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Guwahati, Feb 17: In a first initiative of its kind for the South Asian Games, Government of India is considering a cash prize for the Indian Medal Winners . An award of Rs 3 lacs for Gold Medal Winners , Rs 2 lacs for Silver medal winners and Rs 1 lac for bronze medal winners is being considered by Government of India.

Curtains came down on 16th evening on the 12th South Asian Games 2016, held in Guwahati and Shillong. The event has been widely hailed as the best South Asian Games, ever organised. The Games involved about 4500 participants including around 2600 athletes in 22 disciplines. All the eight countries participated in the 12-day sporting extravaganza.

12th South Asians Games saw a record medal haul by India. Out of total 789 medals won by Athletes, India won a record 308 medals, which is almost 40% of all the medals. 12 new records were created in Athletics, out of which 10 belonged to India. Out of the 28 records created in Swimming, 19 belonged to India. This exhibits that sustained efforts by Government of India to boost sporting excellence through expansion of sporting infrastructure and support programmes for various sports disciplines in the country is bearing results.

The successful conduct of the Games is to be seen in the context of record time in which it was executed. It was barely six months ago when the two cities Guwahati and Shillong were finalised as venues. Games of this scale generally take at least two years to execute if not more. Initially, there was scepticism about the capacity of Guwahati and Shillong to host the Games. Infrastructure required significant upgradation in short time. There were also apprehensions about the availability of suitable accommodation in Guwahati and Shillong. However, the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Minister of State(Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal was confident that the Games could be successfully held in Guwahati and Shillong. With the support and guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he played a big role in bringing various Ministries/Departments of Government of India, public sector undertakings, Governments of Assam and Meghalaya and other key players together to deliver the best ever South Asian Games. Full support was received from Shri Tarun Gogoi, the honourable Chief Minister of Assam and Shri Mukul Sangma, the honourable Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The Government of India, the Government of Meghalaya and the Government of Assam worked in unique tandem together to bring the Games to the two cities and make it successful.

The Games also had an incredible Management Synergy between Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India , Organising Committee, State Governments of Assam and Meghalaya and various other authorities/stake-holders. The key members of the team were Shri Rajiv Yadav , Secretary , Department of Sports , CEO Guwahati Sri Injeti Srinivas, CEO Shillong Sri RK Sharma , Chief Secretary of Assam Sri V K Pipersenia and Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, Sri PBO Warjri. Together they pulled off an incredible multi sporting event in an extremely short span of time and challenging circumstances.

Besides upgradation of various venues which was taken up on war footing , two venues of Hockey Stadium and Squash Courts are almost a miracle story that needs special mention.

Successful conduct of these games has written a golden page in the history of North Eastern region. It has not only set a quality benchmark for conduct of future games, but has also given an astounding boost to the confidence of the North Eastern region to host much bigger international sporting events in future. The Games have also provided a huge boost to the sports infrastructure in Guwahati and Shillong for sportspersons in this region to hone their sporting skills. It is expected that the Games will help boost trade and tourism among the eight South Asian countries who participated in the meet.

Further, in order to leave a lasting legacy, It has been decided that exiting shooting equipments which required expensive repair in Guwahati would be taken up as part of legacy plan by OC. Further, Tikhor Parks are being considered to be created at Guwahati University and North Eastern Hill University at Shillong.

The Games were widely viewed on internet and as well on TV . In a unique initiative, Government of India and Prasar Bharti decided to provide TV signals to channels of other participating countries free of cost. As far as web site is concerned, 2 Lakh hits per hour was quite common during the working hours (i.e. leaving aside the late night and early hours). OCASG also witnessed about 15 Lakh hits per hour during peak time.

Unprecedented security arrangements were made to ensure smooth conduct of the 12-day event without any hitch across the two cities of Guwahati and Shillong.

The next South Asian Games will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Successful conduct of the Games writes a golden page in the history of North Eastern region

Guwahati, Feb 16:
It was an evening of mixed emotions and sombreness as the curtains came down on the 12th South Asian Games 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati Tuesday evening.

The 12-day sporting extravaganza ended with a closing ceremony that complimented a grand opening ceremony suitably showcasing the rich culture of the host region. Filled with unbridled excitement and fervour of the participants and people , the stadium at Sarusajai exploded in revelry and celebration of the sports , friendship and togetherness.

Speaking on the occasion , the Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Guest said, adding that he hoped the Games will help boost trade and tourism among the eight South Asian countries who participated in the meet. He said that all the stake holders worked hard to make the games a grand success.

Thanking both Assam and Meghalaya for the successful holding of the 12th SAG, Union youth affairs and sports minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also the chairman of the organising committee, 12th SAG, said the event assumed great significance because all the eight countries participated in it with a pledge to promote peace in South Asia. He said that Successful conduct of these games had written a golden page in the history of North Eastern region and had thus not only set a quality benchmark for conduct of future games but also had given an astounding boost to the confidence of the North East region to host much bigger international sporting events in future. He said that the games had also provided a huge boost to the sports infrastructure in Guwahati and Shillong for the sportspersons in this region to hone their sporting skills.

Speaking in the occasion , Chairman OC expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of India for giving his blessings to the games and declaring the Games open on 5th February and thanked Team South Asian Games which included the officials of the Organising Committee, Union Government, Governments of Assam and Meghalaya, Indian Olympic Association, South Asia Olympic Council, and all the sports federations.

He also specially thanked the people of Assam and Meghalaya and volunteers who rallied around and provided their fullest cooperation, support and enthusiasm making these games a resounding success.

Shri Sarbanand Sonowal Chairman of OC and Minister of State(I/C for Youth Affairs and Sports added that South Asian Games had given to the people of SAARC region to interact with each other, reaffirm the ties of history and culture and foster mutual understanding and develop an unbreakable bond of oneness and togetherness. He hoped that coming together of 8 countries. would pave a way for enhanced economic, social and meaningful cooperation among the countries of SOUTH ASIA and would go a long way in promoting friendship, understanding, peace and prosperity in the SAARC region.

The official closing ceremony, that was attended among others by Nepal sports minister Shri Satya Narayan Mandal and Nepal Olympic Association president Shri Ram Kumar Shrestha, ended with Shri Sonowal and Indian Olympic Association president Shri N Ramachandran handing over the SAG flag to Shri Mandal and Shri Shrestha. The ceremony was also attended by Meghalaya sports minister Shri Zenith Sangma and Union sports ministry secretary Shri Rajiv Yadav, IOA secretary general Shri Rajiv Mehta and a host of dignitaries from the two host states.

Bands from the north eastern region, Still Waters (Sikkim), The Soul Rebels (Arunachal Pradesh), Salvator (Manipur), Boomarang (Mizoram) and Purple Fusion (Nagaland) rocked the stage since afternoon to create the ambience for a befitting end to the mega event.

The cultural show culminated with Bollywood singer Shaan’s performance which was preceded by shows from the legendary Bob Dylan of Meghalaya Lou Majaw, Priyanka Bharali, Dr Sangita Kakati, Mousam Gogoi and Mayukh Hazarika's The Brahmaputa Balladeers and others before a packed crowd.

Athletes from the eight nations -- Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India -- were accompanied by 1200 volunteers into the stadium during the march past.

The Games involved about 4500 participants, including around 2600 athletes, in 22 disciplines held in Guwahati and Shillong. An unprecedented security arrangement ensured a smooth conduct of the 12- day event without any hitch across the two cities of Guwahati and Shillong.

SHILLONG, Feb 15: In a day thoroughly dominated by the hosts, Indian men made a clean sweep of all seven gold medals on offer in boxing at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong on Monday.

Youngster Shiva Thapa added another feather to his cap beating Sri Lanka's Ruwan Thilina to the gold medal in the bantam weight category. L Devendro Singh had a stiff resistance from Pakistan's Mohib Ulla but eventually emerged victorious 2-1 in the light fly (46-49 kg) category.

Madan Lal beat Pakistan's Syed Md Asif 3-0 in the fly (52 kg) category. Dheeraj overcame Pakistan's Ahmed Ali in the light (60 kg) category, while Manoj Kumar got the better of Sri Lanka's D Suparamadu 3-0 in the light welter category. Mandeep Jangra tamed Afghanistan's Rahemi Alla Dad in the welter (69 kg) category, while Vikas Krishan (75 kg) signed off in style beating Pakistan's Ahmed Tanveer in a unanimous 3-0 decision.

There was no surprise in store at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games for there was no stopping to India's gold rush. However, a couple of rival boxers did create the occasional jittery for the Indian fans.

Shiva Thapa faced an aggressive Lankan opponent Ruwan Thilina who looked to take the attack to the Indian. Shiva made a flawless start with a left jab and a straight punch setting the tempo for the bout. The reigning Asian champion was, however, pushed to the defensive by his opponent looking to force headbutts in the second round. A right upper cut and a flurry of punches pushed the Lankan rival back as Thapa sailed to the gold with a 3-0 unanimous decision.

It was a good challenge said Thapa who was elated at winning the gold at the SAG which was “by no means easy.”

Earlier, L Devendro Singh had a stiff challenge from Pakistan's Mohib Ulla, who came back well in the second round to resist the Indian's onslaught. Devendro won by a 2-1 split decision.

Meanwhile, Dheeraj had a tough time taming Pakistan's Ahmed Ali in the final of the light weight category.

Ali looked quicker of the two in round 1 and used his height to the advantage. It was an intense round 2 which saw both boxers exchange a flurry of punches besides a sharp right jab by Ali buoyed the Pakistan contingent on the stands. Dheeraj, however, took control in round 3. The Indian eventually won by a split decision of 2-1.

Up against the mighty Afghan Rahemi Alla Dad, Mandeep Jangra had to be on the defensive with the rival swinging blows all along. An upper cut and a right hook in round 2 asserted Mandeep's dominance of the bout. The Afghan was not ready to yield easy and retaliated with a left jab. In what was a visibly close contest, Rahemi went down 0-3 by unanimous decision.

“He was a tough opponent, it was a good fight in the end,” Mandeep admitted after the bout.

A half fit Vikas Krishan, who has been suffering from a light fever for the last three days, made light work of Pakistan's Ahmed Tanveer to sign off things in style for India.

With the men living up to their expectations the onus would now be on the Indian women to get India a perfect 10 on Tuesday.

The women's final will start at 11 am.

Guwahati, Feb 15: Indian women bagged gold medal in Kabbaddi. They defeated Bangladesh team by 36-12 here today.

Guwahati, Feb 15: India become champion in Kabbaddi and won gold medal here today. In the final match Indian team trounced Pakistan by 9-7. Fight between the two teams was neck & neck but in the last lap India managed winning points.

Shillong, Feb 15: MC Mary Kom made light work of her Bangladesh rival Shamina Akter handing her a second round technical knock out to set up a final clash with Sri Lanka's Anusha Dilrukshi at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong on Sunday.

The Olympian entered the ring to a rousing cheer as the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games indoor stadium echoed with calls of 'Mary Mary' as the most sought after bout of the day got underway.

Mary Kom's Bangladesh opponent in the blue corner, Shamina Akter was in her shell in the first round not willing to let the Indian get to business. The Indian stepped the gas button in the second round bringing in to play all her experience and footwork to knock two straight punches. What followed was a technical knockout for the Bangladeshi.

Meanwhile, in what was another day of domination for the Indians, L Devendro Singh (Light fly 46-49 kg), Shiva Thapa (Bantam 56 kg), Madan lal (Fly 52 kg), Dheeraj (Light 60 kg), Manoj Kumar (Light Welter 64 kg), Mandeep Jangra (Welter 69 kg), Vikas Krishan (Middle 75 kg), L Sarita Devi (women's light 57-60 kg) and Pooja Rani (women's middle 69-75 kg) also made it to the finals.

Sarita Devi, who had ousted her opponent within 40 seconds en route to the semi final on Saturday, was well resisted by her Nepal opponent Saraswati Rana but nevertheless won the bout 3-0.

While Round 1 was thoroughly dominated by Sarita, the opponent stood up to the challenge in the second, though only for a while, to make Sarita sweat.

The five-time Asian champion Sarita then killed competition in the final round to proceed.

Earlier, Shiva Thapa put up yet another dominating show dismissing his Bangladesh rival 3-0. Shiva delivered a straight punch right way to set the tempo. Md Ohiduzzaman somehow survived two technical knockout calls even as he was rattled by a right jab. The Assam boxer's speed was also too hot to handle for the Bangladeshi who could only wait for the inevitable.

In other bouts Pakistan's Ruksana Parveen was handed over a round 3 technical knockout by Sri Lanka's M Vidhushika.

In another exciting bout, Afghanistan's Rahemi Alla delivered a severe blow to Bangladesh' Rahim Abdur for a round 1 TKO.

Come Monday, it would be an almost all India-Pakistan affair with India's Devendro Singh taking on Pakistan's Mohib Ulla in the light fly category final, Vikas Krishan fighting Pakistan's Ahmed Tanveer in the middle weight category final, Dheeraj taking on Pakistan's Ahmed Ali light weight category, Madan Lal challenging Pakistan's Syed Md Asif in the fly weight category. Mandeep Jangra, meanwhile will face Afghanistan's Rahemi Alla in the welter category, Shiva Thapa will play Sri lanka's R Thilina in the bantam category final and Manoj Kumar will battle it out with D Suparamadu.

The women's finals will be played on Tuesday.

Shillong, Feb 15: India today made a clean sweep in men's boxing bagging all the seven gold medals in different catagories. L Devendro Singh, Madan Lal, Shiva Thapa, Dheeraj, Manoj Kumar, Mandeep Jangra and Vikas Krishan won gold medals at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games here on Monday.

In 36 light fly L.Devendro Singh won the Gold, Pakistan’s Mohib Ulla got silver. Bronze medal goes to Sri Lankan Thiwanka Ranasinghe and Sharifi Farhad of Afghanistan

In 37 fly, Gold winner was Madan Lal of India while Silver won by Syed Md Asif of Pakistan. Afghanistan and Sri Lankan boxers bagged bronze.

In 38 Bantam, Gold goes to Indian boxer Shiva Thapa,Silver medal won by Sri Lankan W. Ruwan Thlina. Bronze medal shared by Bangaldesh and Afghanistan’s boxers.

In 39 Light, Indian boxer Dheeraj clicked gold medal, Pakistani Hamid Ali got Silver while Afghanistan and Sri lankan boxers shared bronze medal.

