SPORTS BYTES as on 09.08.18

PV Sindhu believes Indian shuttlers haven’t got enough time to prepare for the team to deliver more than just the one bronze medal claimed in the 2014edition.

Indian women’s team had won a bronze medal at Incheon four years ago. “Definitely, it’s going to be very different. Because we have the team events and also the individuals. Very less time to prepare. But as a team, last time we got bronze. This time, we would expect better one,” said Sindhu.

HAVELEANTTO MAKE COMEBACKS: U-16 COACH

India U- 16foorball team coach Bibiano Fernades highlighted his players’ self-belief and ability to stage a campaign in the WAFF Championship with a 3-0 rout of Yemen.
“We’ve now learned how to come back and win games especially after a defeat,” Fernandes said after India finished with nine points from four matches in the tournament.

‘CONSTANTINE HERE AT LEAST TILL ASIA CUP’

Stephen Constantine will continue as India’s national football coach at least till the 2019 Asian Cup, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das has said, putting to rest speculation about an abrupt sacking following complaints by senior players.
“We don’t see any reason to remove him. He has delivered, the SAFF Cup is coming up and then there is the Asian Cup. His contract expires on January 31 next year,” Das told PTI.

DISAPPOINTING START AT JR NBA WORLD

In a dismal start for a country at the inaugural Junior NBA World Championships, the Indian boys, and girls teams lost their respective pool matches on the opening day of the under-13 and under-14 basketball tournament, here.
Indian girls were hammered 11-57 and 28-75 by the Asia Pacific and Europe respectively in their two pool matches while the Indian boys lost 34-75 to the combined team from Europe in their first match before succumbing to a 43-80 defeat against the Asia Pacific side later in the day.

JAYARAM, RITUPARNA ENTER PRE-QUARTERS

Ajay Jayaram and Rituparna Das progressed to the pre-quartan finals of the Vietnam Open Tour Super 100 tournament here on Wednesday.
Jayaram defeated Indonesia’s Gatjra Piliang Fiqihila Cup 21-7, 21-16 while Das beat Japan’s  Shiori Saito 21-13, 21-14.
However, the rest of the Indians bit the dust.

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