India Settle A 2-2 Draw With Belgium In The Men’s Hockey World Cup

New Delhi: India in a spirited effort eked out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar.

Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks’ goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead.

But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level.


Abhinav Bindra Bestowed Upon With the ISSF’s highest award The Blue Cross

New Delhi: The 36-year-old Abhinav Bindra, who remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, has been bestowed upon with the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest award.

India’s Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been conferred the sport’s highest honour for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Athletes Committee.

“Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting’s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle.


AIBA To Introduce A Protest System For Coaches And Boxers In Next Year’s World Championship

New Delhi: The International Boxing Association has said that a provision of protest will be introduced at the 2019 world event to held in Moscow. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is set to introduce a “protest system” for coaches and boxers in next year’s world championship for men, which will also be a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics. Its system of scoring criticised by no less than the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“Noteworthy, is the establishment of a protest system for Coaches and Athletes which has been approved, tested and is set to be implemented in 2019 at the AIBA Men’s World Championships,” the world body said in a statement. The AIBA said it has worked hard towards reforming its systems, most notably scoring, which has often been lambasted as opaque by critics.


Gavaskar Comes Out In Support Of Senior Indian Woman Cricketer Mithali Raj

New Delhi: Sunil Gavaskar has come out in support of senior Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj in the controversy surrounding her dropping from the World T20 semifinal team. Gavaskar said that a player of her experience should not have been left out of the crucial match.

The 35-year-old Mithali was left out of the World T20 semifinal against England that raised quite a few eyebrows after India’s eight-wicket loss. She was dropped despite scoring back-to-back fifties in the group stage of the competition held in the West Indies.

The team management cited cricketing logic -- it did not want to change a winning combination -- behind the move to drop Mithali but former skipper Gavasakar did not agree with that.


Mithali Raj Lashed Out At Diana Edulji And Coach Ramesh Powar To Finally Reveal Her Side Of Story

New Delhi: Indian woman cricketer and ODI captain Mithali Raj lashed out at Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) member Diana Edulji and coach Ramesh Powar to finally reveal her side of the story in the whole fiasco that saw the senior pro being dropped from the team for the all-important semi-final clash against England in the World T20 in West Indies.

Mithali went on to write a scathing letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (cricket operations) Saba Karim and said that a few people in power were trying to destroy her and that Diana Edulji — former woman cricketer and now a part of the CoA — broke her trust.