first_imgRio de Janeiro: Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan on Thursday said her maiden senior World Cup medal will be a “great confidence booster” as she seeks to scale greater heights in coming years.The fast-rising Elavenil finished on top in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, pipping fancied compatriots Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil, in the ISSF Rifle-Pistol Stage 4 World Cup here. The 20-year-old is only the third Indian to achieve the feat after Anjali Bhagwat and current world number one Chandela.”I am happy and this win will give me great confidence going ahead into other national and international competitions,” said the youngster, who trains under Project Leap and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has played a part in Elavenil’s progress and the shooter did not forget to thank him.”I am really thrilled with this achievement and want to thank my mentor Gagan sir, my coach Neha ma’am & my mental trainer Kirtika ma’am who have trained me so well and without their correct guidance, this would not have been possible.”Mentor Narang was equally proud saying “such performances were the real rewards”, adding that Elavenil made it “doubly special” as Gun For Glory celebrated the twin success.#NationalSportsDay gets sweeter. @elavalarivan wins her first senior World Cupon the day GNSPF’s efforts are recognised through the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar! Thanking the universe! @narendramodi @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @RaninderSingh @OfficialNRAI pic.twitter.com/tw1Yv1X3bT— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) August 28, 2019″Elavenil has made a beautiful transition from the junior level to the senior. We have worked very closely on her all these years and her success marks a special day for all of us at Gun For Glory. She is a smart shooter and has the capability to perform consistently,” said Gagan on his ward.In her debut year at the senior level, Elavenil shot 251.7 in the finals to help India extend their new-found dominance in the event, leaving behind Seonaid Mcintosh of Britain, who won silver with an effort of 250.6 on Wednesday.A student of English literature and one who loves to go on long drives, Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.It has been remarkable progress for the young shooter who held a gun for the first time as a 13-year-old in native Ahmedabad. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anjum Moudgilapurvi chandelaElavenil Valarivangagan narang First Published: August 29, 2019, 6:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsShooting world cupYashaswini Singh First Published: September 1, 2019, 7:59 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Rio de Janeiro: Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in shooting after she fired her way to the women’s 10m air pistol gold in the ISSF World Cup here on Saturday.The 22-year-old former junior world champion recorded 236.7 in the eight-women final of the season’s fourth World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. World no.1 Olena Kostevych of Ukraine claimed the silver with 234.8, while Serbia’s Jasmina Milavonovic bagged the beonze with 215.7.Yashaswini, a student of Economics, had also the topped the qualifications by a mile, aggregating a score of 582.Annu Raj Singh (572) and Shweta Singh (568) bowed out in the qualifications, while Manu Bhaker shot an impressive 580 in the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score). last_img read more

first_img CA OsasunaGareth Balela ligaLuka Modric First Published: September 25, 2019, 11:12 PM IST Madrid: Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday said he was annoyed over the injuries his team has been struggling with. He defended the job the medical staff has been doing, blaming the tight schedule for the injuries.Earlier in the day, Ferland Mendy was diagnosed with a left leg abductor injury, reopening a debate on the physical work the team had done in preparation for the season, reports Efe news. “The preparation has not changed,” Zidane said during a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s La Liga game against Osasuna.”All the physical trainers think about the interest of the team,” Zidane added.”I believe in the people I work with, but then everyone has his own opinion and it is said that (our team) preparation is bad. We worked very well in the pre-season and injuries came from many factors … and must be accepted,” the legendary French player and coach said.Madrid is not the only team which has been struggling with injuries, a plague that hit several teams, Zidane said.He also defended his decision to grant the team days off, which sparked a controversy following their 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint Germain in their 2019-20 UEFA champions League opener.”An average player – and especially the Real Madrid player – has to play every three days and (also plays) with his national team. He has no time to rest. Before we had 40 or 45 games a year and now they have 60. Soccer has changed,” the coach of the capital side explained.Zidane lamented the timing of Mendy’s injury, which leaves the side without a left back given that Marcelo is recovering from physical issues.”It bothers me to see him on the sidelines again. He was good, but there are a lot of matches and these things happen. Patience, calm (and the need) to have a speedy recovery and (then) we will see who will play tomorrow,” he stated.”I am not concerned, but annoyed. It bothers me a lot because I do not like that my players get injured, but it is part of the game that we do not control,” Zidane said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

