London Olympics: South African wins gold, sets world record in men’s swimming 100m breaststroke

first_imgSouth Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh set a world record en route to winning the gold medal in men’s 100m breaststroke swimming on Sunday. Burgh, 24, got a fast start and never looked like being caught, winning in 58.46, 0.05 seconds faster than Brenton Rickard’s 2009 mark.”I don’t even know what to think. I don’t know how to describe it,” Van der Burgh said.”I’ve been working towards this goal. It’s amazing. I’ve been doing so much hard work over the last four years.”Christian Sprenger of Australia took the silver in 58.93, and America’s Brendan Hansen the bronze in 59.49.last_img

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London Olympics: Swarn rows against tide of official apathy

first_imgS.KannanQuite often at the Olympics, there are some events which do not get elaborate coverage. If you take the case of Indian rowing, nobody has been able to go to the distant venue Eton Dorney, where the competition is taking place.Even though there is a short news item of rower Swarn Singh Virk having failed to make it to the semi-finals in men’s singles sculls on Tuesday, not many will understand its significance.At 22-years of age, Swarn Singh started rowing only three years ago and has made Hyderabad his home. It’s at the Hussain Sagar Lake that all the rowers put in hours as they slog it out for attaining speed and working on improving their timings.Under coach Ismail Baig, Swarn has been training hard and it went virtually unnoticed in Eton Dorney the other day that he set a national record of 6: 54.04 in the heat. He then slowed down to 7:00.49 in the repechage and could manage only 7:11.59 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.Even as media reports said Swaran “was disappointed” the rower laughed it off. “I am not very disappointed because I have improved on my time and I hope to improve on my performance in the future.”I have been rowing for only three years, so I am proud to be India’s top rower at the Olympics,” Swarn said after the race.In a sport where the demand on the body is intense, Swarn’s timings have come down if one sees his three races.advertisementBut on Tuesday, the bigger story was how he was lying second after the first 500 metres in the 2,000 metre race. He eventually finished fourth in his quarterfinal.In any other sport, one would expect that the timings get better and better. But for that, your body needs to have proper recovery and a support group which takes care of the fatigue.In India, there is a clear divide between those in elite sports and those in events like rowing which comes into focus only at an Asian Games or the Olympics.Missing out on a semi-final slot would come into focus in any other sport, but not rowing. But that’s something these athletes will have to live with.At the Guangzhou Asian Games, had it not been for the golden effort of Bajrang Lal Takhar, nobody would have known this sport again.Few would be aware that this year, Swarn defeated Bajrang at home and then went to the Asian qualification event and secured a spot for the London Olympics.The sad part is that star Indian athletes get their personal coach, physio and masseur, and rowers can’t even complain. They are away from the main action and are a neglected lot.The Indian sports ministry spends a lot of money these days on athletes and coaches.Maybe, someone needs to tell the babus in the ministry that they also make a proper plan to send masseurs etc as they count a lot in recovery.Just imagine, if Swarn had someone to work on his fatigue, he would have been much fresher and could have sustained the same pace he had in the first part of the race at Eton Dorney.Yet, the man remained modest. “I did very well in the first 1000 metres and now I must concentrate on improving my performance in the second 1000 metres of a race,” said Swarn.In London, if you take teams like shooting and boxing, the star athletes have their way. There is also a huge concern over wrestling as this is also a sport where recovery is important.If a sport like hockey can arrange for the support staff despite so many hassles, corporate India needs to look at sport like rowing as well.This is not a sport where you have to support too many athletes. One can well focus on a select group.Maybe for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea?last_img read more

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Olympic shooting: Manavjit Sandhu 25th in trap, may miss final cut

first_imgIndian trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu finished a poor 25th among 34 competitors on the first day of men’s qualification and risks missing the final round of the event at the London Games in London on Saturday.The former World Champion shot a total of 70 (24, 24, 22) out of 75 in the first three rounds on the first day of the qualification at the Royal Artillery Barracks.The last two rounds, of 50 shots, are scheduled for Monday. Even if the 35-year-old manages a perfect two round of 25 he is unlikely to finish among the top-six who would make it to the medal round.Australia’s Michael Diamond, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, leads the field with a perfect 75.Five shooters are tied for the second place with a score of 74 and seven shooters share the third spot with a total of 73 each.last_img read more

