Trailblazer basketball player Satnam to try hand at pro-wrestling
New Delhi, Sep 24 (Basketball News) Basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara, who became the first Indian to be drafted into an NBA team before being banned or doping, has decided to try his hand at wrestling by sealing a deal with a professional league in the USA.
The 25-year-old Singh, who created history when he was picked in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks in 2015, will begin his training to be a pro wrestler at the Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, to compete in the All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Singh follows in the footsteps of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who squared off alongside Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on "AEW: Dynamite" in March.
"While we've recently secured some of the hottest free agents on the planet, I’m also deeply committed to cultivating our own homegrown stars and the next generation of extraordinary professional wrestlers," Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW, said in a media release.
"In addition to Satnam's commanding 7'3" stature, I was impressed with his high level of athleticism and charisma. He's an exciting addition to our roster, and I'm looking forward to our fans getting to know Satnam's personality and watching his development." Singh is currently serving a two-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) disciplinary panel for failing a dope test in 2019.
His suspension is due to end on November 19.
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Virat Kohli joins Hyperice as athlete-investor, global brand ambassador
New Delhi, Sep 16 (Sports news) Hyperice on Thursday said Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has partnered with the global wellness brand as an 'athlete-investor' and brand ambassador.
Through the partnership, Kohli will work collaboratively with Hyperice to further accelerate the wellness category as it begins its expansion into India and continues its growth throughout the globe, a statement said.
However, financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.
"Virat Kohli joins an unmatched list of elite global athlete-investors, including global football superstar Erling Haaland, 4-time tennis Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, NBA Star Ja Morant and PGA Tour champion Rickie Fowler," it added.
A Hyperice spokesperson said India is one of the company's top three expansion markets.
"India is one of our top three expansion markets, so we are putting significant resources toward growing the category in India. Hyperice is approaching a billion dollar valuation, and we believe Virat's involvement in our global expansion will play a significant role in helping increase our valuation," the spokesperson told PTI.
Hyperice is a high-performance wellness brand that aims to serve a broad audience of athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone looking to combat the impact that sport and daily life have on their minds and bodies.
"Consumers across the country will have access to our wellness technology products through Croma and on the Hyperice India website. Hyperice is rapidly expanding in countries throughout the globe and views India as a priority market for further expansion," the spokesperson said.
Hyperice is strategically building its business locally and views the relationship with Virat Kohli as a massive growth accelerator, the spokesperson added.
"Virat is one of the most prolific cricketers around the world and we are honored to have him join Team Hyperice.
"We are on a mission to help everyone move and live better, and Virat is key to helping us elevate the importance of both mental and physical wellness for all people - both on and off the field," Jim Huether, CEO of Hyperice, said in the statement.
Founded in 2010 by Anthony Katz, Hyperice has numerous product lines and categories including Hypervolt (percussion line), Normatec (dynamic air compression), Vyper and Hypersphere (vibration), Venom (thermal technology), Core by Hyperice (mind technology) and Hyperice X (contrast therapy).
"Hyperice has provided me with a suite of innovative products that have continuously helped me optimise my performance and recovery, so it was a no-brainer for me to join the team as both an investor and ambassador.
"Hyperice is on a mission to help people move better around the world, and I look forward to helping tell their story in my home country of India and beyond," Kohli said.
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PVL, a new volleyball league, to start soon in India
Hyderabad, Sep 15 (Sports News) In a bid to promote the sport in the country, a six team franchise-based tournament, named Prime Volleyball League (PVL), is set to be launched in India soon.
In line with top international leagues like the NBA, the tournament will operate with a model in which franchise owners are also stakeholders in the organisation of the league.
The first edition of PVL will feature six teams -- Calicut Heroes, Kochi Blue Spikers, Ahmedabad Defenders, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Chennai Blitz and Bengaluru Torpedoes.
The league will be telecast on the Sony Pictures Network and will be exclusively marketed by Baseline Ventures, the leading sports marketing firm in the nation.
Fantasy games leaders A23 have been signed as "Powered By" sponsors in a multi-year deal.
Speaking about the development, Joy Bhattacharya, CEO, PVL said, "We have already seen the quality of talent in the country, our endeavour is to provide this talent the right kind of platform to grow.
"This kind of structure, where franchises are committed for the long term gives the game an opportunity to grow in a sustained manner, and that is the best thing possible for Indian volleyball." The League will shortly be announcing the dates for the auction and the schedule for the coming season, a statement from the organisers read.
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David Wiese stars as Saint Lucia Kings to face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final of CPL
(Cricket news) Saint Lucia Kings struck at the right time as they played their best against four time champion Trinbago Knight Riders in the semifinals of the Caribbean Premier League. They will face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final who beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semifinal.
Saint Lucia Kings won the toss and chose to bat first which resulted in a dramatic start as Rahkeem Cornwall was sent off by Akeal Hosein in the fourth ball of the match, but that was the only setback in the match for Saint Lucia Kings as Mark Deyal kept hammering boundaries in a short period of time as Captain Andre Fletcher looked on from the non-striker end.
There was never shortage of runs as Trinbago Knight Riders could not get strikes in continuous intervals, the tournament’s leading wicket taker Ravi Rampaul leaked 56 runs as he took Fletcher’s wicket. David Wiese and Tim David further did some damage as the pair smashed 8 sixes in their partnership which helped the team get the score past the 200 run mark.
Trinbago Knight Riders also had a setback in the beginning as they lost their opener Lendl Simmons in the opening over to Alzarri Joseph, but Sunil Narine and Colin Munro kept the run rate ticking as they rebuilded the innings until Wiese removed them both in the 8th over leaving the batting line dismantled. They regained hope as Kieron Pollard smashed a few balls over the ropes as the match was still a tight contest, Wiese again took the wicket of Pollard and Wahab Riaz took the wicket of Denesh Ramdin after two overs as now they were completely helpless.
Wiese struck twice in the 19th over to secure his second five wicket haul of the season and it was all gone for the Trinbago Knight Riders as they bowed out by giving a good fight. Wiese had made contributions with the bat and the ball and rightfully won the man of the match.
Saint Lucia Kings (205/4) in 20 overs
Trinbago Knight Riders (184/ 10) in 19.3 overs
Saint Lucia Kings win by 21 runs
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and chose to bowl against Guyana Amazon Warriors. Guyana Amazon Warriors never had a consistent batsmen in the innings as there were continuous strikes. Shimron Hetmyer was the lone batsmen who was attacking the bowlers as his cameo ensured a good score on the board.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots always looked in control as leading run getter Evin Lewis made sure his intentions were understood right from the first ball as he began smashing the bowlers all around the park and found adequate support from Chris Gayle and captain Dwayne Bravo. Lewis batted till the end with Sherfane Rutherford giving him company as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots eased into a comfortable victory.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (178/9) in 20 overs
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (181/3) in 17.5 overs
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots win by 7 wickets
Also read: Five time finalist Guyana Amazon Warriors aim to win their first title along with Saint Lucia Kings and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Five time finalist Guyana Amazon Warriors aim to win their first title along with Saint Lucia Kings and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
(Cricket news) The Caribbean Premier League is coming to an end as the top four teams will lock horns today for a place in the finals. The finals will take place tomorrow as Trinbago Knight Riders take on Saint Lucia Kings in the first semifinal and Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the second semifinal. The top three teams have finished with identical points as Saint Lucia Kings finished with 10 points as this year the competition is stronger than ever.
Trinbago Knight Riders are the favourites to win as they won their record fourth title last year and will depend on Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine to help them reach the finals. Their bowling line is led by Ravi Rampaul who has proved to be the star player in the side as he is the joint leading wicket taker with 18 wickets. Isuru Udana has also proved to be a useful addition to the team and has picked up a five wicket haul this time. The side has top players who can perform their best in this format especially at the death overs.
Saint Lucia Kings will seek revenge for last year’s final where they lost to Trinbago Knight Riders. Roston Chase has been on fire this year as he leads the run getters this year with 367 runs and should be able to pull his team into a second consecutive final. Wahab Riaz has not been able to get his line and length but needs to be in form especially at a crucial stage of the league.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have been one of the most hardworking teams in the league but luck has been cruel to them as they will now target a place in the finals and finish better than last time. Their bowlers have won them matches as Romario Shepherd is the joint leader among wicket takers with 18 scalps to his name along with Odean Smith with 16 wickets. Imran Tahir is also in the pack with 13 wickets and all the three will be expected to win it again for the team. Their batting side has not been in top form although runs have come flowing, their bowlers have taken the load.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have one of the best players in their squads but somehow managed to finish in the top four. Evin Lewis is the second highest run getter with 343 runs which has played a vital part in their form this year as Dominic Drakes has led the bowling department with 13 wickets. They have so much potential as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sheldon Cottrell make their team the most balanced side, they are the under dogs but can win a surprising first title. Their experience is what the team needs the most and if they are on fire then they are assured of a title.
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Pollard, Khan power TKR to secure victory against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in CPL
Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), Sep 13 (Cricket news): Kieron Pollard's (51) fiery fifty and Ali Khan's (3/19) fine bowling took Trinbago Knight Riders to the semifinals of the Caribbean Premier League as they registered a four-wicket win over hosts St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, here.
TKR finished at the top in the league stages and will face Saint Lucia Kings in the first semi-final on Tuesday, while the Patriots finished third and will play Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-final. The Patriots got off to a steady start thanks to Joshua Da Silva who had been pushed up to open in the absence of the injured Devon Thomas.
The young wicket-keeper batsman kept things steady after Chris Gayle was dismissed for 5 when he edged a ball from Ravi Rampaul through to Denesh Ramdin.
Da Silva went on to top score, making 50 from 45 balls, but there was no substantial partnership in the Patriots innings.
Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo both made 25 but just as it looked as if they would launch in the death overs, both were dismissed in the midst of a 10 ball period that saw the Patriots lose four wickets.
Rather than exploding over the line, the Patriots limped to 147 for 7 with Khan the star for the Knight Riders, claiming 3/19 on his return to the starting line-up.
The Knight Riders chase got off to a sedate start as they reached 34 for 1 at the end of the PowerPlay. The only wicket to fall in the first six overs was that of Lendl Simmons, who was dismissed by a brilliant Fabian Allen catch at backward point off the bowling of Naseem Shah.
Two wickets in three balls pinned back the Knight Riders innings with Ramdin and Colin Munro both dismissed. Things changed when Pollard came to the crease as he made his way to his fifty from just 20 balls.
Pollard was dismissed just two balls after passing his fifty but the Knight Riders lower order saw them to victory.
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders: 150/6 (Pollard 51, Udana 25; F Ahmed 2/16, F Allen 1/9) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 147/7 (Da Silva 50, Bravo 25, Rutherford 25; Ali Khan 3/19, Udana 2/28) by four wickets.
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Lewis seals semi-final spot for Patriots; Guyana and Saint Lucia Kings too win
St Kitts & Nevis (Basseterre), Sep 12 (Cricket news) Led by Evin Lewis' scintillating 52-ball 102, the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots returned to winning ways with an eight-wicket victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders to seal a spot in the latter stages of the Caribbean Premier League.
The Patriots bowled brilliantly and then backed that up with a dominant batting display that saw them knock off the victory target with 32 balls to spare here on Saturday night.
It was Lewis who was the star of the show.
The Knight Riders got off to a slow start in the face of some excellent bowling from the Patriots. They reached the end of their PowerPlay at 28/2 with both Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin caught on the mid-wicket boundary.
Ramdin could have gone an over earlier, but Ravi Bopara put down a simple chance. Thankfully for the Patriots, this did not prove too costly.
A fifty-run stand between Darren Bravo and Colin Munro steadied the ship and brought the Knight Riders back into the contest. Munro would go on to top score with 47 but when Darren Bravo went for 22 the Knight Riders lost momentum once again.
When Munro and Kieron Pollard went in successive balls bowled by Jon-Russ Jaggesar it looked as if the Knight Riders would set a sub-par total but some big hitting from Sunil Narine took his team to 159/7.
The Patriots innings got off to a flying start, thanks to Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle, who was promoted to open as a result of an injury to Devon Thomas. They reached 67/1 from their PowerPlay overs with Gayle's wicket to fall for 35 from 18 balls.
When Gayle went it was Lewis who took up the attack, passing his fifty from just 27 balls. While Narine was economical, returning figures of 0/10 from his four overs, the rest of the Knight Riders bowlers struggled for control in the face of the Lewis onslaught.
Bopara and Lewis shared an 85-run stand, and Bopara contributed just seven runs as the Patriots opener smashed the ball to all parts.
The win moved the Patriots back to the top of the table and guaranteed them a space in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors put one foot in the CPL semi-finals following a 46-run victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first and captain Nicholas Pooran led the way with a brutal 75 not out to set the Tallawahs 170 to win.
In reply, the Tallawahs succumbed to a heavy defeat as Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie combined to bowl the Amazon Warriors to victory.
In another match, a superb bowling spell from David Wiese helped Saint Lucia Kings gain their fifth win of the season and end any chance of the Barbados Royals qualifying for the semi-finals in the process.
The Royals won the toss and captain Jason Holder chose to field first, which looked like a good decision as the Kings lost two wickets in the Powerplay to the superb Mohammad Amir.
Also read: Jamaica Tallawahs beat Saint Lucia Kings by 55 runs
However, Saint Lucia Kings captain Faf du Plessis once again produced a masterful performance, scoring 84 runs to take his side to a commanding 175/6.
Despite a strong start in reply, the Royals were sent into disarray in the ninth over as Wiese took three wickets, with Johnson Charles, Shai Hope and Glenn Phillips getting dismissed within five balls.
Despite a late fightback from Holder and Hayden Walsh, it was not enough and the side finished on 154/8.
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Jamaica Tallawahs beat Saint Lucia Kings by 55 runs
St. Kitts and Nevis, Sep 10 (Cricket news): Jamaica Tallawahs defeated Saint Lucia Kings by 55 runs to notch up their second consecutive win and keep their hopes of a knockout spot alive in the Hero Caribbean Premier League here.
The Kings remain in third place in the points table with all teams having two more group matches left to play.
The Tallawahs got off to a lightning start thanks to another brutal innings from Kennar Lewis who smashed 56 from just 24 balls. Lewis was well supported by Shamarh Brooks as the Tallawahs reached 78/1 off their PowerPlay overs at the Warner Park.
While wickets fell through the Tallawahs innings, they managed to maintain a fast scoring rate with contributions from the middle order. It was Imad Wasim who pushed the Tallawahs past 200 with a 10-ball innings worth 27 runs including three consecutive sixes off the 20th over.
The Kings' run chase started just as quickly with Andre Fletcher and Mark Deyal both making quickfire scores as they reached 79/1 off their first six overs.
Roston Chase and Deyal put on 66 runs in just 32 balls but both fell in the space of two balls to Carlos Brathwaite to bring the Tallawahs back into the match.
Those two wickets gave the Tallawahs a lot more control as they squeezed the Kings in the middle overs with Brathwaite keeping things very tight.
The Tallawahs took two wickets in two balls twice more as the Kings chase petered out and the Tallawahs emerged victorious.
In another match, Trinbago Knight Riders battled to a six wicket victory over Barbados Royals.
The Knight Riders opted to field first, which looked like a good decision as the Barbados Royals were restricted to double figures. Opener Kyle Mayers was the only batsman who managed to score anything sizeable against a lethal Knight Riders bowling line-up.
With such a low total to chase, the Knight Riders would have fancied their chances, but had an early scare, as they lost two wickets in the Power Play. However, Colin Munro eventually anchored them to victory.
Barbados Royals shuffled their batting order in the last game to great success, so it was no surprise to see Mayers opening once again, scoring a fluent 24 runs off 12 balls.
However, that was to be the highest score of the innings as Knight Riders used spin to undo the Royals, Kharry Pierre, Akeal Hosein and Sunil Narine combining to take seven of the nine wickets that fell, including that of key batsmen Glenn Phillips, Jason Holder and Azam Khan.
Trinbago Knight Riders started their chase by losing the wicket of Lendl Simmons to the pace of Mohammad Amir, which forced the team to play more cautiously.
Munro, Darren Bravo and Tim Seifert carefully compiled runs, and despite losing four wickets, it ended up being a comfortable win for the Knight Riders, thanks to Munro’s 41 not out.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets: The battle between two superteams
(Basketball news) As the new NBA season draws closer and the majority of the free agents found respective homes, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets emerged as the strongest teams without a shadow of a doubt. Even though last year's NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks and finalist Phoenix Suns remain relatively unchanged from last season, both teams don’t possess the historical talent that the Lakers and Nets have.
The Lakers last season got eliminated in the 1st round of the playoff series by the Phoenix Suns but this season Rob Pelinka (General Manager) made sure that the same thing isn't repeated. At the end of last season, Lakers managed to pull off a blockbuster trade where they managed to get 9 times NBA all star and 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards. With Lebron James and Anthony Davis already in the team, adding Westbrook makes them the team to beat in the Western Conference. With the Lakers adding former NBA all stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo in free agency their roster looks more dangerous than before.
