Probable line-ups: Inter-Dortmund

first_imgLautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Inter against a depleted Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this evening. ‘LuLa’ clicked into gear last weekend as they scored a brace each against Sassuolo, and the pair will be entrusted with firing Inter to a first Champions League win of the season. Elsewhere, Stefano Sensi’s place in midfield is set to be taken by Roberto Gagliardini, with Matias Vecino also struggling. As for Dortmund, they are without key attackers Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer so Mario Gotze is expected to start as a false nine up top. However, the Germans are boosted by the return of England winger Jadon Sancho, who has served his punishment for lateness. Whereas the Nerazzurri are bottom of Group F after two games, their opponents are top with four points. Inter (probable): Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; Lautaro, Lukaku Borussia Dortmund (probable): Burki; Hakimi, Weigl, Hummels, Schulz; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Brandt, T Hazard; Gotze Referee: Taylor (ENG) Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Dzeko: ‘Unacceptable refereeing’

first_imgEdin Dzeko said Willie Collum’s penalty decision was “unacceptable and cannot happen at this level” after Roma’s draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. Nicolò Zaniolo had put the Giallorossi in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face. “It’s a serious error that cannot happen at this level. It changes the result, the whole game, the group,” Dzeko told Sky Sport Italia. “Now we have another three games where anything could happen. A victory today would’ve made everything easier. I just don’t understand the referee, he was so sure that he was right, but I’d seen it hit Smalling in the face. When I saw the replay on television, it’s just incredible. “The referee kept insisting it was a penalty, I told him it was his face and not the hand. You could see the mark on Smalling’s face where the ball hit him. “You can’t give a penalty like that at the 95th minute. It’s unacceptable. We ran no risks at all in the second half and we’ve lost two points here. We can’t do anything about it now, we have to look forward.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Gotti: ‘Udinese will get a new coach’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese won on his debut, but caretaker manager Luca Gotti continues to assure “there will be a different coach” in charge after the SPAL game. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. Igor Tudor was fired and assistant Gotti given the reins while the club tries to find a suitable long-term replacement, but Gotti made a sensational debut, winning 3-1 away to Genoa. “I have already clarified my position and expect that there will be a different coach on the Udinese bench when we face Sampdoria after the break for international duty,” said Gotti in a press conference. “I don’t know the schedule that the club has in mind, but I can only speak about my position. Good sense indicates the break would give any newcomer enough time to settle in and see what he’s dealing with. “As for right now, the attitude is more important than the tactics or even our position in the table right now. The priority is to create a strong mental approach that everyone can share. “There has been a turnaround in our fortunes, but it wasn’t long ago it was all doom and gloom, so let’s not kid ourselves that everything has been resolved.” This afternoon is a pure relegation dogfight, as Udinese take on bottom of the table SPAL. “I expect it to be a tough, physical, masculine game of football, where the details and individual incidents make the difference.”last_img read more

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Florenzi: ‘Captain puts Roma first’

first_imgAlessandro Florenzi will “set the example and put Roma first, as a captain should do,” by not complaining at his lack of playing time. The versatile homegrown talent has found himself benched for the last six competitive club games in a row, but was still chosen to start for Italy in last night’s 3-0 victory away to Bosnia-Herzegovina. “I am just focused on giving my contribution to Roma,” Florenzi told Sport Mediaset. Paulo Fonseca has said that he doesn’t see Florenzi as a strong enough defender to play at right-back, although he has played in midfield and even attack during his career. “I hope that in the near future I’ll be able to make the decisions more difficult for the coach, but right now he is making other choices and I respect that. “If I am to be the Roma captain, I must set the example. As I did in past years, I put Roma first, certainly before me. We all need to stay quiet and work hard. If the captain does it, then everyone must follow suit.” Florenzi is only the latest Giallorossi captain to end up on the bench after Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, who were eventually forced out when their contracts were allowed to expire. As for Florenzi, he is under contract until June 2023 and has been linked with loan moves to Cagliari, Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Inter in the January window. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Babus, politicos waste taxpayers’ money

