Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda continued with his fine form as he came up with an effort of 65.75m to win his event in the Triton Invitational at La Jolla in San Diego in United States on Sunday.
Majority of the athletes who have been selected for funding by Sports Ministry under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme for top-class training as part of preparation for 2016 Rio Olympics have consented to the government's offer.
Throwing his weight behind veteran boxer Sarita Devi, who is currently serving a provisional suspension, India's ace discuss thrower Vikas Gowda said AIBA should review the system to avoid such controversies.
Vikas Gowda settled for a silver in men's discus throw as he failed to mount any serious challenge to his old nemesis Ehsan Hadadi of Iran while Tintu Luka qualified for the women's 800m race final on the fourth day of athletics competitions in the Asian Games here.
Bolstered by a better-than-expected performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes would now look to assert themselves against the sporting might of continental powerhouses such as China and Japan in the 17th Asian Games commencing here on Thursday.
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda got a morale booster ahead of the upcoming Asian Games as he finished overall fourth in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Series to pocket USD 3,000 prize money.
Both Seema Punia and Krishna Poonia advanced to the women`s discus throw final but while Seema`s throw put her in second position, Krishna was placed a lowly 11th in the qualification round of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Hampden Park Stadium.
Day 8 of the XX Commonwealth Games will have 25 gold medals at stake. For India, the four gold medals available in wrestling will be of huge importance as there are hardly any other sporting events where the subcontinental giants can hope to win medals. And leading the charge will be Yogeshwar Dutt.
A silver medal in the prestigious Diamond League Meet to boast of, discus thrower Vikas Gowda said that he`s in good shape to bring laurels for the country in the upcoming Commonwealth and Asian Games later this year.
Doping shame and administrative goof-ups dominated the Indian athletics scene with the hosting of Asian Championships for only the second time in its history providing the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing year.