TCS World 10K Run – Bengaluru 2019

TCS World 10K Run – Bengaluru 2019

TCS World 10K Run –  Bengaluru 2019 is fast approaching. It is on Sunday  the 10th May 2019.    Over 24,000 runners are set to take the road on the occasion. 

Looking at the success of the Mumbai Marathon and the Delhi Half Marathon, Procam decided to spread the distance running revolution to the garden city of Bengaluru in 2008. Today, the event is the world’s richest 10 Km run and has seen participation from top elite athletes in the world.

The TCS World 10k Bengaluru has always excelled in ways beyond running. It has opened new doors for people to reach out to the less privileged of the society and encourages them to do their bit.

Mike Powell, Marie Jose Perec, Carl Lewis, Maria Mutola, Linford Christie are few of the big names in sports who have been the event ambassadors of the TCS World 10K, which is one of Bengaluru’s most eagerly awaited events. South superstar Puneeth Rajkumar is the face of the event.

TCS World 10K Bangalore :

The World 10K Bengaluru (Known as the TCS World 10K Bengaluru) for sponsorship reasons by Tata consultancy Services (TCS) is an annual 10 km running competition.  The competition was first held in 20018 and usually takes place in late May.  The first three editions were sponsored by Sunfeast (ITC Limited).

The race, which is certified by AIMS-certified, begins and ends at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, after looping through the roads of Bengaluru.

The different race categories at the event are:

  • World 10K (participation restricted to International and National athletes)
  •  Open 10K (participation open to amateur runners)
  •  Majja Run (a 5.7 km run meant for fun runners)
  •  Senior Citizens’ Run (a 4.2 km run for Senior Citizens)
  • the Champions with Disability event (a 4.2 km event for persons with disability).

In addition to this there also is a 10 km Corporate Champions category in which companies can field a team of 3 members and compete to achieve the best aggregate time.

Face of the event – Puneet Rajkumar :

 He has been the face of TCSW10K since 2012.

Celebrating his continued association as the Face of the Event, Superstar Puneeth Rajkumar urged Bengaluru, to get on to the streets to Feel the Pride and sharing his thoughts, said, “The TCS World 10K over the years has encouraged a healthy lifestyle amongst all. But most importantly, the event has truly managed to bring the community together as a collective, a proud collective of hosts. It is this sense of belonging that we invite you to Feel the Pride in our city and call Bengaluru your home with pride.”

2019 TCS World 10K Run Event Ambassador – Arantxa Sanchez :

Former World No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez will be International Event Ambassador for TCSW10K Bengaluru. The Spanish legend who accumulated 14 Grand Slam titles – four singles, six doubles, and four mixed doubles is considered to be one of the most decorated Olympians in Spanish history winning four medals (two silver, two bronze).

At just 17, she reached the 1989 French Open final facing world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf. But she stunned one and all, and announced her arrival on the pro circuit, beating the German to win her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the youngest player ever to win the French Open.

Timings of the TCS World 10K run :

Start time : Women 7.10 am

                   Men 8.00 am

Start – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium

Finish – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium

The elite run will start fro the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and enter MG road through Kasturba road.  Then it progress to Dickenson road and then Cubbon Road.  It heads into the Cubbon  Park along Vidhana Soudha, goes past the Central Library and returns to the stadium via Corporation circle.

Medical  Partners :

Fortis Hospital are the official medical partners for the event.  Around 220 medical personnel will be present at the race.  There will be a base camp with 30 beds at the finish and two medical stations on the route.

Five doctors on bikes will the present along the route with 6 ambulances and 100 nurses.  More than 100 doctors are running in the event.

Tata Consultancy to celebrate 10 years of association with TCS World 10K :

The 12th edition of the world’s premier Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K, the IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on May 19.

This year as well organizers are expecting the consistency of attracting the best elite runners as well as enthusiastic amateurs from across the globe.

Commenting on a 10 year long association with the run, Nagraj Ijari, Vice President & Head, TCS Bangalore Operations said, “We are always excited to be back – and this year is even more special, because this year we celebrate our tenth year of being associated with this event. An association we feel that has gone by so fast.”

“Within TCS we also take fitness very seriously, and have multiple initiatives that support that vision including Fit for Life, that encourages a lot of people to clock miles. And last financial year we our Bangalore offices clocked about 2.3 million kms among all our associates in Bangalore and are confident to doubling the number with 4.6 million kms already registered,” he added.