first_imgOver 200 politicians and officials from various government and civic bodies were sent on foreign tours-that effectively turned out to be junkets-to study various aspects of organising the Commonwealth Games.These include, apart from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the sports ministry, government of Delhi, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ( MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).Close to Rs 45 crore of taxpayers’ money was spent on these trips, government sources said, of which Rs 33 crore alone was spent by Delhi government to send a 50-member delegation to Melbourne as an “observer group” during the closing ceremony of the previous Commonwealth Games in 2006.Taxpayers ended up paying in excess of Rs 5 lakh per person for every trip that lasted, on an average, five days. In almost all cases, government sources said, the delegates flew first class and stayed in top-flight hotels. An additional unreported amount was spent in hosting parties.This expense would have been justified had these politicians and officials implemented their learning while organising the Commonwealth Games to be held this October in the Capital.Unfortunately, none of these trips to Melbourne, Beijing and London resulted in any kind of report that could help spread the knowledge gained. In fact, many of those who went on these “study” trips are no longer associated with the Games in any manner.They include: BJP leader and former Union sports minister Vijay Goel; former transport minister of Delhi Haroon Yusuf; former chief secretary of Delhi S. Reghunathan; former Delhi tourism chief Sanat Kaul; and former joint commissioner of police (traffic) S. N. Srivastava.advertisementSome others were part of sports federations, but had no significant contribution to make to the Commonwealth Games. These include: Jagdish Tytler, Congress leader and the president of the Judo Federation of India; Satish Sharma, Congress leader and president of the Aero Club of India; Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Akali Dal leader and mayor of the Games Village; and K. P. Singh Deo, the president of the Rowing Federation of India.Perhaps the most surprising of all inclusions was that of Chetan Chauhan, a former Test cricketer and two- time MP. Neither has he any role in organising the Games nor is his sport included in the Commonwealth Games.In addition to politicians and sports federation heads, at least 30 senior officials and engineers of the DDA, CPWD, MCD and NDMC have been to Beijing, all at Indian Olympic Association (IOA) expense, before and after the 2008 Olympics. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna was part of the Beijing jamboree.Another surprise junketeer was former joint commissioner of police (traffic), S. N. Srivastava, who went to Beijing to understand the traffic system there and was to prepare a report on the same on his return. He did not file that report, and in any case, he is now posted with the Delhi Armed Police.Top government sources added that a majority of these outings turned out not to be study tours but shopping and sightseeing trips. “Many of the people who went on these trips had no connection with the organisation of the Commonwealth Games,” a source said.”Why were their trips approved?” He added that the expenses for these trips were borne at different times by the Delhi government, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the OC.Among the regular junketeers was the now-suspended OC director-general T.S. Darbari. So was Ashok Kumar Mattoo, who was reappointed OC treasurer this week after his first stint ended with his resignation in January 2010.Mattoo came into the national spotlight last year for his abject handling of the pay dispute that led the Indian men’s hockey team to go on strike. Another regular was V.K. Verma, who, as Badminton Association of India chief, has received a derecognition notice from the sports ministry.The junketeering began six months before the Melbourne Games, when a 10-member group flew to the city to study the preparations. The 50-member “observer group” sent later to the closing ceremony included Sheila Dikshit, who