Govt considering Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand: Sports minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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  • Updated: Dec 09, 2013 20:38 IST

Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday that the government was mulling over conferring the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for his contribution to the game and sports in the country.

Jitendra also said he is hopeful that the dispute between International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) would be resolved during IOA’s General Body Meeting in New Delhi on December 8.

Let 15 play: Sachin
Mumbai: In one of his first moves to contribute to the game post-retirement, Sachin Tendulkar suggested that school and college cricket should allow 15 players to take part instead of the usual 11. “A player leaves home with hope of doing well but he is not guaranteed a playing spot, while it is different for talented boys like Prithvi Shaw and Musheer Khan. For instance, a spinning track may mean the third seamer has to sit out for no fault of his,” said Tendulkar.

Jr athletes set marks
Bangalore: Defending champions Kerala dominated the opening day of the 29th National Junior Athletics championships on Tuesday. Thirteen-year-old Gayathry Sivakumar sailed over 1.55m in the girls’ U-14 high jump for the first meet mark of the day, followed by P U Chitra clocking 4:33.82 in junior women’s (U -20) 1500m to erase Sunita Rani’s 17-year-old meet mark of 4:35.0.

Mixed day for cueists
Daugavpils (Latvia): Manan Chandra continued his impressive run at the IBSF World Snooker Championships, beating  Belgium’s Tomaz Skalski 4-2 in the 15-Red format. Shahbaaz Adil Khan and Brijesh Damani, however, lost. In the women’s category, Varshaa Sanjeev became the first Indian to qualify for the next round as she blanked Maria Buckaraska of Ukraine 3-0. Chitra M and Neena Praveen also won.


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