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PT Usha calls for increased out-of-competition tests to counter doping | More sports News – Times of India

NAGPUR: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha on Saturday emphasised on the need to increase the number of out-of-competition tests to address the doping menace.Usha was speaking ahead of the inaugural 'Khasdar Krida Mahotsav'.To a query on weeding out doping, Usha called it a major issue."We want more people to be tested in off-season. Out-of-competition tests should be increased. Besides, awareness classes are being given but still they are doing."I think more out-of-competition tests are needed and they should increase at national level," opined Usha.India is looking to host the 2036 Olympic Games and asked if the country is prepared, Usha said, "We can also do it, we have to get more medals also. We are not lacking in anything, but before that we have to be prepared for...
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Jyothi Yarraji becomes first Indian woman hurdler to break 13 second barrier | More sports News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Jyothi Yarraji on Monday created history by becoming the first Indian woman to clock a legal sub-13 second time in 100m hurdles while smashing her own record at the National Open Athletics Championships on Monday. The 23-year-old Yarraji, representing Railways, cruised to victory in 12.82 seconds and, with the wind gauge reading 0.9m/s, she could not be denied her national record timing a second time. She had won the same event in the National Games in Gandhinagar in a time of 12.79 seconds but was supported by wind that exceeded the permissible limit. Her earlier national record was 13.04 set in May. Railways's Jyothi Yarraji sets new NR in Karnataka! ⚡🏃‍♀️23-years old Jyothi bettered her own NR at the National… https://t.co/0TdT8e6Xo2— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1666023942000Ya...
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WATCH: Darshan Gaonkar’s never seen before penalty shootout goal in National Games Hockey bronze medal match

All of 21 years old, Darshan Gaonkar became Maharashtra’s hero as he scored the winning penalty in the shootout against Haryana for the bronze medal match at the 2022 National Games. With the scores level 2-2 and Maharashtra left with one take, Gaonkar began his run from the mark with the ball controlled atop on his blade, ran towards the goalkeeper and chipped it over him for a winner. Here, have a look at it. Darshan Gaonkar of Maharashtra scored in a unique way during penalty-shoot outs against Haryana in the bronze medal match Have you ever seen this before?@Sanjay_onair@shailesh0601@indianhockey@OnTheSportField@amitesh26 Footage: @ddsportschannel#nationalgames2022 pic.twitter.com/KONKB24foH — Abhishek Mahajan (@Imabhimahajan) October 11, 2022 Earlier the two teams played a 2-2 dra...
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National Games will help in building formidable hockey team for Paris Olympics: Graham Reid | Hockey News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Indian men's hockey team chief coach Graham Reid was impressed with the high level of competition at the ongoing 36th National Games and said the event would help in building a formidable team for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Reid is here to witness the final of the eight-team hockey competition to be played at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium here on Tuesday. "This is the first National Games I am watching. I would say it has come at the right time. The most important aspect is that many youngsters have showcased their talent which could come in handy in building a good Team India for the Paris Olympics,” said the Australian. The 58-year-old former player, who guided India to a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, is pleased to see the individual skills of the young players in ...
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Services maintain lead in National Games medal tally | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Services continued their dominance at the National Games by swelling their medal count to 113, including 51 gold, with top podium finishes in wushu, triathlon and canoeing and kayaking on Sunday. Services have also won 33 silver and 29 bronze medals. Haryana (31 gold) and Maharashtra (29) continued their fight for the second place on the medals tally. Puducherry became the 28th team to win at least one gold in the Games when V Sasikala and A Kanimozhi beat Gujarat's Manisha Zala and Nippa Barad in the women's beach volleyball final in Surat. As many as 32 teams have now won at least a medal in the Games so far. Madhya Pradesh jumped to the 10th spot, riding on their sweep of slalom events. Kayaks Hitesh Kewat and Shikha Chouhan, and Canoeists Vishwajit Singh Kushwaha and Ja...
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National Games champion B Sai Praneeth wants to break into Top 25 again

