PV Sindhu-Like Effort in Olympics Can Popularise Table Tennis, Says Sharath Kamal

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsachanta sharath kamaltable tennis First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:11 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chennai: Ace table tennis player A Sharath Kamal, who starred in Chennai Lions’ triumph in the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) league recently, said on Monday that India had a chance of winning a medal at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.”The focus now is on the Olympics next year and we have a chance of winning a medal in the doubles. A lot will depend on the draw,” he said at a felicitation event for Chennai Lions here. He recalled the memorable moments that defined his team’s success journey.Sharing his thoughts on India’s medal-winning prospects at next year’s Olympics, Sharath said table tennis in India is heading in the right direction.A day after PV Sindhu emerged as the World Champion, Sharath said a similar effort from the TT contingent next year would go a long way towards popularising the sport.Sharath Kamal said he would be playing in the Asian Championship in Indonesia next month and then headingto China for a preparatory camp.He said the main focus is on the team championship in January 2020 in Portugal, a qualifying event for the Olympics. “There will be nine places to qualify right now we are at 8. We need to improve our ranking,” he added.About winning the UTT, Kamal said, “It’s a great feeling winning the UTT. Our team went through lots of ups and downs For the first 2 seasons, I didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.” “It was fantastic playing for home franchise. Overall great team effort. The change in format also found the right traction,” he added. last_img read more

Read More →

Serie A Juventus vs Verona Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India

first_img Juventuslive streamingserie Aserie a live First Published: September 21, 2019, 4:46 PM IST Juventus host Verona after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Atletico Madrid in their Champions League opener. It was the second consecutive stalemate for Maurizio Sarri’s side who also dropped points last weekend in Fiorentina.”We need to improve in our aggressiveness and attention,” said Sarri. Security worries will be a concern when the eight-time defending champions Juventus host Hellas Verona following a police operation against the Turin club’s “ultra” supporters.Police arrested 12 hardcore Juventus “ultra” fan leaders Monday for a series of accusations, including making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets.Police said fans threatened to carry out racist chants during matches if they were not given more tickets than the number allotted.With Juventus at third in the league table and Inter Milan leading the stadings, Juventus will be under pressure to come up with a positive result if they are to regain their domestic title.Juventus are unbeaten in their last 22 home games in Serie A and are unbeaten in 28 home league games against Verona. Juventus also have scored in all of their 12 games against Verona in Serie A, which is a record for the Turin-based club.Serie A 2019 Live: JUVENTUS VS VERONA Live StreamingWhere to watch Serie A 2019 Juventus vs Verona live in India (TV channels)?The Juventus vs Verona match in the Serie A will be played at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. The Serie A Juventus vs Verona live telecast will be on Sony Ten 2 HD channel in India at 9:30 PM.How and where to watch Serie A 2019 Juventus vs Verona live streaming?The Juventus vs Verona live stream will be available on Sony LIV app and sonyliv.com website in India for premium users.(With inputs from agencies) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Read More →

Love Rejects US World Hoop Team

first_imgBecause he has no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from the United States basketball squad.Love is in limbo while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star, a process that was complicated and likely lengthened when Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract this week.Love is the latest All-Star to pull out of the team, which begins its training camp in Las Vegas next week to prepare for the World Cup in Spain.In recent weeks, the Americans have lost Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. They have 18 players remaining and will choose 12 for the World Cup.Love, who won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship and was one of the first players to commit to play this summer, told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would be unavailable for training camp that starts on Aug. 4.“He wants to play but it’s a little bit of a sign of the times when you look at the league in terms of contracts, rumored trades,” Colangelo told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “All of those circumstances put players in a funny position.”The Cavaliers are in pursuit of Love, while the Timberwolves have been willing to trade for Wiggins, the No. 1 overall draft pick. Under NBA rules, Wiggins cannot be traded until 30 days after he signed his contract with the Cavaliers.That length of time allows other teams to make offers for Love as well, but also makes it too risky for Love to participate with Team USA.An injury could derail any trade possibilities, so Love had to take the difficult step of informing Colangelo that he would not be able to participate.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read More →

