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Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia receive Khel Ratna from President
29.08.17 - TEAM PT
Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia receive Khel Ratna from President



Devendra Jhajharia today became the first para athlete to receive India's highest sporting honour -- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- along with hockey star Sardar Singh, who has endured trying times off the field in the last one year. 

Javelin thrower Jhajharia is the only Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals -- 2004 Athens Games and 2016 Rio Paralympics -- while star mid-fielder Sardar has been the architect of India hockey team's many victories in the last few years. 
 
The 36-year-old Jhajharia had created world records while winning both his gold medals. He had also clinched a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. 

The 31-year-old Sardar has faced allegations of sexual harassment by a Indian-origin British hockey player. He, however, denied the allegations and the government committee, led by justice CK Khattar, chose him for the honour. 

Sardar had become India's youngest captain when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the age of 22. 

A recipient of the Padma Shri - the fourth highest civilian award - 2015, Sardar has two Asian Games medals -- gold in 2014 Incheon and bronze in 2010 Guangzhou. 

In a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, President of India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the prestigious awards to mark the National Sports Day. The prestigious award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
 
Seventeen athletes from a variety of sports in India were honoured with Arjuna Awards, while seven coached were facilitated with Dronacharya awards. Bhupender Singh, Syed Shahid Hakim and Sumarai Tete received the Dhyan Chand awards for a lifetime of service towards sports.

Late Dr. R. Gandhi (Athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (Kabaddi), GSSV Prasad (Badminton-lifetime), Brij Bhushan Mohanty (Boxing – Lifetime), P.A. Raphel (Hockey – Lifetime), Sanjoy Chakraverthy (Shooting – Lifetime), Roshan Lal (Wrestling – Lifetime) were the coaches to receive the Dronacharya awards.
 
The 17 athletes honoured with the Arjuna awards are Cheteshwar Pujara, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Bhati, SSP Chawrasia, Saketh Myneni, Khusbir Kaur, Aarokiya Rajiv, Prashanti Singh, SV Sunil, Satyawrat Kadian, Anthony Amalraj, PN Prakash, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Jasvir Singh, Devendro Singh and Bembem Devi.

Pujara, however, missed the ceremony due to his commitment to Nottinghamshire County Cricket.
 
Nita Ambani was conferred with Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for Reliance Foundation Youth Sports.
 
Punjabi University, Patiala, was conferred with the coveted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy for being the best university in the field of sports.




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Yuvraj Singh shares shirtless photo, gets trolled by Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh
26.08.17 - TEAM PT
Yuvraj Singh shares shirtless photo, gets trolled by Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh



While several reports suggested that a failed 'Yo-Yo' test led to Yuvraj Singh's absence from Team India's limited overs squad against the ongoing Series in Sri Lanka, but the flamboyant left-hander showed a glimpse of his fitness by posting bare-bodied picture on Instagram.
 
Yuvraj Singh knows his way around social media networks. Over the years the star left-hander has not just entertained fans on the pitch but also on popular platforms. Unlike most of his peers, Yuvraj indulges in banter and often draws chuckles from not just his fans but also teammates. In a recent Instagram post, Yuvi uploaded a shirtless photo of himself with the caption 'Mood'.
 
Yuvraj was trolled by none other than his colleague cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma.

With the picture, Yuvraj wrote ‘mood’ in the caption and Rohit seemed baffled with the word as he asked Yuvi to explain it.
 
 
While Harbhajan compared Yuvraj with Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Rohit wanted to know what the left-handed batsman meant with his caption of the image.

Bhajji commented, "Sallu bhai," on the post, while the Hitman wrote: "@yuvisofficial please define what you mean when you say 'Mood' because it's not very clear."

 
While Rohit is in the Indian side across all formats, Harbhajan Singh is hoping against hope to make a comeback before the 2019 World Cup. Rohit recently scored an half-century in the second ODI against Sri Lanka which turned out to be a roller coaster ride as mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya demolished India’s batting order.
 
On the other hand, Yuvraj was in India’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 squad and produced one quick fire innings against Pakistan in the first match. Though he did not do well on the West Indies tour scoring just 57 runs from 3 innings he got a chance to bat in.

Yuvraj will have to work a lot harder to make it back into the side with competition increasing for the race of a berth in India’s middle order.




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Vij elected as senior vice president and Arora as joint secretary of FAI
23.08.17 - TEAM PT
Vij elected as senior vice president and Arora as joint secretary of FAI



A Special Annual General Body Meeting of Fencing Association of India (FAI) was held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh). In this meeting Punjab's Amarjeet Kaur Vij was elected as Senior Vice President and CA Anil Arora as Joint Secretary of Fencing Association of India.

Names of both the persons were nominated by Brahm Mohindra, Health Minister Punjab who is also patron of Fencing Association of India.
 