The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a “disaster” and affected his performance, says B Sai Praneeth, who is now looking to reclaim his place in the top 25 in world rankings, following his maiden National Games gold. Praneeth was consistently beating some of the big names in the game in 2017 and he topped it off by winning the Singapore Super Series crown 2017 and a World Championship bronze medal in 2019. But then pandemic was declared with lockdowns imposed globally, including India. Everything came to a standstill, including Praneeth’s career and soon from world No. 10 in 2019, his ranking plummeted to 41 in September this year. “My career was on a high since 2017. I was on top of my game and was brimming with confidence too,” said Praneeth, who won the men’s badminton title in the 36th...
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Boxing at National Games: Simranjit Kaur Baath, Shiva Thapa, Saweety Boora win easy to advance to next round | Boxing News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: World championships medallists Simranjit Kaur Baath and Shiva Thapa outclassed their respective opponents to advance to the quarterfinals of women's and men's boxing events at the National Games here on Friday. World youth champion Sachin Siwach (57kg) of Haryana, who recently bagged a bronze in the Elorda Cup in Kazakhstan, also progressed to the last eight after dishing out a clinical show. Similarly, Asian championship bronze medalist Saweety Boora of Haryana got off to a winning start in the women's 75kg middle weight division pre-quarterfinal bout. Punjab boxer Simranjit looked in ominous form in her opening bout of lightweight 60kg category as she unsettled 2019 National championship bronze medallist Rinki Sharma of Uttar Pradesh with ease. The 2018 world championship b...
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Calmer Atanu Das puts Tokyo disappointment behind, wins National Games gold | More sports News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Olympian archer Atanu Das put behind his Tokyo Games disappointment by claiming the gold medal in men's individual recurve at the National Games on Thursday. For over two months after his failure to win a medal at Tokyo, Atanu went on vacations, talked to his wife Deepika Kumari about starting a family to ensure that there was more to life for them than just archery. He changed his approach in training and even travelled to different locations to get back into his groove. On Thursday evening, at the Sanskardam Sports Complex near Ahmedabad, the West Bengal archer's tribulations came to an end as he beat Gurcharan Besra of Services 6-4 in the final and whooped like a child. "The upcoming year is very important for us. This gold is reassuring that my preparations are on the rig...
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Pole-vaulter Siva Subramaniam, weightlifter Sambo Lapung break records on way to gold medals in National Games | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Pole-vaulter Siva Subramaniam and weightlifter Sambo Lapung shattered national records on way to winning their respective gold medals at the National Games here on Monday. While Siva from Services soared over 5.31m to break his own national record set four years ago, Sambo, representing Arunachal Pradesh, lifted 198kg to break the Clean and Jerk national mark in 96kg men's weightlifting. Egged on by a seizable crowd at the IIT Gandhinagar, Siva Subramaniam first broke the National Games record, set at 5.10m by Vijay Pal Singh back in 1987, by clearing 5.11m. He then soared over 5.21m and asked for the bar to be raised at 5.31m, with an eye on the national record. He failed on the first try but cleared it the next time. Arunachal Pradesh's weightlifting star Lapung broke cle...
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Pole vaulter Rosy Meena and weightlifter Ajith share spotlight with national records

Pole vaulter Rosy Meena Paulraj of Tamil Nadu and state-mate weightlifter N Ajith (73kg class) shared the limelight by shattering national records en route to winning gold medals in the 36th National Games here on Saturday. The 24-year-old Rosy Meena turned out to be the unlikely star of the athletics competition as she cleared 4.20m to go past VS Surekha’s earlier national mark of 4.15m set in 2014. Her two Tamil Nadu team-mates, Pavitha Vengatesh and Baranica Elangovan were distance second and third with efforts of 4m and 3.90m respectively. Ajith, on the other hand, broke the men’s 73kg national record in clean and jerk with a lift of 174kg, bettering Achinta Sheuli’s earlier mark of 173kg. Ajith won gold with a total lift of 315kg (snatch 141, clean and jerk 174). Birmingham Commonw...
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Aldrin beats Sreeshankar for long jump gold; Amlan and Jyothi emerge fastest man and woman of National Games

Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu beat Commonwealth Games silver medallist Murali Sreeshankar of Kerala for the gold in a high-quality long jump competition in the National Games here on Saturday to qualify for the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Aldrin jumped 8.26m in his sixth and last attempt to win the gold and go past the World Championships qualifying mark of 8.25m. He also had two other 8m-plus jumps — 8.07m and 8.21m. Sreeshankar, who won a silver in the Birmingham CWG in August and holds the national record of 8.36m, had a best jump of 7.93m, which he came up in his first attempt. He had another jump of 7.55m before passing all the remaining four attempts. Another top long jumper, Muhammed Anees Yahiya of Kerala was third with a best jump of 7.92m. Meanwhile, Amlan Borgohain of A...
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National Games: Pole vaulter Rosy breaks national record; Aldrin beats Sreeshankar for long jump gold | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Pole vaulter Rosy Meena Paulraj of Tamil Nadu turned out to be the unlikely star of the athletics competition in the National Games as she shattered the national record en route winning gold here on Saturday. The 24-year-old Rosy cleared 4.20m to go past VS Surekha's earlier national mark of 4.15m set in 2014. Her two Tamil Nadu team-mates, Pavitha Vengatesh and Baranica Elangovan were distance second and third with efforts of 4m and 3.90m respectively. In men's long jump, Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu beat Commonwealth Games silver medallist Murali Sreeshankar of Kerala for the gold in a high-quality competition to qualify for the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Aldrin jumped 8.26m in his sixth and last attempt to win the gold and go past the World Championships qualifyi...
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National Games 2022: Wrestler Divya Kakran, representing UP, wins gold in different weight category | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Wrestler Divya Kakran won the gold medal at the National Games in women’s freestyle 76kg category on Friday. And, for once, she didn’t launch a tirade against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over his government’s refusal to honour her with cash reward. Reason: The Birmingham CWG bronze medallist in the women’s 68kg category represented Uttar Pradesh as her home state at the Games. However, Kakran has claimed on several occasions that she has been practising the sport of wrestling for the last 22 years in Delhi’s Gokulpuri area in East district and has represented the state from 2011 to 2017. This time, the two-time Asian Championships gold medallist would be happy to receive a cheque of Rs 6 lakh from the UP government for her top of the podium finish at the Games. The...
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Unhygienic Sabarmati water forces triathlon to indoor pool

Triathletes at the 36th National Games were to swim in the Sabarmati River to compete for over 750 metres in open waters, in addition to biking 20 kilometres and running 5km. But they will now swim within the confines of an Olympic-size pool — 50 metres in length — at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar instead. The reason: the green-coloured water of the Sabarmati river, described by organisers as ‘unhygienic and infectious’ that could result in swimmers getting infections. Since July, when the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced Gujarat as the host of the National Games, Amdavad Municipal Corporation officials had conducted multiple tests to check the quality of the Sabarmati water. “The results showed the quality of water wasn’t nice at all. And since the water is ...
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Gujarat’s Elavenil Valarivan shoots down gold even as 9 records fall in athletics

