Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

India’s Kurash contingent, which did not have money to even pay for its kits, has beaten all odds to land medals at the Asian Games through teenager Pincky Balhara.

How Balhara got to the Asian Games is a fascinating story. The team had to go to Uzbekistan for a 20-day training camp ahead of the Games and help came from her village.  “People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot. I am forever indebted to them,” said a teary-eyed Balhara

Balhara hails from Neb Sarai village in Delhi, made history by winning the silver in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games.

It is a remarkable effort from Pincky in a sport that is almost unheard of in India. Questions were raised about the team’s participation at the Games and the Indian Olympic Association had said the athletes would have to pay for their kits as they come from a non-recognized Kurash Association of India (KAI).  KAI is not even recognized by the Sports Ministry but after Tuesday’s outcome, that could soon be a reality.

Kurash, a sport popular in Central Asia, is played while standing while one can also push the opponent to the ground in judo. Balhara has won judo medals in international competitions and was instant medal prospect at the Asian Games.

Kurash is a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan that resembles wrestling. The 19-year-old Pinky Balhara went down to Uzbekistan’s Sulaymanova Gulnor 0-10 in the summit clash to win the silver.

Congratulations to Pincky Balhara.  We are proud of her and best wishes to her future endeavors.

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Jinson Johnson gets Silver in 800m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson gets Silver in 800m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson (born 15 March 1991) is an Indian middle distance runner who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters event. He participated in the 800 m. the event at the 2016 summer Olympics. In 2018 Commonwealth Games he finished fifth setting a new national record in the 1500 m. race by breaking the 23-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad.

Johnson was born on 15 March 1991 in the town of Chakkittapara in Kozhikode district, Kerala.  He did his schooling at the St. George’s High School in Kulathuvayal and graduation at the Baselius College in Kottayam.  He trained at the Kerala Sports Council’s sports hostel in Kottayam, before joining the Indian Army in 2009.

Jinson Johnson clocked 1:46.35 minutes. Qatar’s Abdalla Abubaker came third with a time of 1:46.38 minutes.  Manjit Singh of India won Gold.   Johnson kept the pace throughout the race and eventually finished second.

Congratulations to Jinson Johnson for bagging the silver medal in the Men’s 800m. final.  His success is inspiring and remarkable.  India is proud.

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India bags silver in Mixed 400×4 relay

India bags silver in Mixed 400×4 relay

India clinched a silver in the first ever mixed 4x400m relay to increase their medal tallyat the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. The Indian mixed team which comprised of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Poovamma Machettira, Hima Das and Rajiv Arokia clocked 3 minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain, who clinched the gold with a 3 minute and 11.89 seconds timing.  Kazakhstan settled for the bronze after finishing in 3:19.52s.

In the debut event of 400m mixed relay, M R Poovamma frittered away a good 30m lead, handed to her by Mohd. Anas, as India finished second behind Bahrain. The Indian quartet of Anas, Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3 minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain (3:11.89).

Anas began in spectacular fashion as he opened up a huge 30m lead over his Bahraini rival and handed over the baton to Povamma. However, the Karnataka athlete squandered the lead. By the time she passed on the baton to Hima Das, Bahrain had created a huge lead.  As Hima got the baton, she had to change her lane and sidestep Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adekoya who fell before her, obstructing her way, after passing on the baton.

Congratulations to the Indian relay team.

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Manjit Singh, got a Gold medal in the Men’s 800m at Jakarta

Manjit Singh, got a Gold medal in the Men’s 800m at Jakarta

As 28-year-old Manjit Singh ran his way to win the gold medal in men’s 800-m final, edging out compatriot Jonson Johnson, in Asian Games in Jakarta.  Manjit Singh, an unheralded runner from Haryana doesn’t even have a national gold to his credit.  Manjit was not a much-talked-about medal prospect in the build-up to the Asian Games. Singh’s wife Kiran Devi was showing their five-month-old son Abhir the medal ceremony on television at their home at Narwana near Jind.

While Manjit’s father Randhir Singh Chahal would compete in the discus throw and shot put events in master categories in their native village of Ujhana, where he has a 30-acre farm apart from a dairy in their home in Narwana, a young Manjit would often go the local stadium in Narwana for running.

In 2015, Singh shifted base to Bareilly to train under coach Amrish Kumar, who worked in Indian Army and trained athletes at Jat Regiment Centre. Singh won the silver medal in Federation Cup the same year apart from winning a silver medal in nationals in 2016 and 2017. This year saw Singh reaching his personal best mark of one minute and 46.24 seconds in nationals in Guwahati and coach Kumar believes that the three years of training without job motivated the athlete.

