first_imgLast Updated: 24th October, 2019 22:51 IST Yogeshwar Dutt: 5 Other Indian Athletes Who Entered Politics Yogeshwar Dutt has now joined the growing list of athletes who have chosen the field of politics as their new career option after hanging up their boots. Today we look at other athletes who also tried their hand in politics.Also Read: Kiren Rijiju Tries His Hand At Fishing Adventurous Sport, Takes A DipBabita Phogat FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Written By 11 months ago BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt on poll debut: ‘Different innings, same honesty’ First Published: 24th October, 2019 22:51 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 10 months ago Haryana elections: Yogeshwar Dutt hopeful, says BJP will get a big win Sports personalities over the years have made a transition from being sportspersons to becoming politicians. The likes of Kirti Azad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Mohammad Azharuddin, Dilip Tirkey, Navjot Singh Sidhu etc. have taken the plunge into politics. The field of politics is emerging to be a new career option for retired athletes and the list of sportspersons who have joined politics after making a successful career in sports is growing. The latest ones to join the bandwagon are Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and hockey star Sandeep Singh. Babita is fighting the Haryana elections from the Dadri Assembly constituency after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on August 12. She is making her debut in the political akhara and has said to a leading media daily that the decision to enter politics was her own as she grew up in a family connected with the field, making her interested in taking it up.Also Read: Indian Army Soldier Bags Gold At Abu Dhabi Open Regatta 2019Vijender SinghKnown for his swag and hard punches inside the boxing ring, the Olympic medalist made his debut bout in the political ring during the Lok Sabha Elections. The Bhiwani boxer joined the Indian National Congress to fight from South Delhi constituency. Vijender had quit competitive boxing and joined the professional circuit.Also Read: Irving Scores 50 But Misses Last Shot, Wolves Top Nets In OTRajyavardhan Singh RathoreRathore made his debut in politics in the year 2013 after joining the Bhartiya Janata Party. So far, he has had a successful career,, having served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India till May 2019. In the sports field, the retired Colonel has won 25 international medals at various championships for Double Trap Shooting, including a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the Men’s Double Trap event.Also Read: 76ers Top Celtics 107-93 In 1st Battle Of East FavoritesNafisa AliNafisa Ali contested the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections unsuccessfully from South Kolkata. On 5 April 2009, she contested the Lok Sabha Elections from Lucknow on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Outside politics, Ali was West Bengal’s swimming sensation in the early seventies and a national swimming champion in 1974. She was also a jockey for a while at the Calcutta Gymkhana in 1979.Also Read: UFC: Conor McGregor Has Been Named As The Richest Fighter Of UFCBhaichung BhutiaThe former captain of the Indian football team first tried his hand in politics in 2014, contesting the LS elections from the Darjeeling constituency on a Trinamool Congress ticket, only to lose the contest. The 43-year-old ventured into politics for the second time contesting the assembly elections in 2016, again on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the Siliguri assembly seat but failed to score.In April 2018, the former striker announced that he was launching a political party, the Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) and said his party would fight the “corrupt regime of Pawan Chamling”, then the longest-serving Chief Minister in the country. 11 months ago Yogeshwar Dutt joins BJP, in talks to contest Haryana Assembly polls 10 months ago Haryana: Yogeshwar Dutt casts his vote, says he’s ready to serve India Suraj Alva 10 months ago Haryana polls: Former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh casts vote LIVE TVlast_img read more

first_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 12th August, 2020 08:05 IST Written Bycenter_img SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandals.So many athletes came and did so well – the Soviet gymnastic whizzes and men’s basketball team, East German swimming star Kristin Otto, Americans Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Jim Abbott, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.These Games overcame the fear of terrorism and civil unrest and brought together nearly 10,000 athletes from 160 countries in stadiums, arenas and pools as fine as ever seen.The Soviets reigned again with 55 golds, followed by East Germany’s 37 and the United States’ 36. Host South Korea rose to No. 1 in Asia, and fourth in the world with 12 golds.As always, though, the medals meant much less than the memories the athletes and fans took away with them.There were glorious moments, from an opening ceremony with exotic dancers and parachutists to a closing with hugs and tears, fireworks and dances, and the mascots of Seoul and Barcelona, the site of the 1992 Games, floating together into the starry night.Yet, the highest moment of the Games – Ben Johnson rocketing to victory over Lewis in a 100-meter dash world record – led to the deepest pain when the Canadian was caught cheating with muscle-building anabolic steroids.Twenty years from now, when most of the records set in Seoul are broken, the impact of Johnson’s disgrace will still be felt if athletes and trainers heed the events here and end doping.