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newsbandMay 21, 2019


The Public Works Department cancelled the contract of D.R services due to irregularities in the payment to the government by them. Now the charge of the Kharghar toll booth has been given to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The day MSRDC took the charge the toll tax has been hiked from Rs.10 to Rs.130 for the heavy vehicles.

Earlier in the presence of many police force the PWD department terminated the services of D.R. Services because it was unable to pay the collection of Rs. 26 Lakhs daily to the government. The company has not paid the toll collection charges from last one year and the reason why strict action was initiated on 2nd April against them.

The increased toll tax collection has already started getting collected by the MSRDC from 1st April, 2019 but many drivers don’t know about the change and the reason there were few cases of arguments with the toll plaza staff before pay the toll tax. But slowly now everyone are becoming aware of the changes.

Initially, before D.R.Services the government appointed Sion-Panvel Tollways Pvt LTD (SPTPL) to collect the toll tax at Kharghar toll plaza. But soon the company withdrawn the services because the government did not provided them with the money they were promised for period of two years. And later state government appointed Eagle Company to collect the toll tax and after Eagle the other company which was awarded the contract was D.R.Services.

Kishore Patil, PWD Executive Engineer said, “We have cancelled the contract of D.R.Services due to the irregularities in payment to the government. The government norms says that the charges of toll are revised every three years but that was not the case at Kharghar toll plaza due to contractor issues. After the state government notification the new charges will remain for one year. Tempo, mini buses, truck, trailor will be paying the increased toll charges from 1st April, 2019 till 31st March, 2020. However, the light vehicles have been given toll exemption at Kharghar toll plaza booth.”

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Hundreds of participants from various walks of life in different age groups from across Maharashtra participated with zeal and enthusiasm in the inaugural edition of the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon” held early this week in the city. The road race organized by Ghansoli based Aarine Events and Promotion in association with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) promoted various social issues like ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Welfare of the Disabled’ and ‘Child Education’ .

Amidst fun and frolic the participants warmed up with Zumba Dance to the beats of various peppy Bollywood numbers before embarking on the competitive circular route held over a distance of 2km, 5km and 10km between Vashi and Sanpada. (Photos by Author).

Dhananjay Gautam from Mumbai was the outright winner in the 2 Km event which witnessed maximum participation.  Sailesh Pawar from Panvel and Pratik Ambekar from Nerul came in second and third in this category. This race category also witnessed tiny tots Jiya Surve and Juily Shirke (both cousins) complete the route in the company of their parents. Twin siblings from Airoli, Dhairya and Dhruvika Patil along with their elder sister Narmata too were among the finishers.

In the 5 Km race which was held to garner support for the ‘Welfare of the Disabled’   saw Trimbak More from Somaiya Sports Academy, Mumbai time his race to perfection amidst strong challenge from his rivals in the three lap race. He was followed closely by Rajkumar Shah from Mumbai and Aditya Nirgun from Sindhudurg, Raigad District who came in second and third respectively.

The 10 Km road race held to promote the cause of ‘Child Education’ and was flagged off along with the 5km event was won by Rajesh Shelke  from Satara District.  Bhupinder Singh from Uran and Thane’s Rakesh Kanga came in second and third respectively. Showing great resolve and commitment Mangal Shelar, a House wife residing in Bhiwandi ran bare footed topped the Women’s category and finished fourth overall in the 10 Km race.

“Around 25 enthusiastic members form our Sanpada based Walkie Talkie group, all of whom are 40 plus took part in the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon’ participated in this one of a kind event which has been held to promote various social causes. The same resonates with our groups mission which too has been promoting various social issues for the past three years at various forums. This includes NMMC Swachhta Abhiyan. Our members on the occasion highlighted the importance of Health is Wealth among other participants too with a tag line ‘Be Fit Stay Fit & Be Happy while participating in the 2 Km race.’” shared Raju Raut, a MNC Professional and   Devdas Bote, Vice Principal of KBP College, Vashi, both founder members of Walkie Talkie group

“It always feel great to support any social cause and when it is coupled with fitness the value increases many folds. We were more than happy to participate along with our daughters in this Charity Marathon which incidentally is only our second venture in road race.” shared Priya K Kumar from Vashi and Remya Rajesh from Koparkhairane who along with their daughters Akshaya and Supriya respectively completed the 5 Km route without any hiccups.

