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Dipa Karmakar, Dipa Karmakar India, India Dipa Karmakar, Dipa Karmakar news, Dipa Karmakar updates, Asian Games, sports news, Indian Express Asian Games Day 3 Live updates Live streaming: It will be Dipa Karmakar’s biggest event since the lay-off. (Source: File)

Asian Games Day 3 Live updates Live streaming: India’s medal tally was taken to five on day two of the 2018 Asian Games which means that they are now eighth on the overall medal tally. On the third day, it is the wrestlers and shooters who are the favourites to add to India’s medal tally while the weightlifting event also gets underway. Another sport to keep an eye out for is Bridge with the qualifiers being held on Tuesday. The Indian Men’s Kabaddi team will be looking to make up for their shocking loss to South Korea on Monday when they face Thailand. Catch live scores and updates from Day 3 of the 2018 Asian Games here.

Asian Games Day 3 Live updates Live streaming: With two days of the Asian Games 2018 gone, India now move to the third day in hope of adding more medals to its kitty. The third day will see events of swimming, archery, basketball among others. Indian women and men Kabaddi teams will continue their respective group matches while Ankita Raina will carry on campaign as she plays Eri Hozumi in the Round of 16 women’s singles tennis match. The Indian hockey women team will take on Kazakstan in Group B match on Tuesday.

Imran Khan keen we begin with Indian-Pakistan cricket ties: New PCB chief Ehsan Mani

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Updated: August 21, 2018 4:58:59 am





Ehsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Source: Reuters/File)

NEWLY ELECTED Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is “very, very keen” on the resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, according to Ehsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“It’s still early days. My intention is to make Asian cricket stronger again, as it used to be. I don’t want to go into any detail at this stage but obviously, cricket between Pakistan and India is important to world cricket. So, that is one thing we will have to sit down, consider and address. Fortunately, we have a Prime Minister who is very, very keen on that,” Mani told The Indian Express on Monday.

India and Pakistan haven’t played any bilateral cricket since 2012-13, when Pakistan toured India for a short limited-overs series. The Indian government has refused to give permission for a bilateral series until “Pakistan stops cross-border terror”. The upcoming Asia Cup in September had to be shifted out of India because of Pakistan’s participation in the tournament. The UAE will now host the Asia Cup.

India and Pakistan, however, have been playing each other in ICC events. Pakistan came to India for the ICC World T20 in 2016.

Imran, the World Cup-winning Pakistan captain, has been a vocal advocate of cricketing ties between the two countries. On his India visit in 2015, as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At the time, the PTI’s official Twitter handle had quoted him as saying: “When I told Modi that India & Pak should play cricket, he gave a smile, I can’t decipher that further.”

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Khan had also been quoted in the media as saying: “We don’t want to be enemies forever. You have to think about the future. There are mutual cricketing heroes in both our countries. Like Wasim Akram is adored and loved in India, Sachin Tendulkar is a hero in Pakistan.”

On Monday, while appointing Mani as PCB chief, Khan posted on Twitter: “I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 yrs.” The announcement followed Najam Sethi’s resignation from the post.

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Asian Games 2018: India’s two-fold path to salvation

Written by Shivani Naik
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Updated: August 21, 2018 1:28:35 am





Selected at the age of 29, Deepak Kumar was the least heralded of medallists at the Asiad. (Source: PTI)

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Lakshay Sheoran was encouraged by father Somvir, a dangal wrestler, to pick up a gun and was often paraded in front of relatives to show off how he could smash soft drink cans aiming at them from a distance. “Pehle woh hi kehte the — yaha maar, waha maar. Phir jab main sabke liye pareshaani ban gaya, toh bole isse achha isko game mein hi daal do,” the teenaged silver medallist in Trap recalls. Around the time Lakshay was still running around with toy guns in Jind, Haryana, Deepak Kumar of Jagatpur on the outskirts of Delhi, had graduated from a Gurukul system of learning in Poundha, Uttarakhand — completing a BA in Sanskrit — to become the first recruit in air rifle for the Indian Air Force under the 2008 sports quota.

On Monday, the 30-year-old would shoot a fearless Final of the 10m air rifle at Palembang. He’d follow a 10.9 with a 10.8 in the next series with such nonchalance that a wave of rollicking rustic revolution seemed to be sweeping over Indian shooting which rained silver. Starting as No. 5 in the eight-man final, Deepak would slip to 7th and then clamber up to 2nd with a calm simplicity, drawing from his years of practising meditation and yoga at the traditional schooling facility. When the turning point of the 10.9 arrived, he would say: “Haan, bas 10.9 aa gaya, koi dikkat nai. Accept karo, enjoy karo, and tell yourself I can shoot more like that, so I must try,” he’d say.

