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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.


It’s almost time: Jasprit Bumrah shares excitement ahead of IPL 13




Jasprit Bumrah cannot wait for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to kickstart, and the Indian ace pacer took to social media on Thursday to share his excitement.

The BCCI will be organising the IPL at three UAE venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah — from September 19 to November 10 after it was postponed from March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s almost time,” said Bumrah in a tweet with a photo of him celebrating after taking a wicket in a Mumbai Indians jersey. Bumrah had played a crucial role in Mumbai’s record fourth title win in IPL last season.

On Wednesday, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had also expressed his excitement for IPL 2020.

Rahane was traded by Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals in November last year. “New beginnings for me in the @ipl this year. Looking forward to the season,” Rahane said in an Instagram post along with a photo of him batting.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend the partnership with title sponsors Vivo for IPL 13. This development came after the IPL Governing Council had on Sunday decided to retain the company as title sponsors.

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IPL 13: BCCI to invite tender for title sponsorship after Vivo’s suspension




Following the official confirmation regarding Vivo’s exit as title sponsors for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now invite bids through a tender process for IPL 2020 in the next few days.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the BCCI will follow due diligence and transparency while recruiting a new title sponsor for IPL 13.

“BCCI will come out with the ITB soon. Tender process will be followed as the board believes in transparency,” the source said.

Under the Invitation to Bid (ITB), the winning bidder will be granted title sponsorship rights for this year’s IPL season set to be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

Earlier on Thursday, BCCI decided to officially announce the suspension of the partnership with title sponsors Vivo.

The move comes after the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council were both criticised for retaining Vivo as the title sponsor amid raging anti-China sentiment.

The government has already banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, placed stringent restrictions on Chinese investments, and is reviewing the partnerships Indian educational institutions have with Chinese counterparts.

All this development took place in the backdrop of tensions between the two countries along the LAC in Ladakh where a scuffle between the two armies resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers in June.

Earlier on Monday, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which is spearheading a movement for boycott of Chinese goods, had also criticised BCCI’s decision to retain VIVO, the Chinese company, as IPL’s title sponsor.

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England vs Pakistan: Shan Masood is very organised, feels Aakash Chopra



Former India opener Aakash Chopra termed Shan Masood as very organised after the Pakistan batsman put on a fine show in the first session on Day 2 of the opening Test against England in Manchester on Thursday.

At Lunch, left-handed Masood remained unbeaten on 77, playing 225 balls and showing composure of the highest order and sound technique against ace pacers of the ilk of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer an Chris Woakes.

The highly-rated Babar Azam too batted well for his 69 but as he departed on the second day, Masood did exceptionally well to negate the threat of Anderson-Broad in the first hour under overcast conditions at Old Trafford and reached his fifty.

“Shan Masood is good. Very organised. Like him,” Chopra, himself a watchful Test opener back in the day, tweeted.

At Lunch, Pakistan were left reeling at 187/5 with Shadab Khan batting on 1 along with Masood.

Earlier on a rain-marred opening day, Pakistan — after electing to bat — reached 139/2 before umpire called Stumps due to bad light in the third session which saw only eight overs of play.

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