“To win any road race is a matter of pride for any participant. The hard work and daily training of two hours over a period of time as part of preparation for the Army and Police recruitment has paid dividends. The win has boosted my morale and I hope to extend the same in upcoming Half Marathons (21 Km events) soon, ” shared Rajesh Shelke from Satara District, Winner of 10 Km event.

Speaking on the occasion Nitesh Misaal, Proprietor, Aarine Events and Promotion which organized the event said ”The inaugural edition of the ‘Inorbit Charity Marathon’ was held in association with the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and promoted various social causes of the likes of Swachh Bharat (2 Km race), Welfare of the Disabled (5 Km ) and Child Education (10 Km).  We are more than happy to receive the support from hundreds of participants across Maharashtra. The top three finishers in each category were given Trophies and Merit Certificates. The rest who completed the race were given Finishers Medal as a token of appreciation for their efforts. The profit from this event will be shared for between various NGOs (Children’s Aadhar Foundation, Divyang Welfare Association and Raanpakhara Samajik Sanstha) who were associated with this event  ”.

Misaal further said “The event of this scale would not have been possible without the support of Navi Mumbai Police & Traffic Police, our various associates Inorbit – Mall Partner, Choticab – Travel Partner, Club Mahindra – Holiday Partner, SITC – IT Partner, Fortis Hospital – Health Partner, Newsband and Aaple Nave Shahar – Media Partners etc and well supported by Prakash Patil Founder of Airoli based Raanpakhara Samajik Sanstha along with his team mate Sashikant Kamble, and numerous volunteers who have worked tirelessly for over a month in order to make this event a grand success. Seeing the response to our Charity Marathon we aim to organize the second edition in a bigger way and support more NGO’s in the coming few months”.


2 Km: 1) Dhananjay Gautam;   2) Sailesh Pawar; 3) Pratik Ambekar.

5 Km: 1) Trimbak More; 2) Rajkumar Shah; 3) Aditya Nirgun.

10 Km: 1) Rajesh Shelke 2) Bhupinder Singh 3)  Rakesh Kanga.

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Dr.  D.Y. Patil Sports Academy, Nerul based Navi Mumbai Centre will take on last year’s finalist Mahul Centre at the Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmi Bai Maidan, Sanpada in their opening Group ‘B’ league match, in one of the most awaited tournaments for the budding young cricketers of future, the LIC – Kalpesh Govind Koli Memorial Cricket Tournament, that gets underway today, Saturday 5th May, 2018.

In to its 28th edition the Boys under-16 two day tournament being organized by Matunga based New Hind Sporting Club for Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)’s various Summer Vacation Camp Centres in its jurisdictions across Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. The inaugural function will be held today at New Hind Sporting Club, Major Ramesh Dadkar Maidan which will also host the opening Group ‘A’ league match between Azad Maidan Centre and Shivaji Park Centre, Matunga. Miss Jemimah Rodriques, India Women Cricketer, Mumbai, has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest while Atul Parchure well known Actor will be the Guests of honour.

A total of 24 league matches will be played every weekend (Saturday & Sunday) by the sixteen teams (Centres), pooled in to four groups. The toppers from the four groups will qualify for the semi-final stage which will be followed by the finals on 25th  and 26th May,2018.

In another Group B league match Ghatkopar Centre will lock horns with Kalwa Centre at the 40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur, while defending champions Matunga Centre will meet  Dahanu/Chinchani/Pdtsa Centre in their opening Group C match at Sainath Sports Club (Virar), Ground No 1.

 “The tournament is being played in honour of late Kalpesh Koli, the son of renowned leg spinner Govind N Koli who was an excellent leg spinner and was part of the Mumbai Under-14 team, before he met with his untimely demise at premature age of 15 years. The then secretary of our club and current Jt. Secretary Nagesh Thakur along with Govind, Gopal and Chandrakant Koli father and uncles respectively of Master Kalpesh sowed the seeds for this tournament,” shared Hiramon Bhor, President of the New Hind Sporting Club which was established way back in 1927.

“The tournament has over the years received active support from MCA and has been appreciated by one and all for its organization in Mumbai. We are happy to continue our association with our sponsors LIC and thankful to Dr. Vijay Patil, President of DYPSA for  his support among other patrons” shared Govind N Koli, Jt. Secretary of the club.

