Indian Sports Highlights, November 28: Live sports news, commentary, scores and updates

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Here are all the key updates from November 28, Tuesday:


Syed Modi International - Day 1 update

Syed Modi Super 300 began in Lucknow, without the biggest names in Indian badminton but with plenty of Indians in action. The first day saw a delayed start due to supposedly logistical reasons and featured singles qualification round as well as a few doubles matches. Here's a quick wrap of the major results:

  • Veteran Ashwini Ponnappa and partner Rohan Kapoor beat the Malaysian pair of Peng Soon Chan and Yee See Cheah 21-12, 21-18 to reach the second round of the mixed doubles.

  • Chirag Sen, the older brother of Lakshya Sen, entered the main round after a marathon win over Ravi 21-7, 12-21, 21-17. He also advanced in the men's doubles.

  • B Sumeeth Kumar Reddy-Sikki Reddy beat Taiwan's Hsuan-Yi Wu and Chu Yun 21-14, 21-14.

  • Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan lost to Taiwan's Chien-Wei Chiang and Meng Chen.


Punjab become national men's hockey champions

Punjab held their nerves to outwit defending champions Haryana in a penalty shootout to clinch the title in the Senior Men's National Hockey Championship in Chennai. Punjab feature India players Harmanpreet Singh and Krishan Pathak.

Punjab and Haryana ended the regulation time tied at 2-2 before the former emerged a 9-8 winner in the shootout. Earlier, Tamil Nadu overwhelmed Karnataka 5-3 in penalty shootout to take the bronze medal.


Sheetal Devi becomes world No 1 para archer

Fresh from winning two gold medals at the Para Asian Games, Sheetal Devi jumped two places to become world No 1 in the women's compound open section of the para world archery rankings. The 'armless archer' has a fascinating story. You can read more about her here:

No arms? No problem for Asian para-archery champion Sheetal Devi


India's no.1 Dhiraj Bommadevara stunned in Archery Nationals

Dhiraj Bommadevara, he of the incredible low of completely missing the target twice and scoring zero at the Asian Games, before bouncing back with a team silver, is in the spotlight again. Although this time it's not great news once more, as the current Indian no.1 in recurve archery lost out to Jharkhand's Mrinal Chauhan in the semifinal of the Senior Nationals in Ayodhya.

Chauhan scored a perfect ten in the shootout after being tied 5-5, beating Bommadevara by a point. Tushar Shelke, who was part of the team that won silver alongside Bommadevara will contest the final against Chauhan. While 22-year-old Bommadevara has bounced back from worse, there's no redemption in the team event this time, as Uttar Pradesh won the men's team gold.


Wrestling Federation of India's election dates likely to be decided tomorrow

The date for the Wresting Federation of India's (WFI) elections is likely to be announced tomorrow after the Supreme Court set aside the stay imposed by Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

The ad-hoc panel appointed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had moved the apex court against the September 25 order of the HC. "I have spoken the returning officer appointed by the IOA to conduct the elections and he is waiting for the SC order. It is up to him to take a decision on when the election process will start again," ad hoc committee member Bhupender Singh Bajwa told PTI. "I think most probably, he (returning officer) will take the decision (on election date) by Wednesday," he added.

The IOA had appointed the ad-hoc committee on April 27 to run the WFI following the wrestler's protests and the panel was to hold elections within 45 days. The world body UWW had issued a warning that it would suspend WFI if the deadline to hold elections was not honoured and went ahead and did the same when it suspended the WFI on August 24 for not conducting the elections.

Former Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Mahesh Mittal Kumar was appointed as returning officer to hold WFI elections and he had set July 11 as the date for the polls. However, the Assam association moved the Gauhati High Court and got a stay on the polls on June 25. Then came anothier twist when the Andhra state association challenged the decision in the Supreme Court which quashed the Gauhati High Court decision on July 18, paving the way for the conduct of the polls.

The Returning officer then declared August 12 as the new poll date but a day before the elections, Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the process on an application moved by Haryana Wrestling Association (HWA), which was led by Deepinder Singh Hooda before being suspended by WFI. HWA had challenged the move to allow Haryana Amateur Wrestling Association to cast votes in the WFI polls.

Indian wrestlers cannot compete under the Indian flag for as long as the WFI is suspended. This was also why the Indian national flag was not displayed and the national anthem was not played when Antim Panghal won bronze at the World Championships.


Winning starts for Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa

Ace Indian boxers Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa began their campaign at the men's national boxing championships with contrasting wins today.

Shiva, representing Assam, was in for a proper battle as Himachal Pradesh's Abhinash Jamwal pushed him to the tilt before the former managed to win via a 4-3 split decision win in their 63.5kg category bout. Shiva, a six-time Asian Championship medallist, will next face Santhosh HK of Karnataka.

Amit (51kg) had it far easier as the SSCB boxer earned a routine 5-0 victory against Maharashtra's Shivaji. The 2019 World Championships silver medalist will now take on Punjab's Jayshandeep Singh in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

Tokyo Olympian Ashish Kumar (80kg) of Himachal Pradesh beat Arshdeep Singh of Punjab, while Asian Championship 2022 bronze medalist Govind Sahani (48kg), representing RSPB got past Tripura's Sayan Lodh via RSC.


Syed Modi badminton tournament begins today

The Super 300 international tournament starts today but big names from Indian badminton will not be participating.

HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen decided to skip the tournament while PV Sindhu will miss the event due to an injury.Doubles stars Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also not there.

World no. 24 Kidambi Srikanth is now the top-ranked Indian in men's singles draw, which also has B Sai Praneeth, Kiran George and Priyanshu Rajawat, who won the Orleans Masters Super 300 title this year.

In women's singles, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Unnati Hooda, Anupama Upadhaya, Ashmita Chaliha, Tanya Hemanth, Tasnim Mir and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde are in the fray.

The season's badminton schedule has been very hectic and players will look to start the next season on a fresh note with Paris Olympic qualification being the top most on their agenda list.


What else is in store today?

  • The third day of the men's National Boxing Championships.

  • Syed Modi International, a Super 300 badminton tournament based in Lucknow, begins.

  • India have a chance to win the T20I series against Australia, with the third match set to begin at 7pm tonight in Guwahati.


What happened yesterday?

  • Mohun Bagan were knocked out of the AFC Cup after a 2-5 loss to Odisha FC.

  • Victor Rodriguez's late goal helped FC Goa beat Jamshedpur FC 1-0 and move back to the top of the ISL standings.

You can check all the details of Sunday's news events here.