Sanidhya- Soft Tennis Champ sponsored

Ashwamegh Srijan Passion for Sports came forward in support of a young sporting talent Sanidhya Dhar Dwivedi who is a Junior Soft Tennis Player. In this initiative a humble support of twenty five thousand rupees was given to the player in a ceremony held at Gymkhana Club Lucknow, whereby the Vice President of the club Mr. Ranjeet Singh graced the occasion.
The passion for sports initiative was supported by Clat Possible, Team Satyam, Lawrence Classes and Pandit Ram Bharose Kala Sangeet Sansthan. Also present was Sanidhya’s father who appreciated Ashwamegh Srijan Passion for Sports and Pandit Ram Bharose Kala Sangeet Sansthan initiative , he was all full of thanks and gratitude towards those present.

The Coach With A Stealing Edge – Playing for Pride and Passion

Coach Hem Chandra Joshi is a Lucknow based seasoned football coach currently training young footballers in D.A.V. College. Coach Joshi started playing football in 1994 though soon got selected in Indian Navy. Hem Chandra took retirement from the forces in 2014 and returned to his hometown where he picked up his passion for the game once again and continues to ardently motivate and coach budding talents in football till date.

Hem Chandra is an ex-student of Lucknow Sports College after which he trained in Sainagar, Gujarat with four other of his batch mates from U.P. In 1997 they put together a strong football team for Gujarat with 11 of the best players from Uttar Pradesh. The team competed in the Schools National Football tournament in 1998 resulting in them bagging the 3rd position

He trained under 3 proficient football coaches who are all with the Indian Football Team, most importantly under Stanley Rosario who also coached for World Military Games.

Coach Joshi presently trains different age groups of kids and attributes various pivotal practices to each age group. For the under 13 yrs group he coaches them focussing on the grass root level and strengthening their basics in the sport. With the under 17 yrs players he focuses on tactics and technique of playing as well as endurance and strength. The under 23 yrs trainees are drilled with complete practice, fitness, strength and technique.

According to Coach Joshi, there are many quality players in our state but due to lack of thorough guidance and support from the football association they do not get the required exposure and upliftment necessary to excel in the game. There are 2 associations of football in the city, one is registered and the other is not. The non-registered association has proven to hold better tournaments with greater results yet it does not provide a future prospect for its winners. The registered association should organize more tournaments and give more professional support to the young players.

Hem Chandra has in his 9 years of football coaching churned out quite a number of National level winning young players. Some of them are:

Mohd. Imran from Banaras – Asian School Championship in Agra, represented India on 1st level

Rajneesh Rai – under 14 yrs category, represented U.P. at Schools Nationals.

Tushar Kaushik, Sheikh Mohd Anas, Avish Srivastava – under 17 yrs category, from DAV College, represented U.P. in Schools Nationals as well in Lucknow football league.

Abhishek Thapa, Deepesh Chauhan, Manish Chaudhary –  UP Football Sangh

Joshi points out that currently Mizoram is being called the ‘Hub of Football’ as the Mizo players painstakingly train and practice from grass root level all the way to the top. Every big sports club and sports academy around the nation presently have at least 5-6 Mizo players winning them laurels. It took them about 10 years of hard work and dedication toward the game to achieve their current success and recognition.

He goes on to say that, in spite of India having enough football academies and associations we still rank only at 97 globally in the sport. UPSF, District Football and UP Football Association should bring back and unite all the leading football sportsmen, veterans and coaches to all contribute to the need for apt guidance and training to the young talented players. This will empower the foundation of football and accelerate growth as well success amongst our budding talents. These accomplished trainers and experienced players have a lot to teach today’s generation of young players.

Joshi also indicates that, parents should pressurize their kids for sports and practicing on the grounds just as much as they get behind them to study their school syllabus. Parents are willing to invest in their children’s higher education like MBBS, MBA or Engineering to ensure their kids get good jobs with high paying packages. So then why not for sports? If parents put in that much money into 5-8 years of a sound sports education for the child, they will undoubtedly enjoy a thriving sports career which will in turn swoop the country up to towering heights of achievement in sports and international recognition.

Coach Joshi encourages youth saying that the goal should primarily be powered with the willingness and passion to play the game as well as to win laurels for the state along with self acclaim not for money. He states, “Always work hard and honestly, you don’t need any reference or fixes then. Excel with your own power.” “Play for pride, play for passion, Vande Mataram!”

