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  1. KARACHI: Acting Consul General John Warner welcomed around 70 differently-abled athletes as well as their parents and mentors from Para Sports Pakistan to the Consulate for a Paralympics Sports Diplomacy event on Wednesday, said a press release. The US consulate press statement said that the athletes participated in seven-a-side football, visually impaired cricket, and wheelchair tennis, along with American officers and Marines from the United States Consulate General in Karachi. The event was organised to mark the Paralympic 2018 games in Pyeong Chang, Korea happening March 9-18, 2018. The event is part of the Consulate?s series of sports diplomacy events, targeting traditionally disadvantaged groups who face various kinds of discrimination, said the statement. Acting Consul General Warner said: ?Paralympic sport is about far more than just the sport. It?s not about winning ? it?s about competing. It?s not about being the fastest or scoring the most points, it?s about being part of a team or challenging yourself to be your best. These athletes are demonstrating qualities that speak to all of us ? not as athletes, but as humans. I am incredibly proud of these competitors, they are all winners.? Mr. Khalid Rehmani, President of Para-Sports Pakistan in his remarks said that ?these athletes on wheelchairs and those playing football are real heroes. My advice to all of them is to keep your face always towards sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you. For us all, I must say that the only disability in life is a bad attitude.?
  2. Representational image. Photo: Lexus Lexus has announced it plans to produce a premium yacht building on the success of the Lexus Sport Yacht concept. Toyota Motor Corporation?s premium brand plans to start selling a 65-foot ultra-luxury yacht in the US in the second half of next year. "We've decided to take the next bold step of producing an all-new larger yacht that builds on the advanced nature of the concept while adding more comfort and living space," Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama said at a boat show last week in Yokohama, Japan. While the concept was 42-feet long, the production version is planned as a larger 65-foot sport fly-bridge cruiser with luxury staterooms below deck and entertaining space, a statement from Lexus said. The vessel will have room for 15 guests, three bedrooms with their own washrooms, plus separate quarters for crew. Tomoyama did not reveal the boat?s price, but said it will be comparable to others in its class. ?Improving the quality of the cars themselves is important, but we also need to present car owners with a dream-like vision of the luxury lifestyle,? Tomoyama said at last week?s boat show. ?A yacht is a very effective part of that.? Lexus hasn?t unveiled its yacht design yet, but Tomoyama said most of the details have been worked out and it?s now in the production planning stage. However, an early sketch the executive revealed at a Tokyo event last May may provide clue to what the yacht may look like. The new boat will be engineered by Toyota Marine, a business that?s been around since 1990, and manufactured by the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in Pulaski, Wisconsin. But whereas the smaller vessel was made entirely of a carbon-fiber composite, the 65-footer will be made with a mix of materials that lowers costs. Lexus isn?t the only carmaker venturing into the boat business. Mercedes in 2016 started selling its own limited-edition yacht and BMW has been playing with concept crafts since at least 2011 -- but the Japanese luxury brand is the only one that?s committed to mass production.
  3. In a country like ours, sports has always been considered more of a leisure activity than a career. The fact that sports has somehow brought people of all religions and faith together is unfortunately not given enough credit. In fact, no matter how many laurels the country's sportspersons have won for the nation, we have always failed on our part to recognise their efforts. That is where the 'Times of India Sports Awards' come in. The life of a sportsperson is never easy. What seems like a successful and dream-like career to most of us, is backed by years of sheer hard work and determination. TOISA is an effort by the Times Group to honour this hard work and passion of the best of the best sportspersons of our country. It not only takes into consideration the legendary sports icons who have been in the industry for decades now, but also the youngsters who are changing the otherwise bleak Indian sports scenario. © Twitter It is our endeavor to honour the past, celebrate the present and nurture the future in Indian sports. From archery to wrestling, tennis to billiards, TOISA 2018 aims to include and honour each and every sport. Although 2017 wasn't an Olympic year, the country's sportspersons weren't lying low in any way. Queen of Indian badminton, PV Sindhu lived up to her title by winning two Superseries titles followed by a silver medal at the Badminton World Championships and another one at the BWF World Superseries Finals. © Twitter As for cricket, which happens to be India's favourite sport, 2017 proved to be quite a successful year for the Indian cricket team and especially for Virat Kohli. © Reuters The team maintained the No 1 spot in the ICC Test Championship with series wins over Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka, reached the final of the Champions Trophy, won ODI series over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice), Australia and New Zealand and T20I series over England, Sri Lanka (twice) and New Zealand. Kohli was also 2017's most successful batsman with 1460 runs in 26 innings and six centuries and in the T20Is, Kohli was India's top scorer with 299 runs. Even our Paralympic athletes gave it their all this year with five Indian para-athletes winning medals at the World Para Athletics Championships - Sundar Singh Gurjar won a gold in the F46 javelin event. © BCCL Sharad Kumar bagged the silver medal in the men's T-42 category high jump; 2016 Rio Paralympics medalist Varun Kumar Bhati bagged bronze in the men's T-42 category while Amit Kumar Saroha won the silver medal in the men's club throw F-51 and Karam Jyoti earned a bronze in the women's discus throw F-55. While these highlights of 2017 are enough to make you feel proud, there are so many more categories in which our Indian sportspersons have performed exemplary well and the best part is that you can vote for your favorite sportsperson with just a click. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and vote for the most deserving sportspersons- bit.ly/VoteTOISA2018.
