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Ensure adequate utilisation of funds for athletes training for Asian Games, Olympics: Parliamentary panel

The increased budgetary allocation for financial year 2023-24 should be utilised “adequately” and “judiciously” by the sports ministry for the training of athletes for the Asian Games this year and 2024 Olympics, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth Affairs and Sports has said. The government has enhanced the budgetary allocation to the sports ministry for 2023-24 by 22.08 percent as compared to the revised estimate allocation for the previous financial year, mainly because of the upcoming two mega multi-discipline events. In its report, the committee observed that, “the major share of the total budgetary allocation in BE (budget estimates) 2023-24 of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is for the Department of Sports, i.e. 72.49%, whereas it is 27.51% for the Department o...
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Anjali made her opportunity count

UP Warriorz’s Anjali Sarvani celebrates a wicket. | Photo Credit: AFP Back in November, Raipur hosted the senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. It was the last chance for the country’s fringe players in their biggest season yet: the Women’s Premier League, though not announced yet, was around the corner; the series against Australia and the T20 World Cup were closer. Though she didn’t take too many wickets, the left-arm seamer caught everyone’s eye. She looked really good, good enough for international cricket. “How many years have you been playing cricket?” she was asked. “10,” said the 25 year-old from Hyderabad, with a wistful smile. Four months later, at a Mumbai hotel, Anjali Sarvani was smiling broadly. She had made her international debut in December, in the series a...
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Playing at home again will have Super Kings raring to return to its pre-eminent position 

All set: Dhoni will look to kickstart CSK’s campaign in style. | Photo Credit: R. RAGU From 2008 to 2019, Chennai Super Kings was synonymous with consistency in the IPL. It was the only team which had qualified for all the playoffs in that period (it didn’t figure in the competition in 2016 & 17), winning three titles. But over the last three years, the side has had a topsy-turvy performance curve, finishing in the penultimate spot in 2020 and 2022, and clinching the title in 2021. All that wouldn’t matter when M.S. Dhoni leads the Super Kings out at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on April 3. With the fans waiting for this moment for the past three years, it could well be one of the defining images of the season. At the 2022 mega auction, CSK prioritised building a team with e...
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Choosing all-time teams: why Bradman may always not make it

Does cricket above all sports lend itself most often to such mental exercises as “the greatest Indian team of all time” or, to go one step higher, “the greatest-ever team of all time?” Even Don Bradman — who is in everybody’s all-time team — couldn’t resist the temptation. In The Art of Cricket he talked about ideal elevens and such things as teams with players’ names beginning with the letter ‘H’ (Hobbs, Hutton, Hammond etc) and other combinations. That book was published in 1958. In 2001, Bradman’s Best, a book about his all-time team caused as much interest as heartburn. Bradman saw his first Test aged 12; it was an Ashes contest (Australia v England) at Sydney in 1920-21. Bradman thus had an intimate knowledge of 20th century cricket (he died in Feb 2001 aged 92), apart from being d...
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Australia’s Steve Smith to debut as commentator at IPL

Australia’s Steve Smith. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini Australia’s Steve Smith will debut as a commentator at the upcoming Indian Premier League, the tournament’s broadcaster said Tuesday, ending the mystery about his return to the event.The 16th edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza begins Friday in Ahmedabad, with 10 teams and a host of global stars in attendance for the eight-week tournament.“Steve Smith has joined the expert panel for the marquee tournament. Smith will be making his broadcast debut with Star Sports, adding his invaluable insights and expertise to Star Sports’ already impressive roster of panelists,” the broadcaster said in a statement.Smith, 33, announced his return to the tournament on Twitter on Monday, saying in a teaser video: “Namaste, India. I’ve g...
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BFI chief Ajay Singh appointed IBA vice-president

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) chief Ajay Singh has been elected as the International Boxing Association (IBA) vice-president. Singh’s appointed was confirmed during the IBA board of directors meeting, which was held following the conclusion of the Women’s World Championships here on Sunday. Singh, who is in his second term as the BFI president, becomes IBA’s third vice-president and will stay in the role till 2026 alongside Volodymyr Prodyvus of Ukraine and Serbia’s Abdulmutalim Abakarov. India hosted the Women’s World Championships for the third time and finished on top of the medals tally, fetching four golds. Last month, they jumped to the third spot in the IBA rankings.The BFI has also expressed interest in hosting the Men’s World Championships and is in talks with the Internatio...
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New KKR captain Rana banking on man management for success in upcoming IPL

