Swedish Charlotte Kalla wins maiden gold at Winter Olympics in skiathlon

The first gold medal in Pyeongchang 2018 was won by the Swedish Charlotte Kalla in the women’s skiathlon. Kalla finished the race in 40 minutes, 44.9 seconds while Norway’s Marit Bjorgen was second. While, Finnish Krista Parmakoski
Incidentally, Norwegian Bjorgen still remains as the most decorated woman in the Winter Olympics, with a cumulative 11 medals. She is very close to making the world record that is held by her countrywoman, Ole Einar Bjorndalen for 13 medals.
With the exception of Parmakoski, both other women were present on the winner’s podium at Sochi in 2014.
The skiathlon is a 15 km long cross country event that is mass skiing. The athletes are needed to use a different technique from the mid-point. A pit stop in the middle of the race requires them to change their gear and switch to free technique from classic.
Reportedly, Charlotte gained a considerable amount of lead at the 12.5 km stretch and maintained the gap throughout. “I was quite nervous today and the Olympics is something I have focused on for a long, long time, ” Kalla said. “On the finish line I did not want to look back and just focused on keeping pushing.”
SOURCES: BBC, Eurosport

Anchal Thakur is the first Indian to win an International medal for Skiing

NDTV Sports reported that Aanchal Thakur won the first international medal in skiing for India on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. She is a resident of Barua in Manali and 21 years of age. She won the bronze medal for slalom race at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup held in Turkey. Federation International de Ski (FIS) coordinated the event.

“Finally something surprised me today. This is my first international medal. Turkey served me well,” the skiing star said in her tweet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulated her on Twitter for this historic accomplishment.

The Times of India informed that Roshan Thakur, her father and secretary general of Winter Games Federation of India supported her finances and funded her efforts. He expressed his disappointment about not receiving monetary support from the government of India.

Thakur mentioned, “One needs helmets, skis, suits, poles, gloves, goggles, boots and bindings as a professional skier. The estimated cost of the kit is five to ten lakhs. Hope this serves as a way to help us receive the required assistance. I look forward to seeing my daughter and son play for India at the Winter Olympics this year.”

She was trained by Heera Lal, a former Olympian and Roshan Thakur, her father.

Sources – TOI, NDTV

BCCI to retire Sachin Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey unofficially

Sachin Tendulkar was always seen with his No. 10 jersey on the field. The jersey will not be worn for international matches as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to retire the same unofficially.

India Today informed that the little master wore the famous No. 10 jersey during the ODI match against Pakistan in March 2012. He was seen with it during one day and T20 international matches.

Times Now mentioned that this sudden decision was made after the social media trolls that did the rounds when player Shardul Thakur wore it during his debut match against Sri Lanka. The new player was trolled by people in social media, including cricket players like Rohit Sharma. Thakur informed that he chose the same since it was based on his birth date. Harbhajan Singh spoke in favor of the young cricketer. He also suggested that it could have been a way to acknowledge the immense contribution of the master blaster to cricket.

A BCCI official said that ICC does not allow retiring a jersey. It is however not mandatory to wear any given number. Retiring it unofficially seems to be a way out to avoid unnecessary criticism of players through social media. It can, however, be worn during a non-international A list match.

India to host the first ever BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy

The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will see its maiden event in India this year. This will begin with a qualifier round to be held in Goa between 26 and 29 October 2017. The best navigators and riders will be tested. BMW Motorrad commenced its operations in India earlier this year. The winning team from the qualifier in India will compete with teams from across the globe mentions the Car and Bike team of NDTV.

“The event is a celebration of the BMW motorcycles. The ride combines leisure, adventure, and the challenge of the rider. It is used to check team spirit, fitness, riding ability, and persistence. The event welcomes both men and women to participate”, informs Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group, India.

CNN News 18 explains that the top three participants from the Goa event will be representing India as a team for the final trophy. This is scheduled to be held in Mongolia next year. These selected participants will ride a personalized BMW GS motorcycle during the event. This will be a 10-day event; with seven days of riding, two days for in and outbound journey and a one-day briefing. This will test the participant’s physical and mental capabilities through a series of challenges. It will examine their team spirit and way to live and deal with encounters in this world.

The international trophy began in 2008. It is held once in two years. All BMW GS motorcycle owners in India can register for the event through the BMW website.

Sources-

  1. NDTV- https://auto.ndtv.com/news/bmw-motorrad-gs-trophy-coming-to-india-soon-1743774
  2. NEWS 18- http://www.news18.com/news/auto/bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy-indian-national-qualifier-to-debut-in-goa-1505099.html

Chelsea sacks Jose Mourinho after disastrous start in Premier League

Seven months after leading the English team to victory in Premier League, Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho was sacked on Thursday. The decision came three days after their loss against Leicester City 2-1, adding to the miserable start of the season.
Standing at the 16th place, Chelsea suffered their 9th loss this season, just a point above the relegation places. After Mourinho re-acquired the manager post in 2013, he lead the team to three league titles- the FA Cup, Community Shield and three Premier League Cup wins over two spells, making him the most successful manager in the 110-year history of the club. He was banned from the Stoke City stadium earlier in November for refusing to leave the referee’s cabin, and accused the officials of being ‘weak’. He was fined $40,000 too, after a decision by a three-man disciplinary committee of the Football Association.
Reports say that the 52- year-old is unlikely to retire and might be picked up by the rising French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3364216/Jose-Mourinho-SACKED-Chelsea-disastrous-Premier-League-start-Roman-Abramovich-calls-time-second-spell.html

Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title. Image source: Reuters
Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.
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Vasquez arrested on charges of corruption

The El Salvador police arrested former football federation president Reynaldo Vasquez on Thursday who is wanted by U.S. law enforcement on corruption charges connected with the FIFA corruption scandal.

Salvadorian national police Deputy Director, Howard Cotto said,“Vasquez was captured Wednesday in a housing complex in the Costa del Sol tourist area, 34 kilometers (21 miles) south of the capital of San Salvador. Vasquez was alone and put up no resistance.”

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Vasquez of taking bribes from Media World, a marketing firm in return for broadcast rights of international football games played by El Salvador.

Vasquez told reporters he will fight his extradition,“I consider the accusations unjust. I am innocent. I have no responsibility for the acts attributed to me by the government of the United States,” he said.

Earlier this month, a revised indictment was opened in which Vasquez was names among 16 others. 14 others were also charged by the U.S. prosecutors, including the arrest of  seven top FIFA officials in Zurich in May.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-fifa-probe-elsalvador-idUSKBN0TZ36R20151216

Policemen walk with the former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation Reynaldo Vazquez. Image Source: Reuters
Policemen walk with the former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation Reynaldo Vazquez.
Image Source: Reuters

FIFA confirms dates for 2022 Qatar World Cup

Zurich: In a move to confirm the 2022 Qatar World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding it, the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) on Friday, announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin on November 21.
 
The tournament will be 28 days long and will finish on December 18. FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking the December 18 date for the final, which happens to be a national holiday in Qatar.
 
Earlier, in March 2015, FIFA decided to switch the 2022 World Cup from the usual June-July schedule to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
 
A 28-day World Cup is four less than the usual tournament and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several mid-season weeks.
 
According to the calendar approved on Friday, clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by 14 November 2022 – a week before the opening match.
 
No qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.
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