NEW DELHI: N Ramachandran, Rajeev Mehta and Anil Khanna will be elected unopposed as president, secretary general and treasurer respectively of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at the Feb 9 elections. The elections may finally pave the way for IOA's return to the Olympic fold since it was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2012 over its election process.
LUCKNOW - India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Jan 26 snapped her 15 months title drought, clinching the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown with a straight-game victory over compatriot P V Sindhu in the women's singles competition, here on Sunday. The London Olympics bronze medalist staved off the challenge from Sindhu 21-14 21-17 in the women's singles summit clash, which lasted 40 minutes...
NEW DELHI - Tennis star Leander Paes and badminton player-turned-coach Pullela Gopichand were on Jan. 25 selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan awards while cricketer Yuvraj Singh was among the seven sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri award. Squash player Dipika Pallikal, former Indian women's cricket captain Anjum Chopra, Sunil Dabas (Kabaddi), Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu...
NEW DELHI - Sania Mirza has no qualms in admitting that she and Horia Tecau were "outplayed" in the Australian Open mixed doubles final on Jan 26 but said she had a great tournament as she lost only to best teams in her two events. Playing against an unseeded but a very formidable combination of Kristina Mladenovic and veteran Daniel Nestor, the Indian and her Romanian partner ended runners-up after...
NEW DELHI - Former Test spinner Erapalli Prasanna is highly critical of Ravichandran Ashwin's performance for India while playing abroad, saying the Tamil Nadu tweaker "lacks deception" in his bowling. Ashwin, in his last five ODIs in South Africa and New Zealand, has taken only a single wicket bowling 46 overs for 271 runs. "It's simple. Ashwin lacks the required deception to trouble international batsmen.
HAMILTON - India were Jan. 22 dethroned as the number one ODI team after they suffered an agonizing 15-run defeat in a rain-truncated second cricket one-dayer against New Zealand, who have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series here. India, who desperately needed a win to retain their top spot, made a valiant effort to overhaul the revised target of 297 in 42 overs but failed to cross the finishing line scoring 277 for nine...
MUMBAI - Well-known Russian martial art form 'sambo', a self-defense technique without weapons, will become part of the Asian Games soon. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has recognized the martial art and it can be seen in the 18th edition of the Games, scheduled at Hanoi, Vietnam in 2019, sources said. A loose combination of wrestling and judo, 'sambo' was actually developed by the Russian Army in the early 20th Century.
NEW DELHI - Taking note of the growing menace of corruption in sports, the Central Bureau of Investigation in India will soon set-up a specialised unit to handle cases related to sports fraud, fixing and illegal betting. Making the announcement at the FIFA-Interpol national workshop here, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha highlighted lack of a legal framework as the main hurdle in probing cases related to sports fraud.
KOLKATA - Former cricketer and Team India captain Sourav Ganguly on Jan 16 put a lid on speculations about him contesting Lok Sabha elections, saying he would not join politics. “I am not in politics. I am a man of sports,” he said. “It is confirmed,” Ganguly told reporters after a visit to state secretariat, Nabanna. He said he visited Nabanna to discuss matters related to his upcoming school project here.
MUMBAI - Two persons suffered from cardiac arrest and eight persons suffered from dehydration, thousands suffered minor injuries and bruises during the Mumbai marathon on Jan. 19. Of the 39,510 participants, over 3,000 persons required hospitalization. Amit Kasat, 37, a participant in half marathon collapsed near Ambassador Hotel at Churchgate as he was inching towards the finishing line.