A hockey lover and a sports journalist, Rakesh Thapliyal, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to urge the Sports Ministry to vacate its office from the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.
In 1995, the Central government declared the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand on 29 August as National Sports Day. The historic National Stadium in the country was also named Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and a life-size statue of Dhyan Chand was also placed near the main gate of the stadium. Prestigious National Sports Award on 29 August was added to embellish the importance of his birthday. Dhyan Chand Award was also given in his name. There is no doubt that the Government of India did much to honour Major Dhyan Chand’s contribution and to establish it as an inspiration for the new generation. A few years ago, the central government took a step that would have brought grief to the soul of Major Dhyanchand. The office of the Ministry of Home Affairs has been opened in the main part of the historic and heritage building of Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi. Namami Gangue’s office was already running in the other building of the stadium. This move of the government is extremely disappointing for not only hockey lovers but also for general sports lovers.
Interestingly, two former Sports Ministers Mr. Vijay Goel and Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore opposed it during their tenure. Kiren Rijiju is now the Sports Minister. The office of the Ministry of Home Affairs was opened at Dhyan Chand Stadium when Mr. Rijiju was the Minister of State for Home Affairs.
When Vijay Goel was the Sports Minister, the process of opening this office started. When I talked to him about this, he said that “I am trying to stop this” Rathore was very hopeful that the advance rent paid by the Ministry of Home Affairs would be returned and space will be vacated.
Despite many efforts of Goel and Rathore, this could not happen and both were removed from the Sports Ministry. Some times ago I asked Kiren Rijiju why the Home Ministry office was opened at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium? On this, the Sports Minister had stated his compulsion and said, “we need money for the salary of the Sports Authority of India’s employees. When I was the Minister of State for Home, it was decided to rent this place at Dhyan Chand Stadium and open this office. I had talked to many people about this and nobody had any problem.” At this, I told him that two former sports ministers, who are leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, have openly opposed it. Rijiju said, “I can assure you that players would not be facing any trouble.”
In the letter, Rakesh wrote, “No international hockey tournaments were held in Major Dhyan Chand stadium since the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs shifted here. The training program of the National Hockey Academy runs on the main turf here. Once this stadium was the bastion of organizing international hockey competitions but now this is not happening here. Surprisingly, why is the Govt. is opening offices of various ministries in the stadiums? On the one hand, the Sports Ministry says that there will be no shortage of funds for the development of sports and sportspersons. On the other hand, the buildings of stadiums are being given on rent to get the money.”
There was a time India was recognized around the world by Mahatma Gandhi and Dhyan Chand. We were Olympic champions in hockey. Nobody has been able to match the Olympic record of winning our eight gold medals in hockey between 1928 and 1980. Apart from this, India also had a diamond of hockey in the form of Dhyan Chand, which has mesmerized the world for many years with the glow of its magical game.
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DENMARK OPEN: PV SINDHU MARCHES INTO NEXT ROUND
India shuttler PV Sindhu on Tuesday marched ahead to the next round of the ongoing Denmark Open.
Sindhu defeated Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-12, 21-10 in a match that lasted for 30 minutes.
The ace Indian shuttler dominated the entire match and her Turkish opponent was left struggling to search for answers.
Earlier in the day, India men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy progressed to the next round of the ongoing Denmark Open.
The Indian duo defeated England’s Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood 23-21, 21-15 here at Court 3.
Earlier in the day, Srikanth Kidambi got the better of compatriot B Sai Praneeth in straight sets in the men’s singles 1st round of Denmark Open here at the Odense Sports Park on Tuesday.
Playing at court-2, Kidambi inflicted a 21-14, 21-11 defeat on Praneeth in just 30 minutes. With this win, Kidambi has now moved into round-of-16 in the World Tour Super 1000 event in Denmark.
Srikanth completely outclassed and dominated Praneeth in both games.
DON’T MIX SPORTS WITH POLITICS, INDIA-PAK T20 WC MATCH SHOULD GO ON: PRAKASH PADUKONE
India badminton legend Prakash Padukone on Tuesday said that sports and politics should not be mixed with each other, and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan should proceed as planned.India and Pakistan are slated to lock horns against each other in the World Cup on October 24 in Dubai.
“According to me, the match between India and Pakistan should go on. Sports and politics should not be mixed together,” Padukone told ANI.
Earlier on Tuesday, Aam Aadmi Party had demanded that the Indian cricket team should opt-out of its match against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai.
During a press conference, Atishi, AAP MLA from Kalkaji said, “We see people being attacked in Kashmir. I’m sure that even the Prime Minister agrees with the stand of not conducting the match (IND v PAK) as when in Opposition he used to question that when state-sponsored terrorism is taking place in India why should we play cricket with them?”
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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday announced 18 new honorary life members. MCC awards Honorary Life Membership (HLM) of the club to some of the world’s finest cricketers.