perhaps had a genuine reason to be there as the chief minister of the host state.Other Delhi politicians who went to Melbourne but returned without achieving much include then state tourism minister Arvinder Singh Lovely (whose bed- and- breakfast scheme crash- landed even before taking off) and former state transport minister Haroon Yusuf (whose portfolio went to Lovely after the 2008 assembly elections).Despite the huge amount spent on these “study tours”, there was precious little that was learned. If they had, perhaps the non-feasible and avoidable design plans wouldn’t have passed muster. The cost of constructing just five stadiums went up from the original Rs 990 crore to the revised Rs 2,600 crore.advertisementA Sports Authority of India (SAI) official said, “The money spent on the Games venues could have brought down by 50- 60 per cent, had the frequent fliers taken the right tips from the organisers of the 2012 London Olympics.”The official added: “Do we really need the Rs 600-crore umbrella over Nehru Stadium? It’s been modelled after the 20- metre- high ‘wrap’ over the Olympic Stadium in London, which has been designed to prevent the city’s frequent rains from disrupting the event. Does it ever rain in Delhi in October?” The SAI official said that London has built a basketball arena that is easily one of the largest temporary venues ever built.”The same venue will be used for both basketball and handball with a turnaround time of 22 hours,” he said. “Likewise, the hockey stadium will only be a temporary venue; once the Olympics are over, the two turfs will be designated as community grounds.”In Delhi, on the other hand, Rs 262 crore was spent to remodel National Stadium with three synthetic turfs, new elevators and airconditioned toilets. But when UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited the stadium, he refused to use it on security grounds.The Melbourne Cricket Ground, with just an added layer of grass, doubled as the venue for the Games ceremonials in 2006. In Delhi, the OC has coughed up ` 800 crore to a UK firm to put up temporary structures around the main venues, even as 300 rooms in the Nehru Stadium remain unutilised.The junketeers, clearly, did not have education on their list of priorities.VISITS THAT FAILED TO TRANSLATE INTO GAINS ON THE GROUND1 Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground doubled as the opening and closing ceremony venue for CWG 2006 with just an additional grass top over the cricket turfDelhi’s ceremony venue Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has been given an astronomical ` 900- crore makeover with elevators, a tunnel and AC suites. But 18,000 seats ( capacity reduced), a football ground, fields for kabbadi & cricket and tennis courts have been lost forever2 In Melbourne, swimming events were conducted in a community pool with portable structures for facilitation services and securityDelhi’s aquatic events will be held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool, which has been renovated for Rs 377 crore3 In London, a temporary basketball stadium will also serve as the handball venue for the 2012 OlympicsDelhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium for a minor event like netball has been rebuilt at a cost of Rs 297 crore4 The hockey stadium next to London’s Olympic Park will be a temporary structure to be dismantled laterCWG 2010 hockey venue National Stadium has been renovated at a cost of Rs 262 crore5 While the London Olympic Park will be converted into a biz centre, no plans made for CWG VillageIndia has tried to go the Beijing way. This may leave behind a monstrous legacy of sports infrastructure.advertisementlast_img
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Ind vs WI: West Indies team arrives for Test, ODI series against India

first_imgFresh from their successful series against Bangladesh, the West Indies cricket team, led by Darren Sammy, reached Delhi on Thursday morning for Test and One Day International (ODI) series against the hosts.After whitewashing England team in the ODI series, Team India would also look to build on their recent swing in form and fortune as they take on West Indies. The upswing in team fortunes were in stark contrast to their woes in England.Now they take on a team that has been in a rebuilding phase for far too long. The West Indies no longer enjoy the aura of the past and look frail, especially in the Tests.Their overall Test record against India though is massively impressive, 30 wins out of 85 Tests with just 12 losses. But their record since 2000 puts things into perspective. Out of 15 Tests India have held the upper hand in five Tests and lost only two.There seems every chance of that record becoming even stronger with the joining of V.V.S. Laxman, who looks raring to go. The series also sees some big Indian names returning after a layoff due to injury like Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.Punjab’s left-handed batsman Yuvraj too has a point to prove and his comeback would be closely followed.It should be an interesting series with both teams hoping to unearth and nurture a few Test talents that could serve them well for the future.The first Test begins on Sunday at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.advertisementlast_img read more

