Kohli, Mirabai named for Khel Ratna

New Delhi, Sep 20 : The Sports Ministry on Thursday approved the names of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and ace weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for the country’s highest sporting honour — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — ard, which will be given away by President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organised function at the […]

BAI doles out cash incentives of Rs 1.6 crore to state units

New Delhi, Sep 19 : In an unprecedented move, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday doled out a cash incentive of Rs 1.6 crore to its 32 member associations for developing the sport across the country. The cash disbursement followed the decision on Monday, as adopted in the Executive Council (EC) meeting, presided […]

Sindhu advances, Saina out of China Open

Changzhou (China), Sep 18 : Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals while her compatriot Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the opening round at the $1 million China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here on Tuesday. Sindhu, who clinched the China Open title in 2016, defeated World No 39 Saena […]

Spain’s Marin claims Japan Open badminton title

Madrid, Sep 16 : Spain’s Carolina Marin, Olympic champion and three-time badminton world champion, won the Japan Open women’s singles title on Sunday with a victory over Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 17-21, 21-11. Marin, 25, played an exciting match lasting one hour and 15 minutes, in which Okuhara pushed back to win the second […]

Badminton world champion Momota in Japan Open final

Tokyo, Sep 15 : Japanese shuttler Kento Momota on Saturday defeated top seed Viktor Axelsen in straight games to reach the final of the Japan Open, where he faces Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab. The reigning world champion dominated the match against 24-year-old Danish giant Axelsen to grab victory at 21-18, 21-11, while Phetpradab advanced after beating […]

India’s campaign ends in Japan Open badminton

Tokyo, Sep 14 : India’s campaign in the Japan Open badminton tournament ended with a loss by men’s singles player Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-finals stage here on Friday. Seventh seed Srikanth lost to Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 in a marathon match which lasted around 80 minutes. Srikanth played sensibly to bag […]