ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS WITH SYMPHONY OF FRIENDSHIP
Percept one curates and creates a fitting closure for the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships
Bhubaneswar, July 9th, 2017: As Asia’s biggest track and field event came to a close at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, it was marked by a memorable dance performance. Contrary to the event is just about a dazzling array of lights and sounds, Percept One conceptualized a closing ceremony that left a packed Kalinga Stadium and viewers around the world with a significant message of friendship.
The event was flagged off by Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik where he stated, "This Championship is now a landmark event in the India’s Sporting history and in years to come it has imprinted Odisha’s name all over the World of Sports. The event will be etched in memories of all the Indians because on the field heroics of the Athletes throughout the event. In an extraordinary turn of event, India secured a Gold in the Men and Women Category of 400 m run and repeated the same feat in the 1500 m run as well. Manpreet Singh’s supremacy in the Womens Shot put and Sudha Singh’s sheer dominance in Womens Steeplechase will go down as one of the finest efforts in their respective categories. Ama Odiya Jhia Dutee Chand made the entire nation proud with her valiant effort on the track. These were accompanied by numerous champion performances by the participating nations as well which raised the bar of the competition. Also if Odisha gets an opportunity to hold the Common Wealth Games or the Asian games we will be setting up satellite stadiums in Cuttack, Rourkela, and Sambalpur.
Other dignitaries including the Hon Chief Justice of the Odisha High Court, Mr. Vineet Saran, Shri Chandra Sethi Behera, Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, Mr. Adille Sumariwala, President, Athletics Federation of India, Shri Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Shri Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and R. Balakrishnan, IAS, DC-CUM-ACS, Government of Odisha, The Accountant General Of Odisha, Mr R Ambalavalan, The Chief Secretary Of Odisha, Mr Aditya Prasad, Mr Sunil Kumar Mishra, State Chief Information Commissioner, Padmashri Haldhar Nag who is renowned Sambalpuri Poet, Mr Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS, Secretary of the Sports and Youth Services, Government Of Odisha and also Mr Siddhant Mohapatra, Hon. Member Of the Parliament, Government Of Odisha were also seen at the closing ceremony. The Sports Minister of Odisha, Chandra Sarathi Behera announced cash awards of 10 Lakhs, 7.5 Lakhs and 5 lakhs for every single gold, silver and bronze medal winner in the Asian Athletic Championship. The AFI President Mr. Adile Sumariwala stated that he is extremely impressed with the facilities at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and hence will be trying to get the World Junior Athletic Championship to Odisha in 2019
The Symphony of Friendship – The 15 minute Act was based on the Symphony of Friendship, which was depicted through multiple sequences and formation. Much like the jumble march past it also involved the usage of the various country flags to depict, the coming together of the participants. The act began with depicting local dance forms of 8 countries including Lavani & Bhangra of India. The act comprised of dance and light formations. The Zenith Dance group of Mumbai choreographed the entire act that also featured 250 students from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.
Dances in the Symphony of Friendship – Thailand’s Umbrella Dance, Japan’s Fan Dance, Malaysia’s Zapin dance, China’s Culture dance, Iraq’s Kwaleya dance, Hongkong's Lion dance, Iran’s Bandari dance and India’s Lavani and Punjabi dance.Nupur Mahajan, CEO Percept One, said “The concept behind the closing ceremony was to spread the message of brotherhood. We live in a world where sporting events serve as the best platform to improve the International Relations among countries hence it was imperative to work around an idea that captures a sense of amity and benevolence between the nations. Just as the AAC is a coming together of athletes from different geographies to perform under one roof, so is the show a convergence of different cultures. With Bansi Kaul as creative director and a creatively inclined IAS cadre, it has been a meeting of minds and we have together managed to bring to life what looked special on paper”
The ceremony also featured a short clip that had the best moments of all the four days of the sporting events on the field. This not only refreshed the glorious moments of the AAC but also imprinted those images in the heart and minds of the spectators once again. The show was concluded with a dazzling display of fireworks that lit the entire night sky which was symbolic to the bright future of Athletics in India post the AAC. Closing ceremonies around the world work with the brief that theirs has to be grand, and yet must focus on the success of the event and the celebration of it. P1 took up this challenge head on and with little time to turn it around, pulled off a closing ceremony to remember.
