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Chuni Goswami, legendary football captain, dies at 82

Indian football legend Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami, who led the country to an Asian Games gold in 1962, died Thursday aged 82, the All India Football Federation said.

Chuni Goswami breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday. He is survived by his wife Basanti and son Sudipto. He was 82.

Goswami – who also played first-class cricket for Bengal – died in his hometown Kolkata, according to the federation.

The loss of such a legend has naturally left a huge void in the Indian sporting fraternity. Social media was thus, flooded with tributes for Chuni Goswami after news of his demise broke.

BCCCI wrote, BCCI mourns the death of Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami, an all-rounder in the truest sense. He captained the Indian national football team & led to them to gold in the 1962 Asian Games. He later played first-class cricket for Bengal & guided them to the final of Ranji Trophy in 1971-72.

“Just saddened with so many bad news of dear people..The game loses another hero.. RIP Chuni da…An all time great of the game .. Life settles all scores at the end ..You have still won it,” Ganguly said on Twitter.

“Rest in eternal peace Shri. Chuni Goswami. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.” Batting great Sunil Gavaskar said his loss would be immense.

“Today is a truly depressing day. First (Bollywood star) Rishi (Kapoor) and now Chuni da have left us. Both champions and legends in their craft,” he said.

Former @IndianFootball captain and 1962 Asian Games gold medalist Chuni Goswami passes away! Read about the legacy that he leaves #IndianFootball, ISL tweeted.

“The world will be the poorer for their departure to the Heavens. RIP.”

Goswami, who is survived by his wife and a son, represented India on the football field in 50 international matches 36 of them official between 1956 to 1964.

After retiring from football at the age of 27, Goswami turned his focus to cricket. He represented Bengal in 46 first-class games between 1962 and 1973.

The all-rounder captained the Bengal state team in the 1971-72 season, leading them to the Ranji Trophy final.

He was also a key part of the combined Central and East Zone team that inflicted an innings defeat on Gary Sobers’ West Indies in 1966, taking eight wickets in the game with his medium-pace bowling.

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Gopichand: Winning at all cost not necessary

Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday urged the society to relook at the concept of “winning at all cost” and said we should rather focus on people reaching their full potential. “Winning at all cost is not necessary as a society, it should be more about good character than good features and if you are in a position of power it should be about justice to everybody and as a celebrity to be about being a good role model. In money vs relationships, we should be able to choose good relationships and that is what matters,” he said.

Pullela Gopichand was live on a Sports Authority of India (SAI) session on its Facebook page. Gopichand reflected on his own life as a player and then as a coach. He said that for him success no longer is about winning, but to reach one’s full potential.

“Coaches should give their 100% and not only think of success in terms of winning a competition but as something their ward sets out to do and then achieves. Each individual is talented and has potential but only one athlete at a time can represent the country at the Olympics,” Gopichand said.

He gave examples of Abhinav Bindra, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu and said the reason they were able to win medals at the Olympics was that they gave it their all and at the end of the day, that is all that should matter. “As a society, we need to stop being goal-oriented and rather become process-oriented because that is what will help all of us grow,” he added.

Gopichand also took the opportunity to thank his parents and coaches for helping him reach where he is today and specially thanked badminton veteran Prakash Padukone for being an inspiration to many.

He ended his session urging coaches to help their ward reach their potential and asked the athletes to give it their all on the ground, but also remember to let the loss go if they don’t win.

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IOC announces new deadline for Olympic qualification period

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday that the new deadline for the qualification period for the postponed Tokyo Olympics has been set to June 29, 2021. It further stated that International Federations (IF) of each sport retain full discretion for defining their own respective deadlines and pathways.

The Olympics was originally scheduled to be held from 24 July to 9 August this year. However, the fallout from the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic led to the IOC eventually announcing that the Tokyo Games will now be held from 23 July to 8 August, 2021.