The Brooklyn Nets last season pulled off the trade of the decade by getting James Harden from Houston Rockets, adding to a roster which already contained Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Last season, according to all experts, the Nets should have the NBA Championship but were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference final, although injuries hampered the squad which eventually led to their downfall last season. This season Steve Nash (Coach of Nets) will be hoping that his stars remain fit as they have already added former all stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Milsap to an already staked roster.
With both teams' ambition of winning a NBA championship last year not being fulfilled, the teams will be even more hungry to reach the NBA final this season. The Los Angeles Lakers have got back the championship core which won the NBA 2 years ago but the key advantage that the Lakers have over the Nets is the championship experience they have in their roster. On the other hand, the Nets have arguably the best trio in American sports history as on any given day James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Iriving can beat any team just based on their talent. As the fans eagerly wait for the start of the new season the NBA finals looks destined to be between these two teams unless and until injuries hamper them both. This is a site that not only the basketball fans want to watch but the sports fans in general will also tune in.
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The Los Angeles Roster:
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Marc Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Rajon Rondo,Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, DeAndre Jordan, Russell Westbrook, Kent Bazemore, Anthony Davis, Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker.
The Brooklyn Nets Roster:
Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Patty Mills, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap, Nic Claxton , Bruce Brown, Cam Thomas, James Johnson, DeAndre Bembry, Jevon Carter, Day’Ron Sharpe.
Trinbago Knight Riders register fourth win, Royals keep play-off hope alive in CPL
St. Kitts & Nevis, Sept 8 (Cricket news): Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders registered their fourth win in this year's Hero CPL as they outplayed Jamaica Tallawahs by a commanding 75 runs.
In another match, Barbados Royals gave themselves hopes of getting into the play-offs with a 45-run victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Put in to bat, Trinbago Knight Riders initially struggled as they were restricted by Imad Wasim and Veerasammy Permaul.
A late onslaught from captain Kieron Pollard and Tim Seifert ensured they reached 167 for 4 after the duo blasted 28 runs in the final over.
Seifert coming in the 18th over changed the complexion of the game as he smashed 24 runs off just 8 balls and his partnership with Pollard amounting to a remarkable 62 runs off 20 deliveries.
Jamaica Tallawahs struggled to build partnerships amidst some fantastic bowling from Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Ali Khan as they were bundled out for 92.
Barbados Royals, on the other hand, notched up their second win in the tournament and they still have three group games remaining.
Invited to bat, the Royals started quickly with 67 runs from the Powerplay with Johnson Charles (40) and Kyle Mayers (36) getting their team firing early on.
The Amazon Warriors pegged things back with the wickets of Mayers and Azam Khan but a stand of 48 between Glenn Phillips and Smit Patel put the Royals back in front.
Phillips top scored with 44 and he was well supported by Jason Holder who made 22 from just seven balls.
When both fell within quick succession the Royals innings lost some impetus but still posted 185 for 8.
Romario Shepherd was once again the pick of the Amazon Warriors bowlers, claiming 3 for 31 from his four overs.
In reply, the Warriors started badly with three wickets falling inside their PowerPlay as they reached 39 for 3 off the first six overs.
While wickets fell, it was Mohammad Hafeez who looked to hold things together for the Warriors. He made it to 30 from 25 balls before he was well stumped by Smit Patel off a wide bowled by Ashley Nurse.
When Hafeez fell the Amazon Warriors needed 115 runs from 65 balls and the pressure was on Shoaib Malik to see his side home.
When he fell going for a big shot off Nyeem Young there was no way back for the Guyanese side.
Some late order hitting from Odean Smith gave some respectability to the margin of defeat, but the Royals closed out a comfortable win with a very strong bowling display with wickets shared evenly across their attack.
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 167/4 (Simmons 42, Pollard 39; Imad Wasim 1/13, Brathwaite 1/16) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 92 all out (Powell 22, Brathwaite 14; Ali Khan 4/6, Narine 2/11) by 75 runs.
Barbados Royals 185/8 (Phillips 44, Charles 40, Mayers 36; Shepherd 3/31, Motie 2/33) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 140 all out (O Smith 43, Hafeez 30; Young 3/24, Lintott 2/16) by 45 runs.
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Time to focus on winning Asian Games to earn automatic qualification for Paris: Manpreet
New Delhi, Sept 6 (Hockey news) India men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh said it's time to stop basking in the glory of their historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Games and start focussing on qualifying for the Paris Olympics by winning next year's Asian Games.
The Indian team has been showered with accolades since returning home following a bronze medal winning feat at Tokyo, a medal that broke India's 41-year-old jinx at the Olympics.
It's been a month since the Indian men's team beat Germany 5-4 in the third place play off and Manpreet said it's time to start planning for a busy 2022 calendar.
"I think these past few weeks have been great with people showering us with all their love and praises. Now, I feel it's time we rest our bodies and mind," the India skipper said in a release issued by Hockey India.
"We have enjoyed all the felicitations, the honour and accolades we received has been overwhelming but now we must start thinking about how to better ourselves for the 2022 calendar." With the all-important Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from September 10 to 25 next year, the team's top priority will be to qualify for the Paris Olympics by winning the gold at the continental tournament.
"Last time, we ended up with a Bronze and lost out on winning the automatic qualification. We were lucky to have the FIH Olympic qualifying matches in India. But we can't depend on the same again," he said.
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"The best would be for us to qualify by winning the Asian Games, so it gives us right amount of time to prepare for 2024 Olympics." While the men's team won the bronze, the women's side also finished at a creditable fourth place at Tokyo and Manpreet believes their Olympic performance will only increase the popularity of the sport.
"I truly feel this is a new beginning for Indian hockey. With the women's team too doing so well at the Olympics, hockey is witnessing the same kind of support it once had.
"I was told many people from different professions woke up early to see our matches just like they would back in the glory days when Indian hockey fans would stay glued to the radio to hear the commentary." "I feel this fanbase we have earned after the Olympics is great for the sport in general and now it is on us to give these fans bigger and better feats to ensure their supports continues and the popularity of hockey grows further."
News source: PTI
CPL: Trinbago outplay Jamaica, move into top 4; St Kitts lose again
St. Kitts & Nevis, Sep 6 (Cricket news) Trinbago Knight Riders made its way back into the top four with a seven-wicket win over Jamaica Tallawahs in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Opting to field, Trinbago bowlers ran through the Jamaica top order as the latter could manage 144/7 in the 20 overs. In reply, Trinbago reached the target with 17 balls to spare.
Jamaica got off to a poor start with five wickets falling in the Powerplay. By the halfway stage of the innings, they had mustered just 34 runs.
However, Carlos Brathwaite (58) and Imad Wasim (42) managed to rebuild the innings, adding 83 from 64 balls.
While chasing, Trinbago overcame a rain delay. They were also aided by several fielding lapses.
Lendl Simmons (70) returned to form as Trinbago easily chased the 145-run target.
In the other match, St Lucia Kings beat St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the second time in less than 24 hours, this time by six wickets.
The Patriots led by stand-in captain Chris Gayle won the toss and chose to bat first. But Kings spinners Jeavor Royal and Samit Patel were in full flow, bowling out the opposition for 118.
The Patriots lost their two explosive batsmen Evin Lewis and Gayle early. Youngster Royal was the stand out bowler for the Kings with three wickets, while Patel was the most economical.
Also read: Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders in Super Over thriller, Patriots too win
Despite losing Fletcher in the first ball of the innings, the Kings still had the dangerous Faf du Plessis, who raced to 22 off 14 balls, before being caught out.
The in-form Roston Chase ended up seeing his side home with a superb unbeaten half century, this time in 36 balls, his third in a row at this year's CPL.
The Kings chased their target in the 16th over as the powerful Tim David helped them get over the line with a rapid 18 runs off 7 balls.
News source; PTI
Kerala Blasters announce 19-man squad for the 2021 Durand Cup
Kochi, September 02, 2021:(Football news) Kerala Blasters FC have announced their squad for the upcoming Durand Cup 2021. Head Coach Ivan Vukomanović, and his team prior to Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 will train the squad.
Kerala Blasters FC has outlined their Durand Cup fixtures for three matches. The first match with the Indian Navy will be played on September 11 at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) Stadium followed by the second match at the same venue on September 15 against Bengaluru FC. The third match has been fixed with Delhi FC on September 21 at Mohun Bagan Club Ground.
Kerala Blasters FC’s Head Coach, Ivan Vukomanović says: ‘We are all set to participate in this year’s Durand Cup. We hope the Durand Cup will give the team a good experience to perform and also hope to have good games. These games will help our players to boost their confidence and to have extra motivation because we like to compete.’
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The Durand Cup squad includes the following players:
Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, and Sachin Suresh.
Defenders: Bijoy V, Enes Sipovic, Jessel Carneiro, Abdul Hakku, Sanjeev Stalin, Hormipam Ruivah, Shahajas Thekkan, Denechandra Meitei, and Sandeep Singh.
Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Rahul K P, Adrian Luna, Sukham Yoihenba Meitei, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Gaurav K, Harmanjot Khabra, Givson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Prasanth K, Seityasen Singh, Vincy Barretto, and Anil Gaonkar.
Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders in Super Over thriller, Patriots too win
Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), Sep 2 (Cricket news) Romario Shepherd starred with the ball as Guyana Amazon Warriors notched up a stunning Super Over win over Trinbago Knight Riders at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.
After both teams finished on exactly 138 for nine from their 20 overs, Sunil Narine bowled the Super Over for the Knight Riders and conceded just six runs.
It was left to Shepherd to bowl Amazon Warriors' Super Over and he conceded just four runs to win the game for his team.
In another match, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots also carried on their unbeaten run in the tournament with a six wicket victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday. Amazon Warriors got off to a perfect start when Chandrapaul Hemraj bowled Lendl Simmons off the second ball of the innings.
The Warriors picked up two more TKR wickets inside PowerPlay but it could have been even better as two chances went down.
A partnership of 39 between Narine and Tion Webster looked promising before the former was caught at mid-on, attempting to hit over the top of the infield.
When Webster was gone, seven runs later, it was left to Colin Munro and Tim Seifert to rebuild the innings.
Munro top-scored with 32 from 28 balls before he was dismissed by Imran Tahir.
A steady flow of TKR wickets prevented them from really get going but a sprightly 21 from nine balls from Isuru Udana took them to 138 for nine.
The Warriors had a wobbly start to their chase with Ravi Rampaul dismissing Hemraj and Odean Smith from successive balls to leave them struggling at 7 for two in the second over.
Shimron Hetmyer and Mohammad Hafeez looked to rebuild but they were tied down by the TKR spinners.
Hafeez was dismissed by Khary Pierre for 16 off 30 balls to leave Amazon Warriors needing 100 runs from nine overs.
Pooran was dismissed by a stunning one handed grab by Akeal Hosein before Shepherd took the game deep with the bat.
Amazon Warriors squeezed out the tie off the last ball before they claimed a famous win in the Super Over.
In another match, the Patriots dished out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict the Tallawahs to 166 for 8.
In reply, the Patriots made it four wins from as many games with another dominant batting display led by tournament's top scorer Sherfane Rutherford.
Put in to bat, the Tallawahs got their innings off to a lightning start with the hard-hitting duo of Chadwick Walton and Kennar Lewis putting on a blistering partnership of 41 runs in 3.3 overs.
However, Patriots tightened the screws courtesy with Paul Van Meekeren dismissing Kennar Lewis and captain DJ Bravo producing some economical bowling.
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Things went from bad to worse for the Tallawahs when Walton had to retire hurt, tweaking his hamstring after running a quick single.
It took an enterprising counter-attack by Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite in the back end of the innings to revitalise the Tallawahs and this was further boosted by some late blows by the lower order to ensure a respectable total.
The Patriots made a similar start in their innings, with Evin Lewis producing the early fireworks, but the wickets of Devon Thomas and Asif Ali in quick succession followed by Evin Lewis left the game in the balance.
Sherfane Rutherford and Fabian Allen then smashed 55 runs from 20 balls to seal the comfortable win. Brief Score: Guyana Amazon Warriors 138/9 (Hetmyer 27, Pooran 27; Rampaul 4/29, S Narine 2/9) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 138/9 (Munro 32, Narine 21, Udana 21; Hafeez 3/18, Shepherd 3/24) by Super Over.
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Indian contingent brings home 39 medals from the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships
New Delhi, August 31, 2021 (Boxing News): Preeti Dahiya and three other youth women boxers finished on top on the final day as the Indian contingent ended their successful campaign at the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships with 39 medals, including 14 gold, in Dubai.
India earlier added 19 medals, including eight gold, five silver and six bronze medals, in the junior event. The youth boxers added another 20 more (six gold, nine silver and five bronze) to India’s tally at the prestigious continental event, where both the age groups junior and youth were played simultaneously for the first time.
Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) set the benchmark by winning India’s first gold in the last seven years in the youth men’s category at the Asian Championships and Vishal (80kg) added one more top podium finish, Neha (54kg) handed the country gold in the youth women’s event played late on Monday night. She fought her way through to win against Kazakhstan’s Aishagul Yeleubayeva by split 3-2 decision.
Later, Preeti Dahiya struck another top prize with a similar victory in the 60kg final against the 2021 Youth World Championships silver medallist Zuldyz Shayakhmetova of Kazakhstan. Sneha Kumari (66kg) and Khushi (75kg) also emerged victorious in their respective finals to bag gold medals. While Sneha registered Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) win over local favourite Rahmah Almurshidi, Khushi blanked Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday.
“This has been a brilliant outing for our junior and youth boxers. Winning 39 medals is a commendable achievement and it only shows the depth of boxing talent we have in India. As a federation, we are committed to identify and promote more and more youngsters from across the country, ensuring best coaching and guidance to groom them into future champions at the elite level. I’m sure the valuable experience gained in such a big tournament will help these boxers to curve a strong path for themselves. On behalf of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), I congratulate all the winners once again and the coaches and support staff for this successful campaign, and wish them good luck for future tournaments,” BFI President Ajay Singh said.
Meanwhile other youth boxers in the ring on the final day, Vishvanath Suresh (48kg), Nivedita Karki (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran Verma (52kg), Preeti (57kg), Khushi (63kg), Vanshaj (64kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71kg) and Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (81kg) signed off with silver medals.
Earlier five boxers, including one woman, claimed bronze medals in the youth event after finishing in the semi-finals. Among men, Daksh Singh (67kg), Deepak (75kg), Abhimanyu Loura (92kg) and Aman Singh Bisht (92+kg) bagged bronze medals while Lashu Yadav (70kg) ended with a bronze in the women’s category.
With 20 medals in the youth event, India improved from their last edition’s medals tally of 12 medals, including five gold, achieved in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2019.
The gold medallists in the youth category will be awarded with USD 6,000 while USD 3,000 and USD 1,500 will be given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively. However, gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the junior event were awarded with USD 4,000 while USD 2,000 and 1,000 respectively.
The championships witnessed the presence of pugilists from boxing heavyweights like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to name a few. The event also served as the much needed competitive tournament for the upcoming young talents at the Asian level after a gap of almost two years, lost due to the pandemic.
Also read: India clinch six gold medals at Asian Youth Championships
Lewis powers Tallawahs to second win in CPL
Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), Sep 1 (Cricket news) Kennar Lewis blasted a quick 89, the highest score of the tournament so far, to power Jamaica Tallawahs to a six wicket win over Barbados Royals, their second win of the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.
The Royals posted a respectable 151 for 8 after opting to bat on Tuesday night, riding on Azam Khan's fluent 50 off just 30 balls.
But Tallawahs chased down the target in 17.4 overs, courtesy some sublime batting from Lewis, who was supported well by Shamarh Brooks (47 not out off 26 balls).
Barbados Royals had found themselves in early trouble after opting to bat, losing key batsmen Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers in successive balls in the Powerplay to Fidel Edwards, who was making his first appearance in this year's Hero CPL.
A recovery mission was led by Azam and Phillips with the pair putting on a partnership of 71 runs off 51 balls to build a foundation for the team.
Joshua Bishop then struck 18 off 8 balls at the back end of the innings to take his side to a respectable total.
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Migael Pretorius was the standout bowler for the Tallawahs, taking four wickets, while Rovman Powell led by example with three excellent catches in the field.
Tallawahs response was led by Lewis, who powered the innings despite his team losing early wickets to the spin of Joshua Bishop, including captain Powell, who was dismissed by a superb piece of fielding as Jason Holder held on to his shot with one hand at long off.
Barbados Royals will count themselves unlucky as star bowler Mohammad Amir had to leave the field injured during the second innings.
The win takes the Jamaica Tallawahs up to second spot in the Hero CPL standings.
Brief Scores: Jamaica Tallawahs: 155 for 4 in 20 overs (Lewis 89, Brooks 47; Bishop 3/20, Holder 1/44) beat Barbados Royals 151/8 in 17.4 overs (Azam 50, Phillips 31; Pretorius 4/45, Edwards 2/32) by six wickets.
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Won't be able to field first XI in all games against Indian women: Australia coach Mott
Brisbane, Sep 1 (Cricket news) Seven international games, including a Test match in a space of 20 days, won't allow Australia to field their best first XI in all games against India in the upcoming series, Southern Stars' head coach Matthew Mott has hinted.
