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Five #BoysInBlue Make it to ICC Under-19 World XI

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The Indians expectedly dominated the Under-19 World Cup team announced by the ICC, with five players from the triumphant side making it to the world eleven.

India on Saturday lifted a record fourth U-19 World Cup trophy after an eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, underlining their dominant run in the tournament.

The world team has the top three of the Indian batting line-up — captain Prithvi Shaw (261 runs), player of the final Manjot Kalra (252 runs) and player of the tournament Shubman Gill (372 runs).

Left-arm spinner Anukul Roy (14 wickets) and fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti (9 wickets) are the other Indians named in the world team.

The team of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was picked by a five-person selection panel that comprised former Windies fast bowler Ian Bishop, former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra, former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe, journalist Shashank Kishore and former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody.

South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder was named to lead side which has representation from six countries.

Van Tonder, who aggregated 348 runs in six matches including a highest score of 143 against Kenya, was selected to lead ahead of other captains for his better cricket acumen, the ICC said in a statement.

South Africa went out of reckoning for the title with a three-wicket loss to Pakistan in the quarter-finals but finished fifth beating Bangladesh by eight wickets in a play- off, which saw Tonder knocking an unbeaten 82.

Apart from van Tonder, the other South Africa players making the team are wicket-keeper Wandile Makwetu and fast bowler Gerald Coetzee. Makwetu had 11 victims during the tournament besides some useful runs while fast bowler Gerald Coetzee finished with eight wickets.

New Zealand batsman Finn Allen was rewarded for a consistent run which saw him get 338 runs while Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (12 wickets) and Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad (14 wickets) are the ones in the playing eleven.

West Indies batsman Alick Athanaze was named the 12th man after finishing as the highest run-getter in the tournament with 418 runs, which included centuries against Sri Lanka and Kenya.

The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Team (in batting order):

Prithvi Shaw (India), Manjot Kalra (India), Shubman Gill (India), Finn Allen (New Zealand), Raynard van Tonder (South Africa, captain), Wandile Makwetu (wicket-keeper) (South Africa), Anukul Roy (India), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (India), Gerald Coetzee (South Africa), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan). 12th man: Alick Athanaze (Windies).

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Madhya Pradesh Wins the Most ‘Film Friendly State’ Award

Uttarakhand gets a ‘Special Mention Certificate’ while the jury lauded continuing efforts of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat towards creating a film-friendly ecosystem.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The Most Film Friendly State Award was announced today by the Chairman of the Jury Ramesh Sippy. The Most Film Friendly State Awards would be presented by Hon’ble President of India on May 3, 2018, during the presentation of the National Film Awards.

State of Madhya Pradesh won the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured website, film-friendly infrastructure, offering incentives, maintaining databases, undertaking marketing and promotional initiatives, unanimously by the Jury from among the 16 States that participated.

Madhya Pradesh also received positive feedback from established filmmakers who have shot there. The efforts taken by the State to present their case for the Awards were also appreciated.

The state of Uttarakhand is given a Special Mention Certificate to recognize the efforts made by the State of Uttarakhand towards creating a film-friendly environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ramesh Sippy Chairman of the Jury said “The Jury members laud the continuing efforts of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat towards creating a film-friendly ecosystem in their States and hope that they keep up the good work.

Akshay Kumar starrer superhit film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was shot extensively in Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh (File Photo)

This year Madhya Pradesh, where a lot of filmmakers have shot over the years, has won the award due to the ease of filming that the State offers along with excellent on ground support and filming infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking.

The Madhya Pradesh entry was also presented beautifully with all required documents given in a very comprehensive manner.

In addition, the jury would like to acknowledge the sincere efforts made by Uttarakhand in this direction, despite it being a relatively new State with a difficult terrain and hence has been given the Special Mention.”

The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and comprising of renowned filmmakers, Nagraj Manjule, Raja Krishna Menon, Vivek Agnihotri, and Uday Singh, MD, Motion Picture Distributors Association.

