Bengaluru’s largest 5km Run – My Country Run, Edition 5 on March 8th 2020


My Country Run, Edition 5, supported by Jain (Deemed-to-be University), the largest 5km run, is coming to Bengaluru with its fifth edition on Sunday, March 8th 2020, Nice Road Tollgate, Hosakerehalli. To cheer for the participants many prominent dignitaries & public personalities – such as Shri C T Ravi, Minister of Tourism, Kannada & Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Karnataka, Shi Tejasvi Surya, Member of Parliament- Bengaluru South, have confirmed their presence for the run.

MCR is certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races), and is the largest 5km run to encourage sports and raise awareness about health in Bengaluru. In its 5th year the event is expected to witness 15,000+ participants. There are three categories in MCR – Elite 10kOpen 10K Cool 5k.

Speaking on this momentous fifth edition of the run the spokesperson, Col (Hony.) Dr. N Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University)  said, “As we start gearing up for the fifth edition of My Country Run, I must say I am extremely delighted by the acceptance and encouragement we have received for our previous editions. With our motto of #RunForABetterTomorrow this year we are expecting a greater participation and awareness about health & fitness.

“As a nation, it’s heartening to see Govt. promoting “Khelo India”, which is a big boost to the nation where sports was never considered as a career option. I am hopeful that My Country Run will surely create that awareness. I urge Bengaluru to come forward and participate in large numbers.” He Added.

MCR has reached out to more than 500,000+ people and a turnout of 40,000+ enthusiast runners in the first four editions. It is entering into the 5th edition with trust and support of thousands of like- minded people joining hands to support the cause. My Country Run is entitled in India Book of Records & Asia Book of record.

As a part of its value system, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), believes in the concept of promoting health and encouraging individuals to pursue their passion. This belief system is the root for organizing ‘MY COUNTRY RUN (MCR). As a part of its Social Impact Initiative to achieve the following objectives;

  • To create awareness on good health and wellness for every single individual in the country that, in turn, transforms into a Healthy Nation.
  • To support deserving sportsmen with the best facilities and equip them to excel at National and International   level   and   also   to   create   the   next generation OLYMPIANS from India.
  • To create a sports Eco System/Community of Sports

Signify provides cricket fans in India a pitch perfect view

Signify illuminates the world's largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad (4)

World leader in lighting Signify providing cricket fans in India with a perfect view on the nation’s favorite sport as it illuminates the Sardar Patel Stadium located in Ahmedabad, in association with Larsen & Toubro. The newly constructed stadium was the venue for the public gathering addressed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during the former’s visit to India.

Signify has equipped the Motera Stadium, which can host 110,000 spectators and is one of India’s premier cricket stadiums, with 580 luminaries of Philips ArenaVision LED Floodlighting system for day-and-night games. This installation complies with the ICC (International Cricket Council) Broadcasting standards for sports illumination. The stadium, owned by Gujarat Cricket Association, is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. It features two cricket grounds, a cricket academy, an Olympic size swimming pool, a gymnasium and 75 corporate boxes.

The lighting system has been designed exclusively for sports and multi-purpose venues, offering outstanding light quality, higher energy efficiency, effective thermal management and a long lifetime.

“We are very proud to illuminate the world’s largest cricket stadium using our Philips Arenavision LED Floodlighting system. It is also India’s first LED floodlit cricket stadium that meets the ICC Broadcasting standards. This system will offer an unparalleled sporting experience for cricket fans in the country,” said Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Market Leader of Signify’s operations in India. “At the same time, it will help the stadium in achieving its responsible and environmental goals enabling durability through longevity and significantly reduce maintenance costs.”


The International Cricket Council, on behalf of its Members, today released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023. The FTP, which is available here, provides clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporates all three formats of the game.


The result of a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, the FTP focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup.


Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from 15 July 2019 to 30 April 2021. The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions.


In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents.


India’s opening series in the World Test Championship is against the Windies in the Caribbean in July 2019, while their first ODI series in the league is against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in June 2020.


This league will serve as a qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. India (as host) plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on 31 March 2022 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.


