New Delhi: South Korean Kim Ji Hyun, who played a pivotal role in PV Sindhu’s march to the world title recently, has resigned as India’s women’s singles coach citing personal reasons but the national federation said it hasn’t received any official communication from her. The 45-year-old from Busan has rushed to New Zealand to care for her husband Ritchie Marr, who suffered a stroke a few days ago. Kim, who was roped in by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) early this year, was with Sindhu during her World Championship gold-winning campaign last month at Basel, Switzerland. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It is true, Kim has resigned as her husband is pretty unwell. He suffered a kind of neuro stroke sometime during the World Championship. So she rushed back. She needs to take care of him as it will take around 4 to 6 months for him to recover,” India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand told PTI. However, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay K Singhania said that neither the governing body nor the Sports Authority of India (SAI) have received any resignation from Kim. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We know that Kim’s husband is unwell and she has gone to attend to him but we haven’t received any official resignation from her. In fact, the Sport Authority of India also hasn’t received any letter in this regard,” Singhania said. “The Olympics is still 10 months away and we are trying to talk to her, get an update and see if it is possible for her to continue in her position. “It was under her guidance that Sindhu won the gold medal at World Championships and her role is important for India’s success at the Olympics.” The departure of Kim Ji Hyun will be a big setback for Sindhu with less than a year to go for the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic silver-medallist, however, said the unforeseen situation doesn’t leave her with any option but to go on without Kim. “It is unfortunate that Kim had to leave at this stage…and I wish her husband a quick recovery,” Sindhu said. “I had a good rapport with her and I know it will be a fresh start for me but it is something which is part of a sportsperson’s life. I will have to work harder and I am sure Gopi sir and the BAI will take care of everything,” she added. Her father P V Ramana said Sindhu will be seeking assistance from men’s singles coach Part Tae Sang as and when required. “Kim had given special individual attention to Sindhu during the last few months. She worked on her skills in morning and evening sessions,” he said. “So now that she has had to leave, we will have to see if someone is hired to replace her. There is also the men’s singles coach Park Tae Sang, who can train her now,” he added. Interestingly, Kim was India’s third foreign coach to resign without completing the tenure. Renowned Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo, who had guided the men’s singles shuttlers, had resigned abruptly in late 2017 citing personal reasons. He later joined the Singapore squad. Malaysia’s Tan Kim Her had also stepped down as India’s doubles coach early this year, 18 months before his tenure was to end at the Tokyo Olympics. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) will now have to quickly find a replacement for Kim, given that the Olympics qualification is currently on and the Tokyo Games are just 10 months away. “We are trying to get someone to fill in her boots. But it will be again a stop-gap arrangement. We need to find a permanent solution,” Gopichand said.
Bengaluru: Kushagra Rawat bagged two gold medals in individual events as Indian swimmers excelled on the opening day of the Asian Age Group Championships event, here on Tuesday. Rawat clocked 1:52.30 seconds while fellow Indian Anand Anilkumar finished third with a time of 1:54.19 seconds in 200m freestyle event in open men’s category. Syria’s Abbas Omar finished second and was only a fraction of a second slower than Rawat with a time of 1:52.33 seconds. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I caught up with my opponent in the last 75 metres. I looked up and saw my opponent was right next to me and I had a lot left in me, I decided to go all out. I beat by opponent by a margin and I’m sure I can better my time to 1:51 seconds,” said Rawat. He later won the 800m freestyle event, clocking 8:10.05 to finish ahead of Chang Cheng Livei (8:20.14) of Chinese Taipei and Abbas Omar (8:31.64) of Syria. Shoan Ganguly also won gold for India in the 200 metres individual medley group II boys with a time of 2:11.18. He also won the silver in the 200 metres freestyle clocking 1:55.18 seconds apart from winning a silver in the 4X100 metres freestyle relay for group II boys. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersSrihari Nataraj and Maana Patel took India’s count to an impressive six gold medals, with their stupendous effort in the 50m backstroke event for open category men and women respectively. Nataraj clocked 25.30 to win the gold while Patel clocked 29.92 to win. “My personal best is actually 29.30 which I had clocked four years ago at the same meet in Bangkok but after my injury I struggled over the past four years and could not break the sub-30 seconds barrier. But to have done it today giving me the confidence to go faster,” said Patel. “I think my finish was poor. I glided too long but I am glad I had taken enough lead which helped me finish first. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is my main event – the 100m backstroke and I can’t afford any such errors,” Srihari, who was also part of India’s gold-winning 4x100m relay team, said. He beat Atayev Merdan (26.30) from Turkmenistan and Chograthin Kasipat (26.36) from Thailand. Meanwhile, India’s ace swimmer Sajan Prakash won the silver medal in the 200 metres individual medley. He finished behind Ketin Nuttapong (2:0629) and ahead of Sukkieo Phuwadon (2:08.21) both from Thailand. Likith Selvaraj also added to India’s medal tally by winning the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke men’s open category with time of 1:02.19 seconds. Vladislav Mustafin (1:01.41) of Uzbhekistan and Denis Petrashov (1:01.88) of Kyrgyzstan finished first and second respectively.
New Delhi: The government will take a decision on raising the income tax exemption limit at an appropriate time, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said on Thursday. Last week, the government lowered the corporate tax to 22 per cent from 30 per cent and there has been a clamour for raising income tax exemption limit to push demand and consumption with a view to fuel economy. “When the time arises to take a call on it (income tax relief), the government will do so. The government in the past has also increased (the limit) from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. In future, whenever the time arises, we will look into the matter,” he said here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh With regard to curbs on Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC Bank) by the RBI, the minister said the central bank has its own role in the country and it does its job well. “After considering all aspects they (RBI) will take a decision so that it benefits both customers and the bank,” it said. The central bank on Tuesday put a slew of restrictions on the Mumbai-based lender, creating panic among thousands of depositors. Major restrictions include capping withdrawal at Rs 1,000 per customer during the six-month period, and banning the bank from extending new loans. The lender has around Rs 11,000 crore of public deposits. With regard to Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne reiterating that Mehul Choksi may be extradited to India after he exhausts all legal options available with him, Thakur said it is because of the efforts of the Narendra Modi government. The government through many legislations including Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has ensured that nobody flees the country with the public money, he said.