To bring India back into the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Randhir Singh, on Wednesday met sports minister Jitendra Singh, to find a solution to contentious issues of suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) that had rocked Indian sports last December. Meanwhile, IOA has also called its executive committee meeting on January 19 to discuss the issue.
Verma, Mane triumph
Kolkata: Gagan Verma and Udayan Mane clinched the International team title with a five-shot victory in the 112th Amateur Golf championship. Verma and Mane of India B completed the stipulated 36-hole of strokeplay with a total of 310 to garner a five-shot victory over India C's Samrath Dwivedi and Syed Saqib Ahmed.
India A team of Simarjeet Singh and Karan Taunk finished third at 317. Ankur Chadha beat Arjun Singh to win the individual title by a solitary shot after signing off with a level par card of 72 for a two-day total of 147.
Saina, Sindhu win
Seoul: Top Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal, started the New Year on a winning note, reaching the second round of the Korea Open Premier Super Series on Wednesday.
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina, seeded third, notched up a 17-21, 21-9, 21-19 win over Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand) in the opening round. She will now face Singapore's Mingtian Fu.
P Kashyap disposed of Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-19, 21-16 and will take on seventh seed Yun Hu of Hong Kong. PV Sindhu also reached the second round, avenging her defeat to Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri in the Syed Modi GP final recently. The Indian won 22-20, 21-16.
Vaibhav, Magesh lead
New Delhi: Young Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri joined P Magesh Chandran in the lead with a victory over Anup Deshmukh in the sixth round of the Parsvnath International Chess Festival, on Wednesday. Both Suri and Chandran have five points each.
Chandran survived a scare before he could salvage a draw against Commonwealth champion MR Lalith Babu, while Suri had it easy against International Master Anup Deshmukh. Top-seeded GM Abhijeet Gupta suffered a reversal, going down to veteran GM Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh.
Gemini Club prevail
New Delhi: Kandwil Sethi's 153 not out helped Gemini club beat Delhi Gymkhana by 7 wickets in the DDCA League. In another match, Anirudh Tripathi's century (120*) helped Delhi Colts beat Alpine by 39 runs.