Olympians Manoj Kumar and Dinesh Kumar on Sunday led India boxers’ dominating show by advancing to the finals of the Invitation FX­TM International Limassol Boxing Cup in Limassol, Cyprus.
Last year’s senior national gold medallists, Mandeep Jan­gra and Sukhdeep Singh, too, made it to the finals of their res­p­ective weight division. 2008 Youth Olympics bronze medal winner V Durga Rao (56kg), rei­g­n­ing national champion Madal Lal (52kg) and silver me­dallist Par­veen Kumar (+91kg) also bo­oked their places in the title round.
Rohidas to lead India juniors
New Delhi: Amit Rohidas will lead an 18-member India junior men squad in the European tour from May 23-June 5 in preparation for the World Cup to be held here at the end of the year.
The team will play a total of six matches, including two mat­ches against Belgium on 25 and 26 May, three matches against The Netherlands on May 28, 29 and June 1, and one match aga­inst Germany on June 4.
Aim to make ‘Vision 2020’ a reality
New Delhi: Giving wings to its ambi­tious plan of spending Rs 2000 crore on athletes for the 2020 Olympics, the SAI has instructed the respective NSFs to identify their pool of young sp­­o­r­tspersons and provide them with the best of facilities and trai­ning over a period of eight ye­ars. A programme ‘Vision 2020’ under the aegis of the sp­orts ministry had been chalked out last year, which aims at sele­ction of the junior talents, imparting training and arranging for their exposure trips.
Bisht, Mishra shine in DDCA league
New Delhi: Delhi wicketkeeper Punit Bisht’s 82 not out and Ankit Mishra’s 6/39 helped Delhi Audit and Mishra Sports respectively to win their DDCA league matches. In other games, Ravi Brother, SBI, Roop Nagar, GG Dutt, Sporting Club, Subhania, Malik Sports and Lala Ram Charan also won.
Jaison sets record in pole vault
Guntur: Kerala women vaulters ruled with Mariya Jaison winning the gold with a new height of 3.20-metre in the 10th National Youth Athletics Champio­nships here on Sunday. On the second day of the meet, Jaison eclipsed the previous mark of 2.82m held by state-mate Sinju Prakash. However, Mariya was unable to break Sinju's national mark of 3.30m.
UP hammer thrower Prakash Singh achieved the qualifying standard for the World Youth Championships by throwing the ball and chain to 63.52m.