Mehta had also said that boxing in India was sufferingMehta had also said that boxing in India was suffering due to an absence of a permanent governing body and if IOA did not provide an observer it will “attract great criticism and all the blame for non performance and creating hurdle in the promotion of sport will come to IOA.””Keeping in view of the above and based (on) the directions of the IOC we should resolve this issue by sending our observer to the elections,” the secretary general had concluded.All his views seems to have not shaken Ramachandrans resolve who wrote back to Mehta that “the affiliated federation for boxing with the IOA is the IABF (Indian Amateur Boxing Federation). This has been reconfirmed by the IOA members in the AGM held in Chennai.””Under these circumstances it will be legally incorrect if we send any observer from IOA to attend any meeting of any other body for Boxing.”The IOA, subsequently, did not send any observer for the elections at which businessman Ajay Singh was elected as the president of the Boxing Federation of India with a huge majority and the elections were declared “free and fair” by AIBAs senior Vice President Edgar Tanner, who had been sent as observer by the world body, as well as the sports ministry-deputed observer. (More) PTI SSR NRB BS BS SSB
Virat was born to play cricket. ‘And born to lead,’ insisted Raj Kumar (Virat Kohli’s coach). From the day he played his first match for the WDCA, Virat appointed himself as the leader. ‘He would become captain and call the shots. Even his seniors would marvel at his reading of the game,’ said Kumar.When the regular bowlers would struggle, he would offer his wickettaking abilities. Virat would announce that he would get the set-batsman out and believe me he would get him out. I can’t forget his first day at the WDCA. That throw from the boundary, flat into the wicketkeeper’s gloves, had startled us. Such a powerful arm at nine years of age! But here he was demonstrating allround abilities and showing leadership skills. He was not even fifteen when he showed skills at captaincy,’ said Kumar.Raj Kumar can also never forget the day when his ward was mocked at by the under-15 state selectors. Raj Kumar had played along a couple of them. He was obviously hurt when they dismissed Virat as just another youngster from the stables of Delhi’s club cricket. ‘Virat was in tears and I really felt for the boy. He had done everything possible to merit a selection, but Delhi had some very exacting standards and not always cricketing ones,’ Raj Kumar lamented.Crestfallen The crestfallen and exasperated Virat, unable to comprehend the reasons for his exclusion from the state under-15 team, received a warm and encouraging pat from former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi, who happened to be at the Ferozeshah Kotla as coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. It was the first time Raj Kumar had raised his voice at a fellow cricketer and the two state junior selectors responsible for keeping him out were acutely embarrassed when Virat earned selection next year by scoring heavily in the local grade. At one point, Raj Kumar, in a dilemma, had contemplated shifting Virat to another state, but was stopped from making that move by some prudent seniors.advertisementDriven: The Virat Kohli Story by Vijay Lokapally; Bloomsbury, Rs.399. Photo: Mail TodayVirat’s fervour to make it big did not stop at getting into the state under-15 squad. He now wanted a contract with a bat manufacturer and Raj Kumar had a task at hand. Virat would nag him until one day the coach sent him to BDM, a renowned brand based in Meerut. ‘He is too young for a contract. Are you sure he will go the distance?’ asked a representative of the company. ‘He is a good investment,’ Raj Kumar assured the BDM official. ‘You sign the boy and I promise you it will be a long and fruitful association,’ assured Raj Kumar. ‘He stayed with BDM for a while even after playing for India. I am glad he proved my judgment right.’Also read: Chetan Bhagat tweets about book posters on Mumbai locals; Twitter blasts him Kumar was to keep Virat calm. He was like a storm looming large on the field and threatening to sweep them all. He was restless even when he excelled because if he got a fifty, Virat would visualise a century as if by right. It was tough to keep Virat glued to his seat. If the opposition got out cheaply, Virat wanted to go in early and finish the game. ‘What if I did not get to bat,’ was his innocent query to the coach.Involved Always slotted at No. 4, Virat had this tendency to pad up along with the openers. If he got out, he never took off the pads until the contest was over. He hated losing his wicket and had to be constantly involved, conveying his message by keeping his pads on. Mistakes were always dealt with a firm hand by Raj Kumar. ‘I did not simply stop at scolding him. A few hard slaps have sometimes worked well,’ said Raj Kumar, who has been more of a father figure than a coach for Virat.Raj Kumar has had a huge influence on Virat. The making of Virat was a process that also marked Raj Kumar’s evolution as a coach. His rapport with Virat was impeccable. ‘I can read his mind. He also knows what goes on in my mind. I have set certain benchmarks for him and he meets them. Sometimes they are about hitting centuries or winning matches. We have worked countless hours on technique and temperament, and he has responded beautifully.’advertisementReprinted with the publisher’s permission
Mohamed Salah may struggle to net 40 goals again for Liverpool but to suggest that he is a one-season wonder is “ridiculous”, says John Barnes.The Egypt international enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Anfield in 2017-18, with his contribution to the Reds’ cause earning him the PFA Player of the Year prize and a nomination for the FIFA Best Award.Replicating those efforts was always going to be difficult and the 26-year-old has made a supposedly slower start to the current campaign than he did the last. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has, however, found the target three times and continues to be an important presence in a Liverpool side which places greater emphasis on collective quality than individual brilliance.With that in mind, club legend Barnes has told the Daily Star on the talk of Salah’s standards slipping: “Salah’s been fine.“I mean he hasn’t obviously scored as many goals as he did last year, but I never expected him to.“Because I don’t think Salah is regularly going to be scoring 40 goals a season as easy as he did last year.“But if he can be part of a team who has won seven games in a row, as much as he hasn’t scored all the goals, then that’s fine, he’s doing equally as well.“That’s much more important for him to do that than for him to be scoring lots of goals and us not to be winning.