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Tutorial High crowned East Georgetown Zone champions …Lodge, Charlestown to clash in South Georgetown Final today

first_imgTUTORIAL High School were crowned East Georgetown zone champions when they defeated defending East Georgetown champions St Joseph High yesterday at the GCC Ground, Bourda, as the 2016 edition of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National Secondary School Cricket League (NSSCL) continued.Tutorial won the toss and asked St Joseph High to take first strike. They went on to score 144/9 in their 30 overs with Asif Daniels topscoring with 47 off 63 balls. He struck five fours during his innings as he held his team’s batting together.Ameer Singh chipped in with 25 off 32 balls as the defending East Georgetown zone champions put up a respectable total. Bowling for Tutorial, Zion Gray took 2/27 and Joel Spooner took 2/29.In reply, the Tutorial batsmen held their nerves to complete the chase. Number three batsman Devon Allen led the way with a responsible knock of 37 while Osapho Green was the other main scorer with 29 as the two batsmen were instrumental in their team crossing the line even though they lost seven wickets in the process. The target was achieved with 7.3 overs to spare.Scores In other matches:At DCC, Tucville made 112 all out in 9.2 overs. Godfrey Phillips smashed 47 with five fours as he was the main scorer for Tucville. Akeemo Marques had terrific figures of 7/32 while Akeem Williams took 2/36.Lodge in reply batted smartly to get to their target of 113 in 21.2 overs,losing six wickets. Turston Gordon top scored with 35 while Akeem Williams returned with the bat to score 32 to lead his team to victory. Bowling for Tucville, Romeo Brown had 2/22.Lodge Secondary will now face Charlestown in the South Georgetown zone final after the latter defeated Central High in their semi-final encounter.Over at Tuschen, Parika Salem Secondary crushed Everest Academy on the back of a superb all-round performance by Wazim Mohamed.Batting first, Parika rattled up 262/7 in 26 overs with Wazim Mohamed smashing 95. He struck 13 fours and one maximum during his innings. Bashker Baldeo made 32 and Lochnanil Rambharat 22. Bowling for Everest Academy, Azim Mohamed bagged 5/17.In reply, Everest Academy were routed for 57 in just 12.4 overs. Real Austin scored 30 of those runs. Wazim Mohamed completed his fine all round performance by claiming five wickets for just 15 runs which included a hat-trick.Today will see the South Georgetown zone final between Lodge Secondary and Charlestown Secondary at GCC, Bourda from 10:30 hrs,while action continues on the East Coast Demerara as Enmore Secondary tackle Golden Grove Secondary at Enterprise starting 12:00 noon.last_img read more

Conquerors head coach not totally satisfied with first half … Team captain relegated

first_imgBy Ras WadadaHEAD coach of the Fruta Conquerors FC, Sampson ‘Bennaiah’ Gilbert is not satisfied with the team’s performance in the first half of the GFF-STAG Elite League, despite finishing second in the points table and is prepared to make the necessary adjustments for a better output in the second half.Speaking to Chronicle Sport on his reflections of the first round of matches, the head coach, who rejoined the club in August for his third tenure at the helm of the coaching staff, related his dissatisfaction with the commitment of some key players.“The team could have performed better with more commitment from the senior players who failed to step up and help the younger players who were playing at this level for the first time.“For an important game against the Army these players neglected training to participate in street football, so our preparation was poor; but the result was not too disappointing. I was not satisfied with the performance and wasn’t expecting any positive result.“Our performance was so poor in the first half that we had a tall order to overcome in the second which we played much better in holding the Army to a score-less half, the only team to do so,” coach Gilbert revealed.“The main cause for the indifferent attitude of some players is the fact that players are hardly being compensated and the delayed process of payments of stipends by the GFF would have led to training, commitment and performance being affected.The process of commitment has already begun as after the 3-1 loss to the Army the captain, Delon Williams, was relieved of his post for being disrespectful to me and the team,” the dreadlocked ‘Bennaiah’ stated.Gilbert, who was the assistant coach at Alpha United last season, added that ‘the mass migration of players from the club after promises were not fulfilled also forced the club to expose new talents this season and they responded admirably, especially 16-year-old wing defender Rishaun Ritch who, in my opinion, was a standout for a rookie’.Looking ahead to the second half of the League, Gilbert hinted at being better prepared,” The 2nd round will be more competitive so we need to be better prepared and committed. The break offers all the teams the opportunity to get better organised, with tactical awareness being the emphasis. I am looking forward to using younger and committed players.“I am also looking forward to the transfer window next month where I can get players who are committed and can fit in to our chemistry where the focus will be on professionalism and commitment.”Coach ‘Bennaiah’ is however not in agreement with the extended break. “The length of the time for the break is unusual since we are just six teams and the short playing time does not aid in the development of the younger players at this level. I think early January should be the restart.“It is obvious that the Technical Committee is lacking knowledge and maybe it is time to involve the coaches. Decisions should not be related to off-field issues, but more on the impact of the players if the League is to grow,” Gilbert suggestedIn his general overview of the first half the coach stated, “The League was generally competitive and a good thing for the sport, but it needs more depth.“To have a League at the highest national level is good for the sport. Regrettably, what appeared to have a football political flavour was the cause for four teams to withdraw. I don’t think the effects of the withdrawals were considered,” Gilbert said.last_img read more

