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Postby Ankit Desai » 18 Oct 2015 09:56

Watch final of Sultan of Johar cup live at 5:35pm IST. IND vs ENG. The link is from hockeyindia.org

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Postby SBajwa » 19 Oct 2015 18:50

JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia): The Indian junior men's hockey team ended runner-up in the Sultan of Johor Cup after losing nail-biting penalty shoot out 3-4 to Great Britain on Sunday. The teams were level 2-2 after full time in the title encounter.

It was Great Britain that drew the first blood in the fifth minute through a penalty corner goal by Luke Taylor.

The Great Britain team who had earlier defeated India in the league matches seemed to be in control of their game until India were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 12th minute, which was beautifully converted into a goal by Harmanpreet Singh to draw parity.

The next 23 minutes in the first half saw a lot of attacks and counter attacks but neither of the teams could capitalise. The second half began with India pressing hard to take the lead and they were soon rewarded in the 42nd minute with Gurjant Singh pulling off an absolute stunner, giving India the much needed lead in the game.

Great Britain however struck soon after in the 46th minute through Jack Turner to settle the score at 2-2.

The next 24 minutes saw numerous attempts to score from both the teams, but the efficient goal keepers and a strong defense line ensured the match entered the penalty shootout stage. Great Britain finally edged past the Indian colts in the penalty shootout scoring 4 goals as opposed to India's 3 goals, to be crowned as the new champions of the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup.

"It's hard to miss out on the title from somewhere as close as this, but it's a game and this defeat today will only help us learn from our mistakes for the future. I am completely satisfied with the boys' performance and I couldn't have asked for more from them," said India coach Harendra Singh.

"Penalty shootouts are always unpredictable and it's unfortunate that we could not finish it on a winning note. I would like to congratulate Great Britain on being crowned the new champions."

Sumit Kumar and Harmanpreet Singh with three goals each have been the top scorers for India in tournament.

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Postby hanumadu » 19 Oct 2015 18:58

India always does much better at the junior level in general across all sports. But some how, are unable to graduate to the senior level.

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Postby KJo » 19 Oct 2015 19:11

hanumadu wrote:India always does much better at the junior level in general across all sports. But some how, are unable to graduate to the senior level.


Senior level needs money, dedication, focus, stamina and a whole of things that we generally find it hard to muster up compared to other countries. But there is a lot of progress made, and things will only get better.

Crap, Sindhu lost in the final :(

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Postby Supratik » 19 Oct 2015 19:45

The juniors seem to be doing better under Indian coaches. We should relook into hiring foreign coaches. After IHL no body can complain about money, facilities, training, exposure.

Sindhu probably lost stamina after beating three higher ranked players including WC. She needs to work on her stamina.

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Postby SBajwa » 19 Oct 2015 20:01

Jr. Team coach Harendra Singh is a gem of a coach. He was a Senior Hockey coach earlier and before that part of India's hockey squad. Why can't we make retired players coach at various levels? Instead of hiring foreign coach we should only hire foreign fitness experts, special technical experts (like Drag flicking), etc.

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Postby Suraj » 19 Oct 2015 21:07

Sindhu's match again reigning All England and 2x world champion Marin was a great watch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmjnNFmR7dM


Marin is an aggressive, tall leftie. Saina has trouble against tall players with power and reach. Which is why she keeps failing to Marin and Wang Yihan at the big stage. But Sindhu is taller and has great reach. Her problem is lack of consistency. She's only just turned 20, and strong mental conditioning can dramatically push her up to the top; she has speed, power, reach and reflexes. She got to the Denmark final as an unseeded player beating three top 10 ranked players in preQs, quarters and semis, including the winners of 3 of the last 4 world championships.

Still, badminton is looking good. We have not one but two players in the top 10 of both mens and womens singles, including the women's #1. We're really weak in doubles though. Gutta/Ponnappa are top 10 material, but not top 5. Likewise mens doubles has a good team in Attri/Reddy who have beaten top teams like Biao/Wei and Zihan/Xiaolong but are inconsistent. They can't improve unless the Gopichand academy finds more doubles teams who can spar with them nonstop and harden them up.