Newly-appointed Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Nitish Rana on Tuesday said he is up for the responsibility given to him and would bank on man management to deliver results for the side in the upcoming IPL. “Man management is important because at the end of the day, it is a game of cricket,” Nitish said in a press conference. “I have been playing the leadership role for the last 2-3 years, it’s just that I got the captaincy tag but it’s nothing new to me. I like to take responsibility and, hopefully, I will be able to deliver. “There is responsibility and I like to take responsibility. I don’t like to follow anyone. I want to lead the side my way and take the team forward,” he added. KKR coach Chandrakant Pandit is ready for the new season and is optimistic about his team’s chance in the ...
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IPL going the football way – coaches hold the power to hand-hold ‘weak’ captains

Nitish Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson and KL Rahul are not names that readily come to mind when one is looking for cerebral captains or leaders of men. But all four have been nominated ‘captains’ for their respective IPL franchises. Even Suryakumar Yadav, with little captaincy experience, may have to step in as Mumbai Indians captain if Rohit Sharma decides to sit out a few matches owing to fitness concerns. Last year, Ashish Nehra was seen slumped on the staircase leading up to the dressing room with a paper in hand. He would later term it as a “menu for the night” but the menu seemingly included who should bowl when. Or so the perception went. Often, he would be seen animatedly gesticulating from the dugout to Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans captain, which bowler should bowl the par...
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Captaincy is nothing new to me, claims newly-appointed KKR skipper Nitish Rana | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Newly-appointed Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Nitish Rana was quite confident in his first media appearance as he made it clear that captaincy is nothing new to him and he is ready for the responsibility given to him and will deliver results for the side in the upcoming IPL."I have been playing the leadership role for the last 2-3 years, it's just that I got the captaincy tag but it's nothing new to me. I like to take responsibility and, hopefully, I will be able to deliver," Nitish said in a press conference in Kolkata on Tuesday."There is responsibility and I like to take responsibility. I don't like to follow anyone. I want to lead the side my way and take the team forward."Man management is important because at the end of the day, it is a game of cricket," he added.KKR co...
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India too good for Kyrgyz Republic; win Hero Tri-Nation Tournament | Football News – Times of India

IMPHAL: India played some inspiring football against higher-ranked Kyrgyz Republic to snatch a 2-0 victory and bag the Hero Tri-National International Tournament Trophy with an all-win record on Tuesday.India had earlier defeated Myanmar 1-0 on March 22.The opening goal on Tuesday came from centre-back Sandesh Jhingan, who found the target in the 34th minute. India added insurance in the 84th minute with Sunil Chhetri firing home from the spot.Midfielder Brandon Fernandes put the ball in front of the rival goal off a free-kick and Jhingan pounced on it to find the back of the net to open India's account in the first half.If the Kyrgyz Republic goalkeeper Tokotaev Erzhan thought the tall Indian defender would go for a header, he was mistaken as Jhingan waited for the ball to land and the...
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West Indies 114/5 in 10.4 Overs | South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd T20I Live Score – The Times of India

Kagiso Rabada to Brandon King, Good comecback from Rabada! He and Quinton de Kock thinks that this out, but the umpire thinks otherwise. Aiden Markram goes for the review. Rabada follows the batter well and lands this short of a length, on leg, Brandon King backs away and tries to guide it, but misses as Quinton de Kock grabs it behind the stumps. UltraEdge shows no spike and South Africa lose their review.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; ...
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Rugby coaches go scouting at athletics meets

Even though Lakshit Panwar finished last in his heats in the 200m at the recently concluded Youth Nationals in Udupi, a group of talent scouts were still keen on talking to him. The Delhi runner’s speed may not have impressed them but his height and built definitely caught their eye considering the sport they were scouting for was not athletics, but rugby. The conversation was fun to observe. “Have you ever seen or played rugby?” Andre Venter, one of the South African high-performance coaches hired by the national rugby federation, asked the youngster. “No, I have only seen it in movies,” the Delhi boy replied. Then followed the process of explaining the program and exchange of contact details. As part of their plan to build rugby Sevens teams that will attempt to qualify for the 2028 O...
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Steve Smith returns to IPL but not as a player | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The speculations were doing the rounds about Australia's Steve Smith role in IPL 2023 after he surprised everyone on Monday by posting a video on social media about his return to the tournament."Namaste India. I have got some exciting news for you. I am joining IPL 2023. I am joining an exceptional and passionate team in India," Smith said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.But the mystery behind his return ended with the tournament's broadcaster announcing on Tuesday that Smith will make debut as a commentator at the upcoming Indian Premier League."Steve Smith has joined the expert panel for the marquee tournament. Smith will be making his broadcast debut with Star Sports, adding his invaluable insights and expertise to Star Sports' already impressive roster of...
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IOC issues recommendations for Russian athletes’ return to competitions | More sports News – Times of India

