Indian sports activities news wrap, February 8

Catch all Indians in motion on this planet of sports activities on February 8.


I-League: Gokulam, RoundGlass face off in fascinating battle

RoundGlass Punjab, positioned second within the I-League desk, goes head to head towards Gokulam Kerala, third in factors desk, in Kozhikode on Friday.

Gokulam, the champion within the final two editions, is 10 factors adrift of the chief, Sreenidi Deccan. So the host must be determined for a win – extra so, after its disappointing defeat within the final match to Neroca FC, which is positioned tenth among the many 12 groups.

The 1-2 loss at Imphal on Sunday was a setback to a workforce that hoped to slim the hole with the league’s leaders. Gokulam is on 24 factors, RoundGlass on 31 and Sreenidi on 34. Significantly, Gokulam has performed two video games lower than Sreenidi and one lower than RoundGlass.

But at this stage of the event, it can’t afford to be complacent, particularly towards a aspect as robust as RoundGlass, which must be eager to bounce again after drawing with lesser weights, Kenkre and Sudeva in its final two matches. RoundGlass had overwhelmed Gokulam 1-0 at dwelling earlier this season.

-P.Ok. Ajith Kumar


India’s Farhat Aleen Qamar advances to second spherical in ITF Tournament in Jhajjar

Farhat Aleen Qamar performed nicely at crunch time to beat Elena Giessler of Germany 7-5, 7-5 within the first spherical of the $15,000 ITF ladies’s tennis event on the Joygaon Academy on Wednesday.

Stroking nicely and enjoying with confidence regardless of the fluctuating stream of the competition, Aleen received to a 5-2 lead within the first set, solely to see her opponent come again on par. To her credit score, Aleen closed out the set by profitable the subsequent two video games, dropping solely two factors.

She did the identical within the second set, whereas trailing 4-5, by profitable the final three video games for the lack of solely two factors, accelerating to a sensible end.

In the pre-quarterfinals, Aleen will problem the second seed Tamara Curovic of Serbia who eased previous a preventing Soha Sadiq for the lack of 4 video games.

Wild card Kundali Majgaine had a morale boosting victory over the nationwide championship finalist Sai Samhitha, in three units. Kundali will run into prime seed Vaidehi Chaudhari within the second spherical.

Anjali Rathi was tied 6-6 towards Saumya Vig when the latter retired owing to in poor health well being. Saumya was battling a viral fever proper by the qualifying occasion, and thus couldn’t muster energy to combat Anjali.

Anjali will play sixth seed Humera Baharmus within the pre-quarterfinals. Zeel Desai beat Kashish Bhatia for the lack of 4 video games to arrange a gathering with Celine Simunyu of Ireland.

Mihika Yadav beat Priyanshi Bhandari in an entertaining three-setter of free flowing strokes to arrange a second spherical towards seventh seed Marie Mettraux of Switzerland, who proved too robust for Nidhitra Rajmohan.

Paavanii Pathak put up a powerful combat towards Shachf Lieberman of Israel, earlier than happening in three units.


Singles (first spherical): Kundali Majgaine bt Sai Samhitha 6-3, 0-6, 6-3; Anjali Rathi bt Saumya Vig 6-6 (retired); Zeel Desai bt Kashish Bhatia 6-3, 6-1; Celine Simunyu (Irl) bt Ilaria Sposetti (Ita) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Vanessa Ersoz (Swe) bt Jagmeet Kaur 6-0, 6-0; Fanny Ostlund (Swe) bt Akanksha Nitture 6-2, 6-0; Sevil Yuldasheva (Uzb) bt Ritu Ohlyan 6-0, 6-1; Julia Lovqvist (Swe) bt Yubrani Banerjee 6-1, 7-5; Alexandra Iordache (Rou) bt Milana Maslenkova (Uzb) 6-2, 6-0; Marie Mettraux (Sui) bt Nidhitra Rajmohan 6-3, 6-1; Mihika Yadav bt Priyanshi Bhandari 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; Farhat Aleen Qamar bt Elena Giessler (Ger)
7-5, 7-5; Tamara Curovic (Srb) bt Soha Sadiq 6-2, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Kolkata Knight Riders’ Junior Knights Championship underway

The Junior Knights Championship, an under-15 Inter-school championship collectively organized by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), started in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Altogether, 52 faculty groups, divided into 13 teams, will play 93 matches throughout 21 grounds in and round Kolkata of their bid to win the Mayor’s Cup. A complete of 11 gamers, chosen by the CAB, will get an opportunity to coach with the KKR teaching workers on the franchise’s academy.

-Y.B Sarangi


Rural Electrification Corporation sponsors Boxing Federation of India

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has roped in a public sector firm, Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), as one in every of its sponsors.

The REC will spend Rs 30 crore, as a part of its CSR initiative, over a interval of three years to develop the game.

As part of the settlement, the BFI will utilise the funds to conduct a global coaching camp in New Delhi from March 3 to 12 forward of the ladies’s world championships.

Through this partnership, the REC will even present assist in conducting worldwide camps for boxers throughout all age classes and also will contribute in grassroots growth by empowering state-level coaching academies and coaches.

The assist settlement additionally consists of escalating grassroots progress by nurturing younger boxers and providing scholarships to particular person abilities throughout all age teams, recognized by the nationwide championships.

-Y.B. Sarangi


Indian novice Shaurya in Top-10 at midway stage in South Africa

India’s Shaurya Bhattacharya shot a wonderful 72 and 71 within the opening two rounds to be positioned tied ninth on the midway stage of the African Amateur Championship golf event at Leopard Creek Country Club.

The chief is Aldrich Potgieter, who can also be the reigning British Amateur champion. Following a second spherical of 69 that featured six birdies, one bogey and a double bogey on the tough par three seventh gap, Potgieter tops the chief board at eight-under par going into shifting day.


Manu Gandas all set to tee off in Singapore Classic

Indian golfer Manu Gandas can be hoping to make amends for his missed lower in Ras Al Khaimah when he tees up on the Singapore Classic this week. Gandas is the primary beneficiary of the brand new alliance between the PGTI and the DP World Tour, which granted the Indian Order of Merit topper a card on the DP World Tour.


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