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  • Joshua stops Povetkin in 7th round, keeps heavyweight titles

    first_imgAnthony Joshua celebrates defeating Alexander Povetkin to retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight boxing titles, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Wembley Stadium in London. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)LONDON — With blood streaming out of his busted nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble once more in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium.Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing’s new superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.ADVERTISEMENT Like 17 months ago when he was knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko in the same venue, Joshua was looking vulnerable. And just like that career-defining night, he came through.Joshua slowly picked off a tiring Povetkin and delivered a brutal finish in the seventh round to retain his WBA, IBF, and WBO belt on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“A few years ago,” Joshua said, “maybe I wouldn’t have won that fight.”The end was emphatic, and trademark Joshua. A left hook left Povetkin open and Joshua followed through with a straight right that sent the challenger to the canvas. Povetkin had his head through the ropes at one point but he managed to get to his feet, only for Joshua to pile in with a flurry of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the fight with 1:01 left in the round. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On a rainy night that forced spectators at ground level to wear plastic ponchos as protection from the wet conditions, Joshua struggled in the early rounds and was rocked by a three-punch combination from Povetkin in the first.Blood poured from Joshua’s right nostril and he might have lost rounds two and three, too, with Povetkin dangerous close in and with his fierce left hook.“It’s a nice way to wake up and knew you’re in a tough fight,” Joshua said.Using his long reach and fighting on the back foot, Joshua came back into the fight and Povetkin was looking for the big punch for the knockout.Povetkin sustained a bad cut over his left eye in round four and was noticeably slowing up by the end of round five. He had no answer to Joshua’s barrage of punches in the seventh that set up the crowd-pleasing finish.The Russian, who was the WBA “regular” champion from 2011-13, was getting a shot at a world title for the first time since testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice in a seven-month period in 2016.Coming in the same week as his native Russia was welcomed back into global sporting competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency after a notorious doping scandal, the timing of the fight seemed apt.And he put up a game fight, one which proved to be Joshua’s toughest test since Klitschko. It was the first time Povetkin was stopped inside the distance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There is a lot of pressure, the whole country is rooting for me,” said Joshua, whose phenomenal pulling power has seen him attract almost 400,000 spectators to his last five fights. “The energy in here spurs you on and you do feel that pressure, I’m not going to lie.”Joshua’s record moved to 22-0, with 21 wins coming inside the distance. He is booked to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next bout, and the plan is for the opponent to be either WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.They confirmed earlier Saturday they will be fighting on Dec. 1, likely in Las Vegas.Asked in the ring who his preferred opponent would be, Joshua said: “My No. 1 would be Wilder, let’s not talk about a No. 2 or 3.”Selling the Povetkin fight was harder than usual for Joshua and his promoters, with the Russian boxer now at veteran status and conceding around 11 kilograms on the champion. Joshua was 1-10 to win with some British bookmakers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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  • Justice Minister Christiana Tah Resigns

    first_imgThe Attorney General and Justice Minister of Liberia, Counselor Christiana Tah, today tendered her resignation from the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Addressing a press conference at the Justice Ministry this afternoon, Counselor Tah said she could not be a Justice Minister under a government that had no confidence in her to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA happens to be headed by the President’s son, Fumba Sirleaf.Minister Tah also made reference to a statement made by Information Minister Lewis Brown, made following her suspension by the Supreme Court of Liberia for six months for contempt of court. During that period, she was forbidden to practice law in Liberia.  Minister Browne described her suspension as a “classic example of judicial  independence.”  Justice Minister Tah considered that statement a betrayal of trust and confidence which her government had in her.Delivering her resignation statement, Minister Tah was a accompanied by Police Director Chris Massaquoi; Harriette Badio, Assistant Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs; and Joyce Frankfort, Coordinator, Program Manager, Justice & Security Joint Program. Full text of Minister Tah’s statement is attached below.  Full story to follow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Region 2 Amerindian communities benefit from book donation

