Women's Test: Start of post-lunch session on third day delayed by rain
Bristol, Jun 18 The start of the second session of the third day in the one-off Test between India Women and England Women here on Friday, has been delayed due to rain.
Light drizzle forced the delay after India reached 29 for 1 in their second innings at lunch following-on.
Debutant Shafali Verma was batting beautifully on 20 off just 14 balls, with the help of 5 boundaries.
India were bowled out for 231 in 81.2 overs in reply to England's 396 for 9 declared on the second day on Thursday. They added just 44 runs in 21.2 overs for the loss of last five wickets in their first innings on Friday.
India are still trailing by 136 runs with nine second innings wickets in hand. News source PTI
National team not a factory to produce players: India head coach Igor Stimac
Kolkata, Jun 18 India head coach Igor Stimac on Friday expressed concern at the lack of quality footballers at the national level and urged the top tier Indian Super League and I-League to play proactive roles to produce players like Sunil Chhetri.
Lack of a quality striker was once again evident in India's recent World Cup qualifiers in Qatar as India relied heavily on the ageing Chhetri who struck a brace in their 2-0 win over Bangladesh, the lone win of the campaign.
In a virtual media conference after India made it to the final qualifying round of the 2023 Asian Cup, the 53-year-old Croat took questions on the range of issues, ranging from his future to the drawbacks of the Indian Super League.
Stimac was asked about the next Chhetri and he shot back: "Who do you see in India who can replace Chhetri? Do you see anyone in a striking position to play as centre forward? "The national team should exploit players coming out from the clubs. National team is not an academy, we are not a factory to produce players." He said the national team suffered from "all the weakness that is apparent in the country’s top league, the ISL".
"We can just use what we get from ISL and I-League or other lower leagues in India. National team door is open to everyone. But where to find someone like that (like Chhetri)?" Stimac asked.
"To be honest there are not many players with the technical ability.
"Most of foreign players occupy the most important positions in the team. So our base for selection of the players is very small. And it's not easy. This definitely limits the choice when we go to select the Indian players," he said.
Stimac, whose term as head coach was recently extended till September, also criticised the lack of relegation system in the ISL so far.
"Don't get me wrong but the ISL is not bringing pressure, there is no relegation. It's far different from playing top level International football." Stressing that the latest rule of allowing just four foreigners in the ISL will help the Indian players, he said: "Once we open the positions for Indian players, the time will come for us to go forward as the national team." He said while implementing the four-foreigner rule, the clubs should use Indian players as a backup to the players from abroad.
"Teams should not have two players of the same kind. Another foreigner should not replace an offensive foreign player; teams should open the doors for Indian players.
"If they are properly chosen they can bring quality. Foreigners are needed because if they are properly chosen they bring quality to our side. The clubs also need them for AFC competitions." He also suggested that the I-League -- the second tier of Indian domestic football structure -- should be played without any foreign strikers.
"We can also think about starting I-League without foreign players because that will open doors for Indian strikers, midfielders and centre back that will help national team enormously in three-four years time, believe me." Asked about his future beyond September, he said: "I am honoured to be working with AIFF. I appreciate the support given. We have a good platform for the future.
"It is now on the AIFF technical committee, AIFF, and President to decide my future. If they are not happy with my performance I am ready to accept that." Talking about the coming months, the head coach wants to start the national camp in August and make them play some friendly games till the ISL begins.
“We have to exploit the FIFA calendar and start the camp in August. We would like to play two friendlies in September and if the ISL starts late we can continue playing friendlies in October and November," he said.
"Once the ISL starts, the players will have enough competitive matches before the February qualifiers." Stimac said the team's mission was accomplished with India's qualification for the Asian Cup final qualifying round.
"It's mission accomplished in a few words," Stimac said in his opening remark.