first_imgDoha: Despite triumphs on the track, Qatar has come under fire for its hosting of the World Athletics Championships with questions raised over Doha’s ability to deliver the football World Cup successfully in three years’ time.Perhaps the most stinging off-track criticism of the 10-day event which concludes Sunday was sparked by the spectacle of a near-empty stadium during the opening days, raising fears for attendances in 2022. “It’s a classic mega-event failing, believing that ‘if you build it, fans will come’,” said Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Britain’s Salford University.Crowds at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 2004 Games in Athens also failed to meet organisers’ expectations despite ambitious stadium construction, he noted.International Association of Athletics Federations chief Sebastian Coe has come under fire for the dismal crowds that turned out in Doha to watch blue-riband events including the men’s and women’s 100 metres.”The crowd is an easier subject to talk about rather than some of the more insightful stuff around the events,” said Coe, who attacked what he viewed as negative media coverage.Spectator numbers improved as the week wore on after at least one large state-funded organisation offered staff free tickets for the Khalifa International Stadium.”It totally felt different, there was a lot of energy,” said former 1,500m world champion Jenny Simpson on Thursday after the American won her heat.’REASONS TO BE THERE’Despite Western diplomats warning Qatar would be “judged harshly” for missteps during the athletics, Chadwick said Doha would be unfazed by criticism of meagre crowds.The country instead sees the Championships and World Cup as a means of bolstering security, he said.”Even if nobody turned up to watch the athletics, it doesn’t matter. Qatar has mitigated the threats it faces by making itself visible, relevant and important,” said Chadwick.Qatar is embroiled in a bitter two-year dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates which accuse Doha of backing Iran and radical Islamists.They have cut direct transport links, closed airspace to Qatari aircraft and restricted their citizens from visiting over the claims, which Doha denies.By hosting such events, Qatar “has a degree of protection against some of the threats,” Chadwick said, adding that the 2015 World Handball Championship and the 2016 cycling Road World Championships were also poorly attended.FIFA would now seek clarity about Doha’s ticketing strategy following the sight of a near-empty stadium on some days at the athletics, he added.”People want to know — is there going to be somewhere nice to stay, can they buy a beer?” Chadwick said.”What kind of event ecosystem are they constructing around that ticketing strategy? You’ve got to give people reasons to be there.”Qatar World Cup organisers declined to comment on the ticketing challenges at the athletiics but sought to head off fears around the World Cup, including alcohol prices in the conservative Gulf monarchy.Officials also sought to reassure LGBT fans their safety would be assured as they showed off rapidly evolving World Cup infrastructure to visiting media ahead of the athletics.’QATAR NO MORE’?Another recurring issue was the heat in the road races, with some competitors berating organisers for the sweltering temperatures and humidity during the marathons and race walks that were held outside the air-conditioned stadium.Canada’s Lyndsay Tessier, who placed ninth after 28 of her 68 rivals dropped out of the women’s marathon, told AFP it was “really scary and intimidating and daunting” seeing competitors collapse.But World Cup organisers insisted to visiting media that 2022 will not be dogged by high temperatures as it will be staged in the winter months and played in air-conditioned stadiums.Championships spectators faced grim traffic jams across Doha with many key roads and junctions undergoing construction, although competitors and VIPs received police escorts.Congestion surged when the Al-Sadd football team hosted Saudi outfit Al-Hilal at home on Tuesday, just minutes away from the Khalifa Stadium. It also highlighted that soccer is more popular than athletics among Qataris, despite the fact that thousands of locals packed the stadium to see home hero Mutaz Essa Barshim retain his high jump title on Friday.Pressure is also mounting on the authorities to open all 37 metro stations, of which only 13 are currently operational, by the promised New Year deadline.Chadwick said Qatar was “skating on thin ice” following the challenges of the World Championships.”They have to get the World Cup right otherwise, after 2022, there’s going to be a question about what happens next,” he said.”If sports governing bodies walk away saying ‘Qatar no more’, then that does expose Qatar again to geo-political vulnerability.