Eco-friendly TCS World 10K run :

TCS World 10K over the years has consciously taken steps to be an environmentally friendly and a 100 per cent waste managed race.

HasiruDala Innovations, a social enterprise-focused on creating better livelihoods for waste pickers will spear-head and advise on different eco-friendly alternatives to ensure efficient waste management and over-see last mile disposal and consequent recycling plans.

Beyond being a globally acclaimed sporting event that puts Bengaluru on an international racing calendar, the TCS World 10K today is also recognized for the phenomenal impact it creates in terms of social change through the Cubbon Park Rejuvenation Program, Madiwalla Urban Forest and being the largest sporting charity platform in South India. This is what makes Bengalureans proud hosts of a race that is a celebration of sport and spirit of the city.

Women’s marathon world champion to run in Bengaluru World 10K :

 World champion and Asian Games marathon gold medallist Rose Chelimo of Bahrain will be one of the title contenders in the TATA Consultancy Services World 10K race here on May 19.

A total of 17 gold label athletes, nine men and eight women, will be seen at the starting line for the race. Seven of the 12 international elite men have personal best timings which are below the course record of 27:44 set by Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

Four of the 10 international elite women also have their personal best below the course record of 31:19 set by Agnes Tirop in the last edition. The Kenyan is returning to the city to defend her title.

Majja run and senior category run :

Among the participants, 6,046 will take part in the open 10k (10,000 metres) marathon, with 95 of the world’s best track and field athletes, road and amateur runners.

“Of the total, 6,595 are participating in the 5.7-km Majja run fun category, while 873 senior citizens and 723 in the physically challenged categories,” TCS Bengaluru head Nagaraj Nagaraj Ljari told reporters.  

Head-to-head races expected:

The 12th edition of the TCS World 10K promises to deliver enthralling head-to-head competition after the elite fields for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday 19 May were announced.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Koech and Vincent Kiprotich Kibet finished 2018 as the third and fifth fastest men over 10km in the world last year with 27:18 and 27:21 respectively, both times considerably faster than the Bengaluru course record of 27:44 set by their compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop returns to the Garden City to defend the title – a feat never achieved before in the women’s race since the TCS World 10K was inaugurated in 2008 – she won last year. In 2018, Tirop set a course record of 31:19 after managing to shake off Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi with just 250 metres to go.

Prizes :

The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 has a total prize fund of US$213,000, with the men’s and women’s winners taking home US$26,000.

Physiotherapy and Fitness –  : Somya Rout

Physiotherapy and Fitness – : Somya Rout

Physiotherapy  also known as physical therapy, by using mechanical force and movements (bio-mechanics or Kinesology) Manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and function. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient’s quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, and patient education. It is performed by  physiotherapists.

addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical
therapy profession include research, education, consultation and
administration. Physiotherapy services may be provided as primary care
treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.

Physiotherapy – Sports :

Physiotherapists are closely involved in the care and well-being of athletes including recreational, semi-professional (paid) and professional (full-time employment) participants. This area of practice encompasses athletic injury management under 5 main categories:

  1. acute care –
    assessment and diagnosis of an initial injury;
  2. treatment –
    application of specialist advice and techniques to encourage healing;
  3. rehabilitation –
    progressive management for full return to sport;;
  4. prevention –
    identification and address of deficiencies known to directly result in, or act
    as precursors to injury, such as movement assessment.
  5. education – sharing of
    specialist knowledge to individual athletes, teams or clubs to assist in
    prevention or management of injury.

who work for professional sport teams often have a specialized sports
certification issued through their national registering organisation. Most
Physical therapists who practice in a sporting environment are also active in
collaborative sports medicine programs too.

Fitness :

To be physically fit means to be in a state of health and well-being. Physical fitness is defined as the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist disease and to react to emergency situations.

A person who is fit is capable of living life
to its fullest
extent. Physical and mental fitness play very important roles
in your lives and people who are both, physically and mentally fit are less
prone to medical conditions as well.

There are four types
of fitness that are important to incorporate into your physical activity

  • Cardiovascular/aerobic
  • Anaerobic exercise.
  • Joint flexibility.
  • Muscular endurance and

Physical activity or exercise can improve your
health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes,
cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have
immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can
improve your quality of life.

Somya Rout :

Somya is a sport physiotherapist  and has worked with Odisha Ranji Team, Indian Football team,  All India Football Federation and India U-16.

