Category: Sports

Abhitash SinghJune 15, 2019
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One succeeded in even creating a world record

The satellite city witnessed a record breaking event on Saturday, 25th May, 2019 at DJ Farmhouse (Dhyan Kendra) in Airoli where at least 10 students under the guidance of Bibhuti Nayak (Bruce Lee of Navi Mumbai) set a national record and one of them also created a world record.

The students who were participants in the record breaking events were cheered by their parents and the teammates. The Best of India Records and Limca Book of records officials were present to monitor the records of the students.

The students who succeeded in the various categories were Aditi Sanap achieved a target of 246 most double-leg skips in one minute (female) and created a national records by breaking the previous 241 counts which was needed to qualify, Janhavi Sanap attempted most deep squats in one minute (female) and she broke the early count of 57 and achieved 73 as a final target, Vinit Patil participated in most jumping jacks in one minute and broke the earlier counts of 109 and achieved and set a new final target of 112 counts, Adarsh Pal achieved a final target of 166 breaking the previous counts of minimum 120 plus in most astride jumps in one minute, Shravani Yogesh Bhuran set the new national record by achieving a target of 90 by breaking earlier 72 counts but he remain just 22 counts behind to record the world record which is 111 counts. Dipti Pant participated in most single arm rotations in one minute (female) where the minimum target to qualify was 90 as per universal standards and BIR Rules and Guidelines but she succeeded in achieving 144 target counts, Kabir Pant achieved a 183 target breaking the earlier count of 143 which was needed for qualifying in most single hand rotations in one minute, Bhumika Pant achieved a final target of 110 in most jumping jacks in one minute which was open because no previous records were available, Kartik S Choudhary achieved 162 numbers in most alternate squat thrusts in one minute breaking the earlier national record of 72 counts but missed with few numbers in breaking the world record which is 201 numbers and finally Harshith Sivaganesan created a world record by doing 93 numbers of most side bends in one minute because the earlier record was of 91 numbers.

It was very emotional scene at the event because few students after achieving the target were seen crying and that was the happiness tears which passed through their eyes. Few students also touch the feet of their mentor Bibhuti Nayak who has been training them since last many days to make them achieve a feat.

 


Ashok DhamijaJune 14, 2019
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Yuvraj Singh illustrious cricketing career for India lasted over 25 years during which he earned many individual awards in his team’s success in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2007.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body of cricket recently congratulated Yuvraj Singh for an outstanding career which included pivotal roles in India winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup four years earlier. Yuvraj in fact last donned the Indian colours in 2017 during a T20I match against England, which India won by 75 runs and represented four times champions Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2019.

The India all-rounder Yuvraj who announced his retirement from International cricket on  Monday June 10, 2019, was earlier named ’Player Of The Tournament’ at the 2011 World Cup played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, when he scored one century and four fifties for an aggregate of 362 runs, while also grabbing 15 wickets. During the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, he smashed six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in a crucial league match.

Yuvraj was diagnosed with ‘Mediastinal seminoma’, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs immediately after the 2011 World Cup, but made a return to international cricket and also established a cancer foundation.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in his address said ,“Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. He was one of those players who could raise his game in crunch situations and excelled at ICC events time after time. He has been an inspiration both on and off the field and given so much joy to millions of fans the world over.

“I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Yuvraj for his superb career and wish him all the best for the future.”

Yuvraj, 37, first came into the limelight at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2000 in Sri Lanka, when he was named ‘Player of the Tournament’ and made his international debut at the ICC Champions Trophy in the same year.

The left-handed all-rounder last played international cricket in 2017 and has retired with 1,900 runs and nine wickets in 40 Test matches, 8,701 runs and 111 wickets in 304 ODIs, and 1,177 runs and 28 wickets in 58 T20Is.

Yuvraj was named in ICC’s ODI Team of the Year in 2006, 2009 and 2011 while his six sixes in an over won him the ‘ICC T20 Performance of the Year’ award in 2008.

