AFC Competitions Committee’s decision published regarding ISL and I-League

Following a recommendation from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Competitions Committee gave special dispensation for the Indian Super League (ISL) which will be played simultaneously with the I-League for six or seven months in 2017 and 2018 as a temporary short-term ‘bridging solution’.

AIFF’s recommendation to the AFC was that the ISL will replace the Federation Cup, whose winner is currently allocated an AFC Champions League Play-Off place AFC  Cup preliminary stage place.

Therefore, the Committee approved that the I-League champions will play in the AFC Champions League Play-off round and the ISL Champions will play in the AFC Cup preliminary stage – as long as all clubs adhere to the AFC rules and regulations, particularly club licensing, from 2018.

The situation will be reviewed on a yearly basis with conditions which, in addition to adherence to club licensing regulations, include promotion, production, a player allocation system and the following of the Road Map agreed between the AFC and Indian football stakeholders at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on June 7, 2017.

Hockey India League to return in 2019 with a fresh outlook

New Delhi, 25 July 2017: After hosting five successful editions that generated tremendous interest from hockey fans across the globe, the sixth edition of Hockey India League will be hosted in 2019. The tournament’s Governing Committee, comprising representatives of Hockey India and other stakeholders, have unanimously decided to schedule the next edition of India’s only professional hockey league in 2019 instead of 2018 January and February.
“After five years of successfully organizing the Hockey India League which has greatly helped unearth talent and significantly improved the National Team’s performances at both Junior and Senior level, we felt that it is time to review the League, evaluate its success and comeback with a fresh outlook that will benefit the development of the sport further and our franchises and stakeholders. This decision was made after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved,” stated Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Chairman Hockey India League and Secretary General, Hockey India.
Ahmad further clarified that this will only be a temporary discontinuation and that the Hockey India League will return in 2019. “Due to a conflict in dates of the schedule of Hockey India League 2018 and a major international tournament which was likely to restrict the participation of international players, it was decided that the best solution was to postpone the conduct of the sixth season of the League. I want to emphasize that we want to resume the League in 2019 albeit with greater prospects to make it more viable financially not only for the stakeholders but also for the players,” he added.
The Hockey India League in these past five years has given rise to players who have gone on to make a name for themselves in World Hockey. The League significantly contributed in the success of the Indian Junior Men’s Team that won the 2016 Junior World Cup while the Indian Men’s Team advanced in the world ranking to a commendable No.6 position. The foreign players too hugely benefited with the League as it has helped them earn monetary benefits playing in the month-long League along side players from different countries.  “Hockey India League has undoubtedly been a fantastic platform for players from around the world to showcase their talent and the participating teams thoroughly enjoyed the experience over the last five seasons. The Governing Committee would like to thank everyone involved with the HIL and all those who participated in the first five seasons of the tournament,” expressed Ahmad.

Indian girls had a mixed day in World junior squash championship

Tauranga (New Zealand): India began well in Pool C with a 3-0 win over South Africa but later in the day went down to higher ranked England 0-3 for mixed fortune on the opening day of the girls’ team event competition in the WSF-World junior squash championship here on Tuesday.

This is a four-team Pool with France being the fourth team. India at the end of two matches is placed two in the Pool with a match against lower ranked France to go. Two teams from this Pool qualify for the knock-out phase.

The results: Pool C: India bt South Africa 3-0 (Akanksha Salunkhe bt Faith Panashe Sithole 11-6, 15-13, 11-4; Aishwarya Bhattacharya bt Helena Coetzee 11-7, 11-5, 11-7; Sunayna Kuruvilla bt Jenifer Preece 11-5, 11-5, 11-5); India lost to England 0-3 (Akanksha Salunkhe lost to Lucy Turmel 1-11, 5-11, 5-11; Aishwarya Bhattacharya lost to Jasmine Hutton 4-11, 5-11, 4-11; Sunayna Kuruvilla lost to Elise Lazarus 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11)

India to host Boxing World Championship in 2018 and 2021

In a historic decision AIBA (International Boxing Association) announced that New Delhi India will host 2018 Women’s World Championships and 2021 Men’s World Championships.

India has never hosted the men’s World Championship but has hosted the 2006 women’s mega-event.

“The strength of all of the bids we have seen today is the clearest indication yet of AIBA’s successful efforts to amplify the prestige of its World Championships even further, with the strongest global broadcasting and sponsorship partnerships secured to date already finalised for next month’s Men’s World Championships in Hamburg,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

“Having witnessed the Russian Boxing Federation’s dedication to promote the sport of boxing and its capacity to meet the Executive Committee’s expectations for hosting our biggest event, we are delighted to have the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 confirmed for Sochi, and equally excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment to developing the sport. Following the presentation of the Turkish Boxing Federation, I know that Trabzon will also meet the demands of hosting the world’s biggest women’s boxing tournament in 2019.”

