(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 China’s Sun Yang prepares for the final of the men’s 800m freestyle event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)Chinese swimming star Sun Yang, facing a ban of up to eight years for missing an out-of-competition test, told the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday that testers were at fault by failing to identify themselves correctly.Attending a one-day CAS public hearing in person in a bid to clear his name, Sun, accused of using a hammer to smash a vial containing his own blood sample, maintained his innocence and said testers were unprofessional and ignored protocol.ADVERTISEMENT “If they had been professional and had shown their identification, we would not be here today,” Sun said in Chinese, translated court interpreters.“The officials were not even capable of proving their identity. How could I allow them to take my sample,” said the triple Olympic champion who is a national hero in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSun insisted that documents provided by the testers were invalid.Sun, winner of 11 world titles, was cleared of wrongdoing in January by FINA, the international swimming federation. LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The first hearing in public, in 1999, also involved FINA, which had found Irish swimmer Michelle Smith de Bruin guilty of doping. Smith requested an open hearing.CAS ruled for FINA, finding that Smith had tried to dilute her urine sample with alcohol.CAS said that a ruling on Sun’s case would not be issued on Friday following the one-day hearing but at a later date following court deliberations.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments MOST READ The body confirmed that he had used a hammer to smash a vial containing his own blood sample during the testing session in September last year but agreed that testers had failed to produce adequate identification or follow correct protocol.Protests from rivalsThe ruling outraged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) who took the matter to CAS demanding a ban of between two and eight years for Sun, who served a doping suspension in 2014, for missing the out-of-competition test.After being cleared by FINA, Sun was able to compete in the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July, where he won two golds but became a focus of protests from rivals.Australian Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Sun after coming second to him in the 400m freestyle. Horton received an ovation from fellow swimmers at the athletes’ dining hall for his protest.Friday’s court proceedings have been moved from the CAS headquarters in Lausanne to Montreux to cope with high media interest and will for only the second time in the tribunal’s history be conducted in public.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress
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When it comes to the T20I format, no other team in the world has as many big hitters in their side as the West Indies. As the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite return to national duty, the team will be extremely confident heading into the two-match series against India starting August 27.The two-time world champions look like a completely different side in the shortest format. After a disappointing loss in the Test series against India, the Windies will now head into the T20I series as the favourites. Their record against the Men in Blue is also a factor which will give them the psychological edge. (MS Dhoni to feature in just seven more games in 2016)NUMBERS GAMEIn head-to-head battles, the West Indies lead India 3-2 out of the five games played so far. Their latest face-off happened during the World T20 where West Indies handed India a seven-wicket defeat in the semi-finals at the Wankhede stadium. Lendl Simmons was the wrecker-in-chief in that match as he smashed an unbeaten 82 in 51 balls to blunt the Indian bowling attack.Lendl Simmons single-handedly knocked out India from the World T20 this year. (Reuters Photo)India though, have the advantage of playing more T20 matches this year and apart from the rare blemish in the World T20, their record in 2016 has been pretty impressive. MS Dhoni’s boys have played 19 matches this year, winning 15 and losing just 4 games so far. West Indies on the other hand, have played just 6 games this year, all during the World T20. Their only loss came against minnows Afghanistan in the group stages. (Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank) advertisementOverall in T20Is, India have been much more consistent and have a win percentage of 61.84 as compared to Windies’ 51.95.CHASE MASTERSBoth teams prefer to chase when it comes to the shortest format. Out of the 19 games that India have played this year, 11 times they have batted second and won 9 of them while chasing. The world champions meanwhile, have had the pleasure of batting second in all of their six games this year. (Also read: Cricket tips to Miami Heat stars, Team India wooing the United States)But both the teams will be in a dilemma as the ground in Florida usually favours the team batting first, although it is still early days to take a call on that. Out of the 10 matches that have taken place at the Lauderhill stadium, 6 have been won by the team batting first. The pitch is more inclined