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The Indian football team has achieved its best FIFA ranking this time which it was not able to achieve in the last 6 years. It is a great achievement by the Indian football team because it has jumped 11 rankings and now it is on 137th position according to the latest list released today.

This time India has defeated Puerto Ricco who is at 114th rank in an International friendly match held in Mumbai and garnered 230 points.

Last time in 2010 India was at the position of 137th rank which it has achieved again in 2016 and till now this is the highest rank which Indian football team has been able to achieve and it needs to go far.

Indian National coach, Stephen Constantine seems happy with the performance of the team and said that when he came over for his second stint, one of his tasks was to improve the FIFA rankings and with the results so far it is clear that we have succeeded.

He further said that it was a team effort as the AIFF President Praful Patel and General Secretary Kushal Das provided their support and had confidence in the team, they also allowed him to do the things in his own ways.

He seemed very confident about the recent performance of the team and confidently said that it is just the beginning of the long term plan which we envisage for Indian Football. He is certainly not over the moon as he feels his team can achieve much more.

Coach Constantine has made some changes in the team recruitment and the best change which affected the team performance was that he reduced the average age from around 34 to 24 which is very significant indeed and the results are also visible.

Can Indian Football team do better then this? Please give your views by commenting on this post

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DEVANSHI ALL SET TO BRING LAURELS FOR THE COUNTRY IN SHOOTING

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The outstandingly brilliant junior national champion in shooting Devanshi Rana primarily hailing from Garhwal, Uttarakhand and daughter of the internationally popular shooter and four times Asian gold medalist Jaspal Rana, has left for Australia on 16th March to participate in the World Junior Shooting Championships starting from 21st March till 29th.

Born and brought up in Delhi, Devanshi received adequate training in shooting from his globally famed shooter father having brought laurels for the nation by bagging four international gold medals Jaspal Rana who is also her mentor, guide and coach. It may be recalled that Jaspal Rana is the chief coach of the international shooting team while his brother, also a perfect shooter Subhash Rana being the technical ( Range) officer .

According to the father of Jaspal Rana and Devanshi’s grandfather Narayan Singh Rana who’d left no stone unturned to train the entire family in shooting and even left his job as a Commando to train Jaspal and instil in him tremendous amount of confidence and sporting spirit to bring Gold medals in Asian games, Devanshi had been given place in the international junior shooting team for two international competitions to be held in Australia between 21st to 29th March.

Highly intrumental in setting the Jaspal Rana Shooting Academy in Uttarakhand giving adequate training to good number of budding shooters of the state as well as from various parts of the country Narayan Singh Rana had also been the minister in Uttarakhand government in the past.

According to Rana, Devanshi would be participating in the 10 meter air pistol and 25 meters sports pistol competition in Australia. He added that Devanshi had in the past won Gold medals in the national junior shooting championships and as such the Rifle Association of India had tried her outstanding shooting expertise on trial basis. The outstanding junior shooters were thereafter chosen on the basis of their first second and third ranks.

Grand daughter of the former UK minister and president of Uttarakhand Rifle Association Narayan Singh Rana and daughter of Internationally acclaimed shooter Jaspal Rana Devanshi is all set to win and bring laurels for the country and the state she belongs to. We wish her all the very best in her shooting endeavours.
SUNIL NEGI

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Just as the mind is important to help us grow intellectually, our body and physique is necessary to help us maintain our health. One of the easiest way to keep ourselves fit is by delving into sports, be it of any kind. Sports is of undeniable significance in our daily life, as it hones the body just like a good book helps the mind. Indulging ourselves in sports is not only advantageous to our health, but also helps us in leading a more disciplined life. Therefore, by practicing any sport, processional or as a form of leisure activity, we are only going to gain in some way or the other.
When an athlete runs towards the finish line or when a batsman waits patiently to face the ball coming at him at 70 km/h, he/she has only one thing on his/her mind, and that is, to be better than every other player on the field for that one moment. This competitive spirit can be involved only through sports, and it is of utmost value for the development of one’s character. Sports is the lifeblood of life, and it is directly proportional to the essence of a man’s behaviour, and how he leads his life. Physical activities have more to do with the conclusive good traits that are invoked in a man due to practicing a sport, than the winning or losing of the game itself. No matter what the end-result of one particular game, man is always rewarded by playing, it’s a win-win situation ultimately.
Sports is not just important for physical strength it also improves the mental and emotional strength of an individual. This is one of the reason why sports is made compulsory in many of the schools and colleges. Sports should be given as equal priority as education.

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PRODIGY FOOTBALLER MEETS HER SAD END IN AUSTRALIA

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Sometimes the God is so unkind and ruthless that most tragic, highly shocking and unfortunately anguishing incidents happen making everybody shell shocked. It’s undoubtedly a hard fact that whoever has taken birth on this earth has to go one day and its a mandatory rule of the Almighty. Some go earlier while some after enjoying the life to the full attaining whatever they’d wished.

But when a person leaves this universe at an adoloscent age while making his or her career as a shining star the tragedy not only catastrophically shocks everyone but also leaves his or her parents and near and dear ones alive for no reason or purpose of life.

I am talking here about one such hugest tragedy of a budding and highly talented prodigy footballer Nitisha Negi who met her last in Australia perhaps two days ago where she had gone to participate on behalf of the Schools Games Federation of India representing our country as one of the players of the India students football team. Because of her inborn talent as a prodigy footballer having won number of awards and felicitations at such a tender age earlier, Nitisha Negi was sent to Australia by the School Games Federation of India to participate in the prestigious Pan Pacific Asian Games where she met with the tragedy at the sea while clicking pictures having got surreptitiously swept away in the sea tides.

The body of late Nitisha Negi, an excellent footbal prodigy will reach Delhi on 16th December, 2017 for cremation. Her body will be kept for ANTIM DARSHAN AND SHRADHANJALI at Garhwal Bhawan on Saurday the 16th, from 5 to 8 PM to be finally consigned to flames. Nitisha’ s untimely tragic demise has sent shock waves in the entire football fraternity of India as well as, amongst the Uttarakhand community globally.

While expressing our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family I on behalf of the Uttarakhand Journalists Forum prray to Almighty to give peace to the pious soul and enough strenghth to the aggrieved family to bear this most irreperable loss. In the meanwhile the union minister of state for textiles and member of parliament from Almora Uttarakhand Ajay Tamta visited the parents at the deceased prodigy’s house and shared the grief with them.

Ajay Tamta assured the aggrieved parents of Nitisha of all possible financial assistence through the Uttarakhand CM’s discreationery fund and stringent action against the officials responsible for their negligence in this shocking episode. He was accompanied by Dr. Vinod Bacheti,Chairman DPMI. Om Shanti
SUNL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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