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2019

13 Jan

Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Maharashtra eye three gold medals in badminton; Haryana dominate with 8 more golds, January 13, 2019: Firstpost


The 20-year-old from Greece had just taken on the great Roger Federer at one of the Swiss’ favourites venues, at one of his favourite Grand Slams, in a match that pushed physical and creative limits and come out on top. Tsitsipas, as much as the rest of the tennis world, needed a moment to absorb the shock that followed his 6-7(11), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over Federer at the Australian Open on Sunday.

“I can’t describe the feeling,” said Tsitsipas, who, for three hours and 45 minutes, had met Federer note for note in one epic duel.

They took tennis to all corners of the court and to a higher plane; combining cheek and courage, the solid and the sensational, asking and answering.

There was so much of Federer’s game mirrored in Tsitsipas’, who admittedly grew up idolising the Swiss. It was not just the single-handed backhand that both used so often and with such flair.

Tsitsipas leans away from a thwacking forehand inside out much like Federer and at times even used the wristy forehand squash shot behind the ball that the Swiss can so easily patent. He is just as light on his feet and quick across the court.

That perhaps proved to be the biggest difference as Federer, at 37 the oldest player in the round of 16, tried to go toe to toe with the youngest player left in the draw. When it came to the big points, Tsitsipas was a step faster to the ball, which in turn helped him execute the point better. He was the new and shiny version. Already possessing an impressive repertoire of shots, on Sunday Tsitsipas showed he had the mental bandwidth to hang with the best.

“You’re watching the changing of the guard,” John McEnroe announced after the on-court interview with the delighted victor.

Stylistically, the Greek seems the most natural successor to Federer – they also have similarly alliterative surnames. And their fourth-round clash on Monday revived memories of another intriguing round-of-16 clash that had taken place about 17 years ago, on a different continent.

Federer vs Pete Sampras. Fourth round at Wimbledon in 2001. The defending champion versus the young upstart. It was the day when the 19-year-old Federer’s obvious talent was certified Grand Slam ready. In five close, incredible sets, Federer had beaten Sampars at his own game, on his own court, initializing a shift of power in the game. After the match, a ponytailed Federer had fallen on his knees, emotional and overwhelmed by what he had created.

Like Federer, what helped Tsitsipas overcome the obvious awe of playing someone you have grown up watching on the TV screen, was belief. The Greek had underlined the importance of self-belief after learning that he would take on Federer in the Round of 16. “Mentally, for players to beat him, they have to be ready and believe in themselves that they are,” he had said on Friday.

And Tsitsipas took the challenge head-on, his curly golden-brown hair flying, belief coursing through his veins. Neither the time violation warning in his very first service game nor Federer’s aura across the court was going to put him out of step in the most important match of his career.

Even as the Swiss played with his usual poise, teasing and testing Tsitsipas early on, the Greek proved that he was up to the challenge. The two engaged in long, long-busting rallies, then played quick, short points, a medley of slices and knock-out groundstrokes and cute drop shots.

It was like the game had turned back in time from the ubiquitous baseline battles of this power-punching era. Both the players were looking to press the advantage early on and were quick to step into the court. While Federer made 66 dashes to the net, winning 50 of those points, Tsitsipas wasn’t too far behind at 48 of 68 net points won.

The one worry for Federer, who still had a nose ahead in the contest in the first two hours of the match because of his serve, was how well Tsitsipas was anticipating and executing.

Federer survived three set points to take the opening set 13-11 in the tie-break. He had a chance to go decisively up in the match, when he held three set points on Tsitsipas’ serve at 5-4 in the second set. But Federer’s inability to cash in on those break points proved to be his biggest hurdle on the day. Through the match, he got 12 break point opportunities and could not convert even one.

“I have massive regrets, you know, tonight. I might not look the part, but I am,” Federer said after the match. “I felt like I have to win the second set. I don't care how I do it, but I have to do it. Cost me the game tonight.

On the other hand, even though Tsitsipas needed more than two and a half hours to get a look at his first break opportunity, he converted one of three break points. It came at the tail end of the third set, which saw Tsitsipas move ahead at two sets to one.

