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Divya, Raunak youngest to get Chhatrapati Award

Nagpur: Divya Deshmukh and Raunak Sadhwani, the youngest world medal winners of the city, are actually also the youngest recipients of the Shiv Chhatrapati sports award. The two 13-year-old chess prodigies had been named within the checklist for 2017-18 announced by state sports minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Wednesday. It will likely be dispensed to 60 sportspersons, 25 coaches and administrators on the Gateway on Sunday.
Vidarbha’s handiest chess Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade joined the elite workforce of those who have gained Shiv Chhatrapati Award both as a participant and coach. Amravati’s Dhopade — who trains Raunak — will obtain the award as a coach a year after winning it as a participant.

With the state executive introducing new laws for person sports ultimate year, both Raunak and Divya become eligible for the award. Having carried out exceedingly neatly and attaining the uncommon feat of turning into Maharashtra’s youngest chess IM and WIM, respectively, both had been rewarded with the perfect state sports award.

Tawde instructed NewsTread that he's “more than happy to look Raunak and Divya grow to be the youngest to win the award”. “Both are the pride of Maharashtra and I want they bring about more laurels for the state and nation,” he mentioned.

The minister added that the state determination to introduce new rules will likely be inspirational for youngsters. “Having started looking for online packages since ultimate year, we have now also modified the criteria so that state’s younger sports achievers will stand a possibility to win the award,” mentioned Tawde.

A pupil of Centre Point School, Raunak, who's lately enjoying a event in Austria, mentioned, “I'm feeling in point of fact just right and proud. This recognition will inspire me to quickly grow to be a GM. Since I will be able to be enjoying in Moscow on Sunday, my papa will obtain it on my behalf.”

Divya, a pupil of BVM Civil Lines, mentioned, “Initially I used to be no longer mindful. When I got here to understand that I gained one thing prestigious. I felt just right. I simply need to play just right chess and this may occasionally inspire me to offer my best possible far and wide. My preliminary intention is to quickly transparent a second IM norm.”

Swapnil, who pocketed back-to-back Shiv Chhatrapati awards after Anup Deshmukh did it ultimate year, desires more from his younger ward. He mentioned, “It feels nice to get this state award ceaselessly for 2 years. My main award, then again, will likely be when Raunak turns into a GM and I'm looking forward to that.”


Coach: Laxmikant Khandagle (water polo) of Amravati


Nagpur: Samiksha Itankar (handball), Vaishnavi Gabhane (cycling, Bhandara)

Amravati: Disha Gaikwad (weightlifting), Unmesh Shinde (Atya Patya, Washim), Chetan Raut (swimming)

Administrator | Nitin Chawale (Amravati), Rajendra Bhandarkar (Bhandara)

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