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.
Image source: sportskeeda.com
Image source: sportskeeda.com

Maharashtra enter semis for second year in a row

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Maharashtra entered the Ranji trophy semi finals for the second year in succession after defeating Andhra Pradesh by 75 runs on the third day of the five day quarterfinal match played at Lahli in Haryana.

Starting from their overnight score of 172/6, Maharashtra lost the key wicket of Kedar Jadhav without any addition to the score in the first over of the day. Rahul Tripathi played an enterprising innings of 43 from 38 deliveries to propel Maharashtra’s score to 223, setting Andhra a target of 177 runs in the fourth innings.

Andhra were jolted early in their innings after the Maharashtra bowlers bowled a steady line and length with Domnic Joseph picking up the key wicket of first innings top scorer Murumulla Sriram, who has also scored a triple century this season. A G Pradeep was the top scorer with 25 as Andhra folded for a paltry total of 101 runs.

Last year’s quarterfinal hero Anupam Sanklecha was the pick of the bowlers picking up figures of 4-19, cleaning up the Andhra tail in quick time.

Maharashtra will face either Tamil Nadu or Vidarbha in the semi finals at Kolkata from the 25th of February.

 

The indefatigable road runner

Image courtesy: ndtv.com
Image courtesy: ndtv.com

Leander Paes has been synonymous with Indian tennis for the better part of the past two decades ever since he put Indian tennis on the world map with his wonderful achievement of winning the Bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Winning his third Australian Open mixed doubles title alongside the evergreen Swiss, Martina Hingis is just another feather in the cap for the forever young Paes. Paes and Hingis defeated the formidable combine of Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) 6-4, 6-3. The final was a one sided affair with the Indo-Swiss combination winning in straight sets in 62 minutes.

This is Paes’s seventh Grand Slam mixed doubles title putting him joint fifth on the all time list alongside Bob Bryan. He also has eight Grand Slam doubles titles, giving him a grand total of 15 Grand Slam wins.
The 41 year old holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles won by an Indian. His former doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi is a close second with 12 titles (4 men’s doubles and 8 mixed doubles titles).

While Bhupathi has long ceased to be a force on the international circuit and has started devoting more and more time to his business interests, Paes continues to be one of the top doubles specialists in the game.

His seven titles have come with some of the greatest women players of all time, among them the legendary Martin Navaratilova, the veteran Lisa Raymond, the spunky Cara Black with whom he has won three of his 7 titles and the elegant Martina Hingis. These four women have won the mixed doubles Championship at the various Grand Slams a staggering 22 times with Navaratilova winning 10, Raymond and Black winning 5 each and Hingis adding 2 to the tally.

Paes has long stated the ambition to win a medal in the men’s doubles at the Olympics and intends to carry on till the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics and on current form you would not count against him winning a medal there.

Paes is also particularly famous for his performances in the Davis Cup where he has helped India in winning some of its most important matches. The most striking features of Paes’s play are his quick hands and fluid movements. Leander Paes is arguably India’s greatest tennis player and as a glittering career enters its last leg all we can do is salute the man and enjoy his unique brand of tennis.

Phil Hughes: 63 not out, forever

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He was only 25.

And his scorecard will forever read 63*; a star right above.

A short-pitched ball by Sean Abbott hit Hughes on his neck, causing vertebral artery dissection that eventually led to brain hemorrhage. Hughes fell face-flat on the pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground, never regaining consciousness.

Hughes, who had been an inconsistent addition to the Australian Team ever since his entry into the game in 2009, was on his way to make a mark with his innings at the SCG when the ball struck him at 63, probably even get a place in the national team to play against India next week. He was known for his unorthodox batting method and often even criticized for it.

The ‘freakish accident’ that resulted in the untimely and tragic death of the Aussie cricketer was the cause of the entire sports fraternity to come together and grieve in unison.

Flags were hoisted half-mast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Adelaide, Sydney Cricket Ground and Lord’s in England – the spiritual home ground of the gentleman’s game. It is believed that there is an invisible flag of mourning above that is being honoured.

The Australian captain, Michael Clarke, was seen tearing up at the emotional press conference where he delivered a statement on behalf of the Hughes family – Greg, Virginia and Sister Megan Hughes. “We are devastated by the loss of our much loved son and brother Phillip.Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family share that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you and always will.”

 

Cricket fans all across the globe joined in by posting photographs of their cricket bats outside their homes, on Twitter with hashtags #putoutyourbats. Paul Taylor, from Sydney, came up with the idea and it quickly picked up pace. Twitter was flooded with photographs and tweets from several cricketers who joined the movement.

David Warner, who was a close friend of Hughes, posted on his Instagram, “#putoutyourbats missing my little mate so much!! I wish I can wake up from this bad dream. Once again not out on the cricket field and forever #63notout love you BRAZ!!”

Warner also posted a photograph of him and Hughes, the caption of which read, “RIP my little man. You will always be with me when I walk out onto the field. Not just a mate but a loved one to us all big man. Forever in my heart brother for life. Miss you buddy.”

Manchester United was seen following the trend of #putyourbats out as an ode of Hughes

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A fan, Ben Hughes, grieving the demise of Hughes

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https://twitter.com/HughesFT/status/538117338844119040

The Indian legend, Sachin Tendulkar, also conveyed his condolences

He also tweeted a photograph of his bat when he was 25 years of age as a tribute to the young Aussie player.

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Australia’s dressing room will take a long time to recover from Hughes’ death, says former England spinner Graeme Swann. “Phillip’s death will hit the Australia team very hard; those close to him will be devastated. So will other players who came into contact with him. I know England bowler Steven Finn was a good friend from when they played at Middlesex. For his family, it is going to be world shattering. I can’t believe it has happened. And the fact that he was only 25 – it’s cruel.”

Fellow Australian cricketer, Peter Siddle reacting to the accident

 

The accidental death of Phil Hughes is a dark moment for all in the world of sports. Where fans put these players on pedestals so high and consider them superheroes, capable of fighting back and emerging victorious in tough situations, Hughes’s death is a reminder that they are also mortals. A definite star in the making, gone too soon.

And also, a very happy 26th birthday, Phil Hughes.