthusiasm and displayed great sportsmanship during the course of the match. The match was followed by tea and refreshments for all.
The players and the locals appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for organising the sports event and recurrently taking such initiatives for maintaining healthy environment. They also requested to conduct more such events for promoting sports in future as well.

Indian para-athletes win 1 silver & 2 bronze at Asian Road Para-Cycling Championships 2019

By- Udita Dutta
New Delhi, April 29,

 Indian para-athletes put up a brilliant performance to secure 1 silver and 2 bronze at the Asian Road Para-Cycling Championships 2019 that saw 28 countries vying for the podium at Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 23-28 April. Divij Shah continued his remarkable record at this prestigious tournament by clinching his third consecutive silver medal in the C5 category.
“Feels great to have retained the silver position for the third time. A lot of hard work needs to go in to cover up the gap to get the gold. I have received tremendous support from Cycling Federation of India (CFI) and Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) to make it to the top,” said an elated Shah on his achievement.
Asian Para Games bronze medallist Gurlal Singh, who is the only Indian cyclist (able-bodied or otherwise) to win a medal at the Asian Games level helped swell India’s medal tally further by grabbing the bronze in the C4 section. Hand cyclist Sudhakar Marathe from Maharashtra made a debut to remember when he got hold of the bronze medal in H5 category. Marathe, who suffered a train accident in June 2017, had been training for only six months before he got an opportunity to don the Indian jersey.
The 9-member Indian para-athlete squad included 4 border security force para-athletes: Para-cyclists Harinder Singh (Punjab), Gurlal Singh (Punjab), Kaigoulal, and Hand-cyclist Sudhakar Marathe (Maharashtra), and 1 central reserve police force para-cyclist, Birbhadra Singh. Along with the soldiers, 3 civilians — Prashant Arkal (Maharashtra), Divij Shah (Andhra Pradesh) and Arshad Shaikh (Andhra Pradesh) was also a part of the team.
In the past two years, the Indian contingent won a silver and a bronze medal in each edition through Divij Shah and Harinder Singh respectively.
The entire team had undergone rigorous training at the Aditya Mehta Foundation Academy in Hyderabad under the guidance of coach K Dathatraye and physiotherapist Ms Asha Shaikh.
Aditya Mehta, who himself was a para-cyclist and is the founder of Aditya Mehta Foundation had worked closely with the team, trained and travelled for the Championships congratulated the athletes for their medal-winning efforts. “The athletes showed tremendous grit and determination. The medals are a reward for that. It is still a long way to go and lot of hard work has to go in but am proud of the way the boys responded to the competition with the resources available. I am confident they will achieve their dreams and win Gold for India at the highest platforms soon,” said Mehta.
The Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) has been working tirelessly under the auspices of Cycling Federation of India (CFI) to help improve para-sports in India.

Friendly Football Match

IT News
Imphal, April 29,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) organised a friendly Football Match in Luker village of Imphal West District on April 28. The Football match was organised by Patsoi Company Operating Base (COB) and played between the troops of the COB and the YPA Club Luker. The match was aimed at fostering competitive spirit and sportsmanship amongst youth of the area. The match was played with full vigour and enthusiasm showcasing true team spirit by the teams.  Both the teams gave their best efforts on the field.  
The match was enjoyed by over 100 locals who had come to witness the match from Luker and neighbouring villages. At the end of the match, both the winning and the runner up teams were felicitated with tokens of appreciation.  The event concluded with tea and refreshments for all.
The players and the locals were delighted and expressed their gratitude to Assam Rifles for organising the sports event. They also requested to conduct more such events for promoting sports in future as well.

Pooja Rani stuns world champion; Amit wins gold as India finish campaign with 13 medals at Asian Championships 2019