With only 2 players per country in Olympics, we have a chance to medal in both men's and women's singles.

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Postby Bhurishrava » 19 Oct 2015 22:53

^^^^
Sindhu has come back much stronger after her injury. IMHO, her performance against Wang Yihan was superb. Not as much against Marin. She is prone to losing focus for a few points in every game and that often costs her the match. She looked exhausted against Li Xuerui in the second set in the final. But she is future material. And she was hitting harder than ever smashes.

The future of badminton is good in India. Its gaining popularity and infrastructure for the sport is being developed. Srikanth has been a disappointment for last couple of months. He is immenseley talented and IMHO, world class material but not quite achieving trophies according to his potential. :(

BTW, India has the most number of players in top 50. Around 6 in men`s singles compared to 5 of China !!!!
http://www.bwfbadminton.org/page.aspx?id=14955

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Postby SwamyG » 20 Oct 2015 04:46

FIDE World Youth Ches Championship starting in a week's time in Greece. India has been shinning the last few years in this sport.

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Postby Suraj » 20 Oct 2015 05:34

It has been a good year for Indian badminton. In badminton there are 5 big events, the Super Series Premiers (All England, Denmark, China, Indonesia and Malaysia) and several Super Series including India Open, besides the World Championship. So far this year (semi or better performance):
All England: Saina makes final
Indian Open: Srikanth and Saina both win
Malaysia: Saina in semifinal
Australia: none
Singapore: Kashyap in semifinal
Indonesia: Kashyap in semifinal
World Championship: Saina in final
Japan: none
Korea: Jayaram makes final (unseeded, unheralded)
Denmark: Sindhu to final

Coming up: French SS, China SSP and HK SS, then the year end finals

Having at least a semifinalist in all but 2 SS/SSP events so far is a strong performance. Srikanth is the reigning China Open champion, a title he won last year shocking the legendary Lin Dan, probably the greatest player ever, in straight games. In fact last year's China Open was won by Srikanth and Saina, the first time ever that the marquee singles events did not have a Chinese winner:
China Open winners
In tennis terms that's like two Indians winning the singles events at one of the Grand Slams like the US Open.

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Postby member_28539 » 20 Oct 2015 15:34

atamjeetsingh wrote:Vijender Singh won his first pro bout today with quiet ease knocking out opponent in 3rd round.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULHuXTXqXfk


Vijender's win has ruffled a lot of feathers...some are really impressed by his abilities, in fact even I was surprised to see him bossing the ring from the middle and pushing his opponent over to the ropes time and again.

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Postby SBajwa » 20 Oct 2015 18:22

2016 Olympics Indian qua
Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put)

The latest to book the coveted Rio ticket, Manpreet produced a standout performance in Kolkata as she broke an 18-year-old national record of 17.43m with a brilliant 17.96m throw. With the Olympic qualification mark (17.80m) way above the previous national record, Manpreet needed an extra-ordinary performance to qualify for the mega event and she did it just that on the opening day of the national meet.

Unfortunately, other athletes failed to emulate her at the meet even though there were few notable performances.

With Manpreet, India has already managed to book 13 quota places (by 12 athletes) in six disciplines in the track and field events. Following are the athletes who have so far achieved the qualifying standards:

Inderjeet Singh (Shot Put)

The Asian Championships gold-medallist from Haryana qualified for the Rio Games early in May this year at the 2015 Federation Cup in Mangalore, where he achieved his personal best throw of 20.65m - which is .15m above the qualification mark of 20.50m. He also recently made it to the finals of the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing - the first Indian shot-putter to do so, finishing 11th with 19.52m.

Lalita Babar (3000m steeplechase & marathon)

She is the latest sensation of Indian athletics and became the first Indian to reach a track event final at the World Championships in Beijing this year, where she finished a respectable eighth in the 3000m steeplechase. Lalita has broken the steeplechase national mark thrice in the last one year. The Asian champion breached the Rio qualification mark of 9:45.00 thrice in major competitions since the qualifying period started in May. She clocked 9:34.13 (NR at the time) in June to win the Asian Championships gold in Wuhan (China) and to book the Rio ticket, before bettering the record to 9:27.86 at the Worlds later in August.