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Winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat

first_imgAgreed, it hasn’t been a gold rush for India but six medals in one edition of the Olympics is double of what we got from Beijing.Sport has this wonderful ability to heal. The scars left behind by archery and hockey and the inability of the Indian male boxers to win medals was disappointing. But the way Yogeshwar and champion Sushil Kumar have signed off leaves you feeling so good.It’s nice to be critical and say we don’t win medals like the Americans or the Chinese or the British. The fact remains, from Atlanta 1996 we have been getting better and better.I have repeatedly said, whatever damage the 2010 Commonwealth Games did to the tax-payers’ in India, the good thing was we won more medals. And the same thing happened in the Guangzhou Asiad.I am with Sushil. Proud moment.Spending money on sport is a non-stop process. In Britain, where their swimmers have been a failure, they have already cut down on the budget for swimming.In India, we cannot afford to treat any Olympic sport shabbily as there is one way of looking at the success achieved — positively.Look at the way wrestling has developed in India. It’s not as if we are competing in this sport for the last few years only.It has been a traditional sport, though there are still so many cities where only mud akharas are used for training.There is no glamour in this sport at all. Not only do you have to break ligaments and bones (not literally), go through all types of pain and sweat in tough conditions, the rewards are not enough.advertisementSushil and each Yogeshwar are remembered only from time to time when they win medals at the world championship, Asian Games or the Olympics. They are not like IPL stars who flop and dope and still get the publicity.For me, the biggest Indian success at the London Games is Sushil. Here is a champion who is so modest and unassuming. He wears that half smile which you will fall in love with.And by becoming the first Indian to win a bronze in Beijing and silver in London, he has shown us what it means to be dedicated.There are Olympic medalists like RVS Rathore and Vijender who have got swayed by Olympic glory and could never repeat their success.Wrestling is all about tradition, performing day in and day out without getting immediate results. Sushil’s labour is truly captivating as the background he comes from is all about humility.In Beijing, he was the young man who did not know till he reached India what success meant. Son of an MTNL employee who brought him milk daily for his diet supplements and not high priced tablets, Sushil stayed away from home for years.At the Chhatrasal Stadium, he has known only one thing: Toil, even if there is no fan or there are power cuts.The same Sushil, even after the Beijing success, continued to keep his head on his shoulders. Yes, he did miss the Guangzhou Asian Games because of injury but the return to the London Olympics, his third successive journey, has been superb.From the time Sushil was bestowed the honour of carrying the tri-colour at the opening ceremony, he has been treated as a huge brand ambassador for the country.He has gone about his training all these years as a quiet champion and not made any noise at all. Yes, he had one demand and that was to take his masseur along as it’s so important in a sport where you hardly get any recovery time between bouts.Other than that, money, medals or mementoes have never made Sushil greedy.If budding Indian sports stars need a role model to be inspired by, it has to be Sushil. I repeat winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat.The average athlete in India tends to rest on laurels and enjoy the riches from employers, state government and the central government.In the case of Sushil, awards are already being announced. He may end up earning much more than what he did after Beijing but it doesn’t matter to him.His modesty and sportsmanship are truly inspirational and that’s why I salute this champion, again today.last_img read more

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Brad Pitt’s attacker sentenced to three years probation

first_imgBrad Pitt’s attacker pled no contest to charges of battery after hitting the 50-year-old star in the face and broke his designer sunglasses at the Hollywood premiere of his fiancee Angelina Jolie’s new movie, ‘Maleficent,’ on Wednesday night (28.05.14).Vitalii Sediuk was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of community labour and ordered to undergo a year of psychological counselling in court on Friday (30.05.14).The Ukrainian reporter originally faced four charges, including Battery, Unlawful Activity at a Sporting Event, Theatrical or Exhibition, Assault and Unlawful Delay or Interference of a Sporting Event, Theatrical or Exhibition, but the latter two were dropped after he reached a plea deal.The judge ordered the attacker to stay at least 500 yards away from all red carpets, movie premieres and entertainment eventsThe judge also ordered him to stay at least 500 yards away from all red carpets, movie premieres and entertainment events in the future, according to E! News.Sediuk was released from police custody after appearing in court, but must attend a hearing on July 8 to prove his enrolment in a counselling program.The 25-year-old prankster was fired from Ukraine’s Channel 1+1 after he attempted to put his head under actress America Ferrera’s dress at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 17.In January this year, he hugged Bradley Cooper around the waist, putting his face in the ‘Hangover’ star’s crotch at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a month later, tried a similar move on Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.Sediuk was also slapped by Will Smith at a ‘Men In Black 3’ premiere two years ago, after he tried to kiss the star on the lips.advertisementlast_img read more