“The new qualification period deadline is 29 June, 2021 and IFs can define their own qualification period deadlines should the deadline be prior to this date,” said the IOC in a letter addressed to the National Olympic Committees (NOC).

Athletes already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will need to be picked again by their respective National Olympic Committees to compete at the postponed Games in 2021, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world last week by agreeing to postpone the Games by a year to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 57% of the 11,000 athletes had already qualified for the Tokyo Games this year before qualification tournaments were scrapped as the virus spread in recent months.

Those athletes, the IOC said, would keep their qualification but would need to be re-selected for next year by their National Olympic Committee again as they represented a nation and not themselves.

“All of the qualifications that have been achieved by National Olympic Committees and individual athletes remain in place,” IOC Sports director Kit McConnell said in a conference call.

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Olympics 2020: IOC working to arrange July-August window for postponed 2021

International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.

John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, told the Yomiuri the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August.

“We want to more or less finalise the dates in four weeks’ time,” the paper quoted Coates as saying.

Coates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), said the summer scheduling would be dependent on avoiding clashes with the world championships for swimming (16 July-1 August) and athletics (6 August-15 August).

The first postponement in the Olympics’ 124-year modern history is expected to create a financial headache for the myriad businesses with a financial stake in the Games.World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has said the world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon could be moved back to 2022 if necessary. 

Coates told the newspaper the hope was to follow the same arrangements next year that had been planned for 2020, including holding the marathon in the northern city of Sapporo instead of Tokyo to escape the heat.

The AOC confirmed the Yomiuri report’s veracity and also told Reuters in a statement that Coates had “proffered a view but confirms a range of options are on the table for the IOC”.

The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world on Tuesday, agreeing to push back the Games by as much as a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

IOC president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that “all options” were on the table for rescheduling, including holding the Games before the Japanese summer.

The sources reported on Wednesday that the organising committee estimates that the postponement will raise the total cost for the Games by 300bn yen ($2.7 billion) due to additional labour and other costs.

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Mary Kom-Nikhat Zareen face-off: The story behind

An Olympic qualifier boxing match made news for a wrong reason today when celebrated woman pugilist Mary Kom refused to shake hands with her junior Nikhat Zareen from Telangana whom the Manipuri had defeated. Telangana’s 23-year-old Nikhat Zareen lost to six-time world champion Mary Kom in the final of the Olympic qualifier trials. Mary Kom made a place in the Indian team for next year’s Olympic qualifiers in China. However, the Telangana Boxing Council protests came into the limelight after this match.

Even after her victory, Mary Kom looked annoyed with Nikhat Zareen. The atmosphere inside the boxing hall was tense as Zareen stirred controversy by publicly demanding a trial. There was also an argument between the two boxers during the match and outside the ring.

When the result was announced, some representatives of the Telangana Boxing Association, the domestic state of Zareen, started opposing it. Mary Kom did not shake hands. after the match, Mary Kom said, “I do not like such people at all.”

After the trial match between the two today, champion boxer Mary Kom refused to shake hands with the younger opponent. When she was asked why, she said, “Why do I need to shake hands with her? If she expects respect from others, she must respect others too.”

Mary Kom said, “It was not I who created a dispute. I never said I would not come for a trial. So I cannot stand it when someone accuses me. It was not my fault and my name should not be dragged into it.”

Zareen, on the other hand, said, “I am hurt by the way Mary Kom behaved. I am a junior; it would have been nice if she hugged me after the match. But I don’t want to comment.” In fact, the Hyderabadi boxer had tried to hug the Manipuri champion at the end of the match, as is the custom, but it seemed from outside the ring that Mary Kom pushed Nikhat Zareen away.

“I think I won the first two rounds. But more than the loss, it was Mary’s behaviour that hurt me. After the fight, in the ring, she used foul language for me. I didn’t expect this sort of an attitude from an idol,” the Hyderabad boxer said to reporters.