Names of the States that Participated in the ‘Most Film Friendly State Award 2017’:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar
  2. Delhi
  3. Gujarat
  4. Karnataka
  5. Kerala
  6. Madhya Pradesh
  7. Maharashtra
  8. Mizoram
  9. Odisha
  10. Punjab
  11. Rajasthan
  12. Sikkim
  13. Telangana
  14. Tripura
  15. Uttarakhand
  16. Uttar Pradesh
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India to Bid for 2026 Youth Olympics and 2032 Olympics

Besides India, Thailand has also expressed interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympics. The bidding process would begin in 2020.

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association has decided to bid for the 2026 Youth Olympics as well as the 2032 Summer Olympics, receiving appreciation from the visiting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

In a press conference addressed with Bach in New Delhi, IOA President Narinder Batra said, “We are bidding for three events, 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics. We don’t know whether they will come to India or not. Let us see how fierce the competition is.”

Bach, who is on a two-day visit to the country, said India has the capability to host big Olympic events but advised the IOA to wait for the bidding process to start.

“We have taken note with great appreciation of the intention of IOA to host future Youth Olympics and Summer Olympics. It would be fantastic for Indian athletes to have their Olympics at their home country. It will give a boost to sports in India and develop interest in many young people to take up sports,” Bach, who was last here in 2015, said.

“But it’s not the time to discuss in detail about future candidates as no procedure is currently open neither for Olympic Games nor for Youth Olympics. The next available slot for Youth Olympics is 2026 but we are even yet to decide on 2022 edition host city, the process is underway. Only after we finalise 2022 Youth Olympics hosts, we will start the procedure for 2026,” said Bach.

The IOC chief also had a meeting with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore during the day.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Thomas Bach calling on the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) and Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, in New Delhi on April 19, 2018.

The bidding process for the 2026 Youth Olympics is likely to start in early part of 2020. Besides India, Thailand has also expressed interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympics.

Regarding the IOA’s intention to bid for 2032 Olympics, Bach said, “There is a lot of time left till we open bidding procedure for 2032 Olympics. We have to wait till that.”

A decision on the 2032 Summer Olympics host city will only be taken in 2025 and the bidding process is expected to start sometime before that.

Germany – which has proposed a 13-city bid – and Australia (likely to be Brisbane) have expressed their desire to bid for 2032 Olympics and more countries are expected to join the fray later on.

Just after taking charge as IOA chief in December last, Batra had said that India should think of hosting big-ticket events like the Asian Games and Olympics.

Bach also revealed that a four-party working group comprising the IOC, IOA, Olympic Council of Asia and the sports ministry has been constituted “to devise a road map on how the most hopeful Indian athletes can be best prepared for 2020 Olympics”.

“We discussed (with the sports minister) about sports science, coaching, sports for all and role of sports in society. The IOC can assist and put its expertise in all these matters. We can see some initiatives which will be beneficial for Indian athletes so that they can excel in 2020 Olympics,” said the IOC chief who was here with the OCA chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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Yuki Bhambri Breaks into Top 100, Ranked 83

Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further.

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LONDON (England): Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016 following his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger as he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83.

This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.

Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further. However, the resilient 25-year-old has worked his way back to top-100 which, if maintained, will allow him direct entry into the Grand Slams and the ATP 1000 series Masters event.

“It’s only the beginning, I have to move up a lot more and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Yuki said.

Yuki has always maintained that he has the game to challenge the best players and has proved with his recent big wins over world number 12 Lucas Puillee (Indian Wells, March 2018) and world number 22 Gael Monfils (Washington, August 2017).

His Davis Cup teammate Ramkumar Ramanathan too rose to a career-best 116 as he jumped 17 places after ending runner-up to Yuki in Taipei.

Sumit Nagal though lost two places to be 215 and was followed by Prajnesh Gunneswaran (266) and Arjun Kadhe (394).

In the doubles, Divij Sharan further improved his career-best rank by moving up to 41, a gain of one place. Leander Paes, who became the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup, lost four places to be in 49th position. Rohan Bopanna is leading the doubles chart for India at number 19.

Meanwhile, Ankita Raina too improved on her career-best rank as she jumped three places to 194 while Karman Kaur Thandi dropped a place to 268. In the doubles, out-of-action Sania Mirza was unchanged at number 24.

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