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Medvedev lifts US Open trophy, denies Djokovic calendar Grand Slam


Russian world No. 2 made history, winning his first major title with a stunning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against Djokovic, who after winning the first three majors of the year, was trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in one season.

Russian world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev made history, winning his first major title with a stunning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, which prevented the Serb from completing the calendar Grand Slam on Monday (IST).

Djokovic, after winning the first three majors of the year, was trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in one season and break a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major titles in history (20 each). But Russia’s 25-year-old Medvedev played patiently to become the third Russian man to earn Slam glory, joining Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

“You never know if you’re going to achieve [winning a major] in your career. I was always saying if I don’t, I just want to know that I did my best to do it,” Medvedev said.

“[I feel] a lot of happiness. That’s my first Grand Slam. I don’t know how I’m going to feel if I win a second one or third one. That’s my first one, so I’m really happy. Means a lot to me,” the Russian told atptour.com.

After his semifinal win against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, Medvedev had promised to take the fight to Djokovic in the final. “No matter the score, I’m just going to turn up the heat,” he had said. And he delivered on Monday (IST).

Medvedev made his first major final two years ago at the US Open on the same court inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. On that occasion, the Russian suffered a five-set loss against Spain’s Rafael Nadal. But this time, Medvedev controlled the match from the first game and earned the biggest win of his career after two hours and 15 minutes.

“First of all I want to say sorry for you fans and Novak. We all know what he was going for today,” Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony. “I’ve never said this [to] anybody, but I will say it right now. For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.”

The 25-year-old double-faulted on his first championship point at 5-2 in the third set and lost serve for the first time in the match later in the game. The crowd then egged Djokovic back into the match from there, and Medvedev double-faulted again on his next match point. But the 13-time tour-level winner, despite suffering from cramps, successfully served out the match the second time, falling to the court after Djokovic missed a backhand return into the net.

“It was definitely tough. [I] cannot say [it any] other way. I knew that the only thing I can do is the focus,” Medvedev said. “[You] never know what would happen if it would be 5-all, if I would start to get crazy or whatever. It didn’t happen, so again we cannot talk about it. I knew I have to focus on myself, on what I had to do to win the match.”

From 28 major matches this year, Djokovic lost the first set 11 times, including in five consecutive matches from the third round at Flushing Meadows. But this time he was unable to conjure a comeback to complete his historic run. During the final changeover, the Serbian cried into his towel as the moment hit him.

“I would like to say that tonight, even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy and I’m the happiest man alive because you guys made me feel very special,” Djokovic told the crowd. “You guys touched my soul. I’ve never felt like this in New York… I love you guys. Thank you so much for the support and everything you have done tonight for me. I love you and I’ll see you soon.”

Before the match began, large groups of Serbian fans stood outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium chanting “Nole! Nole, Nole, Nole! Nole! Nole!”

Medvedev lost just one set en route to his US Open title. The Russian leads all players on the ATP Tour since 2018 in hard-court titles (12), finals (17) and wins (147).




Indian Coast Guard saves lives of 11 fishermen near Sagar Island


ICG Ship Anmol on routine deployment was diverted for assistance. The Coast Guard aircraft located the fishing boat and vectored the ICG ship to the location. In a sea-air coordinated operation, braving the rough seas and prevailing cyclonic conditions, the ICG ship Anmol rescued all 11 crew safely from the stranded fishing boat.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) today informed it has saved the lives of 11 fishermen whose boat underwent an engine failure and was stuck in the Bay of Bengal near Sagar Island.

The ICG Kolkata headquarters has informed that due to sudden weather changes causing a swell in the seas, it began warning fishermen against venturing out to the seas. During this, the ICG ships at sea received information from the assistant director of the state fisheries department in Contai, at 08:45 am today, about a stranded fishing boat named ‘FB MAA SHITALA’ stuck at 35 nautical miles south of Sagar Island with 11 crew onboard.

The boat was reported to have an engine failure and was adrift in the area. Realising the emergency, the ICG crew dropped anchor and were calling for help. The Indian Coast Guard immediately launched a multifarious swift rescue operation. The Coast Guard Dornier aircraft undertaking surveillance in the area was immediately diverted to locate the boat.