Keith Jackson, 89, Announcer With ‘Whoa, Nelly!’ Call, Dies

first_imgKeith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature “Whoa, Nelly!” From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was one of the greatest college football games ever.Jackson died Friday. He was 89.A statement by ESPN, which consolidated with ABC Sports, Jackson’s longtime employer, announced his death Saturday. No cause was given. He was a longtime resident of Sherman Oaks, California, and died near his home there.A native of west Georgia, near the Alabama border, his smooth baritone voice and use of phrases like “big uglies” for linemen gave his game calls a familiar feel.“He was one of our giants,” longtime broadcaster Brent Musburger told The Associated Press. “He could do anything and loved doing it.”Jackson might be best known for his “Whoa, Nelly!” exclamation, but he didn’t overuse it. Borrowed from his great-grandfather, a farmer, the phrase also part of a commercial Jackson did for Miller Lite in the mid-’90s. But it was no catchphrase.“He never made anything up,” Musburger said. “That’s how Keith talked.”In a Fox Sports interview in 2013, Jackson said his folksy language stemmed from his rural upbringing and he became comfortable with the usage through the years.“I would go around and pluck things off the bush and see if I could find a different way to say some things. And the older I got the more willing I was to go back into the Southern vernacular because some of it’s funny,” Jackson said.ESPN “College GameDay” host Rece Davis, who grew up in Alabama, said listening to Jackson assured him that it was OK for a national broadcaster to sound Southern.“Some people become the voice of the sport through their expertise, which Keith certainly had. But it’s almost as if the good Lord created that voice, which sounds like what red clay ought to sound like if it could talk, to be the perfect voice for college football,” Davis told the AP.Jackson is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and called more Rose Bowl games, 15, than any other announcer.“When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game,” said Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN.Jackson’s death comes just three weeks after that of another sportscasting titan — Dick Enberg, known for his own excited calls of “Oh, my!” during a 60-year career.Kirk Herbstreit was among the college football broadcasters paying tribute to Jackson on social media.“Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them,” Herbstreit posted on Twitter.After serving four years in the Marine Corps, Jackson broadcast his first college football game in 1952 as an undergraduate at Washington State. He worked in radio and television before joining ABC Sports in 1966.Jackson first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work. He retired for good after the 2006 Rose Bowl, when he called Texas’ upset of Southern California for the BCS championship on Vince Young’s last-minute touchdown scramble.“Fourth-and-5. The national championship on the line right here,” Jackson said right before Young took the snap on that memorable play. “He’s going for the cornerrrr. He’s got it! Vince. Young. Scores.”The Rose Bowl stadium’s radio and TV booths were renamed in his honor two years ago. He is in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his contributions to the New Year’s Day game, which is he credited with nicknaming “The Granddaddy of Them All.”Jackson was also the first play-by-play announcer on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” telecasts before being replaced in the program’s second season by Frank Gifford.He called multiple World Series and baseball All-Star games, and was ABC’s lead NBA play-by-play announcer. He worked college basketball with Dick Vitale, and covered 10 Olympics, calling swimming, track and field, basketball, speedskating and ski jumping.Musburger recalled doing the radio play-by-play for the 1986 National League championship series between the Mets and Astros when Jackson was on the television call ABC. The series ended in the Astrodome with a dramatic, 16-inning victory in Game 6 by the Mets.“Keith was in the television booth right next to me,” Musburger said. “I’ll never forget when the game was over, Keith’s hand, and I didn’t know whose hand it was, but it came around the corner extension into the radio booth and he offered me a vodka after the game to celebrate what we had been through.”Desmond Howard, who returned a punt for a touchdown at Michigan in one of Jackson’s best-known calls, tweeted that he had a hard time expressing how much Jackson meant to him, his alma mater and college football.“May his family find some comfort in knowing how much joy he brought us for so many years and that his legacy endures,” Howard said.Jackson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann.Funeral arrangements were not announced.___By JAY REEVESReeves reported from Birmingham, Alabama. AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles, Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read More →