With Sydney and Melbourne being COVID-19 hot-spots, the Indian team and 12 out of the 18 Australian players are currently in a two-week hard quarantine and according to a 'cricket.com.au' report, they will allowed out a week before the first WODI at Mackay on September 21.
The Indian team won't have any access to training facilities during the two-week hard (room) quarantine.
"Our sports science people are quite rightly nervous," Mott told 91.3 SportFM referring to seam bowlers Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Maitlan Brown and Stella Campbell, who are currently in room quarantine for a fortnight.
"Here, they won't bowl for 14 days and will go straight into a very congested schedule, so our management of the players has to be right on point,' Mott said.
He made it clear that all first team players won't get to play every game keeping workload management in mind.
"Not everyone is going to play every game, we've got 18 in our squad, and we've got some young players. The older more resilient players will find a way though because they've banked up that experience and their bodies are a bit stronger.
"But for the younger bowlers – Darcie Brown, Tayla Vlaeminck, Maitlan Brown – we've got to be very smart around how we integrate them into it." Among the Aussie pacers, Sutherland is returning from a stress fracture to her upper leg, Brown has recovered from severe hamstring injury while Vlaeminck has had a series of major foot, knee and shoulder injuries.
"In an ideal world, we'd have played the Test last to build up those loads gradually, but it's in the middle," Mott continued.
"So there are different bowlers we'll have to use in different formats and the consequence is we won't be able to play our best team every game – that would be crazy from a player fatigue and management point of view.
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"We'll try and make it work but it's going to be a really interesting series to see how we navigate around the complexities that will be thrown at us." Moot termed the schedule as a very "busy one" considering the team hasn't played a lot of cricket since April due to various state borders employing their own health safety protocol.
"It's going to be tough, it's going to be exciting but it's going to hit us hard. We've gone from not a lot of cricket to a very busy schedule overnight," Mott added.
Full Schedule Sep 21: First ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay Sep 24: Second ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (D/N) Sep 26: Third ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay Sep 30 – Oct 3: Test match, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (D/N) Oct 7: First T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast Oct 9: Second T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast Oct 10: Third T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast.
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We are prepared against world class Ashwin: Root
London, Aug 31 (Cricket news) Skipper Joe Root, who led England to a series-levelling win at the Headingley, expects an Indian backlash in the penultimate Test and said they're ready for all combinations including facing the "worldclass" R Ashwin at Oval.
India had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after beating England by 151 runs at Lord's but England came back to level the series with an innings and 76 run win in the third Test.
"A world class team like India, led by Virat (Kohli) I expect nothing less than a response and we'd be naive to think otherwise," Root said during a virtual press-conference.
"That's why I think it's really important that we don't get too comfortable, we don't think that we've achieved anything at this point, we've just got ourselves back to level playing." Trusting Ravindra Jadeja's batting ability more than Ashwin, India skipper Virat Kohli had ignored the ace offspinner for the first three Tests but heading into the Oval Test from Thursday, the call for his inclusion has once again gained voice.
"His record speaks for itself, he's a world class player. We've seen him score runs and take wickets against us, we know what he's capable of in Test arena," Root said when asked if he's surprised that Ashwin did not play the first three Tests.
Ashwin, who is four wickets shy of joining Harbhajan Singh as the second best Indian spinner in Tests behind Anil Kumble, last month took a six-wicket haul in a County Championship game for Surrey at the Oval.
He was also India's best bowler in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton in June.
"We will certainly be making sure that we're prepared for the challenges that he poses coming into this Test match, along with other combinations that they might throw at us," Root said.
"But, ultimately, you can get wrapped up and you can end up playing the player. So it's really important that you just play the delivery and to the situation that you find yourself in.
"Whoever it is that we face up against this week, it's about playing the ball that's right in front of you and not to the reputation." Kohli is in the middle of a rare lean patch as the Indian skipper has managed just one half-century and Root credited his bowling group to keep him "quiet".
"A lot of credit has to go to our bowling group. First and foremost, Virat is world class, there is no doubt about that," Root said.
"That's why the credit has to go to our bowlers, to keep him as quiet is an extremely good effort from the bowling group, it's something we have to continue to do if we want to win the series.
"For now, we have found ways to get him out so we got to keep trying to find ways of building pressure and keep in him quiet. Hopefully that relentless pressure is something that we can contain moving forward." After their embarrassing defeat at the Lord's, England put up a ruthless display in the third Test to rout India for 78 runs and then Root's majestic 121, his third hundred of the series, sealed a 76-run win for the hosts.
"More than anything, we were very pleased with how we've grown into the series," he said.
"We've worked extremely hard to get to one-all in the series. We got to look to go even further, dig a little bit deeper, and really start to go through the gears.
"From the bowling perspective we were pretty much flawless, we hit the right lengths early on and then managed to do that for long periods of time throughout the whole game." Root will have a selection headache with the return of injured pacers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, while their regular wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will miss the penultimate Test to be with his wife, who is expecting their second child.
In Buttler's absence, Jonny Bairstow will don the wicket keeping gloves and it remains to be seen if Ollie Pope fills up the vacant spot at his home venue.
"It's fantastic to have both (Woakes and Wood) available and it adds strength to what has been a very confident squad right now. We will see how they pull up and take a call taking account of the conditions." The win against India made Root the most successful Test captain for England with 27 wins in 55 games, surpassing the likes of Michael Vaughan (26), Andrew Strauss (24) and Alastair Cook (24).
Vaughan, however, has commented recently that you won't be considered a truly great captain, until you win the Ashes which "matters above all else".
England's last away Ashes victory came in 2010-11 under Strauss. Under the 30-year-old Root, who took over from Cook in February 2017, they are yet to get their hands on the Urn either at home or away.
"In terms of what other people think of me as a captain is sort of irrelevant. My job is to do the best I possibly can for the period I'm in the role and that will never change," Root said.
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"I think as an England captain, you are always judged on how you do in the Ashes. I think more than anything I need to make sure that we try and win this series first. It's a huge series for us. And then we'll turn our attention to Australia, something that we've been planning for a long time." Root said the Ashes is something which every captain aspires to win.
"It's certainly something that everyone wants to do is to go to Australia, it's something you're always desperate to have as part of your career.
"I'll give everything to the team, everything to the squad of players and if at the end of it, that's not good enough for some people, but I've done everything I can, I can be proud of that," he signed off.
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Trinbago Knight Riders looking for a record fifth title, Guyana Amazon Warriors start with a historic victory
(Cricket news): The ninth season of Caribbean Premier League is currently seeing records tumble in a span of 6 days. The T20 format never fails to entertain the audience as new records rain in like sixes in the death overs. Bowlers too aren’t far behind as they are also bringing in wickets and records. This year CPL and IPL will happen back to back and the audience will not have any time to rest as the T20 World Cup is also approaching.
Saint Lucia Kings and Jamaica Tallawahs are the only teams left to play their third match. Trinbago Knight Riders are looking for a second consecutive title and fifth overall as they are the most successful team in the history of the tournament.
They had the best run last year when they remained unbeaten in all the twelve matches but this year their 12 match winning streak was broken by Guyana Amazon Warriors in the opening match of this season. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have not won a title yet but have reached the finals a record five times. They will be looking to win their first title as they currently stand 4th place just below Trinbago Knight Riders. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have scored over 454 runs in their three matches, the second most overall. Their victory over Trinbago Knight Riders suggests that this time there are chances for their first title.
There are still two weeks to go for the semi final playoffs. But the records don't have to wait as Andre Russell smashed the fastest fifty in just 14 balls to set the campaign on fire as Jamaica Tallawahs demolished Saint Lucia Kings. Jamaica Tallawahs also set the record for the biggest victory margin as Saint Lucia Kings bundled out for 135 losing by a mammoth 119 runs as Russell Propelled his team score to 255 the second highest in history of CPL.
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Trinbago Knight Riders bowler Isuru Udana picked up a five wicket haul against Barbados Royals as he finished with figures of 5/21. This year’s CPL will be crucial as the T20 World Cup will start in October and the West Indies will try to conquer the shortest format once again.
India clinch six gold medals at Asian Youth Championships
New Delhi, Aug 31 (Sports news) Indian boxers dominated the Asian Youth Championships, notching up six gold medals along with nine silver and five bronze in the event where the women's competition was significantly depleted due to pullouts caused by COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Sneha Kumari (66kg), Khushi (75kg) and Neha (54kg) clinched gold medals in the women's draw, which shrunk after several teams fielded smaller squads because of the travel restrictions.
Of the 10 women finalists, six directly made the finals because of small size of their respective draws.
Dahiya defeated Kazakhstan's Zuldyz Shayakmetova 3-2, while Sneha pummelled's UAE Rahmah Khalfan Almurshidi to force a stoppage. Khushi defeated Kazakhstan's Dana Diday 3-0 in bouts held late last night.
World youth bronze-medallist Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) and Vishal (80kg) were the gold-winners in the men's competition.
The silver-winners among women were Preeti (57kg), Khushi (63kg), Tanisha Sandhu (81kg), Nivedita (48kg), Tamanna (50kg) and Simran (52kg).
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Vishvanath Suresh (48kg), Vanshaj (63.5kg) and Jaydeep Rawat (71kg) ended with silver medals in the men's competition.
Five Indian boxers, including one woman, had earlier claimed bronze medals in the youth event after losing in the semi-finals.
Among men, Daksh (67kg), Deepak (75kg), Abhimanyu (92kg) and Aman Singh Bisht (92+kg) bagged bronze medals while Lashu Yadav (70kg) ended with a bronze in the women’s category.
In the last edition of Asian Youth Championships, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, India had claimed 12 medals, including five gold.
The gold medallists in the youth category were awarded with USD 6,000 while USD 3,000 and USD 1,500 were given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.
India had earlier won eight gold, five silver and six bronze medals in the junior competition which was held simultaneously for the first time.
News source: PTI
Bishwamitra Chongtham clinches gold in Asian youth boxing
New Delhi, Aug 30 (Boxing news) World youth bronze-medallist Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) claimed the gold medal in the Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Dubai on Monday as Indian boxers continued their dominating run at the event.
Chongtham defeated Uzbekistan's Kuziboev Ahmadjon 4-1, staving off a stiff challenge.
However, Vishvanath Suresh (48kg) signed off with a silver after losing 0-5 to reigning youth world champion Sanzar Tashkenbay of Kazakhstan.
Earlier in the junior competition, Indian girls snared half a dozen gold medals as the country ended with whopping eight gold, five silver and six bronze.
Out of the 10 girls in the finals, six ended with gold medals, while four others claimed a silver each. Among the boys, three were in the finals and two of them signed off with gold medals.
India's tally of gold medals was equal to traditional powerhouse Kazakhstan and just one less than another heavyweight Uzbekistan.
Rohit Chamoli (48kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg), Vishu Rathee (girls 48kg), and Tanu (girls 52kg) were the early gold medallists before others joined in following late night wins on Sunday.
Nikita Chand (60kg), Mahi Raghav (63kg), Pranjal Yadav (75kg) and Kirti (+81kg) picked up their yellow metals in the later bouts.
Kirti won against Shugyla Rysebek of Kazakhstan in a 4-1 split decision. Raghav (63kg) also fetched a split 3-2 decision against Algerim Kabdolda of Kazakhstan.
Chand outperformed Assem Tanatar of Kazakhstan, while Yadav defeated another Kazakh in Akzhan in a spilt 4-1 decision.
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Rudrika (70kg) went down 1-4 against Uzbek Oysha Toirova and Sanjana (81kg) endured a 0-5 loss against Kazakhstan's Umit Abilkaiyr.
Aanchal Saini (57kg) also went down 0-5 against Ulzhan Sarsenbek of Kazakhstan to end with a silver medal.
India's six bronze medals came after Devika Ghorpade (50kg), Aarzoo (54kg) and Supriya Rawat (66kg) lost in the girls semi-finals while Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg) and Ankush (66kg) exited in the boys' last-four stage.
In the last Asian Junior Championships held in 2019 in Fujairah, UAE, India had finished third with 21 medals (six gold, nine silver and six bronze).
At the ongoing edition, the gold medallists in the junior category were awarded with USD 4,000 while USD 2,000 and 1,000 were given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.
Later in the day, Nivedita (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (66kg), Khushi (75kg), Tanishbir (81kg) will be in action in the women's category finals.
Among the men, Jaydeep Rawat (71kg), Vanshaj (64kg) and Vishal (80kg) will also fight in their finals.
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4 gold medals for India at Asian junior boxing
New Delhi, Aug 29 (Boxing News) It was gold rush for India at the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai with four pugilists from the country finishing on top in the finals held on Sunday.
Rohit Chamoli (48kg), Bharat Joon (+81kg), Vishu Rathee (girls 48kg), and Tanu (girls 52kg) notched up contrasting victories in their summit clashes to bag the top prize.
While Chamoli defeated Mongolia's Otgonbayar Tuvshinzaya in an intense final, Joon got the better of Kazakhstan's Yerdos Sharipbek 5-0 to finish on top.
Chamoli rallied after losing the opening round to prevail 3-2 in the hard-fought contest.
Joon, on the other hand, easily out-maneuvered his rival, who fizzled out after a decent start.
In another final, Gaurav Saini (70kg) signed off with a silver medal after losing 0-5 Boltaev Shavkatjon of Uzbekistan.
In the girls' competition, Rathee picked up the gold medal defeating Uzbekistan's Bakhtiyorova Robiyakhon.
After her, Tanu edged past Tomiris Myrzakul of Kazakhstan in a split 3-2 verdict.
However, Muskan (46kg) had to be content with a silver medal after being bested by another Uzbek Ganieva Gulsevar in a closely-fought bout.
Later tonight, Tanu (52kg), Aanchal Saini (57kg), Nikita (60kg), Mahi Raghav (63kg), Rudrika (70kg), Pranjal Yadav (75kg), Sanjana (81kg) and Kirti (+81kg) will be competing in the other girls' finals.
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India have already won six bronze medals in the junior event after Devika Ghorpade (50kg), Aarzoo (54kg) and Supriya Rawat (66kg) lost in the girls semi-finals while Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg) and Ankush (66kg) also claimed bronze in the boys' event.
In the last Asian Junior Championships held in 2019 in Fujairah, UAE, India had finished third with 21 medals (six gold, nine silver and six bronze).
At the ongoing edition, the gold medallists in the junior category will be awarded with USD 4,000 while USD 2,000 and 1,000 will be given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.
On Monday, 15 Indian boxers will fight for gold in the youth event.
Nivedita (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (66kg), Khushi (75kg), Tanishbir (81kg) will be in action in the women's category.
Among the men, Vishvanath Suresh (48kg), Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71kg), Vanshaj (64kg) and Vishal (80kg) will fight their finals.
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Zimbabwe bowlers keep Ireland batsmen in check for victory in the 1st T20I
(Cricket news): A calm and composed bowling display from Zimbabwe helped the visitors secure a three run win over Ireland in a low scoring thriller to go 1-0 up in the Dafa News T20I Cup.
Chasing 118, Ireland were seven wickets down when they required six runs from the final over but left arm quick Richard Ngarava kept his cool to concede only two runs and even take the wicket of Barry McCarthy in the process.
Ngarava’s final few deliveries summed up a strong display in the field from the visitors. While Paul Stirling was fresh off a match winning hand in the Hundred final for Southern Brave and was also playing his 300th match for Ireland. Stirling got his side’s innings up and running with a 19 ball 24, no one else in the Ireland top seven was able to find their form as Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Curtis Campher and international debutante Neil Rock fell for single digit scores.
Kevin O’Brien, Stirling’s opening partner, took nine balls to register a score and though he did eventually find some rhythm to move to 25, his dismissal to Ryan Burl in the 11th over left Ireland stranded on 65-4.
Leg-spinner Burl combined brilliantly with left arm spinner Wellington Masakadza in the middle overs as the pair shared five wickets, but Ireland still had managed to keep hopes alive through Simi Singh, the No.8 hit an ODI century against South Africa last month. Off the 17th over, bowled by Tendai Chatara, Singh hit a flashing cut for four with a straight six, leaving 18 required from as many balls. But Zimbabwe did not bow down at the death, with Singh left unbeaten at the end on 28 off 22 deliveries as McCarthy departed for 4 off 11 before Craig Young was immediately run out from the penultimate ball of the match.
Earlier in the day, Ireland had enjoyed their own success with the ball. Young picked up the wicket of Wessley Madhevere from the final ball of his first over, with Rock holding on to the edge behind the stumps. The seamer didn’t have to wait long for his second as Tadiwanashe Marumani fell for a 10 ball 1 in the third over.
Yet while Young had removed both of Zimbabwe’s openers cheaply, their No.3 did not fall like his predecessors. Regis Chakabva played what was to be the match defining innings as his 47 took just 28 deliveries with help of four fours and one six. Runs were harder to come by from elsewhere for Zimbabwe as McCarthy, Singh and Getkate joined Young in the wickets column, but a total of 117 proved to be just enough in the end.
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Faf du Plessis named Bangla Tigers’ Icon and captain for Abu Dhabi T10
Dubai, Aug 28 (Cricket news) Former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was on Saturday named the icon and captain of the Bangla Tigers ahead of the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi T10 tournament.
"It is an exciting new format to be part of. I am looking forward to joining forces with some of the world's biggest names in this league and representing team Bangla Tigers," Du Plessis said in a release.
