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Kolkata Maidan coach Abdul Monayem to nurture aspiring Bengal cricketers

Kolkata , WEST BENGAL :

Abdul Monayem (Image credit: Facebook)
Abdul Monayem (Image credit: Facebook)


Former Bengal cricketer and Maidan coach Abdul Monayem takes up the role of the Cricket Operations Head and the bowling coach of the Aditya School of Sports launched by the Aditya Group, here on Thursday.

The Aditya Group, in a press conference at the Calcutta Sport’s Journalist’s club announced the launch of The Aditya School of Sports of in the presence of coach Monayem, Anirban Aditya, chairman of the Aditya Group, Ankit Aditya, vice-chairman, Subrata Talukdar, CEO of Atletico De Kolkata and Jhulan Goswami, former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team.

The Aditya School of Sports is a new and a first initiative of it’s own kind as it seeks to promote the idea of sports as career option. Initially, the institution would have training personnel for only cricket and football but other sports like rifle shooting are set to be included soon.

The students will have to undergo practice sessions for six days a week along with well balanced education.They would be provided with the latest training equipment and no stone, in their path of becoming able sportspersons, would be left unturned.

Anirban Aditya said that this initiative has mainly been taken to give importance to sports along with studies. He told ,”We have built this institution following the lines of The Tata Football Academy.”

“We are trying to contact the Dumdum and Barasat municipalities so as to get them repair the unkept fields. After they have been rebuilt they could be made available for even local players use them.” Coach Monayem, the man who had played for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan clubs, and has big responsibilities of nurturing young talent, came out supporting this initiative.

He said, “This was needed from a long time. Here, along with education, people would take interest in sports, especially cricket”. He goes to say, ” Some of these cricketers may end up playing for Bengal one day.” He also says that not only boys but girls too, are free to take up admission in this institution.

Monayem had won the CAB First Division league with the Bhowanipore Cricket Club in the 2015-16 season. He also carries with him an experience of coaching first division clubs for 15 years.

The football training will be provided by specialized coaching staffs from the inaugural Indian Super League champions, Atletico De Kolkata.

The CEO of the club Mr.Subrata was present for occasion and said that, “ATK has helped the development of football in the country.” He also assured continuous help and support from the club to this institution.

source: http://www.sportscrunch,in  / Sports  Crunch / Home> Cricket / by Souryaprokas Bhaduri / November 23rd, 2017

Named by the game

Midnapore /  Salt Lake – WEST BENGAL :

Moidul Islam poses with his trophies at his FD Block home. (Sudeshna Banerjee)
Moidul Islam poses with his trophies at his FD Block home. (Sudeshna Banerjee)

The Maidan may know the former Mohammedan Sporting star as Moidul Islam but that wasn’t his name when he came to Calcutta from Midnapore in 1973. “I was born Mohiul Islam. It was commentator Ajay Basu who kept using this name on the radio. And before I knew, I was Moidul to the entire state. So I too started using that name,” says the FD Block resident.

Name change was not new to Islam. He was spotted on the village fields by the games secretary of State Transport Corporation Dasrathi Sinha. “On his advice, I shifted to Calcutta. He even arranged for my accommodation at the STC tent on the Maidan. Whenever I visited his home, he would introduce me to his elder sister as Mridul.”

After playing a year in the second division for Suburban Club, he was signed by Kidderpore Fotbal Club. In 1977, he got his first job with Port Trust of India, which had a football team. But when he got a call-up from Mohammedan in 1979, he quit without telling his family. “Word reached our village that I was jobless. I was away playing in Nagji trophy then. My father got worried that if I got injured my career would be over. I had to reason with him.” But he would soon get another job, with Food Corporation of India.

He shifted to Salt Lake in 1983, putting up first at Karunamoyee Housing Estate. He was with Mohammedan then. “I was the only club footballer staying in Salt Lake in those days. People would queue up in front of my building, seeking free match tickets. In those days, the club gave us tickets against deduction from our payments. I could not manage even after picking up a thousand.” He would shift to the FCI Quarters in DL Block in 1991.

