China agonises over its decline in Rio Olympic Games

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Aug 21 (PTI) With Rio Olympics drawing to a close, China is agonising over its worst performance in 20 years that led to its surprise relegation to the third spot behind the US and UK, raising questions over the efficacy of its state-sponsored sports system.China topped the medals table for the first time in 2008 whenit hosted Olympic games in Beijing. China topped the table with 100 medals including 51 gold against the US tally of 36 gold and 110 medals.At the London Olympics four years later, China finished second behind the US in the medals table with 38 gold against US at 46.At Rio, China has so far won 26 gold, Beijings worst show since Atlanta 1996, while UK has won 27 and US 43, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.Ahead of the Rio Games, China was confident that it would figure among the top two.”At the 2016 Rio Olympics we aim to maintain and consolidate already-existing advantages in sports events and results positions,” Chinas State General Administration of Sport had said in its five-year plan released ahead of the Rio Games.But Chinas surprise poor show in a number of its strong areas including gymnastics and badminton came as a big shock back home.Chinas top Badminton star Lin Dan who defeated Indias Srikant in a close game could not win even a bronze.As Britain celebrates its second spot, Chinese official media displayed its annoyance over its teams declining performance.”Youre kidding me?” state-run news agency Xinhua wrote (in a now-deleted post) on its official Twitter feed.advertisement”The country which has never finished above China, is about to,” BBC quoted Xinhua tweets as saying.Olympic success has been a point of pride for the Communist Party-run country and athletes who perform well tend to be widely celebrated in the state-run media.The ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily was particularly upset with the performance of the Chinese gymnasts, who take home just two bronze medals.”People cannot but ponder – what on earth is up with them?” it wrote.”What has gone wrong? That question will linger long after the Rio Games ends, but finding the reasons and the remedies hopefully can transform Chinas state-dominated sports industry and propel it to a new level,” the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post (SCMP) said in its commentary on the Rio games. PTI KJV SUA SUAlast_img read more

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From PM Modi to sporting greats, India hail Deepa

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra, India today showered accolades on Deepa Malik who created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics. Deepa bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. “Well done @DeepaAthlete! Your silver at the #Paralympics makes the nation very proud. Congratulations. #Rio2016,” the PM wrote on his official twitter handle. Cricket legend Tendulkar called her achievement phenomenal. “Many Congratulations @DeepaAthlete for your phenomenal performance at the #paralympics.. Heres to many more victories!” Indias lone individual Olympic gold medallist Bindra aid she is an inspiration. “Many many congratulations @DeepaAthlete. You are an inspiration to india ! Congrats also to @GoSportsVoices,” Bindra wrote. Olympic silver medallist and now a union minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wrote, “Congratulations @DeepaAthlete ! for the #Silver medal.. Great performance ??. Well done #Rio2016.” 2008 Beijing Games bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh wrote, “Congrats #DeepaMalik for silver medal in #ParalympicsRio2016.” Badminton ace Saina Nehwal lauded Deepas feat, “Congratulations #DeepaMalik #silver medal.” London Olympics bronze winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said, “Congratulations to @DeepaAthlete for silver medal at #Paralympics #Rio2016.” Congress President Sonia Gandhi congratulated Deepa for winning the silver medal. Gandhi said she is elated and this achievement is epoch making and brings tremendous glory to the country. Awestruck by Maliks brilliant story of courage and perseverance, Gandhi wished her great success with her life and games. Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted, “Congrats to .@DeepaAthlete as she becomes #Indias first ever female #Paralympics medallist, wins silver in Womens F-53 Shot Put final.” India cricketer Ajinkya Rahane said, “Congratulations Deepa Malik for winning the silver medal. Many more to come.” Shooter Heena Sidhu said, “Another silver medal for India…. Deepa Malik. Its strange we had Sakshi Malik and Deepa karmakar, now v have a new champ, Deepa Malik! Hockey India said, “Join Hockey India in congratulating @DeepaAthlete for her Silver Medal in Shot Put – F53 at #Rio2016 #Paralympics! BCCI wrote on its twitter handle, “Congratulations Deepa Malik on winning #Silver in women?s shotput-F53 event. 1st Indian woman #Paralympics medallist.” PTI AH SSC AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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(REOPENS DEL20)

