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Assam Rifles Archers Shine At World Police And Fire Games In China

IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 19,

Three archers of Assam Rifles Archery team trained by 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) have bagged a rich haul of five Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medals at the recently concluded World Police and Fire Games held in Chengdu, China from 9 to 18 August 2019.
Two male archers Rifleman G Robert Sharma, who hails from Manipur, clinched three Gold medals in the Compound bow archery events while Rifleman Z Demo, a resident of Nagaland, bagged one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medals in the Wooden bow events.   
Mahila Rifleman SP Lydia, who hails from Manipur, won one Gold and two Silver medals in the woman’s category in the Wooden bow events.
While Rifleman G Robert Sharma had earlier won three Gold medals in the previous World Police and Fire Games at Los Angeles in 2017, the other two archers participated for the first time at international level.
Each Archer could participate in only three archery events at the World Police and Fire Games. The three archers participated in the Bare Target, Field Archery and 3 D Archery events winning medals in each of the three events they participated in.
A reception and felicitation ceremony is being planned for the archers on their return to Imphal.

Meiraba triumphs; double delight for Tanisha and Aditi at Yonex Sunrise Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Tournament

Panchkula, August 19,

 Maisnam Meiraba continued his dominance in the junior circuit while both Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt capped a memorable campaign with twin titles at the Yonex-Sunrise 28th Smt. Yonex Sunrise Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2019 here on Sunday.
Junior World No. 15 Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, top seeded at this tournament, was unstoppable in his 21-12, 21-11 demolition of second seed Sathish Kumar K. The in-form Manipur shuttler,  who won the White Night Junior last month, was challenged only once in six matches this week, where he dropped a game to eighth seed Sarath D in the quarter-finals.
In girls’ singles, sixth seed Aditi Bhatt showed steely nerves and resilience in her 22-20, 13-21, 22-20 marathon win over the top seed Unnati Bisht that needed 1 hour 18 minutes to complete. This was the second consecutive three-game match that the feisty girl played following her 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 win over seventh seed Aashi Rawat in the semi-finals.’
Bhatt made it a double delight when she teamed up with Goa’s Tanisha Crasto to take the girls’ doubles title as well. The second seeds stormed back from a slow start to eke out a 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Khushi Gupta and Drithi Yatheesh.
Crasto found success in the mixed doubles category as well, where she partnered Ishaan Bhatnagar to outlast Dhruv Rawat and Trisha Hegde 20-22, 21-16, 21-13.
In boys’ doubles, the title went to fifth seeds Iman Sonowal of Assam and Yash Raikwar of Madhya Pradesh in yet another surprising result of the day. The boys put up a brilliant performance to upset the top seeds Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam 21-12, 21-15.
This was the first of the selection tournaments for the BWF World Junior Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia from October 7-13. The second selection tournament is scheduled for next week in Bangalore.

Indian shuttlers win a gold and two silver medals at World Senior Badminton Championships

New Delhi, August 14,

Indian shuttlers finished their campaign on a high with a gold and two silver medals at the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships 2019 in Katowice, Poland on Sunday. While Vijay Lancy Mascarenhas and Ajeet Hari Dass won Gold in 40plus Men’s Doubles category, Manjusha Sudhir Sahasrabudhe and the pair of Prabhu Naik Naidu Kona and Suzanne Venglet settled for silver in 55 Plus women’s singles and 50 Plus mixed doubles categories respectively.
Former national level players, Mascarenhas and Dass made a superb comeback in their 19-21, 21-17, 21-19 upset win over the 3/4th seeds Esben B. Kaempegaard and Morten Eilby Rasmussen of Denmark in the summit clash.
Manjusha Sudhir Sahasrabudhe made a bright start to her final against the top seed Zhou Xin of Hong Kong but went down fighting 21-14, 13-21, 13-21 in 37 minutes. Kona and Venglet’s superb run came to an end at the hands of English top seeds Rajeev Bagga and Elizabeth Austin, 13-21, 14-21.
Mascarenhas and Dass dedicated their medal to acclaimed coach Sudhakar Reddy, who passed away due to a cardiac arrest while the tournament was in progress. “Coming back from a game down to win the title against a seeded pair gives us immense satisfaction. We would like to dedicate this medal to Shri Sudhakar Reddy, who was not just a celebrated coach but also an inspiration to us all,” said Mascarenhas.
More than 1500 players from 56 countries had participated in 45 categories in this prestigious tournament in different age groups. The next edition of this tournament will be held in Spain after a couple of years.

