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2932 athletes under Khelo India scheme and 10248 athletes under SAI schemes have been selected for further training: Sports Minister

‘Sports’ being a State subject, the responsibility of promotion of sports, including identification of young talent and its nurturing, rests with State Governments. Government of India supplements the efforts of State Governments and National Sports Federations (NSFs) under its various schemes such as Khelo India, Assistance to National Sports Federations and by providing training facilities in Sports Authority of India ... Read More »

94 athletes included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme of Ministry of YAS: Sh. KirenRijiju

Preparation for Olympic Games is an ongoing process. Participation in Olympics is through qualification and India sent its largest contingent ever for participation in Olympics in 2016. In order to improve India’s performance at Olympics and Paralympics, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports started the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in September 2014. This was revamped in April 2018 ... Read More »

Badminton star Chirag Shetty highlights benefits of running at the Fit India Freedom Run event organised by SAI Mumbai

The Sports Authority of India regional center in Mumbai organised an online interaction with Badminton player Chirag Shetty on Friday. The star shuttler, who was a recipient of the  Arjuna Award at the virtual National Sports Awards last month, spoke on the importance of the ongoing Fit India Freedom Run. Organised by the Sports Ministry, it is the largest country-wide ... Read More »

BCCI announce Dream11 as Title Sponsor for IPL 2020

Dream11’s association with sports has grown over the years and it is presently partnering a total of 19 sports leagues along with 6 Indian Premier League Franchises.    Brijesh Patel, Chairman, IPL, said: “We welcome Dream11 on board as Title Sponsor for the 2020 edition of the IPL. Dream11 upgrading their association from an Official Partner to Title Sponsors is a great testament ... Read More »

Curriculum redesigning for NSNIS Diploma and strengthening faculty at NCSC among key decisions taken by SAI’s Academic Council

To further promote and strengthen sports coaching both at the grassroot and elite level, the 27th Academic Council of the Sports Authority of India has taken some key decisions in its recent council meeting.  The decisions are aimed to promote sporting excellence by strengthening the already existing system at the National Centre for Sports Coaching (NCSC), as well as to ... Read More »

Sports Minister urges states to host annual Khelo India Games to strengthen grassroot-level talent identification

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports ShriKirenRijiju chaired the 1st General Council meeting of the Khelo India Scheme today and addressed officials of state sports departments and other central ministries. Speaking at the meeting, he urged the states to organise State-level Khelo India Games annually with an effort to identify a larger number of grassroot-level talents. The meeting was ... Read More »

First General Council meeting of the Khelo India

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister urged the states to organise State-level Khelo India Games annually with an effort to identify a larger number of grassroot-level talents. The meeting was attended by Sports Secretary Ravi Mital, Director General, Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan and other senior officials of the sports ministry. Sports Minister spoke of the 5 zonal talent scouting ... Read More »

Live Score: Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich

HT – Bayern Munich lead Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 at half-time break The game has turned upside-down after the 30-minute mark. A 10th minute goal by Alario gave the home side an early lead and they held onto it for another 17 minutes before they lost the plot. Bayern equalised through Coman in the 27th minute and scored two more in ... Read More »

Finch dismisses Clarke’s claim, says series against India was played in ‘right spirit’

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch (Getty Images) NEW DELHI: Australian cricketers played the 2018-19 home Test series against India in the “right spirit” and were not trying to be nice to opposition Virat Kohli to land IPL contracts, said limited overs skipper Aaron Finch, rejecting Michael Clarke’s controversial claim.In April, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke had triggered a controversy when ... Read More »

I want to see my sport being 100 percent correct: ​Rafael Nadal

BENGALURU: Rafael Nadal‘s play, built on the rock-solid foundations of safe and steady, has won him a record 12 titles on Roland Garros’ slow shale.It’s not surprising then that the 19-time major winner advocated the same for tennis’ comeback to the competitive arena, following what almost certainly appears to be a five-month hiatus (March to August), courtesy the deadly virus ... Read More »

Shooting legend Rajmond’s Olympic journey and his camaraderie with Gagan

NEW DELHI: We have all heard the saying ‘never give up’, but perhaps only a few can really do justice to that and persevere till they achieve their goals. One such individual is Slovanien shooter and three-time Olympic medallist Rajmond Debevec. Debevec’s shooting journey is a story of patience and perseverance. Debevec, now 57, participated in as many as eight ... Read More »

Indian hockey teams resume outdoor training in phased manner

BENGALURU: The Indian men and women hockey teams have resumed outdoor training here in a “systematic and phased” manner after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown.Hockey India (HI) informed that the national teams began outdoor training on Monday following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Sports Authority of India.“Sport activities on the field of play ... Read More »

