Russia banned from global sports for 4 years over doping, to miss Olympics…….

       World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has handed a four-year suspension to Russian Athletics Federation from all major sporting events, which includes the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and World Championships. Earlier this year, WADA investigators and International Olympic Committee (IOC) had stated the Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide several potential doping cases. WADA’s executive committee took the decision after it concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

       “The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald, speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne. “WADA’s executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years,” he added. Russia, which has tried to showcase itself as a global sports power, has been embroiled in doping scandals since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics. Its doping woes have grown since, with many of its athletes sidelined from the past two Olympics and the country stripped of its flag altogether at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for state-sponsored doping cover-ups at the 2014 Sochi Games.

       Monday’s sanctions had been recommended by WADA’s compliance review committee in response to the doctored laboratory data provided by Moscow earlier this year. One of the conditions for the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which was suspended in 2015 in the wake of the athletics doping scandal but reinstated last year, had been that Moscow provide an authentic copy of the laboratory data. The sanctions effectively strip the agency of its accreditation. Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov last month attributed the discrepancies in the laboratory data to technical issues. The punishment, however, leaves the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete at major international sporting events without their flag or anthem for four years, as was the case during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

medal tally hits 252 as India adds 38 medals on Day 7…….

       Swimmers and wrestlers continued their complete domination in their respective disciplines as India continued its commanding performance on yet another medal-laden day to leave rival countries far behind in the South Asian Games here on Sunday. The swimmers picked up as many as 7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze while the wrestlers clinched all the four yellow metals on offer on Sunday to help India add 38 medals (22 gold, 10 silver, 6 bronze) on Day 7 of the regional Games. India’s total medal count stood at 252 (132 gold, 79 silver, 41 bronze), leaving behind host Nepal and Sri Lanka behind. Nepal has won 165 medals (45 gold, 44 silver, 76 bronze) while Sri Lanka have collected 197 medals (36 gold, 68 silver, 93 bronze). Handball players added one gold and one silver by winning the women’s event while finishing runners-up in the men’s final. In fencing also, India picked up all the three gold on offer by finishing on top of the podium in the team events of men’s epee, men’s sabre and women’s foil. It was a gold rush for the Indian in the swimming pool with Kushagra Rawat picking the first top prize of the day in men’s 400m freestyle event with a time of 3:49.76 while compatriot Anand Shylaja took the silver in 4:01.02 for an Indian 1-2 finish. Supriya Mondal then added another gold in men’s 200m butterfly, clocking 2:02.45, while another Indian, Mihir Ambre took the bronze with a time of 2:09.14.

Portugal wins 2nd Beach Soccer world title, beating Italy 6-4…….

       Portugal are the world champions of beach soccer for the second time following their 6-4 victory over Italy in the final of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.

       Emmanuele Zurlo opened the scoring with his tenth of the tournament. He’s scored in every knockout stage match. Leo Martins equalised with a well-hit free-kick that found the bottom corner to bring the teams level at the first interval. Portugal took a two-goal lead heading into the second and final interval thanks to goals from Jordan and Andre Lourenco’s follow-up tap-in from Jordan’s long-distance free-kick. Jordan and Leo Martins both scored early in the third to both grab braces on the evening, while goalkeeper Andrade did his part, too, most notably saving a penalty from the tournament’s top scorer Gabriele Gori. As they’ve shown all tournament, Italy fought back into the game and found two goals from Andrea Ramacciotti and Josep Junior Gentilin to come to within two goals of the Portuguese.

Barkatullah University Inter College Swimming Competition at Rajiv Gandhi College…….

        Anmol Abhinandan Srivastava, who represented Barkatullah University in the Inter College Swimming Competition held at Rajiv Gandhi College, Salaiya Bhopal yesterday, took first place in 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, Anmol Will represent the Bhopal University, 1-4 November 2019 Barkatullah at Inter-University Swimming Competition to be held at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar. Anmol is the son of Joint Collector Rajeev Nandan Srivastava.

The Academy’s Horseriders win five Gold and three Silver medals at the National Junior Equestrian Competition at Jaipur Nine players gets selected for junior national equestrian competition…….

