National Wrestling Championship: Sushil Kumar wins gold medal after walkover

Wrestler Sushil Kumar’s return to the mat after three years led him to a national gold medal without breaking a sweat. The double Olympic medalist was declared a winner in the 74kg category in the National Wrestling Championship in Indore on Friday following three wrestlers, including the finalist, Praveen Rana, gave him walkovers.

At the time of quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Sushil’s opponents came to the mat, touched his feet and later he was declared the winner. The referee, on the other hand, praised the gesture of two wrestlers, saying that “Dekhiye, yehi humari parampara hai (Look, this is our tradition)”. The finalist Rana, who was sent to the 2016 Rio Olympics by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) following the Narsingh-Sushil controversy, mentioned a thigh injury and gave Sushil a walkover in the final. The wrestling coach Sujeet Maan, who fought in the 74kg category during his playing days, told TOI that “Giving a walkover is allowed. It isn’t illegal, but whosoever does this should give a legitimate reason to the technical committee. The committee decides whether it is valid or not. In this case, the technical committee for the championship must have found the reasons given by the three wrestlers as legitimate”.

“This was expected. Saare pehelwaan Sushil se thar thar kaapte hai (All the wrestlers are scared of Sushil). The finalist (Rana), in fact, came to the mat with his shoulders already drooping. I knew he wasn’t in a mood to fight Sushil and was just there to tell the referee that he was conceding the bout,” said the former national women’s freestyle coach Kripa Shankar Bishnoi. “Both wrestlers wanted to fight the repechage rounds for a bronze medal. Therefore, they didn’t want to waste their energy in fighting with Sushil,” Bishnoi added.

Mary Kom bags gold at Asian Boxing Championship, claims her 5th Title

On Wednesday, Mary Kom won her 5th Asian Boxing Championship gold medal in the Light Flyweight category by beating Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the summit clash at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medalist won in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judges decision. It was the first time in last five years that Mary Kom came back to her favorite 48-kg category and came out a champion as she has been away from boxing ring for a long time.

Talking about the semifinal on Tuesday, Mary Kom had started the day on a good note for India as she defeated Japan’s Tsubasa Komura also in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to enter the final for the fifth time in her total six appearances at the event. Mary Kom had expressed her wish to return to India with a gold medal ahead of the clash. Mary had told Times of India (TOI that “I always knew that if I could remain fit, a gold medal was always within my grasp. I have managed to maintain my fitness over the course of this tournament and I am feeling very confident of a good show in the final as well”.

Virat Kohli Effect on Every Cricketer: Indian Captain is a Role Model for World Cricket

On Wednesday (6th September) Virat Kohli special killed the final Twenty20 (SL vs IND T20) game as a contest, He hit three centuries, two of them back-to-back in the ODIs, and three fifties in all since India landed in the third week of July. As Sri Lanka was not heaving a sigh of relief that the Indian cricket team skipper will finally board a flight for home.

Sri Lanka cricket team’s failed to win but they accepted the loss and with the interim positive attitude of the coach Nic Pothas, urged his players to learn from what they had seen of Virat Kohli.

In a week in Colombo humidity, Virat Kohli was feeling the effect of playing the third long innings. On Wednesday, he even took mini drinks breaks but didn’t stop from sprinting twos. Virat Kohli effect can be seen on every cricket team in the world, entering the discussion one way or other. He has set an example for players beyond his unit, Be it his aggressive batting while sticking to conventional shots or his fitness and competitiveness.

TOO DRAINED: He seemed to even struggle to stand, at one point of time but he with his chided partner Manish Pandey for not taking a second run. In the last two ODIs, he scored 131 and 110 not out and then said how fatigue forced him to take it a touch easy in the final game. But it was business as usual as long as he was in the middle.

Nic Pothas said his players can improve when asked whether he had spoken to the Indian camp for its help to revive Sri Lanka, as per him it was merely watching the 28-year-old rival skipper. Virat Kohli’s target peak fitness and play when given a chance, but still making those chances count, as his drive has convinced his players to buy into his approach.

