Mumbai Indians versus Rajasthan Royals match on April 13 in Mumbai was a special one as there were over 21,000 special kids who have came to watch the match, all thanks to ‘Education and Sports for All’ initiative by Nita Ambani.
Mrs. Ambani has started this initiative around 10 years back, where she gave an opportunity to the special kids to watch Mumbai Indian’s IPL matches in the home ground.
Earlier, Nita Ambani has posted a video on Mumbai Indian’s twitter handle saying, “The match on the 13th is very dear to me. As you know, Mumbai Indians as a team supports underprivileged children and we have been doing this for the past 10 years now. Last year we put in a category for specially challenged children.”
She also added, “It is a very emotional match for me. We have 21,000 children already enrolled. They wait every year for their turn to come and see the match and they never get a turn again. So boys I really need you to give your best performance for these kids. It is a once in a lifetime joy that you’re going to give them.”
She was urged the Mumbai Indian’s team to win the match by saying, “This match is really, really important to me and to all my children that I support through our ESA.”
Well, things didn’t worked out well for Mumbai Indians today as they have lost the match against Rajasthan Royals in spite of scoring 187 runs in 20 overs. Though, Mumbai Indians lost the match but the good news was that kids did enjoyed the whole tournament in the ground.
For this special match event, over 21,000 kids got entrolled and got a lifetime opportunity to witness the match without spending a rupee. It is certainly a good gesture by ESA for these kids.
Germany tour will be test of skills, fitness: Rani Rampal
The Indian women’s hockey team’s fitness and skills will be tested during their tour of Germany and will be valuable match practice in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics, said captain Rani Rampal. The team is set to face world No.3 Germany in four matches starting on Saturday.
This is India’s second assignment since their tour of Argentina that ended earlier this month. “It is going to be a totally different experience than the Argentina tour. From our skills to fitness level, everything will be tested, and that’s what we as a team want,” said Rani.
“It will be a challenging tour for us, considering we will be playing back-to-back matches, but I feel we are up for any kind of challenges thrown at us. To be honest, there’s no extra pressure as such. Our priority, for now, is to get into that competitive frame of mind. The experience of playing against a top team like Germany will really add value to our preparations for the Olympic Games,” Rani, 26, added.
The team had returned from their tour of Argentina on February 4 and they reached Germany on February 23.
“Argentina tour helped us gain confidence, and we are really boosted for our next assignment. These back-to-back tours in a short span are like golden opportunities for us. We are just months away from the Tokyo Olympics, and these matches against top teams will help us in finding loopholes and gain momentum before the Games,” said Rani.
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Deepak Kumar seals India’s 2nd medal at Strandja Memorial
India’s Deepak Kumar cruised into the 52kg semi-finals of the 72nd Strandja Memorial boxing tournament with a 5-0 win over Bulgarian Darislav Vasilev on the fourth day.
Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak looked in complete control throughout the match on Thursday. Deepak was swift in his movements inside the ring and his speedy footwork did not allow his Bulgarian opponent any chance to score. With this win, Deepak became the second Indian after Naveen Boora (69kg) to seal a spot in the semi-finals in the on-going tournament and also assured a second medal for the country.
Both Indians will play Uzbekistan boxers in their respective last-4 clash on Friday night. While Deepak will face a strong challenge from Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, Boora will be up against Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
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Naveen Boora confirms India’s 1st medal at Strandja Memorial boxing tourney
India’s Naveen Boora reached the semi-finals in the 69 kg weight category on the fourth day of the 72nd Strandja Memorial boxing tournament, thus becoming the first boxer from the country to be assured of a medal in this year’s competition.
The 2019 national champion outpunched Brazil’s Eravio Edson 5-0, thus assuring himself of at least a bronze medal.
Meanwhile, Manjeet Singh (+91kg), who is playing his first senior international tournament, notched up an easy 4-0 win against Irish boxer Gytis Lisinskas to progress into the quarter-finals. The Haryana boxer will face Armenian Gurgen Hovhannisyan in the last-8 match later on Thursday.
Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) and Deepak Kumar (52kg) are the other Indians who will play their quarter-final bouts on Thursday. The 2017 Youth World Champion Gulia, who stunned two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay in the last round, will be up against Romanian boxer Lacramioara Perijoc while Baghyabati will face stiff challenge from world championship bronze medallist Naomi Graham of the US. Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak will play against Bulgaria’s Darislav Vasilev.
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