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Sports Ministry to consider legal online betting in India



Sports Ministry to consider legal online betting in India

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The Ministry of Sports in India has begun preparation to frame specific laws on online sports betting.  Informal consultations have already been held with various stakeholders in the government, the sources claimed.

However, another proposal of legalizing online and regulated betting in cricket by All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has been rebuffed by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

“No such proposal has been made to me. I am against betting. I am one of those who banned gambling. But the final decision rests with the Government of India,” said the Union Sports Minister.

The Sports Ministry under Goel’s leadership is simultaneously seeking assistance from its counterparts in UK, where there is a comprehensive legislation and advance online technologies in place for sports betting.

“The UK has one of the most effective gambling laws. We hope to understand their system and see if it is possible to introduce it in India,” said a ministry official. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed by Injeti Srinivas, the Sports Secretary who is currently visiting United Kingdom.

At present, 28 per cent GST is levied on the only legal betting on horse racing in the country. Relatively, online betting in sports in England is quite inseparable and has been subjected to considerable regulation. They have combined laws with a number of social policy measures to regulate betting.

Betting in UK, is seen with strong reputation for reliability, quality products and excellent customer service. Some people believe that to simulate same reputation in India, licensing and regulation combined with social measures should efficiently operate under government bodies.

“The UK has overcome this (poor funding) through lottery and online betting. The Department is preparing a MoU with the UK and the aspect of betting will be included therein in order to understand the mechanism and evolve a view on the possibility of its introduction in India,” said the Ministry in its presentation.

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IPL 2023: Kane Williamson ruled out after suffering knee injury

The video of William’s injury was caught on camera wherein he could be seen holding his knee to the ground in pain for a few minutes.



Kane Williamson

Gujarat Titans’ Kane Williamson has been ruled out from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 after sustaining a severe knee injury, reports said. However, an official announcement from Gujarat Titans has not been made yet.

New Zealand’s white-ball skipper was a part of Hardik Pandya’s team and suffered the knee injury on Friday while trying to take a catch off a pick-up shot by Ruturaj Gaikward. The video of William’s injury was caught on camera wherein he could be seen holding his knee to the ground in pain for a few minutes.

The physios rushed to the pitch and carried him to the dressing room and he did not come back following which B Sai Sudharsan was sent as his substitute.

Hardik Pandya informed that the management is waiting for the scan reports. The GT captain also said he is unaware of how serious the injury is and how long it will take for Kate Williamson to recover, reports said.

After Williamson’s injury, three players who can replace him can be former Punjab Kings skipper David Miller, Australian wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade, and wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat.

Gujarat Titans kicked off their IPL 2023 by winning their opening match against MS Dhoni’s led Chennai Super Kings at the world’s largest stadium Narendra Modi Stadium, also known as Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.

Hardik Pandya-led team won the match by 5 wickets with credit to Shubman Gill who made 63 runs in 36 balls. GT will next be pitted against Delhi Capitals whereas CSK will play against Lucknow Super Giants for the upcoming matches of IPL 2023.

The 16th edition of the IPL is streaming on Jio Cinema in 12 different languages Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi, Marathi, and Gujarati. Bhojpuri commentary by Ravi Kishan on Friday took the internet by storm.

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IPL 2023: Cricket fans go gaga over Bhojpuri commentary, call it winner of the season

For the first time ever, the Indian Premier League is being aired with commentary in 12 different languages.



Ravi Kishan

Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan has become a social media favourite after his hilarious commentary during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 opening match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings, on March 31. Jio Cinemas, IPL’s digital partner, has hired around 120 commentators so that the fans can enjoy the league in 12 different languages.

The 16th edition of the IPL is streaming in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Bengali, as well as the new additions of Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Oriya, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati. Cricket fans loved this initiative but amongst all, Bhojpuri commentary has left the internet in splits.

Kishan made some comical remarks that have gone viral on social media and the fans say that they do not want to watch the tournament in any other language. A fan wrote that his commentary is funnier than most stand-up acts. His phrases like ‘Anghoota tod bowling’ and ‘Ee ka ho, munh ha phod be ka?’ (What was that? It could have broken the batsman’s face!) have made the fans cry laughing.

Here are some of the reactions:

Gujarat Titans won the tournament opener match by 5 wickets against Chennai Super Kings which is led by MS Dhoni, with credit to Shubman Gill who scored 63 runs off 36 balls. Gujarat will be playing against Delhi Capitals in their next match whereas Chennai is lined up with Lucknow Super Giants for their next match.

The first match was held in the world’s largest stadium Narendra Modi Stadium, also known as Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, and attended by over 1 lakh fans, while millions enjoyed it from their home on OTT. The opening ceremony featured Arijit Singh, Tamanaah Bhatia and Rashmika Mandanna.

Meanwhile, another viral picture of Arijit Singh touching MS Dhoni’s feet has left the internet teary-eyed.

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Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy create history, become first Indian pair to win Swiss Open badminton

Shetty and Rankireddy won against the World No. 21 21-19, 24-22 in 54 minutes to get off the mark in the new season.



Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

Badminton lovers it’s time to celebrate! Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Sunday won their first title of 2023 at the Swiss Open 2023 happening in Basel.

By beating Ren Xiang Yu and Tang Qiang of China in the finals, the duo created history and became the first Indian pair ever to win at the Swiss Open badminton. Shetty and Rankireddy won against the World No. 21 21-19, 24-22 in 54 minutes to get off the mark in the new season.

The title is Shetty and Rankireddy’s first one on the tour since their French Open Super 750 triumph on October 2022. The pair had earlier won 3 titles in 2022 including the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and also finished with a bronze medal at the World Championships.

In another huge victory for India, Boxers Nitu Ghanghas and Saweety Boora scripted history by becoming the sixth and seventh Indian boxers to win the Women’s World Boxing Championship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the duo for their remarkable victory.

Ghanghas won against Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altansetseg in the 48 kg final and registered a dominating 5-0 win in the 81 kg category. Boora won the gold medal via a split verdict and registered a 4-3 win against China’s Wang Lina.

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