  4. Ever since her Bollywood debut in 2016, Saiyami Kher has become a popular name in the Indian glamour industry. The 26-year-old impressed everyone with her acting skills in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra's film 'Mirzya' which also earned her the Dadasaheb Phalke award in the Best Female Debut category. For a girl whose mother Uttara Mhatre Kher is former Miss India and represented her country at the 1982 Miss World pageant, Saiyami has come a long way to establish herself in the industry and looks set to make her family proud. But, while good looks and glamour seems hereditary for her, not many are aware of the skills Saiyami possesses in sports. © Instagram On Monday, the fitness freak gave her fans a glimpse of her efficiency with a badminton racket. Taking to Twitter, Saiyami shared a video of herself going hammer and tongs at the shuttlecock in a gruelling practice session before challenging Saina Nehwal for a pending match between them. Played last evening after very long. @NSaina I'm going to practice really hard to get 2 points from you whenever we play our pending match ð #Badminton #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/cPHbDOB3wE — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) February 12, 2018 "Played last evening after very long. @NSaina I'm going to practice really hard to get 2 points from you whenever we play our pending match," Saiyami tweeted with a hashtag 'Monday Motivation'. Waiting for the match ððª.... https://t.co/z9PzNFaaQI — Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 12, 2018 Her tweet also evoked a response from India's ace shuttler Nehwal who wrote: "Waiting for the match". Before her stint in Bollywood and modelling, Saiyami was a total sports freak. She played badminton at the national level during her school and college days. And, if that wasn't enough, the fact that Saiyami also played cricket and was part of the Maharashtra State team goes on to highlight her love for sports. My @harbhajan3 inspired action. Friends and some cricket.. a perfect way to spend my Sunday! #cricket #sports #harbajansingh #sundayfunday #bowling #gullycricket A post shared by Saiyami Kher (@saiyami) on Sep 10, 2017 at 5:34am PDT In fact, Saiyami's sports background has also been one of the main reasons behind her envious levels of fitness. “Being a foodie I am not particular about my diet, but I never overeat. Also, I make sure that I run. I usually run 10 km and on days when I feel I need to work out more, given the kind of food I had, I run about 15 km,” she told HT last year. “While shooting for Mirzya (2016) in Ladakh, I used to run to and from my hotel to the set. Exercise for me is not punishment because I have gorged on too much food. But I enjoy doing it to stay fit, and enjoy my food more," she added. âªRoger Federer makes me cry with happiness. He has become the curious case of Benjamin Button. At 36 he plays like he's 18. ⬠âªLONG LIVE THE KING!⬠#federer #rogerfederer #tennis #australianopen #champion A post shared by Saiyami Kher (@saiyami) on Jan 28, 2018 at 4:53am PST Saiyami recalled another incident during 'Mirzya's' shoot where she ran into a former Indian cricketer. “Kiran More (former cricketer) is the father of one of the assistant directors on the film. While visiting his daughter on the sets, he recognised me and complimented me on my fitness. He also told me that I just need two months of proper training to play for India,” she revealed. âªI've learnt cricket, living and being happy just watching you play. A little attempt at trying to look like you @sachintendulkar âª#HappyBirthdaySachin⬠#sachintendulkar #sachinsachin #fangirl #cricket #legend #inspiration #mondaymotivation #straightdrive #smaaash @smaaash_live @adidas.cricket A post shared by Saiyami Kher (@saiyami) on Apr 23, 2017 at 9:46pm PDT Given her experience as a sportsperson, the budding actress wishes to portray a sports personality in their biopic. “Yes, I would love to and hope to do something around sports soon. There are films (being made) on Saina (Nehwal), Mithali Raj, etc. and I feel I could do justice to them, given my skills. Words can't express this feeling! @rogerfederer on centre court . . . #Wimbledon #RogerFederer #Tennis #GrandSlam #ATP #NowWatching #Dreaming #SweetDreamsAreMadeOfThese #Travel #DreamComeTrue #BucketList #Excited #Happy #London #InstaTravel #LondonDiaries #England #Holiday #Vacation #fangirl A post shared by Saiyami Kher (@saiyami) on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:21am PDT I had even played opposite Saina during a Junior National tournament, and she smashed the living daylights out of me (laughs). I am still in touch with her,” she claimed. Well, we couldn't help but wonder; what if Saiyami chose to be a sportsperson and represented India in badminton or cricket? And, anyone who has seen the video above where she's seen driving the ball would agree that this Bollywood hottie would have undoubtedly been a great addition to the Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team.
  5. Canada?s sports minister Kent Hehr ? the then-minister for veterans affairs ? speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he accepted the resignation of Canada?s sports minister pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him. Kent Hehr?s resignation came on the same day that the conservative opposition leader of Canada?s most populous province quit over sexual misconduct allegations. "As a government, we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do," Trudeau said in a statement. "I accepted the Honourable Kent Hehr?s resignation from cabinet pending the outcome of the investigation," he said. Hehr issued a statement saying he welcomed the investigation and would be staying on as a member of parliament while it is conducted. "I have been informed that an investigation into these allegations has begun and I welcome and respect this process," Hehr said, adding that he does not "want to be a distraction to all the good work being done by our government." Earlier, on Thursday, Patrick Brown announced his resignation as Ontario?s Progressive Conservative party leader, becoming the second provincial Tory leader to quit over misconduct in 24 hours. Brown called the sexual misconduct allegations raised by two women "false" and "difficult to hear". He said that he would remain a member of the provincial parliament "while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations."
