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With Fire in Their Belly and a Twinkle in Their Eyes, These Girls From A Hamlet of Jharkhand Breathe, Talk and Live Hockey

New Delhi: Jharkhand might be one of the most underdeveloped states which is constantly reeling under the constant threat of Maoist attacks. But there is a village in this poverty struck state, which has made a huge contribution to women's hockey in India.
In a country that breathes, talks and lives cricket, this tiny hamlet has produced over 55 national level women's hockey players.
Located some 50 kms from Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, Hesal is a small tribal village that has turned into a nursery of women hockey players over the years.

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Rathore Says Medal Prospects Will Not Face Funding Hurdles

New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said genuine medal prospects will not face any problem in getting financial support from the government. 

Rathore said athletes under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme will face no hurdle in their preparation for next year's Commonwealth and Asian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"It is taxpayers' money so it should be utilised in the right place. Concentration of effort is very important," Rathore told reporters.

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Pakistan Hockey Federation invites Narinder Batra for World XI matches

New Delhi: The Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited FIH president NarinderBatra to visit Karachi and Lahore next month for the matches to be played by a visiting international eleven side.

"We are inviting heads of different hockey federations and we have extended a special invitation to the FIH President, NarinderBatra to visit Pakistan," PHF secretary, Shahbaz Ahmed said.

The International CI is due to reach Karachi on January 18 and play one match against Pakistan eleven the next day and then one more match on January 21st in Lahore.

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Virat Kohli Says We Have Nothing To Prove To Anyone During South Africa Tour

New Delhi:Indian skipper ViratKohlihas asserted that they have "nothing to prove to anyone" during the upcoming South Africa series, starting January 5.

India have not won a single Test series in the 'Rainbow Nation' for the past 25 years, starting back from the inaugural one in 1992.

"We have got rid of all the mental pressures of touring abroad and wanting to prove to people. We are not wanting to prove anything to anyone and our duty is to go out there, give our 100 per cent effort for the country and get the result that we want to," Kohli said at the pre-departure press conference of the Indian team.

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Sindhu Says Timing Of New Service Law Could Have Been Better

New Delhi: Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu said the experimental service law in badminton could have come at a better time.

According to the new rule, "the whole of the shuttle shall be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the server's racket".

The law will be tested at next year's All England Open Championships.

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