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Indian team for the first three Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.        

Joe Root vaults to a career-high second ranking

– Top-ranked Virat Kohli sixth-best on all-time points; Kuldeep Yadav breaks into the top-10 for the first time
– No.1 ranked England opens up six points lead over second-ranked India

England batsman Joe Root’s back-to-back centuries have helped him vault into second place in the latestMRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings that have also seen India’s spinner Kuldeep Yadav break into the top-10 for the first time in his career.

In the three-match ODI series, which England clinched by a 2-1 margin with a win at Headingley on Wednesday, Root has leapfrogged Babar Azam (Pakistan), Rohit Sharma (India), David Warner (Australia) and Ross Taylor (New Zealand) to a career-high second position.Root had scores of three, 113 not out and 100 not out, which have earned him 34 points and have now put him 93 points behind India captain Virat Kohli. Root had previously reached fourth in the batting rankings in August 2016 and is now just one point below his career-best points tally of 819, which he had achieved against Australia earlier this year in Brisbane. Kohli has also strengthened his position at the top of the tree following scores of 75, 45 and 71. Although he has earned just two points, these are enough to lift him to a career-high 911 points, which is sixth best in the list of all-time points and the highest since Australia’s Dean Jones tally of 918 points in March 1991.

Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan are the other batsmen to improve their rankings in the latest table. Roy has moved up one place to 19th, while Morgan is now in 22nd spot after rising two places.

In the bowlers’ list, the biggest news is the movement of India’s Kuldeep Yadav. The left-arm wrist-spinner took nine wickets in the series, including six for 25 at Trent Bridge, which have been rewarded with a rise of eight places to a career-high sixth position.

Yadav is the second India bowler to feature in the top-10 after number-one ranked Jasprit Bumrah and the fifth spinner to find a place in the 10 highest-ranked bowlers. The other four are Rashid Khan (second), Imran Tahir (seventh), Adil Rashid (eighth) and Yuzvendra Chahal (10th).

The good news for England is the movement of their pace trio, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and David Willey. Plunkett has gained one place and is now 20th, Wood is on a career-high 26th ranking after rising two places and Willey has jumped 11 places to claim 31st position.

There is no change in the top five all-rounders, with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan leading the field.

Meanwhile, in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, number-one ranked England has moved to 127 points after gaining one point, while India have dropped one point to finish on 121 points. This means the four-point pre-series gap has now extended to six points.

The player rankings will next be updated on 29 July following the conclusion of Zimbabwe v Pakistan and West Indies v Bangladesh series.

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 18 July, after the conclusion of England v India series, and before the start of third ODI between Zimbabwe and Pakistan):

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

1.      England            127 (+1)

2.      India                 121 (-1)

3.      South Africa      113

4.      New Zealand     112

5.      Pakistan           103 (+1)

6.      Australia           100

7.      Bangladesh      93

8.      Sri Lanka          77

9.      West Indies      69

10.   Afghanistan      63

11.   Zimbabwe         54 (-1)

12.   Ireland              38

13.   Scotland           33

14.   UAE                 18

*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing four more matches each

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 18 July, after the conclusion of England v India series, and before the start of third ODI between Zimbabwe and Pakistan):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Virat Kohli             Ind          911!       58.20     911 v Eng at Headingley 2018

   2          (+4)        Joe Root               Eng         818         51.61     819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018

   3          (-1)         Babar Azam          Pak         808         51.33     846 v NZ at Wellington 2018

   4          ( – )         Rohit Sharma       Ind          806         44.98     825 v SL at Mohali 2017

   5          (-2)         David Warner       Aus         803         43.43     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   6          (-1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          785         46.28     789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018

   7          ( – )         Quinton de Kock  SA          783         45.41     808 v Ban at East London 2017

   8          ( – )         Faf du Plessis       SA          782         44.68     802 v Ind at Durban 2018

   9          ( – )         Kane Williamson   NZ          778         46.87     798 v SA at Centurion 2015

  10         ( – )         Shikhar Dhawan   Ind          770         45.72     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

  11         ( – )         Jonny Bairstow     Eng         769         50.30     777 v Aus at Durham 2018

  12         ( – )         Hashim Amla        SA          746         50.23     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

  13         ( – )         Martin Guptill        NZ          731         42.99     789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

  14         ( – )         MS Dhoni              Ind          714         51.25     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

  15         ( – )         Aaron Finch          Aus         706         38.19     744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

  16         ( – )         Jos Buttler             Eng         701         40.35     723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

  17         ( – )         Tamim Iqbal          Ban         698         34.98     721 v Zim at Mirpur 2018

  18         ( – )         Steve Smith          Aus         675         41.84     752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  19=       ( – )         Travis Head          Aus         670*!      37.00     670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018

               (+1)        Jason Roy            Eng         670         39.06     680 v Aus at Durham 2018

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Jasprit Bumrah     Ind          775*       22.50     4.64       787 v SA at Centurion 2018

   2          ( – )         Rashid Khan         Afg         763*       14.40     3.96       787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

   3          ( – )         Hasan Ali              Pak         750*       20.68     5.18       766 v NZ at Wellington 2018

   4          ( – )         Trent Boult            NZ          699         24.63     5.09       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   5          ( – )         Josh Hazlewood   Aus         696         24.27     4.72       733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

   6          (+8)        Kuldeep Yadav     Ind          684*       19.35     4.82       698 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

   7          (-1)         Imran Tahir           SA          683         24.81     4.68       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   8          ( – )         Adil Rashid            Eng         681!       30.80     5.52       681 v Ind at Headingley 2018

   9          (-2)         Kagiso Rabada     SA          679         27.57     5.11       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

  10         (-2)         Y. Chahal              Ind          666*       23.86     4.72       668 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

  11         (-1)         Chris Woakes       Eng         643         30.77     5.50       673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018

  12         (-1)         Mitchell Starc        Aus         642         20.95     4.93       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

  13         (-1)         Mitchell Santner    NZ          632         33.91     4.90       663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018

  14         (-1)         Moeen Ali              Eng         621         45.08     5.09       629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018

  15         ( – )         Akshar Patel         Ind          615*       31.31     4.43       663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

  16         ( – )         Mohammad Nabi  Afg         611         31.95     4.29       653 v Zim at Harare 2017

  17         ( – )         Pat Cummins        Aus         607         28.45     5.38       626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

  18         ( – )         Matt Henry            NZ          606         24.59     5.57       675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

  19         ( – )         M. Rahman           Ban         601*       19.19     4.63       602 v Zim at Mirpur 2018

  20         (+1)        Liam Plunkett        Eng         599         29.64     5.86       646 v Win at Southampton 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         359        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   2          ( – )         M. Hafeez             Pak         332        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   3          ( – )         Mohammad Nabi  Afg         323        349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   4          ( – )         Mitchell Santner    NZ          317!       317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018

   5          ( – )         Angelo Mathews   SL           306        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

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The ICC presides over the ICC Code of Conduct which sets the professional standards of discipline for international cricket, playing conditions, bowling reviews and other ICC regulations. The Laws of the game remain under the auspices of the MCC.

The ICC also appoints the umpires and referees that officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day International and Twenty20 Internationals. Through the Anti-Corruption Unit it coordinates action against corruption and match fixing.

The ICC Development department works with associate members to improve the quality of international cricket, build better cricket systems, get more people playing cricket and grow the game.

 

Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket join hands to launch “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy”

July 18, 2018, Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary cricketer, today announced an association with Middlesex Cricket to launch “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy” (TMGA). The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of 9 and 14 an opportunity to learn from the two major institutions of cricket – Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket in England. TMGA, a joint venture between SRT Sports Management Ltd and Middlesex Cricket will begin by launching its first cricket camp at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood from 6-9 August 2018 followed by other locations in Mumbai and London.

Middlesex Cricket has played an instrumental role in world cricket, having produced great cricket talent such as Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Denis Compton, John Emburey and Mike Brearley etc. The comprehensive training curriculum, developed by the professional coaches at MCCC and the Master himself, will help young and budding cricketers with various aspects of cricket including insights into athletic development, sport psychology, tactical development and technical modifications, etc. With talent identification at the core of the academy, TMGA will also provide 100% scholarship to talented underprivileged children.

Commenting on the launch of this initiative, Sachin Tendulkar said, “I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture. The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future. Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students.’

Richard Goatley, CEO, Middlesex Cricket said, “It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world. Our established academy programme, twinned with the unique insight, knowledge and ability of the most successful cricketer of all time will provide kids with a unique experience that they will never forget.”

For more information about TMGA please visit http://www.camptendulkarmga.com or contact enquiries@tendulkarmga.com

About SRT Sport Management Pvt. Ltd (http://www.srt10.in/)

SRT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd. (SRTSM) is a premier sports management organization that represents one of India’s most-reputed cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar. Founded by Dr. Anjali Tendulkar and the Master Blaster himself, Sachin Tendulkar, the organization manages all commercial engagements and social initiatives involving the Cricket icon. SRTSM exclusively represents Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. No other entity or individual (globally) has the authority or license to represent Sachin Tendulkar in any capacity. 100MB Pvt. Ltd. is authorized to represent Sachin Tendulkar in the digital world.

 

Odisha Mining Corporation is Official Partner of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018

Support from Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMC) will help in organising a successful tournament

Bhubaneswar, 18th July 2018: Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMC), the public sector mining behemoth of the Odisha Government, was today announced as an Official Partner for the prestigious Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 which is to be held from November 28 – December 16, 2018 at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in the host city.

Odisha Mining Corporation Limited signed the agreement to come on board for the quadrennial event to continue their efforts of promoting development throughout the state of Odisha and to help promote the sport which is synonymous to Odisha.

The host federation, Hockey India, are delighted to welcome OMC as an Official Partner for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. CEO, Hockey India, Ms. Elena Norman said, “We are delighted to have Odisha Mining Corporation Limited as an Official Partner for the prestigious Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. The biggest gainers from their support is the sport of hockey itself, the hockey fans and more importantly the players who will be taking part in the tournament. I would like to thank the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Mining Corporation Limited for coming forward to support the sport of hockey in the best way possible.”

OMC, being a ‘Gold” Category State PSU, intends to support Hockey India in the successful conduct of the major tournament in their capital city of Bhubaneswar. Managing Director, OMC, Shri R. Vineel Krishna, spoke about the partnership, “It is a matter of great pride for Odisha Mining Corporation Limited and the Government of Odisha, to be able to support the sport of hockey, and the biggest tournament in the sport. This partnership further highlights the unparalleled dedication of OMC towards encouraging sports, and helping in developing the state of Odisha. I would like to thank Hockey India for providing us with the opportunity to partner for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 and we hope it will be a successful tournament for our country.”

The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 will be the 14th edition of the biggest tournament in Men’s Hockey and the third time that India will be hosting it after having organised it in 1982 in Bombay and in 2010 in New Delhi. A total of sixteen nations will take part in the tournament which will see each team play three matches during the league stage over the span of twelve days before four cross-over matches take place on 10th and 11th December, 2018. The knockout matches will take place on 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th as the teams will look to become the Champions of the prestigious quadrennial event which was won by Australia in 2014.

The general tickets for the event are already on sale and are reasonably priced at Rs 200 (East Stand), Rs 100 (North Stand) and Rs 100 (South Stand) for the Pool and Crossover matches while tickets for the knockout matches are priced at Rs 250 (East Stand), Rs 150 (North Stand) and Rs 150 (South Stand).  All general tickets for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 are now available online at http://in.ticketgenie.in/buytickets/hockey-world-cup-2018

 

Indian Juniors win 2-0 against Belgium

Sangita Kumari (36′) and Salima Tete (42′) scored to help India win their third consecutive match at the U-23 Six Nations Tournament (Women)

Hockey International 6 Nations U23 Women in Antwerp Belgium Match Belgium v India

Antwerp (Belgium), 18 July 2018: The Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team defeated Belgium 2-0, making it their third consecutive victory at the U-23 Six Nations Tournament (Women) here on Tuesday.

In their first match, the Indian Junior Women’s team had a convincing win against Ireland 4-1, followed by a 1-0 win against Great Britain.On Tuesday, the Indian Junior Women’s Team led by Preeti Dubey put up a resilient performance to ensure they remained unbeaten in the tournament.

After a goalless first and second quarter, India were finally able to break the Belgian defence in the third quarter with Sangita Kumari’s goal in the 36th minute. The 1-0 lead was further doubled when Salima Tete scored through a PC in the 42nd minute.

India’s defence held strong in the last quarter and ensured they maintained the lead and eventually won the match 2 – 0.

On 18 July 2018, Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team will take on Canada at 18.30 hours IST.

 

Bengaluru boy Achintya Krishna top scores with 14 points in NBA Academy India’s loss to BA ‘C’ team

The NBA Academy India reviews game tape as part of pre-game walkthrough

Wednesday, July 18: After a break from five-on-five competition yesterday, the NBA Academy teams returned to AIS on Wednesday with a slate of games scheduled against BA Prospects in the afternoon. The teams participated in morning pre-game walkthroughs before The NBA Global Academy, The NBA Academy Africa and The NBA Academy Latin America participated in a time management life skills session led by Adonal Foyle. The NBA Academy India and China teams then convened for an interactive session on communication.

Basketball Australia prospects arrived to AIS in the afternoon and took the court for team practices ahead of the evening games. Prior to the start of the exhibition games, the event opened up to dozens of NCAA coaches and personnel who flew into Canberra to scout the prospects participating in the camp. The first of five exhibition games then tipped off at 5 p.m.

The NBA Academy India vs. BA Prospects C

The BA Prospects C defeated The NBA Academy India 97-40. The BA Prospects C opened the first quarter with a 31-11 lead and didn’t look back, ending the game with four players in double figures, including Josh Stanwix (11 points), Joshua Gatbel-Kunen (19 points), Jarryd Hoppo (15 points) and Archie Woodhill (13 points). The NBA Academy India team was led by Riyanshu Negi who scored 10 points and Achintya Krishna who recorded a team-high 14 points. The NBA Academy India will return to the court tomorrow morning for a game against BA Prospects D.  Box Score.

The NBA Academy China vs. BA Prospects D

BA Prospects D defeated The NBA Academy China 77-58. The NBA Academy China was down just six points after the first quarter before BA Prospects D scored 33 second quarter points to extend their lead to 26 by halftime. The NBA Academy China outscored BA Prospects D by seven in the second half, but it was not enough to climb back from the first half deficit. Kyle Bowen (Australia) led the way for BA Prospects D, recording a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with four assists and three blocks. The NBA Academy China received major contributions from their bench, which scored 45 points, including Lin Qi’s team-high 18 points.  The NBA Academy China moved to 1-1 on the week. Box Score.

The NBA Global Academy vs. BA Prospects E

The NBA Global Academy defeated BA Prospects E 65-50. The teams traded buckets throughout the first two quarters and headed into halftime knotted at 31. The NBA Global Academy held the BA Prospects E to just five third quarter points to draw a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter. The NBA Global Academy scored a game-high 19 fourth quarter points to extend their lead to 15 points by the end of the game. A key advantage for the Global Academy came on the glass, where they outrebounded their opponent by 16.  Alex Ducas (Australia) led the BA Prospects E with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Ryan Rapp (Australia) contributed 11 points off the bench. NBA Global Academy center Aly Khalifa (Egypt) and guard Biwali Bayles (Australia) each scored 15 points on a combined 14-20 from the field. The NBA Global Academy improved to 2-0 on the week. Box Score.

The NBA Academy Latin America vs. BA Prospects A

The NBA Academy Latin America defeated the BA Prospects A 72-51. After The NBA Academy Latin America jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter, the BA Prospects A rallied with a 20-point second quarter to go into halftime down just three. The NBA Academy Latin America exploded for a 21-point third quarter and outscored the BA Prospects A by 16 in the second half, finishing with 54 points in the paint and 24 points off turnovers. Kobe Williamson and Malek Malual scored 11 points each off the bench for the BA Prospects A. Juan Fernandez (Brazil) scored a game-high 17 points, while Jermaine Perez (Puerto Rico) and Jean Montero (Dominican Republic) chipped in 14 points and 13 points, respectively. The NBA Academy Latin America improved to 1-1 on the week. Box Score.

The NBA Academy Africa vs. BA Prospects B

The NBA Academy Africa defeated BA Prospects B 82-70. After a highly-competitive first two quarters filled with lead changes, The NBA Africa Academy entered the half up 36-34. The NBA Africa Academy extended their lead to nine points with one quarter remaining after scoring 21 points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer from Kurt-Curry Wegscheider (Central African Republic) as the shot clock expired with less than a minute to go. The BA Prospects B cut the deficit to one with five minutes remaining before The NBA Academy Africa pulled away to win by 12. Mojavee King scored a game-high 20 points for the BA Prospects B and Hunter Goodrick recorded an 18 point/15 rebound double-double. Ibou Badji (Senegal) turned in an impressive 17 point/11 rebound double-double to go along with four blocks and three steals. Three more players scored in double-figures for The NBA Academy Africa, including Wegscheider, Samuel Ariyibi (Nigeria) and Abdou Halil Barre (Benin). The NBA Academy Africa improved to 1-1 on the week. Box Score.

All 10 teams will return tomorrow for the start of tournament play. The first game will feature The NBA Academy China against BA Prospects E at 8:30 a.m.  Photos from throughout the week will continue to be uploaded here.

 

The Hero Caribbean Premier League welcomes Repsol as a partner for the 2018 tournament

Georgetown, Guyana. 18 July 2018: The Hero Caribbean Premier League are delighted to welcome Repsol as a partner for the 2018 tournament, with a special focus being on the seven games to be played in Guyana. Repsol will not only be partnering with CPL for the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ five home matches, but also for CPL’s two play-off games, which will be played in Guyana for the first time. All matches will be played at the Providence Stadium across August and September.

Repsol will also have a presence at the other 27 league matches which will be played across the tournament’s six other locations.

Repsol is one of the top companies in the oil and gas industry. They are present across the entire value chain: exploration and production, transformation, development, and marketing of energy that is efficient, sustainable, and competitive for millions of people.

As a global brand with a Caribbean presence they are a perfect fit for Hero CPL who play games in six different Caribbean countries.

Speaking about the partnership Pete Russell, Hero CPL Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Repsol this year and to expand our partnership across the entire league. Repsol are a fantastic company and are superb at what they do. As with last year, the principal focus of our partnership will be in Guyana, where the fan support for CPL is second to none. Repsol are an important part of the Guyanese economy and through our partnership we will ensure local fans get to see plenty of high quality cricket, whilst the investment in staging the games ensures the local economy gets a significant boost.”

“Repsol is pleased to sponsor the Caribbean Premier League, and we are proud to support Hero CPL in bringing world-class cricket to Guyana,” Repsol Guyana Country Manager, Ryan Ramjit, said. “As a West Indian, I am proud that Repsol made the investment to bring this exciting cricket format to the people of Guyana and the wider Caribbean.”

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Combining broadcast and digital viewership over 197 million fans watched the 2017 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs. This year’s tournament takes place 8 August to 16 September 2018. For further information visit www.cplt20.com

 

IAAF response to an open letter from the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athlete Ally

Press Release

The IAAF has today responded to an open letter from the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athlete Ally, which requested that the IAAF rescind the new eligibility regulations for the female classification, due to come into effect on November 1, 2018.

IAAF Response to Open Letter

The IAAF has not and will never try to prevent women from participating in athletics.

In fact, the IAAF has been one of the foremost advocates for women’s sport for almost a century. It has long championed equal access to competition and equal prize money at a time when many other sports still discriminate in this area.

Contrary to claims made in an open letter written by the US-based Women’s Sports Foundation, the IAAF’s new female classification rule does not seek to prevent any woman from competing in athletics.

Under the Regulations, women with Differences of Sexual Development (DSD/intersex) will be eligible to compete in any event at domestic level. They will be eligible to compete in all but distances from 400m up to 1 mile on the international championship programme.  They will also be eligible to compete in those distances if they take measures to ensure their testosterone levels are under 5nmol/L (which puts them on an even playing field with the rest of the female population).  They will be eligible to compete in male and intersex competition. The choice is theirs.

The IAAF seeks only to maintain a fair and meaningful category for women to compete in athletics. It makes no judgment about gender or sexual identity.  It has only acted upon the scientific evidence established by esteemed scientists around the world, which shows that i) there is correlation between testosterone and performance in at least certain specific athletic events, ii) women who produce testosterone in the normal male range, and are androgen-sensitive, thereby enjoy a substantial physical advantage over women who produce testosterone in the normal female range.

The women’s category of sport is by nature a restricted category. Without limits, it would cease to exist and it is the responsibility of the sport’s governing body to establish those limits.

In the same way, under 20 competition is restricted to those athletes who are under 20, because those who are over 20 have a natural biological advantage over younger athletes who are still developing into adults.

Sports that have weight divisions to establish fair competition also impose limits that require some athletes, male and female, to change their body composition in order to abide by the rules of that event.

This rule has been established under the same principles that have governed fair competition in sport throughout its history.

The IAAF has been a leading supporter of women in sport for most of its long history and will continue to be.

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Louis Philippe Cup 2018 to Tee-off in Bengaluru from July 31

New look event returns as PGTI & Asian Development Tour (ADT) Co-Sanctioned event
– USD 75000 as prize money to be played at Prestige Golf Shire Club, Bengaluru
– Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) points up for grabs

Bengaluru, India, 17th July 2018: The Louis Philippe Cup will be embarking upon a new journey, with the Louis Philippe Cup 2018 to debut as a co-sanctioned professional golf tournament by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI). The new event will be played at the picturesque Prestige Golf Shire Club, Bengaluru from July 31st – August 4th, 2018.

The USD 75000 event would see participation of approximately 130 golfers that would include the top 60 ranked golfers from the Indian pro circuit as well as around 50 golfers representing some 15 nationalities from the ADT who would be vying for the winner’s cheque worth USD 13, 125 (INR 9,00,000 approx.). Some top names to look forward at the Louis Philippe Cup 2018 would include the likes of current PGTI Order of Merit (OOM) leader Honey Baisoya of Delhi and second ranked Sri Lankan R N Thangaraja. Other leading Indians and current Asian Tour regulars like Udayan Mane, Shamim Khan, Rashid Khan & Chikkarangappa, would also be seen in action at the Prestige Golf Shire Club. Some prominent foreign ADT golfers who are expected to be participating in the Louis Philippe Cup 2018, include current rankings leader Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand and Johnson Poh of Singapore, who is ranked second on the ADT this season.

Farida Kaliyadan, Chief Marketing Officer, Lifestyle Brands, ABFRL, the holding company for Louis Philippe said, “Louis Philippe is proud to continue our rich golfing tradition that has been existing over the last seven years. It’s a special moment for all of us to launch the Louis Philippe Cup this season as a con-sanctioned event by PGTI & ADT, taking the stature of this event to an international level. We hope golfers from across nations get to enjoy good competitive rounds of Golf and may the best golfer walk away with the winners cheque.”

She further adds, “Golf as a sport connotes poise, panache and style and these qualities blend perfectly with brand Louis Philippe. The Louis Philippe “Crest” is known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, some values that are reflected in the game of golf. This season we look forward to witness some of our best golfers in competition to Rise Above The Rest.”