Meanwhile, ICG Ship Anmol on routine deployment was diverted for assistance. The Coast Guard aircraft located the fishing boat and vectored the ICG ship to the location. In a sea-air coordinated operation, braving the rough seas and prevailing cyclonic conditions, the ICG ship Anmol rescued all 11 crew safely from the stranded fishing boat.

The crew was supplied with basic necessities and their condition was observed to be stable. They were brought to Haldia by ICG ship at 5:30 pm and were handed over to local police. All precautions towards the Covid-19 pandemic were undertaken during the operation.

The ICG, in its statement, said “Such successful Search and Rescue (SAR) missions despite challenging weather reinforces the trust and confidence of fishermen in distress on the Indian Coast Guard as a leading SAR agency.

The recent weather forecast by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) indicates a low-pressure area over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas. Presently, the system has intensified into a well-marked low-pressure Area with associated cyclonic circulation moving west-northwesterly and is likely to concentrate into a depression over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of north Odisha and West Bengal coast during the next 12 hours.




RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale says caste-based reservation has important role in social justice and equality


The senior RSS leader’s remarks came at a book release function held here recently and published in the news roundup section of the 12 September, 2021 issue of the RSS English mouthpiece Organiser.

RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale has said caste-based reservation is a ‘historic necessity’ and has an important role to play in ensuring social justice and equality. He added that reservation had to go hand in hand with efforts towards reconciliation between communities.

The senior RSS leader’s remarks came at a book release function held here recently and published in the news roundup section of the 12 September, 2021 issue of the RSS English mouthpiece Organiser.

Hosabale said the RSS had been a strong supporter of reservation for decades. He said referring to the book ‘Makers of Modern Dalit History’ by Guru Prakash Paswan and Sudarshan Ramabadran he said, “The great personalities (mentioned in the book) are not only the leaders of a particular community or a section of society but we have to declare proudly that they made history of India. They have contributed in the development, social change and transformation of the country”.

Hosbale said time and again the RSS had maintained that reservation would remain a historic necessity as long as there was inequality being experienced by a particular section of society.

“I and my organisation have been strong supporters of reservation for decades. In 1980 when anti-reservation movements were going on the university campuses, we (ABVP) passed a resolution and organised an all India seminar in Patna about reservation. Time and again we declared that reservation is the historic necessity for many more decades as long as there is inequality being experienced by a particular section and segment of society…It is not that anybody is giving them grace; it is their right to decline or deny the reservation at any point of time in future,” the top RSS leader pointed out.

Dattatreya Hosabale said India’s political, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual history would be dishonest, untrue and incomplete without mentioning about the contribution made by the Dalit community. He said social harmony and social justice were not political strategies but articles of faith for RSS. He referred to the second Sarsangh chalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Guruji Golwalkarji’s letter of 1969.

“In 1969, a resolution was passed declaring that untouchability has no place in our religion & society and it has no sanctity. Many prominent Shankaracharya and heads of different sects passed the resolution. The purpose of mentioning these things is that society discusses many things but often, who says what is more important. When it comes from the people who have occupied the religious seats from where these things have been interpreted rightly or wrongly in the past…, it will go a long way when they say certain things…,” the RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale said.

“After the resolution was passed, Guruji wrote a letter to an important functionary “the resolution on untouchability which is supported and blessed by all our Acharyas, Dharmacharyas, etc…, all that holds a pious expression merely cannot be played in actual life. Century of old prejudices do not disappear only by superior sense, wishful thinking and passing by some resolutions.

“Only hard work and right propagation has to be taken town to town, village to village, house to house and people to people; and we have to accept and practice what has been resolved. It should not be presented as a dispensation to the pressure of modern times but by abiding principle and way of life in a humble spirit of atonement of our past mistakes,” Hosbale quoted Guruji as saying.




Bhupendra Patel chosen new Gujarat Chief Minister, to take oath tomorrow


Patel has replaced Vijay Rupani who had abruptly resigned on Saturday, a year ahead of the state assembly elections.

Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Patel was on Sunday elected the new Gujarat Chief Minister.