What Bob Stoops’ Sooners Think About Bedlam

first_imgThe Sooners talked with the media yesterday about their thoughts on what Bedlam means to them, pretty insightful stuff from Big Game Bob & Co.Head Coach Bob StoopsHow soon after you took this job did you realize the importance of Bedlam in this state?“Bedlam, Nebraska, Texas, about everybody right? When we show up, the stadium’s full and everybody’s ready. So they were right there with everybody else.”When asked about out of state players and if you have to remind them the importance of Bedlam.“No, it’s for the Big 12 Championship right? They’re a top ten team. If they need more than that I need to check the intellect of some of these guys. Naw, that’s simple.”The perception of these comments can range anywhere from tool-ish to gamesmanship. You can’t let your team get too emotionally invested and that’s wise, but this feels like another version of the age-old argument “OSU isn’t our rival, Texas is.” Feels like comments in the same vein as 2013 Sooners refusing to acknowledge to the upset role they were playing.Pass Rusher Ogbo OkoronkwoHow intense is this rivalry?“It’s for who’s the best team in the state… I feel like this is just as big of a rivalry as it is going to Dallas and the Cotton Bowl playing Texas. This is big, it’s for bragging rights.”OU’s leader in sacks (a guy who straddled the Bedlam fence) is a new breed of Sooner player that’s seen the rivalry with OSU grow.Wide Receiver Dede WestbrookAs someone who didn’t grow up here, what does this rivalry mean to you?“It’s going to be lots of trash talk, it’s going to be a lot of hard hitting football, just pretty much anything you can name out there.”Tight End Mark Andrews“Obviously with this type of rivalry game, ya know they’re going to be physical and come out and hit us in the mouth. So we’ve just got to respond to that and take it as an insult and play hard.”Left Tackle Orlando Brown“Just like Texas man, I don’t like em because my teammates don’t like em’. The guys from Oklahoma, they don’t like Oklahoma State normally and that’s just how it goes. And I go to OU so whoever ya’ll hate I hate. (laughing)”The older guys know a storm is coming, you can tell from Westbrook. Bob is trying to play it down, Gundy is saying the defense is more fresh and physical than it’s been since 2011 and he’s found himself some running game. I’m more excited than Tim Riggins at a high school party and Mike Gundy on the opening day of deer season. Let’s Bedlam, baby.[USATSI]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Read More →