 


Ashok DhamijaJune 13, 2019

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UTT organizing committee and franchise team owners pose with TTFI President Dhanraj Choudhary (second row – extreme left) post Players Draft

Mumbai: Three new teams U Mumba, Puneri Paltan and Chennai Lions will join Goa Challengers, RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata and defending champions Dabang Delhi in the third edition of Ultimate Table Tennis League (UTT) this year.

The tournament which was launched in 2017 with the vision of winning an Olympic medal for India in Table Tennis by 2024  has not only provided platform for Indian players, an opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the world and learning from some world-class coaches. In addition it has played a key role in inspiring the youth and drive the development at grassroots level. The past two editions India’s first ever professional Table Tennis league held in coordination with TTFI has been well received by the sporting fraternity both nationally as well as internationally. In addition it has played a key role in inspiring the youth and drive the development at grassroots level.

To be held in Delhi from July 25 to August 11, 2019, the Rs. 2 Crore prize money tourney this time around received a huge boost with number of top corporates joining the fray. In order to cache on the best of International and National players from across 12 countries the representatives and team owners of the likes of Shrinivas Dempo (Dempo Group), Suresh Kotak (InsureKot Sports), Ronnie Screwvala (U Sports), Sameer Bharat Ram, Radha Kapoor Khanna (DO IT Sports), Sanjiv Goenka (RP-SG Group) also took part in the UTT Players Draft, held over two rounds at NSCI, Mumbai on Thursday 13 June, 2019.

India’s top players Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra were the hot choices and was bagged by Chennai Lions and RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata on Thursday. The country’s highest-ranked player G. Sathiyan (World No. 24) was retained by Dabang Delhi T.T.C., underlining the preeminent position that India’s players command in this prestigious league. Goa Challengers in their new avatar successfully bid for World No. 8,  Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked player among 40 in fray  India’s players who made the cut included Harmeet Desai (Puneri), Manav Thakkar (U Mumba) and Archana Kamath (Goa Challengers).

“It is great to see Indian players being preferred even when the teams had the option of going for foreign stars. This shows that our stars are steadily rising in the world pecking order as their improved rankings confirm,” said Vita Dani, co-promoter of the UTT on the occasion

“With 11 Olympians and 25 national champions from 12 different countries in the prestigious league, this becomes one of the most exciting line-up of talent in Table Tennis,” shared Niraj Bajaj, co-promoter of UTT on the occasion.

As per the format of the tourney each franchise will be mix overseas and Indian players and will have one player each in six categories, including Foreign Male, Foreign Female, Indian Male Senior, Indian Female Senior, Indian Male Youth and Indian Female Youth. Each tie will have five matches this time around

Franchise Teams

Chennai Lions: Sharath Kamal (India), Petrissa Solja (Germany), Tiago Apolonia (Portugal), Madhurika Patkar (India), Yashini Sivasankar (India), Anirban Ghosh (India)

Dabang Delhi T.T.C.Sathiyan G. (India), Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jon Persson (Sweden), Parth Virmani (India), Naina (India), Krittwika Sinha Roy (India)

Goa Challengers: Cheng I-Ching (Chinese Taipei), Archana Kamath (India), Amalraj Anthony (India), Siddhesh Pande (India), Shruti Amrute (India), Alvaro Robles (Spain).

Puneri Paltan Table Tennis: Chuang Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei), Harmeet Desai (India), Ayhika Mukherjee (India), Selena Selvakumar (India), Ronit Bhanja (India), Sabine Winter (Germany)

RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata: Manika Batra (India), Benedikt Duda (Germany), Matilda Ekholm (Sweden), Manush Shah (India), Prapti Sen (India), Sanil Shetty (India)

U Mumba TT: Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), Manav Thakkar (India), Sutirtha Mukherjee (India), Kirill Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan), Jeet Chandra (India), Moumita Dutta (India)

 


Ashok DhamijaJune 13, 2019
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ICC Men’s World Cup 2019

Unbeaten in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 so far both India and New Zealand, will look to maintain ascendancy as they take on each other at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 on Thursday, 13 June, 2019.

