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An Effective Practice of In-School Sports Education Program by KinderSports

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Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose, it teaches you about life!

– Billie Jean King


True words of wisdom indeed. Sports teaches us literally every lesson of life and sometimes even more. It gives us a new outlook and perspective. It instils discipline in us and at the same time teaches us how to have fun. Choose any sport and you are bound to learn so many lessons from it. With increasing obesity rates, sports is an excellent option for getting involved in a physical activity and stay fit. Benefits of playing sports are endless.

But enough has been discussed and harped about it, right? And the most important question to ask now is, ‘Why aren’t we actually playing sports?’

Sports Education in India

As per the World Health Organization study –  Approximately 3.2 million deaths annually are attributable to insufficient physical activity. Obesity and resultant non-communicable diseases in adulthood can be prevented by inculcating physical activity habits in childhood.

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It has been observed that students from higher classes are less involved in outdoor activities. Increasing hours of video games, computer, and television are negatively affecting students. If schools and parents don’t take this issue seriously, it might be too late. Developing an interest in sports since a young age is the best way to inculcate fitness among students.

With active participation from students, teachers, and parents, the sports scenario in India will surely get the much-needed overhaul.

Problems with Indian School Sports Scenario

In most Indian schools, sport equals physical education or physical training. Very often these lectures are used for other subjects. Sports shouldn’t be just an option. It should become an integral part of the curriculum.

  • Lack of Facilities – Both Infrastructural and Financial

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It is seen that many schools use just a muddy patch as a playground. Without the right equipment, students will never get an opportunity to try out different sports and find the one they excel at.

  • Lack of Seriousness among Students

Many students pursue sports just to get admission to a good college based on the sports quota. Once they get into one, they don’t continue playing the sport. This attitude is very detrimental to the future of sports education in India. Sports cannot simply be looked at like a stepping stone to better prospects.

  • The attitude of the Parents

This is one of the main reasons why sports as a career isn’t popular in India. Indian parents still consider professional courses like medicine, engineering, and MBA as successful career prospects. They don’t mind spending truckloads of money and paying donations for seats. However, money spent on sports seems like a burden. Proactive parents are crucial to identifying a child’s talent and supportive ones to let him/her develop it.

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Sports education in school need not have a completely competitive way. Students in school have age on their side and the opportunity to explore various sports. A sport helps young students to imbibe values like teamwork, unity, and acceptance. They learn to take defeats with dignity and not gloat over their wins.  It also helps them utilize their excess energy in a constructive way and stay fit. With growing sedentary lifestyles, inculcating good habits at a young age is all the more important.

Once students start taking up sports, the problem isn’t solved. It is important that they continue playing it later as well. This is exactly where a good school curriculum comes into the picture.

The need for an Effective Curriculum

Characteristics of a Good Sports Curriculum

  • Quality physical education programs for all schools
  • Standard syllabus
  • Lectures with fixed timings
  • Certified physical education teachers
  • Regular updates on students’ performances
  • Nutrition and diet classes as a part of physical education

Sports Curriculum in School

Sports education in school should have a sports curriculum as per school grades, that will ensure that students all over the country are on the same page. It will help them understand the numerous opportunities that are available in sports.

Regular On-field Activities in Sports Education

Regular on-field activities will make them more active in other classes as well. Once the curriculum is set, it will be the teacher’s duty to keep regular updates about the child’s performance and interests. Just like other academic subjects, these updates should be shared with parents during the parent-teacher meetings. Involving both, the school and the parents will ensure an all-inclusive development of the child.

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In the younger grades, emphasis should be laid on enjoying sports, rather than being very aggressive about the competitive aspect. As a child grows and decides to specialize in a certain sport, more emphasis can be given to competitions and tournaments.

Good Nutrition – At Home and School

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Good dietary habits, sports nutrition, and other healthy habits should also be included in the curriculum. Basically, we need to focus on the all-round development of the child.

Due to financial constraints, all schools may not be able to design and implement a good sports education curriculum. This is where private companies can come into the picture. It is an excellent opportunity for them to fulfil their CSR responsibilities. They can act as a vital link between business organizations and schools. This ensures that schools get a modern sports infrastructure.

In-School Sports Education – A KinderSports Initiative

One such organization helping in improving the sports education in schools in India is KinderSports. It’s integrated sports development program is an all-inclusive and claims to be one of the best in the country. They focus on the following –

  • Active Start – Fitness and movement skills development as a fun part of daily life.
  • Fundamentals – Play many sports with a focus on ability, balance, coordination, and speed.
  • Train to compete – Play a variety of sports focusing on developing skills in these sports.
  • Train to win – Optimize fitness preparation and sports, individual and position specific skills and learn to compete nationally and internationally.
  • Active for Life – A smooth transition from a competitive career to lifelong physical activity and participation in sport.

The teachers and representatives at organizations like KinderSports teach all physical activities in a fun way. This ensures maximum participation of the students and brings out the best of students in sports education. The equipment used is age appropriate as well. They help students explore their hidden talents and grow their abilities.

Such In-school sports programs lead to –

  • Enhancement of an individual’s ability to concentrate and maintain focus.
  • Healthy growth and development.
  • Prevention of sleep deprivation.
  • Relieving stress and anxiety.
  • Making an individual flexible and happy.

Research has time and again proven that sports education at school level helps in overall mental and physical development of the students. Focusing only on academics and homework can make students dull and boring. The excess stress can lead to depression and failure. Physical activities boost their stamina. It is seen that students are much more attentive on the days they had a physical education class.

It is extremely heartening to see that schools are proactively taking part in this sports revolution taking place in our country.

India Vs Australia Series 2018 Preview: Full-On Action Awaits as Two Best Cricket Teams Get Ready for Face-Off

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Let loose your adrenaline rush as two of the world’s top cricketing nations is all set to face each other in the upcoming series that will be played in Australia.

India’s tour to Australia will include 4 Test matches, 3 One-day Internationals and 3 T-20’s, starting from November 21, 2018, till January 18, 2019.

This two-month long blockbuster tour of India in Australia will begin with the shortest format of cricket, the T-20. Out of the three T-20’s, the first match will be played at the Gabba on 21st November 2018.

After the T-20 matches, there will be a warm-up game between India and Australia.

India and Australia test matches will be played beginning from December 6, 2018, at Adelaide Oval.