The way MS Dhoni prepared for this year’s IPL was different: Suresh Raina

File photo of MS Dhoni batting during a training session of Chennai Super Kings, as his team-mate Suresh Raina…Read More NEW DELHI: Out-of-favour batsman Suresh Raina has revealed that unlike previous editions, former India captain MS Dhoni was preparing in a different way for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which currently stands indefinitely postponed due to ... Read More »

Honoured & humbled: Rohit Sharma on being nominated for Khel Ratna

MUMBAI: India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday expressed his gratitude after being nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.The BCCI uploaded a video of Rohit thanking everyone and the post read: “I am extremely honoured and humbled,” @iamRo45 on being nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel ... Read More »

Staying grounded hallmark of Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness: VVS Laxman

NEW DELHI: Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Sunday heaped praise on his former teammate and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, saying he has a remarkable quality of staying grounded despite the huge amount of fan-following and admiration he gets which makes him great.Taking to Twitter Laxman wrote, “His trail-blazing career is the stuff legends are made of, but even more ... Read More »

BCCI nominates Rohit for Khel Ratna; Shikhar, Ishant & Deepti for Arjuna award

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday nominated opener Rohit Sharma for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020 while Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Sharma have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards.The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had sought invitations for the respective awards with the period of consideration beginning ... Read More »

India’s Test series can happen in as little as one venue: Cricket Australia

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia has not ruled out the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a change in the schedule for India’s tour of the country with the board still keeping the door open for hosting four Tests in “as little as one venue”.Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday announced that India will play the Tests at Brisbane (December 3-7), Adelaide (December ... Read More »

ICC-BCCI email exchange generates heat in board meeting

Shashank Manohar and Sourav Ganguly MUMBAI: The long-standing matter involving the tax dispute between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCCI, one that has led to unpleasant exchange of emails between the two organisations, became the central talking point as members of the governing body met via a teleconference on Thursday for a pre-scheduled board meeting.The meeting began at 3.30 ... Read More »

MS Dhoni has earned the right to leave the game on his own terms: Gary Kirsten

NEW DELHI: “Dhoni, finishes it off in style, India lifts the World Cup after 28 years” former India cricketer and current Team India coach Ravi Shastri’s fervent lines from the commentary box still reverberates in every Indian cricket fan’s ears. MS Dhoni’s majestic six over mid-on off Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara sealed the deal for the Men in Blue in ... Read More »

India, Australia agree on Test series sans bio bubble with flexibility rider

NEW DELHI: Cricket Australia (CA) and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) have agreed against the need for a bio-secure environment for India’s four-Test tour in December. TOI has learnt that CA assured BCCI the coronavirus was likely to be under control in Australia by year-end, making a traditional series possible at four different venues. This will be the first marquee ... Read More »

Allow us to train or let us go home: Athletes at NIS Patiala

CHANDIGARH: On Saturday evening, after an online meeting between the officials, coaches and the athletes, it was decided that outdoor fitness training at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, will resume from Monday. A couple of days later, the athletes are still in dark about any resumption as they have been asked to stay inside their hostels. Shivpal ... Read More »

‘Some ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket impractical, will need review’

NEW DELHI: Some of the ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket border on the impractical and will need a review when the cricketing world is closer to action, feel former players Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Monty Panesar. Last week, the International Cricket Council recommended a host of “back to cricket” guidelines including 14-day pre-match isolation training camps to ensure ... Read More »

T20 World Cup should not be postponed in haste: Misbah-ul-Haq

KARACHI: The authorities must not postpone the T20 World Cup in haste since the showpiece event is the best product to highlight cricket once activities resume, Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq has said. Misbah said though logistics is a huge challenge due to the prevailing circumstances, the authorities must deliberate enough before arriving at a decision. “The logistics ... Read More »

Only an interim measure: Anil Kumble on saliva ban

NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: ICC Cricket Committee chairman Anil Kumble says the recommendation to ban saliva for shining the ball is only an interim measure and “things will go back to normal” once the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control. The Kumble-led panel recommended a ban on saliva to minimise the risk of infection. On Friday, the ICC, in its ... Read More »

Resume cricket but only if there is no risk of spurt in local transmission: ICC

DUBAI: The ICC has advised its member nations to exercise caution while resuming cricket activities, fearing a spurt in local transmission with many countries still struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. As member nations ease restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic, the International Cricket Council on Friday issued comprehensive guidelines aimed at getting the sport up and running around the ... Read More »

IPL is just a money grab, shouldn’t take precedence over T20 WC: Border

MELBOURNE: The IPL is just a “money grab” and cannot be allowed to take precedence over this year’s T20 World Cup, said former Australia skipper Allan Border. There is speculation that the 13th IPL, which was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, might be conducted in October-November if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed. “(I’m) not happy ... Read More »

Graeme Smith wants Sourav Ganguly to head ICC

JOHANNESBURG: South African director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday made a strong call for India’s Sourav Ganguly to be the next chairman of the International Cricket Council. Smith said he believed Ganguly, a fellow former Test captain and current Indian board president, was the right person to lead the game at a time of crisis caused by the COVID-19 ... Read More »