  6. .Anurag Kashyap & Vineet Singh On The State Of Indian Sports
  7. Sana Mir/File photo Former Pakistan Women Cricket captain Sana Mir has urged authorities to ensure child protection in sports, after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Kasur triggered an outcry of protest and demands for justice against the culprits. ?I request all child protection commissions formed to make sure that kids in sports are protected also. Child protection law to be made mandatory for all sports boards, childhandlers, organisers, clubs, coaches, doctors, trainers etc #JusticeForZainab #ChildrensRights,? Mir tweeted on Thursday. The all-rounder went on to say that children in sports mostly come from some of the most vulnerable areas of the country. ?Child Protection has to be dealt with same seriousness in sports if not more as anti corruption and anti doping,? she added. The Kasur tragedy triggered a countrywide movement for justice with the hashtag #JusticeForZainab, as the civil society rallied in cities and towns across the country demanding swift action against the culprit and the need to ensure implementation of child abuse laws. Pakistan criminalised child sexual abuse for the first time in 2016 after media unearthed a paedophilia scandal in the infamous city of Kasur in 2015. But with *** education nonexistent in the country, experts fear that an untold number of abuse cases continue to go unreported.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan has turned peaceful now which has made it possible to hold national level sports events. The prime minister was addressing the participants of the Quaid-e-Azam inter-provincial games? ending ceremony here. PM Abbasi said that due to the efforts of the civil-military leadership it is now possible to hold sports events peacefully. While congratulating the participants, the prime minister urged the youth to clinch medals at the Olympics for the country. In the same vein, PM Abbasi told the youth that apart from the medals, it is equally important to have participation in the international sports events. The premier said that approval has been given for the establishment of a sports university in the country.
  9. The New Year is around the corner as 2017 nears its end. A lot has happened in the past 12 months and the world of sports, too, has seen its fair share of ups and downs. This year witnessed some of the most iconic and memorable sporting moments, including a bit of controversy. There were public spats, unexpected behaviour on the field and iconic figures being axed. 2017 has surely seen it all sending shockwaves across the sports community. Here's a look at the major controversies that marred the year 2017: Virat Kohli vs Anil Kumble © BCCL Cricket is arguably the most-followed sport in India. It has a tendency to evoke emotions unlike any other sport in the country. And, when someone as popular as Team India captain and coach are in question, it's bound to generate a lot of buzz. Arguably the biggest controversy in Indian sports, the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble finally came out in public after the latter rendered a public resignation following his untenable differences with the Indian captain. The rumours of the rift between the two started doing the rounds before the ICC Champions Trophy after the BCCI had opened applications for the coaching job despite Kumble's spectacular run in the year. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 While Kohli had claimed that the Indian cricket board was only following the protocols since Kumble's contract was coming to an end, the Indian coach's resignation before their tour of West Indies revealed the actual cause. Though Kohli revealed that he will never disclose anything that happened in the dressing room, the media reports suggested that Indian cricketers, including the captain, felt that Kumble was overbearing. Leander Paes vs Mahesh Bhupathi © BCCL Another shocking clash emerged in Indian tennis when two iconic stars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi went public with their alleged spat. The long-standing feud between Paes and Bhupathi took an ugly turn after the former was dropped by India's Davis Cup team captain for the match against Uzbekistan in April. Woah. @Maheshbhupathi just put this up on Facebook. Just sharing them pic.twitter.com/6hA7IHVFnM — Digvijay Singh Deo (@DiggySinghDeo) April 9, 2017 Bhupathi claimed that Paes didn't handle enough stressful situations for Davis Cup doubles before the match, and that had, in turn, led to him being dropped from the team. Days before the tournament, Paes had won a Challenger title in Mexico but Rohan Bopanna was still given the nod ahead of the veteran star. Paes was dropped from India's Davis Cup team for the first time since he made his debut in 1990. And, if that wasn't enough, the leaked Whatsapp conversation between Bhupathi and Paes summed it up pretty nicely. In August, Paes was again dropped from the Davis Cup squad for the tie against Canada after he left the venue mid-way into the tie against Uzbekistan. Smith's 'Brain Fade' Moment © BCCL The visiting Australian team was on track at 74/3 in their chase of 188 runs against India on Day 4 of the second Test in Bengaluru when all hell broke loose after Umesh Yadav trapped Steve Smith LBW. Ruled out by the on-field umpire, Smith walked up to the non-striker Peter Handscomb to ask if he should go for a review and then looked at the dressing room to seek their help for the same. As Smith was still busy making his decision, Kohli and his teammates erupted in fury and complained to umpire Nigel Llong who stepped in to inform Smith that he was not allowed to seek directives from the dressing room regarding reviewing the decision. Soon, Smith was seen walking back into the hut to the sheer delight of the Indian team. Though India won the match by 75 runs, but Kohli wasn't going to let Smith off the hook easily. The Indian captain came out all guns blazing in the post-press conference where he claimed that the Australians were cheating in the game and will no longer be his friends. On the other hand, Smith himself claimed that it was a 'brain fade' moment for him and he shouldn't have sought help from the dressing room. Thakur Axed As BCCI President © BCCL The world of Indian cricket suffered a huge setback early in 2017 after Anurag Thakur was forced to step down as the BCCI president by the Supreme Court on 2 January. The decision came after Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke failed to implement all the Lodha Committee recommendations in the functioning of the board. Following their sacking, a four-member team - the Committee of Administrators (CoA) - comprising Vinod Rai (Head), Vikram Limaye, Ramachandra Guha and Diana Edulji was set up to run the affairs of the board. The solemn purpose of the CoA was to ensure all Lodha Committee's recommedations were duly impemented. The formation of the CoA also saw Thakur taking a dig the Supreme Court as he wished the "retired judges running the Indian cricket board, all the best ". Almost one year down the line, two out of the four members - Limaye and Guha - have left the CoA and the BCCI has still managed to keep the Lodha Committee's recommendations at bay. Guha's Resignation From The CoA © BCCL Irked by the "superstar culture" in Indian cricket, Ramachandra Guha, in June, resigned from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) with one of the most explosive letter in the history of the sport. In his resignation letter to CoA chief Vinod Rai, Guha wrote about many issues he had with the Indian cricket. The historian claimed that the cricketers should not be allowed to have a say in the selection of the team's coach - referring to the exit of Anil Kumble. He also pointed out that MS Dhoni shouldn't be given an 'A' contract, since he only features in the shorter formats. He also took a dig at Rahul Dravid by stating that the coaching staff of the Indian (senior and junior) team shouldn't have a contract with the IPL teams. Having a contract with an IPL team and the Indian board is contrary to the spirit of the Lodha Committee's recommendations.
