Guwahati, Dec 8 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the 1st Elite (Senior) Mens National Boxing Championship at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sorusojai here. The championship would boost governments effort to make Assam the Sports Capital of the country and in 2017, several other mega sports events would be played in Assam, he said.Stating that India is a rising star in world sports, especially, in individual sports like Boxing, the Chief Minister said, Boxers from North East like Mary Com, Sarita Devi and Shiva Thapa have made the nation proud by bringing laurels in international sports events. “If talent is properly harnessed, North East can produce more acclaimed sportspersons who can lead the nation in the field of sports at world events”, Sonowal said. He also said that the elite boxing championship would immensely help the upcoming boxers of the state and motivate the young generation to take up boxing as a career.He appreciated the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Assam Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) for holding this mega sports event in the state. “Our State Government will host the Himalayan Sports Festival in 2017 where 11 states of the country and several Himalayan nations will take part”, the Chief Minister said. “Assam is also an important venue of the Under 17 FIFA World Cup Football Tournament which will be played next year. These events will bolster Assams image as emerging sports destination of India”, Sonowal said.BFI president Ajay Singh said, the Boxing Federation would make best efforts to host 2020 Olympic Qualifying matches in Guwahati. He also said that a Franchise Team from Assam will participate in the proposed Boxing League. PTI ESB SBN SBNadvertisement
Prithvi Shaw might just be two innings old in international cricket but his maturity has earned him plaudits from pundits and teammates alike.And on Saturday, he showed why he is rated so highly among his peers. Speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar at the end of day’s play, Shaw refused to think too much into his dismissal because he ‘couldn’t bat on 70’ all over again.Shaw, who was batting beautifully, played a ‘silly’ shot to get out on 70 off 53 balls. Up uptil then, Shaw had played a flawless innings but the invitation was too much to avoid. Jomel Warrican bowled a full ball outside off and a tossed it up a bit. It was wide and the opportunity to go for the drive was there…Shaw couldn’t resist and went hard on the drive. He couldn’t keep it down and found Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover.Hyderabad Test – Day report | Highlight | Photos”I was trying to hit it to the left of the fielder, but I didn’t get close to the ball, was trying to play on the up (on his dismissal). I will not look to repeat this mistake once again. I can’t brood about this dismissal, I will start from zero once again, it was a silly shot which I will try to avoid in the next innings, will not try to do differently in the next innings,” Shaw said.The 18-year-old, who scored a Test hundred on debut in the first Test at Rajkot, was at his aggressive best and dominated the West Indian bowlers from the word go. The Mumbaikar smashed his fifty off just 39 balls and became the eighth Indian to register 50-plus scores in his first two Test innings.advertisement Prithvi Shaw fell after playing a loose shot of the bowling off Warrican (AP Photo)Shaw came out with the same intent after lunch and continued the attack the bowlers before falling on 70 while trying to get a boundary. He hit 11 fours and one six and no wonder comparisons with Virender Sehwag have dominated the headlines since people saw him play in Rajkot.Also read – Umesh Yadav bags career-best 6 for 88, second five-wicket haul in TestsSpeaking about his innings, he said: “I was just trying to play my natural game, but unfortunately couldn’t make it big, couldn’t place the drive. I just wanted to play my natural game and play on merit. I don’t want to think too much, don’t want to get confused and get blank in my mind.”Gabriel and Holder were bowling with good pace, I wasn’t trying to hit too hard, just looking for gaps, the ball wasn’t swinging a lot, I was trying to place the balls in vacant areas.”Riding on Shaw’s aggressive knock at the top of the order and fifties from Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane, India finished day two of the second Test on 308/4, still trailing West Indies (311) by three runs.Pant and Rahane remained not out on 85 and 75 respectively, with their fifth-wicket partnership standing at unbroken at 146.