UST averts winless season, beats UE

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas avoided a winless season after pulling off an 88-85 victory over University of the East for its only victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Growling Tigers finally came through in the endgame, making pressure-packed free throws and a defensive stop in the waning seconds of the game. ADVERTISEMENT Regie Basibas topped UST with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block, while Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo posted 18 markers, 20 boards, three assists and six blocks..Eric Caunan also got a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds with two assists to boot, while Lee had 11 markers, five boards, and three dimes.“It feels like we’re champions,” said Lee as UST halted its 17-game losing skid dating back to last season.Pasaol paced the Red Warriors with 18 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Jason Varilla had 16 markers and three boards, and Maloles collected 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.UE wrapped up their campaign on a four-game slide to end up with a 3-11 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next The scores:UST 88 – Basibas 21, Akomo 18, Caunan 14, Lee 11, Garcia 10, De Guzman 6, Sta. Ana 4, Escalambre 2, Macasaet 2, Romero 0, Huang 0, Faundo 0.UE 85 – Pasaol 18, Varilla 16, Maloles 15, Conner 10, Acuño 8, Cullar 7, Manalang 7, Bartolome 2, Olayon 2, Derige 0.Quarters: 23-15, 43-39, 63-61, 88-85. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The win gave the school something to celebrate despite having its worst UAAP season ever, ending the year with a 1-13 record.“We’re glad that we weren’t zero [wins] and at the same time, this is part of our rebuilding process,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.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 shutoutThe victory, though, didn’t come easy for UST as it lost a five-point lead, 84-79, with less than a minute remaining. Philip Manalang and Mark Maloles kept UE in the game, trimming the deficit to one, 84-83, with 19.7 ticks left.Marvin Lee and Oliver de Guzman sank four free throws before the Growling Tigers secured a huge stop in the final 5.5 seconds, swiping the ball off Alvin Pasaol to preserve the win. Fowler has share of lead at OHL Classiccenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Here comes Alab

first_imgJimmy Alapag’s dagger three remains one of the biggest shots hit at MOA Arena. —JAM STA. CRUZNational team legend Jimmy Alapag returns to the site of one of his greatest performances for the country, albeit in a new role.The PBA great makes his coaching debut on Sunday as he leads Tanduay Alab Pilipinas against Hong Kong’s Eastern Sports Club in their season opener of the Asean Basketball League at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlab immediately faces a stern test in the defending champion squad from Hong Kong bannered by Gilas Pilipinas big man Christian Standhardinger, who was made the first pick by San Miguel in the PBA Draft last month.The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, who will join San Miguel after the ABL season, will join forces with Thai-American Tyler Lamb and Marcus Elliot, the reigning best import. View comments Read Next 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “They’re the champions,” said Alapag. “Until somebody beats them, they have to be the favorites.”Swept by the Singapore Slingers in the best-of-three semifinals last year, Alab underwent a major facelift with the addition of several PBA veterans and American imports Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.“We have our hands full, there’s a lot of tough teams,” said Alapag. “We start the season with Hong Kong and Singapore right out the gate, but it’s something we look forward to. It’s gonna give us a very good barometer of where we are early in the season.”Ray Parks, Robby Celiz and heritage import Lawrence Domingo are the holdovers from last year’s Alab squad.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Back in the Finals LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We will always have special memories [at MOA],” said Jimmy Alapag, whose endgame heroics for Gilas Pilipinas against Korea in the same arena in 2013 remains one of the greatest moments in Philippine basketball.“Of course, it was a very special night for PH basketball when we beat Korea there. That place will always have a little bit of sentimental value to myself, and really, our country. To have an opportunity to have our first game there and my first game as a head coach, I’m excited for our guys. We’re expecting a great crowd.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Nassar to receive final sentence in sexual assault scandal

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The scandal has rocked Michigan State, which has been accused of repeatedly missing opportunities to stop Nassar, who had a campus office and was a revered figure in sports medicine.Lou Anna Simon resigned as Michigan State’s president on Jan. 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later. The longtime leader of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, quit last March, and all board members recently stepped down at the demand of the U.S. Olympic Committee. A law firm has been hired to investigate how the USOC responded to its knowledge of allegations against Nassar. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Hontiveros wants NBP doctor stripped of license for giving hospital passes01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nassar pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another county and is starting his time behind bars with a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. He worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.Randy Margraves was tackled by sheriff’s deputies Friday before he could pummel Nassar in court. He said he wanted just a minute in a locked room with the “demon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This cannot be a lawless society. I know that,” Margraves, 58, told reporters during a public apology. “I lost control, but I gained control later in a holding cell.”More than 260 women and girls say they were assaulted by Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s. Most victims who wanted to speak publicly or submit a statement did so earlier during Nassar’s seven-day court hearing in Ingham County, including 2012 Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Larry Nassar listens as Rachael Denhollander gives her victim impact statement Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Eaton County Circuit Court, the second and final day of victim impact statements in Judge Janet Cunningham’s courtroom in Charlotte, Mich. He will be sentenced Monday. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Days of emotional testimony in two Michigan courtrooms are wrapping up with a final sentence for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken Michigan State University and elite sports associations.Nassar, 54, is returning to court Monday in Eaton County, Michigan. He listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were molested.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextlast_img read more