first_imgDescribing his experience in India, he said: “It is always special to play in a country where we dont play too often. In India I have played in Chennai few years and then last year it was IPTL and then this year it was Davis Cup, the fans are passionate here and it is great for the players and good for our sport.” Asked if he will play in the IPTL next year, Nadal said: “Im playing IPTL but I dont know if I am playing for India. That you have to ask Mahesh Bhupathi.” About his goals, he said: “I want to try to qualify for the world tour finals and that is the goal for me.” Marc, who had won Olympic gold with Nadal and the French Open partnering Feliciano Lopez, said it is the trust and friendship among the players which was the key to success. “Playing with players of such stature and like Feli has got a great serve and Rafa has an overall game and the key to success for us is the trust and friendship,” the 34-year-old Marc said with the help of a translator. Talking about the match, he said: “Serve is a tough part for me. I tried to get the first serve lot more. I was serving at 150s and Rafa helped a lot at net and nerves made it difficult for me but overall I leave with very good feeling of the match.” With Spain leading 3-0, the reverse singles have been rendered inconsequential but Feliciano said they will be up to their best and look to win them. “We are 3-0 up and we accomplished our goal and we are happy for that but we have two matches to play and we will try to win both of them obviously. We dont know who will be playing but we all are training.” PTI ATK PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Hurt Ritu Rani retires from international hockey

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Former Indian womens hockey captain Ritu Rani has reitered from international hockey after being deeply hurt following her axing from the Rio Olympics-bound squad. Ritu, who was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing “attitude” issues, however was included in the 29 probables for the National camp which began in Bhopal on Sunday. But it seems the 24-year-old midfielder hasnt quite been able to come to terms with the Olympic axing and decided to call time on her international career. “We got a mail from Ritu Rani 2-3 days back stating that she will not be able to join the national camp as she is retiring from international hockey,” Hockey India president Narinder Batra told PTI. “It is her personal decision and we at Hockey India respect her decision. Hockey India would like to thank her for her service to the game and the nation,” he said. However, repeated calls to Ritu went answered. In fact, it was under Ritus captaincy that the Indian eves qualified for the Rio Olympics after a gap of 36 years. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2013 Asian Champions Trophy. After being left out of the Olympics squad, Ritu got married to a Patiala-based Punjabi singer, Harsh Sharma on August 18. PTI SSC KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Injury curtails Gudjohnsen, Bikeys FC Pune City campaign

first_imgPune, Sep 26 (PTI) Indian Super League club FC Pune City suffered twin setbacks before the upcoming ISL with their marquee player Eidur Gudjohnsen and midfielder Andre Bikey ruled out of the event due to injuries. While Gudjohnsen has picked an ankle injury in his left leg, Bikey has injured his tendon that effectively ends their campaign with the club for the season. FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said this was a big loss for the club. “Eidur is the leader of the team and both him and Andre are excellent players and amazing human beings. Its a rude shock to me to learn about their injuries and their presence will be missed by everyone in the club. Eidur is very disappointed himself,” he said. “What was an exciting start to my new journey in India with FC Pune City, has come to an abrupt end unfortunately. Just a few days back, on my left ankle, what I thought was a niggle, turned out to be more than that,” added Gudjohnsen. Expressing his disappointment, Gudjohnsen wished the best to his team management and teammates. “My heartfelt gratitude and best wishes go to the FC Pune City management, my team mates and coach Habas who put so much faith in me as their marquee player. The fans and people here who gave me a warm welcome, deserved more from me, but unfortunately my campaign with FC Pune City has to end for now. I look forward to being back in the near future and wish FC Pune City the best of luck for ISL 2016.” Head coach Antonio Habas said both the injury breakdowns are disappointing but the side has to cope. “The injuries to Eidur and Andre both are unfortunate developments for us. Eidur had a very good pre-season training stint with us in Spain where he showed us his formidable skills. But then injuries are a part of every sport and football is a team game so we have to move on.” PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Pellegrini: West Ham haunted by struggles

