Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.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 shutoutOfficers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgMOST READ Keeping the ice frozen isn’t easy in Malaysia, a steamy, winterless country where snow is unheard of, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees C (68 F) and humidity hovers at 80 percent.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockeyFEATURED 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 shutoutBut Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT In this photo taken with a tilt and shift lens, Indonesia’s players warm-up before their ice hockey match against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANPuddles on the rink didn’t dampen enthusiasm as ice hockey made its Southeast Asian Games debut in tropical Malaysia, a country with no winter months but with ambitions in winter sports.As the hosts beat Indonesia 10-3 in the first SEA Games ice hockey game, marshalls with squeegees had to mop up water after the ice started to melt in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief 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 Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey “Asia is not known for ice games but I think this is a great milestone to develop this even further in the future.”He added: “It’s a beautiful rink compared to what we have in Indonesia, so we don’t want to complain about the wet or anything.”Tan, Indonesia’s coach, also brushed off any concerns about the surface, saying a few puddles were “normal” in Asia.“I’m happy for the development of the sport of ice hockey. It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition read more

Nadal, Federer warn against change despite injury toll

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal waves to spectators as as he leaves the court after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. APNEW YORK, United States — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Roger Federer sounded alarms against changes in tennis Saturday even as Britain’s second-ranked Andy Murray joined the injured list at the US Open.Murray withdrew with a sore left hip from the year’s final Grand Slam that starts Monday on the New York hardcourts, joining 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori and Canada’s Milos Raonic among the injured.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses ‘Playing without thinking’Nadal supported an experimental change used in qualifying to allow coaching, but drew the line at a 25-second shot clock.“Depends on what the fans want. If the fans want short points and players playing without thinking, only going for the shots, maybe is good,” Nadal said.“If you want to have matches like the three finals I played here with Novak, the kind of match the crowd is more involved because the points are so long, well, you cannot expect play 50 shots’ rally and in 25 seconds be ready to play the next point.“I think that’s not possible for a great show. But if you don’t want a great show, of course it’s a great improvement.”Most assuredly, New York fans love nothing more than a show and Nadal can’t wait to give them one when he opens play Tuesday.“Excited to start the US Open,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re seeded one or 20, for me always is special to play here.” CBB Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Don’t forget we’re not 21 anymore,” said Nadal. Stan is 32. I am 31 and a half almost. Novak is 30. Andy is 30. We are not that young anymore, so it’s normal that we had some things. That’s coincidence that it happens at the same time.”The superstar Spaniard also noted such past stars as Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras were not playing at such an advanced age.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 shutout“Don’t forget that Sampras probably at my age was not playing tennis, Borg was not playing tennis. A lot of great players were not playing tennis at our age,” Nadal said. “Is normal that we are still playing, we try our best, but it’s normal that we have more troubles during this.”Asked if the schedule needed to be trimmed to ease the workload, 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer took that idea to extremes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Legacy cemented, Huelgas looks at bigger picture Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can cut down the season by half and then if there is an injury we cut it down half again, and at the end we play two months of the year eventually and we’ll still be injured because now we’re not playing enough,” Federer said.“The guys who are hurt lately, it’s mostly because they are 30-plus. Wear and tear just takes its toll. Maybe some players have just had enough of playing hurt and told just themselves, ‘When I come back I just want to be 100 percent.’“I don’t think there needs to be that much addressing, because the players they have the option not to play as much.”Nadal cited different ball contracts for the US Open and its main tuneup events as a problem that could be resolved.“That’s very bad for the wrist, for the elbow, for the shoulder. That’s bad,” Nadal said. “There are contracts but there’s some ways that you can fix it.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Gameslast_img