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Though India is still unsure about the Adelaide Test, as it will be a day-night match and the BCCI is unsure about the pink-ball test.

CA CEO James Sutherland said in a press release that the discussion over this is still ongoing.  “It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” the release said.

After the second Test match that will be played between India and Australia at Perth from December 16, the two teams will be playing their Boxing Day Test on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Squad:

As already known, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is rested in India Vs Australia series. Besides, the Indian Cricket team has made slight changes in its Test and T20’s squad.

Strong comebacks have been made by Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel.

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Hardik Pandya’s absence as an all-rounder bowler might prove to be a big blow for the Indian cricket squad. Indian chief selector MSK Prasad had said in an interview,  “Hardik Pandya has not yet recovered and will at least sit out till November 15.”

“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-around ability. At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar] to come good; we know he can bat”, added Prasad.

What came as a pleasant surprise was Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma’s return in the team.

The squad includes the following players:

India T20I Squad:

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhubaneswar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed.

India Test Squad:

 Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

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Australia Squad Against India

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendroff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chriss Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

 

Expert Comments

Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting believes if pitch conditions in Australia could facilitate swing and seam, then India will have a tough time ahead playing against Australia.

Ponting said this in reference to the same situation that occurred in the last concluded series in England, where India lost the series by 1-4.

India Side Review

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India will be relying on their batting line-up which includes Captain Virat Kohli. The Indian captain has an excellent run record in Australia in 2014-15 series. Kohli’s stellar performances have continued in the last concluded England’s trip where he scored 593 runs including two power-packed centuries.

Though India has had a tough record in test matches against Australia, India currently has probably the best pace attack at their disposal and thus hopefully Virat and Co. will pounce on the vulnerable Australia side that is already playing without their top players like Steven Smith and David Warner. They both are serving the 12-month ban following the ball-tampering scandal.

India Tour of Australia 2018 Full Schedule

India Vs Australia T-20 Matches

November 21 – Australia v India, The Gabba, 1st T20I
November 23 – Australia v India, MCG, 2nd T20I
November 25 – Australia v India, SCG, 3rd T20I

 

India Vs Australia Test Matches

December 6-10 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 1st Test
December 14-18 – Australia v India, Perth Stadium, 2nd Test
December 26-30 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd Test

January 3-7 – Australia v India, SCG, 4th Test

India Vs Australia 2018 ODI

January 12 – Australia v India, SCG, 1st ODI
January 15 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 2nd ODI
January 18 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd ODI

Whatever be the speculations and whatever be the result, it will be interesting to be a witness of the clash of titans.

 

Stay updated with KreedOn for the match-to-match update on India Vs Australia 2018 series.

Congratulations to Hima Das for Being Appointed as UNICEF India’s First Youth Ambassador

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“I’m honoured to be chosen as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams.” – Hima Das

Golden girl Hima Das has been appointed as the first ever Youth Ambassador of United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India.

Teenage sprint sensation Hima Das’s name was announced by UNICEF in a tweet on Wednesday which coincided with Children’s Day.

 

Hima expressed her joy for being awarded this golden opportunity. “I’m honoured and grateful to be the first UNICEF India Youth Ambassador. I look forward to encouraging and supporting children to achieve their dreams”, said an elated Hima.

Owing to her achievements, Hima was also among the 20 sportspersons to be nominated for Arjuna Award, earlier this year.

“My role model was Sachin Tendulkar as a kid. I feel very proud that I have been able to follow his footsteps and become a UNICEF ambassador like him. I want for every child, regardless of their background, gender, caste etc. to be able to access schools that are safe and supportive so that they can learn and thrive,” Hima said.

 

As a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF, Hima will be amplifying the voices of young and children alike. She will help them raise awareness thus contributing to their overall development.

Laura Siegrist Fouche, a representative of UNICEF India said, “Young people are effective champions for the issues which impact them most. Hima is a young athlete, and she can inspire millions of young people to realize their dreams and aspirations. By appointing her as our first ever Youth Ambassador, we aim to leverage her potential in galvanising children and adolescents to bring about positive change.”

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Hima Das, who hails from Nagaon district of Assam, created history by winning a gold medal at IAAF World Junior Championships.  Das also won gold medals at the in Women’s 4X 400 m relay event and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

In another news related to Hima, the Indian athlete has been included by National Anti-Doping Agency in their “Registered Testing Pool” high category, under which the 18-year-old will be subjected to frequent In-Competition (IC) as well as Out of Competition (OC) testing.

Hima expressed her support to this stating that this is a sign of being a good athlete.

Hong Kong Open 2018 Update: Kidambi, Sindhu Advances into the Second Round; Saina Nehwal Knocked Out

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While Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won their games in straight sets, Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap were crashed out of the tournament.

It was a mixed day for India at the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday. Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy paved their way into the second round of the Hong Kong Open, taking place in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap ended their show at the tournament.

The 25-yeard old Kidambi looked superlative as he out crashed Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent by 21-11, 21-15 in a half-an-hour match.

Fourth-seed Kidambi Srikanth will now be playing against an opponent from his own country, HS Prannoy. Both are expected to put up a tough match and the best one will move into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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Prannoy battled his way past Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-14, 13-21, 21-19.

In another match, PV Sindhu won her match against Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol by 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 thus advancing into the second round of the tournament. Sindhu had to put in a lot of efforts to take away the match in her favour.

Sameer Verma also got off to a winning start in Hong Kong with a comfortable 21-17, 21-14 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon

Sindhu vs. Jindapol

Although Sindhu began the match with a solid win in the first game, she gradually lost her grip and lost the round by 13-21.

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The final game saw a tough fight between the two players, who showcased consistency and played powerful shots against one another. Though, Sindhu kept holding the grip right till the end of the game and took away the match by 21-17.

Up next, silver medalist Sindhu will be playing against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. Hyderabad girl Sindhu has an 8-5 lead against her Korean opponent in their game to game record.

Disappointment for Saina and Parupalli

Unfortunately, it was bad for India’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal who lost to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi by 21-10, 10-21, and 19-21.

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Parupalli Kashyap also lost to Indonesian player Anthony Sinisuka Ginting by 16-21, 13-21. Both players are hence now out of the tournament race.

Double’s Game

While men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy registered an easy win against Thai pair Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongit, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty faced defeat against Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

Legendary Vishwanathan Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz Tournament

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Indian chess maestro Vishwanathan Anand clinched the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Blitz Tournament in style by beating Hikaru Nakamura in the playoff on Wednesday.

The five-time world champion, who was initially running fourth after the first leg of the tournament, easily secured wins in the final nine rounds.

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In a faster than a blitz second round, Anand won the game with white pieces, before drawing with black to seal the issue 1.5-0.5.

An overwhelmed Anand, in the prize distribution ceremony, expressed his happiness, “Today was just like a dream. I wanted to show the audience what is that I do in some other part of the world all the time and it was nice to be able to do it here.”

“It was just the most magical day for me. Here, I did not have any problem with motivation. It genuinely meant a lot to me to do well here,” Anand added.

The 48-year old chess champion won the last bronze medal at the World Championship in December 2017. This was the same meet where he had won the rapid event title.

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“It’s long been a dream of mine. And we have ticked the other boxes, we have good opens, we have strong players. But the one thing that was lacking was frequent visits by the top players in the world. Now we have that. So it meant a lot to me to be able to play here in India and especially here in Kolkata,” quoted Anand.

Notably, Anand played his first GM tournament here in 1986.

The five-time World Champion was also playing his first event in India after he was defeated by Magnus Carlsen in the 2013 World Championships.

Nakamura was almost winning the final round when India’s youngest Grandmaster R. Praggnanandhaa did a favour to Anand my holding Nakamura to a draw. This lead to a playoff between Nakamura and Anand.

Then, Vishwanathan Anand did not lose a single chance to let Nakamura take away the match.

World No.11 Anand showed some solid moves with a one-up game pawn.

Anand put forward his aggressive best and kept attacking that put Nakamura on the back foot of the game.

It was a tough fight for Anand against Nakamura, who played extremely well throughout the tournament. Showing genuine sportsmanship, Nakamura complimented Anand that there’s no reason why Anand should stop playing the game.

Nakamura said, “To me what Vishy has done. I am almost certain I won’t be playing chess at that age. So it’s really remarkable and I think especially if you compare (him) against Gary (Kasparov) for example. Gary kind of came out of retirement to play in St Lucia.”

“And I think Vishy did better than he did. It just shows what a truly amazing chess player he is,” Nakamura concluded.

 

 

Dipa Karmakar Biography : India’s Golden ‘Produnova’ Queen

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Would you ever think that a small girl with flat fleet will stun the world with her artistic gymnastic skills?

Considered as the main drawback for a gymnast, Dipa Karmakar had flat feet. However, she did not let that stop her from achieving glory. She trained for hours and turned her weakness into her strength.

An excellent example of how hard work always triumphs inborn talent, Dipa made gymnastics a household topic in India. Mind you, that is not an easy feat in a country obsessed with cricket. When she perfectly landed the Produnova vault, she caught the imagination of the entire country.

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Full NameDipa Karmakar
SportWomen’s Artistic Gymnastics
HometownAgartala, Tripura
Height4 ft 11 in ( 1.50 m)
Age25 years (9th August 1993)
LevelSenior International Elite
Weight 47
Alma MaterWomen’s College, Agartala
CoachBishweshwar Nandi

 

Biography

Early Days

Dipa was born in Tripura’s capital city of Agartala. Despite having flat feet at the tender age of 6, Dipa and her parents decided to make her the champion in gymnastics. In a state where people struggled for proper food, Dipa had to face lots of challenges when it came to training. In fact, her first vault was on the sections of an old two-wheeler. The next fitness centre Dipa joined did not possess even proper pieces of equipment like a vaulting table. She therefore would put mats together contend in that setting. Since Dipa possed deep intent to be the best gymnast ever, the outside conditions didn’t matter.

Training

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Dipa started training under Bishweshwar and Soma Nandi. The husband-wife duo work at Tripura’s sports department. Soma Nandi first realized Dipa’s potential in gymnastics.

It took hours of practice to develop arched feet, but Dipa never gave up.

She believes that coach Nandi changed her life. He has been training her for almost last two decades now and the student has never disobeyed her teacher even once. She accepts that she has argued with Nandi when she was really angry, but listened to her guru after calming down.

The coach is equally proud of his protégé. “Desire, hunger to do well in gymnastics. Dipa has that. She told me once ‘Whatever you want me to do, I will not say no to you coach’,” and except when she loses her temper with me, she has kept her word,” Nandi told Firstpost in an interview.

Dipa is sponsored by GoSports Foundation. It is an independent, non-profit venture started in 2008 to offer expertise and financial aid to Olympic athletes.

 

Produnova Vault – The Vault of Death

Named after athlete Yelena Produnova, Produnova is the hardest vault performed in women’s artistic gymnastics. Dipa is only the fifth woman in history to land this deadly vault. It involves a front handspring onto the vaulting horse and two somersaults. Many prominent gymnasts hesitate from attempting this vault. Even a single mistake can lead to the gymnast breaking her neck or spine.

 

Journey

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Dipa’s illustrious gymnastics journey started with a gold medal in the Junior Nationals 2008. After that, she again got top honours at the National Games of India in 2011. She should immense class by winning gold medals in balance beam, floor, vault, uneven bars, and for all-around performance. She has more than 77 medals to her name at state, national, and international levels.

Success

Commonwealth Games 2014

  • The Glasgow Commonwealth Games will always be very special for Dipa. It was in this championship that she truly arrived at the international stage.
  • Her spectacular performance, particularly the Produnova vault, stunned the entire world.
  • She became the first Indian woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal in gymnastics.
  • She got an average vault score of 14.366 and went on to win the bronze medal.

Asian Games 2014

  • The Asiads were disappointing for Dipa Karmakar as she finished fourth with a score of 14.200.

World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2015

  • Dipa was the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the championship. She cleared the qualification round with an average score of 14.900.
  • In the finals, her two-vault average score was 14.683. Unfortunately, she finished 5th and missed out on a medal.

Rio Olympics 2016

  • Dipa became the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympic finals with an average vault score of 14.833.
  • She missed very slightly in the finals and secured the fourth position with an average score of 15.066.
  • Though she couldn’t bring home a medal, she became a sensation in the country. People from various parts of the nation showered praise for Dipa on social media.
  • In fact, Aneesh Madani, head of sports partnerships at Twitter India said, “Dipa won the hearts of Indians last night and they took to Twitter to publicly share their thoughts, making her the most mentioned Indian athlete at this Olympics so far with nearly 140,000 Tweets about her performance.
  • The whole country celebrated Dipa’s extraordinary Olympic performance! Even her competitor, Simone Biles was all praise for Dipa. Here is what she said, “I did not talk to her much in Rio, but what she has done for the sport in her native country is nothing less than phenomenal. She is a true inspiration for upcoming gymnasts and it is always a great sight for all of us when someone becomes a symbol for the sport in the eyes of so many people.”