Team India riding on a brilliant ton by their opener Shikhar Dhawan put up a clinical performance against Australia, in their 36-run win in their last league encounter. But Dhawan’s thumb injury, courtesy Australian pacer Pat Cummins has given them a major jolt ahead of their next few matches. Stand by opener KL Rahul, who had been slotted to bat at no.4 up until now, will hope to fill the void in the company Rohit Sharma. He will face a tough challenge first up against a potent New Zealand pace attack.

While wrist-spinners  of the likes Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have provided breakthroughs at crucial junctures in both their leagues games so far, the first being against South Africa, it will be interesting to see if skipper Virat Kohli goes in with the same combination on Thursday. Short boundaries and overcast conditions at the venue being the key concerns against New Zealand power hitters of the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor. Kohli in fact would aim his team settle scores against the Kiwis, post their first warm up game loss last month after left arm pacer Trent Boult destroyed the famed Indian batting line up with his swing and subtle  variations.

New Zealand are currently leading the points table with three wins from as many games all registered against Asian countries Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  With Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry leading the bowling charts with 15 wickets between them in the tournament so far, and with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme providing able support, along with India’s nemesis Boult (22 wickets in the last four years) skipper Kane Williamson has enough bowling options. He will hope to do an encore against the men in blue coming at the backdrop of his recent experiences in the Indian Premier League over the years. With their top-order doing bulk of the scoring in the first three matches, the middle order is likely to be tested against a well-rounded Indian bowling unit.

Key Players

India: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah  who currently tops the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers, has been giving his best results in the World Cup so far, providing timely breakthroughs. With his subtle variations and the ability to extract movement and bounce, Bumrah will be a tough challenge for New Zealand batsmen on Thursday.  Skipper Virat Kohli and his assistant Rohit Sharma have played important innings in the tournament. While Rohit who scored  a match winning unbeaten 122 against South Africa followed it up with another equally good performance against Australia with 57 runs, in the process became the fastest Indian to go past 2000-run mark against Australia in ODIs. Virat on his part didn’t fire against South Africa and was dismissed for 18, came back with a crucial 82 against current champions Australia.

New Zealand: Skipper Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen of the modern era, Williamson’s ability to score runs in any conditions makes him New Zealand’s most reliable player. With his smart play and the ability to counter spin-bowling, the Kiwi skipper will look to hold the innings together against India. Ross Taylor on the other hand has been the backbone of his team with knocks of 82 against Bangladesh and 48 against Afghanistan in World Cup 2019.

Conditions

With heavy and thundery showers predicted later in the day, there is a slim chances to get a full 100-over game, With bowlers from either team capable of exploiting overcast conditions, much like West Indies did against Pakistan here, both captains will look to field first.

Squads

India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro,  Tom Latham,  (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme,, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell,

 

Interesting Facts

* Head-to-head record in the World Cup: India-3, New Zealand -4

* Last Meeting in World Cup: India beat hosts New Zealand on 14 March, 2003 by seven wickets


Ashok DhamijaMay 31, 2019
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Navi Mumbai: Defending champions Larsen & Toubro Sports Club (L&T SC) successfully overhauled the 118 runs target set by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Sports Club (BPCL SC) for the loss of three wickets and three overs to spare, to lift the Hinduhriday-Samrat T20 Cup 2019 for the fourth time in a row.

Electing to field first in the championship round, after winning the toss at the picturesque BPCL SC Refinery Ground in Mahul,  L&T SC skipper Jagdish Sorkhade led from the front with his medium pace attack. The well built all-rounder from the Mahape, Navi Mumbai based team gave away only 21 runs in his allotted four overs and took three crucial wickets which restricted the hosts to a partly 117 for 9 in 20 overs. He was well supported by Siddhesh Chavan (3/23) and Sushant Shetty (2/18) and backed by live wire fielding by his team mates.

