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Agitation of Doon referees: AIFF issues hard letter to Uttarakhand Football Association

Dehradun: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued a hard letter to Uttarakhand Football Association on the agitation of referees. Football referees from Dehradun are on warpath since two months- demanding Referee Identification Number (RIN). The Uttarakhand Football Association is yet to set up its structure for the referees department. The local referees have refused to give official duty for the district league in Dehradun till their demands are met.

Acting on complain mad by referees from Dehradun the All India Football Federation has issued hard letter to Uttarakhand Football Association. The AIFF has asked the state football association to submit their reply on the whole controversy. The dubious operation of Uttarakhand State Football Association has brought disgrace for the hill state many times.

The way the state football association operates demands a high level probe. As football is the state game of Uttarakhand, the state government should take some corrective measures to put check on the sports promotion damaging activities of Uttarakhand Football Association.

The district league was to resume long back but the agitation of the referees have resulted in the delay start of the annual football event. By, launching a revolt the referees have expressed their desire to fight the RIN issue. On the other hand, the Uttarakhand Football Association is in a tight spot as they have started received warning from AIFF on a regular basis- making it one of the most controversial football federation in the country.

It will be recalled that, the dubious activities of Uttarakhand Football Association compelled DehradunFootball.com to fight for transparency in the federation. In the coming days we will provide information on the suspicious functioning of the Uttarakhand Football Association and their office bearers.

La Liga: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi script Barcelona win over Espanyol 4-1, moves closer to Real Madrid in points

Catalonia:Luis Suarez celebrated his bumper new five-year Barcelona deal in style with a double as the champions defeated Espanyol 4-1 in the Catalan derby to move to within three points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, it was Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi`s skills that stole the show as Barca took advantage of Real`s duties in winning the Club World Cup earlier on Sunday to cut the gap at the top ahead of La Liga`s three-week winter break.

Iniesta teed up Suarez for an early opener before both Iniesta and Messi showed sublime touches for the second eventually finished off by Suarez.

Messi created Barca`s third as well for Jordi Alba before David Lopez pulled a goal back for Espanyol as their 10-game unbeaten run came to an end.

The five-time World Player of the Year wasn`t to be denied, though, as Messi got the goal his performance deserved a minute from time.

Barca`s upturn in form in recent weeks has coincided with the return of veteran playmaker Iniesta from a six-week injury layoff and the Spanish international was to the fore as the hosts dominated throughout.

Iniesta sparked a sweeping counter-attack on eight minutes involving all three of Barca`s star-studded frontline as he fed Suarez, who spun away from the Espanyol defence, before picking out Neymar and the Brazilian`s low cross was fired inches wide by Messi.

Barca had to wait just 10 minutes more to open the scoring as another sumptuous Iniesta pass was expertly controlled by Suarez and he bore down on goal before slotting into the far corner.

For all their dominance in possession, the champions had to wait till the start of the second period to enjoy more clear chances as Messi curled wide from the edge of the box before he teed up Suarez with a brilliant defence splitting pass.

This time the Uruguayan was denied by Diego Lopez, but at a cost as the Espanyol `keeper injured his knee in clashing with Suarez and had to be replaced by Roberto.

Suarez moved level with Messi as La Liga`s top scorer with 12 with Barca`s second, but once again the credit should go to Iniesta and Messi as they dribbled past a combined seven Espanyol defenders before

Messi`s shot was parried by Roberto and Suarez snaffled up the rebound.

Seconds later Messi tore the Espanyol defence apart once more to leave Jordi Alba free to drill the ball into the far corner.

Espanyol did muster a reply to salvage some pride with their first shot on target as Gerard Moreno headed into Lopez`s path, who had stormed forward from centre-back to find the top corner.

However, a virtuoso display from Messi got the finale it deserved as he and Suarez exchanged a one-two before the Argentine prodded between Roberto`s legs.

Vijender Singh’s Olympic Medal Nothing, Says Francis Cheka; Indian Laughs Off

Vijender Singh’s WBO Asia Pacific super middle-weight title challenger Francis Cheka surely knows how to make headline. The Tanzanian boxer said the Indian’s 2008 Olympics medal is of no value and he will prove it during their fight on December 17.

The Indian ace refrained from making any direct comment on the statement and said he would rather reserve his answer for teh bout.

“I will answer him in the ring. He was lucky he made the statement during the weigh-in, if he would have said it in public, he would know the value of my medal,” Vijender told NDTV.