"It is going to be a thrilling time for the game of cricket. It's heart-warming to see leagues like T10 putting in so much hard work and offering such exciting formats for sports enthusiasts. I can’t wait to get going." Du Plessis has played 69 Tests, 143 ODIs and 50 T20Is for South Africa in a career which started in 2011. He has also captained South Africa in all three formats.
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"It is terrific to have a world-class player like Faf in our squad. We have all seen his exploits for South Africa in various formats. He is a champion cricketer," Bangla Tigers owner Mohammad Yasin Chowdhury said.
"It is a huge honour to have him in our squad. We all know what he has achieved both on and off the field. His deeds speak for his brilliance. I wholeheartedly welcome Faf to the Bangla Tigers family." The league, which is being staged under the aegis of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) with official approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC), will be held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from November 19 to December 2.
News source: PTI
CPL: Jamaica and Trinbago score first wins
St Kitts & Nevis, Aug 28 (Cricket news) Andre Russell bludgeoned his way to a record 14-ball unbeaten 50 as Jamaica Tallawahs hammered St Lucia Kings by 120 runs in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.
It was the biggest win in CPL history by run-margin.
Jamaica were 255 for five in 20 overs with the help of useful contributions from all their batters. In reply, the Kings succumbed under the pressure to score and were bowled out for 135.
Put into bat, Jamaica were off to a lightning start, thanks to Kennar Lewis (48 in 22) with five massive sixes.
Chadwick Walton (47), Haider Ali (45) and Rovman Powell (38) also provided valuable contributions. After that it was "Dre Russ show".
Striking at a rate of 357, Russell smashed six maximums and a three fours in his unbeaten 50-run knock.
When the Kings started the chase, wickets fell at regular intervals and they were 56 for 6. Only Tim David (56 in 28) held out for a while.
CPL debutant Migael Pretorius was the star with the ball for the Jamaica and had figures of 4/32 as the Kings stumbled to 135 all out.
Also read: Guyana stun defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL opener
In another match, defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders, who lost their opening game, quickly got back onto the rails with a six-wicket victory over Barbados Royals.
Barbados Royals won the toss and opted to bat first but the decision didn't go their way as an excellent Trinbago bowling display, led by Isuru Udana's 5/21, restricted them to 122 all out.
In reply, Trinbago initially made hard work of the chase before the experienced duo of Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin saw them home with ease.
The Royals had got off to a steady start reaching 37 runs at the end of the powerplay for the sole loss of Johnson Charles.
However, they could not build on the foundation as Udana's double strike removed Jason Holder and Glenn Phillips in quick succession.
A counter-attacking 30 runs from Azam Khan briefly threatened to help Barbados set an imposing target but Udana's re-entry into the attack led to the dismissal of both Khan and Thisara Perera to complete the first five wicket haul of the CPL season.
Trinbago stuttered in their chase of the target losing three wickets in the powerplay as Mohammed Amir started his spell with laser like accuracy and Oshane Thomas followed that up by getting Tim Seifert to top-edge a rising delivery to deep square leg.
At 38/4 the Knight Riders were in a perilous situation, but captain Pollard took on the responsibility to take the drama out of the chase with a brilliantly constructed 58 runs from 30 balls.
Along with the experienced Ramdin, the pair put on an 87-run partnership from 57 balls to see Trinbago home comfortably.
News source: PTI
England all out for 432, take first innings lead of 354 runs
Leeds, Aug 27 (Cricket news) England were all out for 432 on day three of the third Test against India, taking a massive first innings lead of 354 runs.
England, who began the day at 423 for eight, could only bat for 3.2 overs in the morning session with Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah removing Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson respectively.
On Thursday, in-form England skipper Joe Root smashed his third hundred of the series to take guide his team to an imposing total.
Also read: Guyana stun defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL opener
India will have to bat extremely well to first avoid an innings defeat and then try to save the game.
The 139-run stand between Root and Dawid Malan on day two set up the foundation for a big score.
For India, Mohammed Shami (4/95) was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja (2/88), Mohammed Siraj (2/86) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/59) were the other wickettakers.
Brief Scores: India 1st innings: 78 allout in 40.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 19, Ajinkya Rahane 18; James Anderson 3/6, Craig Overton 3/14).
England 1st innings: 432 all out in 132.2 overs (Joe Root 121, Mohammed Shami 4/95).
News source: PTI
Guyana stun defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL opener
St. Kitts & Nevis, Aug 27 (Cricket news) Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) stunned defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) with a nine-run win in the opening match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.
Put in to bat, GAW made 142 for 7, riding on Shimron Hetmyer's 50.
In reply, TKR, who had won all their 12 matches in the 2020 edition, could only score 133 as Romario Shepherd (3/15) and Man-of-the-Match Odean Smith, who scored 24 while batting, snared two wickets for 10 runs in two overs.
GAW began well and hard-hitting one-down batsman Smith maximised the power play overs with 24 runs from 15 balls. Vice-captain Hetmyer (54) then anchored the innings and struck lusty blows to score his fifty.
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During their run chase, TKR seemed to be on track to pull off a win but the loss of both Sunil Narine and Bravo to Imran Tahir put the brakes and they lost wickets at regular intervals.
TKR were 78 for 5 after 12 overs and they just could not recover from that.
In another match, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (SKN) got their campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 21-run victory over the Barbados Royals (BR).
Put in to bat, the Patriots lost three wickets, including that of Chris Gayle, for 38 runs, but a superb 115-run partnership in 70 balls between DJ Bravo (47 not out) and Sherfane Rutherford (53) ensured a solid 175 for 5 in 20 overs.
Fabian Allen scored 15 in seven balls late in the innings.
The Patriots’ then delivered a fine bowling performance and were never in trouble against the Barbados batsmen. The Barbados openers were gone in the first three overs.
Through the middle over the Patriots tightened their grip.
Shai Hope gave some hope for Barbados with a 44 but his dismissal spelt disaster despite some late effort by Azam Khan, resulting to a dominant win by Patriots.
News source: PTI
3 Indians enter finals of the Asian junior boxing in Dubai
New Delhi, Aug 27 (Boxing news) Three Indian boxers stormed into the finals of the Asian Junior Championships in Dubai with dominating victories in their last-four stage bouts.
Tanu (52kg), Nikita Chand (60kg) and Vishu Rathee (48kg) were the ones to make the final, on Thursday.
Tanu defeated Nepal's Swostika 5-0, while Nikita got the better of Uzbekistan's Mukhusa Tokhirova by a similar margin.
Rathee, on the other hand, took less than two minutes to wind up the proceedings, outclassing Mongolia's Otgonbat Yesunkhuslen in her semifinal bout.
However, Ashis (54kg) and Anshul (57kg) ended with bronze medals.
Ashis lost to Uzbekistan's Norkosmov Mironshokh 1-4. Anshul was beaten 0-5 by another Uzbek in Dalerjon Bozorov.
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The tournament, which is being held simultaneously for junior and youth boxers (both men and women) offers the gold medallists in the youth category a prize money of USD 6,000 while silver and bronze medallists will claim USD 3,000 and USD 1,500 respectively.
The junior champions will be awarded with USD 4,000 for gold and USD 2,000 and 1,000 for silver and bronze medallists respectively.
On Wednesday, six Indian boxers advanced to the finals of the Asian Youth Championships with two of them getting walkovers after their Kazakh opponents were quarantined following a COVID-19 case in the contingent.
News source: PTI
We want to create a digital ecosystem for fans that revolves around the sports club’s app - Aishik Lala, Founder & CMO at FlashPlays Live
Sports is more than just what happens on the pitch. It’s more than athletes, the result or the finances involved. It’s a community built by fans and encompasses all the facets that makes it such a passion driven industry. The role of fans has never been more important or valued than it is today, especially considering the financial implications that sporting organizations have had to face amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with games being played in empty stadiums.
The connection between sports teams and fans is a special one. Bringing the fans closer to their beloved teams in a fun and engaging way is more important than ever before. To know more about this, Mr Aishik Lala, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at FlashPlays Live speaks about his vision and objective, strengthening the Miami Dolphins community, enhancing gameday offering, overcoming challenges, the Indian sports market and future goals and ambitions.
Q 1) What inspired you to come up with FlashPlays Live and what is your vision and objective?
The FlashPlays product is predicated on the fact that existing apps of professional sports teams have limited utility. By driving digital engagement to a team’s platform through real-time predictive gaming, FlashPlays allows teams to monetize this digital traffic via sponsorship activations and data collection. The ultimate objective is to make the usage of team apps commonplace for sports fans all over the world, creating endless revenue opportunities. The FlashPlays team consists of young sports enthusiasts who are passionate about an overlying problem and want to ultimately change the way sports fans interact with their favorite teams for the better.
Q 2) How has FlashPlays strengthened the Miami Dolphins community with its stand alone app?
When FlashPlays launched the Dolphins GameTime app, the initial goal was to engage the Dolphins community during live games, along with giving fans rewards for engaging with the app. The results exceeded our expectations significantly - we saw 45% of downloads come through user referrals, 55% 90-day retention, 13-minutes of screen time per game, and entered users answered 88% of questions. Not only did we see users engage with the platform, but we saw Dolphins fans warmly meet each other in the chat, converse about their predictions, and most importantly, discuss the live game.
Q 3) How is FlashPlays building the digital relationship between sports teams and fans and enhancing gameday offering?
While watching live sporting events, fans will often hop from one app to another (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) and consume different pieces of content that pertain to the game they are watching. This can create a distracting and segmented experience for the fan. What FlashPlays aims to do is consolidate this. We want to bring all the ways that fans engage with live sports onto one app - the team’s app. Additionally, there are very few predictive games that have seen the same success as ours. Proper gamification during live sporting events is what we provide with our simple 8 question system which has proven to be engaging to fans without being distracting.
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Q 4) What are some of the challenges that you face in making your vision a reality? How do you plan to overcome those challenges?
Being the young team we are, we often struggle to put our product in front of the right people at professional teams. Building credibility by showcasing successful partnerships, constructing a group of advisors who can cast a wide net, and constantly utilizing our growing network are ways that will set us up for success.
Q 5) How big of a market do you see in India, especially considering that there is a growing sports market?
Our team sees a lot of untapped potential in the Indian sports market as new teams, leagues, and sports are constantly forming in the country. Although IPL presents the largest opportunity by far, we do believe that FlashPlays can help generate a more engaged, and loyal fanbase to some of the emerging sports such as volleyball and hockey.
Q 6) What are your goals and ambitions for FlashPlays in the future? How do you plan to accomplish them?
The ultimate goal for FlashPlays is to create a digital ecosystem for fans that revolves around the sports club’s app. Not only will fans be able to foster a digital relationship with their favorite team and fellow supporters, but they will also be provided with easier access to buy tickets, merchandise, and fan experiences via a digital token on the app. The primary strategy for FlashPlays is to start out with smaller clubs who have more of an immediate need of a digital presence, and prove out success to present to larger clubs around the world.
Fourth edition of GamePlan announced by FIFS - India’s only Annual Fantasy Sports Conference
(Sports news) India’s first and only Fantasy Sports regulatory body, The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) is back with GamePlan 2021 - the fourth edition of its annual conference. The event is set to be held on August 25th, 2021 and will launch an industry report on online fantasy sports (OFS) ), ‘Online Fantasy Sports: Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Sports Development’ and will feature discussions revolving around the potential, growth and impact of the industry.
The event GamePlan 2021 will feature keynotes from Justice A N Mittal, Chairman, UP Law Commission; Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT), Government of Telangana; Deepak Bagla, MD and CEO of Invest India; and Justice (Retd.) Arjan Sikri. . The conference will host a ‘CEO Roundtable on leadership Lessons from Founders’ with Harsh Jain, Co-Founder & CEO, Dream11 & Dream Sports; Sai Srinivas, Co-Founder & CEO, MPL; Bhavin Pandya, Co-Founder & CEO, Games 24x7 and Vinit Godara, Co-Founder & CEO, MyTeam11. Besides the report launch and keynotes, there will also be 3 highly engaging panel discussions on ‘The Economic Impact of OFS in India’, ‘Fantasy Sports: Fuelling Sports Consumption and Fan Engagement’ and ‘The Evolving Legal Landscape of Fantasy Sports in India’.
Eminent dignitaries speaking at discussions include Bhavit Sheth, COO & Co-Founder, Dream11 & Dream Sports; Joy Bhattacharjya, Indian Quizzer, Orator, Writer, Sports Producer & Vice President at Baseline Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.; Nikhil Vyas, Managing Partner & CEO, ITW Mediaworx; Siddharth Chury, AVP- Global Partnerships, NBA India; Jeet Banerjee, MD, Gameplan Sports; Kishore Taid, Co-Founder & CEO, enJogo; Gopal Jain, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Vaibhav Kakkar, Partner, Saraf & Partners. The panel discussions will be moderated by Santosh Mathew, Founding Partner, Ninan & Mathew; Prashant Rao, Partner, TMT Consulting, Deloitte; Girish Menon, Partner, Deal Advisory and Head, Media and Entertainment, KPMG India; Rameesh Kailasam, President & CEO, IndiaTech.org and Nandan Kamath, Principal Lawyer, LawNK.
Commenting on the conference, Mr. Bimal Julka, Chairman, FIFS and FSRA, and Former CIC, Govt. of India said, “We are delighted to be back with the fourth edition of GamePlan where, together, we will deliberate on the impact and potential of the Online Fantasy Sports industry. With the right guidance and regulations, the Indian OFS industry will certainly have a far more positive impact on the Indian economy and sports ecosystem.”
Over 1500 delegates attended the 2020 edition of GamePlan, witnessing industry-related report launches and engaging panel discussions. The event included leaders from organizations such as technology platforms, financial institutions, game developers, sports, leagues, media agencies, consulting firms and legal advisory firms.
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Five car final confirmed by Extreme E for Arctic X Prix
London (Motorsports news): Extreme E, the full electric off road racing series today announced a slightly updated sporting format for the upcoming Arctic X Prix in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland which will have a five car Final.
The changes start at qualifying, which spreads over two sessions in which the first one will be in the morning and second one in the afternoon on Saturday 28 August. Each team will have to race two laps of the course, one lap per driver with a driver switch, and the times recorded across the morning session will equate to classification points meaning first place receives 9, second place 8, third place 7 points and so on. The cycle repeats itself in the afternoon with classification points awarded on the same scale.
The combined overall of these classification points will provide the intermediate standings, which is noted on points instead of times as seen in Saudi Arabia and Senegal, meaning a fairer opportunity for all racers to progress, particularly if a poor time or DNF for example is recorded in a particular session.
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It is important to note, the classification points do not come under overall Championship points, these continue to be awarded in the same way as per previous rounds at the end of Qualifying as follows:
1st - 12 points, 2nd - 11 points, 3rd - 10 points , 4th - 9 points, 5th - 8 points, 6th - 7 points , 7th - 6 points, 8th - 5 points and 9th - 4 points.
From the Qualifying rounds teams in first, fifth and sixth place will proceed to Semi-Final 1, with second, third and fourth spots advancing to Semi-Final 2 and teams finishing in seventh, eighth and ninth will proceed to the Crazy Race.
Greenland will provide Extreme E’s first five car Final, made up of the top two teams from Semifinals 1 and 2, plus the winner of the Crazy Race, offering every single team on the grid an opportunity to reach the final race of the Arctic X Prix on Sunday 29 August.
Following the Final, Championship points will be awarded as follows:
1st - 25 points, 2nd - 19 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 15 points, 5th - 12 points, Semi-Final 1 3rd - 10 points, Semi-Final 2 3rd - 8 points, Crazy Race 1st - 6 points and Crazy Race 2nd - 4 points.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: “As a series we are always ready to evolve in order to create the absolute best result, and we believe these changes to the sporting format will offer greater competition and even more exciting racing for our global fanbase.
“I can’t wait to witness some of the biggest names in racing take part in the first motorsport event ever hosted in Greenland, and see who will take the top step on the podium. The course itself looks incredible and I’m sure it will offer some close battles, but it is important to note we are racing on an area which was once a glacier, but has retreated at an accelerated rate due to the climate crisis.”
With only 10 days to go, the Arctic X Prix and preparations are almost complete for holding this world first event in Greenland. Following this, the series will move to Sardinia in Italy for the Island X Prix taking place from 23-24 October.
Sometimes, it feels like a dream: Princepal Singh on his NBA journey
New Delhi, Aug 13 (Basketball news) Only the second Indian to debut in the NBA Summer League, young basketball player Princepal Singh says his journey has been nothing short of a "dream" and he is working on his fitness and skills to achieve his next goal of playing in the NBA.
Singh, who hails from Gurdaspur, Punjab, followed his Ludhiana basketball Academy teammate Satnam Singh in making his debut at the Summer league when he turned up for Sacramento Kings against Washington Wizards at Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
"It's amazing to play in the Summer League. I am very happy with my progress as a player. I played G league first and now playing in Summer league, and I am working towards the NBA. I didn't think I will reach this far. It sometimes feels like a dream," Singh said during a virtual press conference.