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Our pick of the month

first_imgRun Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care,Run Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care and enthusiastic volunteer support.A medal and a certificate of timing for each participant who completes the half and full marathon are other attractions. Now, what’s stopping you from putting on your running shoes? At Hotel Ajuba Residency, Patiala Tel 8295971163, 9467977863, 9728949438 Timings 05.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.last_img read more

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Northeast Frontier Railways recruitment for 55 sportsperson posts

first_imgNortheast Frontier Railway (NFR) has invited applications for recruitment of 55 sportspersons across divisions such as Headquarters, Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangiya, Lumding and Tinsukia. Candidates will be selected on the basis of a sports trial and personal interview. Last date for application is September 15, 2014.    VacanciesAthletics- Men (Headquarters): 2 postsAthletics- Women (Headquarters): 3 postsBadminton- Women (Headquarters): 1 postBasketball- Men (Headquarters): 1 postBasketball- Women (Headquarters): 2 postsCricket- Women (Headquarters): 2 postsCycling- Men (Headquarters)    : 1 postFootball- Women (Headquarters): 7 postsTable Tennis- Men (Headquarters): 2 postsAquatics- Men (Headquarters): 2 postsBody Building- Men (Headquarters): 1 postBoxing- Men (Headquarters): 2 postsBoxing- Women (Headquarters): 3 postsGolf- Men (Head Quarter): 1 postFootball- Women (Katihar): 2 postsWeight Lifting- Men (Katihar): 1 postWeight Lifting- Women (Katihar): 2 postsArchery- Men (Alipurduar): 1 postArchery- Women (Alipurduar): 1 postFootball- Women (Alipurduar): 1 postPower Lifting- Women (Alipurduar): 2 postsCricket- Women (Rangiya): 1 postFootball Women (Rangiya): 4 postsBasketball- Women (Lumding): 3 postsBoxing- Men (Lumding): 1 postFootball- Men (Lumding): 1 postCricket- Women (Tinsukia): 2 postsFootball- Women (Tinsukia): 2 postsWeight Lifting- Men (Tinsukia): 1 postSalarySelected candidates would receive Rs 5,200 – Rs 20,200 per month with grade pay Rs 2,000.EligibilityThe age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 25 years. The candidate should have completed graduation or Matric or Class 10 or its equivalent from a recognised university/ institute.SelectionEligible candidates will be selected for the posts on the basis of performance in a sports trial performance and personal interview. Applicants will be judged on the following criterion:1. Game skill and physical fitness as per coach’s observations during trial: 40 marks2. Previous record of recognized Sports Achievements as per norms: 50 marks3. Educational qualifications: 5 marks4. General Intelligence and Personality etc. : 5 marksTotal: 100 marksHow to Apply Interested candidates can apply for the sports position vacancies by sending an application through speed post to the given official address.  advertisementlast_img read more

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Nietes may lose belt if he refuses Palicte bout

first_imgOminous surge for Elasto Painters But that would mean Nietes must vacate the junior bantamweight title.“As much as we don’t want to fight another Filipino, I owe it to Aston to give him another world title shot,” Soong told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLegendary champion Roy Jones Jr., who now promotes Palicte internationally, is also pushing for a world title fight for the Bago City native.The WBO recently mandated both camps of Nietes and Palicte to arrange a rematch for the title. They have until next week to come to an agreement that would mean a minimum purse of $100,000 for both. But Nietes’ camp has yet to respond to the call out by Palicte’s camp.The 36-year-old Nietes is the longest reigning Filipino champion but his domain is largely confined within Asia.He fought Palicte to a split draw last September in California.The four-time champion then announced he would like to get big fights against certified crowd drawers of the division like Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.Instead, he fought Kazuto Ioka of Japan on New Year’s Eve, in an uneventful bout that also ended in split draw.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ About the same time, Palicte scored a second-round knockout win over Jose Martinez which warranted a possible crack at the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aston Palicte’s camp won’t force a fight against Donnie Nietes but the rising star is bent on winning a world title the soonest possible time.Jason Soong, manager of the 28-year-old Palicte, said if and when Nietes’ camp refuse to come to the table and hold a rematch, his protégé will have to face highest-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) challenger available.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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AFC Cup: PSM Makassar thwarts Kaya FC-Iloilo

