Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Shiva Thapa (Boxing)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Shiva Thapa (born 8 December 1993) is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam, India. He is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, Shiva Thapa participated in the 2012 London Olympics, and was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics.

Shiva Thapa is ranked 3rd in the bantamweight category in the AIBA Men’s World Ranking. He is the third Indian to clinch Gold at the Asian Games.

Shiva Thapa is a strong contender for India for the 2016 Olympics.


Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Mangal Singh Champia (Archery)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Mangal Singh Champia (born 9 November 1983 in Jamshedpur) is an Indian archer, who won multiple medals in several International events, including Asian Games.

He was conferred with the Arjuna award by President of India for the year 2009. Champia is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.

Mangal started archery in the year 1995 and became pro in 2008.

He has secured 2016 Rio Olympics berth.

Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Sakshi Malik (Wrestling)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

In a delightful turn of events at the final Olympic qualifiers taking place at Istanbul, 24-year-old Sakshi Malik became the only second Indian woman wrestler to book a place on the Rio bandwagon.

Facing her Chinese counterpart Lan Zhang in the semi-final of the 58kg category under freestyle wrestling, Sakshi seized the last opportunity to qualify for the summer games in style.

In a fiercely contested clash, she led her opponent 6-3 at the end of the first period and followed it up with remarkable determination in the second to make it 10-10 and subsequently made the cut by winning the tie that had come tantalizingly close to slipping from her control.
It is a fairytale outcome for the Commonwealth 2014 silver-medallist from Haryana to qualify for her first Olympic games on the same day as her compatriot Vinesh Phogat, who, earlier, earned the 1st qualification for the Indian women’s wrestling contingent after defeating Turkey’s Evin Demirhan in the semifinals of the 48kg category.

Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Laxmirani Majhi (Archery)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Education has made who I am today – it was only because I went to school that I got a chance to be selected to train as an archer. Now I compete internationally and travel the world – school gave me this, I thank my parents for sending me to school.’ Laxmirani Majhi is an archer who competes in international level competitions for India. When Laxmi was young, her family knew the most important thing was for Laxmi to go to school; many girls in Laxmi’s village did not go to school. Now, while completing her education, Laxmi has won so many archery competitions and has been awarded the position of a cadet by the Tata Sports Academy, in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Laxmi’s first chance to become an archer was offered to her when the selectors for the archery academy visited her Government School. Laxmi is from the Santhal tribe; she grew up in Bagula village, Ghatshila district in Jharkhand and she is 17 years old.

Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian wrestler who comes from a very successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medallists as well.

She is currently being supported by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme.

2013 Asian Wrestling Championships
In the tournament in New Delhi, India, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, winning 3:0 in the bronze medal bout through the repechage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand. In the first round, Vinesh won 3:1 against Nanami Irie of Japan. She then lost 1:3 in the quarter-finals to Tatyana Amanzhol of Kazakhstan who qualified for the final thus qualifying the Indian grappler for the repechage round.

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships
In an exclusive tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vinesh finished second and won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.

2014 Commonwealth Games
Vinesh represented India in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal. In the quarter-finals, Vinesh faced Rosemary Nweke of Nigeria and beat her 5-0. Her semi-finals opponent was Jasmine Mian of Canada whom she beat 4-1. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal, beating her 3-1.

2014 Asian Games
At the Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category. In the Round of 16, Vinesh faced Yongmi Pak from the People’s Republic of Korea and beat her 3:1. Her quarter-finals opponent was Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan whom she overcame easily with a 5:0 scoreline. She lost 1:3 in the semi-finals to Eri Tosaka of Japan but qualified for the bronze medal bout and beat Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia to win 4:0.

2015 Asian Wrestling Championships
In the tournament in Doha, Qatar, Vinesh won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category, losing the final bout to Yuki Irie of Japan.

2016 Olympics
Vinesh qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning gold medal in the 2nd World wide Qualifier tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey in May, 2016.