 “This tournament organized by New Hind Sporting Club with the motto ‘Youth Talent Search’ which came into inception way back in 1991 has gained immense strength and has become an ideal platform which budding young cricketers in the under-16 age category to showcase their talent. Keeping in mind the objective of search for hidden talent, this MCA tournament witnesses participation from nearly 320 talented cricketers who are associated with our Summer Vacation Camps Centres who will play 27 two day matches in league cum knock out phase. Many players who have played in this tournament of the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer etc. have gone on to represent not only Mumbai but also India,” shared Prof. Dr. Unmesh Khanvilkar, Jt. Hon. Secretary, Mumbai Cricket Association.

 “For the first time in the history of LIC – Kalpesh Govind Koli Memorial Cricket Tourney, Navi Mumbai will have two venues that will host the Group ‘B’ league matches. These are Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmi Bai Maidan, Sanpada and 40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur. The same have been given facelift with active cooperation from NMMC Sports Department”, said Ghanshyam Nakhwa, one of the committee members of this prestigious tournament. (Photos by Author).



Group A: Kalyan / Bhiwandi Centre; Shivaji Park Centre; Azad Maidan Centre and Worli Centre.

Group B: Dr. D Y Patil (New Mumbai) Centre; Kalwa Centre; Ghatkopar Centre and Mahul Centre.

Group C: Matunga Centre; Dahanu/Chinchani/Pdtsa Centre; Kandivali Centre and Goregoan Centre.

Group D: Virar/Palghar Centre; Vasai Centre;  Kalina Centre and Bandra Centre.

Schedule of Group ‘B’ 1st Round in Navi Mumbai (5th & 6th May 2018):

1) Dr. D Y Patl (New Mumbai) Centre Vs Mahul Centre (Jhansi Rani Laxmibai Maidan, Sanpada)

2) Ghatkopar Centre Vs Kalwa Centre (40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur)

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Post the grand success of freestyle motocross Red Bull athlete Alexey Kolesnikov nerve wrecking and gravity defying stunts at the D Y Patil Sports Academy, Nerul as part of the Red Bull FMX Showcase event early this month, action shifted to Gateway of India, Mumbai last weekend where the Russian rider was joined renowned freestyle motocross compatriots Robbie Maddison (Stunt double for leading Hollywood action heroes),  Tom Pages (Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion) along with Martin Koren, Radek Bilek & Julien Vanstippen last Saturday.

Thousands of motorbuffs from across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane in addition to tourists from across India were treated to mind boggling stunts as part of the high octane biking skills at the Red Bull FMX Jam in front of the iconic arch monument built during the 20th century in the city to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911.

The one of its kind spectacular event which was held over two hours saw the off-road biking stars led by FMX legend Robbie Maddison astride a KTM 450, the man responsible for executing several motorcycle stunts in movies, including those for Vin Diesel flick xXx: Return of Xander Cage, James Bond in Skyfall. With their engines revving and tyres scorching the stone tarmcac the six-rider group turned into supermen while pulling off death defying tricks after warming up with several Heel-Clickers and other such motorcycle-grabbing tricks. Some of the stunts included the Kiss of Deaths, Supermans, Cliffhangers, Whips and ultimately, Backflips. The grand show concluded with the six-man tandem run in which four riders did Backflips.

Veteran Red Bull athlete Robbie Maddison , said “It was exciting to see so many fans in Mumbai and perform for the enthusiastic crowd at the Red Bull FMX Jam along with all the other amazing athletes. As a motocross rider who has been doing this for fifteen years, I have had my fair share of injuries and near fatal accidents. But nothing has ever stopped me from doing this. I will continue to ride”.

Alexey Kolesnikov on the other hand said, “It was such a great experience for me to perform at Red Bull FMX Jam Mumbai show at the iconic Gateway of India. I hope we put out a special show for the enthusiastic Mumbaikars there. Would like to thank Red Bull for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”

Red Bull athlete, Tom Pages said, “Freestyle motocross (FMX) as a global sport is very niche to begin with. FMX involves riders pulling off crazy antics mid-air on their motocross bikes and is very popular abroad. I really enjoyed my first visit to India. Mumbai city is so vibrant and I am so happy with all the support and encouragement I’ve received from Red Bull.”

