Athletics

Dec 52019
Track and field athletes led India’s gold rush on the third day of competitions in the 13th South Asian Games as the country added 29 more medals on Wednesday.
Brushing aside his hearing impairment, the 16-year-old Dhanush Srikanth made a truly memorable debut in the Asian shooting championship with a stunning haul of three gold medals in Doha. Dhanush, a product of the Gun for Glory Academy run by London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang, in his maiden international event won the 10m air rifle mixed team event partnering Shreya Agarwal, then the team gold with Shahu Mane and Hriday Hazarika before finishing off the Asian meet in style with the individual gold on Tuesday.
PV Sindhu made the entire country proud with her stupendous performance at the BWF world championships final on Sunday and created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to win a world championship. She completely destroyed her opponent Nozomi Okuhara in just 38 minutes with the score 21-7, 21-7. While the country and the media have given her all the attention she deserves, we have perhaps forgotten to focus on another victor from the same championship.
The Government is supporting sportspersons through National Sports Federations for their training, foreign exposures and competitions to enable them to obtain maximum quota for participation in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) customized training and allied facilities are also being made available to medal prospects and high achievers. Besides, ‘out of pocket allowance’ @ Rs. 50,000/- per month is given to the sportspersons included in TOPS for meeting their contingent and miscellaneous expenses.
Hima Das has written her name in golden letters by winning a gold medal at IAAF World Under 20 Athletics Championships, eventually, the first Indian to lift a gold medal, a proud Indian of pride India, rejoices her achievement. Indian sprinter Hima Das won gold in a record time of 51.46 seconds, in the 400 meters Athletic Championships on Thursday.
 5-Medal champion, Mary Kom who energised Indian woman to set goals which every ordinary woman can achieve by determination, has been included in the 48 kg category at Asian Woman's Boxing championship to be held in Vietnam from 2nd to 11th November 2017. Mary com has switched to her favourite  48 kg from 51 kg category. she will represent India for the 6th time along with Neeraj in 51 kg, Shiksha 54 kg, Sonia Lather 7 kg, Pavitra 60 kg, L.Saritha Devi 64 kg, Lovelina 69 kg, Pooja Rani 75 kg, Sweety Bora 81 kg and Feema in 81 kg representatively.