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Manohar Parrikar online chess tourney begins today

PANAJI: The Manohar Parrikar International Open Online Blitz Chess tournament, Category A will be held on October 2 at 3.30 pm. So far, 440 players from Uzbekistan, Israel, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, Ukraine, Ireland, Argentina, Canada, USA and host nation India, have registered so far. Around 800 players from 16 countries are expected to participate. The category A tournament has a prize fund of Rs 40,000. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 players and a total of 15 rounds will be played with a time limit of 3 minutes and 2 second increment per move.

Players of Bengaluru Utd, Bhawanipore FC test COVID-19 positive

NEW DELHI: One player each from FC Bengaluru United and Bhawanipore FC tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the I-League Qualifiers slated to begin next week. The qualifiers are slated to kick-off on October 8 where five teams will play in a round-robin format and face each other once. Matches are slated to take place at the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata and Kalyani Stadium till October 19. Apart from FC Bengaluru United and Bhawanipore FC, ARA FC, Garhwal FC and Mohammedan SC are the other three teams which will battle it out for a direct entry in the I-League. “The All India Football Federation (AIFF) in close coordination with the Indian Football Association and competent medical authorities are conducting regular COVID-19 tests on all participating officials, players and support staff for the forthcoming Hero I-League Qualifiers slated to kick-off in Kolkata on October 8, 2020,” an AIFF statement read on Thursday.

Shafali, Smriti, Jemimah remain in ICC top 10 rankings

BRISBANE: Indian batters Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues have been able to remain in the top 10 of the ICC T20I rankings for batswomen. While Verma is the highest ranked Indian batter at the third spot, Mandhana and Rodrigues have also been able to hold their respective seventh and ninth places in the list led by Australias Beth Mooney. In the bowlers’ rankings, Deepti Sharma remains the highest ranked Indian, currently occupying the sixth spot. She is followed by Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav at seventh and eighth places respectively. Among all-rounders, Deepti remains the only Indian in top 10, currently placed at the fourth spot. 

Shooting camp postponed

NEW DELHI: The national shooting federation has postponed an optional training camp, slated to start here from October 5, due to “administrative compulsions” even as the Sports Authority of India “principally approved” it on Friday. This is the second time in two months that the camp has been postponed, the first being in August, when the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was forced to call it off in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an e-mail to the shooters, NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia wrote, “Due to administrative compulsions, the coaching camp proposed from 5th October, 2020 in Rifle/Pistol events at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi is postponed.

269 mn viewers watch IPL in first week

NEW DELHI: The opening week of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being playing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was watched by 269 million viewers, 11 million more per match compared to the like period of last year’s edition. According to a BARC-Nielsen report titled ‘Television Viewership and Advertising Consumption of IPL-13 2020’, the opening week of the ongoing IPL edition saw a 15 per cent growth in viewing minutes as compared to 2019. The opening week of IPL 2020 witnessed a 21 per cent growth in average impressions per match as compared to the 2019 edition of the cash-rich league, despite holding one match less and fewer channels showing the league than in 2019. The tournament, in the first week, registered 60.6 billion viewing minutes across seven matches and 21 channels.