South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for Olympics

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Gangneung Ice Arena is illuminated at night prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Almost all the dog meat restaurants in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county, where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, have defied a government request to stop serving the food, an official admitted Thursday.South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.ADVERTISEMENT “Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat.”Signs advertising dog meat dishes such as boshintang (health-boosting soup), yeongyangtang (nutrient soup) or sacheoltang (year-round soup) have been replaced with more neutral ones such as yeomsotang (goat soup) to avoid giving “a bad impression to foreigners” during the Games, he added.Dog meat is officially classed as “detestable” by Seoul, as is snake, but the designation has no legal ramifications.South Korean authorities periodically try to persuade restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major international events hosted by the country. The tradition has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption, with online petitions urging boycotts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over the issue, and protests in Seoul.Local authorities asked the 12 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang county to stop serving the food during the Games, in exchange for subsidies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut only two have complied, Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP.“We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Carlos, Molde relish scoring roles for Lady Maroons

first_imgView comments Molde and Carlos are the two main offensive attackers for University of the Philippines and the duo once more danced to their own tune, and this time, in a win over University of Santo Tomas.Carlos lit up for a season-high 32 points while Molde wasn’t too far behind with 24 points in their four-set victory over UST, 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to accept the roles that coach gave us,” said Carlos in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Ayel [Estrañero] will take care of defense and setting so who’ll be left to attack?”“We have to take responsibility in attacking because that was the role that was given to us,” added Carlos. Molde, who won the Season 78 Rookie of the Year plum, said their head coach Godfrey Okumu wants middle blockers Maristela Layug and Marian Buitre to focus on defense.“Coach prioritizes the middle and he wants them to focus on blocking, so if the reception was great the ball will go straight to the wings,” said Molde.UP’s win over UST snapped its four-game skid as the Lady Maroons improved to 2-4, the same record as the Golden Tigresses.And that win was a huge confidence-booster for the Lady Maroons.“This win was important because it really helped with our confidence, so we hope for our next game we can carry this momentum and we can be aggressive,” said Molde.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa If it takes two to tango, then Isa Molde and Diana Carlos have made Diliman their personal dance hall.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “Losing takes a toll us, so this win was really important,” said Carlos. “We have to fight on.” Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chancelast_img read more

Maroons nail quarters berth

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 3 teams seek breakthrough win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “[I told Manzo] you are the scorer, so you got to make sure you are going to do the job right now,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “You can pass but make sure you think about scoring. So that’s what he did.”In the other matches, San Beda crushed Jose Rizal University, 73-57, as the Lions remained unscathed in seven games. Arnaud Noah chalked up 17 points to lead the Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual Help also stunned Ateneo, 60-59, for a 3-5 record.Nigerian Prince Eze shone with 18 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, but it was Flash Sadiwa who buried the game-winner with a nifty layup with 1:13 remaining. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELL 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jun Manzo delivered the late heroics as University of the Philippines slipped past National University, 59-56, to advance to the quarterfinals in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre Wednesday.NU held a 56-52 edge before UP rallied with a 7-0 blitz capped by Manzo’s dagger trey with 54.4 ticks left.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Visits from legends Ray Allen, Robert Jaworksi ‘uplifting’ for Lyceum Pirates

first_img“What the players experienced was up close and personal with Allen and I’m happy for them,” said Robinson Wednesday. “Allen gave them some advice and I know that’s really uplifting for the players.”Allen arrived in the Intramuros campus around 4 p.m. when most of the Pirates have gone to their dorm rooms with just a handful of the roster staying because of classes.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 openingThe two-time champion, and future Hall of Famer, told those in attendance they “have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”Lyceum have been perennial bottom-dwellers in the NCAA up until this season when the Pirates swept the first round. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFrom one hoops legend to another, Lyceum of the Philippines University had the enviable situation of hosting two icons in one 24-hour span.First it was Ray Allen on Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday morning it was Robert Jaworski’s turn to visit the Pirates’ grounds.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters TNT snaps Blackwater’s three-win run Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process,” said Allen. “You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Jaworski, whose son is a friend of Lyceum officials, then visited the Pirates hours after Allen arrived.“This morning it was Sen. Jaworski who paid a visit, and the players were really happy,” said Robinson in Filipino. “Because, it doesn’t matter what generation you belong to, everybody knows Robert Jaworski.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Indian women athletes create history

