Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold, bronze for Abhishek Verma

By: Sports Desk |

Updated: August 21, 2018 11:18:16 am





Abhishek Verma (left) and Saurabh Chaudhary (right) won bronze and gold respectively at the 10m Air Pistol event. (Source: Reuters)

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16-year-old Asian Games debutant Saurabh Chaudhary has won India’s first shooting gold of the 2018 Asian Games while compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event in Indonesia. Chaudhary shot a Games record of 240.7 to clinch the top honours while Verma finished with 219.3.

The 16-year-old Chaudhary, who topped the qualifying round, shot a Games record score of 240.7 to pip Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in an exciting final to add a gold to India’s shooting tally of two silver and a bronze this Asiad.

Hobby shooter Abhishek Verma, also making his Asian Games debut at 29, settled for the bronze medal in the same event with a score of 219.3.

In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.

(With PTI inputs)

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FIFA’s legal chief Marco Villiger leaves governing body

By: Reuters |

Published: August 21, 2018 9:52:01 am





Marco Villiger has left FIFA. (Source: Reuters)

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Marco Villiger, the man who was the key link between FIFA and U.S. anti-corruption investigators, has left the organisation, soccer’s world governing body said on Monday.
Villiger, who was FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General and Chief Legal and Integrity Officer, was one of the few senior members of previous FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s administration who kept his position under his successor Gianni Infantino.
“I had the privilege to be part of FIFA in different roles with different responsibilities. After accomplishing a successful FIFA World Cup in Russia, the time for me has come to turn the page to a new chapter, seeking for new challenges”, said Villiger in a statement released by FIFA.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Swiss Villiger had been a “pillar of the organisation”.
He came to the fore at FIFA following the 2015 FBI raid in Zurich which saw seven officials arrested on corruption charges.
With Blatter, who was later banned from football by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, facing a separate Swiss investigation, Villiger, then head of legal affairs, worked closely with the U.S. law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
The firm conducted an internal investigation of FIFA and helped in relations with the U.S Department of Justice.
Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, has always denied any wrongdoing.
Praising Villiger, Samoura added: “I congratulate him wholeheartedly on his great career within FIFA, in which he has consistently demonstrated his expertise and professionalism, as well as his dedication to this great organisation.
“His competence earned him the trust and respect of internal and external stakeholders. I wish Marco all the best in his future endeavours.”
Since Infantino was elected FIFA president, senior officials from the organisation have moved on with the Swiss keen to bring in his own staff.
More than 40 entities and individuals have been charged by U.S. prosecutors in connection with the FIFA investigation.
The probe has resulted in more than two dozen guilty pleas and one trial of three former soccer officials, two of whom were found guilty by a jury.

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Birthday boy Usain Bolt eases into Mariners training

By: Reuters | Melbourne |

Published: August 21, 2018 9:27:24 am





Usain Bolt appearing relaxed and flashing a big grin as he kicked the ball around at the start of the light session in the sleepy town of Gosford. (Source: AP)

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Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt eased into his first training session with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday as he kicked off his bid to win a professional soccer contract on the day of his 32nd birthday.

Monitored by a big media pack, Bolt emerged at Central Coast stadium with his new team mates on a sunny morning, appearing relaxed and flashing a big grin as he kicked the ball around at the start of the light session in the sleepy town of Gosford.

The eight-times Olympic gold medallist has been given an open-ended trial with the Mariners, who finished bottom of the 10-team A-league last season and operate in one of the country’s smallest soccer markets.

The Mariners’ tie-up with Bolt has proved polarising in Australia, with critics dismissing it as a publicity stunt to boost the profile of a team that has failed to make the playoffs for the last four seasons.

Bolt, who retired from athletics at the world championships in London last year, has already trained with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Norway’s Stromsgodset.

There is plenty of skepticism as to whether the fastest man on earth can reinvent himself as a top-flight footballer but the Mike Mulvey-coached Mariners have been emphatic that they will give him as much time as he needs to prove himself.

“Players who people maybe don’t think are going to make it professionally, a lot of times they prove people wrong, because they’re the ones who’ve got the desire and the determination,” assistant coach Nick Montgomery told Australian Associated Press.

“For me, that always outweighs talent in naturally gifted players. I’ve seen it numerous times.