The last five editions of the Louis Philippe Cup have been staged as a special event on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) restricted to only 24 players but in 2018 it will for the first time be played as a full field co-sanctioned event with international flavor enabling the prize money to count towards the season end PGTI and ADT rankings as well as earn the top players Official World Ranking Points for the first time. The addition of the Louis Philippe Cup will raise the total number of tournaments to 21 on the 2018 ADT schedule, offering more than US$1.3 million in total prize money on the tour this season.

Asian Tour Chief Operating Officer Cho Min Thant, hailed the addition of the Louis Philippe Cup onto the schedule, praising the strong support from PGTI and Louis Philippe which according to him, would go a long way in further developing the game in the country and across the region.

“The Asian Development Tour is looking forward to the acceptance of Louis Philippe Cup onto their schedule. The PGTI has always been a strong supporter of the Asian Tour and the ADT,” said Cho Min Thant, CEO, Asian Tour.

Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO of PGTI, also expressed his delight, saying: “The PGTI is very happy to work with the ADT in improving & providing the playing opportunities for the striving golfers within the country and across the region.

“Golf in India has been on a rapid rise in recent years, with the likes of Shubhankar Sharma, Anirban Lahiri, Rahil Gangjee, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shiv Kapur and S.S.P. Chawrasia making waves on the world stage. We hope to inspire other young talent to follow in their footsteps through events such as these.”

Measuring roughly 7,000 yards, the award-winning Prestige Golfshire Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course, which will provide a true test of golf to the ADT hopefuls vying for top honor’s next month. The PGTI hasn’t staged an event at this world-class venue since 2012 and for the ADT it is a brand new venue. Said event promoter, Rishi Narain, MD of RN Sports Marketing “ We are delighted to be able to bring a full field event to both the tours and expose the international field to one of India’s top courses which is rarely used for pro competition. The course is windy and demands exact ball placement and will prove to be a fair but stern test for the players.”  All ADT events are afforded with OWGR points. The winner receives a minimum of six points and the leading six players and ties earn points based on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the main Asian Tour in 2019 which boasted 30 events with a total of USD 72,083,000 prize money in 2017.

 

Ten memorable moments from Tampere

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The IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 drew to a close little more than 48 hours ago, but memories of the event will linger for many years to come.

Eight championship records, 11 area U20 records and 90 national U20 records were set in Tampere. The medals table featured 43 nations, 25 of which won gold.

Some of the more memorable performances from the past week are listed below, alphabetically by athlete. Let us know what your favourite moments from Tampere were by joining the conversation on Twitter.

Kyle Blignaut, men’s shot put
Report | Video

Hima Das, women’s 400m
Report | Video

Armand Duplantis, men’s pole vault
Report | Video

Niamh Emerson, women’s heptathlon
Report | Video

George Manangoi, men’s 1500m
Report | Video

Jonathan Sacoor, men’s 400m
Report | Video

Alina Shukh, women’s javelin
Report | Video

Nozomi Tanaka, women’s 3000m
Report | Video

Briana Williams, women’s 100m and 200m
Reports: 100m, 200m | Videos: 100m, 200m

Lalu Muhammad Zohri, men’s 100m
Report | Video

 

WADA and ICSS strengthen Intelligence and Investigation capacities through cooperation agreement

Montreal, 17 July 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that the Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), which is aimed at coordinating efforts to better fight doping activities, trafficking of doping substances and match-fixing. The ICSS is an independent, non-profit organization, which partners with multiple sectors to address some of the most prominent challenges facing the world of sport today such as safety, security, integrity and governance.

The purpose of the co-operation between the ICSS and WADA is to support enforcement of national and international anti-doping measures referred to in the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, as well as match-fixing with each organization focusing on their respective mandates, authority and expertise. The support shall be limited to anti-doping measures and match-fixing that are directed towards the prevention and suppression of doping activities and trafficking of doping substances, when the latter constitute ordinary law crimes.

WADA Director, Intelligence and Investigations, Gunter Younger said: “As is the case with WADA’s other international cooperation agreements, this MOU strengthens WADA’s network and therefore the Agency’s capability for more robust intelligence and investigations. The MOU will also involve both parties encouraging the implementation of relevant legislation in all countries to enable partners to fight efficiently against the trafficking of doping substances, match-fixing and other forms of sports corruption.

ICSS Director, Capacity Building and Education and Director of the Sport Integrity Unit, Dale Sheehan said: “The ICSS mission to help safeguard sport and to work for integrity and fair play across all sport is greatly advanced through international cooperation with those who work to combat corruption in sport. Our Sport Integrity Unit will use this working agreement with WADA to expand our intelligence network and strengthen our capacity to investigate.

This MOU with WADA brings joint expertise together and is a significant step forward for the ongoing success of our Sport Integrity Hotline which has been set up to provide an independent, international platform for those wanting to report wrongdoing in sport.

We welcome this cooperation and the ICSS is proud to be of support and service to the excellent work of WADA.”

WADA also encourages informants and whistleblowers to come forward and report suspected doping violations via the Agency’s Speak Up! platform. Launched in March 2017, the platform has already generated over 300 reports.

 

India U-16s come from two goals down to play out a draw against Bangkok Glass FC U-17

New Delhi, July 17, 2018: The Indian U-16 National Team currently on an exposure tour in Thailand came from two goals down to play out a 2-2 draw against U-17 Bangkok Glass FC today (July 17, 2018). Trailing much of the match, the Colts put in a superb attacking performance in the last ten minutes of the match and scored twice, courtesy of strikes by Ricky (83’) and Ravi (86’), to finish the match on level pegging.

Coming on the back of a 0-2 win over Buriram United U-17, the Indian Colts were slow off the blocks and the opponents capitalized on that. As early as the 3rd minute, the opponents tested the Indian custodian and once again hovered around the Indian box in the 11th minute when a free-kick was thwarted by the Indian wall.

In the 21st minute, Bangkok Glass FC took the lead and doubled it shortly after in the 24th minute to make the scoreline read 2-0. Stunned, the Indian colts looked to minimize the deficit and in the 30thminute Harpreet’s rasping header missed the goal by inches.

Four minutes later, Bhuvnesh failed to make the most out of a Ridge D’Mello cross. The half-time scoreline read 2-0 in the opponents’ favour.

Changing over, the Indian U-16s pressed and in the 54th minute, the opposition custodian saved Vikram Pratap Singh’s shot as the colts kept the attacking momentum.

In the 64th minute, Shabas found Ridge D’Mello in the box but the latter’s shot was saved by the opposition goalkeeper. A minute later, Givson’s shot earned the same treatment.

The young colts had the best opportunity of the match in the 74th minute when Vikram Pratap Singh’s shot hit the woodwork from close range after Rohit Danu’s attempt was thwarted by the opposition custodian.

In the 83rd minute, Ricky found the net for the Indian U-16s and reduced the deficit as the scoreline read 2-1. Three minutes later, Ravi found the net for India and equalized the deficit as the scoreline read 2-2.

Although with attacking momentum on their side, the Indian Colts pressed for the decisive goal, but with time running out could not foster it. The full-time scoreline read 2-2.

The Indian U-16 National Team clashes swords against Thailand U-16 National Team next on July 20, 2018.

 

Improved World Ranking is big motivation, says Indian Men’s Hockey Team Skipper PR Sreejesh

The Indian team believes moving up to World No.5 is big boost to do well at the upcoming 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
India – Belgium
Photo: Sreejesh Parattu.
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Bengaluru, 18 July 2018: Following their stupendous Silver-Medal performance at the recently-held FIH Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 in Breda, the Netherlands, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team have have surged ahead in Men’s FIH Hero World Ranking from World No.6 to fifth place. The PR Sreejesh-led Indian team’s recent exploits has pushed Germany to sixth place.

According to the FIH Release on Tuesday, Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second ranked Argentina (1883), with Belgium (1709) and Netherlands (1654) occupying the respective third and fourth positions.

“We are really happy and elated to see ourselves jump one step ahead in the World Rankings. The higher we go there is a lot more responsibility on our shoulders to do well and come up with consistent performance. The elevation in World Ranking gives us a big boost to do well in the upcoming 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 where we want to finish on the podium in front of our home crowd,” expressed Sreejesh on the sidelines of the ongoing National Camp at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru.

The ace goalkeeper further added that the team needs to work hard to achieve their desirable goal of moving up to Top 3 in the World. “When you are going higher up the World Ranking, everyone (other teams) will take a close look at us and we will be in their radar constantly. We need to work really hard to maintain and improve our World Ranking. I believe we have the potential to go higher up to World No.3 but for that we need to do significantly well at the upcoming events and World Ranking has certainly added positive energy to our preparations,” stated Sreejesh, who was awarded the Goalkeeper of The Tournament title at the FIH Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2018.

Meanwhile, the team’s Chief Coach Harendra Singh congratulated his players for their efforts but was quick to add that they must remain persistent to climb further up. “My heartiest congratulations to all the players, support staff and Hockey India for their constant support. It is the hard work of the players that has paid dividends. I believe this team has the potential to do better and moving up to Top 3 is realistic if we finish on the podium at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. We must work harder now and take this as a big motivation to excel in forthcoming tournaments,” stated Chief Coach Harendra Singh.

Governing body having an exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).
Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, has drawn out a Long-Term Development Programme (LTDP) to train players, provide world-class infrastructure and International exposure besides regular international competition. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India is dedicated to getting our team into the top three in the world.

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India Hockey hold South Korea 2-2

Gurjant Singh (9′) and Harmanpreet Singh (50′) score for India ‘A’

Bengaluru, 15 July 2018: After falling back twice in the match, the Indian Men’s Hockey ‘A’ Team overcame the setback to draw 2-2 with South Korea in the fifth and final practice match played here at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus on Monday.

South Korea began well with an early 3rd minute goal converted by drag-flicker Jang Jonghyun. The 1-0 lead but the home team on the back-foot right at the start of the match. India ‘A’ forward Gurjant Singh helped the home team equalise in the 9th minute through a splendid field goal to end the first quarter in a 1-1 stalemate.

The visitors continued their good form into the second quarter creating potential opportunities to score. In the 23rd minute, an infringement by Indian defender saw South Korea win a PC which was well-converted by Jang Jonghyun to take a 2-1 lead.

A structured defence saw South Korea hold on to the lead all through the second and third quarter. However, a PC in the 50th minute saw India ‘A’ equalise the score-line to 2-2 through drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh’s goal.

 

Blues regroup for pre-season as AFC Cup challenge continues

Bengaluru: Super Cup champions Bengaluru FC kicked off the first leg of their 2018-19 pre-season with an open training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. All seven new signings – Kean Lewis, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima, Gursimrat Gill, Soram Poirei, Chencho Gyeltshen and Xisco Hernandez – along with retained players put in a shift under the watchful eyes of newly appointed Head Coach Carles Cuadrat.

The Blues begin their competitive season with a two-legged AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinal clash against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK and Cuadrat says the challenge ahead is one he is looking forward to.

“I’m very happy to be back. When you see the kind of supporters we have and the hard work that goes into the club, you feel proud to be part of it. We have a long preseason now and we will do our best to prepare ourselves for the Asian challenge. We’re aware about the quality of the opponents at this stage of the competition and that we need to be at our best going into the start of the campaign.”

While Cuadrat took to the field as Head Coach for the first time ever, skipper Sunil Chhetri became the first player to enter a sixth season as part of the club.

“It’s a great feeling to be back on the pitch. We’ve had some time away from the game to refresh ourselves and everyone is now very enthusiastic for the new season. There are a few new signings in the squad and with more time at our hand this time around, we want to be better prepared for the knockout stage of the AFC Cup,” said Chhetri on the sidelines of the first session.

The supporters turned up in numbers to create an atmosphere as the Blues introduced Assistant Coach Gerard Zaragoza, who has experience at Lekhwiya SC, Torpedo Kutaisi, Locomotive Tblisi and RCD Espanyol. Zaragoza’s most recent stint came as assistant to Michael Laudrup at Al-Rayyan SC in Qatar. Joining Zaragoza as part of the newly appointed backroom staff was Goalkeeping Coach Cristian Patru, formerly of FC Dynamo Brest in the Belarusian Premier League.

The Blues head to the BFC Residential Training facilities in Bellary on Monday, before travelling to Spain for the second leg of their pre-season.

 

TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 14: Brianna Williams of Jamaica celebrates setting a new championship record in the final of the women’s 200m on day five of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 10, 2018.Getty Images for IAAF)

 

IAAF releases largest ever Athletics Biomechanics study

Almost everything that moved in the stadium at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London was recorded by 49 high speed cameras and has now been measured and analysed as part of the largest biomechanical study in the sport’s history.

Today, the IAAF, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, has released the results of this unique project at the IAAF Coaches Conference in Tampere.

After 12 months of intensive work, Leeds Beckett has produced 38 in-depth reports on the specific events that make up the track and field program, revealing fascinating details about the performances of the world’s best athletes.

The IAAF has been carrying out biomechanical research for 30 years. The first study was conducted at the World Championship in Rome in 1987 and the reports from that study, together with the research reports from World Championships in Athens in 1997 and in Osaka in 2007 are also available in the research section of the IAAF website. The reports from the intervening championships will be uploaded over the coming month.

“The reports over the three decades show how far technology and technics have come over these 30 years and give a rare insight into the evolution of biomechanical data in our sport over this time,” said IAAF President, Sebastian Coe.

“Biomechanics are crucial to the development of athletes where milli-seconds and millimetres can make the difference between qualifying for a final, or not, and winning a medal, or not. They enable athletes and coaches to perfect performances, tweak technique and more importantly understand, manage and mitigate injury,” added Coe.

Last year’s biomechanical study recorded data from 76 individual events, filming over 730 athletes with 49 high speed and HD cameras. Leeds Beckett University clocked up over six and a half thousand hours in planning, data collection and data analysis resulting in the 38 individual reports launched today.

“Partnering the IAAF in this project was a very exciting chapter for the Biomechanics department within the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University,” said Head of Department, Dr Athanassios Bissas. “It was both exciting and carried significant responsibility because of the scope of the project and capturing live data from athletes such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and over 700 other top athletes,” added Bissas.

“Central to our data collection protocols was the deployment of three-dimensional motion techniques to analyse all the events. The plan was to deploy as many cameras as possible per event so all key aspects are captured. For instance, we deployed 23 high-speed cameras to capture the 100m race, something unprecedented in the world of athletics, and definitely a first in terms of biomechanical sprinting analysis” said Bissas.

“We are proud of this project and feel it will be an important milestone in the development of biomechanics in athletics. We are confident that the reports will provide everyone in the sport of athletics with useful material for many years to come,” added Bissas.

Some of the highlights from this research include:

– The steeplechase, recorded in detail for the first time. We all know that clearing the barriers and landing cleanly in the water are critical in the steeplechase. But the outstanding technique of USA athletes Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs in the women’s 3000m steeplechase clearly showed that medals were won and lost in the water. The research showed in detail that the USA team’s effective water jump clearance techniques were key to their performances.

– The 4x100m men’s relay shows that the difference between gold and silver was the exact same difference between the time the athletes spent in the changeover zone. The GB men’s team spent the least total time in the changeover zone – 0.05 seconds less than the USA team which was the winning margin.

– The data captured on 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana shows a difference up of up to 20cm between the length of her strides from right to left (her right to left is longer than left of right), which is not easy to spot with the naked eye. Eliminating this asymmetry may not just make her faster but may help to overcome injury. The health and wellbeing of athletes is as important as their performances.

Whilst the reports will provide useful insight for coaches and athletes, it will also help the sport of innovate within the sport by providing new data and graphics that can be shared with the media and fans around the world. For example:

– We recorded the longest 110m hurdle clearance at the championships from Bronze medallist Balazs Baji – over 2 metres before the hurdle and just under 2 metres after the hurdle so a 4m hurdle, just under half the length of a world class long jump.

– And the longest measured stride during speed development in the women’s 100m final was recorded by Dafne Schippers at a pretty impressive 2.3 metres.

“These are distances that our fans understand and can marvel at.   Together with take off speeds in jumps and the speed of release in throws we can use this data to tell the stories of the enormous feats that our athletes achieve, bringing to life their extraordinary talents and enhancing our fans’ understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of our sport. We are working on some innovative ideas around graphics for our next World Championships in Doha, using biomechanical data to bring our fans closer to the action and our athletes. These are exciting times for our sport,” said Coe.

“I would like to end by saying a huge thank you to our Development Team, to Leeds Beckett University and to all the coaches that have contributed to the reports by analysing the data and providing expert opinions in each of the reports,” added Coe.

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Rishi Narain Wins All India Seniors Golf Championship 2018

New Delhi, July 14, 2018: Former Asian Games Gold medalist Rishi Narain, won the Indian Golf Union’s 48th annual All India Seniors Golf Championship, in a sudden death shootout against 3 time Senior winner Gangesh Khaitan and by 4 strokes over cricket legend Kapil Dev who finished in 3rd place at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in Greater Noida.

Said Kapil “ I have always enjoyed competing in sport and golf is a great test of skill, patience, clear thinking and selecting and judging the correct stroke to play. In Seniors golf the US Professional Tour stages around 30 tournaments every year with Rs 10 crore prize money every tournament and then there are tours in Europe, Japan and Asia. Golf is a sport for a lifetime as if you are in good physical condition, you can be competitive even in your 60’s. I intend to enjoy competitive golf for many more years”  said the veteran.

“It feels nice to win this prestigious event and put my name on the trophy alongside several Indian golf legends like Arjuna Awardees 6 time winner Ashok Malik, 2 time winner Vikramjit Singh, 5 time winner and double Asian Games golf medallist Lakshman Singh. Senior Amateur Golf is a major sport all over the world and its good to see this growing in India now. The top 6 finishers in this event now will represent India at the annual Asia Pacific Senior Championship in Japan and the top four will play the Test match against South Africa, ”said Rishi Narain, after the win.

A record entry of 120 Senior Golfers ( ages 50 years and above) from all over India competed in the event. Playing a three-day stroke play format, Rishi carded rounds of 75,74 and 74 over two days, for an overall score of 7-over par 223 to emerge triumphant. Gangesh Khaitan scored 73, 75, 75 also on 223 and Kapil Dev scored 73, 77, 77 to be at 227 total after being joint first day leader with Khaitan.

The All India Mid Amateur Championship ( for players aged between 35 and 50 years) was played simultaneously with the Seniors and many time international Simarjeet Singh from Noida GC emerged winner at a total of even par 288 ( Rounds of 70,76,71,71) after a closely held battle over four days with Chandigarh’s H.S. Kang who finished at 290 ( Rounds of 69,76, 73, 72) . 2017 Mid-Amateur winner Gagan Varma finished on 3rd at 302.

 

India beat Ireland 5-0

Mohd Raheel stars with a double goal in India’s opening match win at the U-23 Five Nations Tournament (Men)

Hockey International tournament U23 Men in Antwerp Belgium Match India-Ireland

Antwerp (Belgium), 14 July 2018: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team marched to a comfortable 5-0 win against Ireland in their opening match at the U-23 Five Nations Tournament (Men) that began here on Saturday.

After a goal-less first quarter, the Indian Junior Men’s led by Dipsan Tirkey found their momentum as they struck a splendid field goal in the 20th minute through Rajkumar Pal. Mohd Umar doubled the team’s lead in the 25th minute with an impressive field goal and three minute later Mohd Raheel converted a PC to take India’s lead to a comfortable 3-0.

While the team’s defence remained unbreakable with Irish forwards finding little space in the striking circle to convert. Meanwhile, the team’s attack worked its way to fetch two more goals in the 32nd and 60th minutes through Shilanand Lakra and Mohd Raheel respectively.  

On 15 July 2018, Indian Junior Men’s team will take on Great Britain at 18.30 hours IST.

Please find attached action photos from the match between Indian Junior Men’s team Vs Ireland. Also attached is the schedule of the tournament.

 

TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 13: Jake Norris of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the final of the men’s hammer throw on day four of The IAAF World U20 Championships. Getty Images for IAAF

 

IAAF approves the application of five Russian Athletes to compete internationally as neutral athletes

The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of five Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2018 under competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

In December 2017, the IAAF issued a simplified application process for 2017 Authorised Neutral Athletes to reapply for continued eligibility to compete in international competitions in 2018.

Since publication of the simplified application and updated guidelines under Rule 22.1A(b) in December, the IAAF has received more than 200 applications from Russian athletes.

A total of 72 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as Authorised Neutral Athletes in 2018. 68 applications have been denied and 5 athletes have had their ANA status revoked. A number of further applications have been withdrawn or were submitted out of time.

The Doping Review Board is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski.

As this is an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed.

2018 Authorised Neutral Athletes

Date of announcement and athlete/event:

13 July 2018 – Rinas Akhmadeyev (10,000m/half marathon), Artyom Alekseyev (marathon), Artyom Denmukhametov (400m), Denis Lukyanov (hammer throw), Yelizaveta Tsareva (hammer throw)

3 July 2018 – Mariya Aglitskaya (100m hurdles), Timofey Chalyy (400m hurdles), Georgiy Gorokhov (pole vault), Ilya Ivanyuk (high jump), Timur Morgunov (pole vault), Vera Rudakova (400m hurdles), Yevgeniy Rybakov (distances), Fyodor Shutov (distances)

22 June 2018 – IAAF World U20 Championships and European U18 Championships: Oleg Braiko (jumps), Viktoriya Gorlova (long jump), Maria Kochanova (high jump), Elena Kulichenko (high jump)

22 June 2018 – IAAF World U20 Championships: Diana Adasko (triple jump), Elizaveta Bondarenko (pole vault), Ilya Dolbin (pole vault), Aleksei Fadeev (high jump), Aksana Gatauillina (pole vault), Elizaveta Kamenets (combined events), Stepan Kekin (combined events), Aleksei Kislitsa (discus), Polina Knoroz (pole vault), Polina Miller (sprints), Nikolay Orlov (javelin), Alina Sharkova (400m hurdles), Anastasiia Shkuratova (hammer), Olga Viktorova (400m hurdles), Valentina Ulianova (high jump)

22 June 2018 – European U18 Championships: Dzhennifer Akiniimika (sprints), Irina Boldyreva (sprint hurdles), Valeria Chehovich (400m hurdles), Arseniy Elfimov (combined events), Violetta Ignateva (throws), Dmitriy Kachanov (pole vault), Adelina Khalikova (high jump), Alexander Komarov (combined events), Vilena Komarova (combined events), Sergey Kozlov (discus), Iana Melnikova (discus), Maria Privalova (jumps), Olesia Soldatova (400m), Anastasiia Zui (400m hurdles), Sergey Zverev (hammer), Valeria Yakimenko (hammer)

12 April 2018 – Kseniya Aksyonova (sprints), Vasiliy Mizinov (race walks), Sergey Shubenkov (sprint hurdles), Yana Smerdova (race walks)

21 February 2018: Maksim Afonin (shot put), Anna Krylova (triple jump)

2 February 2018: Ilya Shkurenev (combined events)

25 January 2018: Viktor Butenko (discus), Danila Danilov (hammer), Alexsey Fedorov (triple jump), Irina Gumenyuk (triple jump), Vyacheslav Kolesnichenko (sprints), Mariya Lasitskene (high jump), Aleksandr Lesnoy (shot put), Alyona Lutkovskaya (pole vault), Danil Lysenko (high jump), Alaina Mamina (sprints), Yuliya Maltseva (discus), Polina Miller (sprints), Ilya Mudrov (pole vault), Olga Mullina (pole vault), Sofiya Palkina (hammer), Viktoriya Prokopenko (triple jump), Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault), Aleksei Sokyrskii (hammer)

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Lalu Muhammad Zohri’s golden run puts Indonesia on the Athletics map

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It was 10 seconds that shook up the world of sprinting – 10.18 seconds, to be precise, the amount of time it took Lalu Muhammad Zohri to stun the superpowers and grab 100m gold at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018.