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday issued recommendations for the gradual return to international competitions for Russian and Belarusian athletes, with president Thomas Bach saying their participation "works" despite the ongoing war in Ukraine.The IOC Executive Board's recommendations relate only for the return of those athletes in international competitions but not the 2024 Olympics where a separate decision will be taken at a later date, Bach said.The IOC had sanctioned Russia and Belarus after the February 2022 invasion but it is now eager to see athletes come back across all sports and have a chance to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics.It has set out a pathway for these competitors to earn Olympic slots through Asian qualifying and left it up to international federati...
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PV Sindhu out of world top 10 after six years | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu's woeful run this season saw her drop out of the world's top 10 for the first time in more than six years in the latest BWF rankings issued on Tuesday.Since making her comeback to action following a long injury lay-off, the 27-year-old shuttler struggled to find her mojo back and failed to defend her women's singles title at last week's Swiss Open.Sindhu slipped two places to the 11th spot with 60,448 points.A former world champion, Sindhu, who has a career-best ranking of world number 2, has been in the top 10 since November, 2016. She first cracked the elite top 10 in August, 2013.In men's singles, HS Prannoy was static at world number 8, while Kidambi Srikanth dropped a rung to 21st place and Lakshya Sen was 25th.Swiss Open champion Satwi...
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Ben Stokes to play as specialist batter at start of IPL 2023

CSK Players Ben Stokes (sitting second from left) with teammates during therir practise session at M.A. Chidabaram Stadium in Chwennai on Monday. | Photo Credit: R. Ragu England Test captain Ben Stokes will be available only as a specialist batter for Chennai Super Kings in the early stages of the Indian Premier League 2023. The star allrounder, who was picked by the four-time IPL champions for ₹16.25 crore during the auction held in December last year, arrived in India last week and has been training for the upcoming season starting March 31. A report in ESPNCricinfo said, Stokes, who has played for Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiant in the past, will likely play as a specialist batter initially to manage his knee injury, for which he has taken a cortisone injection — an ant...
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R Ashwin shares his thoughts on Sanju Samson’s inclusion in India’s 50-over World Cup side

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed his thoughts about whether his Rajasthan Royals franchise captain Sanju Samson should get a chance in India’s 50-over World Cup side for the upcoming ICC 50-over Cricket World Cup in October. Speaking on his Youtube channel, Ashwin said, “We received many comments. Anyway, Wasim Jaffer has mentioned that we are backing many players, and in the same way, we should start trying Sanju Samson, also. Even the fans are asking for his comeback. You are asking to back everyone. Why don’t we back Sanju Samson enough?” “I am not here to tell who should be backed or anything. I want India to win the World Cup. We should give all the positive vibes for that to happen. That is my thought process,” said the India off-spinner,” he added. Surya has not sco...
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Borre stunner gives Colombia 2-1 win over Japan in football friendly | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Colombian striker Rafael Borre came up with a stunning acrobatic overhead strike to lead his side to a come from behind 2-1 win over Japan in a friendly game in Osaka on Tuesday.Japan got into an early lead through Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma in the third-minute of the game with a towering header but Aston Villa teenager Jhon Duran made it 1-1 for Colombia inside the first half.But the goal of the day came just over the 60-minute mark when Eintracht Frankfurt striker Borre scored the winner with an acrobatic strike, launching himself into a right-footed scorcher that went past Japan goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.Colombia went into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with South Korea in Seoul last week, while Japan drew 1-1 with Uruguay in Tokyo.Mitoma has been in scintillating fo...
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​IPL 2023: What the stars have been up to so far

​Ben Stokes (CSK)England’s premier all-rounder and Test captain, Stokes was seen smashing boundaries and hitting big sixes during a net session at the Chepauk stadium. CSK bought him for Rs 16.25 Cr, making him the most expensive player they have ever bought at an auction. Source link