Luxury car makers rush to bring in petrol variants

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) As demand for diesel variants of luxury cars and SUVs dips in the wake of pollution concerns, companies like Mercedes-Benz and Audi are rushing to bring in their petrol offerings to India.While Mercedes-Benz will make available petrol variants for all its models sold in India by next month so as to align with the demand shift, Audi is likely to complete such an exercise by the first quarter of next year. Tata Motors-owned JLR has also started working on a similar strategy.”We are working on future investment plans but they needed to be reworked and the most immediate action was adopting the petrol strategy,” Audi India Head Joe King told PTI.He said reworking of the strategy was due to the shift in customer demand towards petrol from diesel vehicles in the wake of Supreme Court ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engine of 2,000 cc and above in Delhi-NCR and NGT order on similar lines.Audi India has preponed introduction of its petrol offerings by about five months.”Now there is a significant shift in demand for petrol vehicles. So we will ensure that all our models sold in India will have both petrol and diesel options by the first quarter of next year,” King added.He further said in the next two years Audi expects sales of its petrol vehicles to account for 30-35 per cent of the overall sales, a multi-fold jump from about 2-5 per cent at present.This week, Audi will launch the petrol version of its A6 sedan, he said, adding that the petrol variant of the companys Q7 SUV “isnt far away”.advertisementGerman rival Mercedes-Benz, which recently launched the the petrol variant of its best selling SUV in India GLE 400, is also cranking up its petrol strategy in India.”We plan to offer petrol variants in all our products by September and give the customers an additional option to choose from,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Roland Folger said.Such has been the rise in demand for petrol vehicles that “the ratio of diesel and petrol in Mercedes-Benzs portfolio earlier was 80:20 and currently with the introduction of more petrol variants we expect petrols share to rise up to 30 per cent of our total sales”, he said.Jaguar Land Rover, another company which was hit hard by the ban on big diesel cars and SUVs in Delhi-NCR has also started working on a petrol strategy.In June, JLR India President Rohit Suri had said the company was already adapting its portfolio “not just because of the ban (on big diesel cars and SUVs) but also due to the increasing preference for petrol vehicles. We will do our best to address the demand.”Earlier this year, the company had launched Jaguar XE in petrol to add to its existing Jaguar XJ in petrol. It was followed up by the launch of 2 litre petrol derivative of Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV. PTI RKL ANU ABMlast_img read more

CRPF ropes in PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador

first_imgA news which is expected to bring cheer to country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF. Not just a cheerleader but CRPF has convinced the Champion, country’s latest sports star – Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu to be its Brand Ambassador. The entire Monday was spent by CRPF to formalise the proposal. (Athletes bask in awards glory at Rashtrapati Bhawan)Though MHA gave a quick nod to CRPF, the force will have await a final nod from President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Once the green signal is given, the largest Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player. (National Sports Awards: As it happened)Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event. This is a symbolic representation, with no salary or fee being given to the sports star. A Commandant rank in the CRPF is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP) and such an officer commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel, when posted in field operations. She will choose between Telangana or Andhra Pradesh as her field of deployment, albeit in a symbolic sense. (PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai receive Khel Ratna awards)The 3-lakh personnel strong force has been in recent controversy for use of pellet guns in Kashmir valley, criticised as a harsh method by some quarters. Though CRPF has maintained that the choice is to keeping its personnel safe, but simultaneously not jeopardising civilian lives. CRPF has been deployed in anti-Naxal operations and various internal security duty tasks in the country.advertisementBeing the brand ambassador of the force, they said, Sindhu would be asked to hold motivational sessions with troops when she is not playing or practising and her messages would be sent to all the personnel deployed across the country.Sindhu won a historic silver in the women’s singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games and was today conferred India’s highest sporting honour – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – along with other Olympic stars wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze medallist), gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai by President Pranab Mukherjee. Sakshi has been chosen as a brand ambassador by the state of Haryana for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’ campaign. Few years back, border guarding force BSF had appointed cricketer Virat Kohli as it’s brand ambassador.last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Wayne Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia

