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SAG Boxing: Vikas Krishan, Pinki Rani win gold as India finish boxing campaign with 16 medals

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Kathmandu: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan (69kg) and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Pinki Rani (51kg) guided India to six more gold medals as the Indian boxing contingent finished their campaign with a rich haul of 12 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze at the 13th South Asian Games here today. 

Among the men,  Sparsh Kumar (52kg), Narender (+91kg) were the others who bagged the yellow metal while  all  the women pugilists in action today won the gold.

Krishan, who won the bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, completed his comeback in style with a resounding 5-0 win over Pakistan’s Gul Zaib in 69kg. In the superheavyweight (+91kg) category, Narender too was equally impressive as he cruised to a 5-0 victory over Nepal’s Ashish Duwadi.

Sparsh Kumar (52kg) was made to work hard for the gold by Pakistan’s Syed Muhammad Asif. After a slow start, the Indian found his rhythm and landed a flurry of punches to emerge a 4-1 winner.

Varinder Singh (60kg) was the only one of the Indians to suffer a defeat on the final day of the competition. Nepal’s Sanil Shahi refused to break down in a gruelling bout that saw both the boxers fighting tooth and nail. Shahi eventually edged the Indian 3-2 to take the gold.

“Vikas Krishan’s opponent was executing blind punches but Vikas was alert and scored well in all rounds. Sparsh boxed well in the 1st and 2nd rounds. In the 3rd round, the Pakistan boxer was rushing, but Sparsh was in defence. 

Varinder Singh scored well in the 1st and 3rd rounds and in the 2nd round it was very close. Narender looked confused in Round 1 but after that, he gave a good account of himself,” said India’s men’s boxing chief coach, CA Kuttappa while assessing India’s performance on the final day.

.In the women section former World Championships silver medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) hardly broke a sweat and easily dominated her final bout against Sri Lanka’s Krismi Ayoma Dulanj Lankapurayalage 5-0 to finish on the top podium.

Pinki Rani (51kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) both displayed tremendous fighting spirit and resilience to bag the gold in hard-fought encounters. While Rani beat Nepal’s Rai Mala 3-2, Bamboriya edged past Nepal’s Punam Rawal by the same scoreline.

On Monday, India had captured six golds through Ankit Khatana (75kg), Vinod Tanwar (49kg), Sachin (56kg), Gaurav Chauhan (91kg), Kalaivani Srinivasan (48kg) and Parveen (60kg).


Football: 20 teams for the 2nd Division Women’s League

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Over 108 clubs across 14 states have shown interest to play in the Hero Indian Women’s League. The aim is to increase the matches, according to the All India Football  Federation (AIFF)

 At a AIFF  executive committee meeting chaired by president  Praful Patel , CEO, I-League  Sunando Dhar,  further said that “The 2nd Division League will see 20 teams participating. It will kick-off in January, and continue till May with a break in between for the Hero Santosh Trophy,” 

“Furthermore, in coordination with the Ministry for Sports and Youth Affairs, the Khelo India U-17 Girls League is currently on at the moment, all as part of our effort to find talented players for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. We also aim to touch 30000 players across 21 states in the Golden Baby Leagues, and emphasis is being laid on getting girls introduced to the sport.” he added

He further apprised the Committee that as per ratification of the AFC Executive Committee, the League winners of the 2019-20 Hero Indian Super League will get a direct slot into the AFC Champions League 2021, while the 2019-20 Hero I-League champions will get a direct slot to the AFC Cup 2021.

In his opening address Mr Patel said . “The preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 is in full swing, and the girls are training under new Head Coach Thomas Dennerby.” adding ““We still have a lot of work to do and a ground to cover” 

Mr. Martin Bain, CEO FSDL, and Mr. Chirag Tanna representing FSDL attended the meeting as invitees; while AIFF Technical Director Mr. Isac Doru was also present 

The Committee maintained a minute’s silence for the sad demise of Mr. Amarendra Sharan, and Mr. Anjan Mitra.

Meanwhile, the Committee congratulated the Indian Senior Women’s Team for winning the Gold medal in the SAG Games in Nepal, and Gurpreet Sandhu for winning the Arjuna Award, drawing a spontaneous applause from all members.

The Committee unanimously decided to launch the Futsal Club Championship from the 2020 season.

The Committee also decided to launch a AIFF Football Masters Course from mid 2020, procedure for admissions for the initial batch would be advertised soon.

Moreover, the Committee decided that as AFC levies for International matches/competitions are no longer payable, and with a substantial reduction in feed to be paid to FIFA (has been reduced to CHF 500 per match), the fees to a State Association hosting an International match has been reduced to Rs. 1,15,000 per International match.


Hockey: Hockey India suspends players involved in violence in the Nehru Hockey Final

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  Taking a serious view  of the violent incident that rocked the final of Nehru hockey, Hockey  India on Tuesday  to suspended  players from Punjab Armed Police for a period of 12-18 months while  players from Punjab National Bank  for 6-12 months 

The two teams were involved  in a fracas   during the Final of 56th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament   Hockey India League Code of nduct. 

