Aishwarya Pissay has become the first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports, winning the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Bajas World Cup in the women’s category at Varpalota, Hungary. She also finished second in the FIM Junior category with 46 points.
The 23-year old, who won the first round in Dubai, placed third in Portugal, fifth in Spain and fourth in Hungary, in the subsequent outings. She finished with a tally of 65 points, just four ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women. The Bengaluru girl is scheduled to return back to the bay in the early hours of 14 August.
On the other hand, the Indian women’s football team were handed a special third place trophy in the COTIF Cup held in Valencia, Spain. The COTIF President Eliseu Gmez Tormos, decided this after being impressed by the players performances.
India played four matches in the COTIF Cup, winning two, 3-1 against Mauritania and 7-0 against Bolivia and lost against Villarreal and Spain. This was the team’s best finish in the tournament and they won the Fair Play award too.
The Indian head coach Maymol Rocky was very happy with the improvement of the team. The tournament’s President congratulated the Indian coach personally as well.
The host for the 2022 AFC women Asian Cup is yet to be decided. India had bid for Continental Championship but AFC asked every bidder to select one city. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) selected Mumbai as the probable host. The other competitors are Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Taipei in Taiwan.
In other news, 21-year-old, Ayesha Noor, karate champion from the slums of Kolkata will represent India at an international sports meet in Thailand.
Ayesha has won three gold medals by representing India, first time in Mumbai in 2010 and twice in Bangkok in 2013 and 2015. In 2017, the United States of America honoured Ayesha Noor as ‘Hero of Gender Equality’ at American Centre in New Delhi.
In June 2019, the Times of India honoured Ayesha as ‘Times Women Heroes Award’. The documentary on her journey called ‘Girl Connected’, made by the International Television series (ITVS), was screened globally and telecast by Doordarshan.
Ayesha is selected to represent India at the international sports meet in Bangkok, Thailand, here she will also be honoured with the International Sports Award in the month of September.
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