towards the batsmen with the average first innings total being 160. The toss therefore, will play a crucial role in the outcome of both the matches. (Also Read: Probe launched after farcical washout India-West Indies 4th Test)INDIA’s FIRST MATCH IN USADhawan, Kohli and Rohit will be key for India in the T20Is. (BCCI Photo)Another big advantage that the West Indies have over the Indians is that they have played on this ground twice before in 2012 and on both occasions they beat New Zealand quite convincingly. India will be making their debut on this ground and will have to adapt to the conditions quickly. (Also read: De Villiers, not Kohli, is the most exciting batsman for Richard Hadlee)The winning momentum might be on India’s side after the Test series triumph and the return of Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah will also be a big boost for the Men in Blue, but they still head into the series as the underdogs. The West Indies will be playing their first match under new captain Carlos Brathwaite, but they posses one of the most dangerous batting lineups in world cricket which is why they are the team to beat in the T20I format.Most runs (India)Runs Players SR1641 V Kohli 135.171292 RG Sharma 126.911203 SK Raina 132.921134 Yuvraj Singh 136.951069 MS Dhoni 120.92932 G Gambhir 119.02416 S Dhawan 113.35394 V Sehwag 145.38364 AM Rahane 113.75249 RV Uthappa 118.00Most wickets (India)Wkts Player Econ50 R Ashwin 6.9131 A Nehra 7.6929 RA Jadeja 7.0428 Yuvraj S 7.0628 IK Pathan 8.0225 Harbhajan S 6.2024 JJ Bumrah 6.3417 AB Dinda 8.1617 Zaheer Khan 7.63Most runs (West Indies)Runs Player SR1519 CH Gayle 145.491133 MN Samuels 120.661054 DJ Bravo 117.76843 LMP Simmons 117.08664 KA Pollard 142.18582 DR Smith 122.78580 J Charles 113.06534 DJG Sammy 148.74533 ADS Fletcher 113.16421 D Ramdin 115.65Most wickets (West Indies)Wkts Player Econ49 DJ Bravo 8.4444 DJG Sammy 7.2840 S Badree 5.3940 SP Narine 5.6929 R Rampaul 8.5124 JE Taylor 8.2222 KA Pollard 8.1920 AD Russell 9.0619 MN Samuels 7.75
Margao, Sep 27 (PTI) The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (LOC) today unveiled the official emblem for what will be the countrys first international football event. The ceremony at a posh city hotel here was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and Chairman of the LOC and All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel. “It is clear for all to see how football has already been making huge strides in India,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “But there is still an enormous room for growth, and the FIFA U-17 World Cup can be an ideal catalyst to develop the sport even further and across the whole country. This is an exceptional opportunity to converge two of FIFAs core missions: to organise tournaments and to promote football development.” Fittingly launched during the AFC U16 Championships, which are the first set of qualifiers for next years tournament, the emblem of the first ever FIFA tournament in India was designed as a celebration of the countrys rich and diverse culture, with its main elements being the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity. Each of the aforementioned has been selected for its deep significance in the culture of the country. The Indian Ocean that serves as a base of the emblem is an integral part of the sub-continent. The banyan tree is the national tree of India, deeply rooted in the culture and ethos of the country and under which rural communities traditionally gather to take all major decisions in its shade. The kite is the symbol of freedom and fun. Popular across the country, it represents the soaring aspirations of Indias young and vibrant democracy. Finally, the starburst that sits on the top of the emblem brings the feeling of festivity and celebration, representing all the festivals that grace this multicultural country and making a statement that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the new festival in all the calendars. Shaped like the World Cup trophy, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. It represents what the tournament stands for. Talking about the launch, Patel said, “This is a historic occasion for India and the AIFF. Hosting our first FIFA World Cup will change forever the way football is seen in our country.” Tournament Director, Javier Ceppi added, “This is a very important landmark for our event, as now we have a very distinct image. With the emblem launch we will go out to the masses and make sure that the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is seen across the nation as another festival in our calendar of celebrations, the festival of football. We really have to make this fantastic opportunity count.” The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will happen in six venues across the country during the month of October 2017. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
Defender Phil Jagielka of Everton has pulled out of the England football squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Malta and Slovenia due to a thigh injury.England coach Gareth Southgate decided not to call anyone to replace the veteran defender since the list includes John Stones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Michael Keane.It is expected that Jagielka will be available to Everton for the premier league match against Manchester City on October 15.
