WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago SEA Games Gallery: August 19 “We only had four days to get them,” he added.The Philippines is considered to be the favorites to rule ice hockey, which is making its debut in the regional event.“If we play to our potential, I can’t see any reason why we won’t win [the gold],” said Filipino-Swiss goalkeeper Gianpetro Iseppi in an interview before the squad left for Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos open their campaign against Indonesia on Monday at the Empire City Ice Arena in Damansara Perdana, a new commercial hub in this bustling and progressive Malaysian capital.They take on Singapore next then, Malaysia before closing out their stint against Thailand on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The team that finishes with the most number of wins bags the gold medal. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows head coach Daniel Brodan (R) giving instructions to members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia.Dubbed the “Mighty Ducks” by local media, the Philippine men’s hockey team aims to win a gold medal in next week’s games in Malaysia — a far cry from members’ days of only learning of the sport through the Disney movies. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEThe Philippines’ gold-medal bid in ice hockey got a shot in the arm after two of its key players earned the go-signal from Southeast Asian Games organizers to compete.Carlo Martin Tenedero and Paul Gabriel Sanchez have been allowed to play in the SEA Games after the country’s men’s ice hockey team won its appeal to reinstate the two Fil-Canadians in the team Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Both players were earlier disqualified for allegedly violation eligibility rules.“This is a great relief for us and great morale boost for the team,” said team manager Petronilo Tigaronita.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTenedero and Sanchez were initially removed from the lineup after the hosts claimed both failed to meet the required 16-month residency rule under international standards.“But we have proof and documentation, including certification from their respective barangays that they have stayed in the Philippines since April 2016,” said teammate Francois Emmanuel Gautier, who arrived with Tigaronita ahead of the team in filing the appeal. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments
Buoyed by a big Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines fought hard, but Indonesia proved to be too much in the end as a familiar narrative was rewritten.The Filipinos also yielded to the Indonesians in the 2015 SEA Games with Natasha Christaline leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChristaline was brilliant yet again, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Yuni Anggraeni also made a big impact with 16 points and 11 rebounds.The setback to Indonesia, just like before, dealt a huge blow to the Philippines’ bid to bag its breakthrough gold medal in women’s basketball. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Joshua open to MMA crossover fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments MOST READ Perlas Pilipinas quickly lost its luster, dropping a 78-68 decision to Indonesia just a day after its sparkling debut against Singapore in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Perlas took a 41-34 lead at the half but its shooting turned sour in the second half while Christaline caught fire for Indonesia, which gained a 59-50 advantage entering the final frame.Allana Lim had 15 points for PH, which ripped Singapore, 88-54, in the opener, while Camille Sambile added 14. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoyce Sta. Rita set a career-high to lead San Sebastian past Mapua, 25-20, 25-7, 29-31, 25-14, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The team captain unleashed 28 points for the Lady Stags while also getting help from three of her teammates with Nikki Dalisay adding 17, Daurene Santos tallying 11 and Dangie Encarnacion chipping in 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises San Sebastian climbed to 3-2 to bolster its Final Four bid. The Lady Stags are currently in fourth place thanks to a better quotient than College of St. Benilde, which also owns a 3-2 slate.“We’re on track. We’re still there. We still have four games left and I hope we can still make it,” Gorayeb told reporters in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Gorayeb wasn’t really pleased with how his team’s overall performance, particularly in the third set where the Lady Stags committed too many errors.San Sebastian blew three match points, two of which from service errors, that had Gorayeb shaking his head on the bench. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Top USA gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Lady Stags regrouped and didn’t leave anything to chance in the fourth set.Angeline Mangundayao scored 10 points while Katrina Racelis and Patria Peña had nine apiece for the Lady Cardinals, who dropped to 0-6. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Wigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City’s pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0.Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, but this was an even bigger shock. Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off the upset in the fifth round. They host Southampton in the quarterfinals next month.ADVERTISEMENT Aguero looked like opening the scoring after breaking into the box just before the interval, but Walton produced another fine save.Controversy then erupted when referee Anthony Taylor dismissed Delph following a sliding challenge on Power.Taylor initially had a yellow card in his hand, but eventually brandished the red one, sparking vociferous complaints from City players, who felt the decision was harsh.Guardiola was also angered and encroached on to the field, his arguments with Cook continuing for some time afterwards.City was further frustrated after the break and Grigg capitalized on a Kyle Walker error to win it for Wigan 11 minutes from time. The Northern Ireland international seized possession on halfway and charged upfield before slotting a fine shot past Bravo from the edge of the area.Wigan survived a nervy finish, with the final whistle prompting a pitch invasion.Television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to strike the supporter after the latter said something to the forward, who had to be held back by his City teammates.Guardiola and Cook said they did not see the post-match incidents because they were in the changing rooms. “Of course, we are sad and we want to go through because the FA Cup is a nice competition and you want to go to the quarterfinals. They score a goal, we were not able to. We congratulate Wigan for their victory.”While Delph’s red card led to Guardiola and Cook exchanging strong words on the touchline and in the tunnel at halftime, both managers said there wasn’t a problem.“From our point of view we’re trying to get every edge in everything we can,” Cook said.“We certainly wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well.”City enjoyed 83 percent of possession and 29 shots to Wigan’s four, but could not take advantage. Sergio Aguero headed over early on and Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save from Christian Walton before miskicking from another good position.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We had to ride our luck with a couple of flashing crosses, but that’s what makes the FA Cup so special,” Wigan manager Paul Cook said. “Our lads deserve a lot of credit for the amount of work and the level of energy they put in. To beat a Man City team you have to do that.”City was forced to play the entire second half with 10 men after left back Fabian Delph was red-carded on the stroke of halftime for a strong challenge on Max Power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCity manager Pep Guardiola accepted the referee’s decision and played down its significance.“We played good in the second half even with 10 so the influence in terms of the way we played wasn’t too much,” he said. “Of course, with 11 it’s easier. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. Football is like this. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Roger Pogoy also came up big for TNT with 17 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area while Jayson Castro, who was struggling all-game long offensively, hit the game-clinching 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left.“I actually didn’t want him (Castro) to shoot the last shot but Jayson will be Jayson,” said Racela. “He was really born for those moments.”Castro was 0-of-9 from the field before hitting that dagger of a triple over Sol Mercado.The Kings never led but pulled within one possession thrice inside the final two minutes but each time, the KaTropa had answer with Pogoy, Smith and Castro hitting timely baskets.Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. The Gin Kings look to even the series on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith threw his weight around and TNT held off top seed Barangay Ginebra, 100-94, to take Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half including an 18-point third quarter as the KaTropa weathered the Gin Kings’ fightback.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ He owned the shaded area going 16-of-22 from the field while also collecting 13 rebounds and four assists in just a little over 29 minutes off the bench.“Well again, just like the last game, if you give him minutes, he will give you the numbers,” TNT head coach Nash Racela said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think today he had 35, rebounds maybe not that much, but because of Ginebra’s defense, they really concentrated on neutralizing Joshua and almost like having 2 or 3 guys on him every single time,” Racella added.But despite the Kings’ defensive game plan of crowding Smith with two or three defenders, the hefty import found ways to deliver for the KaTropa as if there was little resistance to hurdle. Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments
LATEST STORIES Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia—There will be no rush for Jeff Horn in the first round. Instead, he’ll measure Manny Pacquiao’s distance before testing his speed and power.Afterwards, Horn will try to break down Pacquiao’s body before going for the kill on the later rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Battle of Brisbane Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “We must be mistake-free tomorrow (Sunday),” said Rushton.Having thoroughly analyzed Pacquiao’s previous fights, Rushton is taking a cue from what Pacquiao did to Ricky Hatton in 2009, when he flattened the Briton in just two rounds.Rushton said Hatton made a mistake and paid the price.Claiming that Horn is competent and technically proficient to adapt to whatever Pacquiao will bring to the ring, Rushton promised a “Bloody Sunday.”Though they’ve stated that Pacquiao’s chin will be a prime target, owing to what Juan Manuel Marquez did to him in 2013, Rushton insists Hop has a large target area.