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Abhinav Bindra of India won the men's 10-meter air rifle competition, upsetting silver medalist Zhu Qinan of China. He's the first athlete from his country of 1.1 billion people to win an individual gold medal in the 112 years of the Olympic Games.
A good business model must be worked out on lines of IPL. People like Lalit Modi need to get involved in building a business around this. One sure shot way is to allow some form of gambling on various sports.


BCCI announces Rs.2.5 mn cash award for shooter Bindra

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)on Monday announced a cash award of Rs. 2.5 million to the Beijing Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra.

Bindra became the first Indian ever to win an individual Olympic gold medal by claiming top honours on Monday in the men's 10-metre air rifle.

"Hearty congratulations to Abhinav Bindra for winning India's first-ever individual gold medal at the Olympics. He has done the country proud. His achievement heralds a new era for Indian sport," BCCI President Sharad Pawar said in a statement.

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Abhinav Bindra of India won the men's 10-meter air rifle competition, upsetting silver medalist Zhu Qinan of China. He's the first athlete from his country of 1.1 billion people to win an individual gold medal in the 112 years of the Olympic Games.

Actually, these fellows will not learn until they are genocided a few times, and even then it is doubtful...

Regression of Indian physical culture was a british gift: Muscle control in ancient India
Men's 200m Breaststroke -- Heat 1
SEJWAL Sandeep

Lets see how he perform. Good luck.
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Actually, these fellows will not learn until they are genocided a few times, and even then it is doubtful...

Regression of Indian physical culture was a british gift: Muscle control in ancient India

No, I will not blame British but after Independence Babus and Netas did biggest damage or completly destroyed.
In my and extended family, sports is always a big part. Family had atleast 8-9 competed in National level, 1 in Asiad, 2 competed international. They are in every sports - Swimming, Table Tennis, Hockey, Basket ball, Volley Ball and Billards.
I have seen frustration, hurdles and all type nonsense.
In Talkatora Stadium, Delhi, my distant cousin died during practice when someone jumped over him. That was main stadium in Delhi, and water was always muddy. Coach ignored whole thing.
Pool where I started learning was muddy and floor with all green grass, I remember we cleaned up whole pool spending three days. I don't know current status, but those days pool were without filters and chlorine in pool was luxory.

National Stadium facilities are horrible.

For competition, costumes, rackets and other appratus from US, oh yes as a gift from relatives. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Despite what Brits did, 60 years is enough time to put up a decent show in sports, and countries that are even worse off like Kenya do better than us.

Instead of blaming the British, we should be looking at our own contemporary culture, how many Indian schools have a real sports program, do they have cross country, wrestling, track, rugby, soccer etc, I didn't know of any, the only sport was cricket.

I said it before, unless Indians take up multiple sports and there are proper sports programs in schools, we can forget about a decent performance.

Oh, by the way Jitender and Vijender won their matches, going to the next round.
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Actually, these fellows will not learn until they are genocided a few times, and even then it is doubtful...

Regression of Indian physical culture was a british gift:  Muscle control in ancient India

Whiteman has become the favorite boogeyman for Indians. They have all the right to be derisive, and we, to be ashamed. Kenya didn't have British rule?

Why blame the British of 60 years ago when current population is too busy eating pakoras and watching cricket? Do you actually think Hindu parents encourage sports?

What system has been instituted now to encourage sports? Why Mani Shankar Aiyar was head of Ministry of sports?

Physical culture is well and alive in villages. Its not the fault of Brits that modern day Hindus are content with bollywood and oily samosa grease.
US did the same thing in Japan after WWII, they are winning enough medals.
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oily ...grease.
<!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo--> before sports he was in petroleum.
Indian origin Raj Bhavsar was in winning US bronze Gymnastics team. His performance was good on vaults.

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Netas from WB never disappoint. They are most enlightened one. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
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PTI Kolkata
At a time when accolades and rewards are pouring in for India's golden boy Abhinav Bindra, West Bengal sports minister Subhas Chakraborty on Wednesday sprang a surprise by commenting that it was a "chance victory" for the ace shooter who earned India the first-ever individual Olympic gold medal in Beijing.

Terming Bindra's feat a sheer luck and a momentary success, the maverick minister, known for his controversial statements in the past, said Indians should not go overboard on the individual gold medal triumph.

Asked if West Bengal government, which is yet to announce any reward for the Chandigarh shooter, has any plans for Bindra, the sports minister with his tounge in his cheek said, "You people do not understand sports. It was a matter of luck that Bindra bagged gold for India that day. You should control your excitement on Bindra's feat. He (Bindra) may not achieve the same feat and his aim may be off-target if he's sent to the shooting range some time later."

<b>Chakraborty was speaking to reporters at Sports Day celebration of East Bengal Club.</b>

Bindra earned India's first-ever individual gold medal in Olympics when he scored the highest points in the 10-metre air rifle shooting event in Beijing on Monday.
These WB commies knows Marx or China or ways to cheat people.
<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Beijing: Abhinav Bindra's gun was tampered with before the final of 10m Air Rifle event which the ace marksman won to give India its first ever individual Olympic gold medal, top officials with the Indian contingent said here today.

The sightscreen fitted with the gun had been altered before the final and it was only because of his unflappable nature that Bindra went on to win the medal, Deputy Chef-the-Mission Baljit Singh Sethi, who is also the Secretary General of the National Rifle Association of India, told PTI.