England no longer have the world class spin options available to them that they enjoyed when they stunned India in 2012, captain Alastair Cook said after his side fell 3-0 behind the hosts in the five-match series on Monday.England are the last team to win a series in India when they beat the hosts 2-1 four years ago with spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar revelling in the conditions, and ably supported by prolific wicket-taking paceman James Anderson. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)During that series, Panesar took 11 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium while Swann picked up eight more to help England thrash India by 10 wickets.However, leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who is England’s highest wicket-taker in the ongoing series with 22 victims, and off-spinner Moeen Ali have failed to match those performances.”No disrespect to Mo and Rash but Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar were world class bowlers in 2012,” Cook told reporters after England’s defeat by an innings and 36 runs. “In these conditions you need that. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”Mo and Rash have bowled well but they are not yet in that league…I do not mean that disrespectfully at all and that is why we need a slightly different balance to the side.”In 2012, we could play the four bowlers, two seamers and two spinners, but in this side we need more options.”Cook admitted England had erred by picking an extra seamer in Jake Ball while overlooking Gareth Batty as the pitch had nothing in it for the quicker bowlers.advertisement”Here we knew it was going to spin,” Cook said. “But one thing we have strength in depth in is our seamers and we can get control with our seamers if it is not spinning a huge amount.”Generally here in Mumbai it spins slightly later on in the game but it spun pretty much from ball one and last time in 2012 it didn’t and the pitch looked exactly the same.”Cook was also left to rue England’s failure to take the chances that came their way. (Also read: Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)Jonny Bairstow missed a stumping opportunity of Murali Vijay on 45, while Rashid dropped a difficult return catch from India captain Virat Kohli on 68 and Joe Root also put down Jayant Yadav at slip on eight.Vijay scored 136, Kohli went on to make 235 and Yadav 104.”We missed three good chances to take wickets and they made us pay,” Cook said. “Missing Kohli, missing Vijay and Yadav cost us dearly.”It is just frustrating. To beat India in these conditions you have to play the perfect game and we haven’t managed to do that.”
Marco Verratti believes Paris Saint-Germain’s squad is benefitting from Thomas Tuchel’s direct approach to man management, something that was missing under previous boss Unai Emery.PSG won Ligue 1 once and both the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue twice during Emery’s two-season stay at Parc des Princes.However, Emery failed to land the club’s ultimate goal of the Champions League and during his time at the club there were suggestions of squad disharmony, while he is reported to have squabbled with big-name stars such as Neymar and Julian Draxler. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Former Borussia Dortmund coach Tuchel was appointed to replace Emery and PSG’s only competitive defeat since he took over was the 3-2 Champions League reverse away at Liverpool.Speaking to Le Parisien, Verratti said: “The coach is very close to the players. What we like, the whole team and me, is that he’s very direct.”He really tells you things. Sometimes they are not pretty, but he tells you. He is a good person and helps you to follow him, to give 100 per cent for him.”We know that he works a lot and that he wants the best for us. To achieve great goals, you all have to walk in the same direction. And, this year, we have a good understanding with the coach and the staff.”Asked if the difference between Tuchel and Emery was down to how they each interact with players, Verratti replied: “I think so, yes. “All coaches have a different way of going to the players, to make them understand things. Sometimes with Emery it was a little complicated.”We see that he [Tuchel] is happy in training. We train with a smile but we are always serious. Work hard but with a smile, this is the best method.”Coming to training with a straight face, it does not work. We found the smile we had lost.”Verratti concedes Tuchel can lose his temper if needs be, but he has no qualms with him doing so.”Yes, of course [he can get angry],” he said. “He says things directly. We like that.”When he has to congratulate the team, he does it. When there are things that do not work [he lets you know that], too.”Sometimes he does it in front of everyone, because some situations involve a player but must be understood by the whole team. Sometimes he talks to us individually.”We have a lot of exchanges. For the moment, it’s a really big surprise for everyone on this level, because we needed a coach like that.”
With Kings XI Punjab’s 10-wicket win, seamer Sandeep Sharma hoped the victory over Delhi Daredevils will change the momentum and give them the impetus to make it to the IPL play-off.”We needed to win and I think momentum will shift now and we will gain winning momentum. We still have five games left and we will play better to reach the playoffs of the tournament,” Sharma added after the match.His four wickets helped Kings XI to bundle out DD for 67 and Sharma said he backed his strength to take wickets.”I back my strengths as I know T20 is hard for bowlers, we know batsmen will come hard at you, so the best chance to keep them quiet is taking wickets,” 23-year-old said.”Actually, swinging new ball during power play is my strength. I try to take early wickets and when you have a new batsman at the crease, it increases my percentage to bowl dot balls.”Sharma said that knowing local conditions also proved helpful.”I am local, this is my home ground and I know during day matches, the wicket plays a bit slow. I was trying to pitch the ball up and that benefited,” he said.KXIP achieved the target in just 7.5 overs without losing a wicket. “This game was crucial for us. If we win most of remaining five games, we will reach playoffs,” Sharma said.Sharma said that senior pro in the team Hashim Amla and team director (cricket operations) Virender Sehwag give him valuable tips and this keeps him motivated.advertisementAsked about playing RCB next, Sharma said, “In T20 format, you cannot say any particular team is struggling. Even RCB, whom we play next, is a good team, in batting and bowling. They will not be an easy side to beat.””We are focusing on our strengths and our strategies and skills,” he said.Sharma said RCB skipper Virat Kohli is his favourite batsman and he will like to take his wicket when his team plays them next.”Virat is my favourite batsman, players like him and AB De Villiers give you self belief,” he said.Meanwhile, Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid also praised Sandeep Sharma’s efforts today.”Sandeep Sharma was good today, he figured out what the wicket was like, he bowled the right lengths, he didn’t try to swing the ball to much, normally you see him swing the ball a lot. But he figured that the wicket was on the slower side and he bowled wicket-to-wicket.”I think the key for him was the length, which was very good and forced our batsman to play some shots and they hit the ball in the air a lot, which was not a wise thing to do on this slow wicket,” Dravid said.
As India prepares to compete in the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that the national team has to perform as a unit to be able to defend its title.”I believe teams win championships. No individual can win championships,” Tendulkar said to India Today.When asked who will be the next Sachin Tendulkar, the Master Blaster said there doesn’t need to be another Tendulkar. The next individual will carve out his own niche.”I don’t think there will be another Sachin, it will be another individual.”Tendulkar went on to stress on the importance of a team performance and quoted an example of India’s victorious campaign in the 2011 World Cup where each individual played his part well.”I think it’s always the team and if you see 2011 (World Cup), it was the entire team which was in form. Different players performed at different stages.”While Tendulkar will be enjoying watching the India team play in the Champions Trophy in England, Indian cricket fans will be reliving his days through his upcoming biopic ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, which is set to release on May 26.Tendulkar, in an interview with India Today, spoke about how it felt shooting the film and getting the opportunity to relive those days.”To go back 24 years, right from my first game to the last game, that is just one chapter in this movie. My childhood, how I started playing cricket, those memories are special.”Tendulkar also said the fans will have something special to take back with them after the film as, “The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of film.”advertisementIndia will begin their Champions Trophy campaign with a match against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.
Spanish football legend Carles Puyol, on expected lines, attracted all the attention as the local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday kick-started the ticket sales here.The former Barcelona central defender was engaged in a friendly match with Sports Minister Vijay Goel and his cabinet colleague Babul Supriyo, who is also the vice chairman of the LOC, along with the kids associated with the government’s Mission XI Million programme.Tickets for the first FIFA tournament in the country will go live at exactly 19.11 hours today, paying a tribute to the year in which Indian football made history.With @VijayGoelBJP ji & @Carles5puyol at the ceremonial kick off for ticketing program for #FIFAU17WC. pic.twitter.com/i2MQn9jyVQ- Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) May 15, 2017It was the first time an Indian football team, Mohun Bagan FC, defeated an English side (East Yorkshire Regiment) and won the IFA Shield.Appropriately, Gauri Bhaduri, grand daughter-in-law of Shivdas Bhaduri, captain of that team, was handed over the first ticket by Puyol.Carles Puyol enjoyed a kick-about with a few Mission XI Million kids at the JLN Stadium, New Delhi! #FootballTakesOver #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/8286JvXswj- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017Puyol expressed his wish to be a part of the tournament in October.”I was very curious and excited to discover the country and I am glad that I witnessed its rich culture,” Puyol said.”Indians will get the chance to see World Cup matches live and that experience is completely different