The event was supported by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation which aims to position the state as an emerging destination for hosting various national and international events such as these by encouraging adventure sports activities

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Hosts DY Patil produced their ‘A’ game when it mattered the most as they shocked two times reigning champions Reliance 1 by seven wickets in the final of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup held recently.  The key protagonists of the DY Patil ‘A’ team success was Mandeep Singh’s brilliance with the bat and Rahul Tewatia all-round performance which included a late order 13 ball onslaught that floored the opposition while chasing a target of 181, much to the delight of thousands of home supporters who thronged the picturesque floodlit DY Patil Stadium in Nerul.

In a battle royale between two champion teams , Reliance 1 posted 180 for 6 in their 20 overs thanks to handy knocks by their burly opener Nikhil Naik (53)  and former u-19 world Cup player Anukul Roy (50 n.o.) in the later part of the innings. However it was some excellent aggressive leg spin bowling by the Tewatia (3/21) post the power play and accurate medium pace attack by Shubham Ranjane (1/34) coupled with some excellent catches by Subodh Bhatti of Unmukt Chand (2)

at deep square leg and former Reliance 1 captain Saurabh Tiwary (12) running back from mid-on towards long- on, along with that by Shashank Singh off current captain Krunal Pandya (2) at the edge of deep fine leg boundary with his back to the batsman that ensured DY Patil ‘A’ chase a par score.

In their chase, DY Patil ‘A’ were well served by their inform Mandeep’s unbeaten 78 off 51 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes which included one over long off boundary in the final over off slow left arm spinner Pawan Negi in the final over. Batting at No. 3 Mandeep first added 41 runs with former India international Robin Utthapa (27) before the latter was dismissed in the final over of the power play to slow left arm spin  off Ankul Roy’s (1/23). Mandeep latter added 79 runs for the third wicket with Shubham Ranjane (39) to stabilise the innings and then added a further 52 with south paw Tewatia (31 n.o.) for an unbroken fourth wicket stand to ensure the host a morale boosting win over their rivals. DY Patil A pocketed eight lakh rupees plus the trophy, whereas Reliance One had to settle for a runner-up trophy and a sum of Rs five lakhs.

DY Patil A’s winning captain Iqbal Abdullah under whose leadership the hosts had defeated the same rivals way back in 2013 and did an encore in the 15th edition too, paid tribute to the spirit in the side for the triumph. “Robin (Uthappa) Bhai, Mandeep, Rahul, Takawale all helped me with their inputs throughout the tournament. We never let the morale sag and came through with a strong all-round performance. Full credit to the whole side,” said Abdullah.

A disappointed Reliance 1 skipper Krunal Pandya (selected to represent India in T20 series against New Zealand) however was proud of the performance of his squad. “At half stage we felt we had enough on the board, because in a final chasing around 180 is not easy. But all credit to DY Patil A, they batted superbly. This tournament is one of the best in the country in T20 format and it was good to have played here before I head off to New Zealand,” said Pandya.

Men of the final Tewatia and Mandeep were ecstatic with their performances. Mandeep Singh said: “My gameplan was simple to bat till the end. I backed my self and it paid off well It has been a good tournament for me. I have scored three-four fifties.”  Tewatia said: “Mandy was set, I was keen to finish the game with him. We thought they would be putting up 190 to chase because they had a good powerplay.”

Player of the tournament Aman Khan who also won the award for the most sixes was pleased to have come out on top of the charts. “I got the start that I wanted in the tournament and I just carried it forward in the other matches. I practice to hit big because I like hitting sixes. It could have been a better tournament for us as a side, but DY Patil A was the better side today. I would have liked to have been on the winning side,” said Aman who turned out for DY Patil B in the tournament.

Earlier in the edge of the seat semi-finals ties, DY Patil A held their nerves to beat DY Patil B by mere two runs, whereas Reliance One managed to come through a high-scoring clash against Canara Bank with five runs to spare. Incidentally both the ties were decided in the final ball of the matches.

