Indian sports news wrap: March 22

Here are all the major updates, scores and results of Indians from the world of sports on Friday, March 22.

Published : Mar 22, 2024 16:37 IST , CHENNAI - 9 MINS READ

Representative Image: Delhi and Tamil Nadu also had a great outing with six and five of their boxers in the boys category progressing to the quarterfinals.
Representative Image: Delhi and Tamil Nadu also had a great outing with six and five of their boxers in the boys category progressing to the quarterfinals. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Representative Image: Delhi and Tamil Nadu also had a great outing with six and five of their boxers in the boys category progressing to the quarterfinals. | Photo Credit: Getty Images


Haryana boxers dominate Sub-Junior National Championship, 15 enter quarterfinals

Haryana boxers put up an impressive show on day three of the Sub-Junior National Championship as nine boys and six girls punched their way to the quarterfinals here on Friday.

Uday Singh led the way for team Haryana as he outclassed Punjab’s Ranveer in a 37kg bout with a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Ravi Sihag (49kg), Lakshay (52kg) and Naman (58kg) then extended Haryana’s winning tally with victories by similar margins.

Sanchit Jayani (46kg), Arpit (55kg) and Anmol Dahiya (64kg) also produced a dominant show as all three won their respective bouts with the referee stopping the contest.

Sanchit defeated Kerala’s Vishnu in round two while Arpit and Anmol thrashed Steel Plants Sports Control Board’s (SPSCB) Rehan Sheikh and Tamil Nadu’s L Gowtham Raja respectively in round one.

Siddhant (61kg) fought a tough bout against Tamil Nadu’s M D Deva Akash but managed to eke out a 3-2 split decision win.

The last pugilist in action for Haryana on day three, Kartik Dagar (70kg) also managed to overcome Manipur’s Leimapkam challenge with a 4-1 win.

Delhi and Tamil Nadu also had a great outing with six and five of their boxers in the boys category progressing to the quarterfinals.

Haryana continued its domination in the girl’s section with Khushi (33kg) opening the day with a win against Meghalaya’s Naphisakmen in round one courtesy of an RSC decision.

Following a similar display, Nischal Sharma (37kg) and Manshi Malik (67+kg) also earned identical RSC wins in round one against Pondicherry’s Jaseentha and Jammu and Kashmir’s Mansimar Kour, respectively.

Bhoomi (35kg), Khushika (49kg), and Sukhreet (64kg) were the other boxers to progress into the next round.

Six pugilists from Delhi and five from Tamil Nadu also made their way into the quarterfinals in the girl’s section.

The semifinals and finals will be played on Sunday and Monday respectively.



MGM School of Sports Signs MoU with Ravi Shastri’s Coaching Beyond Cricket Academy

MGM School of Sports, a premier high-performance cricket academy, on Friday, announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coaching Beyond Cricket Academy, founded by esteemed cricket personalities Shri Ravi Shastri, Shri B Arun, and Shri R. Sridhar, former Team India coaches.

Situated near Cuttack city, just 30 kilometres from Bhubaneswar, MGM School of Sports aims to promoted a culture of high-performance cricket in Odisha. Former Indian test cricketer S.L. Venkatapathy Raju joined the team as a consultant coach.

The School will select up to 50 promising young male cricketers, who will receive high-performance training at a subsidised fee, with plans to expand opportunities for both male and female cricketers in the future.

-Team Sportstar


ITF men’s tournament: Ramkumar Ramanathan overcomes qualifier Chirag Duhan

Second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan overcame stiff resistance from qualifier Chirag Duhan for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the HPCL-Mittal $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Friday.

It was Chirag who led 3-1 in the decider, but the experienced Ramkumar turned the flow in his favour decisively from the fifth game.

In the semifinals, Ramkumar will play Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam.

Top seed Khumoyun Sultanov beat Siddharth Vishwakarma 7-6(4), 6-4 to set up the other semifinal against S Mukund who eased past Bang Shuo Yin for the loss of five games.