As the match moved into the third hour of play, the Swiss started off sluggish. His forehand, put under pressure by the energetic youngster, was cracking. Federer had 33 unforced errors off that wing. There were no visible holes in Tsitsipas’ game to punch at, and he didn’t show any signs of fading away physically or mentally. Even when the match got too close for comfort, he didn’t miss much: Tsitsipas had 36 unforced errors compared to Federer’s 55.

Tsitsipas called for a trainer at 4-3 in the fourth set, to massage his fatigued legs. But, on the day, he was always a step ahead, a shade better than the player he had moulded his game on. While the Swiss had 61 winners, Tsitsipas had 62.

Federer, courtesy of his 20 Grand Slams and the two back-to-back titles in Melbourne, always plays with the pressure of being the favourite. Tsitsipas played with the bravado and clarity of thought of an unscarred mind. That’s how he did it.

14 Jan

Maharashtra stay on top, as Punjab’s Garcha and Rajasthan’s Darshana win gold in shooting, January 16, 2019: Khelo India: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports


Maharashtra stayed on top had just four gold medals on offer, and all in shooting at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. The four gold medals were shared by Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

So, Maharashtra with 64 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze maintain their lead over Delhi who have 47 gold, 31 silver and 43 gold. Haryana, who won one of the four gold in shooting, lie third with 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze.

The 19-year-old Gurnihal Singh Garcha, a son of a Ludhiana farmer, who has a skeet range on his farm, claimed the Khelo India Youth Games Under-21 skeet gold medal by raising his performance in the second half of the final. The ISSF World Championship junior bronze medallist was trailing Rajasthan’s 20-year-old Anantjeet Singh Naruka by a point earlier but then shifted gears and raced to a win.

The 20-year-old Naruka caught the eye with a good display in the first half, which he ended with 14 shots in-a-row. But after stretching that to 19 successive shots, he missed two in quick succession and lost his rhythm.

Darshana Rathore won the women’s Under-21 Skeet while at the 50m range, Tamil Nadu’s G. Varshaa made a telling statement, first with a resolute show with her rifle to win the girls Under-21 3-position gold. Varshaa scored 447.1 points. The fourth gold was picked up by the Haryana team in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed team event.


Mahak Jain enters final in Girls Under-21 tennis

In Girls Under-21 tennis, two-time National champion from Madhya Pradesh Mahak Jain beat her main rival Zeel Desai of Gujarat 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to enter the final. She will meet Mihika Yadav of Maharashtra who beat UP’s Kavvya Sawhney 6-3, 6-3.

In the Under-17 Boys final, Aryaan Bhatia of Maharashtra beat Sushant Dabas of Haryana 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and he meets Gujarat’s Dev Javia, who beat his state mate, Krish Patel 4-6, 6-2, 7-6( 7-1).


Haryana meet Punjab in Girls Under-21 hockey semi-final

Haryana overran Chandigarh 8-0 and set up a semi-final clash with Punjab in the Girls Under-21 hockey competition. The highlight was Jyoti’s hat-trick. In the other league match, Punjab qualified despite a 2-2 draw.

Earlier Jharkhand and Odisha progressed to the semi-finals from Pool A.

In Girls Under-17, Jharkhand will meet Odisha and Haryana meets Punjab. The Under-17 semis are scheduled for Thursday, while the Under-21 semis will be played on Friday.


Fancied stars in medal round in boxing

In boxing, Maharashtra’s Mitika Gunele, Haryana’s Raj Sahiba and Manipur’s Babyrojisana Chanu justified their international reputation by comfortably entering into the semi-finals in the Girls under-17.

Mitika, a gold medalist of 7th Nations Cup in Serbia in 2018 got the better of Haryana’s Anu Rani 4-1 in welter (66kg) category while Raj Sahiba, a Khelo India and the Nations Cup gold medalist (2018) defeated Haryana’s Divya, after referee stopped the bout in 2nd round.

In the same category, Babyrojisana Chanu, a student of legendary Mary Kom, booked her place in the last four. Chanu is gold medalist of Junior Asian Championship and 7th Nations Cup held last year.

Among under-17 boys, Pune’s Akash Gorkha confirmed his medal by entering into last-four in the feather (57kg) category.


Three football semis and final in main KIYG Stadium

Meanwhile, the KIYG 2019 organising committee has decided to conduct six matches - three semi-finals and three finals - at the main stadium of the Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi. The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday, January 17 followed by the finals.

