Lovlina Borgohain prevailed 4-1 in the welterweight (69kg) category contest Monday night against Azizova, a silver-medallist at the Nation’s Cup earlier this year besides a bronze-winner at the Russian national championships. read more
Interestingly, instead of their home state Haryana, the girls have taken Indian team route via Himachal Pradesh. Cold shouldered by Haryana, they shifted to Chandigarh, and finally moved to the hill state. read more
The men’s team, comprising Atanu Das, Jagdish Choudhary and Viswash, lost the third set 54-56 to bow out of the competition. The Indian women had earlier beaten Mongolia 5-3 to advance to the quarter-finals where they lost to Chinese Taipei. read more
India’s biggest medal hope in men’s wrestling, Bajrang Punia, has delivered on his promise. Punia won the gold medal in the 65 kg freestyle wrestling event by beating Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final bout. read more
A Mongolian Shaman or Buu, prays during a ceremony outside Ulaanbaatar at sunrise. Banned for 70 years under Communist rule, shamanism has seen resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected under the constitution. This folk religion dates back as far back as the region’s recorded history.
Senior Buddhist monk Lobsang Tayang walks outside the Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia. Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions but its fate in Mongolia now rests on young shoulders. The country’s monasteries are increasingly run by millennial monks, the first generation to come of age after decades of religious repression under the Soviet system wiped out almost all Buddhist clergy.
Erdenebat Chuluu, a nomadic herder, shouts words of encouragement to the reindeer he is riding. “Chu!, Chu!,” he calls, urging the animal out of a cedar wood and onto a plain in the southern reaches of the Mongolian Taiga. Once in the open, they gingerly step over fallen trees and navigate creeks of melted snow, oblivious to the late winter chill.