India to host the Commonwealth shooting and archery championships in January 2022

New Delhi: India will host the Commonwealth shooting and archery championships in January 2022 and the medals from the two events will be counted for “ranking of competing nations” at the Birmingham Games, the CGF said on Monday.

However the medals will be added to the final tally one week after the conclusion of the Games.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced the decision after its Executive Board meeting here from February 21 to 23.

The decision can be considered a big win for India after it threatened to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Games for dropping shooting from the roster.


Jitender seals his place in Indian team for Olympic Qualifiers by reaching 74kg final at Asian Championships

New Delhi: Jitender Kumar sealed his place in the Indian team for the Olympic Qualifiers by reaching the 74kg final at the Asian Championships even as a sluggish Deepak Punia and overconfident Rahul Aware will fight for bronze after losing their respective semifinals, here on Sunday.

After winning his Qualification bout rather easily, Jitender just about managed to win his following bouts against Iran’s Mostafa Mohabbali Hosseinkhani (2-2) and Mongolia’s Sumiyabazar Zandanbud (2-1).

However, his performance was enough to convince the national federation that he should travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the Olympic Qualifiers and a re-trial in this category was not required.


I-League: Mohun Bagan beat Churchill Brothers 3-0 I-League: Mohun Bagan beat Churchill Brothers 3-0

New Delhi: Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan overwhelmed Churchill Brothers 3-0 at the Fatorda stadium in Margao, Goa, on Saturday, to dispel any doubts of a freeze, with the crucial business end of the I-League season approaching fast. Senegalese striker Papa Babacar Diawara started the blitz as early as the sixth minute in the reverse leg, with second-half strikes from VP Suhair and Tajik midfielder Komron Tursunov driving home the visitor's dominance over the hosts.

Had the Mariners not missed sitters towards the end of the game, they could have garnered even a bigger win. Bernardo Tavarez of Churchill and Kibu Vicuna of Mohun Bagan were forced to make changes due to suspensions. The league leaders were off the blocks early with Diawara scoring his seventh goal in as many games. It also involved prominently the visitor's two Spanish stars, who have been involved in almost every goal Bagan have scored this season.


Vinesh Phogat fails to unlock mystery called Mayu Mukaida for third consecutive time

New Delhi: For third time in succession, Vinesh Phogat couldn’t unlock the mystery called Mayu Mukaida. The Japanese, by all means, will be a leading contender at the Tokyo Olympics and a huge road bump for Indian’s aspirations. Perhaps the only consolation Vinesh can draw from her fight against Mukaida at the Asian Championships here on Friday is the reduced margin of defeat (2-6).

Mukaida will most certainly play on the mind of the Indian who carries the country’s medal hopes in Tokyo. When Vinesh lost 7-0 to Mukaida at the World Championships in September, she had desperately waited for the opportunity to face the Japanese one more time before Tokyo. That opportunity came at the Asian meet here and for the third straight time she was drawn to open her campaign in 53kg against her nemesis.

The most awaited bout of the day was off to a measured start. Vinesh and Mukaida preyed on each other’s legs. Vinesh made three attempts to attack Mukaida’s left leg but the Japanese was quick to wriggle out.


Divya Kakran wins gold medal at the Senior Asian Championships defeating Japan’s Naruha Matsuyuki

New Delhi: At the warm-up area, coaches, physios and a nutritionist stood beside Divya Kakran. There was a sense of urgency. She was writhing in pain even as physios worked on her overworked muscles, loosening the knots following her three bouts in over an hour’s time.

The 22-year-old now had to be ready for her last and the toughest bout, against the Japanese junior world champion Naruha Matsuyuki—the decisive contest that could fetch her a gold medal in the 68kg category. Kakran appeared anxious but also determined.

In the first three bouts, Kakran’s muscular frame saw her power past her opponents. She had won all her contests by ‘fall’. She clearly wanted to stay ahead in the race in the five-women round-robin format. She was quick with her leg attacks and whenever her opponents tried to wriggle out, her grip would only tighten.