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PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik to be conferred with Rajiv khel Ratna award

The sports ministry of India announced the list of the highest sports honour Rajiv Khel Ratna awardees for this year. The Rio Olympics medallists ace shuttler PV. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik will be conferred with the prestigious award along with Gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai.

Rajiv Khel Ratna award is given to sports persons for outstanding performance in the field over a period of four years. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh along with a medal and a citation.

  • PV Sindhu - Badminton
  • Dipa Karmakar - Gymnastics
  • Jitu Rai - Shooting
  • Sakshi Malik –Wrestling

The government has also announced Dronacharya Award, the honour for excellence in sports coaching. The list of the awardees is to Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming, Lifetime) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling, Lifetime).

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Dhyan Chand Award for their life-time contribution to sports development will be awarded to Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey), Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing)

About 15 sports persons were conferred with Arjun Award for consistent performance in the last four years. Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics), Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey), Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis), Vinesh (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics), Virender Singh (Wrestling, Deaf).

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The Selection Committee for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Award was headed by Justice S.K. Agarwal, retired Delhi High Court Judge and the Selection Committee for the Dronacharya Award and the Dhyan Chand Award was headed by M.C. Mary Kom.

Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.

These awards will be given by President of India, at Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29.

Rio Olympics Day 9 Highlights: Usain Bolt Wins 3rd Straight Gold Medal Makes History

Rio Olympics Day 9 Highlights

Day 9 at Rio was a wonderful day athlete. Simone Biles won the gold medal at final vaults performance. This is her third gold medal.

Jamaican star sprinter Usain Bolt did it again, by winning Golds in 100m sprint. He is the first man to win Olympic gold for three consecutive times.

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Max Whitlock of great Britain won gold for men’s Floor Exercise and men’s pommel horse.

Aliya Mustafina wins gold for women’s uneven bars. Jemima Sumgong wins gold for women’s marathon running.

Janson Kenny of Great Britan won gold for men’s sprint cycling. Men’s golf gold won by Britain’s golfer Justin Rose.

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Nicole campriani of Italy won gold for 50m air rifle event.He set the world record with 458.8 points.

Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain won gold in men’s doubles tennis beating Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau.

Russian women Irina Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova won gold in women’s doubles tennis after beating Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

Andy Murray won gold at Rio Olympics for men’s singles tennis beating Del potro.

American duo  Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won gold in mixed doubles tennis beating the same countries  Venus Williams and Rajeev Ra.

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India at Rio:

Another disappointing day for Indian athletes. Most dreamt medal from Dipa Karmakar could not turn into reality, as she stood fourth in women’s Vaults finals. However, she proved her best, though there was a tough competition from other winning contestants. But she made India proud and stood as the first female to enter into Gymnasium.

Indian hockey men’s team lost against Belgium 3-1.

Kidambi Srikanth won badminton in straight sets. Saina Nehwal loses to world 61 Maria Ulitina thus making an exit from badminton.

Sania Mirza and Bopanna pair lost the bronze medal match

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Artistic Gymnast  Dipa Karmakar Becomes First Indian to Qualify For Apparatus Finals

India’s Dipa Karmakar created history on Monday by becoming the first Indian to enter vault finals in artistic gymnastics. By performing ‘Produnova’ vault in a clean and appreciated way, she secured 14.850 points to qualify for the finals. She made her debut on Sunday night.

Tripura-based gymnast Karmakar made to top 8th position by the end of the last subdivision which is 5th. She was in 6th place by third subdivision, but strong performer from Canada has made her position to slip to 8th. This was just enough to make her place into finals of artistic gymnastics.

The three-time world all round champion Simone Biles topped the list with 16.050 points was followed by North Korea’s Jong Un Hong with 15.683. Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber secured the third place with 15.266 points.

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Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt and 6.000 on the difficulty in her second attempt. Whereas Simone Biles scored 9.700 on execution in both her attempts. In the other rounds, Dipa scored decently in execution, which finalised her entry.

Dipa’s scores-

Vaults; 14.850

Uneven bars: 11.60

Beams 12.87

Floor exercises: 12.03

Eight gymnasts with highest individual score will move on to the final which is scheduled to be held on 14th August.

“It did not go as expected,” said Dipa after qualifying for vaults final

“As the Produnova vault was the first thing I attempted today and it did not go as expected, it immediately put me in a bad mood. That I have reached the final is an amazing achievement. My coach is very happy because I executed what he had taught me to do.” said Dipa Karmakar

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The nation was waiting to watch her performance live, but as it was not telecasted huge criticism has been seen on the social media. This is what the twettarati had to say about the proud moment. Some of the noted Twitter comments from, Harsha Bhogle, Mandira Bedi, Amitabh Bachan, are here.


Rio Olympics day two highlights: Indian women’s hockey team advances to next stage

Rio Olympics highlights:

Rio Olympics started with a huge bash. It must be a ceremony for all sports lovers to watch their all time favourites’ performing. The first medal winner was Virginia Thrasher from the United States for 10m air rifle.

American swimmer Michael Phelps added another Olympic medal to his collection. This one being the 19th medal, he kept up the expectation of his country.

American sisters Serena and Venus Williams were thought sure medallists who lost against Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. Venus lost her first round singles match, but Serena Williams easily made to round two.

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On the other hands, many Indian sports persons continued to disappoint the fans by hairline misses. The Commonwealth gold medallist, Heena Sidhu failed to qualify for finals in the 10m Air Pistol event. She will be performing for a 25m pistol event scheduled to be held on August 9th. Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul from India too failed to finals in 10m air rifle.  JItu rai could make to the final of 10m air pistol but ended up at 8th position.

After two disappointing days for India, Dipa Karmakar gave a ray of hope, by qualifying for finals in Artistic Gymnastics. She will be in the final round scheduled to be held on August 14.

In Archery Deepika Kumari and team lost against the Russian team in the quarter-final. The other team members Laishram Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi lost in the shoot-off round, where their performance was not up to the mark. India had beaten Colombia in the pre-quarterfinal 5-3 to make into the quarters.

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Indian women’s hockey team gave their best by a 2-2 draw against higher-ranked Japan in the pool B match at this Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team returned to the Olympics after 36 years of hiatus. The next pool match against India will be on Tuesday against Great Britain.

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