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Not even a late penalty kick from Joven Bedic could turn Kaya’s fortunes around as the Iloilo side dropped to second with five points after suffering its first loss in this year’s competition.Kaya would need to win its last two matches – at home against Lao Toyota and away against Home United of Singapore – and hope that PSM drops enough points in its last two matches for the Iloilo side to claim top spot in the group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The visitors started brightly under searing conditions with Dutch midfielder Willem Pluim finding Rizky for a close range header in the 21st minute. Three minutes later, the 6-foot-8 Markannen, the older brother of Chicago Bulls forwaes Lauri Markannen, bullied his way into the area before beating Michael Casas with a close range effort.Both teams ended the match with 10 men with PSM defender Abdul Rahman sent off for a second yellow in the 52nd minute. Kaya however failed to capitalize with PSM goalkeeper Rivky Mokodompit in fine form.The frustration boiled over in the 88th minute as Kaya defender Jalsor Soriano was caught kicking Marc Klok in an off the ball incident. Soriano was also sent off.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas gets ‘bucket’ for ALS victims PLAY LIST 01:08Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas gets ‘bucket’ for ALS victims01:36Death toll now 26 in Iloilo, Guimaras sea tragedy01:36Drilon, Nancy Binay ‘invigorate’ Senate probe on Iloilo Convention Center02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSM Makassar vs Kaya FC-Iloilo. Photo from AFC CupBACOLOD CITY – Indonesian side PSM Makassar put a dent on Kaya Iloilo’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the AFC Cup with a dramatic 2-1 victory last Wednesday at Panaad Stadium here.Quickfire goals from Rizky Pellu and Finnish striker Eero Markannen in the first enough proved enough for PSM to come away with a vital away victory for top spot in Group H.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FULL-TIME | Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI) 1-2 PSM Makassar (IDN) @PSM_Makassar held on for an away win that opens up a 3 point lead over @KayaFC at the top of Group H after both sides finished with 10 men! 🔴 🔴#KAYvPSM #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/YXmWdJUGax— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) April 17, 2019 World no. 2 Stefan Stojacic to miss 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Olympics to cost $6.9 billion

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – Danae Jones poses with other Olympic volunteers at a parade to celebrate the city being officially named as host of the 2028 Summer Olympics by a unanimous vote of the International Olympic Committee, in Los Angeles, California, on September 16, 2017. – Los Angeles and its iconic stadium has sealed the deal to host the Summer Olympics for the third time, following the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)Los Angeles 2028 Olympics chiefs on Tuesday unveiled details of the $6.9 billion budget for the Games, vowing to deliver the spectacle without cost overruns that have dogged recent editions of the extravaganza.A statement from LA 2028 said the city’s Olympic plan, which relies entirely on pre-existing venues and infrastructure, included a 10 percent contingency fund of $615.9 million.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boxing must end controversies to end Olympic threat The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics meanwhile came with a hefty $13.2 billion price tag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Olympics to fit the city’ LA 2028 on Tuesday reiterated the fact that the games will require “no complex and costly construction projects or Games-related public infrastructure”, areas which have been notorious for generating cost overruns in other Olympic cities. Los Angeles’ Olympic plan will see the city’s prestigious UCLA campus used as the Olympic and Paralympic Village, while the University of Southern California will house the main press center and media village.“Given that we are not building anything new in order to host the games, it makes our expenses a lot easier to estimate at this point in time,” one senior bid official said. “We’re confident in our ability to deliver on that expense plan.”A revamped Los Angeles Coliseum, venue for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, will once again feature prominently in 2028, along with the Los Angeles Stadium, the futuristic multi-billion-dollar home of the Los Angeles Rams which will open for business in 2020.“Nothing has changed,” one bid official said. “Our mantra was to fit the games to the city, not fit the city to the games.”Revenues for the games include an $898 million contribution from the IOC as well as $637 million related to the IOC’s sponsorship programmes. More than $2.5 billion will be raised through domestic sponsorship in the United States along with a further $1.93 billion in ticket sales and hospitality.The bullish LA 2028 forecasts come after French watchdogs warned last year that the Paris 2024 Olympics faced a possible 500 million euro ($616 million) overrun, forcing organizers to revise their spending downward to keep within a 6.8 billion euro ($7.6 billion) budget.Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are projected to cost around $12.1 billion according to a December 2018 forecast. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Our budget is privately funded, realistic and fiscally conservative,” said LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman. “We are redefining what it means to host a successful Games and look forward to planning and hosting an amazing experience that will make our community proud.”Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Olympics in 2017 after an unprecedented joint bid announcement by the International Olympic Committee in Lima.The Californian metropolis, which will be hosting the Olympics for a third time, had initially been bidding against Paris for the 2024 Olympics.With a shrinking pool of cities willing to shoulder the financial burden of staging the Olympics however, the IOC sought to reward both cities in order to lock in two bids seen as equally strong.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The $6.9 billion price tag is higher than the previous figure of $5.3 billion quoted during the bid process in 2017, which was calculated in 2016 dollar values.The higher figure cited on Tuesday takes into account likely inflation over the next decade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLA 2028 said the budget had been independently evaluated by accounting giants KPMG and had been computed in “real dollars to offer a clear picture of financial health over time.”“Adjusted for inflation, LA 2028’s real dollar budget is directly in line with the budget proposed for the 2024 Games bid,” a statement said. The figure also factored in three percent, roughly $200 million, the bulk of which will be invested in local youth sports and four additional years of operation. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-SQUASH 3 LAST

