Month: November 2019

  • Kaveree Bamzai on after Team India’s exit from World Cup, 2007

    first_imgKaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well,Kaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well these days unlike most of the country. The National Mourning following Team India’s exit has acquired a shrill tone, with all manner of radical solutions being offered-from new jobs for the boys to new nationalities. To add to India’s woes, Bangladesh, our supposedly poor cousins, seem to be enjoying themselves thoroughly in the West Indies, flinging themselves about on screens where we-and Mandira Bedi in some of the worst clothes in the history of fashion-had hoped Sachin and Sourav would have been resplendent.Team India knocked out from World Cup, 2007Which is where I would like to quote, again, other people wiser than I. This time, it’s my 10-year-old son (a recent cricket convert) and his buddies. Their enthusiasm for the World Cup remains undiminished. They are rooting for Australia, and even, of late, Bangladesh. Why? Because they know how to win.Clearly, the new generation Indian does not let patriotism get in the way of admiring the ability to triumph. The whole world is their playing field. The way our cricketers-clearly in need of both fitness and fighting spirit-have been playing is so dismal that their worst punishment has already been meted out to them. No, it’s not the cap on advertisements, the threat of sacking, or even payment only when they perform. It is this- they will lose the untrammelled sway they have had on the affections of young India. With new sporting icons, from Jeev Milkha Singh to Viswanathan Anand, they will not only discover, as they have already, other arenas but also learn the true meaning of being sports fans. Bollywood, for once, is helping in a public service cause. Coming up is a series of films featuring wildly different sports-car racing in Tara Rum Pum, hockey in Chak De India (with Shah Rukh Khan playing coach), soccer in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Abhishek Bachchan is a Chelsea fan, like many young Indians), and soccer again with John Abraham in Goal! If Team India doesn’t watch these, they can always catch a re-run of Jerry Maguire, where Cuba Gooding Jr’s character goes from being the show-me-the-money loser to the playfrom-the-heart winner. The moral of the story? Get the runs. The respect and sabse-bada-rupaiyah will follow.advertisementlast_img read more

  • London olympics: Kohei Uchimura shows class, wins all-around gymnastics gold

    first_imgJapan’s Kohei Uchimura put p a classy all-around performance to take gold in the men’s gymnastics at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Uchimara put in five near-flawless routines, and despite a four-point landing on the floor, the Beijing silver medallist held on to win with 92.690 points.”I’ve been aiming for this for a long time and now I have achieved it,” Uchimara said. “It’s a dream.””I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment.”Marcel Nguyen of Germany scored 91.03 for an unlikely silver on the final rotation when Uchimara’s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka fell off the pommel horse.”It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true. I had an difficult start. I started on pommel horse and that’s my weakest event, but it went better from apparatus to apparatus,” Nguyen said.America’s Daniel Leyva took the bronze after a strong final routine on the high bar, scoring 90.698.British favourite Kristian Thomas’s challenge slipped on the vault, when he stumbled on landing a double pike to score 14.9.A mid-16s score that he was expected to achieve would have placed him in medal contention.As it was, he finished seventh on 89.406.last_img read more

  • Sunil Chhetri is among 27 Nehru Cup probables

    first_imgThe confusion over Sunil Chhetri’s availability for the Nehru Cup seems to be over with India coach Wim Koevermans naming the striker in the 27-member probables list for the August 22-September 2 tournament.Chhetri is currently training with his new club – Sporting Lisbon – in Portugal and was in doubt for the pre-Nehru Cup camp in Bangalore. But the footballer has now assured that he will be available after August 12.”I am happy that we have got confirmation from his (Chhetri’s) club for his release on August 12 and that leaves us with enough time to work with the player to prepare for the Nehru Cup,” Koevermans said. The coach talked with Chhetri too regarding his release.Goalkeeper Subrata Paul has also made a comeback to the national fold after recovering from a wrist injury.The probables, excluding Chhetri, are currently attending the national camp at the KSFA Stadium in Bangalore. They will shift to Greater Noida in mid-August for the final phase of preparation.Squad: Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Karanjeet Singh; Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri, Denzil Franco, Gourmangi Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Khelemba Meitei, Syed Rahim Nabi, Mohan Raj; Midfielders: Mehtab Hossain, Rocus Lamare, Milan Singh, Baldeep Singh, Jewel Raja, Francis Fernandes, Alwyn George, Anthony Pereira, Gilbert Oliviera, Sanju Pradhan, Clifford Miranda, Joaquim Abranches; Forwards: Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manandeep Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua.last_img read more

