OP Jaisha on Rio marathon row: Can’t fight against AFI, God and I know the truth

first_imgIndia marathoner OP Jaisha has refuted the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) statement that labelled the athlete’s claims ‘misleading and incorrect’.Jaisha created a stir when she alleged that the Indian marathoners were not given water during the women’s event at the Rio Olympics. She claimed that the Indian desk was unmanned through the event in Rio.However, the AFI, in its statement, vouched the arrangements made from their part for the marathon race was commendable and that the athlete and her coach refused to avail energy drinks during the event.A disappointed Jaisha defended her stand by saying she had never complained throughout her career and that she will gain nothing by lying. (Officials in blame game after OPL Jaisha reveals horror tale from Rio 2016)”Why would I say such a huge lie, when I have never complained even once in my entire sports career?” Jaisha was quoted as saying by ANI.”I can’t fight against the Govt or AFI and win maybe, but god and I know the truth, and I owe that to sports,” Jaisha added.Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, and collapsed after finishing the race. It took seven drip bottles to help her regain consciousness.’CHECK THE CAMERAS’ The marathoner also question on the authenticity of AFI’s statement asking how would the federation know the truth if none of members were present during the event.”How would the representatives of Athletics Federation Of India know the truth if they were not even there?”advertisement”There are cameras everywhere now, they should check the cameras and they will get the answer,” Jaisha said.last_img read more

Kevin Magnussen taken to hospital for checks after crash at Belgian GP

first_imgKevin Magnussen was taken to hospital for precautionary checks after suffering a cut to his left ankle in a high-speed crash at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, his Renault team said. (Latest Sports stories)The Dane lost control of his car as he crested the fast uphill sweep of the Eau Rouge corner and slammed violently into the barriers.Magnussen, who had started 12th, got out of the car on his own but was limping slightly. He underwent checks at the medical centre before being taken to hospital.”He is fully conscious and responsive,” Renault said in a statement.”He has a small cut to the left ankle and has been escorted to a nearby hospital for further routine checks.”Magnussen’s crash prompted a temporary halt to the race as marshals worked to repair tyre barriers damaged in the impact.last_img read more

India to be formidable part of APAC growth strategy: Covestro

first_imgMumbai, Sep 7 (PTI) Covestro AG, which was formerly a part of Bayer Material Science, sees India as a formidable part of its APAC (Asia Pacific countries) growth strategy, a senior company official said.The German polymer major Covestro officially separated from the Bayer Group last year and has successfully established itself in the international capital market with a big stock market flotation.”Covestro strongly believes in the APAC (Asia Pacific countries) region; especially India which has been witnessing a double-digit growth. India comprises roughly 20 per cent of our APAC revenues and it will be a formidable part of the Covestro growth strategy in the region,” Covestros Chief Financial Officer Frank Lutz told reporters here.Though China accounts for over 50 per cent market share in APAC (Asia Pacific countries), the future growth will come from other countries, especially India, he said.Covestro is looking at India as a growth driver in coming years and expects robust rise in demand for its polymers.”India is a growing market and holds lot of promise. The three key industry verticals driving the growth for polymers and polycarbonates in India are automotive followed by IT and electronics and home furnishing. Automotive industry contributes approximately 25 per cent of our revenues in the country,” Covestro India Managing Director Ajay Durrani said.This one year of being an independent entity has helped Covestro evolve as a global manufacturer, he said.Covestro supplies polymers especially polyurethanes and polycarbonates and other specialty chemicals to key industries around the world, such as the automotive, construction, electronics, furniture, sporting goods and textiles industries.advertisementAs part of major expansion plans, Covestro India had commissioned a second line for production of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu last year, thereby increasing the capacity of the site to 6,000 metric tonnes from its current capacity of 2,500 metric tonnes.Durrani said, “The investment in Cuddalore is a testament to the confidence that the company has in the country. Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meet the strong global and local demand for TPU.”Over the past 12 months, Covestro AG has completed a complex transformation process.Lutz, said the first year for Covestro as an independent entity has been busy with the materials manufacturer clocking a strong net year-on-year income growth of 51 per cent.”The continued dynamic core volume growth stood at 7.7 per cent year-on-year. EBIDTA has also significantly improved by over 18 per cent and all debts taken from the parent company – Bayer have been repaid in full,” he said.Covestro has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of the second quarter of 2016. PTI AP DK MKJlast_img read more

