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Sports Ministry to establish 1000 district-level Khelo India Centres

New Delhi: In a move to tap into the expertise of past sporting champions for grassroot-level training of athletes and also to ensure a sustained source of income for them in the sports ecosystem, the Sports Ministry has decided to establish 1000 Khelo India Centres (KIC) at the district level across the country. These centres will either be run by …

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GFDC to have its own club

Panaji: The state-run Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) will form its own club to ensure players’ participation in competitive tournaments, a senior GFDC official said on Friday. GFDC Member Secretary Aleixo da Costa told PTI that the council cannot field its team right now in the Goa Football Association (GFA) affiliated tournaments as it is not registered as a club. …

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Man City thrash Arsenal in muted atmosphere as Premier League returns

AP Manchester When Manchester City scored the first goals the Premier League had seen in more than three months, only health workers were in the stands to applaud. For the last three months, it’s been the nation applauding the health workers. In protective clothing, they were among only 300 people allowed into the Etihad Stadium for the game against Arsenal …

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Sri Lanka ‘sold’ 2011 WC final, alleges ex-sports minister

PTI Colombo Sri Lanka’s former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has alleged that his country “sold” the 2011 World Cup final to India, a claim ridiculed by formers captains Kumar  Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who demanded evidence from him. In an interview with local TV channel ‘Sirasa’, Aluthgamage said the final was fixed. Set a target of 275, India claimed the …

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Boxer Vikas Krishan sets sights on Olympic gold

IANS New Delhi One of the most decorated Indian boxers Vikas Krishan isn’t focussing on silver or bronze at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo as according to him, his ever-so-famished gloves can only be satisfied with a gold. Vikas, an Asian Games and Commonwealth gold medallist, isn’t perturbed by the fact that Olympics have been postponed till 2021 and has …

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Atletico Madrid blitz Osasuna to boost top-four ambitions

Reuters Pamplona Atletico Madrid hammered Osasuna 5-0 away from home in La Liga on Wednesday to secure their biggest win of the season and give a huge boost to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Atletico’s record signing Joao Felix put the visiting side ahead by arriving in the box and drilling the loose ball into the top …

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Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions for 8th straight year

Bremen: For the eighth straight year, Bayern Munich’s players celebrated winning the Bundesliga title. This celebration, though, was unlike any of the previous seven. The players’ cheers echoed around an empty stadium after a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen on Tuesday secured the title with two rounds to go. With no fans in the stands because of the coronavirus pandemic, …

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Asian footballer, developmental players must in a squad from next ISL season

Kolkata: The Indian Super League (ISL) has made it mandatory for its participating clubs to have one Asian player in their squad from the upcoming 2020-21 season. As per the ISL player guidelines provided to all the clubs by organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), accessed by IANS, each club is also mandated to have two developmental players born in …

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BCCI fumes as ICC drags its feet on T20 World Cup

New Delhi: Livid with the International Cricket Council for continuing to put off a decision on the fate of this year’s T20 World Cup, the BCCI has accused outgoing chairman Shahshank Manohar of deliberately dragging his feet on the issue. With Cricket Australia’s chairman Earl Eddings once again citing his board’s inability to host the global event from October 18-November …

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Sachin wasn’t enjoying game in 2007, was ready to give it up: Kirsten

New Delhi: Former South Africa cricketer Gary Kirsten has jogged down memory lane and recalled his time as the coach of Team India and his relationship with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Kirsten revealed Tendulkar wasn’t happy with his batting position and was looking to end his career in 2007. India had also crashed out of the group stage of the …

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