AP Reddy, representing the Telangana Boxing Association, strongly opposed the decision. Indian Boxing Federation President Ajay Singh managed the situation by intervening. Singh asked Reddy to move away from the ring and pacify an agitated Zareen. Reddy later told reporters, “How will boxing progress in such politics?”

Singh said, ‘What can anyone say about Mary Kom? It will always be less. She is a talented boxer. As far as Nikhat is concerned, she is a hope for the future and she was impressive in this match.”

Behind the Mary Kom-Nikhat Zareen fracas

Trouble has been brewing between the two for some time. Nikhat has many a time accused the champion boxer, saying that due to Mary Kom, she is ignored in boxing. In fact, during the World Championship played in Russia, Mary Kom won bronze in the 51 kg weight category. After that victory, Singh wanted to send Mary Kom directly to Olympic qualifiers, which would have been a contravention of the rules of the BFI.

According to the rules made by the BFI in September, only players who win a gold or silver medal in the World Championship get a direct entry to the Olympic qualifiers, Trials are needed in the category in which Indian boxers have not reached the final. The BFI, therefore, agreed to hold the trials.

Meanwhile, Mary Kom had always said that she was with the selection process of BFI. However, she also tried to avoid trials by citing examples of other sports where the rule is more lenient. She asked who gave trials in other disciplines like badminton. “Have you seen Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu giving trials, but in our case it is different.”

It may, thus, be said quite safely that Mary Kom was not as peeved with Nikhat Zareen as she was miffed with the rule to appear for BFI trials.

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Rijiju: Too early to call for CWG 2022 boycott

New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has played down the calls to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting’s exclusion, saying it is too early to make a decision of such magnitude. Shooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee, citing logistical issues. The move triggered angry reactions from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national shooting federation (NRAI).

The IOA went to the extent of suggesting a boycott to protest the sport’s dropping.”The officials of IOA met me and apprised me about the ongoing issues in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where the shooting discipline has been dropped. The possibility of India’s boycott was also raised before me,” Rijiju said.

“I told them to speak to the Commonwealth Games Federation officials and the organising committee of the Birmingham Games and apprise them about our deep concerns”. If it (the decision) is not reviewed, we will see but the call for a boycott at this point of time is too early. Certainly, a boycott is not the solution but I will not give an opinion till I get the final outcome from the meeting between IOA and CGF officials, Rijiju added.

Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. But in its Executive Board meeting in June, the CGF recommended the inclusion of three new sports while dropping shooting. The decision was a shock for India as the country’s shooters claimed 16 medals, including seven gold at last year’s Gold Coast Games. The country had finished third in the medals table with a tally of 66.

On to the more immediate concerns, like the 2020 Olympic Games, the minister was hopeful that the athletes are going to bring back a lot more than just the one silver and a bronze attained in the 2016 Rio Games.

Rijiju, however, said the 2024 and 2028 editions are his long-term goals. I have just assumed sports ministry (charge) three months back and we are about 10 months away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so now we will have to go with the existing talent.”In 10 months, we cannot produce new talents. We have identified existing talents and we have extended all technical resources and other support whatever is required,” he said.

“…we are expecting better results than previous Olympics. But it is difficult to predict the number of medals because of the high standard of competition in the Olympics. My long-term preparation is for 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” Rijiju added.

Rijiju also said that the government is open to the idea of hosting multi-sport events despite the bad press India got for alleged corruption in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “We are not averse to hosting any international event. Definitely, it’s a matter of pride for any country to host the Olympics or Asian Games. We would be encouraging more international events because our dream is to host the Olympics someday,” he said.

