8 Indian Boxers Get First-Round Byes At Youth World C'ships
- Eight of the 10 Indian boxers in fray got first-round byes when draws for the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships were unveiled in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 10-strong Indian team comprises, among others, three boys who have won silver medals at the Asian Youth Championships. They are Ankush Dahiya (60kg), Ashish (64kg) and Reyal Puri (81kg). Of these three, Ashish is the only one not to have got a bye and will open his campaign against Armenia's Toni Galstyan, while Srinivas (69kg) will take on Frenchman Milan Prat in his lung-opener 19 November 2016.
- The 16 to 18-year-olds would be competing in the biggest event of their nascent careers, up against a formidable field of 417 boxers from 75 countries. Among other Indians in the fray, Sachin (49kg) will open his campaign against the winner of the clash between Korean Seongchan Baek and Mexico's Gustavo Antonio Alvarez on Saturday. Reigning national champion Anwar (52kg) will face England's Akash Tuqir, also on Saturday. Etash Khan (56kg) will be up against the winner of the bout between Cuban Alexei Romero Rodriguez and Egypt"s Elsayed Ragab Oman on November 19.
- Ankush Dahiya (60kg) will be up against the winner of the clash between German Nick Bier and Scotland's Mark Reid on November 20. Aditya Maan (75kg) will face England's Ben Ress on the same day. Reyal Puri (81kg) is pitted against Azerbaijan's Elkhan Aliyev, while Naman Tanwar (91kg) will square off against Crotia's Marijan Brnic on November 21. Manjeet (+91kg) will await the winner of the clash between Greek Vagkan Nanitzanian and Ukraine's Viachesla Havryliuk on November 22. The event, which gave India the likes of World Championships medallists Shiva Thapa and Vikas Krishan, will be held till November 24.
Sindhu, Jayaram Reach Quarters
- Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and male singles shuttler Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarterfinals after registering thrilling three-game wins over their respective opponents in the second round of the USD 700,000 China Super Series Premier, here 18 November 2016. Seventh seeded Sindhu survived a scare from USA's Beiwen Zhang before notching up a 18-21 22-20 21-17 victory in a women's singles match that lasted an hour here. The Indian will next take on China's He Bingjiao, against whom she had lost in the second round of the French Open last month. Jayaram too had to work hard to surpass Wei Nan as he notched up a 20-22 21-19 21-12 win over the Hong Kong shuttler in a 56-minute clash.
- The three-time Dutch Open champion, Jayaram will face reigning Olympic champion and two-time World champion and All England champion Chen Long of China in the next round. However, it was curtains for Swiss Open winner H S Prannoy after he suffered a 17-21 19-21 loss to Qiao Bin of China in another men's singles match. B. Sai Praneeth had lost his opening round match 16-21 9-21 against Marc Zwiebler of Germany yesterday. Sindhu blew away a 11-7 lead at the break to allow Zhang comeback and level the scores at 13-13. The American soon moved to a 15-13 and 18-15 lead before reeling off the last three points in to pocket the first game.
- In the second game, Sindhu once again zoomed to a 8-0 lead but once again she squandered the advantage as Zhang clawed back to first level the scores at 16-16. She soon lead 19-17 but the Indian ensured there was no hiccup this time as she roared back into the contest. In the decider, Sindhu held a slender 8-6 lead and then broke off at 9-9 to never look back. It was a tough battle for supremacy as Jayaram's gallant fight in the opening game ended with a narrow loss after he and Wei moved neck and neck from 11-11 to 20-20. In the second game, Jayaram erased a 2-6 deficit to drew parity at 9-9.
- He moved ahead at 14-11 and despite a challenge from Wei, managed to bounce back into the contest after five straight points. In the decider, Jayaram managed to keep himself at a distance from Wei after opening up a small 7-3 lead. He kept increasing the lead and eventually sealed the issue comfortably. Carolina Marin advances Exhibiting her usual fiery intensity, Spanish world No. 1 badminton player Carolina Marin got off to a solid start at the China Open with a 21-18, 21-15 victory over China's Ji Shuting. Marin, who as always celebrated her winning points with loud screams, led Ji just 19-18 late in the first game. But the Chinese player proceeded to dump two shots in the net to drop the opener here on Wednesday, reports Efe. In the second, Ji was up 11-10 at the mid-game interval, but Marin turned it on late to win 11 of the last 15 points to wrap up the victory and advance to the round of 16. The Spanish reigning Olympic champion and two-time reigning world champion showed no signs of the thigh injury she sustained at the Denmark Open last month.
India To Play Pakistan In Women's Asia T20 : Sources
- India has agreed to play against Pakistan in the women's Asia Twenty 20 Cup in Thailand, PCB sources have claimed. Uncertainty had prevailed over whether India would play Pakistan in the competition, from November 25, after the BCCI President Anurag Thakur had said that he would ask the ICC to not schedule Indo-Pak matches in group stages of its events due to the political and diplomatic tensions between the two countries. But an official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI on Wednesday that if required India would play Pakistan. "We took this up very strongly at the last ICC meeting in Capetown and India said it had reservations over playing with us in bilalteral series but would play in ICC events," the source said.
- He said the Pakistan delegation head, Najam Sethi had submitted newspaper clippings and video recordings of Anurag Thakur's statements on Indo-Pak cricket ties including the one on not playing Pakistan in next year's Champions Trophy. "Sethi made the point passionately at the ICC meeting that while Pakistan had always advocated keeping politics and sports apart, the BCCI President's media statements were political. "Sethi clearly asked Thakur at the meeting whether or not his statements were not political ones on Indo-Pak relations and he should be very clear on whether India wanted to play with Pakistan in the group or knockout stages of ICC events in future," the source disclosed.
Maha To Join Centre's E-Marketing Platform
- Maharashtra government has decided to join Centre's online e-Marketing platform "Government e-Marketing" to weed out scams in procurement of goods and services with real time price comparison. The online procurement portal will bring in much needed transparency as the entire process of procurement will be online for anyone to verify, Additional Director Industries Vikas Jain told reporters at the state Secretariat here.
- "The portal launched a month ago by the Centre is on the lines of e-Commerce platforms where government departments will online procure goods and services with real time price comparison," he said. Jain also said the GeM online portal will enable all the government departments, state-run corporations and civic bodies to procure consumer disposables and services like stationery, lamps, laptops, air-conditioners and fleet taxi services among others. "The move will deliver a death blow to cartelisation of suppliers as the government can procure goods and services at affordable prices.
- It will also enable government to procure goods and services from a wide ranging suppliers not just from Maharashtra, but from suppliers anywhere in the country," added the official. He also said the GeM portal designed by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) will ease the process for private suppliers and companies to deal with the government. The entry process for suppliers has been made simple which relies on self-certification and user authentication through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) using Aadhar, PAN Card or Ministry of Corporate Affairs registration, he said, adding this will enable government to ascertain whether the company or supplier is a wilful defaulter or not.