  10. In the ever-competitive era of modern-day cricket, only a handful of cricketers can stake claim to the kind of reputation Virat Kohli has earned in recent times. Whether it's his explosive batting or aggressive captaincy, the Indian captain continues to grow his fanbase in almost every corner of the world. And, that's not all. Thanks to his popularity, Kohli's brand value, too, has multiplied over the years. He is face of many popular brands which has allowed the Indian captain to rake in the moolah outside the cricket world. Thus, it was pretty understandable when the Delhi lad emerged as the top Indian sports personality in 2017. According to the latest Forbes list of top 100 Indian celebrities, Kohli has beaten the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni amongst others in Indian sports. With a staggering Rs 100.72 crore earnings, the 29-year-old is placed third in the overall list. © Reuters He is only behind Bollywood actors Salman Khan (Rs 232.8 crore) and Shah Rukh Khan (170.5 crore) in the top 100 Indian celebrity list. Surprisingly, even four years after his retirement in cricket, Tendulkar emerged second in the list of top Indian sports personalities with earnings amounting to Rs 82.50 crore this year. Former Indian skipper Dhoni is third with Rs 63.77 crore in earnings. His Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin, also features in the list claiming the fifth spot in the sports list with Rs 34.67 crore. Here's a look at the 21 sports personalities who made it to the Forbes list of Top 100 Indian celebrities in 2017: Virat Kohli © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 3 Rank (Sports List): 1 Age: 29 Earnings in 2017: Rs 100.72 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 134.44 crore Sachin Tendulkar © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 5 Rank (Sports List): 2 Age: 44 Earnings in 2017: Rs 82.5 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 58 crore MS Dhoni © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 8 Rank (Sports List): 3 Age: 36 Earnings in 2017: Rs 63.77 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 122.48 crore PV Sindhu © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 13 Rank (Sports List): 4 Age: 22 Earnings in 2017: Rs 57.25 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 3.42 crore Ravichandran Ashwin © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 23 Rank (Sports List): 5 Age: 31 Earnings in 2017: Rs 34.67 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 15.55 crore Ravindra Jadeja © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 24 Rank (Sports List): 6 Age: 29 Earnings in 2017: Rs 34.58 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 7.53 crore Saina Nehwal © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 29 Rank (Sports List): 7 Age: 27 Earnings in 2017: Rs 31 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 20.18 crore Rohit Sharma © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 30 Rank (Sports List): 8 Age: 30 Earnings in 2017: Rs 30.82 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 24.17 crore Shikhar Dhawan © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 43 Rank (Sports List): 9 Age: 32 Earnings in 2017: Rs 15.94 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 17.73 crore Anirban Lahiri © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 63 Rank (Sports List): 10 Age: 30 Earnings in 2017: Rs 12.44 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 12.85 crore Yuvraj Singh © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 68 Rank (Sports List): 11 Age: 36 Earnings in 2017: Rs 11.60 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 16 crore Kidambi Srikanth © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 83 Rank (Sports List): 12 Age: 24 Earnings in 2017: Rs 6.13 crore Earnings in 2016: - Ajinkya Rahane © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 85 Rank (Sports List): 13 Age: 29 Earnings in 2017: Rs 5.56 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 11.67 crore Cheteshwar Pujara © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 86 Rank (Sports List): 14 Age: 29 Earnings in 2017: Rs 5.48 crore Earnings in 2016: - Murali Vijay © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 87 Rank (Sports List): 15 Age: 33 Earnings in 2017: Rs 4.20 crore Earnings in 2016: - KL Rahul © Instagram/@rahulkl Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 89 Rank (Sports List): 16 Age: 25 Earnings in 2017: Rs 4.04 crore Earnings in 2016: - Umesh Yadav © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 90 Rank (Sports List): 17 Age: 30 Earnings in 2017: Rs 3.94 crore Earnings in 2016: - Hardik Pandya © Instagram/@hardikpandya93 Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 94 Rank (Sports List): 18 Age: 24 Earnings in 2017: Rs 3.04 crore Earnings in 2016: - Sania Mirza © Instagram/@mirzasaniar Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 98 Rank (Sports List): 19 Age: 31 Earnings in 2017: Rs 2.80 crore Earnings in 2016: Rs 14.57 crore Bhuvneshwar Kumar © Reuters Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 99 Rank (Sports List): 20 Age: 27 Earnings in 2017: Rs 2.53 crore Earnings in 2016: - Sunil Chhetri © BCCL Overall Rank (Celebrity 100 List): 100 Rank (Sports List): 21 Age: 33 Earnings in 2017: Rs 2.92 crore Earnings in 2016: -
  11. Roger Federer picked up a record eighth Wimbledon crown LONDON: Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal. Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times. "It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017," said Federer. "The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I´m here is amazing and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling." He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen. Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday´s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.
