By Manish Sain New Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) “I want to become like Sushil Kumar,” says 9-year-old Yash, fighting back a giggle while surrounded by a group of young “pahalwans” in training, all aged between 9 and 12. Far away from home at the Chhatrasal Stadium here, the young boy from a small village of Asoda in Bahadurgarh, Haryana is dreaming of things that not many nine-year-olds dream of. With Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat grabbing gold and Divya Kakran a bronze at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, the city’s “akhadas” are buzzing with energy. Meenakshi Gahlout, a 20-year-old wrestler from Jhajjar, Haryana, is among some 40 young wrestlers at the Master Chandgiram Akhara, the first such centre to train women wrestlers in the Training under Sahdev Singh Balyan, Gahlout, who joined the akhada only a month ago after a gap of three years following an injury, likes the practice schedule and coaches here. “Coaching is tougher and advanced here. We go for running, sprint, then PT and bouts on the mat. They prepare us for the next level competitions with rigorous training,” she says. A usual day begins at 5am with a run. Once a week, all the wrestlers go for cross-country running for 7-8km. The morning ends with an exhausting session of pushups and dips. To support the strenuous regime, the body is replenished with milk, eggs, fruits, juice, glucose and protein supplement. Another wrestler, Amit Kumar (22), from Sonepat, has been training for the last eight years. Inspired by his uncle, who trained under the legendary Chandgi Ram back in the day, he wants to become an Olympian.advertisement “I have yet to go a long distance, make it through national championship, then international. But eventually I want to make the country proud the way Bajrang Punia did.” Virender Kumar, one of the wrestling coaches at Chhatrasal Stadium, says that despite rigorous training and unwavering devotion, the players’ financial condition and lack of support at early stages are to be blamed for a low medal tally in a country that has talent in abundance. “They (players) come from very poor rural families. They feed one child while cutting back on everyone else in the family. They eat less, so this one child can have a proper diet. “Now that Bajrang (Punia) got a medal, Sushil Kumar got a medal in Olympics, they will get sponsorship, but there is no one to fund the others while they are training to reach that place. We need to support them from the very beginning,” he says. Wrestling requires a heavy diet throughout the day along with protein supplements. “We (coaches) can train them the best we can, but they also need a diet to match. If they don’t get a proper diet, supplements, there are chances of getting injured. How will they perform in such a situation?” he asks. While Chhatrasal is a government-run training centre, the situation is similar at privately-run hubs like the Master Chandgiram Akhara. Balyan, who has trained hundreds of young grapplers since 1985, echoes Kumar’s views on lack of financial assistance from the higher ups. “All three players, who got medals in Asian games are from rural areas. Their parents have provided for them, that is the government’s duty. Everyone wants medals from wrestlers, but no one wants to provide for them. “How will they get medals without proper diet, lack of proper training. They don’t even have money to buy a pack of glucose for themselves. The government needs to increase the sports budget,” says Balyan. The wrestlers at the akhada have separate AC hostels for girls and boys, an AC hall with mat for practice, free of cost for the trainees including the training. However, they have to pay for their own food. “If government starts funding wrestlers for food only, 80 per cent medals will come from this country. They have to take almonds, milk, ghee, protein supplements. Just consider one packet of 2.5kg protein costs somewhere around Rs seven to eight thousand, how can anyone afford that?” asks Balyan. PTI MAH PM PM
Rounds three and four of the VT League were held at Albert Park.In the men’s division, rounds three and four saw the University Blues and Western Districts Dodgers remain undefeated, with the Blues defeating the Cougars in a tight one, eventually winning 8-7. In round four they disposed of their opponents the Vipers pretty easily, winning 7-2. The Dodgers beat fellow newcomers the Falcons 10-2 in round three, whilst in round for they defeated the Lions 6-4. Despite their loss to the Blues, the Vipers won their other match, beating the Lions 8-7. Reigning champs the Cougars defeated the Falcons 6-1 in their second win of the season, while the Lions and Falcons are yet to clock up their first win.In the women’s division, things are a lot closer with no team undefeated in the competition. The Vipers and the Cougars, previously undefeated, were beaten by the Lions and the Uni Blues respectively in round three. In round four, the Vipers defeated the Blues, with the Cougars beating the Falcons comprehensively 17-0. The Dodgers also defeated the Falcons heavily, winning 11-0 in round four. That was their first win of the season, and leaves the Falcons the only team yet to taste victory. The Lions are also going strong, beating the Dodgers in round four, to go with their defeat of the Vipers in round three. Round ThreeMenVipers – 8 def. Lions – 7Uni Blues – 8 def. Cougars – 7Western Districts – 10 def. Falcons – 2WomenLions – 7 def. Vipers – 6Uni Blues – 5 def. Cougars – 4 Western Districts – 10 def. Falcons – 0Round FourMenWestern Districts – 6 def. Lions – 4Cougars – 6 def. Falcons – 1Uni Blues – 7 def. Vipers – 2WomenLions – 6 def. Western Districts – 2Cougars – 17 def. Falcons – 0Vipers – 7 def. Uni Blues – 4For further information, visit www.victouch.com.au or www.vtleague.com.au