Islam gets nostalgic talking of the 80s. “People would queue up from 3am at the Maidan in search of tickets. If we lost a match, it would get difficult for us to get out of the ground. We were escorted home in police vans. Football was rarely on TV except for the big matches at the Salt Lake stadium. Where is that kind of craze now? People don’t go to the ground even if they get tickets.”


The big crowds for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup, he suspects, were driven by a craze to attend a World Cup and also to see the renovated stadium.

He gets goosebumps on remembering the 1.10 lakh people in the stands when East Bengal played Diamant club of Cameroon in 1990. “Anandabazar Patrika printed a picture of me tackling Roger Milla (the 42-year-old star of the year’s World Cup). He got upset that I stuck to his side through the match. Diamant won but by a slender margin of 2-1.”

Other than Durand Cup and the IFA Shield, he has been a part of every tournament win in his 10 years with Mohammedan, three years with East Bengal and one year with Mohun Bagan. Among his clubmates, he has great respect for Mohd. Habib, Gautam Sarkar, Shabir Ali, Prasun Banerjee, Prasanta Banerjee among Indians and the Iranian duo Majid Baskar and Jamshid Nassiri. “My son Tariq grew up in their laps.” He remembers having brought Chima Okorie to Mohammedan while he was a student in Waltair. Emeka (Ezeugo), Chibuzor (Nwakanma) and Christopher also played with him at Mohammedan. He is upset that because of retired players from abroad being hired in the cash-rich Indian Super League, local strikers are not getting enough opportunities.

He is not sure how much hosting the U-17 World Cup would help Indian football. “Unless the infrastructure is in place and sports is made mandatory in school, nothing will happen. Around the time Mannada (Sailen Manna) played football, they were close to the other teams. But the rest of the world improved in leaps and bounds while we stagnated. Look at the standard of the youth teams of African nations like Ghana and Mali which came to the tournament!”

Salt Lake may be blessed with grounds, but parents here, he says, think football is too laborious a sport.

Islam is a poster boy for communal harmony. “We are a family of pirs. My uncle was a maulana in a madrasa. But we grew up in a harmonious atmosphere, with friends from one community participating in festivals of the others.” All hell broke loose when he fell in love with Sonali Das. “She was the only daughter and their family was dead against this alliance. Nonetheless we went for a registered marriage in 1983.” Even his daughter-in-law Priyanka is Hindu. “Tariq too has married for love. We had a grand reception in FD community hall in 2010,” smiles the 62-year-old who can sometimes be spotted playing football with the likes of musician Upal and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar at the Bikash Bhavan ground.

Sudeshna Banerjee / 

source: / The Telegraph, Calcutta,India / by Sudeshna Banerjee / October 05th, 2017

Meerut Boy Shahzar Rizvi Makes India Proud, Wins Gold At The Commonwealth Shooting Championship



There was joy and excitement at the residence of 23-year-old Meerut boy Shahzar Rizvi, who won gold in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth shooting championship in Australia on Wednesday. Indian shooters registered a 1-2-3 finish in the men’s 10m air pistol with Rizvi, a resident of Meerut’s Chhota Mawana village, claiming gold ahead of Omkar Singh (silver) and Jitu Rai (bronze) at Brisbane.

In the women’s 10m air rifle event, India’s Pooja Ghatkar won gold with a score of 249.8 in the final, beating India compatriot Anjum Moudgil (248.7), who claimed silver. India won two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal at the championship in Australia on Wednesday.

Rizvi’s father Shamshaad Ahmed, a freight contractor at a private company in Meerut, said, “All of us at home are very happy for him. He has done the entire country proud. I still remember the day nine years ago when he told me how he wanted to train as a shooter. I did not have enough money to buy him a gun, but I told him to pursue his dream and he started practising by borrowing weapons from others. It was only in 2012 that he got a gun of his own.”