In 40 Welter, Monoj Kumar (India) won gold, Dinidu Sapramadu (SL) got silver and Bhutan & Nepal boxers won Bronze.

In 41Welter, Mandeep Jangra on India won gold, Rahemi Alladad of Afghanistan won silver while bronze was shared by Bangladesh and Sri lankan boxers.

In 42 Middle, Indian boxer Vikas Kishan strikes gold, Pakistani boxer Ahmad Tanveer bagged silver while Afghanistan and Bhutan’s boxer shared bronze medal.

Guwahati, Feb 15: Defending champion Bangladesh got third place in 12th SAG. In a match for the bronze, played between, Bangladesh and Maldives fought for third place here today. Match was decided in a shootout and Bangladesh won by 7-6. Though, Bangladesh took early lead by hitting one goal over rival Maldives. The rival team equalized the score in the first half itself. In the last SAG, held in Dhaka, Bangledesh was champion but this time they failed to keep rhythm and finished at the third place.

Shillong, Feb 15: Latika Bandari of India has clinched the Gold Medal after defeating Nepal’s Neema Gurung in the Final Round of the Female under-53 Kgs Category by 16 – 8 points

In the Male under-80 Kgs Category, India’s Navjeet Man defeated Nepal’s Shaksham Karki to grab the Gold Medal, in the Final Round of the Taekwondo Discipline held at the NEIGRIHMS Indoor Stadium

In the under-62 Kgs Category, India’s Margerita Regi defeated Nepal’s Ayasha Shakya by a single blow during the additional time after a draw of 8-8 points in the first three bouts.

Guwahati, Feb 15: Indian Shooters won Gold and Bronze medals in Men 25m Rapid Fire Pistol in 12th SAG today. Gurpreet Singh won Gold and Vijay Kumar won Bronze Medal. Ghulam Mustafa Bashir of Pakistan won Silver Medal.

Guwahati, Feb 15: As the curtains close on the biggest international sporting extravaganza of the 12th South Asian Games 2016; the host states of Assam and Meghalaya are ready to give the atheletes and delegates a fitting farewell.

The closing ceremony which is to take place on the 16th of February in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai will be a grand celebration of South Asian Unity, Sportsmanship and a preview to what awaits the contingents in the next host country- Nepal.

Come experience the musical extravaganza 2:30 PM featuring electrifying youth oriented performances by eight live bands from across the North Eastern states. The ceremonial celebrations continue 5:30 PM onwards with performances by the legendary “Lou Majaw and friends” and music director Mayukh Hazarika’s band “The Brahmaputra Balladeers”.

To add a local flavour to the event, there will be a melange of cultural performances by the Angelos Luit Choir, Dr. Sangita Kakati, Priyanka Bharali and dancers from Assam.

The show shall be summed up by an iconic performance featuring celebrity Bollywood singer Shaan belting out some of his most popular hits to a crowd that will gather to bid adieu to the 4500 atheletes who gave their heart and soul to win victories for the eight SAARC nations.

Guwahati, Feb 15: Indian Olympian MC Marykom entered final in Women's Fly(48-51 kg) weight category by defeating Akter Shamina of Bangladesh. Marykom will clash with Sri Lanka’s K Anusha Dilrukshi.

Guwahati, Feb 15: In 12th SAG, Indian shooters swept the 10m Air Pistol Women today. Sweta Singh won Gold medal and Heena Sidhu won Silver medal. The Bronze medal won by Yashaswini Singh Deswal.

Guwahati, Feb 14: In 12 th SAG, India to clash with Pakistani in men's Handball final. In semifinal match today Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 34-19.In the second semifinal India trounced Nepal by 51-23

Guwahati, Feb 14: Afghanistan’s Mahmood Haidari won the Men under 58kg Taekwondo at 12th SAG today in Shillong. Gajendra Parihar of India won Silver medal and Sunil Poudel of Nepal won Bronze medal.

Guwahati, Feb 14: In 12th SAG, Afghanistan’s Mohsen Rezaei and Rohullah Nikpa won Gold in under 54 kg and 68 kg Male category on Saturday last. Silver medal won by Abrar Khan of India while Doten Dorji of Bhutan and T.R. Dharmapriya of Sri Lanka won Bronze medal under 54 kg category.

In Naveed Khan of Pakistan won Silver and P.S. Hettiarachi of Sri Lanka and Naveen of India won Bronze under Male 68 kg category.

Pakistan’s Yasmeen M. Khan won Gold medal under 46 kg Female category. Regina Karki of Nepal won Silver medal while Wargmu Karma of Bhutan and Munni Sumana of Bangladesh won Bronze medal.

Guwahati, Feb 14: In12th SAG, Indian shooters won Gold and Silver medals in Men 50m Rifle 3 Positions shooting today. Chain Singh won Gold medal and Gagan Narang grabbed the Silver medal while S.M.M. Samarkoon of Sri Lanka bagged the Bronze medal.

Guwahati, Feb 14: Indian Team won Gold in 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men shooting at 12th SAG today. Chain Singh, Gagan Narang and Surendra Singh Rathod won Gold for India. W.K.Y. Krisantha, S.M.M. Samarkoon and H.D.P. Kumara of Sri Lanka won Silver medal while Golam Saifuddin Siplu, Md. Yusuf Ali and Md. Ramjan Ali of Bangladesh won the Bronze medal.

SHILLONG, Feb 14: They may have been defeated by India 5-1, but the Bangladesh women's football team can leave the 12th South Asian Games 2016 with their heads held high after securing a bronze medal from the event. Bangladesh have had a fairly impressive run in this year's edition of the tournament and that can be largely owed to the growing changes constantly developing in its women's football scene. At SAG 2016 they won two matches against Sri Lanka (2-1) and Maldives (2-0), scoring five goals in all. According to Bangladesh coach Golam Robbani Choton, a 2014 women's football tournament held in seven different venues saw the participation of girls from 40 districts spread across the country. The purpose of the tournament was to promote women's football and shortlist players for the national squad. The Bangladesh Football Federation put together a team of 14 elite coaches who trained for a month before heading out on a scouting mission and returning with 210 players of which 45 were shortlisted for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-14 tournament. The present national squad comprises of nine U-14 players, a clear indication that the Bangladesh Football Federation is laying emphasis on developing women's football from a grass root level as indicated by Choton. “Earlier, most of our players were nearing 20 years of age when they started playing professional football. The plan now is to train young players under 14 years of age so that by the time they grow older, they would have enhanced their playing skills,” he said. Another interesting point is that the present national line up features five players (Sanjida Akhter, Sheuli Azim, Marzia, Shamsunnahar, Maria Manda) from a common district, Mymensingh located in the central region of Bangladesh. Football in Mymensingh is largely popular and several local tournaments are organised every year. Adding to this, Bangladesh is now witnessing an increasing popularity in women's football in comparison to only a few years ago with parents encouraging their daughters to take up the world's most popular sport as a profession. “With their success in the national side, players like Sabina Khatun and Maynu Marma are now employed. Sabina is working at an administrative level in a jute mill while Maynu is in a police department,” Choton adds. As India's coach Sajid Yusuf Dhar emphasised in two separate interactions with the media, Bangladesh along with Maldives have begun taking women's football seriously which is a positive sign for the future of South Asian football.

SHILLONG, Feb 14: L Sarita Devi made a grand comeback to the international stage at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong on Saturday punching out her Bangladesh opponent Akter Saki in less than 40 seconds.

Just a couple of seconds into the bout, Sarita delivered a straight punch on her opponent, rattling her at the very beginning. Sarita landed a flurry of punches soon after, prompting the referee to call for TKO twice and eventually the opponent succumbed in Round 1 to present a grand comeback to the Indian boxing star.

Meanwhile, Indian boxers thoroughly dominated the quarterfinal round will all the pugilists of the host nation making the cut to the semis.

In a disappointment to the crowd that turned up, MC Mary Kom was handed a bye to the semis and hence was not seen in action.

The Indian campaign started with L Devendro Singh knocking out his Bhutan opponent 3-0 in the light fly (46-49 kg) category. Devendro dominated throughout with his agile move, good footwork and left jabs.

The next to make it to the semis was the popular Shiva Thapa who beat Nepal's Dinesh Shreshtha 3-0 in the Bantam (56 kg) category.

Thapa went into the attack right from the word go and thoroughly dominated the bout against the less experienced opponent. Thapa signed off with a right hook and two straight punches much to the delight of the crowd.

Vikas Krishnan did not disappoint either. The pugilist romped to the semis with a round 1 TKO for his opponent in the middle (75 kg) category.

In the second session of the day, Madan Lal beat his rival 3-0 in the fly (52 kg) category to make semis while Dheeraj light (60 kg) category got the better of his Bhutan rival by the same margin to make it to the round of four.

Mandeep Jahngra signed it off in style for India beating Pakistan's Arshad Hussain 3-0.

Later both Pooja Rani and Sarita Devi handed over TKOs to their respective opponents to end the day in style.

It was a disappointing day for the Pakistan side however, as its women team debutant Khoushneem Banu could not proceed to the semis

Guwahati, Feb 14: In the 12th SAG aquatic competitions, Sri Lankan swimmers created new record in both men and women categories winning golds. In Free Style 50m Men’s category, Mathew Abeysinghe created new SAG record in 23.33 seconds. In Women’s Backstroke 200m event, Kimiko Raheem covered the distance in a record time of 2:18:09 minutes.

Guwahati, Feb 14: In Triathlon Mix Relay, India won Gold in 12th SAG today. Indian team led by Pallavi Retiwala, Dilip Kumar, Sorojini Devi Thoudam and Dhiraj Sawant covered their destination in 1:24:31:00 hrs and won the Gold medal. Nepalese team comprising Yem Kumari Ghale, Himal Tamata, Roza K.C and Rudra Katuwal clinched the Silver medal in 1:31:35:00 hrs.

Bronze medal won by Sri Lankan Team led by Gayani Dasanayake, Lakruwan Wijesiri, Dinusha De Silva and Nuwan Kumara in 1:32:05:00.

Guwahati, Feb 14: In 12th SAG, Afghanistan’s Hohsen Rezaei and Rohullah Nikpa won Gold in under 54 kg and 68 kg Male category on Saturday last. Silver medal won by Abrar Khan of India while Doten Dorji of Bhutan and T.R. Dharmapriya of Sri Lanka won Bronze medal under 54 kg category.

In Naveed Khan of Pakistan won Silver and P.S. Hettiarachi of Sri Lanka and Naveen of India won Bronze under Male 68 kg category. Pakistan’s Yasmeen M. Khan won Gold medal under 46 kg Female category. Regina Karki of Nepal won Silver medal while Wargmu Karma of Bhutan and Munni Sumana of Bangladesh won Bronze medal.

Shillong, Feb 13: Sarita Devi made a grand comeback to the international stage at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong on Saturday punching out her Nepalese opponent Sangita Sunar in less than 40 seconds.

Just a couple of seconds into the bout. Sarita delivered a straight punch on her opponent, rattling her at the very beginning. Sarita landed a flurry of punches soon after, prompting the referee to call for TKO twice and eventually the opponent succumbed in Round 1 to present a grand comeback to the Indian boxing star.

Meanwhile, Indian boxers thoroughly dominated the quarterfinal round will all the pugilists of the host nation making the cut to the semis.

In a disappointment to the crowd that turned up, MC Mary Kom was handed a bye to the semis and hence was not seen in action.

The Indian campaign started with L Devendro Singh knocking out his Bhutan opponent 3-0 in the light fly (46-49 kg) category. Devendro dominated throughout with his agile move, good footwork and left jabs.

The next to make it to the semis was the popular Shiva Thapa who beat Nepal's Dinesh Shreshtha 3-0 in the Bantam (56 kg) category.

Thapa went into the attack right from the word go and thoroughly dominated the bout against the less experienced opponent. Thapa signed off with a right hook and two straight punches much to the delight of the crowd.

Vikas Krishnan did not disappoint either. The pugilist rompe to the semis with a round 1 TKO for his opponent in the middle (75 kg) category.

In the second session of the day, Madan Lal beat his rival 3-0 in the fly (52 kg) category to make semis while Dheeraj light (60 kg) category got the better of his Bhutan rival by the same margin to make it to the round of four.

Mandeep Jahngra signed it off in style for India beating Pakistan's Arshad Hussain 3-0.

Later both Pooja Rani and Sarita Devi handed over TKOs to their respective opponents to end the day in style.

It was a disappointing day for the Pakistan side however, as it's women team debutant Khoushneem Banu could not proceed to the semis.

Shillong, Feb 13: India’s P Anand has taken India to the top by clinching the first Gold Medal in the under 87 Kg category by defeating Afghanistan’s Ramesh Hossani.

Supporters rose to their feet chanting and cheering for India’s fighter as he continued to score points in the three rounds of 2 minute bouts.

Even as Afghan’s Ramesh Hossani attempted to get back in the second bout with his swift strikes, Anand managed to maintain his posture by winning a total of 27 points.

Bronze Medals went to Sonam Penjor and Ramhari Mahat of Bhutan and Nepal respectively.

However, India had to give in to Afghanistan in the Male Under 54 Kgs category, as Abrar Khan could not return the kicks from Mohsen Razaei.

While Afghanistan bagged Gold in this category, India had to contend with Silver.

Doten Dorji of Bhutan and TR Dharmapriya of Sri Lanka tool the Bronze Medals.

In the Female under 46 Kgs category, Pakistan Yasmeen M Khan defeated Nepal’s Rejina Karki to walk away with Gold as Wargmu Karma of Bhutan and Munni Sumana of Bangladesh got the Bronze Medals.

In the Male under 68 Kgs Category, Afghanistan’s Rohullah Nikpa DEFEATED Pakistan’s Naveed Khan with a Technical Knockout (TKO) to clinch the Gold Medal, while India’s Naveen and Sri Lanka’s PS Hettilarachi got the Bronze Medals.

It may be mentioned that in today’s matches there were two TKOs when India’s P Anand striked Sri Lanka’s CT Senarathne in the first round of the Quarter Final bouts.

The second TKO was in the Male under 68 Kgs category when Afghanistan’s Rohullah Nikpa’s swift thrust landed hard in Pakistan’s Naveed Khan’s thigh throwing him to the ground and rendering him breathless for sometime.

Today’s matches saw quiet a few disputes during the men’s fights, calling for reviewing of the hits that were not called by the referee, also drawing the technical judges to approach the referee for clarifications.

Coaches of Afghanistan and Pakistan had a few complaints to the judges.

Guwahati, Feb 13: Indian men and women shooters Team won the 10m Air Pistol Men, 25m Pistol Women and 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women at 12th SAG in Guwahati today. Indian shooters Omker Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Jitendra Vibhute won Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Men Team. Kalimullah Khan, Kaleem Ullah and Muhammad Shehzad Akhtar of Pakistan won Silver Medal while Sri Lanka’s S. Fernandoo, M.P. Pathirana and D.M.S.M. Disanayake won Bronze medal.

In 25m Pistol Women Team, Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Annuraj Singh of India won Gold medal and A.I.D.A. Kulathunga, K.S.C.G. Kendawala and W.A.N.M. Weerakkodi of Sri Lanka won Silver medal while Pakistan’s Lubina Amin, Farhat Nasreen and Tazeem Akhtar won Bronze medal.

Indian Women Team, Anjum Moudgil, Elizabeth Susan Koshy and Lajja Gauswami won Gold medal in 50m Rifle 3 Positions and W.M.S.Y. Perera, K.K.G. Perera and G.G.U.N. Ruparathna of Sri Lanka won Silver Medal. Pakistan’s Nazish Khan, Nadia Rashid and Nadira Raees won Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, Feb 13: Indian athletes won gold medal Triathlon in 12th SAG here today. Indian Men squad comprising Dilip Kumar and Guru Datt bagged Gold and Silver medals respectively while Sri Lankan Nuwan Kumara could manage Bronze medal.

Indian women also clicked Gold and Silver medal for the country. Pallavi Retiwala and Pooja Chaurushi were declared first and second while Nepal’s K. C. Roja bagged Bronze medal for her country.

Guwahati, Feb 13: As expected, India is ruling the 12th South Asian Games 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, but one country which is making heads turn is 'Sri Lanka'. After finishing fourth in the Dhaka edition of the Games in 2010, the island nation has leap-frogged to second in the ongoing Games with some exemplary performances. Sri Lankan Swimmers, particularly Matthew Abeysinghe, and it's Track and Field players have given a tough time to India for whom the event has been a rather lop-sided affair. Lauding his country's exceptional performance, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara appeared to be full of hope. 'The participating players are young, and they are being motivated to play well', said Mr Jayasekara who was seen at various events with the Sri Lankan participation. He said, the players are being groomed for future tournaments and the results are showing. The visiting dignitary also praised the Indian arrangement and hospitality at the Games.

SHILLONG: Khoushleem Baig, Rukhsana Perveen and Sofia Javed are set to make history in the 12th South Asian Games by becoming the first ever female boxers to represent Pakistan in an international event.

Khoushleem, Rukhsana and Sofia will feature in the 51, 60 and 75kg categories.

Pakistan chief coach, Ali Bux watched proudly as the girls sweated it out at the NEHU indoor training hall.

Rukhsana said she was confident about a good show in the South Asian Games in Shillong.

The girl from Multan did not dig much into the difficulties she faced en route to this level.

“Society always creates problems, but once we are in the playing arena all that matters is the game,” she said adding that her family has always supported her.

She was hopeful that she would make the country proud by winning a medal in her debut tournament.

For Khoushleem this was the biggest moment of her life.

“I always wanted to represent my city, so you can imagine how I must be feeling to represent Pakistan,” she said.

She was also excited over the possibility of a bout with Indian star MC Mary kom.

“That will be a great moment for me and I will give my best if the opportunity arises,” she said.

As expected, India is ruling the 12th South Asian Games 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, but one country which is making heads turn is 'Sri Lanka'. After finishing fourth in the Dhaka edition of the Games in 2010, the island nation has leap-frogged to second in the ongoing Games with some exemplary performances. Sri Lankan Swimmers, particularly Matthew Abeysinghe, and it's Track and Field players have given a tough time to India for whom the event has been a rather lop-sided affair.

Lauding his country's exceptional performance, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara appeared to be full of hope. 'The participating players are young, and they are being motivated to play well', said Mr Jayasekara who was seen at various events with the Sri Lankan participation. He said, the players are being groomed for future tournaments and the results are showing.

The visiting dignitary also praised the Indian arrangement and hospitality at the Games.

SHILLONG, 12th Feb, 2016: The 12th South Asian Games could not have come at a better time for boxer Sarita Devi who is making a return after the one-year ban imposed on her by the AIBA for a tearful outburst at the Asian Games in 2014.

“I haven't been able to compete for a long time and the South Asian games have come just at the right time to give me that opportunity,” she said.

Ahead of the event, an emotional Sarita thanked the people of the country for standing firmly behind her during the difficult phase. Despite admitting that the Games will pose a challenge to her, a Sarita Devi, brimming with confidence, promised a gold for the country at the South Asian Games.

The Manipur star also has her eyes set on an Olympics medal which she feels will be the best gift for the people of the country and everybody else who rallied behind her during the one year of uncertainty.

“I am well prepared for the Olympic qualifiers,” she said.

Making a comeback after a year, Sarita was also happy about the fact that the event is being held in the North East.

“This has given an opportunity to us to perform at home,” she said adding that there is a craze about sports in the North East and hosting of events like the SAG provides people the opportunity to see their stars in action thereby motivating them.

“This will lead to the emergence of more Mary Koms and Kunjarani Devis,” she said.

With a twinkle in her eyes, she also narrated how the people of Manipur, despite all their problems, ensured that her fine amount of Rs 1.30 lakh was met by them.

“Was very down mentally during the ban period, but the whole country backed me and that pepped me up,” a visibly excited Sarita said.

Shillong, 12th Feb, 2016: Judo is a small sport in Bhutan, with just one judo club in existence. The team brought to Shillong for the 12th South Asian Games 2016 consists of only four judokas, all of whom are teenagers, but despite the circumstances the Himalayan kingdom hope to make an impact.

"Maybe we will win a medal. Hopeful of that. They will learn by taking part," Bhutan coach Pema Dargay, who was the first person in Bhutan to earn a black belt in judo, said. "India is very strong, men and women. I saw them in Nepal in 2011 and they will be difficult opponents," he added.

The Bhutan Judo Association is only six years old and this is the first time the BJA will take part in an international tournament approved by the national Olympic Committee. Teams have begun training at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall here, with the discipline set to be held from February 15-16.

Among the judokas in the Bhutan team is the lone female - 16-year-old Phub Dem. Also in training at the same time as the Bhutan team was the one from Nepal, which was bigger in terms of numbers as well as the physical presence of the judokas. This did not put off Phub, who, responded in the affirmative when asked whether she felt she could take them on.

Young Phub has been a judoka for the last four years and came back with a gold medal from an invitational judo tournament for cadets held in Singapore last November. That tournament drew in around 150 participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Bhutan. It was a good opportunity for the youngsters to demonstrate their skills and learn from others and Dargay believes SAG 2016 will also give them with further good experience.

Guwahati, 12th Feb, 2016: In 12th SAG, 25m Mens Pistol Shooting, Indian shooters got Gold, Silver and Bronze medal in Individual event while Gold in Team event today. Neeraj Kumar Gurpreet Singh and Mahender Singh aim Gold, Silver and Bronze medal respectively.

In Team Pistol Shooting, Indian trio- Neeraj Kumar, Gurpreet Singh and Mahender Singh captured Gold medal. Pakistan’s- Tabassum Maqbool Hussain, Bashir Ghulam Mustafa and Kabir Muhammad aim Silver medal.

Sri Lankan shooter-S. Fernando, M.P. Pathirana and G.S. Walgama got third place and won Bronze medal.

Guwahati, 12th Feb, 2016: Indian Men and Women win Gold Medals in Marathon. Nitenender Singh Rawat completed his target in 2:15:18:00 hrs. One second trail put Sri Lankan, C. Aruradha Indra to second place and got Silver Medal. Khetha Ram of India could manage Bronze Medal only.

In Women’s Marathon, Indian athlete Kavitha Raut covered the target distance in 2:38:38:00 hrs and struck Gold medal. Sri Lankan athletes N.G. Rajasekara bagged Silver while B.G.L. Anuradhi got Bronze medal.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: India were held to yet another goalless draw, this time by a resilient Nepal side when they locked horns on Thursday in a South Asian Games women's football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The evenly matched contest saw shots being fired on either half but all attempts eventually went in vain as the match ended 0-0 by full time. India's key forward Grace Dangmei was carried out on a stretcher after suffering an injury sometime around the 38th minute before being replaced by an impressive Bala Devi who was in the thick of action especially in the latter half.

India's biggest challenge of the tournament Nepal looked threatening and came close to scoring on several occasions. Their first clear cut chance was in the 20th minute when Sabitra Bhandari headed a ball that was saved by India's goal keeper Aditi Chauhan. Chauhan and her Nepalese conterpart Lila Lamgade were both impressive kept busy for most part of the match.

Three minutes after the restart, Nepal's Niru Thapa's free kick after an Indian foul nearly found the top of goal but an acrobatic Chauhan was able to make an excellent save. In the 52nd minute, super sub Bala Devi came close to placing India in the lead with a rocket of a shot that whizzed just over the bar.

Again, in the 74th minute Nepal almost seized the decisive goal after a header by skipper Anu Lama. Dipa Adhikari crossed from the far left flank for Lama to head past Aditi Chauhan but the ball found the post to deny Nepal yet another goal. For India, their last chance came in the 90th minute when Pyari Xaxa failed to convert a cross by her team mate Sasmita Devi.

At the post match conference, India coach Sajid Yusuf Dhar said that Nepal was always going to be a tough opponent but now they can only look forward to winning against Bangladesh as the result for that match will decide which country plays the final.

Nepal's coach Dhruba Bahadur said that his girls changed to a defensive mode in the second half which allowed them a point and subsequently, an entry into the South Asian Games women's football final. “India played well. This was our first drawn match but we are happy to make it through to the final,” Bahadur said.

India face Bangladesh in what will be the last match for both nations on Saturday to decide which team will face Nepal in the final. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and Maldives are virtually out of the tournament.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: Indian athlete P.U. Chithra won Gold in Women’s 1500m Run in 12 SAG today. Sri Lankan duo G.T.A. Abeyrathna and U.K.N.Rathnayaka won Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: Indian athletes won Gold in 400m Men and Women Hurdles in 12th SAG today. A. Dharuna and Jauna Murmu won Gold Medals. Jithin Paul (India) bagged Silver in 400m Men’s Hurdles and Ashwani Akunnji (India)won the Silver in Womens Hurdle. Mahboob Ali of Pakistan won Bronze in 400m Men’s Hurdles while Sri Lanka’s Kawshalya settled for Bronze in 400m Women’s Hurdle event.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: In 12th SAG, Indian athletes grabbed Gold and Silver in Mens Shot Put today in Guwahati. Om Prakash Singh won the Gold Medal and Jasdeep Singh won Silver Medal while Pakistani athlete Muhammad Waseem won Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: Indian women got Gold and Silver in Javelin Throw also today in 12th SAG. Suman Devi got Gold and Annu Rani won Silver. B.L. Nadeeka Lakmali of Sri Lanka bagged the Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: Indian Shooter clinched Gold in three categories at the 12th SAG today. Chain Singh won Gold in 50m Rifle Prone Men Individual, Samaresh Jung in 25m Center Fire Pistol Men Individual and Gagan Narang, Chain Singh, Surendra Singh Rathod in 50m Rifle Prone Men Team.

Pemba Tamang won Silver while Vijay Kumar of India settled for Bronze medal in 25m Center Fire Pistol Men Individual. Gagan Narang of India won Silver and Pakistan’s Umar Siddhique won Bronze medal in 50m Rifle Prone Men Individual event.

Pakistani team Siddhique Umar, Midrar Ali, Amir Muhammad won Silver while Bronze medal goes to Sri Lanka’s S.M.M. Samarakoon, W.K.Y. Krishantha, P.H.W. Karunarathna in in 50m Rifle Prone Men Team.

Guwahati, 11th Feb, 2016: In Men’s Triple Jump medals were shared between India and Pakistan. Ranjith Maheswari and J. Srendhar, both Indian won Gold and Silver respectively. Pakistan’s Muhammad Afzal won Bronze medal.

Guwahati, 10th Feb, 2016: Host India crossed the 100 mark in earning gold having tallied 117 gold, 61 silver and 16 bronze medals to reign supreme in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati and Shillong.

Sri Lanka were trailing second with 24 gold, 46 silver and 63 bronze, followed by Pakistan with seven gold, 20 silver and 32 bronze in the third place.

India dominated the tennis event at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex at Chachal here bagging all the three gold and as many silver medals on Wednesday.

Ankita Raina of India clinched the gold with a thumping 6-1, 6-0 victory against compatriot Prerna Bhambri in the women’s singles final.

In another all-India gold medal match, the tandem of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prasanth Vijay Sunder won beating Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh 6-3, 6-4.

In mixed doubles final, also an all-India affair, the pair of Divij and Ankita overcame stiff challenge from Sanam Singh and Prarthna Thombre to win 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Not only did the Indians sweep the gold medals today, they have also ensured the remaining two tomorrow by setting up all-Indians summit clashes for a clean sweep on Thursday. Saketh Myneni will meet Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men’s singles final, while in the women’s doubles final, the pair of Prarthna Thombre and Sharrmadaa Balu will meet Rishika Sunkara and Natasha Palha.

The Indians also made clean sweep of the squash team event lifting both men’s and women’s titles finishing unbeaten in the round robin league tournament at the RG Baruah Sports Complex squash complex. Pakistan finished runners-up in both the events losing only to India.

The Indian dominance in the track and field continued for the second straight day with the hosts bagging most of the gold up for grab at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

In hockey, India handed a 3-0 defeat to Sri Lanka at the M Tayebulla Hockey Stadium in Guwahati to set up Friday’s title clash with Pakistan.

On the other hand, Sri Lankans Matthew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Raheem reigned at the Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex with the former accounting for a total of 10 medals, including seven gold. Kimiko also tallied five gold and a silver.

The Lankans missed another gold in 4x100 m women’s relay with the team disqualified for a false start by Kimiko’s sister Machiko Raheem. India were declared winners in the event.

India bagged five gold on the last day today.

In men’s football, hosts India booked a semifinals berth posting a 3-2 victory over the Maldives at SAI Sports Complex.