from watching it on television. You can feel the energy in the stands.advertisementKheleo looks pretty excited posing with of one of football’s all-time greats, Carles Puyol! Really, who wouldn’t be? #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/0Hzn1WiVgA- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017″At the FIFA U-17 World Cup, you can see the stars of the future. Indians should make the most of this opportunity and come in numbers to watch international teams play at home.”Puyol, Vijay Goel and Babul Supriyo handed over the 1st ticket of #FIFAU17WC to the descendant of the captain of the historic 1911 team! pic.twitter.com/b3CpJXQyTL- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017Goel said, “We have made sure that tickets are priced nominally, you can buy a world cup ticket for less than 50 rupees. So, there is no reason not to come and support this tournament in large numbers.””I do not see this tournament as the conclusion, rather it is the start of the next revolution in Indian football and I need all your support to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
India has been stepping up efforts to unlock its potential as a soccer power with the hosting of the under-17 World Cup on the horizon, the latest a venture looking to tap into the know-how of former European champions Borussia Dortmund.Once famously described as a “sleeping giant” of world football by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, India last year launched the “Mission 11 Million” programme aimed at engaging that number of children in the game.While the All India Football Federation has also launched a global scouting programme to identify talent in the Indian diaspora, there is widespread recognition that any long-term improvement must be built on grassroots development.Now, one of India’s most prominent business conglomerates has joined forces with Dortmund to expose talented teens, mostly from the country’s northeastern soccer hotbed, to top-class European coaching.Under a technical tie-up between the Tata Trust’s U Dream Football project and the Bundesliga club, 48 players from India are training in Bitburg, Germany under Dortmund’s youth coaches.The 12 to 14-year-olds will receive football training, and, just as importantly, German schooling for 10 months a year for six years.”The depth of training in Germany is second to none,” said Ronnie Screwvala, the founder of U Sports, which linked up with the Tata Trusts last year.”The biggest challenge for us was to convince parents that their children can have an alternative career in sports.”During their six-year training stint, the players will also play competitive matches against Dortmund’s youth teams.The project ultimately aims to give them a chance to play professional football by placing them in clubs across Europe, North America and Asia, or at least providing them with opportunities for trials with leading clubs.advertisement”It’s a first step in a long process and we hope it is a stepping stone to putting India on the world football map,” added Screwvala.R Venkatramanan, the managing trustee of Tata Trusts, said the project was still in its infancy.”We have started with the North East but we have a presence in about 17 states in India and we would soon be working closely with various state associations to expand the programme,” he told Reuters.Over the last few years, a number of European clubs have come to India, where cricket is far and away the most popular sport, to set up academies on a franchise basis and try to claim a foothold in a potentially huge market.UNDER-ACHIEVEMENTChristian Diercks, who leads a youth programme at Dortmund which has produced World Cup-winning midfielder Mario Goetze among others, said the new programme was not similarly “superficial”.”We are one of few clubs that do not use the franchise system with regards to development,” he told Reuters.”Everything we do, we do with BVB coaches. We never pretend that it’s just BVB on the shirt.”With Indian football, from what I have heard, the development has changed a bit and football is getting more and more popular. The young kids do not only play cricket but also play football on the streets.”India is the world’s second-most populous nation but it is a major under-achiever as far as soccer is concerned and is yet to make a single appearance at the World Cup finals.Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that access to better coaching is one of the key elements to ending that drought and hopes the hosting of the FIFA under-17 World Cup in October proves a watershed.”The future of football lies with the grassroots. For us, the under-17 World Cup is the start,” the former striker said.”Because the under-17 World Cup is happening in India, a lot has been going on.”When I was 16, I had only four matches to play for India throughout the year. And three matches in one national level school tournament. So six to seven matches in a year.”We need people with passion to work for football at the grassroots level. We need to train our coaches for them to go and teach the younger generation.”
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga will miss the second ODI of the ongoing five-match series against Zimbabwe as he has contracted viral influenza and has been recommended 48 hours of rest following medical assessment.The Sri Lanka Cricket also said that left-arm chinaman Lakshan Sandakan had missed the first ODI due to the same illness.Malinga is currently five wickets short of 300 in ODIs, five short of becoming the fourth Sri Lanka bowler to the mark after Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya, reports ESPNcricinfo.comThe hosts are currently leading the series 1-0, having won the first match by six wickets.The second ODI will be played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on July 2.