first_imgEngland captain Wayne Rooney accepts he is no longer first-choice for club or country after being dropped by interim manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday’s World Cup Group F qualifier in Slovenia for tactical reasons.In what some see as a bold move to leave out the skipper, Southgate on Monday handed the armband to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson while holding midfielder Eric Dier replaces Manchester United stalwart Rooney who will start from the bench.Rooney, sitting alongside Southgate in a news conference, said he was in a “difficult period”.”It’s football. He has got 23 players to select from. I’ve played 13 years non-stop for England and given everything and the time comes when you are not the first name on the team sheet,” Rooney said. “It is a chance for other players. (Also read: England manager calls Rooney criticism unfair)”Of course, you want to be on the pitch but my role as captain won’t change off the pitch. I will be supporting the players 100 percent, and hopefully we can get the win.”Southgate stressed the decision was nothing to do with Rooney’s struggle for form.”It’s very straightforward really, we have looked at Slovenia and the way they play and from midway through last week I had in mind the profile of the midfield that I wanted to play and what was needed for this game,” Southgate said.”In no way is it a reflection on Wayne’s performance on Saturday (against Malta), in fact we were very pleased with what he did.”advertisementRooney, who turns 31 later this month, was booed by a minority of home fans late on in the 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley that left England top of their group with two wins.England’s most capped outfield player, with 117 appearances, and all-time top scorer has struggled for form recently and has been a substitute in United’s last three games. (Also read: Belgium, Portugal and France run riot in European World Cup qualifying)He has scored just once in 12 matches this season and has netted only one goal in the last seven internationals.HENDERSON READYSouthgate, who took over on an interim basis when Sam Allardyce’s 67-day reign as England boss ended after he was caught up in a newspaper sting, said Henderson had proved as Liverpool captain that he was ready to lead his country.Rooney also praised Henderson’s credentials.”I think Jordan is a fantastic leader,” he said. “He has taken a difficult job from (former captain) Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and grown into the position.”He has great leadership qualities and he deserves his chance.”Southgate said Rooney would remain captain for as long as he was England coach – having been handed the job on an interim basis for four matches – adding that it had been a “hard decision” to leave such a high-profile player out.”It is a football decision. It’s based on the opposition. On a human level it’s a very difficult decision because I don’t like some people getting an element of satisfaction that he’s not in the team,” Southgate said.”I am probably more annoyed on that than he is because he has had to deal with that throughout his career.”While Rooney has been used in a deeper role for England, Tottenham Hotspur’s Dier is a natural holding midfielder. (Also read: World Cup qualifiers: Mario Mandzukic stars in Croatia win, Wales held by Georgia)”I think it’s clear that you are talking about two different profiles of player. Different attributes,” Southgate said.”That’s the basis of the decision. It was pretty obvious that Eric would come into the game.”last_img read more