  • ‘Kapil Dev alone looked the part of a true Test bowler’

    first_imgAfter their humiliating defeat in the Pakistan series earlier this year, it was widely expected that the Indian cricket team would perform more creditably in the West Indies. But, as events proved, the refurbished team was outplayed comprehensively once again by the West Indies. What went wrong? Indian media coverage was,After their humiliating defeat in the Pakistan series earlier this year, it was widely expected that the Indian cricket team would perform more creditably in the West Indies. But, as events proved, the refurbished team was outplayed comprehensively once again by the West Indies. What went wrong? Indian media coverage was almost non-existent during the series. One man, however, is eminently qualified to comment on the Indian performance, DICKY RUTNAGUR, the veteran London-based commentator watched the entire series from the vantage point of the commentators’ box. His report.IF it is presumed that the West Indies are still the most powerful force in international cricket, then India’s performance in losing only two Tests to them in a five-match series must be interpreted as a higher level of performance than they gave in Pakistan, where they were beaten in three consecutive Tests.It would not be fair on my part to make a comparison, because I did not see the series in Pakistan. But even if there was a grain of accuracy in such an assessment, it provides little consolation. The losses in the West Indies would have been more tolerable if, at any time, India had looked like scoring a win.Clive Lloyd clouts Kapil Dev to the ropes in the 4th Test at BarbadosThere was never a Test match when India looked a match for their opponents and, regretfully, it must be said that the team was the poorest India has ever sent to the West Indies and, perhaps, the most substandard combination that has played Test cricket for any country.Before probing more deeply into the strengths (alas, so few) and weaknesses of Kapil Dev’s team, it must be said that the West Indies themselves were not the redoubtable side that they were when they played even their last series just over a year ago in Australia.advertisementThe majority of the batsmen were afflicted with poor form and by Captain Clive Lloyd’s own admission, their pace attack was no longer capable of the sustained hostility of former years, age and overwork having caught up with the components. Only Malcolm Marshall is still a rising star.Strenuous Itinerary: The shortcomings of the side were emphasised by the tour itinerary, for which the blame must sit squarely on the shoulders of the inept and uncaring officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The only good that came out of the tinkering of the programme was that the series in the West Indies was curtailed from six to five Tests. For the series in the West Indies to have gone on any longer would have been catastrophic because the touring side had neither the confidence, physical staying power or the reserve strength in either batting or bowling to have coped with another Test match.Logie acknowledging applause after his century at BarbadosPerhaps, the economics of modern cricket made it imperative for India to tour Pakistan and the West Indies in the same season. The cruel fact, however, was that India are currently not strong enough to take on two such formidable opponents in so short a span of time.Problems were exacerbated by the chopping and changing of dates of both tours, which shortened the gap between them to one week. This state of affairs was brought about by the Asian Games and a diktat from somewhere unconnected with cricket that there was to be no clash between the Games and the Pakistan tour.Why the two events could not have run concurrently is incomprehensible. After all, the Olympic Games at Wembley did not detract from the glamour or attraction of the tour of 1948 (Bradman’s farewell) or vice versa.The net result of the curtailment of the West Indies itinerary was that the touring team, young and inexperienced, had just one territorial match to serve as preparation for the first Test. In this respect, the team was owed much sympathy.Indeed, a much stronger and more settled touring side would not have coped with this self-imposed handicap. To deprive this weak team of a proper chance to acclimatise was tantamount to denying a particularly dull student proper time to read for an especially important examination.An injured Amarnath led off the field: True gritAnother repercussion of the postponement of the tour was that all five Test matches were played in unreliable weather. By some mischance, the rain always arrived at the week-end. when attendances would have been the largest. The outcome was a serious financial set-back for the hosts who, in any case, were struggling to make both ends meet.Starting Problems: It is my firm belief that the first Test would not have been lost if the touring side had played the customary three matches, instead of just one, before the start of the series. The captain was new to his job, and the peculiar conditions had their bearing on his players.advertisementThis difficulty was aggravated by the team having to start the tour without Sunil Gavaskar who, with the Board’s agreement, did not travel with the team and arrived less than 48 hours before the start of the first Test.For too long has the Board set and tolerated different standards for Gavaskar and the rest of the team. With the Board so indulgent of Gavaskar, it was impossible for Kapil Dev, still new and unsettled in his position as captain, and Hanumant Singh, a first-time manager, to deal with sufficient firmness when Gavaskar wantonly threw his wicket away in the match