In a field loaded with the best throwers from around the world, Vikas Gowda did reasonably well to finish eighth in discus throw. However, I feel that he could have done better considering his performance in the qualification round.Making it to the final of a track and field event at the Olympics is in itself a great triumph only achieved by a limited few in Indian athletics. Vikas should savour the moment.With a strong built, Vikas is capable of challenging the best throwers, but he needs to improve and should compete in top international competitions in Europe. Judging by his body language in the final, he seemed to be under pressure.Another Indian in the fray on Tuesday was triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary. He fouled in all his three attempts, which is a poor indicator of his preparedness for the Olympics. As chairman of the selection committee for Indian athletics, I had my doubts about his preparedness as he had not participated in any international meets since April 2012.I am a strong advocate for Olympic trials like all the major track & field powerhouses do. The most celebrated athlete of London Olympics – Usain Bolt – partially attributed his success in 100m to the loss he had to face against Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials.When the most celebrated athletes in the world can humbly participate in the Olympic trials conducted by their respective nations, I fail to understand why Indian athletics is not implementing this proven system.advertisementTintu Luka qualified for the 800m semifinals but her chances of making it to the final look very bleak to me. Again, Tintu didn’t compete much before the Olympics and a few more meets would have given her the much needed edge.I think she gave her 90 per cent on Wednesday during the heats but that was the case with the top finishers in all the six heats who seemed to be saving their reservoirs for the semi-finals.Overall, the performance of the Indian athletes in track and field events at the London Olympics has been satisfactory.(The writer is an Asian Games gold medallist and a finalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics)
Actress Sonakshi Sinha, mostly seen as the traditional Indian girl on the screen, will be seen as a boxer in a sequence in A.R. Murugadoss’ forthcoming directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty. She says “personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible”.There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry who shed their “girly” look to play a strong sportsperson on the big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing, has no qualms about essaying such roles.”I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love to do,” Sonakshi told IANS here. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in Holiday”I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably longer,” added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with her curls left loose in movies.For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kuma too gave her tips to prepare for the role.”Yes, I did (take training) but I’ve always been a sportsperson. The basic body language has always been there. I play a lot of sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball but boxing is something that I’ve never done before and I needed help on it,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementShe said that the Ghajini director wanted her to look as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender, who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay’s production Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the skin of the character.”He (Murugadoss) didn’t want me to look girly or stylised or fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen,” said Sonakshi.While the men made sure that she got the boxing moves right, the women helped her to achieve the sporty look.”The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist. Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel,” she said.While she is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in Holiday.”Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports. We’ve played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do what the role requires me to do physically,” said the actress, who acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore and Joker.Produced by Vipul Shah and presented by Reliance Entertainment, Holiday will hit theatres June 6.
Hockey India secretary general the lack of adequate funds have hurt teams’ preparationsHockey India secretary general Narinder Batra on Thursday said the country should not expect a medal from the national teams in the upcoming Asian Games in the wake of government’s “shoddy treatment” of the national sport.”People should not expect much out of both and men’s and women’s team in the current scenario. The government has completely turned its back on the sport, especially in the last three months,” Batra said claiming lack of adequate funds have hurt the teams’ preparations.”If at all the players are able to make an impact, the credit will only go to them. But I am not very hopeful. The women’s team were forced to train on worn out turfs and to top it all the camp of the junior teams have not been sanctioned.You can’t expect much in a scenario like this,” Batra fumed.Batra is claiming lack of funds at a time when Sports Authority of India, the government’s nodal agency, has released Rs 11.27 crores to HI, an amount more than the sport’s annual allocated budget of Rs 10.50 crore.Indian men bagged a bronze in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou while the women’s team returned empty handed.Talking about the third edition of the Hockey India League, Batra maintained that he has not been intimated about the pull out of Dabur-owned Mumbai franchise, adding the 2015 edition of league will see two more teams than the present six.”We have already signed a contract with two franchisees.advertisementThe announcement of where they want to field their teams from will be made in the next two weeks. We have requested the investors to have a South India a base as we already have teams in the other regions of the country.”Hockey Indian League aims to have 10 teams by 2018.