India Super League: Delhi Dynamos settle for 1-1 draw vs NorthEast United FC

first_imgDelhi Dynamos were lucky to have maintained their unbeaten record in the Indian Super League (ISL) after settling for an entertaining 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. (Latest Football stories)Delhi Dynamos surged ahead after Kean Lewis capitalised on an error from NorthEast United’s goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the 38th minute but the visitors earned a point through Emiliano Alfaro in the 51st minute.The draw saw NorthEast United FC maintain their position at the top of the table with 10 points from five matches while Delhi Dynamos are at the third position with five points from three matches.In an entertaining clash, both teams had several chances to get the upper hand early in the game, but were found wanting in front of goal. The strikers of both teams saw plenty of chances to score, only to be spurned.Former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tebar was the first to go close in the 18th minute for Delhi Dynamos as his free header from Marcelinho’s corner kick was misdirected from close range.A minute later, NorthEast United goalkeeper Paul was called into action twice to keep away attempts from Milan Singh and Kean Lewis. Marcelinho then had a chance to finish off the move but only ended up aiming at the sky.NorthEast United had their chances as well, largely from defensive mistakes. First Ruben Gonzalez gave away the ball to Nicolas Velez and the Argentinean squared it for Alfaro whose shot from handshaking distance was embarrassingly wide. Katsumi Yusa and Velez too went close for the visitors.advertisementDelhi Dynamos got the breakthrough when Marcelinho’s corner saw goalkeeper Paul completely miss the flight of the ball and it fell nicely for Lewis, who controlled it well and directed it into the goal.NorthEast United fought their way back into the match six minutes after the second half kicked off. Typically, it came from a defensive mistake by Delhi Dynamos after Ruben gave the ball away to Velez.The Argentine striker, who troubled his markers with pace and swift movements, then picked up Alfaro whose shot was blocked by Delhi defender Chinglensana Singh. However, the rebound fell for Alfaro again and this time he made no mistake, bringing his team back on level terms.Either team could have walked away with full points had their strikers remained sharp. Immediately after drawing level, Holicharan Narzary shot wide with only the goalkeeper at his mercy and then Gadze had a chance at the other end but Paul came to his side’s rescue by saving the attempt with his knee.last_img read more

NEC cries for funds as new project launch gets affected

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 28 (PTI) The North Eastern Council is facing acute shortage of funds, hampering implementation of several of its dream projects like setting up of educational institutes, skill development centres and sports academies.”We have so many dream projects to implement, but there is no money. Whatever little money we receive, it has over 99 per cent utilisation. So, we need more money,” North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary Ram Muivah told PTI.Fund allocation to NEC substantially decreased after 9th Five Year Plan from 5.12 per cent of the total outlays for the North East to 0.03 per cent in the current fiscal, he added.”When NEC was established in 1972, the first years fund allocation was Rs 500 crore, which was a big amount then.However, it has increased to just Rs 950 crore in 2016-17.Out of that, Rs 150 crore directly goes to North-East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS),” Muivah said.Besides, every year NEC gives Rs 3 crore to Border Roads Organisation, Rs 47 crore to Alliance Air as Viability Gap Funding for operating flights in loss making routes and Rs 100 crore to North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for sustainable livelihood programme, he added.”So practically, we are left with only Rs 600 crore in this fiscal. Out of this amount, around 70 per cent goes to ongoing projects or to clear liabilities, which currently stands at Rs 2,100 crore,” he said.That means, only 30 per cent of Rs 600 crore is left for new projects and this amount needs to be divided between eight states,” Muivah added.advertisementNEC has nine different sectors under it to work upon, but has not been able to take up any important new project only due to lack of funds, he added.Muivah informed that the North East-specific organisation wants to set up a number of educational centres as per global standards, including an international institute of mass communication and a school of architecture and planning, along with an institute of music, art and theatre. MORE PTI TR SUS KK MKJlast_img read more

Mourinho suffers worst ever home defeat

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho hit a new low in his career on the bench as his charges were dismantled by Tottenham at Old Trafford. After a tense first half, Monday’s game came alive in the second 45 minutes as Spurs ran riot against United’s demoralised defence. Harry Kane opened the scoring with a header 50 minutes into the match, and from there the floodgates opened.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lucas Moura struck just two minutes later, and added his second of the match late on to seal a 3-0 victory which, following on from a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Brighton, piles the pressure on the shoulders of the Special One. The game also marked a piece of unwanted history for Mourinho, who is battling to avoid the ‘third season syndrome’ that has dogged him throughout his career. Never before had Mourinho seen one of his teams lose 3-0 in their own back yard, making Monday’s drubbing his worst-ever home defeat. 3 – @SpursOfficial’s win tonight marks Jose Mourinho’s biggest ever home defeat as a manager in any competition. Trounced. #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/S5vXMCEpdo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 27 de agosto de 2018United are still hopeful that Mourinho can turn around this poor start to the Premier League season, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs already six points clear at the summit. But he will need to see an improvement soon having been condemned to another career low point. For the first time in his 18 years as a manager, a Mourinho team has lost two of its first three league games – now all eyes are on the under-fire boss as he seeks to turn around his team’s fading fortunes.last_img read more