first_imgManuel Pellegrini believes the mental scars of a poor 2017-18 season are to blame for West Ham’s concerning start to the new Premier League campaign.Thumped 4-0 at Liverpool last weekend, the Hammers slumped to a second loss as Bournemouth overturned a half-time deficit to win 2-1 at London Stadium on Saturday.The hosts were thoroughly outplayed in the second half with a creaking defence causing particular concern for Pellegrini just two games into his tenure. 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! The former Manchester City boss has identified a “lack of confidence” as the issue and admitted last season, much of which was spent fighting against relegation under David Moyes, is weighing on his players’ minds.”Yes, I think so. That’s one of the reasons why in the second half we changed so much and tried to keep it 1-0,” Pellegrini told reporters.”I don’t think it’s the stadium and I don’t think it’s playing here. What they need is to try work for 90 minutes the way we did for 45 minutes today.”We knew before we would need time with so many new players, management and style of play. Most of all we need to forget about last season.”We need to recover the trust in each player and what they can do. We must recover the trust as a club and that’s what we must do in the next week.”Bournemouth, in contrast, are enjoying a flying start after collecting a maximum six points from their opening two outings, having beaten Cardiff City 2-0 seven days earlier.Callum Wilson sparked the latest victory with a splendid solo equaliser that earned praise from manager Eddie Howe.”We really needed it, a really good goal,” Howe told BBC Sport of the strike, which began with Wilson as the only Bournemouth player in the attacking half.”He is outnumbered and showed his pace and it was a really good finish. Hopefully this is the start he needs to believe he can have a good season. We know he is capable.”It was an excellent win and an excellent performance, especially the second half. At 1-0 down, there’s a lot of work to do so credit to the players.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Advani loses in Asian Snooker summit clash

first_img(Eds: Updating with final match result) Doha, Apr 28 (PTI) Indias top cueist Pankaj Advani lost to Chinas Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship here today, as he failed in his bid to win the continental double of billiards and snooker titles in the same year. Advani lost 3-6 in the final to his Chinese opponent and it meant that he could not become the first player to win both Asian titles in Billiards and Snooker in same calendar year. The defeat in the final also meant that Advani could not complete a career Grand Slam in cue sport. Having won all the major events — Nationals, Asian and World Championships in both Billiards and Snooker and in both the long and short formats, this is the one title (15-red Asian Snooker) that has eluded Advani. A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all Majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats. The Chinese player took the first frame before Advani drew parity. This was the only time the two finalists were on equal terms. From there, Haotian was on song as he scored heavily to always keep the sixteen-time world champion Indian at bay. At 1-3 and just before the interval, Advani made a comeback with two well-crafted breaks to give himself a chance at a recovery. But at 2-3, Advani was yet again kept away from the table by his Chinese opponent. At 3-4, Haotian won the next two frames narrowly to clinch the Asian snooker title. Advani lost 32-95(65), 75(58)-31, 43-69, 24-65(57), 78-0, 6-102(102), 61-48, 48-59, 69-71. This is the first silver Advani has won this season, the rest all gold medals — at the National Championships of Billiards, 6-red Snooker and 15-red Snooker, as well as the Asian Billiards Championship. Advani will now prepare to defend his Asian 6-red Snooker title next month in Kyrgyzstan. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 goes out of stock again, next sale set for May 19

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 of 2017. The report comes from a trusted source — IDC. Even just a few days ago, the smartphone was only available via flash sales in the country, however, as and when Flipkart Big 10 Sale kick started on May 14, it got the Xiaomi Redmi 4 available for open sale. However, which went out of stock in just a few minutes. After the day 1 sale, the Redmi Note 4 was up for sale on Wednesday, but, similar was the case again. Now, Flipkart shows that the next open sale of one of the most popular phone of the year (can’t really deny that) will go up for sale again on May 19.To recall, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was announced in three variants — 2GB RAM with 32GB storage, 3G RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage and lastly, 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage capability. To bring it to your kind notice, all three variants are available in India, exclusively on Flipkart, however, currently out of stock. Next sale of all the three variants will commence tomorrow, May 19. Also, the smartphone is available in four colour variants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 2017: IDCTaking a quick glimpse at the specifications of the Redmi Note 4, the device runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper. As per the pricing details, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with 2GB RAM/32GB storage variant is available at Rs. 9,999, 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999.advertisementThe latest report by IDC also highlights that Xiaomi is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in Indis with healthy 39.8 per cent sequential growth in Q1 2017 in the past few quarters. The report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.” “About 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017,” adds IDC report.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 with Snapdragon 435 processor, 4100mAh battery launched starting at Rs 6,999 It is said that in the first of quarter of 2017, Redmi Note 4 became the highest shipped smartphone in India and has reportedly replaced the Samsung Galaxy J2 which was the top model back in Q4 2016. The IDC report notes, “Direct internet channel (vendor selling from their website) captured 4 per cent of the market share in Q1 2017 from the negligible share in Q12016. Xiaomi’s efforts for operating the Mi.com and frequent short supply of its devices with eTailers were the key reasons for the shift of Indian consumers buying from the vendor website.”last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 3S goes on sale again, Redmi 4A pre-orders begin