In shooting at the Sports Shooting Range in Guwahati, hosts India tallied two gold in 50 m pistol men’s team event by the team of Omkar Singh, PN Prakash and Om Prakash and in 10 m air rifle women’s team event by the team of Apurvi Chandela, Pooja Ghatkar and Koshy E Susan.

The South Asian Games is strategic to all the countries in South Asia.

In discussion with Dr. Yonus Poplazay, an enthusiastic personality who is passionate about developing sports in Afghanistan and a man with many hats namely, Secretary General National Olympic Committee-Afghnaistan, President of the Afghanistan Volleyball Federation and Chairman, Medical Commission of the Asian Volleyball Federation.

SAG Reporter: Your thoughts on the South Asian Games?

Dr. Yonus: The South Asian Games is strategic to all the countries in South Asia and is a dynamic event which brings together sportspersons from 23 different sports. These Games are symbol of regional unity and the IOA, Government of India and Organising Committee have been successful in bringing everyone together.

The Games also enable interaction between the youth of the participating nations and bringing positive change as sport transcends all differences. Afghanistan is currently suffering from terrorism and the participation of our contingent is a big step for the nation, the NOC, athletes, coaches and managers. The contingent is not here just to win medals but to convey through its participation the message of peace.

These Games have also further strengthened the strategic friendship and long term association of India and Afghanistan. The participation at the South Asian Games 2016 has inspired the Afghanistan NOC to conduct its first ever National Games in the country. We are thankful to the IOA, Government of India and Organising Committee for all the support extended. This also showcases the commitment of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the Aghan nation and our participation would not have been possible here without his support.

SAG Reporter: You had just mentioned that these Games have made a significant impact to the sports in your country.

Dr. Yonus: Yes, this is the biggest delegation of sports persons to any sporting event. In the Asian Games 2014 we had about 150 people compared to a contingent over 200 people participating in SAG 2016. This time we also have a huge number of women athletes and coaches which is historic. This is also true for Pakistan and this signifies the positive sign in Muslim culture through the empowerment of women in sports.

Through the campaign of these South Asian Games in Afghanistan, now the people in our country not only know New Delhi and Mumbai in India but also Guwahati (Assam) and Shillong (Meghalaya). This proves that other cities too can successfully host Games of this stature and has showcased the warmth of the local people and hospitality extended by them.

SAG Reporter: Can you please share with us about your interaction with the athletes of your contingent?

Dr. Yonus: I spent some time with our Weightlifting team today and they put up a very good performance. I am very happy even though we didn’t win any medals as this exposure has enabled the team to set new targets and improve their sporting performance.

Also, our Table Tennis team in collaboration with Table Tennis Federation of India will undergo a 2-3 days training camp. We are very happy with support extended to the Afghan team to train here under India’s national coach, who will enable the team to upgrade their skills and performance.

Our contingent here has many athletes who are taking part in their first ever International sporting event, so these Games provide great exposure and interaction to the young athletes to learn from their South Asian counterparts and increase their knowledge.

SAG Reporter: You arrived in Guwahati yesterday; can you share your first impressions?

Dr. Yonus: I have been very impressed with the hospitality extended by the Organsing Committee and everything is very well managed especially the security arrangements. This is a very critical area and a very high level of security protection is being extended to us which gives more comfort to the athletes and they are able to focus on their sport.

SAG Reporter: A few last words please.

Dr. Yonus: I am hoping that the next few days will see a high level of competition and our contingent will have a rich learning experience to take home. Thank you.

Guwahati, 10 February: In Mens 800m Run, Indunil Herath (Sri Lanka) won Gold medal at the 12th SAG today. Muhammad Ikram of Pakistan won the Silver medal while the Bronze Medal won by India’s Hemantha Kumara.

Guwahati, 10 February: In Mens 10000m Run, T. Gopi won Gold Medal and Suresh Kumar won the Silver Medal for India while Sri Lankan athlete D. L. Samrrajeewa won the Bronze today at 12th SAG in Guwahati.

In Womens 400m Relay Race, Gold Medal goes to Sri Lanka’s W.V.L. Sugandhi and M. Jayathilaka. S. Sini and Srabani Nanda of India won the Silver Medal while Sultana Zakia and Akter Shohagi of Bangladesh won Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 110m Mens Hurdle event, India’s J. Surendhar and K. Prem Kumar won the Gold and Silver Medals respectively while Mohsin Ali of Pakistan won the Bronze Medal at the 12th SAG today in Guwahati.

In 100m Womens Hurdle, Indian duo Gayathry won Gold and KV Sajitha won Silver Medal. Sri Lankan athlete R.A.I.S. Rajasinghe managed to grab the Bronze medal.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 12th SAG, Neeraj Chopra won the Gold in Mens Javelin Throw today at IGA Stadium. Sri Lankan athlete R.M.S.J.Ranasinghe won the Silver while Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan won the Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 10 February: Indian sprinters Rajiv Arokya and Mohammed Kuni won the Gold and Silver Medals at the 12th SAG today. H.M. Dilip Ruwan of Sri Lanka won the Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 10 February: In Mens Discus Throw event, India’s Arjun and Kripal Singh won Gold and Silver Medals respectively. K. G.U.P.Jayawardhana of Sri Lanka won Bronze Medal at 12th SAG today.

Guwahati, 10 February: In the ongoing 12th SAG India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are fighting for medals while Bhutan and Maldives could not win a single Gold so far. India continued to remain at the top of tally winning 112 Gold, 59 Silver and 13 Bronze Medals and total medals recorded 184 at 6 pm today. Sri Lanka won a total 122 medals, 20 Gold, 44 Silver and 58 Bronze and placed in second position. With 7 Gold Medals, Pakistan continued to remain in third position, winning 17 Silver and 31 Bronze Medals. Bangladesh won a total 51 medals, 3 Gold, 10 Silver and 38 Bronze. Nepal satisfied with only 32 medals including one Gold, 12 Silver and 19 Bronze. Afghanistan improves its number of medals by winning one Gold, three Silver and 11 Bronze. Bhutan players could manage one Silver and four Bronze medals for their country. Maldives’ also managed to win only two medals, one Silver and equal number of Bronze.

Guwahati, 10 February: In Mens Pole Vault event M.H.I. Sandaruwan (Sri Lanka) got Gold, Sonu Saini (India) won Silver and Rehan Anjum ( Pakistan) placed third and won Bronze Medal. The event held in IGA Stadium today.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 50m Pistol Men Team shooting competition India won the Gold at the 12th SAG today. The Gold winning Indian team members were Omkar Singh, P.N. Prakash and Om Prakash. Pakistani team members Khan Kalimullah, Akhtar Muhammad and Ullah Kalem won the Silver Medal while Bangladeshi shooters Mohendra Singha, Ahmad Sakil and Md. Anwar Hossain bagged the Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 12th SAG played at Shillong, Indian Men and Women players proved their mettle in Wushu’s 16 categories and won 11 Gold Medals, two Silvers and three Bronze Medals. Pakistan placed second with two Gold, equal number of Silver and four Bronze Medals. Afghanistan got third place by winning one each Gold and Silver Medal and four Bronze Medals. Sri Lankan team could manage only one Gold and One silver and two Bronze. Nepal’s team won one Gold and 10 Silver Medals while Bangladesh team clinched three Bronze Medals only.

Guwahati, 10 February: In Womens High Jump, India’s Sahana Kumari won Gold and Swapna Burman won Bronze Medals while Sri Lankan L.G.A.T. Vinodani got Silver Medal.

In Mens Long Jump, Indian athletes captured Gold and Silver Medal. Ankit Sharma won Gold and K.Prem Kumar won Silver Medal while Amila Jayasiri of Sri Lanka won Bronze Medal.

Guwahati, 10 February:Considering the friendly, cooperative and viable relationship among SAARC countries , it has been decided that Doordarshan will provide the coverage of South Asian Games 2016 to foreign broadcasters of participating countries. This free-of-cost would be on following terms and conditions

  1. The signals with DD Sports logo will be provided to foreign broadcasters from Master Switching Feed Room (MSR Feed Room) from Doordarshan Kendra, New Delhi. The foreign broadcasters should make their own up-linking arrangements from MSR Feed Room, Delhi. Following are the contact details: - MSR Feed Room DDK Delhi –
    Contact Person: Mr. Dixit, Assistant Engineer (9868125854)
    Phone Nos: 011-23097525 / 011-23097529
    Shri S N Singh 986824097 (Director Engg)
  2. The foreign broadcasters agree to provide the same facilities to Doordarshan whenever South Asian Games are held in their respective countries.
    Request for such demands from National Broadcasters of participating foreign countries in the SA Games 2016 may be forwarded by the OC SAG 2016, officially, in order to facilitate further action.

Guwahati, 10 February: Volleyball Federation of India has announced an award of Rs.10 lakh for both the Men and Women teams for winning Gold Medals in the 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati.

This was announced by the president of Volleyball Federation of India, Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar to acknowledge and encourage the moral boosting of team members, the Chief Coach and other coaches to get the laurels for India. It is to mention that for the first time both the Men and Women Volleyball teams have performed excellently in this championship bringing Gold Medals for the country.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 12th SAG, Womens Double Table Tennis ,played at Shillong, Indian pair won Gold and Silver medals. Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Manika Batra won gold by defeating Mouma Das-Shamini Kumaresan by 3-0. Defeated Indian pair has to settle with Silver Medal.

The Bronze Medals went to Sabita Shrestha-Elina Maharjan of Nepal. They defeated Ishara Madhurangi-Erandi Warusawithana of Sri Lanka.

Guwahati, 10 February: In 12th SAG today, in Men’s Doubles Tennis, Indian pair Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Sundar Prasath won Gold Medal. Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh won the Silver Medal. The Bronze Medal goes to Sri Lankan players Harshana Godamanna and Shamal Dassanayake.

SHILLONG, 9 February: The Indian pairing of Anthony Amalraj and Manika Batra claimed the mixed doubles gold medal in the table tennis individual events at the 12th South Asian Games 2016 here today.

Amalraj and Batra, both national singles champions in men's and women's table tennis respectively, overcame fellow Indians G Sathiyan and Mouma Das 3 games to 2 (11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall in a gruelling contest that saw both pairs go all out for the gold. It was the best display of table tennis so far with the sizeable crowd present enthralled by the action.

With India's victories in the men's and women's team events on Sunday, the hosts' tally of gold medals in table tennis increased to three.

There's promise of more of the yellow metal tomorrow, with India securing each and every place in the finals of the men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, which will all be contested tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, Sathiyan/Das had defeated Udaya Ranasinghe and Ruvini Kannangura of Sri Lanka 3-1 in the semifinals, while Amalraj/Batra got past Rohan Sirisena and Ishara Madhurangi (Sri Lanka) by the same margin. Sri Lanka thus claimed two bronze medals for finishing as losing semifinalists.

Meanwhile, in the men's doubles, Amalraj and Sanil Shetty will take on Indian compatriots Sathiyan and Devesh Karia. Both pairs had defeated Sri Lankan opponents in the semis 3-0.

The women's doubles final will be between Das/K Shamini and Batra/Pooja Sahasrabudhe. While the latter pair had beaten Madhurangi and Erandi Warusawithana of Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last-four encounter, Das/Shamini defeated Nabita Shrestha and Elina Maharjan of Nepal by the same margin.

The men's singles final will be between Amalraj and Sathiyan, while Batra and Das will vie for the women's singles gold.

All four had defeated Sri Lankan opponents in the semifinals, demarcating clearly that though India is the best table tennis team, Sri Lanka were undoubtedly second.

While it was all smiles in the Indian camp, there was still good morale among the Lankans even after they bowed out of contention for spots in the finals.

Prior to the start of the TT events, Sri Lankan manager Commander Anil Bowatte said that his contingent had hopes of an upset, a hope that ultimately did not come through, though he expressed happiness with the way his players performed.

"We tried our level best, so I am very happy with our performance," Cdr Bowatte said. "We have very talented players and we have learnt a lot from South Asian Games, so we have to plan for the future," he added, while also expressing thanks for "excellent hospitality" and an enjoyable stay in Shillong.

Mr GHP Raju, Inspector General of Police, Mr MP Singh, Table Tennis Federation of India Treasurer, Mr SB Singh, Additional Director General of Police, and Mr Y Tsering, Additional Chief Secretary, presented the medals

SHILLONG, 9 February: There are times when participating is more important than winning. This is exactly true for the war-torn Afghanistan which has sent a small 30-member contingent to India for the 12th South Asian Games.

Three male and two female members comprise the Afghan badminton squad, which also has a coach and an official.

Afghan shuttler Said Md Kabir Mirzad, who spoke on behalf of his coach who does not speak English, said that for him and his teammates participating in an event of the magnitude of South Asian Games meant a lot. The event offered them an exposure otherwise inaccessible to them.

Afghanistan had a tough draw in the men's team event in which they were pitted against the mighty Indians and Bangladesh. In the women's team event they had to face Nepal and Maldives, and even though they are yet to win a game, they will surely have a lot to take back from the outings by the end of the competition, feels Mirzad .

“We don't have proper facilities back home, not even a proper place to play. Without expert trainers, we learn or take up skills from the youtube, said Mirzad who was hopeful that things will change for the better in his country.

In a country which has taboo over women taking to sports, Afghanistan boasts of two female shuttlers in their ranks.

Zaiwab Yari and Lidaa Saraj are the face of hope in an Afghan society torn by decades of strife.

“It's difficult for females to take to sports in our country, but luckily there are certain pockets where things are a bit better and that's where we thrive,” said the young Afghan shuttler.

The Afghan badminton team was also happy to rub shoulders with their famed Indian counterparts and they say these are experiences and memories they would cherish for a long time to come.

Guwahati, 9 February: The much awaited athletics events of 12th SAG started today at Sarusai Sports Complex here. India opened its account with gold medal in Women’s Shot Put. Manpreeth Kaur senior won Gold while Manpreet Kaur junior took Silver medal. Sri Lanka W.T.K. Fernando was placed third and won the Bronze medal.

Guwahati, 9 February: In the Long Jump Indian Women captured Gold and Silver medal. Mayookha Jhony won Gold, Shradha Ghule Bhaskar won Silver. S.L.S. Silva of Sri Lanka settles with Silver medal.

Guwahati, 9 February: In Weightlifting Individual competition (105 kg) Pakistani weightlifter lifted Gold medal. Md Nooh Dastgir Butt defeated Indian weightlifter Gurdeep Singh and captured Gold. Gurdeep Singh bagged the Silver medal and Sri Lankan Saman Abeywickrama Avimedille Gedara won the Bronze medal in the 12th SAG today.