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “We’re prepared to hit him in the head, body, and wherever,” said Rushton.Not only that, the mixed martial arts expert and self-made millionaire swears Horn has everything in hisarsenal.“He can hit from long range, middle range and short range,” said Rushton.Horn’s unpredictability will also be a key factor in his bid to stun Pacquiao, and probably send him into retirement, according to Rushton.“He throws punches from everywhere. He can turn southpaw like Manny, he can hit with right hand leads and can move and fight from angles that Manny hasn’t encountered before.”In other words, Rushton believes Horn’s so good, Pacquiao will look bad on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? To proceed with caution is what trainer Glenn Rushton wants Horn to do in the headliner of “Battle of Brisbane.”Rushton, who has charted an extensive 10-point plan to improve their chances of dethroning Pacquiao, said Horn should stick to it once the bell rings and when it ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“After the first two to three rounds, I want Jeff to say it’s ‘another easy day at the office.’”In addition, Rushton wants Horn to commit no mistake throughout the execution of the strategy, which likely includes Horn avoiding Pacquiao’s vaunted straight left. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Omkar, Vijay bag gold; Gagan and Imran join the party too It appears India’s record of 16 shooting gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games will obliterated soon. On Friday, Omkar Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched gold in 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events respectively. This was Omkar’s third gold of the Delhi games; for Vijay, it was his second.Another gold came through the men’s 50m rifle 3 position pair of Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan. In the men’s trap pairs, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh combined to shoot an unprecedented 197 birds, only for Australia to pip them to the gold by one bird.Add to this a bronze won by Gurpreet Singh in rapid fire, and India’s tally after Day 4 of the nine- day shooting event stands at 10 gold, seven silver and a bronze.Narang, who is targeting six gold medals, won his third in as many events, thanks to an outstanding 397/ 400 in the prone round. He then shot identical 385s in the standing and kneeling rounds, while Khan shot 395, 381 and 382 to help India break the 16- year- old Games record of 2,300 points with 2,325.In the meantime, Vijay had broken his own record of 581 by shooting 583 in qualification for rapid fire. Gurpreet shot 569 to lie third, heading into the final. Vijay then shot an excellent 204.5 to beat his final record from Melbourne as well, setting 787.5 as the new benchmark.Despite one off- target shot, Malaysia’s Amir Hasan held on for silver, ahead of a surging Gurpreet.advertisementNavy’s Omkar equalled Samaresh Jung’s qualification record of 584 in 10m air pistol to be four points clear of Singapore’s Bin Gai and then shot 97.8 in the final to finish with three gold and a silver in his four events. Gurpreet finished fifth.There was disappointment for India in women’s trap pairs as they could only finish fifth. Australia won the gold, England got the silver and Canada took bronze.But the real battle of the day was in the men’s trap pairs where Australia’s Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, touted as the best trap team in the world, took on India’s vastly experienced Manavjit and Mansher.Mansher shot a brilliant 99 while Manavjit, who had shot 23 in his first round, went perfect over the next three series to finish with 98 and help India get to 197, a Games record.Vella also finished with 98, but two- time Olympic champion Diamond made it a perfect 100/ 100 to help Australia edge ahead.After the match, Mansher paid rich tribute to Diamond’s performance.”It had to be someone like Michael to beat us because nobody else in the world manages to do what he does regularly. This is what happens in shooting – you do so well and yet lose because somebody else has had a stellar day,” Mansher told Mail Today. The shooter, backed by the National Sports Development Fund, defended his teammate Manavjit, saying his was no mean score either.”Yes he did shoot 23 in the first round but then again, he shot 75 straight thereafter. It was a heavy load to carry and he did magnificently,” Mansher said.
After the shambolic build-up that included a dirty athletes village and other shortcomings leading to threats of pull-out by leading competing nations, the Commmonwealth Games was given a pat on the back by CGF chief Michael Fennell in his final press conference on Thursday.”Delhi has performed and the overall image of the Games has been extremely positive”, declared Commonwealth Games Federation chief Fennell on the last day of the multi-discipline event.”Leading up to the Games, people were not sure whether to go to India or not after all those reports (about the less than perfect build-up) came out. When I was going to India on September 23 I was even asked when would I announce the cancellation of the Games,” Fennell told a press conference.”I said our job is to fix the problems and not to give up. I had said in a press conference at that time (before the Games) when asked whether there was Plan B and I said Plan B is Delhi. It was always Delhi and Delhi has performed,” Fennell said.The CGF president refused to buy the line that