Travelogue: Lavasa, a perfect weekend getaway for nature-loving Mumbaikars

first_imgThe air is so clean it makes your lungs sing an aria. Even if you don’t know what an aria is. That’s one of the reasons I’d go back to Lavasa. And because you can read a book under a tree, or crawl under ferns on nature trails like in an Enid Blyton story. Because you’ll squint at ochre-throated bats festooned in trees on the side of the lake. Because the only noise here is of someone shrieking joyfully as they race a jet ski over the water. And yes, because it’s 3,000 ft above sea level, and your prayers reach heaven faster.’Wouldn’t it be a wonderful place to get married?’ A fellow journo sighs, at the green skirts of the Sahyadri mountains, wrapped in veils of mist, at little villas dotting their sides, the lake, at the cobble-stoned town square that looks like it’s been airlifted from Europe. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of that one. Standing by the railing near hotel Ekaant, at a viewing point, I look down and see the 20 km-long Warasgaon Lake, hugged on all sides by Dasve, the first of the three towns that make up Lavasa, India’s first planned hill city.Picture courtesy: India Today Archives About four hours out of Mumbai, Lavasa is a city of about 25,000 acres–nearly a fourth the size of Mumbai, only about 200 times greener-of carefully designed space is one big playground. With waterfront apartments, Lavasa International Convention Centre and the promenade on one bank, and Dasvino Country Club on the other. (Yes, on the bank of the lake-just in case you have to rush, and take a speed boat to the conference). Of course, one can soak in a few cocktails at the pub or wake up sleeping muscles at the gym. But I wonder why anyone would want to stay indoors when there’s a Yamaha wave runner zipping across the water at high speed leaving surf trails in its wake.advertisementYes, that’s where the action is, the guide tells us. “The Watersports Zone had 5,000 tourists in the last two years.” Why? Good reasons: Kayaking, parasailing, a children’s pool, jet skis? Oh, that’s why the trained lifeguards from Jebelali. And well, also because the lake is 100 ft deep.Picture courtesy: India Today Archives  As our own boat bobs through the water towards the orange spire of the Dasve village temple standing sentinel in the trees, our guide mentions that the lake is full with tilapia, katla, rohu? Yes, you can fish here. Yes, you can proudly take a picture with your trophy. No, you can’t keep it. Please sir, throw the fish back in the water. A fountain will soon take its place in the centre of the lake, the tallest in Asia. I wonder if the birds that migrate here really care. In the trees along the banks, looking quite indifferent to our cackling, egrets, kingfishers, grey heron, rest before they take off for lunch.Speaking of which, since you can’t cook your own fish, you can stop at the cafes on the promenade. Granma’s Homemade Patisserie, Chor Bizarre, the All American Diner?. Pick any. And while you slide into a bench taking your time over a burger, you can watch children rollerskate, students from Ecole Hoteliere take a break (yes, the famous French culinary school, actually exists here), or simply enjoy the space-yeah, when you come from the city as we know it, you treasure it like the precious stuff miners go 1000 ft deep for.Picture courtesy: India Today Archives  Later, you can spend afternoons letting your coffee go cold, contemplating the little bridges, listening to water make music as it gurgles out of the sluices of the Warasgaon dam.Yes, it’s a charming town. A little building calls itself Post Office. Here you can mail actual letters, or a postcard if you please, but before you imagine Dasve is rural, stop. Lavasa has a municipal corporation that uses e-governance. How’s that for high-tech? It’s home to non-polluting businesses like Hollywood-affiliated film studios, IT companies, research centres. We had the option of watching the latest movies at The Lavasa Experience Center, but I preferred to walk in the fresh drizzle.And I relished it, as much as I relished the song of the ‘Whistling Schoolboy’ also called the Malabar Whistling Thrush, and the dustbins on the street that say ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. Yup, it seems like Lavasa is friends with nature. It’s a good sign: separate garbage equals recycling, vermiculture, clean hills. It’s part of their Environment Management Plan (EMP), that includes biomimicry, hydro seeding-a hi-tech process that gives back the mountains its green blanket, and mass plantation: ‘8,000 trees have already been planted,’ Ajay Gulabchand, chairman, tells me. Well, here’s to more shady paths to stand and stare. But if you want to take some plants back, find the nursery. If you’d rather hang upside down from a cliff, with the blood rushing to your brains, there’s what they call XThrill Adventure Sports that tests your nerve. Let’s see now, you can go back and tell friends, ‘I went bungee jumping’. Or rappelling, rock-climbing, valley crossing-crossing ravines with the help of high tension ropes, paragliding, cross country cycling on a mountain bike. (Though we doubt you’ll need it, Lavasa has Apollo hospital, and for the aches, some world-class health spas.)advertisementMe, I’d just like to get a cycle-the hotels let you borrow them-and explore the many paths, the hidden streams. Or sing like Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound of Music. Only, I’d scare all the precious migrant birds out of the trees.last_img read more

