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Messi to receive World Cup replica as birthday gift

Moscow, June 21 (IANS) An unusual copy of the FIFA World Cup, as well as a birthday cake has been made for Argentina national football team captain Lionel Messi by the people of Bronnitsy, where the players are residing. It might cheer up Argentina, which is now fighting to enter the knockout stage, reports Sputnik news agency. The Argentinian national team is world-renowned, so,...

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Global anti-doping conference gets underway in Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 18 (IANS) A global anti-doping intergovernmental ministerial meeting got underway in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday, in order to discuss ways of freeing national and international level athletes from prohibited substances. Twenty nine countries are participating in the '15th Asia/Oceania Regional Intergovernmental Ministerial Meeting on Anti Doping in Sports' which is organi...

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Muralitharan rejects SLC's offer to join as consultant

Colombo, June 15 (IANS) Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan has rejected an offer by the country's sports minister Faizer Musthapaha to join the national cricket board as a consultant. Muralitharan, who has 1334 international wickets to his name, has hit out at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for not reviving the game. Issuing a statement, the 46-year-old said: I am of the view th...

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Bengal politicos gear up to enjoy magic of FIFA World Cup

Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) As football frenzy gripped the globe with the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia, the politicos in Bengal on Thursday let their political battles take the backseat as they geared up to soak in the spirit of the beautiful game taking place on a distant green turf. Some veteran politicians strongly backed their favourite teams while others nostalgically recalled t...

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Morocco to bid for hosting 2030 World Cup

Rabat, June 14 (IANS) After losing the 2026 World Cup bid, Morocco announced on Thursday that it will present a new bid to host the 2030 edition. Under high instructions from King Mohammed VI, Morocco will officially present its bid to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to host the 2030 World Cup, the Moroccan Youth and Sports Minister Rachid Talbi Alami told ...

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Intercontinental Cup: Kohli, Big B laud football team's win

Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Several sporting and entertainment personalities, including Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan led the congratulatory messages for the triumphant football team which beat Kenya 2-0 to win the Intercontinental Cup here on Sunday. Captain Sunil Chhetri on Sunday scored a brace to take his tally to 64 goals for the country as In...

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IOA, HI urge SAI to improve food quality, hygiene

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Hockey India (HI) on Monday wrote to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) after the national men's hockey team chief coach Harendra Singh complained about the quality of food and the hygiene level at the SAI centre in Bengaluru. Harendra, on Saturday wrote to HI, saying that blood tests have revealed that most of the playe...

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Punjab identifies land on Patiala outskirts for its sports varsity

Chandigarh, June 10 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's dream project of setting up the state's first sports university has begun to take shape, with the state identifying the site for the proposed campus at Sidhuwal village on Patiala's outskirts. Till it has its own campus, the varisty would commence operations from the next session from the Physical Education College in Pat...

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Haryana puts sports notification on hold after controversy

Chandigarh/New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Within hours of a controversy generated by the issuing of a notification asking sportspersons to deposit one-third of their earnings with the Haryana Sports Council, the state government put the notification on hold. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted that he had put the notification on hold and called for the file I have asked for the ...

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Haryana defends decision to seek part of sportspersons' earnings

Chandigarh/New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Amid flak from the sporting fraternity over its move asking sportspersons to deposit one third of their earnings with the Haryana Sports Council, the state government on Friday defended its decision to do so. Informed sources in the government said the April 30 notification was as per the existing rules and nothing new had been done by the BJP governme...

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Spain's king bids farewell to national team ahead of World Cup

Madrid, June 7 (IANS) Spain's king on Thursday bid his country's national football team farewell before their trip to the Russian city of Krasnodar, La Roja's homebase for World Cup play which kicks off on June 14. King Felipe VI visited the Spanish squad at the City of Soccer sport complex, in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, accompanied by the new Culture and Sports Minister Maxim Huerta, am...

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Dakar Rally looks at Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru for route

Lima, June 5 (IANS) The Dakar Rally officials plan to ask Argentina, Bolivia and Chile if they are interested in being on the route before deciding in a few months whether to return to Africa following the 2019 edition, the endurance race's director, Etienne Lavigne said on Monday. We know today that there's a difficult situation in countries like Chile and Argentina. They cannot put on ...

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Suniel Shetty still feels 'fit, strong' to do action films

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Action star Suniel Shetty, 56, doesn't see age getting in his way of adding more action-packed movies to his filmography. He says age is just a number and that he is as fit and strong as he used to be years ago. In the 1990s, Suniel earned the label of action hero due to his work in films like Gopi Kishan, Shastra, Sapoot, Rakshak and Border. Last year, he featur...

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Indo-Dutch collaboration for cost-effective vaccine delivery

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Vaccine maker Serum Institute of India and Netherland-based research and development organisation for vaccine technologies Intravacc have signed a deal to jointly develop bioneedles, a novel delivery system for vaccines. About the collaboration in one of the key healthcare challenges, Serum Institute, in a joint statement with the Institute for Translational Vacc...

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Chile not to be among hosts for 2019 Dakar Rally

Santiago, May 14 (IANS) Chile will not be among the hosts in the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally due to a policy of fiscal austerity, although the country hopes to return to the motorsports competition in 2020, Chilean Sports Minister Pauline Kantor has said. We are facing a delicate financial situation, which is why we are implementing a very important austerity programme. This means we...

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Akshay praises Gadkari, Rathore for supporting sport talents

Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar has praised Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Rajyavardhan Rathore and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand for showcasing and supporting talent at a grassroot level. The 50-year-old actor on Sunday night took to Twitter and shared a selfie with Minister for Road Transport and Highways Gadkari, Sports Minister Rathore and Chief National Coach of India...

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Malhotra writes to Rathore on omission of shooting from 2022 CWG

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) All India Council of Sports (AICS) President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Monday requested Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra to take up strongly at all forums the issue of dropping the shooting discipline from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Malhotra's letter to Rathore has come a week...

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UP to felicitate CWG medal winners from state

Lucknow, April 19 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government will be soon honouring five sportspersons from the state who won medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) held in Australia, an official said on Thursday. The gold medallists will get Rs 50 lakh each, while the silver medallists will get Rs 30 lakh each and those who won bronze will get Rs 15 lakh each, the official from the sports...

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Paddler Mouma Das has anxious moments over baggage at airport

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) India's table tennis ace Mouma Das, who returned home on Tuesday after a spectacular double medal conquest at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, spent some anxious hours when the Delhi Customs held her check-in baggage after detecting a power bank, which the player said she did not carry. Then, Mouma, on her arrival at the NSCBI Airport here, found her baggage ha...

2 months ago
NRAI President calls for boycott of 2022 CWG

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh on Tuesday said he will write to the Indian government to boycott the Commonwealth Games in 2022 over the Birmingham Organising Committee (OC) decision to drop the shooting discipline from the Games programme for the 22nd edition. Raninder also informed that he would be raising the issue with I...

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