NEERAJ CHOPRA, RELAY TEAMS MAKE IT A MEDAL RICH FINAL DAY FOR INDIA AT ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
India tops medal tally with 29 medals while Neeraj Chopra smashes meets record in javelin throw
Bhubaneswar, 10th July: The Indian relay teams ended the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships with gold medal-winning performances in both the men’s and women’s races, while world junior champion Neeraj Chopra lived up to his top billing but left it to his last javelin throw to clinch gold with a new meets record, giving India a total of 29 medals to conclude a successful event for the host nation. India ended the Asian Championships with 12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze, topping the medals tally. China finished as runners-up with 20 medals that included 8 gold.
Qatar’s Ahmed Bader had established an early lead in the throws but Chopra found his rhythm towards the later stages of the event, throwing a distance of 85.23m in his last attempt to pull clear into first place. Former national champion Davinder Singh Kang threw 83.29m as both the Indians finished on either side of Bader, who won silver.
The men’s relay team ran away with the gold medal in the 4x400m relay final on the last track event at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. The team comprising Kunju Mohammed, Amoj Jacob, Muhammad Anas and Rajiv Arokia combined to complete the race in 3:02.92, almost a good two seconds above Sri Lanka who finished with a silver medal. In the women’s race, 400m winner Nirmala Sheoran anchored India to victory despite a stutter during the baton exchange at the last lap.
GovindanLakshmanan returned to the Kalinga Stadium after the first day where he had won gold in the men’s 5000m. On the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar today, Lakshmanan ran an inspired 10000m to complete a long distance double, improving on his performances from the last edition where he had won bronze in the 5000 and silver in the 10000 race. ThonakalGopi finished just behind him to take silver, making it a medal rich evening for India.
Archana Adhav appeared to have made up for Tintu Luka’s DNF (did not qualify) as the Indian middle distance runner finished first in the women’s 800m, but her joy soon turned into disappointment as she was deemed to have made a push at Sri Lankan sprinter NimaliArachchige. The gold medal was awarded to Arachchige instead, making it a Sri Lankan one-two with GyananthikaThushari winning silver, and fourth-placed Fumika Omori was elevated to bronze.
Tintu Luka, the defending Asian Champion as well as the 2014 Asian Games silver medalist, retired to the sidelines 150m into the 400 of the two-lap race.
Swapna Barman had a painful road to winning a gold medal in the women’s heptathlon event, finishing fourth in the final leg of the event - the 800m race - but had done enough to secure the first position despite collapsing to the ground in pain immediately after the race. Barman’s aggregate of 5942 points was 59 more than second-placed Meg Hemphil from Japan, while Purnima Hembram repeated her 2015 bronze medal performance to finish third.
There was disappointment for India in the sprint events at the start of the evening session, with Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s 200m, with Kazakhstan’s ViktoriyaZyabkina winning gold with 23.10 seconds, completing a hat-trick of 200m titles at the Asian Championships and a sprint double at these Championships. RumeshikaRathnayake of Sri Lanka won silver while Asian Games champion and silver medal winner at Wuhan, Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan, finished third.
India’s lone hope in the men’s 200m final Amiya Kumar Mallick ended the Championships with no medal, finishing seventh in a fiercely contested final, won by Yang Chun-Han of Chinese Taipei with a time of 20.66s. Park Bong-Ko of South Korea was a tenth of a second slower to take silver, and winner of the previous two editions, Qatar’s Femi SeunOgunode, finished three-hundredths of a second behind to settle for bronze.
India’s women discus throwers failed to make a mark in the event, with China’s Chen Yang and Liu Xiaoxin winning gold and bronze respectively. China also claimed a one-two in the women’s pole vault, taking their medal haul to five on the final day, while Kuwait’s EmbrahimAlzofari, who had been reinstated into the final of the men’s 800m after lodging an appeal and made it a nine-athlete final, won gold over Qatar’s Jamal Hairane, with India’s Jinson Johnson sneaking in at the last stretch to claim bronze.
NEERAJ CHOPRA PRESENTED WITH WORLD RECORD TROPHY BY IAAF
World Junior Record Holder in javelin throw felicitated during 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar, 8th July: World Junior Record Holder in javelin throw Neeraj Chopra was today presented with a World Record Trophy by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) in a special ceremony on the sidelines of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President Adille J Sumariwalla presented Chopra with the Trophy at the victory podium of the Kalinga Stadium.
The 19-year-old won the gold medal at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on by throwing a distance of 86.48m, establishing a new world record at the junior level. In that process, he also became the first Indian to ever win gold at the World Championships.