Patel has replaced Vijay Rupani who had abruptly resigned on Saturday, a year ahead of the state assembly elections.

Bhupendra Patel is an MLA from Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia and was earlier the Chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.

He would be visiting the Gujarat Governor on Sunday evening and take the oath to the CM’s post on Monday, said the sources.

In a surprising move, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had resigned along with his cabinet on Saturday evening.

Rupani did not give any reason for his resignation and just thanked the “BJP leadership for giving him the opportunity” to serve as the Chief Minister.

He had assumed office in 2016 after replacing the then CM Anandiben Patel. It was only last month that he completed five years in office.

According to sources, the move is a “course correction” by the BJP leadership ahead of the assembly elections next year.

Rupani is the third BJP Chief Minister who resigned recently. First, it was Tirath Singh Rawat, who resigned as the Uttarakhand CM on 3 July, then B S Yediyurappa who quit as the Karnataka Chief Minister on 26 July.

Immediately after submitting his resignation to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Rupani said that leadership keeps changing as per the requirements and “I will continue to work for the party with the same energy”.

Talking to the media, he said, “It is a specialty of our party that every worker delivers his assigned job to the fullest.”

“I am a loyal soldier of the BJP and have resigned of my own accord. Nobody has asked me to do so. I will work to strengthen the organisation or whatever role the party leadership assigns me,” he told the reporters after tendering the resignation to Governor Acharya Devvrat.




India, Colombia sign memorandum on space cooperation


The document was signed by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi and Marta Lucia Ramirez, Colombia’s Vice President, and Foreign Minister.

India and Colombia have signed a memorandum of understanding on space cooperation and pledged to cooperate in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

The document was signed by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi and Marta Lucia Ramirez, Colombia’s Vice President, and Foreign Minister.

During their meeting at the Palace of San Carlos, they agreed that “the bilateral relationship between Colombia and India has been strengthened and diversified in the last three years, thanks to mutual learning in areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, outer space exploration, science and innovation, agriculture, trade and investment”, Colombia’s Foreign Ministry said.

Lekhi tweeted after the meeting that they “discussed bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest”.

With India being a powerhouse of vaccine production, Colombia is interested in getting help in producing vaccines.

The Ministry said that Ramirez will visit India at the end of this month along with Health Minister Fernando Ruiz and Science and Technology Minister Tito Jose Crissien to draw “the roadmap that will allow the production of vaccines in the country, as well as encourage research and regulatory development”.

“We are committed to strengthening the pharmaceutical industry, ensuring that it is recognized worldwide for its technological and social innovation. That is why it is important to work on public policy efforts. This is why cooperation becomes an important asset to learn about the experience developed by India in this matter,” the Ministry said.

The space cooperation memorandum includes “a flexible and ambitious agenda” in areas ranging from satellite applications to the launch of space vehicles, surveillance, Investigation, and development, according to the Ministry.

“This memorandum of understanding is also an initiative that seeks to develop Colombia’s entrepreneurship in space development, fostering diversification and value-added capabilities of our private sector,” said Ramirez.

It quoted Lekhi as saying that cooperation between the two countries “began in 2018 when Colombia launched the FACTSTAT 1 nanosatellite with the support of the Indian Space Research Organization”.

Ramirez said: “With India, we share 62 years of strong friendship and common interests in promoting global security, stability, and inclusive prosperity through trade, investment, and connectivity.”

During the visit, Lekhi also had meetings with the leaders of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the India-Colombia Chamber of Commerce to discuss cooperation in trade and investment.

According to India’s External Affairs Ministry, bilateral trade with Colombia was $2.27 billion during 2020-21.

It “is a significant increase from $1.85 billion over 2019-20 despite disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”, the Ministry said.




At least 50 missing after boat capsizes on Brahmaputra in Assam


The Chief Minister, who would visit Nimati Ghat on Thursday for evaluating the situation, also directed Power Minister Bimal Bora to immediately visit the incident site to take stock of the situation. He asked his Principal Secretary, Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments round-the-clock.