In the 32-year history of this event, Indonesia’s best ever result was an eighth-place finish in a quarter-final back in 1986, but things have changed since then, changed utterly.

In recent days the nation’s president, Joko Widodo, offered his congratulations to Zohri and ordered cabinet ministers to arrange that their sporting hero’s house be renovated, while for Zohri himself, the hours since the final have passed in a haze of beautiful bewilderment.

“I didn’t realise the reaction, but this is amazing,” he said. “Now I am crafting history and I’m very proud.”

For a kid from a poor background, one who grew up in a small house made of wood and woven bamboo, who a couple of years ago had to ask his older sister for a loan to buy running shoes, this was an extraordinary achievement.

But it was far from a fluke, because for quite a while Zohri’s talent has been blossoming under the guidance of two high-calibre Indonesian coaches and one international consultant who, it’s fair to say, knows a thing or two about creating champions.

• Full feature on Lalu Muhammad Zohri
• Footage of the 100m final at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018
• 100m report
• Image of Lalu Muhammad Zohri, free to use for editorial coverage
(Please credit ‘Getty Images for the IAAF’)

Winners of 100m at IAAF World U20 Championships
1986 Derrick Florence (USA) 10.17
1988 Andre Cason (USA) 10.22
1990 Davidson Ezinwa (NGR) 10.17
1992 Ato Boldon (TTO) 10.30
1994 Deji Aliu (NGR) 10.21
1996 Francis Obikwelu (NGR) 10.21
1998 Christian Malcolm (GBR) 10.12
2000 Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) 10.12
2002 Darrel Brown (TTO) 10.09
2004 Ivory Williams (USA) 10.29
2006 Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (GBR) 10.37
2008 Dexter Lee (JAM) 10.40
2010 Dexter Lee (JAM) 10.21
2012 Adam Gemili (GBR) 10.05
2014 Kendal Williams (USA) 10.21
2016 Noah Lyles (USA) 10.17
2018 Lalu Muhammad Zohri (INA) 10.18

 

Predictions on the World Cup Finals 2018 by FC Goa Coach, Technical Director and Players

Question: Tell us your prediction on who will win the World Cup 2018 and Why?
 
Responses below:

Sergio Lobera, Head Coach, FC Goa

Croatia – France are a great team with great players, but in a final the team is more important than individuals and I think Croatia can win as a team.

Derrick Pereira, Technical Director, FC Goa

France – they have a balanced side with plenty of talent and a great blend of youth and experience. Croatia has shown grit and determination right from the start and may have the upper hand as the trend of a new country lifting the trophy every 20 years is in their favour. However, I feel that the French will break that trend and lift the title on Sunday.

FC Goa Players:

Laxmikant Kattimani

Croatia – as they are full of confidence and considering it is their first appearance in a World Cup final, I think they will not let this opportunity pass.
 
Nirmal Chhetri

France – because of the way the team has been playing right from the group stages. They have been particularly convincing in the knockout rounds with teenage sensation (Kylian) Mbappe putting in some very strong performances.

Jackichand Singh

France – because they have an extremely strong XI. Even their bench is extremely strong and they have many players who can come on and make a difference.

Brandon Fernandes

Croatia – France are favourites, but it’s a World Cup Final and anything can happen. It’s hard to say who will win as both teams have played outstanding football in the knock out stages so I can’t really say, but if I had to chose, I will pick Croatia to lift the World cup. I don’t have any reason it is just my gut feeling.

Mandar Rao Dessai

Croatia – They have been playing really good football with midfielders (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic really shining. They have a never-say-die attitude after needing extra time and penalties in all of their knockout matches to reach the final. I think those experiences will eventually push them to be crowned champions.

Chinglensana Singh

France – because they play as a team and stick to the gameplan laid out by Didier Deschamps. Having said that, Croatia is an underdog and have come a long way to get to the final. They have an equally good chance of winning as in football anything can happen on the day, but my gut says France.

Ferran Corominas

Croatia – as they have played a very good tournament so far and it is the first time they will be in the final of a World Cup. (Luka) Modric has been exceptional throughout the tournament and I feel they deserve to win it.

Lalthuammawia Ralte

France – because I think they have a better squad than Croatia, but it’s football and anything can happen. It is going be a tightly contested affair. The French squad have young, energetic and very talented players and that is why I’m going for France for the win.

 

Indian ‘A’ beat South Korea 7-2

Varun Kumar scores twice in India ‘A’ victory

Bengaluru, 13 July 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey ‘A’ Team beat South Korea 7-2 in their third practice match here at the Sports Authority of India on Friday.

India ‘A’ dominated the game right from the start without letting South Korea’s impressive defence structure dent the home team’s attack.

Though it took India ‘A’ 15 minutes to score their first goal through Amon Mirash Tirkey, India ‘A’ extended the lead in the 21st minute through a PC scored by Varun Kumar.

Though South Korea fought back with a goal in 22nd minute by Yang Jihun that narrowed lead to 2-1, goals by Varun and Dilpreet Singh in the 30th and 31st minute took the home team’s score to 4-1.

Lee Jungjun scored for the visitors in the 37th minute, but goals by Nilakanta Sharma (40′), Sumit Kumar (49′) and Gurjinder Singh (60′) helped India ‘A’ seal the match.

 

Hima Das, India’s golden girl wins 400m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018

TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 12: Hima Das of India celebrates winning gold in the final of the women’s 400m on day three of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 12, 2018, in Tampere, Finland. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)

12 July 2018, Tampere, Finland: With a power-packed finish, India’s Hima Das sealed her nation’s first ever medal in the 400m at the IAAF World U20 Championships, sling-shotting to the lead down the home straight and coming home a clear winner in 51.46.
It made her the first Indian woman to win a global title of any kind and the first Indian, male or female, to win a global track title.

Das had looked an overwhelming favourite for gold throughout the rounds, but on an evening of surprises it looked like another one was on the cards midway through the 400m final. Das went off in conservative fashion, and was no better than fourth as she entered the final turn. But, as she said afterwards, “my biggest strength is the last 100m.”

Australia’s Ella Connolly, Romania’s Andrea Miklos and USA’s Taylor Manson all appeared in better shape for victory, but Das finishes like few others in the world of one-lap running.

She torched up the home straight and was drawing away at the finish, coming home well clear of Miklos, who grabbed silver with a PB of 52.07.

Manson claimed bronze for USA with a strong run of 52.28, while Connolly was run out of the medals in fourth with 52.82.

“I’m very proud to hold the Indian flag on my shoulders,” said Das. “I’d like to thank India and my team leader and my coach.”

Back in second, silver was as good as gold for Miklos.

“I can’t believe it!” she said. “It was very hard for me; my leg is all taped up so it was very hard to get second place. I just kept pushing because I wanted a medal very badly. I’m very confident that I can run with the seniors so I’m very happy.”

CATHAL DENNEHY FOR THE IAAF

 

Toyota Yaris LaLiga World Football Clinic with Kerala Blasters FC

Kochi, 12 July 2018: In our endeavour to touch as many communities in the city of Kochi as possible through football before the first ever Toyota Yaris LaLiga World pre-season tournament, Kerala Blasters FC player C.K. Vineeth led a football clinic in the city’s Maharaja College. The football team of the college learned picked up the finer nuances of the sport from the club’s players through a master class session.

In a bid to get maximum spectators for the triangular pre-season event, the college will have a Paytm box office where students can buy tickets till 27th July. The first match will be played on 24th July between Kerala Blasters FC and Melbourne City FC.

 

Rabada leads way as Proteas keep Sri Lanka in check

Thursday, 12 July 2018: KAGISO RABADA led a strong bowling performance that saw the Standard Bank Proteas overcome the disadvantage of losing the toss to take all 10 Sri Lanka first innings wickets inside 80 overs on the opening day of the two-match Test Series at Galle on Thursday.

At one stage it looked as though were holding an overwhelmingly strong position when they had the home side 176/8 shortly after the tea interval but opening batsman Dalmuth Karunaratne rallied tail-end support to see the last two wickets add 111 to the total and give Sri Lanka a much more competitive 287 all out. Karunaratne became the fourth Sri Lankan to carry his bat in a magnificent innings of 158 not out (222 balls, 13 fours and a six). It was his eighth Test century and the fourth time he has made more than 150.

Sri Lanka then completed an excellent session by taking the wicket of Aiden Markram in the four overs the Proteas had to face before the close.

Spin bowling is going to be a factor throughout the match but the pitch nevertheless looks a good one for batting at this stage.

Rabada moved smoothly back into Test match mode after an extended break to recover from his back strain and was always a threat as he took 4/50 in 14 overs. That included the initial breakthrough in his opening spell and a sensational start to his second spell when he took two wickets off the first three balls he sent down.

The Proteas included Tabraiz Shamsi as a fifth specialist bowler as they continued the attacking approach that has been the hallmark of Ottis Gibson’s reign as head coach and the move paid off. The wrist spinner had an excellent day with a career best return of 3/91 in 25.4 overs. The first 20 of those overs came in a single spell and for a long time, in addition to the wickets he took, he conceded little more than two runs to the over.

He came on to bowl at 67/1 after 18 overs and, when he was rested, Sri Lanka had slumped to 211/8 in 57 which was a clear indication of his value.

His control was most impressive and Karunaratne was the only Sri Lanka batsman to pick his varieties with confidence. By blocking one end he enabled Faf du Plessis to launch a short-pitch attack from the other end by Rabada and the returning Dale Steyn.

It worked for the first 60 overs before the Proteas attack started to tire.

The five-man attack has given the Proteas a good position that the specialist batsmen will need to consolidate on day two.

 

Rajesh Kumar Rawat’s final round of 64 wins him The Palms

Pawan Verma emerges Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion with fifth place finish at season finale

Lucknow, July 12, 2018: Lucknow’s Rajesh Kumar Rawat delivered a sublime final round of six-under-64 to snatch victory with an impressive five-shot margin at the PGTI Feeder Tour event staged at The Palms Golf Club & Resort, Sushant Golf City, Ansal API in Lucknow.

The 44-year-old Rawat (64-69-64), who was two off the lead in second place at the start of the last round, totalled 13-under-197 at the season-ending event to secure his second career title.

Victor Hans (70-66-66) of Jalandhar produced a second straight 66 to gain five spots and finish tied second. Noida’s Dipankar Kaushal (62-69-71), the round two leader by two shots, also took a share of second at eight-under-202 as a result of his third round of 71.

Delhi’s Pawan Verma (68) claimed fifth place at six-under-204 at The Palms to emerge Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion at the sixth and last event of the season. Verma recorded the highest earnings for the season which stood at Rs. 2,78,987.

Pawan, who posted four top-10s in the season including two runner-up finishes, has now earned an exemption for the 2019 PGTI season (Main Tour).

Rajesh Kumar Rawat, who had earlier won on the Feeder Tour back in 2011, enjoyed a terrific start on day three as he sank three birdies on the first four holes with conversions from a range of six to 20 feet.

Rawat carried on the good work in the middle stages of his round by adding three more birdies on the ninth, 12th and 14th that put him in the driver’s seat even as his nearest rivals struggled to keep pace with him. Rajesh’s tap-in birdie on the 14th was followed by four steady pars that saw him end up with the day’s best score of 64.

The win lifted Rawat from 10th to fifth position in the Feeder Tour Order of Merit that in turn earned him a direct entry into the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2019 PGTI season.

Rawat said, “I brought all my experience into play today. I knew that a score of five to six under in the final round would be good enough for me to win.

“I had an unbelievable start and then as soon as I got my fifth birdie on the 12th, I knew I was in control. I then decided to play regulation golf over the last six holes as it was evident that others would find it tough to catch up with me.

“The clear advantage I had was that my nearest rivals Dipankar Kaushal and Amardeep Rawat were not as experienced as me. They started well but I knew they will hit some stumbling blocks along the way and that’s the reason I didn’t look to do anything spectacular after the initial flourish.

“My ball-striking was excellent through the week and helped me post two rounds of 64. I made 16 greens in regulation in the final round which also contributed to my success.

“I can now carry the confidence from this win onto the main tour. I would like to thank the Lucknow Golf Club for supporting me over all these years.”

Victor Hans mixed six birdies with two bogeys during his last round of 66 that gave him his second top-10 finish of the season.

Dipankar Kaushal, the leader in the first two rounds, seemed to be coasting to his maiden title after he drained four birdies over the first six holes. However, Dipankar’s six bogeys from the ninth to the 17th put paid to his title hopes.

Brothers Ajay Baisoya (seven-under-203) and Pawan Verma (six-under-204) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Verma, even-par for the day till the 17th, signed off with a 40-feet eagle conversion on the par-5 18th before emerging as the Order of Merit champion.

Verma said, “I was very consistent through the season and quite often in contention even though I didn’t win this year. The Feeder Tour experience has once again instilled self-belief in me. I’m confident of carrying the positives from here onto the main tour.”

Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini, who finished tied 22nd at even-par-210 at The Palms, secured second place on the Order of Merit with season’s earnings of Rs. 2,46,624. He claimed five top-10s in the season including one victory.

Gurugram’s Dhruv Sheoran, a winner of two titles this season, came in third in the money list with earnings of Rs. 2,43,427.

 

Jan Zelezny donates world record Javelin to IAAF Heritage Exhibition

The Czech Republic’s three-time Olympic and World javelin throw champion Jan Zelezny visited the IAAF Heritage World / Continental Cup – 1977 To 2018 – Exhibition earlier today to make a major donation to the displays.

The exhibition, which is located on the first floor of the Forum Nova Karolina Shopping Centre in the heart of the Czech city of Ostrava, is running for three months until the final day of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 on 9 September.

Zelezny, who travelled from Prague this morning, brought with him a very special gift which he officially presented to Valter Bocek, Chief Executive Officer of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018

On the 25 May 1996 in the third round of the Zeiss Meeting in Jena, Germany, Zelezny threw a world record of 98.48 metres (323 ft 1 in) which, 22 years later, remains the best javelin throw of all-time.

Thanks to Zelezny’s tremendous generosity, the javelin which he hurled on that day to set the fifth world record of his career is now on public display in Ostrava, along with 200 other items from the history of athletics.

“I’m really pleased to contribute my world record javelin to the IAAF Heritage Collection knowing that it will be on public show here in Ostrava and next year in Doha,” commented Zelezny, who was victorious in the 6th IAAF World Cup in Havana, Cuba in 1992 with 88.26m. “I hope the donation of this javelin will help motivate sports fans to discover the beauty and excitement of athletics for many generations to come.”

Spanning the period from the ancient Olympic Games right up to the present day, the exhibition brings together video, text and photographic displays covering 260m2 of shop space in the ultra-modern shopping centre and entertainment complex.

The IAAF Heritage World / Continental Cup – 1977 To 2018 – Exhibition is kindly supported by the International Athletics Foundation, ASICS, Seiko, TDK and Mondo and is delivered by IAAF Heritage along with the Czech Athletics Federation and the LOC of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018. We thank the Forum Nova Karolina Shopping Centre for their support and assistance in hosting the exhibition.

IAAF

 

Tokyo Coordination Commission hears how the power of the Olympic Games will help bring communities together in Japan

International Olympic Committee Press Release

July 12, 2018: The power of sport to unite was on display during the visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission to Tokyo. Organisers announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will begin in Fukushima, before travelling across the country. Fukushima was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and Games organisers have worked to make sure the local population can benefit directly from the Games, with the Torch Relay and some sports events taking place in the region. The IOC was also impressed by the significant advances that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has made towards hosting the Olympic Games in 2020.

“Tokyo 2020 comes a significant step closer to delivering Olympic Games that will bring Japan and the world together. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has presented considerable progress since our previous Coordination Commission visit last year, especially as it relates to venue and operational readiness,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates. “As we near the two-years-to-go mark, the Games are really coming to life, with the Olympic Torch Relay showing the power of sport, as it will begin in Fukushima, which was affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo 2020 will also welcome media and National Olympic Committees later this year and host its first Test Event in September, while fans can also expect announcements around mascots, tickets, the session schedule and volunteering all in the next few months.”

“Following on from the last IOC Coordination Commission meeting, we were able to share details with the IOC about how hard the local governments are working on their preparations for the Games,” said Tokyo 2020 President Mori. “It is very meaningful that the Olympic Torch Relay will traverse the whole country, given our hope that the Olympic Games will leave their mark on future generations and provide legacies for the children of Japan. I believe these Olympic Games will help lift the spirits of all of the people in Japan, and provide a particular boost to the feelings of people in the affected areas.”

Venue preparation was a core topic throughout the three-day visit, with the Coordination Commission kicking off the first day with a tour of Tokyo Stadium, Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and Equestrian Park.

Tokyo Stadium, which will host football, rugby and modern pentathlon, is one of the 22 existing venues that will be used for the Olympic Games. Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, the first new permanent venue to be completed, has already begun hosting multipurpose events, representing the first tangible venue legacy of the Olympic Games 2020.

The multisport venue will host badminton, wheelchair basketball and parts of the modern pentathlon competition, and includes a swimming pool, a gym, a multi-use sports arena and two fitness studios, all of which will also be available for use by the general public before and after the Games.

The Coordination Commission capped off the venue tour with a stop at the Equestrian Park, also known as Baji Koen. A legacy of the Olympic Games 1964, the Equestrian Park, which is being revitalised with the assistance of the Japan Racing Association (JRA), will continue to benefit Tokyo citizens for decades to come, as it is will be reopened to the public following the 2020 Games. Just as the Tokyo 1964 Games served as a catalyst to transform Japan, so, too, does Tokyo 2020 aim to harness the power of sport to pass on a legacy for the future.

This combination of new, renovated and existing venues demonstrates how Tokyo 2020 has embraced Olympic Agenda 2020 to create a sustainable legacy for the city of Tokyo and Japan, while optimising construction costs.

On the final day of the Coordination Commission visit, Tokyo 2020 announced the order of prefectures for the Olympic Torch Relay, which reinforced the Organising Committee’s commitment to ensure that these Games are for all of Japan, with the Relay travelling to 47 Japanese prefectures.

Just as the Olympic Torch Relay will travel across Japan, the design of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots was also a national affair, with school children from 80% of all Japanese schools having voted on their favourite design. Those mascots will be named during Tokyo’s two-years-to-go countdown celebrations later this month.

Tokyo 2020 will also welcome broadcasters from around the world to the World Broadcaster Meeting in two weeks’ time, which is an essential event in the preparation for the Olympic Games, as provides details on the services and operations available to broadcasters as they transmit the Games around the world. This will be followed by the World Press Briefing in September.

Several members of the Olympic Movement joined the Coordination Commission for this visit, including several National Olympic Committees – Brazil, France, Qatar, Sweden and USA – and TOP partner representatives – Intel, Panasonic and Toyota. This participation originates in the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020’s the New Norm and reinforces the IOC’s and organisers’ commitment to enhancing the experience of athletes, stakeholders and fans.

The Paris 2024 Organising Committee was on-site to observe the meeting and learn from Tokyo 2020. The two Organising Committees further cemented their commitment to working together by signing an MOU underlining their cooperation with the aim of ensuring the successful delivery of their respective Games.

The Coordination Commission also analysed important operational elements during its visit such as the competition schedule and ticket prices, which will be discussed next week at the IOC’s Executive Board meeting in Lausanne.

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

 

FC Goa ropes in Nirmal Chhetri

Panjim, Goa, 12th July 2018: FC Goa have announced the signing of full back Nirmal Chhetri. The Sikkimese defender has been a veteran in the Indian Super League since its inception, playing for two clubs before joining the Gaurs ahead of the 2018-2019 season.

The full back started his senior career with Air India back in 2006 before playing for both Bengal giants, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan respectively. Chhetri scored three goals for Mohun Bagan, including one on his debut. He was loaned out to Mohammedan SC in 2013. In 2014, ISL side Kerala Blasters FC sought the services of the defender who joined them and helped the team to the finals where they lost against ATK. Chhetri then moved to NorthEast United FC where he played in the 2016 and 2017 seasons before now moving to Goa to join the Gaurs.

Chhetri expressed his delight at signing for the club, saying, “The entire country noticed the brand of exciting football that FC Goa played last season and now I have the chance to be a part of it. Coach Sergio (Lobera) did wonders last season and I’m happy to be under his tutelage going forward.” He also had a word of praise for the vociferous support that the club receives in and out of Goa. “The supporters are also one of the major reasons for wanting to move to Goa. They back the team and the thunder that is at Fatorda is mind blowing. Their passion at away games is no less and there are always people cheering for this club at any stadium in India.  I am looking forward to being a part of this great family,” he quipped.

Head Coach Sergio Lobera was also all praise for his new recruit, and said, “Nirmal is a player who will bring experience to this squad. He can play in any position across the back four and can assist in attack as well. Defensively, he’s a player with a lot of personality. He’s good with the ball and good in one on one situations. Additionally, his aerial prowess adds to his quality. Our defence needs to improve and a player like him is always an asset to any team,” he explained.

 

Dipankar Kaushal maintains two-shot lead in round two

Lucknow’s Rajesh Kumar Rawat is second

Lucknow, July 11, 2018: Noida’s Dipankar Kaushal followed up his fiery first round of eight-under-62 with a steady one-under-69 in round two to maintain his two-shot lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being staged at the Palms Golf Club & Resort, Sushant Golf City, Ansal API in Lucknow.

The 32-year-old Kaushal (62-69) totalled nine-under-131 at the end of day two of the 2018 Feeder Tour season’s sixth and last event.

Lucknow golfers Rajesh Kumar Rawat (64-69) and Amardeep Rawat (65-69) continued in second and third place respectively for the second day in succession. Rajesh’s total stood at seven-under-133 while Amardeep had a tally of six-under-134.

The cut fell at two-over-142. Forty-four golfers made the cut out of a total of 82.

Dipankar, currently 15th on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit thanks to two top-10s in the season, now goes into the final round of an event as the leader for the first time in his career.

Kaushal, searching for his maiden title, began the second round with a birdie on the first. However, he lost some momentum by dropping strokes on the sixth and 10th courtesy a three-putt and a poor drive.