Guwahati, 9 February: In 12th SAG Maldivian Men and Women teams lost their matches against rivals. Nepalese Women easily lifted the Bronze medal 12th SAG Volleyball event. Nepal defeated Maldives by 25-20, 25-14 and 25-13.

In Men’s Volleyball event Pakistan clinched the Bronze medal defeating Maldives by 25-17, 25-19, 25-13.

Guwahati, 9 February: In 12th SAG, 80 Km Individual Road cycling Race event Indian Women clinched all three medals today. Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam won the Gold, Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil won the Silver medal while Bronze medal won by Geethu Raj NN.

Guwahati, Feb.09:- Sushila Panwar of India secured another gold medal for Indian team in the last day of weightlifting competition at Bhogeshwari Phukanani Indoor Stadium, Guwahati today at the 12th SAG.

Sushila Panwar lifted a total weight of 198 kg in +75 kg women body weight category.

She was followed by Ishani Annushka Kaluthanthri of Sri Lanka (Silver medal) with a total lift of 173 kg and Tara Devi Pun of Nepal (Bronze medal) with a total lift of 165 kg.

Medal tally in women section rose to 6 gold medals and 6 gold medals in men section in weightlifting.

Guwahati, 8th February, 2016: Hosts India went down fighting to Pakistan 1-2 in their 12th South Asian Games 2016 hockey pool league match at Maulana M tayabullah Hockey Stadium in Guwahati on Monday evening.

The visitors found the net for both the goals through Qadir Md Arslan in the 11th and 37th minutes. Mandeep Antil scored the only goal for India in the 43rd minute.

Prior to the match, Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi was introduced with the players of both the teams. Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent charge) Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam sports minister Shri Ajit Singh and Assam Chief Secretary Shri VK Pipersenia also attended the match.

Earlier in the day, India defeated Sri Lanka 12-1 in a women’s league match to seal a final berth for themselves.

In another men’s league match of the day, Bangladesh got the better of Sri Lanka 2-0.

India continued to top the medals tally for the fourth straight day with a total of 79 medals, including 53 gold, 20 silver and six bronze. Sri Lanka were placed second with 11 gold, 27 silver and 23 bronze medals, while Pakistan stood third in the tally with four gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Bhutan and the Maldives, whose tally were barren till the third day, opened their accounts on Monday. While Bhutan tallied a silver and bronze, the Maldives recorded a bronze.

Guwahati, February 8, 2016: A dominating India on Monday bagged gold medals in both the men's and women's badminton team events of the 12th South Asian Games at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games in Shillong.

It was all India versus Sri Lanka in the finals and the hosts obliged the capacity crowd with clean sweeps. The strong Indian contingent was ruthless in its approach throughout and did not drop a set on its way to the gold medals.

For the men, K Srikanth went up against Buwanaka Goonathileka who was the first to reach 11 points and threatened to put the Indian to test. However, that was not to be. Combining his smashes well with some net dribbles, Srikanth ensured that the first set ended 21-14.

Having squandered his best opportunity to take a lead in the first set, the Lankan shuttler gave in in the second, going done by the same margin.

Sachin Dias, who had impressed one and all, with his show against Pakistan's Murad Aliq yesterday, was no match for India's HS Prannoy who tamed the Sri Lankan 21-13, 21-16 to take India 2-0 up.

The doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy then made light work of the Lankan duo of Buwanaka Goonathileka and Sachin Dias to earn India the Gold.

In the women's event, the flawless PV Sindhu gave India the perfect start with a 21-7, 21-5 win over Kavindi Ishadika.

However, it was the match between India's Ruthvika Shivani and Sri Lanka's Thilini Pramodika that got the crowd going. For the first time in the event, an Indian player looked like dropping a set. Trailing 17-20 at one point, Shivani seemed to be heading towards a 0-1 deficit. However, the South Asian Games debutant came back strong to take the set 23-21. There was no looking back from there as she clinched the next set 21-13.

The doubles pair of PV Sindhu and Ashwini Ponnappa then completed the formalities by beating the Lankan duo of Achini Rathnasiri and Upuli Samathika 21-13, 21-13.

Earlier, India went past Pakistan without much fuss in the men's semifinals, beating them 3-0.

A dogged Md Irfan matched Srikanth 19-19 in the first set before the Indian took the game 21-19. As has been the order of the day throughout the competition, the rival could not withstand the Indian onslaught in the second set which was sealed 21-15 by Srikanth.

For Ajay Jayaram, the tie against Murad Aliq was devoid of any real challenge as the Indian swept over 21-11, 21-16.

The duo of Manu and Sumeeth then got the better of the Pakistan pair of Kashif Sulhari and Rizwan Azam 21-9, 21-18 in just 25 minutes.

The Indian women, meanwhile, had it even easier against Bangladesh in the semis with Sindhu wrapping up the match against Alina in merely 15 minutes. Shivani took a couple of minutes more to beat Dulaly 21-5, 21-6.

Sindhu and Ponnappa then romped home 21-11, 21-12 against Brishty and Dulaly.

While Bangladesh and Pakistan bagged bronze in the men's category, Nepal and Bangladesh claimed the bronze medal in the women's category.

Guwahati, February 8, 2016: India added further gold medals in the men's compound Archery team. Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma with Assam's Manash Jyoti Changmai earned India a well deserved gold medal by defeating Bhutan 230 points to 219.

Shillong, February 8, 2016: India’s M. Punshiva Meitei clinched a gold medal on Monday in the men’s Wushu Taolu competition (Nanquan & Nangun) at the Rising Sun Sports Complex in Assam Rifles, Laitkor. Silver went to Yubaraj Thapa of Nepal while the bronze medal was earned by H. M. P. Manuranga of Sri Lanka.

In women’s Wushu Taolu (Nanqua & Nandao), Nepal’s Nima Gharti Magar grabbed gold while Swechcha Jatav bagged a silver medal for India. Bronze was won by Pakistan’s Mubashra Akhtar.

The men’s 65 kg Sanshou quarter final saw Arun Nagar shine for India with a win over Sri Lanka’s S. N. Deshpriya while Afghanistan’s Shekib Haidari defeated Bangladesh’s Md Rakib Hossan in another contest. Other quarter final matches saw Afghanistan’s Maroof Haidari display an impressive performance to overcome Nepal’s Chitra Singh Thakur while Maz Khan of Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka’s Nid Aberathane in the men’s 70 kg category.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Rashid Minhas beat Nepal’s Dhanbir Maharajan in the men’s 75 kg category.

In the women’s Sanshou semi finals competition, Yumnam Sanathoi Devi of India defeated Bangladesh’s Most Nur Bano in a 52 kg category bout while Jharana Gurung of Nepal successfully beat Afghanistan’s Zarmira Ibrahim in another 52 kg category bout.

In the 60 kg category Sanshou semi finals, Nepal’s Juni Rai defeated Rukhsana Hanif of Pakistan while Indian Kesisham Arunpama Devi defeated Samira Ibrahim of Afghanistan. The women’s 70 kg category saw India’s Puja Kadian beat Mst Forida Parvin of Bangladesh while Bindu Pun Magar of Nepal defeated Pakistan’s Zarina Rafique.

Guwahati, February 8, 2016: In 12th SAG Joshana Chinappa of India won the Gold in Women’s Individual Squash event by defeating Maria Toorpaki of Pakistan. In Men’s Squash competition Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan won the gold while compatriot Farhan Zaman won the Silver.

Guwahati, February 8, 2016: Union Sports Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, who is the chairman of the organising committee SAG 2016, today expressed satisfaction over the successful hosting of the first four days of the multi-discipline 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati and Shillong and hoped the remaining eight days would also pass off successfully.

"Today is the fourth day. It has been a great success so far, thanks to the people of Guwahati and Shillong as well as the media involved. I hope the remaining eight days will be more successful," Shri Sonowal said interacting with the media at Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex in Guwahati today, where he watched some of the finals of the swimming competition of the SAG. He also conferred away medals to the winners.

He also appreciated the people of the state for the enthusiasm they have shown for the Games. "I have interacted with some schoolchildren and all of them said they are in love with the SAG. They say they want more events of this kind in our state. It shows the love of the people of this part of the country towards sports," the minister said.

Guwahati, 8 February: In the cycling 40 Km Team Time Trail event (WE), team India wins Gold. Team India covered the required distance in 59.23 mts while the silver medal winning Lankan team covered the same in 1.02.07 Hr. Pakistan team got the Bronze medal.

The Indian team was represented by Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam, Rutuja Satpute, Manisha G and Chaoba Devi Clangbam.

Pakistan team members were Sahiba Bibi, Rashida Munir, Razia Shabbir and Fiza Riaz while Sri Lankan team represented by Udeshani Niranjani Kumarasinghe, Lasanthi Krishna Gunathilaka Horathal Pedige, Sriyalatha Wickramasinghe Udagedera Durayalage and Sudarika Priyadarshani Peththaperuma Arachchige

Guwahati, 8 February: In 12th SAG’s much awaited athletic thrills to start tomorrow at IGA Stadium Sarusajai Sports Complex here. Top Indian athletes Annu Rani, M.R. Poovamma and Arokia Rajiv will be the star in tomorrow’s events. Annu Rani is a top Javelin Thrower. She won the Gold medal in 55th National Open Athletics Championship in 2015. While Rajiv won a gold at an international meet by winning the event in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix in June last year. Arjuna Awardee Poovamma won a bronze in the individual women’s 400m race and a gold in the 4x400m relay race in the Incheon Asian Games last year.

Men and Women from eight countries will show their talents at IGA track field. The field is ready for spectacular events which include Long Jump and High Jump, 400 meter, 800 meter 5000 meter and the most popular and attractive 100 meter race. Hammer Throw and Shot Put are other attractions.

Guwahati, 8 February: In Shillong two Women’s Football matches to be played tomorrow in 12th SAG. In the first match India will take on Sri Lanka in JLN Stadium while seond matches will be played between Bangladesh and Maldives at the same venue.

Guwahati, 8 February: In 12th SAG Archery competitions which are being played in Shillong, India won the most Gold Medals with 2 in the Individual Category, 2 in the Team Category and 1 in the Mixed Team Category and 2 Silver Medals in the Individual Category, making it a total of 5 Gold and 2 Silver Medals, while Bangladesh bagged a total of 8 Medals - 4 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals in the 2nd Rank, as Bhutan bagged a total of 4 Medals - 2 Bronze and 2 Silver Medals and ranked 3rd Archery competitions, which are being played in Shillong, India won gold in the Compound Men’s Individual event. Rajat Chouhan won the gold by defeating Abhishek Verma.

In women’s Compound Individual event Purvasha Sudhir Shende won the gold by defeating Jyoti Surekha Vennam. In both the events close contests were between Indian Archers.

The final tally of the Compound Men Team, India clinched Gold Medal, Silver to Bhutan, while Bangladesh bagged the Bronze.

In the Compound Women Team, India defeated Bangladesh and took away the Gold Medal, leaving the latter with Silver Medal.

Guwahati, 8 February: In the cycling 40 Km Team Time Trail event (WE), team India wins Gold. Team India covered the required distance in 59.23 mts while the silver medal winning Lankan team covered the same in 1.02.07 Hr. Pakistan team got the Bronze medal. The Indian team was represented by Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam, Rutuja Satpute, Manisha G and Chaoba Devi Clangbam.

Shillong, Feb 7:The Indian women's table tennis team proved so strong at the 12th edition of the South Asian Games that they came away with the gold medal without dropping a single match.

After breezing past Maldives and Pakistan in the group stage yesterday, the Indians picked up where they left off today to claim the gold medal by beating Pakistan once again in the final 3-0.

Earlier, India cruised past Bangladesh 3-0 in the semifinal round, while Pakistan had a tough fight to get around Sri Lanka, ultimately winning 3-2. Bangladesh had a challenging route to the semifinal stage, being pushed to the limit by a battling Nepal contingent.

In a see-saw battle, Pakistan had to come from two matches to one down against the Lankans in the semi before bagging the last two to seal the contest. However, when up against the Indians, they had no answer and bowed out after three short matches and had to settle for the silver.

The victorious Indian trio were national champion Manika Batra, Mouma Das and K Shamini. Batra defeated Raheela Kashif 11-2, 11-6, 11-6, while Das beat Shabnam Bilal 11-7, 11-4, 11-4. Shamini then wrapped things up with a 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 victory over Ayesha Ansari.

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were awarded bronze medals.

The women's individual events will kickstart tomorrow's action at 10:00am at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall, Polo.

SHILLONG: For the Indian pair of PV Sindhu and Ashwani Ponnappa, the 12th South Asian Games matches are all about going through the drills without any fuss.

The duo's easy win over Nepal in the morning session of the team event only underlined the fact that badminton powerhouse India has little or no competition in the teams event, both women's and men's, at least till now.

But this does not take anything away from the multinational contest as far as Sindhu and Ponnappa are concerned.

Admitting that the level of badminton seen at the 12th SAG is not of the highest order, Ponnappa said that events like these help nurture a second line of players for the national scheme of things.

She added that sides like Sri Lanka are doing well and any amount of exposure is always good for the shuttlers.

Sindhu and Ponnappa were also happy that the SAG provided them and the other stars of the Indian side an opportunity to travel to the beautiful North East and be the brand ambassadors of the game.

The duo was also excited about the visit to this part of the country.

“North East is beautiful and the people here are really sweet, it's great to be here,” said Sindhu who had a good day out at office on Day 2 of the badminton event in Shillong.

SHILLONG: The NEHU, SAI Special Area Games was a hub of activity and buzz today not simply because of the excitement created on the courts but beyond on the tight-filled galleries packed with a small but vociferous crowd.

Also creating a buzz were the non-competition players of various countries who rallied behind their shuttlers every moment.

The home crowd put its vocals to the test early on in the day cheering for the stars of Indian badminton PV Sindhu and Ashwani Ponnappa who made light work of their Nepal opponents.

The chants of “India, India” and even “Sindhu-Sindhu” reverberated across the galleries as the Indian duo toyed around with their lower ranked rivals.

The morning session, as expected, saw full attendance from the crowd which came to see the famed Indian women's team in action.

The fans revelled as the Indians went through the routine, beating their opponents 3-0.

Not surprisingly, once the Indian side was done, the spectators put their weight behind any side playing against Pakistan.

