Hoping to get visa in time for Denmark Open: Saina
Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said her visa application was being processed and she is hoping to get the same in time for her participation in next week’s Denmark Open tournament.
The Olympic bronze-medallist had tweeted on Monday that she was facing visa issues for her participation in the BWF Super 750 tournament. She had sought help of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to sort out the matter. “Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks @sanjg2k1 (ministry of home affairs official) for making the impossible happen & @VFSGlobal for going the extra mile along with @DenmarkinIndia even on a holiday! Hope to get the visa in time for flight on Friday,” Saina tweeted on Tuesday. The Denmark Open will be played at Odense from October 15 to 20.
Kiran, Rahul enter main draw of Dutch Open:
Indian shuttlers Kiran George and BM Rahul Bharadwaj progressed to the men’s singles main draw after notching up straight-game wins in the qualification round of Dutch Open Super 100 tournament. Kiran saw off Aram Mahmoud, a Syrian player who currently plays under the Dutch flag, 21-15, 21-19, while Rahul thrashed England’s Hin Shun Wong 21-7, 21-7. In the main draw, Kiran will take on Gergely Krausz, while Rahul faces China’s Ren Peng Bo.
India continue fine run on Day 2 of junior badminton Worlds:
Tasnim Mir and mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto led India’s charge on the second day of the individual event at the BWF World Junior Championships. Mixed doubles duo of Satish Kumar K and Ramya Venkatesh also entered the next round. Three other Indian girls — Aditi Bhatt, Trisha Hegde and Unnati Bisht — also qualified for the round of 32.
Rohit shocks Ashish to enter semis; Sachin, Shiva advance:
Rohit Tokas (75kg) stunned Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish Kumar to enter the semifinals on the fifth day of the ongoing 4th Elite Men’s National Boxing Championships. Top boxers Sachin Siwach (57kg) and Shiva Thapa (63Kg) also comfortably sailed into the last four here. Rohit from the Railways adopted a counter-attacking strategy against his taller opponent from Himachal. He succeeded in landing more punches to unsettle Ashish with a mix of close-range attack. Rohit landed more clear punches in the third round to register an upset 4-1 win over Ashish. “It is my first tournament in the new weight category and defeating a big player is a huge morale booster,” said Rohit, who had won gold medal in the last edition. “I worked a lot on my strength and did a lot of weight training in my preparation ahead of the National. I am glad that my counterattacking strategy worked today. Hopefully, I will win the gold medal again.”