22 Asian Athletic Championship: India Opens on a Promising Note

The 22nd Asian Athletic Championship opened on a promising note for India as the Indian athletes brought home seven medals and sat atop the medal tally at the end of day one. Gold, silver, bronze – all three showered on the host country at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

While shot putter Manpreet Kaur and long distance runner G Lakshmanan grabbed the gold, N Neena and Nayan James won the silver and bronze in women’s long jump. Vikas Gowda, Sanjivani Yadav, Annu Rani each brought home bronze in men’s discus throw, 500m race and javelin throw respectively.

Birthday girl Manpreet opened the account for India with her career second best of 18.28m. Kuar beat China’s Guo Tianqian who took away the silver with a throw of 17.91m. Japan’s Aya Ota won the bronze with 15.45m.

The winner of gold at the regional level championship by default reserves a place at the world flagship event. However, Manpreet had already managed an entry for herself into the World Championships to be held in London next month with her record improvement of 18.86 in China in April this year.

Lakshmanan gave India its second gold by running 500m in 14 minutes 54.48 seconds in the men’s race. While Yaser Salem of Qatar finished in 14:55.89, Tariq Ahmed of Saudi Arabia took the bronze for finishing in 14:56.83.

In the women’s 5000m race, Sanjivini Yadav clocked at 16 minutes and 00.24 seconds behind Kyrgyzstan’s Daria Maslova (15:57.95) and UAE’s Alia Mohammed (15:59.95) to bring home the bronze.

In men’s discus throw Vikas Gowda failed to defend his title. He brought bronze with a best effort of 60.81m. Ehsan Haddadi of Iran took the gold with a best throw of 64.54m and Malaysia’s Muhammad Irfan took the silver with 60.96m.

Annu Rani ended the medal tally for the hosts on the first day by adding a bronze with an effort of 57.32m in women’s javelin throw.

 

 

Sources: TOI, SCROLL

Image courtesy- Scroll

 

 

22 Asian Athletic Championship: India Opens on a Promising Note

The 22nd Asian Athletic Championship opened on a promising note for India as the Indian athletes brought home seven medals and sat atop the medal tally at the end of day one. Gold, silver, bronze – all three showered on the host country at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

While shot putter Manpreet Kaur and long distance runner G Lakshmanan grabbed the gold, N Neena and Nayan James won the silver and bronze in women’s long jump. Vikas Gowda, Sanjivani Yadav, Annu Rani each brought home bronze in men’s discus throw, 500m race and javelin throw respectively.

Birthday girl Manpreet opened the account for India with her career second best of 18.28m. Kuar beat China’s Guo Tianqian who took away the silver with a throw of 17.91m. Japan’s Aya Ota won the bronze with 15.45m.

The winner of gold at the regional level championship by default reserves a place at the world flagship event. However, Manpreet had already managed an entry for herself into the World Championships to be held in London next month with her record improvement of 18.86 in China in April this year.

Lakshmanan gave India its second gold by running 500m in 14 minutes 54.48 seconds in the men’s race. While Yaser Salem of Qatar finished in 14:55.89, Tariq Ahmed of Saudi Arabia took the bronze for finishing in 14:56.83.

In the women’s 5000m race, Sanjivini Yadav clocked at 16 minutes and 00.24 seconds behind Kyrgyzstan’s Daria Maslova (15:57.95) and UAE’s Alia Mohammed (15:59.95) to bring home the bronze.

In men’s discus throw Vikas Gowda failed to defend his title. He brought bronze with a best effort of 60.81m. Ehsan Haddadi of Iran took the gold with a best throw of 64.54m and Malaysia’s Muhammad Irfan took the silver with 60.96m.

Annu Rani ended the medal tally for the hosts on the first day by adding a bronze with an effort of 57.32m in women’s javelin throw.

News Sources- Times of India, Scroll

Ambedkarite thinker Krishna Kirwale found dead

Eminent writer and Ambedkarite thinker Dr. Krishna Kirwale was found dead at his residence near Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur on March 3. The suspect who stabbed the victim to death has been has been taken under police custody. The police suspect that the murder might have been be a fallout of a financial dispute between the two.

The suspect who was tracked down within hours of the murder was identified as Pritam Patil who is also a resident of Kolhapur. The police has remained tight- mouthed about the motive behind the murder.

The murder of Kirwale comes two years after the murder of veteran communist leader Govind Pansare, also a Kolhapur resident. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde condemned Kirwale’s murder and said that the incident reflects the poor law and order situation in the state.

Born in Beed district in Maharashtra, Kirwale had completed his PhD from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in 1987. The 62 year old Ambedkarite retired as the Head of Department of Marathi in Shivaji Vidyapeeth a couple of months ago. The writer was also the chief of Dr. Babasaheb Centre for Research and Development. His major literary contributions were biography of Marathi writer Baburao Bagul and the ‘Dictionary of Dalit and Gramin (Rural) Literature’. He regularly contributed to newspapers and was known for studying progressive movements and Dalit literature in Maharashtra.