Alaska finally nails a victory

first_imgANGELES, Pampanga —For the last five months, Alaska had to deal with the frustration of not being able to do anything right.ADVERTISEMENT And coach Alex Compton, who is hoping to catch just one break, caught a big one Saturday night—against San Miguel Beer.The Aces snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to the last conference by bringing down the powerhouse Beermen, 90-79, in a Petron Saturday Special Game at AUF Gym here as Alaska fanned its fading playoff hopes in the PBA Governors’ Cup.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 shutout“After all the tough breaks, the close losses, we just couldn’t seem to get a break,” Compton told the Inquirer after getting 36 points and 15 rebounds from import LeDontae Henton in what could be considered as the biggest upset in the conference.“We got a break [tonight], they (Beermen) got an import that they probably won’t be happy with in the long run,” he said as San Miguel struggled after Terik Bridgeman, tapped to replace Wendell McKines, scored just two points and had just six rebounds in close to 24 minutes. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano downs St. Benilde; UAAP partners with Sports Vision “The guys have a belief of what level [of play] we’re at,” said Compton. “It’s been five months [since our last win]. We still have a mathematical shot and we still need to win games. Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games “It’s just so nice to get rid of that goose egg and put one on the win column,” added Compton.Alaska thus improved to a 1-6 card and with five games left, Compton believes that they still have a strong chance to go deep in this tournament.And after that mammoth victory over what he described as “the best team in the league,” Compton was particularly happy seeing his players celebrate in a subdued way, a sign that his charges are hungry for more victories.“Everyone was excited, happy and relieved,” Compton said. “But it’s not a championship level of happiness, and I actually like that.”Alaska plays GlobalPort on Friday before slugging it out with KIA Picanto on Sunday, and Compton believes that they are must-win games.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

NU eyes share of UAAP Cheerdance history; UP back

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NU Pep Squad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Cheerdance Competition had now, arguably, become National University’s personal display. Once regarded as afterthoughts in the early stages of the exhibition, the NU Pep Squad is keen on claiming their fifth straight title. ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Only University of Santo Tomas had won five straight titles in the competition when the Salinggawi Dance Troupe built its dynasty from 2002 to 2006. NU will perform first in this year’s competition, which will once again showcase all eight schools, on Dec. 2 at Mall of Asia Arena with the return of University of the Philippines.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 shutoutUP did not participate in 2016 as a form of protest stemming from NU’s win in 2015. De La Salle will be the second school to perform with Adamson University following at third with both squads hoping to win their first title this year.  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Beermen make Standhardinger top pick in 2017 PBA Draft Far Eastern University, which won two championships, will perform fourth while University of the East will be next at fifth. UP and UST, the two winningest schools with eight championships, will be the fifth and sixth performers, respectively. Ateneo will cap off the competition.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img

Arellano withstands San Beda, moves one win away from title

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Blackwater stays in the playoff hunt, eliminates Kia Arellano University is three sets away from its second straight title after overcoming San Beda, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, in the opener of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andrea Marzan added 11 points to the Lady Chiefs’ offense while Mary Ann Esguerra and Ebuen added 10 points apiece.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda with 21 points while Viray and Trisha Paras had 14 and 11 points, respectively. Read Next The Lady Chiefs are eying their third title one in four years against a Lady Red Spikers side who are on their first title series in history.After trading shots early in the fifth set and getting into a 6-6 stalemate, the defending champions showed their pedigree and lambasted the challengers with a 9-0 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSetter Sarah Verutiao faked a set that stopped the Lady Red Spikers on their tracks and got the ball over for Arellano’s match-winner.Necole Ebuen had a couple of aces during Arellano’s game-setting run that pushed the Lady Chiefs’ lead to 12-6. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 View comments AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nieza Viray and Daryl Raqraquin failed to communicate on a set piece and the two, sent Arellano to the 14-6 match point.And although Arellano showed its poise and composure in the final set, the same couldn’t be said for the third and fourth periods when the Lady Chiefs discombobulated under San Beda’s attack.“From what I saw, the players relaxed,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. “Early on in the third set, I could already see that we weren’t playing well.”“Of course they still showed in the fifth set that they really want to win, and that’s what I want from them, which is the attitude that they always want to win.”Regine Arocha led Arellano’s attack with 14 points while Jovielyn Prado wasn’t far behind with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img

De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in the UAAP’

first_img“When you wear that La Salle jersey you have to play befitting of La Salle,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I told them ‘you played like you’re in an inter-barangay league. You belong to the barangay level, not in the UAAP.’”The last time La Salle suffered two losses in three games was back in Season 70 when the Lady Spikers forfeited 11 straight matches after Jacq Alarca continued to play despite her school’s approval of her leave of absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd that was a UAAP ruling, and not a result of playing and executing the Xs and Os on the padded floor.La Salle’s loss to National University ended in five sets, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, and De Jesus felt the shock was still in his players’ minds. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle suffered its second loss in three games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and head coach Ramil De Jesus had every reason to be furious.The Lady Spikers lost in four sets to Adamson University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in a display the 10-time champion coach found appalling.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIEScenter_img Read Next “I have to admit I got emotional in the locker room and that’s the first time they saw me that way,” said De Jesus, whose team slipped to 4-2. “They talked with each other and, hopefully, they’ve figured things out. They have to adjust their character as players because they’re the ones who are together on the floor.”In terms of offensive numbers, there weren’t glaring disparities between the two teams, Adamson had a 63-57 edge in all three categories combined, but it was in the passing game that the Lady Falcons had the Lady Spikers beat.Fhen Emnas had all 43 of Adamson’s excellent sets and La Salle mustered just 32 as a whole team with setter Michelle Cobb taking responsibility for 29 of it.“We have to address an issue within our team, if there is one, because the skills are already there,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police 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 Citylast_img