FIFA 19: Reus named Bundesliga player of the month

first_imgBorussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has been named as the first ever EA Sports Bundesliga Player of the Month.The Germany international played four league games in September, scoring three goals and assisting three more as Dortmund took 10 points to begin their early title challenge.Reus was crowned player of the month following a fan vote, which saw six stars battle it out to receive an upgraded card in FIFA 19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! New Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea, Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda, forwards Max Kruse and Timo Werner, as well as Gladbach winger Thorgan Hazard were all nominated for the inaugural award.A new player will be chosen each month for the rest of the season, with their upgraded version available through Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) in FIFA 19.A 🔥 September = @Bundesliga_EN #POTM for @woodyinho 👏 #FUT #FIFA19 pic.twitter.com/qE4UYh6MT4— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 19, 2018Reus’s basic card in FIFA 19 is a left midfielder, but the new version is a central attacking midfielder, which can then be converted into any central position including striker or centre forward. It has been boosted from 85 to 88 overall, with +3 increases in pace and dribbling, +4 on shooting and passing, and +6 on defending and physical attributes.The SBCs for Reus require four squads to be submitted, including an 86+ rated one, a Bundesliga one and a team requiring at least one Dortmund player. In total, three Team of the Week players must be used to complete the challenge.Overall, the challenges are estimated to cost around 450k in-game coins on Playstation and Xbox, and over 500k on PC. If this is too pricy, there is also a much simpler challenge to get a loan version of the Reus card, which can be used for 20 matches before expiring.last_img read more

Serie A: Francesco Totti out to ‘destroy’ Lazio in what could be his last derby

first_imgAS Roma great Francesco Totti is looking to “destroy” Lazio in what, by all prospect, could be his last derby.Totti’s contract runs out at the end of the season and the 40-year-old forward is likely to retire and move upstairs into a director’s role at the club where he has spent his entire career.”It’s a different match to all the others,” Totti said. “It’s a team you always try to destroy on the field but with the maximum respect.”For the city, for the curva, for the fans, you always try to give 101 percent. It’s a match you always want to win.”Roma won the previous derby 3-2 last month but still lost to Lazio in the two-legged Italian Cup semifinals. Totti played less than 10 minutes in each match.That semifinal defeat still hurts Roma and its fans, which are likely to fill the Stadio Olimpico again after ending a 14-month protest following the removal of deeply unpopular security barriers.”It will be like all the other derbies, a must-win match,” Totti said. “It’s important because we all remember how the last one finished. We have to get our revenge.”Sunday’s match is also crucial for the battle of second place in Serie A and automatic entry into the group stage of the Champions League.Roma are currently second, four points ahead of Napoli, who visit Inter Milan on Sunday. The team which finishes third has to go into a playoff for Europe’s premier club competition.Roma have a more difficult run-in than Napoli. After the derby, they next face AC Milan and Juventus before ending their season against Chievo Verona and Genoa. Napoli play Cagliari, Torino, Fiorentina and Sampdoria.advertisement”It will be a very important derby for the standings and we will try everything to have a great game to bring home the three points,” Totti said. “We are going through this battle serenely and calmly, also because now we have a four-point advantage on them.”There are only a few matches left until the end of the season, even if three out of five are very difficult on paper. We will try everything to finish second.”Lazio are fourth, seven points behind Napoli.Totti has been playing for Roma for 25 years – remarkably more than 28 percent of the club’s existence – since making his debut in the final stages of a 2-0 win at Brescia on March 28, 1993.Totti, who also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, could have won more than the solitary Serie A title, two Italian Cups and two national Super Cups he claimed with Roma, but he rejected offers of more money and glory to remain with his childhood club.His face adorns murals and posters across Italy’s capital, where he is loved by Roma fans and respected by supporters of Lazio, despite his antics against them.Totti has scored 11 times against Lazio and often celebrates these extra-special goals with t-shirts made for the occasion. One famously said, “I have purged you again,” while he revealed another reading simply “Game Over” after a victory in May 2015.He hit the headlines in January of that year when he scored the second of two goals against Lazio and, in a pre-planned celebration for becoming the all-time leading scorer in the derby, grabbed his phone off Roma’s goalkeeping coach and took a selfie under the Curva Sud with thousands of adoring fans in the background.In the Eternal City, Totti is Roma’s eternal leader – first made captain in 1998 when he was only 22.Nike alluded to his “King of Rome” nickname at a promotional event on Wednesday to unveil new gold-colored boots to mark the Roma captain’s 25 years at the club.Totti, who was greeted by about 200 chanting fans, was instructed to sit on a throne with the steps leading up to it bearing the names of the seven kings of ancient Rome, with his name placed on the final step.”I have nothing to do with these kings,” Totti said. “I prefer to be judged than to judge.”last_img read more

