Indian Express: As 2013 begins, Pune has much to look forward to in a sporting sense. The year 2012 was good for the city with Gagan Narang clinching bronze at the London Olympic, city girl Sayali Gokhale winning the national badminton champion and Michelle Kakade conquering all the five deserts in the world in gruelling endurance races. The new year brings with it new possibilities and a chance to reach new levels of excellence.
Pune FC, the city’s premier football club, would like to consolidate on the good work done in the past three seasons and go all the way in the I-League. The club is currently third in the nationwide league. The club is well aware that first three months of the year will be crucial to decide the winners of coveted trophy and will be hoping to chalk up a string of wins.
Pune Warriors India, the city’s IPL franchise, would like to better their performance as the IPL juggernaut rolls into the city in April and May. The Pune Warriors finished last in IPL, 2012 and with January bringing a chance to induct new players into the squad, they will be looking to make some smart buys.
January will also see the introduction of the Maharashtra Tennis League, a franchise based competition for tennis and a first of a kind initiative in the country. The Maharashtra Badminton League will also be back in the summer. The Balewadi Sports Complex will host a number of competitions, national as well as state, all through-out the year.