Saturday, September 19, 2020

Centre's deadline to AICF warring factions nearing fast

CHENNAI: The Indian chess team recently won the gold medal in the FIDE Online Olympiad and the players were greeted by The President, Vice President, Prime Minister, several ministers and other political leaders.

Always enjoy battle against CSK, says Rohit ahead of IPL 13 opener

ABU DABI: Ahead of the much-anticipated clash against Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played on Saturday evening at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has said that he enjoys playing against the MS Dhoni-led side but is never "overawed" by them.

FIFA approves revised 2019-2022 budget

ZURICH: Football's global governing body FIFA has predicted a drop of $120 million in revenue for the period 2019-2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the FIFA Congress approved a revised budget for the four-year financial cycle.

The 70th FIFA Congress convened remotely for the first time, as all the 211 member associations joined via videoconference on Friday.

Suresh Raina to train aspiring J&K cricketers

SRINAGAR: Former India cricketer Suresh Raina is all set to train aspiring cricketers from Jammu and Kashmir.

Raina, who called on J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday, has agreed to set up five academies each in the Kashmir division and the Jammu division to train aspiring cricketers, particularly the youngsters from the remote areas of the Union Territory.

BCCI secy Jay Shah 'satisfied' with facilities at Sharjah Stadium

SHARJAH: Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), visited the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday and "expressed his satisfaction" with the venue's preparations for the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning on Saturday.

FIVB confirms cancellation of Volleyball Club World C'ships 2020

LAUSANNE: World volleyball governing body FIVB has cancelled the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

IPL 13: Bumrah can fill Malinga's shoes for MI, feels Lee

NEW DELHI:Former Australia speedster Brett Lee feels Jasprit Bumrah can fill the shoes of Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting Saturday.

IPL 13: RCB include message for Covid-19 frontline workers on jersey

DUBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will pay tribute to frontline workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic by featuring a message for them in their jersey for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

"To acknowledge the efforts and honour the sacrifices made by these real challengers, RCB team will proudly don a tribute jersey with the message 'My Covid Heroes' both during training and matches for the entire tournament," said RCB in a statement on Thursday.

IPL betting: Champions Mumbai Indians are bookies top favourite

GURUGRAM: Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians are the favourite of bookies and are currently priced at Rs 4.90, followed by Hyderabad SunRisers at Rs 5.60, according to bookies based in and around the city.

IPL: Rana keen to learn leadership skill from Morgan

ABU DHABI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) left-handed batsman Nitish Rana is looking forward to learn leadership skill from reigning England World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan.

The 34-year-old Englishman will be joining KKR at the end of his team's T20 and ODI series against Australia. Morgan led England to their maiden World Cup glory in 2019. He was bought for Rs 5.25 crore at the IPL auction and is set to reunite with the franchise after his stint from 2011-2013.

Harsh Vardhan addresses Joint G20 Finance and Health Ministers Meeting

NEW DELHI: Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare attended Joint G20 Finance and Health Ministers Meeting through video conference, here today. Saudi Arabia bestowed with the Presidency of G20 grouping hosted the session.

Steps taken by Government to enhance popularity of Kabaddi asa sport

NEW DELHI: For making Kabaddi popular, the Government has taken following initiatives / measures:

The sports facilities of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior and Guwahati have been made available free of cost for sports including Kabaddi for organising training programmes and sporting events.

2932 athletes under Khelo India scheme and 10248 athletes under SAI schemes have been selected for further training: Sports Minister

NEW DELHI: ‘Sports’ being a State subject, the responsibility of promotion of sports, including identification of young talent and its nurturing, rests with State Governments. Government of India supplements the efforts of State Governments and National Sports Federations (NSFs) under its various schemes such as Khelo India, Assistance to National Sports Federations and by providing training facilities in Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centres.

Government has recently enhanced the prize money of National Sports Awards: Kiren Rijiju

NEW DELHI: This Ministry is implementing the Scheme of ‘Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons’ for providing lifelong monthly pension to medal winners of Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. after they retire from active sports and the Scheme of ‘PanditDeendayalUpadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons’ (PDUNWFS)’ for providing financial assistance to sportspersons of yesteryears now living in indigent circumstances. 