"It was difficult, we lost 500 days with the pandemic around us. But we accomplished the aim. Is that good enough? We are not happy. We expected more points from the group. But we need to be happy where we got and improve on the platform." News source PTI
Sports Ministry extends deadline for submission of National Sports Awards applications
New Delhi, Jun 18 The Sports Ministry on Friday extended the deadline to submit applications for this year's National Sports Awards by a week, enabling the online process to continue till June 28.
Earlier the last date of submission of nominations and applications was fixed at June 21.
"...it has been decided to extend the last date for submission of applications from 21st June, 2021 to 28th June, 2021," read a circular issued by Under Secretary to the Government of India, Sudershan Garlapati.
The Sports Ministry had on May 20 invited applications for the national sports awards, allowing eligible athletes, coaches, universities and other entities to self-nominate and apply online for a second year running because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Till 2019, applicants needed recommendations to be able to apply but the condition was waived off last year as the COVID-19 lockdown prevented smooth movement of people.
Last year, 74 recipients were bestowed with the awards.
The prize money was also increased significantly with the Khel Ratna awardees receiving Rs 25 lakh, Arjuna awardees Rs 15 lakh, Dhronacharya (Lifetime) Rs 15 lakh, and Dhyanchand winners Rs 10 lakh.
In an unprecedented move, cricketer Rohit Sharma, women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu and TT player Manika Batra were jointly awarded the Khel Ratna last year. News source PTI
'Team bonding' in quarantine could help India in last Qualifiers: Indian archer Deepika Kumari
Kolkata, Jun 18 The 10-day quarantine period in Paris did wonders for team bonding, feels seasoned Deepika Kumari as Indian women's archery team gets ready for their final Tokyo Olympic qualifier event on Sunday.
The world number three Deepika, who has already qualified for Olympics in the individual recurve category, has a different challenge this time though.
As the senior-most archer, she has to bring out the best from her team, comprising teenager Komalika Bari and fast-improving Ankita Bhakat -- the only change to the team that missed out on the team quota from the World Championships in 2019.
"Normally, I stay aloof and take time to gel with the juniors but during this quarantine in Vichy, we would spend hours together after practice," the senior-most Indian archer told PTI from Paris, ahead of their women's team Final Qualifier for Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
"Transparency hona chaiye team game mein (transparency is key to team's success) and I think it is helping us tremendously. I'm happy with the team coordination. We understand each other very well now." "As a senior-most member of the team, the priority for me is to remain confident all the time so that it rubs off on them. Acha karna hai aur karwana bhi hai (I've to do well myself and also help bring out the best from them). It's my duty," Deepika, who is bound for her third successive Olympics, said.
The women's team checked in ahead of the men's and compound teams and entered a bio-secure bubble in Vichy, about 400kms from the venue Stade Charlety in Paris but they were allowed to practice.
"It's their first time and it's natural for them to be nervous. I don't want my team to miss out after one poor round. My role will always be to push them and take them to a zone so that they can give their best for qualification," Deepika, who recently turned 27, said.
The Indian women's recurve team of Deepika Laishram Bombayla Devi and Komalika had slumped to a 2-6 loss against lower-ranked Belarus to crash out of the Tokyo 2020 quota race at the World Archery Championships in Den Bosch, the Netherlands two years ago.
Since then India made a solitary change with Ankita making the cut and it worked wonders as they won a dramatic final against Mexico at the first stage of the World Cup in Guatemala City in April. It was Indian women's team's first gold medal since Wroclaw-2014.
"She (Ankita) is showing a lot of maturity in shooting, she has improved a lot score wise too. We just have to fine-tune a few aspects in her mental game and we have started working on it," Deepika said.
On her Jharkhand teammate Komalika, Deepika said: "She is young and fearless. If she gets the right kind of coaching and mental training, she can go all the way." "There will always be a bit of pressure on us, it's normal. In fact, a bit of pressure is good to bring out your best. You should not be overconfident. Rest we will see how it goes during the actual match. accordingly we will handle it there.
