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Motorsport: JK Tyre Orange 4X4 Fury set for showdown between MOCA and BODA

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Dambuk (Arunachal Pradesh): Marabhum Offroaders Club of Arunachal and BODA will be the cynosure of all eyes as the 6th edition of the JK Tyre Orange 4X4 Fury gets underway here in the serene and quaint Dambuk Valley.

MOCA, were the surprise package last year and stunned everyone in the fray with their fearless and tactical driving to win the title. They will fancy their chances again this year and will definitely try and use their local knowledge to the optimum in pursuit of glory.

However, it won’t be an easy affair for them as they would face a strong challenge from BODA, one of the most experienced off-roading teams of India. BODA, winner here in 2017 will have a strong edge going into the event and will for sure eager to underline their supremacy this year.

Other teams that will fancy their chances in this event will be NIOC from Delhi, R&T Catalyst from Kottayam, Team Fairmont from Mumbai and DOT of Goa. 

The 4X4 Fury which is being held at the backdrop of the famous ‘Orange Festival of Adventure & Music’ will test the skills of the team in a challenging format comprising long marathon stages. This will be the first time such a format is being followed in an off-roading competition.

Considered as one of the toughest off-roading events of India, the competitors will have to negotiate natural and grueling obstacles like swamps, steep riverbanks, boulder-filled riverbeds and tracks through verdant rainforests. The event will be a tough test of man and machine over the next few days. This is a calendar event of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism that is focused on promoting adventure sports in the state.

Big Bout Indian Boxing League: Bombay Bullets beat Gujarat Giants to stay in contention

Harpal  Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Riding on  Naveen Boora and Ananta Chopade”s  heroics Bombay Bullets  overpowered  fancied Gujarat Giants 4-3 to stay alive in  the Big Bout Indian Boxing League .

The win helped Bombay Bullets (11 points from three matches) regain a top four position behind leaders Gujarat Giants (17 from four), Odisha Warriors (13 points from four), Punjab Panthers (12 points from three) and alongside NE Rhinos (11 points from three). Earlier, the Rhinos picked up a win by a point that Odisha Warriors’ Uzbek import Jasurbek Latipov gifted by being disqualified.

With 14 points in their kitty , Gujarat Giants  decided  to rest  skipper Amit Pangal (52kg class), former world champion Sarita Devi (women’s 60kg) and Mohammed Husamuddin (57kg).  And  after winning the toss, they blocked Chirag’s 57kg class bout against Kavinder  Bisht.

For Bombay Bullets, who fielded an unchanged line-up in their three matches, Naveen Boora and Ananta Chopade were the heroes . The effervescent 20-year-old Naveen Boora beat Duryodhan  Negi in a hard-fought 69kg battle.  Ananta Chopade (52kg) was a class act as he gained a unanimous verdict over Pangal’s replacement, Sanjay Kumar.

These victories sandwiched winning efforts by Spaniard Emmanuel Reyas who beat British champion Scott Forrest in the 91kg battle and skipper Ingrit Lorena Valencia who held back a challenge by Monika in the women’s 51kg bout for the team to open up a 4-0 lead over the table-toppers.

Gujarat Giants needed to pick up at least a win to retain their place at the top of the table and the first of three wins came through Parveen Hooda. The recently-crowned South Asian Games champion outclassed Spaniard Melissa Noemi Gonzalez in the women’s 60kg bout by making the most of her height and reach to quell Bombay Bullets’ hopes of storming higher on the charts.

Gujarat Giants  showcased some of their might through Ashish Kumar who won the third time in four starts, this time picking up a unanimous verdict over Prayag Chauhan. Poonam rallied from being at the receiving end in the opening round of her Youth Women’s 57kg bout to turn the tables on Priya Kushwaha to earn her third successive victory.


Badminton: Tasnim Mir enters quarter-finals, Varun Kapur bows out of Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  On a day of mixed fortunes , U-15 girl’s singles top seed Tasnim Mir stormed into the quarter-finals but U-17 boys  top seed Varun Kapur bowed out of Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Championships  at Surabaya, Indonesia today.

Gujarat girl, Mir  needed just 20 minutes to get the better of Malaysia’s Wen Tse Chan 21-6, 21-16. She  will next face Japan’s Maya Taguchi for a place in the semi-finals.

In U-17 boy’s singles, Maharashtra’s Varun Kapur put up a determined effort against Indonesia’s Raynaldi Oktavianur Rizky but went down 19- 21,21-23  in a 50-minute battle .

In U-15  top seed  Assam boy Tanmoy Bikash Boruah overpowered  13th seed Denis Farell Satria Pradana  24-22, 21-15  on his way to the last-eight.

