Indian athletes win 2 bronze after second day lull

November 28, 2019

first_imgA below par Krishna Poonia and G.G. Pramila won a bronze each in women’s discus throw and heptathlon respectively to save India from ending the third day in track and field competitions without a medal in the Asian Games here on Tuesday.India had begun their track and field campaign in spectacular fashion winning two gold and a silver on Sunday but that was followed by a lull on Monday.With Tuesday’s bronze medals, the Indian athletes have so far won two gold, a silver and two bronze.Poonia retains her bronzePoonia, who had won a bronze in Doha Asian Games four years ago as well as gold in last month’s Commonwealth Games, was expected to win at least a medal going by the past performances of the seven throwers in the field and it was just a question of the colour of the medal.The expected three-way contest among Poonia, Doha Asian Games gold medallist Song Aimin of China and another Chinese Li Yangfeng, however, turned out to be a two-way affair as Poonia could not improve upon her 61.94m which she achieved in her first attempt.Poonia’s throw today was more than her CWG gold-winning 61.51m effort but well below her personal best as well as season’s best of 63.69m.Season’s leader and VTB Bank Continental Cup winner, Yangfeng hurled 66.18m, a tad below her personal best of 66.40m, in her second attempt to win the gold.Aimin was trailing Poonia before clearing her silver-winning 64.04m, her season’s best but lower than her personal best of of 65.44m, in her fourth attempt.advertisementAnother Indian in the fray, Harwant Kaur, who had won a silver in the CWG, was a distant fourth with a disappointing 57.55m effort.Pramila heptathlon medalMeanwhile, the other Indian bronze winner of the day, Pramila finished third with 5415 points in the seven-event heptathlon competition.The gold and the silver in this event went to Yulia Tarasova of Uzbekistan and Yuki Nakata of Japan, who scored 5783 and 5606 points respectively.Another Indian in the fray, Sushmita Singha Roy finished fourth with 5051 points.Pramila was second in shot put, 200m race, long jump and javelin while finishing third in 100m hurdles, fourth in high jump and fifth in 800m.Others disappointThe two Indians in the women’s long jump — Mayookha Johny and M A Prajusha — came a cropper, finishing seventh and ninth out of 14 finalists.Mayookha jumped 6.33m, which she cleared in her first attempt, much below her 6.64m, which is the season’s second leading effort in Asia and which she cleared in New Delhi Asian All Stars Meet in July.Prajusha, who had won a silver in the Commonwealth Games in the same event, could clear only a dismal 6.11m, well below her CWG effort of 6.47m.Jung Soo Nok of South Korea was the surprise winner with a jump of 6.53m as she pushed Doha Asian Games bronze medallist Olga Rypakova (6.50m) of Kazakhstan and season’s leader Yulia Tarasova (6.49m) of Uzbekistan to second and third position respectively.National record holder Hari Shankar Roy also finished a disappointing last in men’s high jump among 12 competitors after failing to clear 2.15m.Roy, whose national record stands at 2.25m, could only clear 2.10m in his third attempt.Season’s leader Essa Mutaz Barshim of Qatar won the gold with a leap of 2.27m, a tad below his 2.31m effort in Hanoi in July.Japanese Takahari Hiromi won the silver with an effort of 2.23m while Rashid Ahmed Al Mannai, who won the VTB Continental Cup in September, bagged the bronze with 2.19m.In women’s 1500m final, Jhuma Khatun and O P Jaisha finished fifth and seven with below-par timings of 4:13.46 and 4:19.62 respectively.Bahrain’s world champion and Doha Asian Games gold medallist Jamal Maryam Yusuf won the race in 4:08.22, though much below her personal best of 3:56.18 and season’s best of 3:58.93.Vietnam’s Thanh Hang Truong won the silver in personal best timing of 4:09.58 while the bronze went to Mimi Belete Gebregeiorges of Bahrain (4:10.42).In men’s 1500m final, Sandeep Karan Singh ran his personal best of 3:42.79 to finish sixth, ahead of Chatholi Hamza (3:44.25) who ended at seventh spot.Shaween Mohammed of Saudi Arabia won the gold with a timing of 3:36.49. Sajad Moradi of Iran won the silver in personal best effort of 3:37.09 while Ali Belal Mansoor (3:38.39) bagged the bronze.Elam Singh could not emulate his women counterpart Sudha Singh’s gold-winning effort as he finished sixth in men’s 3000m steeplechase by clocking 8:47.34.Defending champion Taher Tareq Mubarak (8:25.89) of Bahrain in won the gold while the silver and bronze went to Qatar’a Ali Thamer Kamal (8:26.27) and Alamri Ali Ahmad (8:30.96) of Saudi Arabia.advertisementOn a good note, Indians qualified for the finals in both men’s and women’s 4X100m relay races by finishing second and third respectively in their respective heats.Indian men’s quartet of G Nagaraj, Ritesh Anand, Shameer Mon and Mohammed Abdul Najeeb finished second with a timing of 39.62s behind Chinese Taipei (39.34s).The women’s quartet of Satti Geetha, Nanda Srabani, P K Priya and H M Jyothi finished third clocking 45.44s behind Thailand (44.42) and Vietnam (45.12) in the heats.India also qualified for the men’s 4X400m relay race finals after finishing second behind Japan.The Indian quartet of Jithin Paul, V B Bineesh, Jayakumar Premanand and Shake Mortaja clocked 3:07.00s while the Japanese timed 3:06.53s.last_img read more

