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Sports Ministry sanctions budget of Rs 67.32 crore as financial support to six Khelo India State Centres of Excellence for a period of four years

The Sports Ministry has approved six centres as the Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE) and they will now be upgraded at a consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore for FY 2020-21 and subsequent four years in an effort to identify and groom Olympic level talent. The centers identified in each state and the financial support extended includes: Assam ... Read More »

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates revamped Sports Coaching Diploma course in NSNIS Patiala, says government wants to create better job facilities for sportspersons

Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju formally inaugurated the redesigned diploma course in Sports Coaching at the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) Patiala on Friday. The virtual session took place in the presence of Sandip Pradhan, Director-General, Sports Authority of India, Pushpendra Garg, High Performance Director, SAI, Col R Bishnoi, Senior Executive Director (Academics), SAI ... Read More »

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and actor Vidyut Jammwal to flag off 200-km long ‘Fit India Walkthon’ with ITBP

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, along with actor Vidyut Jammwal will flag off a 200-km long ‘Fit India Walkathon’ on October 31 at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The event is being organised by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and will go on for 3 days (31st October – 2nd November) in which jawans and personnel of various central armed police forces (CAPFs) will participate ... Read More »

Sports is a powerful medium to bring communities together: Shri Kiren Rijiju

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the two-day international webinar titled “Physical Education and Sport: The power to unite communities” organised jointly by the National Sports University, Manipur and Sports Authority of India’s Laxmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE) in Trivandrum. RC Mishra (IAS Retd.) Vice-Chancellor of the National Sports University and ... Read More »

Indian men’s wrestlers express happiness with their progress at the training camp, hope for early resumption of competitions

The Indian Men’s Wrestling camp for Freestyle and Greco-Roman is currently in progress at the SAI NCOE, Sonepat. The camp had commenced on September 1 and the wrestlers had to complete a 14 day quarantine before starting their training. Wrestling is one of the most successful sports in India’s Olympic history having contributed five medals to India’s Olympic medal haul. ... Read More »

Sports facilities in Seven more States and two Union Territories selected for upgradationto Khelo India State Centre of Excellence

The Sports Ministry has upgraded centres from a total of nine States and Union Territories to the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under the Khelo India scheme. The States and UTs include Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Tripura and Jammu & Kashmir. Speaking about the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports . ... Read More »

Skydive Landing by IAF at Khardungla Pass, Leh

Withan aimto instil the qualities of camaraderie,team spirit,physical and mental courage,the IAF has always been promoting adventure activities for its personnel.The IAF has always made sustained efforts towards capacity building and promotion of adventure activities at grass root level there by encouraging the environment and to motivate young Air Warriors to undertake adventure activities. Indian Air Force celebrated its 88th Anniversary ... Read More »

2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar First Look

The world’s national soccer teams who are members of the FIFA association will compete in the 22nd installment of the FIFA world cup. The Arab country of Qatar will host the event in 2022 as the first Muslim-predominant country to ever hold a world cup. Notably, it will be the last ever world cup that has thirty-two teams – the ... Read More »

Foundation Stone of World Class ‘Centre for Disability Sports’ at Gwalior Laid Today

The foundation stone of ‘Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior,Madhya Pradesh’ was laid at a function organized by DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment through video conferencing today. Shri Narendra SinghTomar,Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Shri Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Gwalior, Bharat ... Read More »

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 »