Dipankar then made a comeback on the back-nine with some brilliant iron-play. He almost made a hole-in-one on the 12th where his tee shot stopped two inches from the hole to set up an easy birdie. Kaushal then drove the green on the par-4 17th with his three-iron before making a two-putt for birdie there.

Kaushal said, “I didn’t hit it as well today as I had done in round one. The putts also didn’t roll in for me. However, a couple of exceptional tee shots on the back-nine helped me maintain my lead.

“In the final round, I’ll just look to repeat what I’ve done over the first two days.”

Local lad Rajesh Kumar Rawat built on his first round effort of 64 with a solid 69 on Wednesday that featured three birdies and two bogeys. The highlight of his second round was a spectacular chip on the 16th that led to a tap-in birdie.

Rawat, a former winner on the Feeder Tour, said, “The third place finish at the Lucknow Golf Club last week really helped my confidence. I’ve been quite consistent since then. I’m two off the lead now, so it’s all about creating those opportunities early during the final round.”

Amardeep Rawat, another Lucknow-based golfer who was runner-up at last week’s event, had an eventful second round as he produced an astounding two eagles along with two birdies at the cost of three bogeys and a double-bogey.

Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Pawan Verma of Delhi returned an even-par-70 on day two to be placed tied seventh at four-under-136.

Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini, currently second in the Order of Merit, made the cut by one shot as he totalled two-over-142 to be tied 35th.

Gurugram-based Dhruv Sheoran, presently ranked third in the Order of Merit, posted the second day’s best score of 64 to be placed tied 17that one-under-139.

 

TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 11: Lalu Muhammad Zohri of Indonesia (C), Anthony Schwartz of The USA (R) and Eric Harrison of The USA (L) celebrate after placing in the medals in the final of the men’s 100m on day two of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 11, 2018.Finland. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)
TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 11: Ashley Moloney of Australia celebrates breaking a championship record in the men’s decathlon on day two of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 11, 2018.(Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)

 

India have a chance to overtake England and grab top ODI spot

– South Africa, Pakistan need comprehensive wins in upcoming series to maintain respective positions; Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies vie for mid-table points
– Seven of 10 sides to play in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be seen in action over the next one month
– Nepal, Netherlands players will hope to make impressive entries in MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings

England and India play the first match of their upcoming series in Nottingham on Tuesday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents.

Coming on the back of a well-contested Twenty20 International series, which India won 2-1, the top two sides in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings present some interesting prospects in the three-match series a year ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

India, who had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on 2 May, get a chance of claiming back the spot, but for that, they will have to blank their adversaries 3-0. England on the other hand will run up a lead of 10 points at the top of the table if they win by the same margin.

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until 12 August.

Apart from the England-India series ending on 17 July, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan for five matches from 13 to 22 July, the West Indies will play three at home versus Bangladesh from 22 to 28 July, Sri Lanka will host South Africa for five matches from 29 July to 12 August and the Netherlands play two at home against Nepal.

Fifth-placed Pakistan will have to win the series against Zimbabwe by a margin of 4-1 in order to ensure they do not slip behind sixth-placed Australia, while 10th-ranked Zimbabwe will have to pull off a 4-1 win over Pakistan in order to leapfrog Afghanistan and move up one spot in the rankings table.

Similarly, third-ranked South Africa face the challenge of blanking Sri Lanka 5-0 in an away series to ensure they do not slip behind New Zealand even as mid-table sides Bangladesh (seventh), Sri Lanka (eighth) and the West Indies (ninth) will be vying for important points during this period.

Nepal will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the Netherlands on 1 and 3 August while the Netherlands will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Nepal gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it had earlier by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

The players of these two nations will be hoping to make impressive entries in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on 13 August after 18 matches featuring many of the top players around the world.

India captain Virat Kohli leads the rankings for batsmen with a career-high rating of 909 points, a good 96 points ahead of Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who will be hoping to get back into the groove after missing the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe due to injury.

Fourth-ranked Rohit Sharma of India will be looking to continue his T20I form in the ODIs, sixth-ranked Joe Root of England has a good chance of overtaking Ross Taylor, while the South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, as well as India’s left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan, are the other players likely to be seen in action.

In the bowlers’ list, top-ranked Jasprit Bumrah’s finger injury, due to which he will miss the series, gives others a chance to close the gap, and third-ranked Hasan Ali of Pakistan would be eyeing a return to the top spot. Leg-spinners Adil Rashid of England and Yuzvendra Chahal of India are other top 10 players who will be seen in upcoming matches.

Upcoming series:

England v India

12 July – 1st ODI , Trent Bridge, Nottingham
14 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London
17 July – 3rd ODI, Headingley, Leeds

Zimbabwe v Pakistan

13 July – 1st ODI, Bulawayo
16 July – 2nd ODI, Bulawayo
18 July, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
20 July, 4th ODI, Bulawayo
22 July, 5th ODI, Bulawayo

West Indies v Bangladesh

22 July – 1st ODI, Guyana
25 July – 2nd ODI, Guyana
28 July – 3rd ODI, St Kitts

Sri Lanka v South Africa

29 July – 1st ODI, Dambulla
1 Aug – 2nd ODI, Dambulla
5 Aug – 3rd ODI, Kandy
8 Aug – 4th ODI, Kandy
12 Aug – 5th ODI, Colombo

Netherlands v Nepal

1 Aug – 1st ODI, VRA, Amsterdam
3 Aug – 2nd ODI, VRA, Amsterdam

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 10 July):

Rank    Team               Points

1          England            126
2          India                 122
3          South Africa      113
4          New Zealand     112
5          Pakistan            102
6          Australia           100
7          Bangladesh        93
8          Sri Lanka          77
9          Windies             69
10        Afghanistan       63
11        Zimbabwe         55
12        Ireland               38
13         Scotland             28
14         UAE                   18

*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing four more matches each

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 10 July):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank      Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Highest Rating

   1         Virat Kohli            Ind         909!      58.10     909 v SA at Centurion 2018
   2         Babar Azam         Pak        813       51.11     846 v NZ at Wellington 2018
   3         David Warner       Aus        803       43.43     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
   4         Rohit Sharma       Ind         799       44.55     825 v SL at Mohali 2017
   5         Ross Taylor          NZ          785       46.28     789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018
   6         Joe Root              Eng        784       49.82     819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018
   7         Quinton de Kock  SA          783       45.41     808 v Ban at East London 2017
   8         Faf du Plessis      SA          782       44.68     802 v Ind at Durban 2018
   9         Kane Williamson  NZ          778       46.87     798 v SA at Centurion 2015
  10        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         769       45.90     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
  11        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        760       51.55     777 v Aus at Durham 2018
  12        Hashim Amla       SA          746       50.23     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
  13        Martin Guptill        NZ          731       42.99     789 v SA at Hamilton 2017
  14        MS Dhoni             Ind         717       51.37     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  15        Aaron Finch         Aus        706       38.19     744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
  16        Jos Buttler            Eng        705       40.67     723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
  17        Tamim Iqbal         Ban        698       34.98     721 v Zim at Mirpur 2018
  18        Steve Smith         Aus        675       41.84     752 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  19        Travis Head         Aus        670*!     37.00     670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018
  20        Jason Roy            Eng        666       39.06     680 v Aus at Durham 2018

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank      Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

   1         Jasprit Bumrah     Ind         787*!     22.50     4.64      787 v SA at Centurion 2018
   2         Rashid Khan        Afg         763*      14.40     3.96      787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018
   3         Hasan Ali             Pak        711*      21.40     5.29      766 v NZ at Wellington 2018
   4         Trent Boult           NZ          699       24.63     5.09      766 v Ind at Delhi 2016
   5         Josh Hazlewood  Aus        696       24.27     4.72      733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
   6         Imran Tahir          SA          683       24.81     4.68      786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017
   7         Kagiso Rabada    SA          679       27.57     5.11      724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017
   8=       Adil Rashid           Eng        667       31.14     5.55      677 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2018
              Y. Chahal             Ind         667*!     21.83     4.76      667 v SA at Centurion 2018
  10        Chris Woakes      Eng        653       30.77     5.50      673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
  11        Mitchell Starc       Aus        642       20.95     4.93      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
  12        Mitchell Santner   NZ          632       33.91     4.90      663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018
  13        Moeen Ali             Eng        629!      44.26     5.08      629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018
  14        Kuldeep Yadav    Ind         628*      20.02     4.80      637 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018
  15        Akshar Patel        Ind         624*      31.31     4.43      663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017
  16        Mohammad Nabi Afg         611       31.95     4.29      653 v Zim at Harare 2017
  17        Pat Cummins       Aus        607       28.45     5.38      626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
  18        Matt Henry           NZ          606       24.59     5.57      675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
  19        M. Rahman          Ban        601*      19.19     4.63      602 v Zim at Mirpur 2018
  20        Tim Murtagh         Ire          597       33.16     4.53      613 v Zim at Harare 2018

All-rounders (top five)

Rank      Player                  Team     Pts        Highest Rating

   1         S. Al Hasan          Ban        359       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2         M. Hafeez            Pak        339       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3         M. Nabi                Afg         323       349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017
   4         Mitchell Santner   NZ          317!      317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018
   5=       Angelo Mathews  SL          306       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
              Moeen Ali             Eng        306!      306 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018

 

India ‘A’ drubs South Korea 7-3

Striker Armaan Qureshi scores a double for the home team

Bengaluru, 11 July 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey ‘A’ Team beat South Korea 7-3 in a high scoring match here at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus on Wednesday.

After the two teams drew 1-1 in the first practice match yesterday, the visitors continued their momentum into the second practice today as they scored through a PC in the 2nd minute of the match. Jang Jonghyun’s goal put India ‘A’ on the backfoot and it was not until the 15th minute that the home team could equalise to take control of the proceedings.

It was Akashdeep Singh who scored the India ‘A’ team’s first goal which was followed by drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh’s well-struck PC in the 16th minute that gave the team a 2-1 lead. Gagandeep Singh Sr’s goal in the 18th minute doubled India’s lead to 3-1 while Armaan Qureshi (20′ and 54′), Amon Mirash Tirkey (27′), Sumit Kumar (30′) added to India’s scoreline.

For South Korea, Seo Inwoo and Jang Jonghyun scored in the 48th and 52nd minutes respectively but could not match the home team.

Please find attached action pictures from the practice match.

 

IAAF World Under 20 – TampereSouth Africa’s Kyle Blignaut won the men’s shot put Gold Medal. © Getty Images for IAAF
IAAF World Under 20 – Tampere Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet won the women’s 5000m Gold Medal © Getty Images for IAAF

 

India ‘A’ hold South Korea 1-1

The home team overcame an early set back with Armaan Qureshi’s goal

Bengaluru, 10 July 2018: Indian Men’s Hockey ‘A’ Team drew 1-1 with South Korean National Team in the first practice match here at the Sports Authority of India, Campus here in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The South Korean Team, who are here to gain practice ahead of the Asian Games in Jakarta next month, began the match with a good defensive structure. Playing full press, Korea ensured they kept India from making potential forays into the striking circle. Though India won a PC in the first quarter, Rupinder Pal Singh’s flick rebounded off the post.

After a goalless first two quarters, South Korea made the first breakthrough with a field goal by Seo Inwoo in the 31st minute.

India made some good attempts for a field goal in the following minutes however, could not convert. In the 48th minute, India scored a field goal through Armaan Qureshi.

Though South Korea created a PC too in the second quarter, good defending kept them from scoring and taking a lead.

 

Dipankar Kaushal fires red-hot 62 for first-round lead at final PGTI Feeder Tour event at The Palms

Local golfer Rajesh Kumar Rawat two behind in second

Lucknow, July 10, 2018: Noida’s Dipankar Kaushal fired a red-hot eight-under-62 to storm into the first round lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being staged at the Palms Golf Club & Resort, Sushant Golf City, Ansal API in Lucknow.

The 32-year-old Kaushal sank an amazing nine birdies at the cost of a lone bogey on a windy day to establish a two-shot lead at The Palms in the final event of the Feeder Tour season.

The Lucknow duo of Rajesh Kumar Rawat (64) and Amardeep Rawat (65) occupied the second and third positions respectively.

Dipankar, currently 15th on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit thanks to two top-10s in the season, produced one of the best rounds of his career to set the bar for the rest of the field.

Kaushal, in pursuit of his maiden title, began the tournament with a bogey on the 10th where he found the bushes. However, he soon made up for that with a couple of good wedge shots that set up birdies on the 13th and 16th.

What followed was a golden stretch for Dipankar as he conjured five straight birdies from the 18th to the fourth to work his way to the top of the pack. The well-built Kaushal’s excellent ball-striking ensured all his birdie putts on this stretch were within a range of seven feet.

Dipankar added two more birdies to his card, a 20-feet conversion on the sixth, followed by a great recovery from the fairway bunker on the ninth, to end up with a scintillating 62.

Kaushal said, “I’m delighted with my opening round effort, even more so because it was a windy day and scoring wasn’t that easy. I scored on all four par-5s and that was another heartening aspect of my game today.

“I had earlier shot a seven-under-63 at the Feeder Tour event in Karnal last month. So I would like to believe that my game is on the upswing but I just need more consistency.

“The Feeder Tour has given me the opportunity to work on my swing and also try out different things before getting back onto the main tour.

“My good friend and room partner Bikramjit Singh Sandhu and me have been helping and motivating each other to raise our games. The results are showing as both of us have played well in the current Feeder Tour season.

“I made birdie on just one of the six par-3s today. So going ahead my focus over the next two days will be to hit solid tee shots on the par-3s in order to create even more opportunities for myself.”

Local lad Rajesh Kumar Rawat began the day with a bogey but then rallied with seven birdies to close the round two shots behind the leader.

Amardeep Rawat, another Lucknow-based golfer who was runner-up at last week’s event, mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to be placed third.

Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Pawan Verma of Delhi carded a four-under-66 to be placed joint fourth along with Gurugram’s Aditya Raj Kumar Chauhan. Both enjoyed a run of four consecutive birdies on the front-nine.

 

Lalthuammawia Ralte signs for FC Goa

Panjim, Goa, 9th July 2018: FC Goa have announced the signing of 25-year-old Mizoram goalkeeper, Lalthuammawia Ralte from Bengaluru FC. Ralte is a young, agile goalkeeper who started his senior career with Shillong Lajong in 2011 and debuted against Churchill Brothers the same year. He contributed to Shillong Lajong’s success, taking them to the semi-finals of the Federation Cup the same year.

He joined defending I-league champions Bengaluru FC thereafter in the summer of 2014 and made his debut a few months later. He helped Bengaluru FC to the I-league title once again in his debut season.

The Mizo goalkeeper is highly rated in and is known to be great with his feet. His distribution skill and ability to react quickly to save shots makes him a prized prospect.

On singing, Ralte said, “I am honoured to have signed for FC Goa and am really looking forward to playing and learning from coach Sergio Lobera. The team performed very well last year in the Indian Super League and Super Cup and I hope I can help the team achieve its target of winning the league.”

Head Coach, Sergio Lobera had a specific, attacking brand of football that saw his team top the scoring charts in the last season of the ISL. Ralte’s style of play perfectly embodies the philosophy that the Spaniards uses.  Said Lobera, “After Naveen left we did a market research in order to find the best possible option to improve last season’s numbers. Despite the fact that he hasn’t played much during the last few seasons, we know of Ralte’s abilities and strengths. He is a goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He has a great personality too and the skills we need for a goalkeeper to fit our style.”

This is FC Goa’s third signing after Lenny Rodrigues and Jackichand Singh.

 

Bengaluru FC re-sign former goalkeeper Soram Poirei

Experienced Custodian Returns To The Blues’ Fold After Three Years

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC have completed the signing of former goalkeeper Soram Anganba Poirei who was part of the squad during 2013-15 seasons, the club announced on Monday. Despite being just 25-years-old, Poirei brings in vast experience having being part of the domestic circuit for nine years now.

“It feels great to be back at the club where I made some amazing memories; winning my first I-League title and the Federation Cup. The atmosphere at this club is amazing and everybody is professional in their approach. We have some top players in the squad and it should be a great learning experience once again. It’s going to be a challenging season but I’m looking forward to it,” said Poirei after penning a one-year-deal.

The Imphal-born custodian began his youth career with Pune FC in 2009 and was promoted to the first team as a reserve goalkeeper the same year as a 17-year-old. After a two-year spell with the Maharashtra side, Poirei moved to the north-east to join Shillong Lajong FC. A string of impressive performances with Lajong saw him being drafted by the national federation into the Indian Arrows side for the 2012-13 season.

A first choice ’keeper for Arrows, Poirei made 18 appearances helping the young team finish 12th, above Air India FC and United Sikkim FC in the I-League. Poirei’s performances under the bar impressed Bengaluru FC who brought him in for their inaugural season in the I-League. In fact, he featured four times in the league for the Blues who romped to the historic I-League title in the 2013-14 season. After being part of the Bengaluru side that won the Federation Cup title and finished runners-up in the league in the 2014-15 season, Poirei moved back to the north-east, this time with Aizawl FC for their first-ever season in the Indian top-flight.

Poirei then joined Delhi Dynamos for the 2016 season of the Indian Super League, making five appearances for the Lions who finished as semifinalists in the competition. He then moved back to Pune, where he began the season as first-choice goalkeeper for DSK Shivajians making a total of seven appearances in the season. At the start of the 2017-18 season, Poirei was signed up by Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan for whom he featured regularly in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division, finishing runners-up in the competition. He was signed by fellow Kolkata side ATK for the latter half of their season where he featured in the final few games of the ISL and the Super Cup.

#RAIDFORGOLD, a first-of-its-kind nationwide mission to pledge support for the Indian Kabaddi Team

– #RaidForGold, an initiative by Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd., aims to reach out to people across the country to support the Indian Kabaddi team at the 18th Asian Games
– The campaign will reach out to children from 2000+ schools across 19 cities in India
– Ajay Thakur, Rishank Devadiga, Rahul Chaudhari, Deepak Hooda and Rohit Kumar will meet students across schools to instill the pride of India’s own sport into their young hearts and minds
– Fans can pledge their support for the Indian Kabaddi team at https://www.raidforgold.in/

Mumbai 09 June 2018: In the recently concluded Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, Team India asserted their supremacy and now with the 18th Asian Games around the corner, they are gearing up for their 8th consecutive Gold in the Men’s Kabaddi tournament and 3rd consecutive Gold in the Women’s Kabaddi tournament. In keeping with the ever-growing popularity of the sport, Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd., rights owner and organizer of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, with the support of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), has announced #RaidForGold, a unique initiative that reaches out across the country to give Indians the opportunity to rally behind and express their support for the National Kabaddi team.

‘Raid for Gold’ commencing on 9th July 2018, will represent the “Voice of a Million Fans” for the Indian National Kabaddi team to achieve the highest glory yet again for India’s own sport. This initiative will witness participation from children over 2,000+ schools in 19 cities across India. Alongside signing up digitally to pledge their support, students will also get an opportunity to interact with renowned Kabaddi stars like Ajay Thakur, Rishank Devadiga, Rahul Chaudhari, Deepak Hooda and Rohit Kumar as they visit schools across the country as a part of the initiative.

Where and how can one participate:

The campaign gives fans an opportunity to pledge their support to the team by signing up on https://www.raidforgold.in/. To express solidarity to the Indian Kabaddi team, the pledges will work as a reminder that when they step on the mat, it’s not just a team of 7 players, but the whole of India vying for victory.

Kabaddi was included as a discipline in the 11th Asian Games Beijing 1990, where India’s only gold medal was through Kabaddi. Since then, the Kabaddi team has been the pride of India in all editions of the Asian Games.

India put up a spectacular performance at the recently concluded Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 tournament where they beat Iran in the finals. In keeping with the success and sentiment,#RaidForGold aims to unite Indian hearts for Kabaddi. The 18th Asian Games will begin on the 18th of August 2018 and will showcase the clash between countries like Bangladesh, Iran, Japan, India, Pakistan, South Korea and many more as they battle for a chance at the gold.

About Raid for Gold

‘Raid for Gold’, an initiative of Mashal Sports, is a first-of-its-kind pan India mission with an objective to rally support for the Indian Kabaddi team in international competitions. It also extols Kabaddi as our country’s gift to the world of sport, and deserving of being included in the Olympics movement. In its first stage, Raid for Gold is launching a digital support campaign aimed at unifying sports lovers to motivate and celebrate the Indian Kabaddi Team fthe upcoming Asian Games being held in Jakarta in August 2018.

About Mashal Sports

Mashal Sports is the rights owner and organizer of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. VIVO Pro Kabaddi was launched in 2014 and is already among the foremost sports leagues in the country; for participant teams, tenure of tournament, television viewership, and passionate fans among men, women, and children from all parts of our country. Through VIVO Pro Kabaddi, as well as other significant initiatives, Mashal has achieved path-breaking success in reinvigorating Kabaddi to a modern world class sport from India.

 

FC Pune City sign Gabriel and Shankar

Pune, 9th July 2018: The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor co-owned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today signed winger Gabriel Fernandes and defensive midfielder Shankar Sampingiraj to strengthen their squad for the 2018-19 season.

Gabriel who last played for East Bengal in the I-League enters Indian Super League with FC Pune City after a gap of two years. Speaking on signing the Goan winger, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Gabriel’s speed and agility on the wings gives the team good options. We know with his sharpness and direct play, he has potential to be one of the standout players for us this season.”

Fernandes started his youth career with Dempo and Sporting Goa. In 2012, he joined Mumbai FC. The 30-year old made his ISL debut with FC Goa in 2014 and joined Mumbai City FC in the next season. Since then, the winger has played in I-League for Salgaocar, Churchill Bros and East Bengal.

Sampingiraj comes in to the FC Pune City fold after having an impressive outing for Bengaluru FC leading upto a national call for the U-23 side. The Karnataka born began his professional career with HAL and later signed with Pailan Arrows followed by a stint at DSK Shivajians (on loan). After getting the young midfielder’s signature, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Shankar is a hard-working player, who is good on the ball and is technically sound, which adds a lot of quality in the way that we want to play our football. He comes with a lot of experience and I wish he has a great season in our colours.”

Sampingiraj made his India U23 debut against Uzbekistan in a 2016 AFC U23 qualifier in Bangladesh. The young midfielder appeared for Kerala Blasters FC in 2015 ISL season.

After signing the dotted line, Gabriel said, “It’s exciting times for me ahead as I join FC Pune City to play in the Indian Super League. What they achieved last season has been pretty impressive and part of my responsibility will be to help the team better what they did last year.

Excited to join the squad Shankar expressed, “I am thrilled to take up this new challenge along with FC Pune City. The club’s run last season was pretty good and I couldn’t resist joining their setup that has given many youth players like me a stage to excel. I look forward to meeting my new teammates to begin a new chapter in my career with the club.”

 

Afridi backs Pakistan to push for World T20 title

Shahid Afridi is returning to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to play for the Jamaica Tallawahs. He has played at the Hero CPL before, with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2015. This year he will join the likes of Andre Russell, Ross Taylor and Rovman Powell with the Jamaican Franchise.

Looking back at that first appearance at the Hero CPL, Afridi says he thinks he underperformed in 2015.