Yashwardhan and Bharat clinch gold as Indian boxers finish with 8 medals at Asian School Boy Boxing

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, August 10,

 In a stellar display, Indian junior boxers collected a rich haul of 8 medals, including two gold, five silver and one bronze to finish their campaign on a high at the Asian schoolboy Boxing Championships in Kuwait, on Thursday.  India’s strong performance awarded them the runner-up finish at the tournament, where 22 nations had participated.
Gold medallist in the recently concluded Sub-Junior Nationals, Yashwardhan Singh (58 kg) continued his fine run and defeated Uzbekistan’s Aburakhimanov Abdulaziz 4-1. The budding youngster from Haryana took some time to gauge his opponent’s strategy and then, overpowered him with his power and precision.
In the 70 kg category, Bharat Joon proved too strong for Asanbekov Atai, his opponent from Kyrgyzstan and easily won the bout 5-0 to clinch the second gold medal.The Haryana lad impressed everyone with his attacking approach and swift movement.
In the 37 kg finals, Aryan missed out on the gold medal by a whisker as he lost 3-2 to Uzbekistan’s Hojiakbar Mahmudov. The diminutive boxer from Chandigarh gave his all in a neck-and-neck fight between the two boxers but had to be content with the silver medal.
Vinay Vishkarma (49kg) found the going tough in the first round against Tulkonov Lazizbek of Uzbekistan before giving a tough fight in the next two rounds. He went down 3-2 and fell short of winning the yellow metal.
Preet Malik (55kg), Gaurav Saini (64kg) and Randeep (70+kg) lost their respective bouts and finished their campaign with silver medals. Earlier, Naksh Beniwal won the bronze medal in the 67 kg before bowing out in the semi-finals stage.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty wins India’s biggest men’s doubles  title at Thailand Open

New Delhi, Aug. 5,

 India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty created history by stunning reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 to claim their biggest career title at the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Sunday. Their win was even more significant for this was not only their first triumph at Super 500 level and above but this was also the most prestigious doubles title for India since the inception of the ranking system.
This achievement will also propel the current World No. 16 duo into the top 10 for the first time, making them the first-ever Indian men’s doubles duo to enter the elite bracket.
Satwik showed brilliant anticipation and it was his extraordinary placements from the front court that stood out in the thrilling final that lasted 1 hour 2 minutes. With Chirag controlling the backcourt effortlessly, the duo combined to take the match away from the third seeds and World No. 2 pair who had beaten the Indians at the Australian Open this year.
It was a smart strategy by coach Dwi Kristiawan to keep the 18-year-old stationed at the frontcourt that was essentially more out of necessity since Satwik had been experiencing slight shoulder pain. Playing back-to-back marathon matches for three days in a row affected him but physio Johnson Solomon and recovery specialist Srinivas G worked hard on him to make sure it didn’t curb his natural play. The duo just played lights out since they had nothing to lose.
“When we played them at the Australian Open, we lost to them very closely. We understood they were under pressure today but we had none since we were very excited to play our first final. I have some shoulder issues so we had decided that I would play more from the front and Chirag from the back. I was focussing more on the service and the net,” explained Rankireddy.
The young Indian pair started attacking from the word go with the same confidence and conviction they showed throughout the week during their wins over the World No. 7 Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, World No. 19 Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Cheol, and World No. 27 Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae.
Satwik’s ability to read his opponents’ serves correctly helped his returns and very soon the Indians opened up a 10-6 lead. With the Chinese speeding up the game after the mid-game interval, the tide turned their way for a brief period before Satwik’s superb flick serve fetched them a game point which they converted.

Lovlina, Neeraj clinch gold as Indian boxers finish with 6 medals at Umakhanov Memorial

