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17-member Indian athletics squad to train in Antalya

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New Delhi: As part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, a 17-member Indian athletics squad will leave early Saturday from here for a 70-day training stint at the state-of-the-art training centre at Antalya in Turkey, it was announced on Friday.

The squad comprises of the national campers for quarter-mile event, 400 metres hurdles, and the 4×400 metres relay events for both men and women, according to a release from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

A total of eight women, nine men and five coaches and support staff are part of the squad, with two more support staff and other athletes expected to join the Antalya training camp in a fortnight’s time.

“The AFI will strive to do everything under its limit to provide the best training facilities to our athletes for 2016 Olympics. The training centre in Antalya in Turkey offers the right combination of climatic conditions, namely, sea, land, hills and forest areas, and also a synthetic hill track for the training of our athletes,” AFI president Adille J Sumariwalla said.

“We hope these world-class training conditions will make a difference to the preparation of our athletes for Rio and I extend my best wishes to all of them. I’m also grateful to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for supporting our athletes.”

The 4×400 metres women’s relay squad is the reigning Asian Games champion and Asian Games record-holder while the men’s 4×400 metres relay team has won a medal in the past at the Asian Games.

In the men’s and women’s 400 metres individual events, Rajiv Arokia and MR Poovamma won the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games respectively, and recently, the duo come close to qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Star athlete Ashwini Akunji had won two gold medals in the 2010 Asian Games, including one for the hurdles race.

(IANS)

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In a first, government to confer Khel Ratna to 4 athletes

The Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Satti Geetha (athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (rowing).

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PV Sindhu Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, August 22,2016: In an unprecedented move, the country’s highest sporting award – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna-will be conferred upon four athletes with Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik set to be honoured alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and ace shooter Jitu Rai.

The Sports Ministry announced this to day.

While shutter Sindhu created history by becoming the first female athlete from India to win a silver in the just-concluded Rio Olympics, Sakshi bagged a bronze in the 58kg female wrestling.

Rio Olympics 2016 Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Rio Olympics 2016
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Dipa, India’s first female gymnast to qualify for Olympics, went on to miss a bronze by 0.15 points but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault won the hearts of the nation, while Jitu bagged over half a dozen medals in the past two years, including gold at Asiad and Commonwealth Games and a silver in World Championships, which booked his ticket to Rio.

Besides, the Ministry also selected 15 athletes for this year’s Arjuna Award. The notable names in the list are boxer Shiva Thapa, long distance runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, hockey players VR Raghunath and Rani Rampal among others.

This year’s Dronacharya Award has been conferred upon six coaches, the most notable among being Dipa’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi and India Test team captain Virat Kohli’s mentor Raj Kumar Sharma.

Besides Nandi, others who will honoured with the Dhronacharya Award are Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Pradeep Kumar (swimming, lifetime) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling, lifetime).

The Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Satti Geetha (athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (rowing).

Besides, the Punjabi University of Patiala will be awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.

The National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports.

The Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. Apart from a medal and a citation, the Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.

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The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performance over four years, while the Dronacharya Award is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events and the Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime contribution to sports development.

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

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The Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs 10 lakh and certificates (IANS).

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Rio 2016: Olympics organize multi-faith accommodations for Athletes

With such a large no of athletes taking part in the event, the Olympic committee is making arrangments for a high requirement on spiritual resources

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Rio 2016 Olympics
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  • In 2016, more than 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries will participate in Rio Olympics, which is expected to attract millions of visitors around the globe
  • Olympic and Paralympic Village organize a multi-faith center with prayers and Chaplin spaces delineating Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism
  • The center opened on July 24 and its operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. till the end of the Paralympic Games in late September

A myth about the Olympics is that it is all about sports but they are actually used as a method to unite the all of the nations of the world together. This international multi-sport is the largest gathering in the world.

This year, in 2016, more than 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries will participate in Rio Olympics, which is expected to attract millions of visitors around the globe. The Rio 2016 committee hopes that over 17,000 athletes participate during its busiest periods. And the officials will be staying in the Olympic village, mentioned huffingtonpost.com.

With such a large no of athletes taking part in the event, the Olympic committee is making arrangments for a high requirement on spiritual resources. To fulfill these requirements, Olympic and Paralympic Village organize a multi-faith center with prayers and Chaplin spaces delineating Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

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“Our job is to provide athletes with a place where they can find comfort and spiritual peace, whatever their religion,” said Father Leandro Lenin Tavares, who is a Rio de Janerio priest and a coordinator at the center. “We are a symbol of peace, brotherhood and the unity of people,” Tavares said in a statement to Huffington Post.

According to huffingtonpost.com, the center opened on July 24, and its operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. till the end of the Paralympic Games in late September in 2016. There are separate Prayer spaces for each of the religions which can hold up to 50 people at a time, with separate spaces available for Muslim men and women, who customarily pray separately.

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park
Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park , Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism are each represented by four Chaplains, whereas four Protestant Chaplain nd four Roman Catholic Chaplains are available to serve the requirements of Christian athletes, as stated in the Rio 2016 website.

According to the Catholic News Service , Catholic leaders will celebrate Eucharist daily, but the center will also conduct worship services for other faiths as well as one-on-one religious support.

Over the last several decades, there has been a constant decrease in Brazil’s Catholic majority. While Pentecostal churches are increasing and evangelicals earning political influence, other faiths, like Buddism , Islam and the Afro-Brazillian traditions of Candomble and Umbanda have also flourished in spite of the malevolence from Christian groups.

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According to Tavares “the five religions represented at the center were selected based on the overall religious makeup of athletes competing, though the selection follows in the tradition of past Olympic games”.

He further added that “center is able to accept people from any religion, including spiritism and Afro-Brazillian religions such s Candomble and Umbanda.”

Athletes come to the multi-faith center not only to pray for success but also to mourn failures and to gain strength to solve any other problems present in their lives at the moment, said Tavares.

Carl Dambman, a Christian Caplin who served at the Sochi Olympics said the Huffington Post: “he had ministered to athletes who have had deaths in their families, experienced injuries and who are grappling with depression.”

Dambman said he had ministered to competitors who have had deaths in their families, experienced injuries and who are grappling with depression.

For many religious competitors, their spiritual demands don’t get put on hold when they’re competing and training.

“We hope to offer this balance between the physical and the spiritual needs. It is really important for the athletes to work on that,” Rabbi Elia Haber, a Jewish chaplain added.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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