In response the reigning champions L&T SC who had won the Inter Office Cricket Tournament organised by NMSA, Navi Mumbai in the recent past, were off to a bright start with openers Nishadh Mutalik and Shiva Yadav scoring freely. Mutalik was the aggressive of the two and scored a quick fire 39 off 25 ball inclusive of six boundaries. He was the first one to be dismissed. Yadav on the other hand played with his ease and reached his half century, before being dismissed soon after for 52 runs in 42 balls Latter Sagar Kamble & skipper Sorkhade scored 10 runs each to ensure their team achieve yet another success in the tourney, which was organised by Indian Airlines Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti Mumbai. L&T SC had defeated Mahindra & Mahindra in the previous edition last year.

L&T SC opener Shiva Yadav bagged the ‘Man of the Match” for his game changing 52 runs while  his skipper Jagdish Sorkhade for his overall fantastic performance in both Batting & Bowling departments took home the ‘Man of the Series’ award.

Brief Scores (Final): BPCL Sports Club: 117/9 in 20 Overs (Jagdish Sorkhade 3/21, Siddhesh Chavan 3/23, Sushant Shetty 2/18) lost to L&T Sports Club: 118/3 in 17 Overs (Shiva Yadav 52, Nishadh Mutalik 39) by 7 Wickets and three overs to spare

 


Ashok DhamijaMay 25, 2019
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Defending champions ONGC scored a hard fought 2-1 win against former champions Air India in an Elite Division match of the Rustomjee-MDFA League 2018-19 to continue their unbeaten run this season on Monday The much awaited derby match played at the Cooperage ground, saw  Panvel based ONGC team stamp their authority from the outset and take firm control of the proceedings in the first half. ONGC took the lead when Abhijit Taware scored from a rebound in the 16th minute of an attempt by seasoned campaigner Himanshu Patil whose initial shot which was parried away by goalkeeper Aditya Mishra. ONGC quickly doubled their lead two minutes in to the second half through a swift counter-attacking move. Arif Shaikh set up his team’s consistent scorer Himanshu,  who made the most of the opportunity with an open goal in front of him to double the lead.

Air India who missed the services number of players through injuries including their Navi Mumbai based skipper Vijith Shetty slowly found their groove following the introduction of Rinaldo Fernandes. The substitute combined so well with Shravan Shetty for the remainder of the match. Shravan who was fouled inside the box by Dhurwesh Nijap resulted in the Airmen being awarded a penalty. Rinaldo stepped up and found the back of the net to reduce the deficit by one goal in the 81st minute of the match Earlier ONGC’s Captain Fanai Lalmuanpuia under whose leadership the oilmen had won eight of their nine matches this season, once again played a pivotal role in the centre of the field and was the key link between the defense and the attack to once again ensured his team continue to occupy the top position in the league.   Air India on the other hand are placed third currently.

Results (Elite Div): ONGC 2 (Abhijit Taware, Himanshu Patil) beat Air India 1 (Rinaldo Fernandes) (HT 1-0).


Ashok DhamijaMay 21, 2019
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Hundreds of participants from various walks of life in different age groups from across Maharashtra participated with zeal and enthusiasm in the inaugural edition of the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon” held early this week in the city. The road race organized by Ghansoli based Aarine Events and Promotion in association with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) promoted various social issues like ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Welfare of the Disabled’ and ‘Child Education’ .

Amidst fun and frolic the participants warmed up with Zumba Dance to the beats of various peppy Bollywood numbers before embarking on the competitive circular route held over a distance of 2km, 5km and 10km between Vashi and Sanpada. (Photos by Author).

