'We keep climbing one step and slipping three. In 2004, our relay team was 7th in the world. Then we slipped from there. Otherwise, today our 4x400 metres relay team would have been gearing for a medal at the Rio Games.''We give them a coach, but if we don't give them the support facility they will not be able to perform. I always say that it is not just one athlete or coach, but the whole eco system that we need to create around the athlete. Only then you can perform to your fullest.' 'If we need to compete at the world level, our thinking needs to be at world level. You can't have akhada thinking.' IMAGE: Adille Sumariwalla, newly elected member of the IAAF Council, makes a point. Photograph: Reuben NV/Rediff.com Adille Sumariwalla was India's sprint champion for 11 consecutive years. Last month, Sumariwalla, president of the Athletics Association of India, was elected to the International Association of Athletics Federations. In a field of 39 candidates he bagged 61 votes to snatch … [Read more...] about ‘Getting an Olympic medal in athletics is my one-point agenda’
WUHAN: After losing a bronze medal match against Republic of Korea 2-6 in the archery team event in the ongoing World Military Games here, Indian archer Tarundeep Rai said that the athletes need more such tournaments to gain experience and win medals. Rai who won a silver medal in the World Archery Championship 2019 said, "We need experience of such tournaments in the future as well. The junior archers, when come to play such tournaments face psychological pressure. We need to play more tournaments to win medals." "Yesterday we had a good chance but we lost. Today, Korea has got a very good score. We lost a bronze medal but somehow we got more confidence to win a medal. We have a good chance in Olympic also and this kind of event helps us in playing in front of a huge crowd," he added. In the semifinal match, India lost to China 0-6 on Wednesday. Indian team consisting of Rai, Pravin Ramesh Jadhav, and Atul Verma were not able to aim correctly as they find it difficult to adapt the … [Read more...] about Athletes need more competitions like World Military Games: Tarundeep Rai
IMAGE: Sachin Tendulkar, co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters, enjoys Onam Sadhya. Photograph: Kerala Blasters FC/Twitter. Legendary cricketer and co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters Sachin Tendulkar wished everyone on the auspicious day of Onam.The legendary batsman greeted his fans via social networking by sharing a photograph of him having delicious cuisine from Kerala on a banana leaf with the caption, “Onam started early with this delicious meal with the Kerala Blasters lads. #HappyOnam everyone!” Kerala Blasters will face NorthEast United FC in the opener of ISL Season 3, at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati, Assam, on October 1. A consortium of investors, including Telugu film stars Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna, on Wednesday joined Tendulkar as co-owners of Kerala Blasters. Besides the duo, leading film producer Allu Arvind and industrialist and serial entrepreneur Nimmagadda Prasad are the … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates Onam with Kerala Blasters lads!
A summary of Thursday's matches in Europe's second tier club football tournamentIMAGE: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring for Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League match against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters Everton's miserable Europa League run continued as they lost 2-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday and remained bottom of their group while Arsenal beat 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0, thanks to an acrobatic late goal by Olivier Giroud. Everton badly needed a win against Lyon after taking one point from their previous two games but they went behind in the sixth minute to a penalty by Nabil Fekir. Ashley Williams headed them level in the 69th after being fortunate to only be yellow-carded for igniting a mass brawl when he shoved visiting goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Everton nearly went ahead when a Gilfi Sigurdsson free kick came off the far post but former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore struck to restore Lyon's lead, leaving Ronald … [Read more...] about Europa: Giroud earns Arsenal victory; Everton lose again
In September, India faced Oman in their first FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying match at Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Till the 81st minute, the 15,000-strong Indian crowd kept cheering for the home team with Sunil Chhetri’s goal in the 24th minute keeping them in front. But in the next ten minutes, the crowd fell silent. Oman’s center-forward Al Mandhar Al Alawi scored two goals within eight minutes to pull off a stunning comeback for the visiting team.READ: Not afraid to field a new India side against Oman, says Igor StimacAs India travel to Oman for the reverse fixture after drawing their previous two encounters against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, defender Rahul Bheke speaks to Hindustan Times in a telephone interview on the defensive concerns that the team will be facing at Al-Seeb Stadium on Tuesday. Here are the excerpts:What went wrong in the previous match against Oman?We started really well. The first half was really good for us. Everyone gave … [Read more...] about Late goals, Sandesh Jhingan’s injury and Al Mandhar: Rahul Bheke addresses defensive concerns ahead of away Oman match