This  decision was taken at a   two-day Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Meeting which was  chaired by Bhola Nath Singh and attended by Olympian  Harbinder Singh  CEO of HI Elina Norman  HI president  Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad,  and  Secretary General Rajinder Singh, 

 Punjab Armed Police players Hardeep Singh and Jaskaran Singh were slapped with  18 months suspension  while Dupinderdeep Singh, Jagmeet Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Sarvanjit Singh and Balwinder Singh have been suspended for 12 months with effect from 11 December 2019 for their involvement in the Level 3 offence under Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct. 

Punjab Armed Police Team Manager Amit Sandhu was suspended for 18 months for a Level 3 offence and it was also recommended that the Punjab Police Team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India Tournaments with effect from 10 March  to 9 June 2020 

Players from Punjab National Bank Sukhjeet Singh, Gursimran Singh and Sumit Toppo have been suspended for 12 months while the team skipper Jasbir Singh has been  suspended for six months . Team Manager Sushil Kumar Dubey  has been suspended for six months due to his team’s inability to follow the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct and sanctions.  

It was also recommended that the Punjab National Bank Team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India Tournaments with effect from 11 December 2020 to 10 March 2020. 

After reviewing the report submitted by the Tournament Director and also having viewed the video evidence in the presence of players involved in the offence,  disciplinary committee expressed great disappointment over such an incident that reflects poorly on Indian hockey. 

Further it was unanimously agreed by the Committee that all the above players would be on further probation for a period of 24 months after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of Hockey India / Hockey India League Code of Conduct during this probation period would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for a period of 24 months. 

Players from Hockey Rajnandgaon and Hockey Bilaspur too suspended 

The disciplinary committee  also unanimously decided to suspend players from Hockey Rajnandgaon and Hockey Bilaspur following the on-ground violence during the recently held 4th Chhattisgarh Senior Men State Championship 2019-2020. 

Hockey Rajnandgaon Captain Mithlesh Pandiya is placed under three months suspension while Sandeep Yadav, Taufik Ahmad, Sukhdev Niramalkar have been suspended for nine months.

 Rajesh Nirmalkar (who also officiated as umpire) was let-off with a warning for playing and officiating in the same tournament while Sabbir Solanki, Team Manager of Hockey Rajnandgaon was placed under 3 months suspension for a Level 2 offence with effect from 10 December 2019. 

Bilaspur Hockey Captain Omkar Yadav and Team Manager Ikhlak Ali have been suspended for three months for committing Level 2 offence while Louis Tirkey has been suspended for six months as he committed a Level 3 offence under the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct. 

The Tournament Director Kishore Dihwar too was punished with a three months suspension for failing to perform his duties, Umpire Shakeel Ahmad was awarded 12 months suspension.

Further it was unanimously agreed that all the above involved players, officials and state member unit would be on probation for a period of 12 months after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of the Hockey India / Hockey India League Code of Conduct during this probation period would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for a period of 12 months.

In another hearing, the  Committee  warned  Hockey Jammu & Kashmir for not managing the State in proper manner in respect of Sarbat Daa Bhalaa Hockey Tournament held from 20 October to 26 October in Jammu since the conduct of the tournament was in violation of the Hockey India Policy on sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments. 

All the teams and coaches who took part in the Sarbat Daa Bhalaa Hockey Tournament too faced the brunt of a 3 months sanction while the officials have been awarded 6 months sanction under the FIH/ Hockey India Policy for Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Tournaments. 

Badminton: Top Sportspersons hail Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence

 Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi, 18 December  The Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence was officially launched in a glittering  function attended by  leading  sportspersons and officials  in the national capital  on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, ace badminton player, founder and Promoter of the academy  Jwala Gutt said, “Being a sportswoman has really made me realize the importance of discipline and consistency, not just in sports, but in general life as well.

“I had a vision of creating an academy for passionate minds in order to help them achieve the success they are destined for. With the Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence. I will strive to inculcate discipline in those who are willing to learn and towards making them good and contributing members of society.”

With the aim of nurturing youth and harnessing nascent talent, the state-of-the-art complex will entail training facilities for a plethora of sports, including cricket, badminton and swimming to name a few.

Olympic Medal winner boxer  Vijender Singh,  wholeheartedly offered his support to the initiative. “As an athlete myself, I know the struggle behind finding training facilities and good mentors. The Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence has one of the best training infrastructures in the country and I am proud to be here today to support this beautiful idea, which is now a reality.”

Also present at the ceremony to underpin his endorsement was  Double Olympic Medallist  wrestler  Sushil Kumar  “The youth are our future, and academies like these are crucial to provide talent across the country a home where they can train and perform to their best of abilities. I wish Ms. Jwala Gutta and her team all the very best going forward. I will always be available to support in any way I can.”

Member of Parliament and former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy was also present to support Jwala’s initiative.

Comprising 14 courts in total and with a seating capacity of over 600 people, the Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence is located in the outskirts of Hyderabad in Sujatha High School, Gachibowli. Other facilities include a world-class gym and a yoga center to provide athletes with a one-stop destination for all necessities.