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Dreams can’t just be configured in the head: Mayank Agarwal



Mayank Agarwal

Motivation can be hard to find during these tough COVID-19 times. But Mayank Agarwal has chosen a Monday to share his thoughts about dreams which the India opener feels cannot be ‘configured in the head’.

India’s Test opener Agarwal on Monday shared a photo of him walking out to open the batting at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens during India’s first pink-ball Test against Bangladesh with the hashtags #MondayMotivation #TeamIndia.

Along with the tweet, Agarwal wrote: “Dreams can’t just be configured in the head, but they should be firmly accompanied by a positive outlook and sheer determination to accomplish the goal.”

In 11 Tests so far, Agarwal, 29, has scored 974 runs at an average of 57.29.

In November 2019, Agarwal hit his second double century in only his eighth Test match, at Indore against Bangladesh, recording his current highest score of 243 in 330 deliveries with eight sixes.

Agarwal has so far played three ODIs for India.

Meanwhile on Monday, Steve Smith hit the nets for the first time in three months, Australia’s premier batsman said in a social media post.

“First hit in the nets in 3 months. Good news… I remembered how to hold the bat,” said former captain Smith in an Instagram post with a photo of him in cricket gear.

The coronavirus pandemic had brought the world to a standstill since March with all outdoor activity severely limited in almost every part of the globe. Cricket was halted since mid March due to the deadly virus with the Indian Premier League also being postponed.


States to get funds from Centre for developing sport they’ve adopted: Kiren Rijiju




The Sports Ministry will assist and fund states in achieving excellence in “one or two sports” that they have adopted in accordance to the ‘One State One Sport’ policy, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.

He said this in a meeting with sports ministers and senior officials of 18 states and union territories through video conference.

Representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal participated in what is the first of a two-day conference, the second leg of which will be held on Wednesday.

The states are to adopt sports in which it has “traditionally been strong”. Additionally the ministry also said that Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) will be set up in each state.

“Our ministry will assist and fund the states in the endeavour to achieve excellence in one or two sports,” Rijiju said. “The KISCEs will become the nodal centre for a particular sport where athletes can be groomed at world-class facilities for Olympics. States can also choose to train athletes in other sports, including traditional sports, but the focus should be on one or two disciplines.”

The representatives of the states said that setting up of “1000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help to not just tap into local talent, but also create a culture of sport in the country.”

Rijiju further stated that the participation of states in activities related to the ‘Fit India Movement’ have been encouraging, with more than 2.5 lakh schools across India enrolling to become Fit India Schools.

“I request all state and UT governments to take active part in including all schools in their states and UTs to register as Fit India schools so that fitness becomes a way of life for youngsters,” he said.

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Odisha Sports minister highlights role of innovation in reviving sports ecosystem



Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera

Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Tuesday laid emphasis on the significant role that innovation, collaboration and technology can play in reviving the sports ecosystem during a videoconference with Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and sports ministers and senior officials of other states and union territories.

He shared the initiatives that Odisha government had undertaken to resume sports in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible way forward for its authorities and stakeholders to adopt.

“Today, owing to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, sports fraternities across the nation are in a constant dilemma regarding the uncertain future,” Behera said in statement.

“However, the recent relaxation by the central government and guidelines laid down by the Sports Authority of India has brought in some positivity for all stakeholders. The sports sector has to treat this as an opportunity to innovate, to rethink policies and to reassess priorities.

“Best practices from across the world are being considered to chart a course ahead,” he added.

Behera also spoke about the initiatives adopted by the state to facilitate a partial but safe resumption of sporting activities. He also gave an insight into the detailed SOP as per the guidelines of the central government across their sports facilities.

With athletes resuming training at the Kalinga Stadium, Behera explained how they are accomodating the them inside the complex in a phased manner.

With the state also set to host big-ticket events like FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in February-March 2021, he also spoke about the need of working closely with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament and implement strictest of safety norms.

“The way ahead is unclear and it is going to be the administrators, policy makers, sports federations and other stakeholders who have to deliberate, step up and take a lead to usher in a new era in Sports,” Behera said.

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Manoj Tiwary questions need after Powar takes up push-up challenge




India cricketer Manoj Tiwary took a dig at former India spinner and former women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar after the latter took part in an online challenge, which according to him was done to create awareness regarding mental health.

Powar uploaded a video of himself doing push-ups on Twitter and his post read: “Thank you @ojasmehta for kind words & nominating me for the 25 push-ups for 25 days challenge for bringing awareness for Suicides and issues related to Mental Health. We have our own battles and wars, we win some & loose some. Enjoy the moments & the journey.”

Tiwary seemingly took note of the post and without taking names, wrote on his Twitter: “Can someone educate me on how push-ups challenges or any other stupid challenges 4 that matter will help people who all r going through depression??”

Powar then put up another post, explaining to Tiwary why he took part in the challenge and its importance. He wrote: “You wouldn’t know that the person you ran into at the store and just spoke with you could barely get out of bed this morning to even get dressed let alone face the day.

“That the person that just smiled at you in passing has high anxiety and suffer from panic attacks to the point they almost pass out regularly. You don’t know that your neighbour may cry everyday because of how sad they are because when you see them they put on a fake smile and wave a happy hello.

“People are embarrassed to show they are feeling these emotions… together we can continue to help one another through knowledge, kindness, awareness and a judgment-free space,” he added.

Powar further wrote that everyone will have their own opinion regarding mental health awareness and he respects that. Similarly, he urged everyone to respect his opinion as to how he wants to spread awareness regarding depression.

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