"There has been a lot of improvement. We are shooting consistently well and confident of qualifying," she said.
Incidentally, it's in the same venue of Paris that Deepika had clinched a World Cup Final silver eight years ago.
"Yes, I remember every bit of it and certainly it will boost my confidence," she signed off. News source PTI
Women's Test: India 29/1 at lunch after England enforce follow-on on 3rd Day
Bristol, Jun 18 Indian women were 29 for one at lunch after being forced to follow-on by England on the third day of the one-off Test here on Friday.
Debutant Shafali Verma (20 batting) once again looked in great touch as she only dealt in boundaries. But other opener Smriti Mandhana (8) was dismissed by Katherone Brunt after she edged one at slips.
Resuming at overnight score of 187 for 5, India were all out for 231 with 165 runs short of England's first innings score of 396.
For India, all-rounder Deepti Sharma (29 not out) was the only lower-middle order batter to put up some fight as others were all dismissed cheaply.
From 167 for no loss, India lost eight wickets for 30 runs with left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone getting 4 for 88.
Brief Scores: Eng Women: 396/9 decl Ind Women: 231 (Shafali Verma 96, Smriti Mandhana 78, Mithali Raj 2, Sophie Ecclestone 4/88) and (f/o) 29/1. News source PTI
Five worst Cricketing heartbreaks that left the fans in tears
Cricket just like many other sports has been a source of countless joys and moments of pride for its fans, but the game we so deeply love and cherish at times has also taken us to a rollercoaster ride of emotions and heart breaks leaving us dejected for our teams.
Here we list down 5 worst cricketing heartbreaks that left fans in tears
1. South Africa vs New Zealand, 2015 WC Semifinal, Auckland
Think of the saddest moments of cricket and the first picture that will crop up in your head will be of a teary Morne Morkle and AB de Villiers after the Semi Final loss against New Zealand in 2015. South Africa were in total control of their innings with 216/3 in 38th over when the rains brought with them a great deal of misfortune forcing them to finish their inning on 281/5 as the match was reduced to 43 overs each setting a DLS target of 298 runs for New Zealand.
New Zealand were off to a flying start with their gutsy leader Brendon McCullum smashing 59 off 26. South African bowlers gave their all to shift the momentum on their side with regular wickets, but the day belonged to the blackcaps as South African born Grant Elliot was having a dream run with the bat performing at the stage when it mattered the most. In the most incredible semi final things came down to 12 needing off the final over with South Africa relying on an injured Dale Steyn. 5 were needed off 2 deliveries when Elliot pulled him over the mid on to seal the World Cup Final berth in Melbourne, leaving the South African fielders in tears as many of them stood freezed to their positions on the outfield for a few moments finding it hard to believe what had just happened!
2. England Vs New Zealand, 2019 WC Final, Lords
Registered as one of the greatest games of 50 over cricket, this game was an epitome of how cruel the game of cricket can get at times. In a match that was a real test of temperament, Character and determination both teams were proved to be at par with each other. The game ended in a draw as England too finished at 241 chasing 242. The final then progressed to a super over shootout to determine the world champions. Ben Stokes powered England to a competitive 15 in their super over with blackcaps requiring 16 to engrave their name on the World Cup Trophy. Jimmy Neesham launched Jofra Archer's second legal delivery into the stands bringing the equation to 7 off 4. A string twos followed and Archer took Neesham off strike. 2 was required off 1 with Martin Guptill on strike and with everything at stake for both the sides who had never won a world cup before, Archer fired a Yorker as Guptill found deep mid wicket, but fell short as Jos Buttler completed the run out off a Jason Roy throw to also end the super over in a tie. England were declared the World Champions on Boundary count as they had 26 boundaries against New Zealand's 17. The memory of Guptill's tears, Neesham's six and Williamson's graceful smile got forever etched in every fan's heart!