He has a previous experience of working with Sports Authority of Gujarat
and Orissa Cricket Association and at Ranji, Odisha.

He studied at Goutham College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru and did his graduation at Stewart School, Cuttack.

He is the
co-founder of Stairs Physiotherapy and Fitness at Bengaluru.  It is a fantastic
physiotherapy & fitness centre that helps one get stronger, respect your
body better and help you achieve your goal. A space to workout, get fitter and

Qualification and
achievements – Somya Rout :

Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy (Rajiv Gandhi
university of health sciences) Karnataka.

PG in clinical research.

Certified Manual therapist.

Certification in Sports Science (Apollo

Strength and conditioning (Exercise and sports
sciences International consultancy).

Member of Indian Association of

Certified Physiotherapist at Asian Football
Confederation Physiotherapy course at ASPETAR ( Qatar)

He has worked with :

Odisha Ranji Team for 3 years

Micheal Bevan (tour to Australia) 2009-2012

The Indian Football team U 16

SAFF Championship ,Gold

Asian Football Qualifiers in Kuwait.

India U19 SAFF Championship Nepal ,Runners up

Asian Championship Trophy Malaysia.

Head Physiotherapist Sports Authority of

Indian Football team Indian Football team U 16 Malaysia.

Physical fitness :

fitness is a
state of health and well-being  and
more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports,  occupations and daily activities. Physical
fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise and sufficient rest.

the industrial revolution, fitness was defined as the capacity to carry
out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, with automation and
changes in lifestyles physical
 is now considered a
measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work
and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic disease and to
meet emergency situations

Sports Infrastructure – India – Bengaluru

Sports Infrastructure – India – Bengaluru

Sports Infrastructure – plays a crucial role in achieving excellence in the global arena of sports. It not only helps in producing sports persons of international reputation  but also encourages the young population of the country   to participate in sporting activities with the objective of creating a culturing of sports.

In India, the standard of Sports Infrastructure is not at a satisfactory level for a number of reasons but has come a long way. 

Despite all the successes, it is pertinent to mention that the status of sports infrastructure in India is yet to reach the desired level. This creates an obstacle in developing a culture of sports in the country.

Importance of sports Infrastructure :

Sports Infrastructure plays a crucial role in achieving excellence in the global arena of sports. It not only helps in producing sports persons of international repute, but also encourages the young population of a country to participate in sporting activities with the objective of creating a culturing of sports.

Sports as a social enabler :

Sports and games have historically played a significant role in development of personality traits and qualities like discipline, tolerance and leadership amongst the youth. With adequate support, planning and focused implementation, immense potential of the India’s youth can be gainfully channelized through sporting activities.

The realization of their true potential will not only build future character, but is a conduit of national integration. More importantly, our top sportsmen come from diverse parts of the country, many with limited Sports Infrastructure, thus indicating huge unexplored potential.

A road-map to Sports Infrastructure :

Over the last decade there has been a spurt in the development of Sports Infrastructure and facilities in the country.  With the increase of capital investments and successful hosting of events such as the Commonwealth Games-2010, ICC World Cup-2011, the Indian Premier League, the F1 Indian Grand Prix in 2011, the Under 17 FIFA World Cup-2017.

The Indian Badminton and Soccer League are also included in this. There are enormous commercially exploitable opportunities present in the Indian sports industry. However, the regulation of the Indian sports industry is highly decentralized and fragmented.

Regulation of the sector :

There is no national or state legislation for regulation of sports in India.  The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) was set up by the Government of India to create the infrastructure and promote capacity building for broad-basing sports as well as for achieving excellence in different competitive events at National and International levels.

The National Sports Policy of 2001 was formulated to undertake the development and promotion of various sports prevalent in the country.  Sports promotion is primarily the responsibility of different National Sports Federations (NFS’s)which are autonomous in nature.  The MYAS  issues notifications and guidelines from time to time to regulate the NSFs.

Key issues plaguing the Sports Infrastructure :

Sports development in India is often hampered by bureaucracy and politics because of the low level of private sector involvement. Many federations are highly dependent on Government funding for carrying out their key objectives, such as organizing championships, procuring equipment, and training sports persons; a model which increases the probability of breeding inefficiencies.

Further, lack of accountability of sports federations, and the restrictive and non-competitive guidelines of the Khelo India program are other factors hampering the participation of private players in the development of Sports Infrastructure. There is also a lack of clear guidelines on asset utilization and monetization.