the controversies in the lead up have damaged the integrity of the Games.”No doubt the overall image of the Games has been good.Spectators have enjoyed, broadcasting has been good. People have seen extremely positive image of the Games right across the world,” he said.”There are some details to be called into (for scrutiny).There were a number of issues but the fact is that the end result is good. I don’t think whatever has happened (in the lead-up) has damaged the image of the Games,” he added.advertisementFennell said the feedbacks from the athletes have been good while some of the competition venues and the Games Village were “exceptional”.”This is only a provisional comment. We will have a detailed evaluation and post mortem later. The athletes competed very well and they are comfortable.”Apart from one or two incidents, it was a very satisfactory experience. Some of the competition venues were exceptional. Some are of high standard. They provided high quality of competition,” he said.Taking the cue, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who had been lampooned by the media before and during the initial part of the Games, said “World apprehensions before the Games have disappeared.””The whole Games were built around athletes and they have enjoyed. They were happy with the food, Games village and everything. They enjoyed their stay here. When they go back they will take back great memories of india,” he said.”India too won a lot of medals, we have doubled the tally in Melbourne as we touching about 100. So as the head of Indian Olympic association it has been great for Olympic sport in the country,” Kalmadi said.”The technical conduct of the Games has been good. Over 75 Games records were broken. I have said (after the pull-out of some leading competitors) that new champions will emerge and that has happened. New sporting icons have come up for India also,” he said.Kalmadi thanked the CGF for its guidance and said the Games have given the country expertise to host big multi-sporting events in the future.”We might have had tiffs occasionally. That’s natural in such a big event. The guidance of CGF was wonderful. We now have a set of people, a core team who now know how big events are all about,” he said.CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said the Games have been “successful” and despite his differences with Kalmadi on some issues, both have wanted the same result.”My role was to advice. There were differences between OC and CGF. But I have steadfastly said I and Kalmadi want the same results. By and large, we can look back at the Games as successful. The athletes were happy. We are pretty pleased with the food, Games Village and competition,” he said.Fennell said the success of the Games was a team work with all the stakeholders, including Central and Delhi governments, pulling in together after the controversial lead-up.”It was a team work. We can’t describe any success to any individual or organisation. When we recognised few things not right, Delhi and national government put in a lot of resources to correct the situation. Certainly, CGF shared responsibility in getting it right with the expertise we had we mobilised to ensure that the Games got off to a good start. Many people were involved in getting it right,” said the Jamaican.advertisementAsked to rate the Delhi Games in the scale of 10, Fennell said, “What scale we are using. I am not going to answer that.That would be only after systematic evaluation and not at this stage. I am not going to give a figure on that.”On the star pull outs that have affected the Games, Fennell said the timing was the problem.”We have to ensure in future that top athletes take part.Timing of the Games is important. Some young top athletes have their examination and for some October is season end. Then the negative reports coming out have also affected a lot of people. It started off with security issues … we have to project it in a positive way (in future),” he said.Fennell said the aim of having a balance between tight security and freedom of movement was achieved.”We tried to create the balance in place and it was by and large achieved. The securitymen sometimes took strict security approach. You can’t keep everybody entirely happy.These are things we have to live with. The security personnel started with a zero knowledge of the Games but later on picked up the understanding. We must applaud me. We would not have been happy if they were compromising on security,” he said.The CGF chief was also happy with the crowd response after empty stands at venues in the first few days.”I was disappointed that in early days a lot of stands were empty. More could have been done to mobilise the people.But eventually the machinery got going and spectators came later. Delhi did not have experience of big multi-sporting events. Then there were glitches, perception of oppressive security arrangement all these played a part. This was a learning experience for Delhi. We have to learn from the experience,” he said.He praised the people of Delhi for their cooperation which ensured smooth operation of dedicated CWG lanes.”A high point is that we had a successful transport arrangements after difficulties initially. Special lanes worked exceptionally well. Police and traffic people really did a great job. The public of Delhi not directly involved responded to the needs of the Games and cooperated despite their inconvenience.”I also want to commend the 22,000 volunteers all young, bright, some foreigners. The attention they paid to the athletes and officials has been exceptional,” he said.