Manjit Singh snatched the gold from Jinson Johnson with a personal best of 1:46:15 Sec.

What a run!!! He had to come from the 4th position to win gold in the last 50 meters.  He was simply sensational.  Congratulations to Manjit Singh.

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INDIA BAGGED SILVER MEDAL IN EQUESTRIAN TEAM EVENT

INDIA BAGGED SILVER MEDAL IN EQUESTRIAN TEAM EVENT

The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. Fouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favorite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.

Congratulations to the team.

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P.V. Sindhu gets Silver medal at Jakarta Asian Games

P.V. Sindhu gets Silver medal at Jakarta Asian Games

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995)  is an Indian professional badminton player. She became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. Sindhu won silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games 2018. She was also a silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships and 2018 BWF World Championships consecutively.

PV Sindhu grabbed a historic individual silver medal at the Asian Games after losing the women’s singles title clash to World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.  Sindhu lost 13-21, 16-21 to Tai Tzu Ying in the summit clash. No Indian had ever reached the final of a singles event at the Asian Games before the 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who lost 13-21 16-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai in just 34 minutes. It is the first time that India has won two individual medals at the Asian Games with Saina Nehwal clinching a bronze earlier.

Tai was in complete control from the beginning, taking the first five points of the match, with her trademark sharp returns. Sindhu had no option but to attack.  She returned harder to reduce the deficit to 4-6 but Tai consistently outsmarted Sindhu using the deft drop shots very effectively. The Taipei player was deceptive in her strokes and pulled away with a 17-10 lead.  The first game was over in just 16 minutes. To negate Tai’s strong net game, Sindhu tried to push her back to the baseline in the second game. It got her points but she lost too many points due to unforced errors as some of the shots sailed over the lines.

P.V.Sindhu scripts history.  It is a milestone achieved, definitely a match that will go down in the history of Indian badminton.  Congratulations to the Silver Medal.  We are all proud of you.

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Muhammed Anas Yahiya clinches silver at Jakarta

Muhammed Anas Yahiya clinches silver at Jakarta

 Muhammed Anas Yahiya (born 17 September 1994) is an Indian long jumper turned sprinter who specializes in the 400 m. event. He participated in two events at the 2016 summer Olympics ; the 400 m. and the 4×400 m relay and holds the National Record (45.31) for the 400 meters.

Anas broke the national record in 400 metres at the Polish Athletics Championship in Poland in June 2016, clocking 45.40 seconds, the exact qualification mark for the Olympics.  He also became the third Indian athlete to qualify for the event at the Olympics, after Milkha Singh (1956 and 1960) and K.M.Binu (2004).

Muhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medalist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran.  Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds.  Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.

Congratulations to Anas Yahiya for winning the silver medal.

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Sudha Singh bags Silver medal for India

Sudha Singh bags Silver medal for India

Sudha Singh (born 25 June 1986) is an Indian Olympic athlete in the 300 m. Steeplechase event. A national record holder in the event, she has represented India at international events since 2005. Singh is an Asian Champion in the discipline and has won two gold and four silver medals at varying editions of the Asian Games and the Continental championships.

Singh’s breakthrough performance came in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China when she won the gold medal with a time of 9:55.67; she became the first Asian Champion in the discipline as it was the first instance of the 3000 meters steeplechase at the Asian Games.

Sudha Singh won her second medal at the Asian Games as she clinched a silver in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase.  Sudha, the reigning Asian champion, clocked 9:40.03 minutes to finish behind Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi, who completed the race in 9:36.52 minutes.  The Oanh Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze medal in 9:43.83. She and Sudha were among the group that was behind Winfired, who set the pace early.

Congratulations to Sudha Singh on her achievement.

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Dharun Ayyaswamy bags Silver at 400mt. hurdles in Asian Games

Dharun Ayyaswamy bags Silver at 400mt. hurdles in Asian Games

Dharun Ayyasamy (born 31 December 1996) is an Indian track athlete. He specializes in the 400m. and the 400m. hurdles events. He participated in the 4x400m. relay event at the 2016 Olympics.

Dharun was born in a village called Ravuthampalayam near Avinashi in Tiruppur district. When he was in fourth grade, his father died of tuberculosis.  Dharun’s mother is a school teacher while his sister Sathya plays volleyball for Tamil Nadu. He completed his schooling at Century foundation, Tirupur.

