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India clinches third South Asian Football Federation Women’s Championship


India has clinched their third South Asian women’s football (SAFF) championship. This hatric win for India comes after defeating Nepal by 6-0 goals in a one-sided final match held in Islamabad. This is the first time that India has won SAFF Women’s Championship in Pakistan.

Ngangom Bala Devi of India was the star of the match as she scored 4 goals in the final match.

This win cements India’s place as the dominant force in women’s football in the region as they have won all three editions of the championship since it was launched in 2010. In all last three finals of this Championship, Nepal was been India’s companion and was defeated by India.

About South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Cup

The SAFF Women’s Championship is the association football competition of the women’s national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).  SAFF Women’s Championship was established in 2010. The championship is held every two years. In this Championship 8 members compete in the tournament. The SAFF 8 members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Dilip Vengsarkar selected for C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014


Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has been selected for Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award as part of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s annual awards. He has been conferred with this prestigious Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket.

Vengsarkar will be felicitated at BCCI’s annual awards on November 21, 2014. The award comprises a citation, trophy and cheque for Rs 25 lakhs. Vengsarkar is the 19th recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last year, former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev was conferred with this award. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Ajit Wadekar, Salim Durrani and others have received this award in the past.

About Dilip Vengsarkar

  • Dilip Vengsarkar is also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’.
  • He was a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983 and the World Championship of Cricket in 1985. He had led India in ten Tests in 1987-89.
  • He was Chairman of the BCCI’s Talent Research Development Committee for three years, and the Chairman of the All-India Senior Selection Committee for the period, 2006-08.
  • For Test matches played in India, he has one of the highest batting averages.

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Win China Open Titles

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have won women’s and men’s singles title of China Open Super Series Premier of Badminton in Fuzhou, China.

Kidambi Srikanth of India defeated two-time Olympic champion and five time world champion Lin Dan of China in straight game 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s singles final. This was maiden Super Series title for Srikanth.

This is the first time that any Indian male shuttler has won a Super Series Premier event since the Super Series and Premier tournaments were introduced.

Indian Olympic bronze-medalist Saina Nehwal defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s singles final. In her sixth appearance in the prestigious tournament, World No. 5 Saina prevailed over the Akane 21-12, 22-20 in the women’s singles final.