The principles followed by Members in the creation of this men’s FTP are as follows:


·        Scheduling the appropriate amount of cricket in each format (home and away) for each Member;


·        With matches scheduled at the preferred time of year in each territory;


·        Inclusion of existing  series that have already been committed to commercial partners (mainly in 2019-20);


·        Providing optimum preparation for ICC Events by playing the same format immediately before the tournament;


·        Sufficient time for Members to schedule their preferred bilateral content outside of World Test Championship and ODI league;


·        Periods when individual Boards want to allow their national team players to be available to compete in domestic T20 leagues.


ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the Members for their efforts in the preparation of the men’s Future Tours Programme:


“The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.


“Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.”


As part of the agreed international cricket structure, the ICC Board has already approved an additional ICC World T20 in place of the ICC Champions Trophy as well as giving Twenty20 International Status to all 104 Members.

Jumpin Heights introduces virtual reality in Adventure sports industry

Jumpin heights, India’s highest fixed platform for bungee jump has come up with a unique experience for its viewers all over the world. Jumpin Heights introduced the world’s latest technology, virtual reality in adventure sports space for the first time in India in collaboration with NatuVR Studios, a Delhi-based Film Production House, specializing in Virtual Reality Filmmaking.  It has built high end Virtual Reality content – creating a thrilling experience for both office and home.


The Videos put the viewers in the shoes of the jumper as they experience full 360 views of the jump and the overall experience provided at Jumpin Heights. This is the first time that Virtual Reality has been implemented at a professional level in India in the field of adventure sports. The 360 degree experiences are embedded with texts, edits and music giving making it a unique, exhilarating and very informational immersive experience for the people.


Commenting on the implementation of VR facility in the field of adventurous sports, Niharika Nigam, Director Business Development at Jumpin Heights saidWhen we tested the videos on the oculus, the viewers would actually shriek and be out of breath, with shaky knees, and sweaty palms, as if they’d just done the Bungy jumps themselves – and we knew we just had to get this experience across to every portable mobile phone and laptop as well. This VR facility, will allow the viewers to experience the thrill of our sports in as immersive a way, as technologically possible right now. This is the future of videography, and we are proud to be one of the very few globally, and the first in India, to experiment with it in the field of extreme adventure sports – to bring the complete immersive experience to our potential clients, while sitting comfortably at home or in office, before they choose to book with us-to assure them of the safety, and the scale of operations at our location in Rishikesh.”


Akshay Raheja, creative director and CEO of the startup NatuVR Studios said that ‘The viewing and reach of Virtual Reality content is on the rise all over the world and The VR experience videos that we have created with Jumpin Heights are state of the art content that’s highly immersive and is built with texts, and voiceovers to make it informational as well. We are lucky to have been given the opportunity to produce such content for the first time in the Adventure Sports field in India and have more exciting collaborations coming up for more such content. This is the kind of content that expands the boundaries of how people can view videos on their phones, laptops and of course VR Headsets.’


It will be a dream debut for newest Test nation Afghanistan, as they take on the world’s top-ranked team, India, in their first Test in Bengaluru from Thursday.


Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men’s Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. Both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Full Member and Test status last June.


The one-off Test against India will be Afghanistan’s first step towards being ranked on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings and a chance for their gifted players to enter the individual rankings after making a mark in limited overs cricket. India stand to lose three points if they lose this match but their number-one position is under no threat, thanks to a 13-point lead over South Africa.


Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai: “It’s a great moment for us as we embark on our Test journey. To be playing our first Test against India is a great honour and we hope to give a good account of ourselves.


“To be competing against the best on the Test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team.”


India captain Ajinkya Rahane: “It’s a privilege to be playing in Afghanistan’s first Test match. It’s a historic moment for them and an opportunity for us to be part of the occasion. 


“They have a fine team and some talented players who have proved themselves in shorter formats. I’m sure they are looking forward to do the same in Test cricket. On behalf of the Indian team, I wish them all the best.”


India are without regular captain and second-ranked Virat Kohli for this Test but the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara (sixth), Rahane (18th) and opener Lokesh Rahul (19th) in batting and former top-ranked spinners Ravindra Jadeja (fourth) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth) among bowlers will be looking to improve their positions on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.


