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Wrestling for livelihood: How Chandgi Ram Akhara is helping women to learn, earn and grapple

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Wrestling is at the verge of its obliteration as it lacks support, both socially and economically. Especially for women, to excel in this sport is a herculean task. There are a very few places in this country where women wrestlers are encouraged.

In the hustle bustle of New Delhi, there is one such place which has preserved the game for women wrestlers since 1975. Chandgi Ram Akhara, set up by Guru Chandgi Ram, has opened the door for the women wrestlers in the country to be a part of this sport.

The akhara has served as a platform for many Indian women wrestlers like Neha Rathi (bronze medal winner at Asian games 2012) and Sonika Kaliraman (2003 silver medalist in junior Asian games). When the akhara was opened it was the first to train women wrestlers in the country. Chandgi Ram akhara is not only giving employment to women but is also helping them socially and financially by sending them to participate in different tournaments.

“This is our only source of survival. Because of poor family conditions, I started wrestling after my marriage with an aim to help my family. I believe that women in India are more powerful than foreigners and women wrestlers have bright future in India,” said Reshma.

However, Government apathy has left the akhara in shambles. The akhara gets menial amount of Rs 2000 from the government and an annual endowment from MCD for training.

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Government to pay Rs 50,000 per month to athletes under TOP scheme

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New Delhi, Sep 15: The sports ministry announced on Friday that it has accepted the Olympic Task Force’s recommendation of providing a stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games to meet pocket expenses.

“The Government has selected 152 elites under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. All the athletes will get benefit from this decision. The stipend will be paid with effect from September 1, 2017, the ministry said in a statement.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also announced the decision on Twitter. “MYAS @IndiaSports announces Rs 50k/month pocket allowance for 152 elite athletes preparing for Tokyo/CWG/Asian Games. Athletes first, always!”

“The allowance applies wef 1 Sep 2017 & is purely for pocket expenses of elite athletes. Committed to providing all resources to our champions”

The ministry is getting in touch with all the athletes selected under the TOP for their training and competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation for prestigious competitions.

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Aamir Khan invites Phogat family to join birthday celebrations

On the occasion of his birthday today, Aamir Khan does not do anything special but spends time with family, along with Phogat Family

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Mumbai, Mar 14, 2017: Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan turned 52 today! To participate in his birthday celebrations, Aamir khan has invited the Phogat Family, as per a PTI report.

Aamir’s blockbuster movie “Dangal” which released in December 2016, depicted the life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and how he helped his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat in their journey to rise to wrestling fame.

Addressing the media today, on the occasion of his birthday, he said that he had no major plans for his birthday except for spending quality time with his family. He also informed the media that they would be joined by the Phogat family.

“I haven’t got any gifts from the family. I am still waiting for them to give me something. I will be with my family like every year but this time my family has become bigger. I am very happy the Phogat family will celebrate with us.”

“Ammi hasn’t gifted me anything but she has made seekh kebabs for me, like she does on every birthday. That’s her gift,” said Aamir.

He further said that he did not do anything special but he did wake up many birthday wishes. “I didn’t do anything at 12 AM. I was sleeping. I was reading a book and then slept off. I woke up in the morning to multiple texts and calls wishing me.”

The actor has chosen movies over the years which require him to go through strong physical transformations. He elaborated that his intention has always been to be true to the character he is playing.

“As an actor, it is my responsibility to get into the character and do justice. Sometimes you have to bring out the physical changes. Whenever required, I’ve done it and will do in the future too. It can affect my health, but I am not thinking about it now.”

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Obituary to Mohammad Shahid, India’s Hockey legend

The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.

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Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: Twitter
  • The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.
  • He was part of the Vasudevan Baskaran-led Indian team that clinched the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
  • Paying tributes to one of the best known hockey stars of the country, PM Narendra Modi said the government tried its best to save Shahid.

India’s hockey legend Mohammad Shahid was one of the greatest players of all time, was known for his excellent dribbling skills.

The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.

Mohammad Shahid in his bed at Medanta Medicity Hospital. Image Source: www.mid-day.com
Mohammad Shahid in his bed at Medanta Medicity Hospital. Image Source: www.mid-day.com

He was part of the Vasudevan Baskaran-led Indian team that clinched the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

The legend was battling for life after a bout of jaundice, after that dengue made his condition worse.

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Shahid, who was born in Varanasi, made his first appearance for India in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France.

Hockey historian K Arumugam quoted The Indian Express, “India won all but one match to Pakistan during 1984 and 1985. The only time they lost was the Asia Cup final in Dhaka where five Indian players were suspended”.

Shahid made his first senior team appearance the same year in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur under Baskaran, after his inclusion in the team following his impressive performance in the Aga Khan Cup. His skills and love for the game was noticed by his seniors and coaches.

It was said that on the hockey field, if he was one of the most feared one, off it he was the most humble and down to earth person.

Zafar Iqbal. Image Source: Getty Images
Zafar Iqbal. Image Source: Getty Images

During his playing days, besides his dribbling skills, Shahid was also known for his running ability and push which was as fast as a hard hit.

His attacking partnership on the field with Zafar Iqbal was known to one and all.

He was awarded the ‘Best Forward player’ at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi.

Hockey India tweet on Mohammad Shahid's Death. Image Source: Twitter
Hockey India tweet on Mohammad Shahid’s Death. Image Source: Twitter

He was a member of the team that won the gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian Games. He was able to make place in the Asian All-Star team in 1986 through his practice and skills. He also captained the Indian national team during the 1985-86 season.

He was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 1980-1981 and Padma Shri in 1986.

Later on, he became a sports officer with the Indian Railways in Varanasi.

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He had been admitted to SSL Hospital at Banaras Hindu University with severe stomach pain on June 29. As his condition did not improve, he was airlifted from Varanasi and admitted to the Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon earlier this month.

He is survived by his wife Parveen Shahid and twins Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.

Paying tributes to one of the best known hockey stars of the country, PM Narendra Modi said the government tried its best to save Shahid.

PM Modi on demise of Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: www.tagthebird.com
PM Modi on demise of Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: www.tagthebird.com

“In the untimely and unfortunate demise of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a talented sportsman who played with immense passion & vigour,” Modi tweeted.

“We tried our level best to save Mohammed Shahid but sadly, neither our help nor prayers were enough to save him. Tributes to him. RIP,” the Prime Minister added.

Hockey India also tweeted saying, “Hockey India grieves the untimely loss of India Hockey Legend Mohammed Shahid, who passed away today, 20 July 2016.” (IANS)

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