Dharun won the 400m  hurdles gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a time of 50.54 seconds, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of fellow Indian Jithin Paul whom he overtook at the last hurdle.

Dharun was surprised though. His 48.96s is the first time an Indian has run below the 49s mark in the quarter mile hurdles. His silver also seemed improbable until the final stretch.  The 21-year-old was lurking in fourth till the 300m mark but passed the competitors in the last 100m stretch to cross, but an incredible burst in the final stages helped him pip Japanese Takatoshi Abe (49.12s) for a silver as the gold was taken home by Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba with a Games record time of 47.66s.

Congratulations to you on your achievement and best wishes for your future games.

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Men’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal at Jakarta

Men’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal at Jakarta

Men’s Compound team, finals were fiercely contested.  It was a perfect start to the men’s final from India s the team shot a maximum 60 to Korea’s 56 in the opening set.  The shooting dropped in the 2nd set with India scoring 54, including an 8, to the opponents 58, leveling the final 114-114.

India shot 9-10-10 and Korea shot a 10-9-10.  The score was tied but Korea prevailed in a measured win after it has its 10s closer to the bull’s eye than India.

Kudos to our compound men’s archery team of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini, and Abhishek Verma.  The team displayed great discipline and grit.  We are proud of you.  Your game was played well and got the silver for the country.

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Mixed team in bridge win bronze medal for India

Mixed team in bridge win bronze medal for India

After the qualification rounds, the mixed team took the top spot.    The mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.

The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna, and Rajeev Khandelwal. The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.  The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.

Congratulations to the team for their success.

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INDIAN MEN’S BRIDGE TEAM GETS BRONZE MEDAL AT ASIAN GAMES

INDIAN MEN’S BRIDGE TEAM GETS BRONZE MEDAL AT ASIAN GAMES

India settled for a bronze medal from the debut sport of bridge in the Asian Games after the men teams lost their semifinal match. The men’s team of Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumder, Raju Tolani, and Ajay Khare fell against Singapore in the semi-finals. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth.   The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.

The men’s team lost to Singapore. The sport of Bridge has been introduced for the first time at the Asian Games.   Congratulations to this young team for their achievement.

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Women’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal for India at Jakarta

Women’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal for India at Jakarta

India won silver in the women’s compound team archery event at the 2018 Asian Games.  India wins first set 59-57 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match but lose second set 56-58 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match.  But in the end, India lost 228-231 to Korea in the summit clash at GBK Archery Field.

 

To enter finals the Indian team comprising Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam defeated Taiwan’s Liju Chen, Yihsuan Chen and Mingching Lin 225-222 in the semis.  It needed a sharp focus, exceptional technique and a mammoth desire to succeed and the yield is a great result.

Congratulations to our Women’s Compound Archery team of Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam for winning the silver medal in Archery team event.

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DUTEE CLINCHES SILVER IN 100M DASH ON DEBUT AT JAKARTA

DUTEE CLINCHES SILVER IN 100M DASH ON DEBUT AT JAKARTA

Dutee Chand (born 3 February 1996) is an Indian professional Sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100m event.  She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 meters event at the Summer Olympic Games.

Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched silver in women’s 100m dash in the Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years since 1998 in this event.  Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds. Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish.

Life was a full circle for Dutee Chand.  This Odisha athlete was left out of the meets in 2014 for failing a hyperandrogenism test, emerged as the 2nd fastest woman in Asian at Jakarta.  It was the biggest medal of her career.  She was unfortunate to miss the gold by a whisker.  Dutee is the first since PT Usha to win a silver medal in 100m. at the Asian Games.

Congratulations and warm wishes from all Indian.

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FOUAAD MIRZA GIVES INDIA INDIVIDUAL EQUESTRIAN SILVER

FOUAAD MIRZA GIVES INDIA INDIVIDUAL EQUESTRIAN SILVER

Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition here. Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. China’s Hua Tian Alex finished in the third position to win the bronze medal, with a score of 27.10.

The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. Fouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favorite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.

Fouaad Mirza who is 26 years old trains under former world champion Bettina Hoy in Germany.  Fouaad won gold at the Eventing Emmerloord CIC2 event at the Netherlands prior to Asian games.

This youngster from NAMMA BENGALURU created history by winning India’s first individual silver in equestrian at the Asian Games in 36 years.