Cricket Betting Websites – Betway at a Glance

If you look at any individual today, what are the chances that the person will be alone and not use his/her phone? How often do you see someone ditching the phone in favour of an attempt to hold a conversation with someone? It is rare, and this is because people live their lives online. It is applicable to reading, communication, ... Read More »

Will take some practice to not put saliva on ball: Ravichandran Ashwin

NEW DELHI: India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels putting saliva on the ball is a habit and it will take some practice to get rid of it when cricket resumes in the post COVID-19 world. The ICC Cricket Committee recommended a ban on use of saliva in its meeting earlier this week. “I don’t know (when is) the next time ... Read More »

World cricket cannot afford cancellation of IPL: Sundar Raman

MUMBAI: Unprecedented in our lifetime, the havoc that the outbreak of Covid-19 brought about has left, among other sectors, the sports industry in absolute disarray. As sports, and cricket – from an India perspective – looks to limp back to normalcy in the coming months, there’s much to worry about as the game’s economy lies in a shamble. Few understand ... Read More »

When child prodigy KL Rahul caught Rahul Dravid’s eye

NEW DELHI: Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul have more than a name in common. They are both Indian cricketers, both are from Karnataka and both of them are batsmen who can also keep wickets. While their overall styles might be different, thanks to the different eras they belong to, KL Rahul has tried to take more than one leaf out ... Read More »

MHA allows sports complexes to open in Lockdown 4 but no entry for spectators

NEW DELHI: Sports complexes and stadia were on Sunday permitted to reopen but declared out of bounds for spectators in the fourth phase of the coronavirus-forced lockdown, possibly clearing the path for only the resumption of halted training camps. “Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open, however, spectators won’t be allowed,” read one of the Ministry of Home ... Read More »

T20 World Cup’s likely postponement will open door for IPL: Mark Taylor

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels eventually this year’s ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time slot. The ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, is shrouded in uncertainty even ... Read More »

Smith comes nowhere close to Kohli; Indian skipper even better than Sachin: KP

LONDON: Steve Smith‘s accomplishments pale in comparison to Virat Kohli‘s “unreal numbers” and the Indian captain has outstripped even the great Sachin Tendulkar with his mastery of chases, feels former England star Kevin Pietersen. Smith and Kohli are among the leading batsmen in the world now but for Pietersen, the Australian doesn’t even come close to the Indian superstar. “Kohli, ... Read More »

ICC Board members may discuss shifting T20 World Cup to 2022

NEW DELHI: The option of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected to be put on the table when the ICC Board meets on May 28, a member of the world governing body’s influential Board said on Friday. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and shifting ... Read More »

Give preference to domestic cricket over global events: Ravi Shastri

MUMBAI: Never since the four years lost during the first World War and six years during the second has global sport witnessed such a turbulent period. For more than 75 years, it was a unique platform that evoked emotions, sparked celebrations, triggered sorrow, and got people delighted and dejected in equal measure. All of that has now taken a break ... Read More »

Can Kohli break Sachin’s ‘many’ records? Wasim Akram has his doubts

LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has his doubts on whether Virat Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar‘s ‘many’ records, although he feels the India captain and ace batsman will go places.“I’m a straight shooter; I say what I feel. I can’t compare them both but I think, Virat Kohli will go places and he will break ... Read More »

Test cricket will die if India gives it up: Greg Chappell

CHANDIGARH: Australian legend and former India coach Greg Chappell is worried that Test cricket will take a massive hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, believing India holds the key to its resurrection thanks to money factor. “Test cricket will die the day India gives it up. I cannot see countries other than India, Australia and England investing in young cricketers ... Read More »

I have seen MS Dhoni lose his cool: Gautam Gambhir

MUMBAI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hardly lost his temper during his decade and a half long illustrious career but there have been a few exceptions when ‘Captain Cool’ has let it rip. His former India teammates Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan recalled some such incidents. Recently, India spinner Kuldeep Yadav had revealed that he was mortally scared when Dhoni, by ... Read More »

Magic of playing in front of packed crowd can’t be re-created: Virat Kohli

MUMBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli is doubtful whether the magic of playing with a packed crowd watching can be re-created when cricket is played in empty stadiums post the COVID-19 crisis which has brought the world to a standstill. Speaking on ‘Just kidding’ with Virat Kohli on a show ‘Cricket Connected’ which was shared by BCCI on their Twitter handle ... Read More »

Choose rest over County cricket: Akram’s advice to Bumrah

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram might have learnt a lot by playing County cricket, but he feels that someone like Jasprit Bumrah should give his body ample rest, whenever he can, rather than playing County cricket if such an opportunity does arise in the future. Speaking with former India opener Aakash Chopra on AakashVani, Akram spoke about ... Read More »