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Phased restart of training at SAI NCOEs from Oct 1, says kiren Rijiju

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Centres of Excellence (NCOE) across the country will be opened in a “phased manner” starting on October 1.

In a review meeting held by the ministry and SAI, Rijiju also said that the re-opening of the NCOEs will be done only in accordance to the COVID-19 situation in the respective state.

Athletes who will be initially allowed for training apart from the elite athletes who are in the mix for the Tokyo Olympics would be juniors who have been shortlisted in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Junior scheme.

Additionally, it has also been decided that the funds extended to all SAI NCOEs will be enhanced.

“Funds will be provided to upgrade existing infrastructure and equipment or procure new ones, as per the need of athletes. We are ready to provide all support needed to ensure that athletes in India have the best facilities at par with the world,” said Rijiju.

It has also been decided to increase awareness workshops held at the NCOEs including workshops on sexual harassment act with aim to make athletes aware of sexual harassment issues and about the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and motivate them to speak up against any form of harassment.

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Honoured to be part of PM Modi’s Fit India Dialogue: Virat Kohli

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has stated that he is honoured to be part of the Fit India Dialogue — being organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement — where he will be interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other renowned fitness influencers on Thursday.

“I am honoured to be a part of our Honourable Prime Minister’s Fit India Dialogue where you can watch me talk about fitness and more,” said Kohli on his official Twitter handle.

The influencers who will share their thoughts on fitness and health include Kohli, Milind Soman, Paralympian gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia, nutrition expert Rujuta Diwekar, Afshan Ashiq – a woman footballer from Jammu and Kashmir who now trains other girls in football, Swami Shivadhyanam Saraswati – an alumni of IIT and MIT who will be representing the Bihar School of Yoga and Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal’s Mukul Kanitkar, who is renowned for his research for National Resurgence and is a educationist, among others. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will also be present at the event.

Soman, who is one of the biggest fitness influencers and a winner of the Ironman competition, said that he’s keen to share his fitness mantra with the whole country through the Fit India Dialogue. “I have been a proponent of doing simple things and therefore, in the presence of our Prime Minister, I will speak on simple ways to be healthy and fit at any age,” he said.

There will be plenty of anecdotes and tips shared by the participants on their own fitness journey during the online event.

The Fit India Movement envisioned by the prime minister and launched by him on August 29, 2019, has seen a collective participation of more than 3.5 crore Indians in various events, with more than 2.5 crore participants in the Fit India Freedom Run that was launched on August 15, 2019, with a digital footprint of 30 crore people.

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Absence of Malinga an opportunity for others to step up: Rohit Sharma

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The absence of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga is an opportunity for others to step up, according to Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. The 37-year-old Malinga has been ruled out for the season and in his absence, MI relied upon James Pattinson and Jasprit Bumrah to deliver in the death overs in the IPL season opener against Chennai Super Kings.

It didn’t quite work out for them and they ended up losing the match by five wickets. “What happened in the past is in the past,” said Rohit after the toss on Wednesday ahead of MI’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders. “There are some areas where we need to rectify. Hopefully we don’t make those mistakes.”

The match marks the 150th game for West Indies limited overs captain Kieron Pollard in an MI shirt. “Having someone like Pollard in the squad is always nice. He is a massive player for us, hopefully he’ll come out and enjoy his game, like he always does,” said Rohit.

“Malinga is like Pollard, has been a massive player for us. It was unfortunate that he couldn’t make it due to personal reasons. That gives an opportunity to others. We need to enjoy our cricket as a squad.”

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik chose to field first, despite teams batting first winning three of the four games that have been played in the season thus far. “We will bowl first. We saw the first game, there was some dew, so we want to make use of it. Really proud to start the tournament today. We got (Eoin) Morgan, (Pat) Cummins, (Andre) Russell and (Sunil) Narine. I think they’re really looking forward to this. We are also looking forward to it for the young guys,” said Karthik.

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IPL 13: Kolkata Knight Riders put MI into bat

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Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field against Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday.

This is KKR’s first game of the season while MI are looking to bounce back from the five-wicket loss they suffered against Chennai Super Kings in the season opener on Saturday.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said that Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are the four foreign players in their playing XI, while his MI counterpart Rohit Sharma said they will be fielding an unchanged side.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (captain & wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

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