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Guwahati, Shillong likely to host SAF Games this year

Three years behind schedule, the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games may just see the light of the day this year in November with the Sports Ministry proposing the north-eastern cities of Guwahati and Shillong as possible venues for the regional showpiece.

Sports Ministry revises Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar plan
Sports Ministry revises Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar plan

 Sports Ministry has revised the scheme of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, which was introduced to encourage involvement of corporates and sports promotion boards in the development of sports in the country.

Ministry asks NSFs, IOA to conduct elections on time
Ministry asks NSFs, IOA to conduct elections on time

 The Sports Ministry has asked all National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to conduct their elections at least one month before the term of its office bearers.

Sports ministry enhances award money for Olympic medallists
Sports ministry enhances award money for Olympic medallists

The sports ministry Thursday revised the Scheme of Special Awards to medal winners and their coaches in international events by enhancing the award money.

Sports ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan award

Sports ministry on Monday decided to recommend the name of ace Indian shutter Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award.

Padma Bhushan row: Who am I to demand award, asks Saina Nehwal
Padma Bhushan row: Who am I to demand award, asks Saina Nehwal

Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal stated on Monday that who is she to demand the Padma Bhushan award, with stories in the media running after she had expressed her disappointment for not being nominated for the prestigious award.

Finally, Sports ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan
Finally, Sports ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan

Sports ministry on Monday decided to recommend the name of ace Indian shutter Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award.

Saina Nehwal disappointed by Padma Bhushan snub

Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has been left disappointed after the Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms.

Padma Bhushan row: Saina Nehwal thanks fans for messages of support
Padma Bhushan row: Saina Nehwal thanks fans for messages of support

Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal on Saturday thanked all her fans for their support after Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms.

Saina Nehwal disappointed by Padma Bhushan award snub
Saina Nehwal disappointed by Padma Bhushan award snub

Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has been left disappointed after the Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms.

Boxing India gets name clearance from Sports Ministry
Boxing India gets name clearance from Sports Ministry

The Sports Ministry on Friday cleared the National Boxing Federation of India's name as 'Boxing India', a body recognised as a permanent member of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

AIBA urged to take lenient view on Sarita Devi: Centre to HC
AIBA urged to take lenient view on Sarita Devi: Centre to HC

The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has written to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) requesting it to revoke the provisional suspension of boxer Laisram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.

First Himalayan Region Sports Festival to be held in 2015
First Himalayan Region Sports Festival to be held in 2015

The Sports Ministry has launched Himalayan Region Sports Festival for the region covering the North Eastern states of the country besides Nepal and Bhutan. The idea was first mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to a joint session of the Bhutanese Parliament in June earlier this year.

Ministry appoints Ajit Pal, Iqbal to look into Terry Walsh's demands
Ministry appoints Ajit Pal, Iqbal to look into Terry Walsh's demands

 The Sports Ministry appointed a three-member panel comprising former India hockey captains Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar and Zafar Iqbal to assess the demands made by Terry Walsh to stay on as the chief coach of the national team.

For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India
For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India

 In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country.

AITA President fumes after reports of Sports Ministry seeking resignation
AITA President fumes after reports of Sports Ministry seeking resignation

Reacting angrily to media reports that he has been asked to step down by the Sports Ministry, All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna on Friday said he has got no such intimation and insisted that his election to the post was well within the government norms on age and tenure.

IOA to discuss Sarita Devi ban with Ministry officials on Oct 28
IOA to discuss Sarita Devi ban with Ministry officials on Oct 28

Rattled by the International Boxing Association's decision to provisionally suspend boxer L Sarita Devi for her protest at the Asian Games, the IOA will hold a meeting with Sports Ministry officials on October 28 to discuss the way forward.

Government clears 135-strong contingent for Para Asian Games
Government clears 135-strong contingent for Para Asian Games

The Sports Ministry on Wednesday cleared a contingent of 135 persons, including 87 athletes, for the Para-Asian Games, beginning in Incheon, South Korea from Saturday.

Delhi to host high-profile international para event in February
Delhi to host high-profile international para event in February

 India will host the Para Open Games, which will see some top international differently-abled athletes in action here, from February 20 to 26 next year.

Boxer Manoj Kumar wins court battle to get Arjuna Award
Boxer Manoj Kumar wins court battle to get Arjuna Award

Finally, pugilist Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the Sports Ministry has accepted his nomination for the coveted award.