“Feelings are hard to express in shooting. But yes, patience is something I worked on. Mind ka status ekdum middle kar diya tha — not too here, not there,” he would articulate, adding that he’s trained to distance himself from all expectations and emotions that come with success and failure. “Na moh, na maaya,” he’d say, adding that he consciously avoided socialising with fellow shooters because insecurity can seep in, ruining both his shooting zen and equations.

When asked if winning a silver at the Asiad was something he’d dreamt of through his teens, Lakshay would mull it over and say: “Not really a dream or anything. The whole thing is just fine. It was a hobby as a child, but last 3-4 months I decided let’s work hard and see how far I go.” The 19-year-old who had mastered the cold, rainy conditions of Suhl, Germany like a pro, and made the fraternity sit up and take notice within four years of him taking up the sport, isn’t unduly fussed about what winning a silver at the continental level means — or how he’s leading the charge of the young brigade in the sport. “I love Hindi and Punjabi music, I never enjoyed studying and shooting makes me happy,” he says utterly unaffected.

It’s a theme common to Deepak, who fellow shooters have often heard exclaim: “Aaj shooting mein bada mazaa aaya na?” Impatience might have cost him a medal at the Commonwealth Games and a Munich World Cup title (despire a record score), but Deepak is known to enjoy a good round of firing, without unduly fussing over success.

“Regrets are useless. I’ve learnt that whatever corrections have to be made must be made before shooting. What’s done is done, so I don’t look for lessons in losses. I just stop myself from making the mistake before it’s made. I live in the present,” says the son of a Delhi Tourism official, and father of a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.

“Beyond shooting, I like films and spending time with my children. Physical fitness in evenings and some outings if possible – that’s my life,” he says.

Deepak picked both archery and shooting as a child in Dehradun. “Archery’s way tougher, with the winds. In rifle, the ankle, shoulder, waist are all locked. Both are balance and gravity managing sports. But after archery, shooting feels very easy,” he says.

Still, a 10.9 can’t have been a lark. “See, if you decide to shoot 10.9, it might happen once in 20 times. Muscles are relaxed, and the trigger is squeezed with just enough pressure. We learnt these breathing techniques at the gurukul,” he insists. Selected to the Indian team at 29, Deepak was the least heralded of medallists at the Asiad given his past surfeit of misses. “Last one year, I trusted my coach Manoj Kumar blindly on weapon (Walther) and ammunition. Scores have gotten better. I lose matches when I lose patience. That’s all I remember,” he adds.

Mansher Singh, who is mentoring the young Lakshay, and Vikram Chopra, his childhood coach both concede that the teen has great grasping powers and ability to adapt. “He maintans rhythm and cuts out mistakes before they damage him,” Mansher says. All of it happens to his endless soundtrack of Punjabi numbers – the garbled lyrics giving him a strange coherence beyond the world of guns.

Deepak, on the other hand, has a philosophical bent of mind. He’s a rifleman who spouts poetry at will. Repeated failures in finals had muddled his mind. There’s a couplet that’s helped him tide over rotten days. “Ek hook si dil mein hoti hai, Ek dard jigar mein rehta hai . Main raton ko uth-uth rotan hoon, Jab sara aalam sota hai.”

“When I was in Gurukul, they taught us a poem for these situations. Which is important for a sportsman. This poem reminds me there will be a morning that will be better than the dark days,” he says. There wasn’t too much different he did on Monday while winning a medal in one of the toughest fields with Asian powerhouses relentless in their pursuit of podiums, with China topping. “I watched videos of Bajrang Punia winning gold. I got this feeling that I might have to share the podium today, so I ironed my track suit upper early in the morning and kept it neatly in my bag,” says the Sergeant of IAF.

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Asian Games 2018: Deepak Kumar finds inspiration from the Vedas to emerge from shadows

Written by Nitin Sharma
|

Published: August 21, 2018 1:10:50 am





A teenaged Deepak (in white kurta) with his parents Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi and siblings; After winning silver, he called his parents and quoted lines from the Yajurveda.

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Close to two decades ago, when Deepak Kumar’s parents sent the then 10-year-old to a Dehradun gurukul, it was due to his naughty nature and their belief in an Indian way of education. On Monday, Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi received a call in which their son quoted some lines from the Yajurveda.

