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Nishad Kumar wins silver; Vinod Kumar wins bronze for India at Tokyo Paralympics

From left: Nishad Kumar and Vinod Kumar

From left: Nishad Kumar and Vinod Kumar

India’s Nishad Kumar and Vinod Kumar won silver and bronze medals respectively for India on Sunday at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. While Nishad won the medal in men’s high jump (T46/47) category, Vinod won the medal in discus throw F52 event.

Nishad equalled his own Asian record with a jump of 2.06m in the final of the high jump event. The other Indian in the fray Ram Pal finished a creditable fifth, equalling his personal best jump of 1.94m. USA’s Dallas Wise (T46) had a best jump of 2.06m – the same as Nishad Kumar – to also win the silver medal. The other American in the event Roderick Townsend set a new world record by jumping 2.15m to win the gold medal.

Vinod, with a throw of 19.91m, set a new Asian record. Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz bagged the top honours with a best attempt of 20.02m. Croatian athlete Velimir andor took home silver by registering the best effort of 19.98m.

India has now won three medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. On Saturday, star paddler Bhavinaben Patel won a silver in women’s singles table tennis class 4.


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Hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay ‘lights the lamp’ to kickstart season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav in Nagpur

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Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay came calling to Nagpur on May 13 as he inaugurated the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav at the Indoor Stadium at Mankapur in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The 13-day sports festival will see 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh will be distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test Captain after series defeat against South Africa

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Virat Kohli

A day after India lost the test cricket series to South Africa (1-2), Virat Kohli stepped down as the test captain of India on Saturday (January 15). Kohli made the announcement through a social media post.

Kohli’s statement read: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now.”

He added: “There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

Kohli also thanked the BCCI as he wrote: “”I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation.”

Kohli was appointed Test captain back in 2014 when MS Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia.

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Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod beats ace shuttler Saina Nehwal at India Open 2022

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Saina Nehwal (left) and Malvika Bansod (right)

Saina Nehwal (left) and Malvika Bansod (right)

Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod defeated ace shuttler Saina Nehwal in the second round of Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022. Malvika defeated the two-time India Open champion 21-17, 21-9, in just 34 minutes. The defeat has resulted in Saina’s outster from the competition.

By defeating Saina, Malvika has become the second Indian badminton player after PV Sindhu to defeat Saina on court since 2007 in the domestic and international badminton circuit.

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