The men's team event in the post lunch session rendered an eclectic atmosphere to the NEHU, SAI sports complex. Simultaneous games meant that each side was backing their own as the names of all South Asian countries echoed within the indoor hall.

The epic game between Sri Lanka's Sachin Dais and Pakistan's Murad Aliq took the excitement to its heights. The Lankan contingent was vocal and so were their Pakistan counterparts.

However, as Dais gained upperhand during his 25-23, 15-21, 21-15 win, chants of “Sri Lanka Sri Lanka” echoed from every corner.

The Indians too pitched in for their southern neighbours and eventually the Lankans had the last laugh.

However, despite the fierce contests, all along, an inherent bonhomie was apparent in the atmosphere in NEHU, SAI complex.

It was a perfect setting for a “South Asian family”, revelling and engaging with one another through sports thus championing the very cause that motivation behind the hosting of such an event.

Shillong, 7th February 2016: The on-going Wushu competition being held at the Rising Sun Sports Complex, Assam Rifles, Laitkor today has put World Silver Medalist Yumnam Sanathoi Devi, 52Kg Sanshou Weight Category, into the semifinals.

In another round of 52 Kg Weight Category, Sri Lanka’s W P Malisha Madummali lost to Jharana Gurung of Nepal.

In both 60 Kgs Weight Categories, Juni Rai of Nepal and and Keisham Devi of India entered Semi Final by winning Ety Islam and JS Priyadarshani of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.

In the Quarterfinals Match, Sanathoi went on to beat Hima Moazzam of Pakistan in a clean sweep combat sparring.

Meanwhile, Kesisham Arunpama Devi beat J.S Priyadarshini of Sri Lanka.

In the Men 60 Kg Category, World Silver Medalist Surya Bhanu Pratab Singh defeated Abdullah of Pakistan.

Other athletes who have entered the Semifinals Match include Karim Faqri of Afghanistan who defeated Rajkumar Rasaili, of Nepal in the 52Kg Weight Category.

In the 56 Kg Weight Category, Shafiq Hotak of Afghianistan defeated Naveed Ahmed of Pakistan, while Rajesh Choudhury of Nepal beat Md Aby Sayed.

Guwahati, 7th February 2016 : In the third day of the 12th SAG, India maintained its top position in the medals tally with 24 Gold medals. Sri Lanka captured 6 Gold medals while Pakistan with Two gold stands third in the medal tally. Sri Lankan swimmer Matthew Abeysinghe won two gold medals today.

Today India started with gold medal. In the Women’s 40 KM Criterium Race Cycling event, Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil won the Gold medal while India’s Manorama Devi Tongbram got Silver medal. Sri Lankan Sudarika Priyadarshani P. Arachchige won the Bronze medal. There was close contest between the Indian eves. Sunny got 30 points while Manorama Devi finished with 26 points. Sri Lankan Cyclist Sundarika got 9 points.

In Men’s 60 KM Criterium Race (Cycling), Sri Lankans captured both Gold and Silver medals while Indian cyclist got the Bronze medal. Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Manjula Jayasinghe Silva Pilippeng got the highest 34 points and won Gold while his compatriot Navin Ruchira Appuhamy Mahappu Arachchige won Silver. Indian cyclist Pankaj Kumar settled with Bronze.

Indian swimmer’s domination continued in the pool. In Men’s 1500 M Free Style Sajan Prakash bagged gold while Sauravh Sangvekar clinched Silver. Md. Mahfizur Rahman of Bangladesh got the bronze medal. In Men’s 50 M Free Style Matthew Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka won gold, Md. Asif Reza of Bangladesh won silver while India’s Neil Contractor bagged the bronze medal.

In Men’s - 200 M Breast Stroke Sandeep Sejwal of India won gold, Kiran Jaisinghe of Sri Lanka won the silver and Bangladesh’s Md. Shariful Islam was satisfied with bronze. Men’s– 100 m Butterfly Stroke Sri Lankan Matthew Abeysinghe won gold, Suporiyo Mondal of India won the silver and Kt. Cherantha De Silva of Sri Lanka won the bronze.

Guwahati, 7th February: Indian women today again brought laurel for the Indian team. In the Women’s 40 KM Criterium Race Cycling event, Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil won the Gold medal while India’s Manorama Devi Tongbram got Silver medal. Sri Lankan Sudarika Priyadarshani P. Arachchige won the Bronze medal. There was close contest between the Indian eves. Sunny got 30 points while Manorama Devi finished with 26 points. Sri Lankan Cyclist Sundarika got 9 points.

In Men’s 60 KM Criterium Race (Cycling), Sri Lankans captured both Gold and Silver medals while Indian cyclist got the third place. Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Manjula Jayasinghe Silva Pilippenge got the highest 34 point and won Gold while his compatriot Navin Ruchira Appuhamy Mahappu Arachchige won Silver. Indian cyclist Pankaj Kumar settled with Bronze.

12th South Asian Games, Swimming Final competition starts Today afternoon:

The Swimming Final competition will start today in the afternoon at the Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatic Complex, Sarusajai. The events to be held are the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke & 50m Freestyle while the Women’s events are Women’s 400m Medley, 200m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke.

Guwahati, 7th February: Indian women today again brought laurel for the Indian team. In the Women’s 40 KM Criterium Race Cycling event, Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil won the Gold medal while India’s Manorama Devi Tongbram got Silver medal. Sri Lankan Sudarika Priyadarshani P. Arachchige won the Bronze medal. There was close contest between the Indian eves. Sunny got 30 points while Manorama Devi finished with 26 points. Sri Lankan Cyclist Sundarika got 9 points.

Guwahati, Feb 6: Hosts India started the 12th South Asian Games 2016 on a winning note having hauled as many as 14 gold and five silver on the second day but left the home fans disappointed being upset by Sri Lanka in the beautiful game.

Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam opened the account for the host nation with a gold in women’s 30 km individual time trial cycling clocking 49:24.573 minutes as against 49:31.311 minutes by compatriot Chaoba Devi who finished second in the event held at Tepesia on the outskirts of Guwahati, Assam.

Sabiha Bibi of Pakistan clinched the bronze clocking 50:10.598 minutes.

The next to fetch a gold for India was Arvind Panwar in 40 km men’s individual time trial with a timing of 52:28.800 minutes followed by compatriot Manjeet Singh (54:01.183 minutes) and Janaka Hemantha Kumara Gonagalage of Sri Lanka (55:25.441minutes) for silver and bronze respectively.

In men’s football, it was a disappointing start for India having lost to Sri Lanka by a solitary goal in the Group A encounter at SAI Sports Complex in Guwahati, Assam. The visitors, who were fitter and faster than the Indian counterparts, dominated the proceedings right from the word go and found the net through as early as the 13th minute. MCM Rifnas took a freekick from 30-yard zone to leave the Indians gapping.

In swimming, the home side tallied as many as four gold through Damini Gowda (women’s 100 m butterfly), Sandeep Sejwal (men’s 200 m breast), Shivani Kataria (women’s 200 m free) and the team of Avantika Chavan, V Malvika, Maana Patel and Shivani Kataria (women’s 4x100 m free style relays).

In weightlifting, India tallied three gold through Mirabai Chanu (women’s 48 kg), Gururaja (men’s 56 kg) and Harshdeep Kaur (women’s 53 kg).

The Indians wrestled as many as five gold in wrestling on the first day of the discipline at Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.

Sri Lanka trailed with four gold, 10 silver and seven bronze in the second slot while Pakistan stood third with a gold, two silver and three bronze. The Maldives and Bhutan were yet to open account in the eight-nation event.

Guwahati, February 6, 2016- India opened its account with Gold that too by women. Indian woman cyclist claimed the first Gold medal in the 30m Individual Time Trial cycling event. Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam claimed the first Gold for the country by winning the cycling race. The 2nd place also went to the Indian eve, Chaoba Devi winning Silver. Pakistans’s Sabiha Bibi got Bronze in the event. The cycling event was held at the Lakshmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Guwahati.

In the Men’s cycling 40 Km event, Arvind Panwar won the Gold. Manjeet Singh won silver while Sri Lankan , Janaka Hemantha Kumara Gonagalage won the Bronze medal.

In Men’s Swimming 200 mt Freestyle event, Md. Mahfizur Rahman of Bangladesh won the Gold. Srilankan Matthew Abeysinghe won the Silver while Saurav Sangvekar won the Bronze medal.

The 2nd day of the 12th South Asian Games saw the dominance of India in most of the sporting events. At the time of filing the report, the host nation sits at the top of the medals tally with 14 Gold medals and 5 Silver followed by Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Damini Gowda of India bagged the gold in the 100 m Women Butterfly Stroke Swimming event. K A Hiruni Perera and Machiko Raheem of Sri Lanka bagged Silver and Bronze respectively in the same event. Matthew Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka continued his dominance in Swimming , bagging the Gold in the 100 m Butterfly Stroke event. Gururaja of India bagged Gold in the 56 Kg category in the Men’s weightlifting event while the Wrestling contingent bagged a total of 5 Gold in various categories.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of 12th South Asian Games, Shri Injeti Srinivas has said, Guwahati and Shillong will put all-out efforts to ensure it to be the best-ever South Asian Games held so far.

Briefing the media at the Sarusajai Athletic Stadium Conference hall here today, he said that all quarters including representatives of host and participating countries have appreciated the efforts put by the Games organisers for a glittering, grand and successful opening ceremony last evening. He said it demonstrated the power of sports which highlighted the unifying factors for peace, progress and prosperity amongst the South Asian nations. The North East region’s rich diversity also featured in the opening ceremony.

The CEO said efforts have been made to put all results in the website of the SAG within five minutes of the declaration of the results. He said that Doordarshan is covering all the events live and providing feeds to all our participating countries including private channels of host nations.

Responding to media feedback, the CEO said that the profiles of athletes will be uploaded in the SAG website very shortly and said that measures are already in place to tackle any issues which may arise during the period of the Games. He appreciated the efforts taken by the District administration of Guwahati for their cooperation in all these matters.

Speaking on the issues of the participation of the Afghanistan contingent, the CEO informed the media that within a day’s time, the Indian Government brought in 184 athletes from Afghanistan to Guwahati using a special chartered flight. The action was taken in an unprecedented move by the Government of India, in keeping with the spirit of the Games.

Mr. Srinivas said security in all venues including hotels are being placed at the highest standard. The CEO also informed the media that there will be a press briefing daily at 4:30 pm at the conference hall of the Sarusajai Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.

12th South Asian Games Inaugurated with Fanfare Teamwork, Togetherness and Talent to be the hallmark of the Games: PM

05 February 2016
The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 in a glittering ceremony at the Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati before a rapturous and capacity crowd. A host of dignitaries were present on the occasion including, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports(IC), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Mukul Sangma, the Governors of Assam and Meghalaya, the Union Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan among others. The event was telecast live on Doordarshan to millions homes across the region.

Declaring the Games open, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, welcomed all participants. Espousing on the theme of ‘Atithi Devo Bhabo’, he urged all to enjoy the hospitality and scenic beauty of the North East and compete with togetherness, teamwork and talent. The Prime Minister further said that his vision for South Asia is the same with his vision for India -- that is, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Describing the Games as a springboard for the overall development of the North East India, India as a whole and the South East Asia, he asked all to play for Peace, Prosperity and Progress. He also said that 21% population of the world resides in South East Asia contributing 9% of the world economy. He said that this Games will further strengthen cooperation among the SAARC countries.

The inauguration ceremony was started by the team parade. The participating nations, decked out in their traditional dresses made their way into the ground amidst huge cheers from the packed audience. Each participating nations carried waters from one of their major rivers and the Indian Ocean. The waters were later merged into the Brahmaputra, symbolizing the confluence of the nations and the way forward in harmony and togetherness.

The Flame of the 12th South Asian Games was brought into the grounds by Gagan Nareng and was relayed through by eminent sport personalities including Monalisa Mehta, Bhogeshwar Baruah, Anju Bobby Goerge , Krishna Poonia and Rani Nagpal. Baichung Bhutia did the final lap and lit the digital flames in the centre of the ground.

The cultural show, which followed the flame lighting ceremony was a glittering spectacle showcasing the confluence of the digital and the traditional. Immersing the grounds in a show of vivid colours and lights ,the show started with the theme song of the Games, ‘Ai Prithibi Ek Krirangan’. The song originally composed by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, it was performed by artists’ Mayukh Hazarika, Lou Majao and others and spreads the message of peace and harmony through sports. It was followed by a colourful display of the traditional dances of the region and song performances by artists like Zubin Garg, Angaraag Mahanta and Nahid Afrin.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs (IC), Shri Sarbanada Sonowal welcomed all participants to the states of Assam and Meghalaya and spoke on the huge opportunity the Games represented for the North East. Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, compared the mascot Tikhor to the spirit of the Games and espoused all to imbibe the values represented by him. Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Mukul Sangma, echoing the same sentiments stated that the North East comprises of a great talent pool of sports and asked all participants to indulge in the distinct lifestyle and culture the region represents.

The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is the first international multi-sporting mega event in the North Eastern region. Athletes from eight member countries namely – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating. Around 3500 athletes and sports officials from 8 countries are participating in the biggest ever sporting spectacle in the North East India.

Shillong will be a hive of activity in the coming days as teams begin arriving in the city for the start of the 12th South Asian Games 2016. 

Archers will be among the first to arrive, on February 2-3, for the start of their discipline, which begins with qualification rounds on February 5, the first day of the Games, at First Ground, Polo.

The Indian women's football team is already in Shillong, undergoing daily practice sessions in Polo Grounds and they will also be joined by teams from four other participating nations - Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka - soon. The first football match will take place at10:00am on February 5 between Nepal and Bangladesh at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

February 6 will then see the start of the badminton events, with the team competition running for three days, followed by the individual rounds. Badminton, which will be held at the SAI Indoor Stadium on the NEHU campus, is expected to garner plenty of attention, with top national shuttlers making their way to Shillong. Boxing follows badminton at the same venue, though a final timetable has not been released as yet.

Table tennis team events will also begin on February 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall, which will also host judo at the tail end of the Games.

Taekwondo, meanwhile, will be held at NEIGRIHMS Indoor Stadium from February 13-15, while wushu will take place at the Assam Rifles centre from February 7, with wushuists arriving on February 4.

Shillong, Jan 27: Mizoram won the women's event at the National Judo Team Championship here today, with Punjab picking up the men's gold.