“He had always shown interest in ancient texts like the Vedas and when he started at the gurukul, he would recite us texts whenever he talked with us. The only time he came home was five years later when he had to undergo an appendix operation. He took up shooting after a visit to Jaspal Rana’s academy near Dehradun,” shares Raj Kumar.

Vimla was following the final, and was quick to add, “His memory is so sharp that he remembers almost all his scores and scoresheets. A year ago, we had a hawan at home and he recited the shlokas before the priest. He says training is like reciting the shlokas again and again and shooting the same scores again and again.”

It was not until 2008, the year Abhinav Bindra won the 10m Air Rifle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, that Deepak trained in a fully automatic range after his induction in the Indian Air Force. He would do so with Ravi Kumar starting 2014 and after a string of top-20 finishes in the Nationals, Deepak won his first medal — a silver in Pune in 2016 where Ravi won the gold. “When Deepak came to train with us in the Air Force, he had a bad posture. We often face this problem with shooters who don’t have a specialised coach. But he was very eager to correct that.

Stability has been one of Deepak’s positive points and the way he recovered after shooting three scores below 10 in the second series of the final shows he can fight back,” shared Deepak’s coach Manoj Kumar. “He is a senior shooter in terms of age and sometimes he did not have belief in his abilities. He has to be told about his strengths.”

As for Deepak, he just considers the medal as a bright morning after a long night of darkness. “Medal aye na aye, maine hamesha yahi sikha hai ki hum prayatna karte rahen. That was the thing which I learnt while staying away from my family. And it taught me to control my anger. Once I shot a low round and got very angry. I ran 10 Km at the one km track at the range in Delhi. It was summer and blood came oozing out of the nose but I knew it was a mistake to show anger. This medal is like a new morning for me,” shared Deepak.

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Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat’s tale of revenge and redemption

Written by Mihir Vasavda
|

Published: August 21, 2018 1:23:10 am





Deploying her weaker left leg to launch attacks, Vinesh’s radical ploy caught her opponent Yuki Irie of Japan completely off-guard in the 50kg final. (Source: PTI)

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It’s perhaps the most dramatic sporting sequence ever played out on the silver screen. Rocky Balboa, in his revenge ‘match’ against Apollo Creed, catches his opponent off-guard with an orthodox stance and then switches to southpaw in the final round. Vinesh Phogat’s switch wasn’t as dramatic or exaggerated as in the movie. But the impact it left on her opponent was no less significant. Vinesh has always used her right leg as the base to launch attacks, but it made her predictable and vulnerable. So on Monday, she planted her left leg forward. The subtle tweak rattled Japan’s Yuki Irie and landed Vinesh the gold. “The move totally surprised the opponent. It was the main reason she won,” Vinesh’s Hungarian coach Woller Akos says.

Akos was thousands of miles away in Budapest when Vinesh stepped on the mat for the 50kg category final in Jakarta. The 23-year-old Indian had had a surprisingly smooth ride till then. But in Irie, she was up against one of the trickiest wrestlers. During the break between the semifinal and the final, Akos sent a set of instructions via WhatsApp. The most crucial point was to not put the right leg forward. Japanese wrestlers, Akos says, traditionally move on the right side, use their right arm and aim for their opponent’s right leg. Whatever the case, Vinesh had to ensure she blocked Irie’s right, and switched the position of her legs. “If your right leg is at the back, the other wrestler has to reach out more and it may give you a chance to attack,” Akos says.

The plan worked perfectly. Irie was now playing by Vinesh’s rules – she wasn’t able to move to the right, her favoured tactic, and when she became desperate, Vinesh launched a counter-attack for a four-point move of her own, which set her on the path to the gold medal that looked improbable just two years ago. The last time Vinesh competed in a bout of such high significance, the Rio Olympics quarterfinal, she left the mat on a stretcher with tears streaming down her face. The knee injury she picked up against China’s Sun Yanan put an abrupt end to her dreams and there were genuine, grave concerns over whether she would ever be able to step on a mat again.