    first_img– the Clive Gobin One Love Foundation giving backThe Clive Gobin One Love Foundation recently donated a quantity of reading materials to two Amerindian communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The donation was a collaborative effort between the Region Two Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Foundation and donors from the United States of America. The activity was staged in memory of Clive Gobin, formerly of Zorg Village in Region Two.Representative from D Gobins Agri Spares, Rashima Ramdial handing over the books to Toshao Sylvin RaphaelThe Foundation was formed by Gobin’s sister, Suzan, in an effort to continue her brother’s legacy, and it intends to partner with the Region Two RDC and the Department of Education in the future to send more books to Amerindian communities. One barrel of books was dispatched and will be distributed equally between the Mashabo and Capoey communities. The body’s representative, Rashima Ramdial, accompanied by Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, presented the books to the Toshao of Mashabo Village, Sylvin Raphael.According to Ramdatt, Gobin, the son of popular businessman Derick Gobin, lost his life two years ago on September 14, to cancer in Canada. He explained that while he was alive, Gobin promoted literacy in Amerindian communities and had also served as a VSO to Guyana.“Clive believed in literacy and educating the Amerindian people, he worked tirelessly with many Amerindian women in the past to make them self-sufficient. Today’s book handing-over is just a continuation of his work,” Ramdatt said.last_img read more

  • No discussions on PM candidate – Granger

    first_imgAs the APNU/AFC coalition continues to review the Cummingsburg Accord, the parties are still to deliberate on who will be its prime ministerial (PM) candidate for next year’s March elections.President David GrangerThis is according to the coalition’s Presidential Candidate and current President, David Granger.“We expect that in the course of the discussions with the Alliance for Change, we will look at personalities. Right now, we are just dealing with policies and principles… So we haven’t come down to personalities,” the Head of State told reporters on Wednesday.The Cummingsburg Accord, which the two parties signed in order to form the governing coalition back in 2015, stipulates that the APNU gets the Presidential Candidate while the AFC will provide the PM candidate.As such, the minority party has elected its leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, to lead alongside Granger at the upcoming polls.But while Ramjattan is confident that he will be running as the PM candidate, the APNU is yet to accept his candidacy. The majority coalition party said that this will have to be discussed by the two partners, which are currently the in the process of reviewing the Accord.According to the Head of State, the review process is being done through a three-stage process, that is, compiling core principles, reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord and drafting a joint manifesto.He explained that APNU had compiled their core principles among its five partners – the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Among the issues within the partnership were Indigenous affairs and cash grants from oil revenues. The APNU leader noted that these corresponding changes, as well as others from the other parties, were also made.“These discussions took place over a period of weeks so only when we achieved a high degree of consensus that we approached the AFC and happily, the AFC has agreed on our core principles. So that now is finished and we are now discussing the reviewing of the Accord,” the Head of State said.Nevertheless, the coalition leader expects that during the course of this month, they will move further along towards resolving issues regarding the Cummingsburg Accord.While the AFC is confident, it is uncertain if it will get the prime ministerial candidate position in the elections slated for March 2, 2020.In fact, when asked if the PM candidate would be selected from the AFC last week, Granger had noted, “It is not prudent to anticipate the outcome of negotiations”.However, there are some who believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a prime ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. Minister of State, PNC’s Dawn Hastings-Williams, has been rumoured as the APNU’s pick for the post.But AFC’s General Secretary David Patterson had said back in June that Ramjattan’s candidacy will have to be accepted by the majority APNU as long as the Accord is in effect.Since coming into office after joining forces with the APNU, the minority AFC has been criticised for the submissive role it has been playing.Decisions such as the closure of sugar estates, which put thousands of sugar workers out of jobs, were passed unchallenged and even been supported by the AFC.In addition, there has been the strategic reallocation of responsibilities away from Ministries headed by AFC officials, to other Ministries.There is also the fact that despite the Cummingsburg Accord stipulating the Prime Minister –in this case Moses Nagamootoo— has responsibility for chairing Cabinet and domestic issues, this was not followed through.last_img read more

