Very proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgVery proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuSpeaking at the felicitation ceremony held for World Boxing Championships medalists Manish Kaushik and Amit Panghal, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said he is confident of a bright future for Indian boxing.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 19:56 IST Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKiren Rijiju handed cash rewards to Amit Panghal and Manish KaushikAmit won the silver medal at World Boxing ChampionshipsManish Kaushik won a bronze on his World Boxing Championships debutUnion Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitated India’s boxing stars Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik who won a medal each at the Men’s World Boxing Championships. The two medals won by Amit and Manish were the most by India at any single men’s boxing championship. Amit was honoured by Kiren Rijiju with a cheque of Rs. 14 lakh while Manish was given a cheque of Rs 8 lakh.Amit, who was the second seed in 52 kg, created history as he became the first Indian to reach the final of the Men’s World Boxing Championship before winning silver. It has been a glorious past couple of years for the 24 year-old from Haryana, who in recent times has won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Asian Championships along with winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.Speaking about the World Boxing Championships win, Amit said, “I am very happy about winning silver and I would like to send my regards to people from across the country who supported me through this journey. Of course I would have wanted to win gold, and I will work on my weaknesses to convert this silver into gold in my upcoming challenges.”23 year-old Manish Kaushik had a glorious run in the tournament in the 63 kg event as he knocked off 4th seed and Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukhin Chinzorig in the round of 16, before seeing his tournament end in the semifinals to the top seed Andy Cruz Gomez and winning a bronze. Manish and Amit won India’s 5th and 6th medals at the Men’s World Championships.advertisementThe previous winners were Vijender Singh (75 kg) in 2009, Vikas Krishan (69 kg) in 2011, Shiva Thapa (56 kg) in 2015 and Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) in 2017.”I am very happy about winning a bronze medal in my very first World Championship and seeing my name alongside some of the finest men’s boxers from India as a world medalist. I played well during this tournament and beat an Asian Games medalist along the way which is something that satisfied me,” Manish said.Kiren Rijiju, who was all praise for the Indian side, said, “I am very proud of India’s best-ever performance at the Men’s Boxing World Championship. I feel India has a great future in boxing.”In fact, even those boxers who reached the quarter final stage need to be congratulated for their performance. This is the Olympic year and these medals are a sign that India is indeed prepared to put up a good show at Tokyo 2020. I want to assure all athletes, across all sporting disciplines preparing for Tokyo that we will extend all support.”Also Read | World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in KoreaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Manish KaushikFollow Kiren RijijuFollow World Boxing Championshipslast_img read more

Guyanese born author poet and essayist dies aged 96

Guyanese born author, poet and essayist, Sir Wilson Harris, who resided in England passed away today in at the age of 96.He was the father of Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Nigel Harris.Sir Wilson HarrisIn a statement on his death, his family outlined that over a period of 50 years, beginning in 1960, the celebrated author has written 26 novels, numerous works of poetry, essays and speeches.In 1987, his novel Da Silva da Silva was adapted for a film produced by Tariq Ali ofBandung Productions for Channel 4 in the UK.“Perhaps his most cited works are his first four novels, Palace of the Peacock (1960), The Far Journey of Oudin (1961), The Whole Armour ( 1962) and the Secret Ladder (1963), all published by Faber and Faber, which has published all 26 of his novels” the statement issued by Professor Nigel Harris said.Sir Wilson attended Queens College in Guyana from 1932 –1937. During the years1945 to 1959 he worked as a land surveyor, primarily in the vast hinterland ofGuyana where he interacted often with the indigenous people who lived there.According to his family “it is this experience that influenced the imagery of his writing imbued with the magic and mythology of its people. While in Guyana, he was close to otherGuyanese literary figures such as Martin Carter, A.J. Seymour, Ivan Van Sertimaand Sidney King (Eusi Kwayana). He emigrated to England in 1959 and has livedthere since.”Sir Wilson Harris has been the recipient of several awards including the Guyana Prize forLiterature (1987 and 2002), The Premio Mondello dei Cinque Continenti award(1992), The Ainsfeld-Wolf Book Award(2014) and honorary degrees from theUniversity of the West Indies(1984) and University of Liege in Belgium(2001).In 2010, he was awarded the Honour of Knighthood for services to Literature byQueen Elizabeth.He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature on more than one occasion.Some of his original manuscripts are stored in the Harry Ramsen Collection at the University of Texas in Austin. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProf Nigel Harris appointed UG ChancellorSeptember 4, 2015In “Politics”President Granger meets UG ChancellorFebruary 10, 2016In “Local News”Dr Nigel Harris installed as new UG ChancellorMay 12, 2016In “latest news” read more