Indian Railways’ modern Coach Factory Stadium in Rae Bareli has been renamed as Rani’s Girls Hockey Turf, named after the former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, Rani Rampal.
With this, Rani became the first Indian woman hockey player to have a stadium named after her.
Rani Rampal has played over 250 international matches for India since her debut in 2009.
Rani was part of India’s 2017 Women’s Asian Cup title-winning team and led the Indian women’s hockey team to a historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Rani Rampal was the winner of the Padma Shri in 2020. Rampal was the first India from India to be named World Games Athlete of The Year 2019. She has also been the recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2016.
The 2023 Swiss Open badminton tournament began on 21 March in Basel, Switzerland. The tournament will be played till 26 March.
Swiss Open 2023 is the eighth edition of BWF World Tour.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will open her campaign against local wildcard Jenjira Stadelman on 22 March.
In men’s singles, HS Prannoy will take on Shi Yu Qi of China in his first round match on 22 March. Whereas, Lakshya Sen will take on Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong and former silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth will take on China’s Weng Hong Yang in their first round matches.
India’s Rohan Bopanna became the oldest tennis player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title when he won the men’s doubles title at the Indian Wells Masters 2023 tournament in California on 18 March with Australian partner Matthew Ebden.
Rohan Bopanna, 43, and Mathieu Ebden, 35, won the BNP Paribas Open trophy after defeating Wesley Koolhof of Netherlands and Neil Skupski of Britain 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 in the final.
Prior to Bopanna, Canadian Daniel Nestor was the oldest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title after winning the 2015 Cincinnati Masters at the age of 42.
Bopanna, a former world No. 3 in men’s doubles, was ranked 15th in the ATP doubles rankings before the tournament. After winning the Indian Wells Masters, he has reached the 11th position in the live doubles tennis rankings.
The International Shooting Sports Federation- ISSF World Cup Shooting Championship is being organized in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh till 27 March.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will formally inaugurate this program on 21 March. The competitions will begin on 22 March at the Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy.
Around 325 shooters from 33 countries and more than 75 technical officials will participate in the World Cup Shooting Championship.
The championship is being organized in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Rifle Federation of India. It is the 8th World Cup to be held in India and the first international shooting tournament to be held outside New Delhi.
In Men’s India’s Akshdeep Singh won gold medal, and women’s categories Priyanka Goswami won bronze medal in the Asian 20 km Race Walking Championships 2023 held in Nomi, Japan on 19 February 2023.
In the men’s 20km race walk event, national record holder Akshdeep Singh topped the podium with a timing of 1:20:57. The athlete from Punjab won India’s second gold medal after Olympian Gurmeet Singh in 2016.
In the men’s event, South Korea’s Cho Byeongkwang finished second in 1:21:20 while China’s Wen Yongjie took the bronze in 1:22:44.
Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medalist Priyanka Goswami, meanwhile, clocked 1:32:27 in the women’s event.
China’s Lan Gao won the gold medal with a timing of 1:29:25. Ayane Yanai of Japan finished second with a timing of 1:0:58.