The 36th National Games allotted to Goa have been postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: The 36th National Games allotted to Goa, which was scheduled from 20.10.2020 to 04.11.2020, had been postponeddue to outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Central assistance of Rs.97.80 crore has been released to the Government of Goa for creation / development of sports infrastructure for 36th National Games.

Virat, Rohit continue to lead ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

MANCHESTER:Star Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have maintained their top two positions in the latest ICC rankings for ODI batters which got updated following the completion of the three-match series between England and Australia. While Kohli is at the numero uno spot with 871 rating points, Rohit has 855 rating points and is currrently placed at the second spot.

England recall Sophia Dunkley, Katie George for West Indies T20Is

LONDON: England have picked Sophia Dunkley and Katie George in their 16-member contingent for the upcoming five-match T20I series against West Indies. The five T20Is will be played from September 21-30 at the Incora County Ground, Derby.

Australia grab 20 Super League points post ODI series-win over England

MANCHESTER: Australia have picked 20 points from their first series of the ongoing ICC World Cup Super League, completing a 2-1 series win over England.

Placing older players on the field Dhoni's biggest challenge: Bangar

NEW DELHI: MS Dhoni's biggest challenge would be how he handles the older players in the Chennai Super Kings squad in the field, according to former India batsman Sanjay Bangar. CSK have in recent years been known for their tendency to field players who are in the twilight years of their career and yet remaining one of the toughest teams to beat in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A teacher who led a hockey revolution among tribals in Jharkhand

Sports Minister seeks complete details of decorated and aspiring players

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Sports Department, fulfilling the aspirations of Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi of paying due honour to the state players excelled at national and international level and to meet the expenses of those players, who are preparing for the upcoming games, has issued strict instructions to all the District Sports Officers to furnish complete details of the players. The comprehensive details in a prescribed proforma would be submitted to the Head Office at Chandigarh by September 21 by all means.

Coffee in Q: NZ keeper hones her barista skills

BRISBANE:New Zealand wicket-keeper batswoman Katey Martin is working on her barista skills as the team approaches the end of their first week in quarantine ahead of their limited-overs series in Australia.

Markets open on positive note

MUMBAI: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened marginally higher.

The BSE Sensex opened at 39,161.01, touched a high of 39,161.40 and a low of 39,037.96.

Sports Ministry to establish KISCE in six more states

NEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry said on Tuesday that it is set to establish the Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE) in six more states under the ministry's flagship Khelo India scheme.

The states of Assam (State Sports Academy, Sarjusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati), Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (New Sports Complex, Silvassa), Maharashtra (Sree Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi), Madhya Pradesh (MP Academy, Bhopal), Meghalaya (JNS Complex Shillong) and Sikkim (Paljor Stadium, Gangtok) have been identified in the second leg.

Laminate company Stylam announces partnership with KXIP

NEW DELHI: Stylam, Asia's leading laminate company, on Tuesday announced its partnership with Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is set to begin on September 19.

As the associate sponsor of the team for the thirteenth season of the IPL, Stylam's logo will feature on the trousers of the team for the duration of the tournament, the company said in its release. Over the course of the season, Stylam and the Kings XI Punjab will also launch multiple campaigns to promote their partnership and engage with fans of the franchise across India.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University successfully completed First Year Journey

CHANDIGARH/PATIALA: Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University has successfully completed its first year journey of promoting education in the fields of sports science, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching in Punjab.

The ambitious Project of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and state's first sports university in Patiala had taken the first leap towards its long journey by commencing its first academic session at Prof. Gursewak Singh Government Physical Education College on September 1, 2019. Now several colleges in the state have joined the university.

Wolves FC looking to link up with clubs, schools in India

MUMBAI:Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday said that it is planning to "link with international schools, academies and clubs" in India soon after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. The club had recently announced an association with Boss Entertainment India and is looking to further penetrate the country's market.

