Indian sports activities information wrap, September 23



Manu Gandas misses reduce at Open de France

Manu Gandas had one other tough day on the Cazoo Open de France, lacking the midway reduce following a second spherical of 76 after a 75 on the opening day.

Gandas has been having blended luck as he tries to achieve expertise in as many occasions in Europe as potential in his rookie 12 months on the DP World Tour.

On each days, Gandas had only one birdie. He had 5 bogeys on the primary day and 6 on the second.


Bhullar fires 5-under 67, stays in shut title race behind Poom

Ace Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar stayed in competition for his eleventh Asian Tour win, including an exquisite bogey-free 5-under 67 to get to 16-under right here on the Yeangder TPC on Saturday.

Bhullar, whose 10 title wins on the Asian Tour are probably the most by an Indian, is 2 pictures behind Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, who sensationally holed his third shot from 112 yards on the par-five 18th for an eagle.

Saksansin’s eight-under-par 64 took his complete to 18-under which opened up a lead over defending champion Travis Smyth (68) from Australia, Chinese language-Taipei’s Lee Chieh-po (66), the runner-up final 12 months, and Bhullar (67), the 2012 winner right here.

One other Indian making waves on the third day was Rashid Khan (66) as he moved to tied sixth alongside Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat (67) and Phachara Khongwatmai (68) and American Micah Lauren Shin (67).

Amongst different Indians, Karandeep Kochhar (67-71-68) at 206 was tied 15, Veer Ahlawat (68-70-70) at 208 was tied 27, S Chikkarangappa (68-71-70) at 209 was tied 30 and Khalin Joshi (69-70-71) was at tied 38.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (69-71-71) and Ajeetesh Sandhu (70-71-70) at 211 are tied 46 and Viraj Madappa (74-66-72) at 212 is tied 53.

Total, 9 Indians made the reduce, whereas 5 others, Honey Baisoya, Kartik Sharma, Jeev Milkha Singh, SSP Chawrasia and Rahil Gangjee missed the reduce.

Bhullar made 5 birdies and was bogey free. He’s searching for his first win since final 12 months’s Mandiri Indonesia Open – which was his tenth Asian Tour title.

“At this time I had a bit of shaky begin. I assumed I hit the ball properly however simply missed fairways. Three straight pars however then birdie on 4 gave me some momentum.

“After that I made some extra good birdies and stored attacking the flags. My swing feels nice and the objective is to attempt to hold the ball in play. I do know this course calls for you to hit the ball straight,” mentioned Bhullar.

Bhullar has been exhibiting respectable placing kind with no three-putts thus far and his rounds of 66-67-67 present a stage of consistency that would fetch him a 11tth Asian Tour title.


Arjun Atwal shares first spherical lead with 4-under 68

Arjun Atwal, a qualifier into the principle occasion of the PGA Tour Champions, shared the first-round honours with eight others, all taking pictures 4-under 68 on the Pebble Hyperlinks right here on Saturday.

Different leaders embody Vijay Singh, YE Yang of Korea, Individuals Jerry Kelly, Dicky Pleasure and Brian Homosexual, Richard Inexperienced of Australia, Steve Alker of New Zealand, Mike Weir of Canada.

Atwal, the lone Indian to have received on the principle PGA Tour, posted a 4-under 68 in Tuesday’s open qualifier to earn a spot into the sphere.

Since turning 50 in March, Atwal has made 4 PGA TOUR Champions begins earlier than this week, with a tied 11 on the Insperity Celeb Basic his finest end.

This marks his first 18-hole lead/co-lead on PGA TOUR Champions.

Atwal is hoping to wrap up his card for 2024 with out going to the Qualifying Faculty.

Atwal, whose lone PGA Tour win additionally got here when he made the principle subject after coming by way of the Monday qualifier, mentioned, “Outdated habits die arduous.” “I can’t go to Q-Faculty this 12 months due to household points. My mother and father handed away final 12 months. My mother’s one-year loss of life anniversary is developing and there’s no method I’m going (to the Q-Faculty).

“So, hopefully I can get every part carried out earlier than, get within the Playoffs by some means if I play rather well. That’s the plan,” he mentioned.

Atwal was blissful together with his hitting.

“I didn’t hit all of it that nice, however it’s Pebble. I’m glad that it’s a type of golf programs the place I didn’t must study on this tour. I do know plenty of the breaks on these greens and it helped, I putted rather well as we speak,” he added.