“For the modern-day footballer, number one, you have to be an athlete. So he ticks that box; he’s a mountain of a man. But it’s a different type of athlete to be a footballer. Only time will tell.”

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Happy Eid al-Adha 2018: Wishes Images, Quotes, Messages, SMS, Greetings, Wallpaper, Photos, Pics

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 21, 2018 7:00:36 am





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Happy Bakrid, Happy Eid al-Adha 2018 Wishes Images, Quotes, Messages, SMS: Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated to mark the unshakeable obedience and faith of Ibrahim (Abrahim). A dutiful devotee of God, Ibrahim sought to sacrifice his only son on Allah’s wish. However, after seeing his unfaltering devotion, God intervened and asked him to sacrifice a lamb instead.

This year, the day will begin on the evening of August 21 and continue till the evening of August 22. While it holds religious significance, the celebratory process is also filled with fun. Children collect ‘Eidi’ in the form of some money and sweets from elders as blessings, and meat from the sacrificed goat is shared among families and also given to the poor. If you’re celebrating this festival with your family and friends, here are some heartwarming wishes, greetings, messages, WhatsApp status.

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* May Your Plate Of Life Be Always Full Of Sweet Siwaiyan Topped With The Nuts Of Happiness. With Best Eid Wishes, May You Have A Happy Eid

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* I wish you a very happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and sins and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe. Happy Bakrid!

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* E-Embrace with open heart
I-Inculcate good deeds
D-Distribute & share Allah’s bounties with the underprivileged
Eid Mubarak!

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* No shadows to depress you. Only joys to surround you. Allah himself to bless you. These are my wishes for you. Today tomorrow and every day… Eid Mubarak!

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* When my arms can’t reach people close to my heart, I always hug them with my prayers. May Allah’s peace be with you. A very happy Eid Mubarak 2 U.

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* On the canvas of life, we often go off colour, but as long as people like you are there to add the right shades, life goes on to be a rainbow! Eid Mubarak.

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Imran Khan keen we begin with Indian-Pakistan cricket ties: New PCB chief Ehsan Mani

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Updated: August 21, 2018 4:58:59 am





Ehsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Source: Reuters/File)

NEWLY ELECTED Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is “very, very keen” on the resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, according to Ehsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“It’s still early days. My intention is to make Asian cricket stronger again, as it used to be. I don’t want to go into any detail at this stage but obviously, cricket between Pakistan and India is important to world cricket. So, that is one thing we will have to sit down, consider and address. Fortunately, we have a Prime Minister who is very, very keen on that,” Mani told The Indian Express on Monday.

India and Pakistan haven’t played any bilateral cricket since 2012-13, when Pakistan toured India for a short limited-overs series. The Indian government has refused to give permission for a bilateral series until “Pakistan stops cross-border terror”. The upcoming Asia Cup in September had to be shifted out of India because of Pakistan’s participation in the tournament. The UAE will now host the Asia Cup.

India and Pakistan, however, have been playing each other in ICC events. Pakistan came to India for the ICC World T20 in 2016.

Imran, the World Cup-winning Pakistan captain, has been a vocal advocate of cricketing ties between the two countries. On his India visit in 2015, as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At the time, the PTI’s official Twitter handle had quoted him as saying: “When I told Modi that India & Pak should play cricket, he gave a smile, I can’t decipher that further.”

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Khan had also been quoted in the media as saying: “We don’t want to be enemies forever. You have to think about the future. There are mutual cricketing heroes in both our countries. Like Wasim Akram is adored and loved in India, Sachin Tendulkar is a hero in Pakistan.”

On Monday, while appointing Mani as PCB chief, Khan posted on Twitter: “I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 yrs.” The announcement followed Najam Sethi’s resignation from the post.

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Eid al-Adha 2018: Everything you need to know about Bakrid

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 21, 2018 5:00:04 am





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It’s that time of the year again when families come together to observe Bakrid. The festival that commemorates the readiness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in order to prove his obedience to Allah is observed by Muslims around the world, where men, women and children step out in all their finery.

This year, Eid ul-Adha would commence in India on August 21, and continue until the evening of August 22.

