No water, food, accommodation for athletes at Junior Nationals
Athletes who are competing in the National Junior Championships, starting this Saturday in Guwahati, will not be provided even drinking water by the organisers, forget boarding and lodging, due to which some athletes have borrowed money to travel all the way to Assam and compete.
India just two short of 100 Test wins in 21st century
As India gear up to face England in a four-Test series from Friday, the host country is only two wins away from becoming the fourth team to notch 100 wins in Test cricket in the 21st century. India have played 216 Tests since January 1, 2000, and have won 98 matches -- for a 45.37 per cent success -- lost 59, and drawn 59.
Jadeja 2.0 will be missed as Axar looks to replace him
With left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja out of India's Test squad due to broken thumb, India could field another left-arm spinner Axar Patel for the first Test against England beginning February 5. The challenge for Patel will be matching his senior's all-round ability and penchant for taking wickets on Indian pitches, something that he does with variations in pace.
Government slashes 2021-22 sports budget by Rs.230 crore
In the Union budget presented in Parliament on Monday, the Central government allocated Rs.2,596.14 crore to sports budget for the next financial year 2021-22, less by Rs.230.78 crore -- or, 8.16 per cent -- allocated in the previous fiscal.
Buffalo worth Rs 1.5 lakh for 'best' wrestler at women nationals
While young cricketers like T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur, Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj get awarded with SUVs for their stellar performance in Australia, wrestlers have to make do with buffaloes. With more physical strength probably needed to pin down opponents on a wrestling mat than to hurl a 156-gram cricket ball, it makes sense to gift them an endless supply of protein.