There cannot be a better example for this than Manish Pandey, Pandey was there to hit the winning runs, who raised 119 runs with Kohli in the T20 game and hit his second fifty of the tour.

NATURAL LEADER: The youngest in the team (22), Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, with Virat Kohli’s form and approach said, after taking 2/20 at the Premadasa Stadium that “He is confident and a good leader. He just leads from the front and gives you everything you want on the field,”

“He comes and asks ‘what is your field’, and that is what bowlers want. He gives bowlers freedom. When I am bowling, Virat Bhai has given me tremendous support through the Tests and ODI series, and now too. I am very happy with this kind of team unity and leader.”

He further added that Virat Kohli wants India to overtake, the likes of Australia and South Africa and become the best fielding side. He said “ I like him, he is really a good leader, so if he leads from the front even when fielding. It is a motivation seeing him, even in every part of the field, wherever he is fielding, What we see on the field from him, we try to improve, even if by 1% what we are already doing. “I am very happy he talks to younger boys what he wants from them and what we need, It is the same for training and in the nets, or off the field. .”

EASING PRESSURE: It is easy to get anxious leaving the job for others to finish, When you are the best batsman in the side, but as the best at chasing a target, he has eased the pressure on the other batsmen. It is not just the younger lot. MS Dhoni, under pressure with the focus on his diminishing skills as a finisher, found the second wind in Sri Lanka.

In five matches on the trot Dhoni was unbeaten (45*, 67*, 49*, 1*, 1*). In the second ODI at Pallekele starting with his rescue act, Questions about his diminishing skills as a finisher have been put on hold at least for now.

In another 10 days, Australia will face India and will ask some tough questions. India’s middle-order shuffling is very much a work in progress. This Virat Kohli team will still take plenty to shake the confidence.

STAR India won the Indian Premier League (IPL) Global Media Rights from 2018-2022

With Rs 16,347.50 crore with a single consolidated bid worldwide IPL media rights Star India bagged the cricketers for TV and digital broadcast. Sony is the one who holds the acquire rights from 2018 to 2022.

For the broadcast and digital rights in the Indian subcontinent and global markets for the next five years- A total of 24 companies had picked up the Invitation To Tender (ITT) to bid. However, out of 24 names only 14 turned up of the with their respective bids, which meant that there was no participation by the likes of Yahoo, Amazon and ESPN digital.

A total of 24 companies picked the several rights up for grabs up papers to contest it, but 14 out of them were present at the auction:

  • Amazon
  • Taj TV
  • Gulf DTH
  • Group M
  • Media India
  • Sky UK Ltd
  • ESPN Digital Media
  • BTG Legal Services
  • BTPLC
  • Twitter
  • Discovery did not submit their bids.

After a long technical evaluation, it was announced by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that Times Internet, Reliance Jio, Airtel and Facebook could rightfully bid for digital acquisition while that for broadcast rights, Star and Sony had emerged as eligible candidates. However, it was later revealed that Star had launched a consolidated bid and was declared winner.

Even the rival Sony’s individual bid for broadcast (TV rights). The companies could form a consortium as per the rules and if its consolidated global bid happened to be greater than the sum total parts of every individual bid they stand to win the rights, this time was Rs 11,050 crore compared to Star’s Rs 6,196 crore.

“The IPL is a very powerful property, as we believe and there is lots more value that can be created for fans of cricket on digital and TV, The growth of sports in this country continues to be driven by the power of cricket, We would remain committed to ensure that.” said Uday Shankar Chairman of Star India.

A duration of 10 years Sony Pictures Network had won the IPL media rights for, In 2008, with a bid of 8200 crore, In 2015 IPL was handed over to Novi Digital for (three years) 302.2 crore as per the global digital rights.

From IPL media rights per year in half the duration (five years) the BCCI stands to earn nearly double that amount with earnings of Rs 3270 crore. From an IPL match compared to Rs 43 crore, ironically, for each international match that India play, the BCCI will now earn Rs 55 crore approximately.