3. India Vs New Zealand , 2019 World Cup semi final, Manchester
One of India's biggest heartbreaks in recent years came in the form of their semi final loss against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup Semi final. Top Title contenders India were hot favourites in the match when they restricted New Zealand to a below par 239/8. In a game that was stretched for 2 days due to delay owing to rain, India to everyone's surprise were reduced to 5 for 3 thanks to the immaculate bowling by Matt Henry and Trent Boult. India did pull a brilliant comeback as they reached 203/6 from 92/6 with 37 required off the last 18. However, Ravindra Jadeja after giving his very best with the bat had to depart at 77 off his 59 after miscalculating a slower one from Boult. MS Dhoni who crawled his way to 43 with just 1 boundary smashed Lockie Ferguson for 6 at the start of 49th over with India then requiring 25 off 11, but the dreams of Men in blue along with their millions of fans came to a crashing end when Dhoni in order to keep the strike sprinted for a desperate second run two balls later only to be beaten by a exhilarating direct hit from Martin Guptill.
4. South Africa Vs Australia, 1999 World Cup semi final, Birmingham
The South Africa Vs Australia 1999 World Cup semi final will always find a mention in the list of World Cup Classics. Chasing a target of 213 South Africa needed 9 runs in last over of Damien Fleming with 1 wicket in hand. Lance Klusener who was having a great World cup smashed two boundaries off the first two balls, with this South Africa needed only 1 in 4 balls. The tension built up further as the 3rd one went for a dot. On the 4th ball Klusner attempted to steal a single but Allan Donald's poor response at the non striker's end allowed the Waugh, Fleming and Gilchrist trio to run him out and hence tie the match. Australia then qualified on the basis of Super Six result as there they beat South Africa.
5. Edgbaston Test, 2005 Ashes
As someone once correctly said 'White ball cricket is fast food, red ball cricket is fine dining' . The 2005 Ashes Edgbaston Test will always be remembered for the absolute treat it gave to the cricket fans around the World. In a game that was a perfect combination of emotions, thrill and sportsmanship England edged out Australia by just 2 runs as valiant efforts by Shane Warne (42) and Brett Lee (43) went in vain while they attempted to get 107 with 2 wickets remaining, chasing 282.
The sight of Andrew Flintoff consoling a dejected Brett Lee, when Michael Kasprowicz fell prey to Steve Harmison to hand England the win went down in history as one of the most iconic moments of sportsmanship.
Sports Authority of India allows wrestlers Neeraj Chopra and Vinesh Phogat to continue training in Europe ahead of Olympics
New Delhi, Jun 18 Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and star wrestler Vinesh Phogat will continue to train in their respective locations in Europe till July 25 before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics, Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday.
Chopra, 23, had recently made a winning return to the international circuit after more than a year when he threw a decent 83.16m in a Lisbon event, which was part of his training-cum-competition stint in Europe.
The 26-year-old Phogat, on the other hand, claimed the 53kg gold at Poland Open earlier this month to keep her Olympic preparation on track.
The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), a review committee of SAI, on Friday allowed the duo to continue training overseas till the Tokyo Games by sanctioning their respective proposals.
"Neeraj Chopra's proposal to begin training in Uppsala, Sweden, from June 21 in continuation of his stay along with his coach Dr. Klaus Bartonietz and physiotherapist, in Portugal since June 6 has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 34.87 lakh," the governing body said in a release.
"Vinesh Phogat, who has been based in Europe since late April, got approval to continue training there till she leaves for the Olympic Games.
"This now includes a 10-day training camp in Talinn, Estonia, and 16-day camp in Budapest, Hungary. She will be assisted by her coach Woller Akos and physiotherapist Poornima Raman Ngomdir. The proposal has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 9.01 lakh." The apex body also said that "the Government has supported Neeraj to the tune of Rs 1.61 crore in this Olympic cycle through the Annual Calendar for Training and Competition and the Target Olympic Podium Scheme", while spending "Rs 1.81 crores on Vinesh in this Olympic cycle." India's other Olympic-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia, who is training in Russia, too was allowed to avail the services of U-23 World Champion Mirza Skhulukhia as a sparring partner.