Caster Semenya wins 800m in Doha and fends off retirement talk

first_imgShare on Messenger news Read more Since you’re here… Caster Semenya Is fair play in running more important than fairness to Caster Semenya as a human? First the South African Olympic champion powered away from the field to claim her 30th consecutive 800m victory in 1min 54.98sec – the third-fastest of her career and the eighth-quickest outdoors of all time. Then, when she was asked whether she would ever take testosterone-suppressing medication to keep racing at events ranging from 400m to a mile, she was just as strong. “Hell no,” she said.“Actions speak louder than words,” Semenya added. “When you are a great champion, you always deliver. No man, or any other human, can stop me from running.”Where the 800m Olympic champion goes next, however, is not entirely clear. Afterwards she confirmed she had no plans to retire in the aftermath of the court of arbitration for sport’s decision against her, or to step up to 5,000m. She also insisted she plans to run at the world championships in the autumn and still has 10 years in the sport. “It doesn’t matter how I’m going to do it. What matters is I’ll still be here,” she said.That surely means she is planning an appeal against Cas’s verdict – and hoping for a speedy resolution. Whether she gets it is another matter.On the track Semenya, however, did what she always does, slipping effortlessly on to the shoulder of her pacemaker before stretching out her rivals and then, halfway through the second lap, blasting them out of sight.The pace was a lightning quick 56.66sec through 400m, with only Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba having the speed to go with Semenya. Yet she, too, was left flailing as the South African picked up speed to win by about 20 metres. Far, far, far behind her was Britain’s Lynsey Sharp who was ninth in 2:01:51.Semenya celebrated by throwing her flowers into the crowd before posing for photographs with a big thumbs-up sign and smile. After all she has gone through this week it was reassuring to see her happy again. Share on WhatsApp Athletics Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. After an extraordinary week came a staggering performance. If this was Caster Semenya’s final race over 800m, it was a perfect reminder of her dominance and her determination. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Gaby Hinsliff Share on LinkedIn Meanwhile, Sharp revealed afterwards that she had received death threats as a result of previous comments she had made about Semenya’s “advantage”. “I’ve known Caster since 2008. It’s something I’ve been familiar with over the past 11 years,” she said. “No one benefits from this situation – of course she doesn’t benefit, but it’s not me versus her, it’s not us versus them.“I’ve had death threats. I’ve had threats against my family and that’s not a position I want to be in. It’s really unfortunate the way it’s played out. By no means am I over the moon about this. It’s just been a long 11 years for everyone.”Elsewhere in Doha, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith started her 2019 campaign in impressive style by destroying a decent field in 22.26sec at 200 metres. But in the men’s 200m Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake made a stuttering start to his season as he finished sixth behind the world and European champion, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came from the 17-year-old Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who became the youngest ever woman Diamond League event winner, clearing 1.96m in the high jump to tie the under-17 record.Meanwhile Jama Aden, the controversial coach who is under investigation for doping by Spanish police, has denied claims that he was at the root of last week’s extraordinary spat between Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie.Gebrselassie had alleged that his row with Farah began when the British star took exception to Aden being refused entry to Gebrselassie’s hotel near Addis Ababa – a claim furiously denied by Farah. Aden, who called British Athletics an “unofficial facilitator” for Farah when he trained in Ethiopia in 2015, said his last meeting with the British star was before the police raid.“It is not true what Haile says,” he said. “It is lies. The last contact I had with Mo was in 2016. I’m pissed off with all these stories.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook Caster Semenya ruling ‘tramples on dignity’ of athletes, South Africa sayslast_img read more

Read More →

Can Gullit Pena seize his chance for Cruz Azul?

first_imgLiga MX Can Rangers flop Gullit Pena seize his chance against Club America? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:30 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Gullit Pena Cruz Azul Hector Vivas Liga MX Cruz Azul América v Cruz Azul América Since leaving Leon, little has gone right for the midfielder, but he’ll have an opportunity to shine in the Clasico Joven Very little has broken right for Carlos Pena in the past two years. After leaving Leon amid tears and arriving at Chivas at the beginning of 2016, Pena has failed to replicate the level he showed to earn the move in the first place.After a frustrating spell with the Guadalajara side he moved back to Leon before former Santos Laguna manager Pedro Caixinha plucked Pena from central Mexico to join him in Scotland with Rangers. Pena had a few good matches in Scotland, notably scoring a double against St. Johnstone. But after Pena amassed less than 500 minutes in his first five months in Rangers, it made sense when Caixinha brought him to Cruz Azul in January.Unfortunately for Pena, he picked up where he left off in Mexico, struggling to influence matches or even get onto the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was booed by fans early on, suffered an injury, and largely has been forgotten since then. Now, with Cruz Azul playing crosstown rival Club America on Saturday, Pena is set to go back into the starting XI and could make his mark on the Clasico Joven. He’ll be getting his second start of the season against La Maquina’s biggest rival. It’s not a huge show of support by Caixinha, though. While the manager clearly likes Pena enough to sign him at two different clubs, he’s recognized the slip in level.Pena is ready to come in because of a combination of indiscretion prior to last week’s friendly match and injury that has afflicted Walter Montoya, a fellow winter arrival at Cruz Azul who has produced far more than the Tamaulipas native.”Before the match against Monterrey in San Antonio, yes, something happened which I’m not going to talk about, but yesterday or two days ago he said something about a knock so you have to take care of him,” Caixinha said at his news conference. “That’s why ‘Gullit’ will have his opportunity.”If that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, well neither does this.”I told (forward Martin Cauteruccio): You’re going to score the goal that gives us the win. I told him, later I told the group, and now I’m telling you (in the press). Caute is going to score and he’s going to be a factor in the game,” the manager said before adding, “I have all the confidence in Gullit, just like I have it in Cauteruccio.”Pena, who turned 28 this week, needs to show something against America. For one, Cruz Azul can hardly afford a defeat. With Cruz Azul sitting five points back of the eighth and final playoff position and with five teams to pass to get there even if the club closes the gap, getting back to the Liguilla seems like a pipe dream.Judging from the lineup the Cruz Azul boss plans to put out, Pena will be in a more attacking position than he’s been most of the year or that he played during most of his time in Mexico. Perhaps that will allow him to provide Cauteruccio with good service, or take advantage of his gifts. Pena can finish with either foot, is good in the air and had the vision to set up teammates in his previous stops in Mexico.While the past two years have been poor, there was real talent in Pena. He was a key part of Leon’s bicampeonato triumphs, and the 19 national team caps were merited. This is a player who is supposed to be in his prime but instead has fallen off a cliff. You could see by the tears he shed when he left Leon, and from some of the decisions he made early in his career, that he’s a player who lives off of emotion.The past several years can’t have been easy for Pena, bouncing from disappointment to disappointment with little joy in between. The manager has backed him up, albeit tepidly, by calling on him for this critical rivalry match. It may take more than that to recover the confidence he’s lost in two years.last_img read more