“I think my first experience was not that good, because I didn’t perform well. But still, I think it’s an honour for me to be part of CPL. I think that atmosphere is very good and whenever I was there with the Pakistan team, I enjoyed. I think the islands are very beautiful. St. Lucia where I played a few times for the Pakistan side, is one of my favourite places. So that’s why I love to play there. The atmosphere is very good, the people they want to see us there as well.”

Afridi says that Twenty20 cricket is vital to spreading cricket around the world. He sees it as the future.

“I think with T20 you can introduce cricket anywhere in the world, it’s a short format and I think the people who don’t have enough time to sit in front of the TV or come to the ground to see a whole day. I think this is a great entertainment to people who don’t know about cricket – you can show them, you can bring the people for two or three hours and they can learn a lot from this cricket.”

CPL/Getty Images.

The Tallawahs will be playing three matches in Florida this year, taking on Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents at the Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill on 18, 19 and 22 August. Afridi is looking forward to playing in the USA for the first time.

“Yeah, I heard that we are playing three games in America and I have never played any game in America, but let’s see. I don’t know how is the ground or how the pitch will behave, but I’m very excited to play in America.”

Afridi has done some amazing things with the bat, but he says the Tallawahs have signed a bowler who can do some batting.

“I always consider myself as a bowling all-rounder. I think in batting, I’m not that consistent but in bowling I am very consistent and when I started my cricket, I started as a bowler. So I think, I feel good and if you look in to my performance I’m always very consistent with my bowling.”

It came after Afridi had called time on his international career, but the Windies recently visited Pakistan to play T20 Internationals. This was something Afridi was delighted to see and he was full of praise for Cricket West Indies for making it happen.

“I must thank the cricket board, I think they really support us, they really support our cricket. I think they really done a great job especially all the players. Really, it’s a big thing for us because we want to see cricket back in Pakistan and I’m always thankful to them – the way they supported us.”

The next big global T20 tournament will be the World T20, and Afridi thinks Pakistan are moving in the right direction. They have made it to the number one ranking in the format, have won nine successive T20I series and have experience of success in ICC events having won the Champions Trophy in England last summer.

“I think it’s still a long way to go and I think the way our boys are playing is very good. All the youngsters, they’re doing a great job and Inshallah we’re hoping they’re going to do well for Pakistan.”

Asked if he fancied having a go at playing in that tournament, he was unequivocal in his response.

“No, not at all. I’m done, I enjoyed my cricket for Pakistan, I’m playing just my league cricket and I’m enjoying myself.”

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

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Sreejesh to lead India at the 18th Asian Games

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New Delhi, 09 July 2018: Hockey India on Monday named the 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team for the 18th Asian Games to begin in Jakarta and Palembang on 18 August 2018.

The Defending Champions, who had beaten Pakistan in the Final at the 2014 edition in Incheon Korea to win the Gold, will be Captained by PR Sreejesh. He was recently awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the FIH Hockey Men’s Champions Trophy in Breda where India returned home with their second consecutive Silver Medal.

Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has been named as the Vice Captain for the tournament and he will be joined by the experienced Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad in the midfield.

India’s forwardline will see Akashdeep Singh return to the squad. Experienced SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Dilpreet Singh have been named in the squad. The team’s defence will be strengthened with the return of experienced dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh who was rested for the Champions Trophy. The backline will also see three other dragflickers Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas apart from the experienced Surender Kumar and Birendra Lakra.

Speaking about the team composition, Chief Coach Harendra Singh said, “We have a great mix of players who have shown their abilities in the recent tournaments. Though it is unfortunate we will be missing out on Ramandeep Singh’s experience as he is ruled out of the Asian Games due to a recent knee surgery he underwent. But it is good to have Akashdeep Singh back in the mix. Both Rupinder and Akashdeep have remained in camp when the team was away in Breda and have had good match practice against Bangladesh over the past week and are raring to go.”

The 18-members who returned from Breda, the Netherlands have joined the rest of the core group at ongoing National Camp in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru after a short five-day break. The next three weeks in camp will see a mix of players take on the Korean National Team in five practice matches and the New Zealand national team in three matches ahead of the all-important Asian Games. “While the practice matches against Korea will have a mix of players from the core group, the matches against New Zealand will be played by the 18 members who are selected for the Asian Games. I believe this will be good for the team in their preparation for the Asian Games where we will certainly go for the Gold to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” stated an assertive Harendra Singh.

Goalkeepers: 1. PR Sreejesh (Captain), 2 Krishan B Pathak
Defenders: 3. Harmanpreet Singh, 4. Varun Kumar, 5. Birendra Lakra, ,6. Surender Kumar, 7. Rupinder Pal Singh, 8. Amit Rohidas
Midfielders: 9. Manpreet Singh, 10. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), 11. Simranjeet Singh, 12. Sardar Singh, 13. Vivek Sagar Prasad
Forwards: 14. S V Sunil, 15. Mandeep Singh, 16. Akashdeep Singh, 17. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, 18. Dilpreet Singh

Matches from the 18th Asian Games will be shown live on Sony Pictures Networks.

 

Lanka’s Perera, Chennai’s Tharani grab honours in JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship

Coimbatore, July 8: Sri Lanka’s Bryan Perera made the most of slightly wet conditions to emerge the star of the day, winning two Euro JK 18 races in the 21st JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship here on Sunday.

Karthik Tharani, who won the laurels in this category on Saturday, however, made a valiant comeback in the fourth and final race to catch up with Perera as Round 1 came to a thrilling finish.

Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee stayed right behind the leaders by making the podium thrice on Sunday, grabbing the second place twice and the third place once. Another Chennai racer Ashwin Datta enjoyed a good run, finishing second in Race 4 and third in Race 2 and 3.

In fact, Ashwin Datta has taken top position on the leader-board with 24 points, upstaging Perera and Tharani who have accumulated 23 points. Nayan has 20 points.

The LGB 4 too proved to be a tantalising affair, with Delhi’s Rohit Khanna and Chennai’s Raghul Rangsamy winning one race each. Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad had won Race 1 on Saturday, to produce three different winners in the three races in this category.

Vishnu and Kolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody took the second and third places in both the races to pick up valuable points. Vishnu, however, is ahead on points after Round 1 with 22 in his kitty. Raghul and Rohit have 21 and 17 points.

In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Joseph Matthew continued his imperious run, remaining unbeaten over this weekend too. He finished the 10 laps in 14:16.799 minutes, recording his quickest time of 1:23.411 minutes in Lap 6 for his second straight victory.

Syed Muzamil Ali (Bengaluru) and Malsawmdawngliana  (Aizawl), who had finished third and second last evening, swapped places in Race 2 to finish on the same number of points.

A carnival-like atmosphere reigned at the Kari Motor Speedway, with a big holiday crowd turning up to enjoy the Race Day. Music, stunts and close races marked the day, as the competitors gunned for glory.

The Ahura Racing team once again were greeted with the loudest cheers, with the five girls in red tackling the wet conditions with elan.

The slippery track didn’t deter them, leading to a series of photo-finishes in all the categories. Bryan Perera recorded the day’s fastest lap in Race 3, taking just 1:00.279 minutes in his Euro JK 18 car.

Results:

Euro JK 18, Race 2: 1. Bryan Perera (Sri Lanka, 15:22.568); 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai, 15:26.377); 3. Ashwin Datta (Chennai, 15:29.942)

Euro JK 18, Race 3: 1. Bryan Perera (Sri Lanka, 14:15.491); 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai, 14:17.269); 3. Ashwin Datta (Chennai, 14:23.294)

Euro JK 18, Race 4: 1. Karthik Tharani (Chennai, 15:33.789); 2. Ashwin Datta (Chennai, 15:34.334); Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai, 15:34.403)

LGB 4, Race 2: 1. Rohit Khanna (Dark Don, 16:56.965); 2. Chittesh Mandody (Kolhapur, 16:59.249); 3. Vishnu Prasad (MSport; 17:02.297)

LGB 4, Race 3: 1. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport; 21:56.544); Chittesh Mandody (Kolhapur, 21:57.698); 3. Vishnu Prasad (MSport; 21:59.430)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Race 2: 1. Joseph Matthew (Chennai; 14:16.799), 2. Syed Muzamil Ali (Bengaluru; 14:18.749); 3. Malsawmdawngliana (Aizawl; 14:19.951)

Red Bull Rookie, Race 2: 1. Zothanmawia (Aizawl; 14:36.129), 2. Jerome Vanlalrengpuia (Mizoram; 15:04.514); 3. Andy Lalhmangaihsang (Aizawl; 15:13.476)

About JK Tyre Motorsport:

JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.

In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.

Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country ’s motorsport talents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talents.

Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed “JetRacing”-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.

 

Stefanidi donated Olympic and World Title-winning kit to the IAAF Heritage Collection

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In Lausanne this week Greece’s pole vault ace Katerina Stefanidi became the latest global champion to donate competition clothing to the IAAF Heritage Collection.

The IAAF Heritage Collection, which aims to preserve and savour artefacts from the best athletics moments to help promote the sport and help engage fans, was launched by IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Birmingham on Sunday 4 March on the last day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The level of support received from the current stars of our sport since that memorable beginning has been incredible. Yet perhaps the most selfless act of generosity so far seen took place on Wednesday(4) on the eve of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. On that occasion, Stefanidi, the world and Olympic pole vault champion, donated the two-piece uniform in which she vaulted to gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the spikes which she wore last year when winning at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

“I wanted to be a part of this special project which is about the legacy of athletics,” said Stefanidi. “There is nothing more important than the World Championships and Olympic Games which is why only my kit from those victories seemed appropriate if I was going to be represented in the Heritage collection.”

Stefanidi’s marvellous contribution to the collection will be on public display next year in Doha as part of an IAAF Heritage Exhibition in the lead-in to the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019.

There is already an IAAF Heritage Exhibition currently underway in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The ‘IAAF Heritage World / Continental Cup – 1977 to 2018 – Exhibition’ which opened on 5 June, as its name implies, celebrates the performances of the first competition which the IAAF created, the forerunner of the IAAF World Championships which began in 1983.

The IAAF World Cup in Athletics, which was renamed the IAAF Continental Cup in 2010, celebrates its next edition in Ostrava on the weekend of 8-9 September. The exhibition, at the Forum Nova Karolina Shopping Centre in the centre of the city, will be open until the last day of the championships.

IAAF Heritage World / Continental Cup – 1977 to 2018 – Exhibition is kindly supported by the International Athletics Foundation, Asics, Seiko, TDK and Mondo and is delivered by IAAF Heritage along with the Czech Athletics Federation and the LOC of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.

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India U-16s play out a 1-1 draw against DPR Korea

New Delhi, 7th July, 2018: The Indian National team currently on an exposure trip in China played out a 1-1 draw against DPR Korea U-16s in their last match of the Four-Nation Hua Shan Cup CFA International Youth Football Tournament in Wei Nan City, China today (July 07, 2018).

In a drab first half, the Indian Colts had an opportunity to go ahead as early as the 13th minute but Givson’s shot missed the goal by a whisker as DPR Korea survived an early scare.

With DPR Korea dominating possession, the Indian Colts relied on counter-attacks and in the 39th minute, Givson, once again found himself in the mix, this time however, his shot was saved by the opposition custodian.

The Indian Colts survived a scare in the 44th minute when DPR Korea rattled the woodwork as the half-time scoreline read 0-0 as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging.

Changing over, in the 60th minute, Bekey’s shot was saved by the Korean defence line. However, in the 75th minute, the opponents took the lead and found the net to make the scoreline read 1-0.

It wasn’t long before the Indian Colts came up with their response and were awarded a penalty in the 77thminute, which Vikram Pratap Singh slotted with ease to make the scoreline read 1-1.

The full-time scoreline read 1-1 as both teams shared the spoils of battle. In the Tournament, the Indian U-16s had earlier faced hosts China U-17s, and Thailand U-16s, losing 0-1 and 1-3 respectively.

 

Rani to lead India at the 18th Asian Games

Striker Rani to lead the squad with ace Goalkeeper Savita as her deputy

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New Delhi, 06 July 2018: Hockey India on Friday named the 18-member Indian Women’s Hockey Team for the 18th Asian Games 2018 to begin in Jakarta/Palembang on 18 August 2018.

The team will be led by striker Rani who had successfully Captained the Indian Women’s Hockey Team that won the 9th Women’s Asia Cup last year. Ace goalkeeper Savita has been named as the Vice Captain and she will be joined by Rajani Etimarpu at the goalpost for the prestigious event where India will vie for the Gold to earn a direct qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India’s defence will feature the experienced Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Reena Khokhar and dragflicker Gurjit Kaur while the team’s midfield will include Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Udita, Nikki Pradhan and Neha Goyal.

The forward-line will be led by the skipper Rani who has over 200 International Caps for India. She will be ably-supported by Vandana Katariya who also completed 200 International Caps for India at the recently held Spain Tour. Youngster Lalremsiami has also been rewarded with a place in the squad for her recent exploits and she will be joined by Navneet Kaur and Navjot Kaur who have had a good showing in the recent tournaments for India.

“We have a good mixture of experienced and young players. I’m happy to note that each one of them have experienced what it is like to play high level matches,” expressed Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.

He further added that the team’s performance at the forthcoming Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 starting 21 July 2018 will have an impact ahead of the 18th Asian Games. “Playing well in London will be good for the confidence of the team ahead of the 18th Asian Games. I can tell the team that they are good and that they are capable of winning against any team but when you experience it yourself it is always better for the confidence,” added Marijne.

While India have etched their place as a dominant team at the Asian level with their winning performances at the 9th Women’s Asia Cup (winners in 2017) and the Asian Champions Trophy (winners in 2016; runners up in 2018), China ranked No.8 in the world and Korea ranked at No.9 will be a threat to India’s campaign for Gold at the Asian Games. On asked if the Team is working on specific areas to excel against China and Korea, Sjoerd said, “The team’s focus at the moment is on the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018. A good show there will certainly give us the right momentum for the 18th Asian Games and who our opponents are won’t matter if our performance is good in all areas.”

Indian Women’s Team:

Goalkeepers: 1. Savita (Vice-Captain) 2. Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: 3. Deep Grace Ekka, 4. Sunita Lakra, 5. Deepika, 6. Gurjit Kaur, 7. Reena Khokhar.
Midfielders: 8. Namita Toppo, 9. Lilima Minz, 10. Monika, 11. Udita, 12. Nikki Pradhan, 13. Neha Goyal.
Forwards: 14. Rani (Captain), 15. Vandana Katariya, 16. Lalremsiami, 17. Navneet Kaur, 18. Navjot Kaur.

 

10 to watch at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018

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Hundreds of promising athletes will be in Finland for the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 from 10-15 July.

Our event-by-event previews cover all the main medal contenders, but here are 10 particularly exciting talents to follow next week.

Christopher Taylor (JAM) 400m

1 Oct 1999

The diminutive Jamaican sprinter was one of the star performers at the IAAF World U18 Championships Cali 2015, where he sped to a world age-15 best of 45.27 to win the 400m.

A brief injury spell meant that Taylor was not at his best at the last World U20 Championships, but this season he has set national U20 records at 100m (10.11) and 400m (44.88). His 200m PB of 20.35, meanwhile, puts him second on the Jamaican U20 all-time list behind Usain Bolt.

Achievements
2015 Carifta Games: 400m 1st, 4x400m 1st
2015 World U18 Championships: 400m 1st
2016 Carifta Games: 400m 1st, 4x100m 1st, 4x400m 1st
2016 World U20 Championships: 4x400m 3rd
2017 Carifta Games: 400m 1st, 4x100m 1st, 4x400m 2nd
2017 Pan-American Junior Championships: 200m 1st, 4x100m 2nd, 4x400m 2nd
2018 Carifta Games: 400m 1st, 4x100m 1st, 4x400m 1st

Progression (100m, 200m, 400m)
2014: -, -, 48.80
2015: -, 20.78, 45.27
2016: 10.44, 20.80, 45.66
2017: -, 20.38, 45.41
2018: 10.11, 20.35, 44.88

Selemon Barega (ETH) 5000m

20 Jan 2000

He still has another full season left as an U20 athlete, but the Ethiopian teenager has already established himself as one of the best distance runners in the world.

Barega was a relative unknown when he won the world U20 5000m title in 2016. Now a regular on the international circuit, he heads to Tampere with the aim of becoming the first man in history to win back-to-back world U20 titles in the 5000m.

Achievements
2016 East African U20 Championships: 5000m 3rd
2016 World U20 Championships: 5000m 1st
2017 World Cross Country Championships: U20 race 5th
2017 African U20 Championships: 5000m 1st
2017 World U18 Championships: 3000m 1st
2017 World Championships: 5000m 5th
2018 World Indoor Championships: 3000m 2nd

Progression (3000m, 5000m)
2015: -, 13:58.8
2016: -, 13:21.21
2017: 7:38.90, 12:55.58
2018: 7:36.64i, 13:02.67

Sokwakhana Zazini (RSA) 400m hurdles

23 Sep 2000

The South African 400m hurdler set a world U18 best of 48.84 in 2017 and went on to win the world U18 title in Nairobi, finishing almost three seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Now in his first year as an U20 athlete, Zazini continues to impress in both one-lap events. Earlier this year he reduced his PBs to 45.86 for the 400m flat and 49.32 over the senior height 400m hurdles.

Achievements
2017 World U18 Championships: 400m hurdles 1st, 4x400m 3rd

Progression (pole vault)
2014: -, 52.76 (U18)
2015: -, 53.05 (U18)
2016: 47.23, 50.85 (U18)
2017: 46.20, 48.84 (U18)
2018: 45.86, 49.32

Armand Duplantis (SWE) pole vault

10 Nov 1999

Few athletes in history have achieved as much while an U20 athlete as Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis.

Born into a pole vaulting family, the USA-based Swede has set countless age-group records on his rapid rise to the top. He now owns the eight best vaults in history at the U20 level, indoors and out, topped by his lifetime best of 5.93m.

Achievements
2015 World U18 Championships: pole vault 1st
2016 World U20 Championships: pole vault 3rd
2017 European U20 Championships: pole vault 1st
2017 World Championships: pole vault 9th
2018 World Indoor Championships: pole vault 7th

Progression (pole vault)
2013: 4.15
2014: 4.75i
2015: 5.30
2016: 5.51
2017: 5.90
2018: 5.93

Jordan Diaz (CUB) triple jump

23 Feb 2001

The Cuban production line of horizontal jumpers shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, Jordan Diaz could well be one of the brightest talents the country has ever produced.

He bounded out to a world U18 best of 17.30m to win the world U18 title in Nairobi last year and extended that mark to 17.41m in Havana last month. The 17-year-old sits at third on the world U20 all-time list and still has another two years in the age group.

Achievements
2017 World U18 Championships: triple jump 1st

Progression (triple jump)
2015: 15.02
2016: 15.65
2017: 17.30
2018: 17.41

Samantha Watson (USA) 800m

10 Nov 1999

An impressive range and a smart tactical racing brain makes Samantha Watson one of the most exciting middle-distance prospects to come from the USA.

She showed no fear when winning the 800m titles at the 2015 World U18 Championships and 2016 World U20 Championships, despite being the youngest in the field on both occasions.

Achievements
2015 World U18 Championships: 800m 1st, 4x400m 1st
2016 World U20 Championships: 800m 1st, 4x400m 1st
2018 NCAA Indoor Championships: 800m 3rd
2018 NCAA Championships: 800m 1st

Progression (400m, 800m)
2014: 54.93, 2:15.99
2015: 52.69, 2:03.54
2016: 53.21, 2:02.91
2017: 55.76i, 2:00.65
2018: 54.77, 2:01.46

Celliphine Chespol (KEN) 3000m steeplechase

23 Mar 1999

Although she was already the world U18 and U20 champion, the Kenyan steeplechaser produced one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season when she set a world U20 record of 8:58.78 in Eugene, making her the second-fastest woman in history.

Now a regular competitor on the international circuit, Chespol owns the six fastest times in history at the U20 level.

Achievements
2015 World U18 Championships: 2000m steeplechase 1st
2016 World U20 Championships: 3000m steeplechase 1st
2017 World Cross Country Championships: U20 race 3rd
2017 World Championships: 3000m steeplechase 6th
2018 African Cross Country Championships: senior race 1st
2018 Commonwealth Games: 3000m steeplechase 2nd

Progression (3000m steeplechase)
2015: 10:18.3
2016: 9:24.73
2017: 8:58.78
2018: 9:01.82

Lisa Gunnarsson (SWE) pole vault

20 Aug 1999

She has jumped higher than any U18 pole vaulter in history, and now the 18-year-old is aiming to cap her U20 career by taking her first global title.

The globe-trotting Swede has spent time living in Sweden, Argentina, Luxemburg, France and is now based in the USA. Having set a world U18 best of 4.50m in 2016, her PB now stands at 4.60m – the highest vault in the world this year by a U20 athlete.

Achievements
2015 European U20 Championships: pole vault 5th
2016 World U20 Championships: pole vault 7th
2017 European Indoor Championships: pole vault 6th
2017 European U20 Championships: pole vault 1st

Progression (pole vault)
2014: 3.91
2015: 4.25
2016: 4.50
2017: 4.55
2018: 4.60

Tara Davis (USA) long jump

20 May 1999

USA has never won a medal of any colour in the women’s long jump at the World U20 Championships, but Tara Davis looks poised to end that drought.

Davis is a talented hurdler and triple jumper but truly excels in the long jump, an event in which she won the 2015 world U18 title and has a best of 6.73m.

Achievements
2015 World U18 Championships: long jump 1st, triple jump 9th
2017 Pan-American U20 Championships: long jump 1st, 100m hurdles 2nd, 4x100m 1st
2018 NCAA Indoor Championships: long jump 3rd, 60m hurdles 6th
2018 NCAA Championships: long jump 5th

Progression (100m hurdles, long jump, triple jump)
2014: 14.50 (14.26w), 6.03, 12.12 (12.14w)
2015: 13.48, 6.41, 13.01
2016: 13.62 (13.38w), 6.37i, 13.16
2017: 12.95 (12.83w), 6.73 (6.80w), 13.20
2018: 13.09 (13.04w), 6.71, 12.89i

Alexandra Emilianov (MDA) discus

19 Sep 1999

Since winning the world U18 title in Cali three years ago, Moldova’s Alexandra Emilianov has been one of the most prolific athletes in international age-group championships.

Having also won U18 and U20 titles at the Balkan and European level, the only major gold medal left for Emilianov to win as a teenager is the world U20 title.

Achievements
2015 World U18 Championships: discus 1st
2016 Balkan U18 Championships: shot put 1st, discus 1st
2016 European U18 Championships: shot put 1st, discus 1st
2016 World U20 Championships: discus 3rd
2017 Balkan U20 Championships: shot put 1st, discus 1st
2017 European U20 Championships: discus 1st
2018 NCAA Championships: discus 12th
2018 Balkan U20 Championships: shot put 1st, discus 1st

Progression (shot put, discus)
2014: 11.90, 47.05
2015: 14.12 (15.37 U18), 52.78
2016: 14.76i (18.50 U18), 58.09
2017: 15.86i, 57.10
2018: 15.63i, 60.24

 

JKNRC will make history with all-women’s team as Round 1 begins on Saturday

Coimbatore, July 6: The JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship 2018 will create history in its 21st edition, unveiling an all-women’s team in its opening round set to start at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Saturday.

