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What is 'lane infringement' that cost India's Gulveer Singh 3000m gold?

Much to the dismay of the entire Indian sporting fraternity, India's Gulveer Singh lost his men's 3000m gold medal in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships after he was disqualified for 'lane infringement'. Gulveer had clocked 8 minutes 07.48 seconds to finish on top of the podium in the 3000m final, a non Olympic athletics event, late on Monday. He was later disqualified for lane infringement and a late night 'appeal' by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) was also rejected. Disappointment as Gulveer Singh lost his 3000m gold medal due to lane infringement.#AsianIndoor #Athletics #Paris2024 — Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) February 20, 2024 "Yes, it was ruled that Gulveer committed lane infringement. Of course, AFI protested but the protest was rejected," a coach, who is with the team, told PTI. "The jury said they have enough evidence to conclude that Gulveer made lane infringement." Various clauses of technical rules 17.2 and 17.3 provides for how an athlete can commit lane infringement and under what circumstances he or she may not be disqualified. Also Read: Prize money from carrom triumph, a Godsend for Farooquee Technical Rule 17.2.3 says: "In all races run in lanes (or any part of a race run in lanes), each athlete shall keep within their allocated lane from start to finish and, when running on a bend, shall not step or run on or inside the left-hand lane line or in the case of the inside lane, the kerb or line marking the border of the inside of the track." Keneshbekov Nursultan of Kyrgystan, who had finished second with a time of 8:08.85s, was awarded the gold. Jalil Naseri (8:09.39) of Iran, the original third-place finisher, took the silver and Frolovskiy (8:17.17) of Kazakhstan bagged the bronze. With the loss of the gold won by Gulveer, India ended their campaign with three gold and one silver. Ace shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor, 100m hurdler Jyothi Yarraji and Harmilan Bains (1500m) had won a gold medal each on the first day of competitions on Saturday. Toor and Yarraji had smashed their own national records. On Monday, Ankita had won a silver medal in women's 3000m race with a timing of 9:26.22s. India had won one gold, six silver and one bronze in the last edition of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. (With agency inputs)

20 February,2024 05:57 PM IST | Tehran | mid-day online correspondent
PR Sreejesh

Sreejesh shines as India beat Spain via shootout

Experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh produced a decisive save as the Indian men’s hockey team beat Spain via penalty shootout in an FIH Pro League match here on Monday. The two teams were locked 2-2 in the regulation time. Jarmanpreet Singh (1st minute) and Abhishek (35th) sounded the board for India while Jose Basterra (3rd) and Borja Lacalle (15th) got the goals for Spain in regulation time. Also Read: Ira lights up Brabourne The penalty shootout too turned out to be a thrilling contest as the two teams were locked 7-7 before Lalit Kumar Upadhyay put India ahead. Indian custodian Sreejesh then produced a decisive save, denying Spain captain Marc Miralles, to earn the win for the hosts. India will next face the Netherlands on Wednesday. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

20 February,2024 06:42 AM IST | Bhubaneswar | PTI
The Don Bosco under-12 hockey team with the Walter D’Souza Trophy on Saturday

Don Bosco ‘A’ boys rout St Lawrence 8-0 to clinch under-12 title

Don Bosco High School ‘A’ (Matunga) are certainly on a roll as they added another trophy to their cabinet. The Matunga school were in a dominant mood and charged past St Lawrence High School (Borivali), posting a facile 8-0 win in the final of the Walter D’Souza Trophy for boys under-12 in the inter-school hockey tournament at the St Stanislaus High School turf on Saturday. The Don Bosco schoolboys showed good teamwork and started in whirlwind fashion as they took the lead through Clyde Mendonca’s strike in the third minute.  No resistance Thereafter, Don Bosco hardly encountered any resistance from the Borivali team and scored three more goals at regular intervals through the efforts of Aditya Ghadge, Rushil Gangurde and Rezin David, to finish the first session with a healthy 4-0 cushion. Also Read: Ira lights up Brabourne After the change of ends, Don Bosco continued to call the shots as St Lawrence were unable to plug the gaps at the back. They added four more goals to complete the margin of victory. Roving forward Naitish Jadhav contributed two goals while teammates Aayush Mane and Malhar Gargote scored one apiece to round off the tally. Stanislaus settle for bronze Earlier, St Stanislaus High School (Bandra) did not have to break into a sweat to claim the bronze medal as their opponents Children’s Academy (Malad) failed to report for their third-place match.

