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Maha’s Asmi, UP’s Jatin, Tripura’s Priyanka claim 4th gold

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Guwahati, Jan 11 : Maharashtra’s Asmi Ankush Badade and Uttar Pradesh’s Jatin Kumar Kanojia joined Tripura’s Priyanka Dasgupta as quadruple gold medal winners at the gymnastics competition in the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 at the Bhogeswari Phukanani Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

In the battle for supremacy among the 36 States and Union Territories, Maharashtra topped the charts with seven gold and eight silver among 27 medals in all. With six gold among their 12 medals, Uttar Pradesh occupied the second spot while Delhi were third with a total of 12 medals, including five gold.

Haryana have started to make a mark with two gold medals but occupied seventh place behind Gujarat (10 medals, including four gold), Tripura and Madhya Pradesh. As many as 21 of the 36 contingents have bagged at least a medal so far. The home state, Assam has a total of three medals, thanks to rhythmic gymnast Upasha Talukdar.

As many as seven meet records were bettered on the opening day of the athletics competition, which saw 13 track and field gold medals on offer. Madhya Pradesh made a mark, picking up three gold at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium while Gujarat claimed three of the eight gold medals at stake in the judo competition at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Paltan Bazar.

On a day when World Cadet Champion Komolika Bari lost to Sakshi Tote (Maharashtra) in the second round of the girls under-21 recurve competition, other familiar names like Akash and B Dhiraj also suffered reverses.

Jatin Kumar Kanojia won the Parallel Bars and gold by a big margin on Saturday to add to the boys under-17 artistic gymnastics All-Around crown won on Thursday and the Floor Exercises and Horizontal Bars titles on Friday. The four gold enabled him to wrap up the competition with six medals.

Asmi Ankush Badade’s loss in the Clubs final to Maharashtra team-mate Shreya Pravin Bhangale meant that she was denied a sweep of the five gold medals in the under-17 rhythmic gymnastics competition. But her four gold and a silver show will be remembered for long by those who packed the Indoor Stadium to watch the events.

The breathtaking finish of the boys under-21 5000m race drew fans at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium to the edge of their seats, with defending champion Ajeet Kumar winning by the barest margin against a determined Sunil Dawar. The photo finish camera had to be consulted before Ajeet Yadav was declared winner by a thousandth of a second in 14:39.99, a new meet record.

Uttarakhand broke into the medals chart with Ankita’s gold in the girls under-21 5000m in a new meet record time of 16:38.75. She exchanged leads with Gujarat’s Reena Patel before pulling away with a lap and a half to go. Later, her girls under-17 3000m meet record was lowered by Jharkhand’s Supriti Kachhap.

Madhya Pradesh’s Vivek Kumar led a sweep of the medals in boys under-17 Javelin Throw with Rinku Yadav and Mohammed Arif Mansoor joining him on the podium. Similarly, Haryana dominated the boys under-21 400m with their sprinters Vikrant Panchal, Amit Balyan and Ayush Dabas storming to the medals. Panchal set a New Meet Record of 47.99 seconds.

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Australia suspends Olympic bid amid COVID-19 recovery

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Sydney, May 25 (IANS) Australia’s Queensland has suspended its bid to host the 2032 Olympics recently as the state government focuses on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the bid process had been paused, reports Xinhua news agency.

“It’s just on hold. I wouldn’t read too much into that,” Palaszczuk told reporters last weekend.

“We’re focused absolutely on the economic recovery at the moment.”

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said it fully supported the Queensland government’s position in placing the Brisbane 2032 candidature on hold.

AOC President John Coates said in a recent statement that meetings of the Olympic Candidature Leadership Group (OCLG) scheduled earlier this year were deferred, allowing governments to focus on dealing with COVID-19.

Coates said he’d proposed to OCLG members that the meetings would not proceed while all three levels of governments dealt with the pandemic.

He also told the AOC Annual General Meeting on May 9 that discussions with the IOC on the candidature would resume when appropriate.

“We all understand there are pressing issues of public health and community wellbeing for governments to address,” Coates said.

“The candidature will have its role to play in terms of jobs and growth in the Queensland economy once we have seen our way through the current crisis.”

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‘Hockey has lost its brightest star’: Balbir Singh Sr passes away

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Hockey India has expressed condolences on the sad demise of legendary player Balbir Singh Sr who breathed his last on Monday morning in Mohali. The triple Olympic Champion and World Cup-winning team manager had been battling for life since May 8 when he was hospitalised.

“Today, we have not only lost our greatest hockey legend but we have also lost ‘our guiding light’. While his achievements in post-independent era have been well-documented, Balbir Sr remained the greatest fan of the sport and was always there when we needed his advice. Hockey has lost its brightest star and everyone at Hockey India is pained by this news,” said Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad.

He further said: “Balbir Singh Sr’s exemplary achievements, his passion for the sport, his life as an icon of the game will remain an example for generations to come. On behalf of the federation, I express my deepest condolences to his family.”

He was the most decorated athlete in Indian sports history with Olympic medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956 Summer Games. He coached the Indian team which won the bronze medal at the 1971 World Cup and was manager of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1975 World Cup.

He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Under his captaincy, India scored 38 goals and conceded none on its way to the gold medal in 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Beating England 4-0 in their own backyard during the final of the 1948 Olympic Games as an independent nation was Balbir Sr’s ‘greatest moment’.

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Former Pak batsman Taufeeq Umar tests positive for COVID-19

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New Delhi, Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Umar featured in 44 Tests and 12 ODIs, amassing 2,963 and 504 runs respectively for Pakistan.

He played his last international match in 2014, a Test against New Zealand in Dubai.

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