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Italy seek redemption from scandal, France look to scale soccer’s summit one more time

first_img2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyThe Italians broke up the biggest street party in post-War German history, and in that same, intriguing midnight hour they possibly altered the destiny of their own lives and their own corrupted cradle of football as well.They now meet France and for all those who rejoice,2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyThe Italians broke up the biggest street party in post-War German history, and in that same, intriguing midnight hour they possibly altered the destiny of their own lives and their own corrupted cradle of football as well.They now meet France and for all those who rejoice that Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram et al have revived their careers, be in no doubt that Italy will arrange a suffocating strait jacket to mark the elderly Zizou from reclaiming his crown.By knocking out the hosts, and by doing it the long, tense, cruel way, Italy put us all-partisan or neutral- through the wringer of nervous emotions. This was not a classic of football skills. The Germans are athletic and unyielding; the Italians are cunning and unyielding.But as they clawed at one another’s willpower, staying power and powers of concentration, the 65,000 watching had that rare experience of being involved in a plot whose end is beyond imagination. Sport can be the author of its own mystery and dark theatre. It engages emotions, it exhausts players and audience, and leaves its sting on us all.MAGNIFIQUE: France’s Zinedine Zidane drove his team forwardItaly might well flow with sweeter movement in Berlin. Their first purpose will be to call time on Zidane and to answer definitively the question of whether we have seen here a miraculous reincarnation of Zidane’s lost youth or the fact that after eight years, this World Cup, through a combination of steamy weather and lost adventure, regressed to a pace that suits him. He has been one of the finest sportsmen of his generation-but Andrea Pirlo, the Italian, is a younger playmaker. Men playing on borrowed time must earn their glory the same as everyone else.Argentina had looked the most complete side, but the most hypnotic game was Mexico vs Argentina. I say that because I’m beguiled by the Latin guile. If you can’t go with the flow of your feelings at a game, why go to the game at all?Mexicans in their sombreros and Argentines with their banners simply claimed Leizig’s old Zentralstadion as their own. They draped their colours around it, in the process blotting out the multi-million dollar advertising hoardings of the FIFA global sponsors. I was comfortable with that, too. Sport and commercialism meet head on at the World Cup, and FIFA are sometimes like Gestapo officers in removing anyone, anything that gets in the way of their precious sales messages.FORCEFUL: Ballack vs Totti, Italy vs Germany the eternal contestI’m being provocative for a reason. At no time in the past five weeks have we felt remotely uncomfortable, or unwelcome in the land, which finally has dared to invite the world to come and play, and not to constantly hark back to Hitlerian evil that few living people were responsible for.That is over, and the most heartfelt thing Juergen Klinsmann, the man who rebuilt Germany’s team, the “Mannschaft” in his own adventurous image, said was: “We are hugely disappointed, but you can only compliment the team. They’re a young team, it’s amazing the spirit they showed, the character. They made a whole country feel really proud. It’s something very special to play a World Cup in your own country. It showed a whole new German face to the world.”A new German face, indeed. It was a face that transforms sport because it has taken the game out of stadium to the masses. Everyone is challenged now, not the least the Board of Control for Cricket in India because there is a balance to be struck between selling the broadcasting rights and showing the face of sport to ever-wider, often disenfranchised audiences.There have been, of course, images that have no bearing on Germany. Zidane arrived at