Month: November 2019

BCCI, ICC want cricket-specific doping code: Lorgat

BCCI, ICC want cricket-specific doping code: Lorgat

first_imgBrushing aside concerns over a potential clash with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Cricket Council today said the sole point of difference was over the “whereabouts” clause of the WADA code to which it is a signatory.”BCCI (Indian cricket board) is WADA-compliant. It’s just a question of agreeing on the finer details of the whereabouts clause,” said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat at a media conference to announce the launch of online sales of tickets for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.He also brushed aside suggestions that WADA Director General David Howman had issued an ultimatum to the ICC and its member boards last month to fall in line with its code in its entirety by November.”I’m not sure that’s what he said. In fact he was very complimentary about the progress cricket has made in terms of doping. He is very much with us in terms of putting something specific for cricket,” Lorgat said.”Being a signatory, we expect the ICC and cricket to remain committed to the WADA code. The ICC has done a lot in the last three years, now they just need to give the final push,” Howman had told reporters in Delhi on May 24.”The ICC is responsible for its member boards. ICC’s job is to ensure that member boards comply with the WADA code. We are going to have our next review in November 2011 and by that time if ICC fails to convince its member boards to comply with the Code, we will declare them non-compliant in our report to the International Olympic Committee,” Howman had said.advertisement”We don’t have the purview to take actions against any non-complaint member, it is the IOC and respective Olympic Council’s prerogative,” the WADA official had said.The controversial clause requires the cricketers in the common testing pool to furnish details of their whereabouts three months in advance to the anti-doping authorities.Indian players have rejected the clause, saying it’s a violation of their fundamental right to privacy and poses a threat to their security.”World over international and national federations are in total compliance with whereabouts clause. 13,000 athletes are part of this clause. We have time to time reviewed this clause and will continue to do so. There is no need to fear,” Howman had stated.BCCI CAO and World Cup Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty also said that the way out is a cricket-specific whereabouts clause as pointed out by Lorgat.”We need a practical solution. We need a cricket specific whereabouts clause as Mr Lorgat said. The ICC’s Executive Board is seized of the matter and is in the process of putting up a plan for WADA,” he said.Lorgat said that security would be of top priority during the World Cup to be held from February 19-April 2, 2011 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.”We will put up a master security plan to ensure safety and security of all,” he said.The World Cup Central Organising Committee’s chairman and ICC’s president-elect Sharad Pawar purchased the first of the 100000 tickets available for all matches online from today by logging on to iccevents.yahoo.com.”Five per cent of tickets for all the matches can be bought on line,” he said.Pawar also brushed aside concerns that the World Cup venues were behind schedule in preparation for the mega event and emphasised that the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which is undergoing renovation, will host the final on April 2, 2011.”I’m extremely happy with the progress of venues in all the three countries whether it be grounds, hotels or security.They are showing very good progress and I’m confident that the World Cup will be a great success,” Pawar said.”The April 2 final match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai,” he emphasised.Shetty said inspections of all 13 World Cup venues, including the eight in India, by the ICC will commence from June 8.He also said that efforts were on to enable genuine and valid ticket holders from other countries to re-enter India though the visa rules have changed and bar a re-entry within two months for foreign visitors to this country.”The COC is in talks with the External Affairs Ministry and the Home Ministry that valid ticket holders are allowed to re-enter the country. We hope the authorities will take a call on that,” Shetty said.Bangladesh Cricket Board’s president Mustafa Kamal said there would be no tickets for the February 17, 2011 World Cup opening ceremony in Dhaka. “You are welcome”, he said.advertisementlast_img read more

HC stays arrest warrant against Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia

HC stays arrest warrant against Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia

first_imgIn a relief to actress Priety Zinta, one of the owners of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the order of a lower court issuing bailable arrest warrant against her and two other co-owners for allegedly not filing its balance sheet and annual returns.The order of the lower court, passed on July 24, was stayed by Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the High Court till September 22.The counsel for the petitioners contended that KPH Dreams, which owns Kings XI Punjab, had already initiated the process of moving before the Company Law Board seeking compounding of the offence (settlement of the case).A local court had issued bailable warrants against IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owners Zinta, Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman for failing to appear before it on a complaint filed by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) accusing them of not filing its balance sheets and annual returns.The bailable warrants were issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate J S Sidhu after neither the three co-owners nor their counsel appeared before the court.The prosecution had submitted that the co-owners of the company had tried to conceal the financial position of KPH Dreams from the public by not filing the balance sheets and annual returns.last_img read more

