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Indian Sports Calendar in 2023: Major events to look forward to in September

M SudharshanM Sudharshan

August 31 2023
Indian Sports Calendar
(Courtesy : The Indian Express/ The Times of India/ India Today)
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Neeraj Chopra will be defending his Diamond League title in Eugene.

The month of September promises to be a busy affair for Indian sports with several major events lined up in the Indian sports calendar. Continental Championships – Hangzhou Asian Games are scheduled to be held across two weeks starting in the last week of September. After clinching the Diamond League title last year, reigning World Champion Neeraj Chopra will be back in action to retain his crown.

Asian Games

The biggest competition of the year – Hangzhou Asian Games – are scheduled to be held for two weeks. 600+ Indian athletes are set to take part in the mega competition across 38 sporting events. In the previous edition, India finished eighth, winning 70 medals (gold – 16, silver – 24 and bronze – 30).

  • September 23-08 October: Hangzhou Asian Games

Archery

After the conclusion of four stages of the World Cup this season, the top-8 archers based on their performances are selected for the World Cup Finals. Five Indian archers – Prathamesh Jawkar, Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami Gopichand and Dhiraj Bommadevara – across both the recurve the compound events are set to take part in the competition.

  • September 09-10: Archery World Cup Finals, Hermosillo

Athletics

Post the World Championships the action shifts to the final set of Diamond League events. Praveen Chitravel and Abdulla Aboobacker will be in action at the Xiamen Diamond League in the men’s triple Jump event. The two-day grand finale at Eugune is set to feature World Champion Neeraj Chopra alongside Murali Sreeshankar (subject to qualification).

  • September 02: Xiamen Diamond League
  • September 08: Belgium Diamond League
  • September 16-17: Diamond League Finals, Eugene

Badminton

After a month’s break, the BWF World Tour is back once again with the BWF 1000 China Open. Top Indian shuttlers, including HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen are set to take part in the competition. The following week there is the Hong Kong Open scheduled.

  • September 05-10: China Open
  • September 12-17: Hong Kong Open

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Basketball

The Indian U-16 men’s basketball team progressed to the FIBA U-16 Asian Championships after qualifying for the final of the SABA U-16 Championships. On the other hand, the men’s U-18 team have been placed in Pool D for the FIBA U-18 3*3 World Cup.

  • September 17-24: FIBA U-16 Asian Championships
  • August 30-03 September: FIBA 3*3 U-18 World Cup

Breaking

A total of four Indian breakdancers (men’s – two and women’s – two) are set to take part in the World Breaking Championships. The tournament acts as a qualifying event for the Paris Olympics and also provides valuable ranking points for the same.

  • September 22-24: World Breaking Championships

Cricket

Asia’s biggest cricket tournament the Asia Cup is scheduled to be held for two weeks with a total of six teams participating in the mega event. The tournament is set to be held across two nations – Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Reigning champions Sri Lanka alongside India and Pakistan are the favourites to lift the title.

  • Aug 30-17 September: Asia Cup
  • September 22-27: Australia tour of India

Football

The Durand Cup 2023 is reaching its final stages with East Bengal reserving their spot in the grand final. They will be joined by either of Mohun Bagan or FC Goa for the prestigious title.

Four countries – India, Thailand, Iraq and Lebanon are set to participate in the King’s Cup. The tournament features two semi-finals followed by a final alongside a third place playoff.

  • August 03-03 September: Durand Cup
  • September 02-10: SAFF U-16 Men’s Championships
  • September 06-12: U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers
  • September 07-10: King’s Cup
  • September 16-24: AFC U-17 Women’s Championship 2024 Qualifiers

Shooting

Tokyo Olympian Saurabh Chaudhary is back to play for India at the ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup. After missing out of a spot at the World Championships, the youngster will be eager to perform well and cement his place in the upcoming tournaments.

  • September 12-19: ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup

Table Tennis

All the top Indian paddlers are set to take part in the Asian TT Championships. The winner of the competition earns a direct spot for the Paris Olympics 2024. Achanta Sarath Kamal and Manika Batra will look to go deep into the competition in the men’s singles and women’s singles sections respectively.

  • September 03-10: Asian Table Tennis Championships

Tennis

The US Open 2023 has started on a fine note with several top-seeded players exiting in the opening two rounds of the tournament. Post the US Open, the Indian men’s players will be back in Lucknow, India to take part against Morocco in the Davis Cup World Group 2. The winner of the tie progresses to World Group Stage 1.

  • August 28-10 September – US Open
  • September 16-17: Davis Cup World Group 2

Volleyball

The Indian women’s volleyball team are slated to take part in the 22nd edition of the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships. The winners of the competition qualify directly for the World Volleyball Championships scheduled to be held in 2025.

  • August 30-06 September: Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships

Weightlifting

The World Weightlifting Championships are part of the Paris Olympics qualifying tournaments. Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu has tendered to only attend the weigh-in and will not be lifting any weights, setting her focus for the Asian Games.

  • September 04-17: World Weightlifting Championships

Wrestling

The World Wrestling Championships are set to offer Paris Olympics quota places for athletes finishing on the podium. India is sending a big contingent to the Games, with Olympian Vinesh Phogat and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Dahiya withdrawing due to injuries.

  • September 16-24: World Wrestling Championships

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