MFA Super Cup 2017: Chhinga Veng FC lift trophy

Chhinga Veng FC came out on top in a one-sided final of the MFA Super Cup today (24th July,  2017) ,thoroughly beating their opponents Chanmari West FC in a 5-0 victory.
They collected a beautiful trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000 from the wife of late Mr Lalbiakliana,  who’s family sponsored the tournament.
After heavy clouds disrupted play twice about a couple of minutes into the first half, Chhinga Veng FC enjoyed more possession and were able to threaten their opponents.
They got their breakthrough in the 31st minute with a flurry of goals where CVFC scored 3 in the space or four minutes. Striker Malsawmfela scored in then 31st minute and again 3 minutes later, with Laldingngheta adding a third less than a minute gone.
The second half began in the same manner with striker Malsawmfela completing his hattrick on the 49th minute and making it near impossible for the West Warriors to salvage anything out of the game.
MIdfielder R Malsawmtluanga then scored their fifth goal fifteen minutes from time.
63 clubs from various divisions of Mizoram football participated in the tournaments where the two Mizoram Premier League clubs met in the final.
Chhinga Veng 5-0 Chanmari West FC
(Malsawmfela 31′, 34′, 49′, Laldingngheta 35′, R. Malsawmtluanga 78′)
Best Goalkeeper : Laltanpuia, Mizoram Police FC
Best Defender : Lalrinchhana Tochhawng, Chhinga Veng FC
Best Midfielder : R Malsawmtluanga, Chhinga Veng FC
Best Forward : Malsawmfela, Chhinga Veng FC
Fair Play Award : Chhinga Veng FC

Indian Men conclude William Jones Campaign

Bengaluru/Taipei, 24th July 2017: The Indian men’s basketball team finished their campaign yesterday at the William Jones Cup in Chinese Taipei with a 61-77 loss against the Japanese national team.


The Indian men were leading 30-28 going into halftime, but fell behind after a disappointing third quarter where they were outscored 28-15.


Amjyot Singh Gill led the scoring for India with 22 points, while Jeevanantham Pandi chipped in with 10 points. The Indian team was strong on the boards, out-rebounding the Japanese men 41-31, but only managed to hit one of thirteen from beyond the arc.


The Japanese offensive effort was led by Shuta Hara (15 points), and supported by Kengo Nomoto (14 points) and Shuto Ando (12 points).


The Indian men finished the tournament without a win, but these games have provided valuable minutes to the squad ahead of the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon next month. Head coach Phil Weber will be encouraged by the performances of the squad, particularly the young forwards – Muin Bek Hafeez, Jeevanantham Pandi, and Gurvinder Singh Gill.


Japan (Shuta Hara 15 pts; Kengo Nomoto 14 pts; Shuto Ando 12 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 22 pts; Jeevanantham Pandi 10 pts) 77 – 61 [15 – 11, 13 – 19, 28 – 15, 21 – 16]


22nd July: India lose to Philippines

On 22nd July, the Indian men’s basketball team lost the penultimate game of the William Jones Cup 70-101 against the Philippines.


The men from the Philippines were on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 17 three-pointers on 47% shooting.  Mathew Andrew Wright was the top scorer for the Philippines (19 points), hitting 5 of 5 from three-point land.


Like so many games in this tournament, the Indian men were competitive in the early minutes of the game, but dropped off in the second quarter and were outscored 7-27.


The Indian team had a couple of strong performances, with Amjyot Singh scoring 25 points, and Jeevanantham Pandi notching up a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds). Overall, the shooting was a mixed bag: the team shot 60 percent from two-point range, but attempted as many as 30 three-pointers and hitting only 23%.


Philippines (Matthew Andrew Wright 19 pts; Von Rolfe Pessumal 14 pts; Almond Vosotros 14 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 25 pts; Jeevanantham Pandi 14 pts, 10 rebs) 101 – 70 [27 – 24, 27 – 7, 26 – 24, 21 – 15]


About the William Jones Cup

The William Jones Cup is a basketball tournament that has been held annually in Taipei since 1977. The tournament was named in honour of Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). One team represents each country, and that team could be the national team, a professional club, or a college team. The tournament is played in a single round-robin format, and the final points tally will determine the placing of the teams.


This is the 39th edition of the tournament, and all the games were played at the Basketball Stadium of Heping Elementary School, Taipei City.


The William Jones Cup has served as excellent competitive exposure for India ahead of the FIBA Men’s Asia Cup to be held in Lebanon from 8th to 20th August 2017.


Last year, Philippines’ Mighty Sports club team took gold in the men’s tournament, while South Korea and Republic of China (i.e. Chinese Taipei) – Blue finished second and third respectively. India finished 1-7 in this edition.