Last year in September through an open-tender process the auction was supposed to take place. In the Supreme Court around 18 companies were in contention for it but then they intervened to postpone the bidding.

Various segments like India, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America holds the media rights which include broadcast (TV) and digital (mobile and internet) for people. It is expected that HotStar is the Star India’s digital vertical that would be used for live streaming of IPL matches in India.

UPDATE:

  •  A WINNER: With a whopping bid of 16,347.50 crore, Star India wins consolidated IPL broadcasting rights
  • BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has listed out the names eligible for the bids. For TV rights, Star and Sony PicturesNetwork are strong candidates.
  • BCCI could be richer by more than Rs 20,000 crore through their earnings from the rights, as per the predictions.
  • Rahul Johri BCCI CEO said that the revenue generation from the upcoming IPL media rights auction could be “historic”.
  • In two categories the rights have been segregated  – broadcast and digital (internet and mobile) rights.
  • All the rights will be for a period of five years from 2018-2022.
  • For a period of 10 years, Sony Pictures Network won the IPL media rights with a bid of Rs 8200 crore
  • Rahul Johri BCCI CEO  flags off the auction. The first company to place their bid is beIN Sports.

Maria Sharapova Rolls into Last 16 at US Open

The Former world rank one Maria Sharapova entered into the last 16 at the US open on Friday by conquering US teen Sofia Kenin whereas a wide-open side of the men’s draw lost 2014 champion Marin Cilic. The 2006 US Open winner in her first Grand Slam, Maria Sharapova, returned after experiencing a 15-month doping ban, and overpowered the 139th-ranked wild card and forwarded into a fourth-round clash with Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

The 30-year-old Russian, who’s a five-time Grand Slam Champion, was tested positive for the blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, achieved the round of 16 for the 14th time in 15 Slams since the 2011 US Open. Completed the ban in April, Maria Sharapova, was ignored for a wildcard in the French Open and wounded for Wimbledon but was provided a US Open wild card in spite of playing only one hard court tune-up match for the reason to a forearm injury. The former world rank one player broke Kenin with a forehand winner following a 66 minutes steal the first set, shared early second-set breaks on double faults then broke again in the sixth and final games for the victory.

“We had never faced each other and she came out having nothing to lose and it’s always dangerous so I’m happy I went through,” the 30-year-old Russian said.

Davinder Kang Made a Record by Becoming First Indian to Qualify for Javelin Throw Finals

In any world championship, No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round.

The first Indian to qualify for the final round of the Javelin throw World Championships is Davinder Singh Kang while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.

He had covered 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second, competing in the qualification round Group B on Thursday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m.

He did the throw in his own unique style like sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp. This athlete is of only 26-year-old from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw.

All the candidates crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12. There have been thirteen throwers:

  • Five from Group A
  • Seven from Group B

His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped. Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers.

Kang said after his race that “Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I always wanted to do make my nation proud by doing something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country.”

He further added that “I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that big a problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to do some stretching before my third and final throw,” he said showing his right shoulder injury.

His enthusiastic nature is shown by his words as showing his injury, he has a zeal to sail beyond he said “It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow’s rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,”  in June Kang was tested positive for marijuana but in the 25-member Indian team he was named as the banned substance as was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.

Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance, earlier in Group A qualification round. On his young shoulders he is carrying the hopes of the entire country, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.

Neeraj is amog them who has a best throw of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just three throws. The 19-year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here.

Chopra said after the race “I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimeters, after the he face some some problems in the second and third throw, so the last one also did not go the distance (of 83m).” He was dis appointed, as he has practiced alot “I have been training hard for this World Championships but  it hurts if you could not do well in the actual competition, It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. Cant find the reason for it, things happened today was not expected, I cannot say now, Even I dont know whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added.

He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year, If India was to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts Neeraj at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships and among all Neeraj was considered the best bet for India.