The six ladies who have been selected after a nation-wide talent hunt will represent Ahura Racing, with a celebrity driver in the form of Maharashtra actress Manisha Kelkar, leading the charge against the big boys of racing.

“We are proud to welcome an all-women’s team into the JKNRC,” Sanjay Sharma, JK Motorsports head, said. “We are confident that this will usher in a new trend, attracting many more ladies to motor sports,” he added.

As many as 25 top drivers, including last year’s champion Chittesh Mandody (Avalanche Racing) and former winner Vishnu Prasad (MSport), will be fighting for top honours in this category. Sandeep Kumar (Dark Don Racing), who finished just two points behind Chittesh last year, will also hope to do one better this time.

JKNRC’s blue riband event, the Euro JK 18 will pit the country’s top 11 racers against each other, in what promises to be a fast and furious affair. Last year’s third-place finisher Nayan Chatterjee will begin as the favourite, with defending champion Anindith Reddy graduating to the international circuit.

The FB02’s first female racer Mira Erda and the teenage duo of Yash Aradhya and Nirmal Uma Shankar are likely to emerge as the new Challengers to experienced hands like Sri Lanka’s Bryan Perera and Manav Sharma.

In the two-wheelers’ section, Joesph Matthew will return to defend his crown in the JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup. The Chennai racer was at his dominating best last season, winning the championship well before the fourth and final round, and will hope to continue his good run. Sachin Chaudhary of Ahmedabad and Malsawmdawngliana of Aizawl will, however, be breathing down his neck.

Like last year, the Red Bull Road to Rookies’ Cup will witness an active participation from the North East, with seven out of the nine riders coming from Aizawl. The youngsters in the age category of 12-16 will aim to blaze the tracks and earn themselves an all-expenses paid trip to Spain to represent India at the mega event.

JKNRC Calendar:

Round 1: July 6-8, Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore.
Round 2: Aug 31-Sep 2, Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore.
Round 3: Oct 12-14, Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore.
Round 4: Nov 16-18, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

About JK Tyre Motorsport:

JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.

In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.

Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country’s  motorsport talents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.

Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed “JetRacing”-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.

 

Shardul Thakur to replace Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad

The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Shardul Thakur as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in India’s ODI squad.

The fast bowler suffered an injury to his left thumb during India’s first T2OI against Ireland in Dublin. He was ruled out of the ongoing T2OI series against England.

Bumrah underwent a surgery on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Leeds before returning to India. The surgery was successful and he will commence rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.

India’s squad for ODIs against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

 

Ronaldo, Fabio Capello, Frank Lampard and Mia Hamm join Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 judging panels

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Moscow, July 4, 2018: The Best FIFA Football Awards, the premier annual awards celebration held by football’s world governing body, today announced two panels to decide shortlisted candidates for the Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Players and Coaches for the 2017-18 season.

The men’s panel includes legends Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard, while stars Mia Hamm, Sun Wen and Maia Jackman form part of the women’s panel.

The judges will shortlist ten candidates for each category, which will be unveiled on 23 July 2018 – with a public vote opening on the same day. Football fans, national team captains, head coaches and more than 200 media representatives will then cast their votes to decide who will be crowned the best players and coaches in the men’s and women’s games from last season.

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ currently showcasing the finest footballing talent on the planet, the race for the Best FIFA Football Awards is even more intense and the showpiece event will take on added significance when it returns to London for a second time on 24 September 2018.

At last year’s awards, Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the Best Men’s Player Award, the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens was crowned Best Women’s Player, French icon Zinédine Zidane was named Best Men’s Coach and the Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman was Best Women’s Coach.

Separate panels will shortlist candidates for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award, the FIFA Puskás Award and the FIFA Fan Award, with the winner of the Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award chosen by a panel of FIFA Legends [click HERE for more information on the Judging Panels].

In recognition and celebration of the essential role played by football fans in the game, the FIFA Fan Award, an appreciation of memorable moments created by fans, is voted for by supporters. The FIFA Puskás Award, handed out to the player judged to have scored the best goal of the year, is also determined by fans’ votes.

 

Official FIFA World Cup account on VK surpasses 89 million views

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Zurich, July, 6, 2018: The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been one of the most discussed online topics amongst football fans in Russia this summer with the official vKontakte (VK) page for 2018 FIFA World Cup surpassing over 89 million views before the start of today’s quarter-final matches.

The data revealed by FIFA today sheds light on how fans across Russia and the CIS region are connecting and consuming with the 2018 FIFA World Cup through official FIFA digital and social media accounts, as well as how FIFA digital platforms are continuing to help fans from around the world connect, engage and stay up to date with all the action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

With over 97 million active users every month, VK is the biggest social media platform in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), receiving over 6.5 billion daily messages in more than 86 languages.

Key facts about how the official VK page for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is helping fans across Russia to connect and engage with the tournament include:

Over 89 million views so far on the official 2018 FIFA World Cup VK News Feed

In June alone, content from the official 2018 FIFA World Cup VK account reached more than 22 million users

In June and July so far, over 1 million public posts and comments have been about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. These included:

Over 300 000 posts about Cristiano Ronaldo

75 000+ posts about Lionel Messi

Over 1.2 million posts about 32 participating teams

Over one million followers on the official FIFA World Cup page on VK

Prior to the start of quarterfinal stage, engagement on the official VK page for the FIFA World Cup peaked during the Round of 16 match between Spain and Russia with the page receiving over 1.2 million likes with more than 9.5 million unique users using VK throughout the 1 July – the equivalent of approximately 10% of VK’s monthly audience.

As part of its coverage of the tournament, VK has also launched a dedicated 2018 FIFA World Cup News Feed in June, as well as a special widget providing live score updates and match schedules, to further drive engagement and ensure fans receive the latest news, photos, match reports and interviews from existing FIFA digital platforms and other leading sports publications.

Since 14 June, the official community chat bot for the FIFA World Cup – a semi-automated information service for fans providing match day information, score updates, statistics and news – has also received over 400,000 requests from users and sent back more than 5,000,000 messages, underlining the 2018 FIFA World Cup as one of the most connected and engaged with FIFA World Cup tournaments in history.

 

NEC sponsors the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia

New Delhi, July 6, 2018: NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement between its subsidiary PT. NEC Indonesia (NEC Indonesia) and the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), an organizing committee of the 18th Asian Games.

Under the agreement, NEC Indonesia becomes a supporting sponsor and the ICT security system partner for the games, which will be held in and around Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia between August 18 and September 2, 2018.

The Asian Games are one of the world’s largest multi-sport events, held every four years since 1954. More than 16,000 Athletes from 45 Asian countries will participate in this year’s event.

As the ICT security system partner, NEC will contribute to INASGOC’s effort to realize a smart, safe and efficient environment, both for athletes and guests, through the provision of innovative venue ICT solutions, including network infrastructure and surveillance systems.

“Information technology and communication system have implemented in all fields for ASIAN GAMES 2018 Jakarta – Palembang. Therefore, security in using information, communication and technology must be maintained. Moreover, many important sectors that use internet-based communication technology, such as matches, time and scoring, media and broadcast etc. We are pleased to cooperate with NEC and its involvement in ASIAN GAMES 2018.” said Erick Thohir, President of INASGOC.

“Globally, NEC is actively contributing to local communities to realize a brighter and more sustainable world. We are proud to play a supporting role for the athletes in providing a safe environment for them to compete, as well as enhancing the fan experience using ICT technology. We hope that all the athletes will achieve their goals and aspirations in this edition of the games,” said Ichiro Kurihara, President Director, NEC Indonesia.

Positioning the safety business as a global growth engine in its “Mid-Term Management Plan 2020,” covering the three-year period until FY2020, NEC aims to promote the expansion of “NEC Safer Cities” business, including public safety, digital government and smart transportation.

 

Tampere to host 3rd IAAF World U20 Coaches Conference

The 3rd IAAF World U20 Coaches Conference will be held at the Sokos Hotel Ilves in Tampere on 15 July.

The programme, which takes place on the morning of the final day of competition at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018, begins at 09:00 EEST (GMT/UTC+3) with a media briefing announcing the release of the 2017 World Championships Biomechanics Study findings, and concludes at 13:00.

The keynotes speakers include Romain Meeusen, Head of the Human Physiology Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and Ville Kallinen, Master of Sport Science and Doctoral Student at Finland’s University of Jyva?skyla? in coaching and fitness testing.

Meeusen’s research interests are focused on exercise and the brain in health and disease and the influence of neurotransmitters on human performance, training and rehabilitation. He will present, “What Happens in the brain during exercise?”.

Kallinen, who is currently researching children’s motivational factors in organised sports participation, will present, “How to prevent ‘drop out’ in U20 competitive sport”.

Q&A sessions will also follow the presentations. The conference will be moderated by Gunter Lange, Senior Manager for Education at the IAAF Development Department.

Unlike previous editions of similar conferences held alongside the World U20 Championships, there is no limit on participation. Member federations may register as many participants as they’d like, while anyone outside of the championships may also attend. Admission is free but advance registration is recommended via email to IAAF Development Department Manager Stéphane Merlino.

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Chandarjeet Yadav seizes the second round lead with a bogey-free 65

Local lad Amardeep Rawat also shoots 65 to be placed second

Lucknow, July 5, 2018: Chandarjeet Yadav of Chandimandir, Haryana, returned the day’s joint best score of five-under-65 to seize the second round lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Lucknow Golf Club. Yadav totaled four-under-136.

Lucknow’s Amardeep Rawat, playing at his home course, matched Yadav’s 65 to end the day one shot behind him in second place at three-under-137.

Chandarjeet Yadav (71-65), who was overnight tied 10th, worked his way to the top of the leaderboard with an error-free round that featured some brilliant chip-putts.

Chandarjeet, currently ninth on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit thanks to his two top-10s this season, capitalized on all four par-5s on Thursday, the third, seventh, 12th and 16th, with the help of his sharp short-game. The 23-year-old, who turned professional in 2015, also sank an 11-footer for birdie on the 11th.

Yadav, fourth in Jaipur last week, said, “Firing 15 greens in regulation made all the difference for me today. In round one, I had fewer regulations and also missed chip-putts from around the green. My hitting and chipping was excellent today.

“I’ll now look to repeat today’s performance in the final round. I also take this opportunity to thank Lt. Gen. Baljeet Singh from Panchkula who has given me all the support possible since 2015, be it in terms of financial assistance or providing golfing equipment. His encouragement is the reason that I’m being able to play as a professional today.”

Amardeep Rawat (72-65), like Yadav, also took a giant leap on day two, as he climbed from overnight tied 10th to second position and thus kept the local interest alive.

The 30-year-old Rawat, currently 10th in the Feeder Tour rankings as a result of one top-10 this season, rallied with six birdies after an early bogey on the second.

Amardeep drained five birdies on the back-nine which included a chip-in on the 13th. He charged within one shot of the lead with two birdies on the last three holes.

Rawat said, “My putting clicked on the back-nine today. I’m well-positioned at the moment and quite confident of my chances in the final round as I feel I have the advantage of local knowledge.”

Karnal’s Maniram produced an eagle-two during his round of 67 which placed him third at two-under-138.

The three round one leaders, Ashbeer Saini (72), Nur Hossain Sardar (74) and Vishal Singh (75), slipped to tied sixth, tied 13th and tied 16th respectively.

The cut was declared at eight-over-148. Forty-one professionals out of a total of 70 made the cut for the third and last round.

Chandigarh’s Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal, who made an albatross in round one, shot a second straight 74 on Thursday to make the cut by one shot at eight-over-148.

Lakshya Nagar of Noida made a hole-in-one on the fourth during his round of 77. However, he missed the cut by two shots.

 

Marko Stankovic & Diego Carlos to continue with FC Pune City

Pune, 04th July 2018: The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor co-owned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today announced retaining Austrian midfielder Marko Stankovic and Brazilian forward Diego Carlos for the 2018-19 season.

Speaking on bringing back Marko and Diego, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Marko is a solid midfielder, his control in the midfield and decision making during the game is impressive. Marko joined us half way during the season last year. I believe with a full season at his disposal, Marko will have many chances to showcase his worth. Diego played his heart out last season playing almost all the games. His chemistry with Alfaro and Marcelinho and his runs in the opposition’s box made our frontline potent.”

Marko started his career with DSV Leoben back in 1991, after his stint with clubs like U.S. Triestina Calcio, SK Sturm Graz and Austria Wien where he won one league title, featured in the Europa League and UEFA Champions League. The midfielder has also represented Austrian junior and senior national teams. Last year, Stankovic made 10 appearances for the Stallions.

Diego kicked off his youth career with Flamengo and after plying his trade for a couple of seasons in Brazil, he moved to play in the Russian National League where he represented Nizhny Novgorod and scored 10 goals. Last season, the Brazilian winger made 18 appearances and scored two goals and one assist for FC Pune City.

Excited about returning to FC Pune City, Marko said, “Last time around, I joined the club mid-season but this year I will be around from the beginning which gives me more time to settle with the team. Being a defensive and creative midfielder, I shall ensure sure every pass I make counts. I can’t wait to don the Orange & Purple jersey and make it count this time.”

Elated on joining back the Stallions, Diego said, ”It was a terrific season last time around. The team went on a historic run and I was glad to be a part of it. With new season, comes new intentions and I will make sure they are such that will make the club and its fans proud.”

About FC Pune City:

FC Pune City is an Indian Super League football team based out of Pune, Maharashtra. The club is co-owned by The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor. The club was founded in 2014 and its home ground is the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune. The club is committed to making a difference not just at the senior level but also at the grassroots level of football in India.

 

FICA Responds to Outcomes of ICC Board Meeting

Sanctioning of Events & Player Release

4th July 2018: In light of recent developments cricket is in need of a regulatory framework which recognises all elements of the global game and which will be effective now and in the future. In establishing this framework, FICA believes that the following should be recognised:

1. International cricket and Domestic T20 are both good for the game and are integral parts of the game’s future.
2. Domestic T20 is growing the game globally with fans and providing opportunity for players. International cricket needs to be strong and attract the best players. Establishing an appropriate balance between the two is critical for the future.
3. Cricket’s focus should be less on restricting players from playing where they are valued and more on positive measures to ensure an attractive system including in relation to scheduling, economic models and the creation of world class environments.
4. The movement of players is a fundamental aspect of growing and developing the game globally in both existing and new markets.

FICA is concerned that the narrowly defined objectives for a regulatory framework published by the ICC will not set the game up appropriately for the direction in which it is moving. If regulation is not effective it will not have the desired outcome, so this is as important for the future of international cricket as it is for the entire game. FICA has proposed broader and additional objectives based on a global vision. FICA believes that objectives must also include reference to the players’ fundamental employment rights, including players being able to play where they are valued.

FICA is further concerned at reports following the ICC meetings that blanket regulation is to be introduced to restrict players to playing in three T20 leagues and believes that any arbitrary restriction is likely to constitute a restraint of trade in most countries. Any regulations should be designed to minimise the likelihood of successful legal challenge.

“FICA believes that a fit-for-purpose global regulatory framework is necessary,” said FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish.  “We will however continue to oppose blanket or arbitrary restrictive measures imposed on players without agreement. We urge the ICC to resolve imbalances and tensions caused by the structure of the game, scheduling and game economics through positive measures which will also allow the game to grow globally. FICA wants to be part of this endeavour.”

Code of Conduct

FICA supports holistic measures to protect the spirit and integrity of the game.

The ICC has predominantly focused on increasing its ability to punitively punish players, to the exclusion of more holistic or industry wide measures that FICA believes would be most effective. FICA is concerned that some of the ICC’s measures also reduce players’ access to a fair hearing which becomes even more important when punishments are significantly increased.

In developing the game’s response to the issue of player behaviour, FICA encourages the ICC to also consider mechanisms to ensure that cricket officials are also held to the same standard of behaviour as the players.

Elements of the more holistic measures which FICA has proposed include:

– Conducting a thorough collaborative review and simplification process to bring the Code of Conduct to life
– Adopting one set of laws, rules or charter for all players and officials
– Sanctions which focus on rehabilitation and education, not just punishment
– Greater clarity, education and training regarding the Code and Spirit of Cricket for players and officials, including targeted campaigns, as have been successfully used in other sports
– Mechanisms to ensure greater consistency in the application of the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct
– Consideration of how the game deals with the principle of “double jeopardy” where an issue has already been dealt with under a global code

“FICA will continue to urge the ICC to look to these wider measures to effectively deal with conduct across the entire game,” said Irish.

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) was established in 1998 to co-ordinate the activities of all national players’ associations which protect the interests of professional cricketers throughout the world. It brings together the world’s cricketers, regardless of nationality, religion, political persuasion or race, under an international body focused on matters of general interest to the game and its players.

FICA Structure
President – Vikram Solanki
Executive Chairman – Tony Irish
Chief Operating Officer – Tom Moffat

FICA Board
Australian Cricketers’ Association – Alistair Nicholson
Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh – Debabrata Paul
Irish Cricketers’ Association – Cecelia Joyce
New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association – Heath Mills
Professional Cricketers’ Association (UK) – David Leatherdale
Scottish Cricketers’ Association – Alisdair Evans
South African Cricketers’ Association – Tony Irish
Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Association – Ken De Alwis
West Indies Players’ Association – Wavell Hinds
Independent – Lisa Sthalekar
Independent – Graeme Smith

 

Ashbeer Saini, Vishal Singh, Nur Hossain Sardar share opening day honours at Feeder Tour event in Lucknow

Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal fires a rare albatross

Lucknow, July 4, 2018: Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini, Jaipur’s Vishal Singh and Nur Hossain Sardar of Kolkata produced the opening day’s best efforts of two-under-68 to take the early lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Lucknow Golf Club.

Delhi-based Bhanu Pratap Singh shot a one-under-69 to occupy fourth place in round one of the season’s fifth and penultimate event.

Ashbeer Saini, who won his maiden title at the Feeder Tour event in Karnal last month, continued his top form as he sank five birdies in exchange for three bogeys.

The 24-year-old Saini, currently third on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit, thanks to his top-10s in all four events this season, was one-over through the first seven holes. However, two conversions from 15 to 25 feet on the eighth and 10th got his game up and running.

Thereafter, some quality iron-play ensured two more birdies for Ashbeer on the 12th and 13th. He dropped his third shot of the day on the 15thto close with a 68.

Saini said, “I’m playing at the Lucknow Golf Club for the first time so I’m quite happy with this start. I feel there is much more consistency in my game now and that gives me the opportunity to contend every week.

“Reading the greens will be the key at this course. The faster I adjust to the green speed the more chances I’ll have of picking up strokes.”

Nur Hossain Sardar has had a forgettable Feeder Tour season so far having posted just one top-20 in four starts. Sardar, however, looks set to turn it around as he submitted the only bogey-free card of the opening day. Nur Hossain made pars till the 13th and then enjoyed a late surge with birdies on the 14th and 16th.

Vishal Singh, a former winner on the PGTI, mixed four birdies with two bogeys to be part of the three-way tie at the top along with Saini and Sardar.

Bhanu Pratap Singh added two late birdies on the 16th and 18th to end the day just a shot behind the leaders.

Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar made three birdies and three bogeys during his round of even-par-70 that placed him tied fifth along with four others.

One of the highlights of the day was Chandigarh lad Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal’s spectacular albatross on the par-5 third where he holed his second shot, a five-iron, from a distance of 195 yards. Jatiwal’s round of 74 placed him tied 35th.

 

IAAF approves the application of eight Russian Athletes to compete internationally as neutral athletes

Press Release

The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of eight Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2018 under competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

In December 2017, the IAAF issued a simplified application process for 2017 Authorised Neutral Athletes to reapply for continued eligibility to compete in international competitions in 2018.

Since publication of the simplified application and updated guidelines under Rule 22.1A(b) in December, the IAAF has received 199 applications from Russian athletes.

A total of 67 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as Authorised Neutral Athletes in 2018. 62 applications have been denied and 5 athletes have had their ANA status revoked. A number of applications have been withdrawn or were submitted out of time.

The Doping Review Board is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski.

As this is an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed.

2018 Authorised Neutral Athletes

Date of announcement and athlete/event:

3 July 2018: Mariya Aglitskaya (sprint hurdles), Timofey Chalyy (400m hurdles), Georgiy Gorokhov (pole vault), Ilya Ivanyuk (high jump), Timur Morgunov (pole vault), Vera Rudakova (400m hurdles), Yevgeniy Rybakov (distances), Fyodor Shutov (distances)

22 June 2018 – IAAF World U20 Championships and European U18 Championships: Oleg Braiko (jumps), Viktoriya Gorlova (long jump), Maria Kochanova (high jump), Elena Kulichenko (high jump)

22 June 2018 – IAAF World U20 Championships: Diana Adasko (triple jump), Elizaveta Bondarenko (pole vault), Ilya Dolbin (pole vault), Aleksei Fadeev (high jump), Aksana Gatauillina (pole vault), Elizaveta Kamenets (combined events), Stepan Kekin (combined events), Aleksei Kislitsa (discus), Polina Knoroz (pole vault), Polina Miller (sprints), Nikolay Orlov (javelin), Alina Sharkova (400m hurdles), Anastasiia Shkuratova (hammer), Olga Viktorova (400m hurdles), Valentina Ulianova (high jump)

22 June 2018 – European U18 Championships: Dzhennifer Akiniimika (sprints), Irina Boldyreva (sprint hurdles), Valeria Chehovich (400m hurdles), Arseniy Elfimov (combined events), Violetta Ignateva (throws), Dmitriy Kachanov (pole vault), Adelina Khalikova (high jump), Alexander Komarov (combined events), Vilena Komarova (combined events), Sergey Kozlov (discus), Iana Melnikova (discus), Maria Privalova (jumps), Olesia Soldatova (400m), Anastasiia Zui (400m hurdles), Sergey Zverev (hammer), Valeria Yakimenko (hammer)

12 April 2018: Kseniya Aksyonova (sprints), Vasiliy Mizinov (race walks), Sergey Shubenkov (sprint hurdles), Yana Smerdova (race walks)

21 February 2018: Maksim Afonin (shot put), Anna Krylova (triple jump)

2 February 2018: Ilya Shkurenev (combined events)

25 January 2018: Viktor Butenko (discus), Danila Danilov (hammer), Alexsey Fedorov (triple jump), Irina Gumenyuk (triple jump), Vyacheslav Kolesnichenko (sprints), Mariya Lasitskene (high jump), Aleksandr Lesnoy (shot put), Alyona Lutkovskaya (pole vault), Danil Lysenko (high jump), Alaina Mamina (sprints), Yuliya Maltseva (discus), Polina Miller (sprints), Ilya Mudrov (pole vault), Olga Mullina (pole vault), Sofiya Palkina (hammer), Viktoriya Prokopenko (triple jump), Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault), Aleksei Sokyrskii (hammer)

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Tampere set to host one of the biggest editions of the IAAF World U20 Championship

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The IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 (10-15 July), which get underway one week from today in the southern Finnish city, are set to become one of the largest editions in the history of these championships.

