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  • Kiren Rijiju: India should be in top 10 medals tally by 2028 Olympics

    first_img First Published: 11th October, 2019 14:57 IST Last Updated: 11th October, 2019 14:57 IST Kiren Rijiju: India Should Be In Top 10 Medals Tally By 2028 Olympics Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports urged the private sector and industry to play an active role in promoting fitness in the country. Jatin Malu LIVE TV Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, urged the private sector to play an active role in promoting fitness in the country. He said that all the nations who are sporting power, have the sports culture there, and playing games comes naturally to their citizens and children but in India, this was not true. Now the time has come to change. He also said that desired results can’t be achieved without developing a positive and conducive sports culture. “Sporting culture has to become a way of life. India is aspiring to be a global leader, and we are already doing well in the economy, politically, and spiritually. India’s rise will be complete and further consolidated if we become a sports power,” Rijiju was quoted as saying by PTI. ALSO, READ | Furious Pakistan Fan Punches Sarfaraz’s Cut-out, Snaps Its ‘head’ OffRijiju said that 1.3 billion people of the country are its strength. So far, the primary concern of the family has been the financial security of the children, and hence the sports was not being encouraged. But now, changes are taking place. These can’t be achieved overnight. ALSO, READ | Sachin Tendulkar Gives Suggestions To Revive Mumbai’s Cricket GloryHe also stressed on the need to change our outlook. He said that the sports ministry is doing the needful to provide world-class facilities to the athletes. Rijiju also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘Fit India Movement’ which the PM launched on the occasion of National Sports Day. He said how well the movement was received by the people.ALSO, READ | Yuzvendra Chahal Wishes Virat Kohli As He ‘hits 50’ As A SkipperEmphasis on fitness and sports:He also spoke about emphasis on fitness and sports. The sports minister said that we have to move from curative to preventive mentality, and fitness leads to prevention to a number of disorders and diseases. The World community is looking forward to India, and the government, as well as the industry, has to play a pro-active role in it. We have to take a fitness programme forward to all the parts of the country.Thinking aloud, he stated why should the country be settling for a few medals in international events. He said when India celebrates its 75th year of independence in 2022, the country should be fit. “2020 Olympics is too near but by 2024 or in 2028, India should be in top 10 in the medals tally. It is our target. If India cannot do this, I will feel my becoming Sports Minister is of no use,” Rijiju concluded.ALSO, READ | Steve Smith Out For Duck At The Gabba, Netizens Call It A Net Session WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

  • Premier League Preview : Leicester, Chelsea in match of the weekend, United hope to bounce back