List of participating teams

  1. Canada 3D Global Sports
  2. India National Team
  3. Iran National Team
  4. Iraq National Team
  5. Japan National Team
  6. Korea National Team
  7. Lithuania Atletas Team
  8. Philippines National Team
  9. Chinese Taipei National Team A
  10. Chinese Taipei National Team B

India’s full schedule

  • 15th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Iraq
  • 16th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus South Korea
  • 17th July, 1900 hrs CST (or 1730 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – Blue
  • 18th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Iran
  • 19th July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Lithuania
  • 20th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – White
  • 21st July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Canada
  • 22nd July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Philippines
  • 23rd July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Japan




Sr. No. First Name Middle and Last Name Position DOB State/Unit
1 Ambati PRUDHVISHWAR REDDY PG 02/10/96 Telangana
2 Anil Kumar BUKANKERE KRISHNE GOWDA SG 31/07/89 Karnataka/Vijaya Bank
3 Arjun SINGH G 08/06/92 Uttarakhand/ONGC
4 Pratham SINGH SG 01/10/91 Tamil Nadu/IOB
5 Basil PHILIP SG 10/01/91 Kerala/Customs & Central Excise
6 Jeevanantham PANDI PF/C 13/10/94 Tamil Nadu/IOB
7 Rikin PETHANI C 02/12/90 Tamil Nadu/Income Tax
8 Amjyot Singh GILL PF 27/01/92 Punjab
9 Baladhaneshwar POIYAMOZHI PG 07/12/92 Tamil Nadu
10 Gurvinder Singh GILL PF/C 21/01/96 Punjab
11 PrasannaVenkatesh SIVAKUMAR SF 25/09/92 Tamil Nadu/IOB
12 MuinBek HAFEEZ SF 28/01/91 Tamil Nadu
Support Staff
13 Baskar SAPPANIAMBALAM Coach 20/07/66 Tamil Nadu
14 Padipurakkal Joseph SEBASTIAN Coach 21/05/67 Kerala
15 Devender KUMAR Manager 04/07/56 Delhi
16 Raj Kumar DUBEY Physiotherapist 01/06/68 Uttarakhand/ONGC
17 Peter SanthoshDivaker PEREJI Referee 03/07/73 Telangana

*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Post

Amritpal Singh shines as Sydney Kings win Atlas Challenge

Bengaluru/Suzhou, 24th July 2017:  Amritpal Singh, the near 6’ 10’’ centre of the Indian national team, had another dominant performance for the Sydney Kings in the final of the Atlas Challenge in China. Amritpal notched up another double-double, his third of the tournament, with 17 points and 16 rebounds. The Sydney Kings won the final against Lithuania 79 – 65, capping off a perfect tournament.


The Sydney Kings were approaching the tournament as an opportunity to evaluate prospective players who may make the Sydney Kings roster at a later stage. After a stellar showing over the course of the tournament, Amritpal Singh will be very optimistic about his chances.


Singh had been formally invited to join the Sydney Kings for the Atlas Challenge 2017, after he impressed a number of teams at the National Basketball League (NBL) Draft Combine in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year. He was part of a four member contingent that also included Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder Singh and VisheshBhriguvanshi. A report on the official NBL websitereflects high praise for the Punjab centre, and played up his potential to become the first Indian-born player to play in the NBL. Among the stand out features of his play were his defensive presence around the rim, finishing the Combine tied as the leading shot blocker.

Neel Joshi and Ananya Dabke wins U15 titles in Dutch junior Open squash

Amsterdam: India’s bunch of juniors made some impact in the just concluded Dutch junior Open squash with Neel Joshi and Ananya Dabke winning the respective U-15 boys’ and girls’ titles.

Both top talent in their age, Neel, who was the top seed defeated England’s Alhassana Khalil 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 in the final while Ananya who was seeded 9/12 beat the second seed Serena Daniel of USA 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 for the title. The Mumbai girl had earlier beaten the top seed Chukwu Chinyere of Hungary in semi-final.

Vikas Mehra (U-19) and Arnaav Sareen (U-15) made third place finishes while Rutva Samant (U-13), Kanhav Nanavati (U-15) were placed fourth in their respective age categories.

In all 16 players (11 boys and 5 girls) had taken part in this prestigious European event for juniors.

Bengaluru FC to train in Spain ahead of AFC Cup clash

Bengaluru: A new-look Bengaluru FC side will kick off their pre-season training this week in the city before heading to Spain early next month for a 10-day training camp. The Blues will train at the state-of-the-art facilities at Pinatar Arena in Murcia during their stay in the Mediterranean region. Having finalized their squad on Sunday at the ISL Draft, Bengaluru FC Head Coach Albert Roca will now have an eye on the crucial AFC Cup Inter-Zonal semifinal against North Korean side April 25 SC as he prepares his squad for the first leg at home onAugust 23.

