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Agra boy becomes youngest Sr national karting champion

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Agra/Bengaluru, Aug 25 (IANS) Fifteen-year old Shahan Ali Mohsin of Taj city Agra has become the youngest racer to win the senior category of JK Tyre National Karting Championship.

The championships concluded in Bengaluru late on Saturday and the results were declared on Sunday.

Shahan will now represent India in the Grand Finale at Sarno, Italy, from October 19 to 26. He will compete with 350 drivers from over 60 countries.

Speaking to IANS on way to Agra from Bengaluru, Shahan said he was excited at having won in this category.

“It was pretty amazing,” he said.

He practiced very hard for many years in Bengaluru. A student of Delhi Public School (DPS), Agra, Shahan now returns to the city with laurels.

Last week, woman cricketer Poonam Yadav brought cheer to Agra’s sporting fraternity after being nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award.

Shahan’s father Shahroo Mohsin told IANS that the championships concluded late on Saturday and the results were declared on Sunday.

“Following a mixed Round 2 in the MRF F1600 Championship, where Shahan encountered rain for the first time in his single-seater career, he was back to his karting roots this weekend for the final round of the 2019 JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Championship.

“With a 12-point advantage in the senior category, Shahan entered the weekend with confidence along with his team MSport. Like in the other rounds, Bengaluru’s Meco Kartopia hosted the finals, where new champions were to be crowned in the Micro Max, Junior and Senior categories,” he added.

Last year, at the age of 14, Shahan became the youngest to compete in the senior category in India. This helped him to be crowned the youngest Indian national karting champion in the senior category.

Mohsin clarified that Shahan had been allowed to compete as per the guidelines set by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Central Index Key (CIK), especially with regards to the age limit.

Shahan finished the third round in very wet and tricky conditions and was second in the final. This was enough, though, for Shahan to seal the title, his sixth championship win in four years.

The senior title adds to his 2015 Indian National Cadets, 2016 Asian Cadets, 2016 Indian National Cadets, 2018 Indian National Junior and 2018 Indian Junior X30 series titles.

“First of all, it was a big relief to get over the line. Even though I had a handy lead, still one needs to finish the weekend. One technical error and it can snatch away all your points,” Shahan said.

“It was a day of mixed weather as it started out dry but the two races in the end were under tricky conditions, with the final being a crazy race where we were running the slick tyres in wet conditions.

“It was all about bringing the kart home with enough points to seal the championship. A big thanks to my team MSport and JK Tyre without whom, this wasn’t possible,” he added.

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Madrid Masters tennis tournament cancelled: organisers

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The Madrid Open that was scheduled to take place from Sept. 12-20 has been cancelled due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the Spanish Capital, Organisers said on Thursday.

“As an act of responsibility in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19 and having thoroughly evaluated the circumstance that the pandemic continues to generate… it has been decided that 2020 Muta Madrid Open will not take place this year,” organisers said in a satatement.

The tounament, which was to feature both men’s and women’s draws, was seen as an important event for players to prepare for the Frech Open which begins on Sept. 27.

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BCCI issues SOP; players must sign consent form before resuming training

BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to the state associations for the resumption of cricket. While these will help the state bodies restart cricketing activities, all players will have to sign consent forms before getting back to training.

In the 100-page SOP, accessed by IANS, the BCCI has touched on principles while returning to training, ground and practice facilities preparation with an eye on the pandemic, gymnasium protocols, physiotherapy and medical protocols as well as protocols to manage a suspected COVID-19 case.

It also has the consent form where the players have to acknowledge that there is risk associated with resuming training and that the player has been informed about the protocols in place and the precautions taken by the association.

The player also needs to acknowledge that the association can’t guarantee complete elimination of risk despite taking necessary precautions and that the player is willing to resume training.

With an eye on the whole situation with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has shared its views with the state bodies with regards to resumption of cricket.

“The BCCI as the governing body for the sport of cricket in India is responsible for ensuring that appropriate protocols are put in place to protect the health and safety of players, staff and all stakeholders. Covid-19, an infectious disease primarily affecting the lungs, poses a serious threat to the health of individuals as is evident from its spread to almost all countries around the world with more than 17.5 million infections and over 0.6 million deaths as on 1st August 2020. As the world grapples with Covid-19, cricketing activity has come to a standstill and players confined to the four walls within their homes.

“It is said that cricket is a religion in India and the fanfare and fervor that cricket commands are far greater than any other sport or event in the country. Besides, it also helps generate tremendous revenue and employs players and staff across 38 State teams, both in the men and women category. BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.

“However, the BCCI is concerned about the high infectivity rate of SARS CoV-2 and in the interest of health and safety of all players, staff and stakeholders, the BCCI would not like to compromise on the preventive measures by resuming too soon,” the SOP read.

“The purpose of these protocols is to ensure the safe resumption of cricket activities and the below guidelines may be amended from time to time as may be required depending on the existing Covid-19 situation in the country and the guidelines issued by the Government of India at appropriate times. These guidelines have been prepared by the BCCI Medical Team.

“All BCCI affiliated State Cricket Associations will adhere to these guidelines and take additional measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. Approvals must also be sought from local administration and health authorities before commencing any cricket activity. The health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders will be the sole responsibility of respective State Cricket Associations.”

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Thank you all for the lovely wishes for our baby boy: Hardik Pandya

After Hardik revealed to the world that he had become a father, wishes poured for him from all quarters. His Instagram post had read: “We are blessed with our baby boy.” It was posted with the picture of the baby’s hand.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Sunday expressed his gratitude to everyone who wished him and his family after the birth of his first child.

Hardik had earlier announced on his social media handle on Thursday that he and Natasa Stankovic were blessed with a baby boy.

Hardik thanked everyone for their wishes and wrote on his Twitter handle: “Thank you all for the lovely wishes for our baby boy. It meansAa lot to us.”

After Hardik revealed to the world that he had become a father, wishes poured for him from all quarters. His Instagram post had read: “We are blessed with our baby boy.” It was posted with the picture of the baby’s hand.

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter handle:”Many congratulations to the proud new parents! May the little one tiptoe with love into your hearts & stay there forever!”

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also sent his wishes via Twitter and his post read: “Congratulations to you both!!”

“Many congratulations to you both, have a great time being a parent. God bless the lil Champ,” said batsman Suresh Raina.

“Congratulations Brotherman @hardikpandya7,” said spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Apart from the players, Hardik’s Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also sent their wishes on Twitter.

“Welcome to #OneFamily Congratulations, @hardikpandya7 and Natasa,” tweeted MI.

“Congratulations to the couple and a warm welcome to Pandya Jr.,” said the BCCI on their Twitter handle.

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