Shahzar completed his schooling from Jawahar Inter College in Meerut and started pursuing his dream. He went on to win a silver medal in the 58th National Shooting Championship Competition (NSCC), Pune in 2014 and then won a gold medal in the 59th NSCC, Delhi in 2015.

“His gold medal in Delhi helped him secure a place in Indian Air Force, where he works as a sergeant. After he got employed with IAF, his game improved further as he got access to better weapons. Later, he got a bronze medal in National Games 2015 and a gold medal in 9th Asian Airgun Championship in Iran,” said Ahmar Rizvi, Shahzar’s younger brother. Ahmar is also a shooter and has played till pre-nationals. A head injury had forced him to opt out for some time, but he is back now and aims for the nationals.

Shahzar’s mother Shahjahan Rizvi – a homemaker – says she is eagerly waiting for her son’s arrival. The gold medallist is going to tie the knot with a local girl on November 18. The family said his victory in Australia has doubled their excitement and happiness for his wedding.

source: / / Home> Sports / by Ishita Bhatia / November 02nd, 2017

Mohammed Siraj: Auto driver’s son’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiration for all struggling cricketers

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League | Photo Credit: PTI
The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League | Photo Credit: PTI

New Delhi:

You call it a fairytale rise up the Indian ranks claiming it to be a classic rags-to-riches story, or praise his bowling prowess as he honed it little by little, but Mohammed Siraj’s run from an absolute nobody to a call-up for the T20I series against New Zealand has created quite a stir in Indian cricketing fraternity.

It was only in late Monday afternoon that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 16-member squad for the three-match T20I series against a touring New Zealand side. Much to the surprise of many, Siraj and Shreyas Iyer – two uncapped players were named in the squad for the shortest format of the game.

The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver, came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League (IPL). And it was not just after the Hyderabad-based franchise roped in the pacer with a whopping INR 2.6 crore, but also because he lived up to the expectations finishing off the campaign with 10 wickets in six matches. Well, it did include a stunning four-fer against Gujarat Lions that helped the former champions qualify for the playoffs. But that is not where it had all started.

It was at the age of seven that Siraj fell in love with the Gentlemen’s game. Back then, it was mere bunking classes to play tennis-ball cricket. Later in 2015, he picked up the red ball and bagged quite a few five-wicket hauls. He soon got a call-up for Hyderabad’s Under-23 side and then the senior team and finally for Ranji. In the 2016-17 season, the pacer scalped 41 wickets at an average of 18.92 as he became the third-highest wicket-taker in the campiagn after Shahbaz Nadeem and Anupam Sanklecha. And what followed next was a maiden IPL season.

He then recieved a call for the India A series against South Africa where he continued with his brilliancy picking up 10 wickets. Of late, he played against New Zealand A where he picked up four wickets in three matches. Overall, he has played 16 T20 matches, picking up 26 wickets at an average of 18.73.

“I knew that some time in future I will get a call-up but did not expect it this soon. I can’t tell you how happy I am. When I told my parents, they were speechless. It’s a dream come true,” said Siraj in an interview to PTI.

“Whatever I am today is primarily because of Ranji Trophy performance. My 40-odd wickets last season gave me the confidence. There’s nothing like getting wickets in first- class cricket. I was picked for Rest of India after that and because of Ranji Trophy, I got the IPL deal. So 60 per cent credit for this call-up is performance in first-class cricket,” he added. “I can’t tell you how much I am indebted to Bharath Arun sir. He is a brilliant coach. Last year, he was with the Hyderabad team and for the first time, I got an insight to the kind of variations needed to survive at the highest level.”

source: / Times Now / Home> Sports . by Times Now Digital, Agencies / October 23rd, 2017

Local boy Fouaad sizzles in Italian Equestrian trials

Bengaluru, KARNATAKA :


Montelibretti, Italy :

The thunder of hooves is equestrian buffs’ delight.

And local boy Fouaad Mirza made the Indian equestrian fraternity proud by galloping to fame in the first two trials at the Asian Games CCI equestrian event held in Montelibretti, Italy.

