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Pak players unlikely for HIL

Pakistan did not play in the inaugural Hockey India League and it is extremely unlikely that they will also feature in the next year's event.

Written by Agencies | Published: September 3, 2013 3:23:04 am

* Pakistan did not play in the inaugural Hockey India League and it is extremely unlikely that they will also feature in the next year’s event as Pakistan Hockey Federation is reluctant to sent its players to India because of the current tension prevailing between the two nations.”We have received a communication from Hockey India to give ‘No Objection Certificates’ to Pakistani players for next year’s hockey league but it is unlikely that we will send our players until and unless the situation between the two countries improves. As of now we will not send our players for next year’s league,” PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said. The simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border earlier this year spilled over to the sporting arena when Hockey India decided to send back all the nine Pakistani players taking part in the HIL following protests over the killing of Indian soldiers.

IBF to set up panel over fixing

* The Indian Boxing Federation on Monday formed a three-member disciplinary committee to look into the allegations of manipulation in the World Championship trials,levelled by three boxers who were not picked for the event. IBF President Abhishek Matoria said the panel will issue showcause notices to the trio of Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar (91kg),national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg). “The committee will meet here and issue notices to the three boxers and accordingly the next step will be taken,” Matoria said. The IBF chief said the boxers will get a chance to present their case but should be prepared for action if their allegations are not proved.

Changes mooted for IBL

* After the grand success of inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL),BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta has said that there is a possibility of making a few changes in the next edition like including women’s doubles,having a review system in place and advancing the timings of the matches. “Women’s doubles is a very important part of world badminton. I personally feel we can have women’s doubles included but surely this is my personal opinion and not of the IBL’s,” he said. The Rajya Sabha MP said that the timing of the ties may be tweaked after consulting with the broadcasters. “We want families to come out and watch matches and have fun at least for five hours and … we will work on it to make it more interesting next year,” he added.

Alonso saves cycling team

* Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has stepped in to save Spanish cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi from folding at the end of the season,sponsors said. The Spanish double world champion was set to purchase the WorldTour licence to enable the team to continue racing in 2014,current sponsors Euskaltel said in a statement. “The negotiations will be completed in the next few weeks and will culminate in the purchase of the company (Basque Cycling Pro Team),which owns the team,by Fernando Alonso,” the statement said. Euskaltel-Euskadi are one of Spain’s two teams in the WorldTour,cycling’s top league.

Adhiban wins Barcelona Open

* Former national chess champion B. Adhiban won the Barcelona Sants Open tournament which got over on Monday. He pocketed the top prize of Rs. 2.40 lakh. There were 298 players in the tournament,which was a part of the 10th Catalan Chess Circuit. The field was strong,including 23 GMs and 28 IMs. In a strong performance,Adhiban finished a point ahead of the top seed Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba. From 10 rounds,Adbihan tallied a strong 8.5 points.

Capoue out for month

* France international Etienne Capoue,one of the seven senior players to join Tottenham Hotspur in the past few weeks,faces a month on the sidelines after injuring an ankle in his team’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. The club said on their website that a scan showed an ankle sprain,a far less serious injury than Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas feared when he hinted after the game he might have broken his leg. Capoue,25,who joined Spurs for 9.3 million pounds ($14.39 million) from Toulouse last month,will miss at least four matches for Spurs.

Sneijder back in Dutch squad

* Playmaker Wesley Sneijder has won a surprise recall to the Netherlands squad for their next two World Cup qualifiers in place of the injured Georgino Wijnaldum,the Dutch football federation said on Monday. PSV Eindhoven’s Wijnaldum has an ankle injury and left the Dutch training camp earlier on Monday. Netherlands visit Estonia on Friday and Andorra four days later and two wins would guarantee top spot in Group D and automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Sneijder,29, who has 93 caps,returns after losing the captaincy for two internationals in Asia in June and also overlooked for last month’s friendly in Portugal.

Kramnik wins World Cup

* Current World No. 3 Vladimir Kramnik won the World Cup after defeating Dmitri Andreikin with a 2.5-1.5 scoreline in the final at Tromso in Norway. Andreikin needed a win in the fourth and last game to take the match to a tiebreak but it was Kramnik who enjoyed a winning advantage in the fourth game. The English opening soon petered out to Kramnik’s advantage and with Andreikin pushing the position it only got worse for him. However,short on time,Kramnik agreed for the draw which gave him the title. Both players qualify for the Candidates tournament for the 2014 cycle.

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