At least 50 people, including women, were missing after a big boat capsized, following a collision with another boat on the Brahmaputra on Wednesday at Neamatighat in Assam’s Jorhat, officials said.

Police said that the boat was travelling from Neamatighat to Kamalabari ferry point in Majuli “island” while the other was Neamatighat-bound.

Jorhat district police chief Ankur Jain said that the police and the disaster management personnel located the capsized boat about 350 metres from the riverbank.

“We have rescued around 20 people on board the boar from various places downstream. However, around 50 people are missing till late evening,” he told the media adding that the searches for the missing people are on.

The other boat somehow stayed floating and the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force personnel rescued all people on board, the police official said.

Among those rescued from the capsized boat, the condition of a woman was critical and she was taken to the medical college in Jorhat.

Officials said about 30 two-wheelers onboard the capsized ferry went underwater.

Boat ferries are the only mode of communication between river island Majuli and Jorhat district and the transport over the river is often hazardous and risky specially during the monsoon months (June to September) when the mighty Brahmaputra remains swollen.

Majuli, the world’s biggest river island, is accessible by road from the northern bank of the Brahmaputra for the most part of the year.

An official statement said that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who expressed his deep shock and concern over the boat accident, directed the administration of Majuli and Jorhat districts to undertake rescue missions expeditiously with the help of NDRF and SDRF.

The Chief Minister, who would visit Nimati Ghat on Thursday for evaluating the situation, also directed Power Minister Bimal Bora to immediately visit the incident site to take stock of the situation. He asked his Principal Secretary, Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments round-the-clock.




Fire hazards high in Guj indl units; 421 died in mishaps


Flaunted as an ideal investment destination, Gujarat recorded 421 deaths of workers in industrial accidents as owners flout safety norms with impunity.

This gory fact has been recorded in a report compiled following a survey conducted by an NGO Aajeevika Bureau.

A study only on fire hazards in the industrial areas found that mandatory safety equipment are either missing or, if installed, have not been serviced to keep them functional.

Serious violations of the Factories Act, 1948 and Gujarat Factories Rule, 1963 have be detected in a survey of Narol textile hub in the southern suburbs of Ahmedabad, Subham Kaushal, a lawyer and researcher with the Aajeevika Bureau, disclosed.

More than 90 workers interviewed during the survey said they never received any training to operate the fire extinguishers, he informed. Other workers said that fire extinguishers are not serviced and tested routinely.

The problem of factory owners flouting all norms has aggravated ever since the inspection process was made online in 2015 as part of promoting ‘Ease of doing business’ under which they just have to fill up some forms to self-certify the installation of safety systems, Subham Kaushal told The Statesman.

The fire safety norms prescribe only the installation of fire extinguishers and exit gates, but do not check any other circumstantial hazards the workers are exposed to, he said.

Inflammable fabric dust strewn around, chemical drums blocking the escape route, exit corridor stashed with raw materials, open switchboards and parked trucks blocking gates are some of the other hazards which endanger the lives of workers in the industrial units here, the study pointed out.

The study team could meet only a fraction of the workforce as 96 per cent of them are engaged on contract and, thus, officially do not exist on rolls of these industrial units.




BJP expected to return to power in Uttarakhand


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be the winner of the electoral contest of 2022, getting three-cornered in the hilly state of Uttarakhand with the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the political landscape of the state, according to the ABP-CVoter-IANS opinion poll.

According to the latest round of opinion polls, the BJP is expected to return to power in 2022, benefiting from the division of anti-incumbency votes between Congress and AAP.

Also, the involvement of the Congress’ tallest leader Harish Rawat to find a solution to the party infighting in Punjab has dented prospects to dislodge the BJP government.

According to the survey data, the saffron party is expected to grab 43.1 per cent of votes, while the main opposition party Congress is likely to garner 32.6 per cent ballots and the new AAP is expected to receive 14.6 per cent.

Translated into seats, the BJP is projected to grab seats in a range of 44 to 48 seats, Congress is expected to win 19 to 23 seats and AAP is likely to grab 0 to 2 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

The total strength of the Uttarakhand Assembly is 70 seats.

Interestingly, the survey data has revealed that Rawat is the most preferred candidate for the post of Chief Minister in the upcoming polls.