    first_imgJames McCarthy faces a fitness test ahead of Everton’s trip to Norwich for Saturday’s early kick-off as the Blues look to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.The current seven-game sequence began with a draw against the Canaries at Goodison Park in the Capital One Cup in late October, with Roberto Martinez’s side progressing on penalties.However, Norwich can take encouragement from the fact that Everton’s last away win in the league came back in September as they look to record a first win in four.Alex Neil’s side have also avoided defeat in their last two games at Carrow Road, beating Swansea at the beginning of November before coming from behind to draw with Arsenal in their most recent home match.In order to make it three without defeat on home soil though, Norwich will have to keep a close eye on the in-form Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has scored in each of his last six appearances for Everton. Crystal Palace will be looking to consolidate their position in the top six when they take on Southampton at Selhurst Park.A draw at Everton on Monday saw the Eagles rise to sixth, three points behind Tottenham in fifth and six adrift of the Champions League places.Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s Saints have gone four games without a win, losing three on the spin before a home draw with struggling Aston Villa last time out.Southampton did the double over Palace last season with Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld on target in a 3-1 away win last Boxing Day.A repeat would see the south coast side leapfrog Alan Pardew’s side and likely put them back in the top half of the table. Swansea begin life without manager Garry Monk with a trip to Manchester City on Saturday.The Swans’ poor run of form cost Monk his job on Wednesday, with coaches Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Kristian O’Leary following him out of the door.A number of names have been linked with the vacant managerial position, but it will be first-team coach Alan Curtis in the dugout this weekend as the Swans look to snap a five-match winless run.They start the weekend 15th in the table, having won just one of their last 12 games in all competitions. Man City suffered a surprise defeat at Stoke in their last league outing but beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 on Tuesday to finish top of their Champions League group.They would go top of the Premier League with victory as Arsenal and Leicester play on Sunday and Monday respectively.Troy Deeney could become the first Watford player to score in five successive top-flight matches if he nets against Sunderland on Saturday.The striker has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances, including the last four in a row, as the Hornets have won four of their last six matches. They are the best-placed of the three newly-promoted sides but manager Quique Sanchez Flores said it is important they remain humble and do not lose sight of their main aim of staying in the division.Sunderland have given their chances of survival a boost in recent weeks with wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke.Although they were beaten last time out at Arsenal, manager Sam Allardyce said the performance was the best since he was appointed in early October.Injury-hit West Ham will be looking to end a five-match winless run when they host Stoke on Saturday.The Hammers have lost a number of first-team players to injuries in recent weeks, with defender Winston Reid and winger Victor Moses the latest to be sidelined. They have not won a match since Dimitri Payet suffered an ankle problem against Everton and they are in danger of falling away from the top six.While the Hammers have not won in the last five, Stoke have won four of their last five in all competitions.After their impressive victory over Manchester City last weekend they were dubbed ‘Stokealona’ by Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia in recognition of the entertaining football they produced.They would move above the Hammers in the table if they win at Upton Park. Bournemouth will be looking to cause another upset when they entertain Manchester United.The newly-promoted Cherries stunned Premier League champions Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.It was their first win since September 19 and manager Eddie Howe says they will need to perform even better if they are to beat United.Louis van Gaal’s side suffered elimination from the Champions League in midweek after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.They will now turn their attentions to the Premier League before competing in the Europa League in February.United have drawn their last two league matches and are three points behind leaders Leicester.Arsenal travel to Villa Park on Sunday knowing victory over Remi Garde’s side will put them top of the Premier League table, for 24 hours at least.With league leaders Leicester not playing until Monday, the Gunners can move to the summit with victory over bottom club Aston Villa.Arsene Wenger’s side should also be in high spirits having secured the convincing win needed away at Olympiakos to ensure their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.Villa, meanwhile, have picked up just two points in four games since Garde took over, drawing at home to Manchester City and away at Southampton.The Villans are marooned at the foot of the table with just six points and find themselves seven points from safety as the season nears its halfway point.Philippe Coutinho is in line to return for Liverpool when they welcome West Brom to Anfield on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp will hope that the Brazilian can provide the creativity needed to get his Liverpool team scoring again after their failure to find the net in their last two games.Defeat at Newcastle last weekend saw the Reds miss the chance to move to within three points of the Champions League places but they could climb as high as sixth with a win against the Baggies.However, defeat could see them slip into the bottom half and see West Brom jump to within a point of the Merseysiders.Tony Pulis’ team are unbeaten in three, beating Arsenal at The Hawthorns before drawing their last two 1-1 against West Ham and Tottenham.Harry Kane is set for a return to the Tottenham starting line-up when Newcastle visit White Hart Lane on Super Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side thumped Monaco 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday to seal top spot in Group J and confirm their place in the seeded pot for Monday’s round of 32 draw.In the Premier League, Spurs, who are three points off fourth spot, are unbeaten since the opening day of the season but will be hoping to get back to winning ways after back-to-back draws against Chelsea and West Brom.Newcastle got back on track last weekend with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at St James’ Park.However, Steve McClaren’s side will now be looking to improve an away record which has seen them win just once in seven matches on the road this season.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be hoping to lead his side to victory over former club Chelsea on Monday night.Ranieri spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2004 but his focus now is Leicester, who are two points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table after 15 games.Leicester, who saw Ranieri and Jamie Vardy named manager and Player of the Month for Novemeber respectively, are on an eight game unbeaten run in the league and will be hoping to extend that against a Chelsea side that lost to Bournemouth last weekend.The Blues recovered in midweek to record a 2-0 victory over Porto in the Champions League to book their place as group winners in the last 16.However, focus now returns to the Premier League where Chelsea have picked up just one win in their last six matches and are without victory in their last five games away from home.last_img read more

  • Lampe denies Brazil as Bolivia grab draw

    first_img0Shares0000Bolivia’s Carlos Lampe (R) dives to clear a shot by Brazil’s Neymar during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in La Paz on October 5, 2017 © AFP / AIZAR RALDESLA PAZ, Bolivia, Oct 6 – A superb performance by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe frustrated Brazil here Thursday as the five-time World Cup winners were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their dead rubber qualification game.With Brazil already assured of top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification race, and Bolivia already eliminated from contention, neither side had much to play for in the thin air of La Paz. Brazil dominated much of the possession and had the better chances but striker Neymar was left unable to add to his tally of 52 international goals after a defiant performance from Lampe.The 6ft 4in (1.92m) Lampe pulled off a string of stunning blocks to deny the Paris Saint-Germain superstar as Brazil threatened to run riot in the first half.Lampe first frustrated Neymar midway through the first half, diving to save.Moments later, he produced a stunning block from Gabriel Jesus, with Paulinho dummying to set up the Manchester City striker.Jesus picked his spot and shot to the right of Lampe but the goalkeeper dived to his left and blocked with his face.Four minutes later, Lampe rescued Bolivia once again, quickly getting out to check Neymar’s advance as the striker raced in on goal.Neymar recovered his balance and unleashed a fierce shot towards goal but defender Gabriel Valverde was on hand to clear off the line.From the rebound, Neymar was able to get off another shot, but again Valverde cleared to cap a remarkable sequence.Bolivia might have taken a shock lead on the stroke of half-time when Diego Bejarano’s thunderous long-range effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar only to bounce out.Lampe maintained his form in the second half, denying Jesus in the 83rd minute with a fine save from the striker’s header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more