Like a death sentence

A former member of Vinesh’s entourage says the injury was virtually a ‘death sentence’ for her career. Vinesh isn’t so melodramatic, but says it left a massive impact on her psychologically. “It was a tough time emotionally and physically. But as they say, an athlete becomes stronger once she overcomes an injury. I think that phase has made me stronger,” she recollects her toughest phase. After spending a year in rehab at the Inspire Institute of Sport in Bellary, she returned to wrestling only recently. And five weeks ago, she began training for the Asian Games under Akos in Budapest. Akos, only 33, is a former European junior championship silver medallist. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he had injured almost every part of his anatomy and was forced to take up coaching. One of his biggest trainees happens to be his wife Marianna Sastin, a former World Championship and European Games gold medallist. “I got an email from Viren (Rasquinha) from OGQ five weeks ago to check if I’d be able to train Vinesh. I’d seen her on the circuit since my wife is also there and I had some ideas which I thought could help her,” Akos says. “Since my career was cut short because of injuries, I knew how tough it was for her to make a comeback. She was extremely strong mentally – I just had to plan on making her strong and reconstruct little bit of her technique,” he says.

There wasn’t much time to change her overall technique, so they worked on head locks and leg attacks. But Akos’s main focus was to improve her strength. Vinesh’s biggest asset is her speed, especially in the first two or three minutes. But as the bout progressed, she couldn’t keep up the same endurance level and the power in her moves also faded.

“So in the last few weeks, we did strength training in the morning and mat training in the evening,” Akos says.

Cross training for endurance

Vinesh indulged in a lot of cross-training; weightlifting was a major addition to her programme, recording personal bests of 75kg in clean and jerk, and 117.5kg in dead-lifts. 10m sprints were added to her routine to make her even quicker – but these short sprints were sandwiched between push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups. The impact of the rigorous training regimen has been visible. After dominating a rather lightweight field at the Commonwealth Games, Vinesh sent out a warning sign to her Asian Games opponents by winning the Madrid Grand Prix last month, where she conceded just one point in five bouts. The Asiad was expected to be a tougher outing, but Vinesh made a mockery of the field – dropping just two points and spending a little over 11 minutes on the match en route to the final.

As fate would have it, she opened her campaign in Jakarta against Sun Yanan. She beat the Chinese wrestler 8-2 and followed it up with wins by technical superiority against South Korea’s Kim Hyungjoo in the quarterfinals and Uzbekistan’s Daulatbike Yakshimuratova in the semis. The strategic masterstroke had an element of silver-screen drama to it, with a cinematic flourish to win the gold.

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Asian Games 2018: Ashan Kumar, Indian protagonist at the heart of Korea’s fairy tale

Written by Shahid Judge
|

Published: August 21, 2018 1:24:07 am





Korea beat India 24-23 in a tense encounter; (right) Coach Ashan Kumar. (Source: PTI)

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Ashan Kumar speaks slowly over the phone, pausing regularly to take in a few gulps of air. For moments earlier, he had been hugged by the group of 12 muscular kabaddi players that make up the South Korean men’s team at the Asian Games.

“Ek ek kar ke aye sab,” says the Korean team’s head coach. “Rote hue gale lagaye aur phir sab bole, ‘sorry Papa.’” The apology was by no means intended for the state they had left him in after the tight embrace. It was in fact for the shock 24-23 defeat the Koreans had inflicted on the mighty Indians, Kumar’s countrymen. For the first time since kabaddi was introduced as a medal event at the Asian Games in 1990, an Indian team lost a match. And it wasn’t because the Galacticos of the sport had fielded a below-par team. Four of the five Indian crorepatis—based on the recent Pro Kabaddi League auction —were on the team sheet, including the most expensive Rs 1.51 crore acquisition Monu Goyat. In contrast, the Koreans were made up of a squad with one household name from the PKL, captain Jang Kun Lee.

Coincidentally, India’s first ever loss at the Asian Games came against a team that is coached by the man who had captained India to its first kabaddi gold in 1990.

“Dil ko imaandaari se kaam karna chahiye, jo maine kiya,” he says. “My job was to lead the players against any opposition, even if it was against my own country. And the team knew that. Maybe that’s why they were so tearful and grateful at the end of the match. They told me, ‘good coach, good coach.’” Kumar’s association with the Korean team dates back to before the 2014 Asian Games, when the inexperienced lot of kabaddi newbies had travelled to Gandhinagar for a three-month camp under the tutelage of Kumar and Jaiveer Sharma. The goal at that time was to try and get as big a result as possible at Incheon 2014. They won bronze.

For Jakarta, the target is much higher, and with the win over the Indians, they’ve already started hitting above their weight. They did however, take the necessary measures for those unexpected results. For starters, Kumar, for his rapport with the players, was roped into training the Koreans at their centre in Busan.

“They’d say ‘Papa swaagat hai’ when I went there,” Kumar says. “They’d changed so much since the last time I met them, in terms of skill, confidence and talent. Their Hindi too had improved.”