“There have been high points and some low points, and the most important low point was Ben Johnson,” Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, said Monday. “That was indeed a blow.”Catching Johnson, however, and expelling him along with nine other athletes with positive drug tests was an indication, Samaranch said, that “we have won the battle against doping.”Lessons for the future also could be learned from the strange and appalling things that went on at the boxing ring, from an American fighter missing his bus and his bout, to Korean coaches pummeling a referee, and judges losing sight of honesty.Three golds, three silvers and two bronzes were quite a haul for the U.S. boxers, but they weren’t enough to wipe out the bitterness of a decision Sunday against 19-year-old Roy Jones in the 156-pound final against Korea’s Park Si-hun.Jones peppered Park’s face with rights and left hooks for three rounds, forced him to one standing 8-count and could have gotten three others that would have ended the fight in the ring. Instead, the decision went to the judges and the result was astonishing – to the fighters, the coaches and even to many Koreans.The Soviet and Hungarian judges scored it 60-56, a huge spread, in favor of Jones. The judges from Uruguay and Morocco scored it 59-58 for Park, and the judge from Uganda had it 59-59, with a plus mark for the Korean that gave him the gold.On the victory platform, the gold around Park’s neck and the silver on Jones’, the Korean raised the American’s hand for the crowd. Here, the gesture said, is the real winner.“I thought I lost the fight,” Park said. “I might have won the gold medal thanks to the advantage of a home ring.”Jones, little soothed by his award afterward from the International Amateur Boxing Association as the outstanding fighter of the tournament, charged the judges with robbing him of his gold and his dream and said he was giving up plans for a professional career.Samaranch said Monday the IOC will study whether boxing should be continued in the Olympics because of the hazards in the sport and the problems of officiating.“We are really not happy with the way judges and officials are acting,” he said. “We take the problem very seriously.”A much more serious problem for the United States – a rising tide of anti-American sentiment – was exacerbated at the Games by the coverage of NBC, the arrest of several American athletes and the perceived rudeness of the U.S. team at the opening ceremony.The Soviets, meanwhile, cultivated friendship by bringing in the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Philharmonic, films, a photo exhibit and copies of the Communist Party newspaper Pravda.The announcement of an unprecedented sports exchange program between South Korea and the Soviet Union and the arrival of the first Soviet diplomats since World War II also warmed relations.Soviet athletes, as they did in Calgary during the Winter Games, made a special effort to meet with local people. American athletes tended to isolate themselves.All those differences became apparent at the sporting events, where Koreans often cheered louder for the Soviets or East Germans than they did for Americans, despite a close 40-year relationship with the United States.The ongoing student protests, aimed in part at kicking out the 42,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, never threatened the Olympics and didn’t gain more support during the Games, but they showed a darker side of the feelings expressed in the arenas.NBC left Seoul richer in the pockets but poorer in reputation. Viewers complained about too many commercials and taped features, and frequent shifts from one event to another. In South Korea, the network was accused of anti-Korean reporting and insensitivity to the local culture.NBC spent $$440 million broadcasting the Games, and a network source said its profits could be as high as $$80 million.In a whirl of races and scandals and a blur of tears, happy and sad, the Olympics slipped from summer to fall. They were the most expensive and biggest ever.The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee says it made a $$349 million profit on the Games. Four years ago, the Los Angeles Games earned a $$225 million profit.Some athletes left Monday with medals, others with only souvenirs. Some will get rich off these Games, others will struggle.East German swimmer Kristin Otto, the first woman ever to win six gold medals in one Olympics, received a gold crown from local newspapers Monday as most valuable player of the Seoul Games.The Paek Sang crown, made of 20-karat gold and designed after the headgear of ancient Korean warriors, cost $$11,000, its donors said. Although it was not an official IOC award, the winner was chosen by a panel of four IOC members.Greg Louganis’ diving career ended with his second pair of gold medals in the springboard and platform events, and he says he’s off to begin an acting career.Perhaps his first film should be his own life story, beginning with a troubled youth and teen-age bout with alcoholism and ending with his dives in Seoul after hitting his head on the springboard.Louganis said he talked with his coach about quitting after hitting the board and opening a cut that needed five stitches to close.“We walked and discussed all the things we had gone through to get there,” he said. “I decided to stay in, and I’m glad I did.”Image credits: AP COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 08:06 IST AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandalslast_img read more