The Setback

Dipa injured her right knee while preparing for the Asian Artistic Gymnastics in 2017. Hence, most of the year was spent in recuperation. She couldn’t participate in any events that year as she underwent a corrective surgery.

She couldn’t attend the Commonwealth Games 2018 qualifiers as well. The injury turned out to be a big setback for the young gymnast and her numerous opportunities because of it. However, now she is fit and fine and all set for the prestigious Asiads. She is even more motivated now, as she wants to make up for the lost chances.

Excerpts from an interview with The Times of India,

A lot of people said it is extremely difficult for gymnasts to come back after surgery, some were saying I am finished since it was two years after Olympics. But I was ready to go through the surgery after I knew I had an ACL. There are other sportspersons who made a successful comeback. I tried to take it positively and due to the support of my coach, family, physio, SAI, Sports Ministry, GoSports I could make a comeback.”

Golden Comeback

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After a difficult 2017, Dipa made a golden comeback at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. She won a gold medal in the vault event, becoming the first Indian gymnast to achieve this feat.

Once again she received a lot of love from Indian fans and famous celebrities. It is truly incredible that the entire country is talking about gymnastics.

The Road Ahead

After her phenomenal comeback, we can only expect more victories for her. The gymnast has broken many records and brought gymnastics to the centre stage. She missed out on a podium finish at the last edition of the Asian Games and will be working extra hard to make for it. It is a bummer that we won’t be able to see her spectacular Produnova, as she has just recuperated from a serious injury. We can’t wait to see what the feisty gymnast has up her sleeve!

Family Background

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Dipa’s father, Dulal Karmakar is a weightlifting coach and her mother Gouri is a housewife. Her father was working at the Sports Authority of India and encouraged Dipa to try her hand at gymnastics.

Dipa was very restless as a child. Dulal wanted to channelize her energy into a sport. He also believed that with her overall personality and build, gymnastics will be the perfect sport for her.

Her parents have supported her at every step and are extremely proud of their daughter’s achievements.

Interesting Facts about Dipa Karmakar

  • As a child, Dipa had a fear of falling. It was difficult for her to walk on the beam.
  • She had practised the Produnova vault more than 100 times before attempting it.
  • Dipa practices for more than seven hours each day when preparing for competitions.
  • She is enrolled under the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Scheme (TOPS) and received 30 lakhs in funding.
  • Dipa gives a lot of importance to education. In fact, she appeared for her MA exams immediately after returning from the Rio Olympics. She is specializing in Political Science.

Net Worth

It was reported by The Hindu that Dipa had received brand endorsements worth upto 35-40 lakhs after the Olympics. Also, Dipa was gifted a brand new BMW 320d car along with her fellow Olympians by the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. She sold it later that year due to bad road conditions and lack of service centres in the city.

Dipa grabbed headlines that year by declining a Rs 30 lakhs worth of financial assistance by Sports Authority of India and instead asked for basic vault tables. Dipa also featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia in 2017.

Achievements

  • World Challenge Cup 2018, Mersin – Gold
  • Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow – Bronze
  • Asian Championships 2015, Hiroshima – Bronze

Awards

  • Padma Shri – 2017
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – 2016

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Kheloge, Koodoge Banoge Nawaab: How Encouragement for Outdoor Sports Can Make Your Kid Athlete Already Feel like a Winner

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Help your kids define a new way to success by taking up Outdoor Sports.

Well, if you ask me, those were the best days of my life. From bad weather conditions to running noses, nothing stopped us from going out to play in the evening. Playing badminton regularly with friends was a favourite pastime. Or who can forget the board game nights spent with family? Sadly, most of us couldn’t turn our sports hobbies into passion. And after the onset of technology, all this seems to be the thing of the past.

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From physical to mental benefits, a good sports education for kids can really help our children develop strong personalities. Our secular love for sports is introduced to us as our hobby and remains till there. But see examples, where kids and their passion for sports have led them to achieve greater things in life, much beyond books and cliché jobs.

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For example, Shubham Jaglan is a 14-year old Junior World Golf Champion from Panipat. His passion for golf ignited well in his toddler days and his determination to continue despite hurdles and hardships didn’t stop him to set his mark in the sports of golf.

With Shubham and many more kids genius athletes like him, we entrust our faith in sports for a bright future of our kids.

What you can do to nourish and flourish sports in your kids:

  • Be Selective in Choosing the Sport: If your kid feels an inclination towards sports activities, be observant about what sport do they chose and how interested do they feel towards their game. Notice their strengths and weaknesses in the game and encourage them to overcome and master their skills.
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  • Help them master the basics: Your kid cannot master his/her sport unless they are not habitual to the fundamental physical activity in their routine. Workouts, exercise, swimming, running and hiking are some of the good options to master your stamina.
  • Keep it Low Key and Make home feel like a home: Encourage your kids to practice but don’t make it hard for your kids at home. Just make it fun for them and support their interest. Don’t try making your sports kid feel like playing will make him lose his grip on studies. Help them out – emotionally.


Prannoy Kumar was constantly supported by his father in playing badminton, right from when he was a kid

  • Ask out their choices from time to time: As kids grow up, their preferences might change from time to time. Involve them in conversations of how passionately are they liking the sport, what part of the game they want to master in, which coaching institute do they want to join, who do they idolize in their favourite sport, etc.
  • What is a real commitment explain them: Initially it might happen that after a few practices that your child would want to quit or is struggling to find interest in the sport or it’s harder than what they expected. But help them learn that if they stick with it for a while, their skills will improve and they might like it enough to play for longer.
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  • It’s important to see the bigger picture and not just their scores: Playing a sport is all about the spirit and improving your game. Don’t put the pressure of winning and rankings for your kids. Instead, discuss overall experiences with them and get to know their growth in their game. Also, never compare the growth chart of your child’s game with someone else’s.

Remember, home is the first place where your kid athlete could realize that he/she is already a winner.