The championship was organised by the Judo Federation of India and Meghalaya Judo Association and acted as a test event for next month's 12th South Asian Games 2016.

Around 100 judokas from across the country took part in the championship, which was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall.

Mizoram defeated Haryana in a close women's team final, with Manipur grabbing the bronze. Punjab then overwhelmed Delhi in the men's final, with Haryana finishing third.

South Asian Games (Shillong) CEO Mr RK Sharma presented the trophies to the respective first and second teams.

SHILLONG:- Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, president BAI and Chairman GTCC has released the list players of the Indian Badminton team members to participate in the 12th South Asian Games to be held in Shillong from February 6-10.

World’s top ranked players like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram among others will be seen in action during the multinational event to be held at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games.

In would be a badminton feast to the people of Meghalaya and the North East to see the famed shuttlers in action.

The team championship for men and women will be held with the group each on league basis on Feb 6 and 7. The semi finals will be held on Feb 8 forenoon and finals in the evening.

The individual events, men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles will be held on Feb 9 and 10. The medals ceremony will be held on the evening of Feb 10. Eight men's teams and seven women's teams are participating in the team event.

This is the first time in the history of South Asian Games that all participating teams are playing the badminton event.

Pullela Gopichand, national chief coach, is expected to arrive on Feb 5 for inauguration of the 12th SAG.

The squad:

Mens singles: Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram

Women's singles: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Ruthvika Shivani, PC Thulasi

Men’s doubles: Manu Atri\Sumeeth Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra\Akshay Dewalkar

Women’s doubles: Jwala Gutta\Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy\K Maneesha

Coaches: Tan Kim Her, Vijaydeep Singh, Amrish Shinde, Ravikanth Singla.

While, the 12th South Asian Games is right around the corner, the city is buzzling with various events with no exception to the celebration of the 67th Republic Day. Marking the celebration, Tikhor, the mascot of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 has geared up for a city ride in the 4th Riders Carnival 2016, which is being organised by Rhino Riders, a registered Royal Enfield Motorcycle Club. Joining around more than 200 motorcycle riders, Tikhor will be seen leading the riders and also taking a bike ride.

Bullet riders from across Assam and Meghalaya would join this 4th Riders Carnival and will cover Guwahati main roads spreading the message of peace and harmony in association with 12th South Asian Games - Play for peace, progress and prosperity.

On 26th January, the Carnival Ride will begin with hoisting and saluting the Tri-colour in the company of school students at the starting point, which is the South Point School, Guwahati. After completing a city ride and daylong festivities that comprises of various sport events like arm wrestling, tambola, target shooting etc., the carnival would conclude at Rudraksh Resort, Sonapur.

Preparations for the upcoming 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is going on full swing as the organisers are leaving no stone unturned to make the Games a grand success.

All the stadia and venues for the Games are being given the finishing touches. Besides, Test Events in different disciplines are being held in the venues to assess the preparations.

Test Events of Volleyball have started in the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai. Today was the first day of this Test Event of Volleyball, and it will continue till January 27, 2016.

Four teams are participating in this Test Event. These are: Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and two teams from Assam.

In the same manner, Test Event of Squash is also going to be held at the newly built Squash Courts (4 courts) in the RG Baruah Sports Complex on January 27 and 28. Two teams are participating in the Test Event: Royal Global School and Assam Valley school.

There will be both singles and doubles matches in the Squash Test event.

The Squash Courts of the RG Baruah Sports Complex is the newest edition among all the venues that are hosting the 12th South Asian Games, 2016. Sports infrastructure and the game itself will get further boost in the state with the coming up of this international standard Squash Court.

The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is the first international multi-sporting mega event in the North Eastern region. Athletes from eight member countries namely – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating. Around 4500 athletes and sports officials from 8 countries are going to participate in the biggest ever sporting spectacle in North East India.

Preparations for the upcoming 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is going on full swing as the organisers are leaving no stone unturned to make the Games a grand success.

All the stadiums and venues for the Games are being given the finishing touches. Besides, test events are being held to assess the preparations.

In order to test the new Hockey Pitch that was laid recently at Maulana Md Tayabulla Hockey Stadium at Bhetapara, Guwahati for the upcoming South Asian Games, a state level (Sr.) Hockey tournament is being organised at the venue by the Assam Hockey. Today was the first day of this Test Event of Hockey. 16 teams are taking part in this Test Event. The Test Event will continue till January 26, 2016.

Results of today’s matches:

  • Kawoimari Hockey Academy defeated Sivasagar by 4-2.
  • Kaliabor defeated Tinsukia by 10-1.
  • Nagaon defeated LNIP by 3-2.
  • Dibrugarh defeated Tezpur by 7-0.

The Quarterfinal matches will be played on Jan 24, 2016. The Semifinals will be played on January 25, 2016, and the Final will be played on January 26, 2016.

The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is the first international multi-sporting mega event in the North Eastern region. Athletes from eight member countries namely – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating. Around 4500 athletes and sports officials from 8 countries are going to participate in the biggest ever sporting spectacle in North East India.

The Theme Song of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 was launched amid thunderous applause of thousands of people and volunteers, gathered for the Run for North East and the Torch Relay in Guwahati this morning. The theme song is one of Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s immortal creations ‘Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangon’.

Launching the theme song, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Bhupenda’s vision and universal appeal of humanity and brotherhood would keep inspiring us and the whole world.” He further added that the Theme song perfectly expresses the vision of the Games, that is, peace, progress and prosperity.

Minister of Transport, Excise, Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of Assam, Shri Ajit Singh was also present during the ceremony, along with eminent sports personalities from the state and the region.

The song would echo across all the venues in Guwahati and Shillong. Around 4500 athletes and officials would participate in the Games.

A recomposed version of the song has been prepared for the Games. It has been sung by Shri Mayukh Hazarika, the nephew of legendary Dr Bhupen Hazarika, along with 8 children. All the eight languages of the participating countries of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 have been represented in the Theme song.



Run For North East & Torch Relay



The “Run for North East” organised with the objective of creating awareness for the upcoming 12th South Asian Games, 2016 along with the Torch Relay was held this morning amid much fanfare in Guwahati. Starting at 8.30 AM from the Sonaram High School Field, the run went through the city and finished at the Nehru stadium, one of the venues for the Games. More than 5000 people including the volunteers for the Games took part in the run.

Many eminent sports personalities from the state and the region were also present during the occasion. This includes Arjun awrdee Shri Bhogeshwar Barua, Padmashri Kunjarani Devi, Smt Mithu Barua, Shri Madhurjya Barua, Shri Gilbertson Sangma, Elvis Ali Hazarika, Ms Promila Bharali, Lalremsanga, Tayabun Nisha and others. Veteran actor Shri Pranjal Saikia was also present in the event.

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Sarbananda Sonowal handed over the Torch to sports icons Shri Bhogeshwar Barua, Kunjarani Devi, Mithu Barua and Tayabun Nisha, and then flagged off the Run.

Shri Sonowal said, “The 12th South Asian Games is a great moment for the entire North Eastern region. The Games and the international athletes would inspire the youths of this region and offer them a great international exposure. The Games would also help India’s North East to showcase its great culture, values and rich heritage on the global platform.”

The “Run for North East” was followed by a colorful cultural function at the Nehru Stadium complex, showcasing the region’s cultural richness. Prominent artistes, like Bornali Kalita, Barsha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Shyamontika, and Dikshu performed on the occasion, bringing the crowd to their feet. Celebrities from the Assamese film fraternity including Shri Biju Phukan also graced the occasion.

Representing the involvement of the people in the Games, the run signals the beginning of the final phase of the countdown for the 12th South Asian Games scheduled from 5th – 16th of February, 2016 in the beautiful North East Indian cities of Guwahati and Shillong.

The torch will now travel to all the eight states of North East India and will try to create awareness about the Games. The bigger idea is to ensure people’s participation in the Games.

The “Run for North East” and the Torch Relay will add to the already existing vibe around the Games, which is the first international multi-sporting mega event in the North Eastern region. Athletes from eight member countries namely – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating. Around 4500 athletes and sports officials from 8 countries are going to participate in the biggest ever sporting spectacle in North East India.

Highlights

  • “Run for North East will spread awareness about the role of the North East region in the country, especially in Sports. Proud it will host the 12th SAG Games for the first time”—Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Honorable Union Minister of State (I/C) Sports & Youth Affairs, Chairman-OC 12th SAG Games
  • “Assam has hosted the National Games in the past and the people here are great sports lovers. Assam is proud to host the 12th SAG Games and the Run for North East will trigger the enthusiasm amongst our people for the Games” —Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam
  • Run for North East is a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Sports Authority of India, the Athletics Federation of India, Government of Assam, Government of Meghalaya and Organising Committee - 12th SAG Games (OC-SAG)
Guwahati, January 20, 2016: The final countdown has begun for the 12th SAG Games to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 5-16, 2016. Union Minister of State (I/C) Sports & Youth Affairs and Chairman OC-SAG, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, and the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi are all set to flag off a unique ‘Run for North East’ 5KM run to be held in the Capital city of Guwahati in the early hours on January 22.

Olympics Medalist M. Marykom, Olympian and Double Asian Games Gold Medalists Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Ashwini Nachappa and other elite athletes and well-known artistes from the State will support the Run for North East to express their solidarity for Assam and Meghalaya, which is hosting the SAG Games for the first time.

The ‘Run for North East’ is being organised in both the host cities- Shillong and Guwahati on January 21 and 22 respectively, to raise awareness and spread enthusiasm amongst the people of the two cities for the Games and to highlight the achievement of the region in sports. The Run for North East in Guwahati will feature a ‘Fun Run’ for an approximate 10,000 participants and a seperate race will also be held for the differently-able sportspersons.

Commenting on the Run for North East and Torch Relay, Honorable Union Minister of State (I/C) Sports & Youth Affairs and Chairman-OC-SAG, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The North East region has played a stellar role in bringing laurels to India on the international stage. I’m extremely delighted that the Run for North East will spread the spirit of sportsmanship and enthusiasm for sports further amongst the people of Assam and Meghalaya. This is indeed a proud moment for all of us to host the 12th SAG Games for the first time in Guwahati and Shillong. I thank my colleagues in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sports Authority of India and OC-SAG, the Athletics Federation of India and Government of Assam for conducting the Run for North East and the Torch Relay run for the 12th SAG Games.”

Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam, said, “The people of Assam have a strong connection and affinity for sports, which has played a great role in the development of our youth and future generation. Assam is proud to host the Games and I’m thankful that the ‘Run for North East’ and the Torch Relay run will further showcase the passion of its people for sports. I congratulate the organisers of the Run for North East India and seek the support of the people of Assam to cheer the sportspersons from all the SAF countries.”

Shri Adille J. Sumariwalla, a former Olympian and President of Athletics Federation of India said, “The AFI has a great connect with the North East India as the region has produced a slew of brilliant athletes for the country. It’s extremely gratifying for the AFI to be able to express our gratitude to the people of Assam and Meghalaya by being involved in the conduct of the Run for North East. I’m confident that the 12th SAG Games will witness dazzling action from the participants and receive overwhelming support of the people from the host states.”

Guwahati, Jan, 20, 2016: The accreditation date for media has been extended for another three days. Thus, the media persons can now apply for their accreditation for the 12 South Asian Games till January 23, 2016. They can also apply online for the same. Details can be obtained from the official website www.southasiangames2016.com

Shillong, Jan 19: The final countdown has begun for the 12th South Asian Games 2016, to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 6-16.

Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul Sangma, South Asian Games (Shillong) Organising Committee CEO Mr RK Sharma are all set to flag off a unique ‘Run for North East’ 5km run to be held in the state capital of Shillong in the early hours of January 21, a date which is also celebrated in the state as Meghalaya Day.

Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom, Bollywood actor Milind Soman and other elite athletes and well-known artistes from the state will support the Run for North East to express their solidarity for Meghalaya, which is hosting the South Asian Games for the first time.

The Run for North East is being organised in both the host cities of the 12th South Asian Games, Shillong and Guwahati, on January 21 and 22 respectively, to raise awareness and spread enthusiasm amongst the people of the two cities for the Games and to highlight the achievement of the region in sports. The Run for North East in Shillong will feature a ‘Fun Run’ for an approximately 5,000 participants and a race will also be held for the sportspersons with disabilities.

Participants in the race will gather at Fire Brigade Ground at 6:30am on January 21, with the race scheduled to start at 8:30am.

The main event will be preceded by a zumba dance workout to get the runners warmed up. The event will also tie in a relay conveying the South Asian Games torch from the Fire Brigade Ground to Polo Grounds.

The race will be followed at Polo Grounds with a celebration of music and dance, where Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma will again be joined by MC Mary Kom and other dignitaries.

There are four categories in the race – men, women, paramilitary and people with disabilities. The fun run is open to all those above 16 years old. Participants will receive t-shirts, caps and refreshments.

Pre-distribution of t-shirts and caps for those from participating educational institutions will take place at Polo Grounds on January 20 from 12pm to 3pm.

On this occasion, Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs and Chairman-OC 12th South Asian Games, Mr Sarbanada Sonowal said, “The North East region has played a stellar role in bringing laurels to India on the international stage. I’m extremely delighted that the Run for North East will spread the spirit of sportsmanship and enthusiasm for sports further amongst the people of Assam and Meghalaya. This is indeed a proud moment for all of us to host the 12th South Asian Games for the first time in Guwahati and Shillong. I thank my colleagues in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sports Authority of India and OC-SAF Games, the Athletics Federation of India and Government of Assam for conducting the Run for North East and the Torch Relay run for the 12th South Asian Games.”

On this occasion, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma said, “The people of Meghalaya have a strong connection and affinity for sports, which has played a great role in the development of our youth and future generation. Meghalaya is proud to host the 12th South Asian Games and I’m thankful that the Run for North East and the Torch Relay run will further showcase the passion of its people for sports. I congratulate the organisers of the Run for North East and seek the support of the people of Meghalaya to cheer the sportspersons from all the South Asian countries.”

On this occasion, the President of Athletics Federation of India and Olympian (1980) Mr Adille J. Sumariwalla said, “The AFI has a great connect with the North East as the region has produced a slew of brilliant athletes for the country. It’s extremely gratifying for the AFI to be able to express our gratitude to the people of Assam and Meghalaya by being involved in the conduct of the Run for North East. I’m confident that the 12th South Asian Games will witness dazzling action from the participants and receive overwhelming support of the people from the host states.”

