Ritu Phogat continues to be unbeaten

India’s champion wrestler-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Ritu Phogat continued to dominate at the ONE Championship as she notched up a win by unanimous decision against debutante Wu Chiao Chen of China at the ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE held behind closed doors at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today. The Chinese, who has an 8-0 record as an amateur in MMA and has been a former JJIF Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medallist, was no match for the determined Indian in a heavily one-sided women’s atomweight contest.

Phogat controlled each of the three rounds by using her power and strength to force early takedowns of her opponent and kept her pinned to the ground. Wu tried hard to challenge the Indian in the second round but Phogat proved too strong in the grappling exchanges and did not give her opponent any chance to defend. The final round saw the Indian at her aggressive best as she kept landing deadly blows on Wu to be unanimously declared the winner by all the three judges present.

“Winning my second match at ONE Championship has been a very good feeling and my confidence level has been boosted further. I would like to thank my coaches and my Indian supporters watching. My goal of becoming India’s first MMA world champion is still a long way away but I will keep working with a lot of dedication to reach that,” said Phogat after her win.

Phogat’s victory follows a sizzling debut last year where she finished Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout. The daughter of the legendary wrestling coach, Mahavir Singh Phogat bagged the gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships and a silver at the World Under-23 Wrestling Championships before making a smooth transition to the mixed martials arts. Training with multiple Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions in Singapore has helped the 25-year-old amp up her striking and submission skills and she hopes that her continuing success will inspire more Indians to follow her path.

“I am thrilled to be representing India in MMA now. This is a growing sport and I foresee that it will be huge in India real soon,” said Phogat.

Khelo India Youth Games with colourful closing ceremony

The defending champions romped to a whopping 256 medals, including 78 gold and 77 silver to underline their pre-eminence in a multi-game event of this scale once more time.

The picturesque city of Guwahati bid an emotional goodbye to the Khelo India Youth Games here on Wednesday, crowing Maharashtra the unconquered champions during a power-packed and entertaining closing ceremony.

Assam’s Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, and Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Shri Rameshwar Teli, presented the trophy to the winners even as a packed stadium rose to its feet.

“ I would like to congratulate all the participating teams from across states and everyone who has been part of this journey of making Khelo India Youth Games 2020 a mega success. Over the past 13 days the city  was on song, witnessing some scintillating sports action. There was a feeling of competitive spirit and sportsmanship amongst all contestants and at the end we saw Maharashtra winning the championship. The tournament is a big boost towards achieving our Honorable Prime Minister’s  Shri Narendra Modi’s long term vision of Fit India movement. I salute the hard work of all  athletes that participated in the games as they will be the ones who will go on to bring major sporting  laurels for our country globally. said the Honourable Chief Minister Of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal   

Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Assam’s Hon’ble Finance Minister, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, were among the many dignitaries and local celebrities who graced the occasion.

Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, said “I congratulate all the athletes for their enthusiastic participation in Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. Congratulations to Maharashtra for winning the champions trophy two years in a row. I am confident  that from among this year’s winners will emerge our future champions who will represent India at international events and even at the Olympics, in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Our motto has been to provide the best facilities and a world class experience to athletes at the Khelo India Games. This is the platform from which they are starting their sporting journey, and with the right grooming they will  evolve into international sporting icons

Immediately after the awards ceremony, Assam showcased their rich cultural heritage in a crisp and beautiful show, led by a Modern Creative Dance performance by Aimee Baruah, Directed by Asim.

Before a range of local performers hit the stage, Chinese Martial Artists wowed the audience with their speed, power and elegance. They were specially flown in to mark the 70th year of the India-China friendship.

Performances by Ms Tarulata Kutum with Missing Dancers, Sajan Nayak with Jhumuir Dancers and a solo by Babita Sharma set the mood for the evening. Popular Assamese singer Jitul Sonowal too charmed everybody with his mellifluous sings.

In between, Krishnamoni Chutiya performed the Bihu Song which was beautifully choreographed by Pankaj Engiti, to the delight of the local fans.

The evening was topped up by a live concert by Bollywood singing star Shaan. The playback singer got the audience, including the athletes, on their feet as he belted out a series of his hit numbers.

Riyan Parag : Rajasthan Royals

Riyan Parag of guwahati joined Rajasthan Royals

Cricket prodigy of Guwahati Riyan Parag joined Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2019. He is a proud son of former Ranji player Parag Das and swimmer Mithu Baruah. He was earlier selected for ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Born: 10 November 2001, Guwahati, India

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