The president of the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association (TNBA), Aadhav Arjuna was elected as president of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in the election held at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.
Aadhav got 38 of the 39 votes, against the outgoing president K Govindaraj.
A former player and the president of the Madhya Pradesh Basketball Association, Kulvinder Singh Gill was elected secretary general.
The office bearers: President: Aadhav Arjuna; Vice presidents: Ajay Ssud, Donald Steven Wahlang, Dr. Lalrinawma Hnamte, Manohara Kumar, Norman Isaac, Fr. Ralin De Souza, Seema Sharma; Secretary General: Kulvinder Singh Gill; Treasurer: T Chengalraya Naidu; Joint secretaries: G Chakravarthi, Munish Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Auddi, Prakash Sandou, Surya Singh.
Executive committee: RS Bedi, C Sasidharan, Sentiningsang Longkumer, T Brajbidhu Singh.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Digvijay Pratap Singh saved three match points inn the second set tie-break to beat Corban Crowther of Newzealand 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in the first round of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, on Wednesday.
In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Thailand, qualifier Shrivalli Bhamidipaty outplayed eighth seed Ikumi Yamazaki of Japan 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
$80,000 Challenger, Bloomfield Hills, USA
Qualifying singles (second and final round): Mukund Sasikumar bt Ozan Barris (USA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; First round: Mukund bt Ezekiel Clark (USA) 7-6(2), 6-4.
€36,000 Challenger, Troyes, France
Doubles (pre-quarterfinal): Constantin Kouzmine (Fra) & Parikshit Somani bt Nikola Milojevic (Srb) & Volodoymyr Uzhylovskyi (Ukr) 5-2 (retired).
$15,000 ITF men, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Singles (first round): Digvijay Pratap Singh bt Corban Crowther (Nzl) 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4; Maximus Jones (Tha) bt Karan Singh 6-4, 6-2; Siwanat Auytayakul (Tha) bt Dev Javia 7-5, 7-5; SD Prawal Dev bt Amir Milushev (Uzb) 6-1, 6-3.
$25,000 ITF women, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Singles (first round): Sahaja Yamalapalli bt Dasha Ivanova (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Erika Sema (Jpn) bt Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-4, 6-3; Shrivalli Bhamidipaty bt Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) 6-0, 6-2; Aunchisa Chanta (Tha) bt Rutuja Bhosale 6-1, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
Singles (first round): Tanisha Kashyap bt Anastasia Mozgaleva 6-1, 6-0.
AITA women’s tournament: Himaanshika Singh beats Riya Ubovejja in quarters
Fifth seed Himaanshika Singh beat third seed Riya Ubovejja 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Wednesday.
The results (quarterfinals): Sahira Singh bt Jasmine Rawat 6-4, 6-0; Himaanshika Singh bt Riya Uboveja 6-4, 6-4; Gaurii Mangaonkar bt Shefali Arora 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Kashish Bhatia bt Vanshika Choudhary 6-0, 7-5.
Space Jams men, Kochi Stars women triumph
Kochi Stars, which included prominent players like Stephy Nixon, G. Rojamol, Shireen Limaye and Soniya Joy, won the women’s title in the 3×3 Indian National Basketball League’s season-2 in Bengaluru.
The Kochi Stars defeated Bengaluru’s Beagles 21-19.
Bengaluru’s Space Jams defeated Pune’s DropStep 21-15 and won the men’s title.
– Stan Rayan
Pranavi ready to tee off in Singapore Ladies Masters
Pranavi Urs continues her globe-trotting season when she tees up in the Trust Golf Singapore Ladies Masters on Thursday.
She is one of the three Indians in the field of 129 players with 111 professionals and 18 amateurs. The other two are amateur Avani Prashanth and Seher Atwal.
Pranavi, who topped the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour of India in 2022, played in the Ladies European Tour events in South Africa at the start of 2023 and then headed to the US for the Epson Tour, which is one level below the LPGA.
Avani is the highest-ranked amateur in the field at 77, while Singapore’s Shannon Tan is 81st ranked amateur. Avani will also be at the Asian Games.
Amateurs hold spotlight in 10th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour
The spotlight was on amateurs on the opening day as Keerthana Rajeev Nair and Vidhatri Urs grabbed the lead alongside pro golfer Khushi Khanijau at one-under 71 in the 10th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
Three others, led by the experienced Tvesa Malik, alongside yet another amateur, Mannat Brar, who leads the Order of Merit on the IGU circuit, and rookie pro Kriti Chowhan shot even par 72 each.
Four players, including two more amateurs, Saanvi Somu, who was second behind Vidhatri in the ninth leg, and Prakruthi Sastry, were tied for seventh place alongside Ananya Datar and Neha Tripathi.
They all carded 1-over 73 each.
India wins compound mixed team gold
The top-ranked Indian compound mixed team of Avneet Kaur and Priyansh clinched the gold medal in the World youth archery championships in Limerick, Ireland, on Wednesday.
Avneet and Priyansh beat the Israeli duo of Romi Maymon and Shamai Yamrom 146-144 in the final.
After taking a one point lead in the second end, the Indians saw the Israelis level the scores 111-111 in the third end. Avneet and Priyansh won the final end 35-33 to emerge victorious.
The Indian pair, which received a first round bye, got past Spain, Denmark and Great Britain on its way to the final.
In the compound under-18 mixed team bronze medal match, India (Aishwarya Sharma and Manav Jadhao) beat Mexico (Regina Bernal and Victor Portillio Lizardi) 149-143 to ensure a podium finish.
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