Earlier, Cheka said: “Vijender’s Olympic medal is nothing. I am a World Champion and inter-continental champion. On December 17, Vijender will know why I am a world champion. I feel sorry India has picked Vijender to fight me. Vijender looks scared already. India will be ashamed on Saturday.”

Vijender, who won the WBO Asia Pacific title, by defeating Australia Kerry Hope earlier this year said he would give his all to defend the title.

“I would give my hundred per cent against Cheka. The title is very dear to me,” he said.

The organisers of the December 17 bout faced difficulty to arrange sponsors due to demonetisation, but Vijender said the step would be good in long term.

“Demonetisation is a knockout punch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It’s effect will be visible in the long run,” he said.

Sourav Ganguly reunites with Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception

Star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception gave former captain Sourav Ganguly a chance to reunite with his Indian teammates from the golden era.

Yuvraj, who got married to Bollywood actress Hazel Keech on November 30 in Chandigarh, headed to Goa for the second round of celebrations. (Virender Sehwag’s ‘natural crown’ at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception).

yuvihazelkohliWhile the Chandigarh wedding was an intimate affair as per the Sikh traditions and was attended by close family and friends, the Goa wedding was held according to Hindu rituals and was graced by prominent personalities, including India Test captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma.

The latest and the last installment of the gala celebrations was a lavish reception party held on Wednesday evening in Delhi. (Indian cricket’s prince charming, Yuvraj Singh marries actress Hazel Keech)

The party had an impressive guest list, including eminent personalities from the field of cricket and politics.dhoni12It is also worth mentioning that most of that crop of cricketers had a lot of admiration for Ganguly – the leader who helped the team scale new heights.

Ganguly, who captained India from 2000-05, led the team to the final of the 2003 World Cup. His five-year reign also saw India shedding the tag of ‘tigers at home, lamb abroad’.Ganguly, who is now the boss of Cricket Association of England, led India in 49 ODIs and 147 Tests, winning 21 and 76, respectively.

Arsene Wagner asks Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil to lower wage demands as contract talks begin

New Delhi: Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has urged star forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil to not increase their wage demands, and not let money decide their future. Wenger said that the star duo should reconsider their decision of higher wage demands that wealthier clubs would not shy away from matching.

Arsenal boss is also thinking of resting both the player of their the last champions league group stage match against Basel.

Both players’ contracts are due to end next season, and as for now the club is willing to offer new deals to both. Wenger says “We are in negotiations, yes. The players are 18 months away from the end of their contracts, so it`s normal.”

He further added, I would like to say the luxury of the modern game should be that it`s not only about the money because the players make good money at this level anyway, wherever they play,” Wenger was quoted as saying by Mirror.co.uk.”

Wenger also added, “I believe, personally – maybe I am a bit naive – that it`s more about getting to meet the players` needs. That`s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players. So I think, for me, that is more important nowadays and an important ingredient for every player to consider. The money is good everywhere for everybody.”

As far as contract money is concerned, the German midfielder Mesut Ozil is the highest earning player of the club, earning around GBP 140,000 per week, which is just ahead of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who scored terrific a hat-trick this weekend against West Ham.

If reports are to be believed, Ozil is in talks with the Gunners of a new contract worth whooping 200,000 pound-a-week.

India win AFC developing member award at Asian football’s annual gala

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Developing Member Association of the Year Award at the Annual Awards Night on Thursday at Abu Dhabi.

The award is given to a member association for its professional administration and governance as well its exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the game at all levels within the country.

India, often described as the sleeping giant of football, witnessed a flurry of activities. From the successfull transition of the Indian Super League (ISL) as a leading tournament to the positive feedbacks as the host of next years’ FIFA U-17 World Cup, the AIFF has been making all the right noises in recent times.

Member associations are assessed and awarded points accordingly on various areas encompassing the associations activities such as the organisation of courses and seminars, competitions, grassroots and youth development programmes, womens programmes, social responsibility and special projects.

AIFF President Praful Patel received the Award from AFC Vice-President Ali Kafashian at a glittering ceremony.

In 2014, AIFF had won the AFC Presidents Recognition Award for grassroots football.

 

Ranji Trophy, Day 2: Delhi take 67-run lead against Vidarbha

Delhi scored 250/8, taking their lead to 67 runs against Vidarbha at the end of the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground here in Chennai on Wednesday.

Manan Sharma (82) and Vikas Tokas (28) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Resuming the day at 12/1, Delhi started off on a bad note by losing over-night batsman Pradeep Sanghwan and Unmukt Chand in back-to-back overs.