As per the plan, the three semi-finals to be played at the main stadium include two in the Under-21 boy’s section one in the Under-17 boy’s section. Likewise, the three finals scheduled for Friday (January 18) are the Under-17 boys at 9 am, the Under 21 girls at 5 pm and the Under-21 boys final at 7.30 pm.

15 Jan

Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Aman, Aakarshiemerge badminton champions, January 15, 2019: TIMESNOWNEWS.COM


Aman Farogh Sanjay in the boys Under-21 singles and Aarya Deshpande and Ananya Phadke in the Under-17 girls doubles helped hosts Maharashtra add two gold to their tally on the final day of badminton competition at the Khelo India Youth Games.

However, Malvika Bansod had to settle for a silver as Chhattisgarh's Aakarshi Kashyap proved too strong for her, a media release said. Aman was up against the gritty Rahul Bhardwaj of Karnataka but the dapper left-hander moved with dexterity and mixed up his shotswellto make the final his own, winning 21-17, 23-21 in just 40 minutes.

Having lost the Khelo India School Games final in Delhi, Aakarshi of Chhattisgarh was determined to come up with a better result here. Malvika had not dropped a single game on her way to the final and expectations were high being the crowd favourite, but Aakarshi, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru, won 21-11, 21-16 to avenge her Delhi defeat.

In the girls U-17 doubles, Ananya Phadke and Aarya Deshpande clinched the gold in a one-sided final. The Maharashtra duo, who did not drop a single game in the tournament, outclassed Rajasthan's Sakshi Asrani and Ankushka Mehta 21-16, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.

In the girls U-17 final, 13-year-old Gopichand Academy trainee Mir Tasnim Ali of Gujarat overpowered Mansi Singh of Uttar Pradesh 23-21, 21-16. In other action, Gandham Pranav Rao of Telangana came from behind to beat Haryana's Ravi in a thriller 21-15, 18-21, 11-21 to give Telangana their only badminton gold (boys U-17) of the Games.

Rajasthan's Nikunj Pandey and Shubham Patel beat C S Kousthik and R Vikash Prabhu of Tamil Nadu 21-15, 22-20 in the boys doubles U-17 final.

Results: U-21 boys singles: Aman Farogh Sanjay (Mah) bt Rahul Bhardwaj(Kar) 21-17,23-21 U-21 girls singles: Aakarshi Kashyap (Chha) bt Malvika Bansod (Mah) 21-11, 21-16 U-17 boys singles:Gandham Rao (Tel) bt Ravi (Haryana) 15-21, 21-18, 21-11 U-17 girls singles: Mir Tansim Ali (Guj) bt Mansi Singh (UP) 23-21, 21-16 U-17 boys doubles: Nikunj Pandey/Shubham Patel (Raj) bt C S Kousthik/R Vikash Prabhu (TN) 21-15, 22-20 U-17 girls doubles: Arya Deshpande/Ananya Phadke (Mah) bt Sakshi Asrani/Ankushka Mehta (Raj) 21-16, 21-13.

16 Jan

January 16, 2019: Khelo India: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports


Maharashtra stayed on top as Wednesday had just four gold medals on offer, and all in shooting at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. The four gold medals were shared by Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

So, Maharashtra with 64 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze maintain their lead over Delhi who have 47 gold, 31 silver and 43 gold. Haryana, who won one of the four gold in shooting, lie third with 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze.

The 19-year-old Gurnihal Singh Garcha, a son of a Ludhiana farmer, who has a skeet range on his farm, claimed the Khelo India Youth Games Under-21 skeet gold medal by raising his performance in the second half of the final. The ISSF World Championship junior bronze medallist was trailing Rajasthan’s 20-year-old Anantjeet Singh Naruka by a point earlier but then shifted gears and raced to a win.

The 20-year-old Naruka caught the eye with a good display in the first half, which he ended with 14 shots in-a-row. But after stretching that to 19 successive shots, he missed two in quick succession and lost his rhythm.

Darshana Rathore won the women’s Under-21 Skeet while at the 50m range, Tamil Nadu’s G. Varshaa made a telling statement, first with a resolute show with her rifle to win the girls Under-21 3-position gold. Varshaa scored 447.1 points. The fourth gold was picked up by the Haryana team in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed team event.


