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Avinash Sable: Once a mason in Beed, now a Golden steeplechaser

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 50 Number of athletes who come from families with annual income less than Rs 50,000 Avinash Sable, 29, worked as a mason in drought-prone Mandwa, a village in Beed district, after an academy in Aurangabad weeded him out as coaches there didn’t think he had a future as a distance runner. The 12-year-old was spotted by scouts of a state-government scheme but his career had hit a roadblock. Once he finished school, Sable worked for just Rs 100 a day and seemed destined to spend the rest of his life in Mandwa. His fortunes changed when ...
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Bareilly girl Khushbu takes up Malaysian sport, wins medal, gets Army job

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those.* 9 girls from low income, low education families availed basic SAI facilities and could change lives and augment family income. At the age of 14, Khushbu saw a few boys playing sepaktakraw – a popular sport in Malaysia – at Bareilly’s Major Dhyanchand Stadium SAI centre. At first, she thought the sport was a different version of volleyball. She would ask her father, Gopal, a home guard by profession who was posted at the stadium, about the sport. “There is a sports hostel at the stadium, and only boys from the north east region used to...
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Painful shift to new home brought joy to Arjun Singh

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. *98 Number of athletes who had access to academies to take their first step Nothing covers India better than the monsoon and the railways. Sporting academies would perhaps come next—not modern or state-of-the-art as those in urban centres or state-run, but those enough to ignite the fire and shape the early days of an athlete. Like the canoeing and kayaking academies in Roorkee, an industrial town founded by the British to produce spare parts for ships, on the banks of Ganges Canal in the 19th century, 30km from Haridwar. It’s where Ar...
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Until they joined Army, sports was not on the minds of these winners

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 20: Number of medallists who are from Army backgrounds. Most took up a sport only after recruitment Before he enlisted in the Indian army in 2016, Arvind Singh had never heard of the sport of rowing. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, the 27-year-old Arvind combined with Arjun Lal Jat to bring home a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls event. “I joined the army in 2016, following in my elder brother’s footsteps. Back then, I had never heard of the sport, let alone try it back home. When I enlisted in the army, a coach noticed my...
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Back story: more resources, better reach, help from unsung mentors

[ad_1] India’s tally at the 2002 Asian Games was 36 medals. In 2014, that count climbed to 57. And 2023 saw the giant leap, as the century barrier was broken. What explains this three-fold surge? The answer lies in the stories of 256 Hangzhou medallists.The Indian Express investigation threw up a series of telling numbers. Take two: Around 65 per cent of the medallists are from families with less than Rs 5 lakh income per annum and 33 per cent were born and raised in rural India. That they are making it to the podium underlines the significant strides in last-mile connectivity in the sporting ecosystem under which funds and technical support are reaching the athletes timely and efficiently. From government policies, like the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), to key timely interventio...
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Pause, rewind, play: From Pat Cummins silencing Motera to Sheetal Devi, the archer without arms, looking back at 2023’s newsmakers

[ad_1] For some of India’s top stars, 2023 was the year when they had to pause, reflect and reboot. In some cases, to recover from injuries; in a few others, to rediscover lost form. All in the hope that when the big day comes, they’ll be ready and recharged for the challenge Silence is golden, the saying goes. It was certainly golden for Pat Cummins and his team when the Aussie captain induced Virat Kohli to play on to his stumps in the World Cup final at the stadium named after the incumbent Indian prime minister. The stadium, with a capacity of 1.3 lakh, was rendered voiceless and even Kohli took an age to come to terms with what had happened. The stands that were raucously cheering every run, even though progress was slow, was suddenly hushed into becoming a library. Make no mistake,...
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Dhiraj Bommadevara bounces back from Asiad disappointment, and social media abuse, to win India’s first Archery quota for Paris Olympics

[ad_1] Dhiraj Bommadevara’s heart went out to the Indian cricket team as it imploded nightmarishly on the biggest stage of the World Cup on a sullen Sunday night. The young archer had logged in India’s biggest goof up at the Asian Games at the start of October, shooting two zeroes after a mechanical error and a mental breakdown. So, he knew of the sinking feeling and social media avalanche of criticism that would follow, better than most. “When you have the worst day on the sports field, always remember, something bigger and better awaits you in the future if you persist,” he tells The Indian Express. Mercifully, he noticed, most World Cup fan reactions leant towards empathetic. “We Indians understand cricket, love our team and max I heard was ‘The team played well throughout the tournam...
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Chirag Shetty’s Asian Games gold winning jersey, signed by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to go for auction