20 February,2024 06:36 AM IST | Mumbai | Gordon D’Costa
Archana Kamath

India women bt Uzbeks 3-0; men lose to S Korea

Indian women’s team eased past Uzbekistan while the men endured successive defeats with the loss to South Korea in the World Table Tennis Team Championships here on Monday. Ayhika Mukherjee and Sreeja Akula were rested from the rubber, providing an opportunity to Archana Kamath and Diya Chitale.  Also Read: Ira lights up Brabourne They both won their respective singles while senior teammate Manika Batra also had it easy against her opponent to make it a 3-0 win for India. The men’s team of veteran Sharath Kamal, reigning national champion Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan lost their respective singles to go down meekly in its third group stage tie against third seeds Korea. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

20 February,2024 06:34 AM IST | Busan | PTI
Maharashtra Open Carrom Challenger’s Trophy winner Zaid Ahmed Farooquee

Prize money from carrom triumph, a Godsend for Farooquee

Carrom is a pastime for some, a sport for others employed by corporates. But for Zaid Ahmed Farooquee, it is his only source of income. Farooquee won the Maharashtra Open Carrom Challenger’s Trophy 2023-2024 at the Bharat Scouts & Guides Hall, Shivaji Park, last Friday. The Maharashtra Carrom Association (MCA)-organised and LIC-sponsored tournament carried a total prize money of Rs seven lakh. Also Read: IN PHOTOS | Records Yashasvi Jaiswal achieved against England in third test In the final, Farooquee defeated former national champion Zaheer Pasha 2-0 to win R1.5 lakh in prize money. In the semi-finals, Farooquee beat former world champion Prashant More 22-4, 10-7. When asked about his toughest match in the tournament, Farooquee pointed to his pre-quarter-final 9-13, 17-9, 19-13 win over Ganesh Taware. “While all the matches were tough, I was about to lose to Taware. I won because he missed out on timing. That was the turning point in the tournament for me. But winning this tournament is big for me; a dream,” Farooquee  told Also Read: IN PHOTOS | IND vs ENG 3rd Test: Five key takeaways from India's historic win Farooquee, a former India No.6, stressed how carrom is his life and that he doesn’t know anything else that can earn him money. The prize money he gets playing tournaments is what helps contribute to his family expenses. “I started playing carrom in 2000 and have been hooked since. I quit school as I was mad about the sport. My late father Shakeel Ahmed [passed away in 2014] and mother Shabana kept telling me to complete my education, but I dropped out in Class VII. When my dad was alive, I would help him in his [clothing] business. Once he passed away, the business shut and I am jobless since. I run my house from whatever I earn from playing tournaments. From 2018 till 2020, I would get a sports scholarship of R 13,000 every month. But that stopped when COVID struck. I am able to survive since I stay in a joint family. My younger brothers Saif, Sufiyaan and Faizan are drivers. Whatever they earn, they contribute to the family. Else, I wouldn’t have been able to take care of my mother, wife Ruksar and my four kids,” revealed Farooquee. The prize money earned from the Maharashtra Open couldn’t have come at a better time. “It’s a real struggle to have a steady income. Since I am not educated, I can’t get a job. I hope to get one through sports quota. I am ready to take up any job,” he signed off.

19 February,2024 12:48 PM IST | Mumbai | SUNDARII IYER
Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai. Pic/Shadab Khan