Lalita also made the cut for the marathon event after finishing 9th overall (second among Indians) at the 2015 Mumbai Marathon with 2:38:21 in January.

OP Jaisha & Sudha Singh (Marathon)

Another national record was set on the final day of the World Championships in Beijing when Jaisha Orchatteri broke her own record in the women's marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:34:43 at the iconic Bird's Nest. The veteran 32-year-old marathoner had set the national record (2:37:29) early this year at the Mumbai Marathon. Jaisha also finished a creditable 18th ahead of her compatriot Sudha Singh, who clinched 19th spot with a personal best time of 2:35:35. In the process the duo also booked their tickets to the Rio Games as they both achieved the qualifying mark of 2:42:00.

Tintu Lukka (800m)

The protege of Indian icon PT Usha booked her quota to the Rio Games at the World Championships too, where she registered her season best 2:00.95 in the 800m race. She failed to advance further in Beijing, finishing seventh in her heats, but breached the Rio qualifying mark of 2:01.00 in the process.

Six quota places for walkers

Khushbir Kaur (20km walk); Sandeep Kumar, Manish Singh (50km walk) and Gurmeet Singh, Baljinder Singh & Chandan Singh (20km walk) have booked an impressive six quota places for the country in the race walk events.

With more than nine months left for the qualifications, India will hope to send a record number of athletes in the next summer Olympics in Rio. Only 14 athletes in nine disciplines represented India in the 2012 London Games' athletics events.


Note: The qualifying period for the 10,000m, marathon, walks, and combined events starts from January 1, 2015; and for the remaining events, it starts from May 1, 2015.

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Postby SBajwa » 20 Oct 2015 18:39

Men's 50 m rifle 3 positions – 1 quota place (Chain Singh)
Men's 50 m rifle prone – 1 quota place (Gagan Narang)[11]
Men's 10 m air rifle – 1 quota place (Abhinav Bindra)
Men's 10 m air pistol – 1 quota place (Gurpreet Singh)[12]
Men's 50 m pistol – 2 quota places (Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa)
Men's skeet – 1 quota place (Mairaj Ahmad Khan)
Women's 10 m air rifle – 1 quota place (Apurvi Chandela)[13]

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Postby SBajwa » 20 Oct 2015 18:41

Only Narsingh Yadav has qualified in 74kg freestyle wrestling. Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar are expected to qualify. So are Saina Nehwal, Kashyap, and many others in Badminton as well as Tennis.

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Postby SBajwa » 20 Oct 2015 18:46

Boxers Laishram Devendro Singh and Gaurav Bidhuri along with Mary Kom, Laishram Sarita Devi and Sarjubala Devi are expected to Qualify for 2016.

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Postby Supratik » 20 Oct 2015 19:31

Judging from the nos we are not going to medal in athletics. Our best chances are in badminton, tennis, wrestling, boxing and shooting.

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Postby Suraj » 20 Oct 2015 20:02

The only athletics medal chances rest with Vikas Gowda improving, it seems. Potentially the walkers too. We don't cut it in the track events. We're good at Asian level, but not world level. We finished #3 behind China and Qatar in this years Asian Championship held in Wuhan, China, meaning the Chinese were at full strength.The Qatari medals are all $$ imports, so we effectively outdid traditional Asian powers like Japan and Korea.

Dharambir Singh in 200m is a good prospect. He set a national record of 20.66s in Wuhan, winning bronze behind two imported middle eastern runners, beating out Chinese and Japanese runners. Indian athletics records. But his running style needs polish - he seems to waste energy unnecessarily flapping arms. A raw talent lacking the coaching base, from the look of it. Indian Express chronicles a familiar story about him: Farm to track, record holder Dharambir Singh’s struggles continue.

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Postby Supratik » 20 Oct 2015 21:50

Gowda has been stuck at or under 66 mts for long. He will need a miracle to medal. Two sports with huge no of medals at Olympics apart from athletics are swimming and cycling. We need to start working on these two.

