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Students take keen interest to celebrate Yoga Day



Yoga is prescribed among students to keep their emotions under control.

Instructors said yoga is a way to remind the students to calm down

New Delhi: Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practices and disciplines which originated in ancient India. In modern times, it is practiced in various forms of around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

The Yoga Day, marked internationally on June 21, was celebrated most school and universities affiliated under the Delhi University on Friday. What is interesting to note that students took interest in performing yoga.

At IIT Roorkee, the Yoga Day was celebrated on June 20 and 21. On the first day, around 350 and second day 500 students, faculty and staff member participated.

It was organised by the institute’s sports council and wellness centre. Quizzes and experience sharing sessions were also held on both days.

IIT Roorke faculty participate in the Yoga Day.

“Yoga is the part of India’s glorious knowledge wealth. In present turbulent time becomes readymade solution for many challenges as anxiety, stress, and similar physiological and mental health related challenges,” said Vivek Vyas, a research scholar at IIT Roorkee.

Yoga instructor Mr. Malik said, “Yoga Day is a way to remind our students to calm down and the stress. I feel such events should be made regular as they not only benefit the students but also the faculty and staff members.”

While on the other hand, SRM Institute of Science & Technology also celebrated the day at their multipurpose indoor stadium. Almost 300 students participated in the yoga program and demonstrated different types of yoga, where Dr Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor SRM IST explained the benefits of yoga as a regular practice.

Dr K. Vaithianathan, director of sports at SRM institute said, “the most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.”

“Yoga becomes means for connecting with society in this digital era. My family along with our neighbours started this exercise and now it becomes essential part of our daily routine. It helps to be connected and associated with wider social sphere and same time deeper inner sense,” said a student.

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Olympic swimming champion Cameron appointed Laureus ambassador



London: South African swimming legend Cameron van der Burgh has spoken of his belief in the work of Laureus Sport for Good in his new role as the Laureus ambassador.

Cameron, who holds both the world short-course 50m and 100m breaststroke records, got straight to work by spending time with young people from the Laureus supported Fight for Peace in London. Fight for Peace works to realise the potential of young people in communities affected by crime and violence, and operates in 25 countries globally through academies and via community-based organisations trained in its methodology.

Cameron’s swimming career started at the age of 11 when he took up the sport as an outlet for his energy after being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He immediately fell in love with the sport, which helped him focus both in and out of the pool. At 16, he started channelling all of his efforts into swimming and went on to become a multiple world and Olympic champion and world record holder.

The highlight of Cameron’s career came at the London 2012 Olympics where he won gold in the 100m breaststroke, breaking the world record in the process. Throughout his career, Cameron also won more than a dozen World Championship medals across both the long and short course. The South African star announced his retirement from the sport after the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, where he won two gold medals.

New Laureus ambassador Cameron van der Burgh visits the Fight for Peace programme.

Speaking after his first visit to a Laureus programme, Cameron said: “As an 11-year-old, sport gave me hope and changed my life for the better. It’s an honour for me to be here twenty years later as a member of the Laureus family. From what I have just experienced here at Fight for Peace, sport continues to have an incredible power to positively influence the lives of young people.

“The work Laureus is supporting around the world, using the power of sport to improve the lives of young people is something I feel passionate about and I look forward to working with the team and helping in any way I can.”

Globally, Laureus Sport for Good supports more than 180 programmes in over 40 countries who all use the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Each programme Laureus supports is aligned with the charitable standards set out by the United Nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Vijender continues unbeaten pro run with 11th straight win



It was Vijender Singh's eighth knockout win overall.

New York: Ace boxer Vijender Singh clinched a technical knockout over the more experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit here.

Vijender, 33, prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory in the pro circuit in the eight-round super middleweight contest held on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in India).

Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches in the second minute of the fourth round. That is when the referee adjudged the bout in the Indian’a favour.

This was Vijender’s eighth knockout win overall.

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Sprinter Hima Das claims 200m gold in Czech Republic



Hima Das has now won two international gold medals in two weeks.

Kladno: Ace sprinter Hima Das bagged her third international gold in two weeks after she bagged the top spot in women`s 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet here om Czech Republic.

On Saturday, Das clocked 23.43 seconds to bag the top honours.

Meanwhile, national record holder Muhammed Anas also won gold in the men`s 400m race as he clocked 45.21 seconds to bag the top honours.

In her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Das had clocked 23.65 sec to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland.

After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on July 8. Braving a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner V.K. Vismaya had grabbed silver with a timing of 24.06 seconds.

World junior champion Hima has a personal best of 23.10 seconds, which she clocked last year.

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