In doubles, Siddhant Banthia and Karan Singh beat the second seeds Manish Sureshkumar and Vishnu Vardhan in straight sets to set up the title clash against the Koreans Yunseok Jang and Woobin Shin.

The results:
Singles (quarterfinals): Khumoyun Sultanov (Uzb) bt Siddharth Vishwakarma 7-6(4), 6-4; S Mukund bt Bang Shuo Yin (Tpe) 6-2, 6-3; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Thanapet Chanta (Tha) 6-3, 6-3; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Chirag Duhan 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles (semifinals): Yunseok Jang & Woobin Shin (Kor) bt Thanapet Chanta (Tha) & Kazuma Kawachi (Jpn) 6-2, 7-6(4); Siddhant Banthia & Karan Singh bt Manish Sureshkumar & Vishnu Vardhan 6-3, 6-3.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Anirudh and Vijay lose in quarterfinals in Spain

Fourth seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth were beaten by Luca Margaroli and Santiago Taverna 6-3, 7-5 in the doubles quarterfinals of the €74,825 Challenger tennis tournament in Murcia, Spain.

The results:
€74,825 Challenger, Murcia, Spain: Doubles (quarterfinals): Luca Margaroli (Sui) & Santiago Taverna (Arg) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-3, 7-5.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

ITF juniors: Diya Ramesh-Harithashree pair beats Polina Nikitina-Viktoria Sedenkova

Doubles champions Harithashree Venkatesh and Diya Ramesh in
the ITF junior tennis tournament in Dehradun on Friday.
Doubles champions Harithashree Venkatesh and Diya Ramesh in the ITF junior tennis tournament in Dehradun on Friday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Doubles champions Harithashree Venkatesh and Diya Ramesh in the ITF junior tennis tournament in Dehradun on Friday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Diya Ramesh and Harithashree Venkatesh beat Polina Nikitina and Viktoria Sedenkova 7-5, 6-3 in the girls doubles final of the Indian Tree ITF junior tennis tournament at the Shanti Academy on Friday.

The boys doubles final was won by Dev Kanbargimath and Aarjun Pandit.

The results (finals):

Boys doubles: Dev Kanbargimath (Rou) & Aarjun Pandit bt Kether Gonzalez & Oswaldo Tirado (Mex) 7-6(5), 6-3.

Girls doubles: Diya Ramesh & Harithashree Venkatesh bt Polina Nikitina & Viktoria Sedenkova 7-5, 6-3.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Indian Open: Jindal Panther beats Sujan Indian Tigers

Five goals each from Siddhant Sharma and Santiago Marambio helped Jindal Panther beat Sujan Indian Tigers 12-7 in the last league match of the Indian Open polo championship at the Jaipur Polo ground here on Friday.

In the final, to be played on Sunday, Jindal Panther will play Sahara Warriors.

The results (league): Jindal Panther 12 (Siddhant Sharma 5, Santiago Marambio 5, Shamsheer Ali, Naveen Jindal) bt Sujan Indian Tigers 7 (Juan Greguoli 3, Angad Kalaan 2, Jaisal Singh, Salvador Jauretche).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Kabaddi stars Pawan Sehrawat, Ashu Malik show force in 70th Senior National Kabaddi Championship

Some of the biggest stars including Pawan Sehrawat, Aslam Inamdar, Rahul Chaudhari and Ashu Malik and a young brigade of aspiring champions in Indian kabaddi are showcasing their top skills in the ongoing 70th Senior National Men’s Kabaddi Championship that will go on till March 24, 2024. 

Organised by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the ongoing edition of the Senior National Men’s Kabaddi championship is being broadcast on an OTT platform FanCode for the first time.

Prominent players who are in action in the four-day extravaganza at the District Sports Complex here, include Pawan Sehrawat, who led Indian Railways to their fourth-consecutive title last year but will represent Chandigarh this year, Vishal Bharadwaj and Narendra (Chandigarh), Aslam Inamdar (Maharashtra), Sunil Kumar, Surender Gill (Indian Railways), Arjun Deshwal (Services) and Rahul Chaudhari (Uttar Pradesh) among others.

