Let’s look at some trending news in the Indian sports arena. Have a look at what’s buzzing in the Indian sporting circles.
- IM Sankalp Gupta wins BCF chess championship (his 1st international rating chess win)
- Indian women’s team defeats Spain at World women’s team chess championship
- Esports at Asian Games 2022: India’s future trump card?
- SAI to upgrade training facility at Kargil
IM Sankalp Gupta wins BCF chess championship
International Master Sankalp Gupta stunned many Grandmasters to win his 1st International rating chess tourney hosted by BCF at Dhaka on Tuesday.
The IM stunned many experienced GMs like Ziaur Rahman and Enamul Hossain of Bangladesh, Mosadeghpour Masoud of Iran amongst others.
Top of the table
Gupta bagged the trophy finishing on top with 7 points after 9 rounds. Compatriot IM Mitrabha Guha finished just behind with 6.5 points.
Three other Indian players finished with 6 points.
A total of 61 players, including local as well as International, participated in this tournament.
While the cash prize of $15,000 was awarded to the respective winners on Monday at Sheraton Hotel Dhaka.
The Joytu Sheikh Hasina International tournament was organized to commemorate the country’s Prime Minister’s 75th Birthday.
Indian women’s team Defeats Spain at WWTCC
The Indian women’s team secured a win in the FIDE world women’s team chess championship. The Indian team defeated Spain in the second round.
India v Azerbaijan
The women chess masters opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Azerbaijan in the 1st Round in Pool A.
India v Spain
The 2nd round also seemed to finish with a tie, No 1 player D Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni, and Mary Gomes drew against their respective opponents.
R Vaishali’s 47 move win over Sabrina Guiterrez turned the tables and India won 2.5-1.5 points.
Pool A standings
Russia is on top of the Pool with 7.5 points, followed by India and Armenia at 4.5 each. The top 4 teams from Pool A and B qualify for the knockouts.
India is up against Armenia in the next round in a fight to secure the 2nd position.
Esports at Asian Games 2022: India’s Roadmap
After Esports was held as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, next year it is going to start a historic journey at the upcoming edition at Hangzhou. The Olympic Council of Asia announced medals will be awarded in 8 games.
8 Medal contention Games
The official eight medal esports titles will include-
Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, Dota 2, League of Legends, FIFA, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V, and Dream Three Kingdoms 2.
Roadmap for India
India’s esports market is ever-growing, and this will be an opportunity to increase the medal tally.
India has around 300 million esports gamers and the number is only growing each day.
With the right support of the Esports Federation of India and the Government in the future, India can excel in the event.
Support of the Government
The government needs to recognize this as a legitimate field and create a framework. Asian Games which are going to take place in September next year, will have a lot of opportunities and provide much-needed time for athletes to prepare for India.
“There is no dearth of talent when it comes to esports; having said so there is a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of their skills (game and psychological); we are working on some programs which will aid our esports athletes. ESFI is also waiting for clarity on PUBGM (Asian Game version) and AOV (Asian Game version) as these games are banned in India. Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 22 (Thailand) will be a precursor to what we can achieve in Asian Games 22.”
Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India said in a statement.
SAI to upgrade training facility at Kargil
Sports Authority of India has decided to upgrade its training facility at Kargil, It was one of the key decisions taken at the 55th Governing body meeting on Tuesday by SAI.
Some upgrades are Playfields for Archey, football basketball, development of a centrally heated multipurpose hall, development of a regulation standard hostel, etc to make it a better quality sports facility.
Another key Decision
Other key talking points of the meeting include SAI’s sports science and performance management systems to be restructured.
“I’m happy to announce the restructuring of sports science and performance management systems in SAI towards better results in Olympics. Over 300 sports science specialists and high-performance coaches, analysts and other personnel to be hired towards targetted results,”
tweeted Anurag Thakur, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs.