Thailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region. MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEvents taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa gets a new lease on life as he was signed to a one-conference contract with Kia.Team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed the news to INQUIRER.net as the Picanto gets a big boost on offense with the signing of the former St. Benilde stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT Lastimosa last played for NLEX where he averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 16.9 minutes of action.Despite his impressive showing, the Road Warriors bought out the 27-year-old guard and went on their separate ways before the start of the 2017-2018 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough his four-year career, Lastimosa averaged 10.0 markers, 1.9 boards, and 1.5 assists in 17.8 minutes of play in his stops in Barako Bull, Blackwater, and NLEX.His entry is a shot in the arm for Kia, which is drawing the bulk of its offense from Rashawn McCarthy, who leads the team with 15.75 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Read Next View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities The Picanto have yet to notch a victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, going 0-4 so far. They seek to end to their 16-game losing streak on Saturday against Rain or Shine. PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto PLAY LIST 03:11PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving PBA IMAGESRobbie Manalang knows he can hold a candle to his former Adamson teammate Jerrick Ahanmisi during their three-point shootouts in practice.But on Monday, their duel meant so much more when they played on opposing sides.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Personally, though, Manalang believes he still has long ways to go in terms of developing his game as he looks forward on entering the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.“There’s always stuff to improve on as a player. I’m really obsessed with this. I watch the film, watch the game, and try to see what I can improve on. I can’t wait to work on it, go to practice, and try to get better,” he said.As for going up against Ahanmisi, Manalang said he’ll be ready for the next time they cross paths again.“That’s my brother. I have nothing but respect for him,” he said, before vowing redemption the next time the Falcons meet.“I’ll get him the next time out. I’m still playing and I want to keep on competing against him.” MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “It’s just a little friendly competition,” said Manalang. “We used to do those shootouts before in practice, trying to see who’s the better shooter. I have nothing but respect for Jerrick and I hope he does great things in the future in the UAAP.”Manalang was also able to test his mettle against his former peers in the PBA D-League stage.“I’m a competitor. Every time I step on the court, whoever I play, I try to bring my best game. Today, I saw familiar faces and maybe it brought a little extra, but it was all fun. No bad blood. I just tried to enjoy the game,” he said.Manalang’s stupendous showing was enough for him to garner praise from his old coach Franz Pumaren.“I’m happy for him and I think he’s really in great shape right now. As you can see, he really played well.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ravena comes up clutch anew, NLEX takes 1-0 lead vs Alaska View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It felt a little weird because I was with them for the past two years,” said the 24-year-old Manalang, whose team AMA Online Education faced the Ahanmisi-led Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.And against his old Falcons running mates, Manalang kept the Titans in the game, uncorking 21 points, on 3-of-8 shooting from three, to go with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnfortunately for Manalang, Ahanmisi got the better of him not only in their duel but overall with Akari-Adamson winning, 100-89.Ahanmisi went 7-of-8 from downtown to finish with 26 points with three rebounds and four assists to boot. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES
FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 “I’m just happy to be a part of this team, to be teammates with these guys,” he said. “Being coached by pros is great. All in all, this is a great learning experience for me.”Clips of Kobe in action during the Fiba 3X3 tournament in France, and his dunk contest videos on youtube that went viral a couple of years back have made him the new toast of Philippine basketball.Paras knows that this is just the stepping stone to bigger things in his career and he is just thankful for the opportunity.“I’m happy. God gave me the chance to be a part of this team. This is just a blessing.”With Gilas having just two games left, and with the prodigious high-flyer nursing that back injury, it could be safe to say that Kobe will remain grounded for the rest of this tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Gasol agrees to three-year deal with Spurs—report Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – There was a lot of noise that Kobe Paras generated coming over to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.Overseas Filipino Workers continue flocking to the Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here for Gilas games, hoping for a win by the Filipinos over talented international sides, and, of course, wanting to see a glimpse of Benjie Paras’ son in action.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Figuratively speaking, Kobe has also remained grounded despite the high expectations prior to coming over.But he has handled it quite well after putting everything in the right perspective.“It’s been a goal of mine ever since I was a kid to be a part of Gilas,” Paras said with pride. “And there are a lot of 19-year-olds out there who are not in the (national) team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With coach Chot Reyes bringing in such a talented team composed of Gilas Cadet members, Kobe, just 19 years old and with the least playing experience in the 17-man lineup, has turned out to be Gilas’ loudest, most ardent cheerleader on the bench most often than not.Fans have not hidden their disappointment over that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut it’s perfectly fine with Kobe.“It’s a fact that I’m the youngest in this team and I need to work getting myself the minutes,” Paras said on Friday after he was forced to sit out the game against Lithuania because of back spasms. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Despite the bad shooting, Desiderio still finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-19 clip“I always imagine myself hitting a game-winning three-point shot,” said Desiderio. “And I was confident I was going to make it because I’ve been practicing that shot constantly. And when Coach Bo called timeout I said in the huddle ‘when I’m open give it to me and I’ll make it.’” LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio celebrates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer to beat University of Santo Tomas. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the game on the line, Paul Desiderio wanted the ball in his hands and he delivered. on Sunday.Desiderio was struggling all game long but with University of the Philippines trailing University of Santo Tomas, 73-71, with 1.1 seconds left, the veteran guard knew exactly how the game was going to end.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “This game is ours, I will make the shot,” he told his teammates in Filipino during the timeout with 5.3 ticks remaining.True enough, Desiderio backed up his bold declaration as he knocked down the last-second 3-pointer.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 opening“I’ve shot so many threes today and would I shy away from throwing the last one? No, I won’t. And coach Bo [Perasol] told us that if we’re open, we’ll shoot it so I shot it and it went in,” said Desiderio.Desiderio was 1-of-10 from deep prior to his game-winner but his confidence did not falter. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
ArcheryVenue: Yamuna Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 12 noon Women: Recurve. Men: RecurveAfternoon Session: 2 pm to 5 pmWomen: Compound. Men: CompoundGymnastics (Artistic)Venue: I.G. Sports ComplexAfternoon Session: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm. Women: Heats & finalBadmintonVenue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pm Mixed team event (group matches)Afternoon Session: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)Evening Session: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)HockeyVenue: Major Dhyan Chand National StadiumMorning Session: 8.30 am to 12 pm Women’s: England vs WalesMen’s: New Zealand vs Trinidad & Tobago; Pakistan vs ScotlandAfternoon Session: 1.30 pm to 5 pmWomen’s: Australia vs Trinidad & Tobago; New Zealand vs MalaysiaMen’s: Canada vs South AfricaEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 10 pm Women’s: South Africa vs ScotlandLawnbowlsVenue: J.N. Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 10.30 pmMen’s: Triples (Rd III); pairs (Rd II); pairs (Rd III); triples (Rd IV).Women’s: Pairs (Rd III); triples (Rd II), triples (Rd III), pairs (Rd IV)NetballVenue: Thyagaraj ComplexMorning Session: 9.30 am to 1 pm Prelims: South Africa vs England;Jamaica vs MalawiAfternoon Session: 3 pm to 6.30 pm. Prelims: NZ vs Cook IslandSquashVenue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexAfternoon Session: 1 pm to 4 pm Men’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats);singles (Rd of 16 heats). Women’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats)Evening Session: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats). Women’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats)Swimming SynchronisedVenue: Dr. Sp Mukherjee Swimming ComplexMorning Session: 8.30 am to 10.30 am. Men’s: 50m butterfly (heats); 100m breaststroke (heats); 200m freestyle (heats). Women’s: 100m backstroke (heats); para sport 50m freestyle; 100m freestyleEvening session: 4 pm to 5.23 pmWomen’s: 50m butterfly (final); 50m breaststroke (final), para sport 50m freestyle (final), 100m freestyle (semis), 100m backstroke (semis)Men’s: 50m backstroke (final); 50m butterfly (semis); 100m breaststroke (semi-final); 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisVenue: Yamuna Sports ComplexMorning session: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: team event (Rd III). Men’s team event (Rd III)Evening session: 4 pm to 9 pm Men’s team event (Rd IV). Women’s team event (Rd IV)TennisVenue: R.K. Khanna Tennis StadiumMorning session: 10 am to 3 pmMixed doubles (quarter-final).Women’s: Singles (Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd I); doubles (Rd I)Evening session: 5 pm to 10 pmMixed doubles (quarter-final). Women’s: Singles (Rd I); doubles (Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd I)WeightliftingVenue: J.N. Sports ComplexAfternoon session: 2 pm to 4.30 pmMen’s: 62kg categoryEvening session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmWomen’s: 53kg categoryShootingVenue: Karni Singh RangeMorning sesion: 9 am to 4 pmMen’s (pairs): 10m air rifle (final); 50mpistol (final) Women’s: (pairs): 25mPistol (final); 50m rifle 3 positions (final)Cycling TrackVenue: I.G. Sports ComplexMorning Sesion: 11.30 am to 3:45 pm. Men’s: 1,000m time trial (final); 4,000m individual pursuit (final)Women’s: 500m trial (final) Evening session: 6 pm to 7 pm Men’s: 40km points race******************Medals At Stake: 54Swimming – Women’s: 50m butterfly; 50m breaststroke, para sport 50m freestyleMen’s: 50m backstroke, 200m freestyleWeightlifting – Men’s: 62kgWomen’s: 53kgGymnastics(Artistic) – Women’s team finalShooting – Men’s (pairs): 10m air rifle; 50m pistolWomen’s (pairs): 25m pistol; 50m rifle; 3 positionCycling – Men’s: 1,000m time trial; 4,000m individual pursuitWomen’s: 500m time trialWrestling – Men’s: Greco Roman (60kg, 74kg & 96 kg repechage finals)******************Star to watch out for: Emily SeebohmCountry: AustraliaAge: 18Achievements: Gold in 4x100m medley at Beijing OlympicsBronze in 100m backstroke at the ’09 World ChampionshipsGold in 100m backstroke at Pan Pacific championships 2010
The fierce battle for gaining the second spot in the Commonwealth Games continued in earnest between India and England on the seventh day of competitions with the hosts edging in front by bagging four gold medals.Teenage archer Deepika Kumari upset an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold, Harpreet Singh clinched the 25m centre fire pistol gold, archer Rahul Banerjee grabbed the men’s individual recurve gold and world wrestling champion Sushil Kumar won the 66kg title by destroying all his rivals.Vijay Kumar bagged silver behind Harpreet, freestyle wrestler Anuj Kumar also got a silver in men’s 84 kg, trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu secured a bronze while Jayanta Talukdar finished third behind Banerjee.Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi beat compatriots Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesh to secure the women’s doubles bronze in tennis and swell India’s medal kitty.Banerjee’s sister Dola finished third in women’s recurve and grappler Anil Kumar got the bronze in 55kg freestyle as India came up with another impressive display to jump over England and regain the second spot behind leaders Australia.Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh assured India of two more boxing medals but defending champion Akhil Kumar made a shock exit in the Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals today.Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, while Dilbag (69 kg) thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 in while Akhil Kumar bowed out after losing to Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie of Mauritius in the 56 kg quarterfinals.advertisementThe two boxers joined Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.The haul of four gold, two silver and five bronze medals took the Indian tally to 28-19-22 while England were once again made to play catch-up with a haul of 25-45-29. Australia were far ahead with 57-33-35.India were also just three gold medals short of overhauling their best-ever harvest of 30 at the Manchester Games in 2002 when three gold medals were awarded for each weight class, a