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Bengaluru’s Young Racer Shreyas Harish Dies in Chennai Bike Race Crash

Tragic accident at Chennai’s bike race claims the life of 13-year-old racing prodigy Shreyas Harish from Bengaluru.



Bengaluru's Young Racer Shreyas Harish Dies in Chennai Bike Race Crash

Chennai: Shreyas Harish, a 13-year-old bike racer from Bengaluru, who was competing in the MRF Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship organized at the Madras International Circuit (MIC) in Chennai, died tragically in an accident.

Harish was leading in the competition held on Saturday. Shreyas tragically died in an accident that happened on this occasion.

Shreyas, a student of Kensari School, Bengaluru, participated in the TVS One Make Championship in the budding competitor category.

The bike fell down after missing the turn. At the same time, the lock of the helmet worn by Shreyas came off. At this time, it is known that another competitor’s bike, which was coming from behind, ran over Shreyas and moved ahead.

The organizers immediately stopped the race and rushed Shreyas to the hospital in an ambulance. However, Shreyas breathed his last on the way to the hospital and it is learned that Shreyas father Harish Parandhaman was also with him.

Following the tragic incident, the Madras Motor Sports Club has canceled the remaining races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Born on 26 July 2010, Shreyas is a student of Kensri School, Bengaluru. Not only did he compete in the Petronas TVS One-Make Championship Novice category, winning it four times in a row, he was hailed as a rising star as he won several races at the national level.

MMSC president Ajith Thomas said, “It is a tragedy to lose such a young and talented rider. He was making waves with his amazing racing talent. Immediately after the incident, all medical assistance was provided and he was taken to the hospital.

After the incident, it was decided to cancel the program for the rest of the weekend. Condolences to the Shreyas family.

In May this year, Shreyas, who won the MiniGP India title, participated in the MiniGP races in Spain, finishing fifth and fourth in both races respectively. He is scheduled to compete in the MSBK Championship 2023 at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia in August.

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India vs Pakistan Match Rescheduled Due to Rain in Colombo

Rain halted the India-Pakistan Asia Cup showdown after 24.1 overs, moving the game to a reserve day with India at 147-2.



India vs Pakistan Match Rescheduled Due to Rain in Colombo

In Colombo, a highly anticipated cricket match between India and Pakistan in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup was interrupted by rain on Sunday, leading to a postponement of the game to a reserve day. After just 24.1 overs of play, the contest was halted abruptly due to the inclement weather. When Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl, India was at 147-2.

This additional day of play was added as a last-minute provision for this Super Four clash, making it the only match other than the final to receive such an extension. A previous encounter between the two teams had been washed out due to rain in Pallekele.

The persistent rain in Sri Lanka, which is co-hosting the tournament with Pakistan, has posed challenges for the organizers. This tournament serves as a precursor to the upcoming ODI World Cup.

At the time the rain intervened, Virat Kohli was at eight runs, while KL Rahul had scored 17 runs. Despite the efforts of the groundstaff to prepare the pitch for play after the showers had subsided, the game remained suspended following three inspections due to further rain.

India’s captain Rohit Sharma (56) and opening batsman Shubman Gill (58) had provided a scintillating start, forming a partnership of 121 runs off 100 balls, which put Pakistan on the defensive. They took on the new-ball bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, with audacious aerial shots during the powerplay, where only two fielders are allowed outside the inner circle.

Both Shaheen and Naseem proved to be formidable in their initial spells, with the ball frequently eluding the bat. One edge from Gill even managed to squeeze between two slips. Rohit, in particular, was in superb form, smashing leg-spinner Shadab Khan for two consecutive sixes and a four in a 19-run over, much to the delight of Indian fans in the mostly empty stadium.

However, Shadab Khan redeemed himself after the first drinks break by dismissing Rohit Sharma, caught out, while Shaheen returned in the subsequent over to send Shubman Gill back to the pavilion. Following these wickets, Kohli and Rahul were focused on rebuilding India’s innings before the rain intervened once more.

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ODI World Cup 2023: HCA Expresses Concerns Over Back-to-Back Games, Suggesting Further Schedule Adjustments

Hyderabad World Cup matches’ schedule faces security concerns due to back-to-back games, potential changes loom.



ODI World Cup 2023: HCA Expresses Concerns Over Back-to-Back Games, Suggesting Further Schedule Adjustments
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New Delhi: The tight scheduling of hosting two consecutive World Cup matches has raised concerns about organizational efficiency and security, prompting a Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) official to call for a necessary one-day interval. The statement on Sunday adds to the series of alterations in the ODI showpiece schedule set to commence in India on October 5.