Dhananjay Gautam from Mumbai was the outright winner in the 2 Km event which witnessed maximum participation.  Sailesh Pawar from Panvel and Pratik Ambekar from Nerul came in second and third in this category. This race category also witnessed tiny tots Jiya Surve and Juily Shirke (both cousins) complete the route in the company of their parents. Twin siblings from Airoli, Dhairya and Dhruvika Patil along with their elder sister Narmata too were among the finishers.

In the 5 Km race which was held to garner support for the ‘Welfare of the Disabled’   saw Trimbak More from Somaiya Sports Academy, Mumbai time his race to perfection amidst strong challenge from his rivals in the three lap race. He was followed closely by Rajkumar Shah from Mumbai and Aditya Nirgun from Sindhudurg, Raigad District who came in second and third respectively.

The 10 Km road race held to promote the cause of ‘Child Education’ and was flagged off along with the 5km event was won by Rajesh Shelke  from Satara District.  Bhupinder Singh from Uran and Thane’s Rakesh Kanga came in second and third respectively. Showing great resolve and commitment Mangal Shelar, a House wife residing in Bhiwandi ran bare footed topped the Women’s category and finished fourth overall in the 10 Km race.

“Around 25 enthusiastic members form our Sanpada based Walkie Talkie group, all of whom are 40 plus took part in the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon’ participated in this one of a kind event which has been held to promote various social causes. The same resonates with our groups mission which too has been promoting various social issues for the past three years at various forums. This includes NMMC Swachhta Abhiyan. Our members on the occasion highlighted the importance of Health is Wealth among other participants too with a tag line ‘Be Fit Stay Fit & Be Happy while participating in the 2 Km race.’” shared Raju Raut, a MNC Professional and   Devdas Bote, Vice Principal of KBP College, Vashi, both founder members of Walkie Talkie group

“It always feel great to support any social cause and when it is coupled with fitness the value increases many folds. We were more than happy to participate along with our daughters in this Charity Marathon which incidentally is only our second venture in road race.” shared Priya K Kumar from Vashi and Remya Rajesh from Koparkhairane who along with their daughters Akshaya and Supriya respectively completed the 5 Km route without any hiccups.

“To win any road race is a matter of pride for any participant. The hard work and daily training of two hours over a period of time as part of preparation for the Army and Police recruitment has paid dividends. The win has boosted my morale and I hope to extend the same in upcoming Half Marathons (21 Km events) soon, ” shared Rajesh Shelke from Satara District, Winner of 10 Km event.

Speaking on the occasion Nitesh Misaal, Proprietor, Aarine Events and Promotion which organized the event said ”The inaugural edition of the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon’ was held in association with the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and promoted various social causes of the likes of Swachh Bharat (2 Km race), Welfare of the Disabled (5 Km ) and Child Education (10 Km).  We are more than happy to receive the support from hundreds of participants across Maharashtra. The top three finishers in each category were given Trophies and Merit Certificates. The rest who completed the race were given Finishers Medal as a token of appreciation for their efforts. The profit from this event will be shared for between various NGOs (Children’s Aadhar Foundation, Divyang Welfare Association and Raanpakhara Samajik Sanstha) who were associated with this event  ”.

Misaal further said “The event of this scale would not have been possible without the support of Navi Mumbai Police & Traffic Police, our various associates Inorbit – Mall Partner, Choticab – Travel Partner, Club Mahindra – Holiday Partner, SITC – IT Partner, Fortis Hospital – Health Partner, Newsband and Aaple Nave Shahar – Media Partners etc and well supported by Prakash Patil Founder of Airoli based Raanpakhara Samajik Sanstha along with his team mate Sashikant Kamble, and numerous volunteers who have worked tirelessly for over a month in order to make this event a grand success. Seeing the response to our Charity Marathon we aim to organize the second edition in a bigger way and support more NGO’s in the coming few months”.

