Cannot interfere but will explore diplomatic channels to get shooting back in CWG: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgLast year, National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh had called for India to boycott the Birmingham Games if shooting sport is not included in the roster.READ | As One Of The Great Sporting Rivalries Ends, Lee Chong Wei’s Retirement Leaves ‘Super Lin Dan’ Ploughing Lonely In Olympic FurrowMeanwhile, after inspecting the facilities at the NIS, Rijiju said that the synthetic track here has outlived its life and the government was planning to relay the track. Written By The IOA had recently said it will not be averse to taking the unprecedented step of pulling out of the Commonwealth Games.READ | Disappointed At Shooting Axe, IOA Says Pulling Out Of 2022 CWG Cannot Be Ruled OutRijiju’s predecessor Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had last year written to his British counterpart as well to the CGF President, urging them to intervene and ensure that the sport remains a part of the 2022 edition.The CGF, however, had left it to the host nation, in this case England, to decide the fate of shooting, which has always been an optional sport. COMMENT The minister, who visited the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here, said he is aware of the pullout threat made by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) left out shooting from sports programme of the Birmingham edition. The decision to leave out shooting dealt a big blow to India which had won as many as 16 medals out of 66 in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, and the IOA said that pulling out of the Games altogether cannot be ruled out. Last Updated: 29th June, 2019 21:42 IST Cannot Interfere But Will Explore Diplomatic Channels To Get Shooting Back In CWG: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday made it clear that the government cannot interfere in sports matter but promised to explore diplomatic channels to have shooting included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday made it clear that the government cannot interfere in sports matter but promised to explore diplomatic channels to have shooting included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme. WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India “I know about this pull threat by IOA. But we can’t interfere much. But a sport, where India have good chance win medals, we will try and take diplomatic steps to have shooting included,” said Rijiju. LIVE TV He said that the government was also exploring the possibility of various tie-ups with corporate houses to absorb national and international players so that they do not have to worry about their livelihood while playing for the country.  SUBSCRIBE TO US “Shooting is a big sport in India and for many shooters CWG is a stepping stone to Olympics two years later. It is a big setback for shooting as well as Indian sport as a whole. We have made representations to the CGF, and the government has also done that but still shooting has been left out,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta had said recently. First Published: 29th June, 2019 20:13 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago 15-year-old Cori Gauff is the youngest teenager to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw, here’s who she’s facing in the first round 1 year ago Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics 1 year ago World Cup 2019 | Here’s what Virat Kohli said about England’s poor form and dethroning them to No 1 spot in ICC rankingslast_img read more

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Football: Carrick takes over as United captain

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | Michael Carrick has succeeded Wayne Rooney as captain of Manchester United after the club’s all-time top goalscorer’s move back to Everton.“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” Carrick told the club’s MUTV on Tuesday.The 35-year-old added: “It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure.“I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.” Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and after Rooney’s departure is the longest serving player at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my

first_imgThe talk around the halls of professional football was that the beleaguered Detroit Lions have been mismanaged, misquoted, mislead and misguided.  It has even been alleged that the faint scent of ex-GM Matt Millen can still be picked up in the executive washroom. It seems as if Millen used the Lions as his own pre-Obama stimulus package but contrary to popular belief, it would not have been cheaper to keep him. Detroit will win more than one game in 2009. Hey they played the Super Bowl champs tough for 55 minutes, right? AUBREY BRUCE The Lions lost to the Steelers 28-20 and they did not need a “suspect” coin toss to aid them in making the game competitive. What does a coin toss have to do with anything you might ask?  For those of you that are a tad wet behind the ears hit REW back to Thanksgiving, 1998.The captains for the Lions and Steelers meet at midfield for the coin toss at the beginning of the overtime period. Steelers captain (and Detroit native) Jerome Bettis appears to mumble “tails” but referee Phil Luckett claims Bettis calls “heads” and the ball is awarded to Detroit, which promptly marches in for the winning field goal. The Steelers are extremely angry and feel cheated and the controversy sparks the NFL to rewrite its coin flip procedure.Flash forward to a tad less than two minutes left in the 2009 encounter. Detroit has the perfect opportunity to tie the contest and send it into overtime. The Lions rub their eyes, blink and awaken with a first down at the Steelers’ 21 yard line. It is then and only then that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau decides to unleash the hounds and let the dogs out of the yard. The Steelers proceed to harass and discombobulate backup quarterback Duante Culpepper on three consecutive plays, pushing the Lions back to the Detroit 45 yard line.Safety Ryan Clark said. “A lot of other games we haven’t been dialing up the pressure. Coach LeBeau just got aggressive. I guess he figured if we’re going to get beat, if we’re going to give up leads, let’s give them up being who we are.”If dialing up multiple blitzes helped to preserve the victory against the lowly Lions, was there something wrong with the “red phone” during the Chicago and Cincinnati losses? “If we are going to get beat, [let’s get beat] being who we are.” Does that mean that Pittsburgh became “chameleonic” in their two previous losses? It seems as if the only thing that the “prevent defense does is preventing is the defense getting off the field on third down. This “soft” defense seems to be an opposing signal caller’s dream where they can sit back and go through all of their reads and progressions without any pressure.All of the elements were in place for a Steelers loss. Receivers with the speed of sprinters occasionally displayed the hands of carpenters, minus the Elmer’s glue. I hope they are not attending the Limas Sweed wide receivers institute. At “Sweed U.” it seems as if you don’t have to catch the ball, you only have to catch up to it.Even our “seasoned” quarterback sometimes appears as if he occasionally utilizes binoculars to focus on his receivers, alerting sleeping defensive backs to hey, wakeup, the ball is coming. The defensive pass rush also appeared to be asleep through the first three periods.Big Ben Roethlisberger tossed four touchdowns but also threw an ill-advised pass that was picked and returned 38-yards for a score by Detroit cornerback William James. “It’s tough…but we can’t blame anybody, we just have to get better,” offensive tackle Willie Colon said. Rashard Mendenhall continued to be a bright spot subbing for “Fast” Willie Parker.  “As you continue to play and gain experience, you get better and better at what you do,” said Mendenhall.Another thing that has plagued the Black and Gold has been drops.  Not just ordinary drops but gaffes when wide-outs have been wide open. Rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace dropped a pass when he was wide open at the Detroit 28 in the second quarter.  Shortly thereafter Big Ben was picked off.  “I still think about it,” Wallace said in the locker room. “I could have given our team a lead and the next play he picked it off, so I figured it was my entire fault.”The Steelers have been on a safari and hunting trip three of the last four weeks and they haven’t fared too well. They were mauled into submission by Bengals and Bears and almost suffered a similar fate when they decided to embark on an excursion to the “dark continent” and tackle the “King of Beasts’.The trouble with the team from the motor city is not that they do not know how to win; their biggest obstacle is abandoning the couch and comfort of losing. The trouble with Pittsburgh is; when you go big game hunting you need a high powered rifle, not a BB gun.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected])last_img read more

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