[ad_1] The shirt worn at the end of the final by Asian Games gold medallist Chirag Shetty and signed by him and his partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, will go up for auction on Sunday, November 26, at 2 p.m IST, on the instagram channel @solibad_charity. All benefits will go to children in need at Sri Meikandaar Matric Higher Secondary School which was built by the NGO HUMAN Uplift. “It is situated in the village of Mannachanallur, in Trichy, centre of Tamil Nadu, one of India’s poorer areas where families from the Dalit caste, have no means to send their children to school. The money raised will be used to set up a global sport program for up to 900 children for a year. Sports will include badminton, but not only,” the charity Solibad, Badminton without borders, said in a press release. ...
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‘Winning world medals in distance-running is not easy, but with right thinking, training, it is possible’

[ad_1] Parul Chaudhary talks about the overwhelming reception she received after winning gold in 5000m, and Avinash Sable offers insights into the challenges of steeplechase. The Asian Games medallists speak about the warm bond they share. This Idea Exchange was moderated by Associate Editor Nihal Koshie.Nihal Koshie: Both of you train together in Colorado Springs (USA). How satisfied are you after winning two medals each? Parul Chaudhary (PC): We felt good about winning the two medals. We train hard — two to three hours in the morning and evening. Our events require speed, endurance and strength. We have to put in a lot of effort to maintain all three. I had a good performance at the World Athletics Championships and also qualified for the Olympics. Avinash Sable (AS): There were ups an...
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How squash helped Abhay Singh drop 26 kilos in a year as a teen, and propelled him to stardom after Asian Games

[ad_1] Despite the towering glass walls of the cage surrounding him, Abhay Singh managed to deposit his racquet into the crowd with an almighty heave. In the days since that moment — which sealed the men’s squash team’s gold medal at the recently-concluded Asian Games with a win over Pakistan — Abhay has replayed it a fair few times courtesy of clips on the internet.He admits now that he cannot remember too much of what happened during that adrenaline-soaked, testy final against Noor Zaman. “I lost myself (in that moment) which is why I chucked my racquet into the crowd. I didn’t know what was happening. I was really feeling a lot of emotion. Even after everything had settled there was too much going on. So many emotions,” Abhay recollected to The Indian Express on a Twitter Space earlie...
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Asian Games hockey gold: Of pride and a plan coming together

[ad_1] The Indian men’s hockey team entered Asian Games as overwhelming favourites for gold, and they completed the job with just a brief hiccup in the semifinals. For coach Craig Fulton, the priority was to establish his team as the best in Asia. He did not have much time to do it, but the plans came together since he took over in May. “I think I am proud more than anything,” the South African tells this newspaper. “It’s been under 5 months really and a lot has happened in that time, first with getting to know the squad, then two rounds of Pro League, then Spain, then Asian Champions Trophy. It’s been tough. The boys have pushed really hard. And I think if you look back at all the results, it’s shown consistency that we are proud of.” One of the first things that Fulton did was bring i...
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Several firsts for India at Hangzhou Asian Games | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Asian Games in Hangzhou will be remembered by India not just for the record number of medals its contingent brought from the showpiece but also for the athletes who explored the limits of their endurance to return home successful in disciplines which were hitherto out of their preserve.Here are some of the athletes who covered the nation, and themselves, in glory by winning the first-ever medals in their disciplines or reclaiming glory after several decades.AthleticsAvinash Sable (3000m steeplechase): A record-breaking Sable became the first Indian man to win a gold medal in 3000m steeplechase at the Games.The 29-year-old national record holder, who earned India its first gold medal in athletics, completed the race in 8:19.50 seconds. Sable also rewrote the previous...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: China’s sporting might, hospitality sets new standards | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

[ad_1] HANGZHOU: A sense of quiet will descend on China's technology hub from Monday. The airports will be busier than the Villages, stadiums and the media centres. Athletes, fans, officials and the mediapersons will head back after almost three weeks of action at breakneck pace -- having shared hugs, smiles, selfies and moments of tear-eyed goodbyes. The Games started with China presenting the event as the 'smart' and 'green' edition of the Asiad, with technology and environmental awareness as the central theme, until the host nation flexed its muscles on the field to be heads and shoulders above the rest.China's gold-medal count alone stood at 201, which is 149 more than the second-placed Japan's 52 gold. It was the 11th consecutive edition where China finished on top of the medals tal...
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Mihir Vasavda’s Asiad Diary from China: Missing people, Pork butts, Exotic selfies, Sleepless athletes, bargaining Indians

[ad_1] Notes, musings and memories from a fortnight in Hangzhou. Not a lot happens in the clear skies hanging over Hangzhou. Or even on the streets, for that matter. Day 1 in Hangzhou, a city home to 12 million people in a country where 1.4 billion live. But on the eve of the Games, the city resembles a ghost town. It’s a beautiful city, make no mistake, like every other place anywhere in the world with a water body. Hangzhou has the calm waters of the Qiantangjiang River flowing through the centre, the West Lake where thousands flock daily to take a boat ride and sip the famous Dragon Well tea, and the breathtaking Grand Canal that’s of high cultural significance. The architecture is breathtaking and there’s Games branding in whichever direction you look. But where are the people? Ther...
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Asian Games 2023 Closing Ceremony Live Updates: Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium will witness a grand finale