Needless to say how sports can define your child’s personality and their life, not just as a hobby but as a passion too:

  • An outdoor sport brings together play and learning.
  • It stimulates creativity and increases concentration.
  • Promotes problem-solving and leadership skills.
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  • Encourages Co-operative play and sportsmanship.
  • Outdoor sports increases persistence and involves fun.

 

Today, our kids need their freedom of time to play. Outdoor sports today are not a luxury, but a necessity. It is not through the books, but through that unstructured, open-ended creative sports that children learn the varied ways of the world. While playing and adopting any sports of their choice, kids explore with all their senses and learn to negotiate with each other to create an environment of positivity and sportsmanship.

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni once said in an interview, We often say we don’t win medals at Olympics. But we don’t realize how many of our youth are playing the outdoor sport. A lot of the kids are hooked to electronic gadgets. So my suggestion to all the parents is thrown your children out of the house. Let them play in the heat. Let them find their own way.”

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For the First Time Ever, Indian Women’s Football Team Enters Second Round of Olympic Qualifiers

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Happy news for the country, as our Indian Women’s Football team qualified for the second round in the Olympic Qualifiers for the first time, despite losing to Malaysia who was topping the charts in Group C category.

Despite going down to Malaysia by 1-2 in a hard-fought match, the Indian team finished second in Group C with four points from three matches, just behind the table toppers Myanmar.

The second round of the Qualifiers is scheduled for next year in April.

 

The Indian team in its bout against Myanmar went on the field with the same line-up as against Bangladesh, which they won by 7-1. The first half of the match looked interesting as both teams played neck to neck. But the third minute proved to be havoc for the Indian side as Myanmar was able to drag ball into the Indian nets, thus taking a lead by 0-1.

But, Indian team did not lag behind for much time as Bala Devi found a space to shoot in the range. Unfortunately, she lost her grip at the last moment. Bala Devi had scored four goals in her previous game.

 

The Indian women team kept pushing forward for the equalizer and gave Myanmar a tough clash. With Sanju and Kamala Devi’s efforts, India again had a chance to goal but Myanmar keeper was already on a high-alert and saved the goal.

Myanmar created two chances after this and in the 19th minute again, they again hit the Indian cross-side that rebounded back into the play.

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Indians were thoroughly fighting in this game and didn’t lose hope in their pursuit to a goal. Ultimately, India was rewarded when Myanmar’s Grace Dangmei broke free down the right. As she was fouled, India got a free-kick. This paved way for India’s Ratnabala Devi making a shot into the net’s top corner and scoring a goal.  To note, Bala was among the top-notch players in this game, who looked dangerous every time she had the ball in her grip.

After this in the second half of the game, Indian side continuously kept making chances for a goal, while Myanmar kept building the pressure of the Indian defence side.

 

Aditi Chauhan again offered her energetic vibes in the game, when in the 50th minute, she produced a save of the match diving sharply to steer away from the header that could have made a goal against India.

Aditi pulled off a number of great saves in the entire match. The most notable ones were in the 50th and 73rd minute of the game when she shooed away a low edge shot, made by the Myanmar side.

But this resistance couldn’t survive long as Nge Nge Htwe shot low into the corner of the net and hence a goal for Myanmar. Indian team kept fighting for the equalizer till the final moment but was in vain.

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Bengaluru Open: Prajnesh Eases into Second Round; Myneni, Mukund Progresses too

Prajnesh breezed past Ivan Nedelko of Russia by 6-2, 6-2 in the first round

Prajnesh Gunneswaran made a dominating start to his Bengaluru Open campaign by registering an easy  6-2, 6-2 win over Russia’s Ivan Nedelko at the centre court of KSLTA Stadium.

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran during his opening match of the Bengaluru Open against Ivan Nedelko (Credits Indian Express)

Prajnesh, who is also the top-ranked Indian in the draw, had only a little difficulty against his Russian opponent, as he trounced Ivan in straights. As a result, the match was over in less than an hour. The most notable aspect of the Indian’s game was the way he used his forehand to deceive Nedelko on multiple occasions. Also. it was with this play that he amassed most of his 57 points.

“I’ve been working specifically on my forehands over the last year,” Prajnesh later confirmed after the match.

Dimension to Prajnesh’s play was his serves which troubled Nedelko throughout the contest. On his return, the latter stretched awkwardly at the last minute to somehow put the ball back into play. However, Prajnesh was at the ready, who would graciously smack the lobbed shot for a forehand winner.

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“It was my first match in these conditions after playing in China [Shenzhen Challenger]. I also got here a bit earlier than my opponent so I felt I had the advantage,” said Prajnesh.

Next challenge for him will be from German qualifier Sebastian Fanselow in the second round.

Upset of the Round

Even though Prajnesh impressed with his stellar performances, it was another match between the top-seeded Radu Albot and Egypt’s Youssef Hossam that hogged the limelight.

Albot, who was considered as a favourite to win the tournament, lost out by 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 in the first-round against Youssef Hossam, who is a World No. 483.

Albot, who’s ranked 101st in the world, started on a winning note by clinching the first set 6-2 with relative ease. However, the second set saw a stunning comeback as Hossam, a 20-year-old rising Egyptian tennis star, made amends for his error-ridden first set. He returned more confident and inflicted a 2-6 win of his own on Albot. He then went on to clinch the game with another 2-6 victory in what became the upset of the round.

Another Indian, Sasi Kumar Mukund too advanced to the second round beating Collin Altamirano of the USA in 7-6, 6-3 sets.

Results

First round: Zizou Bergs (Ger) beat Kevin Krawietz (Ger) 6-1, 6-2; Saketh Myneni beat Adil Kalyanpur 6-3, 7-6 (3); Youssef Hossam (Egy) beat Radu Albot (Mda) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Ivan Nedelko (Rus) 6-2, 6-2; Sasi Kumar Mukund beat Colin Altamirano (US) 7-6 (6), 6-3; Blaz Kavcic (Slo) beat 8-Filip Peliwo (Can) 6-1, 6-2; 6-Quentin Halys (Fra) beat Suraj R Prabodh 6-3, 6-1; Brayden Schnur (Can) beat Max Purcell (Aus) 6-4, 7-6; Sebastian Fanselow (Ger) beat Zsombor Piros (Hun) 7-6 (6), 6-4.

India Risks Losing Out on Hosting Big-Ticket Events in Future

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Indian Olympic Association(IOA) fears that this grave situation could occur if India fails to give the passport to Kosovo’s boxer Sadiku for the upcoming Women’s World Boxing Championships to be held in the country.