View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end It wasn’t all smooth sailing as Osaka was broken when serving for the match at 5-2 in the second.After Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, the Japanese player faced another break point before wrapping up the match after one hour and 21 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ve never been a defending champion before — that’s new and I was really nervous,” said Osaka, whose first WTA title at Indian Wells last year launched a 2018 campaign that would eventually include her first Grand Slam crown at the US Open.Osaka next faces Danielle Collins, the 25th-seeded American who beat Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-1. LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash NBA fines Thunder’s Paul George $25K for ripping referees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates match point against Kristina Mladenovic of France during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPWorld number one Naomi Osaka on Saturday launched her Indian Wells title defense with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 65th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France.Osaka, whose second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January propelled her to the top of the rankings, avenged a loss to Mladenovic in Dubai last month in her first match since she lifted the trophy in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy
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While gearing up for the Davis Cup test against Czech Republic shedding buckets of sweat at the DLTA courts with coach Zeeshan Ali for company, Somdev spoke to PTI on a range of issues. Excerpts from an interview: Q) What about your plans. Do you see yourself breaking into top-100 by the end of this season? A) To be honest, I dont care anymore. I just want to play good tennis. I just want to win. I am not bothered. Obviously, I would like to finish in top-100 and make the main draw in the Australian Open and have a better schedule. If I dont, I will play in Qualies. But the key for me is to stay healthy and win close matches that I am losing. I can make that happen. Q) The last two years you have had ordinary results. How your career is shaping up? A) For my standards, its not been the best two years. The thing is that there have been patches of quality tennis. I have never won two Challengers in a year in my life. So, there are some positives as well. I am losing a lot of three set matches. Q) This has been a tough season for you. You lost many fist round matches. How are you shaping up for the tie? A) Its been tough. I have lost a few close matches. But once I went back home, it was nice and relaxing. When you are in the middle of the tour, you dont get a chance to be at home, it was nice. I practised at home also and here twice today, feeling good after first day. Q) It is because that you play defensive and do not attack more, just try to wear opponent out? A) Its a combination of lot of things. In sports, everything is momentum. I have been in this place so many times and it takes one or two wins and things start turning around. I have been working hard. The answer for me is that its going to come through hard work. Its still not too late for that. Everebody knows that I am going to work hard. Lets hope. Q) We have seen you getting results when you attacked more and rushed on to net. Should it not be a regular feature in your game. A) It does not hurt. Its one thing to say, go and play attacking tennis and its another thing to execute it. Sometimes a lot of players know the right thing to do but its not easy to execute. It depends on situation, the guy on the other side of the court. What they are allowing you to do? Then a lot comes on confidence and easy things become difficult, if you are not confident. (MORE) PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisement
Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: August 24, 2019, 5:04 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. With the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season getting into the sixth week on Saturday, August 24, the teams are busy collecting winning points with every match. In the Delhi leg, to be played at Thyagraj Sports Stadium, the second match of August 24 will be played between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Telugu Titans. The second match of the day and 57th match of PKL 2019 Season 7 will start at 8.30pm IST.The ongoing Pro Kabaddi League 2019 started on July 20, 2019. A total of 12 teams, including Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha are the participants. The PKL season 7 will be concluding on October 19, 2019. Jaipur Pink Panthers, currently enjoying the top position in the scorecard, will aim at , after their last victory against Tamil Thalaivas. On the other hand, team Telugu Titans, lagging behind in the PKL 2019 scorecard, will be ready for another victory after defeating Haryana Steelers. This will be the tenth match for both the teams. While Delhi has lost only two matches so far, Telugu Titans have managed to score two wins.What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans start?The second match of the sixth week of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019, Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans clash will be the 57th match in the PKL 2019. Being the second match of the day, it will be taking place at 8.30pm IST on August 24, 2019. The clash will take place at Thyagraj Sports Stadium in Delhi.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans on TV?The Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Damir DzumhurfedererRoger Federerus open First Published: August 29, 2019, 7:19 AM IST New York: Roger Federer overcame his second consecutive sluggish start to defeat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday and advance to the U.S. Open third round.World number 99 Dzumhur broke the five-times champion in his first two service games and raced out to a 4-0 lead before many in the crowd had found their seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which had its retractable roof closed due to rain. Despite some shaky serving, the 27-year-old Dzumhur took the first set thanks to 17 unforced errors from the Swiss.The tide shifted in the first game of the second set, however, when Federer saved a break point at 30-40 following a wild rally during which both players race from corner to corner before Dzumhur sent a forehand into the net.From there Federer’s superior serving carried the day as he finished with 16 aces to the Sarajevo native’s two and thumped a rocket that Dzumhur could not return on match point to clinch victory.Federer, however, has looked vulnerable at the tournament.He dropped the opening set of his first-round match against qualifier Sumit Nagal and while he may get away with slow starts in the early rounds, he will need to be more consistent if he hopes to win a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.”I have been in that position many times where you go through a little phase where you don’t start so well and everybody asks you right away, ‘What are you going to do?’,” he told reporters.”You’re like, I don’t know. Just go back to the drawing board. Just do the same things again. You hope for a better outcome.”I don’t think there is per se a secret to a good start other than warming up well, being well-prepared mentally. Not underestimating your opponent. I did all of that. You know me, I will always do that.”So when it happens like this back-to-back matches it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not there.”I can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.”Federer will look to get off to a better start when he faces either Lucas Pouille or Dan Evans for a place in the round of 16.
New Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind move, the Ministry of Sports has decided to create 20 National Centres of Excellence (NCE) with top-of-the-line coaches will train athletes in the developmental group keeping 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in mind.The NCEs will have the distinction of having a single scheme running in them for elite athletes, thus ending differentiation in training and other facilities between athletes within the same campus. Each NCE will be earmarked for four to six specific sport.It will be moving away from the earlier set-up of having various schemes running in the same SAI regional centres, leading to separate training, diet and kitting to athletes, this scheme will ensure that athletes in the same premises have access to similar facilities.The decision comes just a few months after it was announced that the budget for diet of athletes will be made equal, irrespective of the level at which the athlete is training.While the National Centre of Excellence will be reserved for athletes training for Olympics, grassroot level athletes will be trained at other SAI facilities and will be moved to NCE depending on performance and possibility of an Olympic medal.The two-tier training system will ensure that at both levels athletes get focused training.The 20 SAI facilities that have been identified as National Centre of Excellence include, SAI centres in Patiala, Trivandrum, Chandigarh, Sonepat, Lucknow, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gandhinagar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Delhi, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Delhi, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee Swimming Pool Complex, Delhi, National Water Sports Academy (Khelo India), Alleppey, National Boxing Academy (Khelo India), Rohtak, National Wrestling Academy (Khelo India), Aurangabad.Speaking about the decision, sports minister Kiren Rijiju said: “Standardising the training on a campus will enable athletes to attain much higher performances in their respective sport.”When athletes of the same level train at a centre and the facilities are made exclusively available to them, they will train better and that will reflect in their performance. We are working in close co-ordination with NSFs to ensure a smooth transition of our existing facilities into National Centre of Excellence and to identify more centres. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2024 Paris Olympics2028 Los Angeles OlympicsIndiaKiren Rijiju First Published: September 22, 2019, 9:42 AM IST