Moved by the plight of a state level gold-medallist boxer who is working as a domestic help, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Sports Authority of India and Boxing India to look into the matter and provide all help to her.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday assured athletes who would be given funds for top-class training under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOP), not to worry about the contentious clause requiring them to get prior government approval for any other commercial deals with third parties.
Expressing regret over the heated controversies centring around the Mohanlal show at the inaugural of the 35th National Games, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said government would not accept the actor's offered to return his remuneration.
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.