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The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). It is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014, with 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines set to feature in the Games.
 

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Asian Games Men's Hockey: India, Pakistan in Same Pool

New Delhi: Traditional rivals India and Pakistan are drawn in the same group in men's hockey competition for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea next month. The former World Cup champions figure in group B alongside Sri Lanka and Oman. The Games begin September 19.

Hosts South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh and Singapore are in Pool A, according to the draw released by the Asian Hockey Federation on Wednesday. The nation that wins the gold medal qualifies directly for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In the women's category, India are in Pool A with China, Malaysia and Thailand while Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong China are placed in Pool B.

http://sports.ndtv.com/hockey/news/228559-asian-games-men-s-hockey-india-pakistan-in-same-pool
 

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Tough draw for Indian football teams in Asian Games

The Indian men’s U-23 national team will be playing Jordan and UAE in Group G while the women’s senior national team have been placed in Group A with hosts South Korea, Thailand and Maldives in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games.

The draw that was released on Thursday has 29 nations in the men’s event where the teams have been divided into eight groups with five groups of four and three groups of three.

The women’s competition on the other hand has 11 teams with two groups of four and one group of three countries.

Two-time Asian Games gold medal winners India drew with UAE in the 2012 AFC U-22 Qualifiers in Muscat with a late equaliser from Dempo winger Romeo Fernandes. UAE bagged a silver medal in the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China losing to Japan 0-1 in the final.

The women’s team will be taking part in only their second Games since 1998 where they failed to record wins against the likes of China, Chinese Taipei and South Korea in Group A.

The 17th Asian Games will start from September 19 and continue till October 4. The football will commence five days prior to the Games’ opening ceremony, from September 14.

http://www.thehindu.com/sport/footb...tball-teams-in-tough-group/article6338477.ece
 

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AFI announces 56-member squad for Asian Games

Strong medal prospects Arpinder Singh, Vikas Gowda and Tintu Luka were on Wednesday named in a 56-member Indian athletics team, which included 30 women, for next month’s Asian Games in South Korea.

Team:

Men:

400m: Kunhu Mohammed, Arokia Rajiv
800m: Sajeesh Joseph
5000m: Kheta Ram, Suresh Kumar Patel
10000m: Rahul Kumar Pal
3000m Steeplechase: Naveen Kumar
110m Hurdle: Siddanth Thingalaya
400m Hurdle: Jithin Paul, Joseph Abraham
High Jump: Nikhil Chittarasu
Triple Jump: Arpinder Singh, Renjith Maheswary
Shot Put: Inderjit Singh, Om Prakash Karhana
Discus Throw: Vikas Gowda
Hammer Throw: Chandrodaya Narayan Singh
Javelin Throw: Rajinder Singh
20Km Walk: K T Irfan, K Ganapathy
50Km Walk: Sandeep Kumar, Basant Bahadur Rana
4x400m Relay: Kunhu Muhammed, Arokia Rajiv, Jibin Sebastian, K J Arun, Jithu Baby, Sandeep

Women:

100m: Sharadha Narayanan
200m: Asha Roy, Srabani Nanda
400m: M R Poovamma
800m: Tintu Luka, Sushma Devi
1500m: O P Jaisha, Sini A Markose
5000m: O P Jaisha, Preeja Sreedharan
10000m: Preeja Sreedharan
3000m Steeplechase: Lalita Babbar, Sudha Singh
400M Hurdle: Ashwini Akkunji
High Jump: Sahana Kumari
Long Jump: M A Prajusha, Mayookha Johny
Triple Jump: M A Prajusha, Mayookha Johny
Discus Throw: Seema Punia, Krishna Poonia
Hammer Throw: Manju Bala
Javelin Throw: Annu Rani
Heptathlon: Sushmita Singha Roy, Swapana Barman
20km Walk: Khushbir Kaur
4x100m Relay: Sarbani Nanda, Asha Roy, Merlin K Joseph, Sini S, Shantini V, H M Jyothi
4x400m Relay: M R Poovamma, Priyanka Panwar, Debashree Majumdar, Mandeep Kaur, Ashwini Akkunji, Arya C.

http://indianexpress.com/article/sp...announces-56-member-squad-for-asian-games/99/
 

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I think India has a better chance for the women's competition compared to men. In the men's category..Pakistan has a better team than India.

