QPlay: Sports Ministry Begins Rio Probe, ‘Sanskaari’ BCCI & More

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India won just two medals in Rio, though PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. Seen here being presented with Thars. (Photo: PTI)

Sports Ministry Begins Thorough Probe Into Rio Debacle

The Sports Ministry said it has started a “thorough review” of India’s dismal outing at the Rio Olympics and is also seeking feedback and suggestions from the athletes who competed in Rio.

“Sports Minister Vijay Goel has decided to conduct within the Ministry a thorough review of India’s performance in Rio Olympics, 2016. The process has already begun,” the Ministry said in a release.

“The Minister has written individual letters to each of the athletes who participated in the Rio Olympics, 2016, seeking their feedback and suggestions. He has stated that they should feel free to give him their suggestions or feedback anytime either personally or through mail.”

QPlay: Sports Ministry Begins Rio Probe, ‘Sanskaari’ BCCI & More

Brazil Star Rivaldo to Attend Subroto Cup Final

Brazil’s former star striker and World Cup winner Rivaldo will grace the finals of the Subroto Cup Football Tournament beginning September 14, exactly a year after the legendary Pele’s visit to the country for the school event.

The 44-year-old former Barcelona and Milan star is expected to make an appearance for the U-17 junior boys final at the Ambedkar Stadium on October 22.

“We are happy to announce that Brazilian football legend Rivaldo will be the guest of honour for the grand finale,” Air Force officials said.

The tournament will see participation from 98 teams, including 10 from abroad.

BCCI Shifts Kotla ODI by a Day Due to ‘Karva Chauth’

The BCCI decided to shift the third ODI between India and New Zealand from October 19 to 20th due to ‘Karva Chauth’ festival.

“We are thankful to BCCI for accepting our request of shifting the date by a day. I have received a letter of acknowledgement for the same from BACK office,” Senior BCCI and DDCA vice president CK Khanna confirmed.

In fact, DDCA had written a letter to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke intimating the board about the practical difficulties of organising the match on the day of a festival prevalent in North India. The ticket sales would have taken a hit.

Parupalli Kashyap, returning from injury, got knocked out on Thursday.  (Photo: Reuters)
Parupalli Kashyap, returning from injury, got knocked out on Thursday. (Photo: Reuters)

Ajay Jayaram Only Indian to Reach Quarters in Indonesia GP

Ajay Jayaram emerged as the only Indian shuttler to make the quarterfinals of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold, beating compatriot Parupalli Kashyap and local lad Reksy Aureza Megananda.

The third seeded Jayaram notched up a convincing 21-7 21-12 win over comeback-man Kashyap in his second round match and then rallied to get the better of Megananda 18-21 21-12 21-19 to enter the quarterfinals of the tournament at the Dome Stadium.

Besides Kashyap, H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth were the other Indian shuttlers whose campaign ended on the day.

Saina Nehwal after a game in 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
Saina Nehwal after a game in 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Saina Nehwal Eyes December Comeback

India’s leading badminton star Saina Nehwal says she wants to come back into competitive action stronger after recovering from a knee surgery and indicated that her best may be yet to come.

“I want to come back stronger. I am confident that in the next two-three years I can do better than what I have done in the last five-six years. I have to do better,” she told PTI on Thursday.

Saina expects to recover fully by December if things go as planned.

“If everything goes right, I am keen to take part in Dubai World Superseries Finals during that month. I want to come back into competitive action only after I become 100 per cent fit,” she said.\

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