The recent adjustments to the schedule, made earlier this month by the BCCI and ICC, included the significant match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. In a bid to accommodate changes, the Indo-Pak encounter in Ahmedabad was advanced to October 15, leading to the rescheduling of Pakistan’s game against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad from October 12 to October 10. Additionally, the HCA is set to host a match between New Zealand and the Netherlands on October 9.

However, further modifications seem likely due to reservations expressed by the Hyderabad police regarding the provision of security for consecutive matches. An unnamed HCA official addressed the issue, stating, “While I can’t confirm an imminent change, having back-to-back games isn’t the most ideal situation. If the BCCI is considering a reevaluation, it would be for the best. We’re coordinating with security agencies to explore the feasibility. Simultaneously, we’re keeping the BCCI informed about our efforts.”

The official underlined the importance of a day’s gap between two World Cup matches, emphasizing the ongoing collaboration with security agencies and maintaining transparency with the BCCI. The Hyderabad Police typically deploys 2000-2500 personnel for international matches, with deployment contingent on the game’s nature and attendance projections.

With one of the games involving Pakistan, a higher level of security vigilance is anticipated. Pakistan’s presence in India for the first time since the T20 World Cup 2016 adds significance to their matches in Hyderabad. The team is slated to play two warm-up games before engaging in as many main tournament matches at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, with their opening match against the Netherlands scheduled for October 6.

Despite the impending ticket sales for the ODI mega event starting on August 25, there is limited time for cricket enthusiasts to plan their travel arrangements.

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Indian Women’s Compound Archery Team Makes History with Gold Medal Win at World Archery Championships

Indian women’s compound archery team – Jyothi, Aditi, and Parneet – creates history with gold at World Archery Champs, defeating Mexico 235-229.



Indian Women's Compound Archery Team Makes History with Gold Medal Win at World Archery Championships

Berlin: The Indian women’s compound archery team, comprising Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami, and Parneet Kaur, etched their names in the annals of Indian sports history by clinching the nation’s first-ever gold medal in the World Archery Championships. In a thrilling final held here, the Indian trio outperformed Mexico, securing a commanding victory with a scoreline of 235-229 against their top-seeded opponents.

The triumphant Indian archers displayed incredible form throughout the championship, setting a strong tone early in the tournament. In the semifinals, they stunned defending champions Colombia with a narrow 220-216 win, and in the quarterfinals, they secured a hard-fought 228-226 victory over Chinese Taipei.

This victory marks the first time in India’s archery history that its archers have claimed the coveted title of world champions since their debut in the World Archery Championships back in 1981 in Punta Ala, Italy. The achievement is even more remarkable given the Indian archers’ previous record in the finals, having endured four losses in the recurve section and five in the non-Olympic compound discipline.

Reflecting on their groundbreaking win, team member Jyothi Surekha Vennam expressed the team’s dedication to the process and their determination to win the gold. “We had won enough silver medals, and we had decided yesterday that we will win the gold. This is a start, and we will win more medals,” she confidently stated.

Seventeen-year-old Aditi Swami, the youngest member of the team, added that the victory was a special moment for her, watching the Indian flag being hoisted in their honor.

The success of the Indian women’s compound archery team comes as a beacon of hope for Indian archery, particularly in the context of a declining performance by the country’s recurve archers, who failed to secure any medals in this championship. Dhiraj Bommadevara and Simranjeet Kaur’s prequarterfinal exits were the best finishes by the Indian recurve archers in this edition.

In the final against Mexico, the Indian trio dominated from the outset, shooting an impressive 59 points out of 60 in the first three rounds, securing a comfortable 177-172 lead. With exceptional precision and skill, the team maintained their momentum throughout the match, ultimately sealing the victory with a final round score of 58.

The historic gold medal also holds personal significance for Jyothi Surekha Vennam, who, after missing out on four previous occasions, finally claimed the elusive gold medal. In her career so far, she has accumulated one gold, four silver, and two bronze medals from the World Championships.

The team’s coach, national high-performance director Sanjeeva Singh, expressed his delight at the remarkable feat achieved by the Indian compound archers. He also hinted at a potential boost in the sport, with a chance of compound archery being introduced as an indoor sport in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

The Indian women’s compound archery team’s triumph at the World Archery Championships marks a historic moment for Indian sports, inspiring a new generation of archers and signaling a bright future for the sport in the country. As they progress into the individual medal rounds, the nation eagerly anticipates further moments of pride and glory from these remarkable athletes.

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