first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian great Yuvraj Singh, a destructive left-handed batsman and a handy left-arm spinner, on Monday brought down curtains on his cricket career and announced retirement from all formats of the game. Singh, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, made the announcement in a press conference in Mumbai. As soon as he made the announcement, wishes poured in from his co-players from around the world. His former teammate Rohit Sharma also tweeted but unlike others, he apparently raised questions on the BCCI’s way of handling Yuvraj Singh’s retirement.In his tweet, Rohit said, “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off.” Yuvraj Singh too responded to Rohit’s tweet. “You know how I feel inside! Love u brothaman you go be a legend.” Yuvraj Singh said in his reply to Rohit Sharma’s tweet.During his press conference, Yuvraj Singh did speak about not getting a farewell match. Singh revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had told him that if he failed the Yo Yo fitness test, he would be given a farewell match. However, he passed the test and never got a farewell match.”I was told that if you are not able to pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ test, I would get a farewell game. I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don’t like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset),” Yuvraj said during the press conference.”Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga… ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass kiya and then rest is not my call (Then i said i don’t need retirement match, if i don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, i would go home…. i passed the test and then rest is not my call),” he said.Yuvraj Singh made his international debut for India in 2000. During his 19-year-old career, he played 304 ODIs for India and scored 8,701 runs at an average of 36.55. In the 58 T20I matches he played for the country, Yuvraj Singh scored 1,177 runs at an average of 28.02. In Tests, Yuvraj could not perform up to his potential, and scored just 1900 runs in 40 matches he played. His last appearance in the blue jersey came in an ODI against West Indies in 2017. last_img read more

first_img“Dr Amao is seen as a synonym for integrity and that is what is required in doping matters and we at Okpekpe want honour and integrity to continue to be our watchword.“We will be sending Dr Amao’s name to the IAAF as well as the kind of sampling materials (urine kits) that will be used with the expiry date and the mode of transporting it to a WADA-accredited laboratory,” Esan further said and revealed that materials needed for a successful doping control have been secured.“We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.”Esan also revealed that testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived.“We are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,” said Esan.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).The race holds on Saturday May 12,2018 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local Government Area of Edo State and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced Dr Akin Amao will continue in his position as the head of the anti-doping unit of the sixth edition of the race scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 12,2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners and former head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in-charge of the doping control of the fourth and fifth editions of the race in 2016 and 2017 and has been retained for this year’s event.“We are delighted to announce that Dr Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria nay West Africa, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Dr Amao is one of them,” said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race who has covered as many as eight IAAF World Championships in athletics and the Olympic Games.last_img read more