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 4, alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 3S goes on sale again Flipkart today. These two are one of the most popular phones in India. That being said, as per a new report coming from IDC, states that Note 4 is the highest shipped phone in India in Q1 of 2017. Even Redmi 3S which was launched last year witnessed a massive popularity ever since it has been announced and entered India. Further, Redmi 4A is also available for pre-orders starting today exclusively on the company website – Mi.com.The report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.” “About 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017,” adds IDC report.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 goes out of stock again, next sale set for May 19To recall, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was announced in three variants — 2GB RAM with 32GB storage, 3G RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage and lastly, 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage capability. To bring it to your kind notice, all three variants are available in India, exclusively on Flipkart, however, currently out of stock. Also, the smartphone is available in four colour variants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver. All the variants are up for sale in India. Taking a quick glimpse at the specifications of the Redmi Note 4, the device runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper. As per the pricing details, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with 2GB RAM/32GB storage variant is available at Rs. 9,999, 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 2017: IDCThe IDC report notes, “Direct internet channel (vendor selling from their website) captured 4 per cent of the market share in Q1 2017 from the negligible share in Q12016. Xiaomi’s efforts for operating the Mi.com and frequent short supply of its devices with eTailers were the key reasons for the shift of Indian consumers buying from the vendor website.”The recently announced Redmi 4A is now available on pre-orders exclusively on Mi.com starting today 12pm today in India at Rs 5,999. The pre-orders page shows that the budget smartphone will be shipped within 5 days. Also, Redmi 4A is available on online payment and no cash on delivery option is available at the moment.last_img read more

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A fiction film on my life would not have worked: Tendulkar

first_imgBy BedikaNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) “But I am not going to act,” was Sachin Tendulkars response when he was approached for a biopic and the cricket legend concedes that it took him a while to accept the idea of a film on his life.Fiercely protective of his privacy despite becoming a public figure in his teenage, it was not easy for Tendulkar to open up for the biopic which is now ready for release. In the making for almost five years, Sachin: A Billion Dreams by British filmmaker James Erskine is all set for a worldwide release on May 26.”When Ravi (Bhagchandka, producer) met me in 2012, his idea was that the life of other sports personalities have been covered so there should be a film on my life. My first reply was: But I am not going to act. It took me a while to say yes,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview here. Sports biopics are in vogue in Bollywood thanks to the success of Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and M S Dhoni: The Untold Story but Tendulkar believes fictionalising his life would not have worked. “In my case it (fiction) cannot be possible because everything is real life. Everyone knows what has happened to me. If I have scored 55 runs, people know that. I cannot turn around and make it 155. Ravi said everything would be captured from real life. So, I was convinced that there would be no retakes here.”The cricketer, also called the Master Blaster by fans for his exquisite batting, says he finds the idea of talking about himself “uncomfortable” but the film helped him relive some of the most crucial moments in Indian cricket.advertisement”I continue to be slightly uncomfortable (to talk about myself). Thats why I have got other guys to talk about me. I always wanted to play cricket for India. Rest of the things happened around it. And when I got there, it was about winning the World Cup for India.”This film is about that. It is about chasing my dreams. My dream was not only my dream, it was a dream shared by a billion plus people.”The 2000 match-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket and shook its foundation is hardly ever been discussed by Tendulkar. But the trailers of the biopic suggest that fans can finally see him addressing the controversial topic.Asked what prompted him to finally open up, Tendulkar said, “The ups and downs have been there in my life and thats part and parcel of any sportsmans career. This was not something that every sportsman experienced. Whatever I have said, whatever I know, it is there for everyone to see in the film.”Tendulkar says the film will also provide an insight into his mind as he dealt with the crests and troughs of international cricket and life.”The runs that I scored, the highs and lows, nobody known what is going on in mind in those moments. I have spoken about those moments. My family is talking about myself. My mother, sister, my brothers and Anjali (wife) have spoken about me.”My relationship with my children has been explored and there are family videos that no one had access to, which are now a part of the film,” he revealed. Sachin: A billion dreams is written and directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions. PTI BK PM PMlast_img read more