Middle order batsmen — Rishabh Pant (29), Nitish Rana (27), Miland Kumar (37) and Sharma — then stabilised the innings to get their team out of trouble.

For Vidarbha, Rajneesh Gurbani scalped four wickets while Lalit Yadav took three wickets.

In Patiala, Saurashtra scored 297/6, taking their lead to 97 runs against Karnataka at the end of the second day at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium.

Prerak Mankad (100) and Kamlesh Makvana (30) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.

Resuming the day at 19/2, Snell Patel scored a crucial 87 runs after the team’s middle order failed to contribute.

Sheldon Jackson and Arpit Vasavada contributed with 19 and 13, respectively.

For Karnataka, pacer Vinay Kumar took four wickets while Abrar Kazi scalped two wickets.

In Vizianagaram, Assam were bowled out for 126, trailing by 190 runs against Jharkhand on the second day of the Group B Ranji Trophy match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.

Pallavkumar Das (30) and Arun Karthik (27)were the top scorers for Assam.

For Jharkhand, Rahul Shukla scalped four wickets while Ajay Yadav, Ashish Kumar and Shahbaz Nadeem took two wickets each.

In Wayanad, Odisha thrashed Maharashtra by an innings and 118 runs on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Krishnagiri Stadium. (Ranji Trophy, Day 1 Wrap: Delhi bowls Vidarbha out for 183 runs)

Resuming the day at 311/9, Odisha were bowled out for 319 with Biplab Samantray and Deepak Behera scoring 89 and 58 runs respectively.

In reply, Maharashtra were bowled out for a paltry 98 in the first innings and while following on they were again bowled out for 107.

In the second innings, Samantray took four wickets while Suryakant Pradhan scalped three wickets.

In Nagpur, Bengal scored 198/3, taking their lead to 68 runs against Mumbai on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.

Sudip Chatterjee (67) and Manoj Tiwary (85) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.

For Mumbai Dhawal Kulkarni was the lone wicket taker for Mumbai. He took two wickets for 43 runs.

Injured Hardik Pandya out for six weeks, may miss England ODIs

Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session turned out to be a hairline fracture.

India allrounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session turned out to be a hairline fracture.

The rehabilitation will start post recovery and it makes Hardik a doubtful starter for India’s ODI series against England starting in Pune on January 15.

“BCCI medical team confirms that India allrounder Pandya has sustained a hairline fracture on his right shoulder.

He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury,” a BCCI release stated.

“BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly. Hardik was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the third Test match against England in Mohali,” the release
added.

Opener KL Rahul and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha are already in the injured list.

Thrashing and dominating R Ashwin puts hosts in cruise control on day 2 of India vs England, 3rd Test

A four-day finish with a 2-0 lead is looking imminent for India.

Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja smashed his way to a career-best 90 while Ashwin hit 72 as lower middle-order once again put up a power-packed performance to score a commendable 417 in the first innings, thereby giving India a healthy 134-run lead over England.

Having set up the match with a well-compiled half-century with the bat, Ashwin (3/19 in 12 overs) came back to remove rival captain Alastair Cook (12), Moeen Ali (5) and Ben Stokes (5) as India tightened the noose around England. Jayant Yadav (1/12 in 6 overs) then came in to remove first innings half-centurion Jonny Bairstow (15) before the close of play.

England’s No 1 batsman Joe Root (36 batting, 101 balls) stands between India and victory.

While he may not be 100 per cent fit but Ashwin looked like getting a wicket with most of his deliveries. On a pitch where Moeen Ali and Gareth Batty looked ordinary, Ashwin, with his length and deception, looked more potent.

It seemed Ashwin has been successfully able to play on Captain Cook’s mind as he again tried in vain to indulge in a game of survival.

Cook survived a couple of close calls on DRS but then Ashwin bowled one that angled in with skipper playing down the wrong line only to find his bails clipped off.

Moeen, batting at No 3, didn’t reach to the pitch of the delivery and his forced chip shot could not clear Jayant Yadav at mid-on, who ran a few yards back to complete a reasonably simple catch.

The highlight of the first two sessions was Jadeja’s 90 off 170 balls that had 10 fours and a six. His partnership of 97 with Ashwin is likely to have a great impact in the final context of the match.

Not to forget the 80-run stand he shared with rookie Jayant (55, 141 balls, 5×4), who also helped himself to a maiden half-century in Test cricket.

Jadeja also eclipsed his previous best of 68 against the same opposition at Lord’s in 2014.