“The facilities at Pinatar Arena are top-class and I thank the management for providing us with this opportunity. The arena will provide us with everything we need to get up and running as fast as possible. Among all the other ISL teams, we’ll be in action first in the AFC Cup and it’s important that we utilize this time well so that our team settles in quickly. While we have managed to retain the core of our team, there are a lot of new signings which means that we need to put in that extra effort in pre-season to gel as a unit,” explained Roca.

During their stay, the Blues are set to face Spanish Segunda-B Division side UCAM Murcia CF (August 9) and 2016-17 UAE Pro League side Baniyas S&R(August 15) in friendly games.

The Blues base – the Pinatar Arena – boasts of six natural grass (Bermuda and ray grass) floodlit football pitches at FIFA standards with special areas designated for goalkeepers and a stadium with a capacity of 3,500 spectators that hosts friendlies and tournaments. The Arena also has top-class fitness centers with all the latest equipment from health and fitness innovators.

While the facility recently hosted an U21 tournament between national teams of Australia, Austria, Finland and Netherlands, they have regularly hosted training camps of top-flight clubs from all over Europe. A few of them include, German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and FC Kaiserslautern, Spanish sides Levante UD and UD Almeria, Russian powerhouses CSKA Moscow and FC Zenit apart from Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea), FC Twente (Netherlands), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine).

This will be the second time the Blues travel abroad for a pre-season training camp having earlier visited China at the start of the 2014-15 season. Back then, the Blues faced off against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Guangzhou R&F FC (0-3) from the Chinese Super League and Hong Kong Premier League’s Eastern AA (0-2).

The 23-man team departs from India on August 5th and is scheduled to return on August 16th.

Minerva FC starts In-School training program with St. John’s High School in Chandighar

Minerva Punjab FC, North India’s sole representatives in the top division of Indian Football, has begun a tie-up with one of the best schools in Chandigarh, St. John’s High School (Ranked amongst the best schools in the country by India Today) for the first of its kind in-school football training programme. Minerva Punjab FC AFC and UEFA certified coaches will train the students of St. John’s High School and the school teams for competitions.

Minerva Punjab FC is the powerhouse of football in North India having one of the largest and best residential football academies in the country and a thriving Youth Development Programme which is renowned all over the country. Minerva Academy Football Club was set up in 2010 with the aim of contributing local players to the Indian National Teams and giving local players a platform to shine. Minerva has been dedicated to the revival and promotion of football in and around theTricity area and Punjab. In fact, it is regarded by AIFF as the premier youth development academy in India for football which has contributed 27 players to the national teams over the last two years.

St. John’s boasts the biggest and best football grounds in the tri-city area and matched infrastructure for sports. The Minerva Coaching staff are a team of highly experienced and qualified and UEFA and AFC certified coaches who are specialists in youth and grassroots development programs who will operate and manage before and after-school football training programmes at St. John’s. Certified Coaches will teach kids the Minerva Way using european training methodology and technical expertise. The school program will be designed and monitored by Minerva Punjab FC Technical Director and Head of Youth Development. The training will be executed in line with the detailed and well planned Grassroots and Youth Development Curriculum of Minerva which has been developed after meticulous research and drawn from various successful training systems from all over the world customised for the Indian player and ecosystem.

Recently Minerva Punjab FC fielded Krishna Pandit a youngster who passed out from St. John’s High School a few years ago, in their senior I-League Side in their debut season. At just 18 years of age, Krishna Pandit became one of the most promising youngsters in the league after a spectacular Man of the Match winning performance against Mohun Bagan and scoring a goal against East Bengal. Krishna said “I am so happy that Minerva Punjab FC is taking over the football coaching in St. John’s as I understand the value of having the right guidance at the right time to help shape your career as a professional footballer.”

Within the first month, many students of St. John’s have signed up for the training. Out of the trainees, two St. John’s boys have already been invited to train with the Minerva Punjab FC U-13 and U-15  I-League team. Rishabh, one of the trainees who has just joined the programme said, “It is exciting to train under the Minerva coaches with new methodology and style. I have already stared noticing the improvement in my game. I cant wait for our next tournament to test out these newly acquired skills”

Minerva Punjab FC Founder Ranjit Bajaj is himself an alumnus of St. John’s High School and is thrilled with the opportunity to give back to his Alma Mater, “With the technical expertise of Minerva Punjab FC coaches and youth development program, I am sure that St. John’s will produce many more Krishna Pandits in the years to come!”

Ms. Kavita Das, Principal of the prestigious St. John’s High School said, “We believe in giving our students the best. With Minerva, we not only have the best but, better still, we have an alumnus of ours at the helm, who is giving back to his alma mater with the generosity of spirit that Johnians are famous for.”