Social Buzz: Festivities, book launch and honorary doctorates 

Despite limited sporting events, it was a momentous week for Indian sports.

By Saurabh Shankar ·

The past week was relatively quiet for Indian fans with the 2019 Denmark Open and the FIFA Football World Cup qualifier between India and Bangladesh being the main sporting events. Nevertheless, there were several off-field activities that grabbed the attention of all on social media.

From former Olympic medallist Karnam Malleswari to India’s chess maestro Viswanathan Anand, we take a look at the conversations brewing online. 

Honorary doctorates

India’s first female Olympic medallist Karnam Malleswari added another accolade to her illustrious career, as she was awarded an honorary doctorate in sports management from Ballsbridge University. The former weightlifter shared the news with all while expressing her gratitude to the university.

Disappointed captain

The Indian football team had to settle for a draw against 187th-ranked Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup qualifier in Kolkata earlier this week. The result was construed as a setback for India’s chance to qualify for Qatar 2022, and the sentiment was echoed by Indian captain and all-time leading goal scorer Sunil Chhetri.

The 35-year-old took to Twitter to express his dejection over the result but was thankful to the fans in the stadium for the passionate support for the team.  

Indian festivities

Female wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games with a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships, was back home celebrating the Hindu festival of Karva Chauth with her husband Somvir Rathee.

Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by married Indian women who fast from sunrise to moonrise for their husbands to have a prosperous and long life. Phogat too upheld the tradition, posting a picture on the eve of the festival with her husband on Instagram. 

Book launch

India’s chess maestro Viswanathan Anand had some big news of his own to share with his fans. The 49-year-old took to Twitter to announce the launch of a biographical book ‘Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life.’

Penned by sportswriter Susan Ninan, the book traverses through the chess player’s illustrious career and how he navigated through different phases of his life.

Athlete comradery 

Earlier this week, India’s young prodigy Lakshya Sen won his maiden Dutch Open title, beating Japanese shuttler Yusuke Onodera in a thrilling final. Several Indians took to Twitter to congratulate the 18-year-old’s momentous win, including former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha. The former defender was amongst the first to commend Sen, tweeting in appreciation of the youngster.