Chelsea hopeful of sealing title at West Brom, feels Thibaut Courtois

first_imgLeaders Chelsea want to beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday to become Premier League champions, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said, as he sets his sights on lifting the trophy for the second time in three years at the club.Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday to move seven points clear at the top of table after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 at West Ham United last Friday.The leaders need three points from their last three games to seal the title and Courtois said that they wanted to win it as soon as possible with a victory over a tough West Brom side.”We hope to do it at the first attempt. We know West Brom are a hard team to play against. We had a very tough game here,” Courtois told British media, referring to Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge in December.”Every opponent who goes there has a hard game. They are eighth in the league and have had a very good year.”Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 and had three year-long loan spells at Atletico Madrid but returned to the London side in 2015 when Chelsea won the title under former manager Jose Mourinho.The 24-year-old said this season’s title triumph will be special due to their inconsistent 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish 10th.”The first year I came here, I came from winning the league in Spain and straight away we won the league, so that was very nice,” Courtois added.”This year was maybe even more special, because last year was a very bad year… The new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost, and there was again a lot of criticism,” he said.advertisement”We’re very close, and it will be very enjoyable after last year.”last_img read more

JLR passes on GST related benefits to customers

first_imgJaguar Land Rover India today announced that estimated price reduction post GST, in case it comes into effect from 1st July 2017 onwards, will be up to 12 per cent and will vary from state to state on a model-wise basis. Consequently, such price reduction linked benefits will be passed onto the customers with immediate effect on select stock of vehicles.Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India, said, “Implementation of GST is a historical moment for India which will not only benefit consumers but is also expected to make the whole tax regime simpler and more transparent. In support of this initiative from the Government of India and in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s Customer First philosophy of also being transparent and dependable, we are pleased to proactively pass on benefits linked to the expected price reduction to our customers with immediate effect.”  Jaguar Land Rover currently produces five name-plates in India – three Jaguar name-plates, XE, XF and XJ and two Land Rover name-plates, Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. On select stock, Jaguar Land Rover has decided to pass-on the benefits to its customers in advance of the 1st July 2017 roll-out date of GST. Such benefits, which will vary from state to state and will be in the range of Rs. 2 Lakh to Rs. 5.7 Lakh on Jaguar XE and will go up to Rs. 4 to Rs. 10.9 Lakh on Jaguar XJ. On Land Rover models i.e. Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, the benefits will vary from Rs. 3.3 Lakh to Rs. 7.5 Lakh.advertisementAlso Read: Most extreme Jaguar ever teased before Goodwood revealAlso Read:Jaguar slashes price of petrol XE by Rs 2.65 lakhlast_img read more