“So as much as individually people may think he’s not doing as well as he did last year, he’s part of a team and helping out the team to be better than they were last year.“It depends what you call a one-season wonder.“If he doesn’t score 40-odd goals this year and that means that he’s a one-season wonder, that’s ridiculous.“Because if he only scores 20 goals which means he hasn’t done as well but will win the league, that’s even better.“So maybe in terms of scoring 40-odd goals, but not in terms of being effective and helping the team to be even better this year than they were last year.”Salah only had four goals to his name through his opening eight appearances last season and ended the campaign with 44 across all competitions.He could easily hit a purple patch again in 2018-19, with confidence flowing at Anfield on the back of a record-setting start to the season which delivered seven successive wins prior to a Carabao Cup third round defeat to Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp’s side will get the opportunity to avenge the only blot on their copybook to date when they head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday seeking to preserve their faultless record in the Premier League and a standing at the top of the table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar said he feels “good and in form” after shining in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Nice.Neymar excelled against Nice, scoring twice as Ligue 1 champions PSG recorded an eighth consecutive league victory to kick off the season.The 26-year-old Brazil international also scored a penalty in Wednesday’s 4-1 rout of Reims. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking afterwards, Neymar told reporters: “It was an important win. We won playing good football, everybody chipped in and we head back to Paris with all three points.”I am very happy with my performance — I feel good and in form right now and I am very happy to have scored.”Neymar curled in the opening goal in the 22nd minute at Allianz Riviera before Christopher Nkunku doubled the lead at the start of the second half.The Brazilian added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time to extend the club’s lead to nine points atop Ligue 1, though that lead could be cut to eight points should there be a winner in the clash between Lille and Marseille on Sunday. PSG have been utterly dominant in French top flight so far this season with Saturday’s result the fourth time in eight outings the Parisians have won by three or more goals, with the front three of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, along with winger Angel Di Maria all at or near the top of the league’s scoring charts. And while Neymar tends to draw the headlines, team-mate Thilo Kehrer was quick to point out that there were plenty of contributors in Thomas Tuchel’s side. “I think it’s important that we are a team,” he said. “There also are some players who give the assist to Ney.”Of course we are happy when our strikers score goals. Ney did it today. But it’s a real hard work from everyone during the game. We played well today, we helped him to score so it’s good for us.”PSG will now turn their attention to the Champions League where Red Star Belgrade await on Wednesday. The French side opened the group stage with a loss to Liverpool, while Red Star are coming off a 0-0 draw with Napoli.
After a five-game run without a win, any victory comes as a confidence boost, but that was about all this was for Real Madrid ahead of Sunday’s Clasico.The European champions scraped past Viktoria Plzen 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, keeping pace with Roma at the top of Group G, but the three points weren’t enough to cover their cracks.Winning for the first time in over a month was welcomed by supporters but the sight of the 13-time Champions League winners running the clock down in the final minutes against the visiting Czech minnows sums up the current state of affairs at the Santiago Bernabeu . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! One positive for Madrid ahead of their trip to face Barcelona at Camp Nou was seeing Karim Benzema back on the scoresheet.The French forward has been heavily criticised during an eight-game goalscoring drought, but his powerful header in the 11th minute broke the deadlock and eased tension at the Bernabeu.This was no perfect performance from Benzema, though. At one point, he wasted a good opening with Gareth Bale ready to receive the ball, while he also messed up a late chip, sending the ball spinning out of play.But at least Real are scoring again, as they head into the weekend clash in Catalunya seventh in the Liga table and in desperate need of a victory to kick-start their miserable campaign.A closer look at this victory, though, suggests their defensive deficiencies have not gone away.In the first half, the Czech champions sliced open Madrid’s defence on three separate occasions and only poor finishing stopped them from beating Keylor Navas.A lot of the danger came down Madrid’s right flank, where under-fire coach Julen Lopetegui deployed Lucas Vazquez out of position at full-back.The winger was caught out of position by Milan Petrzela, who was denied by Navas. Another run in behind Vazquez saw David Limbersky facing Navas but the Costa Rican put off the left-back, who fired wide.And shortly before half-time came the best chance of the lot, with Patrik Hrosovsky somehow missing when it was easier to score. The forward, left with a tap-in inside the six-yard box, fired over the bar after taking his eye off the ball.With just an ounce more composure, Viktoria Plzen might have gone in level and the boos would have rained down at the Bernabeu.The visitors started off the second half in similar fashion, with Ales Cermak volleying wide when left alone in the area, instead of controlling the ball and taking a safer shot.Madrid were rocking but the man who ended their eight-hour run without scoring, Marcelo, popped up again to calm nerves in the Spanish capital, his dainty finish from Bale’s flick tranquillising the game, until Hrosovsky made amends for his earlier miss with a late strike.Madrid’s bad luck with the woodwork continued too, with Sergio Ramos striking the post in the first half with a header, as he did against Levante in their defeat on Saturday.Los Blancos have hit the woodwork 11 times in all competitions this season, implying their bad form at least contains a little bad luck.However, no excuses will be tolerated by either the fans or club president Florentino Perez if Real are beaten by Barca on Sunday and the worry for Lopetegui is that he still has plenty of work to do with his team but very little time to work with them.Indeed, Tuesday’s win over Plzen merely underlined that he needs to sort out his defence by the weekend because Barcelona wouldn’t just create chances against such a ragged Real backline, they’d take them too.
Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth dished out a dominating performance to outclass South Korea’s Lee Dong-keun in straight games and reach his maiden Super Series Badminton final at the Singapore Open today.This is the 1st time two Indians will be battling it out in a Superseries Final. Whoever wins, this is a victory for India. #SingaporeSS- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 15, 2017Praneeth defeated three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21 -6, 21-8 in a lop-sided semi-final match.In another semi-final today, Kidambi Srikanth beat Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting 21-13,21-14 to face Sai Praneeth in the finals. Fellow shuttlers, Ashwini Ponnappa and Parupalli Kashyap congratulated the finalists on twitter.Way to go @saiprneeth92 and @srikidambi ?????Congratulations and all the best???Its an all Indian Singapore SS men’s singles final tomorrow???- Ashwini Ponnappa (@P9Ashwini) April 15, 2017Woahhh!! Now two Indians in the final????????? @saiprneeth92 @srikidambi ????????? Super show! Indiaaaa indiaaaaa????????#SingaporeSS- Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) April 15, 2017Yesterday, Rio Olympics Silver medallist PV Sindhu made an exit in the quarterfinals after losing to 4th placed Carolina Marin of Spain. The pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy also bowed out.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were condemned to the lowest-ever Indian Premier League total after being all-out for just 49 in 9.4 overs, losing the match by 82 runs chasing a paltry 132 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday night.The previous lowest was 58 by Rajasthan Royals against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 at the Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa. Not only that, this was also the 10th lowest ever score in history of T20 cricket.Nathan Coulter-Nile took the first wicket when he removed Virat Kohli for a golden duck in the third ball of the chase and then RCB fell like a pack of cards. Umesh Yadav then removed Mandeep Singh as RCB was reduced to 3/2 from 1.2 overs before Coulter-Nile continued the good work as he removed AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav in quick succession before Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme wiped out rest of the batting line-up, bowling out Bangalore in just 9.4 overs.Coulter-Nile finished with figures of 3/21 from his three overs while Woakes and de Grandhomme bagged three wickets apiece. Even Umesh, who finished with figures of 1/15, bowled with great hostility and set the game up brilliantly for Woakes and de Grandhomme to pick the bones of what was left.Such was the despair for RCB that their scorecard – 7, 0, 1, 8, 9, 8, 2, 0, 2, 5, 0 – looked like a phone number as nobody crossed the single figure mark.This is only the second time that 20 wickets have fallen in an IPL match as KKR also lost all their wickets in the first innings.advertisementInterestingly, today was the day when RCB made their highest-ever total when they scored 263/5 against the now-defunct Pune Warriors riding on Chris Gayle’s monstrous 175 not out off only 66 balls in 2013 and it’s the same day when they fell for the lowest ever total of 49 against KKR.With this win, Kolkata now have 10 points from seven games and sit on second in the points table while Bangalore are rock bottom with four points from seven games.KKR next play the Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on April 26 while RCB will host Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25 in Bangalore.
(Eds: Repeating after deleting a para) New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Two-time Asia Pacific Rally champion, Gaurav Gill, is hoping to become the first Arjuna awardee from Indian motorsports after the FMSCI recommended him for the sporting honour for the second time in three years. “Yes, we have recommended him for the honour. He deserves the award and hopefully he will get it this time,” FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim confirmed to PTI. Gill, who won the series opener in New Zealand last week, is the reigning APRC champion and won the trophy for the first time in 2013. Performances of last four years will be taken into consideration before the recipients of the coveted award are picked by the Sports Ministry appointed committee. PTI BS AT