Here are some facts about Bakrid that you should know:

* The story of Eid al-Adha is that Prophet Abraham had a dream in which he was sacrificing his 10-years-old son, Ishmael. Abraham, a great believer in God, took his dream literally and wanted to sacrifice his son. But, according to legend, God sent his angels and asked him to sacrifice an animal instead of his son.

* On this day, Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal that is dear to them to prove their devotion and love for Allah. The feast is prepared thereafter and divided into three parts. One is for family, friends and neighbours, the second part is distributed among the poor and the needy, and the last part is retained for immediate family.

* It is believed that on the day of the Sacrificial Feast, no one should be left hungry.

* While Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah as per the Islamic lunar calendar, according to the Gregorian calendar, the date varies every year and shifts 11 days from the previous date.

* Eid al-Adha marks the final day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims are required to undertake to Makkah once in a lifetime. Some Muslims observe this Eid for three days.

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Asian Games 2018: India’s two-fold path to salvation

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Updated: August 21, 2018 1:28:35 am





Selected at the age of 29, Deepak Kumar was the least heralded of medallists at the Asiad. (Source: PTI)

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Lakshay Sheoran was encouraged by father Somvir, a dangal wrestler, to pick up a gun and was often paraded in front of relatives to show off how he could smash soft drink cans aiming at them from a distance. “Pehle woh hi kehte the — yaha maar, waha maar. Phir jab main sabke liye pareshaani ban gaya, toh bole isse achha isko game mein hi daal do,” the teenaged silver medallist in Trap recalls. Around the time Lakshay was still running around with toy guns in Jind, Haryana, Deepak Kumar of Jagatpur on the outskirts of Delhi, had graduated from a Gurukul system of learning in Poundha, Uttarakhand — completing a BA in Sanskrit — to become the first recruit in air rifle for the Indian Air Force under the 2008 sports quota.

On Monday, the 30-year-old would shoot a fearless Final of the 10m air rifle at Palembang. He’d follow a 10.9 with a 10.8 in the next series with such nonchalance that a wave of rollicking rustic revolution seemed to be sweeping over Indian shooting which rained silver. Starting as No. 5 in the eight-man final, Deepak would slip to 7th and then clamber up to 2nd with a calm simplicity, drawing from his years of practising meditation and yoga at the traditional schooling facility. When the turning point of the 10.9 arrived, he would say: “Haan, bas 10.9 aa gaya, koi dikkat nai. Accept karo, enjoy karo, and tell yourself I can shoot more like that, so I must try,” he’d say.

“Feelings are hard to express in shooting. But yes, patience is something I worked on. Mind ka status ekdum middle kar diya tha — not too here, not there,” he would articulate, adding that he’s trained to distance himself from all expectations and emotions that come with success and failure. “Na moh, na maaya,” he’d say, adding that he consciously avoided socialising with fellow shooters because insecurity can seep in, ruining both his shooting zen and equations.

When asked if winning a silver at the Asiad was something he’d dreamt of through his teens, Lakshay would mull it over and say: “Not really a dream or anything. The whole thing is just fine. It was a hobby as a child, but last 3-4 months I decided let’s work hard and see how far I go.” The 19-year-old who had mastered the cold, rainy conditions of Suhl, Germany like a pro, and made the fraternity sit up and take notice within four years of him taking up the sport, isn’t unduly fussed about what winning a silver at the continental level means — or how he’s leading the charge of the young brigade in the sport. “I love Hindi and Punjabi music, I never enjoyed studying and shooting makes me happy,” he says utterly unaffected.

It’s a theme common to Deepak, who fellow shooters have often heard exclaim: “Aaj shooting mein bada mazaa aaya na?” Impatience might have cost him a medal at the Commonwealth Games and a Munich World Cup title (despire a record score), but Deepak is known to enjoy a good round of firing, without unduly fussing over success.

“Regrets are useless. I’ve learnt that whatever corrections have to be made must be made before shooting. What’s done is done, so I don’t look for lessons in losses. I just stop myself from making the mistake before it’s made. I live in the present,” says the son of a Delhi Tourism official, and father of a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.

“Beyond shooting, I like films and spending time with my children. Physical fitness in evenings and some outings if possible – that’s my life,” he says.