2015 World Cup quarter-final memories still haunt Bangladesh supporters

first_imgBangladeshi supporters are wary of a repeat of the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against India where two umpiring decisions went against them ahead of the much-anticipated semi-final clash of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston here on Thursday.According to a report in Bangladesh’s vernacular daily ‘Jugantor’ published on Tuesday, a section of Bangladesh supporters have the 2015 World Cup quarter-final in mind where two decisions went against them.First, centurion Rohit Sharma (137) got a reprieve on his individual score of 90 with the team total at 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal ‘no-ball’ call went in favour of the Indian opener.Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel’s full-toss as a waist high ‘no-ball’ with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary.However, the TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.Next, Shikhar Dhawan seemed to touch the boundary rope while taking a catch to dismiss in-form batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah for 21 in the 17th over. Even though replays were inconclusive, the third umpire gave the decision in India’s favour.India won that match by 109 runs while many Bangladesh fans burnt an effigy of Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.’Jugantor’ claimed that though there have been no reports of Bangladesh supporters expressing their concern over Richard Kettleborough and Kumar Dharmasena, umpires for Thursday’s semi-final, the 2015 World Cup incidents are fresh in their memories and everyone will be on guard watching the match on television.Bangladesh have so far ridden on the backs of their experienced players’ performances to book a semi-final berth albeit with some assistance from rain in the game against Australia where they were down in the dumps when the skies opened up and points were split.advertisementNonetheless the likes of Tamim Iqbal who hit a century and followed it up with a 95 in the first two games of the tournament, and Mushfiqur Rahim who scored a fifty against England helped the team punch above its weight.To round things off, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudulah Riyad’s magnificent hundreds in a 224-run fifth-wicket stand that won them the game against more fancied New Zealand after being 33/4 chasing 266 to win showed their mettle.Coach Chandika Hathurusingha is banking on pace variety against India who have stars like Virat Kohli, in-form Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in their batting line-up.”We are better than anybody else (when he was asked to compare his bowling attack with India). We have variation. Each of our four fast bowlers give you a different taste,” the Sri Lankan was quoted by Bangladesh newspaper ‘The Daily Star’ while talking to reporters after the training session at Edgbaston on Tuesday.”I always said that my bowlers are better. I don’t underestimate India. They have a very good fast bowling attack. They are very good in helpful conditions. As I said before we have four bowlers with different sets of skills,” he added.last_img read more

WBO sanctions Vijender Singh-Zulpikar Maimaitiali bout for August

first_imgWorld Boxing Organisation (WBO) has sanctioned Asia’s biggest showdown between WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion and India’s knockout king Vijender Singh and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali for the first week of August in Mumbai.The battle between two of the biggest pro fighters of India and China will decide the ‘King of Asia’.Neerav Tomar, Promoter IOS Boxing Promotions said, “We are happy to know on WBO’s decision sanctioning Asia’s biggest battle between Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaithiali. The sanction is in place and we can now move forward with Zulpikar’s team SECA to finalise terms and locking the date and venue in Mumbai”.Speaking on one of the biggest fight night of Asia Leon Panoncillo Jr., Chairman WBO Asia Pacific said, “After reviewing fight records of both the participants, I am satisfied with their past results and therefore approved this unification bout of the WBO Asia Pacific/WBO Oriental Super – Middleweight titles.”Both the WBO title holders are number one boxers in their respective country’s India and China as they both remain unbeaten since the time they made their debut in the field of professional boxing. With this fight both the boxers will put their respective titles at stake and it will be a double title fight. The boxer that wins the bout will take home his defended title along with the opponent’s title, by the end of the bout he will have two belts on his name.Vijender Singh, who recently retained his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title entered professional boxing in the year 2015. He has eight wins under his belt with seven of them being won by KO and one by Unanimous Decision. He has played 30 rounds, which puts him a few rounds above his next opponent. Vijender Singh won his maiden title last year in July after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia. Later in the month of December the golden boy of Indian boxing was challenged by Francis Cheka of Tanzania for his title, which he gracefully retained.advertisement22-year-old Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali fought eight bouts with 24 rounds under his belt. Zulpikar has won seven bouts with no less than five KO wins and one draw. The Chinese boxer made his debut in the year 2015, and won the WBO Oriental Title last year in July by defeating Thomas Mashali of Tanzania by TKO. Now, he would be fighting to defend his recently acquired title against Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh.last_img read more