Brief Scores:

Semi-Finals: At University Ground: Reliance 1 – 217 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 95, Saurbh Tiwary 32; MG Naveen 2/38, Kranti Kumar 2/45)beat Canara Bank – 212 for 9 in 20 overs (Kranti Kumar 39 n.o., Raajoo Bhatkal 29, KB Pawan 27, Bharat Chipli 24; Rahul Shukla 3/54, Baltej Singh 2/23) by five runs. Man of the Match: Nikhil Naik (Reliance 1).

At DY Patil Stadium: DY Patil ‘A’ – 165 for 5 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 59 n.o., Rahul Tewatia 29, Yogesh Takawale 28, Shubham Ranjane 28; Nathu Singh 2/38) beat DY Patil ‘B’ – 163 for 7 in 20 overs (Kevin D’Almeida 59, Sarfaraz Khan 36; Rahul Tewatia 2/29) by two runs. Man of the Match: Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’).

Final: At DY Patil Stadium: Reliance 1–180 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 53 (36b; 4x4s, 2x6s); Anukul Roy 50 n.o (32b; 4x4s, 2x6s)., Tajinder Dhillon 20; Rahul Tewatia 3/21) lost to DY Patil ‘A’ –183 for 3 in 19.2 overs (Mandeep Singh 78 n.o. (51b; 7x4s, 2x6s), Shubham Ranjane 39 (29b; 1×4, 2x6s) , Rahul Tewatia 31 n.o.( 13b; 3x4s, 3x6s); Rahul Shukla 2/27) by seven wickets. Men of the Final: Rahul Tewatia and Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’)

Individual Award Winners Of The Tournament

Player of the tournament (Rs 50,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)

Best bowler (Rs., 25,000): Rahul Shukla (Reliance One)

Best batsman (Rs. 25,000): Bharat Chipli (Canara Bank)

Best fielder (Rs. 25,000): Rippal Patel (DY Patil B)

Most Sixes (Rs. 20,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Seven years after New Delhi was captivated with hair-raising bike stunts in a Red Bull X-Fighters showcase, Navi Mumbai played host to a never-before-seen exhibition of tremendous skill on two wheels. The one of the most awaited event which was hosted by D Y Patil Sports Academy, Enrol  under the leadership of their President Dr Vijay Patil was held at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 practise ground in city on Thursday 31st January, 2019 saw world renowned rider and Red Bull athlete Alexey Kolesnikov show casing jaw dropping FMX stunts. Held for the first time ever in a college campus in presence of thousands of motocross fans from various colleges from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai including those associated with DY Patil University the gathering witnessed an awesome display of throttle and ramp action at close quarters live

“Coming from a place near Moscow where temperature in the range of minus 20 degree Celsius to a city like Navi Mumbai where temperature are in the range of plus 30 degrees along with the warm reception by the thousands of motocross fans is certainly a thrilling experience. I hope my acts inspires them to achieve big in their field,” shared the Russian FMX champion Alexey Kolesnikov, who is the first rider to have landed a back flip in Russia. Alexey is considered the founder of the FMX scene in Russia and is ranked among the top 20 riders on the planet.

Alexey Kolesnikov who has been part of the motorsports event since the age of 12 along with Robbie Maddison, Tom Pagès, Martin Koren, Radek Bilek & Julien Vanstippen will also be seen showcasing high octane biking skills at the Red Bull FMX Jam at the Gateway of India, Mumbai on Saturday 2nd February 11am onwards.

“It’s a truly a humbling experience to witness a top class Red Bull athlete and world renowned rider Alexey Kolesnikov showcase his proficiency during the FMX stunt show. We are really happy to promote such kind of event which inspires all of us to achieve big goals in our life” shared Dr. Vijay Patil, DYPSA President.

newsbandMay 21, 2019


A skipper knock of 84 by Bharat Chipli and a inspired spell by pacer MG Naveen (5 for 24) helped Canara Bank beat Mumbai Customs by six wickets in a high-scoring match in the quarter-finals of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup at the DY Patil University Ground on Thursday. Along with Canara Bank, Reliance One, DY Patil A and DY Patil B also entered the semi-finals.

Mumbai Customs posted 183-8 in their 20 overs thanks to their skipper Sachin Wagh’s 87. In  reply Chipli starred in the chase as Canara chased down the target in 16.4 overs to enter the semi-finals.