         The players of Madhya Pradesh State Equestrian Academy performed brilliantly in the qualifying trials of the Junior National Equestrian Competition and Regional Equestrian League held in Jaipur from 20 to 24 September 2019, winning eight medals including five gold and three silver. Also nine academy players qualified for the junior national equestrian competition. The competition will be played in Bengaluru from December 20 to 31, 2019.Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Jeetu Patwari and Director Sports and Youth Welfare Dr. Dr. Jha, were pleased and happy on the achievement of the Academy’s horseriders. Sl Thousen has expressed happiness and congratulated the medal winning players.The players who won medalsUnder the competition are Lakshmi Kewat of the Academy in the Children Group-1 Day Saj (Individual) event in the age group of 12 to 14 years and Hamza Akil in the Children Group-2 Day Saj (Individual) Event earned one Gold Medal each. Academy player Kanchan Rajput received the junior jumping in the individual event. Similarly, the players of the academy won a gold medal in the team event of the Children Group-2 Day. The team consisted of Hamza Akil, Vineet Parihar and Sanskar Rathore. In the group-2 jumping team event, academy players Arjun Singh, Vineet Parihar, Hamza Akil and Sanskar Rathore also earned gold. Academy players Meera Malaiya, Kanchan and Aditya earned silver medals in Junior Day 4 team event. Aryan Pant, Anandi, Lakshmi Kewat and Tushar Jat in Group-1 Day Team Event and Lakshmi, Preeti, Aryan and Anandi earned one silver each in Jumping Team Event.Academy’s equestrian Kanchan Rajput, Meera Malaiya, Lakshmi Kewat, Aditya Ayush, Preity, Aryan Pant, Vineet Parihar, Hamza Akil and Anandi Singh have qualified for the junior national competition. In the qualifying trials and regional equestrian leagues, seven academy boys and six girl players earned medals by participating under the leadership of Chief Instructor Captain Bhagirath.

PV Sindhu Crashes Out After Losing To Zhang Beiwen In First Round Of Korea Open…….

       PV Sindhu crashed out in the first round of Korea Open after losing to Zhang Beiwen of USA 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 on Wednesday. PV Sindhu won the first game comfortably but the American shuttler came back strongly to win the next two games. India’s Saina Nehwal will compete in her first round match later in the day. Fifth-seeded Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win Badminton World Championships gold last month, squandered a first-game advantage and went down 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 by World No. 10 Beiwen in a contest that lasted for almost an hour. It was a tough loss for the reigning world champion as she had a match point in the second game. But the American hung in their and closed out the match comfortably eventually. With the win, Beiwen snapped a three-match losing streak against the Indian. This was a second successive early exit for Sindhu. The 24-year-old had crashed out of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament as she went down fighting to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong last week. In men’s singles, Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth made an early exit from the ongoing Korea Open Super 500 tournament after he was forced to retire midway in his first-round match against Anders Antonsen of Denmark on Wednesday.

FIFA Best Player: Lionel Messi Wins Prestigious Award As Cristiano Ronaldo Snubs Event…….

        Lionel Messi won the FIFA 2019 Men’s Player of the Year award as beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan’s iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday. Barcelona striker Messi’s victory was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player’s award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season. Juventus forward Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he was named in FIFA’s World 11 best team along with Messi. Both Messi, 32, and Van Dijk, 28, are now in the running for the coveted Ballon d’Or which will be announced on December 2. “I want to thank those who decided to give me this recognition,” said Messi. “The most important thing for me is the collective awards, but today is also a very special night for me.” It is the first time that Messi has won the FIFA Best Award which was created in 2016. Ronaldo won for 2016 and 2017, with Croatian Luka Modric beating both last year. Messi was top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals before Barcelona were dumped out by Liverpool in the semi-finals. The Argentine also won the European Golden Shoe after scoring 36 goals, the La Liga title with Barcelona and helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America. Van Dijk had been bidding to become a rare defender to win a FIFA player award, since Italian Fabio Cannavaro won the World Player of the Year, and he Ballon d’Or in 2006. The Netherlands captain also missed out on completing a treble for Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp winning the men’s coach of the year award and Alisson Becker the goalkeeper prize.Megan Rapinoe beat fellow World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze to the women’s prize, with her USA coach Jill Ellis lifting the women’s coaching award. Rapinoe, 34, was joint top scorer with six goals at the women’s World Cup and won the Golden Boot, also gaining the Golden Ball for the best player and becoming the face of the tournament for her outspoken views on US president Donald Trump and campaigning for LGBT rights.

UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid Dig Deep to Snatch Draw with Juventus…..

       Atletico Madrid produced a typically spirited comeback from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Juventus in a thrilling finale to Wednesday’s heavyweight Champions League Group D opener. Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera levelled in the 90th minute with a thumping header from a corner after defender Stefan Savic had pulled a goal back for the Spaniards in the 70th with a header from close range following a free kick.The Spaniards were the brighter side in the first half but Juve went ahead in the 48th minute when Juan Cuadrado sent an unstoppable curling shot into the top corner after a break engineered by a punt forward from defender Leonardo Bonucci. The Italian champions doubled their lead in the 65th minute following another quick counter as midfielder Blaise Matuidi headed home a cross from Alex Sandro. But with bullish coach Diego Simeone motivating them from the sidelines and a typically boisterous Wanda Metropolitano crowd roaring them on, Atletico refused to give in. Atletico and Juve have a point each while Lokomotiv Moscow top Group D after beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 away from home. “This game will do us a lot of good for the rest of the season, as it makes us believe in the character of the team,” Simeone told reporters. “We started well then they hit us twice and we were out of the game but we never caved in.” Juve’s Bonucci did not hide his disappointment at the fact his side could not see out the victory.”It’s a real shame to concede two goals from set plays. We had a great performance, but we’ve got to be more focussed, because this has happened too many times now,” he said. “Everyone has to be more concentrated. A side like ours cannot keep conceding this many goals from set plays.”