In yet another setback for Sushil Kumar, the double Olympic-medallist has been omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India’s Rio Preparatory camp, which is scheduled to begin in Sonepat from Wednesday, as only the quota place earning wrestlers have been included in the list.Narsingh included As per rules, Narsingh Pancham Yadav has been included in the men’s 74kg freestyle division for the camp as he had acquired the berth at the World Championship last year, while Sushil’s name does not figure. (Also read: Sushil vs Narsingh debate to be settled soon) “The Rio preparatory camp is starting on Wednesday and all those wrestlers who have earned Olympic quota places are being included in the camp,” a WFI official told PTI. “But if Sushil wants to be a part of the camp, he is most welcome,” he added.The camp was earlier supposed to begin from tomorrow but has now been postponed to Wednesday. Although in every weight category there would be more than one wrestler at the camp, including 74kg, to give the Rio-bound athletes a good practice, WFI said all the qualified grapplers chose their sparring partners and the Federation had no say in that. (Also read: Sushil adamant on trial against Narsingh to determine Olympic berth)Personal animosity Explaining Sushil’s exclusion, the official said: “It is important to allow the wrestlers to opt for their own sparring partners because that would protect them from any unwarranted injury or harm during the camp. There might be problems if there is some personal animosity between the two grapplers. That’s why WFI did not choose any partner.”advertisementSushil-Narsingh trial? Meanwhile, WFI denied getting any instruction from the government regarding the conduct of trials in 74kg between Sushil and Narsingh.”So far, no directions have come from the government. There may be something in the coming days. But as of now, there is nothing.”PM to come to the rescue? With WFI not showing much interest in conducting a trial in 74kg, fearing demands from other wrestlers in remaining seven weight categories India has earned for Rio, Sushil has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Minister’s Office.The 32-year-old has also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler.
Eastern fleet of Indian navy in Indonesia to strengthen tiesVisakhapatnam (AP), Jun 23 (PTI) The eastern fleet ofthe Indian navy – INS Shakti and INS Kamorta – under thecommand ofRear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi entered the Portof Makassar, Indonesia, today.The three-day visit is to foster professionalinteraction, sports fixtures andsocial interactions with theIndonesian navy, a release from the Indian navy said here.The ships would be open to visitors.The visit aims to further strengthen the strong bondand mutual understanding betweenthe two navies, according tothe release.The presence of the frontline warships comes soonafter bothcountrieselevated their bilateral ties to acomprehensive strategic partnership during the Indian PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia onMay29, therelease said.Also, the trip seeks to enhance maritime cooperationbetween the two naviesfor security and stability in theregion and further bolster strong bonds of friendship Indiahas with Indonesia, it said.INS Shakti, a fleet tanker, commanded by captain SAJoglekar and indigenously-built stealthCorvette INS Kamorta,commanded by commander Saiket Chatterjee, are on the last legof their two-month operational deployment to Southeast Asiaand western Pacific Ocean, it said.The deployment included the participation inMALABAR-18, a trilateral exercise between the Indian navy, USnavyand the Japanese maritime self-defence force (JMSDF)which was held off Guam, an island territory of the US, in thePacific Ocean, the release said.The two ships, along with INS Sahyadri, had leftVisakhapatnam for the deployment on April 30 this year andover the last two months visited Singapore, Sattahip(Thailand), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) DA Nang (Vietnam) andGuam (USA).advertisementOn completion of the MALABAR exercise, INS Sahyadrihad proceeded to Hawaii to participate in RIMPAC exerciseinvolving participationof 26 navies, the release added.PTI COR DBV NVG BNBN BN BN
Barcelona Iniesta vows ‘good news’ is coming on Barcelona contract extension Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 17:07 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Sporting CP v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Primera División After weeks of speculation, the World Cup-winning midfielder has teased that positive progress is being made regarding renewal talks at Camp Nou Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has suggested that “good news” will soon be on its way regarding a contract renewal at Camp Nou.The Spain international, who made his Barca debut in 2002, is keen to extend his lengthy stay at the club, with a new deal mooted in recent weeks.Barcelona 6/10 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And, following his side’s 1-0 Champions League win at Sporting CP, Iniesta told reporters that he was expecting positive movement on that front.”I think the good news is coming soon,” the midfielder said.Victoria durísima!! Gran trabajo!!! Volvemos felices a casa!!! Força Barça!!! pic.twitter.com/kMcqUKJxcI— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) September 27, 2017On a hard-fought win, which keeps Barca top of Group D, Iniesta added: “It’s the Champions League – the matches away from home are always difficult and this has been one more example.”I think [Sporting] have great players in midfield, they attack well, they combine well. We have tried to counter it in the best way we could and we have done it to a great extent.”In general terms, we have played a fairly complete game.”Barca have made a fine start in La Liga this term, winning their first six matches to pull four points clear at the summit.