IT News
New Delhi, August 4,

 World Championships bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and India Open gold medallist Neeraj (57kg) won gold medals while Gaurav Solanki (56kg) had to settle for the silver as Indian boxers finished their campaign on a high with a rich haul of two gold, one silver and three bronze at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament 2019 in Kaspiysk, Russia on Saturday.
Having had to taste a bitter 2-3 defeat at the hands of Assunta Canfora at the India Open final, Lovlina was better prepared this time to tackle the wily Italian. The tall Assamese boxer was on guard throughout the bout and never shied away from raining down her flurry of punches to grab a narrow 3-2 win over Canfora.
After capturing the India Open silver and a bronze from the Strandja Cup, Lovlina’s efforts and dedication have been rewarded with her first international gold medal of the year.
Neeraj, who had caused a big upset in the semi-finals by stunning former world champion Alessia Mesiano 3-2, continued her impeccable form in the summit clash against Russia’s Malika Shakhidova. With two of the judges’ points being drawn at 28-28, the Strandja Cup bronze medallist Neeraj went on to register a commanding 3-0 victory over the Russian.
While Lovlina and Neeraj dazzled in their respective finals, India failed to have a flawless day as Gaurav Solanki succumbed to a 0-5 defeat to Uzbekistan’s Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist was unable to judge his opponent’s pace and power and could never recover from the early blows.
Reigning Asian Championships gold medallist Pooja Rani suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to home favourite Anna Anfinogenova in the middleweight (75kg) semi-finals and had to be content with the bronze.
Govind Sahani (49Kg) and Jony (60Kg) also grabbed bronzes after their semi-final losses. While Govind lost to Russia’s Kurban Bayranbekov 1-4, Jony went down to Russia’s Natalya Shadrina by a similar scoreline.

IFBB Pro Bhuwan Chauhan motivates and trains young aspirants  

New Delhi Aug 3,

Body Building has been on rising on Global map as well as a dynamic emerging sport here in India. With young talents such as Bhuwan Chauhan are raising the bar even higher! He is India’s first talent to qualify for the prestigious title Mr. Olympia – Men physique. With sheer determination and dedication, he has single-handedly crafted his niche. What started as a fitness hobby has grown into his passionate profession!
IHFF, Sheru Classic & UFC Gym India takes the pride and pleasure to host this inspirational MEET GREET & TRAIN with Bhuwan Chauhan, who shortly leaves for his global invasion!
Sheru Classic, in partnership with IHFF are committed to bring International icons in bodybuilding and fitness, give platform and access as well as enhance the status of Indian bodybuilding athletes and get Indian bodybuilding on the world map. Sheru Classic has been creating history each day by bringing a paradigm revolution in Indian bodybuilding. Athletes from all over the world travel all the way to India to compete and become a part of the show.
On this occasion Istayak Ansari Managing Director & Founder and Farzad Palia - Chairman, UFC GYM® India shares, “Athletes like Bhuwan are role models for every fitness enthusiast, regardless of their age or fitness level, encouraging them them to achieve their goals with strength, courage, and discipline.   We at UFC GYM® offer an ultimate fitness experience with state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch coaching, supported by a motivating community of fitness enthusiasts and Such exchange programmes play a huge role in instilling confidence in Indian fitness enthusiasts and we at UFC GYM® are committed to provide an unparalleled community of movers and motivators.”
Mr Sheru Aangrish, Founder and Chairman Sheru Classic shares, “I along with my brother Hemant Aangrish who is India Head represent IFBB pro league  (International Federation of Body Building) and NPC in India  Bhuwan is the first Indian to win IFBB Pro competition and 1st Indian to qualify for Mr Olympia Men’s physique division,  he has been motivating Indian athletes since then, everyone here have been inspired  by his journey and we an entity relentlessly strive to promote Fitness & Bodybuilding in India by encouraging young fitness enthusiasts. We are committed to provide a platform to young professional Indian athletes through such associations helping them to generate opportunities for their future growth.”

Guwahati Sub-junior badminton tournament records one of the highest entries in recent times

By a Correspondent
Guwahati, July 30,

The ever-rising popularity of badminton in India and consistent results of Indian shuttlers on the global stage have propelled a staggering 2518 entries from 1415 players at the Yonex-Sunrise All India Sub Junior (U-15 & U-17) Ranking Badminton Tournament 2019 that got underway here in Assam on July 29.
The Assam Badminton Association while hosting the tournament witnessed a record-breaking 1088 players in the Boys’ Singles U-17 category, further underlining the passion for the shuttle sport in the country.
Domestic tournaments have been seeing a rapid rise in the number of entries of late like the All India Sub-junior ranking event in Hyderabad last year which received 2841 entries from 1596 players while a Nagpur tournament had 2528 entries from 1405 players.
Spread over 28 draws across 10 events, the Guwahati tournament that will continue till August 4, will be seeing the participation of the country’s top players in the respective categories at the RG Baurah Sports Complex. Pranav Rao Gandham, India’s No. 1 ranked U-17 boys’ singles shuttler, leads the charge while the India No. 2 Taneesha Singh will be heading the U-17 girls’ singles draw.
West Bengal’s Ankit Mondal, India’s best in U-15 Boys’ Singles, will be looking to do justice to his top billing while Gujarat’s Tasnim Mir is the top seed in Girls’ Singles U-15 being India’s current best in that category.
With such enthusiasm at the junior level and their determination to fight it out with the very best in the country, India’s future in badminton surely looks very bright.