Hindi tattoos

Most in the Korean team have begun sporting tattoos with Hindi words. Corner defender Seong Ryeol Kim for one, would show off his selection, ‘Korea ka Gaurav,’ inked on his chest at any opportunity he got during the Kabaddi Masters Dubai two months back.

Technically, some work had to be done, but not so much on the physical side. “The weather in Korea is nice and cold, so these guys have a lot of endurance. Their diet too has a lot of meat in it, which means solid proteins and raw power,” Kumar says. “What they were missing was experience. A lot of the players are in PKL teams but haven’t had much playing time,” he added.

The training camp for the four months Kumar has been with the team was shifted from the garage that housed the team for years, to Busan University’s well-equipped judo hall.

“It gave me the chance and space to put them into some potential real match situations and train them for it,” he says. “Just the technique and skills needed polishing.”

The shock win on Monday though wasn’t the first time the Koreans have pulled off an upset over India. Two years ago at the World Cup in Ahmedabad, the East Asians came up with a thrilling 34-32 win over the hosts. As such, they became the only team to beat the Indians twice on mat.

India’s captain Ajay Thakur had once dubbed the Koreans the “most hard working players in the sport.” “In India, we sometimes tend to get over-confident because we’ve got such a big depth,” Thakur told The Indian Express in June. “If one player is not getting results, he knows someone else will bail him out. That’s how we lost to Korea at the World Cup. They don’t take anything for granted.” Now, at the Garuda Theatre in Jakarta, the Koreans have got another result to show for it.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to continue as CAC members: Vinod Rai


Published: August 21, 2018 12:05:29 am





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Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will remain in Cricket Advisory Committee. (Source: File)

The Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai on Monday clarified that Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will continue as members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) till the new BCCI constitution is adopted and the elections take place.

The COA members Rai and Diana Edulji along with Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri today met in Delhi to firm up the new constitution as per Supreme Court order earlier, this month.

Asked if a new CAC will be formed, Rai told PTI: “As of now, the existing CAC will continue. Our counsel had sought clarification from the court and when they came to know the existing composition of the CAC, they gave us permission to continue with Sachin, Sourav and VVS till elections are held.”

There were a few questions raised with regards to Conflict of Interest as Ganguly is also the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Laxman is a mentor with IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad apart from being a part of CAB’s VISION 2020 project.

As far as Tendulkar is concerned, his son Arjun has recently made his U-19 international debut in Sri Lanka.

This effectively means that the legendary trio would be entrusted with the duty of taking all cricket related policy decisions including the choice of two new selectors.

However, they might not need to take a call on the chief coach of the women’s team as Ramesh Powar’s tenure of appointment till Women’s World T20 coincides with incumbent elections.

While Indian team has done well in the ongoing third Test, Rai said that performance in the first two Tests was not discussed by the COA in today meeting.

“There wasn’t any discussion held on India’s performance today. Our main focus was on getting the constitution ready. Yes, India’s performance will be analysed but only once they finish the tour,” the former CAG said.

Rai said that the constitution with all necessary incorporations from the latest Supreme Court order will be ready in the next couple of days.

“We are almost ready with the new constitution and it will take may be another couple of days,” Rai said.

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Asian Games 2018, Day 2: Vinesh Phogat bags gold, Deepak Kumar and Lakshya Sheoran continue medal rush

By: Sports Desk |

Published: August 20, 2018 10:58:43 pm





Vinesh Phogat defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie to win the gold in women’s freestyle 50 kg wrestling event, at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta on Monday. (Source: PTI)

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  • Asian Games 2018: Haryana govt announces Rs 3 crore reward for wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat

    Asian Games 2018: Haryana govt announces Rs 3 crore reward for wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat

In yet another action-packed day two of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, the Indian contingent had reasons to smile as wrestler Vinesh Phogat bagged the yellow metal to increase India’s gold medal tally to two. Vinesh Phogat created history as she went to become the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the continental event. Phogat defeated Yuki Irie of Japan in the finals of the 50kg wrestling category to win the gold. Earlier, India opened its account when Deepak Kumar secured the silver in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle. Shooter Lakshya Sheoran, making his Asian Games debut, continued India’s medal rush as he won silver in the Men’s Trap event.

Elsewhere, India’s men’s hockey team were on a rampage when as they thumped hosts Indonesia 17-0 in a Pool A match to open their title defence.