A six-member Pakistan team will take part in the Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9 as the Indian government has issued visa to them, a development which was welcomed by the Athletics Federation of India.AFI Secretary CK Valson said that Pakistani athletes have got the visas and they are expected to arrive in Bhubaneswar in the next two-three days.”I can confirm that the Pakistani athletes have got the visas. It was a relief for us, we wanted them to take part in the championships,” Valson told PTI.The participation of the Pakistanis in the Asian Championships had remained in doubt as their visas were delayed and AFI President Adille Sumariwalla could not confirm till last week whether they would take part or not.Due to the worsening relations between the two neighbouring countries, Pakistan could not take part in the Asian Wrestling Championships here and Asian Snooker Championships in Chennai in May as their players were not given visas.Last December, the Pakistan hockey team was not granted visas for the FIH Junior World Cup in Lucknow. India has also refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and the country’s sports minister has even gone on record that “terrorism and sports can’t go along and Pakistan should understand that”.Pakistani athletes had taken part in the 2013 Asian Championships held in Pune.Reports emanating from Pakistan said that India has granted visas to six athletes and two officials but denied visas to one athlete and a top official of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP).advertisementThe team will leave via Wagah border on July 3 and from Amritsar, they will proceed to Bhubaneswar by air.Those who were granted visas are javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem, 400m hurdler Mehboob Ali, his brother Nokar Hussain, Asad Iqbal, Mazhar, Waqar Younis. Syed Fayyaz Hussain and Mohammad Bilal are the two coaches.However, athlete Nishat and the AFP secretary Mohammad Zafar were denied visas, reports claimed. Zafar was set to attend the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Congress Meeting on July 4.AFP President Akram Sahi will now attend the AAA Council meeting and Congress on July 4 and 5 respectively.More than 800 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the event to be held at the renovated Kalinga Stadium, making it the biggest ever Asian Championships. This is the third time India is hosting the Asian Championships after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013).India is fielding a strong 95-member team.Meanwhile, four Indian athletes — long jumpers Siddharth Mohan Naik and Nayana James, and triple jumpers Karthik Unnikrishnan and Joyline M Lobo — passed fitness tests today and were cleared to take part in championships.With AFI deputy chief national coach Radhakrishnan Nair and Valson watching them, Siddharth Mohan Naik jumped 7.40m and Nayana James 6.25m while Karthik Unnikrishnan logged 15.92m and Joyline M Loba achieved 12.79m.The trials could not be held as scheduled yesterday because of rain.High hurdler Siddhanth Thingalaya and discus thrower Vikas Gowda, both national record holders, will undergo trials in the Kalinga Stadium complex tomorrow.Valson said the trials were primarily to test the athletes’ fitness.”We are very firm in ensuring that our athletes are fit when competing at the highest stage. The fact that we have chosen not to enter the full quota of three athletes in each event which underlines our commitment to entering the best possible squad.
Guwahati, Jul 28 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today urged youths to be disciplined, dedicated and work hard so that they can reach the zenith of success in sports.”Sports competitions help in honing talents of the budding sportsman and also help in inculcating zeal and dedication necessary for being a good player”, the Chief Minister said while inaugurating the ninth Mini (U-11) National Roll Ball Championship here today.He also pointed out that parents and teachers have a great role in helping students in inculcating and nurturing love for sports and take it up as a career.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several steps for creating a favourable environment for development and spread of sports, he said.The programme called Khelo India was an effort to develop infrastructure and encourage talents in the country and to project India as a powerful nation in the global arena, he said.Steps have been taken to develop sports complex in all villages in the country and this has been made to explore and encourage sports talents in the rural areas, Sonowal said.Roll Ball has had its origin in India and then it went on to become popular across the globe, he added. PTI DG RG LNS
