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Inderjeet, Chand, Babar bag gold at national athletics

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Kolkata: Three of India’s top athletes Lalita Babar, Inderjeet Singh and Dutee Chand bagged gold in their respective events on the second day of the 55th National Open Athletic Championship at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here on Thursday.

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In the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, Railways athlete Babar was by far the strongest as she clocked 9:39.83, registering a new meet record and beating the previous mark of 10:8:50 set by Sudha Singh last year. Singh came second this time around with a timing of 9:47:31.

Chand marked her return to the nationals by laying her hands on the coveted gold in women’s 100m sprint. She did not start off well, but was at her best in the last few metres as she edged past rival Srabani Nanda, who stood second.

Chand clocked 11.68 seconds, just ahead of Nanda who crossed the line in 11.70 seconds. The Railways athlete, however, fell short of the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.32 seconds.

Earlier as well, in the heats conducted on Wednesday, Dutee was a notch above the rest.

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Inderjeet Singh
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The sprinter was banned last year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as her body produced testosterone at levels which were deemed higher than the accepted limit for women sportspersons.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July cleared the sprinter by suspending the ‘hyperandrogenism’ rules, which may also be scrapped if the IAAF fails to provide evidence.

Shot putter Inderjeet too had a good day in office as he was a par above the rest in his event, clinching the gold medal with a meet record of 19.82m.

He broke the previous record of 19.59m set by Bahadur Singh in 2003. Om Prakash Singh managed to pocket the second position with a throw of 17.96m. Tajinder Singh got hold of the bronze with 17.87m.

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Dutee Chand
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In men’s javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra bagged the meet record with a 77.67m throw, going past the previous best of 77.39m which was set in 2002 by Harminder Singh. However, it was quite far from the Olympic qualifying mark of 83m.

Even though Railways, Services and ONGC dominated on the second day, other states like West Bengal put up with some good performances, bagging three medals.

All three medals claimed by host West Bengal on Thursday came in the women’s section. Sugandha Kumari and Lily Das clinched gold and bronze respectively in the 1500m while Debashree Majumdar took silver in the 400m.

(IANS)

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Players to Follow Various Guidelines for Training Resumption

Hockey India to allow training of upto 6 players in one group

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The probables for the Indian men's and women's senior hockey team players have been placed in the campus since before the start of the lockdown on March 25. Wikimedia Commons

Players will be allowed to go home and there will be no physical contact outside of what is required during normal play at training, according to the Standard Operating Procedure for resumption of training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Bengaluru centre.

Teams can train in groups of maximum six people in an area of 40x20m. Players are allowed normal physical contact during training but celebrations such as high fives, first bumps are banned. They have to carry their own training gear, hand sanitiser and towel. All training equipment will be sanitised after each session. Players are also not allowed contact with those from other teams.

The probables for the Indian men’s and women’s senior hockey teams have been placed in the campus since before the start of the lockdown on March 25. Hockey India stated that players and staff who are feeling homesick shall be allowed to go home.

“Government of India, SAI and Hockey India will determine the duration of this leave in consultation with the respective Chief Coaches. Each party has the option to change the duration based on information at hand. At all times the safety of the athlete and staff member is paramount,” says HI in the SOP.

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Celebrations such as high fives, first bumps are banned while training. Pixabay

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Players have been provided instruction of avoiding contact with anyone outside of their direct family while at home. They are also to leave home only for necessary requirements with enough protection. Once they return to the camp, they will be placed in “strict quarantine for 2 weeks.”

“If testing is available on day 10 of return, then the person will be tested. If a person tests negative/doesn’t have the virus they can leave quarantine. If person has the virus, then that person will stay in quarantine and follow medical guidelines provided by designated medical personnel. If testing is not available every individual must complete the full 2 weeks of quarantine and will follow rules of social distancing anywhere and everywhere for week 3,” says HI. (IANS)

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International Gymnastics Federation Sets Up Solidarity Fund for Athletes

Upto $412,000 funds will be provided to athletes

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International Gymnastics Federation has set up Solidarity fund for the athletes affected by the pandemic. Pixabay

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said that a solidarity fund will be set up to support athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as suggseted by the Latest World News.

The special fund will be managed by the FIG Foundation for Solidarity. Up to 400,000 Swiss Francs ($412,000) will be provided to athletes and national gymnastics federations who have been severely hit by the economic repercussions of the crisis which has claimed more than 3 lakh lives across the world thus far.

FIG President Morinari Watanabe called the initiative “a valuable example of solidarity and friendship” in the sport when presenting it at the FIG Executive Committee videoconference meeting on Friday.

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“We know how strong the spirit of solidarity is in gymnastics. More than ever, it is by being united that we can overcome this crisis.”, said FIG President Morinari Watanabe. Wikimedia Commons

“This grave crisis plunges the world into a period of uncertainty. We cannot wait until the situation for some of us becomes catastrophic before we act and offer our support,” said Watanabe.

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“We know how strong the spirit of solidarity is in gymnastics. More than ever, it is by being united that we can overcome this crisis.”

In addition, FIG also decided to exempt all its member federations from paying their annual membership fees for 2020. (IANS)

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COVID-19: Sports Enthusiasts Keep the Sports Spirit Alive

Keeping the sports spirit alive

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Sports calendar of 2020 has seen all major events either cancelled or postponed. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta

Another dreadful result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that the sports calendar of 2020 has seen all major events either cancelled or postponed.

Sports enthusiasts have been left with nothing but reliving old matches, playing e-sports and interacting with fellow sports fans as a way to keep their spirit alive. Resulting in an increase in their activity and engagement on sports community platforms like Rooter, says its CEO and founder Piyush Kumar.

“Our user growth has been tremendous in last three months. We have more than 3 million active users (7 million overall users) who are spending close to 20 minutes everyday,” claims Kumar.

“People are reliving old matches and engaging with their fellow sports fans via live chat and discussions. We have also seen an increase in old-school games like book cricket and Ludo, which are shifting to the virtual world now,” he adds.

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“We have also seen an increase in old-school games like book cricket and Ludo, which are shifting to the virtual world now,” says Rooter, CEO and founder Piyush Kumar. Pixabay

Founded in 2016, the idea behind Rooter was to build a technology product that will connect fans with each other and create a strong community. “We initially made this community using live games during sports matches and later pivoted to content where now fans chat, create content and go live with audio/ video to connect with fans,” Kumar tells IANSlife.

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Sports fans get a dedicated and personalised sports feed as per their sports consumption. “It’s a never ending set of information on sports in multiple languages and across videos, images, polls etc. Sports lovers also get fastest and detailed scorecard of all matches across cricket, football and kabaddi in 10 Indian languages,” he informs.

Another feature of Rooter is the live audio/ video session that allows users to go online and do commentary, debates, quizzes, polls, games and connect with other fans. “It is our most engaged feature,” he says.

The company this year aims to create a new stream of content through e-sports and gaming. “Our user base is spending an equal amount of time watching sports and consuming e-sports, playing games and we believe we can provide a great product that will serve them right content and connect them with other fans/ gamers. We also want to build a strong user monetization feature thereby focusing on creating commerce on top of high engaged content we offer.” (IANS)

Inderjeet, Chand, Babar bag gold at national athletics
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International Gymnastics Federation Sets Up Solidarity Fund for Athletes
COVID-19: Sports Enthusiasts Keep the Sports Spirit Alive