The move came almost six years after Kavita Devi won a gold medal as part of the Indian women’s kabaddi team at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and two years after she and CWG gold and silver medalist Babita Phogat moved the High Court over not being given ‘A’ category posts as per the sports policy.
According to the list, players like Punjab captain Mandeep Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Gurkeerat Mann, Sandeep Sharma, Shubman Gill, Anmol Malhotra and Indian women cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia have been included in category ‘A’.
While the state had hosted national championships of badminton, para-athletics, boxing and cricket tournaments like ICL in the past, this will be the first time that the state will host a multi-state multi-game tournament.
Avneet Sidhu Hundal, who is posted as a SP with the Punjab Police in Mohali, also said that if youth in Punjab are fond of weapons, they should practise rifle or pistol shooting and make the nation proud at the international level.
Punjab Police have arrested Ravinder Dandiwal, who is accused of running an international match-fixing racket. Among his other enterprises, he allegedly organised a cricket league in ‘Sri Lanka’, with the matches being played in a village near Mohali. Here’s a forensic analysis of the alleged scam.
Mohali police arrested a Delhi-based camera production person, Durgesh, for providing the high-resolution cameras for live streaming of the two matches of the fake Sri Lanka T-20 league held on June 29.
The development comes a day after the police located four local players from Champions Cricket Academy at Chapar Chiri village near Mohali and took their statement, besides the statement of academy’s coach Ravi Verma at Kharar court and police headquarters in Mohali.
Dandiwal called himself the chairman of the Cricket Premier League and formed a sport-cum-player management firm, Ultimate Sports Management, of which he was the managing director. According to the league’s former media consultant, Dandiwal drove around in a sedan, liked a flashy lifestyle.
Dandiwal was recently named as the “central figure in an alleged tennis match-fixing scandal related to at least two lower-level tournaments in Egypt and Brazil. He has also been on the radar of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) anti-corruption unit.
A police team visited the SCA ground at Sawara village on Friday afternoon. The team was accompanied by two officials from the cyber security wing and collected the mobile data dump to identify the players involved in the matches played on June 29.
The game was played at a ground in Sawara village, 16 km from Chandigarh off Punjab State Highway 12A. No Sri Lankans were playing, only unknown cricketers from Punjab, wearing masks over their faces and colourful, numbered jerseys.
After Gurmukh Singh posted the video on social media last week, it has got more than 1,30,000 views on Facebook apart from being shared by the official twitter handle of English Premier League’s Indian account, where it has got more than 35,000 views.
“The idea to start a skipping challenge came as I was spending time in isolation during lockdown in March after the pandemic started. I was very much inspired by Captain Tom Moore and my daughter Minreet Kaur wanted to set a challenge for me," said Rajinder Singh.