Liverpool boss Klopp reveals Wijnaldum importanceby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained the importance of Gini Wijnaldum to his team.The Dutch midfielder was in fine form in the 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield.With the Reds now seven points clear at the top of the table, Klopp signalled out his central midfielder for praise.”He’s an outstanding player,” said the manager to the club’s official website.”He combines a lot of things that you need. On a one-on-one situation, he can keep the body between the opponent and the ball, then pass the ball.”I don’t know how many positions he’s played. In the double-six he plays really well.”He can play all three positions in midfield and that’s really nice. All the boys are really versatile, to be honest.”Hendo came in on Saturday and played the half-space and helped so much with how we defended. He was really lively. But Gini is in a good moment.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane’s deal.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have opened talks with Mane over extending his contract.According to reports from France, negotiations have already started between Mane and Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down their forward.Mane’s current contract runs until 2023, but with the Senegal international fast becoming one of his side’s standout stars, the Reds, it appears, are keen to keep the forward for the foreseeable future.The former Southampton man scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five wins from five in the Premier League, leaving them top of the Premier League table with a five point lead over Manchester City.
RB Salzburg star Szoboszlai admits his admiration for Liverpool boss Kloppby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai has admitted his admiration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.Salzburg go to Champions League title holders Liverpool tonight.“Jurgen Klopp has opened a new chapter in the club’s history,” the teenager, who will be scouted by Arsenal at Anfield among other clubs,toldGoal.com.”They are great to watch and I am very much looking forward to facing them at Anfield.“It is a historically huge club – their dramatic win versus AC Milan (in the 2005 Champions League final) was definitely impressive.”Szoboszlai went on to hail the entire Reds squad, although he did single out one of Klopp’s forwards for special praise.“Their whole squad is great but (Roberto) Firmino is someone special,” he added. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two more sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday, when police in Las Vegas revealed they recently received two reports from women saying the billionaire sexually assaulted them in the 1970s.This was the first admission from police in Las Vegas about reports filed against Wynn since sexual misconduct allegations against him were revealed last month.One woman reported Wynn assaulted her in Las Vegas and the other said she was assaulted in Chicago, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. The Las Vegas case will not be investigated because the statute of limitations in Nevada is 20 years.The victim of that alleged assault contacted the department from St. Louis on Jan. 29, three days after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.The other, filed in Las Vegas on Feb. 5, is being forwarded to the Chicago Police Department.Details of exactly what transpired during the alleged assaults was not disclosed.The billionaire has vehemently denied the allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex-wife.“In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” Wynn said in the written statement that announced his resignation last week as chairman and CEO at Wynn Resorts. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.”Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver on Tuesday said the company does not have a comment on the reports filed by the women “because this involved a company before the establishment of Wynn Resorts.”Wynn is facing scrutiny by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. Regulators in Macau, the Chinese enclave where the company operates two casinos, are also inquiring about the allegations.The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Monday set up an online form that allows people to report information on any of its active investigations. The reporting system was set up after the agency received numerous calls regarding the investigation against Wynn.Wynn Resorts has also created a committee to investigate the allegations. On Monday, the group announced it was expanded its scope to review the company’s internal policies and procedures to ensure a “safe and respectful workplace for all employees.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A number of applications to set up cannabis retail operations have passed their first test and are now in front of several Peace Region municipal governments ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada on Wednesday.As of midnight tonight, all Canadians will officially be allowed to possess and consume cannabis, making this country the second country after Uruguay to legalize sales of cannabis. Citizens of Georgia and South Africa are allowed to cultivate and consume cannabis for personal use after several court rulings, though sales are not allowed.B.C. residents will be able to purchase cannabis online through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch at www.bccannabisstores.com, which also operates B.C. Liquor Stores. However, the only legal cannabis retail store that will be operating on Wednesday is the B.C. Cannabis Store location in Kamloops. In Fort St. John, City Council passed a bylaw this summer approving private cannabis retail operations inside the City’s downtown core area, while other similar bylaws have been or are in the process of being enacted in other Peace Region municipalities.Other communities in Northeast B.C. have also already received applications from aspiring entrepreneurs looking to set up a private cannabis retail operation.Anyone looking to set up a cannabis retail location must first submit the application with the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, which checks to ensure the applicant has no ties to organized crime and meets other criteria. After clearing that first hurdle, applications are forwarded to local governments, who then decide whether they approve of the application.The B.C. Government said that 173 applications for cannabis retail operations have been received, with 62 having been forwarded to local governments.Of those, the City of Dawson Creek has received two applications from the LCRB, while Tumbler Ridge has one application. Chetwynd and the Northern Rockies have both not yet received any applications, while officials with the municipalities of Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, and Pouce Coupe were not able to comment.The District of Taylor is not currently allowing cannabis retail operations.