first_img(Reopens SPB2) (Reopens SPB2) “I think I had the upper hand till the third game,” Sandhu said after his loss. “The first game is crucial. I was up 6-2 in the third, then I lost my consistency there. Mazen drew level and he got the confidence. He went for all the attacking shots and got everything,” he added. World no. 15 Saurav Ghosal of India expectedly won his first round encounter against countryman Kush Kumar in straight games, winning 11-2, 15-13, 11-4 in 39 minutes. Ghosal dominated at the start, closing out a quick first game from the middle, 11-2. But Kumar came back with a plan in the second, mixing up shots to send Ghosal scrambling. He settled into a better accuracy that forced several key errors from Ghosal, who otherwise played a tight game throughout. But the extra time spent chasing extra points in the second cost Kumar in the third. Kumar seemed to tire, and many of Ghosals shots came from his opponents unforced errors, sending the match his way. “Im happy to have won,” eight-time national champion Ghosal said. “I played Kush two months back in Nationals and it was a really hard 3-1 win. I think I played better today. Its good to start the tournament with a 3-0 win. The second game was tight. Full credit to Kush, he fought really well and had some good counterattacks. All in all a good days work,? he added. PTI SSR RSY BS ATlast_img read more

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SPORT-MCA-THOMSON 2 L(SPB6

first_imgHowever, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in However, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in fast bowlers bowling a lot of overs in Indian track and weather conditions. “These flat wickets could be a bit of a problem. You have to look after the bowlers, monitor their work load,” said the former fast bowler who picked up 200 wickets in 51 Tests. “The biggest things are skill and control, apart from the desire to be the best, better than the one next to you. Otherwise you will be an also ran,” he added. Thomson said he has coached a football team in Australia, apart from guiding the Queensland state team to the Sheffield Shield in cricket and coaching Zimbabwe in England in 1999. He felt that one month gave him enough time to work on the Mumbai bowlers skill set when he compared it to his 10 days work with his former fast bowling partner, Lillee, in the MRF pace foundation in Chennai once in the past. “I am annoyed at (the state of) cricket coaching these days. A lot of funny coaching is going around. My job here is to share the tricks of the trade. I love imparting knowledge and attitude. Fast bowlers have a lot of attitude. They need to be aggressive. “Its a challenge. Hopefully kids will learn and go on to play for India. Its all about making kids think for themselves. Its not hard work, just repetition, what is required of the situation. “Any fast bowler can do it on a green top. Its when things dont help you. You got to work it out yourself as you cant run to the coaches during the two-hour session,” he added. Former India captain and MCA Vice-President Dilip Vengsarkar said Thomson was among the fastest bowlers he had faced in his career. “I faced him on my first tour to Australia in 1977-78, for the first time in the tour game against Queensland. I couldnt see the fourth or fifth ball he bowled to me at Brisbane and in the Test match that followed I was on 48 (out of teams first innings total of 153 all out) when one of his bouncers hit my cap and fell on the stumps and I got out hit-wicket,” he recalled. PTI SSR NRB PDS BS PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

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UP-PEON 2 LAST

first_imgThe opposition parties have raised questions over SPs The opposition parties have raised questions over SPs claims of creating jobs in the state. “It puts a question mark on the development claims of the SP government. What happened to SPs promise of providing jobs, when highly qualified people are applying for the post of peon and unemployment rate is so high,” Congress alleged in a statement issued here. It alleged high-level corruption and nepotism in the recruitments done so far during four years of SP regime. State BJP chief Laxmi Kant Bajpai said that situation was serious as a large number of posts were vacant in different departments. He alleged that while the SP government failed to give unemployment allowance, it also failed to provide employment opportunities. “It is anti-unemployed government,” he alleged. PTI AVA SHSlast_img read more