"The MOC also sanctioned the men's 65kg freestyle wrestler Bajrang Punia’s proposal to engage men’s U-23 World Champion Mirza Skhulukhia in the 70 kg class as an additional sparring partner in Vladikavkaz, Russia," SAI said.
"He is already sparring with 2019 70kg world champion David Baev. The proposal has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 2.53 lakh. The government has so far spent Rs 2.06 crores on Bajrang in this Olympic cycle." Punia had recently opted to skip a Ranking Series event in Poland to training in Russia. News source PTI
Irish cricketer Kevin O’Brien retires from ODI Cricket
In cricket news, legendary all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from ODI cricket, 15 years after playing his first One Day International at Stormont.
The 37 year old has made 153 ODI appearances, becoming Ireland’s third highest ODI run scorer with 3,618 runs with an average of 29.41, strike rate of 88.72 and the highest ever wicket taker in the ODI format with 114 wickets. O’Brien has also finished his ODI career with the highest number of catches (68) and has captained the side on four occasions, winning thrice.
O’Brien has also achieved the fastest ever century at a World Cup when the Irish cricketer scored 113 runs in just 50 balls against England in the 2011 ICC World Cup. His father Brendan and his older brother Niall have played 51 and 216 times for Ireland respectively.
In a press release by Cricket Ireland, O’Brien announced his decision by saying, “After 15 years playing for Ireland, I feel now is the right time to step away and retire from ODI cricket. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country 153 times and the memories I take from them will last a lifetime.”
“This has not been an easy decision, but after ongoing consideration I don’t feel I can contribute to the ODI team as much as I have in the past. The hunger and love for the ODI format is no longer the same as it was and it wouldn’t be fair to Andrew, Graham, the team and our supporters to continue to play while no longer feeling at 100%.”
“I’ve had some unbelievable moments with the team since 2006 - the three World Cups, the personal successes and spending time travelling and playing all over the world, but I will now shift my focus and remain fully committed to T20 cricket - with two world cups in the next 18 months - and hoping to add to my three caps in Test cricket."
Graham Ford, Head Coach of the men’s international side, said: “Kevin has played an enormous role in the development of Irish cricket and has delivered regularly on the world stage - particularly in the ODI format.”
“It’s been a pleasure to work with him as part of the ODI squad, and he has been a true role model for many teammates over the years.”
“I look forward to continuing to work with Kevin in other formats, and while his decision to step away from ODI cricket is sad, he can do so in the knowledge that he leaves an indelible legacy on the ODI game in Ireland and around the world.”
Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland Men’s captain, said: “We’re losing a big figure in our ODI squad – someone who has played over 150 ODIs for Ireland, and has been there since the very first one in 2006. He’s someone a lot of us in the team, and many who have gone before us, have looked up to.”
“He’s consistently put in the big performances on the biggest stages, and he’ll always be remembered for that amazing world cup innings in 2011 – and that innings alone probably gave many of us the opportunity to become professional cricketers in Ireland. I think everyone within Irish cricket owes a huge amount to Kevin O’Brien for what he’s done for the sport in this country. I’m delighted that he’ll still be playing T20s and Test cricket for Ireland, because he’s a big player in those formats and I have no doubt he will make many more contributions in those formats of the game.”
“We’re losing a big personality in the ODI squad, and a really good friend, but this is not the end of Kevin O’Brien and I look forward to seeing what he can do in the other two formats.”
Indian Super League striker Aaren D’Silva inks deal with Hyderabad FC
Hyderabad, Jun 18 Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC have signed young striker Aaren D'Silva on a three-year deal ahead of the new season, the club announced on Friday.
