first_imgNew Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Thursday withdrew its invitation to four countries for their participation in the upcoming senior Federation Cup scheduled to be held in Patiala from April 10 to 13.The AFI said that the decision was taken following the Sports Ministry’s advisory on the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.”Following the directions of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) referring to the advisory of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), AFI withdrew its invitation to athletes from Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for participation in the Federation Cup (Senior) 2020,” the AFI said in a statement.”For the senior Indian athletes who are training to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, all our competitions are lined-up, beginning with Indian Grand Prix (IGP) 1 in Patiala on March 20, then IGP 2 on March 25 in Sangrur, IGP 3 in Delhi on March 29 followed by Fed Cup Senior in Patiala. All these competitions will go ahead as planned for Indian athletes and we will follow all the guidelines as directed by the MYAS,” AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said. IANSAlso Read: Coronavirus: ITF postpones Fed Cup finals 2020, playoffs Also watch: Senior Journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuyan files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha electionslast_img read more

first_img(REUTERS)-Mo Farah should be respected for winning two golds at the Rio Olympics despite his coach Alberto Salazar being under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.American Salazar, who has worked with Farah since 2011, was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary last year, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.Farah became the only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles at Rio last month but his association with Salazar led to a taint of suspicion.“There are some systems where you can’t have that presumption of innocence any more, but Mo — and I am not here as his spokesman or his defender — has made all his readings public,” Coe, who won 1500 m golds at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper.“He is subjected to all the tests that anyone is subjected to, and if he has had issues with his coach then you have to assume he has asked some pretty tough questions which have been answered satisfactorily to his way of thinking.”Salazar issued a lengthy and detailed denial of the allegations last year. USADA has been investigating him but is yet to release a finding.Farah has been exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar.He also agreed to release blood test results going back to 2005 – against the advice of governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has died in the helicopter crash that took place outside the stadium hours after the club had played a Premier League game against West Ham United.The club put out an official statement on their Facebook page which stated that the chairman was among the five people who died in the helicopter crash on Saturday.Several eyewitnesses reported that the helicopter was spinning very quickly and that it was hovering near the roof of the stadium. Police apparently tried to put out the flames but there were reports of that it hit the ground and immediately burst into flames.Read More |Bhima Koregaon case: Supreme Court stays Bombay HC order that refused to grant Pune police more time to file chargesheetThe Leicestershire Police, on their Twitter handle, released a statement which confirmed that five people had died in the crash. In the wake of the events, the club’s game against Southampton in the EFL cup and the development squad’s game against Dutch side Feyenoord have been postponed.Read More | CBI War: Satish Sana accuses Rakesh Asthana of bribery; asks Supreme Court for protection after agency summons himIn 2015/16, Leicester City created history by winning the Premier League for the first time in history. Bookmakers had said the odds of winning the title were 5000-1 but the team overcame several odds and under Claudio Ranieri, they chalked up one of the most memorable moments in the Premier League. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgRustenburg may be one of the world’s top platinum mining centres, but gold is the precious commodity Ivory Coast are digging for when they take on Togo Tuesday.For the fifth consecutive time, Didier Drogba’s Elephants are favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations and the continent’s top-ranked team will be expected to dispatch Group D minnows Togo with ease.With tricky Maghreb opposition in the shape of former champions Tunisia and Algeria ahead, the Ivorians will be anxious to get their 2013 campaign off to a flying start.For 34-year-old Drogba, Africa’s most famous footballing son, this is the last chance to finally add the coveted crown to his over-laden trophy cabinet.At the 2012 Nations Cup, Ivory Coast remained undefeated only to suffer an agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Zambia in the final in Libreville.Ironically, Drogba’s missed penalty in regulation time set up the Zambians for victory. The decision to switch the competition from even to odd years has offered the China-based forward one last throw of the Nations Cup dice.On paper, at least, Tuesday’s Group D opener is a lop-sided affair, with Togo a yawning 63 rungs behind Ivory Coast on FIFA’s world rankings’ ladder.With Drogba and the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya from English Premier League champions Manchester City in their midst the Ivorians are oozing class — yet remain Cup-less.This so-called ‘golden generation’ has failed to emulate the class of 1992, which brought the Nations Cup title to Abidjan for the only time after winning a marathon shoot-out over Ghana in Senegal.They lost the 2006 final in Cairo on penalties to Egypt, with the Pharaohs sweeping them aside 4-1 in the semi-finals two years later. In 2010 they were undone by Algeria, who won a quarter-final thriller in extra time, before going so close in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea last year.Drogba, whose mother set up a street stall cooking food for fans in Gabon, is hungrier than ever to take the coveted prize.“It would be great to win the trophy now. Honestly, we are getting tired of losing out each time,” says the striker who plans to make his international swansong at the 2014 World Cup should Ivory Coast make it to Brazil.“This Africa Cup is undoubtedly my last. I want to pour my whole heart and strength into it.“We have come so close to winning the trophy twice, but that doesn’t mean we should slow down. We have learnt from our failures and are returning to win the title.” Ivory Coast are coached this year by inexperienced Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi.Togo, back for the first time since the Cabinda attack in Angola in 2010 when two members of their entourage were killed by separatists in the oil-rich enclave, have nothing to lose.Their return, though, was clouded by Emmanuel Adebayor’s interminable ‘will he compete, won’t he compete’ saga.The Tottenham striker has retired more times than Frank Sinatra, but finally decided to join up with his compatriots following a little arm-twisting from the tiny west African nation’s president.Although he may have scored only twice for Spurs this term, Adebayor is undoubtedly the star of the national side, equalising away and opening the scoring at home against Gabon in the decisive qualifier. Togo’s ‘reward’ for making it to South Africa was being drawn with three of the top 10 teams in Africa, yet French coach Didier Six is undaunted.“We are not afraid of these big teams. This group is difficult, but we have a new generation that want to make a name for itself. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.”last_img read more