- Dhruv Sarda will be the lone Indian representative at the 51st Qubica AMF bowling World Cup to be held in Las Vegas from November 14 to 20.
- Sarda had finished 18th overall in the previous edition.
Naresh Kumar Sharma wins first Paralympic quota for India
- The 42-year-old Arjuna Awardee won the quota with a 12th place finish in men’s 50m rifle three position at the IPC Shooting World Cup at Fort Benning, USA.
- This could be Sharma’s fifth Paralympic participation. He has participated from 1996 to 2012 missing only the 2004 edition. His best performance was at Beijing in 2008 where he finished 5th.
- Naresh Kumar Sharma said, “I am happy to win the quota for India but I am sad that no one from the federation has even bothered to call me up and appreciate my performance.
- “Even our federation was under a suspension and so things were not easy. However I am very thankful to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Sports Ministry to fund me and the others for the three World Cups this year.”
Saina surrenders her crown
- Saina Nehwal’s dream of defending her title came crashing as she suffered a straight-game defeat to Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the final of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier.
- The Olympic bronze medallist committed numerous unforced errors to go down 12-21, 15-21 against the World No. 7 Li in the singles summit clash, which lasted 39 minutes, at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center.
- Li continued her march after the interval even as the Indian kept breathing down her neck with some occasional points.
- The results (finals): Men: Lee Chong Wei bt Chen Long 21-15, 21-11; Women: Li Xuerui bt Saina Nehwal 21-12, 21-15.
Siril Verma wins silver
- Young Indian shuttler Siril Verma clinched a silver medal at the BWF World junior championships after suffering a narrow defeat against Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu.
- The 15-year-old, who trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, had a giant-killing run at the tournament where he defeated the Netherland’s Niels Veenstra, France’s Thomas Baures, Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, Malaysia’s Satheishtharan and Thailand’s Adulrach Namkul to reach the final.
- But Siril could not cross the final hurdle as his fight ended with a 21-17, 10-21, 7-21 loss to Chia in a 50-minute battle at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR). ZWith this medal, Siril now joins the elite list of Indians such as Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, H.S. Prannoy and Sameer Verma, who have won medals for India in the World junior championships.