5 signs of a diet too good to be true

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“If there is one common element among people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off, it’s that they made a “lifestyle change.”- Reader’s Digest

Adding on the same context, it is not just important to shed pounds but also to keep it away for the rest of your life. And how does one achieve that? To start with, do not go for starvation or those crazy-fad diets, which are hard to maintain in the long run. A combination of balanced diet incorporating all the necessary proteins, vitamins and carb and substituting junk with healthy is your way out. So, if your diet matches with following five signs, you’re on a diet that’s doing you no good

  1. A diet that is in complete contrast with your current eating habits

    Old habits die-hard; making you stick to them no matter how motivated you’re to stay fit. So if you cannot imagine your Sunday without a heavy meal including your most craved upon stuff, then you’re doing it wrong. Solution is, stick to what you like, only find out ways to combine it with some healthy elements

  2. When you do not lose weight too quick

    It’s motivating to see that weighing machine triggering down to a lower scale than it used to, but if you do not lose weight initially, you may start famishing which will lead to unhealthy weight loss. No good again!!! You might be losing water weight, which in the long run helps to burn stored fat. So stick to healthy eating

  3. No physical activity but healthy eating

    A research says that the little fidgeting that we do daily burns over 348 calories a day. So imagine if you made some bigger moves combined with healthy eating in place of only gulping boiled food sitting on a couch. Now that’s some good news. Move, now!!

  4. When you cannot eat with your friends and family

    A diet plan that is too restrictive that it doesn’t allow you to catch up with your friends and family over a dinner or lunch, won’t stick around too long. Also, if you’re diet includes food that nobody in the house eats, you will lose it someday or the other. Why not follow a diet which is flexible and also lets you stay fit? After all, family and friends is all we got.

  5. You’re famished and hungry all the time

    Eat what you like, only in limiting portions.

    If you’re diet makes you feel overly- hungry and if there’s nothing you can think about but food, there are very fair chances that you’re missing out on required carbs, fats and food that makes you feel full. In the long run, you’ll feel grumpy and a small spat or bad day is enough to trigger the hungry monster in you. So, why starve?

If a lot of the above matches, it’s high time to change your diet, which not only makes you healthy but happy and motivated to stay fit.

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Indian Athletics Champion: Abdul Najeeb Qureshi

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Record Timing: (10.30s) [+0.2 milli seconds]

At the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Qureshi equalled Anil Kumar Prakash’s 100m national record.
Five years after Anil Kumar Prakash had set the national record for the 100m sprint, Abdul Najeeb Qureshi went on to emulate the feat at the Commonwealth Games conducted in New Delhi in the year 2010.

Attempting to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m event, Qureshi equalled Prakash’s record. The feat was rendered sweeter by the fact that he even ended up qualifying for the semi-finals.

Despite failing to win a medal in the individual event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Qureshi played a vital role in helping Indian win the bronze in the 4X100m relay event. The team, which also included Rahamatulla Molla, Suresh Satya and Shameer Naseema also set a national record in the event, clocking 38.89 seconds.

Indian Athletics Champion: Anil Kumar Prakash

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Record timing: (10.30 Seconds)

Anil Kumar Prakash is, without a ghost of doubt, the ‘Fastest Indian’. Prakash, who hails from the state of Kerala, holds the national record for the 100m sprint. Moreover, Prakash is also the fastest in the 200m event, with a record of 20.73 seconds.

Prakash wrote himself onto the record books for the first time in 1999, when he won the silver in the International Circuit Meet at Chennai. Finishing second to Chintaka de Zoysa, Prakash had raced to a National Record, finishing the 100m dash in 10.33 seconds.

Six years after he set the benchmark for the Indian sprinters, Prakash reaffirmed the fact that he was India’s fastest athlete when he went on to topple his six-year old record at the National Circuit Athletic Meet in 2005. Prakash finished the 100m dash in 10.30 seconds and rewrote the national record.

At the Asian Athletics Championships held at Jakarta, Indonesia in the year 2000, Prakash won the silver in the 100m event. While Abdul Najeeb Qureshi went on to equal his record in the 100m event (although was slower by 0.2 milliseconds), his record in the 200m event remains unbeaten.