India is at a serious risk of losing out on hosting big-ticket sporting events in the future if Kosovo’s lone boxer is disallowed from competing at the upcoming Women’s World Championships – the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) fear.

The international championship is set to commence from Thursday. However, there still looms a degree of uncertainty whether Donjeta Sadiku would be in the ring in the competition event as the Indian government is yet to confer visas to the Kosovan boxer and the two coaches that would accompany her.

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Kosovan boxer Donjeta Sadiku (Credits epokaere.com)

Kosovo, or the Republic of Kosovo, is a highly disputed territory in the Serbian nation of Europe. It had unilaterally announced its independence from Serbia in 2008, from when it has received only partial recognition worldwide.

India too does not recognize Kosovo as a nation and as a result refrains from providing passports to the Kosovan nationals.

However, the matter is protracted as Sadiku holds an Albanian passport as well, a fact which the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) hoped would have resolved the issue. (Albania has diplomatic ties with India.)

“IOC has in the past sent letters to International Federations not to award major events to Spain after athletes from Kosovo were not allowed to participate under their own flag at the Karate World Championships. And you never know it might be India next,” an IOA official who wished to remain unnamed, told PTI.

“For IOC, sports and politics are two sides of the same coin. IOC doesn’t mix sports with politics and expects its member nations to follow the same guidelines”, the official told further.

The IOA official added that Kosovo also participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics despite the fact that Brazil too doesn’t recognise the disputed country. The BFI’s President Ajay Singh informed that they were discussing over the sensitive issue with the Indian government.

We are still talking to the Ministry of External Affairs. It is a sensitive issue, I don’t want to comment much on it. We have taken up the matter,” Singh said.

“It’s a larger external affairs issue and it is not only an India issue. It is a global issue and there needs to be a dialogue between all sides to find a solution to this problem. This is not about boxing alone, it’s a much larger issue. We have taken up with the government and let’s see what happens”, Singh added.

Ajay Singh also said the IOC needs to mediate in this matter.

“This is an issue of many countries that don’t recognise Kosovo. So we have to find a solution between IOC and all these countries because this includes a lot of western nations, South-East Asian nations,” he said. “From our perspective, we want to follow the IOC guidelines. But ultimately the decision to whether or not grant visas is really a sovereign issue,” Singh added.

Kosovo, the newest Balkan state, is recognized by only 113 out of the 193 UN member nations. It thus will be interesting to whether she is given a visa after all, especially since the tourney would be starting from tomorrow. If she is allowed, Kosovo becomes one of the 9 member nations that will be debuting at the World Championships.

Aparna Popat Biography: Life Story of a ‘Smashing’ Shuttler

Before  Saina and Sindhu entered the badminton court, there was another star who dominated the field for years. And mind you, she did sit o very consistently. She was one passionate girl who turned into a successful woman. Aparna Popat is undoubtedly one of the best badminton players the country has seen.

Aparna Popat – The Undisputed Champion

In a career spanning around seventeen years, she has added numerous titles to her tally. She has always played with dignity and shown class since a young age. Like every sportsperson, she has had her share of ups and downs, but she did not let those deter her. Even amidst some controversies, she stood by her principles and came out stronger.

Today let us get a glimpse of this badminton champion who made headlines at every stage and made the entire country proud because of her achievements.

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The unstoppable badminton star – Aparna Popat!
Full NameAparna Lalji Popat
HandednessRight
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Age40 years (18 January 1978)
CoachAnil Pradhan
World Ranking (Highest)16
Career Wins83 (as of 10/2018)
Years Active1989-2006

Family Background and Early Life

Aparna was born in a Gujarati family based in Mumbai. Her parents, Lalji and Heena Popat supported her passion for badminton ever since she was just a kid. She joined Anil Pradhan’s coaching at the tender age of eight. Pradhan hardly took any time to realize that this girl isn’t ordinary. He told her parents, “Give me this girl and I will put her on the map of Indian Badminton.”

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Aparna Popat with Prakash Padukone(Left) and Anil Pradhan (Credits First Post)

And so he did! She became the face of badminton in India during her stellar career of 17 years. Aparna can be called the undisputed queen of badminton. In 1994, Aparna moved to Bangalore and started training at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. The champion himself coached her there and her game improved tremendously.

The third coach who played a major role in shaping her career was Gangula Prasad. He trained her when she moved to the Sports Authority of India’s training centre.

Another Exciting Chapter

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Aparna Popat (Credits News 18)

In 2011, Aparna Popat married Rajeev Ved, a management consultant from Bangalore. The couple met in 2010 on a blind date and was immediately attracted to each other. In 2014, they were blessed with a child. After a stellar badminton career, she is now settled in this blissful stage of her life.

Her Journey

In 1996 Aparna won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships held in Denmark. By doing so she got India its first medal in the event.

Aparna’s first Senior National title came in the year 1997. She displayed immense class and defeated Manjusha Kanwar in straight games. Since then, she won nine consecutive titles. She completely dominated the game until 2006, when she retired. Aparna shares the record of nine consecutive national titles with the legendary Prakash Padukone.

 

Aparna Popat                                              Image Source: dcsmat.ac.in                                             In 1998, she won her first Commonwealth medal. The prestigious silver won in Kuala Lumpur catapulted her fame. In the next few years, she represented India in the Uber Cup and won top honours in the Asian Satellite Tournaments.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she was the only female Indian badminton player. Aparna has also participated in the Asian Games.

Her second CWG medal came in 2002 Manchester Games. She won a bronze then. In the 2004 Athen Olympics, Aparna reached the pre-quarter stage and became the only woman badminton player from India to make two Olympic appearances.

In the year 2006, Aparna was at the top of her career. She was the number one player in the country. She even won her third Commonwealth Games medal in team championships. However, an undetected wrist injury halted her journey. Aparna decided to retire then

The Doping Controversy

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Aparna Popat (Credits Sportsflu.com)

The year 2000 was probably the worst year of Aparna’s career. Simple cold medicine landed her in a big mess. She was tested positive for dope and was banned for three months after that.

“My entire self-belief was shattered. I began to doubt whether all that I had achieved till date was because of my talent and hard work or simply due to the drug,” Aparna told Mid-day.com. It was a very difficult period for her.”