India wins silver in Vovinam at Asian Beach Games

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first_imgThangavelu said, “I wanted to achieve something and take Thangavelu said, “I wanted to achieve something and take care of my mother (who is a wage labourer) and therefore I started looking for sports. I liked cricket, saw Kapil Dev and Sachin playing and was keen to play for India and win gold. “When I was a student, my friends never used to take me for games, but then I felt that I could do it and started high jump when I was in 8th standard. Then gradually progressed for college and university level. After winning (the medal), when I saw the Indian flag, I was in tears and I am very satisfied that I made my country proud,” he added. Bhati said, “Last time in London only 10 athletes had gone and one medal was bagged. After four years, this time we had 19 athletes and four medals.” Tendulkar said he was extremely proud of all the Paralympic medal winners and the others who took part in Rio and termed them “extraordinarily abled”. “Its a special moment. I am truly honoured to be here. As an Indian, I am extremely proud of all four of you and the other athletes also who participated. The whole world calls them differently challenged and abled. According to me, these champions are extraordinarily abled.” “We all sportsmen have our fair share of trials and tribulations. But, with these athletes, by multiple folds it happens more. “Adversity and challenges to deal with all those things is something, which doesnt happen on its own. It requires lots of focus, effort, determination and dedication and support of your family. And to overcome all these obstacles, I think our champions have come out with flying colours,” the retired batting maestro said. PTI NRB VI SSR NP PDS PDS RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgReliance Jios rival Airtel is also offering 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity post-paid plan.The free data benefit will be over and above the plan benefits, it said.”We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” Bharti Airtel Director Operations (India and South Asia) Ajai Puri said.The latest edition of the iPhone has been launched in India today across multiple platforms like Apple resellers, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Tata Cliq.Most of these companies are bundling in offers to woo customers in the worlds second largest telephony market.While Snapdeal has teamed up with American Express to offer the latters card members a discount of Rs 10,000 on the purchase of the device.Flipkart also said it has prepared itself to make deliveries to customers from 1900 hrs onwards today.”Delivery executives are fanning out across key cities in India to surprise several lucky customers at the exact time when the clock strikes seven. Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal will be one among the delivery executives who will be delivering the iPhone 7 today starting at 7 PM in Bangalore,” it said in a statement.Tata CliQ is offering its customers Rs 10,000 deferred cashback with HDFC credit and debit cards (issued in India).The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants in silver, gold and rose gold colours. The new jet black colour variant will come only in 128GB and 256GB variants. While the 32GB phone will be available for Rs 60,000, the pricing of the other models has not been disclosed.advertisementiPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display with 3D touch, while iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch. Both the smartphones are powered by a new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor, which it claims is 40 percent faster than the previous generation. The iOS 10-powered iPhone 7 sports a 12MP iSight camera and 4K video recording. The iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12MP rear cameras ? one wide-angle and a telephoto lens.The handsets come with IP67 rating, signifying the fact that it is water and dust resistant, a first for the Apple smartphone. The Cupertino-based company is betting big on the Indian market. In July, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that India is one of its fastest growing markets. PTI SR MKJlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra bag bonus point, Delhi edge Rajasthan

