Hindustan Times - Delhi

Mary Kom punches her way to gold

Date: 02/02/2018 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 29 | Source: Wire-others | Clip size (cm): W: 18 H: 16

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Extracted Text data: SPORTS ROUNDUP HTC & Agencies . sportsdesk@hindustantimes.com NEW DELHI: MC Mary Kom stole the show, punching her way to gold by defeating the Philippi-nes' Josie Gabuco 4-1 in the India Open boxing tournament here on Thursday. On a day when Indian women pugilists grabbed five gold, the men were not all that consistent, suffering losses at the hands of Cuban and Uzbek opponents. Assam boxer Pwilao Basuma-tary (64kg), the former world and Asian bronze medallist, started the gold rush beating Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee 3-2. Her compatriot from the same state, Lovlina Borgohain, emerged winner in 69kg overcoming Pooja. Pinki Jangra (51kg) then registered a unanimous win over Mongolia's Jargalan Ochirbat, while Manisha (54kg) claimed the top honours in the final against M Meenakumari. L Sarita Devi (60kg), one ofthe most recognizable faces in women's boxing after Mary Kom, had to settle for silver after she lost to Olympic bronze med-allist from Finland Mira Pot-kenon. India's high performance director Santiago Nieva was def-initely satisfied with the per-formance on the concluding day ? MC Mary Kom(red) during her bout against Josie Gabuco. PT of the tournament. Overall, the home team claimed eight gold, 10 silver and 23 bronze. SPORTS BUDGET HIKED BY T258 CRORE NEW DELHI : The sports ministry received a hike oft 258.2 crore in the union budget for 2018-19. Jaitley allocated a total of 12196.36 crore for the sports min-istry, compared to 1938.16 crore earmarked last year. However, one distinct feature of this sports budget is reduced funding allocated to the Sports Authority ofInclia (SAI). SAI had received 1495.73 crore last year but this time it has been reduced to 429.56 crore. The govern-ment's pet project `Khelo India' has received /520.09 crore from 1350 crore last year. RSPB MAUL TN 18-0 IN WOMEN'S HOCKEY RANCH!: Railway Sports Promo-tion Board (RSPB) hammered Tamil Nadu 18-0 in the opening match of the eighth Hockey India Senior Women National Cham-pionship 2018 (A Division), here. DELHI BEAT ASSAM 2-0 IN WOMEN'S FOOTBALL CUTTACK: Delhi defeated Assam 2-0 in the Group A contest of the National Women's football Championship at the Barabati Stadium here on Thursday. Goals from midfielder Dalima Chhibber and forward Michael Margaret Constanha sealed the win. CAS LIFTS DOPING BANS ON 28 RUSSIANS PYEONGCHANG, KOREA: Sport's top court CAS on Thursday over-turned Olympic life bans on 28 Russians accused of doping, a decision hailed by Moscow but a major embarrassment for the International Olympic Commit-tee just days away from the start of the Winter Games in Pyeong-chang. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the there was "insufficient" evidence that the athletes had benefited from a system of state-sponsored dop-ing at the 2014 Winter Games, hosted by Russia. The cleared 28, which includes Sochi cross-country gold medallist Alexander Leg-kov, are now eligible to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics starting next week, but their par-ticipation is by no means certain now.