INJURIES FORCE MIKE HUSSEY, NATHAN HAURITZ OUT OF WORLD CUP

November 28, 2019

first_imgAustralian players Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz have been forced out of the ICC World Cup because of injuries, it was known on Tuesday.Hussey will not be able to play in the tournament because of a hamstring injury. He is being replaced by Callum Ferguson.Hauritz suffered a dislocated shoulder. He has been replaced by Jason Krezja.The ICC World Cup begins in India on February 19. Australia are one of the top contenders for the Cup.last_img

Graeme Swann scoffs at India’s opposition to Decision Review System

November 28, 2019

first_imgEngland spinner Graeme Swann feels India’s opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming Test series could backfire on the world’s number one team.India have rejected the use of DRS for the four-match series starting July 21 at Lord’s, saying the technology is not fool-proof. As per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations, DRS can be implemented in a bilateral series only after the consent of the two participating boards.Swann reckons the introduction of the technology has helped umpires in their decision making.”A few years ago, not having DRS would have been a blow but what has happened is that umpires are far happier to give lbws out on the front foot,” Swann was quoted as saying by The Mirror.”Umpires have been going back and studying videos and they have learnt from the mistakes of the past and are more willing to give things out.”I think it is a shame we are not going to use it because it is a very positive thing that has been introduced in the game.”I think India do trust the technology. You could make that excuse but I think it’s proved to be pretty accurate. It saves as many batsmen as it sends to the stocks.”I don’t know if it’s a distrust of technology or a bit of kidology ( deception) on their part. If they don’t want to do it, fair enough. Maybe we will get a couple that would have been overturned and it would be quite amusing if that happened,” he said.advertisementTHE UGLY TRIOSwann, while talking about his teammates Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, said he goes off to sleep while seeing England’s top- three batsmen bat.He has no doubt about the batting prowess of his teammates but says wouldn’t pay to watch them as he considers them the ‘ ugliest top- three in the world’. Swann said he would be happy to have the trio in his team but won’t watch them bat. Instead he enjoys the batting of strokemakers Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Ian Bell.”I’m not a great watcher of cricket, but when Cook and Trott are batting, my god I struggle to keep my eyes open. I will always watch KP as well but Cook, Strauss and Trott, if there is an uglier top three in the world I don’t know of it,” Swann said.”I adore the fact they love batting and bat all the time but I would happily watch an Ian Bell, or Matt Prior,” he added.Despite not liking the way they bat, Swann said they are an asset to any side and he would happily shell out money to keep them in the team.”But they are amazing and I would not change any of it. I wouldn’t pay to get in and watch them but I’d happily pay their salaries,” he said.last_img read more

Pak must honour its anti-terror commitments: Obama

November 28, 2019

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has said US will continue to work with Pakistan to root out the “cancer” of violent extremism, making it clear that he will “never tolerate” any safe haven harbouring those who aim to “kill Americans”.”We will work with the Pakistani government to root out the cancer of violent extremism, and we will insist that it keep its commitments,” Obama said in a televised speech on troop withdrawal plans from Afghanistan.Referring to Pakistan, he said, “No country is more endangered by the presence of violent extremists,” adding that Washington will continue to press Islamabad to expand its participation in securing a more peaceful future for the war-torn region.”For there should be no doubt that so long as I am President, the United States will never tolerate a safe-haven for those who aim to kill us: they cannot elude us, nor escape the justice they deserve,” Obama said.Before his speech on the troops drawdown from Afghanistan late on Wednesday night, Obama and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, in a telephonic conversation, had agreed to take “appropriate steps” to repair relations between the two countries, which were affected by last month’s covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.Al-Qaeda under ‘enormous strain’: ObamaUS President Barack Obama has said the information seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden showed the al-Qaeda terror network had “weakened” and was under “enormous strain.””The information that we recovered from bin Laden’s compound shows al-Qaeda under enormous strain,” Obama said in a televised speech on troop withdrawal plans from Afghanistan.advertisementA “weakened” al-Qaeda’s information is confirmed from the huge cache of material recovered from the Abbottabad-safe house of bin Laden, he said.”Bin Laden expressed concern that al-Qaeda has been unable to effectively replace senior terrorists that have been killed, and that al-Qaeda has failed in its effort to portray America as a nation at war with Islam, thereby draining more widespread support,” he said.Al-Qaeda remains dangerous, Obama said, and US must be vigilant against attacks.”But we have put al-Qaeda on a path to defeat, and US will not relent until the job is done. In Afghanistan, we’ve inflicted serious losses on the Taliban and taken a number of its strongholds. Along with our surge, our allies also increased their commitments, which helped stabilise more of the country,” he said.The US President said Afghan Security Forces had grown by over 100,000 troops, and in some province and municipalities, America has already begun to transition responsibility for security to the Afghan people.”We will have to do the hard work of keeping the gains that we have made, while we drawdown our forces and transition responsibility for security to the Afghan government.”And next May, in Chicago, we will host a summit with our NATO allies and partners to shape the next phase of this transition,” Obama said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Doping: SAI hits out at sacked Ukrainian coach Yori, says all deals cleared