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IIT Roorkee to introduce major changes across all three of its campuses

first_imgIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT- R) has announced a “kick-off meeting” for the implementation of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. The project will be implemented in multiple phases and cover the end-to-end life cycle management of the operations.The institution conducted the launch function at the Multi Activity Centre Auditorium within its campus. Top management officials of IIT Roorkee and Atos India were present at the event.”It has been a constant endeavor at IIT Roorkee to manage change in our processes and systems and to ensure that they are user friendly and transparent. The Digital ERP Solution provided from Atos India would benefit in integrating our campuses spread across Roorkee, Saharanpur and Greater Noida.IIT-R has decided to implement a combination of the best-in-breed ERP solution that suits all our institute’s needs for example we can track a student from admission to being an alumni and track his movement in the future after leaving the institute too. It would help integrate hostel functions and academics of every student. It will also track a faculty member from the application process to post retirement phase. This will ensure a seamless integration of all entities across IIT-R and its campuses,” said Pradipta Banerji, Director, IIT Roorkee.With SAP Digital Solution being established and fully implemented, IIT-R will benefit from a common integrated system across different functions and processes leading to the standardization of all processes and systems across the institute. This includes enhanced monitoring of R&D activities, optimum utilization of the resources, procurement, and administrative processes among others.advertisementThe all-inclusive solution offers the scope of mapping of assets, their life cycles, data analytics of budgeting and resourceful financial forecasting techniques, augmentation of organizational scalability for future growth plans, data uniformity & integrity across various IIT-R units like departments, centres, administrative units, finance & accounts, library etc., digitization of assets enabling towards a paperless work culture, assistance with real time decision support mechanism, automation for management controls & approval systems which in turn will improve the efficiency of existing processes with seamless integration of student information across IIT-R.The EVP and CEO of Atos India, Milind Kamat, said, “We are quite excited to be in IIT Roorkee in their Digital Transformation Journey that starts with empowering of the Foundation IT that enables operational parts of the educational institutes, where all core business process are initially automated, then followed by implementation of the Student Lifecycle Management, using a robust portfolio of solutions from SAP solution by Atos.Education Sector is one of our core commitment areas and there is a huge potential for innovation through Digitization and adoption of Digital technologies. For instance, Atos’ Hyper Computing Portfolio (HPC) is widely used in many research institutions globally. Our HPC is used in areas of R&D by educational institutes that include, Mathematics, Chemistry, Flow- Modelling, 3D Modelling, Biology, Aerospace and Oil & Gas. We see a huge potential with R&D competence that our prestigious institutes like IIT’s are capable of, which can match any global standards.”Atos supports over 1,000,000 SAP end-users and have put in place over 5,000 implementations in more than 90 countries. In India Atos has been working with SAP for over 20 years.last_img read more

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India With Chance to Win Medals on 1st 2 Days of 2020 Tokyo Olympics With Top Shooters In Fray

first_imgNew Delhi: Striving to leave a mark in the Olympics, India could straightaway win medals in the next edition of the world’s biggest sporting event, with its highly fancied shooters scheduled to compete on the first and second competition day in 2020.In all likelihood, current world number one Apurvi Chandela and seventh-ranked Anjum Moudgil — both quota winners — will be representing India in the women’s 10m air rifle event on July 25 as per the opening day schedule released by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). On the same day, the rampaging duo of Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma, who have won all four World Cup gold medals on offer this year, will be competing in the men’s 10m air pistol event.On July 26, the second competition day, Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal will be India’s representatives in the women’s 10m air pistol, provided there is no swapping of quotas.So far, 17-year-old Divyansh Singh Panwar is the only Indian to have won a quota in the men’s 10m air rifle event, and a country is eligible to field shooters per event.The brilliant performance by the 20-year-old Deswal helped her join Sanjeev Rajput, Moudgil, Chandela, Chaudhary, Verma, Divyansh, Rahi Sarnobat and Bhaker as India’s other quota holders for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.India dominates the world rankings in women’s 10m air rifle and men’s 10m air pistol.The Indian duo of Chaudhary and Verma are placed 1-2 in the latest rankings issued by ISSF.Chandela and Elavenil are placed one and two in the women’s 10m air rifle.The formats of the three mixed team events have also been approved by the administrative council.A total of 30 shots will be fired by each team member (total 60 shots) in 30 minutes in the first qualification round.The top eight ranked teams from qualification 1 remain on their original firing points. In the qualification 2, there will be 20 shots by each team member (40 shots in total) in 20 minutes.Each athlete fires independently of their partner.Teams ranked first and second will compete against each other in the gold medal-match, while teams ranked third and fourth will compete against each other in the bronze medal-match. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicsabhishek VermaAnjum Moudgilapurvi chandela First Published: September 2, 2019, 11:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Wrestler Sakshi breaks open medal chest with bronze on day 12