With the deadline for the final entries now closed, a total of 1466 athletes –782 men and 684 women– representing 160 federations and teams* have been entered. Only the 2012 edition in Barcelona, with 1566 athletes, and the 2016 edition in Bydgoszcz, with 1545 athletes competing, have witnessed larger gatherings.

To mark the one week to go milestone, the Local Organising Committee has released the event’s official programme.

The 56-page publication contains just about everything fans need and want to know about the championships, including the timetable, an introduction to the host city, travel and transport logistics and information on Tampere’s pioneering example of sustainable event hosting. Several athletes expected to star at the championships are also featured. English and French versions are available for download.

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*158 member federations will be represented; in addition, some athletes will be competing for the Athlete Refugee Team (ART) while others will be entered as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA).

 

David Richardson to step down following ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

The International Cricket Council today confirmed that David Richardson will step down as ICC Chief Executive when his contract expires post next summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

In 2002, Mr Richardson became the first person to hold the position of ICC General Manager – Cricket, and was promoted as the Chief Executive in 2012.

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the ICC Board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO.

“His achievements speak for themselves, but in recent history the commercial success of the sport, his leadership of the ICC team and establishing greater context for international cricket are of particular note.

“David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC.”

Mr Richardson added: “The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am particularly pleased with what we have achieved in recent times in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all Members to play at the highest level.

“I will certainly do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy for cricket aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.

“I’d like to thank the ICC Chairman and the current board of directors and Member Chief Executives for their support and of course to my senior team and all of the ICC staff who are so dedicated to our great sport.”

 

Preeti Dubey will lead India under-23 team

New Delhi, 02 July 2018: Hockey India on Monday also named the Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team for the upcoming U23 Six Nations Tournament to be held from 14th – 21st July 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. The Indian Women’s team will be playing a total of five round-robin matches against Ireland, Great Britain, Belgium, Canada and Netherlands. The tournament will see the top two teams at the end of the round-robin matches facing each other in the Final on July 21, while the remaining teams will play classification matches.

Preeti Dubey will be Captaining the 18-member team, whereas Salima Tete will shoulder the duties of Vice-Captain. The team includes goalkeepers Bichu Devi Kharibam and Khushboo, defenders Neelu Dadiya, Gagandeep Kaur, Salima Tete, Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam and Ishika Chaudhary; while Karishma Yadav, Mahima Choudhary, Jyoti, Mariana Kujur and Manpreet Kaur will command the midfield. Preeti Dubey will be leading the forward line along with Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Mumtaz Khan, Sangita Kumari and Lalrindki.

“The Indian Junior Women’s team will face a stern test in the U23 Six Nations Tournament in Belgium as they play against some of the stronger teams from around the world. These players will get a much-needed exposure and this challenge will help us in forming a wider Core Group of players for the Women’s team. It is a crucial juncture in the careers of these players as some of them will take part in their first major international tournament and will play a part in building a successful team for the future,” stated David John, Director, High Performance, Hockey India.

The Indian Women’s team will play their opening match against Ireland on July 14 at 1400hrs IST.

Junior Women’s Team:

Goalkeepers: Bichu Devi Kharibam, Khushboo
Defenders: Neelu Dadiya, Gagandeep Kaur, Salima Tete (VC), Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam, Ishika Chaudhary
Midfielders: Karishma Yadav,Mahima Choudhary, Jyoti, Mariana Kujur,Manpreet Kaur
Forwards: Preeti Dubey (C), Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Mumtaz Khan, Sangita Kumari, Lalrindki

 

IOC reinforces its commitment to transparency and reform by publishing Host City Contract

International Olympic Committee Press Release

June 2, 2018: Reinforcing its long-term commitment to transparency and reform, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today published the Host City Contract (HCC) Operational Requirements. This follows the publication in March this year of the HCC Principles, which enable the full implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations and set out the general guidelines governing the relationship between the IOC, the host city, region or country, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), as well as their respective financial and contractual responsibilities. The Operational Requirements form the final part of the Host City Contract.

The new version of the document will apply to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 and previously elected hosts, in line with the process agreed between the IOC and the respective organisers.

More than ever, the requirements strengthen the IOC’s ongoing effort to support hosts in delivering cost-effective, successful and legacy-enhancing Olympic and Paralympic Games. The updated Operational Requirements reflect outcomes of Olympic Agenda 2020’s the New Norm, which is a series of 118 measures that provides cities with increased flexibility in designing the Games to meet long-term goals and guarantees that they receive more assistance from the Olympic Movement.

See what the New Norm looks like.

In addition to ensuring the activation of the New Norm reforms, the Operational Requirements address the organisers’ commitment to respecting and protecting human rights in all matters related to the organisation of the Games.

Also included in the HCC is an IOC contribution estimated at USD 925 million for 2026, based on broadcast and TOP sponsorship programme revenues, the host broadcasting services provided, and transfer of knowledge activities.

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said: “This is another significant step in making the Olympic and Paralympic Games a reality for the communities that have the ambition of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. We are enabling the organisation of Games that will be sustainable and create lasting legacies for their citizens, while also reducing complexity and costs.”

The measures embedded in the new contract are the next step towards achieving maximum potential savings of USD 1 billion for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and USD 500 million for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Some specific examples include:

– Streamlined Games delivery approach

– Enhanced integration with the Paralympic Games

– More partnership between the IOC, Olympic stakeholders and OCOGs

– Clearer allocation of IOC-paid services

– Maximise the use of existing venues and infrastructure

– Adapting requirements and service levels to actual needs

– Completely deleted or optional requirements

The document also supports the drive for continued integration and collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the governing body of Paralympic sport. The agreement includes the principles, timelines and milestones, guarantees and conditions required to sustain the Paralympic Games as an international multi-sport, multi-disability Games. In alignment with the New Norm, this also includes a further merging of requirements for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

 

Takale and Mustafa pair wins Monsoon Challenge trophy 2018

Pune rally driver and his long-time navigator Mohammad Mustafa drove near flawless TSD rally to defend their Mahindra Adventure Monsoon Challenge Rally title beating the pair of Karthick Maruthi and C Sathivel

Pune: With his World Rally Championship debut less than 25 days away, Pune’s lone international rally driver, Sanjay Takale, scored a confidence boosting title win in the Mahindra Adventure Monsoon Challenge Rally 2018, which began in Mangalore and ended in Goa, on Sunday.

Monsoon Challenge was a escapade that Takale wanted to experience before he gets into the gruel of preparations for the Finland WRC round scheduled on the last weekend of July.

“I wanted to defend my title more so for my co-driver Mohammad Mustafa, who was keen on us participating in this two-day TSD (Time Speed Distance) rally that I think I have mastered after winning so many titles,” said Takale after successfully defending the title he won in 2017 exactly a year ago.

This year though the organisers had introduced Night stage to spice up the contest, but in the Open Class Takale had no contest as he picked up mere 11 seconds of penalty points to 15 seconds by Chidananda Murty.

KP Karthick Maruthi, who eventually finished runners-up, was tied for the third place with two others, but as the rally progressed he was the toughest contender for Takale.

“My focus was to enjoy the ride and keep it to the tulip provided and it worked as we picked up very less penalty points though we could not match our last years time,” Takale explained.

Last year he had come close to breaking his own national record of 4 seconds in a dominating drive through Murdeshwar to Panaji. This year monsoon played ‘hide and seek’ nonetheless, the other contestants put up tough fight.

Driving in Open Class, Takale and Mustafa rode their Mahindra XUV almost precisely and maintained good times at Time Controls. In the Leg 1 on Saturday, Takale picked up 35 seconds penalty and another 26 seconds in Leg 2A from Murdeshwar to Karvar and in Leg 2B from Karvar to Goa saw him picking up 15 seconds penalty.

“It was fun driving through the breathtaking coastline over 650 kilometres through the scenic Western Ghats.

Takale and Mustafa logged 1 minute and 27 seconds of penalties, which was good enough for them to tide over the fast approaching Karthick Maruthi.

Takale had finished runners-up in 2012, the second edition of the Mahindra Adventure Monsoon Challenge and was fifth in 2016.

Results:

Final Classification (Top 5):

Open Class: 1. Sanjay Takale and Mohammad Mustafa (1:27 seconds penalty), 2. KP KarthickMaruthi and C Sathivel (1:27); 3. Ravindra Kumar BV and Sagar M (1:30); 4. Pramod Vig and Prakash M (1:30); 5. V Santhosh Kumar and T Nagarajan (1:43).

Class 2: 1. N Maheswaran and Murugan N (1:31); 2. Vikram and Dinky Verghese (1:42); 3. Srikanth Umapathy and D Raghu Raman (2:05); 4.Shafraz Junaid and Akhry Ameer (13:46); 5. Anikesh Verma and Akash Singh (43:59).

 

ICC Board brings in tougher Code of Conduct sanctions


– 75th ICC Annual Conference concludes in Dublin with strong sanctions for ball tampering and personal abuse
– A package of measures to enable Zimbabwe Cricket to stabilize its business also agreed
– Video of ICC Chief Executive David Richardson available here

Dublin, 2 July 2018: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today concluded its five-day Annual Conference in Dublin with strong support for strengthening the ICC Code of Conduct and a range of new offences introduced. A plan for stabilising the financial, cricket and management structures at Zimbabwe Cricket was also agreed.

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “It has been a productive week of meetings here in Dublin and it has been good to have all ICC Members in attendance at our 75th Annual Conference. I and my fellow Board directors were unanimous in supporting the recommendations of the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives’ Committee to drive improved behavior across our sport.

“It is vital that there is a strong deterrent to both players and administrators to ensure we have high standards of conduct in our game. We have more than a billion fans and we must not give any of them any reason to doubt the high levels of integrity within our sport.

“I am satisfied we have mapped out a way forward to enable Zimbabwe Cricket to get back on track. It will require significant change to their financial, managerial and cricketing operations, along with support from the ICC, but we saw the latent potential of cricket at the recent ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe and this gives us the opportunity to build on that.

“I was delighted to welcome Indra Nooyi, our first independent female director to the Board and would like to thank her for her excellent contributions this week. The decision by my fellow directors to bring an independent director onto the Board was an important one and one, that with Indra in place, will be good for the game.”

Zimbabwe Cricket

The ICC Board agreed a package of measures to enable Zimbabwe Cricket to stabilize its business and allow cricket to flourish in the country. Zimbabwe Cricket have now complied with a number of conditions recently set by the ICC Board in relation to their financial situation.

As such, the Board confirmed a rearrangement of ZC’s funding that will assist with the service of its existing debts, whilst the remainder of the funding will only be released on a controlled basis. ICC management will work with Zimbabwe Cricket to develop a plan for managing its cricketing, management and financial structures which will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Sri Lanka

The Board agreed to allow a representative of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister to sit as an observer to the ICC Board and Full Council, but requested that elections for Sri Lanka Cricket are held within six months, failing which SLC’s Membership status would be considered.

Code of Conduct

The ICC Board fully supported the Chief Executives’ Committee and Cricket Committee recommended changes to the Code of Conduct. This includes the introduction of the following new offences and the change in level of some existing offences.

Offence

Level

Attempting to gain and unfair advantage (cheating, other than ball-tampering *

2, 3

Personal abuse *

2, 3

Audible obscenity *

1

Disobeying an umpire’s instructions *

1

Changing the condition of the ball

3 (from 2)

*denotes new offence

The maximum sanction for a Level 3 offence has been increased from 8 suspension points to 12 suspension points (equivalent to 6 Test matches or 12 ODIs).

Match referees will now hear Level 1, 2 and 3 charges with a Judicial Commissioner only hearing Level 4 charges and appeals.

Players or support staff wanting to appeal a decision will now be required to lodge an appeal fee in advance which will be fully refundable if the appeal is successful.

microphone guidelines will also be changed to allow the stump microphone audio to be broadcast at any time, including when the ball is dead.

The Board also agreed to consider how Member Boards can be held liable for its players’ behavior with appropriate sanctions to be imposed on boards when the accumulated number of offences by its players exceed certain thresholds. All of the above will be incorporated into the Code of Conduct for adoption later this year.

CEC also agreed to make changes to the way tours are conducted as part of a collective effort to build a culture of respect in the game. This includes the philosophy that the touring team should be treated as guests in the country with the standard of accommodation, travel and catering equal to that which the home team receives.

The visiting team should also be provided with an opportunity to prepare for upcoming international matches under similar conditions to those they will play in during the series including the same standard and variety of net bowlers and training pitches. Teams should also be provided with the opportunity to mix socially.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “I’d like to thank the Cricket Committee and the Chief Executives for their commitment to improving player behaviour in the game and supporting the introduction of new offences and greater sanctions.

“There is a clear desire here to reclaim cricket’s unique proposition as a game that people can trust in and for us all to live the spirit of cricket in a way that is relevant in the 21st century. With regard to building a culture of respect, the Board agreed that Members should treat each other with respect as well as ensuring that their teams respect each other, the game and the match officials.

“There was strong reaffirmation from all Members of the need to give support to our match officials around their decision making.”

Sanctioning of Events

The ICC Working Group set up to look at the sanctioning of events and player release held their first in-person meeting whilst in Dublin. The objectives of the group were outlined and include:

– Preserving the value of international cricket and its status as the pinnacle of cricket competition ensuring that the best players are available to play international cricket
– Preserving the importance of domestic T20 competition as a key means of developing and promoting the game globally in a way that complements but does not compromise international cricket
– Ensuring the proper organization and conduct of the sport, including ensuring events are played according to a single set of rules and to set minimum standards on operational matters
– Protecting player health, safety and welfare, including that a player’s workload is not overloaded and that players play in safe conditions, secure in the knowledge that their contractual arrangements are safeguarded
– Protecting the integrity of the sport
– Protecting the grassroots development of the game and the game’s position as a community service provider, including ensuring that revenues generated from events are reinvested in the game, especially in grassroots development and facilities, encouraging the development of home-grown players, and acknowledging that there are a finite number of possible playing dates in the calendar.

The group, which comprises a number of Member Chief Executives and representatives of FICA, will prepare a draft set of regulations for consideration by the ICC Board in October.

Vice-Chairman

Imran Khwaja, Chairman of the Associate Members, was unanimously voted by the Board to continue in his post as ICC Vice-Chairman following his re-election as associate representative earlier this week.

World Test Championship

The playing conditions for the World Test Championship were approved by the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC). This includes the points structure which was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee and the provision of a reserve day to enable any time lost through bad weather to be made up for the final. The full playing conditions will be drafted over the coming weeks and published in due course.

The CEC also confirmed that whilst all World Test Championship games must be 5-day Test matches, four day Tests can continue to be played by Members.

2018 Women’s T20 Asia Cup

It was agreed, in light of the recent decision to award international status to all women’s T20 matches played between ICC Members after 1 July 2018, to retrospectively grant all matches at the recent Women’s T20 Asia Cup T20I status. All Member men’s senior teams will be awarded T20I status on 1 January 2019following the cut-off point for qualification to the ICC World T20 2020.

Rankings for women and men will be introduced in October 2018 and May 2019 respectively as part of the ICC’s commitment to growing the game through its shortest format.

The ICC Annual Report 2017-18, which includes Summary Financial Statements for 2017, was presented to Full Council, is available here.

 

Hockey India names 18-member Junior Men’s Team for U23 Six Nations Tournament

The team will be Captained by Dipsan Tirkey while Hardik Singh will shoulder the duties of Vice-Captain

New Delhi, 02 July 2018: Hockey India on Monday named the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team for the upcoming U23 Six Nations Tournament to be held from 14th – 21st July 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. The Indian team is scheduled to play a total of five round-robin matches against Ireland, Great Britain, Belgium, Malaysia and Netherlands. The top two teams at the end of the round-robin matches will face each other in the Final on July 21 whereas the remaining teams will play classification matches.

The 18-member team will be Captained by Dipsan Tirkey, while Hardik Singh will shoulder the duties of Vice-Captain. The team includes goalkeepers Pankaj Kumar Rajak and Prashant Kumar Chauhan, defenders Dipsan Tirkey, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Pardeep Singh, Mandeep Mor, Somjeet and Mohd. Faraz; while the midfield will be handled by Hardik Singh, Dharminder Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Vishal Antil and Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem. The forward line will feature Shilanand Lakra, Abhishek, Abharan Sudev Belimagga, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen and Mohammad Umar.

“The U23 Six Nations Tournament in Belgium will prove to be a good test for our younger players of the Core Group. We will be playing against some of the best youth teams from around the world, which will help in giving our players the exposure they require. This tour will also help in developing our team that will take part in the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 to be held in October later this year. It will be a crucial tournament for some of the athletes as this will be their first major international exposure, but the majority of the players have represented the Junior/ Senior Men’s Team which is always a good sign,” stated David John, Director, High Performance, Hockey India.

The Indian team will play their opening match against Ireland on July 14 at 1530hrs IST.

Junior Men’s Team:

Goalkeepers: Pankaj Kumar Raja, Prashant Kumar Chauhan

Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Pardeep Singh, Mandeep Mor, Somjeet, Mohd. Faraz

Midfielders: Hardik Singh, Dharminder Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Vishal Antil, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem

Forwards: Shilanand Lakra, Abhishek, Abharan Sudev Belimagga, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen, Mohammad Umar

 

Team Dabang Smashers T.T.C. celebrate after winning the Final match of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis League powered by Kellogg’s played between Dabang Smashers TTC and Falcons T.T.C at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, India on July 01, 2018.
Photo : Pal Pillai / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

Sathiyan, Manika power Smashers to CEAT UTT finale

India’s golden girl Manika Batra and the country’s highest-ranked men’s player G Sathiyan stamped their class on the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis Powered by Kellogg’s championship, annexing the title for Dabang Smashers here at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

MANIKA BATRA of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. during the FINAL match of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis League powered by Kellogg’s played between Team Dabang Smashers T.T.C. and Team Falcons TTC at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, India on July 01, 2018.
Photo : Ali Bharmal / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

Kolkata, July 1:  Manika and Sathiyan’s power-packed performances helped the Smashers topple defending champions Falcons TTC 11-7 and also pocket a whopping Rs 1 crore in front of a delirious full house.

Riding on a brilliant start that saw the Smashers jump to a solid 7-2 lead after just three matches, captain Sathiyan recorded a thumping 2-1 victory over Alvaro Robles to bring the contest to a premature end.

Sathiyan won the first set handsomely and led 5-0 in the second. But Spain’s Robles pulled back to draw level and make it 1-1. World No. 44 Sathiyan, however, had the last laugh, winning the third and the crucial 11th game point to seal the victory for the Smashers.

Earlier, 23-year-old Manika led the charge, downing World No. 30 Matilda Ekholm 3-0 (11-8, 11-10, 11-9) for another winning start for the Smashers. The 2018 Commonwealth Games double-gold medallist dominated her Swedish opponent, claiming points with a series of blistering smashes.

Manika picked up the Indian player of the league award for her outstanding performance through the season. She won 5 matches and lost 2.

Sathiyan GNANASEKARAN captain of Dabang Smashers T.T.C.during the Tie 5 match of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis League powered by Kelloggs played between Dabang Smashers T.T.C. and Falcons T.T.C, in Pune, India on June 18, 2018. Photo : Pal Pillai / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki extended Smashers lead with a 2-1 victory over Sanil Shetty. Masaki exhibited great technique and control to claim the first two sets 11-8, 11-8. But Shetty went back for broke and claimed the last set to corner one vital point.

Sathiyan and Sakura Mori promptly paired up to pick 2 more game points, getting the better of Sanil Shetty and Bernadette Szocs in the mixed doubles clash.

Falcons’ captain and last year’s MVP Liam Pitchford brought his side back to life, beating Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck 2-1 in an exhilarating contest. He, however, yielded a vital point, losing the second set 5-11 which proved critical in the end.

Romania’s Szocs, who has quietly been winning matches for Falcons, then overcame young Adriana Diaz to narrow the lead. But the 17-year-old Puerto Rican also pulled one point in the third set to prepare the stage for captain Sathiyan.

Season 2 Roll of honour:

Standout Indian player: Manika Batra (Smashers)

Most valuable player (female): Elizabeta Samara (Maharashtra United)

CEAT Most valuable player (male): Liam Pitchford (Falcons)

Super server: Matilda Ekholm (Falcons)

Ultimate1: Yoshida Masaki (Smashers).

Results:

Dabang Smashers TTC bt Falcons TTC 11-7

Women’s singles: Manika Batra bt Matilda Ekholm (Swe) 3-0 (11-8, 11-10, 11-9)

Men’s singles: Yoshida Masaki (Jpn) bt Sanil Shetty 2-1 (11-8, 11-8, 10-11)

Mixed doubles: G Sathiyan/ Sakura Mori (Jpn) bt Sanil Shetty/ Bernadette Szocs (Rom) 2-1 (11-6, 11-7, 3-11)

Men’s singles: Cedric Nuytinck (Bel) lost Liam Pitchford (Eng) 1-2 (8-11, 11-5, 7-11)

Women’s singles: Adriana Diaz (Pue) lost to Bernadette Szocs 1-2 (5-11, 9-11, 11-6)

Men’s singles: G Sathiyan bt Alvaro Robles (Esp) 2-1 (11-6, 9-11, 11-8)

Women’s singles: Sakura Mori v Sutirtha Mukherjee (did not play)

 

Sweden’s Ekholm guides Falcons into CEAT UTT finals

Romania’s Bernadette Szocs and Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm carried defending champions Falcons TTC into the finals of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis Powered by Kellogg’s, setting up an exciting battle for the championship against Dabang Smashers.

SANIL SHETTY of Falcons TTC during the SEMI FINAL II match of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis League powered by Kellogg’s played between Team RP-SG Mavericks and Team Falcons TTC at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, India on June 30, 2018.
Photo : Ali Bharmal / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

Kolkata, June 30: Szocs starred in two victories while World No. 30 Ekholm, tasked with winning all three sets against Ayhika Mukherjee in the seventh and final clash of the night, easily attained her goal at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

Ekholm outhit and overwhelmed Ayhika 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 to upstage Mavericks, who were ahead in the contest all the way till the last fixture.

Earlier, Germany’s Sabine Winter put the Mavericks ahead, taming Sutirtha Mukherjee 2-1 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11) in the opening match. But India’s national women’s champion Sutirtha did well to extract a point from her: it proved crucial in the final analysis.

India’s Harmeet Desai too scored an unexpected 2-1 victory over World No. 56 Alvaro Robles. The Mavericks captain, ranked 81, took the first two sets 11-6, 11-10 but the Falcons claimed the third set once again to gain another vital point.

The Falcons came into their own in the mixed doubles, with Sanil Shetty and Szocs forcing a 2-1 victory. They beat Harmeet Desai and Doo Hoi Kem, even coming back from 0-5 down to win the second set.