Mahak Jain enters final in Girls Under-21 tennis

In Girls Under-21 tennis, two-time National champion from Madhya Pradesh Mahak Jain beat her main rival Zeel Desai of Gujarat 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to enter the final. She will meet Mihika Yadav of Maharashtra who beat UP’s Kavvya Sawhney 6-3, 6-3.

In the Under-17 Boys final, Aryaan Bhatia of Maharashtra beat Sushant Dabas of Haryana 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and he meets Gujarat’s Dev Javia, who beat his state mate, Krish Patel 4-6, 6-2, 7-6( 7-1).


Haryana meet Punjab in Girls Under-21 hockey semi-final

Haryana overran Chandigarh 8-0 and set up a semi-final clash with Punjab in the Girls Under-21 hockey competition. The highlight was Jyoti’s hat-trick. In the other league match, Punjab qualified despite a 2-2 draw.

Earlier Jharkhand and Odisha progressed to the semi-finals from Pool A.

In Girls Under-17, Jharkhand will meet Odisha and Haryana meets Punjab. The Under-17 semis are scheduled for Thursday, while the Under-21 semis will be played on Friday.


Fancied stars in medal round in boxing

In boxing, Maharashtra’s Mitika Gunele, Haryana’s Raj Sahiba and Manipur’s Babyrojisana Chanu justified their international reputation by comfortably entering into the semi-finals in the Girls under-17.

Mitika, a gold medalist of 7th Nations Cup in Serbia in 2018 got the better of Haryana’s Anu Rani 4-1 in welter (66kg) category while Raj Sahiba, a Khelo India and the Nations Cup gold medalist (2018) defeated Haryana’s Divya, after referee stopped the bout in 2nd round.

In the same category, Babyrojisana Chanu, a student of legendary Mary Kom, booked her place in the last four. Chanu is gold medalist of Junior Asian Championship and 7th Nations Cup held last year.

Among under-17 boys, Pune’s Akash Gorkha confirmed his medal by entering into last-four in the feather (57kg) category.


Three football semis and final in main KIYG Stadium

Meanwhile, the KIYG 2019 organising committee has decided to conduct six matches - three semi-finals and three finals - at the main stadium of the Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi. The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday, January 17 followed by the finals on Friday.

As per the plan, the three semi-finals to be played at the main stadium include two in the Under-21 boy’s section one in the Under-17 boy’s section. Likewise, the three finals scheduled for Friday (January 18) are the Under-17 boys at 9 am, the Under 21 girls at 5 pm and the Under-21 boys final at 7.30 pm.

17 Jan

Maharashtra On Top Of Medals Tally At Khelo India Youth Games, 17 January 2019: NDTV

Indo-Asian News Service


HIGHLIGHTS

The hosts won gold medals in boys and girls U-17 and U-21 in Kho-Kho

Delhi have 47 gold, 32 silver and 44 bronze

In U-17 Hockey, Jharkhand defeated Odisha 4-3 to enter final

On a day when there were only four gold medals at stake, hosts Maharashtra made a clean sweep of all four in the Kho-Kho competition at the Khelo India Youth Games here on Thursday. They won the gold medals in Boys and Girls Under-17 and Under-21. With the sweep in Kho-Kho, Maharashtra have moved to 68 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze. Delhi are still waiting to get past the 50-gold mark as they have 47 gold, 32 silver and 44 bronze. Haryana had 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze. The Top-10 on the tally stayed unchanged from the previous day.

Kerala, showing that they have adapted to the tactics of the sport, picked two silver medals, both in Under-21 section. Delhi (Girls Under-17) and Andhra Pradesh (Boys Under-17) won the other silver medals.

Barring the Boys Under-17 final against Andhra Pradesh, the hosts Maharashtra were made to fight in all the other finals, though they came through with the gold in all with the crowd cheering them hard.

The most entertaining match was in Under-17 Girls' final where Maharashtra beat Delhi 19-17 as the match was decided through an extra inning which Maharashtra won 7-5 after both teams were level at the end of the second innings.

As the focus shifted to team events, Haryana reached three of the four semi-finals of the Kabaddi competition. The only exception was in Boys Under-21 section, where Haryana was surprisingly knocked out in the League stage.