November 28, 2019

first_imgAfter sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik’s outburst against the Sports Authority of India for the alleged sub-standard facilities at NIS, Patiala, the sports body has now hit out at the former, dismissing all his allegations as baseless. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, SAI director General Deepak Verma insisted that Yuri was not held captive as claimed. “The allegations levelled against SAI is absolutely baseless. We have cleared all deals. We have not held him captive. He is free to go anywhere,” Verma told Headlines Today. Yuri had been sacked by SAI after six of his eight wards had failed dope tests bringing shame to the country. The 79 year-old coach has claimed innocence, while accusing the SAI of mistreating him despite his poor health conditions.  Earlier, Yuri had said his life was under threat and that he did not want to die. The Ukranian had earlier blamed food supplements after six of his athletes flunked dope tests. He had also denied any role in the doping scandal and insisted that it was a set-up and an attempt to tarnish his reputation. Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar – who were being coached by Ogorodnik – have tested positive for methandienone.  Sini, Ashwini and Mandeep were a part of the 4x400m relay team that won the gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Ashwini had also won the gold in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games.  The athletes had also blamed the food supplements recommended by Ogorodnik for failing their dope tests.advertisementlast_img read more

Maken’s interference in military promotions for sportspersons upsets army

November 28, 2019

first_imgThe Indian Army has been upset with Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s interference in military promotions for sportspersons without understanding its wider ramifications.Countering Maken, who has been seeking triple promotion for outstanding sportspersons like Subedar Vijay Kumar who won silver medal at the London Olympics, army sources questioned his logic asking whether an Olympic medal could be compared with a gallantry medal like Paramvir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra, Kirti Chakra or Shaurya Chakra awarded to soldiers in war or combating terror.The army would take up the matter with Defence Minister AK Antony, who has received a letter from Maken in this regard. Maken had on Tuesday wrote to Antony seeking the tweaking of rules to give outstanding military sportspersons a triple promotion, bringing them at par with promotion policy for civilian sportspersons.Army sources said the sports minister was playing to the gallery. They said there are laid down norms for rewards and emoluments for outstanding sportspersons and the sports minister should not attempt to play around with the promotion policy.last_img read more

Fresh calls to suspend Suresh Kalmadi from IOA

November 28, 2019

first_imgThe Clean Sports India (CSI) on Monday demanded the suspension of Suresh Kalmadi , Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma from Indian Olympic Association ( IOA) and hailed the International Olympic Committee ( IOC) for taking a tough stand on the issue.The ethics commission of the IOC has recommended the suspension of the tainted trio from all their functions within the IOA, with immediate effect.”IOA should first suspend the trio at its meeting on October 18 before moving ahead with the elections.”All three should not get a chance to contest the elections as their cases related to Commonwealth Games are still on,” said convener of Clean Sports BVP Rao.”We have been in constant touch with the IOC since the Commonwealth Games scam broke. They were clear on their stand right from day one. They were waiting for IOA to take action against them, but nothing happened,” Rao said.CSI said that it was time that IOA take a tough stand on the issue.Shooter Morad Ali Khan, who is a member of the CSI, said he is not very hopeful that IOA would do anything.”I don’t think IOA will take any step against them. That is how they have been running the sport in the country. It is for the IOC to take some strong measures against IOA now.” CSI had written a letter to IOC asking the world body to keep a close watch on the IOA. ” We request you to keep a close watch on IOA till they implement the recommendation of IOC Ethics Commission.We also thank you for your decision to send an IOC observer for the ensuing election of the IOA.”advertisementlast_img read more

Varsha Bhosle suicide case: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle to be questioned

November 28, 2019

first_imgEven as the last rites of Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, were performed on Tuesday, police remained clueless about the reasons behind her suicide.Police officers investigating the case said they would record statements of Asha, who might be able to reveal the reason behind her 56-year-old daughter’s suicide.A police official said they had recorded statements of Asha’s sister Usha Mangeshkar, maid Dipali Mane and driver Vijay. “Close family members have not been questioned yet since they are still in a state of shock,” the police official said.The officer said police would soon record the statements of Asha, her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Varsha’s former husband Hemant Kenkre. Police officials, however, said the Belgian pistol, with which Varsha allegedly killed herself, was registered in the name of Anand, Asha’s youngest son and it was kept safely in the house.On Monday, Varsha was found dead with two bullet injuries in her head. She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother in the posh Prabhu Kunj building at Pedder Road in Mumbai.Police suspect that she committed suicide Sunday night, but also said that the neighbours did not hear any gunshot. Varsha’s viscera sample has been sent for test. Police sources said the woman’s post-mortem report confirmed she died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries.Three loaded cartridges were found in the pistol. Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre. She had also sung songs for some Hindi and Marathi films and performed in some concerts with her mother.She was depressed for many years and had tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming sleeping pills. advertisementlast_img read more