Sports science boosts pencak silat team

first_imgRead Next Association head Princess Jacel Kiram said the 14 athletes who came here underwent “sportonomics,” which analyzed their endurance based on their blood specimen.“This is the first time we had it,” said Kiram whose charges ended a 12-year gold medal drought in the SEA Games after Dines Dumaan triumphed in the tanding Class A 45-50-kilograms Tuesday.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 shutoutShe said the pencak silat team went to Thailand for two months’ training although the squad didn’t employ a foreign coach.Then, according to Kiram, the athletes had a 60-day “isolation camp” in Camp Canawan in Morong, Bataan. “They were not allowed to go home or see their families and spent the whole time training and bonding with each other,” said Kiram.Already, the Philippines won one gold and one bronze, with two more athletes vying for the top honors late Tuesday.Last SEA Games, the country could only come up with three bronzes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An obscure Indonesian martial arts just made its contribution to the Philippines’ struggling campaign here Tuesday.And pencak silat has sports science to thank for it.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.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 shutoutHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Messi staying with Barcelona to 2021 after new contract

first_imgFC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona enjoyed a big win on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona and its fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentine forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Club president Josep Bartomeu said Barcelona and Messi already agreed to a new deal in June, but that following Neymar’s departure they revised it to more than double the buyout clause. It was originally set at 300 million euros ($358 million).Bartomeu said the new contract “is more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football.”Barcelona announced in July that Messi agreed to a new deal that it would make official “in the coming weeks.” The wait that turned into months eventually caused many Barcelona supporters to fear the worst.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said having Messi signed up for four more years should help the team focus on its strong Spanish league and Champions League campaigns this season. Barcelona visits second-place Valencia on Sunday seeking a win that would give it a commanding lead as it tries to retake the Liga title from Real Madrid.“I am not an expert in contract clauses, but if we look at what happened with Neymar, then you have the answer,” Valverde said. “The renewal of Leo is great news for the club. It calms everything down, especially all that surround the team. We already were calm because we see him train every day and we see his commitment to the club.”ADVERTISEMENT Messi has been the heart and soul of Barcelona for more than a decade.A five-time world player of the year, Messi has helped Barcelona win 30 titles since he arrived from Argentina at age 13. That haul includes four Champions Leagues and eight Spanish leagues.Now in his 14th season, Messi is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 523 in 602 matches.He received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.“The objective is to continue achieving things, fill the club’s trophy cases, and keep making history at Barca,” Messi said. “We’ve been lucky enough to have won a great many things and I hope there will be more in the future.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:29Police 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES “The club … is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”The club did not reveal many financial details, including Messi’s salary. According to El Mundo newspaper, Messi will receive 30 million euros ($35.8 million) per season along with a signing bonus of 50 million euros ($59.6 million).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 shutoutWith his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers from other teams on Jan. 1. That approaching deadline generated speculation Messi could follow Neymar’s lead and leave.Messi’s new deal includes a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($835 million). The massive figure is aimed at keeping away even the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, which secured Neymar in the offseason by triggering his buyout clause with a record 222 million euros ($262 million) payout. View comments Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort United, Chelsea rely on strokes of fortune in EPLlast_img read more

HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach

first_imgNational University has instated the chief tactician of its high school volleyball program as the new head coach of the Lady Bulldogs, replacing the beleaguered Roger Gorayeb.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ According to a statement released to social media, NU named Raymund Castillo to take over post of Gorayeb, who resigned in April after failing to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Castillo will start his new job in Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very honored to lead the women’s team but it is a very big responsibility,” said Castillo in the statement. “I believe our team has everything, skills and talent, we just need to give them the sense of purpose and learn how we can work together.”Castillo will inherit a team Gorayeb polished that includes superstar Jaja Santiago, setter Jasmine Nabor, and reliable attackers Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodman’s N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key startlast_img read more