The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month – There his confidence boosted there he made a record where some of the best in the world where he had finished fifth and in addition to it also the seventh position respectively.

Ravi Shastri Appriciating Kohli's Men for their Achievement

Ravi Shastri India’s chief coach believes that the new captain of Team India Virat Kohli has achieved far more than a number of the groups played previously, the increasing sufficiency had illustrious names in their ranks.

“This Indian team has been together for 2 years and that they square measure way currently, they had already done things that lots of alternative Indian groups and lots of huge names have not done in their times or in their careers, as like winning a series in Ceylon (in 2015),” was an recommendable job Shastri said.When Kohli’s men won the check series in Ceylon back in 2015, they’d won when a niche of twenty-two years with prophet Azharuddin’s team winning a series back in 1993.

Not precisely legendary to carry back his views, Shastri made an statement concerning groups of the past that had players with expertise of twenty years not winning a series within the island nation.

As he said that “A heap of huge (Indian) names have contend for twenty years and that they have come back to Ceylon again and again however they need ne’er won a series. This team has done that. This team is employed to doing things that lots of alternative (Indian) groups haven’t done which too overseas.

Shastri’s observation provided that the Indian team below Rahul Dravid beat a undiluted England 1-0 in an exceedingly 2007 away check series. Prior to that Sourav Ganguly’s team Drew 1-1 in Australia back in 2004 and conjointly Drew (1-1) the rubber against Nasser Hussain’s England in 2002.

In 2009 Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men won a series (1-0) against New Zealand  and Drew (1-1) against African nation in 2011.

He conjointly praised Kohli’s growing stature as a front runner, examination his gift standing because the Indian captain to the time he is the 1st junction rectifier in state capital over 2 years gone.

“I think he’s still young, and now I can see the difference in him from when he captained in his first Test to what he is now. I was there in Adelaide, when he captained in his first match and he is 27 Tests old now as captain. You can see a big difference in him, the body language that he has become much matured, and he will continue to mature and learn. For his age, he has done a lot (already) and there are signs that he can be right up there with the very best,” Shastri said.

it’s a fresh start for him according to Shastri and he is not carrying the baggage of his earlier stint. “I don’t carry any baggage. For me, it was like walking into the dressing room as I had left it. Nothing has changed and there were no special buttons I had to press, its simply just one ‘play’ button and off you went.”

Under the new Indian Captain, India will be doing four tours of South Africa, England and Australia, next year. “When you say overseas tours like South Africa, England, etc, the toughness will increase in the up coming cricket opportunity. I am very sure and very positive that this team can do things that probably no other Indian team has done,” the coach insisted.

He even refused to look much far by saying “I should not go that far ahead as South Africa tour, Its good to live in the present Indian Team have 1-0 up (against Sri Lanka). Its good to keep record intact and treat every game as a new game where the rules are the same. You go out to play your brand of cricket and you go out to win. As simple as that!” he added.

For the past 10 months, The former India all-rounder did not want to get into how the dressing room, “I don’t know what (the dressing room) was like 10 months ago. He further added that As far as I am concerned the only thing I had to do is just to walk in and that was enough.

He talks about his role as “My role is to be in charge of the entire support staff, to make sure that we get the boys in some great mental space to go out and express themselves with nothing else on their minds but to go out and play a brand of cricket which you have seen India play over the last three years. That is positive and fearless,” he added

For him the designation has been changed but his role has remained the same, “When you have been around the game for 37 years you probably learnt a little bit. So that experience is very handy for me in knowing exactly how to deal with the players. I have been manager, director, now I am head coach — it’s the same role, absolutely the same role.”

Being hooked up to the game while not a break as the commentator has helped him keep a track of what is up to date, “So you recognize what is up to date and what is happening at the instant and you relate with individuals there in fashion, I do not suppose at this level coaching job is required. At this level, it’s all concerning fine-tuning and removing the blokes in sensible mental area to travel out and play the sport. They apprehend they need reached here as a result of they’re sensible.”