D Y Patil Stadium almost set for U17 World Cup, says Ceppi

first_imgMumbai, Jun 27 (PTI) With 100 days to go from tomorrow for the kick-off of the FIFA U17 World Cup, local organising committees Tournament Director, Javier Ceppi, has declared that the D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, one of the six designated venues, was almost match ready.He also said that final touches were being given to the fourth and last training site, belonging to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and would be done soon.”The work for the last training site, owned by NMMC, has picked up and is looking like it will be done soon. The stadium is almost match ready ? they are undertaking certain renovations that will make it an even better facility,” a media release quoted Ceppi as saying.”People are starting to get excited about the Tournament and ticket sales have increased steadily, so we hope that fans take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity,” he added.DY Patil Cricket Ground, DY Patil Football Ground, the NMSA Football Ground and the Yashvantrao Chavan Maidan are the four training sites that will be available for training sessions for the teams that will play in Navi Mumbai, the release said.The DY Patil Sports Stadium will host the opening game and one of the semi-finals of what will be India?s first ever FIFA tournament. The venue was ratified by FIFA back in October 2016.The tournament is set to be played in India between October 6 and 28 with New Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Goa being the other cities which have been allotted matches in the mega football event. PTI SSR RMTadvertisementlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur shines with career-best unbeaten 171 against Australia

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur struck an amazing hundred to help India post a challenging 281/4 against Australia in a rain-shortened 42-overs-a-side Women’s World Cup semi-final at Derby.Kaur reached her third century in One Day Internationals with a couple of runs off Kristen Beams in the 35th over. The 115-ball knock was laced with 20 fours and 7 sixes as she hit her career-best score of 171.Kaur, who hit a fifty in India’s must-win league game against New Zealand, joined captain Mithali Raj after India were reduced to 35/2 in 9.2 overs.Kaur was at her aggressive best from the first ball and played the shots at will as the duo put on an important 66-run stand for the third wicket.She earlier also hammered the 100th sixth of the ongoing tournament.The 28-year-old last year became the first Indian to play in Women’s Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder. She had also got offers from two other WBBL franchises, including the inaugural edition’s runners-up Sydney Sixers.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero ties club scoring record as Manchester City consolidate top spot