Gujarat’s ace shooter Elavenil Valarivan gave the hosts their fourth gold while Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, path-breaking fencer Bhavani Devi and wrestler Divya Kakaran, lived up to their top billing with yellow metals in their respective events in the 36th National Games . The athletics arena at IIT, Gandhinagar, however, was on fire, with as many as nine Games’ records falling during the course of the action-packed day. Munita Prajapati (Uttar Pradesh), daughter of a construction labourer, and 17-year-old Parvej Khan (Services) were the stars of the day, with Munita setting the first record of this edition in the Women’s 20km walk. She clocked a commendable 1 hour 38 minutes 20 seconds. Medalists🏅 of 10m Air Rifle (Women) 🥇Elavenil Valarivan 🥈Tilottama Sen🥉M...
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National Games: Gujarat’s Elavenil Valarivan shoots down gold even as 9 records fall in athletics | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat's ace shooter Elavenil Valarivan gave the hosts their fourth gold while Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, path-breaking fencer Bhavani Devi and wrestler Divya Kakaran, lived up to their top billing with yellow metals in their respective events in the 36th National Games here on Friday. The athletics arena at IIT, Gandhinagar, however, was on fire, with as many as nine Games' records falling during the course of the action-packed day. Munita Prajapati (Uttar Pradesh), daughter of a construction labourer, and 17-year-old Parvej Khan (Services) were the stars of the day, with Munita setting the first record of this edition in the Women's 20km walk. She clocked a commendable 1 hour 38 minutes 20 seconds. Parvej Khan, then, did one better, breaking the...
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Mirabai Chanu braves wrist injury, lack of training to lift National Games gold | More sports News – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: There’s something special about Mirabai Chanu. Even in the face of adversity, the ever-smiling ‘Iron Lady’ of Indian weightlifting would simply shrug the pain off and make light of the challenge before her. The likes of Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, four-time Worlds medallist Bajrang Punia, three-time CWG champion Vinesh Phogat or All England Open finalist Lakshya Sen might be missing from action at the National Games Gujarat to give their injured and tired bodies much-needed rest. That wasn’t the case with Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Mirabai, who risked aggravating her left wrist injury sustained a week ago during one of her training sessions in NIS Patiala to clinch her first-ever National Games gold in the women’s 49kg category at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition Centr...
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Spiritual shift, romantic novels and short hair: How Olympic ‘failure’ transformed one of India’s shooting prospects

“I was furious with myself when I returned to the Olympic Village. Just then, Anjum (Moudgil) didi said the long hair doesn’t look nice on me. Dimaag toh waise hi kharab tha (My head was not right anyway). So, I went straight to the salon and got it chopped off.” Divyansh Panwar is talking in a soft, measured manner about the all-consuming rage he’d experienced on a scorching hot day in Tokyo last July. For years, the former world number one shooter, a World Cup medallist, had spent every waking minute of his life getting better so that he is better than everyone else on the day that matters – the final of the Olympics. But instead, he returned home ‘humiliated and embarrassed’, finishing 32nd out of 47 shooters in the 10m air rifle event. That one moment, his first brush with ‘failure’...
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PM Narendra Modi declares 36th National Games open at dazzling ceremony | More sports News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: The 36th National Games was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a glittering opening ceremony on Thursday evening in the presence of over 100,000 ecstatic spectators. In keeping with the Olympic convention, but with a modern twist, Gujarat's swimming star Maana Patel brought in the symbolic Torch of Unity into the arena and handed it over to the Prime Minister. Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. @narendramodi declares the #36thNationalGames open! #NationalGames2022 https://t.co/Ekm5jwEa1q— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1664462526000Watched and applauded by several current and past sports icons, including Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu, Ravi Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, Gagan Narang, former national hockey captain and new HI chief Dilip Tirkey along wi...
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Modi declares National Games open; says nepotism, corruption plagued sports in country earlier

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared open the 36th National Games here on Thursday. Indian sportspersons could not perform well in the past due to nepotism and corruption but his government cleaned up the system, he said on this occasion. Speaking at a gala ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera area here, he praised Indian athletes for winning medals in various international events such as the Olympics in the recent times. National Games 2022 – "TORCH OF UNITY"🔦#NationalGames2022 | #36thNationalGames pic.twitter.com/nXUFApMrgu — DD Sports – National Games 2022 🇮🇳 (@ddsportschannel) September 29, 2022 “The country’s sportsmen were capable in the past too. This movement of winning medals could have started earlier too. But, instead of professionalism, there was nepotism and co...