[ad_1] Asian Games: From 70 medals to a record 107 — how and why the needle moved It was the shooters and archers who aimed their sights at the 100-plus medal target Team India had set themselves for the Hangzhou Asian Games. This, coupled with the dramatic improvement in both track and field, powered India’s sprint to a record tally of 107 medals that included 35 golds. The previous best at 2018 Jakarta — 70 medals, 16 gold — had been well and truly relegated to a distant second. At Sunday’s closing ceremony, India’s march will flag many positives: Team medals in shooting indicate a new depth of talent; gains in compound archery is good news since the event is likely to be included in the Olympics; the track-and-field domination, the mother sport, added to India’s image as a growing spo...
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How Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy mastered defense-to-offense transition to win gold at Asiad

[ad_1] Chirag Shetty headed straight to Hyderabad after the World Championships and an early exit from China Open, because coach Mathias Boe summoned a boot-camp to thrash out mistakes that had cost Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy precious podiums. Shetty didn’t return home to Mumbai then. When he comes back now after winning India’s first Asian Games gold in badminton, he will tuck into his mother’s special pomfret fry, and Kori Rotti – that sizzling chicken (Kori in Tulu) simmered in coconut milk and red chillis. Hailing from the hotelier Shetty community with their magical alchemy of flavours, Chirag loves his spicy Kori curry. But soon after he started travelling the world to play tournaments, fellow doubles wizard Ashwini Ponappa nudged him towards Japanese cuisine – his favourit...
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Asian Games: Chirag Shetty summons ‘Nadal-like’ resilience to overcome illness and partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to historic badminton gold

[ad_1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has a new name for Chirag Shetty. “Rafael Nadal,” Satwik laughs. “He never gives up. I could see it this week.”They joke about it now, nearly 30 minutes after winning the country’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games. But when they were on court, Chirag feared he’d collapse if he stood still. Or at least Mathias Boe did. Between almost every point during the final, the Danish doubles coach of the Indian pair kept reminding and urging Chirag to move around the court. “He was constantly asking me to keep moving and not stay still because I still am not physically 100 per cent,” Chirag says. But at least he was fit enough to take the court. Chirag and Satwik won India’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games, defeating the South Kore...
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Asian Games: From 70 medals to a record 107: how and why the needle moved

[ad_1] New Delhi/Hangzhou: It was the shooters and archers who aimed their sights at the 100-plus medal target Team India had set themselves for the Hangzhou Asian Games. This, coupled with the dramatic improvement in both track and field, powered India’s sprint to a record tally of 107 medals that included 35 golds.The previous best at 2018 Jakarta — 70 medals, 16 gold — had been well and truly relegated to a distant second. At Sunday’s closing ceremony, India’s march will flag many positives: Team medals in shooting indicate a new depth of talent; gains in compound archery is good news since the event is likely to be included in the Olympics; the track-and-field domination, the mother sport, added to India’s image as a growing sporting nation. And, significantly, the badminton gold an...
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Asian Games: Jyothi Vennam, India’s archery star was once a record breaking open water swimmer

[ad_1] Hangzhou: For 15 years, Jyothi Vennam did not win much. In the last six months, she’s won ‘everything everywhere all at once’.The Oscar-winning movie’s reference isn’t merely because of the South Korean opponent she overwhelmed on a cold, wet Saturday morning. Instead, it is also to underline the stupendous rise of the 27-year-old archer. The record-breaking open water swimmer, whose archery career has been punctuated by near-misses and heartbreaks, has achieved almost everything she could – equalling the world record, winning medals at the World Cups, World Championships and now, the Asian Games. And having won everywhere – from Antalya to Paris – Hangzhou is her moment of crowning glory. The 27-year-old won a hat-trick of gold medals after demolishing South Korea’s So Chaewon 14...
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India’s historic Asian Games run culminates with 107 medals, including 28 gold | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian athletes have achieved an impressive milestone of 107 medals at the Asian Games through their unwavering dedication and hard work over the past two weeks.This achievement not only serves as an early Diwali gift to the nation but also holds the promise of a historic harvest at the 2024 Paris Olympics.Chirag Shetty is Rafael Nadal, he never gives up: Satwiksairaj RankireddyAs India concludes its participation in this continental showcase on Saturday, with no Indian athletes competing in the final events scheduled for Sunday, the tally of 107 medals will be cherished in the collective memory of the nation until athletes have the opportunity to reset it in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan in 2026.In Hangzhou, India's final medal count comprises 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze m...