Yao Ming Rockets deal rumors fizzle out

first_imgFormer NBA star Yao Ming attends a press conference after being elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in Beijing on February 23, 2017.NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for “urgent” reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on February 23. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTFormer NBA star Yao Ming has scotched rumors he was interested in buying his old team the Houston Rockets, saying he was too busy to consider the possibility. Yao, who played for the Rockets from 2002 to 2011 before retiring, told the official Xinhua news agency on Friday he was dedicated to his role as president of the Chinese Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of Indiacenter_img “I have no time to consider anything else (including buying Houston Rockets),” said Yao, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last September.His comments came after long-time Rockets owner Leslie Alexander put the club up for sale last week.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 starsThe Chinese centre’s strong ties to the club had fueled speculation about his possible interest in buying. He was feted by the Rockets earlier this year when they retired the ground-breaking Chinese player’s number 11 jersey. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Yao, who averaged 19.2 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, became a global ambassador for the sport during his eight NBA seasons. He continued promoting the game after he was forced into retirement by repeated foot injuries and purchased his hometown team, the Shanghai Sharks, after returning to China. The Rockets are the eighth most valuable franchise in the league at $1.65 billion and their annual revenue is $244 million, according to Forbes magazine. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Korea deals PH 2nd loss

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Netball aims to do better in KL meet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines whipped Hong Kong, 25-16, 25-21,25-17, to jump-start its group stage campaign on Wednesday.In other matches, Japan and Kazakhstan also prevailed.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 starsJapan, No. 6 in the world, swept Taiwan, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, to also improve to 2-0.The Taiwanese slipped to 1-1. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKorea handed the Philippines another loss, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12, in the Asian Volleyball Championship (AVC) Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship classification stage on Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.The Koreans, ranked 10th in the world along with the Argentines, are undefeated in two matches in the classification stage.They have a shot at a top-four seeding in the quarterfinal round.The Philippines, meanwhile, absorbed its second straight loss. On Saturday, it bowed to Kazakhstan, 23-25, 20-25, 19-25.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Kazakhs dropped the first set but eventually overcame the Vietnamese, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, to likewise tote a 2-0 slate.Vietnam is at 0-2.The classification stage will be used to determine the eight teams’ seeding come the quarterfinals.Japan actually owns a 3-0 record but with Australia getting eliminated from the tournament, its win over the Aussies won’t be counted in the classification rounds. —WITH REPORTS FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 View commentslast_img read more

Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Geje Eustaquio is a good striker with decent takedown defense, and he has a good team behind him. I do not think he has a lot of weaknesses,” Akhmetov praised.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “My advantage should be my wrestling and ground game, but I am not going to rely only on that. I am willing to test myself against him on the feet, and show what my hands can do,” said Akhmetov.“I envision every possible scenario, from a quick win, to a tough decision where I overcome adversity. Whatever he brings to me, I will be ready for it,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAkhmetov hopes to get back into title contention and he has to go through Eustaquio first before earning another shot.The Kazakh knows it won’t be a walk in the park. LATEST STORIES Photo from ONE ChampionshipWhatever the result and however the fight would turnout, former ONE flyweight world champion Kairat Akhmetov said he will be ready for anything.Akhmetov faces tough Filipino Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Sept. 16 in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