In the other quarter-finals, DY Patil A successfully defended a total of 164-5 at the DY Patil Stadium to win by 57 runs against Western Railway. In the other quarter-final at the Stadium, DY Patil B also held CAG at bay to win by 12 runs.

On the other hand DY Patil B led by experienced campaigner Pravin Tambe (3 for 25, one catch and a run–out too) defeated CAG by 12 runs while defending a score of 170. The hosts in fact were provided a solid start of 79 runs in 7.3 overs by their young openers Arjun Tendulkar (35) and Aman Khan (47). Ankit Kaushik scored a fighting unbeaten 77 for CAG after his team lost four early wickets in their run chase. 19 year old all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who latter took one wicket while speaking to Newsband after the quarter final tie, said” It was fun and a new experience playing with the seniors in my first D Y Patil T 20 tournament.  Playing in a familiar position as an opener which I did for Mumbai in various age groups was a morale boosting experience. However I expected more from myself with the willow and hope to improve with my performances in the coming matches with the support of my team mates”.

In the last game of the game, Reliance 1 posted a massive 193-6 in their 20 overs and then bowled out BPCL for 145 to register a 48 run win.

Former champions DY Patil A and DY Patil B will square off in the semi-finals at the DY Patil Stadium, whereas Canara Bank will play Reliance 1 for a place in the final.


At Stadium

DY Patil A 164-5 in 20 overs (Rahul Tewatia 39, Shubham Ranjane 30) bt Western Railway 107 in 18 overs (Nikunj Mohite 25, Asad Pathan 20; Mukesh Choudhary 2-13, Iqbal Abdullah 2-13, Aniket Redkar 2-27)-by 57 runs

DY Patil B 170-8 in 20 overs (Aman Khan 47, Arjun Tendulkar 35, Sarfaraz Khan 33; Ankit Sharma 3-26. Gurinder Singh 2-29) bt CAG 158-6 in 20 overs (Ankit Kaushik 77 n.o., Abhishek Raman 21; Pravin Tambe 3-25)-by 12 runs

At University Ground

Mumbai Customs 183-8 in 20 overs (Sachin Wagh 87, Swapnil Pradhan 48; MG Naveen 5-24) lost to Canara Bank 184-4 in 16.4 overs (Bharat Chipli 84, Pallav Kumar Das 40, KV Siddarth 38 n.o.; Pratik Dabolkar 2-25)-by six wickets

Reliance 1 193-6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 57, Tajinder Dhillon 38 n.o.; Sandeep Sharma 2-29, Parikshit Valsankar 2-29) bt BPCL 145 in 18.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 44, Aakarshit Gomel 32; Baltej Singh 2-12, Rahul Shukla 2-17, Barinder Sran 2-20, Anukul Roy 2-30)-by 48 runs

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Mumbai Games has helped to bridge the gap between amateurs and the elite athletes and a good performance in an event like these can also help the players the push who are looking to break into the state team” said Chief Guest, former World no 1 Ace shooter 1 Olympian & Shooter, Anjali Bhagwat at the closing ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Mumbai Games in presence of Jitendra Joshi, Founder, Mumbai Games & SportzConsult and Namdev Shirgaonkar, Jt Secretary, Indian Olympic Association at Fr. Agnel Multipurpose Sports Complex in Vashi.

She further added “An event like Mumbai Games is needed for athletes who are at the border of entering the elite category and for that they need this push. This is the place to hunt talent and nurture it. This is where you require support because,  the elite category, you get help from the federation. During my time, I had to wait for 10 years to get my own rifle. Events like these would get athletes that much recognition to knock the doors of the state teams. Infact shooting witnessed quite a good response and the scores of the winners were at par that one sees at the national level”.

The weekend competitions held over a period of six week in sixteen indoor and outdoor disciplines saw Namo Thane Thunderbolts bag the Champions Cup as well as the Premier Cup in the Amateur category while Flying Falcons triumphed in the Elite Category of the inaugural season of Mumbai Games which concluded in the city.

Namo Thane Thunderbolts won the Champions Cup after topping the charts and securing 14910 points (59 gold, 60 silver, 65 bronze). Western Warriors stood second with 13450 points (52 gold, 54 silver and 63 bronze) while Northern Knights ended third with 11885 points (55 gold, 36 silver and 46 bronze) respectively.