Eight of the 12 Test-playing nations are represented in this year’s list, which includes some of the most recognisable names in the modern game.
England’s leading Test run-scorer, Sir Alastair Cook, is joined by fellow countrymen Ian Bell and Marcus Trescothick, totalling more than 39,000 international runs between them. A fourth England star, Sarah Taylor, returned to the field this year, appearing in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Charlotte Edwards Cup and The Hundred, and is recognised as one of the finest wicket-keepers of her generation.
Four South African legends have been awarded Honorary Life Membership, with Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel all receiving the honour. Kallis’s 13,289 Test runs puts him third on the all-time run-scoring list.
Alex Blackwell and Damien Martyn of Australia are also included. Allrounder Blackwell won over 250 caps for her country across all formats of the games, and batter Martyn scored almost 10,000 international runs.
Indian duo Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath both enjoyed fine international careers. Harbhajan is India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests, with 417 dismissals in 103 Tests, while Srinath is one of the country’s greatest ODI players, having taken 315 wickets and ended his career as India’s second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs.
Ian Bishop, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan all represent West Indies. Bishop took 161 wickets in just 43 matches, while Chanderpaul is West Indies’ most capped Test player (164) and only seven players have scored more than his 11,867 runs.
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Richie Berrington’s 70-run knock and a spirited bowling performance helped Scotland defeat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in Group B of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) on Tuesday.
Chasing 166, PNG got off to a horror start as the side lost five wickets and was reduced to 35/5. Tony Ura (2), Lega Siaka (9), Assad Vala (18), Charles Amini (1), and Simon Atai (2) all failed to leave a mark with the bat and Scotland was firmly at the top.
Sese Bau and Norman Vanua then put on 32 runs for the sixth wicket, but the required run-rate got a bit too much to handle and as a result, Bau (24) ended up losing his wicket to Chris Greaves, reducing PNG to 67/6 in the 12th over. Norman Vanua and Kiplin Doriga then provided a real scare to Scotland as the duo put on a quickfire stand of 53 runs for the seventh wicket. Mark Watt then dismissed Doriga (18) and Scotland needed 42 runs to win from the final three overs.
Vanua (47) however perished in the 18th over, and with this PNG’s hopes were dashed and Scotland registered a 17-run victory.
Brief Scores: Scotland 165/9 (Richie Berrington 70, Matthew Cross 45; Kabua Morea 4-31); PNG 148 all out (Norman Vanua 47, Sese Bau 24; Josh Davey 4-18).
Spirited all-round performance sees Bangladesh defeat Oman in Group B
Aspirited bowling performance helped Bangladesh defeat Oman by 26 runs in Group B of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) on Tuesday.
Chasing 154, Oman lost its opener Aqib Ilyas (6) in the second over of the innings. Jatinder Singh and Kashyap Prajapati then put on 34 runs for the second wicket, but the partnership ended in the 6th over as Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Prajapati (21), reducing Oman to 47/2.
Jatinder then rallied Oman’s innings alongside skipper Zeeshan Maqsood and at the halfway mark, the score read 70/2, still needing 84 more runs to win from 60 balls. Both batters stitched together a 34-run stand for the third wicket, but as soon as Oman started to gain an upper hand, Bangladesh stormed right back as Mahedi Hasan dismissed Maqsood (12). Soon after, Jatinder (40) was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan and Oman was reduced to 90/4.
Oman kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and in the end, Bangladesh registered a victory by 26 runs to keep their hopes alive of progressing to the Super 12 stage.
Earlier, Mohammad Naim and Shakib Al Hasan played knocks of 64 and 42 respectively as Bangladesh posted a score of 153. Opting to bat first, Bangladesh did not get off to an ideal start as the side lost its opener Liton Das (6) in the third over of the innings. Bilal had Das caught right plumb in front of the wickets. Soon after, Mahedi Hasan was dismissed for a duck by Fayyaz Butt and Bangladesh was reduced to 21/2 in the 5th over.
Mohammad Naim and Shakib then got together at the crease and the duo revived the innings for Bangladesh. The duo put on 80 runs for the third wicket, but as soon as Bangladesh started to gain an upper hand, Oman managed to dismiss Shakib (42) via a run-out. After Shakib’s dismissal, Bangladesh lost the wickets of Nurul Hasan (3), Afifi Hossain (1) and Naim (64) in quick succession and Bangladesh was reduced to 122/6 in the 17th over. However, in the end, Mahmudullah (17) ensured that Bangladesh posts a total of more than the 150-run mark.
Earlier in the day, Richie Berrington’s 70-run knock and a spirited bowling performance helped Scotland defeat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in Group B.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 153 all out (Mohammad Naim 64, Shakib Al Hasan 42; Bilal Khan 3-18); Oman 127/9 (Jatinder Singh 40, Kashyap Prajapati 21, Mustafizur Rahman 4-36).
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