Cricket News Shikhar Dhawan returning to form crucial for India ahead of Australia tour: Rohit Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan’s blazing 92 and Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 58 gave India a tense six-wicket win over West Indies in Chennai during the third and final Twenty20 International on Sunday. The win not only helped India whitewash the West Indies 3-0, it gave the team plenty of momentum ahead of the tour to Australia.Speaking in the post-match press conference, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma  praised the efforts of Dhawan and Pant, stressing that Dhawan coming back to form was crucial ahead of the series Down Under.Read More |India vs West Indies 3rd T20I: India win by 6 wickets, clinch series“It was important from the team’s perspective and for the players to get some runs ahead of the important Australia tour. Shikhar especially was batting well in the ODI series but he was not able to get big scores. I am glad that he could play a match-winning knock and get some form under his belt before the crucial tour,” Rohit said.Read More | Mithali Raj fifty helps India crush Pakistan in Women’s World T20Prior to his knock in Chennai, Dhawan had failed to cross fifty in the five ODI series which India won 3-1. He struggled even in the first two games but showed his class in the third match to give India victory. Rohit was also full of praise for Pant, who turned the tide towards India with a blazing 38-ball 58, laced with five fours and three sixes.“Rishabh was also hungry to go out and get some runs. It was the perfect situation. We were two down inside the first six overs. There was a bit of pressure as well. They handled it well and it was a match-winning partnership. It is important in the team’s perspective that both these guys got runs,” Rohit said.‘Embarrassed’ by lossOn the other hand, West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite admitted that a 3-0 whitewash was “embarrassing” for the two-time World T20 champions.Read More | Pakistan suffer heavy ‘penalty’ in loss to India in Women’s World T20“I mean, three-nought looks bad, and it looks embarrassing for me as captain as well. But the performances and fight we gave and the fact that we came together to use our resources to the best of our abilities was the hallmark for this short series for me. The team morale is up. What we are doing as a group is trying to find the best to use the resources we have. In the first game, we showed our fight, we showed our belief with the ball. In the second game, we were blown away, and in the third game we batted excellently, but the game was taken away from us by a massive partnership. We still fought till the end,” Brathwaite said.Since winning the World T20 in 2016, West Indies have been whitewashed 3-0 three times in Asia, twice to Pakistan and now to India. They even lost to Bangladesh and have tasted defeat in New Zealand, underlining their total weakness across formats.However, there was one bright spot in the West Indies’ batting in Chennai, with Nicholas Pooran smashing 53 off just 25 balls. Brathwaite hailed the youngster and added the future looked positive for the Windies. “As a team that’s what we have — the ability for players to take the game away from the opposition and play a knock such as that (of Pooran). The challenge for us is to do that on a more consistent basis. We know we have three,four match-winners in the side who can blow the opposition away,” Brathwaite said. last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer suffers shock defeat in ATP Finals, in danger of not qualifying for semi-final