During the survey, while 30.6 per cent of the respondents stated that Rawat is their preferred choice, 25 per cent of those surveyed opined that they want sitting Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to return to the top job.

Meanwhile, 19.6 per cent of those interviewed during the survey said that Anil Singh Baluni of the BJP is the best choice for the post and 9.4 per cent opined in favour of Col. Ajay Kothiyal of the AAP.

Notably, a large proportion of the respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the BJP government in the state, which has witnessed a frequent change of guard in the last six months.

During the survey, while 46.7 per cent of the respondents said that they were not satisfied at all with the performance of the BJP government in the state, 35.4 per cent said that they were very much satisfied and 16.4 per cent respondents stated they were satisfied with some extent.

As for the performance of the incumbent Chief Minister, while 36.4 per cent of the respondents said that they were very much satisfied, almost an equal number, 35.8 per cent stated that they were not satisfied at all, while 10.8 per cent said that they were satisfied with some extent.

Notably, the BJP has been grappling to find a credible face for the post of Chief Minister in Uttarakhand.

The state has witnessed a frequent change of Chief Ministers; Dhami was appointed in July replacing Tirath Singh Rawat who held the post for four months.

Earlier, BJP had to remove Trivendra Singh Rawat as strong anti-incumbency had set in during his four-year tenure.

As for the performance of sitting legislators in the state, while 37.2 per cent of the respondents said they were not satisfied at all, an equal number stated that they were very much satisfied and 14.4 per cent felt that they were satisfied to some extent.

Interestingly, while one-third of the respondents, 32.3 per cent expressed satisfaction with the performance of opposition in the state, only 27.6 per cent stated that they were very much satisfied and 22.0 per cent opined that they were satisfied to some extent.

The survey data revealed that unemployment is the biggest issue of concern for the voters in the state.

Out of those interviewed during the survey, 40.9 per cent said that unemployment was the main issue for them at the moment, while for 15.6 per cent, the price rise was the key issue and for another 15.4 per cent Covid-19 was the main issue

The sample for the poll is 81,006 in five states covering 690 Assembly seats.

This state poll is part of the largest and definitive independent sample survey tracker series carried out in India over the last 22 years, conducted by independent international polling agency CVoter, a globally renowned name in the field of Socio-Economic research.

May 2009 onwards, the CVoter Tracker has been carried out each and every week, 52 waves in a calendar year, in 11 national languages, across all states in UTs in India, with a target sample size of 3,000 each wave.

The average response rate is 55 per cent.

Starting January 1, 2019, C Voter is carrying the tracker on a DAILY basis, using the rollover sample of seven days (last six days + today) for tracker analysis.




Paralympic shooting: Narwal, Singhraj claim gold, silver for India


Narwal shot a Paralympic record 218 in the final while Singhraj, who had won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol SH1 earlier this week, finished second with a score of 216.7.

India’s Manish Narwal and Singhraj won gold and silver respectively as they finished 1-2 in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 at the Tokyo Paralympic Games at the Asaka Shooting Range here on Saturday.

Narwal shot a Paralympic record 218 in the final while Singhraj, who had won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol SH1 earlier this week, finished second with a score of 216.7. Sergey Malyshev of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) took the bronze with a score of 196.8.

The 19-year-old Narwal had qualified seventh while Singhraj was fourth going into the final but both the Indians shot brilliantly, holding their nerves to surge to the top of the list. Narwal is the world record holder in the final, set at Al Ain, UAE, in March this year.

Singhraj, 39, shot into the lead after the first elimination round but Malayshev soon came back to open up a two-point lead as Uzbekistan’s Server Ibragimov, who topped the qualifying, Iran’s Sareh Javanmardi, and China’s Lou Xiaolong all got eliminated one after another with the Indians maintaining their position in the top five.

Narwal and Singhraj overtook the Chinese duo of Xiaolong and Yang Chao in the fourth series of shots as the Chinese shooters faltered with 7.5 and 8.7 respectively. Malayshev crashed out with a 6.9 on his 21st turn as Narwal shot a 10 and Singhraj 9.2 to jump to the top two positions.