Supernatural wins Madras Race Club Cup

Supernatural, trained by Pesi Shroff, posted a facile victory in the Madras Race Club Cup, the feature event of Sunday's eight-race Mahalaxmi card. Jockey P Trevor settled Supernatural last of three as Kamaria set a leisurely pace ahead of Truly Epic, and after negotiating the final turn, Trevor just nudged the piping hot on-money favourite, who passed both his rivals in a trice, and sailed away for an eight-length victory. Trevor rode another Shroff-trained winner when, lying second from last, he brought bay filly Mariana (Admiralty - Age Of Elegance) with a flourish, covering more than six lengths to overhaul leader Zarafat who had assumed command soon on turning for home. Mariana won the Fun Fast Fair Trophy by clocking 1m:38.783s for the mile trip. Also Read: Enabler ruled out of Invitation Cup Trevor was clearly on a roll by this time, and immediately in the next race, rode yet another winner to complete a quick hat-trick, this time for trainer Malesh Narredu, whose Eaton Square outclassed the field in the Sonny Brar Trophy. The ace jockey thus marched to the top of the championship tally board, tying up with S Saqlain at 12 points each, attempted a straight fourth win in the upper division of the Indian Air Force Trophy, giving a vigorous ride to the Karthik-trained Lord Vader, only to get upstaged in the last 25m when apprentice Haridas Gore astride the Faisal Abbas-trained nine-year-old Cipher swooped onto him to snatch the race. The lower division of the same race was won by Nairobi (MS Deora up), saddled by trainer Vinesh. Also Read: Son Of A Gun wins feature event The card opened with the Prestige Mile, for class III horses, which saw three of the five horses in the fray--Bubbly Boy, Kariena & Opus sharing favouritism jointly at 5/2 each in the bookmakers' ring. However, on the racetrack none of the three, despite all-out effort by their riders, could threaten the Narendra Lagad-trained Alpine Star who was taken on a successful start-to-finish mission by jockey Mustakim Alam. Three horses were separated by half a length in the Million, Gambino (Top Class - Jersey Beauty), ridden by Neeraj Rawal, managing to put his neck ahead in virtually the last stride. Gambino was trained by G Karthik, who also claimed the World's Oldest Barbershop Trophy with Caliph (R Ajinkya up).

19 February,2024 08:01 AM IST | Mumbai | Prakash Gosavi
Stefano Napolitano

Napolitano sees off Hong to grab title

Stefano Napolitano defeated ninth seed Seongchan Hong of South Korea in the final to grab his maiden Challenger title at the Bengaluru Open on Sunday. Also Read: India women defeat USA via shootout in Hockey Pro League The seventh seeded Italian won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that lasted close to two hours. Napolitano started on a sluggish note as all the exhaustion from beating second seeded Indian Sumit Nagal in the  semi-final on Saturday seemed to have caught up with him. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

19 February,2024 07:50 AM IST | Bangalore | PTI
Representational image. Pic/iStock

India women defeat USA via shootout in Hockey Pro League

A day after upsetting world No. 3 Australia, India women once again played an entertaining and fast-paced brand of hockey to defeat the United States 2-1 via shootout in an FIH Pro League match here on Sunday. Also Read: No. 1 Swiatek wins third straight Qatar Open The regulation period ended in a 1-1 stalemate with India scoring in the 19th minute through young drag-flicker Deepika Kumari and the US equalising through Ashley Seesa in the 45th minute. Mumtaz Khan and Sonika were on target in the shootout, while Leah Crouse scored for the losing team. Despite the win, the Indian chief coach, Janneke Schopman, would be unhappy with the way the Savita Punia-led side dominated for most part and still could not win the contest in regulation time despite earning several penalty corners. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

19 February,2024 07:45 AM IST | Rourkela | PTI
Iga Swiatek

No. 1 Swiatek wins third straight Qatar Open

No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek won the Qatar Open for a third straight year. Swiatek defeated No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-6 (8), 6-2 in the final. Also Read: Gopi: It’s a sheer joy to watch Anmol Rybakina led 4-1 but cut her leg in her serving motion and needed medical attention. Swiatek rallied to 4-4. Rybakina broke again for 6-5 and a chance to serve out the set but Swiatek broke back.  In the tiebreaker, Swiatek hit a backhand winner and snatched the 90-minute set with a passing shot. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