Sports Infrastructure in India :

Sports is primarily a State subject under the Constitution of India, and a huge portion of the sports infrastructure is owned and managed by State Governments. Sports Authority of India (“SAI”) builds and maintains stadia on behalf of the MYAS (infrastructure owned and managed by the Central Government). 

The Central Government through its ‘Khelo India’ initiative, has allowed grants for certain Sports Infrastructure projects and sports facilities creation at the state/union territories/district/sub-district level. State Governments and other local authorities may seek the benefit of these grants.

However, the beneficiary of such a grant has to enter into a Memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with SAI in order to provide the latter access, for a minimum of ten years, to the facilities on a time-sharing basis for training of the trainees of SAI and holding competitions.

The utilization of the sum for development of sports infrastructure will be limited to the strict guidelines under the scheme.

Recent scenario :

More parents are encouraging their children to play sports and seek a career in it.  They have faith that sports can also provide the platform for a healthy and a decent future.  This change is happening from the last decade and it is convincing that India has arrived as a sporting nation.

The day is not very far when India will be  a force to reckon with on the world stage.  It is good that the country have an Olympic Medalist as Union Sports Minister.  This is a welcome change because the athletes are beginning to have faith in the system. 

Constant improvement :

India has begun to offer competition in games which are not a big name at home.  This is due because we do have talent. In traditional games like hockey, tennis, badminton and athletics, there is impressive progress.

Swimmers have begun to make a mark and promise in the international arena. 

According to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore after he became the Sports Minister he declared the year 2018 as the year of Sports for India.  Before his tenure no army recruitment took place in Jaipur district.

Budget support – sports infrastructure :

In India, the Union budget for 2018-19 provided Rs.2196.35 crore for sports.  Out of this Rs.520.09 went to Khelo India, the governments initiative program to search for the talent.  The budget of Sports Authority of India was cut by Rs.66 crore.  This curtailed freedom to be liberal with proposals from national sports federations.

There is a need to concentrate on creating new infrastructure and updating the old facilities.  Foreign exposure of our sports persons is needed. 

 A Cultural change :

Over the last decade, a lot of athletes have not only been at the top of the world but have also inspired a generation of athletes to look at dominating in different sports.

Importantly there has been a big cultural change in the belief system.  Athletes no longer feel as though they are inferior in their international counterparts and that is probably the most heartening aspect of Indian Sport.

Some of the major initiatives taken for the development of Sports Infrastructure in India are mentioned below:

·   Scheme of Grants for Creation of Sports Infrastructure including Rural Schools, for which INR 942.5 million was allocated

·   Scheme of Grants for Installing of Synthetic Playing Surfaces, for which INR 201.3 million was allocated

·   Scheme of Grants for Promotion of Games and Sports in Universities and Colleges, for which INR 328 million was allocated

·   Scheme of assistance for the creation of Urban Sports infrastructure

The non-availability of land for building sports infrastructure is another major obstacle. Moreover, not much initiative has been observed till now in promoting sports-specific infrastructure by adopting PPP model to ensure the sustainability of these facilities.

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

Money contribution to armed forces by BCCI instead of spending on the opening ceremony of IPL season 12.

In the wake of the recent terror attack at Pulwama the BCCI decided to cancel the opening ceremony and donated the money to the armed forces.

The estimated cost of hosting the opening ceremony was amounted to Rs.20 crore.

IPL 12 money contribution :

The 2019 season of the Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 12, is the twelfth season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007.  On 8 January 2019, the BCCI confirmed that the tournament will start on 23 March and take place entirely in India.  Other countries were considered as host the tournament, due to the Indian General elections.

Unlike the previous editions, the military band performed at the MA Chidambaram stadium.

Band performance :

The Madras Regiment band based in Chennai performed before the felicitation programme for the Armed Forces.

Members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and representatives from the Indian Armed Forces will also be present at the venue. This move is yet another part of the series of gestures by the cricketing fraternity in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, where 44 CRPF personnel lost their lives.

CSK’s director Rakesh Singh donated the  proceeds from its first home match to the families of the Pulwama bravehearts.

Details about Money contribution to Defence  :

Rs.11 crore to Indian Army

Rs.7 crore to CRPF

Rs.1 crore to Indian Navy

Rs. 1 crore to Indian Airforce

BCCI donated Rs. 20 crore to Defence Forces instead of wasting it on regular IPL Opening Ceremony.