On the occasion Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association was elected as the President and Bashir Ahmed Khan from Chhattisgarh was elected as Secretary General. Brahm Mohindra congratulated the newly elected team.




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CoA seeks SC directive for removal of current BCCI office-bearers
16.08.17 - TEAM PT
CoA seeks SC directive for removal of current BCCI office-bearers



The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators has demanded that BCCI office-bearers CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chaudhary be removed from office for non compliance of the directives.
 
In its fifth status report submitted to the Supreme Court, the CoA cited the court's January 2 ruling that ousted Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their BCCI posts, for the eviction of acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary.
 
"The Committee of Administrators submits that since the then President and Secretary of the BCCI had been removed because the BCCI failed to implement the reforms mandated by the Judgement despite a period of six months having passed, it is only fair that the current office bearers be treated in the same manner because a further period of six months have elapsed since the said office bearers submitted their undertakings and the reforms mandated by this Hon'ble Court have still not been implemented," the report stated.
 
The CoA had earlier served a notice to top BCCI office-bearers, including acting president C.K. Khanna, for not allowing CEO Rahul Johri to attend its latest Special General Meeting (SGM).

Furthermore, the CoA also said that SC order was deliberately misconstrued by BCCI office-bearers to oust Johri from July 26th SGM. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry were also served the notice.

"First, the CEO of BCCI as well as the administrative staff including the legal team was asked to leave the meeting on the basis that they are not office bearers. Secondly, the totally neutral expression 'etc' was treated as an excuse to bring in a series of issues aimed at unravelling the fundamental core of the reforms mandated by this Hon'ble Court including disqualification of office bearers, constitution of apex council, clear demarcation of functions, powers, duties and obligations between professional management and Apex Council, etc," the report stated.
 
In their status report CoA also demanded forensic audit of each state association under 3-member committee of a former Supreme Court judge on the lines of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and Hyderabad. The status report further says, "It’s clear state associations have no desire to implement reforms.”
 
The CoA also submitted that apart from issues pertaining to membership and selection committees (reducing it from 5 to 3), other issues identified during the SGM held on July 26 form the fundamental core of the reforms mandated by the Supreme Court judgement of July 18, 2016. 

The report states: "Describing these issues as "impracticable" or "difficult" is nothing short of "gross abuse/contempt of the court order dated July 24, 2017 and ought to attract appropriate consequences." 

The status report also mentions about BCCI's failure to appoint an Ombudsman since Justice AP Shah's tenure ended in September, 2016. The COA mentioned that despite giving the BCCI names of six retired judged, it entrusted the office bearers to take a call. 

The other issue mentioned is "failure to adopt new conflict of interest" rules. 

The report mentions that there has been resistance to adopt a new fund disbursement policy as the addition of members would reduce the share of the existing units.




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Punjab Police star Avneet Sidhu wins four medals in World Police & Fire Games
16.08.17 - TEAM PT
Punjab Police star Avneet Sidhu wins four medals in World Police & Fire Games



Ace shooter and Deputy Superintendent of police(DSP) Avneet Kaur Sidhu has won four medals in 2017 World Police and Fire Games being organised in Los Angeles (USA). She won Gold medal in 50 metre, Silver medal and two Bronze medals in different events of the Rifle Shooting competitions. Avneet is married to former Indian Hockey team player and Arjuna Awardee Rajpal Singh, who is also DSP in Punjab Police. Both Avneet Sidhu and her husband Rajpal are also Arjuna Awardees.
 
Elated over her achievement, Avneet's father Amritpal Singh Sidhu said that "she is the first woman shooter from Punjab police who has participated in the Olympic Games in 2008 in rifle shooting and now won laurels for Punjab police".
 
Whereas Punjab Police AIG Ashish Kapoor has also won 2 medals in Tennis events during the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) held from August 7 to 17 in Los Angles, USA. Kapoor has won gold by convincingly beaten his opponents in both singles and doubles titles.
 

The world police and fire games started on August 7 and the closing ceremony will be held on Thursday evening. It is mentioned here that the WPFG games are being held after every two years in which officers/officials from Police and Fire departments from all over the world compete in the different events.

It is a sort of mini Olympics for sportspersons from Police and Fire and more than 12,000 participants from the world had participated in the sports and fire fighting events during this year.

Earlier, Arjuna Awardee Avneet Sidhu had won one gold and one silver medal in 18th Commonwealth Games-2006 held at Melbourne (Australia) and bronze medal in 15th Asian Games-2006 at Doha (Qatar).

AIG Kapoor has made the country proud by winning medals for the consecutive 5th time since 2009 in these games. In his debut in 2009 in WPFG games at Vancouver, he had won bronze medal in tennis singles. In New York games-2011 he got Silver whereas in Belfast, Ireland (2013) and Fairfax USA (2015) he clinched Gold medals.




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