19 February,2024 07:40 AM IST | Doha | AP | PTI
P Gopichand and Anmol Kharb

Gopi: It’s a sheer joy to watch Anmol

Chief national badminton coach P Gopichand hailed the PV Sindhu-led Indian women who registered a 3-2 win over Thailand to clinch a historic gold in the Badminton Asia Team Championships at Selangor, Malaysia, on Sunday.  Thailand were without their top two singles players—World No. 13 Ratchanok Intanon and World No. 16 Pornpawee Chochuwong. Also Read: Stand tall, feel great! Gopichand was all praise for teen shuttler Anmol Kharb, 17, for winning crucial matches and infusing vibrant energy in the team. “Anmol…what can I say? It has been a sheer joy to watch her play in this tournament. She is a livewire. She is a kid and she brought in fresh, spirited energy that the team needed. It’s good to have such a vibrant person around. I was just enjoying, laughing when she was around. To pull off wins especially when it’s important, is not easy, but Anmol did so. The win surely made those moments extra special. To win matches against players from Japan and Thailand that too at a crucial stage is just fantastic. She is fresh, fearless, clever and confident,” Gopichand told mid-day before boarding the flight back to India after the victory. On Sunday, as the tie hung 2-2, Anmol defeated World No. 45 Pornpicha Choeikeewong 21-14, 21-9 in the deciding third singles. Earlier, two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu, who is returning to action after a four-month injury break, outclassed World No. 17 Supanida Katethong 21-12, 21-12 in the first singles and handed India a 1-0 lead. Later, World No. 23 Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand stunned World No.10 pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Pra Jongjai 21-16, 18-21, 21-16. Playing the second singles against World No. 18 Busanan Ongbamrungphan, expectations were high from Ashmita Chaliha, who defeated former world champion Nozomi Okuhara on Saturday. The Indian, who had beaten Busanan at the 2022 Singapore Open, went down 11-21, 14-21 to her experienced rival. Later, the young duo of Shruti Mishra and Priya Konjengbam lost 11-21, 9-21 to World No.13 pair of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard. Gopichand said this was one of the best teams he has watched. “It’s a remarkable team effort. It’s not easy to beat China, Japan and Thailand. It was also good to see Treesa and Gayatri come up with wins against World No. 6  [Saturday’s 21-17, 16-21, 22-20 win over Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida] and World No. 10 pairs. Today [Sunday] Sindhu was really good. Though Ashmita lost today [Sunday], it was a great effort from her to beat a player like [Nozomi] Okuhara. Also, players who were not playing made enough noise in the dugout and that energy made all the difference. Thanks to the support staff without whom this win wouldn’t have been possible,” Gopichand signed off. With inputs from agencies

19 February,2024 07:35 AM IST | Mumbai | SUNDARII IYER
The victorious Indian women’s badminton team in Malaysia yesterday. Pic/BAI

Stand tall, feel great!

Does the Indian women’s badminton team which bagged the gold medal at the just-concluded Badminton Asia Team Championships in Selangor, Malaysia, merit the title of the pre-eminent squad of shuttlers on this badminton-crazy continent? Even when this was the first-ever gold medal earned by the Indian women at international level, following on upon the bronze won at the 2014 Uber Cup series in New Delhi? Even though there was not a single Indian player among the Top 40 singles exponents in the world, barring PV Sindhu, who is ranked No. 11? Also Read: Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur hospitalised after blow to head Second-string squads sent With 2024 being an Olympic year, all the top Asian countries chose to shield their ace players, and sent second-string squads to battle it out in Selangor.  Thus, China held back Chen Yu Fei, He Bingjiao, and the crack World No.1 doubles combination of Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan, while there were no worthwhile shuttlers from Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei, who all could have proved too strong for the Indians. Even Thailand, who lost the final 2-3 to India, kept back their 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong, although their two doubles teams were out in strength. What ought to be India’s response to the foregoing? The Indians should cock a snook at all these badminton powerhouses, and stress the fact that the history books will show India to have ended Badminton Asia 2024 as the top team in Asia, beating the likes of China, Japan and Thailand by an identical 3-2 scoreline, the last two on successive days. Youngsters impress It was the youngsters who put their hands up to be counted. The likes of teenager Anmol Kharb, Ashmita Chaliha, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand weighed in with sterling contributions even when their seniors occasionally faltered.  Ashmita came up trumps against Japan’s 2017 world champion and 2019 world runner-up, Nozomi Okuhara, when Sindhu was cut down to size by Aya Ohori in the opening match. What can one say about the 17 year old reigning national singles champion, who is being hailed as the next Saina Nehwal for her sheer grit, determination and unflappable temperament?  Anmol, not a product of either of the main national academies in Hyderabad and Bangalore, is coached by her father in Haryana, coincidentally the birth state of Saina. In spite of the intense pressure of playing the last match in each of India’s three crucial ties, Anmol decimated much higher ranked players like China’s Wu Luo Yu (at 22-20, 14-21, 21-18), Japan’s Natsuki Nidaira (at 21-14, 21-18) and Thailand’s Pornpicha Choeikeewong (by a 21-14, 21-9 scoreline). This girl is one for the future, as is the much-improved doubles combination of Jolly and Gopichand. PS: There was a forlorn query from a badminton lover at the end of Sunday’s play: Is there a possibility that our badminton girls would make bigger headlines tomorrow as Asian badminton champions than the Indian Test cricket team which beat England to go 2-1 up in the series, and had a 550 million worldwide viewership, compared to a few hundred badminton lovers scrounging around on YouTube for a link to watch a live telecast because none of the big channels was interested in covering the event in Selangor?

19 February,2024 07:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Shirish Nadkarni
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