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Joshna Chinappa wins gold medal in women’s individual squash at SAG

India’s ace squash player Joshna Chinappa has won the gold medal in women’s individual category at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).

In the final match played at R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati, she defeated Pakistan’s Maria Wazir by 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 score. With this she became first Indian squash player to win individual gold medal in 2016 SAG.

Men’s individual category

Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan won the on the gold medal in men’s individual category at the 12th SAG. In the final match, he defeated Farhan Zaman of Pakistan by 14-12, 11-7, 11-9 score.

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Sapna Devi wins gold medal in women Wushu Taulu competition

India’s Sapna Devi has won gold for India in the women Wushu Taulu (Changquan) Competition at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).

She won the medal after scoring 9.45 pts. The silver medal was won by Susmita Tamang of Nepal with a score of 8.72 and bronze medal was won by Nazia Parvaiz of Pakistan with a score of 6:30 pts.

Men’s section

  • Gold Medal: L. H Lakshan (Sri Lanka) with 8:86 points.
  • Silver Medal: Bijay Sinjali (Nepal) with 8:80 points.
  • Bronze Medal: Anjul Namdeo (India) with 8:66 points.

Wushu sports: It is an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It is international sport governed through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF).

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12th South Asian Games begins in Guwahati

The 12th edition of South Asian Games (SAG) has begun in Guwahati, Assam after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.

The 11-day event is being jointly hosted by Guwahati and Meghalaya capital, Shillong.

Over 2,500 athletes from 8 SAARC nations viz. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives are participating in it. Total of 228 events in 23 sports disciplines will be played during the games, which India is hosting for the third time.

  • Slogan of games:Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity’.
  • Official mascot: Tikhor, a one-horned rhino that represents endangered fauna of Assam found in Kaziranga National Park.

About South Asian Games

  • SAG is biennial multi-sport event held among the athletes from 8 South Asian (SAARC) countries. It is often hyped as the South Asian version of Olympic Games.
  • It was established as South Asian Federation Games, but in 2004 was renamed as South Asian Games.
  • The first edition of SAG was hosted in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984 and has since been held every two years except for some occasions.
  • India has hosted SAG for two time, first in 1987 in Kolkata (West Bengal) and second time in 1995 in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
  • Medal Tally: So far, India has ruled over this multi-sport event right from the beginning and has bagged the most number of medals – 1,728 which includes 900 Gold, 542 silver and 286 bronze.
  • Pakistan (311-375-336) is second in the list, with Sri Lanka (185-245-455) at third.

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