Arif Khan, Kashmir alpine skier delays wedding, nails qualification for Beijing Winter Olympics

Arif Khan, Kashmir alpine skier delays wedding, nails qualification for Beijing Winter Olympics

The alpine skier from Kashmir postponed his September wedding and chased down a slot in the slalom event. Arif Khan, India’s alpine skier from Kashmir, had big plans for this year. He was due to get married in September, but as international borders opened up he set his sights on something else. “He decided to postpone his wedding and soon left for Austria to train and focus on qualifying for the Winter Olympics,” his father Yasin Khan said. On Saturday, the 31-year-old saw his dream turn into reality as he…

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For backing Shami right-wing targets Virat Kohli online, threaten his daughter with rape

For backing Shami right-wing targets Virat Kohli online, threaten his daughter with rape

After the Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli showed support for Mohammad Shami who was targetted for being a Muslim following India’s defeat to Pakistan, Kohli was attacked on social media platform Twitter by right-wing Indians under the hashtag “#ChupRehBhadweViratKohli”. Extremists issued a rape threat to his ten-month-old daughter, and also shared photos of her online. Many Hindutva extremists also took digs at his stance on avoiding fire-crackers during Diwali for environmental concerns while sharing photos of his wife Anushka Sharma, a leading Bollywood actress. Swati Chaturvedi, Print and Broadcast Journalist…

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Cricket is never just a game between India and Pakistan

Cricket is never just a game between India and Pakistan

It’s one of the greatest rivalries in sports when war off the field allows it — a contest of national identities that will be renewed this Sunday in a World Cup match. By Mujib Mashal The event will be watched by hundreds of millions around the world, on televisions in remote villages, jumbo screens in crowded cities, phones in migrant labor tenements and flickering monitors in the living rooms of a diaspora spread across the world’s time zones. Face-offs on the cricket field between India and Pakistan, like the expected…

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Umran Malik young pacer of SRH bowls at over 150 kph, fastest ball by Indian in IPL 2021

Pacer Umran Malik of SRH bowls at over 150 kph, fastest ball by Indian in IPL 2021

The 21-year-old Umran Malik was roped in as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan, who had tested positive ahead of Hyderabad’s encounter against Delhi Capitals on September 22. On his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fast bowler Umran Malik clocked 151.03 kph, which is the fastest delivery bowled by an Indian in the ongoing IPL 2021, on Sunday (October 3). Malik came into SRH playing XI in place of pacer Sandeep Sharma and he impressed everyone with his raw pace in the match against Kolkata Knight…

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David Roberts, football coach to Real Kashmir honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services in India

David Roberts, football coach to Real Kashmir honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services in India

The Scottish manager has contributed immensely to football in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the last four years or so… In what is certainly a proud moment for Real Kashmir, coach David Robertson has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the community in India’s Jammu and Kashmir. The BEM is awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short…

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After bidding adieu to cricket career, Suresh Raina wants to promote cricket in rural Kashmir

Cricketer Suresh Raina has offered to play a role in promoting cricket in Jammu and Kashmir. Raina, 33, who announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket earlier this month, said in a letter he addressed to J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh and Anantnag Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Singh. The letter said: “I write this letter with much hope and expectation to start and promote cricket and thus provide an opportunity for the underprivileged children from the state of Jammu & Kashmir to shape their career…

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Better cricket facilities would have helped me: Parvez Rasool

South Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool on Tuesday said he would have performed better if the state had the right cricket infrastructure. However, he asserted that things had started to improve as the J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) was on job to groom players from the grass-roots. “I could have performed better, but I stayed back due to a few things. I did not get the required infrastructure here as there were no turf wickets then. Whatever facilities are available outside, we do not even have five percent of it. The JKCA…

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Rasikh Salam banned for two years by BCCI for age fudging

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday (June 19) withdrew Rasikh Salam from the India Under-19 squad after banning him for two years for age fudging and named Prabhat Maurya as his replacement for an ODI tri-series, to be held in England from July 21. “Mr. Rasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy – submission of faulty birth certificate to BCCI,” stated BCCI in the press release. The paceman from Jammu and Kashmir, who submitted a faulty birth certificate to…

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Real Kashmir FC takes on the might of ATK in Hero Super Cup

Fresh from its fruitful I-League season, Real Kashmir FC braces up to take on ATK, an Indian Super League (ISL) club in the Hero Super Cup pre-quarterfinal contest at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Real Kashmir finished third in its maiden I-League season, eliciting praise from Steve Coppell, the ATK head coach. He said: “I have seen quite a few of their games on TV and they are a team that deserve and demand respect. They have some really good players and they have a particular style which…

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