  12. BAHAWALPUR: A sports event was held at Cholistan Special Education School, which is being run by the Pakistan Army since 1996, to mark International Day for persons with disabilities, according to Inter-Services Publications Services. The chief guest of the ceremony was General Officer Commanding Bahawalpur Maj Gen Moazzam Ejaz, who distributed prizes among students. According to the press release, the children participated in various games such as tug of war, PT show, short and relay race, and cultural show. The army-run school is providing quality education to the special children of the region.
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  14. Lamborghini teamed up with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston to design and create the car. Photo: Lamborghini World?s first self-healing sports car, Terzo Millennio, has been unveiled by Lamborghini. The car can use its sensors to detect any damage and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes. The car is powered by supercapacitors rather than conventional batteries. Lamborghini teamed up with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston to design and create the car. Speaking about the project, CEO of Lamborghini Stefano Domenicali said: "Collaborating with MIT for our research and development department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at ? rewriting the rules on super sports cars,? according to Telegraph. "Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car. "We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow; Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation." Professor Mircea Dinca, from the MIT, added: "The new Lamborghini collaboration allows us to be ambitious and think outside the box in designing new materials that answer energy storage challenges for the demands of an electric sport vehicle. We look forward to teaming up with their engineers and work on this exciting project." The project started a year ago, Mr Domenicali added: ?Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium."
  15. We all have been witness to the mutual love affair between Bollywood and cricket over the years. While the icons from the two separate industries tend to enjoy limelight amid an outrageous fan-following on their own, their love stories have a tendency to not only capture the imagination of a cricket fan, but also a movie buff. In the recent times, that's pretty much the case with the Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. The romance between Indian cricket's poster boy and Bollywood hottie has been the talk of the town lately. Instagram/@nikhilthampi Whether it's a special movie screening or a high-profile cricket clash, the two always seem to find time to cheer each other on. While Anushka doesn't shy away from lauding her love-interest on social media, Kohli, too, has been vocal about her acting skills in the past. The two lovebirds have been snapped together at various locations and their chemistry is nothing short of an on-screen pair, straight out of a Bollywood movie. Instagram/@nikhilthampi On Saturday, the power couple was once again the cynosure of all eyes at the Indian Sports Honours in Mumbai. The awards were announced by Kohli and Sanjiv Goenka to recognise the achievements of Indian sportspersons. With some of the biggest names in Indian sports fraternity raising the glamour quotient with their dazzling outfits, none of them could match the chemistry of Virat and Anushka that floored everyone. Instagram/@nikhilthampi Walking hand-in-hand at the event, the couple stole hearts with their candid moments at the red carpet. Putting their best fashion foot forward, the duo undoubtedly upped the style quotient of the starry night with their beautiful outfits. Complimenting each other in contrasting coloured power suits, Virat and Anushka lived up to their reputation of one of the most popular celebrity couples. Apart from them, the Indian badminton stars including B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and PV Sindhu posed together for a beautiful picture which was also shared on Instagram. It was posted with a caption: "indiansportshonours awards". Instagram/@sameerv1 The Indian badminton's poster girl, Saina Nehwal, was also in attendance at the event. Dressed in a Neeta Lulla outfit, Saina shared her photo on Instagram saying, "#Indian sports honours awards 2017 #Dress by @neeta_lulla." Instagram/@nehwalsaina Following the footsteps of the badminton queen, Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza also shared her dazzling photo on Instagram. Going out of her comfort zone, Sania was busy painting the night metallic with her beautiful outfit. Instagram/@mirzasaniar The recently-engaged couple Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge were also in attendance. The couple had taken everyone by surprise after announcing their engagement earlier this year. They are expected to tie the nuptial knot by the end of this year. Instagram/@sagarikaghatge For Indian women's cricket captain Mithali Raj, it was a night of double delight as she bagged two awards - SportsWoman of the Year and as part of the Team of the Year. Instagram/@mithaliraj Pullela Gopichand, Sunil Chhetri Mahesh Bhupathi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin were among the sports stars present at the awards ceremony. Also in attendance were Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra, Malaika Arora Khan and a few more. It was great night to remember as Team India captain Kohli rightly summed it up: "the days of being a one-sport country are behind us".
  16. RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that Pakistan is a resilient, sports-loving nation. ?Pakistanis are peace and sports-loving resilient nation, bound to rise despite all challenges," the military?s media wing tweeted on behalf of the COAS on the successful conclusion of the Pakistan Motor Rally organised by the Pakistan Army. Director General (DG) of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said that the army chief believes that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be successful. "CPEC will be truly successful when it lifts Balochistan to its rightful place. [The] army shall extend full support for its socio-economic development,? the DG ISPR tweeted. The motor rally, which began on October 21 and concluded today (October 31) upon reaching Gawadar, was organised to commemorate the 70th year of the country's independence. geo_embedgallery It included 103 vehicles and 82 motorbikes drawn from different motor clubs across the country.
