Khelo India champs set for debut at CWG

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Apr 2018 10:50:10



SET to make their debut at next month’s Commonwealth Games, teenagers Manu Bhaker and Srihari Nataraj are two prodigious talents who emerged as champions from the Khelo India School Games, government’s ambitious flagship programme.

While Manu shot her way to a gold in women’s 10m Air Pistol with a score of 241.1 in the finals to rewrite her own final national record of 240.5 set at the National Shooting Championship in December, Srihari broke his own 100-meter backstroke national record while winning six gold and a silver medal at the Khelo India School Games.
Srihari said his participation in Khelo India was part of his training ahead of the CWG.

“I was aiming for a 56.50 finish since I am preparing for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,” Srihari had said after clocking 56.90 seconds in the 100m backstroke to improve on his own National record of 56.99 which he clocked in Tashkent last year.

Srihari started swimming when he was about two years old. A handful for his mother, the toddler was sent to a swimming pool with his elder brother so that the house could stay in order for at least a couple of hours.
It wasn’t long before Srihari got addicted to the underwater moves and swimming turned into his passion.
“It is a race against the clock and I want to do my best,” says the 17-year-old Srihari.

Indian squash team leaves for CWG A NINE-MEMBER Indian squash team, led by Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, left for Gold Coast to participate in the Commonwealth Games to be held from April 4-15.
After the hectic practice sessions at the Indian Squash Academy, the Indian team including Harinder Pal Sandhu, Vikram Malhotra, Ramit Tandon, Joshna Chinappa and three officials—coaches Cyrus Poncha, Bhuvneshwari Kumari and Physio Graeme Everard (England) left for the Games on Saturday.

“We have three players in the top 20. Everyone has been doing well on the professional circuit and are in fine nick. Our goal is a for a medal in the individual events while we believe that we will be there on the podium in the doubles competition,” said National coach Poncha.
The squash events–singles and doubles—will be held from April 5 to 15.

CWG to restore Australia’s reputation, say organisers
BULLISH hosts Australia said the Commonwealth Games will restore the country’s battered sporting reputation on Saturday after a cricket ball-tampering scandal which drew criticism from around the world.
Sport-mad Australia’s image took a bruising after a plot to alter the ball was revealed in a Test match against South Africa, an offence which triggered an outpouring against Australia’s hard-nosed cricket team.

It comes just days before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and Peter Beattie, chairman of local organisers GOLDOC, said: “Cricket has
obviously damaged our national standing but the Commonwealth Games will restore it, very simply.

“Because the measures that have come in for drug-testing means these will be the cleanest Games, they’ll be friendly Games and at the end of it our reputation globally will be restored.”

Beattie was speaking hours after David Warner, former vice-captain of Australia’s beleaguered cricket team, broke down in tears and apologised for his role in the cheating conspiracy.

Mark Peters, GOLDOC chief executive, said “we are all devastated and gutted” by events in South Africa.
“Everyone in Australia and round the world is working to get back to what the great values are—fair play, equity. It’s winning when you get within the white lines, within the rules.”

In a possible dig at the nation’s cricketers, who have made a string of public apologies, Peters added: “Every time an athlete talks we will see a genuineness and we will see people talking about what’s good around sport.”