first_imgMaharashtra registered a comprehensive innings and 52 runs win over Assam in a Group B Ranji Trophy match on Thursday.The win gave Maharashtra seven points, along with a bonus point for completing an innings win. They bowled out Assam for 234 in the second innings after managing 256 in their first essay.Maharashtra scored a huge 542 in the first innings and forced Assam to follow on. They reduced Assam to 115 for six at the close of the third day’s play on Wednesday.They required 27 overs on the fourth and final day of the match to complete the proceedings. Maharashtra’s medium pacer Anupam Sanklecha was named the Man of the Match for his 12-wicket haul. He claimed eight wickets in the first innings.Assam’s KB Arun Karthik was the highest scorer in the second innings with an unbeaten 87.In Wayanad, Delhi narrowly edged Rajasthan by two wickets after suffering a batting collapse.Chasing a target of 153 runs, they started the day on 51 for 3, needing 102 runs to win. Shikhar Dhawan, overnight batting on 35, was dismissed for 49.Delhi were tottering at 76/5 at one stage. Nitish Rana (31) and Sumit Narwal (27 not out) helped Delhi to victory.In Hubli, Mumbai were dismissed for 417 in their first innings against Gujarat, surrendering a 15-run lead, but the match ended in a draw.In response to Gujarat’s 437, Mumbai began the day at 328/6. Shreyas Iyer, batting on 191, stood between Gujarat and a first innings lead. His dismissal for 194 meant Mumbai couldn’t surpass their opponent’s first innings lead.Gujarat moved to 82/0 in the second innings when the match was drawn.advertisementIn New Delhi, Karnataka battled to avoid defeat against Odisha, forcing a draw. They got a point from the match, allowing Odisha three, as they conceded a first innings lead.Karnataka were bowled out for 179 in their first innings. Odisha capitalised on their opponents’ low score to post 342, thus guaranteeing them three points for taking the first innings lead.Karnataka were 81 ahead with four wickets when play began on Thursday. CM Gautam (95) and Shreyas Gopal (77) helped Karnataka shoot up to 393, setting Odisha a target of 231 in 32 overs.Odisha batted steadily to end the match on 63/0, sealing three points.Brief scores:Maharashtra 542Assam 256 and 234Rajasthan 238 and 221Delhi 307 and 156/8Gujarat 437 and 82/0Mumbai 422Karnataka 179 and 393Odisha 342 and 63/0last_img read more

Chapeceonse name new coach after plane tragedy

first_imgChapecoense have named journeyman Vagner Mancini as their new head coach after a plane crash that killed most of the Brazilian football club’s players and staff.The 50-year-old will replace Caio Junior, who was one of 71 people killed when a plane carrying the Brazilian team’s squad crashed near the Colombian city of Medellin last week, reports Xinhua.”Vagner Mancini takes charge of the team with a responsibility to maintain the work that has been done,” Chapecoense said on their official Twitter account on Friday. (Chelsea’s Brazilians lead tributes to Chapecoense victims)Mancini, whose managerial career has included spells at Brazilian Serie A giants Gremio, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama and Cruzeiro, has been out of work since parting ways with Vitoria in September.He is the first person to be contracted by Chapecoense since the air disaster.Mancini’s backroom coaching staff are expected to be confirmed by the end of next week, Chapeconese president Ivan Tozzo told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper on Friday.Tozzo said the board of directors would include former Chapecoense goalkeeper Nivaldo, who announced his retirement after the accident. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Former Gremio football director Rui Costa has been appointed executive director of football.Chapecoense have been left with just six players after the crash, which occurred less than two days before they were due to play Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamerica final.Chapecoense were this week awarded the title at the request of Atletico Nacional.advertisementlast_img read more