 

Making an International Mark

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Aparna Popat

In 2012 Aparna attended a sports mentorship programme organized by the US Department of State and ESPN. Known as the Global Sports Mentoring Programme, its main objective was to create ‘sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide’. Aparna got the honour of being one of the 17 shortlisted members. The then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally involved in it. In an interview with the Sportskeeda, Aparna shared her experiences.

“It was an intensive programme. We worked non-stop for a month. The first five days were in Washington DC, where we were given basic information on how this programme works. We were assigned to one prominent woman each. They gave us an overall view of sport – how a sport is used in social causes, in schools, colleges, how funds are raised, and so on. We learned so much about how they use sport. They wanted to see how we could implement it in our own country. There were a lot of meetings and discussions of ideas.”

In Conclusion

Success has this amazing quality of getting right into our heads. It is easy to become successful once, but consistently staying successful takes a lot. Right from the beginning of her career, Aparna was sure about one thing, she will never take anything for granted. As she continued winning one tournament after another, she was simply concentrating on bettering herself. It is not easy to win nine consecutive nationals after all!

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Aparna Popat with Pullela Gopichand, Amir Khan and Saina Nehwal. Image: Source

The hunger to keep on performing better helped her take giant strides towards victory. Her career is the perfect example of balance. At the face of defeats or minor setbacks, she always maintained mental balance. She retired from badminton when she was the number one Indian player. Aparna Popat was humble, talented, inquisitive, hard-working, and a true champion. In conclusion to this piece, here’s an inspiring excerpt from her interview with Live Mint.

At no time is self-control more difficult than in the time of success. It is almost too easy to walk on air, feel invincible and take success for granted. It is tempting to latch onto all the praise and the adulation can get addictive. If one is not careful, this can take away focus from the game. Failures motivated me to work harder and smarter. The more honestly I assessed the reasons for the setback, the easier it was to find a solution and improve, so that I could continue winning. Not being complacent, the hunger to learn more set the tone for my career. The goal was clear—I aimed to be a better player than I was yesterday. Be the best that I could be.

Our real competition is never just the opponent. If we strive to better ourselves at every stage of our life, we will conquer anything. Aparna’s message isn’t just for those who play any sport, but for every individual. Every difficulty in life has a solution. All you have to do is find it. We are sure Aparna is still inspiring everyone in her current role. Moreover, the wisdom she has displayed right from her twenties is commendable. We hope her story will inspire more Aparnas. Till then, cheers!

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Popat during one of her commentating sessions (Credits Telangana Today)

Family

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Aparna Popat during the marriage ceremony in March 2011 (Credits DNA)

Aparna Popat was born on 18th January 1978 to Lalji Popat and Heena Popat in Maharashtra’s financial capital of Mumbai. She did her schooling at the J. B. Petit High School in Mumbai and her Pre-university course from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Aparna then successfully completed her bachelor’s degree in Commerce at the Mumbai University.

In 2011, Aparna Popat tied the knot with Rajeev Ved, who is a business consultant based in Bangalore. Ved had been in the USA for over 20 years before he decided to relocate to India. He met Aparna through common friends.

Awards

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India’s then President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam conferring the Arjuna Award -2005 to Ms Aparna Popat for Badminton, at a glittering function in New Delhi on August 29, 2006

Arjuna Award (2005)

Achievements

Commonwealth Games

YearPlaceEventMedal
1998Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWomen’s SinglesSilver
2002Manchester, United KingdomWomen’s SinglesBronze
2006Melbourne, AustraliaMixed TeamBronze

 

World Junior Championships

YearPlaceEventMedal
1996Silkeborg, DenmarkGirls’ SinglesSilver

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Mary Kom Biography: The Magnificent Story of India’s Legendary Boxing Star

Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer who hails from the North Eastern state of Manipur. Mary Kom is a 5-time World Amateur Boxing Champion, and the only woman boxer to win a medal in the six world championships apiece. In 2012. Mary became (and remains) the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the Summer Olympics when she competed in the London Olympics. She went on to clinch the bronze medal in the 51 kg flyweight category.

As of November 2018, Mary Kom is ranked as the No. 1 boxer in the women’s 45-48 kg category with 500 points along with Russia’s Paltceva Ekaterina. Kom is also the first Indian woman boxer to earn a Gold Medal at the Asian Games (2014 in Incheon, South Korea) and at the Commonwealth Games (2018 Gold Coast, Australia). Kom is also as a member of the Rajya Sabha after being nominated by the President of India on 26 April 2016. Mary is an active supporter of wild animals.

Mary Kom’s rise to the top of women’s world boxing is anything but a straightforward one.

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MC Mary Kom (Credits Twitter)
Full NameChungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte
Nick NameMagnificent Mary
Sport Category

(Current)

44-48 Kg
World Ranking

(Current)

1
Age35 (1 March 1983)
HometownImphal, Manipur
Height5ft 2in (1.58 m)
Age26 years (16 October 1992)
OccupationMP, in India’s Upper House, Rajya Sabha

Biography

Early Days

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Mary Kom with her parents (Credits Indiatoday.in)

Mary was born to Tonpa Kom and Akham Kom in a small village of Kangathei, Manipur. Manipur is one of the backward regions of the seven North Eastern states and in those days, it was a strife-torn state. Mary Kom grew in the midst of poverty and famine. She had the quality of being responsible from the start itself, as she took care of her three younger siblings. Her parents, who were peasants and toiled in the fields of Jhum.

Kom was very much interested in playing different sports during her schooling days. She started off by participating in the various athletic competitions mostly related to Discus Throw and Shot Put. However, she started following a famous Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh and soon took up picked up the boxing gloves. However, boxing was a thing that her parents, especially her father, Tonpa Kom, despised the most. Their reason – Boxing is a male sport. He felt marriage would indeed reduce Mary’s chances of finding an able groom. The irony was Tonpa was himself an ex-sportsperson. He used to play wrestling during his heydays before resorting to farming due to economic conditions.

However, all the resistances made Mary stronger and more resilient by the day, the qualities of utmost importance for any boxer. By fighting against all odds, Mary proved that boxing was indeed in her blood.

To aggravate her problems, Kom did not receive proper gears to sustain her training. As a result, she would often indulge in professional street fighting among other means, to support her training.

No attempts from her parents or challenging circumstances were enough to keep Mary away from her passion ever succeeded. Mary Kom Prevailed.