Debutant Jayant, India’s ‘find of the series’ once again impressed with his fighting qualities as his gutsy innings ensured that India scored 400-plus for the third consecutive time in the series.

For the record, no visiting team has won against India after having conceded 65-run lead in the first innings. The last time it happened was 52 years ago, back in 1964 when Bob Simpson’s Australia won after conceding a 65-run first innings lead.

It was also the first time in the history of Indian cricket that three players — Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant — batting at No 7 or below have scored a half-century each in the same innings.

Jadeja started the post lunch session in style as he hammered Chris Woakes bowling from the press box end for four boundaries in an over.

The next over from the end saw Woakes being removed and Adil Rashid (4/118) being introduced.

Jadeja jumped out at the first opportunity in his bid to loft him for a six but was caught by Woakes at the long-on boundary to miss out on a Test ton.

But Umesh Yadav (12, 42 balls) gave Jayant (55) good company as they added 33 runs to frustrate the visitors further as India crossed 400-run mark and Jayant reached his individual milestone.

Earlier, there couldn’t have been a better start for the hosts as Woakes bowled a juicy half-volley on the pads for Ashwin to clip one to the boundary.

The lead came when Jadeja lofted Moeen Ali over mid-off in the last delivery of the 88th over.

Ashwin was looking in fluent touch as he slashed Woakes hard for a boundary between point and cover region. It was followed with another fluent drive as the all-rounder reached 70s.

Finally after India reached 300, Ben Stokes broke the partnership with Ashwin playing a lazy drive to a delivery way outside off-stump only for Jos Buttler to take a low catch.

But Jadeja got an able ally in Jayant as the duo didn’t curb strokeplay, showing positive intent.

The Saurashtra all-rounder duly completed his fifty when he pushed Rashid for a single and celebrated it with a customary sword wielding. As if to drive home a point, he flat batted Stokes over mid-on for a boundary.

Young Jayant showed his batting prowess once again as he on drove and square drove Jimmy Anderson before playing a pull-shot off Rashid. He duly competed his half-century in 132 balls.

V.S.RAWAT ATTENDING FICCI GOAL 2016 INDIA FOOTBALL 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFEREENCE ON 7th DECEMBER ,2016 IN MUMBAI

V.S. RAWAT UTTARAKHAND GRASSROOTS PORMOTER SINCE 2011 to till date.

He invited only one from Uttarakhand State FICCI GOAL 2016 INDIA FOOTBALL 4thINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on 7thDecember ,2016 In Sofitel Hotel Bandra Kurla complex , Mumbai

Organized by ALL INDIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION ( AIFF) AND FEDERATION OF INDIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERECE INDUSTIRES (FICCI).

He is a FICCI ( Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce Industries ) member since 3 years

FICCI Awarded to V.S.RAWAT & NGO NATIONAL APPRICIATION AWARD 2015 ( for UTTARAKHAND FOOTBALL REFEREE ASSOCIATION AND DEHRADUN FOOTBALL ACADEMY )

Discussion & Attend of International conference AIFF PRESIDENT PROFUL PATEL, GEN. SECRETARY- KUSHAL DASS,

AIFF TEHCNICAL CHAIRMAN BHAICHUNG BHUTIA, FIFA PRESIDENT , AFC PRESIDENT, Ministry of sports and youth affairs, Sports Authority of India, Indian and International Academy Members. Football Promoter of Film Actor

Discussion Next year U 17 world Cup in India 2017 , where do we see football in India by 2020 ?,Business of Football, How can promote grassroots football in India.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sewhag among retired cricketers to play at 2017 Celebrity Cricket League

New Delhi: The 7th edition of Celebrity Cricket League will take place in the month of January-February 2017, which will feature a mix of celebrities form entertainment world rubbing shoulders with some of the finest retired cricketers.

While the list is yet to be finalized, founder of the CCL Mr. Vishnu Vardhan Induri has confirmed that the retired internationals, including, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Andrew Symonds, Daniel Vettori, Kumar Sangakkara and Zaheer Khan will be participating the upcoming edition.

The CCL has been extremely successful, having already had 6 seasons so far, its revenues and viewership has been rising every year.

The format of the tournament is such that so far each season was played on weekends in Jan-Feb of every year ever since its inauguration in 2011.

Regarding the venues, it has been played in a lot of cities including, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Ranchi. Occasionally, at the Sharjah and Dubai stadiums as well.

The Hong Kong Sixes had a similar format and was operational for 20 years before being scrapped in 2012 due to lack of sponsors.