Later in the  U-15 doubles the top-seeded pair of Boruah and  Lakshay Sharma beat Tanakorn Meecha and Taenkun Tianchan of Thailand 21-18, 21-17 to make it to the quarters 

Telengana’s Lokesh Reddy Kalagotla and West Bengal’s Ankit Mondal also joined them in the final-eight with a 21-17, 22-20 victory over Korea’s Seung Won Baek and Sung Ju Park.

In the girl’s  doubles in the same section, Kerala girls Andrea Sarah Kurien and Pavithra Naveen showed great fighting spirit to complete a 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 win over Hong Kong’s Man Ki Lee and Wing Ka Liang. However, their challenge later came to an end when Malaysia’s Wei Wen Carmen Ting and Masong Xin Yee beat them narrowly 18-21, 21-15, 23-21.

In U-17  Girl’s’s doubles, Karnataka combine of Janani Ananthakumar and Tanya Hemanth  overcame Japan’s Maki Kanehiro and Yuka Sarukawa. 21-17, 20-22, 21-19 to enter the second round.

Golf: Kapil Kumar keeps his lead with a 68 in round two of ICC RCGC Golf

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Kolkata: Delhi’s Kapil Kumar kept his lead for the second day running with a roller coaster four-under-68 at the ICC  Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC)  Championship  here on Friday. 

Kapil, looking .for his maiden title, totaled eight-under-136 to be the halfway leader by one shot at the Rs. 40 lakh event.  Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane (68) moved up one spot to second at seven-under-137 while Bengaluru’s M Dharma was the big gainer moving up 24 spots to third position at six-under-138 as a result of his tournament-best score of seven-under-65.

A fog delay of 45 minutes in the morning meant that play started at 7:15 am local time instead of the scheduled 6:30 am.

The cut was declared at five-over-149. Fifty-one professionals made the cut for the weekend.

Kapil Kumar (68-68) had an eventful day in stark contrast to his first-round effort as he drained eight birdies in exchange for four bogeys. The 27-year-old was accurate with his irons for the second straight day since he set up as many as five birdie putts from a range of six feet. Kapil, who comes from a golfing family with three of his cousins also competing on the PGTI, made his longest putt of the day, a 14-footer on the 14th.

Kapil’s   chipping let him down as he conceded all of his four bogeys as a result of poor chip shots. Nonetheless, Kapil put up a resilient display fighting back with a pair of birdies each time he dropped a shot.

 “It was an up and down day for me. I made lesser mistakes in round one but today I made more birdies so can’t really complain about today’s round. My good iron-play has been the common factor on both days.

Struggling in the second half of the season due to a shoulder injury, Anil  played his irons and wedges well to set up three birdie putts within four feet. He also sank two birdies from a range of 18 to 20 feet. Mane’s only bogey of the day came on his closing ninth hole.

 “After a good Feeder Tour season where I finished third in the Order of Merit, I suffered an injury to my right shoulder that affected my game and my results in the second half of the PGTI season. I’m still playing through pain and that has reduced my distance with the driver and irons.

“Therefore, today’s round is all the more special since I’ve done well despite not being in the best of physical shape. I would like to thank Priyanshu Singh’s caddie Sachin who helped me with my putting before the tournament by getting me to do certain drills. My caddie Sushant has also done a great job by giving me good lines on the greens.”

M Dharma (73-65) made the big move on Friday with eight birdies and a bogey. A marked improvement in Dharma’s tee shots on day two could be attributed to his decision to choose his two-iron over the driver. The 33-year-old currently in ninth on the PGTI Rankings landed it close through the round except on the seventh where he knocked in a 20-footer for birdie. Dharma also ended the day with a good up and down for a par save on the 18th.

Dharma said, “Club selection was the big issue with my game during round one. But today I got it right as I changed strategy by teeing off using the two-iron more often than the driver. That helped me keep the ball in play unlike the first round where I was struggling with my tee shots. I hit 14 greens in regulation today as compared to 10 in round one.

“I was really pleased to make a birdie on the seventh, a hole that I consider one of the toughest on this course. A good start and being four-under through seven holes really lifted my spirits and contributed to my good score. Anil said

Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma (70) was in fourth at five-under-139 while Gurugram’s Ankur Chadha (73), the joint overnight leader, slipped to tied fifth at three-under-141.

Mohammad Sanju (71) was the highest-ranked Kolkata player as he joined Ankur Chadha, Sri Lankan Mithun Perera and Noida’s Amardip Malik in tied fifth.  Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia (72) was a further shot back in tied ninth at two-under-142.

Delhi-based rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul, the highest-ranked player in the field being fourth in the PGTI Rankings, occupied tied 12th at one-under-143.

The prominent names that missed the cut were local favourite Shankar Das (six-over-150) of Kolkata and Gurugram-based rookie Priyanshu Singh (nine-over-153).