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Datsun confident of doing well in “challenging” Indian market

first_imgChandigarh, May 23 (PTI) Datsun, the sister brand of Japanese auto major Nissan Motor, is confident of doing well in a “challenging” Indian market, a senior executive said today. Datsun India here today launched Datsun Care ?- a new service package plan for new redi-GO owners. It sold more than 35,000 redi-GO cars last fiscal. “I am personally confident about the Indian market… Its challenging, its demanding. You need to have the right product to answer specific customer needs. You also need to have right service like what we are doing today. “Its not only about selling cars, but you are selling an experience. We have to make our customers happy and also having full transparency..,” Jerome Saigot, vice president at Datsun India, said here today. He further added, “we are extremely convinced that the Indian market is of course key. We have invested a lot and we will keep on investing in this market.” Datsun redi-GO Sport brand ambassador and Indias Rio Olympic medalist, Sakshi Malik, today became the first customer to avail the special Datsun Care package. Malik said she purchased Datsun redi-GO nine months ago and she enjoys driving it. Asked if Datsun has plans to launch new car models by 2021, Saigot replied in affirmative and said Nissan has strong commitment to the Indian market. “We are competing in entry segment. Several Indian customers want to spend less than Rs 3 lakh, but earlier they did not have much choice. We are pricing aggressively just to address needs of those customers who want to buy a modern car,” he said. The car manufacturer is aiming a market share target of five per cent in India by 2020, for both brands Nissan and Datsun, he said in reply to a question. About exporting cars, Saigot said, “we are exporting in many countries… We have extremely competitive production facilities in Chennai and of course, we are serving other countries”. Redi-GO competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto and Hyundais Eon. Speaking about Datsun Care service, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Vice President, After Sales, Nissan Motor India, said it is a comprehensive service package.advertisement”For first time buyers of redi-GO, it is reasonably priced. We tell them that if you pay Rs 15,500 extra they can buy three years and 30,000 km package. Similarly, there are packages for four years and five years and a host of value added services”. PTI SUN BJlast_img read more

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Croatia investigates Real Madrid C.F.’s Luka Modric for alleged false testimony

first_imgCroatia’s state attorney is investigating Croatia international and Real Madrid C.F. midfielder Luka Modric on suspicion of giving false testimony in a criminal trial, the attorney’s office said on Monday.Modric testified last week at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from the soccer club GNK Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive, Zdravko Mamic.The state attorney’s office in the eastern city of Osijek, which is running the investigation of the false testimony, did not name Modric, as is standard procedure in Croatia.But the state attorney’s office referred to a 32-year-old Croatian who testified last week, a description that fits Modric and no one else. Local media, including state radio and television, identified Modric as the investigation’s target. Modric could not immediately be reached for comment.Modric testified as a witness at the trial of tax and Dinamo officials on charges that they avoided paying 12.2 million kuna (1.84 million U.S. Dollars) in taxes and diverted 116 million kuna from the soccer club, anti-corruption police said.”The witness falsely said that on July 10, 2004, the date when he signed his first professional contract, he also signed an annex on the basis of which he had acquired a right to a 50:50 share in transfer fees,” the state attorney said in a statement.The attorney also said Modric falsely claimed that had signed such an annex every time he extended his contract.Two years ago, Modric testified to anti-corruption investigators that he had signed an annex to his contract at a later point, when he had already joined a foreign club, according to the state attorney.advertisementModric moved to Tottenham F.C. from GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. He joined Real Madrid C.F. in 2012.All three former Dinamo officials, who also include former coach Zoran Mamic and the club’s former executive and current senior official of the Croatian Soccer Federation, Damir Vrbanovic, deny charges.last_img read more