first_imgNew Delhi: Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.   The Swiss, who has won the season-ending event a record six times, produced an uncharacteristically error-prone and fractious display in the round-robin match on Sunday as the Japanese seventh seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.  The result means Federer is now in danger of failing to qualify for the semi-finals for just the second time in 16 appearances at the event. Read More |  Messi scores brace, Barcelona suffer first home loss in two years”I felt we both struggled, you know, throughout the first set,” he said. “You could tell it was sort of a first round. I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did.Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep the lead that I got early. That was important, I think, at the end. That was the key of the match.”   Read More | Manchester City beat Manchester United, Liverpool continue winning runFederer, 37, has beaten Nishikori in Shanghai and Paris in recent weeks but despite having the backing of a full house at the O2 Arena, he never really settled into a groove.  The normally cool Swiss was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after Nishikori produced a staggering backhand winner down the line.  The Swiss great made 20 unforced errors in the first set and Nishikori capitalised, forcing a tie-break in which he raced to a 6/1 lead before sealing it 7/4.  Federer, showing real urgency, broke Nishikori immediately at the start of the second set but it proved a false dawn as he lost his own serve immediately Nishikori broke again in the sixth game and kept his nerve, serving out for victory.  Read More | Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, Max Verstappen involved in punch-up”I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set. There were some lucky points but I played well today,” said Nishikori.  Overall the statistics made grim reading for Federer, who made a total of 34 unforced errors against 19 winners.  Federer denied that cutting back on his schedule increased the pressure on him to do well at the tournaments he did play.  “I don’t think, per se, I’m playing worse because of it,” he said. “I think I’ve had that pressure, not going out early, most of my career.”   Anderson win The ATP Finals is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season separated into two groups, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.  Earlier, Kevin Anderson made an impressive ATP Finals debut in the same Lleyton Hewitt group, beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 (12/10).  The Wimbledon finalist, who stands at 2.03 metres (six feet eight inches) tall dominated the early exchanges and secured the crucial break in the fourth game.  Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and forced a tie-break, but Anderson saved two set points and converted his fourth match point.  “I definitely felt a little bit nervous,” said Anderson. “But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my serve games nicely, created quite a few opportunities on his serve.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Johannesburg. Trent Bridge. Melbourne. All these three venues have one thing in common regarding Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling achievements. Two of these venues are similar in results, with India securing consolation wins. In Melbourne, India are on course for a famous win after the right-arm pacer took 6/33, his career-best figures and this third five-wicket haul in Tests to bowl Australia out for 151 and give Virat Kohli’s side a whopping 292-run lead. In the process, Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year. His exhibition of bowling on day 3 in Melbourne was a masterclass and several analysts dubbed him the ‘total package’ and ‘Mr.360’ of bowling.Bumrah had already given a demonstration of the damage that he could cause on day 2 when he hit Marcus Harris on the helmet with a sharp bouncer. On day 3, he continued to work on that mental scar. Bumrah banged a short delivery on leg stump and Harris was late on the pull shot, the top edge ballooned to fine leg where Ishant Sharma took the catch. However, Bumrah produced the moment of the match which turned the tide firmly in Kohli’s favour.Read More | India v Australia, live cricket score: Bumrah 6/33, IND lead 300On the last ball before the lunch break, Bumrah bowled a slow, dipping full toss which sneaked under Shaun Marsh’s bat and he was trapped plumb in front for 19. The wicket before the break had given India tremendous momentum and they never loosened their grip. Immediately after the break, Bumrah produced another gem as he angled in a full ball that nipped back further off the seam to knock over Travis Head for 20. Australia held on until the tea break but following the resumption, Bumrah got Tim Paine with a delivery that straightened outside off and cleaned up Nathan Lyon (0) and Josh Hazlewood (0) in quick succession to enhance his reputation as India’s leader of the attack.Read More | Shami hits century as a pacer in overseas Tests – See this unique statThe Gujarat pacer had already made a mark on debut in Cape Town by taking four wickets, with AB de Villiers, considered to be the best batsman in the South Africa side, falling to him twice. On a spicy deck in Johannesburg, Bumrah’s 5/54, combined with Mohammed Shami’s 5/28 in the fourth innings gave India a consolation 63-run win. He has already taken 45 wickets in his debut calendar year, making it the most by a pacer ever.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeIn England, Bumrah missed the first two Tests due to an injury but when he returned for the Test in Trent Bridge, Bumrah took his second consecutive five-wicket haul and his 5/85 gave India a commanding 203-run win. In Adelaide and Perth, Bumrah had provided the breakthroughs at key intervals but it was in Melbourne where he displayed his class. His performance has given India a chance to create history and break decades of pain in Australia.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Other Sports Country knows what is right and wrong: Manu Bhaker’s father on the ‘Rs 2 crore controversy’