Striker Andre Gray has completed his move from Burnley to Watford for a club record fee of 18.5 million pounds in a five-year deal after reports emerged that he was unhappy that his girlfriend Leigh-Anne Pinnock was blocked from sitting in the director’s box.??? | #watfordfc have completed the signing of @AndreGray7 from @BurnleyOfficial for a club record fee.Info ? https://t.co/TXGEVaGDBD pic.twitter.com/YRfH7X823X- Watford FC (@WatfordFC) August 9, 2017Reports stated that Burnley manager Sean Dyche had blocked Pinnock, who is a part of a successful girl group Little Mix, from sitting in the director’s box because she was too famous.Gray was reportedly unhappy with the treatment meted to his girlfriend and opted to move on from Burnley.Gray had joined Burnley on August 21, 2015 from Brentford when Burnley were playing in the Championship. Burnley went on to win the Championship and secured a berth in the Premier League for the 2016-17 season as Gray was named Championship Player of the Year and won the Golden Boot finishing as the top scorer with 25 goals.Champppiooonnnssssssssss pic.twitter.com/dI88IvAmTS- Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) May 7, 2016Seriously overwhelmed, surreal feeling! Top scorer, player of the year and CHAMPIONS! Indescribable feeling!- Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) May 7, 2016In the Premier League, Gray made 36 appearances for Burnley and scored 9 goals helping his club finish 16th and stay in the English top division.Burnley had previously turned down two offers for the striker from Watford saying they wanted to keep Gray at the club but Watford increased their offer and the player opted to move.advertisementpic.twitter.com/GsJiF4fVur- Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) August 9, 2017
Jinder Mahal’s run as the WWE Champion continued as he beat Shinsuke Nakamura to retain his WWE Championship in its latest pay-per-view WWE Summerslam at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.Nakamura, who walked in with his special electrifying violin entrance was a favourite to win the title at the biggest party of the summer but Mahal prevailed somehow against Nakamura’s strong style.Nakamura started the match strongly, grappling Jinder from behind but the Canadian escaped and held the former NXT Champion in a wrist hold, but ‘The Artist’ used his athleticism to escape.Nakamura, with all the crowd’s support behind him, was taunting the champion asking him to bring it on and Jinder did so as well. Then it was the champion who taunted back, asking Nakamura to step up now.The crowd was in it, continuously chanting for The King Of Strong Style while mocking the champion by repeatedly reminding him of his failed gimmick as the member of the ‘3MB’ in the past.The Modern Day Maharaja replied in fine fashion by catching Nakamura in a nasty submission move but was reversed by Shinsuke followed by a few vicious kicks. Nakamura then landed a knee to the midsection and had Jinder locked into a triangle lock, but Jinder got his feet on the rope in time.Finally, Nakamura had Jinder in position for a Kinshasa, but the champion avoided it and countered with a knee to his head. But in his quest to turn on the ante, Mahal looked to hit the Japanese hard only to run into the ring post.advertisementWWE PhotoNakamura was again lining him up for his finishing maneuver but this time the Singh Brothers prevented him from hitting the Kinshasa. But they failed to do any major harm as they were kicked and then hit with the Kinshasa.However, Jinder used the distraction and hit the Khallas to pin Nakamura and ended the Japanese’s main roster undefeated streak as he continued his run as the champion.Other results:WWE Universal title: Brock Lesnar (C) def. Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Roman ReignsWWE United States Championship: AJ Styles (C) def. Kevin OwensWWE RAW tag team championship: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus and Cesaro (C)WWE RAW Women’s championship: Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss (C)WWE SmackDown Live Women’s championship: Natalya defeated Naomi (C)WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships: The Usos defeated The New Day (C)Finn Balor defeated Bray WyattRandy Orton defeated RusevBig Cass defeated The Big ShowJohn Cena defeated Baron Corbin
By Bharat Sharma Greater Noida, Aug 25 (PTI) Leading womens squash players, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, are very much capable of breaking into the top five of the world rankings, believes Indias Egyptian coach Achraf El Karagui. Both Chinappa and Pallikal have broken the top-10 barrier in the past (they remain the only two Indians to do so) but have been unable to cement their place in the elite club. They are currently ranked 14th and 22nd respectively. “They definitely have it in them to be in the top five. Joshna is playing better than ever, she is supremely fit. Dipika too is supremely talented and has been working hard of late to improve her fitness,” Karagui told PTI on the sidelines of the Senior Nationals here today. “I see both of them playing for the next five, six years. Dipika mind you is only 25 despite being on the pro tour for a long time. Joshna is 30 and in squash you tend to peak when you are in your 30s. She has been playing brilliant in the last 12 months or so,” said the foreign coach, who has been in India for over an year now. Results have too come too since Karagui took charge of the senior and junior teams in July last year. Most notable performances came from Chinappa, who made the top 10 for the first time before winning the prestigious Asian Championships earlier this year, and Velavan Senthilkumar, who won the coveted British Junior Open beating compatriot Abhay Singh inthe U-19 final. According to world number 27 and countrys number one male player, Saurav Ghosal, Indian squash is in the middle of a golden generation. However, Karagui feels a lot more needs to be done and achieved. “All the leading Indians including Saurav can be world beaters but they must know how to win close matches against the top