"We did not know it but after the final, he (Bindra) told us that he found his gunsight altered. But he is a very cool boy and has lot of patience. Lesser mortals would have panicked but he maintained his cool and went on to win the gold," Sethi said.
Akhil Kumar wins in the pre quarters:

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Does this West Bengal sports minister Subhas Chakraborty (who I guess takes marching orders from Bejing) have comments on Chinese fudging passports to win (not that I wish to take away credit from this kids).. documented evidence here or all the ridicule and contempt reserved for Indians.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"He firmly believed that centuries of political slavery had clearly resulted in a debilitation of body and mind. This is seen in a very interesting article he wrote in the Kalki issue of 30 November 1952. The magazine had, in an earlier issue, published a commentary on an international wrestling match held in Madras in which the Indian wrestler Dara Singh had vanquished his overseas opponent King Kong. A woman reader had written to the editor expressing her revulsion at the spectacle and registering her anger that Kalki should have stooped so low as to feature and even celebrate such a barbarous activity acclaiming it as sport. Kalki was unapologetic in his reply to the reader through the article. He said wrestling was a time- and legend-honoured sport and that the gods themselves (Lord Siva against Arjuna for instance) as well as earlier historical heroes (Narasimha Varman who became known as Mamallan, the Great Wrestler) had engaged in it. He then added, significantly for us: "Owing to centuries-long subjugation under foreign rule, the mental firmness and the physical strength of the people of this country have declined. There cannot be two opinions about the need for the men of this country to regain them.... We believe that watching these wrestling games will help to some extent in this respect (Kalki, 30 Nov 1952, reprinted in Kalki, 8 Aug 1999, tr. by the present writer)

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<!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo--> It's going to be tough against him. The last time we met it was too close to call and he (Balakshin) managed to sneak past riding on his luck but this time I am better prepared," Jitender said on the tough match that awaits him.

"This time I'm not going to spare him. Akhil has beaten him in the past and I'll ask Akhil how to crack him," he added.

Meanwhile, it was a busy day outside the ring for Akhil as well as he ensured the flow of tips kept flowing for his protege.

"I was looking at him (Akhil) and he was giving me instructions. He told me to be aggressive and then backpedal. He had played Tulashboy and knew how to get the better of him. I dedicate this win to Akhil. He has been everything for me and I want to win a medal for him," an overwhelmed Jitender said.

It was a tactical battle by the Indian who showed maturity beyond his years. He landed the first blow on the Uzbek and led 4-1 after the opening round. Having established the lead, he protected it even if constant evading did not look glamorous.

Tulashboy grew desperate in frustration and it was showing. In the subsequent rounds, they were grappling as much they were boxing.

Vijender goes into quarterfinals:

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Under-14 rugby team from India making waves in Australia
August 17th, 2008 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS

By Neena Bhandari

Sydney, Aug 17 (IANS) An under-14 rugby team from Orissa is going places, winning matches against seasoned state and territory teams around Australia. The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences’ under-14 rugby team based in Bhubaneswar - which won the under-14 International School Rugby World Cup 2007 in Britain last September - is on its second international tour. The team has won its fixtures against the Northern Territory team in Darwin and against the under-14 team of the Lloyd McDermott Foundation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rugby Union) in Sydney.

“The tour has helped these tribal children interact with Australian players, visit various rugby club facilities and learn and refine their sporting skills. It has also provided the opportunity to know another culture and has given them recognition on the world stage,” Vijay Susarla, coordinator for the team’s Australia tour, told IANS.

For the young players, the experience has been overwhelming. “I am feeling on top of the world after winning here,” 14-year-old Raj Kishore Murmu, captain of the team, told IANS.

The young players have been staying at budget hostels and apartments and have been relishing barbecues. “It has been a great experience. We are learning various skills and have made many friends with players from host teams,” 12-year-old Ganesh Hembram said.

The team, sponsored by the Export and Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), flies to Adelaide Sunday and then to Melbourne for more matches before departing for India Aug 24.

The team has students from Classes 6 to 9, hailing from different tribes across Orissa. Captain Raj Kishore Murmu, vice-captain Bikash Chandra Murmu and Chittaranjan Murmu and Bukai Hansda are from the Santhal tribe.

The other players are Babula Melaka from the Saora tribe mainly concentrated in Koraput and Ganjam districts; Hadidhangada Majhi from the Bonda tribe; Niranjan Biswal from the Bhumija tribe concentrated in Mayurbhanj district; Barial Beshra from the Ho tribe; Sahadev Majhi from the Homunda tribe; Narasingha Kerai from the Saunti tribe; and Gauranga Jamuda from the Munda tribe.

It was Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) founder A. Samanta’s vision to help Orissa’s tribal children with free education, sports facilities, board and lodging.

KISS, founded in 1993 with about 100 students, now has over 5,000 boys and girls from 62 tribal groups spread across 30 districts of Orissa, enrolled from kindergarten to post graduation and all staying on the residential campus.

“In March this year, I had met Dr Samanta in India and his passion to put these kids, coming from one of the most vulnerable backgrounds, on world stage triggered my interest in the project,” says Susarla, a postgraduate from IIT Chennai, who migrated to Australia 24 years ago.

“Surprisingly, in less than six months we were able to make this tour happen. Initially, it was difficult to convince Australian states and territories, for this was rugby and not cricket.”

Now the hosts are convinced.

Rugby? and that too from Orissa? Reported only by Thaindian? Something is fishy...

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