  17. Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families. The kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform drive shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom, including the historic decision to allow women to drive from next June. "Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman to be ready to accommodate families from early 2018," the General Sports Authority said on Twitter. Restaurants, cafes and monitor screens would be set up inside the stadiums, the authority added. Last month hundreds of women were allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia's national day. Under the country's guardianship system, a male family member -- normally the father, husband or brother -- must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities. But the kingdom appears to be relaxing some norms as part of its "Vision 2030" plan for economic and social reforms, which aims to boost female employment. 'Moderate Islam' In July, rights campaigners welcomed an "overdue" reform by the education ministry to allow girls to take part in sports at state schools. In a rare public appearance last week at an investor summit in Riyadh, Prince Mohammed pledged a "moderate" Saudi Arabia, long seen as an exporter of a brand of puritanical Islam espoused by jihadists worldwide. MBS, as he is well known, promised his kingdom will return to "what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is tolerant of all religions and to the world". His comment, while unveiling plans for a $500 billion development zone, chimes with his public image of a bold liberal reformer in a conservative country where more than half the population is under 25. Last month a royal decree said women would be allowed to drive. The kingdom is also expected to lift a public ban on cinemas and has encouraged mixed-gender celebrations -- something unseen before. But the vision of creating a "moderate Saudi Arabia" is fraught with risks and could trigger a backlash from conservatives, analysts warn. The government appears to have clipped the wings of the once-feared religious police -- long accused of harassing the public with rigid Islamic mores -- who have all but disappeared from big cities. Some conservative clerics -- who for years staunchly opposed more social liberties for women -- have backpedalled and come out in favour of the decree allowing them to drive.
  18. British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan, in a press conference on Sunday, said that Pakistan is a safe country. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan, in a press conference on Sunday, said that Pakistan is a safe country. ?I am here in Pakistan to support the team and I want to tell the world that Pakistan a safe country for sports,? the boxer said, after he arrived in Lahore to witness the return of top-flight cricket in the country after a drought of eight years, as Pakistan and Sri Lanka face off in the third and final T20I tonight. British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan on Sunday arrived in Pakistan to attend the return of top-flight cricket in the country. Photo: Geo News Tennis star Sania Mirza is also in Lahore to watch the match at the Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan already lead the T20I series 2-0, after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the opening game and winning a last-ball thriller in the second T20I. Today's match, however, is much more than just a game of cricket. The occasion marks the homecoming of top-level international cricket as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit Pakistan since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 ? with attack survivors among those returning to the scene. Tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed in Lahore for the occasion, to guard routes to the stadium. Air surveillance and intelligence monitoring are also in place as Pakistan rolls out head-of-state level measures.
  19. Cristiano Ronaldo is possibly floating on cloud nine right now and honestly he has all the reasons in the world to do that. After all, it's not every day that you get crowned with the FIFA's men's Player Of The Year. The Real Madrid star defeated his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi to take home the award for the second year in a row. However, Ronaldo's victory wasn't the only thing that caught people's attention. Despite losing to Ronaldo, Messi turned out to be the unexpected star of the show with his priceless and humble reaction to the former's victory. © Reuters While, both Ronaldo's and Messi's fan clubs were visibly divided and busy riding on this one reaction, there was one guy who used his unparalleled running skills and snatched the thunder away from both the stalwarts. We are talking about none other than the legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, who has outshined both Ronaldo and Messi to become the world's third highest valuable sports brand. Usain Bolt might have retired now but that does not hamper his brand value in any way as it stands at a whopping $27 million. While Messi is nowhere close to the competition (he's at the 9th spot), Ronaldo still managed to clinch the fourth position with $21.5 million. © Reuters We don't want to demean anyone here. We love both Usain and Ronaldo equally, but we also can't help state that while Ronaldo was busy kicking balls on the field, Bolt did what he does best i.e. running and sprinted off with most of the money and endorsements in a blink of an eye. Having said that, we are sure Ronaldo won't stay low for long and will come back with a bang before anyone even completely recuperates from this list. © Reuters However, if there's anyone who is truly giving a tough time to Bolt, it's probably ace Formula One racing driver, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton, who is basking in the victory of the US Grand Prix, took Bolt for a spin and when the two fastest men in the world came together, sparks flew (quite literally). Taking a spin around in a luminous green Mercedes-Benz, Bolt was screaming inside the car as Hamilton threw in some sharp turns and drifts to heat things up. In fact, Bolt even jokingly said that the F1 champ “tried to kill him” after he was done shouting “Holy, f**king hell!” and “Watch the road” from inside the car. Hamilton, on the other hand, seemed to be having the time of his life, watching Bolt shriek his lungs off during the trip. This is seriously some next-level entertainment!
