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Even as the Commonwealth Games authorities grapple with the brick and mortar issues pertaining to stadiums, the technical aspect seems to have been relegated to the sidelines.Two months have passed since the last Games Readiness Module (GRM) Review was made public, yet no headway seems to have been made towards the procurement and installation of technical support equipment – scoreboards, digital time and result systems, computers, network cables, telephone lines and the broadcast compound.”We are yet to get the technical support infrastructure in place despite reminders from the committee of secretaries headed by the cabinet secretary and the Group of Ministers (GoM),” a senior sports ministry official admitted. Mail Today had earlier reported about the delays dogging the technical aspect of the overhaul – a mandatory prerequisite for any test event at a sporting venue – on June 21.The GoM had then told the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that “for an effective network, there is a need to commission, integrate and test its various components”. Sixty days have passed since then and just 62 remain for the gala to kick off, but the Suresh Kalmadi- helmed Games Organising Committee (OC) and M. S. Gillled sports ministry are yet to come up with convincing explanations.Mail Today’s efforts to contact the OC officials proved futile, as they cited their “preoccupation with unending meeting schedules”. Insiders, however, confirmed that computerisation work at the sports facilities had not yet taken off. “About 35,000 computers were to be installed at the 19 venues, the OC’s office, in the broadcast compound and in the Games Village. Since the venues are still far from ready, the network cabling that lays the groundwork for computer installation has not been wound up yet,” a senior OC official said on Monday.advertisementAnother incomplete project deals with putting in place the MTNL network. The review report had noted that the telephone line work was yet to gain momentum at most venues, raising fears of digging at the eleventh hour to plug leaks.The GoM had taken serious note of the ” huge gap between the completed venues and the venues commissioned for the delivery of the Games”. For instance, setting up of the electronic data network for scores and timing was not in place yet. The digital result system is a must for athletics, swimming, boxing, wrestling and cycling.In these events, the timing and scoring are shown in real time. They are also passed on to the broadcasting system and sent for web- based communication.A senior official said: “We have despatched the procurement orders and these will be in place soon.” The Switzerland- based company authorised to do this job is yet to install the main scoreboard at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, for which it has charged Rs 2.5 crore. The GRM review mentions that the installation of security equipment, including CCTV cameras as well as surveillance and access- control devices, has not even started at any venue despite test events having got under way at four major stadiums.The slow response of Prasar Bharati in establishing the broadcast compound to share live feeds with the domestic and international media is also a major cause for worry. “It is learnt that Prasar Bharati has not yet submitted the database and may do this only by the last week of September,” a senior urban development ministry official said. “The systems will be in place just before the Games, but no one would know how to operate them,” a senior SAI official said.
Even as the Opposition has been demanding resignation from Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) and blaming the Congress of shielding him, the party has clearly washed its hands of the beleaguered OC chairman. Reacting to the fresh spate of allegations against Kalmadi Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the former was not acting in the capacity of a Congress MP. “Mr Suresh Kalmadi is not the representative of the Indian National Congress on the organising committee. He is there by virtue of being the president of Indian Olympic Association,” Tiwari said.CLICK HERE FOR MORECWG: Hooper contests CAG reportWorkers denied safety gear…Oppn bays for Kalmadi’s bloodCAG report busts Kalmadi’s defence “If there is anybody to react to it, it is either the organising committee or the Indian Olympic Association and not the Congress party,” he added. Kalmadi, who has been under fire from all quarters for alleged mismanagement and corruption in CWG deals, thus now seems to be completely isolated. He was earlier snubbed by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, whom Kalmadi wanted to involve in the Games. A request from Kalmadi to Rahul Gandhi’s office last week urging the latter to visit the Games venues was quietly turned down. Earlier also he had turned down a request by Kalmadi to become a part of the OC. Clearly, the Congress wants to stay away from the controversies surrounding CWG. Earlier, Kalmadi’s party colleagues — Mani Shankar Aiyar and Digvijay Singh — had suggested that he should resign on moral grounds after serious allegations of corruption and favouritism in handling the CWG-related contracts were levelled against him one after the other.advertisement
The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League is expected to decide on the number of matches in next year’s expanded fourth edition of the T20 league in Mumbai on August 20.”The IPL meeting will decide how many matches should be held in 2011,” highly placed sources told PTI on Tuesday.After eight teams were in the fray for the first three editions of the cash-awash league, the highly popular event has been expended to feature 10 teams from next year.The sources said it was more or less certain that it was not possible to hold the full compliment of matches — 94 — if the event is to be held on a home-and-away basis with two semi-finals, third-fourth place play-off match and the grand final.”Playing 94 matches is not possible especially in the months of April-May-June when IPL IV is to be held. May be we will go for 73-74 matches in all,” the sources said.”A three-member committee has been formed (former cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri) and they will give their opinion. There are 3-4 different opinions. We will finalise it during the meeting,” they said.The meeting, however, is unlikely to take any decision on the contentious issue of retention of players when the grand players’ auction is next held, the sources indicated.With two new franchises — Pune and Kochi — entering the fray, there are different views about how many players — Indian and foreign — can be retained by the original eight franchises.advertisement”That will be done after the Champions League (from September 10-26) and the auction will take place after October or November,” the sources said.The Governing Council would also pass the 2010 accounts of the League at the meeting, they added.
Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments
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Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TWearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France.A few weeks ahead of the Muay Thai match in Paris, the 21-year-old is training hard in central Thailand’s Chachoengsao province, with her brother as sparring partner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Boxing is part of the siblings’ DNA — they learned how to jab, cross and kick from their uncle, a professional Muay Thai fighter, who started teaching them the basics when they were eight.“Since (we were) little ones, we used to fight… but she was always stronger than me,” Nong Rose’s twin brother, Somrak Polchareon, told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn the eyes of the Thai government, Nong Rose is a man named Somros Polchareon.But she has always felt like a girl, and started dressing like one at the age of 14. This photograph taken on December 15, 2017 shows Muay Thai boxer Nong Rose (L), 21, practising her knee strikes with her brother during a training session in Thailand’s central province of Chachoengsao.Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH Thailand-sport-boxing-society-France, FOCUS by Marion THIBAUTFor the up-and-coming boxer, the Paris competition on January 6, against formidable French Muay Thai champion Akram Hamidi, is a chance to advance her career — and bring more attention to trans fighters.“It helps to promote the trans, to show that we are worth as much as the others. We are not weak,” she said.Nong Rose says she plans to take her transition to the next step after her boxing days are over.“Today, I do not take hormones because it affects my condition and my boxing. When you are on hormones, you have much less energy.”“But as soon as I stop boxing, I do all the operations to finish my transformation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Many trans Thais say they are treated like second-class citizens in a country where changing genders was considered a mental illness by the military as recently as 2012.The practice is still not legally recognised, causing headaches for those trying to navigate medical care or bureaucratic processes.Nong Rose, who turned professional after graduating from high school two years ago, pushed through the prejudice by racking up victories in the ring, winning half of her 300 matches.Today, she is better known for her knees of steel.“In combat, she always walks on you and hammers you with her knees,” said Chalongchai Meemindee, a 25-year-old boxer known as “Phetsuphan” who faced Rose in November.“It’s good to have her in the ring because it brings colour and attracts viewers, especially foreigners,” he added.‘Beautiful Boxer’Nong Rose is not the first transgender boxer in Thailand.Nong Toom, whose story is captured in the 2004 film “Beautiful Boxer”, led the way, famously using her championship winnings to pay for a sex change.“She was my role model,” said Nong Rose, adding that the fighter comes to support her at most matches. This photograph taken on December 15, 2017 shows Muay Thai boxer Nong Rose (C), 21, using a live chat app on her phone during a training session in Thailand’s central province of Chachoengsao. Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA /In life as in the ring, where she competes against men, finding her place has not always been easy.“When I started fighting (as a girl), I was afraid that people would not accept me,” she told AFP, wiping away sweat after a feisty round of training.While Thailand has a reputation as a free-spirited haven for LGBTQ people, discrimination abounds outside of nightlife and entertainment venues.The boxer says her male opponents were initially rattled — or even angered — by her appearance.“In my village everyone knew me so it was easy,” she says. “But outside the city, some boxers looked at me wrong and said that trans people could not win.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Malaga.Real Madrid secured a club record 16th straight victory when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struck in a laboured 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday that put them five points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga.Benzema diverted a Cristiano Ronaldo centre past goalkeeper Carlos Kameni in the 18th minute at the Rosaleda and Bale finished off a swift break, in which Ronaldo was also involved, seven minutes from time.Former Malaga midfielder Isco was dismissed in the 86th minute and the hosts pulled a goal back in stoppage time when Roque Santa Cruz nodded past Iker Casillas. Real have 33 points from 13 matches and the victory helped them surpass their previous best of 15 successive wins in all competitions set in 1960-61 and 2011-12.Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won all their games since a 2-1 league defeat at home to champions Atletico Madrid in September.”It’s always a very tough match here,” Real full back Marcelo told Spanish television.”We managed to beat the record but with a lot of work and commitment from the team,” added the Brazil international. “Our main objective is to carry on winning each game.”Barca can trim the deficit to two points at fourth-placed Valencia on Sunday when Atletico, third on 26 points, host promoted Deportivo La Coruna.Qatar-owned Malaga, who are sixth, put up a fight against the European champions and after Benzema’s opener they came close to an equaliser two minutes before halftime when a long-range free kick by captain Duda clipped the top of the crossbar.advertisementBRILLIANT SAVEReal took control in the second period and Kameni, who earlier produced a brilliant point-blank save to deny Bale, had to race off his line to block an Isco shot in the 56th minute. Santa Cruz headed a corner narrowly over in the 67th before Kameni conjured another stunning save when a defensive error gifted possession to Ronaldo in the centre of the penalty area.The Portugal captain sent a low shot towards the corner but Kameni flung out an arm to palm the ball away. Isco’s return to his home city ended badly when he received a second yellow card although he was given a rousing ovation by the Malaga fans as he trudged off the pitch.”I think Madrid deserved the victory,” said Cameroon international Kameni. “We showed today that we deserve a lot of credit and we have achieved great things in the opening part of the season.”Elsewhere, Celta Vigo missed a chance to climb above Malaga and draw level on 23 points with fifth-placed Sevilla when they lost 1-0 at home to Eibar, who moved up to 10th on 16 points.Athletic Bilbao continued their revival after a poor start with a 2-1 win at Getafe that put them level on 18 points with eighth-placed Villarreal who visit Cordoba on Sunday. Espanyol climbed to 11th, four points behind Villarreal and Bilbao, thanks to a 2-1 victory at home to 15th-placed Levante in teeming rain in Barcelona.
WACA Ground will host three group games for the ICC World Cup 2015 Established: 1890Capacity: 24,500Located in the Western Australian city Perth, the WACA ground derives its name from the initials of its owners and operators – the Western Australian Cricket Association. It has also been included as one of the fourteen venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup with three group games scheduled on the ground.The WACA is famous for producing the quickest and bounciest wickets in the world with the outfield also lightening fast. These characteristics, in combination with the afternoon sea-breezes which regularly pass the ground, have historically made the ground an attractive place for pace and swing bowlers. The ground has also seen some very fast scoring – as of December 2014, four of the eight fastest Test centuries have been scored on this ground.It has hosted a total of 73 games so far with the highest ODI total recorded as 343/5 during the Australia vs New Zealand clash in 2007.
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Friday the Indian board is proud of its team as it “played some outstanding cricket” in the World Cup Down Under before crashing out in the semifinals against Australia.In their quest to retain the title, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captained side remained undefeated in the group stage. They overwhelmed Bangladesh in the quarterfinals. But their run was halted by co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the last eight stage with a 95-run victory on Thursday in Sydney.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dalmiya said the team has brought a lot of joy to millions of fans.”I congratulate the entire Indian cricket team for having played some outstanding cricket in the World Cup 2015. They have indeed displayed some admirable skills while playing the game in its true spirit, and thereby, bringing joy to millions of cricket fans,” Dalmiya said in a release.”In spite of the disappointment due to the loss in the semifinal, the fact that the impending generation has showed the desired potential to take Indian cricket to greater heights is quite gratifying.”BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur took the opportunity to thank the Indian cricket fans for supporting the team.”Being present at the venue and having witnessed the match, I was privy to the excitement and joy that our Indian team brings to the spectators,” he said.”I take this opportunity to thank all our fans across the world and especially those who were present for the semifinal and supported Team India,” Anurag added.advertisementThe secretary also congratulated the members of the team for “their outstanding performance while upholding the values which have long embodied the game of cricket”.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continue to reel under intense heat wave with the death toll rising to over 750. In Andhra Pradesh, 551 people were reported to have died due to the extreme heat conditions. At least 213 people were reported dead in Telangana.Old-aged, children, labourers, rickshaw pullers, beggars and people living in streets were the worst affected by the heat wave.There was no let-up in severe heat wave conditions in the two Telugu states as Raagundam in Telangana sizzled with a maximum temperature of 44.8 degree Celsius. Met officials released a heat wave warning for Adilabad, Khammam, Nalgonda, Karimnagar districts in the state.In Andhra Pradesh, the maximum temperature of 46.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jangameswarapuram of Prakasam district. Tuni of East Godavari District recorded 46.3 degrees Celsius while Kakinada recorded 46.1 degrees Celsius.The Andhra Pradesh government is said to have has declared the situation caused by heat wave alarming and appealed to people not to venture out between 11 am and 4 pm.An aid of Rs 1 lakh for the families of victims of heat wave was also announced by the chief minister of the state.