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Khelo India School Games Launched to Foster Sporting Culture in India



Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games in the national capital and exhorted the nation to usher in a sporting revolution.

The mission aims to develop a sporting culture in the country, identify talents from grassroots and groom them for international success.

‘Kheloge kudoge toh banoge lajawab’ the motto of the Khelo India programme rang true as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Khelo India School Games. A special laser torch lit the virtual light of the games. Prime Minister stressed that India does not lack sporting talent. India is a youthful nation and can do even better in sports. His emphasis was on overall development and making sports a priority.

Khelo India is not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more. The focus is on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation. Prime Minister said that it is gladdening to see youngsters from rural India and smaller cities excelling as sportspersons. He said that Khelo India would provide support to players and coaches alike.

The legendary Indian tradition of ‘teacher-and-student’, referred to as the ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ was also celebrated in grand style at the opening ceremony. The likes of PT Usha, Pullela Gopichand,  Baichung Bhutia and many more Gurus participated with their pupils.

This government initiative focuses on reviving the sports culture at the grassroots and establishing the country as a sporting nation. A performance on the history and heritage of sports in India showcased indigenous games as well as Martial arts. In keeping with Prime Minister’s vision, Khelo India is expected to help find young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions.

It is clear that these games will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential. The hope is to mentor talent and to convert it into Olympic medals by 2024. The systematic long-term approach of Khelo India most certainly marks a new dawn for the world of sports in India.

The National Capital plays host to the Khelo India School Games, being organised for the first time. This national level event is for under-17 players. It will see various disciplines being held at venues like Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Karni Singh Shooting Range and SPM Swimming Complex. 16 teams from north, south and northeast India will be vying for glory during these games.

There will be 16 sporting events like Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weight Lifting and Wrestling.

Under Khelo India Games, around 20 crore children in age group of 10 to 17 years will also be engaged into national Physical Fitness Campaign and the Khelo India School Games is only the beginning of this journey.

These games will also include an All India-level Sports Scholarship which will provide an annual scholarship of five lakh rupees to every athlete selected under the scheme for a period of eight years.

Starting from 31st January, this event will culminate on 8th February.

Students are greatly enthused to have got this opportunity to showcase their talent.

A total of 197 gold medals, 197 silver medals and 273 bronze medals will be at stake for the players. Around 3500 athletes, 1250 officials, 800 volunteers and 250-strong other workforce will be participating in this event to make it a grand success. These games will pave the way for the young talent in sports to come out in open and let the world know that the future belongs to them.

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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.



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.



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.



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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