Indian sports wrap, November 10: Manipur Marshals U-13, U-16 teams win Sunfeast Cup,

Here are all the major developments from Indian sports on November 10, 2022.

The Manipur Marshals U-16 team.

The Manipur Marshals U-16 team. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Here are all the major developments from Indian sports on November 10, 2022.

FOOTBALL

Manipur Marshals wins sixth Sunfeast Cup

Guwahati: The U-13 and U-16 teams of the Manipur Marshals won the sixth edition of the Sunfeast Cup. Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, who graced the final at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Football Ground in Guwahati, presented the winners with the prestigious trophy.

Manipur was pitted against the Meghalaya Masters in both the age group title deciders.

The league, which began on September 26, witnessed matches between 246 teams from clubs and schools. Over 2700 players displayed their skillset and passion in the tournament.

Bhutia praised the league, saying, “It’s my pleasure to be associated with Sunfeast Cup which is promoting and nurturing football talent at the grassroot level. Northeast has always been an epicenter for sports enthusiasts in India. Sunfeast has been providing the right platform to the children to hone and showcase their football skills at a professional level. I hope to see some of these talents representing India in the coming days.”.

-Team Sportstar

GOLF

Telangana Golconda Masters: Gandas set course record, opens up five-shot lead

Hyderabad: Reigning champion Manu Gandas of Gurugram drove and chipped his way to an extraordinary 10-under 60 to set the course record and open up an imposing five-shot lead at 17-under 123 after round two of the IRA -Telangana Golconda Masters 2022 at the Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA) course here on Thursday.

Chandigarh’s Angad Cheema shot a seven-under 63 to be placed tied second at 12-under 128 along with 17-year-old amateur Milind Soni (65) of Hyderabad. Soni, the lone amateur to make the cut, held on to his overnight joint second place at the Rs. 40 lakh event.

Mysuru’s Yashas Chandra fired a hole-in-one on the seventh during his round of 65 to move into tied fourth at 11-under 129 along with Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (65).

The cut was declared at even-par 140. Fifty-two professionals and one amateur made the cut.

Manu Gandas (63-60), a three-time winner this season, strengthened his claim for his title defence with a second straight error-free round thanks to some outstanding driving and wedge-play as he made 17 greens in regulation and nine out of 12 fairways to move up one spot from his overnight tied second position.

Manu, who won his maiden title at last year’s event at HGA, picked up three birdies on the front-nine landing it within five feet on all three occasions. The 26-year-old was then on fire on the back-nine as he collected seven birdies including three on the trot from the 13th to the 15th. Gandas landed it within five feet on four occasions and drove the green on the par-4 14th. Manu’s longest putt of the day came on the closing 18th where he holed it from nine feet to improve upon Kapil Kumar’s round of nine-under from day one.

Delhi’s Kapil Kumar, the first round leader, carded a 72 to slip to tied 12th at seven-under 133.

Udayan Mane missed the cut as he totalled five-over 145.

Hyderabad-based Sk Mohin, who missed the cut at a total of four-over 144, also made a hole-in-one on the seventh during his round of 72.

-V. V. Subrahmanyam

Afshan maintains lead in WPGT

Panchkula: Afshan Fatima stumbled in the middle but managed to stay in the lead at the end of the second round of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour on Thursday.

Afshan, who held a two-shot lead after the first round, shot 2-over 74 and was even par 144 and one shot ahead of Ridhima Dilawari (73-72) who was tied third after the first round.

Chasing Afshan and Ridhima is teenager Hitaashee Bakshi, who made up for her first round 76 with a 2-under 70 in the second following a solid back nine that saw three birdies in the last eight holes.

She moved up to tied third with amateur Vidhatri Urs (73-73), who had a rough front nine but a steady back nine.

Afshan has not won since the 13th leg of the 2018 season, though she has been runner-up thrice, including twice in 2019.

After leading for two days, she will be looking forward to ending the long title drought with Ridhima, Hitaashee and amateur Vidhatri on her heels.

Jyotsana (80-67) and Seher Atwal (73-74) are also in the running, just three behind the leader.

Jyotsana Singh had a dramatic 13-shot improvement on her first round score of 8-over 80, as she carded the second day’s best score of 5-under 67 that saw her log four birdies in the last eight holes. Jyotsana shared the fifth place with Seher Atwal at 3-over 147.

Amateur Lavanya Jadon (76-72) and Khushi Khanijau (73-75) were tied for seventh at 4-over 148 and three players, Gaurika Bishnoi (72-78), Saaniya Sharma (73-77) and Siddhi Kapoor (78-72) were tied ninth. Siddhi had the only eagle of the day on the Par-5 12th hole.

Gaurika Bishnoi, who was second after the first day, slipped badly with six bogeys and a double bogey against two birdies. She has dropped to tied ninth at six-over 150.

Sneha Singh (78-75) continued to struggle and was tied 15th at 9-over 153.

The cut fell at 120-over 156 as 23 players made it to the final round.

-Press Trust of India

MISCELLANEOUS

Sindhu launches Fit India School Week mascots Toofan and Toofani

To make the mascots popular among kids, they have been given powers like super speed. | Video Credit: Special Arrangement

Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu on Thursday launched mascots Toofan and Toofani for Fit India Movement’s ‘Fit India School Week’ initiative for the year 2022.