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Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi retires from international cricket

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who played limited-overs cricket for New Zealand and Australia, has announced his retirement from the international game aged 36.Ronchi was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, breaking into international cricket as a stand-in for Brad Haddin on Australia’s tour to the West Indies in 2008, where he played four one-day internationals and one Twenty20.He showed the first signs on that tour of the big-hitting style which became his hallmark when he hit a one-day half century from 22 balls, the equal third-fastest 50 by an Australian in ODIs.Ronchi played only one more Twenty20 international for Australia after that tour and returned to his birth nation in 2012, winning selection in the New Zealand one-day team to play England a year later. He was the first player since Kepler Wessels 20 years earlier to represent two ICC member nations.Ronchi went on to play four Tests, 85 one-dayers and 32 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand. His most memorable one-day innings was his 170 from 99 balls against Sri Lanka in Dunedin in 2015.Ronchi said he felt privileged to have represented New Zealand at a time in which it was competitive in all three formats.”It was a dream come true,” he said. “I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket.”From the 2015 World Cup campaign through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.”last_img read more

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InFocus Turbo 5 with 5000mAh battery launched, will be available starting July 4 on Amazon

first_imgInFocus on Wednesday launched a new budget smartphone India, and calls it the InFocus Turbo 5. The key highlight of the smartphone is its massive 5000mAh battery. InFocus Turbo 5 will go on sale on July 4, and will be available exclusively via Amazon.com. The smartphone is launched in two colour variants — Mocha Gold and Pure Gold and both the versions will be available for buying starting July 4 in India.In terms of specifications, the new InFocus Turbo 5 sports a 5.2-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. The display of the handset is further portected with a 2.5D curved glass on top. The affordable smartphone s powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and comes coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU. The smartphone boast an all-metal design and has a fingreprint scanner at the rear panel, which the company promises can unlock the handset in 0.5 sec.Also Read: Petya ransomware: What is it, how to prevent it & everything explainedThe new InFocus smartphone is launched in two storage varaints, wherein one pack 16GB of internal storage with 2GB RAM, which can be further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.  While the second variant features 32GB storage and 3GB of RAM. Moving to the camera set up, the InFocus Turbo 5 sports a 13-megapixel camera at the rear panel, which comes coupled with a LED flash. While the device features a 5-megapixel front facing camera. Both the front and back cameras come pack with an f/2.2 aperture.advertisementAs for the connectivity options, the InFocus Turbo 5 come with a lot of options which include — 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio. The smartphone is backed by a 5000mAh battery which is said to last for almost two days on a single charge. Further, the smartphone is also claimed to deliver up to 34 days of standby time, 50 hours of continuous music playback, and 23 hours of video calling time to the users. The device further comes with a reverse charging feature which will enable the users to turn InFocus Turbo 5 into a power bank.InFocus Turbo 5 is launched in two variants, where the 16GB/2GB RAM model is priced at Rs 6,999. On the other hand, the 32GB storage with 3GB RAM variant will be available at a price tag of Rs 7,999. The smartphone will be available starting July 4 exclusively on Amazon India store.Commenting on the launch, Dr. Luo Zhongsheng, Global CEO for Sharp and InFocus Mobile says, “Turbo 5 focuses on the real consumer needs; which is for a device to last all day and some more, this device takes the rigors of multitasking and lets you sail through the day with ease. Going ahead, we will continue to expand our product portfolio and introduce innovative and disruptive 4G smartphones for the Indian consumers. For this FY InFocus plans to introduce 16 new products, aiming to reach 6 Million volume by the end of the year” He further added, “The next 12 months will be a time to watch out for InFocus as we launch an array of innovative and disruptive products in both online and offline channels. We have recently ramped up our service network across India with 326 after sales service touch points. We have also strengthened our backend processes to deliver a great after sale service experience to our fans. We plan to create 500 service centers touch points by end of this year.”last_img read more