this World Cup a “spent” force, a man on the knees of his career. He looked haggard and old against South Korea. Thankfully, Zidane summoned the majesty inside him, sweated off the pounds, and gave us some new pearls of his movement. In a tournament where few fresh individuals impressed themselves, it was the Golden Oldie we shall remember, as we did at his peak full eight years ago.HELP AT HAND: Klinsmann’s team lifted a new German nationLess remembered, best forgotten, was the boast of England that it was a team whose time was ripe to make the world tremble. No one did, not even the minnows, as England, ill-served by their dull 5 million a year Swedish coach Sven Goran Eriksson, and illbred in the way Wayne Rooney committed bodily harm on a fallen opponent, got what they deserved: humiliation.David Beckham might be the icon of the world’s teenagers, but he is finally exposed as a triumph of marketing, not among the soccer greats. He can sell a shirt, a perfume, a car-but he lacks the quality to sell a dummy on the wing or to beat an opponent by speed or thought. The game can put its stamp on the growing generation, and few things are better than to see a child emulate the beauty of a man trying to make the ball dance to the touch of his feet. It requires so little money, so much time, and at its best a great deal of enthusiasm and imagination.The finest goal of this World Cup came and went without me actually knowing at the time how wondrous it was. Argentina’s Esteban Cambiasso scored it against Serbia & Montenegro and, while we could appreciate the exquisite back heel of Hernan Crespo to put the ball into his path, and the instant shot from Esteban, it took a mathematician or a TV analyst to reveal that Argentina possessed and passed that ball 24 times without an opponent getting a touch.The mathematics might be hard work and spoil the instant joy for those of us who are children of all ages so that we get our thrills, some of them, watching grown men play. If we could dismiss the compulsions of sports that way, maybe we would see little virtue in the drama spun out by Italy.It wouldn’t have been the case that Angela Merkel, the first woman in her lifetime to be German Chancellor, and Romano Prodi, Italy’s new prime minister, were side by side in Dortmund, drained of emotion with the rest of us. “Germany vs Italy is the great, eternal match,” Prodi wrote to Merkel. “In the past, it gave us (Italy) the greatest joy.”It’s funny how politicians are drawn to the importance of sports when their nation is winning. When Germany and Italy met at the 1970 World Cup semifinals, the joy was an Italian triumph, 4-3 in extra time. When they met in the 1982 final, Italy won again, 3-1. That time the hero was Paolo Rossi, a goal poacher on amnesty after a jail sentence for what Italy calls ‘sporting fraud’-a euphemism for being so corrupt he conspired to fix matches.Almost a quarter of a century on, the glorious goal by defender Fabio Grosso and then another one from Alessandro del Piero that put Italy into the final, comes against a backcloth of another scandalo. Thirteen players in Italy’s squad are from the four Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio-charged with systemic match fixing in the Italian league.The players, surely, are innocents. Prodi says that Italian football needs to be deeply reformed “but the Azzurri are expressing the positive value of our people-commitment, fantasy and talent”. Now that the Africans, the Asians, and all of the Americas are gone and the field is down to two Europeans in the German backyard, maybe for the good of the game we should believe that the Azzurri, Italy’s chosen sons, are the purists he sees them to be. Something nags, however. It is the conclusion I drew the last time Italy won the World Cup. “A victory,” I wrote, “deserved, but dangerous.”advertisementadvertisementadvertisementGERMANY 2006: FROM THE SIDELINESScolari, the last BrazilianBrazilian dentist Dr Joseph Rosio has advised Ronaldhinho to get his teeth fixed. In a new German football magazine Rund (Round), Rosio estimated that Ronaldhinho’s performance was reduced by “22 per cent” because he couldn’t breathe properly due to his large front teeth.After the exit of Brazil, a local barber in Passo Fundo, in Brazil’s Rio Grand do Sul, home town of Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari said, “Scolari now has to take his revenge.he is the only Brazilian left in the tournament.”Scientists calculated that on an average World Cup day, 2,00,000 litres of urine is deposited in the 300 mobile toilets on Berlin’s Fan Mile. Exactly why they were calculating the figure has not precisely been understood.Germany’s Miroslav Klose, the top goal scorer at the end of the semifinals, honed his