FIH chief Batra elected unopposed as IOA President

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra was today elected unopposed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), while Rajeev Mehta was re-elected secretary general for a four-year term.The 59-year-old Batra, thus, became one of the few sports administrators to head a national Olympic committee while heading an important international sports federation.Batras election to the top post was a mere formality after Asian Tennis Federation President Anil Khanna withdrew from the race last week.Khanna, who wrote a letter to the IOA election commission, informing his decision to withdraw from the contest, supported Batra for the presidents post in its Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) held here today.Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) President Birendra Baishya was also in the fray initially for the Presidents post but eventually pulled out of the race.However, some amount of uncertainty hangs over the elections after the Delhi High Court, while refusing to interfere with the process, clarified that the results will be subject to the final outcome of an application pending before it.The High Courts directive came after advocate and sports activist Rahul Mehra sought an interim stay on the election on the grounds that it was being held in violation of the sports code. PTI SSC PM SSClast_img read more

Liverpool Beats Tottenham 2-0 To Win Sixth European Title (Video)

first_imgMADRID — No tears of pain this time, just redemption for Mohamed Salah.Only 108 seconds were needed to banish the Champions League final heartbreak of a year ago.Once Salah dispatched his early penalty against Tottenham, Liverpool was on the path to a sixth European title with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.And a year after defeat in the final to Real Madrid, Jürgen Klopp has his first title after four years as Liverpool manager.A shoulder injury forced Salah out of the Kiev showpiece last year.This time it was Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s arm that gifted Liverpool the early penalty opening — blocking Sadio Mane’s shot after 21 seconds — and Salah converted from the spot after a video review check.“I have sacrificed a lot for my career,” Salah said. “To come from a village, to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me.”Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates their victory after winning during the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)On a hot and humid night in Madrid, Tottenham came to life only in the final 20 minutes of its first European Cup final.But Liverpool completed the job in the 87th minute thanks to one of its semifinal saviors.Divock Origi had to accept a place back on the bench despite producing two goals while deputizing for the injured Salah last month. But the substitute had the final big say in the Spanish capital, rifling a left-footed shot inside the far post.“Every single player fought hard today,” Origi said. “So it’s just special.”After two losing finals since triumphing in 2005, Liverpool finally rose to third in the all-time list of European champions behind 13-time winner Real Madrid and AC Milan on seven titles.Few fans — even from Liverpool — will want to watch just how it was achieved.Both sides had gone three weeks without playing. It showed.The sharpness was deficient, as was the ability to string passes together.“When we look back on tonight we aren’t going to think it was a sluggish game,” Liverpool-born defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said. “We are going to think we have just won the European Cup.”Tottenham will have only regrets as its luck run out after a season of comebacks and great escapes in the competition with a squad that had no additions.“A little bit unlucky,” said Mauricio Pochettino, who remains without a trophy in management. “To start a Champions League final from the start 1-0 it’s a tough situation, it changed completely the plan.”Lucas Moura’s goal in Barcelona in December carried Tottenham into the round of 16. The Brazilian’s hat trick last month then completed a turnaround against Ajax. The reward in Madrid was a watching brief from the bench for two thirds of the game.Instead, Harry Kane was thrust into the starting lineup despite 53 days without a game since limping off with an ankle injury in the quarterfinal first leg against Manchester City.Tottenham’s Harry Kane stands on the pitch after losing the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)The striker was largely anonymous as Tottenham, which finished 26 points behind Premier League runner-up Liverpool in fourth place, couldn’t even get a shot on target until the 73rd minute.Alisson Becker scooped up a spinning shot from Dele Alli and made a double-save from Son Heung-min and Moura with 10 minutes to go.“We should have put more craziness in our performance,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “It took too much time to put Liverpool in difficulty.”It was Liverpool’s goalkeeping that made the difference, showing $85 million was well spent on Alisson by American owner John Henry after Loris Karius was banished for making costly mistakes in last year’s final.“You have a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy,” Klopp said. “Thank you very much.”A moment we’ll never forget.#SixTimespic.twitter.com/7L5Xv1qstW— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019No wonder Klopp was relieved after six losing finals, stretching back to his spell at Borussia Dortmund.“Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank,” the German said.Victory against Tottenham came six years after Dortmund was beaten by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.Klopp is now European champion for the first time.“I am so happy for my family,” he said. “They suffer every year when we go to a final, the last game of the season.”The penultimate game saw Klopp miss out on ending Liverpool’s 29-year English title drought by a point to Manchester City in the Premier League title race.“We are doing good stuff,” Klopp said on the field amid the celebrations in Madrid. “People are always saying, ‘Why didn’t you win anything?’”They can’t anymore at Liverpool.By: Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AB de Villiers chose money over country: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed AB de Villiers for “putting finances over the country” in a video that was put up on Youtube.”Firstly, people must not forget that there was pressure on AB De Villiers to leave IPL and PSL contracts and make himself available for the World Cup. However, he chose the IPL and PSL, announced an early retirement and recused himself from the World Cup,” said Akhtar in his video uploaded on Friday.It was revealed shortly after South Africa’s third defeat at the 2019 World Cup that De Villiers had made a last ditch effort to get into the Proteas squad. The former skipper had retired from international cricket in May 2018 and thus did not fulfill the criteria of selection, which was playing South African domestic cricket or international cricket in the months leading up to the tournament.”So basically everything started with finance,” said Akhtar. “I think when he took this decision, he did it looking at his finances and economics.”The timing of this revelation raises serious questions. South Africa was in poor form even when he had announced his retirement a year before the World Cup. But I think he should have remembered (at that point) that his country needs him. The money will come today or tomorrow but you the call of making money and ignore the World Cup.””I don’t mind people making money but do it in the right way. If you indeed have to make money then pick and chose correctly but keep your country as the priority.advertisement”Now to clear your name you made a last-ditch offer to come out of international retirement for this summer’s World Cup. But I think the management was correct in their stand,” said the 43-year-old.Also Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | There are no real shock defeats in World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Seelast_img read more

