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FIH Women’s Series Finals: India hammer Fiji 11-0

The match saw world no. 9 Indian team dominate throughout the match, allowing Fiji to only have one circle entry in the entire 60 minutes, whilst making 74 entries into Fiji’s striking circle.

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Indian Womens Hockey team victory over Fiji, Hiroshima in Japan (Picture DDNEWS)

Hiroshima, June 18 (IANS) The Indian Womens Hockey team qualified for the semi-final of the FIH Womens Series Finals as they hammered Fiji 11-0 in their third and last Pool A match here at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

The match saw world no. 9 Indian team dominate throughout the match, allowing Fiji to only have one circle entry in the entire 60 minutes, whilst making 74 entries into Fiji’s striking circle.

In the first quarter India took the lead in the fourth minute when Lalremsiami’s cross-field ball was deflected by a Fiji Defender into the back of the net.

Captain Rani scored India’s second goal in the 10th minute as she struck from a Penalty Corner (PC).

The next minute saw Neha Goyal, run from the left flank and then assist a great goal for Monika to make it 3-0.

Forward Vandana Katariya scored only her second goal of the competition when she struck in the 12th minute.

Gurjit Kaur also registered her name on the score-sheet as she converted from a PC in the last minute of the first quarter to see India hold a 5-0 advantage.

The 19th minute saw Gurjit Kaur’s drag-flick being stopped by the Fiji goalkeeper Ro Lavenia Ratumaimuri on her left side, but the Indian defender was quick to convert in the same minute through another PC as she slotted home in the left bottom side of the goal to make it 6-0.

Two minutes later, Gurjit completed her hat-trick of goals as she scored on the rebound with a reverse stick after her drag-flick was blocked by a defender.

It was a quarter that belonged to the Indian defender as she scored yet again in the 22nd minute from another PC to make it 8-0 in India’s favour. Fiji managed to survive the last few minutes of the second quarter without conceding another one.

However, early in the third quarter, it was midfielder Monika who scored India’s 9th goal of the match as she deflected Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam’s shot from just outside the circle in the 33rd minute.

India did not drop a gear in the third quarter as they rotated the ball and created several opportunities through their 15 circle entries, but the Fiji defence made sure that they did not concede again in the third quarter as they conceded only four shots in that quarter.

A splendid shot on the reverse stick from just inside the circle by Lilima Minz saw her shot fizz into the back of the net to give India its 10th goal of the match in the 51st minute.

Six minutes later, it was forward Navneet Kaur’s who pounced from a loose clearance by the Fiji goalkeeper as she registered her name on the score-sheet by scoring to make it 11-0.

Indian coach Sjoerd Marijne rotated his players throughout the match, which meant that the likes of Nisha, who made her debut in the first match of the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 against Uruguay, was involved throughout the match.

Despite the vast gap in the scoreline, India never looked to drop gears, constantly haranguing, and attacking in numbers till the last minute. India’s chances throughout the match came through the centre and right flank positions, as Fiji struggled to keep up with the Indian attackers, which meant that India won the match by an impressive score-line of 11-0.

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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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