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Sakshi Chaudhary & Simranjit Kaur advance in one victory away from Olympic berths

BRIEFS: both Indian boxers entered the quarter finals and are just one victory away from sealing Olympic berths

By Agencies in New Delhi , Mumbai and Dubai
  • Published 5.03.20, 3:19 AM
  • Updated 5.03.20, 3:32 AM
  • a min read
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While Simranjit defeated Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko 5-0, Sakshi stunned Asian silver-medallist and fourth seed Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand in a split 4-1 verdict. (Shutterstock)

 Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg) entered the quarter finals and are just one victory away from sealing Olympic berths at the Asian-Oceania zone qualifiers here on Wednesday. While Simranjit defeated Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko 5-0, Sakshi stunned Asian silver-medallist and fourth seed Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand in a split 4-1 verdict. Simranjit’s next opponent is second seed Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia. 

Hardik shines

Hardik Pandya turned in yet another all-round show to help Reliance 1 move into the semi-final of the DY Patil T20 Cup here. The India all-rounder had on Tuesday smashed his way to a 105 in just 39 balls. On Wednesday, Pandya blasted a 29-ball 46 and later, bowled a crucial spell of 2/39, as Reliance 1 emerged winner by a seven runs. 

Harika held

India’s No. 2 chess player Dronavalli Harika pushed but could not break the defence of lower-ranked Marie Sebag and had to settle for a second consecutive draw in the Fide Women’s Grand Prix here. At the end of the second round, Harika has one point after two games and faces world champion Ju Wenjun next. 

Fed Cup

Rutuja Bhosale recorded a come-from-behind win before Ankita Raina won the second singles as India secured the Fed Cup tie against Uzbekistan by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead here on Wednesday.

 Kiranjeet tests positive

Long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur, who won the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K among the Indians, has tested positive for a banned substance and has been provisionally suspended by World Athletics. The 31-year-old Kaur had clocked 1:38:56 to finish 11th overall and first among Indians in the Kolkata 25K in December.

BCCI reward

The BCCI on Wednesday awarded Rs 65 lakh to the Indian disability cricket team that won the World Series last year. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah presented a cheque of Rs 65 lakh to skipper Vikrant Keni, an official said. 

PK’s condition

PK Banerjee's condition is stable post ventilation. “He is maintaining stable parameters post ventilation We can say he’s stable…," Komal Dashora, president of Medica Superspecialty Hospital, where he is admitted, said in a medical bulletin.