Guru Hanuman Akhara, a wrestling academy based in Delhi, has been chosen for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) for year 2014. As per Sports Ministry, Guru Hanuman Akhara has been chosen for ‘establishment and management of sports academies of excellence.’ President Pranab Mukherjee will honor the RKPP awardees along with Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand award winners at the National Sports Awards function in Delhi on August 29, 2014. Other RKPP awardees:
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC): Chosen for employment of sports persons and sports welfare measures
- Jindal Steel Works (JSW): Chosen for its contribution in identification and nurturing of budding/young talent
Child Link Foundation of India: Chosen for its ‘Magic Bus’
Hockey India brought Hockey Madhya Pradesh on board by inducting it as its 23rd Associate Member. Prior to being the associate member of Hockey India, Hockey Madhya Pradesh was known as Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association.
Current status of Hockey India
At present, Hockey India has 25 permanent, 23 associate, 2 members through State Olympic Associations, 6 Academy members and 1 Hoc-Key Member.
16-year old Max Verstappen is set to create history by becoming the youngest ever Formula One (F1) driver next season after Toro Rosso announced that the youngster will replace Jean-Éric Vergne. Verstappen is a Dutch and is son of the former F1 driver Jos. He has been racing this season in the European F3 Championship, having graduated from karts in 2013. He joined Red Bull’s junior programme in August 2014 but was confirmed to replace Vergne for next season.
To date, the Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, who made his debut, at the age of 19, with the same Red Bull-owned team in 2009 is the youngest driver in the history of the sport.
Khan had clinched the sport’s premier title- the British Open seven times between 1951 and 1958.