"My next goal is playing at NBA, Satnam Singh was the first Indian to play and I want to play for long time in NBA, so my focus is on taking care of my body and keeping myself fit." Satnam had played in the Summer League in 2016 after being first drafted in the NBA by Dallas Mavericks in 2015.
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The 20-year-old Singh, whose first professional stint was with the NBA Academy's Ignite team in the G-League, made a brief appearance of just a minute and 22 seconds during the match, which they won 89-75.
"It is a great experience to play against the top players in Summer League. They are all NBA players, who have been drafted. Lot of learning and my game is improving," said Singh, the first-ever NBA Academy India graduate to feature in a Summer League game.
"My coach (Bobby Jackson) asked me to play hard, said I should focus on my game and I will get more time. He asked me to focus on strong rebounding and defense and look to score.
"There is no pressure on me. I have played one game so far. It is just that now getting less game time. So hopefully I will get more time in future. I want to just focus on giving my 100 percent and prove myself." Asked what he learnt from his stint in 'G League Ignite', he said: "I learnt how the pro players conduct themselves off the court, how hard they play, how they help each other." On the basketball scene in India, Singh said: "The sport is growing in India but due to the lockdowns no one has been able to play basketball.
"But the league that is starting in India it will be a good opportunity for the Indian players, they will get more chances. The India league offers good money and if they can work hard, they can achieve a lot through the league.
"Now there will be a 3x3 professional league with Basketball Federation of India. It is a good thing. NBA India was a good initiative, it is spreading the awareness and hopefully sport will grow like cricket one day." '3BL' is India's only FIBA recognized 3x3 professional basketball league which was recognised by BFI in June.
News source: PTI
Top 5 best remaining free agents in the NBA
(Basketball news) Word has gotten around that the NBA free agency is over, but the reality is far from it. Just because a player is unsigned does not mean he can’t change the fortunes of the club that eventually offers him a contract, and there are always diamonds in the rubble that just need to be unearthed.
Here are our top five picks of free agents in the NBA
1. Langston Galloway
Galloway has been a victim of circumstance and despite there not being a big demand for players on rotation, he would be a solid signing for any team in need of backcourt help. Last season, Galloway played mostly off the ball, shooting 43.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s but was stuck behind Chris Paul, Devin Booker and the emerging Cameron Payne. He’s a player that could emerge as a ‘deal’ for any team.
2. Lauri Markkanen
As a restricted free agent, Markkanen finds himself in an unfortunate position where the Bulls can match any offer he receives or negotiate a sign and trade. There have been reports that the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets are interested in Markkanen, who lacks a player of his stature in their teams. Under normal circumstances, a 24 year old of his calibre would be signed in an instant, but Markkanen had not made 3s at an above average rate until shooting 40 percent last season. Teams who would be willing to gamble based on his flashes of brilliance for the Chicago Bulls are the ideal candidate for Lauri Markkanen.
3. Josh Hart
Just like Lauri Markkanen, Josh Hart is a restricted free agent but his quality is much more evident. The 6 feet 5 player is an excellent rebounder and can hold his own guarding bigger players. Being a restricted free agent has complicated Hart’s circumstances as teams love versatile wings but would need to meet New Orleans’ asking price for a sign and trade deal or need cap space to sign him to an offer sheet.
4. Avery Bradley
Thirty one year old Avery Bradley became a free agent after the Rockets rejected his $5.9 million player option. He is expected to be a candidate for Lakers' roster spots after being a part of the team in 2019-2020 and because they need a point-of-attack defensive player and Bradley certainly fits that profile with a decent shoot percentage and smart cutting.
5. Wesley Matthews
Despite having a less than impressive last season where Wesley Matthews had a shoot percentage of 37.5 on catch-and-shoot 3s, the 34 year old remains a solid option for Los Angeles as a switchable defender. It would also be a complete love story if Matthews signs for the Jazz who signed him as an undrafted rookie 12 years ago.
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ICC announces intentions to bid for cricket's inclusion in the Olympic games in LA 2028 and beyond
The big news about cricket at the Olympics is that the ICC has convened a Working Group to lead the bid which will be focused on cricket becoming part of the Olympic games for LA 2028, Brisbane 2032 and beyond.
ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “Our sport is united behind this bid, and we see the Olympics as a part of cricket’s long-term future. We have more than a billion fans globally and almost 90 percent of them want to see cricket at the Olympics.
“Clearly cricket has a strong and passionate fanbase, particularly in South Asia where 92% of our fans come from, whilst there are also 30 million cricket fans in the USA. The opportunity for those fans to see their heroes competing for an Olympic medal is tantalising.
“We believe cricket would be a great addition to the Olympic Games, but we know it won’t be easy to secure our inclusion as there are so many other great sports out there wanting to do the same. But we feel now is the time to put our best foot forward and show what a great partnership cricket and the Olympics could be"
BCCI being the richest and most powerful cricket board will have a huge role to play in this process. ECB and Cricket Australia will also be crucial in the proceedings. BCCI secretary Jay Shah has said that the BCCI and ICC are on the same page when it comes to Cricket in the Olympics and also confirmed that India will participate when Cricket is introduced in the Olympics.
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The bid is backed by USA cricket as well, so the ICC is very serious about bringing Cricket to the Olympics. There are a lot of questions to be answered. What format of cricket will be used at the Olympics? The purest form of the game i.e Test cricket is not practically possible. Currently ICC has 12 full members and 94 associate members. Which teams will play at the Olympics will depend on the format that is played.
The likelihood is that the format will be a T20 or maybe even a T10 knockout tournament. But if white ball cricket is played at the Olympics it may not do justice to the purity of cricket. Cricket was played at the 1998 Commonwealth Games where Matches were played over 50 overs, and had List A status rather than full One Day Internationals. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will also feature Women's T20I cricket.
If the bid is successful it will surely promote cricket on a global stage like never before but test cricket will take a huge hit as a result. There is already a question of the quality for cricket going down due to too much cricket being played and the Olympics will only add to the clustered cricket calendar.
From Assam to Tokyo: How Lovlina Borgohain captured a billion hearts with bronze at the Olympics
Any sporting achievement is less about the match that won them the medal and more about the journey that shaped a champion. For Lovlina Borgohain, the journey to become an Olympic champion has been far from easy. Her father Tiken Borgohain was a small-scale businessman who struggled to financially support his daughter’s dream, but her prodigious skill was enough to get the attention of Coach Padum Chandra Bodo who taught her the basics of boxing. From there on, there was no looking back.
In the village of Bara Murkhia, the villagers have always faced the challenge of moving in and out of the area, as rainwater would often collect on the path and restrict movements. A young Lovlina Borgohain often crossed the murky mud water on her way to training, a schedule that was often dictated by the weather and rainfall. Despite the obstacles, the now 23 year old is renowned across the world for her boxing prowess, which in turn has transformed her sleepy village into a bustling hive of activity after the government “gifted” her a road built on the muddy track to breathe new life into the place she calls home.
For a girl who was ostracised due to her gender and her parents were accused of having ‘sinned’ which is why they gave birth to a girl, Lovlina has done more for her village than all the others combined. Her parents have been a rock solid support system despite Lovlina’s struggles of adapting to self dependency at an early age. However, these experiences shaped her into the champion we know today who is an inspiration of perseverance to everyone.
Lovlina was brought onto the boxing map in emphatic fashion, she won a gold medal at the inaugural India Open which led to her selection at the 2018 Commonwealth Games welterweight boxing category. She also won a silver medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia but most importantly, Borgohain won the Arjuna Award presented by President Ram Nath Kovind for her outstanding performance in boxing and is the first female and second boxer from Assam to represent India at the Olympic Games.
It’s said that the Olympic stage is the biggest and toughest of them all, far above any other sporting competition an athlete faces. The competition is fierce, but the glory is timeless and athletes are willing to sacrifice blood, sweat and tears to have their names etched in history books, which is an indication of Lovlina Borgohain’s achievement. She defeated Nadine Apetz of Germany in the primary rounds and Taiwan’s Chen Nien-chin to ensure a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, she fell short to World Number 1 Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey but the 23 year old has plenty of opportunities to go all the way in Paris and beyond.
While many media outlets claimed that Lovlina Borgohain had “settled” for a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, it seemed quite disrespectful to her fantastic achievement. Winning a bronze is by no means a compromise, especially at a stage such as the Olympics and it takes decades of hard work, perseverance, sacrifices and talent to win a medal at the biggest stage of them all. Her victory is an inspiration to all the girls that dreams come true as long as you put the work in and to always aim higher.
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Kerala Blasters FC getting ready as they start the preseason training in Kochi
Kerala Blasters FC has commenced their preseason squad training at Panampilly Nagar ground. Squad will be trained under the Head Coach Ivan Vukomanović, and his team prior to Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22.
Adhering to the prerequisites of the pandemic period all the KBFC players will be in bio-bubble this season. The players have cleared their quarantine period, health check-ups, and have also received vaccines for a stronger and healthier kick start to the season.
Kerala Blasters FC’s Head Coach, Ivan Vukomanović says: ‘We are excited to train this preseason in God’s own country. All of us are thrilled and well-set to let the flame rise. We look forward to an enthusiastic and rigorous training this season. We are also building the opportunities for organizing the best team for ISL 2021-22.’
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The current pre-season squad includes the following players:
Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Bilal Husain Khan, Muheet Shabir, and Sachin Suresh.
Defenders: Shahajas Thekkan, Sandeep Singh, Bijoy V, Abdul Hakku, Hormipam Ruivah, Jessel Carneiro, Sanjeev Stalin, and Denechandra Meitei.
Midfielders: Harmanjot Khabra, Jeakson Singh, Sukham Yoihenba Meitei, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Sahal Abdul Samad, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh, Rahul K P, Prasanth K, Naorem Mahesh, Seityasen Singh, Vincy Barretto, and Anil Gaonkar.
Forwards: V S Sreekuttan and Subha Ghosh.
In addition to the above, Adrián Nicolás Luna Retamar and Enes Sipović along with the remaining foreign players will soon be joining the team post their quarantine, and necessary health check-ups in the coming weeks for a full-fledged training.
KBFC preseason camp will start on 30th July in Kochi
Kochi: July 21, 2021: Kerala Blasters FC has confirmed that preseason training would begin on July 30th, ahead of the 2021/22 Indian Super League season.
Ivan Vukomanovic, his coaching staff, and the players will arrive in Kochi to begin the first leg of their preseason training before going abroad to finish the remainder. The athletes will be able to finish their vaccines and medical tests during the month-long training camp before focusing on physical conditioning.
During their preseason programme, Ivan plans to offer at least 6 academy players, four of whom are from Kerala, first-team exposure. Reserves Sachin Suresh, Sreekuttan VS, Shahajahas Thekkan, Bijoy V, Sukham Yoihenba Meitei, and Anil Gaonkar are all expected to play in the Blasters' pre-season friendly.
Kerala Blasters FC’s Sporting Director, Karolis Skinkys comments on preseason: “I'm really happy to see our players on-field at the beginning of August. I'm happy that we are able to give the coaching staff a longer period to work with the players, to get to know them, to prepare for physical conditions, and to implement the main tactical rules. It will be beneficial to begin the training camp now, as all these activities need time. I'm sure players are missing football a lot, we are a young team, players are striving to be the best. Also, good young players from the reserve team will get the chance to be recognized by the first-team coaching staff. I can’t wait to meet everyone in Kochi.
Club Head Coach, Ivan Vukomanovic added: “It is very important for the club to have a long preseason ahead of the start of the season. I want the players to be in their best form before they boot up for their first match for the season. Also, it would be helpful for the players as well as the coaching team to find a rapport well ahead of the season. I am glad that we are having long preseason plans which I am looking forward to utilizing in the best possible way. I am excited to come to Kochi and meet all the players.”
Newer signings will join the squad as and when they are signed, as foreign recruitment continues.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, all players and coaching staff will adhere to stringent COVID-19 guidelines and will take all necessary safety steps.
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Tokyo Together programme unveiled ahead of the Olympics
Days before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) along with Worldwide Olympic partner Airbnb have unveiled Tokyo Together. Bookings for the programme are open from 15th July 2021.
Tokyo Together is an exclusive programme that will help fans meet Olympians, Paralympians, non-competing athletes and Tokyo 2020 insiders live from Japan. This programmer will have over 200 athletes. It spans over 50 sports and 30 countries.
The current circumstances don’t allow fans to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in person and as a result, the launch of any such experiences will help people experience the games from inside and at the same time support their favourite athletes.
“In light of the current circumstances, we wanted to create a unique alternative to bring together athletes and fans while keeping the same sense of discovery and exclusivity,” said Kirsty Coventry, IOC Athletes' Commission Chair. “The Olympian and Paralympian Experiences platform is a fantastic opportunity for athletes to build a personal relationship with their fanbase and feel their support, while the platform will also bring the incredible Olympic spirit to people across the globe. As part of our effort to empower athletes at all stages of their career, the positive response to the past year’s activities has indeed confirmed that offering athletes the possibility to host such experiences presents them with new meaningful opportunities.”
“With spectatorship looking different this year, audiences are searching for new ways to support Olympic and Paralympic athletes during Tokyo 2020,” said Catherine Powell, Airbnb Global Head of Hosting. “Airbnb is all about creating unique experiences that connect people, and Olympic and Paralympian Online Experiences allow fans to feel closer to their heroes than ever before. These interactive activities will provide an intimate window into the Games, all made possible by the 200+ athletes joining our hosting community this summer.”
IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “When the Games in Tokyo were postponed last year, Airbnb excelled themselves. The creation of the Olympic and Paralympic Online Experiences platform not only allowed many Para athletes to share their passions with people all over the world, but also provided them with a valuable income stream in the absence of competition. Now, the most important Paralympic Games in history are upon us, and I’m thrilled to see so many Para athletes on the Airbnb Experiences platform, not least the amazing athletes of our Refugee Paralympic Team. I would encourage people to grab this rare opportunity to view the Games up close and personal with the stars of the show.”
‘The stars aligned’: Ash Barty’s Wimbledon win is an historic moment for Indigenous people and women in sport
Queensland (Australia), Jul 13 (The Conversation) Over the weekend in London, the stars aligned in the most remarkable way. On the 50th anniversary of Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s first Wimbledon win, Ashleigh Barty claimed her first Wimbledon title.
The 25-year old becomes just the second Indigenous women to win Wimbledon and breaks a long drought for Australia at what is widely regarded as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
To put it in context, Australia hasn’t won a singles title at the All England Club since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt became the men’s champion. The last time an Australian woman took out the title was over 40 years ago, when Goolagong Cawley won her second title in 1980 (this time also becoming the first mother to win Wimbledon in 66 years).
But the win is also an historic moment for First Nations people and for Australian women in sport. It presents an opportunity to both celebrate and learn from this achievement.
Barty breaks the mould Barty’s success is a particularly significant one for First Nations Australians. She is one of only a handful of Indigenous women who are both sporting champions and household names — such as Goolagong Cawley, Cathy Freeman and fellow Olympic medallists Nova Peris and Sam Riley.
Australia has always seemed to struggle with celebrating Indigenous sporting success, particularly when it happens overseas. Achievements like Patty Mills’ magic 17 points to help secure the 2014 NBA championship for the San Antonio Spurs, Chad Reed’s legendary status in motocross and Jesse Williams’ 2014 Super Bowl ring have largely flown under the radar.
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But Barty breaks this mould. She has long cited her Indigenous heritage and relationship with Goolagong Cawley as an inspiration. Yes, it is Barty’s tennis success that has made her famous. But it is her grace negotiating Australia’s uneasiness with its past and present relationship with our Indigenous peoples that makes her a true champion.
Her victory also followed by a significant hip injury in June. Although seeded number one for the tournament, even those in Barty’s camp were nervous about her chances.
As First Nations people would say “the Old People” — her Ancestors — had intervened.
A NAIDOC week victory Apart from the parallels with Goolagong Cawley’s win, the timing is also special as it comes at the end of NAIDOC week. This year’s theme has been “Heal Country”. As Indigenous people continue to be marginalised in so many areas of Australian life, Barty’s success is all the more a powerful testament to her strength and talent.
We know there are high barriers to Indigenous women participating in sport and exercise, at both grassroots and elite levels. These include racism and the high costs of participating. A frequently cited statistic (based on 2012 data) is about 23% of Indigenous women were physically active or played sport in the past 12 months, compared to 67% of non-Indigenous women.
Even in sports with high Indigenous participation, such as netball (where about 4% of participants are Indigenous), this still hasn’t flowed through to the professional level. There have only ever been two Indigenous players to represent the national team — and none since 2000.
Last year, Queensland Firebirds midcourter Jemma Mi Mi, a proud Wakka Wakka woman, sat on the bench during Super Netball’s Indigenous round. Netball Australia says it is working to improve the culture but change is slow.
Sexism and Australian sport Sport is a significant part of our national identity, and we have a deep love for our sporting heroes. Yet for women in sport, we know the road is harder than for men. It wasn’t that long ago that champion race horse Black Caviar was named Australian sportswoman of the year by the Daily Telegraph.
In my recent research with female AFL players, women talked of their gratitude for being included in the sport at a professional level. This is despite low pay and the high pressures and workloads. As I argued, this attitude is a double-edged sword for professional sportswomen, as it can make them vulnerable to exploitation.
Looking at professional elite athletes in Australia, the top earners are predominantly men. For example, in the 2019 AFR sports rich list, Barty ranked eight and was the only woman in the top 20. A top seven rich list compiled by Fox Sports in June 2021 only featured men.
We also know that women in sport also cop abuse, sexism and harassment — as well as discrimination in terms of how seriously their involvement is taken.
Uneven playing field So while we celebrate #YesAsh and enjoy the #BartyParty, we must also be honest about the realities for women in sport, and in particular for Indigenous women in sport.
For those of us who have enjoyed the pride and excitement of Barty’s win, let’s pledge to work harder on removing structural barriers to participation at grassroots and elite levels. It is time to acknowledge how uneven Australian sporting fields can be. (The Conversation) News source: PTI
What will Jadon Sancho bring to Manchester United?
The Jadon Sancho to Manchester United saga has dragged on for too long. So much so that when Manchester United had officially reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for a sum of £72.9 million across various football news sources, the reaction amongst many in the fanbase was relief rather than excitement. However, Man Utd have been very shrewd about the transfer of England’s 21 year old winger and by prolonging the saga, the Old Trafford side have paid a significantly lesser amount than what was demanded by Dortmund this time last year.
It’s fair to say that Sancho is one of the hottest prospects in world football, having averaged 0.51 goals per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga and the Champions League and an impressive 0.57 assists per 90 in the past two seasons. Despite having played a fringe role in England’s Euro 2020 set up, Sancho has the most impressive figures out of all the Three Lions wide options and it’s a mystery why Gareth Southgate has not featured the winger more often.
While rival fans and critics may claim that the Bundesliga is not comparable to the Premier League which is widely considered to be the most competitive in the world, Sancho has excelled in the Champions League as well with six assists and five goals in 21 appearances and ranks 15th for assists per 90 minutes, 9th for take ons attempted and 19th for chances created. What’s even more impressive is that Sancho has created more chances, attempted more take-ons, made more passes in the final third and registered more assists than any other England international, all this at the tender age of 21.
Manchester United have lacked a natural right winger for years now, one might say they haven’t had one since Antonio Valencia left the club while others would go as far as 2009 and say that since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Real Madrid, Man United have lacked a winger in that position. Valencia, for all of his athletic prowess, was a limited player, dependent on crosses and could not cut back inside to create or score goals as often. Daniel James on the other hand may be fast, but isn’t a suitable option for teams sitting deep where quick counter attacks are not an option. Mason Greenwood is a young prodigy, but he seems to be more suitable for a central role as a future Manchester United frontman rather than a winger. With the signing of Jadon Sancho, Manchester United are addressing a position that has not been adequately filled for many years.
Moreover, Jadon Sancho is familiar with many Manchester United players already. Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire are currently with the 21 year old at England’s Euro 2020 camp while Sancho is undoubtedly familiar with Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan Bissaka who are also his countrymen. His familiarity with Manchester, having played for the blue half till 2017 means his transition off the field should be seamless and the winger is expected to settle down fairly quickly.
Most importantly, Manchester United fans will have to manage their expectations from Jadon Sancho. There will be pressure on the 21 year old to set the Old Trafford stage alight, especially after a mammoth transfer fee. It will be important to remember that Sancho will need to acclimatize to the Premier League, their style of play and his new teammates. What Manchester United have in Jadon Sancho is a ‘prospect’ who can easily make Old Trafford his stage for a decade or more and patience will be key to see the winger fulfill his potential.
Extreme E announce Eleven Sports as latest broadcaster
London: In the latest Motorsports News, Extreme E, the Off-road electric race series on Wednesday announced its partnership with global media group Eleven Sports to take the championship’s X Prixs to motorsports lovers in multiple markets.
Eleven has gained the rights to the series's live race coverage along with its behind-the-scenes magazine programme, preview, and review shows for its new global streaming platform ElevenSports.com and for Eleven Sports Belgium. Eleven’s coverage will be available in languages like English, French, Flemish and German.
ElevenSports.com is all set to reach millions of fans annually and stream thousands of hours of sport. The partnership will deliver Extreme E to audiences in over 140 nations worldwide, on a non-exclusive basis.
Eleven Belgium is the major sports platform in Belgium and Luxembourg, with a rights portfolio that features the Belgian Pro League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, NBA, UFC, and more.
Eleven subscribers in Belgium and Luxembourg will be able to enjoy all the latest action from the Extreme E series via Eleven Belgium’s award winning OTT and linear channels.
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The opening Extreme E X Prixs from Saudi Arabia and Dakar, Senegal, have already mesmerized audiences around the globe. Eleven will now further strengthen the coverage of the Championship. The aim of the game - to showcase the benefits of electrification through motorsport, along with shining the spotlight on the adverse effects of climate change.
Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E said: “We are delighted to have extended Extreme E’s viewing reach globally with Eleven Sports. Our opening races have delighted audiences around the world with the thrilling new race format and high drama. We have proven that Extreme E’s sport for purpose is not only a must see for fans, but it also marks a new era of racing that highlights the benefits of electrification whilst at the same time shining the spotlight on the climate crisis with the storytelling around the championship.”
Guillaume Collard, ELEVEN Belgium & Luxembourg Managing Director and Group Chief Rights Acquisition Officer, added: “Extreme E is already proving itself to be a hugely exciting competition, with a vital climate change message at the heart of the race. We’re delighted to be bringing the competition to our audience in Belgium and Luxembourg as well as using our transformational digital platform elevensports.com to provide passionate motor sport fans in over 140 markets with the opportunity to enjoy all the action from the Extreme E championship.”
Caribbean Premier League tweaks its schedule to avoid clash with remainder of IPL in United Arab Emirates
New Delhi, Jun 19 The BCCI seems to have ensured the participation of the Caribbean players in the remainder of the IPL as the organisers of the CPL have revised their schedule to avoid a clash of dates with the popular Indian T20 tournament.
The Indian Premier League was suspended mid-season last month after the coronavirus breached its bio-bubble and is scheduled to restart in the UAE from September 19.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15, four days before the IPL's resumption.
The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28 and conclude on September 19.
The likes of big-hitting Chris Gayle, spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder DJ Bravo among others are part of different IPL franchisees.
The development would please the BCCI, especially when participation of the Australian players in the IPL is under doubt.
"Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans," Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies president said.
"CWI's role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19." Skerritt said they would also soon finalise the guidelines for the franchises to be part of the bio-secure bubble.
"Any bubble-related decisions are made by the local St Kitts health authorities and CPL medical advisors (same as CWI), in the context of the local Covid-19 situation," he said.
"Just four weeks ago, St Kitts recorded community spread for the first time. For over a year, all cases were imported, identified, quarantined, and recovered. The first local Covid-19 (related) death happened just two days ago," he said.
It may be noted that the owners of two the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Punjab Kings also own teams in the CPL - the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Lucia Zouks respectively. News source PTI
Virtual development program launched by NBA Academy for top female prospects from outside the US
NEW YORK– The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday launched the NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program, an eight-week basketball and leadership development program for over 40 of the top female, high-school age (14-17 years old) prospects from outside the USA.
Under the guidance of current and former WNBA players and the NBA Academy Staff, participants will join with their peers from across the globe and participate in basketball and life skills development programming.
Any parent or legal guardian interested in submitting an application on behalf of their child should submit their child’s HomeCourt profile or upload a skills video as outlined in the application form on the NBA Academy website by June 18. NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program participants will be announced in June, with the program starting in July and running through August.
As part of the program’s on-court curriculum, participants will be provided with weekly virtual basketball lessons, instructions and challenges featuring present and former WNBA athletes. The interactive lessons will feature a range of shooting, ball handling and conditioning drills to promote holistic skill development. The best performing players will be considered for in-person basketball development camps and showcases in future.
The life skills programming will include weekly sessions focusing on leadership development, nutrition, goal setting, personal branding, mental health and wellness, player pathway education and women’s empowerment. Sessions will have guest speakers and experts from across the NBA and WNBA family, including NBA Academy Women’s Program Global Technical Director and 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist Jennifer Azzi.
“The NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program will continue our mission of helping young women around the world develop as people and players,” said Azzi. “International players are making a significant impact at all levels of the women’s game, and this program will help top international prospects connect with their peers, learn directly from WNBA players and continue their development.”
25 participants have committed to NCAA Division I schools since the launch of NBA Academy Women’s Program in 2018. Han Xu from China became the first NBA Academy Women’s program participant to be drafted into the WNBA when she was chosen 14th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2019 WNBA Draft.
American College Cricket has laid the foundation for the sport that others can build on - Lloyd Jodah, Founder and President of ACC
It’s fair to say that cricket is not the most popular sport in the USA. For a country where the most popular sport in the world - football, (also known as soccer) probably occupies the fourth spot behind American football, basketball and baseball, it’s a reasonable assumption that cricket’s popularity, particularly in the Indian subcontinent, has not caught up with this part of the world. However, American College Cricket is on a mission to promote cricket at the Universities and bring it to the forefront to become a mainstream sport in the future.
In an exclusive interview with SPOGO, Mr. Lloyd Jodah, Founder and President of American College Cricket speaks about its success, promoting cricket and universities, challenges that he has faced, organizing tournaments and future goals.
Q 1) Since its formation in 2008, how successful has the American College Cricket been in growing the Sport in America & Canada?
American College Cricket created a new platform for cricket and is by the far the most successful cricket organization in US history. To use the major example of broadcasting:
1 - American College Cricket did the 1st Live stream of cricket in USA in March 2010
2 - Oct 2011 we were the first (& so far only) organization to broadcast cricket on American TV
3 - American College Cricket was the 1st, and still only entity to broadcast cricket in the USA on ESPN when we did our March 2014
National Championship Final. We were also the 1st non-international cricket to be broadcast by ESPN, before the IPL.
4 - in 2016 we did an agreement with SONY and each year SONY does our National Championship Semis & Finals. Had it not been for
the Covid shutdown our 2020 Championship Semis and Finals would have been on SONY LIV in India.
We even brought the 1st major US corporation into cricket sponsorship in the USA when we got Coca Cola in 2012, then in 2015/16
when Dream11 was in its early stages it was our sponsor.
Q 2) What is being done to promote Cricket at grassroot level in the US?
Non- Americans always ask this question without understanding that the grassroots for American sport has always been college (University). Every other level comes after that. We created a platform for the game at the college level in the USA as Wisden recognized US cricket in 2014 saying, "the most promising development has been the formation of American College Cricket. Founded by Lloyd Jodah, ACC now has teams at over 60 universities…. perhaps because of this show of interest, in 2011 ESPN bought the US broadcast rights to all future international cricket matches, including the 2015 World Cup.”
Therein is the answer, American College Cricket has laid the foundation (though USA is so large the work is never done) it's up to others to build on that.
Q 3) What are the major challenges you face while promoting and growing Cricket in a country where the Sport isn't quite popular?
Everything, cricket, social, economic. One example is that cricketers don't look around and "do as the Romans do". For example I've started college clubs which then went and played in non-college leagues, clearly not understanding their brand value. This never happens in other college sports, colleges only play vs other colleges in USA college sports. Cricket would have been much further along in development in the USA if cricket players didn't proceed as if blindfolded.
Other examples are: when we started doing TV, we couldn't find fields with electrical power. Getting players to show up punctually. Getting fields with proper outfields. Getting money to execute ideas. I could list challenges all day.
Q 4) Besides immigrants from Cricket playing nations, do other Americans also get involved with the game?
Immigrants usually become Americans. Traditionally the USA is not like many other countries where immigrants remain outsiders, generally speaking.
I will say this, at the college and professional levels (American) football and basketball are mainly Black, whilst Ice Hockey is mainly White. The NBA is about 75% Black, the NFL about 70%, the NHL is about 93 % White, yet cricket's demographics are always questioned. I don't care what ethnicity or nationality is playing my game, as long as it's being played. Let's show what's great about cricket, and maybe we might attract people new to the game.
When American College Cricket teams step on the field, they are American institutions wearing "American uniforms" playing the game, and their ethnicity is irrelevant. They represent their universities, not their ethnicity or nationality.
Q 5) What are the major tournaments being played at University levels and what is the response these games receive?
When I began American College Cricket in late 2008 that was the beginning of college cricket in the USA in modern times. Cricket in colleges before that was tennis or tape ball internally, and unorganized. We started cricket clubs in over 100 colleges and nearly every college that now has an organized club in USA is due to American College Cricket, either because I had a direct involvement in starting the club, or a student was motivated by hearing about American College Cricket,or seeing our videos or photos (we've been the only cricket organization in USA, since 2010, to have thousands of cricket action pics).
When we started, colleges spent $0 on cricket, but we motivated all colleges that have participated in American College Cricket to provide facilities for practicing and playing, and varying amounts of $$ to partially fund their clubs' activities. Just as important, every club that has participated in American College Cricket has been written about in their college media, which exposes the game to so many more students, and embeds it in American society.
We've had a National Championship since 2009, Regional Championships since 2010, a USA vs Canada Series since 2015. We've had 546 games in our National Championships and 633 in our Regional championships,and 23 in our USA vs Canada Series. Our National Championship probably has been the largest cricket tournament ever, for example in 2011 we had 67 matches in 5 days (played by 32 teams). I brought down the size to about 50 matches subsequently, and even less now.
Q 6) Where do you see the future of American Cricket and in your opinion when we will see America's national team competing with major Cricketing countries?
America might compete with major cricketing countries soon because it recently achieved ODI status, and the new USA Cricket body seems to be bringing players from cricket playing countries. On the other hand there are "Test" countries that have economic, organizational, political and other issues unfortunately which affect their performance so it'll be easy for USA to catch up on the field. Only India can be happy about cricket's status in their country, and even there soccer may challenge it in about 20 years.
However merely competing at a higher level is not by itself development. Cricket "development" faces countless issues but the biggest one is the ICC law for ODIs and T20s which says that any ball down the Leg Side is a wide - this has created a game that is divorced from real cricket, and made the game Baseball-like, with a set "Strike zone". A poor imitation of Baseball will not make it in the USA when there's real baseball. Who would be intrigued by a batsman pulling (a baseball like shot) with a broad flat bat when it's more challenging for a baseball batter to play the same shot with a smaller round baseball bat ?
Additionally the ICC has ignored what American College Cricket has done - what kind of International body ignores what we've accomplished for the game over the past 12 years in the toughest sports market in the world? How do you invade the USA and ignore an American's success in giving cricket a real chance in the USA ? I go more into this in my forthcoming book.
NBA Academy India graduate Lalhnehpuia Chhakchhuak enrols at North Park University
New Delhi, Jun 3 NBA Academy India graduate Lalhnehpuia Chhakchhuak has enrolled at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, becoming the sixth male student-athlete from the academy to commit to a high school or college basketball programme in the US.
Chhakchhuak first participated in the 2017-18 Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program before joining NBA Academy India in 2018 as a part of the academy's second class of student-athletes identified through the ACG-NBA Jump program.
The 6-1 guard represented NBA Academy India at the 2018 and 2019 NBA Academy Games in Australia and the US, respectively, as well as the Point Loma Nazarene Team Camp in San Diego in 2019.
"I am looking forward to this opportunity at North Park University that will keep me on the pathway I have set out on," said Chhakchhuak.
"This wouldn't have been possible without the guidance of the coaching staff at the NBA Academy India and the constant support of my family." "We are certainly excited to add a player like Lalhnehpuia to our squad. In particular we like his size at the guard position and as he continues to get stronger we can envision how he can become an important piece within our program," said North Park head coach Thomas Slyder.
"His ability to play at the speed and pace he prefers to play at is an important characteristic for a guard to have." In addition to Lalhnehpuia, five other NBA Academy India student-athletes have committed to playing basketball in the US -- Harshwardhan Tomar (KEBA Preparatory School), Jagshaanbir Singh (Golden State Prep, Point Park University), Pranav Prince (First Love Christian Academy), Amaan Sandhu (First Love Christian Academy), and Riyanshu Negi (DME Sports Academy).
Princepal Singh became the first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract when he signed with the NBA G League Ignite.
NBA Academy India is an elite basketball training centre for the top prospects from across the country. New source PTI
Top five sports documentaries you must watch on Netflix
Have you ever wondered why sports documentaries are so engaging? It’s because sports is more than the result, it’s more than winners or losers, it’s more than politics, drama and fans. Sports documentaries encompass all these aspects and more. It captures emotions, untold stories, interpersonal relationships, overcoming adversity and everything that’s on stake. It’s all about the journey, it brings fans closer to their idols and portrays a humane figure behind all the glitz, glamour and money. It scratches beneath the image of iconic sports stars to showcase that even the best of the best suffer from self doubt and fear of failure.
If the game itself is the tip of the iceberg, a sports documentary is all the ice hidden from view that is finally showcased to the wider world. Here are our top five picks of sports documentaries that you should stream on Netflix.
The Last Dance
A 10 part documentary about the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance gives rare insight to the life of arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. The documentary explores his journey from Jordan’s rookie years to the height of superstardom, his ultra competitiveness and the complex relationship between the man himself, his sidekick Scottie Pipin, general manager Jerry Krause and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf. ‘The Last Dance’ is a name given by former coach Phil Jackson when the Chicago Bulls attempted to win their sixth NBA Championship in 1997-1998. This sports documentary is a must watch for not just basketball fans but for anyone who enjoys sports.
