New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Former Commonwealth heavyweight wrestling champion Sangram Singh today announced the launch of 1st KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship on September 15. Sangram has lined up a five-card, with himself pitted against Americas star wrestler Kevin Radford. “We will give opportunities to young, talented wrestlers in the country while at the same time keep our legends memory alive. We are aiming to not only improve the profile of the sport but also unearth more and more talents from tier-2 and tier-3 cities,” Sangram said at the press conference. Flanked by Indias first Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Olympian boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, the 32-year-old outlined his plans to take the sport to the next level. “This is a truly momentous day for Indian sport. There couldnt have been a better way to pay our respects to our countrys first Olympic medallist,” Bindra said. “I have always been an admirer of KD Jadhav,” he added. Some of the under-card wrestlers will be Yudhistir, Lubhanshu, Sherpal, Himanshu, Shravan and Pratik. Two female wrestlers will also be seen in action — Ekta vs Akansha. The championship will adhere to professional wrestling norms with six rounds of six minutes each. PTI KHS CM CM
Country Music’s biggest stars have rallied to announce plans for COUNTRY RISING, a benefit concert to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes.The star-studded lineup at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on Ticketmaster.com.In light of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas this week, and out of respect for victims, event organisers have postponed the on-sale date originally scheduled for this Friday.Additional artists and more details will be announced over the coming weeks at CountryRising.org.The Nashville music community has also stepped on board to offer services to support, with AEG and Live Nation teaming up as the official show promoters alongside VIP experience experts CID Entertainment, Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Country Rising will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating storms, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.
APTN National NewsA four-year Aboriginal literacy project started by former prime minister Paul Martin is beginning to see results.The project focused on two First Nation schools in southern Ontario.And the test scores are in.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.