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Ignored For Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia Gives A Befitting Reply With World Wrestling Championships Silver
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsLast month, Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia was left disheartened after being ignored for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, which was eventually awarded to Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu. Punia had won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games earlier this year, but still, he was snubbed by the selection panel. Thus, there was no surprise to see a disappointed Punia threatening to take legal action against the move. For an athlete who worked day in and day out to eventually bring laurels for the country, Punia's misfortune to somehow miss out on India's highest sporting honour was quite shocking. The failure of a country to acknowledge the hardships of their sportspersons surely sets a bad precedent, often leaving the athletes demotivated. But, Punia is an athlete of a different breed - one that believes in responding where it matters the most. Channelling all his disappointment and aggression, Punia gave a befitting reply to the Indian selection committee - who ignored him for the Khel Ratna - with a historic performance in the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Indian wrestler secured a hard-fought silver medal in the men's 65kg freestyle category. © Twitter/@wrestling Continuing his fine run this year, the 24-year-old had his eyes set on the gold after staving off a late threat from Cuba's Alejandro Valdes Tobier in the semis, to secure his berth in the 65kg summit clash. However, the Indian wrestler couldn't get the better of his Japanese counterpart Takuto Otoguro before losing the final bout 9-16. The coveted final saw Punia trailing 0-5 early on, but the Indian wrestler made a commendable comeback to improve the scoreline 6-7 at the end of the first period. But, it was eventually Punia's 19-year-old opponent who held his nerve with a couple of telling moves. Otoguro continued to attack Punia's legs in the second period and extended his lead to secure a comfortable win in the end. © Twitter/@wrestling A gold-medal finish also made Otoguro Japan's youngest world champion. He surpassed the legendary Yuji Takada who had become the youngest world champion for Japan at the age of 20 in 1974. While the Japanese wrestler made his mark on the international stage, Punia, too, etched his name in the history books despite missing out on the gold. Owing to his silver-medal performance, Punia became the first Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships. He had previously won a bronze medal in the 2013 edition of the same tournament while plying his trade in the 60kg category. He is also only the fourth Indian ever to make it to the World Championships' gold-medal bout. I want to dedicate this silver medal at World Wrestling Championships to the people died in the tragic Amritsar train accident. My deep condolences to their families. pic.twitter.com/oSsg3ABA2c — Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) October 22, 2018 If his historic performance wasn't enough, Punia's heartfelt gesture to dedicate his silver medal to the victims of the tragic train accident in Amritsar, further enhanced his reputation, not only as an athlete, but also as a great human being.
The chemistry between the beloved 'jodi' of Jasleen Matharu and Anup Jalota seems to have gone sour, especially after the developments in 'Bigg Boss' 12 last night, where Anup Jalota was 'evicted' after the couple mutually decided that Jasleen should stay back. © Twitter It seems like life inside the 'Bigg Boss' house is no less than the drama that goes down in a K serial, and what happened last night is proof of that. While the housemates thought that Anup had sacrificed himself and was sent packing, in reality, he was sent to the 'secret' room, where from now on, he will be keeping an eye on the developments and the inmates, especially Jasleen. Turns out, Anup was in for a rude surprise and was shown to be in a state of shock after he witnesses how chilled out 'Jasleen' was post his eviction. .@anupjalota ke ghar chhodne par #JasleenMatharu ke badalte roop dikhe in the #BB12 house! Catch all the drama tonight at 9 PM. #BiggBoss12 @iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/qVhHIBshNQ — COLORS (@ColorsTV) October 8, 2018 Anup was visibly baffled to hear Jasleen declaring herself 'single' after which fans on social media came forward with some advice for Anup, warning him to steer clear of Jasleen henceforth. My suggestion to Anup ji that Jasleel is not good for you ! We have seen her attitude inside big boss house . — Yogesh Dhami (@RealYogeshDhami) October 8, 2018 Jalota ji akele love karte hai ye nhi krti ye time pass kar rhi hai — Mohammad Fahim (@fahim_78) October 8, 2018 How will this end when their much-awaited confrontation finally happens? Is another breakup in sight or will Jasleen stand the test of time when Anup finally meets her? Only time will tell.