PV Sindhu under no pressure to win after Rio success

An Olympic medal was PV Sindhus dream from early in her career. And winning the silver medal in her maiden Games in Rio has pushed the 21-year-old out of the shadows of her illustrious compatriot Saina Nehwal and elevated her to a status India usually reserves for its cricketers.

Its easy to be swayed when under the spotlight and showered with monetary incentives, but Sindhu vows to be different.
I got back to training as soon as I could to prepare for the Denmark and French Opens, she smiles. She lost in the second round in both events last month, but is not disheartened. Im training for the China and Hong Kong Opens (starting next week). Weve been looking at what went wrong and are rectifying them. There have been slight changes in the training sessions.
She towers over most of her opponents, but has struggled for the kind of consistency that took her to the final of the Rio Games. Her body language has transformed, confidence level has zoomed.
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The 21year-old credits the Rio run for that. My life has changed. The responsibilities are more, she says in a matter-of-fact manner. I know all eyes are going to be on me but I shouldnt take it as pressure. If I keep thinking I have to win, thats putting extra pressure on me. I should just stay focused on doing my best, Sindhu said on the sidelines of the Premier Badminton League auction here on Wednesday.
Saina, who won bronze at the London Olympics, suffered a knee injury at Rio, and her surgery and comeback attempt has set the social media abuzz.
Only last year, Sindhu had found herself in a similar situation after being forced to miss almost three months due to a stress fracture on her left foot. I was very upset but my parents and coach motivated me. Touch wood, everything is perfect now. Ive done my rehab. Injuries are part of life. You just have to be strong enough to face it.
Saina will make her comeback in the China Open and the two can meet in the quarters. After Sindhus silver, the social media even suggested it was time for Saina to pack her bags.
Sindhu has never beaten Saina in a competitive match. During an injury, everyone is going to be upset thinking what will happen next. Its good she (Saina) has come out of that. Now she has to be confident to face whatever comes (her way).
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Everyone looked up to The Great Khali

Everyone looked up to The Great Khali whether you wanted to or not.

Thats because the 7-foot-1, 347-pound skyscraper of a WWE Superstar couldn’t help but tower over all of the WWE Universe. Khali stood out from every crowd not only for his overwhelming size, but also for being the first to blaze a trail to WWE from his native India. His formative years might have inclined The Punjabi Giant toward some good-humored fun like dancing up a storm or courting a lucky lady for the Kiss Cam, but Khali frequently called upon his Rajput heritage to become a proud warrior in the ring.

Khalis battle-ready mentality and intimidating presence combined to make him a unique threat to every member of the WWE roster. He had successfully stood tall against celebrated WWE Superstars including The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, John Cena and Jinder Mahal. And he was the last man standing in a 20-Man Battle Royal on SmackDown in 2007 that allowed Khali to realize his dream of becoming World Heavyweight Champion.

Success in the WWE ring led to notoriety away from it for Khali, whose sizable achievements made him a national hero in India. He frequently has appears on screens of all sizes from Bollywood to Hollywood, which includes prominent acting roles in the feature films The Longest Yard (2005), Get Smart (2008), and MacGruber (2010), in addition to guest star appearances on the NBC series Outsourced and the Disney Channel series, Pair of Kings.

With a massive frame and a huge heart to match, The Great Khali was a gentle goliath beloved by the WWE Universe until he retired in November 2014 to return to India and train aspiring WWE Superstars.

India vs England: Decision Review System to make debut in upcoming series but debate still rages

New Delhi: India will become the last Test nation to embrace cricket`s decision review system (DRS) this week, ending their resistance to on-field technology at a time of growing debate about its impact on the game.

While the recent series between England and Bangladesh fuelled criticism that the constant resort to TV replays has undermined umpires` confidence, DRS supporters say the technology is rapidly improving.

While the other nine teams have been using DRS for years, the world`s number one Test side had resisted over doubts about its reliability, sparked by a frustrating trial run in 2008.

India`s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar was long rumoured to be at the forefront of the opposition in the dressing room and World Cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also a sceptic.

But opposition has faded since Tendulkar retired and Dhoni stepped down as Test skipper (he remains ODI captain).

India`s agreement to employ DRS for the five-Test series against England that begins this week came after an International Cricket Council (ICC) presentation last month on upgrades in technology.

Announcing the U-turn, the country`s cricket board president Anurag Thakur said India “recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport” and would deploy all the DRS tools in the England series.