At times it can be mentally challenging: Archer on life in a bubble

MANCHESTER: England pacer Jofra Archer has said staying in a bio-secure bubble can be mentally taxing at times, pointing that lack of time with family for such long spells is not good

Raina's absence will leave a big gap in CSK: Albie Morkel

NEW DELHI: Former South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel feels Suresh Raina's absence in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) will leave a massive gap in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team and that the franchise would have to make changes in batting order to get their balance right for the tournament starting on Saturday

Call me, I will come, play cricket anywhere: Sreesanth

KOCHI: The desperation was written large on his face when fast bowler S. Sreesanth said, "call me and I will come and play cricket anywhere". Sreesanth, who was part of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup-winning Indian teams, made this statement after his seven-year ban ended recently.

DDCA spent around Rs.9 crore on litigation in 2 years: Key official

NEW DELHI: The perennially controversial Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) spent close to Rs.9 crore on litigation in the last two years alone. This was discussed at an Apex Council meeting on Sunday night, at which it was decided to disengage Counsels Ankur Chawla and Gautam Dutta with immediate effect, apparently with an aim to check the expenditure.

Sushant helped me build a career when he was struggling: Choreographer Ganesh Hiwarkar

MUMBAI: Choreographer Ganesh Hiwarkar recalls how his dear friend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, not only stopped him from committing suicide but also made sure his career as a dance teacher flourished in the city. He says Sushant gave him emotional, moral and financial support despite being a struggling actor and dancer at the time.

SSR drugs probe: Auto driver, restaurant owner among 6 held

MUMBAI: An autorickshaw driver and a posh restaurant owner are among six persons nabbed late on Saturday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a swoop on the drugs mafia in the ongoing drugs angle probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, an official said on Sunday.

The six drug peddlers arrested were identified as Karanjeet Singh Anand, Dwayne Fernandes, Sanket Patel, Ankush Anreja, Sandeep Gupta and Aftab Fateh Ansari, NCB Deputy Director K.P.S. Malhotra said.

Kangana meets Maha Governor, requests 'justice be given to me'

MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here on Sunday afternoon, amidst escalating tension between her and the ruling Shiv Sena party.

Following her meeting, Kangana tweeted: "A short while ago I met His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari Ji. I explained my point of view to him and also requested that justice be given to me, it will restore faith of common citizen and particularly daughters in the system."

Sushant is just being targeted: Friend Yuvraj S. Singh

NEW DELHI: Actor Yuvraj S. Singh discredits the claim that his friend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was addicted to drugs. He says Sushant is being targeted, and that there is more to the story than meets the eye.

"We gave so many auditions together. I have so many memories about him. We used to meet every day for some audition or the other, here and there. That's how we got to know each other," Yuvraj told IANS.

Kangana says she became a drug addict once in old viral video

MUMBAI: A video featuring actress Kangana Ranaut that has been going viral on Twitter all through Saturday sees the actress state that she became a drug addict once. The actress posted the video on her Instagram account in March.

"Jaise hi main ghar se bhaagi, dedh-do saal me main ek film star thi, ek drug addict thi. Meri zindagi me itne saare kaand chal rahe the ki main aise logo ke haathon mein lag chuki thi, jahaan itna sab danger ho chuka tha meri life me (soon after I ran away from my house, in around one and a half to two years I became a film star and a drug addict. 

Bhumi Pednekar: Each person needs to be celebrated for who they are

MUMBAI: Actress Bhumi Pednekar says her character in the upcoming film, "Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare", breaks all the tags associated with being a woman.

Sushant's sister initiates #FeedFood4SSR in late actor's memory

MUMBAI:Shweta Singh Kirti, sister of Sushant Singh Rajput, has initiated a campaign to feed the poor and homeless in memory of her late brother. The campaign will continue from 9am to 9pm on Saturday.

TV star Vishal Vashishtha's first negative role is smart, impulsive and restless

MUMBAI: Television star Vishal Vashishtha plays a negative character for the first time in his seven-year career, and he loves the traits his character displays.

Anuradha Paudwal's son Aditya dies of kidney failure at 35

MUMBAI: Aditya Paudwal, son of singer Anuradha Paudwal, succumbed to kidney failure on Saturday morning. He was 35.

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