“But before that, we should be ready, we should be able to make the whole world understand that India is capable of hosting. It must be done at an appropriate time,” Rijiju asserted. Asked about the contentious issue of bilateral sporting ties between India and Pakistan, Rijiju said that is completely dependent on the government’s position.”Without the government’s sanction, there cannot be any bilateral series between India and Pakistan. But when it comes to international multi-sport events, the government has no say on that,” Rijiju said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Fit India Movement’, a nation-wide fitness programme to motivate citizens to take up at least one fitness activity on 29 August and Rijiju said fitness is key to the overall development of a country.”The basic philosophy of this movement is that every Indian should be fit,” he said.”If India has to become a powerful, prosperous nation, a resurgent India will be possible only if the Indians are fit. It will be a big movement in which all sections of the society will be associated,” he added.

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Hockey: Mandeep’s hat-trick helps India beat Japan, reach final

Tokyo: Striker Mandeep Singh struck a fine hat-trick to help the men’s hockey team of India beat hosts Japan 6-3 and book a summit clash berth in the Olympic Test Event here on Tuesday.

The Indian team bounced back from their 1-2 loss against New Zealand with an impressive display in their third match at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India again face New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday.

Mandeep found the target in the 9th, 29th and 30th minutes while Nilakanta Sharma (3rd), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (7th) and Gurjant Singh (41st) were the other scorers for India.

Kentaro Fukuda (25th), Kenta Tanaka (36th) and Kazuma Murata (52nd) scored the goals for Japan.

Nilakanta gave India an excellent start through a field goal in the third minute. Buoyed by the early lead, the Indian team put tremendous pressure on the Japan defence as Gurjant Singh took a shot on goal, but saw his effort going wide of the post.

However, a penalty corner was awarded to India in the seventh minute which was converted brilliantly by Nilam Sanjeep to help the team take a 2-0 lead.

India continued to take the aggressive approach and Mandeep found the back of the net with an excellent field goal in the ninth minute.

Japan tried to make inroads in the last few minutes of the first quarter as they won a penalty corner. Gurinder Singh positioned himself brilliantly and defended the shot on the goal line. India led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

India continued their attacking game in the second quarter with Jarmanpreet Singh taking a shot on goal, but putting it wide of the post. Captain Harmanpreet Singh had a shot on target, but the Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa pulled off a brilliant save.

Japan managed to open their account through a field goal through Kentaro Fukuda in the 25th minute, but Mandeep scored two field goals in quick succession to help India take a big 5-1 lead. The Indian vice-captain scored just before the half-time whistle in the 29th and 30th minutes.

Japan started the third quarter on an aggressive note. They took a shot on goal, which was blocked out brilliantly by goalkeeper Krishan Pathak. However, the Japanese team kept putting pressure on the Indian defence and found a field goal through Kenta Tanaka in the 36th minute.

India did not let the momentum shift towards the Japanese side as forward Gurjant found the back of the net in the 41st minute to make it 6-2 which put the world number 5 side in a dominant position at the end of the third quarter.

Japan attacked the Indian defence in the the fourth quarter and scored their third goal through Kazuma Murata in the 52nd minute.

India were awarded a penalty corner with 5 minutes left on the clock, but the shot went wide off the post. India also saved a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match.

The win put India in the second spot in the points table and they face toppers New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday.

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Bajrang Punia nominated for Khel Ratna award

New Delhi: Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medalist wrestler Bajrang Punia was on Friday nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, a year after he threatened to move court for not getting his due.

Bajrang’s name was finalised by a 12-member selection committee on the opening day of a two-day meeting. The panel comprises the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and MC Mary Kom among others and is headed by Justice (Retired) Mukundakam Sharma.

“Bajrang has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award. His name was a unanimous choice,” said a source close to the development.

The source also said that the panel may add another athlete for the top honours on Saturday besides finalising the names for the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards.

Bajrang had threatened to move court after he was snubbed for the Khel Ratna award last year despite being a gold-medalist in both the Asian and Commonwealth Games.

On getting the nod on Friday, Bajrang asserted that he is a deserving candidate of the award.