Haryana beat surprise semi-finalists West Bengal by a massive 36-point margin to reach the final, where they meet Chhattisgarh who edged past beat Uttar Pradesh by three points to reach the final showdown.

The Haryana girls continued their performance in the U-21 category as well as they beat Uttar Pradesh by a handy margin of 32-26. They will meet Himachal Pradesh for the gold. Himachal fought a close match with hosts Maharashtra before winning 22-19.

The boys' category, U-17 semi-finals were close. Chattisgarh had to sweat it out before earning a 29-27 win, while Delhi took on Kabaddi powerhouse Haryana in the second semi-final. This was the only semi-final, where Haryana were strained a little. After an initial fight from Delhi, Haryana went on to win 44-37.

In tennis, third seed S. Manish of Tamil Nadu stayed on course for the gold medal by reaching the final of boys U-21 singles. He overcame Nitin Sinha of West Bengal 6-3, 6-2. Manish will now take on unseeded Dhruv Sunish of Maharashtra, who upset fourth seed Paramveer Bajwa of Chandigarh in the other semi-final. Dhruv beat Bajwa 6-4, 6-2.

In the U-17 girls singles semi-finals, Prerna Vichare of Maharashtra, who trains at Khar Gymkhana, overcame Lakshmi Reddy of Andhra Pradesh 7-5, 6-4 and will play Priyanshi Bhandari of Gujarat for the gold medal. The Gujarat girl beat top seed Gargi Pawar of Maharashtra 6-2, 6-2.

In the girls' U-21 doubles semi-finals, Telangana's Rashmika Bhamdipaty and Humera Shaik reached the final without conceding a game 6-0, 6-0 against Tamil Nadu's K. Balasubramanian and Sai Avanti Revevanur. They face Gujarat's Zeel Desai and Vaidehi Chaudhari who defeated Sai Dedeepya and Aditi Aree of Telangana 6-0, 6-2 in the other semi-final.

In hockey, Jharkhand came back from a huge 0-3 deficit to turn the tables on Odisha and emerge 4-3 winners set up a title clash with Haryana in the girls U-17 hockey competition on Thursday. In contrast, Haryana turned the second semi-final into a one-sided affair, hammering neighbours Punjab 4-0.

18 Jan

Shikhar Jiwrajka​, January 18, 2019: LatestLY

Maharashtra has touched the 200-mark in the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019 Medal Tally on Friday. Maharashtra is on the top spot currently, with 76 Gold, 57 Silver, and 67 Bronze medals in its kitty. In the second place, is Haryana, who overtook Delhi earlier in the day. Haryana has won 48 Gold, 45 Silver, and 54 Bronze medals at KIYG 2019. Delhi slipped to the behind Haryana by a difference of a Gold medal and is at the third position currently. So far, Delhi has won 47 Gold, 33 Silver, and 47 Bronze medals in the multi-sport event. If you are looking for the latest medal standings at 2019 KIYG, then you can find the state-wise team rankings of Khelo India Youth Games here.

The Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019, officially began from January 9, i.e. Wednesday. The opening ceremony of the second edition of KIYG saw Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of State for Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore present at the grandeur event. The multi-sport event will see over 6,000 athletes across the country participating in 18 sports disciplines.

Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Football, Wrestling and Kabaddi would some of the prominent sports that will see maximum participation at KIYG 2019. The majority of the sporting events will be taking place at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, in Pune. Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Schedule Free PDF Download Online: Get Complete Timetable in IST, Venue and Other Details of KIYG in Pune.

As the sporting activities have already begun in the multi-sport event, we bring you the latest medal standings and state-wise rankings of KIYG 2019.


Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Updated Medal Tally and Team Standings


Rank State/UT Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Maharashtra 76 57 67 200
2 Haryana 48 45 54 123
3 Delhi 47 33 47 127
4 Karnataka 29 26 19 74
5 Tamil Nadu 23 32 20 75
6 Uttar Pradesh 21 24 38 83
7 Punjab 20 16 25 61
8 Kerala 11 14 25 50
9 Gujarat 11 7 15 33
10 West Bengal 10 10 10 30


Note: Medal Tally Updated till 10 PM (IST), January 18, i.e. Friday)

Last year, it was a fierce battle between Haryana and Maharashtra. However, it was Haryana which pipped Maharashtra on the last day to emerge on the top spot of the Medal Tally last year.