Light beams, fireworks and water jets exploded from the banks of the Pearl River as China marked the opening of the Asian Games, two years after dazzling the world with a gala opener to the Beijing Olympics.Unlike the land-bound festivities at the Bird’s Nest stadium that featured thousands of performers moving in coordination in 2008, Asian Games directors paid tribute to coastal Guangdong province’s seafaring heritage on Friday. The provincial capital Guangzhou, in particular, is a key Chinese port that has served as a hub for international trade since the days of imperial rule.The venue on tiny Haixinsha island was configured like a sailboat for the 4 1/2-hour opening festivities designed by Chen Weiya – famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s deputy when he crafted the Beijing ceremony. The 27,000-capacity stadium stood as the cabin; four towering pillars in front of it unfurled eight video screens that doubled as sails.The ceremony kicked off with a small boy floating down from the sky on a leaf-like carriage lit in green. He poured water from a bottle, setting off giant fountains which sprayed in arcs across the stage. Four dozen water goddesses seemed to walk across the water, followed by a dozen fairies rising out of pools in the stage floor.Performers flapping large pieces of red cloth scrambled across the stage to create the image of petals dropping on water. Other actors entered in a large sampan-like vessel, recreating a journey in rough seas, with the would-be sailors swaying on ropes and ladders amid waters represented by large flags waved by hundreds of dancers.advertisementStar classical pianist Lang Lang performed on a white grand and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Zhang Ziyi sang as synchronized swimmers danced and water sprouted before them.Performers on jet skis zoomed into the stadium and performed tricks.In a playful segment, dozens of dancers attached to wires seemed to run across cityscapes flashed across the video screens, climbed mountains and formed formations to look like eagles flying through the sky.In a nod to Chinese hurdling superstar Liu Xiang, who is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to withdraw from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the dancers formed hurdles across a track while one jumped smoothly over them.In keeping with the night’s nautical theme, instead of walking into the stadium, the athletes arrived on boats which ferried them down the Pearl River. Brightly illuminated in bulbs of different colors, the 45 boats were decorated with Asian landmarks – including Japan’s Mount Fuji, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Jordan’s Petra and India’s Taj Mahal. China was represented by the Temple of Heaven, the Bird’s Nest and the country’s pavilion from the recently concluded Shanghai World Expo.Director Chen had the tough task of matching the jaw-dropping lighting of the cauldron in Beijing, where retired gymnast Li Ning performed the honors while suspended in mid-air. He got creative instead. When the final torch bearer, Olympic champion diver He Chong, approached the Guangzhou cauldron – which emerged from the stage supported by four giant arches – he lit a big firecracker with two children who then muffled their ears. The sparks that followed set the cauldron aflame.Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao declared the games open. He was joined in the dignitaries box by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as well as International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.As the athletes marched into the stadium, one closely watched entrance was the Japanese. Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have deteriorated recently after Japanese officials arrested a Chinese captain near islands claimed by both sides, a move that sparked protests across the country. The Japanese delegation were cheered – but less boisterously than other teams such as North Korea and Pakistan and the semiautonomous Chinese territory Hong Kong, with whom Guangzhou shares a common Cantonese culture. Taiwan, the self-ruled island that split with the mainland amid civil war in 1949, was also welcomed warmly.A round-robin football match between Japan and China earlier in the week also ended without violence, even with the Japanese winning 3-0.The huge scale of the event has posed a logistical dilemma for the Chinese organizers.Except for members of the public who won a lottery for tickets to the show, most residents of this wealthy city of 10 million will be left with TV coverage – even though many could have enjoyed a picturesque view of the proceedings from either side of the river. Officials locked down areas near the stadium, ordering residents within a half-mile radius to leave their homes for the night – apparently to eliminate the threat of sniper fire. They were, however, asked to leave their lights on to help maintain a glittering skyline backdrop.advertisementTickets to the ceremony went for as much as 6,800 Chinese yuan ($1,025).- With inputs from Associated Press