first_imgNew Delhi: Manu Bhaker, India’s 16-year-old teen shooting sensation, was involved in a war of words with Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij over a promise of giving her a cash reward of Rs 2 crore for winning the 2018 Youth Olympics which was held in Buenos Aires. However, in an exclusive chat with News Nation, Manu’s father, Ram Kishan Bhaker, who works as a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy, offered some clarification in the ongoing controversy. “I had a chat with Anil Vij. He said the notification came afterwards and you don’t have to worry about that. This is a previous policy. The new notification is for future events,” he said.When asked as to whether this was another case of bureaucracy hampering a sportsperson’s growth and motivation, Ram Kishan smiled and said, “The country knows what is right and what is wrong.” The controversy involving Manu and the Haryana Sports Minister took place on Friday when Vij, on his Twitter handle, had tweeted on October 10 that the 16-year-old was promised a cash price of Rs 2 crore for winning the Youth Olympic gold medal in Argentina. After waiting a couple of months, Manu, who had apparently not got the money, lashed out at the government in her tweets on Friday by stating someone in the Haryana government has been playing games over the money promised to Youth Olympic winners.Read More | Every event, every medal memorable: Manu BhakerTo compound matters further, Manu retweeted Yogeshwar Dutt’s old tweet on a recent circular issued by the Haryana government in which it stated that one-third of the income earned by Haryana athletes from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited to the Haryana State Sports Council. In the tweet, Yogeshwar had criticised Ashok Khemka, the principal secretary to the Government of Haryana. Immediately after that, Manu replied to Vij’s tweet which said, “Sir, please confirm if this is correct… or a jumla”. This resulted in a heated exchange between the Haryana government and the teenager. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. War of words intensifiesThe Haryana Sports Ministry jumped into action by stating that she should have first spoken to the sports department rather than airing her issue in public domain. “The language she used in her tweet is aimed at tarnishing the image of the state and it is in bad taste. The government has given all pending prize money to sportsmen in August 2018…for those who are left out a plan is under way and they too will be given the prize money,” Vij said. The Sports Minister sought an apology from Bhaker, saying as per the policy of the government, the prize money of this year’s award winner is given the next year.Read More | Asian Games and CWG glory high points for Indian sports in 2018Even Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar criticised the decision of Manu to air her grievances on Twitter. The chief minister stated, “Manu Bhaker will get award money as per the rules of the department, tweeting over it is not good. I think nobody should have a problem with the rules.”last_img read more

Cricket News Gambhir was insecure, Upton in new book; Gambhir says not hurt at all

