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  • Asian Games Manjit Singh wants TOP Scheme inclusion after Asiad gold

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist Manjit Singh, who doesn’t have a regular job, on Tuesday requested the sports ministry to include him in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme to prepare for the upcoming big events like the 2020 Tokyo Games.Manjit, who won a gold in the men’s 800m race in the Asian Games, was left without a job in March 2016 after the ONGC refused to extend his contract as he was not producing results.Also Read | Asian Games 2018, Day-10: Manjit Singh wins GOLD medal in 800 metres finals; Jinson Johnson wins silverDespite the odds, he continued training under army coach Amrish Kumar before getting a National Camp call-up.“I lost my job in March 2016 as the ONGC refused to renew my contract. They said I was not producing results. I was getting stipends earlier,” he said.“But now I have won a gold in Asian Games. I hope the sports ministry will take notice of my achievement and the hardships I am facing. I don’t have any sponsor or any company giving me assistance. I am hoping that the Sports Ministry will include me in the TOP Scheme so that I can continue training,” Manjit told PTI during an interaction.The international season is over now and Manjit said next year will be crucial for him as the Asian Championships and World Championships are lined up.“I want to do well in both the Asian Championships and World Championships next year. After that is the 2020 Olympics but for that I need financial assistance for training. I hope the sports ministry will help me out,” he added.The 29-year-old Manjit, a native of village Ujhana in Jind district of Haryana, said he was on the verge of quitting the sport when the ONGC refused to renew his contract two years back.“I was feeling very low and I did not know what to do. I am from a farmer’s family and my family cannot afford to send big amount of money for my training. But somehow I continued with help from my coach Amrish Kumar,” he said.“I briefly thought I would quit athletics but my father (a former state level shot putter) said I should continue and so I continued with the meagre income from my family.”Also Read | Lalremsiami: Meet Mizoram’s first Asiad medallistManjit earned a spot in the Indian athletics team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games but failed to qualify for the final round. He finished fourth in the Asian Championships in Pune in 2013 and won a silver medal in the Federation Cup in 2014.His first and last gold medal until the recent win came in 2013 and he admitted that he mostly finished second in Nationals. He was not selected for the CWG and Asian Games in 2014.In 2015, Manjit moved to Bareilly and trained under Amrish Kumar, a former Army man who trained athletes at Jat Regiment Centre.He approached the trainer after 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Naveen Kumar told him about the training. Manjit then won a silver in the Federation Cup in 2015.“It has been more than 10 years I began my career and I have faced a lot of disappointments in my career. But I did not lose hope and I knew I can do something big,” said Manjit who began competing in the national circuit in 2008.Also Read | No Messi as Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for The Best awardAsked about the 800m final he ran in Jakarta, he said, “My tactics was to run along with the leading pack and then take a chance in the final stretch. I was determined to do something.“Thank God, it was according to the script I had worked out. I had enough energy to make the final kick and overtake those who were ahead of me.” last_img read more

  • Emmanuel Nettey: Accra Hearts of Oak is the biggest club in Ghana

    first_imgGhana Premier League midfielder, Emmanuel Nettey has described Accra Hearts of Oak, a club he plays for as the biggest clubs in Ghana and on the African continent.Nettey signed for the Phobians from the lower-tier side, Unistar Soccer Academy in the 2019/2020 season which has been cancelled officially due to the outbreak of COVID-19.The 23-year-old has been a phenomenon for the one-time CAF Champions League winners bossing the affairs of the midfield for Edward Odoom’s charges.In an interview with Sports Check, the midfielder described his club as one of the biggest in Ghana and Africa.“It’s been a joy and I’m really happy donning the colors of Hearts of Oak. This is one of the biggest clubs in Africa and the biggest club in Ghana because they are continental club masters. It is my opinion and it’s what I believe in. We are the biggest club in Ghana.The midfielder said he grew up a fan of the club he currently plays for and alluded his move to Accra Hearts of Oak as the perfect timing of God.“I grew up as a Hearts fan but had to play other clubs before coming to Hearts because I believe in the timing of God. If I had rushed to play, maybe I wouldn’t be making waves like now. We plan but God decides and He says this is the time for me to play for Hearts of Oak.”Nettey started his professional career with a stint at Tema-based Inter Allies. His contract was terminated there and he moved to Unistar Soccer Academy before joining Hearts of Oak.last_img read more