India Complete A Nervy Victory Courtesy A Spectacular Bumrah And An Intelligent Pandya.

Rishabh Pant faces up a sharp Rubel hussain and gets beaten by pace the very first ball. Any other batsman would have been watching the next ball more intently and been absolutely still at the crease so that he plays it safe. Pant is not any other batsman. He simply goes for a walk across the stumps and disdainfully flicks the ball which is on off stump to deep midwicket. He gets only a single. But it is more a statement than a single.

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The sharp sliders of Mossadek hossain is up next. Pant tries to be the responsible number four batsman as he plays out a couple of balls carefully. Then, he gets rapped on the pads and there is a vociferous appeal for LBW. Pant survives. One can almost sense that something is about to happen. You can almost hear the inner voice of Pant going “F**k this I am teeing off!” All it takes is one more ball. Pant is down the track depositing the ball 25 rows back of the sight screen.

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India lose two wickets in three balls play out a maiden over. Bangladesh’s legs are firmly on the brakes. Shafiuddin steams in to bowl the next over to Pant, hoping he can maintain the pressure and possibly snaffle his wicket. Pant defends the first ball.

The next three balls can be described as thus.

“Whack!”

“Smash!”

“Thump!”

Bangladesh are back to the strategy of minimising destruction.

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Pant has already swept shakib gloriously for a four in his previous spell. He attempts a similar shot in the next shakib over. This time though, he plays it in the air and is caught at square leg. Pant is disappointed. As he walks back, he practises the same shot again. This time he mimicks playing it along the ground. The shots will not stop, he seems to say.

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India complete a nervy victory courtesy a spectacular bumrah and an intelligent pandya. While their middle order crisis is far from over, they will look back at the phase of their batting innings when Pant played with some satisfaction. For their middle order is in dire need of someone like Pant.

Delhi might have taken daredevilry out of their name.

Rishabh Pant still seems to have plenty of it in his game.

-Jagannath Janakiraman

Two Days, Two Matches and Two Chases of a Score of 338. Both Chasing Teams Lost But Not In A Similar Way.

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West Indies needs 132 runs to win off the last fourteen overs and have only four wickets in hand. There is the talented but inexperienced Nicholas Pooran batting well at one end and the modest bowling all-rounder Fabian Allen who just arrives at the crease. Allen seizes the game by the scruff of its neck as soon as he arrives at the crease. Neither Pooran nor Allen take the foot off the pedal even when they know that a wicket at that stage will amount to a hundred run loss. Allen plays the innings of his life which ends in an unfortunate run out. When he departs during over number 45, West Indies is well and truly in the hunt. Pooran carries on without bothering about who is at the other end and who else is padded up in the dressing room. The game hangs in the balance till over number 47 when Pooran departs. West Indies eventually lose by 23 runs.

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Rewind to the previous day and India is in a similar situation against England, needing 104 off the last ten overs with a well set Pandya at the crease and the experienced Dhoni just arriving. Dhoni does not take the game by the scruff of its neck, admittedly because Pandya gets out soon. Dhoni is then joined by Jadhav and India still needs a challenging but not insurmountable 70 off the last five overs, with five wickets in hand. Unlike West Indies, India has a lot to play for in this match. A win seals a more or less certain Semi-final spot. Any kind of sporting logic dictates that the two batsmen in the middle go hard after the target. But what happens in those five overs is unfathomable. Dhoni and Jadhav play out a net session where they fine tune their strike rotation and Dhoni, like the boss that he sees himself to be, smacks a last over six and, with supreme nonchalance, refuses a single off the next ball. He manages five more runs in the next four balls and India eventually lose by 31 runs.

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After the World cup frenzy subdues and someone pops into the internet to check the scorecards of these matches, he/she might simply think that these matches ended up with almost similar winning margins for the team batting first. The data shows little else that can be noticed. But scratch the surface and you will see the difference. Ask any keen cricket fan who saw both matches and he will sing you furious songs about the difference.

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When the curtains do fall on Dhoni’s glorious limited overs career for India, he will leave me with a lot of fond memories. The way he soldiered a young team to become T20 champions in 2007. The way he seized a tense game on a frenzied Saturday night at the Wankhede to ensure India become World Champions in One Day Cricket. The way he masterminded a heist on a rainy evening in London to outfox England and steal the Champions trophy from right under their noses.

