SARBANANDA SONOWAL

  • Government writes to AIBA, seeks reversal on Sarita Devi's ban 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The government has written to AIBA to revoke the suspension of boxer Sarita Devi, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday. Sonowal along with the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar were among those who had shown strong support for Sarita. He said that the government was pursuing the issue. "From our...
  • Sports ministry urges AIBA to revoke suspension imposed on Sarita Devi December 3, 2014

    Pleading with the International Boxing Association to revoke the suspension imposed on boxer L Sarita Devi, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has written a letter to AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu, requesting him to take a sympathetic view given her humble background. Sarita was provisionally suspended after she refused to accept...
  • We want the entire country to be behind Sarita Devi: Sachin Tendulkar November 26, 2014

    Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday discussed the way forward with Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and urged the entire country to support boxer L Sarita Devi, who is facing a possible life ban from AIBA for refusing her bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Sarita Devi lost in the...
  • 'It is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country' November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due to the prevailing "gender inequality" and called for an urgent need to bring about a cultural change. "Yes, it is difficult...
  • Sports Minister agrees to Terry Walsh's 'proposals' in principle: SAI November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India, who constituted a six member committee to study the proposals of Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh after his resignation, met the Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday. The committee comprising of former Indian hockey players Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Zafar Iqbal, High Performance...
  • Sports Minister instructs IOA to push for revoking ban on Sarita Devi October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said that he has instructed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up L Sarita Devi's suspension at the international forum and push for withdrawing the ban imposed on the Indian woman boxer. "We have already instructed the Indian Olympic Association to take...
  • Northeast India, particularly Assam, facing threat from al-Qaeda: Sonowal October 16, 2014

    Tezpur (Assam): The northeast, particularly Assam is facing a serious threat from al-Qaeda and Jihadi militants, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal claimed here on Thursday. "There is information that the al-Qaeda has base in most of the districts of Assam and we have to take an united stand against these fundamentalist forces,"...
  • Asiad hockey gold extra special, Olympics next target: Sports Minister October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Congratulating Indian men's hockey team for winning a 'historic' gold at the ongoing Incheon Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said that the government will provide every possible help to hockey for 2016 Rio Olympics. India beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a nervy shootout to regain the...
  • We have sought report from IOA on Sarita incident: Sports Minister October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Three Union ministers on Wednesday came out in support of boxer Sarita Devi as sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought a report from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on pugilist's controversial loss against Korean boxer in the semi-final of the Asian Games in Incheon. "We have sought a report from...
  • Government begins revision of skill development policy September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming skill development and entrepreneurship "critical" for developing youth as productive workforce, the government today said that it has initiated the process of revising the National Policy on Skill Development. The government has also directed the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) to create a web portal where persons interested...
  • Power, water supply snapped at Ajit Singh's residence as he refused to vacate government residence September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for former union minister Ajit Singh, power and water supply has been snapped at his residence in the national capital on Saturday. The development took place after Singh refused to vacate the governmentallotted residence following his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Singh is presently residing...
  • India's Asian Games contingent pruned to 516 athletes, 163 coaches September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday pruned the Indian contingent for the Incheon Asian Games, slated for September 19October 4, to 679 from 942 that was proposed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The total number of participants shall be 679, including...
  • Wait on Asian Games list continues, India misses crucial meeting September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The long wait for government clearance of the country's contingent at the upcoming Asian Games continued on Monday with the sports ministry yet to get directions from the Prime Minister's Office, leading to India missing out on the scheduled Delegates Registration Meeting in Incheon. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had...
  • Sports Minister to decide on Asian Games participation in five disciplines August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Finally it will be left to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to decide if India will field teams in football, basketball, handball, table tennis and sepak takraw in the 2014 Asian Games slated for Sep 19Oct 4 in the South Korean city of Incheon. The Sports Authority of India (SAI)...
  • Assam: Flood situation remains grim, two dead August 18, 2014

    Tezpur/Jorhat: The flood situation in Assam remained critical in a number of districts including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur with two persons losing their lives and over one lakh people being affected. In Lakhimpur, where the two deaths took place, over 100 villages were under flood water. More than 70 villages were...
  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • CWG 2014: Sports Minister Sonowal assures stern action if charges against officials true August 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said if the charges against IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and an unattached wrestling referee Virender Malik turn out to be true, stern action would be taken against the two officials. Mehta and Malik were arrested on different charges by the Scotland police. According to...
  • Sports Minister aks IOC to intervene on turban row July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from wearing turban at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China. Two Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove...
  • Sports federations in India put an agelimit cap on officebearers July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: As many as 47 out of 54 sports federations in the country have amended their constitution setting 70 years as the age limit for all office bearers, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said during Question Hour, "Out of the 54 National Sports Federations...
  • India to bid for 2019 Asian Games June 11, 2014

    India has set its sights on the 2019 Asian Games to be staged in New Delhi, a sporting spectacle it hopes will demonstrate the Narendra Modiled NDA government's organising capabilities and restore the country's image spoiled by the scandalridden 2010 Commonwealth Games, according to report in the Hindustan Times. Sources in...
  • Assam: BJP accuses Congress of 'siphoning off' money January 20, 2013

    Tezpur: BJP has accused the ruling Congress in Assam of being involved in "siphoning off" money allotted for development projects under the 'Panchayati Raj' system during the past 11 years. Though the Panchayati raj system is for the rural development, it has not happened during the last 11 years of...