This is a great gesture by BCCI.

India’s  opening match at the 2019 Cricket World Cup was postponed from 2 to 5 June as the BCCI were directed to maintain a mandatory 15-day gap between the conclusion of IPL and India’s subsequent international fixture as per Lodha Committee’s recommendation.

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Running –  good for all – health benefits

Running – good for all – health benefits

Running is a great way to get in shape  and everyone knows it. But it also can benefit almost every part of body and lift mood.

Whether it’s a favorite part of the day or something one has to push through, the benefits are undeniable.

It increases endurance, builds muscle to maintain an optimal body fat composition, promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens the heart, and even improves  overall mood.

Combined with weight training,  run  can help out maintain the perfect balance of mental stimulation and physical fitness.

History :

It is thought that human running evolved at least four and a half million years ago out of the ability of the ape-like Australopithecus, an early ancestor of humans, to walk upright on two legs.

The theory proposed considered to be the most likely evolution of running is of early humans’ developing as endurance runners from the practice of persistence hunting of animals, the activity of following and chasing until a prey is too exhausted to flee.

Reasons for running :

The next time you’re thinking of skipping a run, think of these reasons to get your butt out the door.

  1. It is a great way to increase overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise r levels of good cholesterol while also helps  increase lung function and use. In addition, it also boosts  immune system and lower the risk of developing blood clots.
  2. For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It  also helps reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend it for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
  3. It is one of the best forms of exercise for losing and maintaining a normal standard  weight. One will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.
  4. Stress causes a number of health and mood problems. It also diminishes appetite and sleep quality. When a person run, he/she force their  body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce chances of developing tension headaches.
  5. Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running provides a noticeable boost of confidence and self-esteem.

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Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

The Indian women hockey team’s dream of reclaiming the gold at the 18th Asian games at Jakarta after 36 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 1-2 to Japan to settle for the silver medal.   It was yet another heartbreak for Indian hockey, a day after the fancied men’s team lost to Malaysia via penalty shoot-out in the semifinals. Coming into the match, the Indians were favorites to the title as they have ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings. But the Japanese matched India stick for stick and took the lead in the 11th minute when Minami Shimizu converted their first penalty corner.

Valiant India went down fighting and won the silver medal as they lost 1-2 to Japan in the women’s hockey semi-final of the 2018 Asian Games. Kawamura Motomi scored the decisive and eventual winning goal in the 43rd minute as Japan clinched the gold medal. India kept pushing for an equalizer in the fourth quarter and even came close in the closing stages but failed to score.

India, however, did not give up and pressed hard for the equalizer which came in the 25th minute when Neha Goyal deflected in a Navneet Kaur reverse hit pass, as both the teams went into the breather locked at 1-1. The Japanese, however, came out rejuvenated after the change of ends and restored their lead through another penalty corner conversion, by skipper Motomi Kawamura in the 44th minute.  In the final quarter, the Indians pressed hard in search of the equalizer but Japan defended in numbers to win the match and claim the gold medal.

Japan kept the pressure on India and reaped the benefits after a deflected and well-taken penalty corner strike gave the former the lead. The Japanese side played an attacking game, especially in the first quarter. The second quarter saw India up their ante and their offensive play orchestrated by Navneet in the 25th minute helped Neha equalize for India. A confident India women’s hockey team will be vying to win the gold medal after a long wait of 36 years. India won the gold medal in 1982, the year women’s hockey was first included in the Asian Games program. They reached the final for the second time in 1998 when they lost 1-2 to South Korea. They bagged bronze medals in 2006 and 2014.

Congratulations to Women’s hockey team for winning the medal.

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Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar, a sailor from Madhya Pradesh Sports department made the State proud by winning the best sailor award in the country in 2017.

Harshita has been a consistent performer for a past couple of years.  Hailing from Hoshangabad, she has won a gold medal in the 4.7 events of an International Sailing championship in Dubai.

India’s young sailor Harshita Tomar who is 16 years old is a former swimmer. She claimed a bronze in the open laser 4.7 at the Asian games.  She totaled 62 after race 12 to finish 3rd.

Harishita said ‘it was a great feeling to win a medal for the country.  It has been a great learning experience’.

Congratulations Harshita. We are proud of you adding a medal to the Indian medal tally.

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