Mirza is from the Embassy International Riding School, ruled the fact that he could not get the gold which was in a fetching distance.   Mirza, whose father Dr. Hasneyn Mirza is one of the top equine vets in the country, has been living and training in Germany for the past 15 months.  Mirza attributed a greater role in the success story to his horse Seigneur Medicott.

Congratulations and warm wishes to your future endeavors.

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Hima Das clinches Silver for India at Jakarta

Hima Das clinches Silver for India at Jakarta

Hima Das (born 9 January 2000) is an Indian sprinter from the state of Assam, nicknamed the Dhing Express by the media. She became the first Indian to win Gold in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships when she ran the Women’s 400m in 51.46 seconds at the 2018 Tampere Games. She holds the current Indian national record in 400m. women’s race with a timing of 50.79

Hima Das, ran with Bahrain’s Asian record holder Salwa Wid Naser in the 400m heats, broke Manjit Kaur’s 18-year-old national record (54.05s) clocking 51s and made it to the final after finishing second to Naser (50.86).

Hima Das, the still-fresh World Junior champ from Finland, came out bounding in her first major senior Games. The full-lap race quickly turned into a duel between World Championship silver medalist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and India’s Das running in Lanes 5 and 3.   It was the start here at Jakarta that cleanly set her apart from the rest of the field.

Congratulations and India is proud of you.

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Tejinder Pal Singh wins Gold in Men’s Shot-Put at Jakarta

Tejinder Pal Singh wins Gold in Men’s Shot-Put at Jakarta

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (born 13 November 1994) is an Indian shot putter who holds the outdoor national record of 20.75m.

Tejinder the son of a Punjab farmer began as the favorite.  The 23-year-old thrower from Punjab set a benchmark early on as he threw 19.96 meters in his first attempt which was enough to give him the gold.  Tejinder’s second attempt also crossed 19 meters, clocking 19.15 but he did not cross his best attempt.  The third throw, which saw go out of the designated throwing zone, was deemed a foul but Tejinder was comfortably on top going into the final three throws into the top eight.

His fifth throw of 20.75m breaking the Games record of Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) set in 2010.  He also broke the record of Om Prakash (20.69m, 2012).  He took the lead with his initial throw as China’s Yiu Liang was closest, throwing 19.42 meters in his first attempt.

Sultan Abdelhebshi of Saudi Arabia and Shahin Mehrdelan of Iran, two of Tejinder’s biggest competitions could not manage a single legal throw and be eliminated after three throws.

According to Tejinder, his aim was to cross 21m, and the gold was never in doubt. Congratulations on your successful winning….

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Neeraj Chopra the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal!!!!

Neeraj Chopra the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal!!!!

Neeraj Chopra was undoubtedly the star of the day for India after he became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal when he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.  Reigning Asian champion Neeraj Chopra created a new national record on his way to the men’s javelin gold at the 18th Asian Games. Neeraj threw 88.06 meters in his third attempt to clinch the gold.

Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in the javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

Chopra was expected to strike gold as he had performed well in the Diamond League events through the season. Chopra’s effort of 88.06 meters was also a new Indian record. Neeraj Chopra is unstoppable in breaking all Records loose.  Congratulations.  You’ve done India proud.

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Neena Varakil clinched silver in the women’s long jump.

Neena Varakil clinched silver in the women’s long jump.

Neena Varakil (born 2 May 1991) is an Indian athlete who won a silver medal for the country in the women’s long jump.

Neena recorded the best attempt of 6.51 meters to finish second.  The girl from Meppayur in Kozhikode, Kerala heaved a sigh of relief when she cleared 6.51m on her 4th attempt in the women’s long jump at Jakarta.   Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam registered her season’s best attempt of 6.55m to win the gold medal. The bronze medal went to China with Xu Xiaoling jumping 6.50m.

As she was not feeling comfortable training in the national camp under National Chief, she chose to put in the hard yards with her husband Pinto Mathew, an international hurdler himself in the last months.

In 2017 her personal best was 6.66m which she achieved in Bengaluru in July 2016.

Congratulations on your success.

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze at Jakarta

Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze at Jakarta

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (born 12 November 1989) is an Indian Tennis player.  He has won 8 ITF titles in singles and 1 ITF title in doubles. He represented Indian Davis Cup Team in 2017 Davis Cup.

The 28-year-old from Chennai has steadily worked his way up the ranks through this year, from a Davis Cup thriller to his first Challenger title.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

Prajnesh became only the sixth Indian to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.  Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.  Denis Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.

Congratulations Prajnesh Gunneswaran on your success.