At around 2.30 a.m. on November 27, after hectic week-long confabulations where Ravi Gaekwad, Satyajit Gaekwad, Chintan Vohra, Mehul Shah and Harshad Mehta tried desperately to hammer out a deal to save the Kochi IPL franchise, all five finally veered towards some sort of an understanding. The five, who had,At around 2.30 a.m. on November 27, after hectic week-long confabulations where Ravi Gaekwad, Satyajit Gaekwad, Chintan Vohra, Mehul Shah and Harshad Mehta tried desperately to hammer out a deal to save the Kochi IPL franchise, all five finally veered towards some sort of an understanding. The five, who had met repeatedly over the previous seven days at Rendezvous Sports World’s Worli office and Anchor Earth’s office on Hughes Road in Mumbai, decided to embark on the last pit stop of what was a gruelling journey. They drove towards Juhu where another key investor, Mukesh Patel of Parinee Developers, lives. Finally at close to 4.37 a.m., Patel was on board and the franchise had been saved after much persuasion from the Gaekwads. Despite a late protest from Shailendra Gaekwad, who was opposed to the idea of diluting the Rendezvous equity, they finally agreed to agree.IPL Kochi ShareholdersSpeaking to INDIA TODAY, Satyajit said, “The past is behind us. Earlier we were consortium partners, but now we are a family.” That is just about all he is saying. So are other members of the ‘family’ who seemed bound by Omerta, the code of silence. Anchor Earth promoter Mehul Shah was equally reticent when he said that the consortium members have decided not to speak on the issue while another partner, Vivek Venugopal, was perfunctory when he said that “everything was on track.”When the original bid was devised, it was agreed that the Gaekwads-Satyajit, Shailendra and Ravi (Shailendra and Ravi are brothers while Satyajit is a distant relative) – or Rendezvous Sports World, in whose name the title rights were vested, would get free equity of 25 per cent and pay only for 1 per cent at Rs 1.33 crore. What is not widely known is that the 26 per cent equity was broken up in this manner-the Gaekwads were to get only 10 per cent of this (10 per cent free plus one paid) and Sunanda Pushkar, who later married Shashi Tharoor, was to get 5 per cent as sweat equity towards her contribution in bringing MNC sponsors for the franchise. Another 10 per cent was reserved for the brand ambassador (this was for an important person who would add value to the brand).advertisementTharoor with SunandaI have no plans to associate myself with IPL Kochi in the future. I’ll keep my distance and support them from outside.- Shashi Tharoor, IPL Kochi brand ambassadorTharoor, who is probably the most aggrieved of all the parties associated with this venture because he lost his job, says, “I have no plans to associate with them in the future, other than watch matches played by the Kochi team. I am happy that a compromise was reached between the warring factions. This is great news for all the young Keralites who are enthused by the fact that they now have an IPL team. I am going to keep my distance and support them from the outside.”Speculation has been rife in the past that the job of brand ambassador was reserved for Sunil Gavaskar. Sources close to the franchise said that Kochi was initially keen on Gavaskar as a crucial member of the advisory board to give specific inputs on cricket. This plan may be revived now that the problems have been resolved. Gavaskar is friends with both sides. The earlier arrangement was to have the Gaekwads in lead position in the unregistered joint venture where they paid all the expenses leading up to the bid.Once the discredited Lalit Modi tweeted and outed Pushkar’s name, there was a furore. The fracas died down with the BCCI deciding that Kochi will stay on as a franchise in Season 4. But in the interim, the paid investors led by Mehul Shah, Chintan Vohra and Harshad Mehta and company decided to flex their muscles. The pushing and pulling created intractable differences. At the centre of the conflict was the free equity given to the Gaekwads. By pressuring the Gaekwads to bring down their equity from 26 to 10 per cent, the biggest beneficiary is Venugopal, whose stake has risen from 1 to 5 per cent. Similarly, Shah’s Anchor is now the single largest shareholder with 31.4 per cent (up 4.4 per cent), while Patel has increased his stake by 4.6 per cent.Suddenly, there was a volte face by the paid investors who wanted to grab the reins. The pressure game mounted as they argued for the paring of the free equity component. The Gaekwads also played hardball, refusing to back down. They even floated a trial balloon, saying that they were willing to bring in additional investment and would be willing to pay for some of their free equity at the rate of Rs 1.33 crore per percentage share. The paid investors rejected this notion outright as they didn’t want any new investor to join this band of brothers.advertisementAll this happened despite Shah’s faction sending a legitimate letter of termination to the BCCI. The reason why the BCCI gave the franchise another opportunity was because its legal rights were vested in Rendezvous Sports World. Over those seven days, the Gaekwads forsake control of the franchise by building a new entity, Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd, which has all six partners as board directors.Investors and their stakes in IPL Kochi Season 4It is still not clear who will represent the Gaekwads on the board: it could be either Shailendra or Satyajit, and this decision will be taken by the board meeting this weekend. The board will now take all decisions and committees have already been formed to independently look after marketing, branding and cricketing, which is believed to be with the Gaekwads.The loose confederation had also prepared the tentpoles by registering the new entity, Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd.How does the new arrangement work? The new working relationship has the paid investor lot coughing up for the entire 26 per cent that was once owned by the Gaekwads or Rendezvous. They have paid for this equity at the rate of Rs 1.33 crore to the authorised share capital of the company. Based on this principle, the investors have paid Rs 133 crore as the authorised share capital of the new company.Patel sums up the situation by taking recourse to God and fate, “Every human commits mistakes and if a man does not commit a mistake, God makes him commit a mistake so that he can correct himself. Everyone had his own understanding of issues.” Brave words for an outfit that was teetering on the precipice.