The Run for North East in Shillong and Guwahati is a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Sports Authority of India, the Athletics Federation of India, Government of Assam and Meghalaya, and OC 12th South Asian Games.

Buses have been arranged for the race participants on January 21 from the following locations:

  1. Umshyrpi via Civil Hospital
  2. Mawlai Petrol Pump
  3. Last Stop
  4. Motphran
  5. Police Bazaar
  6. Savio Juniorate Mawlai
  7. Mawroh
  8. Nongmensong
  9. Umpling
  10. Madanriting

SHILLONG: Following the successful completion of the archery Test event earlier this month, it’s now time for the top women boxers from across the country to descend on Shillong for the boxing Test games and trials for the upcoming South Asian Games.

Come Tuesday, top Indian women boxers including the likes of MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Aruna Mishra and others will be seen in action at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games venue in the city where they will participate in the Test event for boxing.

As many as 60 female boxers from across the country will battle it out in three categories—51 kg, 60 kg and 75 kg—during the four-day event.

Working president of Meghalaya State Olympic Association, John F Kharshiing said that the event will comply with international guidelines and all the equipment required for the games like the scoring machines etc., will be put in place.

He also hoped that the Test games will help the boxers rehearse well for that coveted gold medal in the SAG finals.

He also informed that selection trials for men’s category for the South Asian Games, has already been held in Patiala.

SHILLONG: Come January 21, celebrities like John Abraham, Milind Soman and Lisa Hayden shall descend in Shillong to take part in the “Run for North East” which will be organised as a prelude to the 12th South Asian Games to be co-hosted by the city from February 6-16.

The 5km mini marathon, which will coincide with Statehood Day, will be flagged off by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma from Fire Brigade at 8 AM.

Those taking part in the mini marathon can compete in four categories—men, women, armed forces and students—all above 16 years of age. A 100 metres competition will also be organised for people with disabilities.

A function will also be held at Polo on the same day to celebrate the occasion.

The event aims at generating awareness and support for the upcoming South Asian Games in the city.

Shillong, Jan 13: The Chefs de Mission of all eight participating nations at next month’s 12th South Asian Games 2016 undertook a tour of the five confirmed venues in co-host city Shillong today morning.

Accompanied by South Asian Games (Shillong) Organising Committee CEO Mr RK Sharma, Joint CEO FR Kharkongor, Special Advisor RK Sacheti and other senior officials, the Chefs de Mission visited First Ground, Polo; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium; Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Hall; SAI Special Area Games, NEHU; and NEIGRIHMS Indoor Stadium.

Mr Sharma said that the Chefs de Mission were happy with the accommodation, security and details of the cultural events lined up for the Games. He added that as far as the field of play (FOP) is concerned, Shillong is ready to host the tournament, with only the surroundings requiring a little further development, which will be completed soon.

The Chefs de Mission will now report back to their respective national bodies ahead of the February 6-16 South Asian Games.

With regard to the matter of relocation of Badminton venue to Guwahati from Shillong, Organising Committee would like to highlight that it was never in favor of any relocation of venues from Shillong to Guwahati or vice versa. Even though, the competition director for Badminton had raised concerns regarding deficiency in lighting and other playing conditions at the SAI, NEHU Campus, Shillong and recommended shifting of the venue in the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) meetings, the Organising Committee had clearly turned down the recommendations stating that shortcoming at the venue shall be made good.

But when the issue of non-availability of adequate number of three star rooms in Shillong was flagged to the Organising Committee and given Organising Committee’s policy of athlete first and providing them with best possible accommodation a choice had to be made between Badminton and Wushu for relocation of venue to Guwahati. In view of non-availability of the rooms and technical concerns highlighted by the competition director of Badminton at the proposed venue it was decided by the GTCC to shift the Badminton venue to Guwahati.

However, keeping in the highest regard the request of Government of Meghalaya to restore the Badminton Venue to Shillong, the sentiments of people of Meghalaya and confirmation from the state about availability of three star hotel rooms, the Organising Committee in consultation with the Indian Olympic Committee and the GTCC formally declared that SAI, NEHU Campus, Shillong will be the venue for Badminton discipline for South Asian Games 2016. Shri P Gopichand, Chief National Badminton Coach will be visiting the SAI, NEHU Campus, Shillong on 13th January 2016 to do a technical assessment of the venue and all his comments will be duly addressed by the Organising Committee.

Shillong, Jan 7: The Archery Association of India (AAI) has announced a 16-member team consisting of the top national archers to represent the country in the 12th South Asian Games 2016, which will take place next month.

Selection trials were held here over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday with the list of those picked for the squad released on Thursday by AAI assistant secretary Gunjan Abrol.

All the major names of Indian archery are in the list, with Jayanta Talukdar, Binod Swansi, Tarundeep Rai and Gurucharan Besra making up the Recurve men's team. Deepika Kumari, L Bombayla Devi, Madhu Vedwan and Laxmirani Majhi selected for the corresponding women's event.

In the Compound events, the men's team comprises Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, Manash Jyoti Changmai and C Srither, while P Lily Chanu, V Jyothi Surekha, Swati Dudhwal and Purvasha Sudhir Shende mnake up the women's team.

Archery at the South Asian Games is scheduled to be held at First Ground, Polo, here from February 2-9. EOM

Guwahati, January 7: The 12th South Asian Games to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 5th to February 16th is already creating vibes across the nation and the rave would escalate further during the 4th Metropolis - Urban Winter Festival, which begins on January 8, 2016.

As the city branding and promotional exercises are on full swing for the mega sporting event, Tikhor - the Games’ mascot - would be the key attraction for the entire promotional event of the South Asian Games during Metropolis.

A cute and an adorable one-horned rhino, Tikhor would be seen roaming around at the venues of Metropolis. It would prominently make appearance at Nehru Park, Guwahati, where people - especially children - can click pictures with Tikhor. They can also take part in the #SelfieWithTikhor, which was launched with much fanfare on the occasion of the launch of Volunteers Training Programme on January 6, 2016. Hon’ble Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal kicked off the #SelfieWithTikhor campaign by clicking the first selfie with Tikhor on the occasion.

The denizens from age groups can take part in this campaign and post their selfies on various social networking sites, which would enhance people’s participation in the Games and add to the Games’ fun quotient.

The Organising Committee – 12th South Asian Games will launch its Volunteers Training Programme at D’ Royal Auditorio, Royal Group of Institutions, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister (I/C) of Youth Affairs and Sports, is expected to grace the occassion.

The twelth edition of the South Asian Games will be co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong from February 5-16, 2016.

The training venue is under the umbrella of Game’s Knowledge Partner for Volunteers Training The Royal Group Of Institutions, Guwahati. The training of volunteers will be from January 6-20, 2016.

The Volunteers department of the Organising Committee – 12th South Asian Games received a huge number of applications for the Games including sports lovers from India, Nepal and Pakistan.

A series of test events ahead of the 12th South Asian Games 2016 will begin with an Archery competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex in Shillong on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Apart from Archery, test events for Boxing, Wushu and Table Tennis will also be held in Shillong while venues in Guwahati will be at test with the competitions in Athletics, Badminton, Triathlon, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Kabaddi, Kho Kho and Swimming.

The test event will allow officials from various National Sports Federations and Organising Committee – 12th South Asian Games to ensure that all the facilities are in competition mode as preparations for the biggest sporting event in the North East India picks momentum.

In the twelth edition of the international multi-sport extravaganza to be co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong from February 5-16, more than 4000 athletes from eight participating countries are expected to compete across 23 sporting disciplines.

Guwahati, December 28: The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 to be held in Guwahati and Shillong, is expected to be the biggest international multi-sporting extravaganza, a first of its kind in the North Eastern region. Scheduled from 5th February to 16th February, 3307 athletes and team officials (2672 athletes, 635 team officials) will take part in this 12-day sporting event. Apart from the athletes and the officials, 47 other senior officials and support staff would also accompany the participants.

The participating nations include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Total 1505 men and 1167 women athletes would battle it out against each other in 23 sporting disciplines. These disciplines are – archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, kho kho, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

The participating nations have provided a list of their total participants, officials, senior officials and other support staff and according to it, there would be total 519 athletes (275 men, 244 women) from India along with 176 officials (108 men, 68 women). The Sri Lankan contingent consists of 484 athletes (257 men, 227 women) and 162 officials (133 men, 29 women). Third on the list is Bangladesh with a total strength of 409 athletes (241 men, 168 women) and 85 officials (74 men, 11 women). Exhibiting true sportsman spirit, the earthquake-hit country of Nepal has confirmed sending 398 athletes (211 men, 187 women). With 195 male and 142 female athletes (total 337), the contingent from Pakistan looks to be a formidable unit and supporting them would be 107 officials (70 men and 37 female). The Afghanistan contingent consists of 254 athletes (171 men, 83 female) and 6 officials (all male). The Maldives’ contingent has 184 athletes (96 male, 88 female) and 74 officials (41 male, 33 female). Bhutan’s list of participants is the smallest with 87 athletes (59 male, 28 female) and supporting them would be 25 officials (20 men, 5 female).

Apart from the athletes and the officials, the participating nations would also be sending a number of senior officials. As per the information furnished by the nations, India would have 1 official each at the ranks of Chef de Mission (CDM) and Deputy Chef de Mission (Dy CDM); Sri Lanka 1 CDM, 4 Dy CDM and 4 other support staff. Bangladesh will have 1 CDM, 1 Dy CDM and 4 support staff. Nepal 1 CDM, 1 Dy CDM; Pakistan 1 CDM, 3 Dy CDM, 10 support staff; Afghanistan 1 CDM, 1 Dy CDM and 6 support staff; Maldives 1 CDM, 1 Dy CDM, and Bhutan 1 CDM, 1 Dy CDM and 2 support staff.

Both the host states are doing their best to make this sporting extravaganza a grand success. The mascot for the event, ‘Tikhor’, was unveiled on December 13, 2015, in Guwahati. The unveiling function was graced by Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, and Shri Zenith Sangma, Sports Minister of Meghalaya.

Saturday, December 19, 2015- The mascot for the upcoming 12th South Asian Games, Tikhor was introduced to the people of Shillong during the Lantern Festival held at Polo Ground on Saturday evening.

Chief Executive Officer of the South Asian Games Organising Committee, Shillong, Mr. R K Sharma was also felicitated on the occasion. The mascot was an instant hit with the hundreds of Shillongites who turned up for the Lantern Festival.


The Games organizers said the idea of Tikhor is someone who is sharp, naughty, sporty and modern. He is active, energetic and an all-rounder which makes him popular with kids. He carries the message of Peace, Progress and Prosperity in the South Asian region.

The Lantern Festival, besides others, aimed at generating awareness about the upcoming international games event in the city which is expected to see participation from top athletes from eight countries—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and hosts India.

Saturday, December 19, 2015- The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, visited the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 Secretariat today in the morning and took stock of the preparations for the upcoming Games. The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is going to be held from 5 to 16 of February, 2016 in the beautiful North Eastern cities of Guwahati and Shillong. This is the first international multi-sport spectacle happening in the North East of India.

The Minister met all the 16 Functional Area (FA) heads involved in the preparation of the Games. Shri Injeti Srinivas, CEO (Guwahati), Organising Committee-12th South Asian Games, 2016 (OC-SAG) briefed the Minister about the overall preparation and progress of the Games. All the issues pertaining to the preparation of the Games were discussed in detail and the different FA heads briefed the Minister who is also the Chairperson of the OC-SAG.


In the meeting, the Minister gave particular importance to the issue of volunteers, venue development and communications. He emphasized that proper representation of Youths from all the 8 North Eastern states should be seen amongst the Volunteers of the Games and so he suggested the Organisers to give particular attention in this direction.

He also suggested the Organisers to involve and properly represent the student community, both boys and girls, of all the important colleges of Upper Assam and Lower Assam, and of Barak valley in the Volunteer force of the Games. Likewise, he also advised the Organisers to give proper representation to the student community of Meghalaya as well. The Minister personally met the entire staff of the Games Secretariat to encourage them for the upcoming Games.

Expressing confidence in the ongoing preparations, Shri Sonowal said, “All the preparations are on the right track, and everybody is working sincerely for the success of these Games so that we can witness a great and successful Games in the North East”.

The Organising Committee of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 (OC-SAG) unveiled the logo and mascot of the Games in a ceremony held at the ITA Cultural Center Machkhowa, Guwahati, Assam. Beautiful North Eastern cities of Guwahati and Shillong will jointly host the Games from February 6- 16, 2016.

Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Mukul Sangma, and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal graced the occasion.

At the launch ceremony the OC-SAG also kicked-off its Volunteers Programme which is open to the general public. After the unveiling ceremony, the mascot of the Games travelled around the city with the bikers from the Assam Bikers Group. Artists from Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati performed at the event.

Earlier in July this year, the OC-SAG held an open design contest to invite logo and mascot designs for the 12th edition of the biennial international multi-sport event. Kolhapur’s Anant Khasbardar and Abhijeet Krishna of NIFT Patna won the mascot and logo designing contests, respectively. The Logo and the Mascot of the Games were selected from around 450 entries each.

About 4500 sport persons and official REPRESENTATIVES from 8 countries are expected to participate in 23 events from 6th February to 16 February 2016 in 12th South Asian Games.

The Logo

The logo has eight petals representing the countries participating in the 12th South Asian Games. The petals are seen to be moving in a clockwise direction showing the positive spirit of the games.

The look also resembles a head gear that was given to the winners of games during the ancient times in Europe.

The Orchid represents the flavour of the region and a welcome stem to all participants of the Games.

The traditional Gamosa has been introduced to promote the tradition of the region and to connect the Games with the local people.

The logo has been designed to capture the essence of games which is Peace, Prosperity and Progress.

Peace is symbolized with the similarity given to all petals in terms of shape and size.

Prosperity is continuation amongst petals representing the various countries and the unity within. The Orchid symbolizes the blooming of the synergy between these eight great nations.

Progress is the clockwise movement of the petals.

The Mascot

The name of the Mascot for the Games is TIKHOR, who is the Brand Ambassador of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016.

TIKHOR is someone who is sharp, naughty, sporty and modern. He is all- rounder, active, energetic and popular among kids. With sporty costumes, he is seen playing all games and welcoming new ideas in sports. He is motivator, mentor, friend who is familiar to sports lovers of the region. He carries the message/aspiration of peace, stability, amity and progress in the South Asian region.