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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

In India, festivals are the celebration of togetherness, of being one of the family. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that is all about affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. It is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a ‘bond of protection’. This is an occasion to flourish love, care, affection and sacred feeling of brotherhood.  Rakshabandhan, or simply Rakhi, is an Indian and Nepalese festival centered around the tying of a thread, bracelet or talisman on the wrist as a form of bond and ritual protection.

This venerable festival had taken its roots on the Indian soil in the 16th century. The medieval history of India tells us that when Chittorgarh was besieged by the vicious Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah, the widowed queen of Rana Sanga, Rani Karunawati had appealed to then Mughal emperor Humayun for refuge with a sacred thread as a token of her cordiality with the emperor. The Mughal emperor gladly accepted the proposal and vowed to defy her sister’s foes. From that day onwards, Rakhi has been visualized as a pledge for the defense of a sister from all adversities.

A noteworthy instance relates to the time during the partition of Bengal in 1905, when this festival was collectively celebrated by all Hindus and Muslims on the advice of Rabindranath Tagore. This was proposed as the determination to rule out all possibilities of communal violence.

Raksha Bandhan, the Indian festival symbolizes sibling love. On this day, a sister ties a sacred thread, called Rakhi, on her brother’s wrist and prays for his long life. The brother also promises to be there for her sister. The siblings also exchange gifts and sweets and spend the day together reminiscing their childhood and making more happy memories together.

Only the means have changed with the changing lifestyle to make the celebration more elaborate and lively. This day has an inherent power that pulls the siblings together. The increasing distances evoke the desire to be together even more. All brothers and sisters try to reach out to each other on this auspicious day. The joyous meeting, the rare family get-together, that erstwhile feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a massive celebration.

Happy Raksha Bandhan to all the brothers-sisters.

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India Settle For Silver in Women’s Kabaddi at Jakarta

India Settle For Silver in Women’s Kabaddi at Jakarta

Great start by Iran women in the second half of the game, they inflicted an all-out on defending champions India to take the lead for the first time in the finals of 2018 Asian Games.  Indian women players made some errors in defense which proved out to be crucial in the end result.

Another Heartbreak in Kabaddi as Indian women lost to Iran women by 24-27 in the final of Asian Games 2018

 It’s the first ever incident when both the Men’s and Women’s Kabaddi team has returned from the Asian Games without a single Gold medal. India were the defending champions in both women’s and men’s competition but could only get a silver and bronze, respectively.

Congratulations to all the players…

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Heena Sidhu bags Bronze medal in shooting

Heena Sidhu bags Bronze medal in shooting

Heena Sidhu (born 29 August 1989) is an Indian sport shooter.  Sidhu became the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in world rankings by the International Shooting Sport Federation.  Sidhu became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10 metre air pistol event.

Sidhu’s father was a national sports shooter. Her brother is also a shooter in the 10 metre air pistol event. Sidhu’s uncle is a gunsmith and gun customizer. On 7 February 2013, Sidhu married Ronak Pandit who is  also a pistol shooter who also acts as her coach.

After the first five shots, Heena Sidhu was at 5th position.  Heena was consistent in her first series with scores of 9.6, 9.6, 10.0, 10.5 and 10.2 to finish with a score of 49.9.

Heena Sidhu wins bronze! She started with a near-perfect 10.8 under tremendous pressure, but her second shot was a poor 9.6. She comes home with a medal; India’s 9th in shooting at this Asian Games.

Congratulations Heena Sidhu on your achievement.
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Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinch gold in tennis doubles at Jakarta

Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinch gold in tennis doubles at Jakarta

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinched another medal for  India at the Asian Games 2018 and the first one in tennis, winning the gold medal.

It was a solid start for Bopanna and Sharan! They had a hold comfortably before breaking their Kazakhi opponents to take a 2-0 lead in the first set.

Bopanna served out a love hold to clinch the first set 6-3 in just 25 minutes!  Bopanna and Sharan restored their lead in the second set to take a 4-3 lead in the men’s doubles final event.

The Indian top seeds attacked Aleksandr Bublik – Denis Yevseyey of Kazakhstan in the men’s double event, cruised to a 6-3,6-4 win in just 52 minutes.  The duo stayed compact and wasn’t shy of attacking right from the beginning.  In contrast, Bopanna and Sharan’s easy camaraderie shone through in the match and they displayed near-perfect on-court coordination.  Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament.

Congratulations to duo top seeds for getting gold.

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Bronze medal for Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in Lightweight double sculls.