Onam being celebrated today

Onam being celebrated today

first_imgKeralites on Monday celebrated Onam, their spring festival commemorating the egalitarian Utopia under the reign of mythical King Mahabali when people lived in plenty, prosperity and equality.Cutting across caste, class and religious barriers homes were decorated with floral carpets to welcome the annual re-visit of Mahabali.The legend has it that the “Asura’ king Mahabali was banished to the netherworld by Lord Vishnu, who took the incarnation of Vamana the dwarf, under pressure from ‘Devas’, who were jealous of the King’s popularity.Before going down,the King secured an assurance from Vishnu that he would be allowed to visit his subjects on the “Thiruvonam’ day of the month of Malayalam calendar every year.Regardless of the soaring prices, the festivities scaled to its crescendo in the last couple of days with towns and villages thronged by men, women and children doing their festival shopping.A consumer state, most items to celebrate Onam including the flowers were brought from the neighbouring states as Kerala’s domestic production is too little to meet the festival demand.Bringing relief to the common man, the state agencies organised hundreds of special fares across the state where essentials and vegetables at subsidised rates.Cultural events, showcasing the best of Kerala’s performing arts were organised in the state capital as well as other cities and towns across the state for a week.The state officially honoured thespian Kamal Hasan , who was the chief guest at the Onam-Tourism Week celebrations on Sunday night. The actor launched a massive eye-donation campaign in the state.advertisementIn rural areas, local youth clubs organised art and sports competitions, as part of revival of folk arts and rural sporting traditions, many of which are on the verge of extinction.A sumptuous feast, ‘Onasadya’ was another highlight of the day as at most homes the members assembled for their lunch after invoking the blessings of King Mahabali.Kerala Governor R S Gavai, Chief Minister V S Achtuthanandan and leaders of all political parties greeted Malayalis at home as well as abroad.President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted the nation on the occasion of Onam, which is being celebrated on Monday. “On the joyous occasion of Onam, I offer my heartiest greetings to all my fellow citizens and especially to the people of Kerala and wish them all prosperity and happiness,” Patil said in a message.Ansari said the festival of Onam celebrates the onset of harvest season and the mood of rejoicing is vividly captured in the colourful festivities transcending all barriers.”May the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in the society and contribute towards the nation’s progress,” he said. To download wallpapers and animations on Onam, please visit http://m.indiatoday.in on your mobile.last_img read more

BCCI should probe Vinod Kambli’s fixing claims: Ajay Maken

BCCI should probe Vinod Kambli’s fixing claims: Ajay Maken

first_imgSports Minister Ajay Maken wants the match-fixing claims made by former cricketer Vinod Kambli investigated by the BCCI and says his ministry might step in if the Cricket Board doesn’t order a probe.Kambli has created quite a flutter by claiming that something was “amiss” in India’s loss in the 1996 World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka and Maken said the claim should be investigated for all its worth.”When a player of the team has made a charge, it should be thoroughly investigated. People of the country have the right to know what exactly happened. Whether the accusations made by the player are true or false, the people have the right to know,” Maken said on the sidelines of an NSS felicitation ceremony in New Delhi.”So, it should be properly investigated and if something wrong has happened then the culprits should be punished,” he said.The minister said if the BCCI doesn’t act, the sports ministry might conduct an inquiry of its own.”We will see. As you know, the BCCI has not come to the Sports Ministry for any recognition so far but I would want, whatever agency is there, BCCI should order a probe into it.If the BCCI doesn’t conduct a probe, we will look at it,” he said.Maken said he was pained by the claims made by Kambli and said if true, it would be extremely unfortunate for the game of cricket. .”Not only as a minister but also as a sports lover, I felt sad to hear that because I saw the match after cancelling a lot of my appointments, so I think it is extremely unfortunate,” Maken said.advertisement”It should be investigated properly. I think we should go to the roots of it so that we can know what is the truth.”Cricket lovers have the right to know because the World Cup semifinal must have been seen by everyone all over the country and if match-fixing has happened then it is extremely unfortunate,” he added.Maken also stressed on the importance of having a law against betting in sports.”We will have a look over it and see if it (anti-corruption law) has to be done by the sports ministry or the home ministry. We will have it examined,” he said.”I think it is high time, we have a law against betting as far as sports is concerned in our country.”Maken reiterated that all federations should come under the ambit of the RTI.”I have always mentioned and believed that all federations should come under the RTI and the BCCI should also come under its ambit as cricket is also a sport and looking at these incidents my belief has become all the more strong that these federations should definitely come under RTI,” he said.Kambli’s claims have, however, been rejected by the then skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, the then coach Ajit Wadekar and former opener Sanjay Manjrekar.”Not only as a minister but also as a sports lover, I felt sad to hear that because I saw the match after cancelling a lot of my appointments, so I think it is extremely unfortunate,” Maken said.”It should be investigated properly. I think we should go to the roots of it so that we can know what is the truth.”Cricket lovers have the right to know because the World Cup semifinal must have been seen by everyone all over the country and if match-fixing has happened then it is extremely unfortunate,” he added.Maken also stressed on the importance of having a law against betting in sports.”We will have a look over it and see if it (anti-corruption law) has to be done by the sports ministry or the home ministry. We will have it examined,” he said.”I think it is high time, we have a law against betting as far as sports is concerned in our country.”Maken reiterated that all federations should come under the ambit of the RTI.”I have always mentioned and believed that all federations should come under the RTI and the BCCI should also come under its ambit as cricket is also a sport and looking at these incidents my belief has become all the more strong that these federations should definitely come under RTI,” he said.Kambli’s claims have, however, been rejected by the then skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, the then coach Ajit Wadekar and Sanjay Manjrekar.last_img read more

Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team will test its strength before the Olympic qualifier in a fourmatch test series against Azerbaijan starting on Sunday. Coach CR Kumar and the selectors will keenly watch the performance of the players and also their fitness.India will be up against Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine in the qualifier starting on February 18. The main challenge is expected to come from the South Africans, who are ranked a spot above India in 12th position.Playing against Azerbaijan, who are ranked two places below India, may not be the ideal preparation, but Kumar insisted he has his plans in place. The fact that Azerbaijan, too, are taking it as preparation for their Olympic qualifier in Japan will make the series competitive.Many seniors missed the two four-nation tournaments in Argentina last month either due to injury or some personal reasons, and are coming back after a long gap. Chanchan Devi, Joydeep Kaur, Mukta Prava Barla and Soundarya Yendala were injured during the series in Australia while Saba Anjum and Jasjeet Kaur Handa missed out due to personal reasons.”It will be a good experience for the players. We played against Azerbaijan twice in the Champions Challenge and won. It (test series) is part of our preparation for the qualifier and we have to take it seriously. We will give exposure to all the 32 players and based on that we will select the squad,” Kumar said.Asked about the choice of team for the preparatory matches, the coach said: “The top teams are playing in the Champions Trophy in Rosario and Azerbaijan were the only team available.” “We have played Azerbaijan before but their standard has risen since. Before the Olympic qualifier, all teams look to give their best.”advertisementKumar said he wants his forwards to take this opportunity to get their act together. “We missed a lot of chances, easy ones, in the recent tournaments. We have worked on that aspect during the camp. The forwards need to make use of this opportunity. We have done well in penalty corners though.”The players recovering from injuries will also test their match fitness.”I do not want to push them because I would need them to be at their best during the qualifier.That is the time the players have to peak.” Captain Asunta Lakra said they will use the series to iron out the weaknesses they have been working on.”We have to improve our goalscoring. We played South Africa in the four-nation tournaments in Argentina and despite missing some senior players we finished third. The team has improved a lot.”Azerbaijan is a good side. They are physically strong but we are better in terms of speed and skill.”Azerbaijan manager Rashad Alizada said playing against India will stand the team in good stead before their qualifier.”It is a challenge playing a fullstrength Indian side. We played two warm-up matches here but the series will be a different experience for the players.”last_img read more

Except cricket, nobody is interested in other sports: Indian boxing coach

Except cricket, nobody is interested in other sports: Indian boxing coach

first_imgThe BJP presidential elections were due in February 2007. But with the crucial UP elections slated around that time, the party has advanced its polls to November this year. That way, an adverse UP verdict doesn’t impact the polls.”Parliament is sought to be run in such a way that anyone,The BJP presidential elections were due in February 2007. But with the crucial UP elections slated around that time, the party has advanced its polls to November this year. That way, an adverse UP verdict doesn’t impact the polls.”Parliament is sought to be run in such a way that anyone questioning the UPA or the Speaker’s decisions is terrorised and bulldozed.”Vijay Malhotra, BJP leader”The venue for (President) Bush’s address was changed from Parliament House to Vigyan Bhavan to a park. Finally, he addressed India from Delhi Zoo.”Arundhati Roy, author”Air-conditioned cars are no luxury these days. In order to ensure that ministers work properly, we are providing them this facility.”Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar”There is no need for a villain in today’s scripts because we are moving away from larger-than-life characters to realistic ones.”Ramesh Sippy, filmmaker”If there is a cricket match, the president and the prime minister will come to watch. But nobody is interested in other sports.”Rajinder Singh Tanwar, Indian boxing coachlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova completes career Grand Slam with French Open win

