NEW DELHI: It rained goals in the boys hockey competition of the Khelo India School Games as 37 goals were scored in four matches with Odisha smashing 14 while conceding three against Rajasthan at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on Thursday. Chandigarh drubbed Delhi 8-0 to complete the day’s proceedings.
In the first Pool A match Punjab drowned Haryana 4-2 while in Pool B Uttar Pradesh accounted for Karnataka 5-1. The Odisha team, comprising mostly talented players from Rourkela’s Panposh hostel, displayed awesome fire power to decimate Rajasthan and in the process made themselves a strong contender for the title.
Playing in the second Pool A match, Odisha chalked up a 5-1 lead at the half time and then pumped in nine more in the second session to take their tally to 14. Rajasthan pulled back two more in this session to reduce the gap.
The match turned out to be no contest with Odisha boys scoring at will. Shushil Dhanwar, Sudip Chirmako scored three goals each, Amandeep Lakra contributed two while Bikash Kujur, Laban Lugun, George Tirkey, Samir Ekka, Matiyas Dang, Birsa Xalxo chipped in one goal each.
HAZARIKA TOPS DRAWS
The 10m Air Rifle events for boys and girls are likely to see some close contests at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges as shooters get ready to battle it out.
Hriday Hazarika (South Point School, Guwahati) burst into the limelight with his stunning performance in the 60th National Shooting Championship by making it to the final.
Boys: (Pool A)
Punjab 3 (Prateek Sharma 2, Angadbir Singh, Sudarshan Singh) beat Haryana 2 (Abhimanyu, Pankaj)
Odisha 14 (Shushil Dhanwar 3, Sudip Chirmako 3, Amandeep Lakra 2, Bikash Kujur, Laban Lugun, George Tirkey, Samir Ekka Matiyas Dang, Birsa Xalxo) bt Rajasthan 3 ( Shivam 2, Pawan Kumar Jat 1)
UP 5 (Saurabh Kushwaha 2, Ali Akhtar, Amit K Yadab, Arun Sahani) bt Karnataka 1 (R Kariappa Althanda).
- Kerala’s Ancy Sojan (Government Fisheries Higher Secondary School, Nattika) could not wait to call her father Sojan E T and coach Sanuj V - both autorickshaw drivers in the suburbs of Thrishoor - and share her joy at winning double medals at the Khelo Indian School Games athletics competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.
- She wore an ear-to-ear grin despite being tired, winning gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.80m and silver in the 200m in 25.31 seconds, thus joining Sandra Babu (Government Higher Secondary School, Mathirappilly) as a double-medallist.
- “I am grateful to my parents that they encouraged me to play sport. I am blessed that they were both athletes in their time and I could take to athletics myself,” Ancy Sojan said. She won four gold in the SGFI National championships in Bhopal, completing the sprint double, long jump and playing a part in the State team’s sprint relay win.
- “I wish the two events that I was entered did not clash but I gave my best,” she said after having to run the 200m heats - which she won with a timing of 24.90 seconds - before moving to the long jump pit where she had two legal jumps of 5.20m and then of 5.80m.
KHELO INDIA LAUDED BY SPORTS STARS
NEW DELHI: The first Khelo India School Games which was declared open by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, has elicited strong support from sports stars.
Legends like P.T Usha, Bhaichung Bhutia, Vijender Singh and iconic para athlete Deepa Malik were among those who lauded the efforts made by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. They felt that the initiative will strengthen the system right from spotting talent to grooming it.