Afghanistan’s spinners will be in focus too as Rashid Khan (top-ranked in T20Is, second in ODIs) and Mohammad Nabi (eighth in T20Is, 16th in ODIs) look to make a mark in Test cricket. Among batsmen, Rahmat Shah is their leading player in ODIs at 32nd position.


Meanwhile, the first of three Tests between the Windies and Sri Lanka in Port of Spain has seen Kusal Mendis move towards the top 10 with his valiant second innings century that came in a 226-run loss, their first to the Windies in 10 years.


The opener’s second innings score of 102 has lifted him three places to 16th position while Windies player Shane Dowrich has moved up 20 places to 66th position after compiling an unbeaten 125 in the first innings that came in a 468-minute vigil and earned him the Player of the Match award.


Among bowlers, Shannon Gabriel (up one place to 23rd), Jason Holder (up one place to 35th) and Roston Chase (up four places to 51st) are the main gainers for the home side while for Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal (up one place to 30th), Lahiru Kumara (up 14 places to 54th) and Angelo Mathews (up one place to 72nd) are the ones to move up.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) today congratulated Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Anti Corruption, and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director Steve Elworthy, after it was announced they have both been recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

Marshall, former Chief Executive of the College of Policing has been made a CBE for services to policing, whilst Elworthy has been awarded an MBE for his services to cricket.


Marshall began his career as a police officer in 1980. He was appointed Chief Constable of Hampshire in 2008, and was selected to head the new College of Policing when it was created in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and also attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Commenting on his appointment he said: “I am incredibly proud to have served for all my adult life, with the officers and staff who work so hard to keep us safe 24 hours a day. I will always support these brave people doing such a difficult job. Every achievement I’ve enjoyed, depended on the hard work of others. I am forever grateful.”

Elworthy, 53, ​has previously been Tournament Director for four different ICC global events held in England and Wales, and one in South Africa -​ the ICC Champions Trophy in both 2017 and 2013, The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009.


​He was also tournament director for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament held in 2007 in South Africa, for whom he made four Test and 39 ODI appearance​s. During his playing career, the former fast bowler helped South Africa win the 1998 Commonwealth Gold and reach the semi-final of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Elworthy said: “I am extremely honoured to be receiving an MBE and highly appreciative to those that put my name forward as this is not something that you ever consider a possibility​. I have had many years of being involved in cricket and ​that has given me tremendous enjoyment. 


“I have been very fortunate to work with brilliant teams over my years in cricket – from playing to administration – and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has supported along the way.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “On behalf of everyone at the ICC I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to both Alex and Steve on the honours they have been awarded. It is wonderful to see them both recognized for their commitment to their careers and the impact each of them has had.”

Mirchi and Hero Cycles celebrate World Bicycle Day with Cyclothon

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Cycling has proven to be beneficial in all the ways possible – Health, environment, decongestion, etc. Which is why UN declared 3rd June as world bicycle day.

Radio Mirchi and Hero cycles being leaders in their category are in support of the UN decision and has launched an initiatives to try raise concern of lack of infra in Delhi to cycle and have been promoting the cause “Road Pe Dikhegi Tabhi To Chalegi” to bring cycles back on Road so that there would be separate cycling lane.

RJ Naved, RJ Sayema and RJ Abhinav made amazing videos and posted on Radio Mirchi Facebook page for this cause, making Cycling is cool again.

On 3rd June a Cyclothon at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, was done and Delhi came out to support the cause and showed their love.

Mr. Pankaj M Munjal Chairman of Hero cycles Ltd.  is the man behind starting such an important thought and believing in the importance of cycling.

Mr Rohit Gothi, CEO Hero Cycles and Mr Rohit Sharma CMO Hero Cycles also gave out 5 Lac worth of Bicycles to NGO kids who could go to schools on cycle and state the message of “Road pe dikhegi tabhi to chalegi

Mr.Pritesh Chothani, VP & Cluster Head – Delhi & Rajasthan, Radio Mirchi, said, “We at Radio Mirchi completely resonate with the cause of making the city friendly for cycling. On the occasion of World Bicycle Day this is our bit towards promoting bicycles on Delhi roads, in specific, and making the city a better place to live in at large.”