CHANDIGARH: The Black Lives Matter campaign has drawn a lot of attention internationally, with many sportspersons in India also lending their support to the cause and many accusing that such discriminations exist in the country. Star sprinter Hima Das, however, differs from those opinions as she feels it is all about embracing each other's culture in a diverse country like ours. "It's all about the mindset and how you carry yourself, the attitude matters a lot. I have never faced such discrimination in any part of the country. In fact, wherever I go I have made friends with my fellow athletes and campers. There are athletes from various corners of the country, and it's all about the mutual respect towards
PATIALA: Boxers Satish Kumar, Vikas Krishan and Neeraj have on Thursday tested negative for the novel coronavirus even as the rest of the first batch of boxers, who had arrived here last week are awaiting their Covid-19 test results. Currently observing quarantine at the SAI hostel in Patiala, boxer Satish Kumar heaved a sigh of relief, when he spoke to TOI: "All the boxers who had arrived here last week were on Thursday tested for the Covid-19 and three of us (me, Vikas and Neeraj) have tested negative. I hope all the other boxers test negative, we were pretty tense." "I am relieved to have got my result, this is new for all of us. But finally, there seems to
NEW DELHI: The Boxing Federation of India's plan to resume the national camp for Olympic-bound pugilists in Patiala is expected to materialise in the next couple of days as the "requisite permissions" are "finally coming through". The BFI wanted to start the camp on June 10 originally but had been waiting to secure permissions from the state government and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). "The camp will be held in Patiala. Permissions are likely coming in the next couple of days and this time it seems, things will work out. By July 1, the boxers can start assembling, followed by quarantine and testing and then resumption of training," a top federation official told PTI. "The paperwork is almost done,
NEW DELHI: Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Saturday conducted an interactive online session on mental health for all core group senior (men and women) national campers at the NIS Patiala and discussed ways to tackle the problem during the COVID-19 pandemic. Counselling psychologist from Delhi, Dr Anjuman Bains was the expert speaker. Bains advised the athletes, coaches and support staff at NIS Patiala to focus on short-term weekly targets to achieve desired results and to maintain positivity in day to day activities. All the athletes, coaches and support staff also had one-to-one interaction with Dr Bains, a release from IWF said.
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Monday said it has decided to amend the law along with the rules to change the definition of large industrial units in the state. The decision was taken to encourage the establishment of large manufacturing units and boost generation of employment opportunities in the state. In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the state cabinet approved the necessary amendments in Section 45 (4) of the Factories Act, 1948 and in Rules 2(A), 3 (A) and 70 (5) of Punjab Factory Rules 1952, to raise the threshold limit for defining a large factory from 'more than five hundred workers' to 'more than one thousand workers', said an official release here. The change was necessary
NEW DELHI: The National Institute of Sports (NIS) has decided to revamp its admission policy for its sought-after diploma coaching course where 46 athletes (men and women) of eminence will be given direct entry, with seats increased from 566 to 725. The criteria for application has also been revamped completely with minimum academic qualification now required is matriculation (class X) instead of earlier times when graduation or 15 years (class 12 plus 3 years of college) of education was considered mandatory. This has been done to tap the best available talent with more accent on coaching acumen than academic degree. The minimum age of entry for coaching degree is now 21 years instead of earlier 23 years as per notification issued by NIS. "For
NEW DELHI: Boxer Amit Panghal said that he will have no worries going to the national camp that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is planning to hold in June at the National Institute of Sport (NIS) in Patiala. But the pugilist said that no specific date has been decided on as yet. The BFI had earlier taken the decision to hold the camp following a videoconference between officials of the federation, coaches and boxers including 2019 World Championships silver medallist Panghal and six-time World Champion Mary Kom on Saturday. "It's not compulsory because according to the way things are right now, it will be a problem for many of us to get there," Panghal told IANS on Sunday. "So what was