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Postby SBajwa » 20 Oct 2015 23:20

and brain dead Athletics federation is sending Indian athletes of all the places to Turkey for practice.
They should send them on top of Himalayas to run daily for 25 kilometers.

http://sports.ndtv.com/athletics/news/2 ... -in-turkey

New Delhi: As part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, a 17-member Indian athletics squad will leave early Saturday from New Delhi for a 70-day training stint at the state-of-the-art training centre at Antalya in Turkey, it was announced on Friday. (Latest Athletics News)

The squad comprises of the national campers for quarter-mile event, 400 metres hurdles, and the 4x400 metres relay events for both men and women, according to a release from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

A total of eight women, nine men and five coaches and support staff are part of the squad, with two more support staff and other athletes expected to join the Antalya training camp in a fortnight’s time.

"The AFI will strive to do everything under its limit to provide the best training facilities to our athletes for 2016 Olympics. The training centre in Antalya in Turkey offers the right combination of climatic conditions, namely, sea, land, hills and forest areas, and also a synthetic hill track for the training of our athletes," AFI president Adille J. Sumariwalla said.

"We hope these world-class training conditions will make a difference to the preparation of our athletes for Rio and I extend my best wishes to all of them. I’m also grateful to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for supporting our athletes."

The 4x400 metres women’s relay squad is the reigning Asian Games champion and Asian Games record-holder while the men's 4x400 metres relay team has won a medal in the past at the Asian Games.

In the men’s and women’s 400 metres individual events, Rajiv Arokia and M.R. Poovamma won the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games respectively, and recently, the duo come close to qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Star athlete Ashwini Akkunji had won two gold medals in the 2010 Asian Games, including one for the hurdles race.

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Postby SBajwa » 21 Oct 2015 21:29

Indian shuttler HS Prannoy stunned reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan of China while Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap also crossed the opening hurdle to enter the second round of the USD 275,000 French Open Super Series.

Unseeded Prannoy rallied from a set down to beat his formidable third seeded rival 14-21, 21-11, 21-17 in a first round match that lasted one hour and 11 minutes at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

Top seed Saina tamed World No. 14 Michelle Li of Canada 21-18, 21-13 in a 42-minute women's singles match, while eighth seed and Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap saw off local shuttler Thomas Rouxel 21-11, 22-20 in a men's singles contest.

Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also advanced to the second round after defeating Thailand duo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-15, 21-12.
However, it was curtains for World No. 5 Kidambi Srikanth as he went down fighting to Tian Houwei 15-21, 21-13, 11-21 in a 63-minute match. This is Srikanth's fourth loss to the World No 10 Chinese this season.

Prannoy lost the opening set tamely as the veteran former world number one Lin gave him little chance after the two were tied at 7-7. Lin raced ahead to take the set 21-14 in quick time.

But the Indian made a remarkable fightback and suddenly Lin was struggling to make a match with Prannoy who led all through after the score was tied at 2-2.

In the decider, Prannoy nosed ahead initially but Lin made a fightback to level the score to 14-14 and 15-15. From then on, however, Prannoy stepped on the gas and made his final flourish to take the deciding set 21-17 and win the match.

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Postby Bhurishrava » 23 Oct 2015 13:24

Lin Dan is on decline. Win over him is good but not world changing. In Denmark open, he lost under-ten both sets to Axelsen.
Prannoy lost in the second round too and now Saina is the only one left in the draw.
With the sheer number of badminton tournaments, it seems players are finding it difficult to keep performances and motivation levels high. Sindhu played fantastic in the previous tournament and lost first round here tamely. Srikanth is a much better player than what his results show. Dont think he will qualify for Dubai Finals where he was so impressive last year.

swimming and cycling.
?!
Like athletics, these sports also need strength. The chinese do well in skill related things like diving and synchronised swimming etc. Getting medals will take another twenty years I think in strength related sports. Centuries of malnutrition has done some serious damage.
We need to keep building infrastructure and keep promoting sports to repeat the success story of badminton/wrestling/shooting/boxing in other sports. And be patient.

