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August 20: Seven CWG medallists weightlifters make it to Asian Games squad

Seven medallists from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games have made it to the 10-member Indian lifting squad for the upcoming Asiad in Incheon. India lifters brought home as many as 12 medals from Scotland. Five men and as many women will represent India at the Asiad, to be held in the Korean city from September 19 to October 4. Of the 10 lifters who have made the cut in the Asian Games squad, nine of them were part of the Indian contingent at the CWG. Kavita Devi (85kg) is the lone lifter who did not go to Glasgow.

August 20: India suffers defeat in 2nd Football friendly match

India today suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the two-match series 1-1 here today. Wim Koeverman’s team, which won the first friendly 1-0 on August 17, today looked out of sorts.

Pakistan were the better side in all departments of the game between the Asian Games-bound sides of the two countries at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

Pakistan richly deserved the accolades for putting up a gritty show and for not allowing the home side to make comeback into the game. India will need to step up the gas if they hope to go past the group stage in the Asian Games. Captain Kaleemullah and Saddam Hussain found the Indian net in the 39th and 90th minutes respectively. Kaleemullah converted a free-kick in the 39th minute. Kaleemullah’s free-kick sailed into the back of the net after a Lalrindika Ralte foul, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead.

Then, in the dying moments of the game, Saddam placed the ball into the far post and sealed the match for Pakistan.

August 17: India beat Pakistan in Friendly Football Match

Bangalore: Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, the goal coming off the boot of Robin Singh who was sent off midway into the second half, making it a bitter-sweet day for the local striker. In the first of the two friendly matches, the visitors were laid low after Robin and captain Sunil Chhetri combined to put India in lead in the 44th-minute. Chhetri tapped it in after Robin’s flick off a Lalrindika Ralte corner hit the post. The match commissioner strangely awarded the goal to Robin Singh, though.

August 7: Kapil Dev and Ajit Pal Singh to head awards committees

Former Indian Cricket captain Kapil Dev and Olympian Ajit Pal Singh will recommend names for this year’s National Sports Awards to be held in the capital on August 29.

According to ministry sources, Kapil was the unanimous choice to be the chairperson of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards committee.

Hockey legend Ajit Pal, the captain of the 1975 World Cup-winning team, will head the Dronacharya Awards committee.

The other members of the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards committee are Jaspal Rana (Shooting), Kunjarani Devi (Weightlifting), Anupam Gulati (Sports Commentator), Vijay Lokpally (Sports Journalist), Lovleen Nigam (AIR), Onkar Kedia (Joint Secretary, Sports), Jiji Thomson (DG, Sports Authority of India), VK Mahendroo (Head of Sports, ONGC), Anju Bobby George (Athletics) and Lalren Sanga (Archery).

Droncharya Awards committee comprises Monalise Mehta (Table Tennis), Bhuvneshwari Kumari (Squash), Ibomcha Singh (Boxing), Sharda Ugra (Sports Journalist), Manoj Yadav (Secretary, All India Police Sports Control Board), RD Singh, Jiji Thomson, Onkar Kedia, Sushil Doshi (Commentator) and Shyam Rao (Volleyball).

It has been learnt that Dronacharya Award committee will hold its first meeting on August 11, while the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards committee will meet the next day in the capital.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist PV Sindhu has been recommended for the Khel Ratna award this year. Tennis player Somdev Devvarman, Punjab golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, Discus throwers Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda and Para-athlete Devendra Jhajaria are the other nominees.

Pistol shooters Heena Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh are among the nominees for Arjuna awards.

August 7: Yadav Chef-de-Mission for Youth Olympics

Indian Weightlifting Federation vice-president Sahdev Yadav will be the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games to be held at Nanjing, China from August 12-28. Yadav has also been appointed associate joint secretary of IOA for the term 2013-2017.

August 7: Paes not to play in Davis Cup tie

Leander Paes is set to miss the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Serbia due to personal reasons. Paes is locked in a legal battle with his partner Rhea Pillai for the custody of their daughter and one of the hearings of the case would be around the tie, scheduled for September 12-14 in Bangalore.

August 7: World Kabaddi League from August 9

The World Kabaddi League will be inaugurated at O2 Arena, London, on August 9. The league will be played across 16 international cities. Starting from UK, the Leagues will travel to USA, Canada and India during its 18-week tour. 144 players from various countries are participating in the first-ever initiative to promote the sport on global platform. The League will end on November 30, 2014 in India.

August 6: India wins first Hockey Test

Dhaka: Riding its fine form after bagging a silver in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Indian men`s hockey team edged out Bangladesh 2-1 in the opening Test of the three-match series that started today in Dhaka as part of the Asian Games tune-up. Bangladesh drew first blood with a Farhad Ahmed Fhitul strike in the 30th minute, but India, who have picked a young squad for the series including some Asian Games probables, soon bounced back in the game and stole the thunder from the home team within a matter of five minutes. Trailing 0-1, Indian defender Gurjinder Singh replied through a field goal in the 32nd minute of the match and helped the visitors draw level. Mid-fielder Harjeet Singh quickly took the visitors ahead before half time when he made no mistake in converting a penalty corner in the 34th minute. India then held on the 2-1 advantage till time as Gurjinder received the Man of the Match award.

August 5: Samson & Karn earn place in India’s ODI squad

New Delhi : Kerala youngster Sanju Samson and Railways leg-spinner Karn Sharma today earned their maiden call-up while batman Cheteshwar Pujara and Yuvraj Singh were omitted from India’s 17-member squad for the One-day series against England, beginning from August 25.

Mumbai paceman Dhawal Kulkarni was also included while paceman Mohit Sharma was recalled to the squad, which had no place for seasoned players such as Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh.

Suresh Raina, who was left out of the Indian team for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, has been included in the squad, announced by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel after a meeting of the selection committee. Pacer Umesh Yadav has also been recalled to the team, to be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Virat Kohli being his deputy.

The selectors also dropped paceman Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron and Dinesh Karthik. “Considering the World Cup, the emphasis was laid on including the young players, that is why players such as Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Stuart Binny are there in the team,” Patel told reporters.

Patel also informed that spinner Amit Mishra was ruled out due to a back injury. The 19-year-old Samson and 26-year-old Karn were rewarded for their consistent performance in the domestic circuit as well as India A engagements.

Samson was highest run-getter for India A in team’s recent Quadrangular series victory in Australia. The diminutive batsman scored 244 runs at an average of 81.33 in seven matches. Yuvraj Singh, who was in the second-string team which toured Bangladesh under Raina’s captaincy, was ignored.

MS Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma.

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