India’s Top Shuttlers Saina Nehwal Too Endorses Sport’s New Format Air Badminton

New Delhi: India’s top shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal, have endorsed sport’s new format - AirBadminton, saying it has the potential to provide an alternate career to retired professionals. Outdoor badminton is one of India’s favourite recreational sports and there are places in the country where it is a money-making option too. Airbadminton was globally launched at Guangzhou last week by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle.

Airshuttle, the most important component of the format, has been designed to have similar trajectory, acoustics and feel to that of a traditional indoor shuttle.It would have minimal impact from side and axial wind and limited influence from humidity variations.


Indian Men’s Hockey Team End Tour Down Under With A 2-5 Loss To Australia In Final Match

New Delhi: The Indian men’s hockey team ended its tour Down Under with a 2-5 loss to world no.2 Australia in the fifth and final match at Perth. Trent Mitton (11th and 24th minutes), Flynn Ogilvie (3rd), Blake Govers (28th) and Tim Brand (43rd) scored for the hosts while Nilakanta Sharma (12th) and Rupinderpal Singh (53rd) registered their names on the scoresheet for India.

The visitors had the opening chance in the match, but it was cleared by Eddie Ockenden, while on the counter Australia forced Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak to make a brilliant save towards his left side as deflected it outside for a long corner.

The following seconds saw Australia score the opening goal of the match in the 3rd minute as Ogilvie managed to get the final touch.


Neeraj Chopra Recovers From Elbow Surgery But Will Not Be Rushed Into Any Competition

New Delhi: Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwala said that javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is recovering from his elbow surgery without complications but he will not be rushed into any competition, including the World Championships later this year.

The 21-year-old Neeraj, who won a gold in the Commonwealth Games as well as Asian Games last year, was successfully operated by celebrated orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala at the Kokilaben Dirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on May 2.

The arthroscopic surgery on his throwing right hand was done to remove bone fragments from his elbow joint. His recovery is likely to take at least three months, putting his participation at the prestigious Doha World Championships (September-October) in doubt.


Tendulkar Takes A Swipe At International Cricket Council For Taking A Dig On Him By Posting A Video

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar was well known for his batting but his bowling was also a major weapon for the Master Blaster and over the years, he has taken many important wickets with his brand of spin.

In a video posted on Twitter, Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli were shown hitting the nets at the Tendulkar-Middlesex Global Academy camp in Navi Mumbai with Tendulkar bowling couple of trademark leg spinners.

“Felt great to be back in the nets with @vinodkambli349 during the @tendulkarmga lunch break! It sure took us back to our childhood days at Shivaji Park... Very few people know that Vinod & I have always been in the same team and never played against each other. #TMGA,” wrote Tendulkar on Twitter.


GS Lakshmi Becomes First Female To Be Appointed To ICC International Panel Of Match Referees

New Delhi: India’s GS Lakshmi has created history by becoming the first female to be appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) International Panel of Match Referees. This comes close on the heels of Claire Polosak becoming the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI earlier this month. Lakshmi will be eligible to referee international games with immediate effect.  

Meanwhile, Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has joined compatriot Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, taking the number of women on that panel to an unprecedented eight.

Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron and Jacqueline Williams are the other women officials on that panel. The first woman on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires was Kathy Cross, who retired last year.