first_imgManchester City took a five-point lead in the English Premier League with a 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday and Sergio Aguero became the club’s joint top goal-scorer.The Argentina striker started the game one behind Eric Brook’s record of 177 which has stood for 78 years.After nine rounds, City has 25 points – five more than rival Manchester United which lost at Huddersfield 2-1.Aguero, back in the starting lineup after breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago, converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute at Etihad Stadium.When you’re five points clear at the ??? of the @premierleague. pic.twitter.com/IbzDQoSuqo- Manchester City (@ManCity) October 21, 2017That brought him level with Brook, who scored his goals for City from 1927-39.Aguero has made 262 appearances for City in all competitions to reach the record mark, compared to Brook’s 493.Aguero has 129 Premier League goals, third highest among active players – behind Wayne Rooney (201) and Jermain Defoe (159).Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added second-half goals for City against hard-working Burnley.Aguero had a controversial penalty to thank as City reached a club record-equaling 11th successive win in all competitions, despite Burnley proving tough opponents amid torrential rain for Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing side.But Aguero will have to wait to claim the record outright after being substituted in the 76th minute.5 points clear at the ??? of the table ????? Thx for the nice assist @kevindebruyne ????? #inSan #LS19 pic.twitter.com/PH4NO6kyMQ- Leroy San (@LeroySane19) October 21, 2017The Clarets created the first serious opportunity when Chris Wood broke clear of Kyle Walker and raced into the box.advertisementEderson dived at his feet and quickly rose to prevent Scott Arfield following up with a shot but Wood was injured in the collision and was forced off soon after.City played a patient game and gradually began to create chances. Bernardo Silva should have opened the scoring after Sane skipped around a challenge and pulled the ball back but the Portuguese shot straight at Nick Pope.Controversy erupted after Pope reacted quickly to deny Kevin De Bruyne the chance to shoot. The ball ran free and Pope was adjudged to have brought down Bernardo Silva in the rush to regain possession.Well done guys ! 3 important points ????? this is the way??????#mancity #manchestercity pic.twitter.com/bGSLewNlTG- Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) October 21, 2017Burnley contested that Silva had made the most of any contact and there was some arguing and shoving among players.Aguero remained calm throughout the confusion and, having missed from the spot on his last appearance, made no mistake to put City ahead and equal the record.City continued to dominate after the break, and the second goal eventually came after 73 minutes as Otamendi got forward for a corner and met Sane’s cross with a powerful header.Moments later the points were wrapped up as De Bruyne picked out Sane with a characteristic defense-splitting through-ball. The German raced into the area and lashed a low shot past Pope.last_img read more

UAE-based Indian woman chosen to lead programme for athletes

first_imgDubai, Nov 12 (PTI) The UAE-based Indian educator of Special Needs and Disability Ayukta Thakur has been selected by the Dubai ruler to lead a special sports programme that provides trainings and opportunities to athletes for their greater participation.Abu Dhabi is to host the Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional games in March 2018.The event, which will take place ahead of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games (SOWG) in Abu Dhabi, is for competitors with special needs and disabilities.Thakur is a member of the board preparing for the SOWG.”As a board member of the Special Olympics UAE that will take place in March 2018, I am responsible for the development and delivery of the Athlete Leadership Program in Dubai,” said Thakur, a specialist in the Special Needs field since 2012.”The Athlete Leadership Programme allows athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement within our society beyond sports training and competition,” she said.It allows them to explore future opportunities as motivational speakers, coaches, team leaders, advocates among others, Thakur said.Raised in Japan, Thakur works closely with young adults with special needs and is a first Indian to be a part of the Special Olympics UAE Board.She is the co-founder of Integreat Center in Dubai which caters to the needs of young adults with special needs and utilises a holistic teaching approach to teach life skills development and vocational training.Thakur will work closely with Shaikha Mariam Bint Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who serves as Honorary Chair of the newly restructured organization for the Special Olympics, and with Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of Youth serving as Chair of the board.advertisementThe selection was made by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.Thakur is pursuing Masters Degree in Mental Health from the University of Liverpool.Integreat Center was honored with an award “Icons of Learning” in Singapore on Thursday. PTI GS CPSlast_img read more

Security tight before maiden ISL match at Jamshedpur

first_imgJamshedpur, Nov 29 (PTI) Heavy security has been put in place ahead of the maiden Indian Super League match between defending champions ATK Kolkata and new entrant Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports complex here.Apart from 20 deputy superintendent of police rank officials, 500 police personnel and 200 police officials will be deployed in and around the sports complex, said Gopal Choudhury, chief of security, Tata Steel.”We have made a multi-layered security umbrella in and around the 25,000-capacity sports complex,” he said.The match is scheduled to be held on December 1.Choudhury said a value operating centre (VOC) would also conduct anti-sabotage check in the stadium five hours before the match.Besides, 95 CCTV cameras have been installed to keep vigil in the entire sports complex, he added. PTI BS RBTlast_img read more