SUDHA SINGH LEADS INDIA’S CHARGE WITH STEEPLECHASE GOLD ON DAY 3
WOMEN’S RELAY TEAM TAKES BRONZE; ANU AND JABIR WIN MEDALS IN RELAYS AT ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bhubaneswar, 8th July: After finishing runners-up on three occasions in past Asian Athletics Championships, Sudha Singh broke her jinx to stamp her authority on the women’s 3000m steeplechase, taking gold in front of a raucous crowd at the Kalinga Stadium. The 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner, who just last month claimed the gold at the Federation Cup, opened up a huge lead after the half-way mark and finished in 9:59.47, over 14 seconds ahead of silver medal winner Hyo Gong of DPR Korea, and nearly 20 seconds before Nana Sato of Japan. The other Indian on the field, Parul Chaudhary, finished just outside the medals at fourth place.
Another productive day for India meant they extended their lead over China in the medals tally at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships after Day 3’s proceedings. With a clutch of medals including in today’s evening session, India now have 7 gold, 4 gold and 9 bronze medals taking the total medal count to 20, with China on 15.
A string of back-to-back sprint events rose the excitement amongst the crowd as the Indian women’s relay team finished in third place in the 4x100m relay. The team comprising of Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy and Srabani Nanda kept pace with the rest of the field before local hero Dutee Chand took the team home in an inspired last stretch, somewhat softening the disappointment of the men’s team that was disqualified in the semi-final.
In the men’s race, China emerged victorious but it was Thailand who pulled off a major surprise with a second-place finish. Hong Kong completed the medals while Sri Lanka fell just behind.
There was more joy for India on the track with Anu R and Jabir MP winning silver and bronze medals in the women’s and men’s 400m hurdles respectively. Sheena NV, who until a few years ago competed in the 400m and hurdles herself, benefitted from switching to the triple jump as she won bronze in the women’s event which saw Kazakhstan take both gold and silver. Sheena had to wait until her sixth and final jump to produce her best effort of 13.42m to break into the top three.
Olympic champion DilshodNazarov continued his domination in the men’s hammer throw by winning his fifth Asian Championships gold, to add to his three consecutive Asian Games titles. The Tajikistani threw a distance of 76.69 in his last attempt, and while it wasn’t anywhere near his personal best, it was enough to take him to first place. Wang Shizhu of China couldn’t improve on his 73.81m throw in his second attempt and took silver by a whisker, with Lee Ywunchul of South Korea, who threw 73.77 in his last attempt.
The men’s high jump event produced an intense contest with Woo Sang-hyeok of Korea egging on the local crowd as it inspired him to hold off a stiff challenge from World Championship silver medalist, China’s Zhang Guowei, who again had to settle for silver. Majed Al Din Ghazal took third place, giving Syria their first medal at these Championships.
Kuwait dominated the men’s 100m hurdles with a one-two finish even as Siddhanth Thingalaya finished in fifth place, while Korea’s Jung Hyelim won gold in the women’s event.
The final day of the Asian Athletics Championships will have a string of medal events, with star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra in action, renewing his national rivalry with Davinder Singh, while Tintu Luka will look to repeat her gold-winning performance from the last edition in the women’s 800m. In the women’s heptathlon, Swapna Barman and Purnima Hembram will look to maintain their top two spots with three events remaining.
Sanjivani Jadhav, who won bronze in the women’s 5000m on the opening day of the Championships, will return to compete in the 10000m, as will G Lakshmanan, who would try to make it a double gold in the distance events, after winning the men’s 5000m.
INDIA’S MEN AND WOMEN CLINCH 400m AND 1500m GOLD AT 22ND ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dutee Chand settles for bronze in women’s 100m; disappointment for Amiya Kumar Mallick
Bhubaneswar, 7thJuly: There was plenty to cheer for fans at the Kalinga Stadium as India’s athletes clinched gold medals in the 400m and 1500m events in both the men’s and women’s races. Heavy showers disrupted the proceedings of the evening session on Day 2, but it wasn’t enough to stop the fans from cheering for the Indian athletes who responded in style on a day where 10 medal events were at stake, even as a major upset came about at the end of the evening in the men’s 100m final.
India’s lead in the medal standings stayed put as they won four gold, two silver and two bronze medals to add to their tally on Day 1. The hosts now have six gold, three silver and six bronze medals overall.
Nirmala Sheoran broke into the lead at the last turn and stayed there until the end under the unrelenting rain to take gold with a time of 52.01 seconds in the women’s 400m, while Quach Thi of Vietnam ended with the silver medal with 52.78. Jisna Mathew completed the medals by taking third place, while 2015 Asian Championships silver winner and Asian Games bronze medalist MR Poovamma finished just outside the medal standings.