first_imgTactical acumen helped India edge past Nigeria by 0.95sec in the women’s 4x400m relay final and win their second gold of the track and field events of the XIX Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.The gold-winning women’s teamThe crowd went berserk as Mandeep Kaur set out for the final lap of the relay. Ajoke Odumosu (Nigeria) had given her a tough fight in the initial stages, but with 55,000-odd people rooting for Mandeep in unison, it was too much for the Nigerian to take.In the end she had to be a mere spectator as Mandeep leapt forward with Vande Mataram being played in the background.The euphoria in the crowd is something that those present at the stadium on the fateful Tuesday will remember for the rest of their lives as the Indians clocked a timing of 3:27.77sec.India haven’t and might never again, in the near future, be witness to such a roaring reception to sportspersons other than cricketers. The jam-packed stadium joined in as Jai Ho by musical maestro AR Rahman was played to commemorate the athletes’ feat.Even the tired quartet of Mandeep, Manjeet, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji couldn’t help but join in with the crowd. It was a moment worth savouring.While most people would have considered the women’s 4x400m relay to be a cakewalk for the Indian women, considering they have continuously done well at the world stage, coach Ramesh begged to differ.”The girls had already participated in other disciplines, making them tired. So we decided to rest two of our best runners, Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur, in the heats on Monday. Their places were taken by Chitra K Soman and Jauna Murmu on Monday so that the two could be fresh.advertisement”Two years of intense training at the national camp in Patiala has finally paid off. We expect to take the Asian Games by storm and if all goes well, a medal in the 2012 Olympics would be a dream come true,” he told MAIL TODAY.”The Nigerians were good and had we not kept fresh legs, we would have struggled to get through. The tactical switch proved to be spot on and the girls deserve all the accolades.” It was a bronze-day for the Indian athletes till the 4x400m relay girls changed it all.Competing in as many as six events on the final day of the track and field events, Indians won bronze in four of them – men’s javelin throw (Kashinath Naik), men’s triple jump (Renjith Maheshwary), women’s 4x100m relay and men’s 4x100m relay.At the end of the events at this year’s Games, India have a medals tally of two gold, three silver and seven bronze – the highest in the history of Indian athletics. Although the bronze in the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays were unexpected, they turned on the heat when it mattered most. While the women’s team beat the likes of Jamaica, Abdul Najeeb Qureshi’s (4x100m) run in the last quarter was exhilarating.The way he took on England’s Mark Lewis-Francis and Jamaica’s Remaldo Rose after Shameer Naseema had faltered just a tad bit in the third lap was brilliant.last_img read more

CWG: CBI charges Suresh Kalmadi, 9 others in TSR scam

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has filed its first charge-sheet in the Commonwealth Games scam case, naming nine accused, including former chairman of the CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi. Besides Kalmadi, CWG Organising Committee’s former Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and former Director General V.K. Verma have also been named as accused in the 36-page charge-sheet.  Two companies have been named in the charge-sheet filed in a Delhi court. The CBI described Kalmadi as a “main accused” in a corruption case relating awarding a Games-related contract to a Swiss firm. The agency has accused Kalmadi as the key person with all the powers to take decisions regarding award of contracts.  According to the charge-sheet, the accused allegedly awarded the lucrative contract to the Swiss firm to install a Timing-Scoring-Result system for the Delhi Games at an exorbitant cost, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer. Kalmadi, who was arrested on April 25, is now in Tihar jail. The CBI had registered 11 FIRs in the cases related to the Games scam. Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh took the charge-sheet into record and fixed it for taking up the issue of congnisance on it on May 23.last_img read more

Manoj Kumar wants to do it for his brother

first_imgWhen Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar starts his campaign at the London Olympics, he will realise a dream which his elder brother and former international boxer Rajesh Kumar once had but could never fulfil.After a training session at the NIS here, Manoj said that after qualifying for the Olympics, he is happy not just for himself but for his brother too.”Going to the Olympics and winning a medal was a dream that both of us shared. If he had not been a boxer, I would never have been a Commonwealth Games champion and an Olympian. I want to compete and win a medal in London. If I do so, I can share the joy with my brother,” Manoj, who will be making his Olympics debut in London, told Mail Today.He might have fell short in his bid for the Olympics, but Rajesh has had a big influence on his family members and relatives, amongst whom as many as eight took to boxing after watching him.”He actually took our family to a new direction. After him, I came into boxing and made the sub-junior team in 1999. My younger brother Mukesh followed me in 2004 and currently we are eight brothers and cousins who are representing India in different age categories,” he said.Manoj started by imitating his brother but it soon turned into a passion.”I used to watch my brother practising and started imitating him. Initially, it was fun to throw punches like him but gradually I started taking keen interest in boxing. My brother noticed it and took me to a coach where I started boxing seriously,” said Manoj.advertisementRajesh took part in some international tournaments but fell short in his bid for the Olympics. He left boxing and studied physical education and after getting a doctorate, became a coach with an NIS diploma achieved under national coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu. “Even today there are matters, regarding sport and family which I discuss only with him and if I win in London the unconditional support of my brother will be a major factor,” said Manoj.Manoj is training hard at the NIS where his preparations are in the final phase.”Now the entire focus is on speed and strength. Both the factors will give me an edge at the Olympics and I want to make the most of the opportunity,” he said.To acclimatise to local conditions, Manoj went with the team to Ireland and will be leaving for London for training on Friday. “The Ireland trip was good because of the local conditions. London and Dublin are almost similar and training at such venues will help us feel at home at the Olympic venue.”Ireland was the No.1 boxing team at the Commonwealth Games and sparring with them was a fruitful experience. Now our camp is in London and it will help us adjust physically, mentally and physiologically,” said Manoj.last_img read more