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Postby Suraj » 23 Oct 2015 21:10

Saina got spanked in the French Open quarterfinal. Way off form. I think they've been traveling too much - Japan to Korea to Denmark to France in less than a month.

Srikanth seems to be either carrying an unannounced injury or he has gotten too much confusing coaching advice and insufficient mental conditioning this year. Last year at China Open, Lin Dan was still very strong, and really no one expected Srikanth to win because he was a nobody playing the god of badminton in front of a Chinese crowd no less. But Srikanth won that one in straight games. I hope he gains control over himself quickly.

Saina plays much better than her circumstances permit - she's short, has not much reach compared to some opponents but has stubbornness that helps her. Srikanth is gifted with natural talent, reach and power. He better not waste it - Indian badminton is generating enough numbers that if he doesn't perform, others will step over him, and he will be forgotten behind the memory of that one shocking China Open performance.

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Postby Suraj » 03 Nov 2015 05:45

Dipa Karmakar misses podium at World Gymnastics Championships
“Everyone knows me now as the “vaulter” and especially for my Produnova (her first vaulting jump, a Russian speciality with the world’s highest difficulty of 7.0). So I am happy that now whole world knows that Indians are also into gymnastics. Today in the stadium, when I came out, people were astounded that an Indian has qualified for finals. Even Romania hadn’t qualified. I think they were excited for me,” Dipa would say later.

Going eighth on the vault, Dipa would launch into her handspring and double somersault, and though the power wasn’t enough to get the desired elevation in the air, she would land low-chested and on her haunches without touching the floor. The difficulty of the Produnova lies as much in the aerial rotations as in the landing, so she would be scored 15.300 (of a maximum 17.000) — to match her score that clinched the Asian championship medal earlier.

On the subsequent second vault, the Tsukahara 720, Dipa would twist alright but lose her way stepping out of the lane and be docked points immediately – a 0.3 penalty that would yield a lowly 14.066 (Difficulty 6.0), for an average of 14.683 and a fifth position in the world. It was 0.983 points off the gold, and 0.858 short of the bronze medal.

The finishing finesse is utterly lacking in Karmakar’s jumps, and the trembling landings often leave first-time watchers doubting her prowess against girls who stick them landings clean and finish with a poised flourish. But the Indian is onto a very challenging path towards medalling at big events (choosing two of the toughest jumps), and perhaps how she started is more eye-popping than how she finishes the effort.

“There is no federation in India right now,” coach Bisweshwar Nandi says (“Federation ka koi astitva hi nahi hai”), a fact so staggering when juxtaposed against the highly sophisticated support systems for the rest of the finalists here, that India looks like one right oddball in the mix at Glasgow. The US, Great Britain, North Korea (with a great tradition in the sport) and Russia took the first four places. The famous fifth one is a country, rather notoriously, without a functioning national federation. “SAI helped set up the camp, so we could reach here,” the coach adds.

Since the time the federation erupted into factions, there is no governing body for the sport. When Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited his native north east and hopped across from Assam to Tripura, Dipa, her coach Nandi and father Dulal had met him and requested him to allow for a camp at Delhi. The Sports Authority of India would set up the camp after Dipa had gone 8 months without practice. She would learn the Tsukahara – in 3 months flat heading to the Worlds. “I spoke to all the coaches of the girls who finished 1, 2, 3 and 4. They’ve been doing their vaults for at least 3 years now. So Dipa’s effort wasn’t bad,” the coach would say.

The effort is right almighty on its own, though the tangibles are tough to state. There’s no medal and no direct qualification to the Olympics. “I’m hearing that even second reserves (Dipa is 26th on list; 24 make the cut) might be invited to the Test event in April at Rio. We’ll know in a month and half from the FIG (international body),” coach Nandi says.

“I am happy. But I really want to play at the Olympics,” Dipa says, her eagerness for the ultimate competition apparent in her tone. “I want to be in the Olympics because I am good enough. Even if it’s the 2020 Games,” says the 22-year-old. “I know if I’d done better on my second vault, I could’ve been 4th. I know I’m very close to being the best,” she repeats. “Maybe if I had more time on the Tsukahara, practicing more, I could’ve medalled,” she says, not too distraught at where she’s finished at her best-ever Worlds.

