Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kumar Vijay re-elected AKFI joint secretary

Patna, April 23, 2017: Bihar State Kabaddi Association secretary Kumar Vijay has been re-elected as joint secretary of Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) in its general body meeting held in Jaipur on Sunday.

Dr Mridul Bhadoria and Dinesh Patel have been re-elected as president and secretary respectively.

Other office-bearers: KE Prabhakar (chairman, Andhra Pradesh), Subrato Mukherjee (Bengal), Kishore Patil (Maharashtra), Bhubaneswar Kalita (Assam),  Niranjan Singh -Delhi (all vice presidents), Gyaneshwar Mudiraj Kasani-Telangana (treasurer), SS Lakkad (MP), Kuldeep Gupta (J&K), A Safiullah (TN) and Rukmini B Kamath-TN (all joint secretaries).

Monday, April 24, 2017

KV Kankarbagh, Notre Dame Academy win basketball titles

Patna, April 23, 2017: Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kankarbagh, and Notre Dame Academy clinched the boys and girls titles respectively of  the Inter-School Basketball Challenge at the Patliputra Sports Complex courts here on Sunday.

In the boys' final KV Kankarbagh beat Loyola High School 23-13 while Notre Dame Academy defeated St Joseph's Convent High School 21-12 in the girls' summit clash.

Sujuki Kumar (KV) and Tanya of Notre Dame Academy won the best player of the tournament awards in their respective category.

Noted heart specialist Dr BB Bharti (Ford Hospital) and Abhihesk Kumar, deputy chief account officer-ECR, gave away the prizes. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SSPF announces Schools India Cup 2017 in five different sports

New Delhi, April 23, 2017: SSPF today announces India’s largest grassroots school sports tournament School India Cup 2017 in 5 different sports. In its 2nd season SSPF is all set to go ahead with three new sports such as volleyball, basketball, athletics along with cricket and football. This is for the first time that a sports competition or tournament is being organized on a national level.

As compared to the 1st season the number of schools is participating this year is almost double with is near 4 thousand schools from different states and districts of the country.  To encourage such participation of schools and children SSPF came up with a National tournament of every sport under its National Talent Search and Nurture Program.

“We are committed to serve the nation and sports is one of the medium where we need to emphasis so as we can bring glory to the country on International sports arena,” said SSPF chairman Om Pathak.
“We are proud to announce a nationwide sports tournament Schools India Cup to be played in 5 different sports under SSPF”, he said.

Former India Football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia is excited with this program which is designed to give exposure to the real talent at grassroots at the right time and in right manner.

In a very short span of one year, SSPF has expanded individual sports and received the honor of National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Now, Schools India Cup is the largest tournament across the country which will further add integrity to this program by opening avenues of opportunities of recognition to the participating school children in education and career

Former Indian Footballer Renedy Singh who is associated with SSPF as a secretary of SSPF National Football Council said, “Conducting such kind to structured sports tournament across the country will further strengthen the commitment of SSPF to produce more young talents who will represent India on International platform”.

The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in two phases this year- January & April 2017. In the first phase districts which have completed 8 or more school teams have play. Rest of the districts will play in the second phase of the tournament which will be starting by the end of the April 2017 in all the above mentioned 5 sports.

Press release

Anura Rohana springs a surprise with a scorching 65, wins first title in over two years; Patna's Aman finishes T19

Pune, April 23, 2017: Sri Lankan Anura Rohana sprung a surprise on the final day of the Pune Open 2017 by setting the Poona Club Golf Course on fire with a scorching six-under-65. The fabulous effort by the seasoned campaigner fetched him his first title in two and a half years as he closed the tournament with a total of 10-under-274.
The second place was shared between Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (66) and Panchkula’s Angad Cheema (69) at eight-under-276 at the Rs. 30 lakh event.

Anura Rohana (71-68-70-65), lying tied seventh and three off the lead after the penultimate round, had a vision at the start of the final round that he would shoot a 65. As it turned out, his vision came true earning him his fourth title on the PGTI.

The 43-year-old Colombo resident’s day didn’t begin as per plan as he dropped a shot on the opening hole. What followed was a brilliant display of Anura’s all-round skills as he accumulated four birdies on the front-nine including two from 10 to 15 feet.

Rohana, who hails from the Royal Colombo Golf Club, started turning the tables on the others with a brilliant tap-in birdie on the 11th where he made an astounding recovery with his approach after a poor tee shot. Anura, the runner-up last week in Kochi, then chipped-in from 60 yards for eagle on the 15th to take the sole lead.

A bogey on the 16th didn’t deter Rohana as he notched a final birdie on the 18th to come home the winner by two strokes. Anura thus bagged the winning cheque worth Rs. 4,50,000 and moved up from eighth to fourth in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Rohana said, “I’m delighted to win after a long gap of two and a half years as my last win came in October 2014. I had been playing well of late with top-5 finishes in my last two events on the PGTI. I had my chance in Kochi last week but was unfortunate to finish second. The new putter that I started using from the Indian Open onwards last month has had a huge impact on my game. My putting is much better than last season. I’m also playing with less pressure now as I finally have a sponsor.

“This morning, I somehow thought of the number 65 as the combination for locking my suitcase. At that moment, I told myself that this might just be the number I end up shooting today. That’s exactly what happened.

“I started believing I could win, when after a duff tee shot on the 11th, I landed my approach within three feet and made birdie there. That was the turning point for me. Then of course the eagle on the 15th set up the finish for me.

“Incidentally, I qualified for the Indian tour for the first time in 2002 after playing the Qualifying School at the Poona Club Golf Course. So it’s special to win an event here.”

Khalin Joshi (68-70-72-66) produced an impressive 66, punctuated by six birdies and a bogey, on the final day, to rise from overnight tied 12th to joint second. His tied second finish ended up lifting him from third to second position in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Angad Cheema (69-68-70-69) hung on to his overnight joint second place as a result of his fourth round of 69. Cheema, playing in the leader group, was the only challenger to Rohana in the closing stages as he trailed him by just one shot at one point. However, playing at two-under through 12 holes, he could only manage pars on the last six holes that put paid to his chances.

Bengaluru’s Udayan Mane (65) shot the day’s joint best score along with champion Anura to end up in tied fourth at seven-under-277 along with rookies Viraj Madappa (68) of Kolkata and Damian Naicker (70) of South Africa.

Madappa now leads the Emerging Player of the Year race with earnings of Rs. 1,92,085.

Delhi’s Shamim Khan continued to lead the Order of Merit after posting a tied eighth finish with a total of four-under-280. As the season breaks for the summer after seven events, Shamim leads the money list with earnings of Rs. 16,01,850. Khalin Joshi is second with earnings Rs. 12,79,331.

Round three leader Mukesh Kumar of Mhow had a forgettable final round of 75 in Pune that saw him drop to tied 11th at three-under-281 at the end of the week.

Last year’s champion Harendra Gupta (71) of Chandigarh also took a share of 11thplace.

Pune-based professionals Saurabh Bhaduri and Sameer M Shaikh finished tied 42nd at eight-over-292.

Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane finished tied 52nd at 12-over-296.

Patna's Aman Raj tied 19th along with three others with an aggregate score of 1 over 285. His four day cards were 72, 66, 72, 75. On the last day Aman carded 4 over 75.

Prize Presentation picture caption:

Anura Rohana receives the winning cheque and trophy from Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI (left) and Mr. Navin Thakur, AVP - Kolte Patil Developers (right)