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal squad are ‘happy’ with club’s summer transfer business

    first_imgArsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the Gunners squad are ‘happy’ with the club’s summer transfer business.Petr Cech moved across London from Chelsea in a £10m switch, but the Gunners failed to add to the goalkeeper signing and were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to recruit an outfield player during the window.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger came under fire from the media and a host of ex-professionals for his thrifty approach, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is convinced the squad is in good stead for the season ahead.“We [the Arsenal players] are happy. Petr Cech is an amazing signing for us. In that Liverpool game [0-0 at the Emirates] he showed what an amazing keeper he is and what an asset he is to our squad,” the 22-year-old said at an England press conference previewing the national side’s game with San Marino.“We’ve got great depth in numbers and when you look at the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky to come back from injury, we’ve got really good options.”Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a guaranteed starter for club or country, but the midfielder embraces the competition for places as England bid to complete Euro 2016 qualification over the next week.He added: “It’s not easy to get in the Arsenal or England team so you have to approach it in the same way.“You have to know what your qualities are and when you get the opportunity you have to produce them because if you don’t then someone else will.“Everyone is just as crucial within the [England] squad because we’ve had a lot of injuries. You look around and think everyone deserves to be here now and it’s down to some of them to stake their claim.”last_img read more

  • Medical Matters: Dealing with tennis elbow

    first_imgContinuing our hugely popular medical column, Medical Matters, this week Dr Ciaran Roarty of Scally/McDaid Medical Practice explains the condition of Tennis Elbow and how it can be treated.Tennis Elbow is a condition where you feel pain on the outer part of your elbow. Mostly the pain happens when we are actually using our forearm and wrist for turning and gripping movements – for example turning a door handle etc. Sometimes the pain is present all the time. Some people may feel pain further down the arm towards the wrist and gripping a fork or pen may be difficult.The site of the pain is where the extensor tendons of your wrist (ie the tendons that allow you extend your wrist back) attach to the bone close to your elbow and most people find that their dominant arm is affected. The pain is caused by swelling of the tendon and is usually as a result of overusing the muscles of your forearm in a repeated way – eg wringing out clothes or using a screwdriver. Playing tennis only actually accounts for a very small percentage of cases!How common is it?Tennis elbow is quite common – about 2 or 3 people per hundred will get it, and the usual age group is between 40 to 50 with men and women affected equally. It is more likely if your forearm muscles aren’t particularly fit and you suddenly start using them a lot – for example DIY or playing tennis. But even if you are used to manual work, a little over exertion or a lot of repeated twisting and gripping can cause it to flare . In some people no particular action can be identified as a trigger.How will your doctor diagnose tennis elbow?Discussing your symptoms and a physical examination will usually point to the diagnosis. Tests are not usually required unless your tennis elbow is not improving with treatment.Treatment Options1. It makes sense to try to cease the actions that bring on the pain ie the twisting or gripping movements. Resting from these activities allows the tendon to heal. For some people identifying the activity involved and modifying their movements or cutting out repetitive movements may be sufficient to allow the tendon to heal. You may need to talk to your employer if a work related activity is triggering your tennis elbow to see if tasks can be modified to help you get better. 2. Pain reliefIce packs (wrapped in a towel) twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes can help. Paracetamol and anti-inflamatory medication such as ibuprofen are also commonly used. These also come in creams or gels and your doctor may prescribe these to avoid some unwanted side effects from longer term tablet use.3.Physiotherapy does help. Procedures such as massage, laser therapy and ultraound therapy along with tailored exercise programmes designed by you chartered physiotherapist are helpful4. Supports and splints may be suggested by your physiotherapist.5.Steroid injection. This tends to be considered if the above measures fail. It tends to work in the short term but unfortunately for some people the pain returns after a number of weeks. The steroid injection may be repeated once or twice but steroids have their own complications/side effects if used repeatedly.There are other less frequently used treatments for resistant cases to the above treatments and surgery may be required for a very small number of patients with tennis elbow.Doctors Dara Scally, Jimmy McDaid, and Ciaran Roarty at their practice.Will it go away?Resting your arm and avoid triggering activities that bring on your symptoms along with some painkillers will result in tennis elbow symptoms settling for most people. However it can last from 6 months up to 2 years and unfortunately for some people it can come back.Can I stop it coming back?Increasing the strength of your forearm muscles can help prevent a recurrence and physiotherapists will help guide you with this. It is suggested to stengthen the muscles but avoid the twisting activities that can cause pain. A professional coach may be required if your tennis elbow is brought on by sporting activities in case your technique needs refinement.Medical Matters: Dealing with tennis elbow was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Medical Matterstennis elbowlast_img read more