AFF Championship team profile: Laos

first_imgMinnows Laos returned to the AFF Championship finals, after missing out on the previous edition. They have been drawin in Group A.OVERVIEW Laos have always been considered as the minnows in AFF Championship history. For this tournament, this reputation is unlikely to change. Despite having shown some improvements and undergone a training camp in Spain, Laos are not expected to advance to the semi-finals. 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! Laos National TeamLaos. Photo from AFF MediaSQUAD Goalkeepers : Saymanolinh Paseuth, Keo Souvannasangsgo, Outthilath Nammakhot.Defenders : Thotnilath Sibounhuang, Lathasay Lounlasy, Sonevilay Sihavong, Xayasith Singsavang, Thinnakone Vongsa, Mek Insoumang, Khounsombath Phommxay.Midfielders: Phouthone Innalay, Tiny Bounmalay, Phithack Kongmathilath, Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, Chanthaphone Waenvongsoth, Bounphachan Bounkong, Phatthana Phommathep, Kaharn Phetsivilay, Chansamone Phommalivong.Forwards : Somxay Keohanam, Thatsaphone Saysouk, Soukchinda Natphasouk.HEAD COACH PROFILEVaradaraju Sundramoorthy was appointed as Laos head coach on 15 October. It was a suprise appointment as just a month earlier, French coach Patrice Neveu was still on charge of Thim Xad, in preparation of the AFF Championship. Sundramoorthy has coached since 1999 but has not gained any major titles. In 2016 he had been appointed as Singapore head coach but under his guidance, the four-time AFF champions failed to recreate their past glories. This then led to his departure as the Lions boss on 9 April 2018.V Sundramoorthy SingaporeSundramoorthy. Photo from GettyPLAYING STYLE In the run-up to this edition, Laos have become a little secretive, and very little information on them has been unearthed. In the latest friendly match, they played with a 4-4-2 formation, focusing on more defensive tatics. Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, who plays for Thai club Sisaket, is their most important player in this campaign.Keep updated on the 2018 AFF Championship! Malaysia news Tournament news Team profiles Competition venues Fixtures and television schedule Group standings  Also follow Goal Malaysia ‘s Instagram account!last_img read more

Abhishek, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s movie date!

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India-Israel bilateral relationship ‘winning partnership’, best yet to come: Envoy

first_imgAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Wednesday that both countries have built a strong bilateral partnership over the past 25 years and “the best is yet to come”.Carmon, addressing a gala dinner on the occasion of the 69th National Day of Israel and 25 years of growing partnership between the two sides, said the bilateral relationship was a “winning partnership.”He said the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Israel last year and the return visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in November last year and the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Modi to his country, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, were “not less than historical”.Carmon said both nations are ancient civilisations and proud of their history and culture and are also modern and democratic societies.”Over the past 25 years both have solidified their strong bilateral relationship” with cooperation in the fields of agriculture, defence, water, technology and more.”We are proud to be India’s technological partner. Together in the next 25 years we will do wonders and the best is yet to come,” he said to applause.He also raised a toast to the friendship and growing partnership with Chief Guest, Sports Minister Vijay Goel.Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to go to Israel since full diplomotic relations were established in 1992.Also Read:Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons: Israel advertisementlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for May 9

first_imgARIESYour individualistic approach brings success. You are not afraid of expressing ideas even if they arouse controversy to begin with. You can be sudden and enthusiastic in love or anger. You have the right quality of innocence and clarity. Children bring joy! Lucky number 7. Colour yellow. TAURUSYou may need to rejuvenate energy, as you seem exhausted dealing with blocks. You are generous in relationships. You need to find a healing outlet or release for your tension, anger and frustration or you may explode at the wrong time and wrong place. Lucky number 10. Colour orange. GEMINIBe realistic or you can get restless with professional and personal situations. Things are changing by themselves so allow a bit of time to give you direction. Reason is divorced from reality – look at the truth! Reflection heralds the end of a delusion. Lucky number 10. Colour rusty red. CANCERNine golden cups full of light greet you with love in relationships and success in business. Everything seems to be moving at a happy pace but you can feel the changes trickling in and transforming relationships. A shopping spree can upset your budget. Lucky number 9. Colour pink. LEOSince you are divided about choices, a quick, spontaneous decision takes you towards fulfillment. Differences in relationships are resolved with friendly consideration and a loving attitude. Your duality within draws you towards different moods and activities! Lucky number 2. Colour blue. VIRGOYou are blessed with youthful energy and dynamism in earthy aspects, which you infuse in business affairs. Your social life maybe considered dull and you are somewhat resentful of spiritual and emotional aspects today. Relationships are stable and supportive. Lucky number 18. Colour brown. advertisementLIBRAYou tend to suffer agonies of mind unnecessarily by worrying about everything and imagining the worst. There is no need to feel oppressed and suffer but stand up for yourself and get free of limitations. Your patience in relationships brings you support. Lucky number 9. Colour silver grey. SCORPIOYou stand strong against stormy weather and difficult situations to face professional and personal challenges. Material wealth and physical well being allow you to travel, indulge in sport and burn your candle at both ends. A valuable relationship is sensitive. Lucky number 10. Colour red. SAGITTARIUSLike ‘The Queen of Swords’ you are brilliant, individualistic and not ready to make compromises in any aspect. You are intensely perceptive and don’t miss any undercurrents or political games that go on around you. Tender care is needed in relationships. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. CAPRICORNAn empty canvas eagerly awaits your first brush stroke, which reveals the mood and colour of your new painting or project. Relationships are rejuvenated with new feelings. The past gets wiped out, without any effort or regret, once you make a new beginning. Lucky number 8. Colour white. AQUARIUSA blend of success and pleasure leaves you with mixed feelings. You give in to what others want but would rather abandon yourself to a lazy, relaxing day. You share happy times with friends. You are likely to invest in a luxury that brings a temporary thrill. Lucky number 4. Colour red. PISCES’The Knight of Cups’ brings up friendships and connections from the past as nostalgia and sentiment over whelm you. You are much in demand during family and official engagements. You are graceful and amiable, quick to respond to attraction and enthusiastic. Lucky number 5. Colour browns.last_img read more

