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Cyclists have resumed their training: Sports Minister Rijuju inspects training camp

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Giving boost to resumption of sporting activities, Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju  visited  the Cycling training camp for the Elite National Cyclists at the Yamuna Velodrome at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, here on Friday.

“India’s Elite young cyclists have resumed their training at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex. All the training preparations are good and health safety measures are being followed strictly. Now we have very good cycling prospects at top International level” the minister tweeted after  his visit.

This is the first camp to start at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex post lockdown which has other sporting facilities such as Boxing, Gymnastic, Wrestling etc.

The training camp commenced  after the quarantine period with 12 Elite cyclist which includes the top cyclists  L Ronaldo Singh, Esow, David Beckham  among others  is running smoothly with all the SOP’s of the Government being followed strictly. 

 The  minister was received by Cycling Federation of India  Onkar Singh and  Director General, Sports Authority of India (SAI) Sandeep Pradhan at the Complex. 

They appraised the minister on future planning of the cycling with a vision of qualifying to 2024 Olympic and the various measures of training and facilities of Indian team and plan for selection and training of cyclists at grass root level were discussed.

The cyclists who were disappointed after the cancellation of the UCI Junior World Track  Championship , are now   training looking forward the various International events across the World, but concentrating for Track Asia Cup 2020, New Delhi slated for the later part of the year and also for the Asian Track Cycling Championships to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan in early part of 2021. 

The  trainee  were enthusiastic and encouraged after the visit of the Minister to the camp”  added  Onkar Singh.


Women’s hockey team made India Proud: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Harpal Singh Bedi

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju with Women's Hockey Team

New Delhi: Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday hailed the Women’s hockey team for winning the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan saying that they “ made India proud” with their spectacular showing.

With this win, India has moved one step closer towards qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, as they will now participate in the 14-team FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be held later this year. The qualifiers will be a bilateral two-match series, from where the winners of each of the seven matches will qualify for the Olympics.

Felicitating the team here after its arrival from Hiroshima, the minister said “The women’s hockey team has played very well, and made us proud. I congratulate the team for its excellent performance. The ministry will extend all support to the players, both individually and as a team.

“I will visit their training centre in Bengaluru to meet their coaches and discuss the requirements of the team. India has a good chance of qualifying for the Olympics and winning a medal in hockey.” Rijiju said

India remained unbeaten in the tournament scoring 29 goals and conceding just four. The team led by striker Rani Rampal beat Uruguay (4-1), Poland (5-0), and Fiji (11-0) in the round robin matches and registered a 4-2 win against Chile in the Semi-Final followed by a 3-1 victory against home team Japan in the Final.

Penalty corner specialist Gurjit Kaur was India’s leading goal scorer in the tournament with 11 goals. While Rani Rampal added one more accolade to her growing profile, as she was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.

“We had lost to Japan in the 18th Asian Games Final last year and had to settle for the Silver Medal. This win against them, beating Japan in their home ground was like a sweet revenge,” said Rani.

“The only thing I told the girls before the Final was that, we should not have any regret after the Final or ever feel that we could have played better. We came here for 500 ranking points so we need to play as a team with all our heart and ensure we succeed,” said Rani of the team meeting on the eve of the Final.

Having won this tournament convincingly Rani and her team mates are hopeful of playing the Olympic Qualifying event later this year in front of a home crowd. “Having won this tournament, our chances of playing in front of a home crowd and having that home advantage is realistic and we have waited for this moment for a very long time.

The last time Indian Women played in front of a home crowd was in the 2012 Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi and many of the players from the current Indian team are eager to play at home for the first time,” Rani said.

During the tournament the team was faced with challenges not only on the field but off the field as well, when they learnt of the sad demise of striker Lalremsiami’s father.

“This happened just before our Semi-Final against Chile. The mood in the team changed from being excited about the semis to being grim. It was important we lifted ourselves from this tragedy and gave emotional support to Lalremsiami. She chose to stay on and play the Semi Final and Final as it was her father’s wish to see the Indian Team qualify for the Olympics. We are now one step away from making this dream come true and we will remain focused on this goal,” Rani added

The team will return to National Coaching Camp in SAI, Bengaluru on 15 July for the preparations for Olympic Test event in Japan while the goalkeepers will return on 8 July for a special goalkeepers week-long camp before their compatriots join them for the National Camp.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju hails archers on their best-ever display at the World Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday hailed the Indian archers for doing the country proud by their superlative performance at the World Championships held in Hertogenbosh, Netherlands last week.

Felicitating the archery contingent at the Sports Authority of India headquarters here the Minister congratulated them for winning an Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020 and bagging three medals in the Championship.

India won one silver and two bronze medals at the event, making it the best-ever medal haul in an Archery World Championship. India had won two silver medals in the same event in 2015, which is the country’s second-best performance at the Championship.

The Indian men’s recurve team comprising Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav won a silver medal at the Championships.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rijiju said that government is going to extend all assistance to these players, and also to those who have performed well in other sports and have the potential to win an Olympic medal.

He further said that government will provide all the support the athletes ask for – be it in coaching or technical facilities. “I am very happy that the men’s team has already won an Olympic quota, and even the women archers are very confident. India has traditionally been very strong in archery and if we can win an Olympic gold in the sport then we will be able to prove that.”

Archer Atanu Das made his international debut in 2008 and his current world ranking is 22. Tarun Deep Rai, who started his career as an archer in 2003, at the age of 19, was also a part of the last Indian men’s recurve team that won a silver medal in the World Archery Championship in 2005.

Pravin Jadhav started his career in athletics and took up professional archery a year into his training in athletics, and has excelled in it. The son of a daily wage labourer, he says though the equipment for archery is expensive, he was able to pursue the sport because of the support he received through Government schemes.

With this year’s silver, the men’s team earned a quota for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, which also assured the Indian men three full athlete quotas for the individual recurve event at the Olympics.

In the women’s category, Jyothi Surekha Vennam won India’s first individual medal in women’s compound archery as she clinched a bronze medal following a shoot-off win over Turkey’s Yesim Bostan. Vennam is also a trained swimmer and entered Limca Book of Records at the age of 4 for crossing the Kaveri river three times.

This was also Vennam’s second world championship team medal, as she was a part of the Indian team that won silver at the 2017 World Championships. Vennam had won five mixed team medals at World Cup events in 2018 including the World Cup final.

The Indian women’s compound team has had a stellar run since the beginning of 2018, when they won the silver medal at the Asian Games as well as the silver at the Berlin and Antalya World Cups. Vennam and Muskan Kirar were a part of all these victories.

Kirar’s first international win was in 2017, but her big win before the World Championship was the gold medal in the women’s compound final event at the Archery Asia Cup, stage-1 competition in Bangkok in March 2018.

Besides extending all training support, Sports Authority of India is also making arrangements for a mental trainer for the team to help them improve their focus and skills, in preparation for the Olympics.