About being on the Champions TOUR, Atwal mentioned, “I got here from the common Tour after so a few years and I simply find it irresistible out right here.

“Hopefully, I get in (just a few extra occasions). I’m going to attempt to — if I don’t get a spot at Furyk’s, I’m going to strive on Monday or Tuesday to qualify for that as properly.”



B. Sai Sudharsan received the boys’s cricketer of the 12 months award on the TNCA 91st annual day operate on the M.A. Chidambaram stadium right here on Saturday.

His father R. Bharadwaj acquired the award on his behalf from the visitor of honour, former India captain and BCCI chairman of selectors Okay. Srikkanth.

S. Anusha bagged the ladies’s cricketer of the 12 months award.

Talking on the event, former ICC chairman and BCCI and TNCA president N. Srinivasan who was the chief visitor of the event hoped for Tamil Nadu to win the upcoming Ranji Trophy.

“One merchandise lacking is the Ranji Trophy. I begin yearly with the hope that they’ll win this 12 months. Anyway, I’m hoping once more that this 12 months we are going to get the coveted trophy and meet right here and have a celebration. It would occur this 12 months! If Vidarbha can win it, why can’t we?”

Srikkanth hailed Srinivasan as “one of many biggest cricket directors,” and mentioned that Srinivasan “has taken TNCA to an awesome stage.”

He added: “Nobody can replicate what N. Srinivasan sir has carried out to TNCA.”

– Prasanna Venkatesan


Dhatri Dave wins AITA women title

Dhatri Dave beat Rubani Kaur Sidhu 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to win the ladies title within the AITA Nationwide collection junior tennis match on the CLTA Advanced on Saturday.

Within the boys ultimate, Shankar Heisnam beat high seed Rian Sharma 6-3, 6-2.


Below-18 boys: Shankar Heisnam bt Rian Sharma 6-3, 6-2.

Below-18 women: Dhatri Dave bt Rubani Kaur Sidhu 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

– Kamesh Srinivasan

Anirudh and Vijay lose ATP quarterfinals

Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth have been crushed 6-4, 7-6(4) within the doubles quarterfinals by third seeds Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow within the $1,057,295 ATP tennis match in Zhuhai, China, on Saturday.

The Indian pair collected 45 ATP factors and $9,100.

$1,057,295 ATP, Zhuhai, China

Doubles (quarterfinals): Nathaniel Lammons & Jackson Withrow (USA) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 7-6(4).

Pre-quarterfinals: Sebastian Korda & Mackenzie Mcdonald (USA) bt Sriram Balaji & Andre Begemann 9Ger) 7-6(3), 6-3.

$15,000 ITF males, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (semifinals): Keshav Chopra & Andres Martin (USA) bt Isaac Nortey (Gha) & Karan Singh 7-5, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF girls, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Doubles (ultimate): Elena-Teodora Cadar (Rou) & Sandra Samir (Egy) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi & Anna Sedysheva 6-2, 7-5.

$15,000 ITF girls, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (ultimate): Magdalini Adaloglou (Gre) & Kristina Voznyak (Ukr) bt Vaishnavi Adkar & Georgia Gulin (Bra) 4-6, 6-3, [10-7].

– Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA match: Priyanshi Bhandari beats high seed Divya

Fifth seed Priyanshi Bhandari beat high seed Divya Bhardwaj 6-4, 6-2 within the ultimate of the Rs.100,000 AITA girls’s tennis match on the Ace Academy, Palodia.

After an detached begin when she trailed 0-4, Priyanshi bounced again to win the subsequent eight video games and cruised to the title.

Within the doubles ultimate, Divya in partnership with Vidhi Jani beat Pavithra Reddy and Thaniya Sarai 7-5, 6-1.


Priyanshi Bhandari bt Divya Bhardwaj 6-4, 6-2; Semifinals: Divya bt Mushrath Shaik 3-6, 7-5, 6-0; Priyanshi bt Sonicka Jadeesh 6-4, 6-4; Quarterfinals: Divya bt Vidhi Jani 6-3, 6-2; Mushrath bt Richa Chougule 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4; Sonicka bt Aaruishi Raval 6-3, 6-0; Priyanshi bt Omna Yadav 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.


Vidhi Jani & Divya Bhardwaj bt Pavithra Reddy & Thaniya Sarai 7-5, 6-1.

– Group Sportstar


Kolkata 25K run to be held on December 17

Former Indian lady pacer Jhulan Goswami would be the face of the eighth version of the Tata Metal Kolkata 25K run scheduled right here on December 17.

