Indian Sports live, March 11: Nishant one win away from securing Olympic quota

Here at the ESPN daily blog, we bring you all the news from the dynamic world of Indian sports, from the wide variety of Olympic sports to franchise leagues.

March has plenty of sporting action taking place – which you can find listed out in ESPN India’s sporting calendar.

Here are the key events from Monday, March 11:


Early in the morning hours today, Nishant Dev continued his run in the World Olympic Boxing Qualification tournament at Busto Arsizio, Italy. He beat Greece’s Christos Karaitis with a 5:0 unanimous decision in the pre-quarterfinals. The 23-year-old Nishant Dev will face Omari Jones of the USA, a world championships silver medallist, in the quarter-finals next later tonight (early hours of Tuesday morning in India) — a win here and he secures an Olympic boxing quota for India in the men’s 71 kg event.

He is the only Indian boxer remaining in the tournament, and India’s last chance for a quota from this round of qualifiers (there’s one more tournament left). .

What’s on today?

  • Boxing: Nishant Dev in qf action; a win gives him an Olympic quota

  • ISL: Punjab FC take on FC Goa in a clash that has ramifications for both the league shield race and the last playoff spot

  • PVL: Bengaluru Torpedoes face Delhi Toofans, Calicut Heroes face Mumbai Meteors.

What happened yesterday?

In an action packed day:

  • Badminton: Satwik-Chirag won the French Open final, and that in some style. More on that here.

  • Wrestling: Bajrang, Ravi lose Olympic qualification tournament/Asian Championships trials. But they are not out of the running for Paris yet

  • Football: Mohun Bagan take the bragging rights, and league top spot, with a 3-1 win over East Bengal in the derby

  • PVL: Defending champs Ahmedabad Defenders lost 0-3 to Delhi Toofans while Chennai Blitz got blitzed 0-3 by the Calicut Heroes.

    You can find more details of yesterday’s events, here.

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