Darjeeling: TMC Darjeeling district president Goutam Deb on Friday alleged a tacit political understanding between the BJP, Congress and CPI(M) in Siliguri. “There exists a Rainbow Alliance in Siliguri, comprising CPI(M), BJP and Congress. The Siliguri leader of the CPI(M) calls it the Siliguri Model. They have a tacit understanding. It is TMC on one side and the trio on the other,” alleged Deb. He stated that according to the understanding, for the Parliamentary election it will be BJP, for the Assembly it will be CPI(M) in the urban area and the Congress in the rural areas, with CPI(M) for the Pourasabha and Panchayat. “At the micro level we have seen that they are giving space to BJP. Where has the ideology gone?” he questioned.
More bad news has found the Ohio State athletic program, and administrators aren’t talking. OSU will investigate used-car purchases made by dozens of university athletes at two local car dealerships, The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday. Though OSU officers refused to speak to The Lantern about the university’s response to the investigations, representatives from other Big Ten schools were open. Gary Bargen, the associate athletic director of compliance at Nebraska, indicated that compliance departments at different universities would handle the situation differently. “Depending upon the circumstances, whether there is specific evidence that would lead one to believe that (violations occurred), it would just be strictly (up to) their compliance department and the personnel as far as how they are going to go about finding that information,” he said. OSU associate athletic director for compliance Doug Archie and athletic director Gene Smith declined to answer questions. OSU’s chief enforcer of NCAA rules and outside experts will examine at least 50 deals made by salesman Aaron Kniffin at Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Auto Direct over the past six years. Representatives at both dealerships were not available for comment. Kniffin and Auto Direct owner Jason Goss both have attended seven football games as player guests in the past. The sales would be in violation of NCAA rules if the players received any benefits or discounts based on their status as OSU athletes. Determining such violations may be difficult given the variability of used car sales. “The OSU compliance office has strong and active monitoring programs for student-athlete vehicle registration that go above and beyond NCAA requirements and are among the most robust in the nation,” Archie said in a statement released Saturday. The Dispatch reported that Kniffin sold cars to former defensive linemen Thaddeus Gibson, Robert Rose and Doug Worthington and former running backs Chris Wells and Maurice Wells. Current wide receiver DeVier Posey and basketball player William Buford were also reported as having made car purchases from Kniffin along with multiple members of current and former players’ families. Student-athletes are permitted to purchase cars and are required by the OSU compliance department to report the make, model and price of the car along with any co-signers, Archie’s statement said. Gibson’s was the most concerning of the purchases. Currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Gibson acquired a Chrysler 300 with fewer than 20,000 miles from Auto Direct that was titled to the then-sophomore for $0 according to public records, The Dispatch reported. Gibson told The Dispatch that he has been making, and continues to make, payments on the car. The football program already has endured NCAA investigation for improper benefits received by five players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas, Mike Adams and Posey — that resulted in a five-game suspension for the players at the start of the 2011 season. Coach Jim Tressel knew of the violations, and the program is currently under investigation for his failure to report the information. Tressel also is suspended for the season’s first five games and will attend a compliance seminar June 6–10 in Tampa, Fla.
BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet the back court of Syracuse men’s basketball. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.