Touted as the one World Athletics accredited 25K, the USD 100,000 prize cash race will witness among the finest athletes from internationally competing alongside India’s elite and beginner runners, the organisers said.

Apart from the 25K race, the occasion may have the open 10K, the Ananda (enjoyable) run of 4.5 km, the Silvers run for champions with incapacity (2.3 km).

To encourage girls’s participation, there are a restricted variety of spots reserved for ladies, in each the 25K and open 10K distances.

“All through my total life, operating has been a necessary a part of my routine. It has offered me with life classes, past simply psychological and bodily health,” Goswami mentioned.

“I urge every one among you to take that first step in direction of well being and health with Tata Metal Kolkata 25K,” she added.

Registration throughout all 5 race classes has commenced for the occasion at and can keep open till November 24 or until operating locations are crammed, whichever is earlier, organisers Procam Worldwide said.



MRF MMSC fmsci Indian Nationwide Automotive Racing Championship 2023 Spherical-2

Chennai’s Sandeep Kumar, snatched a detailed win within the premier MRF Method 2000 race whereas one other native ace Angad Matharoo scripted his fourth win in a row within the MRF Saloon Automobiles class within the second spherical.

Whereas Sandeep, ranging from P3, needed to work arduous for his success, holding off Bengaluru’s Anand Swaminathan and pole-sitter Arya Singh (Kolkata), the skilled Matharoo scored a lights-to-flag win from pole place.

One other Bengalurean, Chetan Surineni topped within the MRF Method 1600 class nearly unchallenged.

Among the many different massive winners of the day was Mumbai’s Biren Pithawalla (Group N1 Racing). Pithawalla gained a spot after race winner Ritesh Rai slipped to second as he was docked 15-second penalty following an incident involving Gurunath Meiyappan (Race Ideas) who got here in third within the Indian Touring Automobiles class

Balu determined to pack up for the weekend, skipping the remaining two races. Later, Meiyappan scored a facile win, his second of the season, in Race-2 forward of Ritesh Rai and Biren Pithawalla to maneuver to the highest of the factors desk within the ITC class.

Akkineni Anand Prasad (Group Efficiency Racing) from Chennai and Thrissur’s Diljith TS (DTS Racing) notched a double apiece within the Indian Junior Touring Automobiles and Tremendous Inventory classes, respectively. Whereas Prasad moved to the highest of the championship desk, Diljith stays unbeaten in all 5 begins over two rounds thus far.

In the meantime, Nellore’s Viswas Vijayaraj (DTS Racing) and team-mate, veteran Diljith TS received a race every within the Method LGB 1300 class. Viswas took Race-1 simply from pole place begin whereas Diljith surged to victory within the subsequent race from the reverse grid.

– Group Sportstar

Kashmir’s first auto-cross motorsport occasion being held in Srinagar

A 3-day auto-cross motorsports occasion is being held within the Kashmir valley from Friday, which goals to offer a platform for each established and aspiring racers.

The motorsport occasion, from September 22-24, is thru collaboration between the J&Okay Motorsport Federation (JKMSF) and the Federation of Motorsports Golf equipment of India (FMSCI).

The occasion is being held on a two-kilometre lengthy shut circuit monitor at Nowgam, within the outskirts of the town.

On specifically designed circuits, head-to-head competitions are happening that demand precision, agility, and split-second decision-making.

“We’ve introduced professionals to make this monitor, FMSCI officers are right here to control this occasion, we’ve got taken care of all security measures right here like ambulances, hearth tenders and so on ,” Amrit Pal Singh Bali, an official with the JKMSF, advised PTI.

Bali mentioned the Kashmir valley is filled with expertise however lacks platforms to showcase expertise.

“We wish these youths who’re losing time and power on roads, to come back on these tracks and present their expertise. We’ve expertise right here however we want platforms to allow them to showcase their expertise,” he mentioned.

“That is second day of occasion and greater than 100 (have) participated until now. Extra entries (are) coming as persons are unaware in regards to the auto cross, (however) they got here to know by way of social media and so on,” Bali added.

Shiekh Yasir, one of many organisers of the occasion, mentioned that they had not anticipated such a response. “I used to be shocked to see individuals flip up. They’re really exhibiting curiosity and coming all the best way to this place to take part in it,” he mentioned.

Yasir knowledgeable that they’re planning motocross and different occasions for bikers.

