Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan only yesterday but said that it will "examine the possibility of recommending" her name for the award on Monday.
A decision on the venue and date of South Asian Federation Games to be hosted by the country and a host state for the 2018 National Games could be taken in the Annual General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association here on Friday.
Within hours after the news broke on Wednesday that boxer Sarita Devi was handed a one-year ban by International Boxing Federation (AIBA) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games, Indian government backed the boxer by writing to AIBA to revoke the ban.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday congratulated the Indian visually impaired cricket team for winning the World Cup for Blind at Cape Town after beating defending champions Pakistan in a thrilling final.
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said his government was working with other Kabaddi playing nations to devise modalities to include the sport in Commonwealth and Olympics Games.
Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said that the new sports policy, which is slated to be announced on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, will have a special scheme for encouraging women players.
Having taken the legal route after being denied the honour initially, boxer Manoj Kumar will be finally receiving the prestigious Arjuna Award from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Wednesday.
Sports Minister Sarbanand Sonowal on Tuesday said that the government is more than keen to pursue Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi's matter with AIBA to get her suspension, which was imposed on her for not accepting the bronze medal at Asian Games medal ceremony, overturned.
Slamming AIBA's decision to not only hand provisional suspension to boxer Laishram Sarita Devi but also India's Asiad chef-de-mission Adille J. Sumariwalla, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta has said that the move is an insult to the nation.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said that he has instructed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up Laishram Sarita Devi's suspension at the international forum and push for withdrawing the ban imposed on the Indian woman boxer.
Under pressure from all quarters after Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh's sudden resignation because of a "pay dispute", the Sports Authority of India on Tuesday sprang into action with its DG Jiji Thomson assuring that the matter will "resolved" between the aggreived parties.
In a sudden jolt to Indian hockey, chief coach Terry Walsh on Tuesday resigned from his post because of a "pay dispute" with the Sports Authority of India, barely three weeks after guiding the team to a historic gold medal in the Asian Games in Incheon.
Surprised at chief hockey coach Terry Walsh's sudden resignation, Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal on Tuesday sought a report on the issue from Sport Authority of India and his own secretary within 24 hours.
Congratulating Indian men's hockey team for winning 'historic' gold in the ongoing Incheon Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that the government will provide every possible help to them for 2016 Rio Olympics.