first_imgGrappler Sakshi Malik (in orange) takes on Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in her bronze medal winning bout in the 58 kg category in the Rio Olympics on Wednesday. — Reuters SHARE RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Grappler Sakshi Malik (in orange) takes on Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in her bronze medal winning bout in the 58 kg category in the Rio Olympics on Wednesday. — Reuters Published on × COMMENT Country proud of Sakshi’s feat: President, PM null August 18, 2016 Rohtak to Rio: Sakshi carves sporting history sport Showing extraordinary fighting spirit, woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India’s frustrating medal drought with a dramatic bronze-winning effort on day 12 of the Rio Olympic Games here.Sakshi fought five bruising battles in the 58kg category against equally determined opponents in a single day before securing the podium place.She had lost her quarter-final bout but got a fresh lease of life when her Russian conqueror reached the final, allowing the Indian to compete in the repechage round.The 23-year-old grappler from Haryana climbed the medal rostrum with a spectacular come-from-behind 8—5 win over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan after trailing 0-5 in the first period.She jumped on the mat smiling from ear-to-ear before being hoisted by her coach Kuldeep Singh with the Indian tri-colour draped around her.It was the fifth bronze in wrestling for India in its long Olympic history stretching back to the 1952 Helsinki Games when Kashaba Jadhav became its first individual medallist.She is also the fourth female Olympic medallist from India, joining the ranks of weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London).Sakshi also became the first female grappler from India to climb the podium in the quadrennial sports spectacle — the other four medals being won by men with two of those claimed by Sushil Kumar in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.“Meri 12 saal ki tapasya rang layi (It’s the fruit of my persistent hard work in the last 12 years). Geeta didi, my senior had qualified for the first time in London. I never thought I would become the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal in wrestling,” Sakshi said with tears of joy in her eyes.Her bronze medal winning feat was like a balm as it came after Vinesh Phogat was forced out of the 48kg competition due to an unfortunate knee injury suffered during her quarter-final bout against Chinese rival Sun Yanan.Vinesh had to be stretchered off the arena. The MRI scan confirmed a knee ligament tear. The injury occurred when the Chinese was leading 1—0.The day for India commenced with the elimination of shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who went down fighting against defending champion Lin Dan to dash India’s medal hopes in men’s singles.Taking the court a day after compatriot P V Sindhu had knocked out top Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan to enter the women’s singles semis, Srikanth gave Super Dan a tough time before going down 6-21 21-11 18-21 against the World No. 3.The 21-year-old Hyderabad shuttler’s elimination after his loss to Dan in an hour and four minutes in the quarter-finals has left Sindhu as the lone Indian out of seven entrants in the fray in badminton.Sindhu is to take on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara on day 13 for a place in the final. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings set for IPL return with ban coming to an end,Chennai Super Kings set for IPL return with ban coming to an end

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) will return to the Indian Premier League on July 22 at the end of a two-year ban imposed by the Supreme Court.CSK’s return will be celebrated at the inaugural match of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017, a state-level T20 tournament at MA Chidambaram stadium on July 22. The match will be sponsored by CSK Cricket Ltd, which owns CSK and is a subsidiary of India Cements, said team franchisee director Kasi Viswanathan.Indian Cements is also the title sponsor of TNPL, which is conducted by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.FanfareChepauk will turn yellow with CSK billboards all around. And, the fans who want to watch the inaugural match have been asked to come in yellow jersey, the official colour of CSK team, said Rakesh Singh, Executive President, India Cements Ltd.Singh said India Cements’ association with CSK will be for ever as it is important for the company’s brand building at all-India level. The company will continue to have its logo on the back of CSK team jersey. Earlier, having the logo was free but now there is a fee, he told newspersons.Brand buildingOn its association with TNPL, Singh said the company’s core markets are Tamil Nadu and Kerala. TNPL is a good opportunity to build the brand in these markets. TNPL was envisaged to take the game to rural areas.TNPL is a vehicle that can take the brand to these smaller markets where cricket is being played in southern districts of the state. This was the main reason for sponsoring TNPL.“Last year, it was a trial but we are going full blast this year,” he said. TNPL has helped a strong brand recall among customers as more number of people are watching the game in both stadiums and on television.Singh said the company’s association with both CSK and TNPL will help reduce its advertising spend.The company is looking to connect with 350 dealers in Tamil Nadu, 200 in Kerala and 50 engineers from the two states.This is besides 2,000 customers, 7,500 masons and 1,000 staff of dealers. They will get to travel to venues where 32 matches will be played from July 22 to August 30, he said. COMMENT COMMENTS Published on July 19, 2017 cricket Chennai SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more