Gary Kirsten, Eric Simons on CSA panel to choose new South Africa coach

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday nominated a five-member panel, including two former national coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons, to recommend a suitable candidate for the position of Proteas head coach, which it aims to fill by the beginning of September.Incumbent Russell Domingo, who has been in charge since after the Champions Trophy in mid-2013 has had his contract renewed three times and his current contract expires at the end of the England tour in August.Besides Kirsten and Simons, the other members of the screening committee include CSA’s lead independent director Norman Arendse, board member Rihan Richards, transformation and cricket pipeline committee member Oupa Nkagisang.CSA also reposed faith in the current crop of selectors, whose tenure began after the 2015 World Cup to continue until the end of the ICC World Cup in 2019.The only other notable change to the structure is the appointment of Robin Peterson as the eminent past-player representative on the cricket committee. Peterson replaces Ashwell Prince, who took over as the head coach of the Cape Cobras.last_img read more

Virat Kohli a very good player, don’t know if he is a good captain: Erapalli Prasanna

first_imgFormer India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna today took a dig at Virat Kohli and said if the current skipper feels he is the “boss” of the Indian cricket then the team can do without a coach.Prasanna sounded cynical in his response when asked about the rift between Kohli and Anil Kumble, who quit as Indian cricket team coach recently.”Why do they require a coach, if the captain is the boss? I don’t think they even need the services of batting or fielding coaches (Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar),” the former spin great told PTI.Prasanna also questioned Kohli’s captaincy abilities.”Kohli is undoubtedly a very good player but I do not know whether he is a good captain,” he said.Kumble quit as India coach in the aftermath of their Champions Trophy final loss to arch-rivals Pakistan, stating that Kohli had reservations about his coaching “style” and their partnership was “untenable”.The Indian team will be without a coach in the tour to the West Indies, where they play five ODIs and one-off T20 match starting at Port of Spain later today.”If a legendary cricketer like Anil Kumble is not respected, I do not think neither of them — Bangar and Sridhar — will have the guts to speak to Kohli in a confident way. None of them are as experienced like Kumble,” Prasanna said.”Just hire somebody for the physical training and that will be enough. If such is the attitude of a captain I don’t think you require a coach,” the 77-year-old said, seemingly upset with Kohli’s behaviour.advertisement”We can go back to the good old days of appointing a manager to look after the logistics, if he (Kohli) takes up the responsibility. The role of a coach is not defined,” he added.The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has been entrusted with the responsibility of recommending the coach to the BCCI but Prasanna said the appointment system needs an overhaul.Prasanna further said the time has come for India to look beyond old warhorses like Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”I don’t think they will be able to continue till the next World Cup in 2019, they will be 38 then. We need fresh and young legs and players who are extremely agile,” he said.”Okay, Dhoni will be the wicketkeeper but Yuvraj is going to be a liability as a fielder. In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya paves way for F1 team to be a force without India