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India win two gold in haul of seven medals on day 1

first_img(Eds: Adding more information and quotes) By Philem Dipak Singh Bhubaneswar, July 6 (PTI) Shot putter Manpreet Kaur and long distance runner G Lakshmanan grabbed gold medals on a remarkable opening day for India at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships as the hosts won seven medals to sit atop the medal tally. V Neena and Nayan James bagged a silver and bronze in womens long jump while Vikas Gowda, Sanjivini Yadav, Annu Rani added a bronze each in the mens discus throw, womens 5000m race and javelin throw respectively. Heavyweights China ended the day in second position with one gold and two silver medals. Birthday girl Manpreet opened Indias gold medal account with a career second best throw of 18.28m. She upstaged defending champion Chinese Guo Tianqian to give herself a perfect birthday gift at the packed Kalinga Stadium. Tianqian took the silver with a best throw of 17.91m while Aya Ota of Japan got the bronze with 15.45m. She was expected to win the gold today as she was best this season — 18.86m at Asian Grand Prix in Jianhua (China)) in April — among the eight competitors in the absence of world number four Gong Lijiao of China (19.56m). The Asian Championships winner gets automatic berth for the World Championships to be held in London next month but Manpreet, who hails from a village near Patiala in Punjab, has already qualified for the global flagship event with her own national record-improving effort of 18.86 in China. The 27-year-old Lakhsmanan then gave India the second gold with an unexpected win in mens 5000m race. Lakshmanan, who won a bronze in the previous edition in Wuhan in 2013, improved on that by running away with the gold in 14 minutes 54.48 seconds. Yaser Salem of Qatar was second in 14:55.89 while Tariq Ahmed of of Saudi Arabia took the bronze in 14:56.83. India added one silver and one bronze in womens long jump through V Neena and Nayan James by clearing distances of 6.54m and 6.42m respectively. Vietnams Bui Thi Thu won the gold with a best jump 6.54m, the same as that of Neena, but adjudged the winner as her second best effort of 6.44m was better than that of the Indians 6.32m. In the womens 5000m, Sanjivini Yadav added to Indias medal tally with a bronze by clocking 16 minute and 00.24 seconds, behind Kyrgyzstans Daria Maslova (15:57.95) and UAEs Alia Mohammed (15:59.95). However, in the mens discus throw, Vikas Gowda failed to defend his title but grabbed a bronze with a best effort of 60.81m. Gowdas long-time nemesis at the Asian circuit, Ehsan Haddadi of Iran took the gold with a best throw of 64.54m while Malaysias Muhammad Irfan took the silver with 60.96m. Annu Rani ended the day for the hosts by adding a bronze with an effort of 57.32m. Manpreet, who returned to the circuit last year after taking some time off due to the birth of a child, said she was happy to have crossed the 18m mark. “This is my second best throw of my career and I am very happy for this performance. Before the event, I told myself that I should go beyond the 18m mark and anything extra beyond that would be satisfied,” she said after having a lap of honour of the Kalinga Stadium. In the 100m dash, Indias Dutee Chand and Amiya Kumar Mallick qualified for the semifinals in the womens and mens events. Dutee was the best qualifier as she won the third heat with a fast time of 11.40 secs while Mallick was third in mens 100m sprint with a timing of 10.48 secs. Khairul Hafiz of Malaysia was the best qualifier in mens 100m while Asias only sub-10 runner Femi Ogunode of Qatar was second best in 10.29 secs. Just before these championships, Dutee received a sort of setback with the IAAF deciding to reopen her case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to provide more evidence in the appeal filed by her, challenging the Hyperandrogenism Policy of the world body of athletics. The CAS later allowed her to compete, pending a final decision. “I was not affected by these developments, I have no pressure at all. My job is to run and try to win this event and also qualify for the World Championships. My coach told me to focus on my running. My legal team (in Canada) are looking into the matter and whatever needs to be done further will be done by them,” she said after the race. The semifinals and finals of the mens and womens 100m dash will be held tomorrow. All three quartermilers Nirmala Sheoran, M R Poovamma and Jisna Mathew qualified for the final round. Gowda, who turned 34 yesterday, had a controversial buildup to the continental event as he was called by the Athletics Federation of India to appear for a trial to test his fitness, which he underwent to come up with a best throw of 57.79m. His participation was initially in doubt before he was cleared at the eleventh hour to defend his title. He had won a gold in both the 2013 band 2015 editions of the championships. Gowda, however, sought to shrug off the controversy, saying that he was neither disappointed nor it had impacted on his final result. “Had the trial been in India and the competition was to be say in Australia, I would have been upset. But the trial was at the competition venue and so it did not affect me at all. I just took the trials as a kind of practice. Being in India helped me cope with the situation,” he said. “It was hard to come back after an injury. I had not have a great going after the comeback. It was all right, overall I am happy with my bronze medal. Technically I was all right but I have not been able to gain enough strength on my body. For the second part of my career I had maintained a very high standard but the last three years had been very tough with a lot of injuries,” said Gowda who sustained a knee injury just before The Rio Olympics. “I am feeling better and I think five-to-six months consistent training on my body will take me back to where I was earlier.” Asked about his comments about Athletics Federation of India unhappiness at not taking part in any of the national championships, he said, “I have no reaction on that. I have been doing this for a long time. For me, personally I think I have proven myself consistently in the last 10 years. I have been one of the best throwers in Asia for these many many years and I have been among the best 15 in the world.” A gold medal will have automatically given him a berth for the World Championships next month and it will now be very tough for him to qualify for the global mega event as the qualifying period closes on July 23. Asked if he will try and qualify for the World Championships by taking part in any event in the next 15 days or so, he said, “I have to speak to my coach in the next few days and take a call on that. Maybe in the next one month we will have plan whether to continue in this season or straightway come next year.” Ask about his future plans, he said, “I think next year will be better for me. There is the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I hope to do well in these events.” PTI PDS AT ATadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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India’s national emblem dishonoured at Women’s Asia Cup