Karmakar is one of those oddballs of gymnastics - from a country with not merely no gymnastics tradition, but not even a functional federation. She lacks effective coaching and can't land jumps cleanly. But she has an Asian and Commonwealth medal, and came close to a Worlds medal, all because of one tactic - replace lack of finesse with daring no one else needs to bother with. She's the only current competitive gymnast to do the Produnova move on the vault - a move so dangerous there has been talk that it should be banned, because a slight mistiming causes the gymnast to land upside down on their neck and face instant death. In the process whatever she loses for finesse, she makes up in difficulty points. She could medal at world and Olympic level with luck. She finished higher than China's top vaulter Wang Yan, who won the gold at the 2015 Asian Championship, where Dipa won bronze:
2015 World Gymnastics Championships, Women's Vault
She rates #1 in the world level in difficulty score and 0.6 points higher than anyone else in that score, but way down in finesse score, as expected. The girl's pretty much made a career out of being the most daring world level gymnast on the planet, making jumps just well enough to almost make a world level medal. She will probably accomplish the same thing at the Olympics, and whether or not she wins a vault medal is a question of how much she can avoid losing finesse points, because no one else comes close to her in trying for difficulty points. Gaining 0.5-0.75 finesse points would put her in world/Olympics medal contention; her scores have improved from 13.xx to 14.6-14.8 now. The 2012 Olympics gold was 15.1xx . If she can crack 15.xx, she can consistently medal at world level.

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Postby Supratik » 03 Nov 2015 17:43

How can she qualify? She still has time for Rio to improve the vaults provided the sports minister is paying attention.


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Postby SBajwa » 05 Nov 2015 00:05

Sardar Singh will lead the 18-member Indian hockey squad in the eight-team Hero World League Finals to be held in Raipur from November 17 to December 6.

The squad announced in the middle of the ongoing National camp at the SAI centre will feature goalkeeper P R Sreejesh as vice-captain.

The wall of defenders comprises Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Raghunath, Jasjit Singh Kular and Rupinder Pal Singh.

Sardar, alongside Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Danish Mujtaba would form a strong pool for the midfield.

SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Talwinder Singh would lead India’s attack for the upcoming tournament.

The Indian team is slated for a three-match Test series against the mighty Australians from the November 19 to 23 in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh before starting their campaign for the World League final.

“The team has been together in the camp for quite a while and they are showing tremendous progress. The test series with Australia will help us evaluate our strengths and weaknesses before going into the Hero Hockey World League Finals,” said Roelant Oltmans, India’s High Performance Director and Chief Coach.

“We are excited and there is high degree of positivity within the boys and that gives all of us a lot of confidence. We are confident of playing some competitive hockey and hope to produce the best result in the league,” he added.

Hockey India President Narinder Dhruv Batra also felt that the side is formidable enough to emerge triumphant.

“The Hero Hockey World League final is going to be our first test en route to the Rio Olympics next year. It will give us a good perspective as we would be testing our best players against the world’s best, with all the teams in the Hero Hockey World League Finals having secured 2016 Olympic qualification.

“With a robust coaching staff that we have set up for the team, I am confident that we will see some great hockey at display from our boys. The Test series against Australia is the ideal warm up that the team can get ahead of the Hero Hockey World league finals.”

The India–Australia series will have matches on November 19, 22 and 23.

The Indian Squad for the India–Australia test series and the hero Hockey World League Finals are as follows:

Goalkeepers: P.R. Sreejesh (Vice Captain), Harjot Singh

Defenders: Birendra Lakra, Kothajit SIngh, VR Raghunath, Jasjit Singh Kular, Rupinder Pal Singh

Midfielders: Sardar Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Danish Mujtaba

Forwards: SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Talwinder Singh

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Postby SBajwa » 12 Nov 2015 19:08

India gets 15 gold in 2015 Asian Shooting Championship at kuwait. This was supposed to be qualifying event
for Rio Olympics but at the last minute

The Asian shooting championship, which starts in Kuwait this week, has been stripped of its Olympic qualifying status after an Israeli delegate was refused an entry visa, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

“Upon request of the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF), the IOC Executive Board on Friday revoked the Olympic qualification status of the Asian Shooting Championship taking place in Kuwait City between 1 and 12 November,” it said in a statement.