against Trinidadad and Tobago.The gifts of nature that Gavaskar possesses – his great skill as a batsman and a sharp intellect – are given to few. It is a fact of life that when providence bestows special talents, it expects that they will be used by the recipient not only for his own benefit, but for the good of his less fortunate associates. In other words, Gavaskar should have been setting an example in responsibility and dedication to his junior teammates. To condone nonconformity in a weak side is the surest way of breeding chaos.Fortunately, such turmoil was prevented by the captain, despite several shortcomings, being seen as a sincere, upright man, completely devoted to his craft and his position and, no less, by the superb managership of Hanumant Singh.Apart from the ragged early form of the players, there were several difficulties which confronted the team in matters of travel, accommodation, diet, injuries and so on. Yet, Hanumant Singh never lost his calm.Although he was hard pressed in coping with this aspect of his assignment, Singh, the first manager in a long time to travel without an assistant, never took his eye off cricketing matters, nor neglected the team’s public relations. There was immense respect for Hanumant_ Singh among the several famous former Test cricketers who administer West Indies cricket. The members of the team reflected the high standards with which their captain and manager carried themselves, thus presenting an image that did India proud.Leadership: Not having been in Pakistan myself, it would be quite unjust to comment on the selectors’ decision to remove Gavaskar from the captaincy and instal Kapil in his place. If Gavaskar’s dismissal was the penalty for defeat alone then it was a harsh punishment for, with the ammunition at his disposal, none other could have provided a different result. especially in the conditions and atmosphere of Pakistan and against opposition of such high quality.Where the West Indies tour was concerned, it was unfair to burden Kapil Dev with leadership for the first time when the team under him was so palpably weak and when it was well known that he stood no earthly chance.advertisement Nor did fortune treat Kapil Dev too kindly, in that the coin fell on the wrong side for him in no less than seven out of eight tosses – five times in the Test matches and three times in the one-day internationals – with Clive Lloyd. The most vital toss of all was in the fourth Test at Barbados, where the series was settled.It was a tribute to Kapil Dev’s uncomplicated nature that he remained genial in his manner and thoroughly composed in the face of so much adversity, bad luck and the onset of damage to his knee. In my touring experience, losing captains tend to become introverted, ill-tempered, aloof and even paranoid. Kapil Dev, on the other hand, came to terms with his lot and, although a proud – in the best sense of the word – and self-confident cricketer, carried himself with charm and dignity in defeat.THE tour was less than a fortnight old when Kapil Dev was confronted with big test of his ability as a tactician and immediately found wanting. The occasion was the last afternoon of the first Test at Kingston, when West Indies were left only half an hour and the mandatory 20 overs to get as many as 172 runs and got them, plundering no less than 127 runs from the last 20 overs.Having given the West Indies due credit for the explosive power of their batting, it must be admitted that the contributory factor to their exciting win by four wickets was the latitude they were allowed by thoughtless captaincy and modest, sometimes uncontrolled, bowling.The West Indies’ achievement has also to be judged in the light of their opening batsmen, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, being badly out of form at the time and the inclusion in their ranks of a debutant in Augustine Logie and another comparative newcomer to Test cricket in Jeffrey Dujon. At one stage, with Lloyd unable to make headway.West Indies had felt themselves bogged down to an extent where they had to send in Andy Roberts at number five to gain them some impetus by sheer slogging. Once they were able to check and dislodge Clive Lloyd, India really should have had the situation in control.Bowling Fiasco: They lost their grip because Kapil Dev used the wrong bowlers at the wrong time. He had convinced himself that only the seam bowlers could dam the flow of runs and, come hell or high water, adhered to this policy even when Amarnath was being savagely mauled (34 runs off 14 balls) and Kapil himself came under heavy fire as he began to tire.A glance at the bowling figures in that innings shows that each delivery by Kapil Dev, Balwinder Sandhu and Amarnath cost 0.93, 1.22 and 2.42 runs respectively, while Venkataraghavan was no more expensive than the most economical seamer, that is Kapil Dev himself.Yet Venkataraghavan, crafty and battle-scarred, was not used during the crucial final overs. Completely neglected was Maninder Singh, who should have been called on at a time when the batsmen were trying to hit every ball to leg.Such methods when facing Maninder would have carried a greater element of risk for they would have been aiming against Maninder’s spin (from leg to off), and that on a last-day pitch that had some turn to offer.For a cricketer who is so refreshingly forthright and ebullient in his own play, Kapil Dev, as captain, was disappointingly negative. Another instance of his defensive attitude that comes to mind was in the third Test in Georgetown when Greenidge, still struggling with his form, was striving to break free of the check in which he was held by Venkat.In his desperation, Greenidge charged out, threw his head back and