Haryana had won 102 medals in a total of which 38 were Gold, 26 Silver, and 38 were Bronze. On the second spot was Maharashtra with 111 medals in which it won 36 Gold, 32 Silver, and 43 Bronze. Delhi came a distant third with 94 medals of which 25 were Gold, 29 Silver and 40 Bronze.

It will be interesting to see which state emerges on the top of the medal tally at KIYG 2019. Stay tuned with LatestLY for all the latest updates about 2019 Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.

19 Jan

Kabeer Khan, Manipur take football honours, January 20, 2019: The Times of India


A year and a half ago in Mumbai, Thangboi Singto, then Kerala Blasters assistant coach, speaking about football in his home state, said: “The conditions are not like in urban cities. People play football to escape poverty and that’s why they start loving the sport.”

It showed here on Saturday, as Manipur beat Tamil Nadu 3-4 via penalty shootout to win the Khelo India Youth Games Under-21 football final. It was the state’s ninth medal in the competition, but for most of the youngsters, it was their first ever.

Manipur’s free-flowing football scored over the long balls played by Tamil Nadu boys. They lacked the finishing touch but won gold in the shootout as TN’s final kick hit the post.

“They (the parents) can see that their parents do not have money but still encourage their children to play football. It makes a difference to the family if the kid goes on to play for India at some level,” coach Shanta Singh said.

“Sport is instilled in the children from early on, but eventually they choose football. There are not too many jobs in Manipur. Most of them aspire to get a job in the police if football does not work.”

Gujarat, West Bengal and Maha win gold in TT Pune: Gujarat clinched the gold in Boys U-21 doubles category, while West Bengal did the same in Girls U-21 girls doubles category, and Maharashtra continued with its golden run winning gold in the Girls and Boys doubles Under-17 titles in Table Tennis at the Khelo India Games here Saturday.

In U-21 boys doubles final, leading the match by two games, one would have hardly thought Maharashtra would lose.

Manish wins Boys U-21 singles tennis title Pune: Sureshkumar Manish of Tamil Nadu used his allround ability to negate an aggressive Dhruv Sunish of Maharashtra 6-3, 6-3 in the boys U-21 tennis final, while Prerna Vichare of Maharashtra outlasted Priyanshi Bhandari of Gujarat 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in the girls U-17 final of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Saturday.

A day earlier, Prerna had won the Girls' Doubles and thus completed a double. Emulating her, Dev Javia, winner of Under-17 singles, partnered Krish Patel to win the Boys Under-17 double and grabbed a second gold.


Haryana beat Jharkhand to win girls’ U-17 hockey gold

Pune: Riding on striker Deepika's brace, Haryana survived a last quarter scarebefore beatingJharkhand 2-1to win the Under-17 girls hockey competition at the Khelo India Youth Games here on Saturday.

Earlier in the morning,Odisha warded off a determined Punjab challenge to emerge 3-2 winners and claim the bronze, a media release said.


Riya wins recurve bronze

Pune: Riya Tewatia turned the tables on fancied Haryana teammate Himani Kumari to win the girls Under-21 recurve bronze medal play-off in the Khelo India Games archery competition here.

Riya made the most of Himani's break in concentration when a change in set scores saw them locked 3-3 after three sets.

20 Jan

Tushar Dutt, Khelo India concludes, Maha top table with 228 medals, January 21, 2019: The Times of India


Pune: The second edition of the Khelo India Youth Games concluded here on Sunday with hopes that the Games will eventually become the multi-sport event Indian age-group athletes need.

Till now, the National Games are the only multi-discipline exposure Indian athletes have been getting. On Sundya, Khelo India CEO Sandeep Pradhan said the Games would serve as the biggest platform for age-group athletes in the country.

“For the U-17 category, it is a big platform for talent identification and development teams. With Khelo India, aspirational value has been created and now, every young athlete aims to participate in the Games. At the same time, I am confident that the U-21 category will help in reducing the dropout rate and it will eventually increase the competition at senior level,” Pradhan said. “Khelo India is now an established platform to transform sports at the grassroots level,” he added.