  • Men’s Soccer Defeats Bradley 2-0 To Advance To MVC Quarterfinals

    first_img Evansville 11/9/2016 – 3 PM HTML Box Score Drake improved to 6-11-1 with its third win of the season over Bradley who dropped to 2-15-3 with the loss as the Braves’ season comes to an end. The sixth-seeded Bulldogs advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals match, where they will play three seed Evansville at 3 p.m. Watch Live PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster Drake finished with 12 shots, including three on goal. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) finished with two saves. Next Game: “Overall a very positive and professional performance by our guys and we look forward to the quarterfinal tomorrow,” Smith said. Preview Pendrigh scored Drake’s first goal, capitalizing on a foul by Bradley just outside of the penalty box, in the 26th minute (26:02). Redshirt senior Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.) was fouled and the Bulldogs were awarded a free kick. Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) and Pendrigh ran a set piece on the free kick from 20 yards out as Wypych took the initial run at the ball but went over it as Pendrigh followed and fired a strike that curved around the Braves’ wall into the top corner for his first goal of the season. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Seniors James Pendrigh (Canterbury, New Zealand) and Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) each scored a goal for the Drake University men’s soccer team in a 2-0 win over Bradley Tuesday afternoon in the play-in game of the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament held on the campus of Missouri State University. The Valley On ESPN3 The win over Bradley sets up a matchup with Evansville who rallied for a 4-3 win in the regular season meeting between the teams on Oct. 22 in Des Moines. Drake leads the all-time series with the Purple Aces, 15-12-2. Wednesday’s quarterfinals match will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version “We are delighted with today’s performance and result,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “It is never easy to play against Bradley so to win 2-0 and maintain a clean sheet is very positive. I was happy with our concentration levels on both sides of the ball. We were intense, intentional and resolute with our defending, especially on set play. We also showed good creativity and quality in the attacking third. Pendrigh’s free kick is a special moment to give us the lead and Sanchez showed real quality to counter and beat the goalkeeper for the PK.” Photo Gallery Live Stats The Bulldogs added a very late goal after Bradley goalkeeper Logan Keester earned a red card after a hard foul on Drake freshman Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) in the Braves’ penalty box. Sanchez had a 1v1 with Ketterer after the Braves put all their men up front trying for the equalizer as Sanchez was taken out by Ketterer. Senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) buried the penalty kick past backup goalie Nathan Wisbey to put the game away for the Bulldogs. Story Linkslast_img read more

  • Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 Million

    first_imgmike melanson Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Location#mobile#news#Photo Sharing Services#social networks#Social Web#web center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Last night, an app called Color hit the app stores for both iOS and Android. It made a big splash for a number of reasons, not the least of which being its $41 million prelaunch funding. It has all-star founders who have a impressive track records. It launched days after, instead of before, uber tech conference SXSW. Unfortunately for the company, the app can offer a terrible experience for first-time users and appear absolutely useless to those outside of a densely packed, techie mecca like San Francisco or New York.Let’s put all that aside for a moment, however, and look at how Color works, what it does, and why it could redefine mobile, location, and online social interaction. We took some time to talk with Color CEO Bill Nguyen this afternoon and asked him about the tech behind the most talked about app this side of SXSW and here’s what he had to say.Color: Much More Than PhotosColor hit both the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace last night, bringing with it the promise of real-time, proximity based photo sharing. Using something the company calls a “multi-lens,” the app “intelligently identifies nearby smartphones, whether at a local park or at a concert, using advanced proximity algorithms” and instantly shares photos, videos, comments and likes with them. According to Nguyen, Color is built on some serious technology. The company has six patents pending and sees itself as “much more of a research company and a data mining company than a photo sharing site.” As such, Nguyen explains that Color can ingest and analyze four times the amount of data than Google did in its early days. This, not a tech “bubble” or an early exit, justifies the $41 million investment.“We have no interest whatsoever in being acquired,” said Nguyen. “This is purely what we need to operate. There are real data needs and real capital costs.”What does this tech offer? Among other things, a new way of looking at location and proximity that, while Nguyen wouldn’t speculate, could be used in any number of ways including creating a new way of online social interaction.Research & Data Mining, You Say?The pictures and videos you take using Color are much more than just that. They’re a piece of sharable media around which Color can collect and retain a number of different data points. When you take a picture or video, Color gathers a variety of information. It collects sound levels, Bluetooth readings, light readings, antenna strength, the time – even the direction you’re pointing your phone – and more and uses it all to determine your proximity to other users. This leaves an obvious question – why not use GPS? This is where the tech we’ve been talking about comes in.“Lots of people are trying to create location-based services and using GPS,” said Nguyen. “The problem with GPS is that it doesn’t work.”Color does things differently by collecting these various data points from the phone’s sensors and then looking for proximity by looking for identical inaccuracies.“When you open the camera, that’s our big moment,” explained Nguyen. “The information we capture in a very short window is probably not that accurate, but when you compare it to lots of other people and it’s identically inaccurate, they’re probably in the same place.”The problem, of course, isn’t how to gather the data, but how to benchmark it, compare it, and accurately determine location and proximity. That’s where Color’s patent-pending technology comes in, which Nguyen credits DJ Patil, former chief scientist with LinkedIn, with creating. If you’ve used many GPS-dependent apps, then you know the battery-draining and inaccurate qualities of modern location. Color offers a way to determine location and proximity in such a non-battery draining, accurate manner that an impromptu and “elastic” social graph can be created from the data, without once ever having to purposefully check in. The ‘Elastic’ Social GraphSo, is color just another social photo sharing app? No. There are no friend designations in the app.Instead, your friends are people whose paths your own path intersects with, both in location, time and interaction. The more you interact with someone, the more persistent that connection becomes. Over time, it fades away. Ngyuen calls it the “elastic” social graph and he said it’s just one of several other ideas the company is working on patenting.“That’s the part I’ve never gotten about an online social network – to say that someone is your ‘friend.’ It’s rather kind of random. Shouldn’t relationships based on technology work the exact same as real life relationships?” asked Nguyen.In the world of Facebook, once someone is your friend, they’re your friend until you return and re-evaluate that relationship, regardless of whether or not you’ve ever spoken to them again. In reality, the relationship could have fizzled long ago, yet it’s still a bond as good as any. With Color’s “elastic” social graph, these ties can fade and disappear. Color’s ability to accurately determine location and user proximity is what makes this sort of social graph – an implied, impermanent and elastic social graph – even possible.Isn’t It All Just Bubble-Induced Hype?I’m going to go out on a limb here and say “no.” Color may have offered a terrible first impression for folks out in the boonies with nobody nearby, but it says it’s fixing that. It may have shot itself in the foot in terms of rising to the top of the App Store and raking in the new users. It may have even confused and annoyed the early adopter set with its puzzle-esque and sometimes serpentine design, but if it can really do what it proposes – change the way our social graph works by way of accurate location and proximity data – then none of that may matter. Oh, and before you ask, Nguyen said they do have a monetization plan. It hinges on advertising and one simple fact.“Our data is so accurate that we know where you are,” said Nguyen.last_img read more