But all these fond memories will get punctuated by the memory of the farce that he, along with his sidekick, orchestrated on a placid Edgebaston wicket. A farce that mocked not only the spectators’ and fans’ reason to watch the sport but also the single most important attitude required for any professional sport – the intent to win.

– Jagannath Janakiraman

5 Gold Medals And One Silver – Indian Shooters Rule The Roost At The World Cup

The Indian juggernaut is rolling, like never before.

Continuing their medal-winning spree at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Indian shooters almost clean swept the mixed events by clinching two gold and a silver on the concluding day.

India topped the tally with five gold and a silver, ahead of China, who finished second with two gold, two silver and five bronze. This is the first time India has topped the medals tally in three consecutive World Cups.

First it was the 10m air rifle mixed event where the Indians featured in the gold-medal match. The pair of Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar thrashed their countrymates Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar for gold with a score of 16-2.

The duo shot outstandingly well and barring the first series in the gold-medal match, where Anjum had hit a 9.7, the pair hit all their shots above 10.1.

ITA CHAMP DAKSH

Daksh Kumar Singh, another rising star of the city is the winner of the under 16 ITA Tennis Tournament held on 20th May. Starting from the pre-quarters he defeated Pradhuman by 6-3, 6-3 up, quarter finals he won by 7-5 6-3 up from Sajal Kesarvani, Semifinals by 6-0 6-1 up from Ekumjeet Singh and in his finals from Vaibhav by marvelous 6-0 6-0. 
He has been coached in SDS Training Centre under the expert guidance of Coach Amit Tilak, who has been his mentor for years. We wish him luck for his future endeavors.

KARATE LITTLE CHAMP

Arham Khan is the young lad from the city who has won Gold Medal in District Karate Championship, Lucknow. In his tender age he has won many #tournaments which include Gold Medal in state karate championship Agra, National Gold medal in National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championship and many more. He will be very soon participating in the National Karate Championship going to be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. He has been trained by Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, who has also been a #coach to another star kid of Lucknow, Ankit Chaurasia, who recently represented our country in the Malaysian games. We wish Arham goodluck in his upcoming performances.

Ankit Chaurasia, the Karate star

Lucknow‘s rising star Ankit Chaurasia is all set to fight it out in the Asian karate championship, to be held in Malaysia later this year. He is supported by Ashwamegh Srijan
Despite having a difficult childhood, Ankit has stood the test of time and proved his mettle. His father runs a small pan shop and found it hard to make ends meet for Ankit and his siblings. 
Notwithstanding challenges, Ankit outshone and is about to represent the country for the third time in the Asian games
Ankit credits his success to his coach Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, who not only trained him but also mentored him and gave him emotional strength
Here’s wishing Ankit the best for the future. Good luck for the Malaysian tour!
AS team is thankful to Mr. Ranjeet Singh and Mr.Vivek Agarwal for their unconditional support.
Karate kit was presented to Ankit by Satyam Sahai, the Iron Man and Former Mr India, Tanveer Ahmad Siddiqui and Anuragg Mishra.

RISING FOOTBALL STAR

Ankit was born in an Army family and his early interest in Football bought him to the ground at a tender age of 12. He started representing for his #School team of Army Public School in 9th class. Army cluster, Inter command cluster, CBSE tournament are one amongst many of the tournaments where he has proved his mettle and has been very well applauded. Also tagged as the best performer in the command tournament, Ankit has been representing United Punjab Football Club (I League under 18) as a #captain since last year; having played Senior Punjab league and All #India Football Tournament in 2018. He has also been good a good athlete and has secured Bronze in U17 State Level Athletics. He credits Discipline as well as continuity and determination that can lead anyone to become a good sports person. AshwameghTeam wishes GoodLuck for his future performances!

TENNIS STAR FROM LUCKNOW

Yati Bisen has made the city proud by qualifying for finals in the All India Tennis Championship. She defeated Bhoomika from Haryana by 6-2,6-all and then by 8-6 in the tie breaker.
She also defeated Jhnavi from Mumbai in the quarter finals by 6-4,7-5.Before this she defeated Jesan in the pre quarters by 6-2,6-2.Yati practices in SDS Tennis Academy under the guidance of coach Amit Kirti Tilak.She has also brought laurels to the state earlier by winning medal on#International level.She also stood champion this year in the ITA Championship ,Under -16 series.

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