Directed by Asif Kapadia, Ayrton Senna was a three time Formula One racing champion before his untimely death at the age of 34 in an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Senna’s documentary was released in 2010 and captures his career right from his debut at the 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix to a decade later and sheds some light on his rivalry with Alain Prost. It features a ton of emotional footage provided by Senna’s family, especially when Senna speaks about the sport’s safety when fellow Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger loses his life a day before Senna tragically suffers the same fate. The documentary has won numerous awards, winning a BAFTA for the best documentary and editing and the Best Documentary Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America among many others.
Diego Maradona (2019)
Diego Maradona is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the sport. The talented Argentinian’s life was far from straightforward, with allegations of cheating, drug use and infidelity that surrounded Maradona throughout his career. This 2019 British documentary gives a rare insight of Maradona’s life and achievements with carefully compiled archival footage from various sources. Asif Kapadia’s handiwork has shone through this documentary which was first featured in the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Icarus is an insightful documentary that delves into the world of illegal doping in sports. Directed by Bryan Fogel, Icarus starts off with Fogel exploring the option of using performance enhancing drugs to win an amateur cycling competition, leading to developing a connection with Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov which opens the door to an even bigger scandal, Russia’s state sponsored Olympic doping program.
The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
The Dawn Wall (2017)
History was made in 2015 when daredevil climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free climbed the legendary Dawn Wall section of El Capitan, a 3000 foot granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park. What makes this documentary so special is that it gives the viewer a feeling of being right there, amidst all the action, drama and sheer athleticism. Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, the co-directors of the documentary are climbers themselves and have done a fantastic job to capture their 19 days climb on an unforgiving piece of rock.
It perfectly encapsulates some essential human qualities such as patience, perseverance, resilience and the bravery to follow your dreams. It’s a beautiful representation of defying all odds to achieve the impossible and the documentary does a great job capturing all these emotions.
Gayle, Shakib and du Plessis return to CPL
Gros Islet (St Lucia), May 27 Dashing West Indian Chris Gayle, ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and senior South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis will feature in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to be played in St Kitts & Nevis from August 28 to September 19.
Gayle will be back with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, a team he had represented in 2017 and 2018, a release said.
The self-styled 'Universe Boss' guided the Patriots to their only Hero CPL final in his first year with the franchise. As the leading run scorer in T20 history, he brings with him a huge amount of experience to the Patriots squad.
Shakib, the world's leading spin all-rounder has re-joined the Jamaica Tallawahs for the 2021 season after having played for the franchise in 2016 and 2017 before moving to Barbados Tridents in 2019 and winning the title with them.
Du Plessis will be playing for the St Lucia Zouks this season. The former South Africa captain has been in tremendous form in recent months for Chennai Super Kings at the Indian Premier League where he made four consecutive half centuries, including 95 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders. This is his second stint at the Hero CPL, having played for the Patriots in 2016.
All the 33 matches of the T20 tournament will be played at Warner Park, St Kitts in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament was staged entirely in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020, with matches played at the Queen's Park Oval and the Brian Lara Stadium.
The St Kitts and Nevis government had said fans will be allowed at the venue but only 50 per cent of tickets will be sold and all patrons must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trinbago Knight Riders won the last edition in 2020 by defeating St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets in the final. New source PTI
discovery+ adds Pele & Ferrari documentaries in streaming list for Indian sports fans
OTT platform discovery+ has included two more sporting greats in their sports documentary streaming list for the Indian audiences with “Pele: The Last Show” and “Ferrari 312B.”
The first documentary, “Pele: The Last Show”, will take viewers on a journey through the Brazilian football great's final competitive match, presenting rare insights into his life through the eyes of people who knew him.
The second one, “Ferrari 312B”, will be a treat for Formula one fans and will also include the behind the scenes story of bringing the iconic Italian car manufacturer’s legendary model back on the Monza track, after 46 years .
The first documentary, “Pele : The Last Show”, is set against the background of Pele’s final match for the New York Cosmos team that ruled the golden era of football in the United States during the late 70s and early 80s. Popularly known as the Cosmos, they were the team of several football greats like Pele, Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer among others.
The other inclusion on the board, “Ferrari 312B”, guarantees to be a must watch for Formula one fans as iconic drivers like Niki Lauda, Damon Hill and Jacky Ickx take the viewers through the crazy journey of getting the revolutionary car restored and back on the Monza circuit track after a gap of nearly half a decade .
Mr. Issac John, Head, Direct-to-Consumer– APAC, Discovery, said, “We have constantly tried to bring to our audiences a wide variety of real-life and engaging sports content from across the globe. By bringing documentaries like ‘Pele:the Last Show’ and Ferrari 312B, we are constantly striving to give them the best sporting entertainment experience.We all know sports is not just fun and games but is an emotion and to be able to allow our audiences to relive history is what discovery+ stands for.”
discovery+ app is now streaming both the Sports documentaries.
We aim to make Ultimate Kho Kho a spectacle and one of the top sports leagues in the country - Tenzing Niyogi, CEO of Ultimate Kho Kho
Traditional Indian sports are a big part of the country’s sporting culture and are now at the forefront in an era of the more glamorous Indian Premier League, European football competitions and the NBA. Kabaddi has already made waves since its arrival in 2014 with a league format, a big step towards promoting indigenous sports. Now, we are seeing another Indian tag sport Kho Kho be unveiled in a league format with franchises, broadcast partners and player management in the form of Ultimate Kho Kho.
In an exclusive interview with SPOGO, Mr. Tenzing Niyogi, CEO of Ultimate Kho Kho speaks about promoting India’s indigenous sports through a structured league, developing the grassroot level, overcoming challenges, navigating through the COVID-19 restrictions and the future goals of Ultimate Kho Kho.
1) How important is it to preserve and promote India’s indigenous sports and bring them to the forefront through a structured league?
For India to become a superpower in sports, an overall growth across various sports disciplines is imperative. The leagues are never one too many. Each serves its own purpose of helping the respective sport in becoming popular and is instrumental in the players getting their due recognition and support. We believe that the game has the power to stand on its own and attract more fans and Ultimate Kho Kho aims to bring Kho-Kho back on the sports map of India and make it one of the top sports leagues.
Our vision is to showcase Kho Kho’s ‘Mud to Mat’ transition over the last 60 years. We have worked on the format with the support of the Kho Kho Federation of India to preserve the originality and at the same time add the sense of spectacle and drama which Kho Kho is known for.
Sports consuming audiences should get acquainted with the thrill and excitement involved along with the exciting format that Ultimate Kho Kho matches promises to bring for the audience for the first time ever. By revolutionizing Kho Kho in India and elevating it to international standard, our aim is to provide opportunities to the Kho-Kho players to earn fair share of remuneration and hone their skills to further dominate as a unit, as Indian Team globally.
2) What are your plans to promote Kho Kho at the grassroot level?
As a first step towards building a stronger player base, Ultimate Kho Kho & KKFI conducted a high-performance training camp under Ultimate Kho Kho’s grassroots brand asset called RISE - ‘Rise in Sports Excellence’ in January 2021. We need more than skill coaches to nurture that talent, especially those that come from under-privileged and marginalised backgrounds. We have ear marked 100 crores + investment to boost the growth and developing and promoting the sport. Nurturing development facilities and talent through Pan India outreach & sport activation programs, tournaments and coaching workshops along with focus on talent scouting, Interschool & Interstate Cups and tournaments will be essentials.
Ultimate Kho Kho Team owners will play an integral role in developing the sport in their respective catchment areas. As part of the mandate, we are bullish on promoting the sport across school contact and junior development programmes. Brands are seeing big markets in small towns. The fact that Kho Kho enjoys equal or more women/girls playing the sport is a great advantage and conversation starter. The positives that Kho Kho as a sport enjoys close to 15 lakh domestic players across 700 active playing districts is incentive enough for all stakeholders involved.
3) Does Kho Kho face challenges due to the lack of support by the government? What can be done to overcome the challenges?
With India excelling in sports other than cricket, there is a natural urge to support other sports. Statistics have shown that non-cricketing leagues have had 44% average impression in 2019. Add to this, India’s highly improved performances at multi-sport events like Commonwealth and Asian Games in recent times. Keeping all these in perspective, in my mind the Sports Ministry has played a massive role in promoting the Non-cricketing genre by introducing Khelo India Games giving all disciplines a platform as never before. Kho Kho being a part of the initial 16 sports, it was the best time for us to get involved with the sport.
Further on, the actual strength of any sport lies in the grassroots, which has been one of the key take-aways from government initiatives. Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) has been an integral part of Ultimate Kho Kho journey and we are working hand in hand to develop this indigenous sport into a successful professional league which inspires younger athletes to pursue the sport as a career option and making India a multi-sport nation.
4) How has COVID-19 impacted Ultimate Kho Kho? What is being done to navigate through the lockdown restrictions?
The long inactivity due to the forced quarantine has taken a long time to be accepted by all the economic sectors. The process has not been different in sports, the pandemic has been demanding in multiple ways for all of us collectively. We were to launch the league in November 2020, but with the global crisis we had to alter our plans. However, we have been effective to achieve certain ‘return on objectives’ in terms of analyzing players’ fitness under the high-performance training camp, sports scoring dash-board, on-boarding our Broadcaster, driving commercial arrangements with new stakeholders.
Ultimate Kho Kho in association with Kho Kho Federation of India rolled out the first- ever High-Performance Assessment Analysis and Evaluation Programme RISE - “Rise in Sports Excellence”, for Indian Kho Kho players in January 2021. This 30-day training and evaluation camp was set up for 138 players, including 18 women, selected from across the country who underwent a high-tech sports science-based analysis in order to upscale their performances and skills. The findings range from sports physiotherapy, rehabilitation, injury management, biomechanics, biokinetics, sports performance analysis, and nutritional guidance and posture corrections. Going forward, the Sports Science data along with Performance Data will be included in the Players Document for the Players Draft 2021.
There is optimism in some quarters that the lockdown measures will be a short-term blip to business. The expectation is that the booming business of sports will return later this year — players will once again earn the last rupee of their money-spinning contracts, content owners will draw the last straw of revenue and fans will arrive in controlled crowds at the gate and in front of the TV to bolster sports viewing.
5) Can you elaborate on your role as CEO of Ultimate Kho Kho?
I believe, every entrepreneur carries the opportunity to create a heroic business and to lead their organization, with the same characteristics that have defined the world’s top sports champions and teams. All successful leagues have had thoughtful risk-taking leaders who did not fear the possibility of making a mistake. Developing Ultimate Kho Kho from a concept stage to now planning a 2021 launch has similarly been an extremely exciting and challenging journey so far. Ultimate Kho Kho is built on the foundation of trust, future preparedness, visualizing victory and believing in the power of collaboration. These factors assist in developing a roadmap to and scope of work which is multi-layered. Managing federation and investor relations, format innovation, driving commercial discussions with potential team owners, broadcaster, OTT, sponsors, media agencies, segregating player pool and grading according to skill sets for auctions etc. The technical side of the role brings you in touch with television and on-ground production teams to discuss sports technology inclusion to make the sport more enthralling on-air.
6) What are your future goals and aspirations with regards to Ultimate Kho Kho? How do you plan to achieve them?
One of the many advantages that Kho Kho enjoys is its nostalgic value which is critical to establish the bond between the consumer and the sport.
We could not have zeroed in on a better sport -than Kho Kho for it being an indigenous sport that has been around for decades and yet had the potential of being converted into an exciting and fast-paced game with high-octane action. We are working towards making Ultimate Kho Kho a spectacle on television with the influx of sports technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that we plan to introduce in a tag sport for the first time in the world.
Kho Kho has a deep cultural connection. It is a widespread community game with a loyal base - a marketing catchment that with the latent demand and the massive fan base holds the promise of a block-buster series which will take the Ultimate Kho Kho brand story forward.
In our business, If you can’t measure it then you can’t justify it. As the newest arena sport in Indian soil, powered by strategic marketing in collaboration with our broadcast partners in Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), we will keep a keen eye on second screen viewing, integrating sports technology and digital activation for brands and fans. We are also working closely with KKFI to develop a pool of regional commentators to not only describe the visual, but also emote the new format to drive geo-based audience engagement.
With the game now set to make its debut at the Asian Games in 2022 as a demonstrative sport, it’s high time that it made its presence felt all over the country. There has never been any doubt about the immense talent that India possesses in Kho Kho.
I doubt IPL will re-start this year in India again, on World T20, they need to be cautious: Neesham
Christchurch, May 10 New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham doesn't think that there is any chance of the remaining 31 matches of Indian Premier League happening in India this year, after the tournament got postponed due to COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.
He also has serious doubts whether India would be able to host the 16-team T20 World Cup later this year.
India is in the midst of its worst ever health crisis in last 70 years with the country recording 400,000 cases on a daily basis with at least 4000 deaths on an average.
Both IPL and T20 World Cup are set to be re-scheduled to the United Arab Emirates.
"If it did start up again, I doubt the IPL would be in India again," said Neesham told Newshub.
"I think we've already seen plans for the T20 World Cup to move out of India later in the year and they're going to be ultra-cautious about that sort of thing," said Neesham, who was playing for Mumbai Indians in the now suspended league.
Neesham feels the bio-security lapses could be due to the fact that the teams were travelling across the country.
"Even though we were flying on chartered planes, we have to go through customs, hand your details over to people, walk through terminals, so there were always going to be pinch-points there," he said.
Neesham said that it is difficult to comprehend how the bubble was breached.
"We obviously don't know yet exactly how teams were infiltrated, but... it's such a difficult prospect to keep everything perfect and when you've got so many guys that are close to each other, there are going to be social interactions after games.
"Once one team has it, you start looking back through your last week at who you talked to and who you shook hands with. It certainly gets your mind racing." However Neesham isn't averse to the idea of going back to India again and playing the IPL if it resumes.
"For me, I signed up for the IPL knowing what it might be like. I felt like it was an obligation - I made the commitment to go and never had any thoughts of pulling out individually before the tournament finished," he said, "Guys will have different opinions on that, but it's my job, I'm a professional and you have plenty of times you tour countries you're not that keen on going to, but it's about getting on the field and getting the job done.
"I would sign up again, especially once vaccinations start rolling out. I don't think anyone really predicted how quickly it would all come crashing down over there and how quickly we would be on the first plane out." The IPL was suspended last Tuesday after four players and two coaches from four different teams tested positive for the dreaded disease within a space of 48 hours.
"To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to get called off. I think, when you've got so many teams in different bubbles, the expectation was that there would always be some cases at some point during the tournament," Neesham said.
"We thought teams might have to lock down and miss a couple of games, like we've seen in other organisations, like the NBA. The show must go on.
"The thing that was so shocking was how quickly it came up in so many different teams at the same time and we didn't really have an option in the end." Neesham said they were "not out of the woods yet" and may develop symptoms in the coming days. News Source : PTI
All you need to know about the ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Boxing Championships 2021
The ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Boxing Championships 2021 scheduled to take place in New Delhi, has been shifted to Dubai, UAE due to the COVID-19 surge in India and will be held between May 21to 31.
Puglists born between 1980 and 2002 are eligible to contest in the event in ten weight categories both for women and men.
The Indian Women's Contingent, led by 6 time World Champion MC Kom (51 kg) looks promising with the inclusion of Tokyo Olympic bound boxers like two time World bronze winner Lovina Borgohain (69 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg)
Monika (48 kg), Sakshi (54 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Saweety (81 kg) , Anupama (+81kg) are the other names included in the Women's Contingent.
Indian Boxing legend MC Mary Kom will start as the title favourite in the Dubai event. Kom, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, six-times AIBA Women's World Champion, five-times ASBC Asian Women's Champion, and Asian Games winner who triumphed most of her titles in the light flyweight (48kg) category, will participate in the flyweight category (51kg) due to the Olympic weight categories.
With the prominent Chinese, Japanese, DPR Korean and Vietnamese boxers in this weight category, giving the tournament a miss, Mary Kom will definitely be a favourite to win the event. She returned to the international arena after a year's break, at the Boxam Tournament held this March, bagging a bronze medal. Her major rival in the upcoming tournament could be Kazakhstan's Nazym Kyzaibay who is a two-time AIBA Women's World Champion.
Other Participating nations at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, host United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
Defending titleholders in ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Josie Gabuco, Philippines
Women’s 51kg: Pang Chol Mi, DPR Korea
Women’s 54kg: Shi Qian, China
Women’s 57kg: Lin Yu Ting, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 60kg: Yang Wenlu, China
Women’s 64kg: Dou Dan, China
Women’s 69kg: Gu Hong, China
Women’s 75kg: Li Qian, China
Women’s 81kg: Pooja Rani, India
Women’s +81kg: Yang Xiaoli, China
Men’s 49kg: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 52kg: Amit Panghal, India
Men’s 56kg: Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 60kg: Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Men’s 64kg: Bakhodur Usmonov, Tajikistan
Men’s 69kg: Bobo-Usmon Baturov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 75kg: Tursynbay Kulakhmet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 81kg: Bek Nurmaganbet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 91kg: Kim Hyeong Kyu, South Korea
Men’s +91kg: Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan
Gymnast Pranati gets Asian quota, to compete at Tokyo Olympics
New Delhi, May 1 India gymnast Pranati Nayak, who had claimed a bronze in vault at the Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championships in 2019, is set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying through the continental quota.
