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Abhitash SinghJune 15, 2019


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 13, 2019


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 DhamijaMay 21, 2019


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”.


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


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


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

Ashok DhamijaAugust 8, 2018


India’s First 360 degree Sports Tech-Ecosystem

Former Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni, a Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardee on Tuesday  August 7, 2018, launched, India’s first 360 degree sports Tech-Ecosystem, ‘Run Adam’, created with a vision to help realize every sporting dream.  ‘Run Adam’ uses its technology platform to connect athletes with resources, including sponsors, experts, coaches, academies, specialists among others. Designed to be a single-access, tech-enabled platform for sportspersons, ‘Run Adam’ provides instant and easy access to resources across the country. Registration on ‘Run Adam’ is free for the sporting community and is available for download on Google Play store and Apple store.

The most successful Indian skipper of all times M.S. Dhoni, speaking on the  launch of the sports tech-ecosystem and said, “’Run Adam’ will play a significant role in aspiring sportspersons’ life to help achieve their dreams. I have faced challenges during the initial stages of my career and I see Run Adam filling a vacuum”.

Dhoni who has taken 25% stake in his personal capacity in the bootstrapped tech-company and will be the brand ambassador and mentor for the mobile app further added “ The sports ecosystem will naturally help identify, help and nurture sporting talent early and this can change the destinies of sportspersons as also the future of sports in India. When you help sportspersons achieve their full potential, you propel the sporting quotient of the entire country. My decision to take stake in the company was due to the passion of the team and their vision for sportspersons”.

K. Yeragaselvan, CEO, and MD of ‘Run Adam’, said “India is yet to achieve its full potential in sports and this is not because there is a lack of talent in the country. Pursuing sports is expensive in terms of money, time and other sacrifices that one has to make. Most sportspersons are self-funded and often don’t come from affluent backgrounds, and many cannot reach their goal mainly due to lack of access to resources. This mobile app aims to bridge this gap in sports. We are excited and encouraged by the support that a stalwart like M. S. Dhoni has given us. His interest and involvement in ‘Run Adam’ inspired us to reinforce our vision to bring the country’s sporting ecosystem under one umbrella to help solve the biggest challenges facing sporting talent.”

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Newsband, started in 2005 as In New Bombay, is today Navi Mumbai’s only daily local English newspaper. The paper believes in delivering outstanding journalistic content to its readers about the city of Navi Mumbai and enjoys a readership of about 11,000.