Bronze medal for Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in Lightweight double sculls.

Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh won the bronze  medal in the lightweight doubles sculls.  The double sculls team finished with a time of 7:04.61 to win at the JSC Lake behind Japan and South Korea who won gold and silver respectively.

Japan’s Miyaura Masayuki and Takeda Masahiro won the gold with a timing of 7:01.70 while Koreans Kim Byunghoon and Lee Minhyuk (7:03.22) bagged silver.

Dushyant wins bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.

Dushyant wins bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.

The day started with Dushyant winning a bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls. Dushyant, who was declared the best rower in the 2013 National Championships, finished third on the podium with a timing of 7:18:76 behind South Korea’s Park Hyunsu and Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun.

The Indian, who began rowing in 2012 at an army training camp in Roorkee, had won a bronze in the last edition of the Games, too, in Incheon.

Dushyant Singh, the bronze-winning rower, was struggling with high BP, he threw up at the prize ceremony and had to be stretchered out afterward.

India has won two previous bronzes in the lightweight double sculls event in 1990 and 2006.

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Indian team bags gold in Quadruple sculls at Indonesia

Indian team bags gold in Quadruple sculls at Indonesia

“Gold Morning India”.  What a great start to the day!    Indian rowers Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win gold in Men’s Quadruple Sculls.

The Indian team finished with a time of 6:17.13 while Indonesia and Thailand finished with timings of 6:20.58 and 6:22.41 respectively. This is the first time that India has medalled in the quadruple sculls event, which was introduced in 2014.

This is only India’s second gold medal in rowing at the Asian Games. Bajrang Lal Takhar had won the first in the men’s singles event in 2010.

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Shardul Vihan bags Silver in shooting

Shardul Vihan bags Silver in shooting

Shardul Vihan finished 2nd in Men’s Double Trap shooting with a silver medal.   The 15-year old did well at the top for most of the final but missed a few shots in the final shootout round with the winner.   As a 14-year-old, Vihan had grabbed four gold medals at Shotgun Nationals Championship last year. Coached by former Asian Championship double gold medalist Anwer Sultan.

Shardul Vihan from Meerut misses the first shot, takes all the rest. His opponent Korea’s Sungin, however, shoots all on target in the first round.  In the second round, Vihan misses the third shot while Sungin misses two.  The 15-year old boy from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh shot 73 to come second to Korea’s Shin Hyunwoo, 34, who overtook the Indian shooter by a point.  With that, the Korean takes gold while the Indian shooter settles for silver in his first ever Asian Games.

Great display of grit & determination, Shardul  Vihan. We are proud of you!

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Tennis player Ankita Raina bags bronze medal at Jakarta

Tennis player Ankita Raina bags bronze medal at Jakarta

Ankita Raina (born 11 January 1993) is an Indian tennis player, and the current Indian No. 1 in women’s singles.  Raina began playing tennis at age five and prefers hard and grass courts.

Anita Raina settled for a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles seminal in Palemang.  Ankita made an effort till the last but it is China’s Zhang Shuai who won the match in straight sets.   The highest-ranked Indian singles player was also struggling with illness after the first set but refused to give up and gave the Chinese world No. 32 a tough fight.   Ankita lost  4-6, 6-7 which lasted for 2 hours.

Congratulations Ankita Raina for getting the first medal for India in Tennis at the Asian games

Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Narender Grewal  gets Bronze each in Wushu

Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Narender Grewal gets Bronze each in Wushu

Santosh Kumar an Indian Wushu player beat Phithak Paokrathok 2-1 of Thailand in a tight quarterfinal fight of the men’s sanda 56kg category to book a last-four berth. He played against Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam in the semifinals and lost the game but won a bronze medal for India.

Surya Bhanu Partap Singh was the third Indian to be assured of a medal after he beat Jean Claude Saclag of Philippines 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the men’s sanda 60kg. He took on Erfan Ahangarian of Iran in the next stage and lost the match and got a bronze medal.

The fourth Indian to bag a medal was Narender Grewal who beat Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan 2-0 in men’s sanda 65kg quarterfinal match. Sem Foroud Zafari of Iran played in the semifinals against Narender Grewal and won the match.   Narender got a bronze medal.

It was a phenomenal feeling to watch all the hard work paying off.  Our wushu champions are doing wonderfully in the Asian Games at Jakarta.  Such a superb display of talent and grit by the players.  It gives all Indians immense happiness and our best wishes for their future endeavours.  We are very produce to see our athletes doing so well in the sports.