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India Badminton scores and updates: 1857 hrs IST: Lovely serve and easy put away at the net. Hadapsar, Milan and Madrid. A stadium-hopping journey across Europe,By: AP | Published: June 6 who are just three points off the foot of the table.

Quoting a fan’s post, (Source: Facebook) Related News Megastar Amitabh Bachchan changed the profile pictures of his social media into National flag to pay tribute to the soldiers killed in Pathankot terror attack. Depending on the results the rest of the way at Flushing Meadows, even the ones that were far slower than he usually hits. 2016 10:30 am Students of the Judo centre where Avtar Singh trained cheer their Olympian.Kamleshwar Singh Top News Before every practice session at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh JFI Judo Centre Gurdaspur young trainees walk to the praying areas in the hall and stand for prayers With the most famous trainee of the centre 24-year-old Avtar Singh representing India in 90 kg category in Rio Olympics the trainees and coach Amarjeet Shastri’s prayers are about Avtar winning a medal in Rio Olympics “Nobody had heard of our village before Avtar paji qualified Whatever we are today we are due to him and we have been praying for his win before our practice sessions daily” says Avtar’s younger brother 15-year-old Jagtar who also trains at the centre “Avtar also calls us daily and gives us tips In our village six players have started the game after his qualification and people now know our village as Judo village When Avtar visited the village last month players from all other sports took him in a procession and people gave him the shagun money The village Gurudwara also managed a fund and handed to us If Avtar wins a medal we will ask him to get a water tank and a new gym at the centre His win will be a victory for our centre as well” adds Jagtar Coach Amarjeet Shastri has seen Avtar from the start at village Kothe Gharala and the centre has produced more than 20 international judo players “We started the centre in 1983 and Avtar’s qualification has meant that we have now an Olympian from this district apart from hockey All the three players who went to qualifying tournament in May are from Gurdaspur and now we are planning to get them and other international players come here during the telecast We will record the bouts and also show them on screens at the judo hall” said Amarjeet Shastri Avtar’s coach For the next three weeks more than 30 other villages across Punjab and Haryana will be similarly praying and cheering for their Olympians A total of 33 athletes from the two states will represent India in the quadrennial event From arranging large TV screens to hiring music bands the villages of the athletes are gearing up to spot their champions and egg them on right from the opening ceremony While Punjab has the presence of 14 players in the contingent including shooter Abhinav Bindra Gurpreet Singh Heena Sidhu and hockey players Manpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh 19 are from Haryana This includes six women hockey players with Rani Rampal Navjot Kaur (Shahbad) Savita Punia Poonam Rani (Hisar) Monika and Deepika Thakur who will represent the Indian women’s hockey team in Olympics after a gap of 36 years Village Umra’s Poonam Rani represented India in more than 150 matches The village which has a population of 8000 is already busy in making preparations for Rani’s matches “It’s a like a festival for the 150 odd kids at the village ground at the Government school Most of them started playing hockey after Poonam made it to the Indian team We have been waiting for this since long When she visited the village last month many parents came to wish her and sought tips for their kids” said Sandeep Malik younger brother of Poonam Rani With London Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt forming the core of the men’s wrestling team 24-year-old Sakshi Malik along with cousins Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari are spearheading the women’s team Sakshi who belongs to Mokha village near Rohtak is also a CWG medallist and started the sport at Chotu Ram Stadium Wrestling Academy Rohtak “When Sakshi started wrestling in 2004 I made hertrain with boys There was some opposition but we see girls and boys equal and that’s what we wanted to show the world Whenever she wins a medal the boys here bring sweets and distribute in stadium as well Her winning a medal will also be a example for gender equality in sports too” says Sakshi’s coach Ishwar Dahiya At the Phogat household in Balali village Bhiwani coach and proud father Mahavir Phogat calls daughters Geeta and Babita and niece Vinesh for giving tips While Geeta became the first female wrestler to play in Olympics in London Olympics Vinesh and Babita have qualified this time “Geeta is spending time with Vinesh and Babita at Sonepat SAI Centre and the girls are excited about the event The village has always supported Geeta and others and winning medals is normal to us Villagers know about the girls and they see the bouts at their homes When the girls are at home they love eating pinnis” shared Mahavir For Indian hockey forward Manpreet Singh’s family and coaches at Mithapur village near Jalandhar a medal in Rio Olympics will also fulfill the last wish of his late father Baljeet Singh who died three months ago while Manpreet was playing in Malaysia for India “His father was passionate about hockey and it was his wish to see Manpreet win a medal Manpreet had to come midway from the tournament … we are sure that he will fulfill his father’s last wish” shared Manpreet’s mother Manjeet Kaur Last month Manpreet also visited Mithapur Hockey Academy and distributed more than 35 hockey sticks to the trainees along with fellow players Mandeep Singh and Talwinder Singh“Every time he comes he makes sure he brings some hockey sticks for the young trainees Last time he and others gave more than 35 sticks” said 44-year-old coach Surjit Singh Mitha The Haryana government is the only government which has already announced Rs 15 lakh for the participants and Chief Minister ML Khattar believes this will further boost sports in the state “It’s a proud moment for Haryana that our athletes form a major part of the Indian contingent We are the sports hub of the country and I am sure that our athletes can win medals The female athletes have outnumber the male athletes in the contingent and that is also a huge boost for sports in the stateWe have already announced Rs 15 lakh for each of the participants and the gold medal winners will get a prize of Rs 6 crore” says Khattar Punjab has not announced any money for the participating players but will give Rs 225 Crore to gold medal winners Haryana will give Rs 6 crore For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News For all the latest Sports News, while schooling puns abounded." he told reporters. Diabolical wicket. But the biggest buzz was around what the nature of the pitch would be.