Results

2 Km: 1) Dhananjay Gautam;   2) Sailesh Pawar; 3) Pratik Ambekar.

5 Km: 1) Trimbak More; 2) Rajkumar Shah; 3) Aditya Nirgun.

10 Km: 1) Rajesh Shelke 2) Bhupinder Singh 3)  Rakesh Kanga.


Ashok DhamijaMay 21, 2019
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A skipper knock of 84 by Bharat Chipli and a inspired spell by pacer MG Naveen (5 for 24) helped Canara Bank beat Mumbai Customs by six wickets in a high-scoring match in the quarter-finals of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup at the DY Patil University Ground on Thursday. Along with Canara Bank, Reliance One, DY Patil A and DY Patil B also entered the semi-finals.

Mumbai Customs posted 183-8 in their 20 overs thanks to their skipper Sachin Wagh’s 87. In  reply Chipli starred in the chase as Canara chased down the target in 16.4 overs to enter the semi-finals.

In the other quarter-finals, DY Patil A successfully defended a total of 164-5 at the DY Patil Stadium to win by 57 runs against Western Railway. In the other quarter-final at the Stadium, DY Patil B also held CAG at bay to win by 12 runs.

On the other hand DY Patil B led by experienced campaigner Pravin Tambe (3 for 25, one catch and a run–out too) defeated CAG by 12 runs while defending a score of 170. The hosts in fact were provided a solid start of 79 runs in 7.3 overs by their young openers Arjun Tendulkar (35) and Aman Khan (47). Ankit Kaushik scored a fighting unbeaten 77 for CAG after his team lost four early wickets in their run chase. 19 year old all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who latter took one wicket while speaking to Newsband after the quarter final tie, said” It was fun and a new experience playing with the seniors in my first D Y Patil T 20 tournament.  Playing in a familiar position as an opener which I did for Mumbai in various age groups was a morale boosting experience. However I expected more from myself with the willow and hope to improve with my performances in the coming matches with the support of my team mates”.

In the last game of the game, Reliance 1 posted a massive 193-6 in their 20 overs and then bowled out BPCL for 145 to register a 48 run win.

Former champions DY Patil A and DY Patil B will square off in the semi-finals at the DY Patil Stadium, whereas Canara Bank will play Reliance 1 for a place in the final.

BRIEF SCORES

At Stadium

DY Patil A 164-5 in 20 overs (Rahul Tewatia 39, Shubham Ranjane 30) bt Western Railway 107 in 18 overs (Nikunj Mohite 25, Asad Pathan 20; Mukesh Choudhary 2-13, Iqbal Abdullah 2-13, Aniket Redkar 2-27)-by 57 runs

DY Patil B 170-8 in 20 overs (Aman Khan 47, Arjun Tendulkar 35, Sarfaraz Khan 33; Ankit Sharma 3-26. Gurinder Singh 2-29) bt CAG 158-6 in 20 overs (Ankit Kaushik 77 n.o., Abhishek Raman 21; Pravin Tambe 3-25)-by 12 runs

At University Ground

Mumbai Customs 183-8 in 20 overs (Sachin Wagh 87, Swapnil Pradhan 48; MG Naveen 5-24) lost to Canara Bank 184-4 in 16.4 overs (Bharat Chipli 84, Pallav Kumar Das 40, KV Siddarth 38 n.o.; Pratik Dabolkar 2-25)-by six wickets

Reliance 1 193-6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 57, Tajinder Dhillon 38 n.o.; Sandeep Sharma 2-29, Parikshit Valsankar 2-29) bt BPCL 145 in 18.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 44, Aakarshit Gomel 32; Baltej Singh 2-12, Rahul Shukla 2-17, Barinder Sran 2-20, Anukul Roy 2-30)-by 48 runs


Ashok DhamijaMay 21, 2019

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Sports and games are an integral element of Education in New Horizon Public School, Airoli. They play a significant role in all round development of students. With this in mind the Airoli based school organised its ‘Annual Athletic Meet Grand Finale’ recently for its Primary and Secondary Section of the school.