During the digital launch, Sindhu said, “This initiative is very important because fitness habits must be inculcated from a very young age. I feel all schools should be part of this nation-wide initiative and motivate students towards a fit and healthy life. I am thrilled to launch the mascots Toofan and Toofani who promise to make the event even more fun and exciting.”

Fit India Movement, which was launched by honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the year 2019, kicked off its annual ‘Fit India School Week’ programme later that year, and is dedicated to encouraging schools in inculcating fitness habits and increasing awareness about fitness and sports among students.

To make the mascots popular among kids, they have been given powers like super speed. They also engage with people by telling them various stories about sports and fitness and inspire, educate and encourage them.

The fourth edition of ‘Fit India School Week’ will kick off on November 15.

-Team Sportstar

IBSA Asia-Oceania blind football from today

The IBSA blind football Asia/Oceania championship begins at the United Sports Centre turf at Kakkanad on Friday.

Ten teams in the men’s section and two in women’s will be in action in the eight-day event. While the men’s championship will be a league-cum-knockout event, the women’s Asian tournament will feature India and Japan.

The championship will be a qualifying event for next year’s World championship in Birmingham and the 2024 Paralympics. But since only two teams – India and Japan – figure in the Asian championship, both have automatically qualified for Birmingham.

- Stan Rayan

ATHLETICS

Shaili, Poorva and Priya stars to watch in Junior Nationals

Guwahati: National Open champions, long jumper Shaili Singh and triple jumper Poorva Sawant, are among the stars in the 37th National junior athletics championships which begin in Guwahati on Friday.

Robert Bobby George, who has moulded Shaili Singh into a top class long jumper at the Anju Bobby High Performance Centre in Bengaluru, has landed here with a big bunch of jumpers.

“We are a 10-member group... nine jumpres and a 100m hurdler,” Bobby told The Hindu.

Poorva is another new talent from Bobby’s academy who looks promising.

International Priya H. Mohan, who got a late entry, will be another star to watch. She will be running only the 400m.

-Stan Rayan

TENNIS

Vishnu Vardhan beat Boris Burulija

Indore: Vishnu Vardhan beat his doubles partner Boris Burulija of Serbia 6-3, 6-4 to secure a quarterfinal berth in the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the Indore Tennis Club on Thursday.

In the quarterfinals, Vishnu will play lucky-loser Woobin Shin of Korea.

Fifth seed Sidharth Rawat also made the quarterfinals by beating Madhwin Kamath for the loss of three games. He will face lucky loser Jang Yunseok of Korea who put out the second seed Ben Patel of Israel in straight sets.

Lucky loser Dalwinder Singh beat Raghav Jaisinghani to set up a quarterfinal against third seed Dominik Palan of the Czech Republic.

The results:
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Oliver Crawford (USA bt Ishaque Eqbal 6-3, 7-5; Kazuki Nishiwaki (Jpn) bt Joao Marcos Nusdeo (Bra) 6-1, 6-4; Vishnu Vardhan bt Boris Butulija (Srb) 6-3, 6-4; Woobin Shin (Kor) bt Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 6-1; Dalwinder Singh bt Raghav Jaisinghani 6-0, 6-3; Dominik Palan (Cze) bt Ryuki Matsuda (Jpn) 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1; Sidharth Rawat bt Madhwin Kamath 6-0, 6-3; Jang Yunseok (Kor) bt Ben Patael (Isr) 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Boris Butulija (Srb) & Vishnu Vardhan bt Rishab Agarwal & Bharath Kumaran 7-5, 6-3; Nicholas Bybel (USA) & Adil Kalyanpur bt Joao Marcos Nusdeo (Bra) & Woobin Shin (Kor) 7-5, 6-7(4), [10-4]; Rithvik Bollipalli & Niki Poonacha bt Shivank Bhatnagar & Tushar Madan 6-2, 6-1; Parikshit Somani & Manish Sureshkumar bt Chirag Duhan & Arthav Neema 6-3, 6-3.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Prajnesh thrashes Kozlov in straight sets

New Delhi: Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by second seed Stefan Kozlov in the pre-quarterfinals of the $53,120 Challenger tennis tournament in Knoxville, USA.

THE RESULTS:
$53,120 Challenger, Knoxville, USA
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Stefan Kozlov (USA) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Giles Hussey (GBR) & Anirudh Chandrasekar bt Sathi Reddy Chirala & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 6-4; Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Jack Vance & Tennyson Whiting (USA)7-6(3), 6-3.
$25,000 ITF women, Yokohama, Japan
Doubles (quarterfinals): Natsumi Kawaguchi & Anri Nagata (Jpn) bt Erika Sema (Jpn) & Rutuja Bhosale 2-6, 6-4, [10-8].
$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (first round): Nina Stojanovic (Srb) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-1, 6-3; Adithya Karunaratne (Hkg) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Aliona Falei & Elena Pridankina bt Ya Yi Yang (Tpe) & Sowjanya Bavisetti 7-6(5), 6-3.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
Singles (first round): Marie Villet (Fra) bt Tanisha Kashyap 7-6(3), 3-1 (retired).
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