first_imgUpton recalled how the left-handed opener would be in “agony” even after scoring a hundred and stressing more on the mistakes he might have made.Upton termed Gautam as someone who was wired towards the lower end of the optimism/pessimism scale if 100 stands for “uber-optimistic” and 0 stood for pessimistic.”Let’s say his range was 20 to 40 with 30 being normal. When he scored 150, he would be disappointed in not scoring 200.”Upton wrote that no matter what he and then coach Gary Kirsten did Gambhir was “negative and pessimistic.”Upton then explained the contradiction and myth associated with mental toughness.”Using popular notion of mental toughness, he was one of the weakest and mentally most insecure’ people I have worked with.”But at the same time, he was undoubtedly one of the best and most determined and successful Test batsmen in the world. Something he would prove yet again in 2011 World Cup final.”Upton then explained that positive self talk, which is “a pillar or sub-component of mental toughness — It would work for about 50 percent of them, those who are lucky enough to be wired on the optimistic side of the scale.”Gambhir’s response was, “I wanted myself and Indian team to be the best in the world. That’s why I was not satisfied even after scoring 100 as it has been mentioned in Paddy’s book. I see nothing wrong there. As a driven individual I have tried to raise the bar for myself alone.”In the same chapter, Upton wrote about former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “incredible emotional control”.”I would go as far as to say, with greatest respect for MS the man and the Cricketer, that it is not emotional control but the lack of access to emotions. MS is not wired as an emotional type. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have them; a performance enhancing gift from birth,” Upton wrote.He then put it in stark contrast with current captain Virat Kohli.”Imagine taking that trait as the ultimate characteristic of a mentally tough athlete and then try to prescribe it to someone as emotionally wired like his successor Virat Kohli.”Virat uses his visible and overt emotional charge to drive his success, whereas MS’s success is facilitated by his lack of emotional charge,” wrote Upton. New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir was “mentally the most insecure” but that didn’t deter him from becoming one of India’s most successful batsmen, former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton writes in his newly-released book, an assertion that the feisty ex-opener doesn’t even find hurtful.Gambhir, who is a now a politician and competing from the East Delhi constituency, told PTI that he is confident that there is “no sinful intention in Upton’s views as he is a nice man and in any case his insecurities are well documented”.In his book ‘The Barefoot Coach’, Upton discussed the myth of mental toughness of elite sportsperson and how they react to situations.”I did some of my best and least effective mental conditioning work with Gautam Gambhir, the International Test Cricketer of the Year’ in 2009. I worked with him up until that time but I had little to do with him being named world’s best cricketer,” Upton writes in his book. highlights Gautam Gambhir says he is not at all hurt by what Pady Upton thinks. Gautam Gambhir will contest elections from East Delhi. Pady Upton is currently Rajasthan Royals’ head coach.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup India’s World Cup moments 1992: When Sachin Tendulkar arrived in a big way on the world stage

first_imgAlthough India endured a miserable World Cup, finishing seventh out of nine teams and winning just two out of eight games, Tendulkar was the lone bright spot in this miserable campaign. In the first game against England at Perth, Tendulkar gave India a great chance after the top order buckled from some disciplined England bowling. His 35 off 51 balls gave India a chance but they fell short by nine runs. In the next game against Australia in Brisbane, Tendulkar was out for 11.However, there was redemption in the next game against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In tough conditions and against the likes of Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed, Tendulkar smashed an unbeaten 54 to help India reach 216/7. Aamer Sohail smashed 62 and Javed Miandad hit 40 but India managed to win the match by 43 runs in what was their lone bright spot.India was on an upward trend in which they won their next game against Zimbabwe in Hamilton. Tendulkar hit 81 off 77 balls in a rain-reduced game but India suffered when he was dismissed for 4 against West Indies in Wellington. Against New Zealand in Carisbrook, Dunedin, Tendulkar once again overcame the conditions and smashed 84 to help India reach a respectable 230/6 but New Zealand got the better of India by four wickets. Tendulkar’s campaign ended when he was out for 14 against South Africa in Adelaide.Tendulkar ended with 283 runs at an average of 47.16 and he ended up as the second highest run-getter for India in the 1992 World Cup behind Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 332 runs at an average of 47.42. India might have endured a disastrous tournament, but for Tendulkar, he had announced himself on the world stage in grand style. Sachin Tendulkar smashed three fifties in the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup.Tendulkar won the Man of the Match award for his knock against Pakistan.India won just two out of the eight games in the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup. highlights New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar’s achievements on the cricketing stage are legendary. His tally of 18426 runs in 463 ODIs and 15921 runs in 200 Tests might never be bettered in the future. Tendulkar’s match-winning knocks and his batting on the grand stage, be it in a tri-series final or in major ICC tournaments. Tendulkar’s legendary tally and the way he transformed India’s fortunes on the world stage will forever remain etched on the minds of cricket fans. However, Tendulkar’s initial journey was rocky and it came during the early 90s when India was known as ‘Tigers at Home and Lambs Abroad’.The 1992 World Cup was played for the first time in Australia and New Zealand and it involved playing with white balls and coloured clothing. Tendulkar had made a mark for India by smashing a Test century in England and scoring eight fifties before the ICC Cricket World Cup. On hard and bouncy pitches, Tendulkar had shown that he was a player who could play in all conditions. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Dimuth Karunaratne stands tall on rain-hit day of second Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Test