  20. Everyone is pleasantly surprised by this year's 'Forbes Fab 40: The World's Most Valuable Sports Brands', which also features Virat Kohli at number 7 in the athletes category. Here are the top 10 most valuable athletes: 1. Roger Federer $37.2m 2. LeBron James $33.4m 3. Usain Bolt $27m 4. Cristiano Ronaldo $21.5m 5. Phil Mickelson $19.6m 6. Tiger Woods $16.6m 7. Virat Kohli $14.5m 8. Rory McIlroy $13.6m 9. Lionel Messi $13.5m 10. Stephen Curry $13.4m While everyone is talking about how the Indian captain has surpassed Argentine football legend Lionel Messi in the list of most valuable brands among athletes, let's focus on something more bizarre on the list. © Reuters Tiger Woods has secured the 6th position on the list, but that honestly doesn't seem right. The last time Tiger Woods participated in a major championship was back in 2008, that was almost a decade ago. Moreover, we've all seen what he has gone through in the last few years, everything from the infidelity scandal and divorce to getting arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. So, the question is how is his brand value still $16.6 million? Where is he getting all the money from? © Reuters He's not playing at any major championships and has to pay alimony, and obviously getting arrested would've just made everything worse. But, it's not at all surprising to see that his brand value has dropped by 27.8% in the last year. According to the list, he is the second biggest brand in Golf, just right behind Phil Mickelson, these two being the only golfers in the list. Personally, it is quite unsettling to see someone who gets paid to just hit balls and then ride around in a cart and then do it again having a brand value of over $16 million. This is kind of existential crisis inducing information, which will probably make everyone question their own lives. © Reuters So, the next time you complain about being underpaid, just think of Tiger Woods and you'll get even sadder.
  21. Dayasiri Jayasekara COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s sports minister announced Wednesday he would join the national cricket team on their first match in Pakistan since gunmen attacked their team bus in Lahore eight years ago. Dayasiri Jayasekara said Sri Lanka was satisfied with security preparations for the Twenty20 final in Lahore later in October despite reservations from some players. "It is safe for our team. I am accompanying them to demonstrate that it is safe for us," Jayasekara told reporters in Colombo. "The ICC (International Cricket Council) has also said it is safe for us to tour Pakistan." Several top players have pulled out of the three-match series starting Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, concerned about security when the final shifts to Lahore on October 29. Sources close to Sri Lanka´s cricket board say coach Nic Pothas will also not join the squad in Lahore. It will be Sri Lanka´s first visit to Pakistan since 2009 when gunmen opened fire on their squad bus, killing eight people and injuring seven visiting team members and support staff. No top international side has played in Pakistan since the attack. Players who expressed concerns about security -- including batsman Chamara Kapugedara and bowler Suranga Lakmal, who survived the 2009 assault -- have been dropped from the series. My family doesn't want me to travel to Lahore: Nic Pothas Someone from the coaching staff might take charge for last game of the series Skipper Upul Tharanga, fast bowler Lasith Malinga and batsmen Niroshan Dickwella have also been left out of the squad. On Saturday Sri Lanka made 28-year-old all-rounder Thisara Perera the captain of the T20 squad. He had toured Pakistan as a member of a World XI for a three-match Twenty20 international series played in Lahore last month. That series was part of Pakistan?s efforts to bring international cricket back to the country. Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe for a five-match limited overs series in 2015 but top teams have refused to tour there, forcing Pakistan to play home matches in neutral venues in the UAE. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala will also travel to Lahore with the team.
  22. BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia´s appointment of its first female head of sports should attract more women into gyms and onto sports pitches in a nation where women are not allowed to exercise with men, female sports organisers said on Friday. US-raised Princess Reema bint Bandar last week became the first female president of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports that manages sports-related activities for both men and women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom, local media reported. Her appointment came amid a series of changes for women in Saudi hailed as a new progressive trend including giving women the right to drive and encouraging more women to work. But a guardianship system, under which a male family member must grant permission for a woman to study, travel and other activities, remains in place. Lina Al Maeena, who formed Jeddah United, Saudi Arabia´s first private female basketball club, in 2003, said the princess´ appointment was significant. "It´s going to be changing stereotypes because of her appointment in that role as the head of both genders," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Jeddah. Female participation in sports has long been a controversial issue in Saudi where women cannot exercise with men and there are no public sports facilities for women as many conservative Muslim clerics consider sport for females as immodest. Saudi Arabia didn´t send any women to the Olympics until 2012. But this has taken its toll, with around 44 percent of women classified as obese in Saudi Arabia which has some of the world´s highest rates of obesity and diabetes. Susan Turner, chief executive of NuYu, the kingdom´s first chain of female fitness centres, said bint Bandar´s appointment would bring women´s health to the "forefront". "It´s everybody´s right to have access to these facilities and to look after their health women are realising that if they are not doing (exercise) already it is just bringing those statistics and facts to light," said Turner. According to the kingdom´s Vision 2030 reform plan, only 13 percent of the Saudi population exercises at least once a week. The plan aims to boost that number to 40 percent. Bint Bandar - daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington - championed the licensing of female-only gyms and sports clubs in her previous role leading the women´s section of the national General Sports Authority. Turner said she hoped in addition to getting more women into sports her own business would benefit. "For us to be able to grow more clubs and that we can get licenses and knowing that somebody very confident and very capable is in charge of sports..it just gives us a huge amount of confidence," Turner said by phone from Riyadh. Al Maeena, who is also a member of the advisory Shura Council, said having a woman in the role would have a knock-on effect across Saudi society. "I see a lot of business opportunities, a lot of women empowerment," she said.
  23. RIYADH: A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan has become "the first woman to lead a federation" covering sporting activities for men and women. In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the kingdom´s equivalent of a sports ministry. A daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Rima is a graduate in museology from an American university. Saudi Arabia does not allow women to practise sports in the public sphere and even the introduction of private sports centres for women has aroused criticism among religious conservatives in the Gulf state. Although the kingdom announced it will lift a ban on women drivers from next June as part of a reform push, it still retains tight restrictions on women and imposes a strict segregation of the sexes. Under the country´s guardianship system, a male family member -- normally the father, husband or brother -- must grant permission for a woman´s study, travel and other activities.