skills, as a child, by kicking a ball with his left foot aiming to hit a lightswitch in his bedroom.The 2006 World Cup has been the most actively refereed: 272 yellow cards were given out up to the round of 16, more than all the yellow cards handed out in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.FIFA say that since the 1974 Cup footballers have become taller and heavier. Comparing nine teams, FIFA found that today’s players are on average 3 cm taller and 3 kg heavier than the 1974 contestants.More than 2,26,000 came to see the World Cup teams in their single compulsory training session open to the public. Hosts Germany drew the biggest crowd of 42,000.European parliamentarian Daniel Cohn-Bendit explained to Die Tageszeitung weekly why he respected French coach Raymond Domenech, “More than Jacques Chirac… Domenech stopped France from collapsing, Chirac did not.””All people do not like me and I understand that they don’t. Sometimes I think if I had to deal with me, I would hate myself.”-French coach Raymond Domenech comes clean.Gabrielle Hanteljung, worker on the much-maligned German Railway network told a local newspaper in Cologne, “It’s not very often that German trains are greeted with Mexican waves.”On their stirring run to the semifinals, the German team watched motivational films featuring their own match hightlights played to Eminem’s Lose Yourself and the Black Eyed Peas’ Let’s Get It Started.The Shanghai Daily reported that three people in China have died due to World Cup excitement. Doctors advised World Cup viewers not to drink alcohol, to “control themselves and watch out for their blood pressure”.In their first match, every French player wore a wristband with injured striker Djibril Cisse’s name on it.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell, Jagmohan Dalmiya-Raj Singh conflicts made headlines in 2005

first_imgThrough 2005, men went head to head in bitter conflict and an institution turned on itself.Sourav Ganguly vs Greg ChappellStand down all you, fake, feuding, Saas-Bahus. This is the real thing. Gloves off, mano a mano. In one corner, “Dada” Ganguly, former captain, struggling bat. In the other “Don” Chappell,,Through 2005, men went head to head in bitter conflict and an institution turned on itself. Sourav Ganguly vs Greg ChappellStand down all you, fake, feuding, Saas-Bahus. This is the real thing. Gloves off, mano a mano. In one corner, “Dada” Ganguly, former captain, struggling bat. In the other “Don” Chappell, the team’s tough-talking, finger-pointing, new coach.This heavyweight title fight has everything-trash talk, heavy punches, passionate, hollering lobbies. Everyone gets involved, takes sides-selectors, BCCI presidents past and present, media.The smell of acrimony lingers and then the selectors’ timing and finesse go badly off. Dada steps in, then crashes out. Don loses it, then wins it back. The bout goes on for four months.Turns out it is just a stupid soap, after all. The cricket is reduced to a sideshow between episodes. Now the season-ender can’t come quickly enough. Honestly, boys, take it outside.Jagmohan Dalmiya vs Raj SinghNever the twain shall meet. Except at the BCCI’s annual election where they courteously greet each other. Before an eventful BCCI election fought in court rooms and back rooms, Dungarpur robustly held Dalmiya responsible for the ills of Indian cricket, including protecting the under siege Ganguly.He played hit man for the Sharad Pawar camp during the elections and dealt Dalmiya a heavy defeat.Indian Hockey Versus ItselfLike some futile on-field formation, hockey first took an early step forward with the inaugural well-organised Premier Hockey League. Then came the obligatory steps in retreat: the national team got its 12th coach in 12 years with the outgoing German Gerhard Rach calling the IHF a “madhouse”.advertisementElection results were contested. The President and the prime minister were approached to intervene. The team bombed in the Champions Trophy. The lunatics kept running the asylum.last_img read more

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Olympic Qualifying boxing tournament: Shiva and Sumit cap campaign with gold