  • Premier League: Brighton win one of Liverpool’s mature performances, says Jurgen Klopp

    first_imgLiverpool opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, while Arsenal’s poor away form continued with a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United.With nearest challengers Manchester City not playing until Monday, Liverpool went into their clash at Brighton on the back of two successive defeats in all competitions and were made to work hard for the three points.Neither side had a single shot on target in the first half, with the match settled by a Mohamed Salah penalty in the second half. Liverpool’s 50th clean sheet under Jurgen Klopp carried them home.Fourth-placed Chelsea opened up a six-point gap over Arsenal in fifth with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the day’s late fixture.Arsenal’s defeat means they have now won just one of their last seven matches on the road in the Premier League. If Manchester United beat third-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, they can draw level on 41 points with Arsenal.There was no such slip-up from Liverpool, even if Brighton did not make it easy for the league leaders.Roberto Firmino came close to giving his side the lead early in the first half but could not connect with Andrew Robertson’s low cross.For all their possession, though, they struggled to create any meaningful chances. Pascal Gross’s clumsy challenge on Salah earned Liverpool the penalty which the Egyptian converted with aplomb.eady to work hard: Jurgen KloppOnce again, Liverpool’s defence stood firm as they saw out the win. Liverpool have conceded just 10 goals in their 22 league matches this season; only Chelsea in 2004-05 had conceded fewer after 22 matches in an English top-flight season.”You have to work hard if you want to be successful and we were ready for it,” manager Jurgen Klopp said. “Be ready for the defending, be ready for the counter-press and be ready to make solutions.”I think it was the most mature performance we have made so far. We take all the points. That’s the situation. It’s cool but we know that the difference tomorrow and Monday night could be different. We can only concentrate on ourselves.”Arsenal’s struggles continueAfter their 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at Southampton in mid-December, Arsenal have struggled to find their form, with their away performances of particular concern.On Saturday, mustering just two shots on target against West Ham at the London Stadium, Arsenal’s decline continued.West Ham comfortably held on after Declan Rice got his first goal for the side — becoming the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for them in almost 10 years.”It’s a bad result for us,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “It’s concerning because we need to be competitive at home and away. At home we feel good but away we are not getting the results we want.”advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: Renedy Singh confident of India reaching knockoutsAlso Read | Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer hopeful of Pogba return for Tottenham clashAlso Read | Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police for sexual assault inquirylast_img read more

  • Indian government informed about BCCI decision to isolate Pakistan: Vinod Rai

    first_imgThe Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai has confirmed that the Indian government has been informed about the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s stand on Pakistan and how it is planning to isolate the country from the cricketing community.India Today has learnt that Vinod Rai has spoken to Sports Ministry, the external affairs secretary as well as the home ministry about a possible boycott of Pakistan from international cricket and not just in the upcoming World Cup.Rai also confirmed that the government is also in sync with the strategy to isolate and ostracize Pakistan from the sports fraternity.India Today had earlier learnt that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri left for Dubai at 8pm on Saturday night and will start informal dialogues with the member boards by Sunday evening.BCCI will first seek to align England with India because England is the World Cup hosting board. England also don’t travel to Pakistan for bilateral cricket and that’s what the BCCI will use.They feel if they get 2-3 boards on their side to express the same sentiment, the process to isolate Pakistan would have begun in earnest.Rai had a detailed chat with Johri and he has been instructed to flag this issue at every opportunity.Rai had earlier directed Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council to convey the message that the Indian board was against Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming World Cup following the terror attacks in Pulwama last week, which killed 40 CRPF jawans.advertisementThe BCCI’s letter had also expressed concerns over the safety of Indian players, support staff and the fans, among other points. BCCI also in the letter, urged the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where “terror emanates”.”We must try to isolate Pakistan from cricket community. That’s what we are trying to do. We want other ICC members to realise that terror emanates from Pakistan,” Rai told India Today on Saturday.”Long term plan, we want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket. “Just the way South Africa at one point, no team was playing them. Similar plan we need to do with Pakistan where no team should play them,” he added.Also Read | Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India TodayAlso Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decideAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan Manilast_img read more