first_imgSri Lanka won the first Test match at Galle against New Zealand.Dimuth Karunaratne scored a century as Sri Lanka achieved record chase in India.The first day of the second Test was marred by rain. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Dimuth Karunaratne had led from the front with a brilliant century to give Sri Lanka a record win in the first Test at Galle. In the second Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, Karunaratne stood tall in only 36.3 overs of action which were possible as rain played spoilsport on the opening day of the match against New Zealand. The toss itself was delayed by close to a couple of hours as persistent overnight rain delayed the start of the match.The groundstaff had to work hard to drain the excess water off the covers and some water had seeped in onto the outfield as well. With the lack of sun not aiding the drying process, the Sri Lankan groundsmen had to work incredibly hard to ensure that some action would be made possible. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat and the hosts made one change with Dilruwan Perera replacing Akila Dananjaya. Karunaratne set the stage with his aggressive strokeplay as he tackled Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The opening partnership weathered the first hour with the new ball and Lahiru Thirimanne survived a close chance on 2 when BJ Watling dropped him off William Sommerville. However, the bowler had his revenge when Thirimanne chipped a flighted delivery to Kane Williamson at cover to fall for 2. Kusal Mendis came in and tackled the spinners well by employing the sweep and making good progress.Sri Lanka made smooth progress until the tea break but rain once again delayed the start of the final session by 45 minutes and on resumption, Karunaratne continued to bat well. The partnership between Karunaratne and Mendis crossed fifty but Colin de Grandhomme got the big wicket of Mendis when he got the right-hander edging an away-swinger to the keeper for 32. Angelo Mathews survived a testing couple of overs until rain and bad light brought an end to play.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Other Sports Deepa Malik, Paralympics Silver Medalist Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna On National Sports Day

first_img New Delhi: Deepa Malik, who secured a silver in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on National Sports Day. Manuel Fredericks, who has had a big hand in India hockey, was awarded the Dhyan Chand award for his achievements while Arup Basak was also given the Dhyan Chand award for his contributions to the growth of Table Tennis in India. Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 2016 Paralympics Games, has backed out of the next Games in 2020 in Tokyo due to injury and is instead considering taking up swimming. Malik had secured silver in shot put in 2016 Paralympics, but she revealed that shot put and javelin in her disability category were not a part of the next Paralympics, which will be hosted by Tokyo from August 25.Malik was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Bajrang Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan.  Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour. Malik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision.”I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability. I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympic,” Malik said.There were several other prominent sports personalities who were awarded the Arjuna Award. World No. 1 wrestler in 65kg, Bajrang Punia was also awarded the Khel Ratna but he could not accept it as he was out of the country.  The Arjuna Award was also awarded to people like Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.Also Read | NRI businessman announces cash prize for 2016 Rio paralympics heroesAs per guidelines, to be eligible for the award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.Also Read | PM Narendra Modi honours Rio Paralympics Medallist Deepa Malik at Haryana Swarna Jayanti program in GurugramProminent absentees from the event were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner quartermiler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year.  Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean, while Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-state athletics meet in Lucknow right now.List of Awardees: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling) Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics),  Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports). Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).   Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey). Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey). highlights Deepa Malik became the first Indian to win a medal in Paralympics.Deepa Malik will not be part of the 2020 Olympics.Ravindra Jadeja was nominated for the Arjuna Award.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more