Read More →

Zinedine Zidane to start second tenure at Real Madrid with La Liga match vs Celta Vigo

first_img Reuters MadridMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 15:29 IST Zinedine Zidane is set to use the remaining La Liga games to assess the Real Madrid squad he wants to have for the next season. (AP Photo)Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his first game since making an astonishing return to Real Madrid on Saturday against Celta Vigo which is set to be a de facto audition for next season for many of the team’s underperforming players.Having sacked Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari for a series of embarrassing results, Real have decided to turn again to the former midfield great who won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row before resigning last May.But Zidane made it clear in his presentation that sweeping changes must be made for his second coming to be a success, meaning many in his squad will be playing for their futures against Celta and in the other 10 remaining league games.With Real out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey and sitting third in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, the only purpose for the remainder of the season is for Zidane to assess which players he wants to keep as he plots the team’s comeback in the next campaign.Veteran defender Marcelo and Wales forward Gareth Bale are the most high profile names whose futures look uncertain under Zidane, while Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos all have points to prove to their returning coach.One player who could benefit from Zidane’s comeback is Isco, who was outcast from the team by Solari, repeatedly left out of the Argentine’s squad for games even when the team was suffering from an injury crisis, as they will be against Celta.advertisementZidane will be without old favourites Casemiro, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez against Celta as well as new kid on the block Vinicius Jr, who has become the club’s great hope but is not expected to return from injury until May.He also faces an intriguing choice in goal, as the Frenchman frequently fought the corner of Costa Rican Keylor Navas, his keeper for each of the three Champions League triumphs who has since been usurped by Thibaut Courtois, who arrived at the club after Zidane had left.Atletico Madrid meanwhile must shake off the gloom of their chastening Champions League elimination to Juventus when they visit Athletic Bilbao hoping to keep up their chase of Barcelona, who they trail by seven points.Barca, the only Spanish team left in the Champions League, are in action on Sunday away to Real Betis, who pulled of a shock 4-3 win at the Nou Camp in November and are the last team to beat the Catalans in the league.Also Read | Things will change: Zinedine Zidane after returning as Real Madrid managerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Real MadridFollow Celta VigoFollow LA LigaFollow Football Zinedine Zidane to start second tenure at Real Madrid with La Liga match vs Celta VigoZinedine Zidane made a surprise return as Real Madrid manager just months after stepping down following the club’s third straight Champions League victory.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Read More →