Meanwhile, hosts Maharashtra, on Sunday, added six more medals to their already rich tally to finish atop the medals tally.

The hosts won 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze on the final day to take their tally to 228, while Haryana gathered 178 medals overall to finish second. Delhi took the third spot with 136 medals.

Maharashtra’s two gold came from archery, as Sakshi Shitole and Isha Ketan Pawar clinched the U-17 girls recurve and U-21 compound gold respectively at the Army Sports Institute ground.

Haryana too got their share of gold medals from archery as Sachin Gupta and Paras Hooda added U-17 and U-21 recurve medals for the runners-up.

In the last events, Tamil Nadu U-21 girls defeated Kerala 23-25, 11-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-9 in the volleyball final. Kerala returned the favour by clinching the U-21 boys’ title by beating Tamil Nadu 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-20.

It was an allround show by the hosts as they won medals in all of the disciplines, with swimming (42), gymnastics (39), athletics (33) and boxing (23) being the biggest contributors.

Haryana’s biggest share came from wrestling (58) and boxing (51).

The overall picture

Some heroes from Khelo India Youth Games 2019;
Final medal tally;
Top 10 participating states: Under 17 boys, Under 17 girls, Under 21 boys, Under 21 girls and Grand total
From: [ https://epaper.timesgroup.com/Olive/ODN/TimesOfIndia/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=TOIDEL%2F2019%2F01%2F21&entity=Ad00300&sk=519CE91A&mode=image January 21, 2019: The Times of India]

See graphic:

Some heroes from Khelo India Youth Games 2019;
Final medal tally;
Top 10 participating states: Under 17 boys, Under 17 girls, Under 21 boys, Under 21 girls and Grand total

Individual states

Arunachal Pradesh

Khelo India 2019: Arunachal Pradesh net 14 medals in a standout performance, January 19, 2019: Sportskeeda


Fourteen medals is what Arunachal Pradesh have picked up at the Khelo India Youth Games. It is an impressive performance considering the fact that the first effort to provide sports infrastructure was only made in the year 2000 in the form of the SAI Special Area Games Centre.

Expectedly, weightlifting provided the biggest chunk of Arunachal’s medals - nine in all, four silver and five bronze.

The medallists from the weightlifting ring were, Silver medallists - Christina Tayeng (81kg girls' U-21), Anai Wangsu (55kg girls' U-17), Charu Pesi (61kg boys' U-17), Markio Tario (67kg boys' U-17), and Bronze medallists - Techi Nadam (45kg girls' U-21), P.H. Roshni (71kg girls' U-21), Liza Kamsha (64kg girls' U-17), Sandiya Gungli (40kg girls' U-17) and Golom Tinku (55kg boys' U-17).

In judo, Arunachal Pradesh picked up two silver and as many bronze through the Doyom sisters Kabi (U-17 girls' 48kg) and Kabin (U-21 girls' 48kg) who took back silver medals and Madin Hina (U-21 boys' 66kg) and Khomdan Wanghop (U-17 boys' 50kg), who were awarded bronze medals while boxer Kipa Parang took bronze in the U-21 boys' 52kg class.

A bulk of the state’s team live and train at the co-educational Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy which was set up at Itanagar in 2001 by the State Government under the department of sports and youth affairs. It is the only institute in the state where training and coaching are imparted along with academics.

The academy has 11 sports disciplines including archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, football, judo, karate-do, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wushu. It has qualified coaches having NSNIS sports coaching background and qualified postgraduate and trained graduate teachers.

It is to Arunachal’s credit that it has produced medal winners at the School Games, Youth Games, and various national championships despite such scarce resources. A look at some of the medal-winners at KIYG is also instructive.

The Doyom sisters, Kobin and Kabi Doyom are from the Galo tribe in the West Siang district and both train at the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy. Their parents are agriculturalists and also manage a livelihood from small-farming and local products. Both Kobin and Kabi train at the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy under judo coach Ms. Varrozami Verte Manham and have brought laurels for the state in zonal and national level championships.

Another achiever in the group is weightlifter Golom Tinku. who finished third in Boys' Under-17 55kg category. With his mother Golom Echum managing their home by herself, he is now a trainee under the Army Ordinance Corps and based in Secunderabad.

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