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Boxing Saves Sarita Devi And First Medal In Bangkok On The Big Stage Is A Proof Of It

New Delhi: As Sarita Devi, 37, stood on the podium to receive her eighth Asian Championships medal in Bangkok on April 26, a fond memory flashed through her head. She thought of her first international medal, also won at Bangkok, also at the Asian Championships, 18 years ago.

Boxing had saved her and that first medal on the big stage was proof. When she was barely in her teens, the Manipuri boxer was gripped by the idea of joining an insurgent group. She had come dangerously close — once helping some armed rebels smuggle weapons. Her village, Mayang Impala, on the hilly outskirts of Imphal, was then a fertile recruitment area for the insurgency.

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Gaurav Solanki And Manish Kaushik Bag A Gold Each As Indian Boxers Finish With Six Medals

New Delhi: Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged a gold each as Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals at the XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Besides two gold medals, Indians boxers clinched a silver and three bronze to wrap off their campaign on a high.

The 22-year-old Solanki (52kg) outpunched England’s William Cawley 5-0 on his way to the coveted yellow metal. He showed glimpses of the impeccable form that brought him gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup last year.

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Gambhir To Afridi: Come to India for Medical Tourism, Will Take You to Psychiatrist

New Delhi: Not known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him to a session with "a psychiatrist" after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener. Afridi in his just-released autobiography 'Game Changer' had sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who "behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond," and has a "lot of attitude and no great records"

Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle tagging Afridi. "...you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist," Gambhir tweeted. The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi's take on Gambhir. "Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude," Afridi wrote.

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Bajrang Punia becomes the first Indian to win gold at the Ali Aliev wrestling tournament

New Delhi: Creating history world number one Bajrang Punia has become the first Indian to win gold at the Ali Aliev wrestling tournament after defeating Viktor Rassadin of Russia in the 65 kg freestyle in Kapiisk.

Bajrang, who won the Asian Championships in China last week, came through stiff resistance from a host of local favourites over two days to prove his credentials as the world’s best wrestler in his category. With the win on Thursday, the Indian has cemented his place on the top in the world rankings and is currently the highest ranked freestyle Asian wrestler in the world.

“I think the fact that I am competing in three different continents in three weeks is itself an incredible feat and I am thankful for all the support I have received through this period. I did have the belief that I could do well in these competitions and am pleased with my performances so far,” Bajrang said.

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Gavaskar Foresees Dhoni Making A Massive Contribution In India’s World Cup Campaign

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar foresees Mahendra Singh Dhoni making a “massive” contribution in India’s World Cup campaign and he feels it will not be limited to the talismanic player’s much-admired instinctive reading of the game.

Dhoni has been in superb form in the ongoing Indian Premier League and has so far amassed 358 runs from 11 matches for the Chennai Super Kings. Gavaskar feels the stumper-batsman will be crucial to India posting defendable totals in the mega-event starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.

“I think it will be very important because we have a fabulous top-three. But in case the top-three don’t make their usual contribution, then Dhoni’s contribution down the order, whether it’s at number four or five, will make a big difference in India posting a defendable total,” Gavaskar said.

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