Raghul, Vishnu bring JKNRC to life, win one race each in LGB-4

By a Correspondent
Coimbatore, July 29:

The Chennai duo of Raghul Rangasamy and Vishnu Prasad brought the opening round of the 22nd JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship to life, splitting dramatic victories in the FLGB-4 category on an action-packed Day 2 here on Sunday.
 The day began with Raghul stealing the thunder but ended with Vishnu streaking to his second last-lap win to spice up the competition. It made for a perfect weekend for their team, MSport, though. The three podium finishes, including his win on Saturday, handed Vishnu the championship lead with a grand total of 28 points.
All this came along with a lot of post-race drama, with Vishnu first being dislodged from the top before being reinstated again after a series of protests.
The JK Tyre Novice Cup too saw some heated off-the-track action. Bangalore’s Chirag Ghorpade (Momentum Motorsports) sailed past the chequered flag for the third consecutive time, only to discover that he had made a jump start. He was penalised by 10 seconds that saw him slide all the way down to the eighth position.
Mohamed Ryan (MSports; Chennai), who had finished second after him, was declared the winner while Aaroh Ravindra (Momentum; Mumbai) moved up one step to take the second position. The change hurt Chirag badly, taking away the overall championship lead from him and yielding it to Aaroh.
The Suzuki Gixxer Cup was a repeat of Day 1, with Bangalore’s Syed Muzammil Ali scoring an encore, but this time with over 5 seconds to spare. Pune’s Tanay Gaikwad (14:25.458) and Sidharth Sajan (14:27.480) held on to their podium places, in almost identical fashion.
The JK Tyre Redbull Road to Rookies saw Ikshan Shanbag of Satara underlining his potential with his second straight win. Prashanth R (Chennai) and Aryan Gurav (Pune) took the other two places on the podium.
A new category for women was also introduced, celebrating the best racer in the LGB-4 bunch. Vadodara’s Mira Erda (MSport) grabbed the honours by finishing ahead of all the women in each of the races.
Ahura Racing’s duo of Megaa KS and Diana Pundole took the first and second runner’s up trophies in this round.
LGB Formula 4 (Race 2): 1. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport) 18:28.329; 2. Vishnu Prasad (MSport) 18:31.673; 3. Sandeep Kumar A (Dark Don) 18:32.848
LGB Formula 4 (Race 3): 1. Vishnu Prasad (MSports) 20:02.742; 2. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport) 20:02.810; 3. Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing) 20:05.316;
JK Tyre Novice Cup (Race 3): 1. Mohamed Ryan (MSports) 23:44.056; 2. Aaroh Ravindra (Momentum Motorsports) 23:47.212; 3. Mihir Avalakki (Birel Art) 23:47.330
JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup: 1. Syed Muzammil Ali 14:19.609; 2. Tanay Gaikwad 14:25.458; 3. Sidharth Sajan 14:27.480
JK Tyre Redbull Road to Rookies : 1. Ikshan Shanbag; 2. Prashanth R 3. Aryan Gurav 14:35.073
 JK Tyre Women’s Category (LGB Formula 4) : 1. Mira Erda (MSport); 2. Mega K.S (Ahura Racing); 3. Diana Pundole (Ahura Racing)

5th Oinam Charly Memorial Men’s Open Day & Night 5-A Side Football Tournament concludes

IT News
Imphal, July 29,

7 Star Langthabal lift the championship title of the 5th Oinam Charly Memorial Men’s Open Day & Night 5-A Side Football Tournament, 2019 organised by the EC club at Singjamei Oinam Thingel Lairembi Lampak. The tournament was sponsored by the Social worker Oinam Romen.
In the final match played yesterday both the 7 Star Langthabal and the FC Lamlai could not score any goal on each side. So the 7 Star Langthabal score more goal in the tie break . Altogether 47 team took part in the tournament  which begins from May 18, 2019.
G-Five Heirok took the third place title and Surma FC (B) Wangjing in the fourth place.

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