Initial Success

Her first coach was K. Kosana Meitei, who taught her the basics of boxing. In 1998, a 15-year-old Mary Kom made an all-important decision that would change her life forever. She decided to move to the Sports Academy in the state capital Imphal. There, Mary would meet Narjit Singh, the state coach, who would have a big impact on her career.

In their first interaction itself, Singh sensed the burning desire in Kom and decided to take her under his aegis. He almost instantly knew that Mary held the kind of boxing potential to make the whole country proud of her.

Soon, Kom participated at the State Boxing Championships, where she won the gold medal. The next day, it was the moment when Tonpa saw his daughter’s image in a local newspaper that he decided to finally support her. With her sire’s support now with her, Mary set out to conquer the world.

If overcoming family resistance was hard, the glorious road to the London Games was harder. But, as they say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Leaving Her Mark in the World Championships

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Mary Kom after winning the 5th World Amateur Boxing Championships (Credits Deccan Chronicle)

Mary Kom competed in her first international event at the World Championship’s debut season in 2001. In the first-ever boxing competition on that scale, she managed to clinch a silver medal in the 48 kg category.

She bettered her performances in the following year as she went on to win a gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Antalya. She doubled the joy by winning another gold at the Witch Cup in the pinweight category.

Kom won the boxing gold in the 2003 Asian Boxing Championships at Hissar. That year, the Indian government also bestowed the Arjuna Award upon Mary Kom.

The year 2004 was relatively silent, with the Manipuri boxer winning only the 2004 Boxing World Cup in Norway.

In 2005, the Manipuri boxer bagged the 2005 World Boxing Championship Gold at Podolsk before winning another Gold at the Asian Boxing Championships at Kaohsiung.

After Mary Kom became a legend of sorts in the women’s boxing as she pocketed a hat-trick of World Championship titles in 2006, the demands for a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna started to become vehement. However, a trio of gold medals at the highest level was insufficient to convince the jury.

She was again ignored in 2007 when she had won her fourth title at the Worlds. However, the then sports minister, M.S.Gill made an intervention and promised to do justice. He played an instrumental role in helping Kom earn the Khel Ratna.

The Sabbatical and The Comeback

In the meantime, Mary Kom had the tied knot with her love interest, K. Onler Kom in 2005. She had met Onler in Delhi in 2001 when he was working for the Kom community’s welfare. The couple gave birth to the twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar. However happy her new family was, the new members needed her support, which is why she had to take a break after their birth.

Mary would often be distraught over lack of action in her life. Her husband Onler had an important role to play during this time of inaction. He took the lead to stay at home and look after their newborns full-time.

With her husband’s strong support with her, Mary came back from a two-year sabbatical in a rousing fashion. In the next two years that followed she won the World Championship twice.

2012 London Olympics

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Mary Kom with the Olympic bronze medal (Credits One India)

In the form of her life, Mary faced a big dilemma going into the London Olympics – She had to compete in the 51 kg category because of the fact that Olympic governing body deciding to play only 3 boxing categories. This proved to be a major challenge for Kom, having played in the 46 kg class for the better part of her professional career.

Her problems were further exacerbated after her coach, Charles Atkinson was not allowed to join her at the Olympic Village, as he was not an International Boxing Association (AIBA) 3 Star Certified coach.

Nonetheless, Mary made a good start to the campaign, with wins over Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk, Maroua Rahali of Tunisia on her way to the semi-finals. However, in the semis, she faced the biggest challenge in the face of a 30-year-old English boxer – Nicola Adams. Adams was the Mary Kom equivalent in the 51 kg class and had won the European Union Amateur Championships and the 2011 European Championships coming into the event.

As expected, the Leeds-born had a clear weight advantage over her Indian opponent. Mary gave her best, but could not overcome Adams as the match ended at 6-11 and she had to settle for bronze. While Adams would go on to win the gold medal by crushing China’s Ren Cancan by 7-16, Mary became the first Indian woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics.

Later Years

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Mary Kom addressing the house in Rajya Sabha as India’s Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on (Credits Rediff.com)

Mary’s years post the Olympics were very eventful. She won the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Gold in the flyweight category. Then, in 2017 she bagged an unexpected fifth gold medal in her usual 48 kg class at the ASBC Asian Confederation women’s boxing championships at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

As she aged, she seems to get better in the sport. In 2018, at the age of 35, she was the oldest Indian boxer to win a gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – A medal that had eluded her for so long.

The win was especially noteworthy as it had come after another hiatus of two years which had seen Kom been elected as a Rajya Sabha member. She had last boxed in a competitive match in the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers.

After her Commonwealth games triumph, Kom also expressed her eagerness to win a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to end her illustrious career.

Family

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Mary Kom with husband Onler and her twin sons (Credit Twitter)

Mary Kom was born to Tonpa Kom and Akham Kom on 1st March 1983. She also has three younger siblings. Mary got married to Onler Kom in a grand ceremony in 2005. The couple has twin sons from the marriage.

Net Worth

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‘Mary Kom’ movie poster (Credits Flipkart)

According to a report, Mary Kom’s earnings post-Olympics was estimated to be close to Rs 3.32 crores, with the Manipur and the Rajasthan state governments both offering Rs 50 lakhs for the Olympic bronze medal winner. Most of her income was from tournament earnings and brand endorsements. According to DNA, she was paid Rs 25 lakhs for the 2014 Priyanka-starer biopic titled ‘Mary Kom’.

Recently, Kom was named as the brand ambassador for BSNL for two years.

Achievements

YearPlaceWeightCompetition
2001Silver48Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2002Gold45Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2002Gold45Witch Cup
2003Gold46Asian Women’s Championships
2004Gold41Women’s World Cup
2005Gold46Asian Women’s Championships
2005Gold46Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2006Gold46Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2006Gold46Venus Women’s Box Cup
2008Gold46Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2008Silver46Asian Women’s Championships
2009Gold46Asian Indoor Games
2010Gold48Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
2010Gold46Asian Women’s Championships
2010Bronze51Asian Games
2011Gold48Asian Women’s Cup
2012Gold41Asian Women’s Championships
2012Bronze51Summer Olympics
2014Gold51Asian Games
2017Gold48Asian Women’s Championships
2018Gold45-48Commonwealth Games

Awards

  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career.”
  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
  • Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
  • Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2003
  • Padma Shri (Sports), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
  • International Boxing Association Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award

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