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2022 fifa world cup2022 Qatar World CupathleticsDoha First Published: October 6, 2019, 3:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the future of the star Spanish Goalkeeper David De Gea at Manchester United. David De Gea’s contract with the Red Devils is going to expire after the end of the season; though he has to option to extend the contract till 2020. But Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the contract extension of David De Gea.When, Jose Mourinho was asked about the future of the Spanish Goalkeeper at Manchester United, he told to Sky Sports, “I am not confident,” David De Gea is an important player for the Red Devils and he has saved the day for Manchester United for enumerate times. If, the star Spanish Goalkeeper decides to leave Old Trafford, there will be huge void for them and it will be really hard for the Red Devils to find a proper replacement of David De Gea. Advertisement “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.center_img “Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.” David De Gea is the prime target of Juventus in the next summer transfer window. Juventus are currently not having a World class Goalkeeper in their side. The addition of David De Gea will surely help them to become a side who can challenge for the Champions League title in the next season. If the club management of Juventus can rope in David De Gea in the next summer, it will be another low cost signing of them after Emre Can(from Liverpool) and Dani Alves (from Barcelona). last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry will come in for the injured Doug Bracewell in the second Test against Australia, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.Bracewell has sustained a rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder and will miss the final match of the two-Test series, starting on Saturday at Hagley Oval. Australia won the opener by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington earlier this week.McCullum, who will play his 101st and final test, said the only remaining decision to be made was whether they play four seamers or go with three front-line pace bowlers and off-spinner Mark Craig. (Australia should brace for a strong New Zealand backlash: Darren Lehmann) “Matt Henry will come in for Doug Bracewell and it’s just trying to work out whether we play Mark Craig or Neil Wagner and that’s the decision we’ve got to make,” McCullum told reporters on Friday.”The pitch looks good. It looks like it’s got a nice healthy covering of grass I’m sure that both team’s bowling lineups will relish it.”The pitch has been the subject of much debate since Australia exploited the best of the bowling conditions at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, reducing the hosts to 51-5 inside 12 overs after winning the toss.”It’s probably not quite as hard as the Basin,” McCullum added. “I thought the Basin was a really good cricket wicket. It did a lot in that first session and then dried out a little bit quicker than what a team who’s been bowled out for 180 wanted.advertisement”It’s not going to be necessarily a pleasant time out there with bat in hand (but) I think it will go around for a while.”I’m sure this one will be a good contest which will hopefully end up in a result. Hopefully for us.”New Zealand (likely): Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boultlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 19 (PTI) Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi has launched a new brand Zeven to cash in on the burgeoning sports apparel and accessories market in the country.Bhupathi, along with former Nike Country Manager South Asia Hemchandra Javeri, will focus on building Zeven as a multi-sport, multi-product and multi-channel brand in India.”With Zeven, we want to build a sports community in the country where people can play, discuss and live sports. We will offer the best products at affordable prices, tailor made for India. We are starting with footwear and apparel and will expand in the coming months across sports and range,” Zeven Co-Founder and Chairman Javeri told PTI.He added that the company has spent about USD 4-5 million in research and trials in the last 1-2 years. The focus will be across sports like hockey, cricket, football, badminton and tennis.”The products will be designed in India but sourcing will be done globally. The footwear will be made in China, while apparel will be manufactured in India, Sri Lanka and other countries. We have paid special attention to Indian culture and requirements, keeping in mind body fit, size and comfort,” he said.Javeri said the company will start selling these products (priced Rs 1,900 onwards) through its own portal and is in discussions with other marketplaces to expand its reach.The company is also looking at retailing its products through modern offline retail as well as sports-focussed stores. It will also look at setting up sports addas to help enthusiasts meet and connect with sports icons.advertisementHe declined to comment on revenue targets, saying it was still early as the brand is just being launched.”With Zeven, we want to create a brand the country will be proud of. We plan to cover all sports, hence we have signed great names including Khushbir for our speed walk category and Lara for gym and fitness,” Bhupathi said. PTI SR SRK ABMlast_img read more