4 Pakistan cricketers to undergo dope test

first_imgFour Pakistani cricketers will undergo dope tests before the third one-day international against England on Friday, a Pakistan team official said.Team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed that a team of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had reached London and had notified the Pakistan team that random dope tests would be conducted before the match to be played at The Oval.Yawar said WADA had not conveyed which players would be picked for the tests on Wednesday but sources in the team said that four senior players had been shortlisted.”Captain, Shahid Afridi, fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar and batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal have been shortlisted for the tests,” one source said.Yawar said the dope tests were a routine matter as Pakistan Cricket Board was a signatory to the WADA anti-doping code which other boards had signed as well.”Under this agreement WADA can conduct random dope tests during any competition or out of competition at any time of the year,” he said.Pakistan cricket in the past has been tainted by positive dope tests of star players such as mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar and the currently suspended Mohammad Asif.Both the pacers had tested positive during out of competition tests by the PCB before the 2006 Champions Trophy and were banned but then had their bans removed on appeal on technical grounds.Asif, who has been released from the team and is serving a provincial suspension by the ICC for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing and betting scandal, also served a 12-month suspension period in 2008-2009 for flunking a dope test during the Indian Premier League.advertisementHe was also detained for 19 days in 2008 at the Dubai airport for possession of small quantity of hashish but later released without any criminal charges against him.Pakistan sports has been rocked by doping scandals in recent months and a few weeks back, the country’s anti-doping agency banned 10 female and male athletes for testing positive in the national championship and during a camp for the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

‘Incredible India’ floors Intl media with dazzling CWG opening

first_img“India has arrived” — this summed up the international media comments on the dazzling opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday.Newspapers in two major Commonwealth countries, Australia and Great Britain, used terms like ‘An ancient land opens its heart to the world’, ‘India opens doors to the world at opening ceremony’ and ‘India sweeps aside Games shame’ to describe the two-hour cultural extravaganza that unfolded at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium on Sunday night.People across Britain watched the ceremony live on BBC and were all praise for it with NRI Industrialist Lord Swraj Paul summing up the public reaction by stating, “India has done itself proud. It was a great show.”The Guardian newspaper said it was a moment of national pride for India, which had drawn flak for the troubled build-up to the Games.”‘India has arrived’: spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games,” read the newspaper’s headline.”Concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations,” it said.”At exactly two minutes past seven tonight, a huge inflatable blimp rose slowly and smoothly into the hot air above Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the sound of hundreds of traditional drums, pipes and conch shells, and the cheers of 65,000 people.”This was the moment that 1.2 billion people – there are few in India who were still unaware of the event – had been waiting for,” it added.The Daily Telegraph marvelled at how smoothly the ceremony was conducted after all the organisational goof-ups that marred its run-up.advertisement”No collapsing scenery or malfunctioning sound system. No fluffed lines, botched choreography or missed cues and not a single stray dog in sight. The preparations for the XIXth Commonwealth Games may have been an unmitigated disaster but India certainly knows how to put on a show,” it said.”A dazzling, colourful, high-octane opening ceremony that was part Bollywood, part cultural extravaganza, did much to dispel the nightmares of the past fortnight, thrilling a sell-out crowd in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as well as the athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations.”It even managed to start on time, to the very second, proving there are some deadlines that Games organisers are capable of meeting,” the newspaper said taking a dig at the missed venue-completion deadlines that threatened to derail the Games at one stage.The Daily Mail was also effusive in its praise of the ceremony which showcased the centuries-old Indian culture to a packed crowd.”Commonwealth Games kick off in style with stunning opening ceremony… but the real test lies ahead,” the newspaper said.”The XIX Commonwealth Games crawled up off the canvas last night with a display of pageantry and technical wizardry that, finally, projected the image India craved on to two billion television sets around the world.”And not a single tier of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium fell down. The bungling organisers promised it would be all right on the night, and so it proved with this sparkling opening ceremony.”In the stadium – possibly 10,000 short of its 60,000 capacity – you sensed India wanted a pat on the back, and to cement their image as an emergent economic powerhouse despite the deservedly bad press they received over the last few weeks,” it added.The newspaper also made a mention of the jeers that greeted Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who had drawn massive criticism for the floundering run-up to the Games.”…the crowds’ anger at the alleged corruption and incompetence of the politicians was clear when the chairman of the Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, had part of his speech drowned out by derision,” it said.The reaction in Australia was also positive after being stinging in its criticism of the Games’ preparation.”India put on its best face on Sunday night and pulled off a brilliant opening ceremony that was extraordinary in its ambition and execution. It was everything the organisers had promised and more – an energetic celebration of all India has been and all it intends to be,” read The Daily Telegraph.”The kick-off to Delhi 2010 was an historic event that well and truly answered the question on everyone’s lips over the past two months: “Can they get it finished on time?””Delhi’s extravaganza more than favourably compared with the great opening ceremonies of recent times,” it added.The Sydney Morning Herald said the ceremony was well beyond what could have been expected after the shoddy build-up.”Delhi’s Commonwealth Games has managed yet another surprise, with the opening ceremony defying expectations last night to start on time before going off without a hitch to delight a crowd of 50,000 with a rich and exciting pageant befitting a country as vast and populous as India,” the newspaper said.advertisement”The ceremony to celebrate India’s amazing cultural diversity took place behind a thick drape of security with soldiers and police outside Jawaharlal Nehru stadium matching the crowd of around 50,000 for numbers, if not for noise,” it said.The Australian said it was a ceremony that made India’s “troubles seem so far away.””After a lead-up plagued by terror threats, a bridge collapse, a shambolic village, the first case of dengue fever and more, India delivered a brilliant and lively opening ceremony,” it said.”A vibrant celebration of 5000 years of Indian culture – with just a hint of Bollywood – was showcased in a performance involving more than 6000 artists.”There were no visible glitches. India delivered, and all 71 nations took part in the march despite threats by some countries to pull out,” it added.The newspaper also lauded the sartorial sense of the 619-strong Indian contingent that walked into the stadium in traditional dresses.”India has won the first unofficial gold medal of the Games – for best team uniform,” it said.”Indian Games officials should feel proud of the opening ceremony, classy and showy but somehow warmer and less contrived than the Beijing experience. No collapsed bridges.No slithering snakes. No collapsing roof and, blow me down, before a late blow-out she almost ran on time.”The Indian athletes looked like royalty in their smart traditional maroon tops with gold braided scarves. Slick and sensational,” it added.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Deccan and Punjab hunt for momentum