National champion Muhammad Anas, who broke the national record in the men’s 400m two months ago, emerged in the lead at the final turn and held off stiff competition from compatriot Rajiv Arokia to make it an Indian one-two in pouring rain. Anas finished with an impressive time of 45.77 seconds and Arokia took silver with 46.14 seconds, just ahead of Oman’s Ahmed Mubarak who settled for bronze. Just like Poovamma in the women’s 400m, Amoj Jacob also finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.
Middle distance runner Ajay Kumar Saroj, however, caused a big upset in the men’s 1500m by beating Qatar’s Asian Games bronze medalist Jamal Hairane quite convincingly. Saroj clocked in an impressive 3:45.85 and finished over a second ahead of Hairane, while Iran’s Moslem Niadoost rounded off the medals by taking bronze.
In the women’s 1500m, Chitra PU dominated the field after a spectacular flourish in the final lap and opened up a lead of more than a second over China’s Geng Min and Japan’s Ayako Jinnouchi, who got silver and bronze respectively.
Ace Indian sprinter and local favourite Dutee Chand settled for bronze in the women’s 100m behind the Kazakhstan duo of ViktoriyaZyabkina and Olga Safronova, who clinched gold and silver respectively in an intense final. Zyabkina won her second gold in the 100m at the Asian Championships after winning it in Pune in 2013, while Incheon Asian Games gold medalist in the 200m, Safronova settled for second place.
The men’s 100m final had a surprise in store as Hassan Taftian of Iran came from behind in the last half of the race to clinch gold by a hundredth of a second, ahead of defending champion Femi SeunOgunode of Qatar. Taftian finished with a time of 10.25 seconds to Ogunode’s 10.26, while Yang Chun-Han of Chinese Taipei claimed bronze in a tightly contested field.
But there was more disappointment in store for Amiya Kumar Mallick, who was disqualified from the third semi-final of the men’s 100m after making a false start as it began to drizzle earlier in the evening. Mallick had been part of another disqualification in the morning session on Day 2, when he passed the baton exchange zone in the final turn of the men’4x100m semi-finals.
There was more to cheer in the men’s shot put event, with youngster Tajinder Pal Singh Toor winning silver ahead of seniors Omprakash Singh Karhana and Jasdeep Singh Dhillon. China dominated the women’s shot put final with a gold and silver double, while in the women’s high jump, NadiyaDusanova of Uzbekistan won the gold medal, carrying on from compatriot Svetlana Radzivil who had won the gold in the same event last year.
Thailand’s SuttisakSingkon won gold in the men’s decathlon after two days of gruelling competition saw him finish with a total of 7732 points, ahead of Japan’s Kazuya Kawasaki who won silver and last year’s silver medalistGuo Qi of China, who had to settle for the bronze medal this time.
Odia youth Sangram Selected South Korea as Indian Delegate in NSS activity
Berhampur, A Odia youth Sangram Mishra (20) who selected as Indian delegation to youth exchange programme-2017 self-righteous of Odia and Odisha and joining on 19th May,2017 at South Korea.
Sangram Mishra, a bonafide student of Govt. College, Sundargarh of Berhampur has been selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India to be a part of a 35 member delegation team going to represent India internationally at South Korea in International Bilateral Youth Exchange Programme. The team will camp at Seoul and the programme will be commenced from 10th May to 19th May. Recently he had attended the Republic Day Parade Camp-2017 at New Delhi and on the basis of his performances he got this opportunity. Sangram is the youngest son of Mr. Ajay Kumar Mishra a senior police officer and Smt. Rashmirekha Mishra.
While interacted with Sangram he said, “I love to work in social service for the common people and I am always concentrating for such kind of golden opportunity”. During the year 2015 he joined NSS at Manali for 10 days. For his type of prospectus got all rounder awards at college level during year 2015-16 and 2016-17.
In a open mind Sangram minutely attend our correspondent and express his feeling said, National Service Scheme (NSS) was introduced in 1969 with the primary objective of developing the personality and character of the student youth through voluntary community service.
NSS volunteer is required to put in minimum 120 hours of service per year for two years, i.e., total 240 hours. This work is undertaken in villages/ slums adopted by NSS unit or in school/ college campuses.
Today he is very much excited and compliment to Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports,Govt of India. The implementation of the programme has been possible due to effective collaboration/ partnership between the Centre and the college authority. At the end while questioned about his hobbies he said I love to play Guitar, songs and music and Sonu Nigam is my favourite singer.