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran aims to be in top 15 by end of 2019

first_imgSathiyan Gnanasekaran aims to be in top 15 by end of 2019Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has already booked his World Cup berth with good performances at the Asian Cup and he hopes that he hopes that he can come back with a better showadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 16:52 IST Sathiyan Gnanasekaran feels he needs to step up his fitness levels ahead of a gruelling schedule (Reuters Photo)Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wants to be among the top 15 players in the world by the end of this year, but to achieve that, India’s top ranked paddler knows all too well that he has to work on his fitness to brave the grind in the coming months.”I am looking at top 15 by the end of 2019 if I can continue this form. I am knocking on the door of top 20,” the World No. 28 Sathiyan told IANS in an interview.”I need to step up my fitness levels as well to match up to the gruelling schedule ahead. That is something I need to work on if I have to get into the top 15,” the 26-year old said.Sathiyan booked a berth at the World Cup after finishing sixth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup held in Yokohama last week.The left-hander stunned World No. 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong in positions 5-8 match before losing to 17-year-old Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who notched up a 11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 win to finish fifth.”It was a tiring tournament, playing such high quality matches. All the matches were like playing semi final and final. I will watch the videos and comeback with better show when I meet him (Yun-Ju) next time,” Sathiyan said.The next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup, which is slated to be held in Chengdu, China from October 18 to 20.advertisement”I have the World Championships (April 21-1 in Budapest, Hungary) coming up. Then I have three weeks maybe in Chennai. Then I have seven pro tours, the Commonwealth Championships ..so it will be a tournament packed few months,” Sathiyan quipped.He further added that if he can do well in the World Championships, his ranking will shoot up.”I will have enough match practice before the World Cup. If I can do well in the World Championships, my world ranking will go up.”On areas he wants to improve on besides fitness, Sathiyan feels his serves and receives can get better.”I want to work on my serves and receives. I also want to improve on my backhand serves.”In January, Sathiyan reached a career-best world ranking of 28 which is the best ever ranking achieved by an Indian in singles.Also Read | Sakshi Malik aims for Asian Wrestling Championship goldFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Table TennisFollow World CupFollow World ChampionshipsFollow Commonwealth Championships Nextlast_img read more

Read More →

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook BridgeBlack Brook Bridge on Minto Road is closed for removal andreplacement of the bridge structure until Monday, Dec. 15. Detoursignage is available. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101Highway 101, from Mount Uniacke to the Stillwater overpass, isnow open. Work will continue in isolated areas. The speed limitis 100 km/h. Motorists may occasionally experience some minortraffic delays in areas where traffic has been reduced from twolanes to one. HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale BridgeElmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil June 2004. A detour is available around the bridge. Trafficcontrol consists of a detour sign. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey RoadJoudrey Road is closed except to local traffic for culvertrepairs, until further notice. A detour is available fromLouisville Road to Route 6. Work takes place 24 hours a day. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Luther McNutt BridgeLuther McNutt Bridge on Truro Road is closed except to localtraffic until Monday, Dec. 15, for bridge structure removal andreplacement. Traffic control consists of detour signage. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Canal BridgeThe Canal Bridge in Raynardton will be closed to all trafficuntil Saturday, Dec. 20 to facilitate replacement of thestructure. Traffic control consists of detour signage. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson BridgeSimpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. Detour signage is available. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 INVERNESS COUNTY: Sandy Gillis BridgeSandy Gillis Bridge in Judique is closed until Saturday, Dec. 13for bridge replacement and repair to approaches. A detour isavailable on a temporary bridge. Traffic control consists ofsignage. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Little River BridgeLittle River Bridge at Mill Creek near Port Hood is closed untilSaturday, Dec. 13 for replacement of bridge and approaches. Adetour is available. Traffic control consists of traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael RoadToney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. -30-last_img read more

Read More →