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Taekwondo federation is banned

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New Delhi: Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) became the second national federation after the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) to be banned by their parent body.

According to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) sources, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has sent a letter to the Indian association last week saying the TFI would remain suspended till the IOC lifts its ban on IOA.

New Delhi: Hockey India has brought the Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) into its fold as an associate member, an official release said on Thursday. The induction will enable MHA to take part in all the National Championships to be conducted by Hockey India in future.

Calcutta: East Bengal have sent a letter to the AFC requesting for a change of some of their AFC Cup matches that coincide with India’s AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers next year. “We have as many as six of our players who are part of the India squad. Obviously, they will be busy with national commitments at a time when we play the AFC Cup. So we have requested to alter the dates of some of our matches in the competition,” club assistant secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta said on Thursday.

London: Nearly a month after leaving the LA Galaxy, David Beckham is in no rush to find a new team as he mulls over “a number of serious proposals” from clubs across the world.

Calcutta: Vinay Kumar of Bihar emerged winner of the HDCA Open International Fide-rated chess tournament, on Thursday. The seventh seed Vinay bagged the winner’s purse of Rs. 18,000. Rajdeep Sarkar and Subhayan Kundu came second and third respectively.

Sydney: Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann was on Thursday officially reprimanded and slapped with a suspended fine by officials after questioning the bowling action of West Indian Marlon Samuels.

Cricket Australia said Lehmann was convicted of breaching the Code of Behaviour with remarks in a media interview after the Heat’s loss to the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League on Saturday night.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee felicitated the Indian blind cricket team for winning the inaugural Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup earlier this month, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Sports Minister Jitendra Singh and BCCI vice president Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion. The sports minister will consider the request of awarding Rs 30 lakh each to the players and Rs 10 crore to promote blind cricket in India through Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).