The deal will see the 23-year-old attacker stay at the club till the end of 2023-24 season.
Hailing from a sporting family, Goa-born Aaren has been involved in professional football since a young age. He spent over four years learning his trade at the SESA Football Academy.
The youngster also featured for Dempo SC in the under-19 I-League and Santa Cruz club of Cavellosim in 2016-17 season of the Goa Pro League.
"I am really excited to be a part of Hyderabad FC. I have already spoken to the coaches and that makes me even more excited. I want to be a part of the squad, and work hard to make a name for myself at HFC," Aaren was quoted as saying in a media release.
Aaren joined FC Goa in 2017 and spent three seasons with the developmental team before being promoted to the first team for the 2020-21 season.
During his time with the Gaurs, he featured in the Goa Pro League as well as the 2nd Division League.
He was one of the top scorers for his side in the 2nd Division, netting 10 goals in 19 appearances across three seasons, while also finding the back of the net 25 times in the Goa Pro League over four seasons.
A talented and hard-working striker, Aaren has also represented his state in the Santosh Trophy, including leading the line with them to a Runners Up in 2017, and will be an exciting addition to the squad under Manolo Marquez. News source PTI
Against quality side like New Zealand, you need to keep things simple and realistic: Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma
Southampton, Jun 18 Rohit Sharma believes that keeping things "simple and realistic" against a quality side like New Zealand should be the way to go for the Indian team in the Word Test Championship final, the opening day of which has already been affected by a heavy downpour.
Rohit, who will be opening for the first time in England, is also confident of tackling the New Zealand attack, having faced it enough in the shorter formats.
"I have played those guys and know about their strengths and weaknesses. It will all boil down to what the conditions are, what sort of situation the team is in, whether we are batting first or second," Rohit told broadcasters 'Star Sports'.
The marquee game's opening session was rained out here on Friday.
"All that will count and it's important not to overthink. Against a quality side, it is also very important to keep things simple, and realistic," said the senior opener, who has scored 1000 plus runs in the World Test Championship cycle as an opener.
A white ball superstar, Rohit loves the traditional format for the challenges that it poses for sustained periods of play.
"You are challenged for five days and which I think doesn't happen anywhere. Everyday brings a different challenge, a longer game that needs patience, you play in different conditions and it's not the easiest," he said.
"You have to be mentally fresh for five days to make good decisions on the field. Physically you need to be fit to accept and overcome those challenges," he added. News source PTI
Australia and New Zealand’s men and women’s hockey team set to clash ahead of Tokyo Olympics
In the hockey news, western Australian city of Perth will play host to the final matches of the extended 2020-2021 FIH Pro Hockey League with Australia’s men and women taking on rivals New Zealand in an Oceania derby double header.
Sixteen player squads have been confirmed by Australia and New Zealand for the Tokyo Olympics in Japan, which is just a few weeks away. While these matches may be good practice for the two sides, both will be reluctant to give away too many secrets in terms of tactics or penalty corner routines. However, it promises to be an entertaining set of matches between two ambitious sides looking to make it on the podium in Japan.
One month ago, New Zealand hosted Australia where the visitors won the four match series comfortably. The Kookaburras have won 32 of the last 37 meetings since 2013 and will hope to continue their dominance. Comparatively, the women’s teams have fared much closer contests with Australia having the slight edge thanks to their two time Olympic gold medallist coach Katrina Powell who has claimed 19 victories, 11 defeats and 12 draws against New Zealand.
Here are all the statistics about the upcoming matches.