hoisted Venkat for a straight six. The match was then at a stage where a few runs given away as a price for a wicket did not matter. But, immediately, mid-on was dropped back to long-on.From then on, Greenidge was able to drive or push into that region of the field and pick up singles or twos at will. Most thinking captains would have been delighted that Greenidge had been driven to desperation and would have issued a further challenge to hit sixes.There was room for criticism also in the fields that were set for Sivaramakrishnan’s leg-spin in the last Test. They were modelled on the fields that Chandrasekhar used to bowl to, with no regard to the fact that Chandra was a much quicker bowler, who aimed to get batsmen out in a different manner altogether.Irresponsible Batting: It was not in the interest of Gavaskar himself or the side that he missed the opening match and went into the first Test ill-prepared. Despite his failure in the Test, he made no effort to play a proper, sensible innings in the following fixture, against Trinidad and Tobago.Gavaskar threw away his wicket and though this irresponsible gesture did not militate against the team, he certainly brought it disrepute because a huge crowd was present, most of it only to see the maestro perform.The incident was glossed over by the captain and manager but there is no doubt that for a few days afterwards Gavaskar was in bad odour. Thereafter, it was not uncommon to see Kapil Dev consult his predecessor on the field or, for that matter, Gavaskar volunteering advice or encouragement to Kapil Dev or any other bowler.Gavaskar admitted to feeling a pang of disappointment and hurt at losing the captaincy, but never showed any signs of resentment or bitterness. In fact, he was a cheerful mixer among his team-mates and, if anything, was a more relaxed person than in his days as captain. It would be sinister to read any significance into Gavaskar’s failures as a batsman (his scores were 20, 0, 1, 32, 147 not out, 2,19.18 and 1, totalling only 240 at an average of 30.00). But there is no doubt that he had lost the inclination for a fierce battle with the bowlers, particularly if batting conditions were not amenable. One of the qualities of a great batsman is that he is more adept at working out problems. Yet, ‘caught Dujon’ was a common factor in six of Gavaskar’s eight dismissals.Striking Success: Unquestionably, the performance of the side as whole suffered from his failure, although Mohinder Amarnath so nobly rose to the role of saviour. The stronger the challenge of the pitch and the bowling, the greater was the effort, resolution and concentration on the part of the once-rejected Mohinder. Of the other batsmen who played through the series, Anshuman Gaekwad looked a more competent player than his scores indicate. Vengsarkar betrayed a weakness outside the off stump.Towards the end of the series, Vengsarkar’s distaste for the short ball was more pronounced. The same was true of Yashpal, who started the series more impressively then he finished it. Shastri, batting at number six, was worth his weight in gold. Dispite two big scores, Kapil Dev’s batting never inspired confidence.The front-line batsmen got away with erratic performances because the reserves offered no challenge to their positions. Arun Lal, also very square-on, lacked the technique to play the away-going ball. Malhotra batted in the minor matches as if he wanted to make sure he was not picked for the Tests.His batting was flippant and thoughtless. On the other hand, poor Gursharan Singh took early failure too much to heart and lost confidence to the point of breaking down. But his 89 against Barbados, made in adversity and on a testing pitch, earned him respect and should keep him in the minds of the selectors. At least he was serious-minded, sensitive to failure, and earnest.Track Record: Among the bowlers, Kapil Dev alone looked the part of a true Test bowler although the other seamers, Sandhu and the ageing Madan Lai. bowled with great heart and surpassed expectations. In the department of spin, Venkat did no less than could be expected of a man of 38 and certainly did justice to many years of experience. Shastri’s bowling, unfortunately, fell off as his batting improved. Maninder Singh did not look quite ready for Test cricket and if his experience has made him aware of how much remains for him to learn and also that he is not yet another Bishen Bedi, then he will have benefited from the trip.Judgement on Sivaramakrishnan must be reserved because his prospects were spoilt by an injury on the very second day of the tour. But the young cricketer certainly has potential, not just as a leg-spinner, but also as a batsman.Finally, the side’s fielding. No word of censure can be too strong. The immobility of all but a few was positively embarrassing. The balance was tipped against India to no small extent from runs given away and chances dropped, some of them very easy ones. A good proportion of these errors stood to the debit of Kirmani, whose batting, once so useful against pace bowling, showed the same measure of decline as his wicket-keeping. Kirmani’s young deputy, Kiran More, did well enough with both gloves and bat to have taken over his Test place, at least after the first three Tests. But an Indian side would never take the radical step of dropping its vice-captain. Pray why not?But enough scorn has been poured on the poor actors in the play. The fault is really with those who set the scene, the BCCI who adhere to the erroneous ways that have caused Indian cricket to deteriorate to a state where India have now played 21 consecutive Tests without a single win, lost six and been saved by rain from at least two more thrashings.last_img read more

  • Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards

    first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants WATCH: Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry show off volleyball skills Djokovic matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He also earned the honor in 2012, 2015 and 2016.Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships , took home the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to an athlete for relentless dedication to his or her career, and France was honored for winning the World Cup in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSimone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for winning four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships. Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year.The awards were given in recognition of outstanding sports performance in 2018. LATEST STORIES Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic winner of the World Sportsman of the Year award holds his trophy during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO — Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

    first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Later Saturday, Premier League club West Ham said it will ban any fans who were filmed chanting anti-Semitic abuse about rival Tottenham ahead of West Ham’s game at Manchester United.West Ham said it was “disgusted” by the video circulating on Twitter. FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world,” the head of world soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bucks roll past Pistons in series opener FIFA says it fully supports Gouano, as well as players such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose, who were also subjected to racist abuse.Tottenham defender Rose went so far as to say he was looking forward to retiring from the game in the future because of ongoing racism and a lack of action from authorities.Rose was among England players targeted with monkey chants in Montenegro last month while playing in a European Championship qualifier.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” Infantino said. “This is really not acceptable.”FIFA disbanded its anti-racism task force early in Infantino’s presidency in 2016, saying it had “completely fulfilled its temporary mission.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Infantino referred to the “three-step procedure” at tournaments, a measure that was brought in at the 2017 Confederations Cup and which allows a referee to stop a game, suspend a game and ultimately abandon a game if discriminatory behavior persists.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behavior,” Infantino said. “Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society either.”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, logisticsInfantino’s intervention comes one day after Amiens’ French league game at Dijon was temporarily halted after the visiting side’s captain Prince Gouano was subjected to racist insults.“I heard monkey noises,” said Gouano, who asked the referee to stop the game. The French league said the alleged perpetrator was subsequently identified and arrested. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Krausslast_img read more

  • World Cup ticket buyers discovering seats aren’t together

    first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Seamus Campbell, who lives in Portland, Oregon, bought five tickets for the semifinals and finals in Lyon. Three seats are in a single row, but with a random individual seat breaking up the group, while another seat is two rows back and the last is in a row behind that.Campbell also purchased three tickets for matches in Paris — two are together and the other is separate.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“It’s just astonishing that they didn’t find a way to put blocks of tickets together. And I appreciate that there are a lot of tickets, and they’re selling them all at once, but I just can’t fathom how you would end up — and I’m a software developer — I don’t know how you would build a system that said, ‘We have three seats that are almost together but we’re gonna put one single seat in between those three.’”The tournament starts June 7 and runs through July 7. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, the Women’s World Cup trophy is displayed at the women’s soccer 2019 World Cup draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris. Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together. Tickets were made available to print Monday, May 20, 2019, and ticket holders learned that their groups were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections, even families with young children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together.Tickets were made available to print Monday and ticket holders learned that their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections — even families with young children were separated.ADVERTISEMENT View comments FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, responded on the verified Women’s World Cup Twitter account, posting: “Dear fans. We have noted some of your comments, re: your tickets. When you placed your order, a message indicating not all seats would be located next to each other did appear, before confirmation of your purchase. Unfortunately we will not be able to modify your order.”An additional post said: “However, an exception could be made for parents whose seats are not next to the seats of their underage children (18 years old and younger).” The post included the email address for the event’s local organizing committee and a phone number for customer service.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment. FIFA’s website includes the disclaimer: “The Local Organizing Committee of France under the legal entity of Comité local d’organisation des coupes du monde féminines FIFA 2018 et 2019 who has assigned AP2S as the online ticket seller is solely responsible for all transactional and data collection aspects of your purchase for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.”AP2S did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Late Monday, FIFA updated its social media account with two additional posts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “The previous tweets regarding FIFA Women’s World Cup tickets allocation were published without a full understanding of the situation and we apologise for that. The issues were faced by less than 1% of fans requesting tickets for the semifinals and the final,” the post read. “FIFA and the Local Organising Committee are confident the problems will be solved and the fans will be able to enjoy the matches as they envisaged.”However, The Associated Press interviewed fans who had tickets for matches in the group and knockout stages, and had similar seat issues. One group of four was given four separated seats for a match in Paris, while a group of three was given just two seats together for an early match.It’s customary for most sporting events to allow fans to either automatically receive or choose seats that are together. There was a limit on the number of World Cup tickets that could be purchased by a single buyer.The situation could cause problems in the stadiums before games, when fans may try to swap seats to sit next to friends or family members. Separated families might also become an issue if a security concern should arise.Jessica Russell, who is from Utah, said she bought two tickets as a package for the semifinals and final in Lyon. She said she was disappointed to see the seats are separated.“It would be nice to sit with who you bought the tickets with,” she said. “We’ll try to see if people will switch with people around us. But if not, we’ll just deal with it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