Deepak picked both archery and shooting as a child in Dehradun. “Archery’s way tougher, with the winds. In rifle, the ankle, shoulder, waist are all locked. Both are balance and gravity managing sports. But after archery, shooting feels very easy,” he says.

Still, a 10.9 can’t have been a lark. “See, if you decide to shoot 10.9, it might happen once in 20 times. Muscles are relaxed, and the trigger is squeezed with just enough pressure. We learnt these breathing techniques at the gurukul,” he insists. Selected to the Indian team at 29, Deepak was the least heralded of medallists at the Asiad given his past surfeit of misses. “Last one year, I trusted my coach Manoj Kumar blindly on weapon (Walther) and ammunition. Scores have gotten better. I lose matches when I lose patience. That’s all I remember,” he adds.

Mansher Singh, who is mentoring the young Lakshay, and Vikram Chopra, his childhood coach both concede that the teen has great grasping powers and ability to adapt. “He maintans rhythm and cuts out mistakes before they damage him,” Mansher says. All of it happens to his endless soundtrack of Punjabi numbers – the garbled lyrics giving him a strange coherence beyond the world of guns.

Deepak, on the other hand, has a philosophical bent of mind. He’s a rifleman who spouts poetry at will. Repeated failures in finals had muddled his mind. There’s a couplet that’s helped him tide over rotten days. “Ek hook si dil mein hoti hai, Ek dard jigar mein rehta hai . Main raton ko uth-uth rotan hoon, Jab sara aalam sota hai.”

“When I was in Gurukul, they taught us a poem for these situations. Which is important for a sportsman. This poem reminds me there will be a morning that will be better than the dark days,” he says. There wasn’t too much different he did on Monday while winning a medal in one of the toughest fields with Asian powerhouses relentless in their pursuit of podiums, with China topping. “I watched videos of Bajrang Punia winning gold. I got this feeling that I might have to share the podium today, so I ironed my track suit upper early in the morning and kept it neatly in my bag,” says the Sergeant of IAF.

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Asian Games 2018: Deepak Kumar finds inspiration from the Vedas to emerge from shadows

Written by Nitin Sharma
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Published: August 21, 2018 1:10:50 am





A teenaged Deepak (in white kurta) with his parents Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi and siblings; After winning silver, he called his parents and quoted lines from the Yajurveda.

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Close to two decades ago, when Deepak Kumar’s parents sent the then 10-year-old to a Dehradun gurukul, it was due to his naughty nature and their belief in an Indian way of education. On Monday, Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi received a call in which their son quoted some lines from the Yajurveda.

“He had always shown interest in ancient texts like the Vedas and when he started at the gurukul, he would recite us texts whenever he talked with us. The only time he came home was five years later when he had to undergo an appendix operation. He took up shooting after a visit to Jaspal Rana’s academy near Dehradun,” shares Raj Kumar.

Vimla was following the final, and was quick to add, “His memory is so sharp that he remembers almost all his scores and scoresheets. A year ago, we had a hawan at home and he recited the shlokas before the priest. He says training is like reciting the shlokas again and again and shooting the same scores again and again.”

It was not until 2008, the year Abhinav Bindra won the 10m Air Rifle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, that Deepak trained in a fully automatic range after his induction in the Indian Air Force. He would do so with Ravi Kumar starting 2014 and after a string of top-20 finishes in the Nationals, Deepak won his first medal — a silver in Pune in 2016 where Ravi won the gold. “When Deepak came to train with us in the Air Force, he had a bad posture. We often face this problem with shooters who don’t have a specialised coach. But he was very eager to correct that.

Stability has been one of Deepak’s positive points and the way he recovered after shooting three scores below 10 in the second series of the final shows he can fight back,” shared Deepak’s coach Manoj Kumar. “He is a senior shooter in terms of age and sometimes he did not have belief in his abilities. He has to be told about his strengths.”

As for Deepak, he just considers the medal as a bright morning after a long night of darkness. “Medal aye na aye, maine hamesha yahi sikha hai ki hum prayatna karte rahen. That was the thing which I learnt while staying away from my family. And it taught me to control my anger. Once I shot a low round and got very angry. I ran 10 Km at the one km track at the range in Delhi. It was summer and blood came oozing out of the nose but I knew it was a mistake to show anger. This medal is like a new morning for me,” shared Deepak.

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