Source: 1] Hindustan Times

2] Indian Express

I-League: Shillong Lajong faces East Bengal

North Eastern team Shillong Lajong will be up against chart toppers East Bengal in an upcoming match on Saturday in Shillong. This match is one of the most crucial and rigorous one for the home team.

For Lajong, which has won five out of the last seven matches, a victory over Bengal’s team will set them up for a top-four finish in the I-League.

It will be a racer for sure as the two teams are very ambitious towards victory. While the visitors are aiming at a maiden victory, for the hosts it a crucial match to fulfil their ambitions in the league. While Lajong comes to the tie on the back of a 4-1 away win over Chennai City, East Bengal have completed their first-ever double over the defending champions Bengaluru FC through a 3-1 win in Bengaluru.

Realizing the importance and the challenge of the game, Lajong head coach Thangboi Singto said that “the match against East Bengal will be our biggest test so far”. “Till now we have beaten teams which are below us in the standings. To improve our position we have to beat sides which are ahead of us. So that way it’s a crucial match tomorrow,” Singto said in the pre-match conference, reported the Indian Express.

East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan said that his team will have their task cut out in Shillong. Asserting that there weren’t any extra pressures with the table-toppers tag on his team, Morgan said, “It’s all up to us. We know we are in a good position and we know what we need to do tomorrow. But nevertheless, we expect a very tough game.”To a query on East Bengal’s fair track record against Shillong Lajong, Morgan replied “We can’t hide behind a bad track record. We can’t give excuses.”

Sources: 1] DNA India

Dwayne Smith announces retirement from International Cricket

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 33 year old announced his decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

The all-rounder played his maiden match on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year’s Test in Cape Town in January 2004. He scored a century on debut – an unbeaten 105, which also turned out to be his only century in international cricket. He played his last international game against the United Arab Emirates in a One-Day International (ODI) in Napier during the ICC World Cup in March 2015.

Smith played 10 Tests in total, scoring a total of 320 runs with an average of 24.61. His last Test appearance was in March 2006 against New Zealand, in Napier. His career as a cricketer bloomed mainly under made ODI cricket. He made useful contributions with his medium-pace in the game. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. He played in 105 ODIs, tallying up to 1560 runs with a career-best of 97. Smith scored eight half-centuries with an average of 18.57. His 61 wickets in total boasts of a career-best of 5 for 45.

Smith has been popular on the T20 circuit and has played for franchises in the Caribbean Premier League, NatWest Blast in England, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

Sources: 1] ESPNCricinfo

2] NDTV

China against North Korea’s U.N. suspension call

Geneva, March 1: China insisted on maintaining calm and restraining from taking hurried steps after South Korea expressed possible suspension of North Korea from the United Nations for using the weapon of mass destruction in killing its leader’s half- brother.

According to the statement issued by Malaysian Police, two women smeared VX nerve agent, a chemical listed in the United Nation banned weapons of mass destruction, in an assault on Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

The U.S and South Korea believe that this murder was planned by North Korea.

“Many international media pointed out that North Korea’s use of chemical weapons for the targeted killing in a third country sent a very clear message to the world,” said South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Sethe, speaking in Geneva at a U.N. forum, reported US News. “Namely this impulsive, unpredictable, trigger-happy and brutal regime is ready and willing to strike anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

North Korea said on Tuesday it “categorically rejects” what it called “fictitious and preposterous assumptions”.

China is one of the few remaining supporters of North Korea. However, angered by the Korean nation’s recent excesses at the nuclear front, China has also supported some tough U.N sanctions. China has pushed for talks to resolve the stand-off and is playing host to the senior North Korean diplomat, Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song.

The U.N. Security Council can recommend to the 193-member General Assembly – likely through the adoption of a resolution – that a state be suspended or expelled. Such a move would need to be approved by two-thirds majority of the General Assembly.

Source: US News, Reuters

India’ Jitu Rai wins Bronze in 10mts Air Pistol Shooting at ISSF Wolrd Cup

New Delhi, February 28: Indian ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai staged a remarkable performance to grab the bronze medal in the 10 metre air pistol shooting at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.

He scored 216.7 to finish third in the game with final shot ranges of 9.9 and 8.6. Beginning with a score of 98.7 in the first competition, the 29 years old scored a total of 577 across six series and qualified at sixth to the eight-man final round.

It is the eighth World Cup medal of Rai’s career after bagging silvers at the Asian Games and the World Championships among others. He began shooting competitively in 2007 and had missed out on a spot in the final of the 50m pistol at last year’s Rio Olympics. Nevertheless, Jitu had a successful 2016, winning three World Cup medals – a silver in Baku, gold in Bangkok and silver at the World Cup Final in Bologna.

Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda won the gold with a world record total of 240.1 points while Vietnam’s Xuan Vinh Hoang claimed silver with 236.6 points.

The other Indian shooters in the fray in the air pistol event — Omkar Singh and Amanpreet Singh — failed to cross the qualification stage.

For India, it is the third medal in the ongoing World Cup after Ankur Mittal’s silver in double trap and Pooja Ghatkar’s bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event.

 

Sources- The Times of India, ESPN