  • JSW announces Rs 5 lakh cash award to grappler Narsingh Yadav

    first_imgMumbai, Sep 16 (PTI) JSW Sports that supports wrestler Narsingh Yadav and seven other Indian grapplers, who were part of the squad at the recently-held World Championship in Las Vegas, today announced a cash award of Rs five lakh to him for winning a bronze medal in the USA. “Narsingh Yadav has become the first wrestler from India to book a quota for the Olympic Games through the World Championships in a difficult weight category. We are all proud of his fantastic achievement and are committed to providing him every kind of support to ensure that he has the perfect platform to excel at the Rio Olympics. As a token of appreciation, he will be given a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh,” said JSW Sports CEO Mustafa Ghouse at a media conference here today with the wrestler in attendance. JSW has been supporting Mumbai-born Yadav for the last two years by providing him with foreign exposure, training, apparel, supplements and access to a team of physios. Yadav asserted winning the quota place for Rio will help him concentrate now on ironing out his faults. “Winning a quota with almost a year to go for the Olympics is a great thing. I can use this time now for preparing myself fully and with single-minded determination. I do not need to compete in any qualifiers and can use this time to weed out my mistakes and improve in certain key areas that my coaches have identified,” he said. The other wrestlers in the World Championship squad supported by JSW are: Bajrang Punia, Amit Kumar, Arun Kumar (men), Babita Kumari, Geeta Phogat, Vinesh and Navjot. PTI SSR SDL PDS ATK SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Guus Hiddink Sidelined as China’s Olympic Coach, Women’s Team Head to Take Over

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Beijing: China has dismissed respected Dutchman Guus Hiddink as coach of its Olympic football team after a disappointing year in charge.In a statement Thursday, the China Football Association said that former head coach of the Chinese women’s team Hao Wei would take over the key role for the men’s team. The CFA said it was setting up a four-member group to be in charge of the Olympic qualifiers, with Hiddink’s name notably absent.The statement said the new leadership was “in view of the previous inadequate preparations for the Chinese U-22 National Men’s Football Team” and was “in order to further strengthen team preparations and improve team building and management level.”The 72-year-old Hiddink was appointed as head of the Olympic team last September, joining veteran Italian coach Marcello Lippi in taking a major role in China’s aggressive push to finally become a force in international football.But after an uninspiring series of performances, Hiddink’s youth team lost 2-0 against Vietnam in a friendly at home earlier this month.China’s under-21s will be expected to make up the bulk of their squad for the Olympics, where the age group is under-23.State news agency Xinhua said Thursday night that “despite his illustrious coaching career, the Dutch veteran is far from (a) success in China” with only four wins out of the twelve matches.”Football-fan President Xi Jinping has grand ambitions of China hosting and even winning a World Cup.But efforts to boost the performance of China’s national team have been largely unsuccessful, and highlighted how much work there is to be done.Despite its clout as a global sporting and financial power China have qualified for the World Cup only once, leading to a change in policy that now allows naturalised foreign-born players to play for the national team. 2020 tokyo olympicsChinacoachfootball First Published: September 20, 2019, 12:59 PM ISTlast_img read more