“The decision comes after the designated technical delegate from the ISSF, Yair Davidovich (Israel), who was due to supervise the event on behalf of the ISSF, was denied a visa by the Kuwaiti Immigration Department.”

The IOC said the denial of a visa went against its non-discrimination principle of the Olympic Charter which must apply to all Games qualification competitions.

The Olympic body said another reason for stripping the qualifying status for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games was the ban imposed earlier this week on the Kuwait Olympic Committee from all Games-related activities.

The IOC suspended Kuwait on Tuesday for the second time in five years over government interference in the country’s Games committee.

The IOC said it met the government and the Kuwait Olympic Committee to resolve the issue over a piece of sports legislation that was seen as threatening the autonomy of the Olympic body but the talks proved fruitless.

“Another reason for the decision is the fact that the Kuwait NOC is currently suspended by the IOC due to governmental interference against the rules of the Olympic Charter,” it said.

“The KOC is not entitled to participate in any activity connected with the Olympic Movement or exercise any right conferred upon it by the Olympic Charter or the IOC.”


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World politics between Islam and rest is the culprit.
Now India is proposing to hold an Olympics Qualifying event for Asia in India itself., Kazakhstan and Qatar are also proposing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Asia ... mpionships

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 South Korea 16 18 15 49
2 China 16 12 9 37
3 India 15 10 10 35
4 Iran 5 5 6 16
5 Kazakhstan 2 0 2 4
6 Thailand 1 2 5 8
7 Tajikistan 1 0 0 1
8 Mongolia 0 5 4 9
9 Chinese Taipei 0 1 1 2
10 Malaysia 0 1 1 2
11 Qatar 0 1 0 1
12 Singapore 0 1 0 1
13 Vietnam 0 0 2 2
14 Bangladesh 0 0 1 1
Total 56 56 56 168

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Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Postby Supratik » 14 Nov 2015 14:45

Saina in China Open final. To face Li Xurei. Sindhu and Kiadmbi in poor form, defeated early and loosing rankings. Hope that changes before Olympics.

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Postby Suraj » 16 Nov 2015 00:53

Saina has failed in the final at three marquee events this year - All England, World Championships and China Open. In the past her gripe was that that Chinese stood in the way of her making semifinals. Now she's made a habit of losing in the final. Besides Vimal Kumar as a coach, she needs active sports psychological support to drive her to succeed at that last step. She no longer fears any Chinese the way Wang Yihan used to be a nemesis of hers - she's beaten Wang multiple times this year, including in straight games in the semifinals at China Open. Instead, she's running out of mental and physical gas by final.

In fact, all the three major Indian prospects - Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth, could use some mental hardening up in the off season. Saina is flubbing finals, Sindhu loses focus during matches and gives away sequences of points, and Srikanth needs to refocus to fully utilize his brilliant skills, though I think he's also carrying an injury - he won multiple events early in the season and then just flamed out.

They are doing creditably considering the kind of budgets they work with. Gopichand cannot even get a commitment to cover his $300,000 annual academy expense, while the Chinese Badminton Association has a $100 million annual budget.

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Postby Supratik » 16 Nov 2015 16:52

She did not look fully fit in the China open final. Had tapes on her knees and lower leg. But I think your observations are correct. All three are very talented to beat the best but somehow are mentally not strong enough to go through the whole hog and do it repeatedly.

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Postby Bhurishrava » 16 Nov 2015 18:55

Li Xuerui is the player to beat. Although I wouldnt fret too much over this particular loss. Saw her matches. She was dominant against Wang Yihan and even more so against the japanese girl in quarters.
There are too many tornaments in badminton and keeping up the motivation is tough. Sindhu did really well in Denmark open and then lost in the first round in French Open.
Its Srikanth`s form that is really worrying. He has not won anything for a year now. And is regularly making 1st and 2nd round exits. Someone needs to talk to him.