DRS comprises three main elements: ball-tracking technology known as `Hawkeye`; a high-audio microphone known as `snicko` which detects the sound of a ball grazing the bat or gloves; and `hotspot` thermal imaging which can also determine where a ball makes contact.ICC general manager Geoff Allardice said India`s change of heart stemmed from improvements which more accurately predict whether the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps after hitting a batsman`s pads.

“Our aim for a long time has been to make the DRS technology better with an end goal of getting it used more consistently in international cricket,” he said in a conference call from the ICC`s Dubai headquarters.

Allardice said India`s new coach Anil Kumble has been key to the change of heart after being a DRS proponent in his old position as chairman of the ICC cricket committee.

That the former spinner — who took a record 619 wickets for India — is a DRS fan is no surprise given the system is widely seen to have most benefited spinners.

Figures have shown the number of leg before wicket (LBW) decisions in favour of spinners has roughly doubled since DRS came into widespread usage in 2009.

Before, umpires could rarely be persuaded to raise their finger unless the ball was arrowed towards middle stump but batsmen now often have to walk after being hit on the pad by balls heading for off or leg.

Bishan Bedi, another legendary Indian spinner, is delighted India are finally using DRS.

“Better late than never,” he told AFP, saying India stood to benefit given the number of spinners they employ on their own turning tracks.

“It should be good for the spinners. It cannot humanly be possible to eradicate human error so the more we can reduce it, the better.”

But while India are now on board, debate about the pros and cons of DRS shows no signs of abating — particularly after 42 decisions were reviewed in last month`s Bangladesh-England series. Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena had 16 decisions reviewed, eight of which were overturned by a colleague scrutinising the slow-motion replays.

The constant reviews drained some of the drama from a nail-biting series. It reached its nadir at the end of the first Test when England had to wait several minutes before their victory was confirmed.

Allardice acknowledged the number of reviews going against an umpire was a factor in deciding whether they remain on the elite panel which officiate in Tests, while insisting the ICC wouldn`t “jump to a conclusion on the basis of one single performance”.

India`s former international umpire Krishna Hariharan said it was important players continued to respect the umpires` authority.

“If technology can assist in the betterment of cricket it is definitely welcome, but remember it is always in the hands of the on-field umpire,” said Hariharan who sits on India`s umpire assessment committee.

Some observers say DRS has also undermined a basic tenet of the game — accepting the rough with the smooth.

“There is much rhetoric about the spirit of cricket: but few things have betrayed that spirit more” than DRS, the columnist Simon Heffer wrote in Britain`s Daily Telegraph recently.

IOA polls once in four years, not necessarily in Olympic years

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, on Friday, reiterated that the elections will be held in 2018 as per the new IOA constitution which has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and not during the Olympic year as is widely believed.

Speaking to presspersons here after IOAs Executive Committee meeting, Ramachandran said, In March 2014, the IOC wrote (back) to me stating clearly that elections are to be conducted once in four years.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, on Friday, reiterated that the elections will be held in 2018 as per the new IOA constitution which has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and not during the Olympic year as is widely believed.

Speaking to presspersons here after IOAs Executive Committee meeting, Ramachandran said, In March 2014, the IOC wrote (back) to me stating clearly that elections are to be conducted once in four years.

Excerpts:

On the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) being de-recognised by the Sports Ministry

It is a debatable decision. The IOA has a view while the ministry has a different one. The IOA is going to meet the ministry with all senior IOA members, and impress upon it that there are issues which need further clarification. The AITA is one such case.

On whether the peace deal with Narinder Batra (associate vice-president of IOA and president of Hockey India) was done with an eye on the 2018 elections

We didnt do it for the elections. We did this so that there is no infighting within the IOA. It was a genuine effort from both sides to ensure sports development goes forward.

Will you contest in the 2018 elections?

It is a long way ahead. As far as I am concerned, I am looking at this term which is till Feb. 2018. After that what happens is a different issue.

On the infighting within various NSFs

We will advise all NSFs that if they have issues, they will have to go by the IOA constitution. Otherwise, the IOA will see how best they can take action against NSFs. There are disputes in gymnastics, basketball and boxing. We will sit down with both groups and decide how best to resolve them. A report will be submitted to the IOA within two months time.

On two factions in volleyball

The matter has been decided in court. The lawyers of both groups agreed in the Madras High Court for an arbitration. The arbiter (Judge K. Chandru) is giving orders like the Lodha Commitee. The IOA cannot interfere.

Elections will be held only for the presidents post. Whatever decision Chandru takes, the VFI has to abide.

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