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Ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, there was a lot of speculation over the abilities of Indian athletes to come good against more-proven nations like China and Japan. While India couldn't really match the heroics of the two countries, who eventually topped the medals tally, the athletes did produce some majestic performances to ensure their country recorded its best-ever performance at the Games with 69 medals- 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. It's needless to say that the Indian athletes exceeded expectations and made their country proud. From cash rewards to never-ending praises, the Indian sportspersons undeniably deserved it all. But, 21 days after the Games came to an end, India's miracle workers were left embarrassed in a ceremony where they were supposed to be felicitated. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) became the butt of all jokes during their felicitation ceremony that was organised to award the cash rewards to the Asian Games athletes on 23rd September. In an event that was supposed to celebrate the genius of Indian athletes, the IOA got multiple names wrong on the cheques that were to be handed to the athletes. They even missed out on mentioning the name of bronze-medal winning wrestler Divya Kakran. At the felicitation of our #AsianGames2018 champions by IOA. Compliments to IOA for felicitating Asian Games medalists for the first time in its history. Was my pleasure to have another opportunity to meet our #AsianGames medalists. pic.twitter.com/pe6hsrt7RN — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 23, 2018 Around 15 medallists including compound archers Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma were given just bouquets, as the IOA somehow managed to misprint their names on the cheques meant as rewards for their efforts at this year's Asian Games. The IOA awarded Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively for the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the team events. The individual medallists received Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively. But, in the end, it didn't even matter as they couldn't even get their names right. "I would like to apologise in advance for our mistake. The names of around 14-15 players have been printed incorrectly so we will give them a bouquet. But don't worry, you will get your cash prizes. I didn't want to give cheques with misspelt names," IOA President Narinder Batra was quoted as saying by PTI. © Twitter/@Ra_THORe Surprisingly, the major goof-up was only realised after Kakran's parents raised the issue with the IOA President after the ceremony had ended. Realising their mistake, Batra called Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore to announce the prize for poor Kakran. Several players were missing from the felicitation ceremony including gold medallists - javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat along with badminton medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. But, it seems that they were probably lucky to evade such an embarrassment. In a country like India, where cricket and cricketers continue to hog the limelight, other sports and sportspersons have to make amends by playing the second fiddle. They work just as hard and their achievements are just as important as the popular cricketers. While they still have to wait to come out of the shadows of the cricketers, these athletes should not be robbed off the praise and rewards they truly deserve.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsOne of the most neglected factors when it comes to making progress in terms of fitness that people ignore is stress. Many a times, people who struggle with their fitness goals are going through some sort of stress in their life. Most people make the mistake of ignoring this factor but once you start managing stress better, other things start falling into place more easily. How Stress Works © Pixabay Trying to make progress in your fitness levels while being chronically stressed is like pushing your motorbike to the place that you want to ride it to. You might reach there but it would be a hell lot harder than if you would have ridden it. The reason behind it is that your body's sympathetic nervous system is stuck in "on" mode. It's like your body's smoke alarm is constantly going off which basically makes it's very hard for you to focus on anything and it depletes your will as well. The Peace Killing Hormone Is Friends With Stress Being stressed also makes your body produce a hormone called cortisol which has been linked to triggering cravings for comfort foods and eventually, food binges. Stress also depletes the energy you use to exert self-control. For example, if you are having a bad day at the office and someone offers you a piece of cake, you'll find it a lot harder to not eat it. Our impulse control takes a hit when we feel distressed, so we look for ways to feel better and that piece of cake looks like a very good alternative. How To Tackle Stress 1) The first and the foremost thing that you should do is that you should admit that you are stressed out. Only then you will look for a remedy to your problem. 2) Once, that is out of the picture, you should scale back a little. May be cut down on the number of sessions you work out every week and start dedicating your time towards an activity that you enjoy doing. This will help alleviate the stress of trying to do too much at once. 3) If you are trying to lose weight and the weight on the scale is stuck, remember, weight is just a number. Giving it too much importance can be stressful. There are many more factors to consider when it comes to tracking “fat loss” like taking your measurement, taking photos of yourself regularly, and looking at how your clothes fit you, etc. © Thinkstock 4) You should also look at adding activities which can relax you mentally and physically like yoga and meditation. These activities only take a few minutes of your time rather than hours and can go a long way de-stressing you. Taking care of yourself and it does not only include fitness and nutrition, take up a hobby or do an activity that you like doing, as doing things that you like reduces stress and keeps you active which in turn helps you live a happy life along with a healthy one. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. Nav is an avid bodybuilding enthusiast and heads the NABBA (National amateur bodybuilders association) as a General Secretary. This innate passion and position has helped him work with a lot of bodybuilders to help them take their physique at the next level. He also has a lovely pet called Buster whom he enjoys playing with in his free time. You can reach Nav on email@example.com to take your fitness and physique to the next level.