  24. Last month was the 10 year anniversary of this website, and I did **** all to celebrate it. Which is really the right way to celebrate a site like this. I was going to do an infographic making fun of myself, and I didn’t even do that. But I am doing something else that has something, slightly, to do with this site, I’m starting my own sports writing course. I never passed highschool, university, and also never worked at a newspaper. When I started this site I was a car park attendant, so you know, I’ve learnt a few things along the way. This scrappy little cesspool was the place I learnt how to write good like. So if you want to learn from the guy who taught himself by writing about a Kallis orgasm, you can. There are two SE London all day Saturday classes available: The 21st of October that has just had two cancellations, and thusly has a shittone of space for an intimate course where you can feel my spittle on my face as I talk. The 4th of November class is almost booked out. So you’d want to get in fast for that. There will be a course in Melbourne for late January. And more courses in the UK next year. For those who that doesn’t cover, there will also be an online course hopefully active by late November. You can register your interest for it here. The course is essentially me reverse engineering my writing, so it’s a pretty horrible look inside my brain that will hopefully explain how to be a better writer on sport. Or a sociopath. The rest of the course is from spending the last ten years talking to other aspiring writers. Answering their questions, doing reddit AMAs, dealing with the odd work experience kid, and helping out my friends. I think there are important, easy and practical things you can learn in eight hours that can help you become better. This is really the course I wish I’d taken back in the day, instead of pissing about here making fun of cricketers all the time. Anyway, do the course, don’t do the course, whatevs, I’ll be off half arsing that infographic that I’ll never finish. View the full article
  25. Saudi Arabia women attend a rally to celebrate the 87th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big programme of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time. The festivities are part of a government move to boost national pride and improve quality of life for Saudis. Also on offer is a concert in the Red Sea city of Jeddah featuring 11 Arab musicians, plus fireworks, air acrobatics and traditional folk dance shows. ?It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country,? said 25-year-old Sultana, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. ?God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.? Several thousand families entered the stadium ? where top football matches are held ? through a separate gate from single men. They cheered, flashed peace signs and waved green Saudi flags. A toddler wore a shirt that said in English ?I (heart) Saudi Arabia? while a little girl donned a green dress with the faces of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, printed on it. A young man recited a poem praising the 82-year-old monarch. The events are the latest entertainment sponsored by the government as part of the Vision 2030 reform programme launched two years ago to diversify the economy away from oil, create whole new sectors to employ young citizens and open up Saudis? cloistered lifestyles. However in a country that adheres to a strict brand of Islam, which bans gender mixing, concerts and cinemas, the plan?s seemingly anodyne goals to empower women, promote sports and invest in entertainment have been criticised. Saudi rulers are also starting to reform areas once the exclusive domain of the clergy, such as education and the law, and have promoted elements of national identity that have no religious component or pre-date Islam. They have increased National Day celebrations that were previously attacked by clerics as undermining religious feeling, and are promoting heritage sites, like Nabatean rock temples, once seen as embarrassing in the land of Islam. King Salman marked the holiday on Twitter, writing: ?The kingdom will remain a bulwark for those who love benevolence, their religion and their country.? Why not join the men? The operetta on Saturday told the story of the founding of the modern Saudi state by Ibn Saud, King Salman?s father, following a series of territorial conquests and eight years before the discovery of oil opened the way to making the new kingdom the world?s top oil exporter. The performance, which praised the kingdom?s religious and martial past while looking ahead to more development, featured horses, camels and hundreds of men dancing with swords and drums. An unveiled woman and two dozen girls joined them onstage. Pyrotechnics, dancing fountains and lasers elicited cheers from the crowd which snapped photos on their smartphones. The final segment featured pictures of Crown Prince Mohammed ? visiting troops, meeting world leaders, watching a football match ? whose face has become nearly as ubiquitous as his father?s since he became heir to the throne in June. Saudi Arabia women arrive to a rally to celebrate the 87th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters There is widespread speculation, denied by officials, that King Salman intends to abdicate to his son, who already dominates economic, diplomatic and domestic policy. Saudi flags and green billboards, often bearing the faces of both men, have gone up across Riyadh this week, and at night skyscrapers are flooded in green light ? the national colour. Companies from telecoms operators to furniture stores have launched patriotic-themed marketing campaigns offering discounts for the holiday weekend. Um Abdulrahm al-Shihri, who travelled 1,100 km from the northwestern city of Tabuk, to enter the stadium, said she hoped in the future women would be able to attend football matches and other public festivities which are traditionally the reserve of men. ?You cannot imagine how happy we are today ... We feel that there is openness towards us,? she said, wearing the black niqab covering all but her eyes. ?Women are at all levels now ? women are now (representatives) in the Shura council, women are now doctors, women are now in big positions. So why shouldn?t we join the men in things that matter to our nation?? The General Entertainment Authority, the government agency organising the National Day festivities, expects some 1.5 million Saudis to attend events in 17 cities over four days. Vision 2030 reforms are intended to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas by Saudis, who are accustomed to travelling abroad to see shows and visit amusement parks in nearby tourist hub Dubai or further afield. This weekend?s events, though, are free to the public. Issa Daghiri, attending the operetta in Riyadh with his wife and children, said he was encouraged by the acceptance of families at the stadium, which holds about 40,000 spectators. ?We had hoped for this for a while and now the opportunity has come,? he said. ?Each year that passes, the kingdom develops.?