players. And thats what I have been focusing on in the last 12 months. “They have all the strokes in the book but they need to get better at the tactical side of the game. Modern squash is fiercely competitive and you should be able to play in different ways depending on what the situation demands. Like when to attack and when to slow things down,” said Karagui, who is also a chemical engineer. Karagui, whose contract is extended till 2019, is primarily targeting a pool of 6-7 world class players. And he wants Indians to be worlds best and not just be satisfied with medals at Asian and Commonwealth Games. “When I came here, I could sense there was a lot of focus on doing well in Asian and Commonwealth Games. But with that approach, you cannot be world beaters. You have to aim to be the best. And that is where I want India to be,” said Karagui. The Alexandria-based coach cited the example of his own country Egypt in that respect. “1996 was the time when we changed the structure of squash back home. Our president Hosni Mubarak also played a big role in developing the sport which is now number two after football. “What changed in 96 was that we created a league structure which covered age groups from 11 to 23. So in every age group, we started grooming players. Initially it was tough but once cycle started running smooth, we began churning out players in a phased way,” he said. “I am in talks with the federation of creating a similar structure in India. But since it is a huge country, the task will be anything but easy,” Karagui added. PTI BS SSC SSCadvertisement
The Committee of Administrators met in Mumbai on Tuesday after BCCI technical committee chairman Sourav Ganguly wrote a letter to BCCI General Manager questioning the scrapping of Duleep Trophy.It was decided at the technical committee meeting in Kolkata last month that the BCCI will continue with their pink ball experiment that started during the previous season.The CoA, today, restored the Duleep trophy and will meet again in New Delhi on September 8 before finalising the new Constitution as asked by the Supreme Court. The next hearing in the Supreme Court is scheduled on September 19.CoA member Diana Edulji said that the Duleep Trophy has been restored and the scheduled will be worked out by the BCCI.”Duleep trophy has been restored. It will be held and the logistics will be worked out. We have told the board not to scrap it. It is a very prestigious tournament and it should be held,” Edulji said.CoA chief Vinod Rai, on the other hand, said that the BCCI constitution is being worked upon and the election timelines depend on the Supreme Court.”The work (on the constitution) is in progress. We are meeting on September 8 in Delhi when we will finalise the constitution,” Rai said,”It will all depend upon when the Supreme Court will give a go ahead,” Rai said on being asked if the election timelines will be met.
Hyderabad, Oct 12 (PTI) Australian selector Mark Waugh has lamented the length of the teams limited-overs tour of India.Readying to play their final T20 International here tomorrow, Australias limited-overs tour started with the first ODI on September 17. The sojourn comprised five One- dayers and three T20 Internationals.Former batsman Waugh, whos travelling India with the side, would have preferred players have more time off with the Ashes around the corner.”Its got to be said, its not an ideal time to be away from Australia,” Waugh told Sky Sports Radio today.”This series has been a bit spread out. It would have been better probably if it was a week or two shorter.”The retired batting great said the early departures from the subcontinent of captain Steve Smith and fast bowlers Mitchell Star and Pat Cummins were a blessing.”Once they get home, theyll have a little break then theyll be back focused on red ball cricket, then the Ashes,” Waugh said.”The players are pretty much used to it; its probably more the travelling, flying around.”This one-day tournament and T20 tournament has been to about eight different places, so theres been a lot of travel. But I think theyre coping pretty well.” PTI AH AH
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has conveyed to the national selectors that the players, who will refuse to travel to Pakistan for the T20I in Lahore, will not be considered for the preceding two matches of the series to be played in Abu Dhabi.According to ESPNcricinfo, the board is currently trying hard to convince as many Lankan players as possible that a day trip to Pakistan would not be unsafe.”The understanding is that we choose the same squad for the series, in fairness to the players who have put their hands up for the Lahore match,” SLC chief selector Graeme Labrooy said.The policy of picking just one squad for the series means that Lanka are likely to have a new captain across the three matches, with Upul Tharanga already conveying his unwillingness to play in Lahore.”At the moment the board is talking to each of the players individually, so the selectors don’t know exactly who is available now. But we should know that by Friday morning. Two SLC executive committee members have been contacting the player,” Labrooy said.The Lahore T20I match, which is slated to be held on October 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium, will be Sri Lanka’s first match in Pakistan since March 2009 militant attack on the team bus also in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.