first_imgVijay Mallya, who is being pursued by Indian authorities over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, has taken steps that could see India disappear from the name of his Formula One team.Listings at Companies House showed six businesses were registered to a London address on May 31 and June 6 using the Force One name.A hack of Mallya’s Twitter account last December revealed the same address, a terrace of mansions overlooking Regents Park, as his London residence.The only named official for the companies — Force One Grand Prix, Force One Racing, Force One Team, Force One Technology, Force One Hospitality and Force One Brand — was Force India director Thiruvannamalai Ventkatesan Lakshmi Kanthan.Kanthan is also sole director of Force One Consultancy, a company set up on June 2.Mallya was quoted on June 14 as saying he was considering changing the name of the Silverstone-based team to make it more attractive to potential sponsors and give it more of an “international flavour”.”There are some people who believe the current name Force India is restrictive psychologically,” he told Motorsport.com.”I’m considering along with the other shareholders what steps to take but it’s a major decision and one that is not going to be taken in a hurry without due consideration.”India has accused Mallya of fraud and is seeking the 61-year-old’s extradition after he fled to Britain in March last year.Banks are seeking to recover about $1.4 billion that the Indian authorities say Kingfisher owes. Mallya has repeatedly dismissed the charges against him.advertisementMallya attended only one Formula One race last year — the British Grand Prix over the road from his team’s factory. He said this month that there were no plans to sell the team, however.Any application for a name change would have to be approved by the governing FIA and other teams through the Formula One Commission.”Force India was born out of Vijay owning the team,” chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer told motorsport.com on Wednesday.”Since then we’ve lost the Grand Prix there (in India), the Indian sponsors no longer were interested in sponsoring us. Now we have no Indian sponsors whatsoever, apart from Vijay’s Kingfisher.”So it kind of makes sense to change it from India in order to attract sponsors more globally, and not restrict ourselves to being Force India.”last_img read more

Manager’s report: No adverse views on Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble relation

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has got an all clear in administrative manager Kapil Malhotra’s report on his differences with coach Anil Kumble, which primarily led to the former leg-spinner’s exit after the Champions Trophy.While the administrative manager’s report is mandatory after every home or away series that India play, it is usually perceived as a formality. In the wake of Kumble’s resignation though, the BCCI had specifically instructed Cricket Club of India (CCI)’s Malhotra to report any incident of discord between Kohli and Kumble when the team was in England.However, it has been learnt that Malhotra’s report does not mention any controversial incidents.”Kapil Malhotra has submitted his report. At least there is nothing in the report which suggests that skipper Virat Kohli was ever rude to the coach or mention of any incident which could be termed as a breach of discipline,” a BCCI source in the know of things told PTI on condition of anonymity.When pointed out that coach and the captain were not interacting with each other during practice sessions, the official replied: “He was specifically asked to mention any incident worth reporting which may have affected the dressing room environment or morale of the team. Nothing of that sort is there in the report.”It must be noted in this regard that BCCI has also sought reports from Anil Patel, who was the administrative manager during the 13 home Tests that India played during the season.Malhotra is currently with the team in the West Indies and this will be the last assignment of any state unit official as administrative manager.advertisementThe administrative manager for West Indies tour was supposed to be Milind Kanmadikar of Madhya Pradesh CA but it was decided by the Committee of Administrators (COA) that Malhotra would continue for the West Indies leg.It is expected that the board will hire a full-time manager, abolishing the convention set by the old guard of handing overseas ‘junkets’ to the state unit officials in order to keep their vote bank intact.The BCCI is all set to interview the candidates for head coach’s post in Mumbai on July 10 with Ravi Shastri emerging as the favourite to come back.The other two high-profile names are Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody. Richard Pybus, Venkatesh Prasad, Dodda Ganesh are the other candidates.last_img read more