Speaking at the successful completion of the Mumbai Games, Jitendra Joshi, Founder, Mumbai Games & SportzConsult, said that he was glad that Mumbai Games exceeded not only his expectations but also helped in identifying talent and created a new pool of players who have taken to the sport seriously. “We were happy to see such mass participation. Sports like shooting where we were sceptical received overwhelming entries. We had a target of 10,000 participants and have exceeded the count. We had overall 10,886 participants. We would like to thank the citizens of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane to make this a successful event.”
“The encouragement and learnings will take us to subsequent cities soon. We have received invitations from various state associations to execute the Games in their cities. We wanted to expand to different cities and also increase the number of games. Pune and Bengaluru are the ones which we want to organize in the second half of the year.”

Results: Elite Category: 1st – Flying Falcons, 2nd – Navi Mumbai Ninjas, 3rd – Northern Knights.
Amateur Category: 1st – Namo Thane Thunderbolts, 2nd – Western Warriors, 3rd – Midtown Mavericks.
Top School – 1st – St. Catherine Of Siena School, Bandra
Top College – 1st – Rizvi College, Bandra
Top Academy – 1st – Premier Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy
Top Corporate –  1st – Proxima Exports

newsbandMay 21, 2019


Sports and games are an integral element of Education in New Horizon Public School, Airoli. They play a significant role in all round development of students. With this in mind the Airoli based school organised its ‘Annual Athletic Meet Grand Finale’ recently for its Primary and Secondary Section of the school.

The day started with a impressive march past by the participants of the various houses led by the Sports Captain of the school. The ceremonial lighting of flame was made momentous when the torch was carried by illustrious State and National level athletes from school who had excelled in various competitions. Principal Dr.Nicholas Correa who had unfurled the Games flag declared the ‘Annual Athletic Sports Meet 2018-19’ Open

The event comprising of various track and field events, fun filled games and micro marathon saw an enthusiastic and exhilarated display of skill, stamina and fitness by the shortlisted athletes. The participants who qualified for the final round and kicked off with the 100 meters sprint event. Amidst thundering drumbeats the audience cheered up the participants who showcased speed, strength and skill.

The 200 and 400 meters track events held latter also became a true testimonial of resolve and form of the athletes. Young athletes exhibited impressive grit and grind in tackling the daunting laps. The 800 meters track event the young athletes prod the curved tracks show casing nerve of steel. 4×100 meters Relay brought forth the co-ordinated team work and sportsman spirit. The House teachers and students continued to cheer passionately cheering the participants and the winners. The share of fun with the ‘Race for Teachers’ gave it an ideal ending.

newsbandMay 21, 2019


The Indian U-16 National Team will be locking horns with defending AFC U-16 champions Iraq, Asian powerhouses Japan, a strong Jordan and Yemen in the 5th WAFF U-16 Boys Championship slated to be held at the King Abdullah II International Stadium in Jordan from August 1.

The exposure tour has been arranged by All India Football Federation in coordination with the Sports Authority of India, aiming at providing a “fool-proof” preparation to the U-16 boys who play in the AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 in September 2018.

The tournament in Jordan comes on the back of the team’s exposure tours to China, Thailand, and Malaysia where the boys played six matches against U-16 National Teams and more against Club sides since July.

Navi Mumbai based National Team Director Abhishek Yadav stated that the primary objective was the provide the team matches against sides who have qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship.

“The U16 WAFF Championship has teams which have qualified for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship. We are entering the last phase of preparation and one of our key targets since January was to give the coach an opportunity to play against teams who have qualified for the 2018 Championship. If all goes as per plan in August, we would have played against half the Championship-qualified teams at least once,” said Abhishek, the former Indian Senior National Team captain.

He further added “The significance of this tournament lies in the fact that it brings together teams qualified for the 2018 AFC U16 Championship, all in their last leg of preparations. Our boys will get a chance to play Iraq, the U-16 defending champions. That doesn’t happen every day. On top of it, we will also be playing Japan, perhaps the best U-16 Team in Asia.

We have to thank WAFF for inviting us in what is essentially a tournament for West Asian national teams. I have mentioned earlier that we are working intently on improving existing relations to ensure the best possible opportunities for our male and female teams across various age groups .”

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