The top Indian rider produced an exemplary effort to win the event in style and on the strength of this performance is certain to spearhead the Indian challenge in the Asian Games next year.

The in-form Indian saddle artiste, pitted against some of the best Italian riders, produced a series of winning jumps to seize the initiative early on in the big event.

The top score posted by Fouaad in the championship is a couple of points behind the gold medalwinning score registered in the Asian Games last year and considering the fact that Fouaad didn’t really break sweat to register the top mark, he is a big medal hope in Indonesia while staking the Indian claim in the event at the Asian Games.

The first Indian rider to post a victory in Europe, Fouaad, training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, will compete in Le Pouget, France next month before parading his skills in a couple of championships in Germany. Bettina immensely pleased with Fouaad’s progress made no secret of her opinion that the top Indian rider is peaking right for the big Asian event.

Vice-president of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) and head honcho of the Embassy Group, Jitu Virwani, said that a couple of other Indian riders, including one from the Army, are training in Germany and are on top of their game. “We have a great chance to win gold at the Asian Games and hopefully our riders will scale new high and put Indian equestrian on the international map,” said jitu Virwani, indicating that the top riders are comfortable partnering the big German warmbloods. “It is simple. We from our end are providing our riders the best horses and the onus is on them to go for gold,” said Jitu Virwani, who has roped in some of the best Show Jumpers on the circuit in Germany.

Silva Storai, the only woman jockey to register two Derby victories in flat racing, said Fouaad is a fine talent and is ready to make a mark on the international scene. “I have followed his progress from the time he successfully competed in many EPL championships at the Embassy International Riding School and he now looks ready to make the big league,” said Silva.

source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Sports> Others / by Ikram Khan / October 18th, 2017

Bengaluru round-up


Double for Sujan

Sujan Bharadwaj bagged the boys’ junior and sub-junior titles at the M.S. Ramaiah Memorial state-ranking table tennis tournament here.

In the girls’ section, Yashaswini clinched the junior crown but lost the sub-junior final.

The results: Boys: Junior: Sujan Bharadwaj bt S. Krishna 11-3, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8; Sub-junior: Sujan bt K.J. Aakash 11-9, 11-6, 11-4,

Girls: Junior: G. Yashaswini bt D. Kalyani 13-11, 11-4, 11-9, 13-11; Sub-junior: Anarghya bt Yashaswini 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Ponnanna scores a brace

Ponnanna scored a brace as BOSCH SC beat ITC SC 4-1 in the BHA ‘C’ division hockey league championship here.

The result: BOSCH SC, Bangalore 4 (Ranjan 2, Irudayarajan 7, Ponnanna 26, 28) bt ITC SC 1 (Srinivas 36).

Fardeen downs Arjun

Fardeen Ahmed defeated Arjun Mahajan 80-64, 39-37 in the final to win the Karnataka state-ranking sub-junior snooker tournament here.

The results: Final: Fardeen Ahmed bt Arjun Mahajan 80-64, 39-37; Third-place match: Fabian Moses bt Danish Khan 58-16, 33-41, 64-17.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport / October 17th, 2017

India’s first Olympic swimmer, Shamsher Khan, dead


Shamsher Khan. | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR
Shamsher Khan. | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR

Shamsher Khan won a place in the Indian Olympics contingent that had visited Australia in 1956.

Shamsher Khan, the country’s first swimmer who had participated in the 1956 Summer Olympicsdied at his native village Repalle on Sunday.

Mr. Khan, 92, died of heart attack, his eldest son Babu said.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Leader of the Opposition Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and Principal Secretary L.V. Subramanyam condoled the death of Mr. Kahn.

The funeral rites would be performed on Monday.

Mr. Khan had enrolled himself in the Indian Army in 1949. He had taken part in various national swimming competitions. He won a place in the Indian Olympics contingent that had visited Australia in 1956. He, however, secured fourth place in the competition. He continued to serve in the Army till he retired in 1973. After retirement, he settled at Repalle.