The 26-year-old from West Bengal is the second reserve behind Sri Lanka's Elpitiya Badalge Dona Milka Geh for the Asian quota and became eligible to compete from the zone following the cancellation of the 9th Senior Asian Championships, which was scheduled to be held from May 29-June 1 in Hangzhou, China, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I was very disappointed when I couldn't achieve the qualifying score during the 2019 World Championship and with the pandemic cancelling all events, I never imagined that I will be able to realise this dream of going to the Olympics," Pranati told PTI.
"I am now waiting for the official communication from the Asian or world body regarding the same," she added.
Pranati's long-time coach Minara Begum, who retired from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 2019, was also extremely pleased to see her ward achieve the qualification.
"She retained her ranking points that she had achieved after competing at the Asian event in Mongolia and the world championship in Germany and got the Asian quota after the China event was cancelled," Begum said.
"I am extremely delighted for her," she added.
After grabbing a bronze at Ulaanbaatar, Pranati had hoped to qualify for the Olympics by producing a good show at the 2019 world championships.
"I didn't do well in beam and it affected my score at world championship. I was heart broken," said Pranati, who is being trained by SAI coach Lakhan Manohar Sharma for the past two years.
She had totalled 45.832 at the world championships after scoring 14.200 in vault, 11.133 in floor exercise, 10.566 in bar and 9.933 in beam.
"I have kept myself fit and kept training during this pandemic even though no events were happening." Asked if she was under Target Olympics Scheme (TOPS), Pranati said, "I was for a year and a half till the 2018 Asian Games. Now that I have qualified, I hope I am back in the scheme." "I want to train hard in the next few months and put up a good show at Olympics," she signed off. news Source : PTI
Great infrastructure, qualified coaches and exposure is key for development at the grassroot level
Sports have always played an important role in uniting the community. In a digital era of smartphones and social media, sports at the grassroot level not only provides some much needed physical activity for children but also paves the way for a thriving sports ecosystem for the future.
In an exclusive interview with SPOGO, Arnold Wilson the Business Head of India On Track spoke about what it takes to make India a sporting nation, the challenges faced at the grassroot level, adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing more Indians compete at the highest level and his future goals.
You have been associated with India on Track for almost 7 years, in your experience what does India as a country need to become a sporting nation?
There are many things that are needed for our nation to be inclined towards sports. For starters, changing the thought process of parents and making them look at sports as an equally important factor as education by emphasizing the effects of sport on a child’s mental well being and overall health. Sports prepare children for the world because it involves discipline, commitment, winning and more importantly it teaches them how to overcome losing. Hence sports should not be considered as an add on or only a hobby class. To make India a sporting nation, multiple factors need to come together simultaneously. One of them is accessible sports infrastructure, second is to have coaches who can train at the grassroot level, academy level and elite level and the third is exposure. Exposure to playing and competing at a very young age by participating in tournaments within your communities to competing at the highest level is extremely important in order to represent India at the global level. In Argentina, kids start participating in football baby leagues before the age of 5 years, so you can imagine how many competitive games they’ve played by the time they represent their country in the Under 17 age category. The most critical part is to create enough and more grassroot opportunities for children. Opportunities for the kids to play, practice and train continuously is fundamental to becoming a sporting nation. It’s a lot of things and it’s difficult to put in one answer.
What are the different types of grassroot training programmes that you have been a part of?
We started with Arsenal Soccer Schools after which we worked with the NBA to create & launch NBA Basketball School in India. The NBA Basketball School philosophy is to share the game of basketball with young athletes across the world by teaching skills, values, and wellness in a positive and fun environment. The holistic approach is intended to strengthen the culture of youth basketball, teach life lessons, and empower young athletes to succeed both on and off the court. We have also worked with Prakash Padukone Badminton Schools and since the last 3 years we’ve been running LaLiga Football Schools across the country. We also have an International Football Development Programme where we partner with a Portuguese top division football club called G.D Estoril Praia and we have been sending talented children to Lisbon to train at the club and become part of the youth academy system. It gives them good exposure to football at the highest level and we also take care of their stay and food along with education from a school in Estoril. We also run an extensive grassroots development programme for Major League Baseball in India. Lastly, we successfully ran the inaugural ISL Children’s League in Kolkata which had 100 schools and clubs participate with an approximate attendance of 4000 students playing in the 4 month league across 4 age groups.
What are the world class training and condition techniques that India on Track implements in their grassroot initiatives?
When we partner with the NBA or LaLiga, the technical delivery is completely led by our global partners since they are market leaders in terms of their understanding of the sport and how these development programs are supposed to run. Both NBA and LaLiga have a large global network running various training programmes in many different geographies. In order to ensure the programme is delivered as per International standards, LaLiga & NBA recommend experienced licensed coaches who are part of the partner’s global network ensuring the technical product is never compromised. All of LaLiga’s coaches are UEFA license holders, these coaching licences are mandated by UEFA, the official governing body of European football. We also have national and regional ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes where coaches learn the training methodologies of LaLiga Football Schools & NBA Basketball School to ensure the quality of the training program is consistent across the country. It’s an extremely strong and robust system in place. As an organization we give utmost priority to the safety, security and comfort of the children and we have a strict code of conduct not just for the coaches but also the children and parents. Our curriculums are designed as age appropriate training, with clearly defined student to coach ratio. Lastly, all team members, coaches and managers go through a safeguarding training workshop before they start working directly with children.
In a cricket crazy country like India, how challenging has it been to promote sports such as football, basketball and badminton at the grassroot level?
Promoting sports in India is challenging for various reasons, but primarily parents want to ensure their children completely focus on education to ensure their future is secured. Sports is often considered as a distraction (especially around the time of examinations) with the exception of cricket because of the strong career path the sport has to offer in India. However, a trend that we have noticed in the past 5 years is that parents are now far more open to sports other than cricket. Some parents have started to look at sports as an important aspect for holistic development, some look at it as a hobby, a way children can enjoy themselves without expecting it to be a career option. These are positive indications of a changing mindset of parents, which is critical for the future of grassroots development in India.
There are several onground issues such as lack of proper training facilities, availability of these facilities, pricing structure, timing & days of the training sessions etc. Every challenge is unique in its own way depending on the partner school, catchment area, city etc hence we have to ensure the solution is customized to that specific challenge because all grassroots programmes are distinctively different from the other. By converting more schools to adopt our grassroots programs, the parents automatically come along. Even though we live in a cricket crazy country, there is enough room for everyone.
How are you/ India on Track adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic to continue the work at the grassroot level?
In mid March last year, 10 days before the government introduced the lockdown, we had already taken a call to shut our centers because safety of the children is of the utmost importance. Before the lockdown, we had 70 centers across 13 states in approximately 17 cities and we were training over 4000 children at the time. Since all programmes were shut, we started online training sessions in a similar format to the on ground sessions. Each batch would have 20 to 25 children with two coaches for a duration of 60 minutes. We came up with session plans by working very closely with our partners such as LaLiga and NBA that were specifically designed for children to train by themselves in a small space available with or without having a ball. The objective is to keep children engaged while also prioritizing their safety. We also created different marketing campaigns and approached more than a thousand schools about the online programs and offered free workshops for the students. Our pricing was very affordable at an average cost of Rs 100 per session; we offered multiple packages that included 4 or 12 group sessions along with 1 on 1 training packages.
Post June - July, the participation numbers started to dip due to the commencement of online schooling so we had to re-innovate and created the India On Track Online Sports Festival. The first edition was held in August and was a week-long calendar of activities with participation from NBA Basketball School, LaLiga Football Schools, Major League Baseball First Pitch and Prakash Padukone Badminton Schools. Special sessions held with the likes of Princepal Singh (NBA Academy graduate) who conducted a masterclass training session followed by an informative session. Similarly we had LaLiga Canada's Technical Director, Diego Gutierrez lead a session on the importance of mental health and nutrition. We had industry experts from different parts of America, Spain, China, UAE, Canana who conducted special informative and engaging sessions for our students. In May this year we will host the 3rd edition of the online sports festival. We also got the parents engaged by hosting special sessions for Father’s day, Mother’s day, Women’s day and even birthday celebrations to keep the spirits up.
Which are the top sporting entities that India on Track have been associated with to redefine sports and philosophy?
We have been associated with the LaLiga, NBA, Major League Baseball, we also partner with Roland Garros, not specifically for work at the grassroot level but we run various digital initiatives for them. We also run the International Football Development Program with G.D. Estoril Praia. Over the last 4 years we’ve worked closely with Star Sports to create and execute various on ground experiences for their global partnerships and Indian properties. Since the inception of the Indian Super League we worked very closely with the Pune franchise running major portfolios for the first 3 years. I ran the grassroots initiatives of FC Pune City which is where I got the opportunity to be part of Premier League’s Premier Skills coaching courses. These are only a few of India On Track’s associations with global sporting entities that I’ve been directly involved with.
What would it take to raise the standard of football and basketball and see more Indian athletes compete at the highest level?
It would be great if we have a structured national basketball league for men and women that has a structured grassroots system integrated as a participation criteria. With regards to football at the highest level, it’s important to figure out the merger between the I-League and Indian Super League but at the grass root level, it’s critical that the teams with a presence at all the levels of the I-League or ISL are ensuring they have a strong grassroots system in place. It’s a pyramid structure where the base being a vast grassroots programme on top of which you can build a youth academy format which feeds into the elite training that eventually contributes to creating the reserve team. This should be the ideal structure that should be followed but implementing this is dependent on the funding and the money behind the league and the teams. It’s easier said than done because ISL teams are struggling financially and the objective is to save money to buy players who can make an immediate impact because survival is the priority. Multiple ISL teams have either changed ownerships and have even changed cities due to financial issues, hence survival will always be a bigger priority than investment in the grassroot. Creating a pyramid structure with a strong grassroots system is critical because without that, clubs will be forced to rely on hotbeds of talent and won’t be able to connect with their own community and develop local footballers.
What is your goal in terms of development at the grassroot level? What do you hope to achieve in the future?
I want to be a part of creating the complete pyramid structure which has a strong grassroots system, youth academy centres and elite training programmes. But purely looking at grassroots development I want to partner with thousands of schools across the country and explain to parents that sports keeps children mentally healthy and prepares them with key life lessons at a very young age. Today, your passion for sports can be turned into a viable career option. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue your dreams and make a living out of it. The messaging has to be very clear to parents, schools and of course children.
Through our existing programmes we’ve managed to now create development centres that basically host the top talented students coming out of the grassroots programmes. Students from these development centres have now started to compete and gain exposure at a local level such as playing in Mumbai District Football Association. Students across our LaLiga Football Schools training programmes get scholarship opportunities to train with a LaLiga club, enabling them to get exposure at an International level. Similarly we hope to create a similar format for students training in the NBA Basketball School programme where they get exposure training in the NBA Academy.
In order to tap into a larger talent pool we want to work closely with schools and governments. We are currently running a 2000 students government project in Tripura out of which 400 talented students will be training at Development Centers. We are excited about the talent we will discover as most of them are tribal kids and are very eager to learn. We hope that more such students progress from one level to another and it’s a model that others can adopt. I also want to be connected with clubs, federations and top academies like Reliance Foundation which is the gold standard of a training academy in India. We are building a network so that talent can move into the space they should be and expand the network Internationally in the longer run.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships: Highlights so far
According to a press release by AIBA, AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships is three days down. The event is the first global boxing event to take place in Poland.
The competition has featured bouts in almost all of the weight categories, with three women and two men divisions as exceptions. Boxers in the men’s flyweight (52kg), women’s bantamweight (54kg), women’s featherweight (57kg) and women’s lightweight (60kg) sailed already to the quarter-finals.
A total of 121 bouts were contested during the first three competition days at Kielce. Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women and 270 men hailing from 52 different nations are attending the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. 293 are still in contention, determined to make it to the podium.
Uzbekistan displayed perfect performances on the first 3 days
The Uzbeks came with 18 boxers to the event and all of them have strong medal expectations. The Uzbek head coach Hamid Tangribergenov picked strong women and men sides, following the sparring events in Yangiabad.
The Uzbek boxers bagged many medals at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships and also the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. Their brilliant run continued in Kielce. All of them knocked out tough rivals and made their nation proud but their main mission is not accomplished yet.
Cuba’s welterweight (69kg) boxer Dany Lafos had two sensational contests
The Cuban youth squad contested last time at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Russia in 2019. The Cubans resumed to the international arena in Kielce and their Dany Lafos gave the fans a treat in the preliminary rounds. The boxer had a thrilling battle against Mexico’s Marco Verde in the welterweight (69kg) division, but he won with impressive stamina on Day 1. His next game was also a scintillating one, clashing against Czech Republic’s Milos Beranek.
Uktamova vs. Khanam - The highlight of the third day
The third day of the competition featured 52 preliminary contests and including, Uzbekistan’s Nigina Uktamova and India’s Arshi Khanam who made the bout of the session. Nigina Uktamova, the defending ASBC Asian Women’s Junior Champion and her counterpart, India’s Arshi Khanam hit dozens of punches within nine minutes in the bantamweight (54kg). The unbeaten Uzbek girl looked in sensational momentum, especially from the second round and knocked out the tough Khanam.
Jordan’s KO amazing success
Over 85% of the contests have been determined by points in the initial 3 days but by the end of Day 3, one of Asia’s highly talented boxers knocked out his opponent. Anas Alsadi from Jordan was hot favorite against UAE's Hyadra Nehayan in the light welterweight (64kg) prior to the game, but the KO was amazing in their meeting. Alsadi’s stunning right-hand hook got Nehayan perfectly and the Arabian boxer collapsed to the canvas. The referee announced the Jordanian’s KO success which was the maiden at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
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India Spurs is on a mission to become the best supporters club in the country
From a small Facebook page of Spurs supporters to an official supporters club with over 27,000 engaging fans, India Spurs has quickly become one of the most active supporter clubs in the country. This supporters club is bringing together Tottenham Hotspur fans from across India and is providing a healthy and interactive social platform to engage new and old fans. In an exclusive interview with SPOGO, India Spurs told us about how it all started, getting recognized by the London based club, Jose Mourinho, organizing screenings and interacting with Gareth Bale.
When and how did this initiative begin?
India Spurs was founded in 2012-13 by Suraj Sharma, an Indian who was born and brought up in London and a lifelong Spurs fan when he was travelling to Mumbai, India. He found out that there were quite a few Tottenham fans in India which led to the supporters club India Spurs. The first ever screening was a North London Derby in March 2013, about 20 fans had turned up and fortunately we had won!
Is India Spurs officially recognized by Tottenham Hotspur?
Yes, we are recognized by the club since 2014 and about 15 regional chapters have been recognized along with India Spurs as official supporters clubs.
Jose Mourinho is someone who divides opinion amongst the fanbase of every club he has managed. What is India Spurs’ opinion about the ‘special one’?
The India Spurs fan base is also divided but fans in India love Jose Mourinho. We know that he is a proven serial winner and if there is one manager who can bring trophies to the club, it's him. We can clearly see that he needs better players and the club's transfer policy needs to improve. We want him to be successful at Spurs, for Spurs.
Is it imperative that Tottenham Hotspur win some silverware this season?
I think yes, but even if we don’t I believe it’s very important that we stick with Jose Mourinho. He needs to stay at the club to bring stability and build on his current foundation. Players like Kane and Son will not stay for another rebuild, which is why it’s really important to win a trophy but if we don’t, Jose should not be sacked.
How do you organize screenings or any other activities?
We have Whatsapp groups and social media accounts and we also have our home pubs in all the regional official supporter club’s cities where we get together and watch matches. The atmosphere in the pubs are as close to the pubs in the UK. We know all the chants and we sing for 90 minutes. We have some of our own chants in regional languages as well. One of my favourites is “We’re the Mumbai, We’re the Mumbai, We’re the Mumbai Tottenham” and I wish I get to sing that in the Shelf Side/Park Lane one day.
We also organize football sessions across cities and participate in competitions. We’ve also partnered with Special Olympics Bharat, an NGO that trains children with special abilities for athletics and sports for Paralympics and Special Olympics. We also got the coaches from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to fly down to India for an event with Special Olympics Bharat.
What has the experience been like to organize and visit the stadium?
We have had 2 organised trips to the stadium with many members having made the pilgrimage. The experience of going to the stadium is just surreal. Even Spurs TV has covered some of our stories and we have had members who have been invited to the stadium by ex players.
How does a supporter join you?
We have Whatsapp groups and social media accounts where people approach us. We also have paid memberships to all the official supporters clubs and we advertise that on all the social media accounts. The club also has official India dedicated social media accounts, which helps bring the traffic to India Spurs.
Have any ex players made a guest appearance at the screening?
We haven’t had any ex players arrive in India for screenings, but we have had players like Robbie Keane play in the ISL, so we have had some interactions there. Very recently the India Spurs fans had an opportunity to be on a call with Gareth Bale! The video is out now and making rounds on social media!