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Mirabai Chanu makes India proud


Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in the women's 49 Kg weightlifting event today, winning India's first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

She had total lifts of 202 kg, including 87 kg in Snatch and 115 kg in Clean and Jerk. The 26-year-old from Manipur, who was nurtured carefully after a back injury in 2018, became the toast of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur and people of India from all corner of the country congratulated Mirabai for her achievement.

President Ram Nath Kovind wished Chanu on her outstanding win. He tweeted, "Heartiest congratulations to Mirabai Chanu for starting the medal tally for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning silver medal in weightlifting."

The Silver Medal winner weightlifter interacted with media in a Facebook live arranged by Sports Authority of India. During the interaction Ms. Mirabai expressed her happiness and said that she has made a lot of sacrifices for this day and today all her hard work has been rewarded and her dream has come true.

Mira started her training at SAI centre in Imphal near her hometown. For the last five year, the genial Mirabai Chanu would have been home in Manipur for a total of five weeks. She remained in her training base at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, taking time off only to travel to Mumbai for rehabilitation of her lower back injury in 2018. She was inducted into the Target Olympic Podium Scheme in 2017.

She travelled to St. Louis, United States of America, with support through the TOP Scheme, where renowned physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach Dr. Aaron Horchig assisted her in improving her technique to prevent the pain that she occasionally felt in her shoulders and back. It helped her establish a Clean & Jerk world record in the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent in April 2021.

The decision to send Mira to St. louis was taken within a few hours after it became apparent that US would close down for Indian travellers. She boarded a flight on May 1, a day before the United States of America ruled not to let Indians fly to its country because of the growing Covid-19 incidences in India. There is no doubt that this stint helped Mirabai Chanu immensely.

She had earlier visited the US for rehabilitation and training under Dr. Aaron Horschig in October 2020 to December 2020.


India starts its Olympics March


The grand opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was held today, in which India also took part in the parade of Nations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his best wishes to the Indian contingent for the Olympics.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; 

"Come, let us all Cheer4India!

Caught a few glimpses of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony. 

Wishing our dynamic contingent the very best."

The Prime Minister also extended his best wishes to the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga for Tokyo Olympics2020.

Have a glimpse of the proud Indian contingent through the above pics.


Tokyo Olympics bound Indian contingent accorded warm send off at IGI


Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur last night accorded a warm send-off to the first batch of athletes who departed from India to Tokyo at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Delhi's IGI airport echoed with the slogans of Jai Hind as the Union Minister extended his best wishes to the Tokyo Olympics bound Indian contingent.

The contingent of 88 which included 54 athletes, support staff and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) representatives were given a formal send-off in an event by Mr Thakur and Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. 

Athletes and support staff in eight sports, Archery, Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis, Archery, Judo, Gymnastics and Weightlifting departed from New Delhi yesterday with the largest contingent being of hockey.

To ensure the safety of the athletes, all dignitaries attending the event had their COVID tests done. Only those with negative reports were allowed at the event. 

As many as 127 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, which is a record, overhauling the 117 that qualified for the Rio Olympics.


Karnam Malleswari appointed as first Vice Chancellor of Delhi Sports University


Renowned weightlifter and Olympic medal winner Karnam Malleswari has been appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of the Delhi Sports University.

An official order stated, "Lt Governor, who is also Chancellor of Delhi Sports University, is pleased to appoint the Padmashri awardee as first Vice Chancellor of the university."

Ms Malleswari is the first and the only Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics. In 1995, she received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, and in 1999, the civilian Padma Shri award.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Malleswari lifted 110 kg in the "snatch" and 130 kg in the "clean and jerk" categories for a total of 240 kg and bagged the Bronze medal.


Legendary Indian Sprinter passes away


Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died late last night due to post-Covid complications.

"It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away at 11.30 pm. on the 18th of June 2021," his family informed in a statement.

He was under treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on the 19th of May but was in home isolation at his Chandigarh residence after revealing that he was asymptomatic. However, a few days later on the 24th of May, he was admitted to the ICU of Mohali's Fortis hospital due to COVID pneumonia. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on the 3rd of June.

His wife Nirmal Kaur also succumbed to post-Covid complications on the 13th of June.

#COVID19 #MilkhaSingh

BCCI announces squad for Srilanka Tour


BCCI has announced the squad for the 3-match ODI series and the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka scheduled in the month of July in Sri Lanka. All matches will be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo.

Shikhar Dhawan will be the captain and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will be his Deputy. 

India’s squad: 

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

ODI series

1st ODI - 13th July

2nd ODI - 16th July

3rd ODI - 18th July

T20I series

1st T20 - 21st July

2nd T20 - 23rd July

3rd T20 - 25th July

#BCCI #IndiaTourofSrilanka2021

BCCI to conduct remaining matches of IPL in UAE, Points table given below


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday announced its decision to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year.

The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where the members unanimously agreed to resume IPL.

The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

The position of the teams with respect to their points is as given above.

#Cricket #IPL2020

143 Khelo India Centres to be set up in 7 States by Sports Ministry


The Sports Ministry has dedicated a total of 143 Khelo India Centres across 7 States with a total budget estimate of Rs 14.30 Crores.

These centres will be entrusted with one sports discipline each to encourage sports at the grass-root level. The States include Maharashtra, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

The States-wise bifurcation includes:

1. Maharashtra - Opening of 36 Khelo India Centres in 30 districts with a budget estimate of Rs 3.60 Crores.

2. Mizoram - Opening of 2 Khelo India Centres in Kolasib district with a budget estimate of Rs 20 Lakhs.

3. Arunachal Pradesh- Opening of 52 Khelo India Centres in 26 districts with a budget estimate of Rs 4.12 Crores.

4. Madhya Pradesh - Opening of 4 Khelo India Centres with a budget estimate of Rs 40 Lakhs.

5. Karnataka - Opening of 31 Khelo India Centres with a budget estimate of Rs 3.10 Crores.

6. Manipur - Opening of 16 Khelo India Centres with a budget estimate of Rs 1.60 Crores.

7. Goa - Opening of 2 Khelo India Centres with a budget estimate of Rs 20 Lakhs.

The Khelo India Centres have been launched by the Sports Ministry in partnership with the State Governments to ensure the availability of grassroot-level sports infrastructure across the country. Speaking about the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, "It is our endeavour to make India one among the top 10 countries in the 2028 Olympics. To fulfill this goal we need to identify and nurture a large number of talented sportspersons from an early age. With the availability of good coaches and equipment facilities at the district-level Khelo India Centers, I am confident that we will be able to find the right children for the right sport and at the right time."


Star Archery Couple make India proud


Indian Archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari have made the country proud by winning individual gold medals at the ongoing Archery World Cup Stage 1 held in Guatemala City yesterday in the recurve men and women's events respectively. 

Congratulating them on their victory, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju wrote on twitter, "Proud moment for India as Atanu Das wins first ever men's individual gold in the World Cup while Deepika Kumari won gold in the Recurve Women final in the World Cup Stage 1 at Guatemala. Congratulations to Deepika & Atanu!"

Hope the star couple keep making India proud.

#DeepikaKumari #Archery #AtanuDas

IPL2021: Match 8 : Deepak Chahar bowls out Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings - 106/8
Chennai Super Kings - 107/4 (15.4/20 overs) 

Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Toss    Chennai Super Kings, elected to field first
Stadium - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Pic Source - IPL / BCCI

#ChennaiSuperKings #IPL2021 #PunjabKings