“The Senior Nationals is always the finale of the kabaddi season with everyone, from the big stars to the youngster making his debut geared up to give his best for the state and make a mark. Kabaddi has huge popularity in the country and with such tournaments we will continue to reach new heights,” said Mr. Shashikant Gade, Secretary Ahmednagar District Amateur Kabaddi Federation and Vice President of Maharashtra State Kabaddi Association.

A total of 30 teams will be vying for the prestigious crown in a round-robin cum knock-out format.

-Team Sportstar


Shubhankar lies tied-ninth in Singapore Classic

India’s Shubhankar Sharma was tied-ninth at seven-under after a bogey free 69, including a birdie and 16 pars, in the second round of the Singapore Classic here at the Laguna National Golf Resort Club.

Sharma saw all the action in his first three holes as he birdied the first, landed an eagle on the second and then had pars all the way.

England’s Andy Sullivan came home in just 28 shots to charge into a share of the lead. He was joined by Germany’s Freddy Schott and fellow Englishman Richard Mansell, who raced against the fading light to move one clear of the group of five in a share of fourth.

Six players share fourth place at eight-under. Another six, including Sharma, are tied for ninth at seven-under.

Sharma has had a very average season with his last two starts ending early, after missing the cut in Qatar and Johannesburg.

In the other four starts, which began late last year, his best finish was tied-16 at the Dubai Desert Classic. But his last two rounds have suggested a lot over the last few weeks.


Neergaard-Petersen in lead

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen’s bogey-free seven-under 65 helped him enjoy a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Kolkata Challenge at Royal Calcutta Golf Club course here on Friday. The Dane’s 11-under 133 put him in sole lead ahead of Scotsman Daniel Young, placed second at 135.

At 137, Veer Ahlawat, the best Indian after two rounds, and Wil Besseling were joint third.

The scores (second round; Indians unless specified): 133- Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (Den) (68, 65); 135- Daniel Young (Sco) (69, 66); 137-Veer Ahlawat (67, 70), Wil Besseling (Ned) (68, 69); 138-Charlie Lindh (Swe) (68, 70), Rahil Gangjee (70, 68), Andrew Wilson (Eng) (68, 70), John Parry (Eng) (68, 70), Jamal Hossain (Ban) (70, 68), Dhruv Sheoran (69, 69), Udayan Mane (67, 71).


Diksha on tied 36th after opening day at Epson Tour

Diksha Dagar had a rocky time on the back nine as she carded an underwhelming 1-under 70 in the opening round of the Atlantic Beach Classic on the Epson Tour here on Friday.

With a total of 70 she was placed tied-36 and the cut will come after the second round. A week earlier Diksha was tied 19th in the Florida.

The Ladies European Tour player, who has won twice on the Tour, had four birdies, one bogey and a double bogey in her card at the Atlantic Beach Country Club.

Barring one bogey, all the other action was on the back nine of the Par-71 layout.

Lauren Stephenson and Sarah White set the pace in the morning wave and then continued to lead till the end of the day.

They shot 8-under 63 each to share the lead. It was a day for low scores as 53 players broke par.

It will play a vital role as the second day was due to see high winds and rain.



Defending champions Haryana reach final of hockey Women‘s National Championship

Defending champions Haryana booked a place in the final with a fluent 4-0 win over Hockey Jharkhand in the Senior Women’s National Championship, here on Friday.

Navneet Kaur, Jyoti, Sharmila Devi and Deepika scored for Haryana.

After a goalless first quarter, Haryana broke the deadlock with an indirect penalty corner, scored by Navneet in the 27th minute.

Haryana moved ahead in the contest when Jyoti (40th) and Sharmila (44th) inflated their lead with a goal each.

Jharkhand came close through Sangita Kumari, who slapped an open opportunity wide before Mahima Tete had her attempt saved by goalkeeper and skipper Savita Poonia.

Haryana added their fourth in 57th minute when Deepika’s powerful drag went off a deflection into the goal.


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