“My job is to train hard and compete hard. My focus has always been on my performance and not awards. But the recognition does come your way when you do well,” said Bajrang who is in Georgia, training for the World Championships.

“I had the achievements to deserve this award. I have always said that awards should go to the most deserving ones,” he added.

Bajrang had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta.

He had also won the gold medal in the same category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Besides, he is a two-time medalist at the world championships and a strong medal hope for India at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

While Bajrang won a bronze in 60kg in 2013 World Championships, he bettered his feat last year by bagging a silver in the 65kg category.

He welcomed the recognition, but Bajrang said he doesn’t consider it a motivation ahead of the the World Championships to be held from 14 to 22 September at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

“My focus has always been on preparing for the big stage but yes, recognition makes you happy. It is certainly a good news weeks before the World Championship,” he said.

“I don’t need motivation from outside, I am motivated to do well at the World Championships in Kazakhstan. It (award) does not make any difference to my preparations. Putting on quality performance is my focus and it will remain.”

Bajrang is only the fourth wrestler to be finalised for the Khel Ratna award after Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik.

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is the highest sporting honour of the country and comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.

It is a part of National Sports Awards bestowed on the occasion of National Sports Day by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.

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Want to throw javelin >90m for better odds of winning Olympic medal: Neeraj

New Delhi: India’s only gold medallist in athletics at the 21st Commonwealth Games, young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has set his eyes at achieving a distance of 90m consistently to enhance his chances of winning a medal at the Olympics.

The 20-year-old from Haryana, who clinched the gold at 2016 World Junior Championships, produced a season-best of 86.47 m to claim the yellow metal at Gold Coast to become only the fourth Indian individual in the history of the Games to win a track and field gold.

“I had trained in Germany (under prominent coach Werner Daniels) for three months. I used to train and also cook my own food. I had to work hard for this gold and I hope this motivates others to also take up the sport and do well for the country,” Neeraj said during an interaction which was part of a felicitation program organised by the Indian Army.

“My main target is to achieve a distance of 90m. That is a benchmark at world level and if I can throw that much then I will be able to win a medal at world level and also at Olympics.”

The German duo of Johannes Vetter (94.44) and Thomas Rhler (93.90) are placed second and third in the all-time list of top 25 javelin thrower, which is topped by Czech Jan Elezn (98.48).

Neeraj’s coach legendary German Uwe Hohn, a former world record holder, is the only javelin thrower to cross 100m mark with a throw of 104.80 in 1984, two years before the men’s javelin was re-designed, which shortened the throwing distance by approximately 10%.

Talking about his future events, Neeraj said: “CWG and Asian Games are there next and then, of course, the Olympics. But before that, I will take part in some Diamond League series, where the competition is tough. Then there is also World Championship next year,” said Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m.

“I will train at Patiala and if there is any training opportunity before the Asian Games then I will go.

“The competition is good in Asian Games, Chinese Taipei, Qatar and there are 2-3 countries who are doing well.

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Indian Sports Beyond Commonwealth Games

During the years of Rajiv Gandhi, one of the initiatives of whom was the SAARC under which there were SAF Games, an official of a foreign contingent of athletes had remarked on the conclusion of a chapter that saw India top the medals’ tally that we were “a giant in SAF, a human in Asiad and a puny at the Olympics”. While we have had Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Gagan Narang, Yogeshwar Dutt, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik as Olympic medalists in the intervening period, for a country with a 1.25 billion plus population, that is still faring far below potential. Nevertheless, the Commonwealth Games — a nationalist Indira Gandhi had famously desired that India withdrew from the grouping that reminded it of its colonial slavery — is no SAF Games. The politics of yesteryears apart, the sporting event offers the athletes of the country a wonderful exposure to some of the best in the world, given that the British Empire covered the largest geographical span of all imperial empires. To rank third with a tally of 66 medals at the CWG is no mean feat. The greatest contribution having come from shooters — 16 medals — however, brings forth a predicament. Rifle and pistol events are expensive sports. In a country where securing a job with a fixed monthly salary has been a priority for ages, this is a gamble for the parents. Despite this, if shooters have been making us proud year after year, one must draw an inference from the record that population is not the right parameter to judge a country’s capabilities in sports. For, these medalists are coming from a small pool of families that have dared to let their children chase their out-of-the-ordinary dreams.

The period between Delhi Asiad of 1982 and Seoul Olympics of 1984 and CWG in Australia in 2018 flags another concern. Since the era of PT Usha and a marvellous 4×100 relay team of that epoch, sprinters from Kerala have not shined as bright internationally. Going back further, Punjab hasn’t produced another Milkha Singh. At the level of Asian Games, Bengal isn’t giving the country another swimmer of the calibre of Bula Choudhury. And we seem to have forgotten how brilliant Adivasis are at archery. In fact, India boasts of many a world-record beating shooter and archer. If they get nervous at the Olympics, they need psychological counsellors. That calls for a greater investment in our contingents. But this chapter of the Commonwealth Games saw the unfortunate episode where Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja went without a physiotherapist to relieve them of pain during their pursuits for the elusive medals. On the one hand, the strictness of the government to check the ridiculously large sizes of our past teams, where the majority used to comprise bureaucrats, is welcome. On the other, there cannot be a ludicrously rigid rule governing the budget that would exclude coaches and sports doctors.

Finally, as in the defence sector, private players have to come into sports big-time for India to be a power to reckon with in the world of sports. For long, the Tatas have contributed to sports, but it was more out of the industrial group’s urge for philanthropy and management of the benign brand of the corporation. Even in that, the group received no cooperation, let alone help, from the state. By the yardstick of a free market, if the state should not have helped out of the apprehension of being labelled as a government for cronies, it should not have erected bureaucratic bottlenecks either. As in the IPL of cricket, there has to be a profit-making model for the corporate sector to get interested in athletics, especially track-and-field events. But they cannot wait ad infinitum for the Indian society to produce a critical mass of players in whom they would invest. If a game as rustic as kabaddi can be marketed with fanfare of late, so can every sporting discipline. An advertisement blitzkrieg will attract the young in hordes. The countries that excelled in sports despite domineering, ubiquitous governments were communist countries that inculcated a military-like discipline in their citizens, which wouldn’t be a feasible — leave alone advisable — proposition for India.

We lay emphasis on sports for it, like music, is not only an expression of a living being — as is evident in the behavioural pattern of the young of every species — but also a sublime tool for character building. A sport helps an individual imbibe the spirit of a fair game, so necessary for developing a healthy society. With this message, Sirf News congratulates the winners: Saina Nehwal, Vikas Krishan, Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra, Gaurav Solanki, Sumit Malik, Sanjeev Rajput, MC Mary Kom, Bajrang Punia, Tejaswini Sawant, Anish Bhanwala, Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware, Shreyasi Singh, Heena Sidhu, the Indian mixed team for badminton, Jitu Rai, the Indian women’s table tennis team, Manu Bhaker, Punam Yadav, Venkat Rahul Ragala, Satish Kumar Sivalingam, Sanjita Chanu, Mirabai Chanu, Indian men’s table tennis team, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal, Manish Kaushik, Amit Panghal, Mouma Das, Anjum Moudgil, Pooja Dhanda, Mausam Khatri, Seema Punia, Mehuli Ghosh, Pradeep Singh, Heena Sidhu, P Gururaja, Tejaswini Sawant, babita Kumari, G Sathiyan, Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shankar Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy, Somveer, Sakshi Malik, Naman Tanwar, Manoj Kumar, Hussamuddin Mohammed, Divya Kakran, Navjeet Dhillon, Kiran, Ankur Mittal, Om Mitharval, Apurvi Chandela, Vikas Thakur, Ravi Kumar, Deepak Lather and Sachin Chaudhary.