ODI series loss vs Zimbabwe lowest point in my career: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has admitted that the unexpected 2-3 home series loss to Zimbabwe is “one of the lowest points” of his career and a “hard one to swallow”.Earlier, all-rounder Sikandar Raza starred with both bat and ball to help Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by three wickets and clinch a historic series victory in the fifth and final ODI at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota on Monday.Taking the series 3-2 in Hambantota, 11th-ranked Zimbabwe registered its maiden series win in Sri Lanka, and first overseas triumph in eight years.”It’s one of the lowest point in my career, and a hard one to swallow,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mathews as saying.”Everything went against us, from the toss to misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket,” he added.Under Mathews, Sri Lanka have won an away Test series against England, and a home Test series against Australia. However, their performance in limited-overs cricket has been dismal since the 2015 World Cup.The Lankan Tigers defeated Ireland and West Indies under Mathews, but lost home series against Pakistan, Australia and now Zimbabwe.Mathews said he would seek consultation from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors before making a firm decision on his captaincy future.”Still haven’t thought about stepping down,” Mathews said.”There’s time. I’ll give it a bit more thought and talk to the selectors. I haven’t decided anything yet,” he insisted.advertisementSri Lanka have very little time to absorb the shocking defeat as the one-off Test against Zimbabwe begins on Friday, and after that their Asian neighbour India will arrive for a full tour which kicks off on July 26.”We have an India series coming up, but before that, we have the Test against Zimbabwe to talk about. The Indian series will be even tougher. In a small period we have to fix our problems. As a team we did do the training, but nothing is working in the middle,” said the Sri Lanka skipper.India’s tour of Sri Lanka will begin at Galle on July 26. Virat Kohli’s men will be playing three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I during the series.last_img read more

Hockey India League to return in 2019 with a fresh outlook

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) After five successful editions, there will be no Hockey India League (HIL) next year and the cash-rich domestic tourmament will only return in 2019 with a fresh outlook, Hockey India said today. The tournaments Governing Committee, comprising representatives of Hockey India and other stakeholders, have unanimously decided to schedule the next edition of Hockey India League in 2019 instead of 2018 January and February. “After five years of successfully organizing the Hockey India League, we felt that it is time to review the League, evaluate its success and comeback with a fresh outlook that will benefit the development of the sport,” said Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Chairman Hockey India League and Secretary General, Hockey India. “This decision was made after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved,” he added. There were reports that unhappy franchises and financial concerns may see the end of the Hockey India League after just five seasons. However, Ahmad clarified that this will only be a temporary discontinuation and that the Hockey India League will return in 2019. “Due to a conflict in dates of the schedule of Hockey India League 2018 and a major international tournament which was likely to restrict the participation of international players, it was decided that the best solution was to postpone the conduct of the sixth season of the League,” Ahmad said. “I want to emphasize that we want to resume the League in 2019 albeit with greater prospects to make it more viable financially not only for the stakeholders but also for the players,” he added. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Milkha Singh appointed WHOs ambassador for physical activity

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) Sprint legend Milkha Singh has been appointed as the World Health Organisations goodwill ambassador for physical activity in South-East Asia Region (SEAR), the global health body said today.As WHO goodwill ambassador, Singh, also known as the Flying Sikh, will promote WHO SEARs non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and control action plan which seeks to reduce the level of insufficient physical activity by 10 per cent and NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said.”Promoting physical activity for health is an important intervention, which is expected to get a significant boost in the region with the support of octogenarian Milkha Singh, a champion for the cause,” she said.According to her, an estimated 8.5 million people die due to non-communicable diseases every year in WHO South-East Asia Region and many of these deaths are premature and nearly all are lifestyle related.Regular exercise and physical activity help reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and cancer ? that are now increasingly afflicting people across the world.An alarming 70 per cent of boys, 80 per cent of girls and nearly 33 per cent adults in the region report insufficient physical activity which is becoming a common feature of modern life, Singh pointed out.WHO recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children daily and 150 minutes of activity for adults weekly to stave off non-communicable diseases.Physical activity helps those aged 65 years and above to maintain cognitive functioning and reduce the risk of depression, the world health body said.advertisementTo facilitate this, WHO has also been advocating with governments to create public spaces for recreational and organised sport. It has been advocating for physical activity as a “best buy” intervention for reducing the risk of deaths due to NCDs.”Whatever be the age group, gender, physical ability, or socio-economic background, being physically active is an effective way to ensure a healthy and productive life,” the regional director said.With the support of Milkha Singh, we expect to promote and scale up physical activity in the region to be able to arrest and reverse the NCD epidemic, she said.Milkha Singh is a Padma Shri awardee and had won medals in athletics in Commonwealth and Asian games. He had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in the 1960 Rome Olympics. PTI TDS NSDlast_img read more