first_imgJust a week back, two little-known teenager Indians Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan wouldn’t have thought that the Asian Olympic Qualifying boxing tournament will catapult them into limelight. But on Thursday, as they pummelled their rivals to win gold medals, they realised the high that was only a dream till recently.Shiva (56kg) and Sumit (81kg) showed why the country can rely on their talent, as they defeated Syria’s Wessam Salamana 18-11 and Tajikistan’s Dzhakon Qurbanov 14-9 respectively in the finals. They had already booked their berths at the London Olympics by entering the finals on Wednesday.It was a dream-come-true for Sumit who didn’t have much to show in the senior category, except for a silver he won in an invitation tournament early this year. However, when it came to delivering in a crunch situation, he performed better than the seasoned boxers.”I am sure the medal will give me the recognition in the country, but I will experience that only after reaching there. For the time being, I am savouring the moment of qualifying for the Olympics and winning the gold medal,” Sumit told Mail Today from Astana.Shiva, a medallist at the Youth Olympic Games, is the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, and with his skills and confidence, he is expected to go a long way, and could be a reliable option in the toughest weight category – 56kg.”I trained hard for this tournament and am extremely happy that all the hard work has paid dividends. Since this was the only chance for the Olympic qualification, pressure was always on me. But, like always, I gave my 100 per cent, and won the gold medal,” Shiva told Mail Today.advertisementThe tournament turned out to be a happy hunting ground for the Indians, as Vijender also qualified for the Olympics to be held in July-August. Besides, five of the six other Indians in fray ended up with medals, including Manpreet Singh (91kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+ 91kg) who clinched bronze medals, while M Suranjoy Singh (52kg) lost before the medal round.A record seven boxers have made the cut for the quadrennial event as Laishram Devendro (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) had earlier qualified through the World Championships in September.Early on Thursday morning, Shiva was the first of the two to take up the ring against Wessam. He led 5-4 after the opening round and extended lead to 10-7 after the second round. An aggressive Shiva kept the momentum going and landed crisp punches in the final round to seal the gold medal.Sumit was trailing 6-7 after the second round against Dzhakon. Going into the third round, the Indian sensed that his Tajik counterpart was running out of steam, and that was the time when Sumit seized momentum and bombarded his rival with a flurry of punches to win gold. “The victory will give us edge, at least against the Asian rivals at the Olympics. Beating the best boxers from the continent has taken my confidence to a new level,” he said.last_img read more

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Star dieticians share insights into an healthy edge

first_imgAPPS THAT WOW Stay on top of your health with these mobile applications Calorie Counter All about what you eat and how you burn your calories, if you have a BlackBerry that can access the BlackBerry App World. What’s On My Food? This free smartphone app tells you what pesticides,APPS THAT WOW Stay on top of your health with these mobile applicationsCalorie Counter All about what you eat and how you burn your calories, if you have a BlackBerry that can access the BlackBerry App World.What’s On My Food? This free smartphone app tells you what pesticides are there in your food, along with a list of foods and chemicals analysed.Cook IT Allergy Free With 200 recipes, just tell this app everything you’re allergic to. It will adjust recipes to your need. For smartphones.WaterWorks Plug in your desired daily water intake and an onscreen water jug graphic will let you know how much water you are drinking. Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.Munch 5-a-Day Encourages you to eat fruits and veggies.Afun game where you can earn points and create graphs to monitor your progress. For iPhone and iPadsIshi Khosla (Photo: Vikram Sharma)ISHI KHOSLA, DelhiA Delhi girl, she started counting calories at a very young age. Tired of being obese, she started applying self-devised weight-loss techniques on herself as a student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road. That set off her journey as a nutritionist. She refused to sit for MBBS entrance exams and took advanced degrees in food and nutrition from Lady Irwin College instead. Despite a productive career as a nutritionist in the preventive cardiology unit of Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, she decided to go beyond hospital diet charts. In 2001, powered by research and clinical experience, she set up Whole Foods, a one-stop shop for nutrition needs. Food philosophyadvertisementResult is not the end-point. You should know exactly what you are eating and whyEat according to your body type, your family history and your personal medical issues: Obesity, diabetes, heart diseases or any other disorder.Both Body Mass Index or measuring height and weight to estimate body fat, as well as