first_imgHolland lost ground in their bid to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2016 as they were beaten 1-0 by Group A leaders Iceland on Thursday after being reduced to 10 men in the first half.Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game for Iceland from the penalty spot in the 51st minute after the hosts had Bruno Martins Indi sent off in the 33rd minute.The defeat means Holland remain third in the group, eight points behind leaders Iceland and six adrift of second-placed Czech Republic, who beat Kazakhstan 2-1.Yuri Logvinenko opened the scoring for the Kazakhs in the 21st minute but two second-half goals from Milan Skoda, including an 86th-minute winner, saw the Czechs keep their qualification on track. Turkey drew 1-1 with Latvia in the other Group A game.Elsewhere, Wales maintained their grip on the top of Group B and continued their unbeaten qualification run with a 1-0 win over Cyprus. Gareth Bale headed the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute to snatch the victory which kept Wales three clear of second-placed Belgium, who defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1.Roma striker Edin Dzeko put Bosnia and Herzegovina ahead in the 15th minute before Marouane Fellaini and new Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts 2-1 ahead at half-time in Brussels. Eden Hazard sealed the win from the penalty spot in the 78th minute. Israel kept alive their hopes of a top-two finish in Group B with a comfortable 4-0 victory over rock-bottom Andorra in Haifa. Eran Zahavi struck the opener after just three minutes, with Nir Bitton making it 2-0 with a 22nd-minute header. Brighton striker Tomer Hemed added a third from the penalty spot four minutes later before Munas Dabbur completed the scoring.Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle’s 69th-minute goal saw Italy defeat Malta 1-0 to move top of Group H while Norway remain third after their 1-0 win over Bulgaria, Vegard Forren scoring the only goal just before the hour mark.Croatia drew 0-0 with Azerbaijan in the other game to slip into second place as their goal difference is worse than Italy’s.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior David Fry and Nicholls senior Cayden Hatcher are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by Honorable Mention: Nick Mikolajchak, Sam Houston State; Jerry Maddox, Northwestern State; Josh Green, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Jack Rogers, Sam Houston State; Cody Grosse, Southeastern Louisiana. The Demons (25-19, 11-10 SLC) heads to San Antonio to face UIW (27-18, 12-9 SLC) in a three-game series starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Nicholls (19-26, 9-12 SLC) hits the road to face Prairie View A&M on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before a conference series at Stephen F. Austin (14-29, 6-15 SLC) beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. Hitter of the Week: David Fry, Northwestern State – Sr. – 1B/C – Colleyville, TexasFry continued his assault on the Demons’ career record book last week, starting with his first career five-hit game against Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday. All five hits in the series opener with the Devils went for extra bases as he tied NSU’s single-game record with three doubles. His 11 total bases against MVSU were one shy of the school record. He homered in three straight games to open the week, the second time he has done so this season and third time in his career. The senior added his conference-leading ninth home run of the season to open Northwestern State’s scoring against Houston Baptist in the series opener. Pitcher of the Week: Cayden Hatcher, Nicholls – Sr. – RHP – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Hatcher tossed his first career complete game against Lamar in a 6-1 series-tying win. He scattered six hits and allowed one earned run while striking out four and walking two. His only blemish came from a sacrifice fly. The senior allowed just two hits – both singles – through the final five innings.last_img read more

first_imgAn alert has been raised by the Letterkenny Chamber over fake bank notes being used in the local area. Two young girls were caught in a shop on Thursday night attempting to buy goods with Northern Irish Sterling notes.However, an eagle-eyed shop assistant spotted that the £20 notes were fake. The girls fled the store as soon as the Manager was called.  Letterkenny’s Shop LK team have warned business owners to remind their staff to be vigilant about bank notes and take necessary steps to check all cash.Business owners warned to look out for forged notes was last modified: August 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more