first_imgFormer all-rounder Azhar Mahmood was on Thursday appointed as Pakistan’s interim bowling coach for the ongoing Asia Cup and next month’s World T20.He is expected to join the squad in Dhaka on Thursday evening.Mahmood replaces former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed for the two competitions, said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Ahmed has been rested but is expected to take over again ahead of the England tour in June this year. (Also read: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik not scared of Indian batsmen)”Mushi (Mushtaq) has been rested for two events as he was too fatigued,” Pakistan’s team manager Moin Khan said.”Azhar is a good replacement for the interim, being a T20 specialist. He will join the squad later this evening.”The 40-year-old has been playing domestic cricket since his last international match in 2007. He has had vast experience in this format and featured in 225 T20 matches playing for various clubs and franchises in Pakistan, England, India, Bangladesh, West Indies and New Zealand.He has also enjoyed minor coaching roles in private clubs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and England.last_img read more

first_imgShillong, Feb 27 (PTI) Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) today slammed the Congress-led state government for its alleged “inconsistent stand” on the issue related to holding of dual posts by MLAs and MDCs.”We regret the inconsistent stand of the government on the holding of dual posts by MLAs and MDCs,” UDP senior working president Bindo M Lanong told reporters while spelling out the resolutions adopted by general council meeting held here.According to UDP, if a post of MDC is declared as “not an office of profit”, this will surely tantamount to misleading the state assembly and the people of the state by the present government.Earlier, as many as seven legislators had resigned as MDCs of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) in view of the passing of the Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly, Meghalaya) (Amendment) Act, 2015 last year.However, KHADC chief Pynshngainlang Syiem is the lone legislator who refused to relinquish his dual posts as a mark of protest against the state government.Lanong said, “Now the question is what will happen in the case of KHADC chief P N Syiem because in his case, the state government had clarified that he can continue with the two offices at the same time.”According to him, if this is the case what will be the fate of the members who have relinquished their posts as MDC?”Will the state government revoke its earlier order because at the behest of the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, these MLAs have resigned as MDCs,” he asked. PTI JOP SUS SMNadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBollywood’s most eligible bachelor, Salman Khan, might finally settle down this year. If reports are to be believed, Salman will tie the knot with rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur. Buzz has it that Iulia and Salman have been dating for more than a year now and the two are ready to take their relationship to the next level. But there is a twist in their love story. Rumour has it that Salman’s closeness with his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif is giving Iulia sleepless nights.ALSO READ: Salman Khan to finally get married to rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur? ALSO READ: Ranbir-Katrina break-up, Katrina Kaif chooses Salman Khan over Ranbir Kapoor Ever ever since Katrina broke up with Ranbir Kapoor, the Bang Bang actor has often been spotted with Salman. In fact, Katrina’s closeness to Salman was cited as one of the reasons behind Ranbir-Katrina break-up.In fact, rumour has it that Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor is helping Katrina revive her career after a string of flops. Buzz has it that she might be roped in Kabir Khan’s next, opposite Salman.Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur And if a report in Spotboye.com is to be believed, the Romanian beauty isn’t too pleased with Salman giving too much attention to Katrina. The website further stated that Iulia has her reasons to worry and she isn’t ready to take things lying down.The report suggested that Iulia had a heart-to-heart discussion with Salman, explaining her fears. A source close to Salman was quoted as telling the website, “Iulia told him that she is very happy that he is helping Katrina in her troubled times. But she also hinted that his proximity to Kat disturbs her on some level.”advertisementThe source added that, however, Salman has assured her that she has nothing to worry.On the work front, Salman is currently busy shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming film Sultan. The actor will essay the role of a wrestler in the sports-based film. It is set to hit the screens on Eid.last_img read more