LTA eager to work with Andy Murray to increase tennis participation

first_imgThe chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association has insisted that British tennis’s governing body has a productive relationship with Andy Murray and is determined to build on the former world No 1’s legacy.The LTA came under fire after announcing an £8.8m loss in its annual accounts last month, while recent figures showing that overall monthly participation in tennis has dropped by 9% lent weight to fears not enough is being done to build on Murray’s success. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp LTA Read more Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Share on Pinterest Topicscenter_img Tennis news Jamie Murray accused British tennis of wasting his younger brother’s decade at the top earlier this year and there was embarrassment in March when the publication of a rebranding strategy by the LTA failed to mention the Murray family. However, Scott Lloyd, who replaced Michael Downey two years ago, said that he has a healthy, open dialogue with the Murray brothers and their mother Judy.“I can’t speak for what went before me,” the LTA CEO said. “Anyone that has a passion for tennis, as Andy and Jamie clearly do, wants to see our sport thrive. What I want to do is take a sharper focus on how we invest the resources we have available to make sure we are investing behind things that have the biggest impact. The greatest legacy for Andy and Jamie would be to have a sport that’s thriving.“Jamie and I speak regularly. I think me, Jamie, Andy and Judy all share the same philosophy. We want the sport growing. That’s about the grassroots first and foremost. We have a very healthy and open dialogue with Andy and Jamie.”Lloyd was asked if the LTA has tapped enough into the Murray family’s expertise. “I’ve known Judy for a very long time,” he said. “I worked with her 20 years ago. Since I’ve started we have had an open dialogue on what we can do together.“We are working closely with Jamie on a few things. We’re working with him on a Challenger event we are bringing to Glasgow in September. This is all about trying to put on events in different parts of the calendar to sustain interest all year round. It’s going to be called the Murray trophy. For Andy and Jamie to be involved in helping the LTA deliver programmes inspiring kids, of course that’s what we want.” Jamie Murray: ‘You won’t get another Andy for God knows how long’ Share on Messenger Lloyd wants to alter the idea that tennis is an elitist summer sport and believes community programmes such as Serves, Tennis for Kids and Park Tennis will help. He is also encouraged about the LTA’s plans to develop indoor courts in 96 areas across Britain over the next 10 years.“I spent six months talking to people up and down the country about what more the LTA should be doing,” Lloyd said. “We’ve set about trying to open tennis up. I actually think it is more affordable than people appreciate. Last year we saw participation in park tennis grow 35%.“We’ve worked to identify where we need more indoor courts available on a pay as you play basis. We’ve identified 96 locations – 72 in England, 12 in Wales, 12 in Scotland – where there will be demand in tennis if there are indoor facilities all year round.“We have to work out what works best for British tennis and have a sharp focus on it, whether it’s performance strategy, investment or grassroots programmes.”Concerns that the landscape would be barren without Andy Murray, who will play doubles at Wimbledon as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, will be tested at SW19 over the next fortnight. Share via Email Share on Facebook “Investing in the 10-year performance strategy we launched last year will hopefully create a framework for athletically gifted children to take up tennis and ultimately become professionals,” Lloyd said.“In the men’s game we have Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans. They’re in fantastic form. We have Jay Clarke and Paul Jubb coming up. On the women’s side the Fed Cup team are back in the World Group for the first time in 30 years. There’s a lot to be positive about.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this contentlast_img read more