The day started with a impressive march past by the participants of the various houses led by the Sports Captain of the school. The ceremonial lighting of flame was made momentous when the torch was carried by illustrious State and National level athletes from school who had excelled in various competitions. Principal Dr.Nicholas Correa who had unfurled the Games flag declared the ‘Annual Athletic Sports Meet 2018-19’ Open

The event comprising of various track and field events, fun filled games and micro marathon saw an enthusiastic and exhilarated display of skill, stamina and fitness by the shortlisted athletes. The participants who qualified for the final round and kicked off with the 100 meters sprint event. Amidst thundering drumbeats the audience cheered up the participants who showcased speed, strength and skill.

The 200 and 400 meters track events held latter also became a true testimonial of resolve and form of the athletes. Young athletes exhibited impressive grit and grind in tackling the daunting laps. The 800 meters track event the young athletes prod the curved tracks show casing nerve of steel. 4×100 meters Relay brought forth the co-ordinated team work and sportsman spirit. The House teachers and students continued to cheer passionately cheering the participants and the winners. The share of fun with the ‘Race for Teachers’ gave it an ideal ending.


Ashok DhamijaFebruary 3, 2019
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Mumbai Games has helped to bridge the gap between amateurs and the elite athletes and a good performance in an event like these can also help the players the push who are looking to break into the state team” said Chief Guest, former World no 1 Ace shooter 1 Olympian & Shooter, Anjali Bhagwat at the closing ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Mumbai Games in presence of Jitendra Joshi, Founder, Mumbai Games & SportzConsult and Namdev Shirgaonkar, Jt Secretary, Indian Olympic Association at Fr. Agnel Multipurpose Sports Complex in Vashi.

She further added “An event like Mumbai Games is needed for athletes who are at the border of entering the elite category and for that they need this push. This is the place to hunt talent and nurture it. This is where you require support because,  the elite category, you get help from the federation. During my time, I had to wait for 10 years to get my own rifle. Events like these would get athletes that much recognition to knock the doors of the state teams. Infact shooting witnessed quite a good response and the scores of the winners were at par that one sees at the national level”.

The weekend competitions held over a period of six week in sixteen indoor and outdoor disciplines saw Namo Thane Thunderbolts bag the Champions Cup as well as the Premier Cup in the Amateur category while Flying Falcons triumphed in the Elite Category of the inaugural season of Mumbai Games which concluded in the city.

Namo Thane Thunderbolts won the Champions Cup after topping the charts and securing 14910 points (59 gold, 60 silver, 65 bronze). Western Warriors stood second with 13450 points (52 gold, 54 silver and 63 bronze) while Northern Knights ended third with 11885 points (55 gold, 36 silver and 46 bronze) respectively.

Speaking at the successful completion of the Mumbai Games, Jitendra Joshi, Founder, Mumbai Games & SportzConsult, said that he was glad that Mumbai Games exceeded not only his expectations but also helped in identifying talent and created a new pool of players who have taken to the sport seriously. “We were happy to see such mass participation. Sports like shooting where we were sceptical received overwhelming entries. We had a target of 10,000 participants and have exceeded the count. We had overall 10,886 participants. We would like to thank the citizens of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane to make this a successful event.”
“The encouragement and learnings will take us to subsequent cities soon. We have received invitations from various state associations to execute the Games in their cities. We wanted to expand to different cities and also increase the number of games. Pune and Bengaluru are the ones which we want to organize in the second half of the year.”

Results: Elite Category: 1st – Flying Falcons, 2nd – Navi Mumbai Ninjas, 3rd – Northern Knights.
Amateur Category: 1st – Namo Thane Thunderbolts, 2nd – Western Warriors, 3rd – Midtown Mavericks.
Top School – 1st – St. Catherine Of Siena School, Bandra
Top College – 1st – Rizvi College, Bandra
Top Academy – 1st – Premier Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy
Top Corporate –  1st – Proxima Exports



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