The Indian men’s U-23 national team will be playing Jordan and UAE in Group G while the women’s senior national team have been placed in Group A with hosts South Korea, Thailand and Maldives in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games.

The draw that was released on Thursday has 29 nations in the men’s event where the teams have been divided into eight groups with five groups of four and three groups of three.

The women’s competition on the other hand has 11 teams with two groups of four and one group of three countries.

Two-time Asian Games gold medal winners India drew with UAE in the 2012 AFC U-22 Qualifiers in Muscat with a late equaliser from Dempo winger Romeo Fernandes. UAE bagged a silver medal in the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China losing to Japan 0-1 in the final.

The women’s team will be taking part in only their second Games since 1998 where they failed to record wins against the likes of China, Chinese Taipei and South Korea in Group A.

The 17th Asian Games will start from September 19 and continue till October 4. The football will commence five days prior to the Games’ opening ceremony, from September 14.

http://www.thehindu.com/sport/footb...tball-teams-in-tough-group/article6338477.ece
 

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IOA’s jumbo 912-member list for Asian Games likely to be pruned

Several sportspersons risk being eliminated from the Asian Games contingent after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) recommended a staggering 912 athletes and officials in 28 disciplines to the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

The SAI, on Monday, began the process of vetting through the long list submitted by the IOA, with an official saying they will “definitely prune it down” to ensure undeserving athletes do not board the flight to Incheon next month.

The Asian Games is scheduled to be held at the South Korean port city from September 19 to October 4. The final call on the issue, however, will be taken by sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal this week.

“We have received names of 912 athletes and officials from the IOA. The number is unexpected and huge. Even though the government’s expense is not much, it doesn’t make sense sending a huge crowd without proportionate medal hopes,” an official said.

Among those facing the chop is the football team. SAI is considering the option of withdrawing the team from the event and is likely to send a letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to find out if it is a viable option. At the last Asian Games, the football team had made the pre-quarterfinals but the team’s performances since then have been far from desirable.

“The team hasn’t been doing well at all of late and they have been drawn in a very tough group that consists of UAE and Jordan. We are not sure if it is possible to withdraw the team so late, but we will consult the AIFF first,” the official said.

IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta refused to comment, saying he was on leave and would resume work on Tuesday. Another senior functionary said they have forwarded all the names received from various federations and the provisional list has already been forwarded to the organising committee.

“At the end of the day, it is the government who will be paying so it should be their call. On our part, we will push for the inclusion of as many athletes as possible, as recommended by various federations,” the IOA member said.

The SAI is likely to impose certain criteria for the selection of athletes, with winnability being the foremost norm. “We are planning to keep the previous Asian Games as the benchmark. Those who finished below the eighth position four years ago should not be sent. We will take a final decision on this soon,” the official said, adding, “The IOA, in anticipation of government’s approval, has sent the list so there is no problem with accreditation. We will go through the list meticulously before arriving at a final decision. We will make our recommendations to the sports minister and, ultimately, it is up to him whether to go with such a jumbo list or prune it down.”

Unlike the Olympics, the Indian participation in the team and individual events at the Asian Games is much higher. Four years ago at the Guangzhou Asiad, India had sent 625 athletes in 36 disciplines and managed to win 65 medals, including 14 gold. Even for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the list of athletes submitted by the IOA was around 275, which was pruned to 215 by the sports ministry.

http://indianexpress.com/article/sp...-list-for-asian-games-likely-to-be-pruned/99/
 

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6th Position & 65 medals in 2010. We should try for atleast 90 medals & top 5 position this time.

Best of Luck to Indian contingent.
 
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Indian boxers may not compete under national flag in Asian Games

New Delhi: With the mess in country's boxing administration lingering on, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that the top pugilists may not be able to compete in the upcoming Asian Games under the national flag if the elections are not held as per schedule next month.

