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Dec 11, 1808 days ago

Indian girls bow out after losing to Hong Kong

Indian girls bow out after losing to Hong Kong

India’s endeavours ended at the Volkswagen World junior table tennis championships at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh indoor stadium on Monday when its girls’ squad lost its second and last engagement to Hong Kong 3-2, having thrown in the towel in the morning to South Korea 3-0.

Incidentally, Hong Kong had got the better of Korea 3-1, which had vanquished India 3-0 earlier in the day. Interestingly, the home side, ranked 13th, raised its playing levels remarkably in the evening to stretch Hong Kong, listed as sixth.

Manika Batra remained the Indian girls squad’s trump card, the steady ship in an otherwise shaky national fleet, after Reeth Rishya had capitulated to Hoi Kem Doo in the opening singles. Pushing Ching Wan Li farther from the table, Manika would squeeze out the short ball, which she would smash with aplomb and accuracy. Her court craft revolved around control enabled largely by the reach of her long arms that let little past her.

If Manika won the first game in facile fashion, the second went the distance, all the same in her favour at 13-11. Nerves seemed to get the better of her from game three, as she drifted away from the table and conceded the edge. The feebleness of her serve and lack of variety in it hardly helped matters, these frailties coming to the fore in games three and four, which Li won 11-8, 11-5.

Back to her aggressive self in the decider, Manika shot off to a 5-0 start, but lost the lead slip away as Li drew level. The dominance she displayed earlier seemed to desert her as she was perched at 10-9, but then she drew up on her last reserve of strength to pull through 11-9.

Wai Yam Minnie Soo had a bagful of tricky serves to bemuse Suthirtha Mukherjee, claiming the first game 11-9 mostly on the strength of her opening missives. Suthirtha settled scores in the second, but let go of the third. Not one to give up easily, Suthirtha held on gamely, running her rival close but buckling in the end.

Summoned again to pull India out of the rough, Manika played the fourth singles, this time against Kem Doo. The day’s toil seemed to have taken its toll on the Indian paddler, who lost the first two games 11-7, 11-5 and then staged a strong comeback to clinch the next three 15-13, 11-6, 11-9. In the decider, Reeth caved in 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.

In the morning, Indian coach Kamlesh Mehta seemed a satisfied man after his girls’ squad lost 0-3 to Korea. “They were beaten by a better team, after their good showing against France on Sunday,” said the several time national champion. Dwelling on the positives, he said the girls had handled their rallies quite ably. “They worked well especially on strategy,” Mehta added.

The Indian boys’ team takes on Egypt on Tuesday to decide places 15 and 16.

The results: (Stage 2): Junior boys: Group E: Japan bt Hungary 3-0; Japan bt Poland 3-1.Group F: France bt Hong Kong 3-0; France bt Brazil 3-0. Group G: China bt Belgium 3-0; China bt Chinese Taipei 3-0.Group H: South Korea bt Czech Republic 3-0; South Korea bt Germany 3-1. Junior girls: Group E: China bt Croatia 3-0; China bt Russia 3-0. Group F: Japan bt Chinese Taipei 3-0; Japan bt Germany 3-0. Group G: South Korea bt India 3-0 (Dasom Lee bt T. Reeth Rishya 10-12, 11-1, 13-11, 11-8, Yumi Jung bt Manika Batra 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 2-11, 11-8, Zion Lee bt Suthirtha Mukherjee 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4); Hong Kong bt South Korea 3-1; Hong Kong bt India 3-2 (Hoi Kem Doo bt T. Reeth Rishya 11-5, 11-3, 11-4, Ching Wan Li lost to Manika Batra 4-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, Wai Yam Minnie Soo bt Suthirtha Mukherjee 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, Hoi Kem Doo lost to Manika Batra 11-7, 11-5, 13-15, 6-11, 9-11, Ching Wan Li bt T. Reeth Rishya 11-7, 11-7, 11-6).

Group H: Romania bt Netherlands 3-2; USA bt Romania 3-1.

Dec 11, 1808 days ago

Bombay HC sees ‘conflict of interest’ in Gopi’s dual role

http://www.sportsedge.in/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Pullela-Gopichand2.jpgBombay HC sees ‘conflict of interest’ in Gopi’s dual role

MUMBAI/HYDERABAD: The Bombay High Court said on Monday that there is a possibility of conflict of interest, as it directed the Badminton Association of

Dec 6, 1813 days ago

IOA vs IOC: National Sports Code decoded

IOA vs IOC: National Sports Code decoded

New Delhi: Sports code seems to be the hottest topic of discussion, the biggest bone of contention and the sole reason why IOA has been suspended. The International Olympic Committee has been squarely blaming the interference of the Government by way of bringing the National Sports Code for suspending India.

What’s the debate all about? A quick look at the two shows that they are virtually identical. Here is the decoded version of the sports code:

The tenure guidelines for the President in both are for a period of 12 years. In the Sports code it’s for 12 years with or without a break and in the Olympic charter, it’s for 8 years with a possible extension of 4 years.

For other office bearers the tenure guidelines state that the office bearer can hold the post for two consecutive terms of 4 years, with a cooling off period of 4 years before contesting again.

The age cap meanwhile in both the Olympic charter and the sports code for all officials is 70.

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia have been urging the IOA to incorporate the sports code in their constitution for the last two years, but the Indian body wasn’t willing to budge.

And here’s why.

Several federation heads have been flouting the guidelines for years.

80-year old Prof VK Malhotra has become the President of the Archery Association yet again. He been in office for 33 years and will complete 37 years by the time his current term ends. He has exceeded his term by 21 years.

Jagdish Tytler has been at the helm of the Judo Federation for 16 years, flouting the guidelines. He has exceeded his term by four years.

And JS Gehlot of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation has held office for 26 years, exceeding the term by 14 years

Along with the cap on tenure, some like VK Malhotra have flouted the cap on age as well.

Incorporating the sports code, which is a mirror image of the IOC charter in the IOA constitution, could have saved India from suspension, but can there ever be a majority decision to usher in these changes?

Dec 5, 2180 days ago

Italian team is courting Kobe Bryant

Italian team is courting Kobe Bryant

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Dec 5, 2180 days ago

Nowitzki says he won’t be signing to play overseas

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Dec 5, 2180 days ago

Andrew Bogut discussing with Australian teams

Andrew Bogut discussing with Australian teams

Los Angeles Times - Kobe Bryant has received a reported $6.7-million offer from an Italian team, but it was far from certain Bryant would play there, according to a person familiar with Bryant’s thought process. The lucrative offers