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Girls must be empowered, given freedom of choice says Rashida Simnani first lady Wrestler from Kashmir

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(Asian News Hub) – A girl from south Kashmir who has represented J&K at mega-events in Taekwondo and baseball is also the first lady wrestler of Kashmir who has represented J&K at the national level.

Currently teaching martial arts to dozens of girls, Syed Rashida Simnani, 21, a resident of Drabgam village in Rajpora area of Pulwama district who is currently pursuing her graduation degree from Women’s College Srinagar has so far won many medals at national and international tournaments.

Simnani while talking with news agency—KNO, said that she was taking take part in competitions since childhood and got attached to it.

Without any coach and family support initially, Simnani was selected in wrestling in a school-level competition.

“While taking part in school and district level competitions she reached to the national level and become part of the national team in 2017,” she said.

“Twice I have represented J&K at the national level in baseball and in wrestling. I have won a bronze medal in wrestling,” she said, adding that during braid chopping incidents in Kashmir, she started a camp at a government school in her locality to teach women self-defence.

Simnani said later after getting training under an eight week certificate course in Health and fitness from National Sports Authority of India (NSAI) in Patiyala, she was selected to represent India at international Stage in Taekwondo where she got a silver medal.

After winning medals, her family started supporting her and based on my sports achievements, she was appointed as a fitness coach on contractual basis at Women’s College Srinagar, which she continued on a volunteer basis after contract expired.

Simnani said that with a growing crime there is a need to teach girls about self defence and other basics besides that there is a need to empower girls and give them freedom of choice so that they can face any challenge bravely and choose their future themselves.

In absence of any coach and infrastructure, she wasn’t able to pursue her dream as she wants to represent India at various level in wrestling.

“The government especially Sports Authority of India and local sports councils must reach to every athlete especially of rural areas so that their talent won’t go waste and they won’t go discouraged,” she said, adding that at present she is teaching dozens of girls wrestling and other sports in Srinagar as well as in her area.

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Sgr girl bags gold medal in 20th Junior National Championship

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(Asian News Hub) – A young girl from Srinagar has bagged the gold medal in 20th Junior National championship held in LPU Jalandhar.

Sadia Tariq, a student of Class 10th in Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School Rajbagh Srinagar has so far bagged many medals at national and international levels in Wushu and Taekwondo.

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While talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Sadia said that she got interested in sports activities after she was watching wrestling on TV and started taking part in sports activities when she was in 3rd primary.

I have taken part at District Level Sports Championship and then state followed by national and international level and bagged silver, bronze and gold medals at national and international level, she said.

Her parents told that their dream is to see the child perform at mega stages and presently she is preparing for Asian Games and Olympics.

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They said that parents must allow their children to choose their dream and allow them to make their future as an athlete. The parents should not force their children to become only doctors or engineers, they said.

“We have already spent lakhs on our child so as to excel her in the field in which the child is interested,” they added.

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IPL 2021 suspended owing to increase in Covid-19 cases

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(Asian News Hub) – The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended owing to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases within the bio-bubble.

BCCI’s vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the development. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, SunRisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for Covid-19.

Sources within the SRH camp confirmed to ANI that Saha was the lone person in the SRH unit to have tested positive and as a result, the entire team was.

“Yes, Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for the coronavirus. Our entire team is now under isolation and there are no other positive reports, rest are all negative,” the member of the team management said.

SRH was slated to square off against Mumbai Indians later on Tuesday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. This comes after two KKR players — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — tested positive for Covid-19 and two members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent.

The IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated to be played on Monday evening was rescheduled for a later date and the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was also set to be officially postponed as the CSK unit is in isolation.

The BCCI issued a release on the twin cases in KKR and said: “Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19.”

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BCCI suspends all age-group tournaments with eye on COVID-19 situation

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(Asian News Hub) – With an eye on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend all age-group competitions like the upcoming Vinoo Mankad Trophy and will assess the situation further post the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In a letter to the state associations, accessed by ANI, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah informed them of the situation and the decision to suspend age-group competitions at present as that would require inter-city travel and creation of bio bubbles.

“The domestic season 2020-21 started unusually late owing to the countrywide lockdown on account of the global pandemic.

The pandemic meant that we had to wait until January 2021 to start our domestic season and as discussed in the 89th AGM, we began our season by hosting the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ahead of the IPL Auction.

“The domestic T20 tournament was followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which was successfully conducted at different centres in India with New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium hosting the final between UPCA and MCA on Sunday, 14th March.

“The Women’s Senior One Day Trophy is also currently underway at different centres with the final scheduled to take place on 4th April. While our endeavour was to get in as many matches as was practicable across different age groups in the season, prevailing circumstances have now forced us to suspend all age-group tournaments.

This is on account of the fact that active COVID cases are on the rise and organising tournaments requires intercity travel, strict quarantine measures and the creation and maintenance of bio-secure bubbles for the participants,” he explained.

The secretary then added that with the board exams round the corner, it would be appropriate to plan the age-group games post the IPL slated to be held between April 9 and May 30.

“Moreover, the situation is presently not conducive in some states.

Considering the fact that the 10th and 12th board examinations are also around the corner across India, it is prudent that our young athletes have the opportunity to prepare and focus on these crucial examinations.

“Furthermore, our players’ health, safety and well-being are our primary concern. I assure you that we will continue exploring a window for organising the age-group tournaments post the IPL 2021,” he added.

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