He lived a life of penury till his death. In July 2016, the Andhra Pradesh Government awarded him ₹25 lakh.

While Mr. Khan’s eldest son is a farmer, his second son is working in a private company.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Staff Reporter / Guntur , October 15th, 2017

Indias First Olympic Swimmer Shamsher Khan Is No More Passes Away In Andhra Pradesh


Indias First Olympic Swimmer Shamsher Khan Is No More Passes Away In Andhra Pradesh


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Imam’s penchant for Taekwondo secures Guinness record

Vijayawada, ANDHRA PRADESH / Hyderabad , TELANGANA :

Hashmath Ali Khan. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR
Hashmath Ali Khan. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

Hashmath performed 16 steps of Taekwondo for 65 times in 30 minutes

Hafez Hashmath Ali Khan, Taekwondo and Karate coach who hails from Vijayawada, is on a mission to make bigger achievements in the world of Taekwondo for several years. His spirit has got a boost after the successful participation in a recent event that found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hashmath performed the 16 steps of Taekwondo for 65 times in 30 minutes. It was a result of rigorous training for six months, he says.

Hashmath, also an Imam who occasionally teaches in masjids in Andhra Pradesh, is one among the few persons in Hyderabad who successfully performed the feat of delivering 300 perfect punches in 180 seconds. This feat secured a place in the High Range Book of World Records.

As a profession, Hashmath teaches Taekwondo and Karate at many schools in Hyderabad and simultaneously grew stronger in the martial art under the guidance of his master Jayanth Reddy of the JR International Taekwondo Academy in Hyderabad, which is known for its Guinness records in Taekwondo.

‘Governments attention needed’

“Taekwondo is an important sport that needs the attention of the Union and the State governments. However, there is not much encouragement from the State governments even as the sport is an Olympic event since decades,” says Hashmath.

“Government should take Taekwondo seriously and focus on providing the training facility for the students who could get into Olympics and bring medals to the nation. I am confident that I can compete in Olympics and also nurture my students including national fighters to rise up to the level of Olympics,” said Mr. Hashmath, who also trained the police in Hyderabad.

Hashamth, 30, was born in Vijayawada. He moved to Nellore for education and then moved to Hyderabad where he learned Karate 12 years ago and then took up Taekwondo in 2012.Now, he is a Master Instructor as recognised by the Korean Cultural Centre India as per the World Taekwondo Federation rules.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Tharun Boda / Vijayawada – October 08th, 2017

Samiya Imad Farooqui beats Widjaja Stephani to bag gold at Yangon

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

Samiya found the going tough in the opening game as Stephani jumped to a 6-1 lead early on and kept distancing herself to grab it easily.

Samiya Imad Farooqui poses alongside junior chief coach Sanjay Mishra in Yangon on Sunday.
Samiya Imad Farooqui poses alongside junior chief coach Sanjay Mishra in Yangon on Sunday.

Yangon (Myanmar):

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women’s singles competition after defeating Indonesia’s Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship here on Sunday.

The third seeded Indian, who had reached the finals at Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix U-19 in April, defeated Stephani 15-21, 21-17, 21-19 in a 56-minute match to lay claim to the coveted title.

P.V. Sindhu had won the gold in U-19 Asia Junior championship in 2012 at Gimcheon, South Korea. Samiya found the going tough in the opening game as Stephani jumped to a 6-1 lead early on and kept distancing herself to grab it easily.

However, the 14-year-old from Hyderabad made a roaring comeback in the second game, opening a 6-2 lead and then grabbing a 13-8 lead.

The Indonesian clawed back at 13-13 but Samiya managed to wriggle out and eventually forced the match into a decider. In the third game, Stephani and Samiya entered in a tooth and nail battle. Samiya clawed back to a 16-16 and turned the tables eventually to take the title home.

source: / Asian Age / Home> Sports> In Other Sports / by PTI / October 09th, 2017