SAI Director General Jiji Thomson told a press meet that the there was a realistic chance of Indian boxers not taking part in the Games under the country's flag.
"There is a realistic chance of Indian boxers not taking part under Indian flag. We have apprehensions that AIBA will not allow them to represent India if the elections (to Boxing India) are not held as scheduled (on September 11),"

Thomson said while interacting with reporters to assess India's performance in Glasgow Commonwealth Games and preparations for the September 19-October 4 Asian Games in Soouth Korea.

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http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indian-b...national-flag-in-asian-games/494655-5-23.html
 

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Devvarman pulls out of Asian Games

The country’s No. 1 tennis player, Somdev Devvarman, has pulled out of the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, Korea, from September 19.

Though it may be viewed as the disheartened response of a disappointed man who had been overlooked for the Khel Ratna award (despite him winning two gold medals in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou apart from the singles gold in the Commonwealth Games at home), the 29-year-old Devvarman has told the national federation that he was opting out to focus on the professional circuit to improve his ranking.

For sure, the 143rd-ranked Devvarman will not be shirking national duty when India takes on Serbia in the Davis Cup World Group play-off to be staged in Bangalore from September 12 to 14. He will be fighting along with Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni to take India back into the World Group against the intimidating odds, expected to be posed by world No.1 Novak Djokovic and company.

For someone who had slipped to a rank of 656, following a shoulder surgery, in 2012, the year in which he competed in the London Olympics on a wild card, Devvarman had done remarkably well to climb back to 90 last year. He had reached a career-best rank of 62 in 2011.

It will be interesting to see how the AITA fills the vacancy, either with the reserve Divij Sharan, the doubles specialist ranked 112 in the world, or with any of the other leading singles players like Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (293) and R. Ramkumar (298).

http://www.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/somdev-devvarman-pulls-out-of-asian-games/article6374323.ece
 

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India’s Asian Games participation in limbo – report

The Asian Games’ draw for football has been out for the last ten days or so but India’s presence remains doubtful.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) have suggested to the sports ministry that India mustn’t allow sportspersons who do not stand a chance of winning a medal at the said competition be allowed to represent the nation.

“We have already suggested that football, table tennis, basketball, handball and sepak takraw should not be cleared for the Asian Games, as they don’t stand any chance of winning a medal,” said a senior SAI official told The Telegraph.

“We have also said that these teams should not be allowed to go at a no-cost-to-government basis. After all, they would be participating wearing national colours. A below-par performance would lower the prestige of the country,” he mentioned.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have reportedly backed the Indian football team to come good at the Asian Games given that in the last edition, they did manage to reach the quarterfinals.

The sports ministry is yet to take a final call of the matter as to whether to allow Indian football team to participate at the Asian Games at their own cost.

http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/2...n-games-participation-in-limbo-report?ICID=SP
 

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India's Asian Games contingent pruned to 516 athletes, 163 coaches

New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday pruned the Indian contingent for the Incheon Asian Games, slated for September 19-October 4, to 679 from 942 that was proposed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The total number of participants shall be 679, including 516 athletes and 163 coaches and support staff. The IOA had sent a list of 942 participants, including 662 athletes and 280 officials. India will be participating in a total of 28 disciplines as against 35 last time.

"In Asiad 2010 in Guangzhou, China, we had sent a contingent of 609 athletes plus 324 officials (933). It has also been decided that 'No Cost to Government' shall not be a consideration for finalizing the national contingent," the ministry said in a statement.

"The list was sent by the IOA to the ministry on 21st August, 2014. As per the Ministry's guidelines, the list was required to be submitted at least 90 days in advance. The exercise was undertaken to ensure that the deserving Athletes, Coaches and Supporting Personnel are participating in the Games. The minister wishes the Indian contingent all the very best," the statement added.

The disciplines cleared for the Asian Games are aquatics (swimming), archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, rowing, sepaktakraw, shooting, squash, taekwondo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, weightlifting, and yachting.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indias-a...-to-516-athletes-163-coaches/497541-5-23.html
 

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Hockey India blasts sports ministry's 'double standards' after Asian Games pruning

Strange are the ways of the sports ministry. Tennis stars Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, who have decided to skip the Asian Games, figure in the contingent cleared by the sports ministry but hockey assistant coach and a former India captain Jude Felix's name was struck off.