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsEver since Kapil Dev and his boys' triumphant run at the 1983 World Cup, cricket has managed to establish an undying fanbase in India. If the gentleman's game is considered a religion in the country, the Indian cricketers have been enjoying the status of demigods. Such has been India's obsession with cricket, that it has left other sports lurking in its shadow. While the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni continue to enjoy the spotlight alongside lucrative endorsement deals, other sportspersons in the country still have to fight for their share of fanfare. These athletes are no different than the popular cricketers, they put in as much hard work as them, their achievements are equally important as theirs, yet they find themselves playing the second fiddle to the superstars of the popular game. A similar incident came to the fore recently, and once again highlighted the sorry state of Indian athletes who are struggling to get their due. © Reuters The 11-member selection panel of the Sports Ministry, on 20th September, made it official that the likes of Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna later in the month. Apart from Kohli and Chanu, 20 other sportspersons were also picked for the Arjuna Awards. Kohli, currently the No. 1 batsman in Test rankings, has been in prolific form in the past three years. On the other hand, Chanu made her country proud with a stupendous show at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she clinched gold medals in weightlifting. Thus, it is quite understandable that these two prized athletes are on their way to receiving the country's highest sports award this year. But, going by the selection panel's performance point system, which is used to ascertain the deserving candidates, Kohli and Chanu appear to be lagging behind. The Indian cricket captain obtained 'zero' points while reigning world champion Chanu could only manage to earn 44 points in the fight for the Khel Ratna this year. But, there were other candidates like Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat who both totalled 80 points owing to their recent performances. © BCCL According to the points system, a gold-medal finish allows a sportsperson to earn 80 points (if won in Olympics/Paralympics), 40 (if won in World Championships/World Cup), 30 (if won in Asian Games) and 25 (if won in Commonwealth Games). When it comes to a silver medal, an athlete is awarded 70 points (if won in Olympics/Paralympics), 30 (if won in World Championships/World Cup), 25 (if won in Asian Games) and 20 (if won in Commonwealth Games). The bronze medal makes for 55 points (Olympics/Paralympics), 20 (World Championships/World Cup), 20 (Asian Games) and 15 (Commonwealth Games). Apart from that, the selection panel can award discretionary points (up to 20) to a sportsperson over and above the points given for achievements in Olympics, World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. After an initial list of 17 applicants, the selection panel shortlisted 11 candidates and awarded them points - Mirabai (19), Kohli (18.5), Srikanth (18), Vinesh (13), Rohan Bopanna (12), Bajrang Punia (12), Neeraj Chopra (15), Deepa Malik (12), Vikas Krishan (14), Manika Batra (13) and para-wrestler Virender Singh (12). The final tally saw Chanu with 63 (44+19) points, Punia with 92 (80+12), Vinesh with 93 (80+13), Malik with 90.4 (78.4+12), Batra with 78 (65+13) and Vikas with 66 (52+14) points. When it comes to captain Kohli, the Delhi lad had a total of 18.5 points (0+18.5). © Reuters According to TOI, the reason why Kohli's performance sheet had no points was because there is no criteria set for cricket, unlike other sports. There is no points system for cricket since it is not an Olympic sport. So, how are cricketers selected for the award, you'd ask? Well, they are selected through consensus, which further paves way for controversy. A member of the sports ministry's selection panel confessed to TOI that there was a debate over how the performance of Kohli (whose name was rejected for Khel Ratna in 2016 and 2017) should be judged since the points system has been framed, keeping in mind performances in Olympic and international tournaments. "When Kohli's name came up for discussion, it was decided to pick him through a show of hands in the absence of a points system for cricket. Eight out of 11 members supported Kohli's candidature and that's how his name was recommended," the member of the selection panel was quoted as saying by TOI. © Reuters Now, there is no doubt over Kohli's achievements in cricket over the years. On the back of hard-work and sheer dedication, he has established himself as arguably the best batsman in the sport. Under his tutelage, the Indian cricket team has managed to scale new heights. But, despite all that, the selection of Kohli and Chanu for the prestigious award reeks of controversy, especially when there were at least six other Khel Ratna aspirants who managed to get more performance points than the two sportspersons. Irked by the selection panel's dual standards, Bajrang Punia- who won CWG and Asiad gold this year - has decided to move the court on 21st September after being snubbed for the award despite getting the highest points. "I want to ask them (committee members) a simple question: 'What's the use of having a points system in place when you don't adhere to it?'" he asked while talking to TOI. "If the members want to ignore my credentials despite it being amply visible that Vinesh and I have accumulated the maximum points, then what option do I have other moving court? I have immense respect for Kohli and Mirabai. They are two champion sportspersons, but if I look at my credentials and that of Mirabai, there is no comparison. You gave her the award, give it to me as well, it's simple," Punia added. © Reuters Punia's arguments present a strong case and it's just too hard not to feel for the Indian athlete. We cannot really blame the cricketers- whose performances cannot be measured due to the obscure points system in place- for the inefficient methodology of the selection panel to shortlist a Khel Ratna recipient, but, at the same time, it shouldn't rob other sportspersons- who've toiled hard in obscurity to earn points through prolific performances at the international stage- of their share of honours. For these athletes are already making do with minimal support, fanfare and training facilities, the least the Sports Ministry can do is give them their due by acknowledging their efforts.