Bajrang now sets sights on London Olympics

first_imgWhen Bajrang Lal Takhar joined the Indian army almost 10 years ago, his lone objective was to earn his livelihood through nation service. As a man who never tried his luck at sport, he never imagined what future had in store for him.On Friday, November 19, when the lanky 29-year-old became the first Indian rower to win a historic gold medal at the Asian Games, he realised that his decision of joining the army was indeed a major turnaround for him.”Winning gold was like a dream come true. There are realistic targets which you set in your life. If you achieve those, a unique kind of feeling fills you with joy and satisfaction,” he said on his arrival here from Hyderabad.Indian participants had dismal start at the Asian Games and in the first six days of competition it was cueist Pankaj Advani who had bagged the only gold – before Takhar added to tally.Takhar admitted he felt mounting pressure to win the gold as he desperately wanted to boost India’s tally. He said his effort gave him unlimited recognition as the gold came at a time when the Indians were struggling.” I think my medal drew wild celebrations countrywide because I was the second gold medallist from the country. I was happy that it came when I was feeling enormous pressure to move my country up the medal tally,” he confessed.It took him some time to scale the Asian peak, though he fell in love with the sport only when he joined army.advertisement” I never took any sport seriously in my early life before joining the army back in 2001. It was at the Rajputana Rifles centre in New Delhi where Brig CP Singh Deo spotted me and sent for the training in Hyderabad,” said Takhar, a subedar.Takhar, a native of a sleepy village of Maganpur, toiled hard for the next five years, but earned little recognition in a country crazy about cricket.He finally drew attention when he bagged a silver in 2000m scull event at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.As a token of appreciation, he got a reward of mere Rs 30,000 from the Rajasthan government.” Rowing is not a popular sport in India. I was happy that at least somebody acknowledged my achievement,” he says.Then, in three years, Takhar was crowned the Asian champion twice, in 2007 and 2009.Rowers like him were continuously bringing glory to country but the facilities for rowers hardly improved during that period.At a time when powerhouses like China are pumping in billions into sports to prepare their athletes to win medals at major competitions, Indian rowers prepared at the Hussain Sagar Lake training centre in Hyderabad with the 2002 German- made boats.Takhar didn’t get the new boats to better his timings but, as he said, ” hard preparations and will power” propelled him to topple his rivals at the International Rowing Centre.” Had we got the new boats it would have improved my timing to three to five seconds. But I was preparing hard and had the tremendous will power to fight against odds,” he said.Unperturbed by whether his gold would uplift the sport game in the country, Takhar has set his sight on qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.” I finished 19th at the Beijing Olympics and I want to better my performance at the London Olympics. I am more experienced now and medals at the Asian Championships and Asian Games has spurred me on to go further. I want to encash my form and qualify for the Olympics at next year’s World Championships, which is also a qualifying event,” said Thakhar.last_img

India may host 2026 FIFA World Cup: Blatter

first_imgFIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that India could host the 2026 Football World Cup.FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter gestures during a press conference in Abu Dhabi. APFIFA may have shocked the world by choosing Qatar as a World Cup venue in 2022, but Blatter believes it could be time for a more obvious new market to host the World Cup, which is India.The FIFA chief was quoted by The Telegraph as saying that India has 1.2 billion people, and it’s not just a market for football but for the economy too. He further said that India is a real power. It remains to be seen whether Blatter will still be in charge of FIFA when the rights to host the 2026 World Cup will be awarded.Additionally, it seems unlikely that the World Cup will be held in Asia twice in a row. India has struggled to make an impact at the international level, demonstrated by their 4-0 loss to Australia in the Asian Cup on Monday.Currently India is only 142nd in the FIFA rankings. India qualified for the 1950 World Cup, but eventually withdrew after the draw and didn’t take part in the tournament. India has not qualified for a World Cup ever since.last_img