Besides Sania, her mother Naseema Mirza was also been cleared as the women's tennis team manager but former world No.1 shooter Heena Sidhu's husband, Raunak Pandit, who was an official in the shooting team was not so lucky as the sports ministry pruned the Incheon Asian Games contingent to 679 from 942 that was proposed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra Wednesday said it clearly reflects the double standards of the sports ministry.

AFPBatra wondered how the physiotherapist Gaurav Mehra and video analyst Amutha Prakash were left out. AFP

"The secretary sports Ajit Sharan and Jiji Thomson, Sports Authority of India (SAI) director, know nothing about sports. It is time to get rid of them. They have deleted the names of physiotherapist, video analyst, scientific/fitness advisor and a coach. What is the rationale behind leaving out a physiotherapist and a video analyst? If any of the players get injured then who will help them," Batra told IANS Wednesday.

"This kind of ad-hoc decision-making by the SAI and ministry are not in the interest of sports and these decision shows that the people that are taking the decision have a complete lack of understanding of sports and have no idea as to what is required for competing in the international arena for the competition in the Asian Games," he added.

Batra wondered how the physiotherapist Gaurav Mehra and video analyst Amutha Prakash were left out.

"During the Asian Games, if it is found that the hockey teams are playing with less than 11 players due to injury because of non-availability of physiotherapist or the performance is not up to the mark due then don't blame Hockey India. It is all due to the lack of understanding amongst the government officials taking such decisions," he added.

Even HI's high performance director Roelant Oltmans, a world renowned Dutch coach, was not given the green signal by the sports ministry.
"In my entire coaching career I have never come across such a situation. I am completely perplexed. These distractions were the last thing the team needed ahead of the Asian Games," the famous Dutch coach told IANS.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta told IANS that he would be appealing against some of the decisions of the ministry.
"We told them that the respective federations are ready to bear the cost of the support staff. But the government is not allowing us to do so. It is a direct attack on the autonomy of the IOA," Mehta told IANS.

The decision to prune down the contingent for the Incheon Asian Games, slated for Sep 19-Oct 4, was taken Tuesday by Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The total number of participants shall be 679, including 516 athletes and 163 coaches and support staff. The IOA had sent a list of 942 participants, including 662 athletes and 280 officials. India will be participating in a total of 28 disciplines as against 35 last time.

http://www.firstpost.com/sports/hoc...le-standards-asian-games-pruning-1706471.html
 

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Blame the govt. The govt is too wary of sending people on foreign visits unless it is very necessary.
 

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Sania Mirza Has Change of Heart, Decides to Play Asian Games

Bangalore: In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after AITA announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event, keeping in mind their requirements on the professional circuit.

Sania's decision means that the Hyderabadi has put on line 900 ranking points, which she had to defend on the tour during the period of the Asian games, to be held from September 20-30.

Sania will miss the Wuhan WTA event which has 900 points on offer. She though will play in Tokyo, where she is defending champion but now points in that tournament have been reduced to 475 from 900.

"I was feeling weird, I was not feeling happy with my decision, so I thought I will play. I know I am sacrificing 900 points, but sometimes you have to take a decision," Sania told PTI before leaving for Tokyo.

After the Games, Sania will compete in China Open, starting September 29.
Sania and Cara Black are fourth in the Race to Singapore, the year-end championship but the Indian hoped that she will be able to earn enough points in Tokyo and Beijing to remain in top-8.

Asked if there was any pressure on her, the US Open mixed doubles champion replied in a negative.

"No there was nothing like that. I hope we come back with a medal, I know the chances are less in both mixed and women's doubles but I will give my best shot," the 27-year-old said. Asked if Indian team's participation was in jeopardy in the wake of mass pull outs of top players and that forced them to convince Sania to play, AITA President Anil Khanna said there was no pressure on them from the government. "I can only say that government did not say anything to us. Yes, she is playing. It's a good news," Khanna said.
Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman have all been allowed by AITA to play on the professional circuit instead of the Asian Games to defend points in the next few weeks.