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Postby SBajwa » 18 Nov 2015 02:24

India jr. Hockey team defeated China 4-1. They are top next they will face Oman.

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Postby Suraj » 22 Nov 2015 11:21

Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea are in the doubles final of the ATP World Tour Finals 2015 event. They were the lowest seeded of the 8 teams who made the finals. They beat the Bryan brothers on the way . If Bopanna wins, he joins Sania Mirza , who won the women's doubles event of the the corresponding WTA Tour Finals event with Hingis last month. In fact, Sania won the year end event for the last 2 years - with Hingis this time, and with Cara Black last year.

The men's single final of the same event is between Federer and Djokovic.


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Postby SBajwa » 22 Nov 2015 22:03

Rising to the occasion with their traditional hockey play and Harmanpreet Singh's hat-trick, India spanked Pakistan 6-2 to clinch the eighth Junior Men's Asia Cup at the Wisma Belia Stadium in Kuantan, Malaysia, on Sunday.


India started the match on a positive note, pressing hard since the opening minute of the first half and was soon awarded a penalty corner. Harmanpreet Singh converted the penalty corner to take his tally to 12 goals in the tournament and give India an early advantage of 1-0.


India was again awarded back-to-back penalty corners in the 13th and 14th minutes. Harmanpreet scored again to take India 2-0 up within 15 minutes of the game.


Pakistan fought back in the 28th minute with a successful penalty corner from Yaqoob Muhammad. Soon after, in the 30th minute, Harmanpreet scored from another penalty corner to complete his hat-trick and taking his goal tally to 14 goals in the tournament. The first half ended with India leading 3-1.

The second half saw the Indian domination continue with Armaan Qureshi scoring in the 44th minute and taking the score to 4-1 in India's favour.



Manpreet Jr scored the fifth goal for India followed by another penalty corner goal by Harmanpreet making the score 6-1. Pakistan scored a consolation goal in the 68th minute through Dilber Muhammad. The match ended with India winning the trophy with a score line of 6-2.

Harmanpreet became the highest scorer with his four goals in the match taking his tournament tally to 15 goals in the tournament.

Indian coach Harendra Singh said, "It was an exciting final and the boys displayed immaculate passion and calmness on the field. We ended up as runners-up in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup which made it an even bigger win as we were hungry for the podium position. The support was immense and we felt we were playing in our own backyard. We only have to look forward from here and keep giving such excellent performances."

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Postby SBajwa » 22 Nov 2015 22:06

In the ongoing Hockey 3 Test series with Australia (being played in India)

1. India - Australia 2-2 (Draw)
2. India - Australia 1-2 (Win for Australia)
3. India - Australia scheduled to play on Monday.

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Postby Supratik » 23 Nov 2015 19:33

India win 3-2 but loose series in shootout. India is now in 6th position in FIH rankings. Probably the highest in recent memory. They should aim to be 4th and maintain it consistently. That will improve their chances of medaling in tournaments.

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Postby Suraj » 24 Nov 2015 03:37

Winning against the superior NZ side in the test series away, and then drawing with the mighty world #1 Australia has certainly helped our hockey ranking. We are up 2 places now, ranking above Belgium and New Zealand, not far behind Argentina.

Bopanna and Mergea lost in the final of the ATP Tour Finals. I don't know what's better - not being contention in a sport, or making it to finals in all kinds of sports and losing there. While Sania Mirza has won the women's event two years in a row, we've never won the men's doubles event. Paes, Bhupathi or Bopanna, partnering each other or others, have made the year end final almost half a dozen times in the last 16 years, and 0 wins so far. In badminton Saina Nehwal makes the finals of all of the top 3 badminton events of the year - All England, World Championships and China Open, and loses them all. Bummer. Better luck in 2016 hopefully, though there's also the year end Super Series Final still left.

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Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Postby SBajwa » 24 Nov 2015 18:29

Any news on Asian shooting qualifiers for Olympics? The one held in Kuwait was disqualified where we won 16 Gold Medals.


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