Australia vs New Zealand (Women & Men)
Where: Perth Hockey Stadium (AUS)
Dates: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 June 2021
Times (UTC +8): Saturday: 12:30 | Sunday: 12:30
Current FIH World Ranking: Australia: 1 | New Zealand: 8
Current FIH Hockey Pro League position: Australia: 5 | New Zealand: 7
Final standings - FIH Hockey Pro League 2019: Australia: 1 | New Zealand: 8
Head-to-heads in all competitions (since 2013 – 37 matches)
Wins: Australia: 32 | New Zealand: 2 | Draws: 3
Goals scored: Australia: 114 | New Zealand: 39
Times (UTC +8): Saturday: 15:00 | Sunday: 15:00
Current FIH World Ranking: Australia: 4 | New Zealand: 6
Current FIH Hockey Pro League position: Australia: 6 | New Zealand: 3
Final standings - FIH Hockey Pro League 2019: Australia: 2 | New Zealand: 6
Head-to-heads in all competitions (since 2013 – 42 matches)
Electric off-road motorsport series Extreme E expands broadcast reach to Russia with Motorsport TV
Extreme E has officially confirmed today that Motorsport TV Russia will broadcast the electric SUV motorsport X Prixs which will include magazine shows, race highlights, reviews and previews in English and Russian.
Motorsport TV Russia is a subsidiary of Motorsport Network, a platform for motorsport lovers that allows subscribers to access over 125 series, 1000 live events and 3000 hours of on demand content including Extreme E and Formula E.
As one of the countries most vulnerable due to climate change, Russia has seen an increased interest in electric mobility. The country has set a new record of electric car sales for the second year running, outpacing Scandinavian countries. Compared to 2019, the last year saw a 95% increase in electric car vehicle sales, partly due to custom import duties being removed from EV vehicles as well as increased awareness of environmental concerns.
In a press release, Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, said: “Extreme E is delighted to be reaching Russian audiences through Motorsport TV. Russia is a hugely important region for our series and coupled with the fact that there is an increasing interest in the EV sector here, makes me even more pleased to be bringing viewers our unique and thrilling electric racing package.
“By shining a spotlight on the environmental crisis through our sport for purpose series, we hope to not only raise awareness amongst audiences, but also highlight changes that can be made to live a less carbon-intensive lifestyle and protect our planet.”
Ksenia Bortova, Editor-in-Chief at Motorsport TV Russia, said: "We are very happy to broadcast Extreme E on our TV channel and spread the word about this amazing new championship to the Russian-speaking audience. I am sure that such a project will attract the attention of Russian fans and ecology supporters. It is clear that the topic of ecology and green energy is amongst the most important all over the world now while Russia covers about one-eighth of the world’s land surface.”
Extreme E’s ‘race without a trace’ has brought together some of the biggest names in motorsport such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button along with American motorsport legends such as Chip Ganassi and Michael Andretti. The series also features both male and female drivers in a bid to promote gender equality. The next race is the Arctic X Prix in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland from 28-29 August.
Indian Olympic Association ropes in JSW as sponsor for Tokyo Olympics
New Delhi, Jun 18 The Indian Olympic Association on Friday roped in the JSW Group as another sponsor for the country's Tokyo Olympics contingent.
As per the agreement, JSW Group, which also owns Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC, has pledged a sponsor amount of Rs 1 crore to the IOA.
"We are happy to inform you about one more sponsorship offer which is confirmed with JSW Group for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games since our last update to you on 17th June," IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary general Rajeev Mehta said in a joint statement.
"Mr Parth Jindal, CEO of JSW has confirmed to us for the sponsorship of Rs 1.00 crore to IOA," the statement added.
On Thursday, the IOA had roped in mobile gaming platform, MPL Sports Foundation as the principal sponsor of the country's contingent for the Tokyo Olympics and next year's Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The association with MPL is for one-and-a-half years and will end on December 31 next year and will cost the company Rs 8 crore.
The IOA also entered into an agreement with diary giant, Amul to be a sponsor for the Tokyo Games to be held from July 23 to August 8.
IOA inked the deals days after dropping Chinese sportswear brand Li Ning as the Indian team's official kit sponsor for the Tokyo Olympics, stating that the country's athletes will wear unbranded apparel during the Games. News source PTI