"This is my bread and butter and at the end of the day my ranking has dropped to 35 in the world. Hence I have to get some job security for next year. I have to play a long fall season, through Kuala Lumpur as well as Tokyo, these two tournaments are the exact dates in the nine-day span of the events in Asian Games," Paes had said while speaking to media ahead of the Davis Cup tie against Serbia.

http://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/news/229730-sania-mirza-decides-to-participate-in-asian-games-2014
 

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Asian Games football: India women thrash Maldives 15-0 in opener

India began their campaign in the Incheon Asian Games on a high when the Indian women's football team came up with a dominating performance to pump in more than a dozen goals past Maldives to win 15-0 in their first Group A match on Sunday and move a step closer to a quarterfinal berth in the competition.

Five-star performances from winger Sasmita Malik and midfielder Kamala Devi underlined India's dominance in a match where their counterparts failed to register even a single shot on goal.

Captain Bembem Devi, strikers Bala and Prameshwori Devi along with defender Ashalata Devi also got on the scoresheet. It was such a lopsided encounter that goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan would rue not netting one.

The Indian women who led 9-0 at the interval next play hosts South Korea on September 17 while their last Group League match is against Thailand on September 19.

The twice SAFF Champions seized the initiative right from the kick-off as they dominated proceedings all throughout in the completely one-sided encounter. The flurry of passes, the slowing down of the game at will, the sudden bursts of speed and the quick interchanging proved too much for the Maldives women as they surrendered meekly.

Meanwhile, the Indian U-23 Men begin their campaign on Monday when they take on a strong United Arab Emirates, the silver medalists of the last Asian Games held in Guangzhou in 2010. The kick-off of the match is at IST 1.30pm.

However, the last time the two Teams met in the AFC U-22 Championships in Muscat, the match had ended 1-1.

Coming to the goals, it was as early as in the 5th minute when Bembem- who by the end of the match was the architect of almost all the goals - picked out Sasmita on top of the box, with the fleet footed left winger then turning her marker to smash a powerful shot low to the keeper's right.
Midfielder Kamala doubled the tally for the blue shirts 12 minutes later with fine strike from inside the area after combining well with Bembem.
In form striker Bala made pulled away further from their lacklustre counterparts in the very next minute, placing the ball onto the roof of the net from a Tuli Goon cross from the right.

Three minutes later, Sasmita got her second this time scoring off the rebound after Prameshwori Devi had forced the keeper to a diving save.
It was only the 21st minute of the match and the all of Maldives' players were drafted inside their own half to stop the carnage.

But nothing was going to work as Kamala heaped on more misery in the 23rd minute turning well to beat her marker and firing low off another Bembem put-through.

Sasmita notched up her hattrick in the 26th minute and by the half hour mark Kamala did the same. By the time it was halftime Bala was at the double and Kamala had scored her fourth as India went into the break leading by 9 goals.

Ashalata joined the fun after the break with Bembem deservingly netting one too as India gave the scorers at the ground a harrowing time.
Kamala scored her fifth in the 66th minute, Bembem again turning provider to tee up her state mate.

Sasmita crowned her superlative showing with a dipping free kick in the 80th minute from 25 yards. She was not done yet, turning in her fifth seven minutes on. Prameshwori completed the rout in added time.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/asian-ga...hrash-maldives-150-in-opener/498882-5-21.html
 

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Shuttler Prannoy wins Indonesian Masters

H. S. Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the USD 1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold.

Young Indian shuttler H. S. Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the USD 1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals in Indonesia on Sunday.

In a 43-minute battle, fifth seed Prannoy, who finished runners-up at the USD 50,000 Vietnam Grand Prix in Hochiminh City last week, got the better of qualifier Firman 21-11 22-20 in the men’s singles competition.

The 22-year-old Prannoy dished out a dominating performance in the opening game as he opened up a 6-2- lead early on and then kept increasing the distance. He then reels off five straight points to take a lead 1-0 at the GOR Jakabaring stadium.

Firman regrouped himself in the second game and moved 5-3 up but Prannoy fought back at 6-6 and grabbed a slender 9-7 lead. The Indonesian once again surged ahead to 12-9 and thereafter it was a gruelling battle, but Prannoy managed to earn a four-match point.

However, Firman clawed back with four straight points to draw level at 20-20. Prannoy then dug deep to reel off the next two points to seal the door on his opponent and celebrate his first title victory.

Prannoy won a silver medal in Boys’ singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.
 
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