Nagpur advocate Ashish Agrawal partook in the 2022 Berlin Marathon, in Berlin, Germany, on September 25. Recounting his vivid and glorious experiences he said:
Running through the iconic Brandenburg Gate to finish the Berlin Marathon is an emotional affair. A marathon in a city like Berlin cannot be anything but legendary. It holds a special place among runners for being the fastest course. Ashish Agrawal, a city lawyer, who participated in this year’s edition, wrote, “the combination of a flat, fast course, a pack of top-flight pacers and ideal autumn weather has ensured that the event is now regarded as the undisputed WR marathon race. Its claim to fame is cemented by the fact that the last six successive world records for the distance, for men, have been set on the course”
I reached Berlin on Thursday, September 22 and the city was already warming up for the marathon weekend. The pre-marathon event expo was held at the now-defunct Tempelhof airport, one of the oldest airports in the world. The vast airport suddenly looked small when filled with runners waiting to collect their race numbers. The added attraction in shopping, largely related to running, from fancy clothing to accessories and nutritional products, represented a running festival.
Getting 44,000 runners to run through the streets was no easy task. Runners were grouped in four categories and the start time ranged from 9:10 am for the elites to 10:10 am for the back-of-the-pack, where I duly took my place. What was surprising though, was the unflinching support from the volunteers who didn’t move from their positions, until the last one went past them. The equally admirable crowd didn’t relent either and cheerfully supported the runners through the route. Lively music bands were stationed across the route playing vibrant music. The marathon route goes through some of the landmarks of Berlin including the Victory Column, German Chancellery, The Friedrichstadt-Palast, prominent art galleries and museums, Bundestrat, and finally, the Brandenburg Gate appearing between 41 and 42km points. Running through the Gate (built in the 18th century to commemorate peace, it was closed for 28 years following the division of Germany), was something that I have been dreaming about ever since I won the lottery to participate, and the last kilometre was certainly my fastest!
A euphoric finish was rewarded by a wonderfully designed medal — one side featuring the important landmarks of Berlin and the other side the a relatively unknown Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud Kipchoge is the fasted Marathoner in the world, setting a record of 2.01 hours here itself in Berlin. It was a tribute to him. That evening, there were the finishers in the city proudly sporting their finisher tees and medals all the way to their way — the Berlin legends!
India vs Australia Border-Gavaskar Test to begin in Nagpur from Feb 9
The first test of Border-Gavaskar Test would be played at VCA, Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur between February 9 and 13, 2023…
The Australia tour of India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy would kickstart in Nagpur from the February 9th of February next year. The first test would be played at Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur between February 9 and 13, 2023 and next three test matches in Delhi, Dharamshala and Ahmedabad. This will also be the last edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which will be a four-match Test series feature.
Australia’s tour of India will conclude with three ODIs in Mumbai (March 17), Visakhapatnam (March 19) and Chennai (March 22) leading into the next season of the IPL.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also announced the schedule for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
India Home Season 2023 Schedule
Indian Home Series T20Is versus Sri Lanka: 1st T20I (Jan 3, Mumbai)
2nd T20I (Jan 5, Pune)
3rd T20I (Jan 7, Rajkot)
ODIs vs Sri Lanka: 1st ODI (Jan 10, Guwahati)
2nd ODI (Jan 12, Kolkata)
3rd ODI (Jan 15; Trivandrum)
ODIs versus New Zealand: 1st ODI (Jan 18, Hyderabad)
2nd ODI (Jan 21, Raipur)
3rd ODI (Jan 24, Indore)
T20Is versus NZ: 1st T20I (Jan 27, Ranchi)
2nd T20I (Jan 29, Lucknow)
3rd T20I (Feb 1; Ahmedabad)
Tests versus Australia: 1st Test (Feb 9-13; Nagpur)
2nd Test (Feb 17-21; Delhi)
3rd Test (Mar 1-5; Dharamsala)
4th Test (Mar 9-13; Ahmedabad)
ODIs vs Australia: 1st ODI (Mar 17; Mumbai)
2nd ODI (Mar 19; Vizag)
3rd ODI (Mar 22; Chennai)
Rushikesh Lohit reigns as numero uno in Rapid Championship; Shaunak Badole tops Nagpur Blitz Championship
Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship held at Vivekanand Hall, Shraddha House, Kingsway, Near Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.
The championship was organised by Chess Association Nagpur in association with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation. Muktanand Pendsey finished second in the both Rapid and Blitz Championship. Rushikesh Lohit and Muktanand Pendsey will represent Nagpur in the Rapid Championship and Shaunak and Muktanand will represent Nagpur District in the Maharashtra State Blitz Championship.
Mangesh Kashikar, Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association and Vice President of Maharashtra Badminton Association was the Chief Guest who distributed the prizes. Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, CAN and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation, SS.Soman, Working President, CAN and Amrish Joshi, Chief Arbiter were present on the occasion.
The Top two finishers of Rapid and Blitz Championship were awarded Trophies whereas the players finishing from 3rd to 10th place were awarded Medals in both the championship. In addition to the main prizes, age group prizes were also distributed to top two finishers in each group.
The championship was conducted by Chief Arbiter Amrish Joshi assisted by SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Amabde and Prathamesh Machave.
Nagpur: 14-yr-old Rishikesh Buty to represent India in International Skating Competition
The 36th All India Roller Relay Skating Championship was recently organised by RRSAM,RRSFI and RRSAF at Youth Hostel GOA under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. Of India.
Overall Roller Relay Skating Championship went to Team Maharashtra where 14 skaters participated from Shivaji Skating Club in Nagpur. All skaters won gold, silver and bronze medal in Speed Skating, Relay Race and Elimination Round.
Following are the winners from Shivaji Skating Club, Gandhinagar in Nagpur – Atharv Zanjade, Agrani Zanjade, Raj Hiranwar, Sonakshi Hiranwar, Om Hiranwar , Om Bangaiyya, Anuj Gahlod, Nivaan Tiwari, Viraj Patil, Bhakti Kshirsagar, Aaradhya Zanzad, Rudransh Yadav, Rishikesh Buty and Harsh Kanojiya.
Total 21 gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals were bagged by Shivaji Skating Club Skaters under the guidance of coach Krishna Baisware. Winners of Goa Championship got selected for Melaka Open Speed Skating Challenge 2022 in Malaysia, which would be held from December 15, 2022 to December 20, 2022 .
Skaters from six countries are participating in this event. Nagpur’s Shivaji skating club’s skater Rishikesh Rahul Buty would be participating in International Skating Competition in Malaysia, which will be held on November 15 to 22 this year. A student of BKVV, 14-year-old Rishikesh has won 20 gold medals, five silver medals, 10 bronze medals in national level competitions.