practice that has been discontinued since.The day opened with 17-year-old Ranchi-born Deepika, daughter of an autorickshaw owner, stunning 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Alison James Williamson 6-0, showing amazing precision and steady nerves in windy conditions to win her second gold of the Games.However, it was heartbreak for the 29-year-old Akhil who lost 5-7 to Julie after a see-saw battle. Ironically, Akhil had beaten Julie in the 2006 Melbourne Games final.Akhil was the first Indian to take the ring today and after an exhausting pre-quarterfinal win last night over European silver-medallist Iain Weaver of England, the Indian seemed tired.”A loss is a loss, I don’t have anything to say. I had beaten this same guy in the 2006 CWG finals, he must have done something right to win today,” said the feisty Haryana-boxer.”I gave my best and don’t think I could have done anything better. This is the way I fight,” he added when asked whether his natural style of keeping a low guard cost him the bout.Defending champion Geeta Rani failed to live upto her expectations as he finished a disappointing fourth in women’s 75+kg category weightlifting competition.Geeta Rani, who won the gold in the same weight category four years ago in Melbourne, cut a sorry figure before her opponents — Ele Opeloge of Samoa, who bagged the gold, silver medal winner Maryam Usman of Nigeria and Australia’s Deborah Acason (bronze).Sangrur-born Geeta Rani, who had won three silver medals in Asian Championship in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, simply failed to match her own skills, ending with a combined lift of 235kg (100kg in snatch and 135 in clean and jerk).In badminton, women’s seed Saina Nehwal breezed through her match as India continued their rampaging run in the tournament with all the shuttlers in the singles and doubles category winning their respective matches.World number three Saina thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5 21-9 to reach closer to her first Commonwealth games gold, while Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan Anand beat Nigerian Ola Fagbemi 21-12 21-6 in 21 minutes to stay on course of bettering his record at the sporting extravaganza.Debutants P Kashyap and Aditi Mutatkar also stormed into the third round in the singles event with straight-game victories in their second round match.–with PTI inputs
People were mocking at the slogan of ‘Incredible India’ for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. On Monday, at the Nehru Stadium, it was ‘Incredible Indians’ as the muscular women answering to the names of Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil swept gold, silver and bronze in discus. When the Indian athletes registered below par timings and distances in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there was a sense of outrage. Foreign exposure, foreign coaches and still nothing to show was what angered the athletics buffs at home.Two years later, when the Athletics Federation of India has its running battles with the sports ministry over annual affiliation because of certain formalities not being fulfilled, we have to celebrate the achievements of our track and field stars.Agreed, the much-hyped Tintu Luka, coached by P.T. Usha, ran a great 600 metres and then did badly in the last 200 metres and could not win a medal. But then, tonight every sports lover inside the Nehru Stadium was treated to incredible stuff from the incredible women.In the absence of world champion Dani Samuels of Australia, who pulled out of the CWG because of ‘health and safety reasons’, nobody would have thought the Indian troika were the favourites. In fact, expectations were that it would be possibly a fight between South Africa’s Elizna Naude and New Zealand’s Beatrice Faumuna.However, Krishna Poonia’s first effort of 61.51 metres was electrifying and what followed was a pure Indian assault. Coming back to what the Indians have been eating, it is no secret these athletes keep going to Ukraine – Kiev and Yalta – for periodic training.advertisementThey have said the atmosphere for training there is good and food is also quite nice. However, these reasons seem a bit strange as none can complain we can’t provide good food in India.Then again, unlike our Indian wrestlers, boxers and shooters who have been competing in the international arena in a big way, our track and field stars have been very selective in where they competed. In fact, the frequent trips to Ukraine had become a bit mysterious to those who follow athletics closely at home.The ‘Ukraine effect’ has worked wonders and perhaps people need to find out more about it so that other Indian athletes can also excel. Certainly, Indian boxing can do with some such help as the showing this time around has been lacklustre.
Indian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.