Maria Sharapova completes career Grand Slam with French Open win

first_imgMaria Sharapova won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final to complete the career Grand Slam.Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was playing in her first Grand Slam final.Errani battled back on a blustery day at Roland Garros, but Sharapova’s bigger serve and bigger groundstrokes eventually wore down the Italian, who at 5-foot-4{ stands 9{ inches shorter than her Russian opponent.Sharapova added this year’s French Open title to championships at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008 to become only the 10th woman to win all four major tournaments.last_img

Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort

Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “It’s always nice to go home after a win, no matter how it was won. Everybody wanted a win because you don’t want to travel all the way here in the Philippine Arena, a great environment, to just play and not give it your 100 percent. We all wanted that Christmas gift which is a win,” he said.Going 2-0 early this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup may not mean much, but Ravena is looking at this stretch as a confidence-builder for NLEX as it guns for more wins to come in 2018.“It’s nice to play on a Christmas Day, and it was nice for us to win and celebrate for the holidays. Hopefully, we can continue this,” he said.The Road Warriors return to action on January 7 against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Kiefer Ravena felt relieved that this Christmas, he only had to deal with one of GlobalPort’s two-headed monster in Stanley Pringle and not the full experience on Monday.“I’m glad that it’s just Stan,” NLEX’s second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft said in Filipino after NLEX’s 115-104 win over GlobalPort. “If you add Terrence (Romeo) there, it will be much, much harder for us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Caguioa pays tribute to Helterbrand, wears No. 13 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH But even if the Batang Pier only had Pringle with Terrence Romeo still recovering from his knee contusion injury, Ravena admitted it was still a tough challenge for him facing the 2015 Rookie of the Year.“It’s still hard to guard Stan. It’s hard to contain Stan that way,” he said after Pringle unloaded 33 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in the game. “At least, we only had to deal with one of them as the focal point of GlobalPort’s offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRavena, meanwhile, continued to impress, this time, collecting, 20 points, two rebounds, five assists and four steals.He is also grateful for coming out with a victory on Christmas day especially with his family and girlfriend Alyssa Valdez in attendance. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

IPL 7, KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 7, KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgKXIP vs SRHAfter winning two high-scoring matches back-to-back in this tournament, Punjab are on a roll and they will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Hyderabad in the 9th match of IPL 7, which will take place at Sharjah.On the other hand, Hyderabad, who had to face defeat in their first match against Rajasthan in the only match they have played so far, will be aiming to register their first win in the tournament.Punjab have proved that no target is stiff enough for them as they chased down scores of 205 and 191 against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively with more than an over to spare.The team has relied on the dangerous duo of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, who have shown little respect for the opposition bowlers going on a rampage to blow Chennai and Rajasthan away.With scores such as 95 runs off 43 balls and 89 in 45 balls, Maxwell has been the most devastating batsman in IPL-7 this year, while Miller too has been simply unstoppable as he blasted 37-ball 54 and 19-ball 51 in his last two unbeaten innings respectively and skipper George Bailey will want the duo to continue the carnage Tuesday.For Hyderabad, it would be the pace troika of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who would be in the firing line of Maxwell and Miller and Dhawan would hope they do enough to stop them from running away with the match.The Hyderabad pace troika had reduced Rajasthan to 31-3 in 6.2 over in their last match and they will have to produce a similar dose of seam and bounce to tame Punjab.advertisementSquads:Punjab (From): Cheteshwar Pujara, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey(c), Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Murali Kartik, Gurkeerat Singh, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Thisara Perera, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Shivam Sharma, Shardul ThakurHyderabad (From): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Lokesh Rahul(w), Venugopal Rao, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dale Steyn, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Srikkanth Anirudha, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Juneja, Brendan Taylor, Parvez Rasool, Prasanth Parameswaran, Amit Paunikar, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milindlast_img read more