From a Correspondent
New Delhi, April 27,

 Former Asian Games bronze medallist Pooja Rani (81kg) stunned reigning world champion Wang Lina in the final while Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) brought the second gold as the Indian contingent finished campaign with a best-ever haul of 2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals at the Asian Boxing Championships 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.
In her very first year of competing in the 81kg category after having fought in the 75kg, the national champion had to stave off a stiff resistance from the Chinese to secure a 4-1 victory in an enthralling contest.
This was the 28-year-old Bhiwani boxer’s third medal from the Asian Championships after a silver in 2012 and a bronze in 2015. This is also India’s first ever gold in the 81kg category from this elite tournament.
Korea’s Kim Inkyu was no match for the 23-year-old Amit Panghal who continued his Asian domination in his continental competitive debut in the 52kg category after moving up from 49kg.
With a sizzling display of power and precision, an aggressive Amit emerged a 5-0 winner to add to the gold medal he won at the start of the season at the Strandja Cup. This is Amit’s second medal from the Asian Championships following a bronze in 2017.
Panghal had earlier beaten the reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov this week after having accounted for the Uzbek at the Asian Games 49kg final last year.
However, besides Amit and Pooja Rani, India had to settle for silver in the rest of the four finals. In 56kg, Kavinder Singh Bisht put up a spirited display and a lionhearted performance despite a cut over his right eye, which he had sustained in the semi-finals, opening up. The 2019 GeeBee Boxing tournament gold medallist gave his all before going down 0-5 to Uzbekistan’s Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov.
Makran Cup champion Deepak (49kg) fought tooth and nail against Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov of Uzbekistan but the national champion had to accept a 2-3 defeat in a tough bout where the judges gave their verdict in favour of the Uzbek. The Indian started the bout with a fiery display but the resilient Uzbek came storming back. In the final round, Deepak attacked bravely but endured a heartbreak eventually.
In 75kg, Ashish Kumar too had to be content with the silver medal after going down 0-5 to Kazakhstan’s Tursynbay Kulakhmet.
Among the women, 2018 World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur (64kg) showed her grit and determination but came up short 1-4 against China’s Dan Dou, the same boxer she had lost to in the semi-finals of the world event at home last year.
This is the maiden Asian Championships medal for each of Bisht, Deepak, Ashish Kumar, and Simranjit.
Earlier on Thursday, India secured seven bronze medals. Shiva Thapa (60kg) added a record fourth consecutive medal to his kitty while former world champion Sarita Devi (60kg) won her eighth medal from this prestigious tournament.
Also winning the bronze was Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Manisha Moun (54kg), Sonia Chahal (57kg), Ashish (69kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg).
India had the second best number of finalists at 2019 Asian Championships. With 6 pugilists on the final day, India trailed only China who had 7.
This was the very first time that the women’s competition was held simultaneously as the men at the Asian Championships.

Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari win bronze as women wrestlers begin campaign at Asian Wrestling Championships 2019

From a correspondent
New Delhi, April 26,

Asian Games bronze medalist Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari grabbed a bronze medal each as India’s women wrestlers began their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China on Thursday. Kakran (68kg), also a bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games last year, lived up to the expectations as she delivered a bronze by pinning Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia to add to the silver she won at home in 2017.
Kakran failed to make it to the final after going down to Feng Zhou of China 4-14 in the last-four clash. In the quarter-finals, she was on fire on the mat as she prevailed over Hong Thuy Nguyen of Vietnam 10-0.
This is Kakran’s first competition since coming back from an ankle injury.
“This was my first international outing since the ankle injury. Though I would have liked to win the gold medal, I will take lessons from here and will keep on working hard for the upcoming tournaments,” said the 21-year-old grappler. In 59kg, Manju was too powerful for Vietnam’s Thi Huong Dao whom she convincingly beat 11-2 in the bronze medal play-off.
Manju had earlier tasted a 6-15 defeat at the hands of Battsetseg Altantsetseg of Mongolia 6-15 in the semi-finals and got a chance to play the bronze medal contest. In the quarter-finals, she had emerged a 5-3 winner over Kazakhstan’s Madina Bakbergenova 5-3.
“I am really happy to win a medal at my first Asian Championships. I hope I can carry on from here and keep on achieving my goals,” said Manju after her medal.
However, Seema succumbed to a 5-11 defeat to Kazakhstan’s Valentina Ivanovna Islamova Brik in the bronze medal play-off in 50kg and had to finish her campaign without a medal.
Having lost to eventual champion Yuki Irie of Japan in the qualifying round, she got a chance to fight in the repechage bout after Irie made the final. Seema made no mistake in outgrappling Meng Hsuan Hsieh of Chinese Taipei 10-2 to advance to the bronze medal contest.
In 55kg, Lalita failed to repeat her heroics from the 2015 Asian Championships when she had won the bronze. The 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist bowed out in the quarter-finals with a 1-4 loss to Mongolia’s Dulguun Bolormaa.

Indo Myanmar Friendship Volleyball Match played at Moreh

IT News
April 1,
A friendship Volleyball match with Myanmar Army was organised by Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) The aim of the friendly match was to instill and strengthen a spirit of healthy and friendly relations between Indian Army and Myanmar Army. The match was followed by a joint meeting in which issues related to security and border management were discussed.  Both sides agreed to continue the joint coordination achieved by means of regular interaction. The attendees expressed their satisfaction on the progress made in ensuring peace and tranquility along the porous Indo Myanmar Border.

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