Waist Hip Ratio, or waist girth by hip girth that also predicts heart disease risk, are crucial. Indians tend to store fat on the abdomen, which is much more dangerous than fat anywhere else.Dont eat large and late meals. In India, no dinner starts before 10 p.m.Indian meals revolve round carbohydrates. All meals include too much rice and too many chapattis.Although primarily vegetarians, Indians don’t eat enough vegetables.Food availability and economic affluence have altered Indian eating habits adversely. There is too much food available all around us.Indians are socially insensitive and tend to force people to eat.We don’t address the need for good health and focus merely on cosmetic changes. Rujuta Diwekar (Photo: Bhaskar Paul)RUJUTA DIWEKAR, MumbaiThe dietician behind Kareena Kapoor’s size-zero figure, Diwekar was born into a family where health was seen as an heirloom. In school, she was into sprinting and in college developed an interest in aerobics. She signed up for postgraduation in sport science and nutrition from SNDT University, Mumbai. She goes to Rishikesh regularly to study yoga and vedanta.Food philosophyEat right and on time. Don’t count your chapattis. Treat food as a blessing, work out regularly, lead a disciplined lifestyle, sleep and rise at a fixed time.Celebrate Indian uniqueness and diversity. I don’t standardise and force every person to eat same type of food to lose weight.Believe in the inherent wisdom of the body to make the best possible use of nutrients. Our body does all the work and the dietician walks away with the credit.There is no ‘ideal’ food chart. For me the ideal food comes from local produce, fresh ingredients and are homemade. Don’t let the weight loss industry tell you otherwise.Biggest problem with Indians: Attitude of blindly aping the West, preferring western ‘research’ and standards of well-being to India’s age-old knowledge and oral traditions of eating right.Shikha Sharma (Photo: Hemant Chawla)SHIKHA SHARMA, DelhiThough everyone calls her a nutritionist, she is an allopathic doctor first. The Delhi girl studied at Modern School, Vasant Vihar, did her MBBS degree from Maulana Azad Medical College. But a lifelong interest in a natural and healthy way of life made her realise her true calling: Preventive medicine. It drove her to study ayurveda and to float her own clinics, where the first session with a patient lasts for over an hour as she diagnoses clinically the medical needs of patients and analyses their body constitution. The diet prescription is devised along with her team of nutritionists later. Food philosophyMake your diet fibre-rich, with whole and unrefined grains, fruits with skin. Vegetables should comprise at least 10 per cent of your daily intake.Be on guard against salt. Our consumption is way beyond the healthy limit of 8-10 gm.The basic problem with Indians is that we are not health conscious, but only beauty and weight conscious..In Tier 2 cities, there’s always a namkeen platter for evening tea, and aloo puri on Sundays. In the metros, many refined and processed foods clog up the diet.Women need extra calcium after pregnancy and menopause. Folic acid and Vitamin B12 deficiency are common.After age 35, both men and women must get regular check-ups and modify their eating patterns.advertisementAnjali MukerjeeANJALI MUKERJEE, MumbaiThe “official nutritionist” to Miss India contestants, Mukerjee started her clinical practice in 1984. An alumnus of the The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Mumbai, with specialisation in dietetics and nutrition, she studied clinical nutrition at the American Academy of Nutrition, followed by a PhD in alternative medicine. When she started work, she did not have an “overwhelming desire” to be a nutritionist. But as patients streamed in for weight loss and left not just trimmer but also without many lifestyle problems, she developed crucial insights that turned her into a committed professional. She started her own company, Health Total, in 1997.  Food philosophyFood has tremendous healing power. When used correctly and when adapted to body chemistry, it not only brings down body weight, but also corrects a host of other conditions.Understanding body chemistry is important for designing customised food formulae. This is important because you can’t have a single, mono-diet for all.People tend to follow wrong diets and suffer diseases that are preventable. Readily available but conflicting information causes a lot of confusion.It is important to seek professional help to match foods to one’s body type.As a nation, we are overfed and undernourished. Somewhere, we lose balance and get carried away with self-indulgence.last_img read more

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