first_imgAfter breaking their home jinx with a 33-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, a confident Deccan Chargers unit will take on the Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab, who are equally on a high after their splendid victory over defending champions Chennai Super Kings.One can expect a cracking contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Saturday, as both teams square off after recording convincing victories in their previous matches after not so great starts.Interestingly for both wicketkeeper captains Kumar Sangakkara and Gilchrist, it will be a reversal of roles as they will be pitted against sides they have captained last season.While Gilchrist was the Chargers’ skipper for the last two editions, Sangakkara had unsuccessfully led the Kings XI during their worst-ever finish last season. It will not only be a test of Sangakkara and Gilchrist’s leadership but also for the likes of Bharat Chipli and Paul Valthaty would like to show world that they aren’t one-trick ponies.All eyes will certainly be on 27-year-old Valthaty, who captured the imagination of the nation after smashing 120 not out off only 63 balls. The Uppal pitch will help the batsmen and, if Valthaty can get going, the crowd will be in for some entertainment.The 2009 champions Chargers started off on a disastrous note, losing their first couple of matches against the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. The victory on Thursday would have definitely helped them feel relaxed as they play their third match at home.Chipli sparkled against Bangalore and he will be expected to continue his big-hitting against Praveen Kumar and co. Kings XI will also expect that skipper Gilchrist to fire along with bighitters like Abhishek Nayar and Sunny Singh.advertisementChargers skipper Sangakkara feels that he has the ideal pacespin combination to unsettle the opposition. South African speedster Dale Steyn, who leads the pace attack for the Chargers, is in great form and leads the wickets tally for his team with six scalps. Ishant Sharma also bowled well against RCB and claimed his first wicket of the tournament.Gilchrist, whose bowlers took a bit of a pounding at the hands of Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni, will hope that they get their acts together. Praveen had provided crucial breakthroughs at the onset but hasn’t really been effective at the death. Piyush Chawla has also failed to exert any influence.-With PTI inputslast_img read more