first_imgPlayers from all over the world are in Bengaluru to take part in the Women’s Asia Cup, a FIBA (Federation of Internationale de Basketball) tournament. This is being held at the Kanteerava Stadium with great pomp. But while the sporting action is going on, players are also trampling on the state emblem of India, an adaptation of the Sarnath lion capital of Ashoka every time they step on the court.Officials are in a tight spot after citizens took offence and considered it as an act to bring dishonor to the national emblem.However, officials claimed that there was no mala fide intent to disrespect the national emblem and that FIBA designed the logo and its Indian counterparts were not involved in this process. Many senior ministers who inaugurated the sports meet also did not notice the emblem embedded in the logo on the floor.There are clear instructions in place but still these were not followed by the officials. In August 2016, the ministry of Home Affairs had written to Chief Secretaries and various government departments on the proper use of the State Emblem of India. It stated that unauthorized or incomplete (certain departments were displaying the emblem without the mandatory ‘Satyamev Jayate’ in Devanagiri script emblazoned below it) use of the emblem was a violation of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005.Shashank Shivkumar, a local citizen and President, Army Forum, a welfare outfit for former defence personnel, brought this matter to the notice of India Today. He says, ‘Everybody should respect the national emblem and nobody can play and stamp it.’ He further added that everybody should be against this disgraceful act against the national emblem.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sarfraz dismisses Chandimals witchcraft claim

first_imgKarachi, Nov 2 (PTI) Pakistans captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dismissed claims by the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that the Islanders recent two-match Test series win over them in the UAE was due to witchcraft.”We lost the two Tests because of our poor batting and that is all,” Sarfraz said.”If they could win Test matches because of witchcraft or magic, then they should have also won the ODI and T20 series,” the Pakistan skipper told the media here.Chandimal told reporters after returning to Colombo that he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Sarfraz said being a Muslim he believed in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world but he chose to blame his batsmen for the Test series defeat.”I believe in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world, but in the Test series we just batted badly and lost chances to win,” said Sarfraz.He made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.Pakistans former Test skipper Muhammad Yousuf also rubbished Chandimals claims.”Dont mix cricket with such things. Pakistans planning was bad and they messed it up,” said Yousuf.Yousuf said that if cricket matches could be won through witchcraft or with blessings of sorcerers then Sri Lanka would not have been struggling in all formats of the game.advertisementChandimals comments came after Sri Lankas Sports Minister had earlier denied that he had sent the captain to a sorcerer to get blessings for the Test series. PTI Cor CM CMlast_img read more

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