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AIFF Appoint Ex-Sweden and Nigeria National Coach for India’s U-17 World Cup Team

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: All India Football Federation confirmed the appointment of Thomas Dennerby as the head coach of the Indian women’s U17 team for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020.The 60-year old UEFA Pro Diploma holder comes with a rich experience of 30 years coaching in which he guided Sweden women’s national team to a third-place finish in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011, and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 London Olympics. His last assignment was with the Nigerian senior women’s national team where he coached the Super Falcons in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. He also guided the Nigerian women to AWCON 2018 win, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.Sweden are currently ranked 5 in the FIFA Ranking, while Nigeria are at 36.Welcoming Dennerby on board, Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation said: “Thomas is the right candidate to coach the women’s U17 Team in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. I am confident that with his vast experience he will be able to implement the technicalities of modern day football among the future generation of Indian women’s football team. I wish him good luck.”Meanwhile, Dennerby thanked AIFF for making him a “part of the project.””It is a big challenge to be coaching the host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. I am extremely humbled and grateful to AIFF for giving me the responsibility to groom the team for the World Cup,” he stated.”There are 12 months still left for the mega event and that with my experience of having coached in World Cups, Olympics, European Championships, I would be able to stitch them into a formidable team. The optimism and cooperation among all in the Federation makes me feel we will achieve it together.”The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is slated to kick-off on November 3, 2020.Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India in his statement said: “I’m very happy and proud to learn that former Swedish national womens’ football coach Thomas Dennerby is taking charge of the Indian U-17 womens’ national team for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.””Sweden has a long and rich history of football with the womens’ national team currently ranked 5 in the world. We have also won medals in several World and European Championships. Women’s football is important as a sport and as a route to empowerment and equality. We look forward to supporting India on this exciting journey,” Molin further stated.”Thomas Dennerby is a well-known and respected personality in Swedish Football — both as an excellent former player, and as a coach. I wish him and India’s promising team and the entire Indian footballing community all the best for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and beyond.”All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said “Indian women’s football would immensely benefit under Thomas Dennerby.””His credentials as a coach is sure to add immense value to the players, and the overall ecosystem of women’s football in India. I am sure he will help U-17 Women’s team evolve into mature players in their quest to bring further glory to women’s football in India.”Besides, Dennerby has also coached in the FIFA World Cup in China 2007, the 2009 European Championships for Women, and was involved with the Swedish FA for scouting and analytical purpose in European Championships in 2013 and 2017, FIFA World Cup 2015, and the Brazil Olympics in 2016. aiffFIFA U17 World Cup India 2020footballIndia U-17 women’s football team First Published: November 9, 2019, 8:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Toxic Smog Delays Asian Tour Golf Tournament in Delhi-NCR

first_img Asian Tour Golfdelhi pollutionDelhi smogPanasonic Open Golf First Published: November 14, 2019, 4:52 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gurgaon: The start of a leading Asian Tour golf tournament was held up Thursday by toxic smog that has engulfed the Indian capital with hazardous levels of pollution.Organisers of the four-day Panasonic Open India event said the tournament could be shortened if the pollution remains serious, as completing the event would be “a big challenge”. Delhi and other cities across northern India are blanketed by a poisonous haze each winter due to build-up of traffic fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural fires.”The opening round of the Panasonic Open India was delayed due to poor visibility and weather conditions,” an Asian Tour organiser told AFP.The first golfers went on the course five hours late and some wore anti-pollution masks.A photo posted on Twitter by the Asian Tour showed Bangladeshi golfer Mohammad Siddikur Rahman hitting a shot while wearing a face mask.The amount of PM2.5 — deadly tiny particles that get into the bloodstream and lungs — soared to about 20 times the safe limit set by the World Health Organisation.Delhi authorities closed all schools until Friday, banned construction and are only allowing cars on the road depending on whether the registration is an odd or even number.The road rationing is meant to end on Friday, but Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said it could be extended. last_img read more

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