“This for the primary time this motorsports is occurring right here and particularly for the primary time in Srinagar. It will likely be useful for us,” mentioned a participant named Mehboob-ul-Hussain.

One other participant, Kaiser Ahmeda mentioned, “We additionally request the federal government for assist, to offer us correct area for observe and so on.” “The youth mustn’t do stunts on roads which (may very well be) deadly, they need to take part in occasions like these and study it in correct method. There’s good scope in these sports activities if the federal government helps us,’ he mentioned.



KFA launches Kerala youth growth undertaking

With bold plans and loads of hope, the Kerala Soccer Affiliation launched its new Kerala Youth Improvement Challenge in Kochi on Saturday night.

5 high quality groups, in numerous age teams from under-13 to under-21, will determine within the league which might be held within the State’s 14 districts. Fifty gamers from every league might be picked and given high quality coaching.

The KFA hopes the league will produce round 200 high quality gamers who might go on to play for the Indian Tremendous League, I-League and different leagues. This, the affiliation hopes, will change their lives.

The youth league may even see the return of the Chakolas Gold Trophy after 40 years. The Chakolas Trophy was a outstanding all-India males’s match which was final performed in 1983.

The Asian Soccer Confederation common secretary Windsor John unveiled the league’s trophy whereas Kerala Sports activities Minister V. Abdurahiman launched the league’s emblem. The All India Soccer Federation secretary common Shaji Prabhakaran, KFA president Navas Meeran and secretary P. Anilkumar have been amongst those that spoke in the course of the occasion.

– Stan Rayan

North-East groups dominate quarterfinals line-up on the Junior Women Subroto Cup New Delhi

The 62nd Subroto Cup Junior Women (U-17) Inter Faculty Worldwide Soccer match has reached the quarterfinals stage, and 4 matches are on the playing cards tomorrow which might be performed on the Dr. B.R Ambedkar Stadium within the nationwide capital.

5 of the eight groups are from the North-Japanese a part of the nation, whereas one overseas workforce has additionally made it by way of to the knockouts from the group phases, which started on September 19, 2023.

Within the first quarterfinal at 8 AM Indian Commonplace Time (IST), Ananda Purna Faculty of Science, Thoubal, Manipur will face off towards former champions Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishthan (BKSP).

Former champions G.S.S.S Alakhpura, Bhiwani will face Lohit Dikrong H.S.S, Lakhimpur, Assam within the second quarterfinals at 10 AM IST.

Then at 2 PM IST, defending champions St. Patrick’s, Gumla, Jharkhand and Tripura Sports activities Faculty, Badharghat, Tripura conflict within the third quarterfinals and eventually, in an all-North-East conflict, Saiden Secondary Faculty, Ri-Bhoi, Nongpoh, Meghalaya, takes on Residence Mission Faculty, Aizawl, Mizoram.

That recreation kicking-off at 4 PM IST Manipur was the winner of Group Some time BKSP completed high off the standings in Group B. The workforce from Bangladesh has received the title thrice in a row from 2017-2019.

It has scored 23 objectives in its group video games with out conceding with Tanjila Afroz Hira, being the highest scorer with six objectives. Manipur then again has scored 34 objectives thus far.

Former champions G.S.S.S Alakhpura, Bhiwani, winner again in 2015 and 2016, has had tighter victories in a way more aggressive group, defeating two faculties from West Bengal enroute to the knockouts. On the opposite finish, its opponent from Assam is in high attacking kind, having scored 25 objectives up to now.

Junali Sen has scored ten objectives whereas Doley Gogoi has seven to her title. The third quarterfinal between defending champions St. Patrick’s, Gumla, Jharkhand and Tripura Sports activities Faculty, Badharghat, Tripura, additionally guarantees plenty of objective scoring motion, given the previous has probably the most objectives scored thus far amongst all groups within the group phases.

Tripura, who has additionally given a superb account of themselves, profitable towards groups from Delhi, Mizoram and Uttarakhand to high Group E, may have its process reduce out towards the likes of Alpha Kandulna, who has ten objectives for Jharkhand thus far.

In Sunday’s ultimate recreation, winners of Group G, Saiden Secondary Faculty, RI-Bhoi, Nongpoh, Meghalaya face off towards Residence Mission Faculty, Aizawl, Mizoram, the winners of Group H and who can be representing the Nationwide Cadet Corps (NCC). Whereas the previous has scored 17 group stage objectives, the latter has pumped in 22 previous their opponents.

– Group Sportstar



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