The Indian women’s kabaddi team also perform brilliantly to win against Thailand 33-23 in their 2nd match of Group stage for their 2nd consecutive win.

In rowing, India’s Dushyant Singh qualified for the finals of men’s Lightweight Single Sculls by finishing first in the heats with a timing of 7.43.08. India’s Swarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh also booked a spot in the final.

In tennis, Ankita Raina won her women’s round of 32 singles match against Gumulya Beatrice 6-2, 6-4. Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna / Divij Sharan beat Indonesia’s David Susanto / Ignatius Susanto 6-3, 6-3 to progress to the pre-quarterfinals of men’s doubles. Prajnesh Gunneswaran stormed into pre-quarters of men’s singles with 6-2, 6-0 win over M Rifqi Fitriadi of Indonesia

In handball, the Indian men’s team won their Group 3 match against Malaysia after beating Malaysia 45-19.

In volleyball Update: India beat Hong Kong China 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-19) in a Pool F match.

Disappointments-

Olympic-medallist, wrestler Sakshi Malik faced the biggest disappointment of the day when she lost her bout against North Korea’s Sim Jong Rim in women’s freestyle 62kg category. India also lost bronze medal chances as Pooja Dhanda, Sumit Malik lost their respective bronze-medal bouts.

In badminton PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy won their contests but it wasn’t enough to save team India (men and women) from crashing out in the quarter-final stage.

PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets: Yamaguchi continued to make errors in the second game and Sindhu took full advantage. The final point came when Yamaguchi overhit a high shot. Sindhu wins 21-18, 21-19.

The men’s kabaddi team also got a wake-up call after a shock 23-24 loss against South Korea in Group A match.

In shooting Apurvi Chandela remained in contention for the medal in 10m Air Rifle event for a while but with a shot of 9.8 finished fifth.

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Asian Games 2018: India maul hapless Indonesia 17-0 in men’s hockey

By: PTI | Jakarta |

Published: August 20, 2018 10:31:27 pm





The Indians had 40 shots at the goal out of which they converted 17. (Representational Image)

  • Asian Games 2018: Haryana govt announces Rs 3 crore reward for wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat

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Indian men’s hockey team hammered a lowly Indonesia 17-0 to open its title defence in a rousing fashion at the Asian Games, at Jakarta on Monday. As many as three Indian players scored a hat-trick each as India toyed with the Indonesians in the lop-sided Pool A encounter.

Dilpreet Singh (6th, 29th, 32nd min), Simranjeet Singh (13th, 38th, 53rd) and Mandeep Singh (29th, 44th, 49th) scored a hat-trick each for India, while Rupinder Pal Singh (1st, 2nd), Akashdeep Singh (10th, 44th), S V Sunil (25th), Vivek Sagar (26th), Harmanpreet Singh (31st) and Amit Rohidas (54th) were the other scorers.

It was expected to be a goal feast as Indonesians were never a match for the world No 5 Indians. Indonesia got a chance to play in the event only by virtue of being hosts. The floodgates opened from the onset and continued till the final hooter was blown. The Indians had 40 shots at the goal out of which they converted 17.

India scored 10 field goals, six from penalty corners and one from the spot. They converted six out of 11 penalty corners earned. Such was the difference in quality between the two sides that Indonesia had only one crack at Indian goal. India will next play Hong Kong China on Wednesday.

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Asian Games 2018: Haryana govt announces Rs 3 crore reward for wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi |

Published: August 20, 2018 9:28:24 pm





Vinesh Phogat won gold in women’s 50kg category. (Source: PTI)

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BJP leader and Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij on Monday announced huge cash rewards for wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, who secured gold medals in their respective events at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia. The minister also announced a cash reward for Lakshya Sheoran, who bagged a silver medal in men’s trap event.

The BJP leader in a series of tweet congratulated all the three athletes and also stated the amount to be rewarded to each athlete. The minister in the tweet stated that Haryana government will honour both gold medalist wrestler, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat with 3 crore rupees each. Silver medalist Lakshay Sheoran would be awarded with Rs 1.5 crore.

Vinesh Pohgat defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie 6-2 in the 50-kg wrestling category final earlier this evening. The victory over her Japanese opponent made Phogat the first Indian female wrestler to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old shooter Lakshay Sheoran, who was making his Asian Games debut, bagged silver in the Men’s trap event.

Bajrang Punia on Sunday had clinched India’s first gold in the ongoing campaign of the Asian Games. He defeated Japan’s Takatani Daichi in the 65-kg final.

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