JIS Engages Students to Plant Trees During Child Month

first_imgTo observe Child Month, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) undertook a tree-planting exercise with students at selected primary schools, in the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Catherine, culminating at Naggo Head on Thursday, May 30.Other schools visited were Harbour View on May 16; Padmore on May 21 and Bridgeport on May 28.The activity was carried out in association with the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.[RELATED: JIS Launches Tree Planting Initiative for Child Month]The students were happy and appreciative of the initiative. Twelve-year-old student of Naggo Head Primary, Dejean Cousins, said “it is really nice that the JIS has come to help us in the planting of trees and the beautification of the school. We need a lot of trees, especially on the field, so we can get shade. It is hot during the days, especially when we are doing Physical Education.”This view was reiterated by caretaker of the school, Henry Green, who said that the trees, when grown, will be “good for shade during the days and will keep the place cool. The playfield needs trees around it.”For her part, Principal of Bridgeport Primary School, Lorna Lewis, was very enthused when the JIS visited her school, as the students are currently working on a project to enhance the appearance of their school.“Trees are very important to our environment. The front of our school really needs a facelift, and we have been doing a few things to enhance the school, so when we heard that JIS wanted to come we were very happy. In a little while when you’re driving by, you’ll be very pleased to see what you have helped us to achieve here at Bridgeport,” she said.[RELATED: Forestry Department on Mission of Reforestation]The Forestry Department donated seedlings to the project. Client Services Forrester in the Department, Nicola Hutchinson Scott, as well as Senior Director, Forest Science and Technology Services Division, Donna Lowe, gave short presentations at each school about the importance of trees.Due to a decrease in the amount of trees across Jamaica, the Department is currently on a mission to increase forest cover over the country by two per cent over the next 10 years.Contact: Christine Ade-Goldlast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth To Host Hero Dog Awards

first_imgHallmark Channel and the American Humane Association have announced that popular television, film and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth will host the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a star-studded evening honoring America’s most courageous canines.The Hero Dog Awards, which are presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and produced by Emmy award-winning MRB Productions, will air as a 90-minute special on Hallmark Channel November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this unique program with American Humane Association,” says Chenoweth, a passionate advocate for animals who founded her own charity, Maddie’s Corner, to benefit shelter pets. “I was a judge at last year’s Hero Dog Awards and am delighted to host the best and most heartwarming animal show on television.”“Kristin Chenoweth is one of my personal heroes,” says American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “Not only is she a tremendous talent, beloved by millions of her stage, screen, and television fans, but she has a heart of gold when it comes to animal advocacy. As host for the top animal awards show in the country, she will help us capture the hearts of the nation and bring major support to the lifesaving programs that make a difference for millions of children and animals each year. She is a true heroine to them and America’s noble hero dogs!”“Kristin Chenoweth is an extremely talented and beloved stage and television personality, as well as a passionate advocate for the welfare of animals — making her the perfect choice for host of the 2012 ‘Hero Dog Awards,’” says Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Kristin will bring her signature warmth, compassion, and off-beat comedy to this year’s show and I am positively delighted to welcome her to Hallmark Channel where she is sure to be a huge hit with our audience.”Chenoweth joins a roster of celebrity supporters of the Hero Dog Awards, including special honoree Betty White, red carpet host Joey Lawrence and celebrity judges Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stilwell, Candy Spelling, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Tinsley Mortimer, and Megyn Price, among many others.Two Million Ballots Cast for NomineesFollowing nationwide voting in which more than two million ballots were cast by the American public, eight remarkable finalists were chosen, one winner in each of the following categories: “Jynx” for Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs; “Holly” for Service Dogs; “Stella” for Therapy Dogs; “Gabe” for Military Dogs; “Tabitha” for Guide Dogs; “Soot” for Search and Rescue Dogs; “Tatiana II” for Hearing Dogs, and “Daniel” for Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). These eight finalists will be flown to Beverly Hills with their human handlers, where they will walk the red carpet and be presented with a special Hero Dog award, following moving video tributes that bring their stories to life. The evening will be capped off when one of the eight finalists will be announced as the winning American Hero Dog of the year.Voting is currently underway at www.herodogawards.org, where a full list of the eight category winners, along with a summary of each dog’s poignant story, can be found.Source:AmericanHumane.orglast_img read more