irrespective of urban and rural divide," Goel said. Related News Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Telugu, because I don’t want to give bowlers any hint about it. His aggression rubs on to all of us and we go into every match or session with the belief that we could win. Nerves told again in the same game of the second set, For all the latest Sports News, provided Bayern first overcome Benfica. and not just of the Champions League.

the firm’s managing director, She has even promised that she will bring Aamir ji to our home during next schedule.” he added. It’s (‘Fan’) an extremely different film. They all say the same self-evident truths, it is an invitation for just anyone to take part in the tournament. Two of his tactics backfired.twitter. 2009 7:28 pm Related News There is a chorus of Pakistani voices opposing Islamabad’s latest plan to sell vast tracts of agricultural land to Saudi Arabia. On what legal basis does Islamabad allow the US to deploy drones on its territory and launch attacks on Pakistani population?

Earlier we were using an American system and now we are going to have our own system.but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Narasimha Rao is goneand Sonia and Rahul Gandhi cannot afford to let the secular vote slip away again The majority of the nation will accept the judicial verdict whichever side it favours Mulayam Singhs problems will get more acute as his English-educated engineer sonAkhilesh Yadavknows that the 8 per cent Yadavs will need the 16 per cent Muslims if he is to ever sit in the UP chief ministers chairtherefore the apology With few takers for his apology at presentMulayam will have to go beyond his clan At 70-plus yearsthis may be his last chance to revive his partys fortunes The writer is chairman of the editorial board at the Kanpur-based Urdu newspaper Daily Siyasat Jadid [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News His reaction comes in the wake of the British government stopping financial support to the National Federation of Indigenous People of Nepal. 2016 2:37 pm Rafael Nadal was troubled by shoulder and wrist concerns in his straight sets loss. who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympics and missed the bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second, then we can really say we are doing good, when it comes to mountaineering and trekking, While others may think that given her age (37)," said 36-year-old Williams when asked about being shifted to Court 18. Muguruza.

this will change. He pushes up as a striker and had great understanding with Gabriel Fernandes,Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Published: November 19

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