In the next two shots, Narwal managed 8.4 and 9.1 while Singhraj made 8.5 and 9.4 respectively but that was not enough for him to overtake Narwal and Singhraj had to be satisfied with the silver, his second medal at Tokyo 202.

Earlier, Singhraj shot superbly to surge into the final with a score of 536 and finish fourth while Narwal had a topsy-turvy round as he went up and down the table a few times before finishing seventh with a score of 533 as eight shooters made it to the final. Uzbekistan’s Server Ibragimov, China’s Lou Xiaolong, and Iran’s female shooter Sareh Javanmardi finished with an identical score of 539 but the took the top position as he had shot nine pellets into the inner-10 circle (9x) as compared to eight by the Chinese and five by the Iranian shooter.

Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) Sergey Malyshev, who had shot a world record score of 555 in Lima, Peru in June this year, could manage only 532 on Saturday as he booked the eighth and last spot in the final. Serbia’s Zivko Papaz and China’s Yang Chao are the other two shooters in the final.

Narwal, who holds the World Record for the final, scored 79 in his fourth series of 10 shots and also had an 88 on his sixth turn. These two low scores pulled him down and he had to be satisfied with the seventh position. Narwal shot a 91 in the first round of 10 shots and followed that up with 93 and another 91 before disaster struck in the fourth series. He responded with a 91 before ending his qualification round with an 88.

Singhraj was more consistent as he shot 90 or more in four rounds. He started with 93, 90, and 91 in the first three rounds followed by two 86s before winding off with a 90.




Paralympics: Bhagat, Yathiraj in badminton finals


India can now expect two medals from this section, Bhagat fighting for the gold while Sarkar will take on Fujihara in the bronze medal match to be played later in the day.

Shuttler Pramod Bhagat and Suhas Yathiraj stormed into the Men’s Singles final in SL3 and SL4 class respectively to assure India of two medals in the Tokyo Paralympic Games badminton competition on Saturday.

Bhagat, the world No 1 in SL3 class, defeated Daisuke Fujihara of Japan 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) in the semifinals while Yathiraj got the better of Sethiwan Fredy of Indonesia 2-0 (21-9, 21-15) in SL4 class.

In both these sections, two Indians will be figuring in the bronze medal matches. Manoj Sarkar lost in the semifinals to Daniel Bathell of Great Britain in the SL3 section while Tarun Dhillon lost 16-21, 16-21, 21-16 to France’s Lucas Mazur, the top seed, in a three-setter that went past the one-hour mark.

Bhagat, the reigning world champion in this class, took an early lead in his semifinal clash with the Japanese and rode the momentum to emerge 21-11, 21-16 to surge into the final at the Yoyogi National Stadium here.

In the final, Bhagat will meet World No. 2 Daniel Bathell, the man he beat in the final of the World Championship in Basel in 2019. Bathell defeated India’s Manoj Sarkar 21-8, 21-10 in the second semifinal, surging ahead from 9-9 in the second game to win in 38 minutes.

Bhagat served well and capitalized on the advantage of opening he could create by moving the shuttle up and down to win 15 points on his service. He had a big lead of 10 points and did not make many mistakes as he won easily.

The second game was tougher as Fujihara tried to counter the Indian’s game. But Bhagat was not to be denied as he went on to win the second game 21-16 and sealed the victory.

The SL3 class games are played in one-half of the badminton court as the players can’t make a sideways movement.

India can now expect two medals from this section, Bhagat fighting for the gold while Sarkar will take on Fujihara in the bronze medal match to be played later in the day.

Yathiraj, who is the district magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar (NOIDA) in Uttar Pradesh, found the going easy in the first game as he controlled the rallies and moved his opponent around with measured strokes. He won 14 points on his serve while taking seven off Sitawan’s serve. The Indonesian put up a tougher fight in the second but Yathiraj won it at 15 to win the semifinal.

Dhillon put up a brilliant fight in the semifinal against Mauzer after losing the first game 21-14. He took a seven points lead and maintained his hold to win the second set. The scores went neck-and-neck in the third game before Mauzer broke away to win it 21-18.





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