Captain Liam Pitchford, however, couldn’t continue his golden run, losing to Sweden’s Mattias Karlsson 1-2 in a thrilling clash. In a spectacular contest, he came out second best, losing 11-10, 9-11, 10-11 to give back the advantage to the Mavericks.

Tiny Szocs, however, promptly brought the Falcons into the game, upsetting World No. 13 Doo Hoi Kem 2-1. An error-prone Hoi Kem just couldn’t break down Szocs’ defences to suffer two defeats on the big day.

Sanil Shetty battled hard to snatch one point against Ukraine’s Kou Lei to take the semifinal into the seventh and final contest. Sanil looked down and out after losing the first two sets but lifted his game several notches to win the third se

That was enough to give Ekholm the opening to take the Falcons into the final.

Results:

Falcons TTC bt RP-SG Mavericks 11-10

Women’s singles: Sutirtha Mukherjee lost to Sabine Winter (Ger) 1-2 (8-11, 8-11, 11-9)

Men’s singles: Alvaro Robles (Esp) lost to Harmeet Desai 1-2 (6-11, 10-11, 11-6)

Mixed doubles: Sanil Shetty/ Bernadette Szocs bt Harmeet Desai/ Doo Hoi Kem  2-1 (11-10, 11-9, 9-11)

Men’s singles: Liam Pitchford (Eng) lost to Mattias Karlsson (Swe) 1-2 (11-10, 9-11, 10-11)

Women’s singles: Bernadette Szocs (Rom) bt Doo Hoi Kem (HK) 2-1 (11-8, 11-7, 4-11)

Men’s singles: Sanil Shetty lost to Kou Lei (Ukr) 1-2 (8-11, 4-11, 11-7)

Women’s singles: Matilda Ekholm (Swe) bt Ayhika Mukherjee 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-4).

 

India crowned champions at Kabaddi Masters, beat Iran 44-26.

India asserted their supremacy in Kabaddi yet again as they annihilated Iran 44-26 in the Kabaddi masters final. Led by their skipper Ajay Thakur who scored nine points, India were better in top from the first minute to the last. Surheet Singh scored six tackle points and marshalled the defence superbly.

Iran were let down by their defence as they struggled to contain Indian raiders. There were fleeting chances for Iran to make a comeback but India proved too good for them on the night. Monu Goyat chipped in with crucial raid points and Mohit Chhillar was a rock at the back for India. For Iran, Mohammed Maghsodlou had a quiet night as did Mohammed Nabibbaksh.

Ajay Thakur and Monu Goyat scored two raid points as India led 2-0 in the third minute. Mohammed Nabibbaksh opened Iran’s account in the fourth minute with a successful raid. After five minutes India led 6-2 and reduced Iran to just two men on the mat.

India inflicted the first all out of the match in the seventh minute to lead 10-3. The famed Iranian defence were having an off night in the first 10 minutes as they failed to get a tackle point. India led 15-5 after 11 minutes. Iran forced a super tackle in the 13th minute as they trailed 7-15. Iran came back into the game late in the first half as they reduced the gap to six points after 16 minutes.

Mohammed Maghsoudlou scored a raid in the 18th minute. India were looking in fine form as they ended the first half leading 18-11. India started the second half with a bang as they inflicted an all out in the 24th minute to lead 24-12. Iran struggled to match India’s intensity as they scored just one point in the first seven minutes of the second half. Iran averted an all out and forced a super tackle in the 29th minute as they trailed 14-29. Iran scored another tackle point in the 31st minute to trail 17-29.

Mohit Chhillar forced a super tackle in the 32d minute to give India 31-17 lead. Surjeet Singh got a high five as India led 35-19. Ajay Thakur scored his ninth point of the night as India led 37-21 in the 38th minute. India inflicted another all out to complete a dominant performance. Iran came up with a super raid in the dying seconds of the match but it was too little, too late as they crashed to a 26-44 defeat.

KABADDI MASTERS DUBAI, 2018 – FINAL MATCH

India VS Iran

Final Score

44 – 26

 

Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of T20I series

The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Krunal Pandya as Washington Sundar’s replacement in India’s T20I side and Axar Patel in the ODI side for the upcoming limited-overs series against England.

Sundar suffered an injury to his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on June 26, 2018. He subsequently underwent scans and was seen by a specialist. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has a fractured left thumb and has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against England. Bumrah suffered the injury during India’s first T20I against Ireland. The selectors have named Deepak Chahar as his replacement in the T20I side.

India’s squad for T2OIs against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

The selectors have also added Rishabh Pant to India A squad for the four-day matches. Currently a member of the India A’s squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format too.

India A squad for four-day matches: Karun Nair (Captain), R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Rishabh Pant.

 

Australia beats India in a penalty shoot out to win Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018

The World No.1 squad beat India 3-1 in the shootout after India held them to 1-1 draw in regulation time; India settle for a Silver for the second consecutive time in the history of the tournament

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
Final Australia – India
Photo: Jake Whetton and PRASAD Vivek.
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Breda (Netherlands), 1 July 2018: World No.1 Australia pushed India to yet another heart-breaking loss in the Final of the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 as they won the Final 3-1 in a tense shootout after Indian team held the Defending Champions to 1-1 in the regulation time. Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Jeremy Edwards scored for the winning team in the shootout while Manpreet Singh tucked one past Tyler Lovell for India. In the regulation time, it was Vivek Sagar Prasad (42′) who scored the equaliser for India after a 0-1 setback when Blake Govers scored off a PC in the 24th minute earlier in the match.

Although the Defending Champions made a good start to the Final match, India quickly took control with better ball possession (over 60 percent) coupled with eight circle entries, two shots on goal and two PCs in the first quarter. While India could not capitalise on the PC opportunities, they missed a golden chance to score a field goal towards the end of the first quarter when Surender Kumar made a beautiful pass to Dilpreet Singh who then crossed it over to Sunil but the striker pulled the ball onto his own feet, thus could not score.

Australia, on the other hand, were extremely quick on their counters and waited for their chances. Though India made their third PC, minutes into the second quarter, Australia did well to defend Harmanpreet’s flick. An infringement in Australia’s circle saw India concede the first PC of the match and the chance was brilliantly capitalised by Blake Govers as he powered it through. Though Sreejesh got his left glove on the ball, it bounced off into the net giving Australia a critical 1-0 lead in the 24th minute. Though India had dominated major part of the first and second quarters, they had nothing to show on the scoreboard.

Looking for that elusive equaliser, in the 38th minute India appealed for a dangerous ball inside the striking circle but their fifth PC was not only denied, they also ended up losing the video referral at a very crucial juncture of the match. But their moment of reckoning came in the 42nd minute, Vivek Sagar Prasad hammered a cross by Chinglensana Singh. The equaliser had finally come after 17 circle entries. This was India’s seventh attempt on goal. Soon after, Mandeep Singh had a fabulous shot on goal with seconds remaining for the third hooter, but Tyler Lovell was exceptional in his save to keep India from taking a lead.

With the scores reading 1-1, one couldn’t help but wonder if the Final would end up in a shootout similar to the 2016 edition in London. India pushed up front with forwards Lalit Upadhyay and Mandeep Singh, yet three more shots on goals went amiss. While the team’s defence stood out, another great chance was missed with Sunil making a strong foray into the circle but Manpreet Singh on the far post could not make this one count. Seconds ticking away, neither teams could manage a lead thus resulting in yet another shootout.

PR Sreejesh was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

 

Dravid, Pointing and Taylor inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

– ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson “Naming players in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is ICC’s way of recognising the greats of the game. I congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire, who truly deserve to be in this list”
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Former captains Rahul Dravid of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia and retired England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during a glittering ceremony in Dublin on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame while Ponting is the 25th from Australia to do so. Taylor is the seventh woman overall and the third woman player from England to be named in the list.

Former ICC Cricket Hall of Famers and members of the media selected the three.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame.”

Rahul Dravid: “It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. To find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career and the kind of recognition that would delight any player.

“I’m thankful to my near and dear ones as well as players I have played with and against, coaches and officials who have backed me over the years and helped me develop as a cricketer. I would also like to thank the KSCA and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognizing my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees.”

Ricky Ponting: “I feel deeply honoured to be recognised by the ICC in this way. I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way.

“These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honours like this are just as much for them as it is for me.”

Claire Taylor: “It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside some of the greatest names of the men’s and women’s game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve my dreams of success with England, particularly my parents for their support from my early days in the game, Mark Lane for his coaching wisdom, the ECB for their support of the national team, my team-mates and support staff and my colleagues at SUMS Consulting, for their flexibility and confidence that I could deliver success both on and off the field over the last five years of my international cricket career.”

Dravid and Ponting have both scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs.

Dravid aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries, and was in 2004 named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Player of the Year. Dravid, who played a solitary Twenty20 International, was also a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record.

Ponting too ended his career in 2012, amassing 13,378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries and 13,704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30 centuries. Named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and as the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006, Ponting reached four ICC Cricket World Cup finals, winning in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He captained Australia in a record 26 successive unbeaten ICC Cricket World Cup matches from 2003 to 2011 and led the team to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009. He also featured in 17 Twenty20 Internationals.

Taylor, who scored 103 runs in 15 Tests, 4,101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 21 T20Is, was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2009. She was named the player of the tournament in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2009. She ended her career with an average of more than 40 in both Tests and ODIs. In Tests, she finished with 18 catches, In ODIs, she had 41 catches and five stumpings and in T20Is she had 12 catches and two stumpings.

 

Iran reach the final of Kabaddi Masters, beat Pakistan 40-21

Iran sealed their place in the final as they showed their class to beat Pakistan 40-21 in the semi final of Kabaddi Masters. Led by the talismanic Mohammed Maghsoudlou, Iran stood tall and thwarted all attempts of Pakistan to mount a real threat. Mohammed Nabibaksh also contributed in the raiding department for Iran. Iran’s defence gave little space and time to Pakistan’s raiders throughout the match.

Iran started the match with a bang as Mohammed Nabibbaksh got a super raid in the first minute. Iran were off to a flier as they led 6-1 after three minutes and reduced Pakistan to just one man.  Iran inflicted the first all out in the next minute to open up an eight-point gap to lead 9-1. Pakistan got their first raid point in the 8th minute as Mudassar Ali scored. Iran defence was proving to be far too strong for Pakistan in the first half. Mohammed Nadeem, Pakistan’s star raider, failed to get on the score sheet in the first 10 minutes.

Pakistan scored their first tackle point in the 11th minute as they trailed 4-14. Qaisir Abbas scored with a two-point raid in the 12th minute for Pakistan. Iran scored two bonus points on the trot to lead 17-8 after 17 minutes. Pakistan just couldn’t force an all out even when Iran were down to just two men for almost four minutes. Mohammed Maghsoudlou scored a raid point in the 19th minute as Iran led 19-9 at the end of the first half.

Pakistan inflicted an all out in the 24th minute as they trailed 15-20. Mohammed Maghsoudlou scored another point for Iran as they led 21-15 after 25 minutes. Pakistan tried their best to cut the lead but Iran held their composure led by Maghsoudlou. Iran inflicted an all out in the 33rd minute as Iran led 30-17 to extinguish all hopes of a comeback from Pakistan.

Maleki got a super raid in the 36th minute to give Iran an unassailable lead of 17 points. Pakistan made too many errors under pressure and were lackluster throughout the match. Iran shuffled their pack in the last few minutes and showed their strength in depth. Iran inflicted another all out in the 39th minute to assert total supremacy as they won 40-21.

KABADDI MASTERS, DUBAI

FIRST SEMI-FINAL MATCH – IRAN Vs PAKISTAN

Mighty Iranians played phenomenally and beat team Pakistan in the first Semi-Final match of Kabaddi Masters in Dubai

Final Score

Iran – Pakistan
40 – 21

 

India thrash Republic of Korea 36-20 to reach the final

India overcame a slow start to beat Republic of Korea 36-20 in the semi final of Kabaddi Masters. Captain Ajay Thakur led from the front and GirishErnak was a rock at the back for India as they sealed their place in the final. India will now play Iran in the final on June 30. Jang Kun Lee put up a spirited performance for Republic of Korea but didn’t get enough support from his teammates. It was a sluggish start from India but after the first 10 minutes they asserted their supremacy on the match.

Jang Kun Lee opened Republic of Korea’s account in the first minute with a successful raid. Skipper Ajay Thakur got India’s first point in the third minute. India leveled the match at 2-2 in the fourth minute with their first tackle point of the night. Republic of Korea got their first tackle point in the sixth minute. Jang Kun Lee produced a super raid in the 8th minute to give Republic of Korea 7-3 lead.

PardeepNarwal scored his first raid point as India trailed 4-7 after nine minutes. Ajay Thakur came up with a two-point raid in the next minute as India cut the deficit to just one point. MonuGoyat scored a raid point in the 14th minute as India led for the first time in the match. There was no looking back from India from the 15th minute as they inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 13-8. MonuGoyat scored another raid point for India in the 18th minute to give them 15-9 lead. Indian led 16-9 at the end of the first half.

India started the second half strongly as their defence led by GirishErnak was in fine form. An all out was inflicted in the 24th minute as India led 25-11. RishankDevadiga made a two-point raid to give India 26-11 lead. Ajay Thakur scored a raid point to give India 30-17 lead. India never allowed to make a comeback as they showed their superiority. In the last five minutes, India took their foot off the pedal but ran out comfortable winners with the score 36-20 in their favour

KABADDI MASTERS, DUBAI

SECOND SEMI-FINAL MATCH – INDIA VS REPUBLIC OF KOREA

India beat Republic of Korea in the second semi-final match of Kabaddi Masters in Dubai and they will face Iran in the final of the tournament on 30th June, 2018.

Final Score

India – Republic of Korea
36 – 20

 

Teenager Adriana helps Smashers seal CEAT UTT final spot

Kolkata, June 29: In a thrilling battle of equals, Dabang Smashers got the better of a fighting Maharashtra United to enter the final of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis Powered by Kellogg’s at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Japan’s Sakura Mori and young Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico scored the crucial victories to guide the Smashers to a 11-10 victory.

Mori triggered Smashers’ fightback by winning the mixed doubles in the company of captain Gnanasekaran Sathiyan against Anthony Amalraj and Lily Zhang 2-1(7-11, 11-5, 11-8). She went on win the singles upstaging Lily Zhang 2-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-6).

ADRIANA DIAZ of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. during the First Semi Final match of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis League powered by Kellogg’s played between Dabang Smashers and Maharashtra United at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, India on June 29, 2018.
Photo : Pal Pillai / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis

But it was the 17-year-old Adriana who kept her nerve to seal Smashers’ final spot with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-9) win over Madhurika Patkar. The Puerto Rican was down 1-7 in the third game but she made a sensational fightback to win it 11-9.

World No. 52 Cedric Nuytinck also played a part in Smashers success by upsetting World No. 40 Joao Monteiro 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-8).

Earlier, a charged up Anthony Amalraj had put United ahead, stunning World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki 2-1 in the second clash of the tie. Romania’s Elizabeta Samara and Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson made the most of that upset, winning their respective singles to keep United in the hunt.

The 32-year-old Amalraj dominated his opponent, ranked 108 places above him, to win 2-1 (11-4, 11-8, 7-11) while World No. 18 Samara battled a troubled ankle to subdue Manika Batra 2-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-10).

Karlsson’s 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-8) drubbing of Smashers’ captain Gnanasekaran Sathiyan meant United were just one point away from a place in the final (10-8) but teenager Adriana dashed their hopes.

Saturday’s match: RP-SG Mavericks v Falcons TTC (second semi-final)

Semifinal results: Dabang Smashers trail Maharashtra United 11-10

Women’s singles: Manika Batra lost to Elizabeta Samara (Rom) 1-2 (8-11, 11-9, 10-11)

Men’s singles: Yoshida Masaki (Jpn) lost to Anthony Amalraj 1-2 (4-11, 8-11, 11-7)

Mixed doubles: Gnanasekaran Sathiyan/ Sakura Mori (Jpn) bt Anthony Amalraj/ Lily Zhang 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-8)

Men’s singles: Cedric Nuytinck (Bel) bt Joao Monteiro (Por) 2-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-4)

Women’s singles: Sakura Mori (Jpn) bt Lily Zhang (USA) 2-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-6)

Men’s singles: G Sathiyan lost to Kristian Karlsson (Swe) 0-3 (8-11, 5-11, 8-11)

Women’s singles: Adriana Diaz (Pue) bt Madhurika Patkar 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-9)

 

Three ICC board associate member directors elected

– Imran Khwaja of Singapore and Mahinda Vallipuram of Malaysia re-elected
– Scotland’s Tony Brian elected for the first time

Dublin, 29 June 2018: Imran Khwaja, Mahinda Vallipuram and Tony Brian have been elected as the Associate Member Directors on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board at the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin today.

Imran Khwaja of Singapore and Mahinda Vallipuram of Malaysia have retained their position as Associate Member Directors and are joined by Tony Brian from Scotland who replaces Namibia’s Francois Erasmus.

The newly-elected Directors who will sit on the ICC Board for a two-year term, were voted in by the Voting Associate Members of the ICC and the Regional Representatives.

Imran Khwaja said, “I am delighted to be re-elected as one of the three Associate Member Directors on the Board. We have made great strides over the past two years with significant highlights including the governance reform. I look forward to the next two years, building on the success and moving the sport forward even further.”

Mahinda Vallipuram said, “I am thrilled to be re-elected and to be able continue to work, together with the Membership, to further evolve and achieve set targets for the next two years. There is obviously work to be done, but I am positive that working in partnership with the ICC we can further push the boundaries.”

Tony Brian said, “It is a great honour to be elected for the first time as one of the Associate Member Directors. I am really looking forward to having a positive impact and, working together with the Membership, to achieve new heights for the game of cricket across the world.”

 

Nippon Toyota & Toyota Kirloskar Motor support ‘Toyota Yaris Laliga World’

– Kochi to host India’s first official pre-season football tournament with finest talents from international clubs
– The maiden edition will see Kerala Blasters FC, Melbourne City FC and Girona FC compete
–  LaLiga Ambassador Fernando Morientes unveiled the tournament trophy

29th June 2018: Sponsored by Toyota Kirloskar Motor along with its dealer partner Nippon Toyota, India’s first official international football pre-season tournament, Toyota Yaris LaLiga World, will hit the sub-continent on July 24th with Kochi playing hosts to Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC, A-League’s Melbourne City FC and Girona FC from LaLiga . The maiden edition of the tournament will be held across five days at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi.

The Toyota Yaris LaLiga World has been created to showcase India as a pre-season football destination for clubs around the globe, with an aim to creating a calendar event at a grand scale. The tournament will celebrate the growing love and passion for the game in the country and provide top-notch football action to Indian fans who crave for a world–class experience.

This edition of the tournament spans 3 continents and promises to be a truly international event. One of ISL’s biggest clubs, Kerala Blasters FC, will look to kick start their pre-season playing these top foreign clubs at home. Australian Club Melbourne City FC, managed by Warren Joyce, will come in after a strong third-placed finish in the recently concluded and hotly contested A-League, the best finish by the Club in their history. LaLiga’s Girona FC will look to add Spanish flavour on their maiden trip to India. After joining the top-flight last season, Girona FC made a strong statement beating defending champions Real Madrid.

The association by Toyota celebrates the brand’s aspiration to stay connected with its customers as well as highlights the common zeal of world-class performances offered by Toyota Yaris and the game of football. The recently launched Toyota Yaris has been winning hearts for its class-leading features, superior comfort, top-notch quality and excellent performance. Loaded with 11 first-in-segment features such as the Power Driver Seat, 7 SRS Airbags, Roof Mounted Air Vents, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Front Parking Sensors, CVT across all grades and more, the globally acclaimed sedan resonates the evolving customer needs and offers great value proposition.

Nippon Toyota has taken an initiative called The World United with the promise to bring top-flight international football to India and across the globe. Toyota Yaris LaLiga World heralds the beginning of this visionary idea.

Mr. M.A.M. Babu Moopan, Chairman and MD, Nippon Toyota said “We are delighted to share the excitement of Toyota Yaris LaLiga World Football tournament uniting players from international clubs in Kochi.  Football is in Kerala’s DNA and we feel proud that India’s first official pre-season tournament is being hosted in Kochi. Nippon Toyota always looks forward to contributing to the people and the society in Kerala through various initiatives.  We are confident that this tournament will help promote Kerala as a destination for International football leagues.  The World United is planning to make this event an annual property with more clubs participating each year taking this to different continents.

Toyota products resonate the same excitement, emotional connect and an uncompromising pursuit for excellence as the game of football.  As hosts, we Nippon Toyota take this opportunity to welcome all the participating teams and look forward to some exciting days of football in the city”

Mr. N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors expressing his delight said – “We are happy to support the Toyota Yaris Laliga World Football Tournament along with our Dealer Partner Nippon Toyota, which has roped in the finest talents from international clubs. Toyota intends to extend its immense support to continue its initiatives to create inclusive community around the world through sport.  We are happy to associate one of the most celebrated products globally with this tournament-Toyota Yaris.  The excitement of the game will further add to the success of the product in the State of Kerala. Yaris resonates the same passion, commitment and excellence that drives the game of football. We hope all the clubs give their best performance and wish them every success for this season.  We will continue to promote development of sports activities in the country.”

Mr. Vivek Sethia, CEO, India On Track, a company that is a co-promoter of the Tournament,said, “The vision behind this initiative was to host an international football event in India that could build on the excitement after the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Kerala is fast emerging as the new football capital of India and hence we feel it is the right place to host this stature of an international pre-season tournament. The aim is to showcase and share the skills, passion and knowledge about the game. We believe that Toyota Yaris LaLiga World will be a milestone in Indian Football, helping the sport grow to greater strengths.”

The tickets for the tournament will start at INR 275 and will be available through the, Official Ticketing Partner, PayTM.

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India to lock horns with Netherlands on Saturday

With a place in the Final at stake, India Skipper PR Sreejesh says his team will play the last round robin match like it’s a Semi-Final

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
India – Pakistan
Photo: Indian line up.
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Breda (Netherlands), 29 June 2018: After a valiant start to their campaign here at the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018, where the Indian Men’s Hockey Team topped the pool table with wins against Pakistan (4-0) and Argentina (2-1), a narrow 2-3 loss to Defending Champions Australia and a 1-1 draw against Belgium on Thursday has put the team in a ‘do or die’ scenario on Saturday when they face hosts the Netherlands.

With Australia cementing their place in the Final with ten points and a top spot in the Pool Standings, the contest for a place in the Final against the Defending Champions boils down to the last round robin match between India and the Netherlands on 30 June 2018. PR Sreejesh-led Indian team need a win or a draw against the Netherlands who are one point behind India at third place in the Pool Standings. “It will be like a Semi Final match for us and that’s how we will approach the match against the Netherlands,” asserted Goalkeeper-Captain PR Sreejesh on Friday.

Against World No.3 Belgium on Thursday, the Indian defence lacked the calmness and compactness they showed in their earlier matches. The team’s defence could hardly make a dent on Belgian attack that made 26 circle entries, forced