Time to dump what will people say mentality –Sania Mirza

first_imgIndian tennis star Sania Mirza says it is time to jettison “what will people say” mentality if girls and women are to attend their full potentials in life. The six Grand Slam winner maintained that the mentality has killed a lot of dreams, thus forcing many to merely dream about what would have loved to be without achieving it. A popular face in Nigeria in the good days of Ogbe Hard Court, Heineken futures and the Governors Cup in Lagos, Mirza was speaking during a webinar organised by the All India Tennis Association and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). She thanked her parents for standing by her in spite of the fact that their stand appeared contrary to the norm “What we were doing was against the norm. I started playing at age of six and at that time a girl picking up the racquet and dreaming of playing Wimbledon was laughed at. “Log kya kahenge (what will people say) has killed more dreams than anything else. I was lucky to be born to parents, who did not care about it.”, she enthused. She however expressed confidence that the situation will improve for the better as women athletes are gradually being accepted in India. “I take huge pride in the fact that outside cricket, the biggest sports stars are women athletes. If you see magazines, billboards, you find women sports stars. That is a huge step; I know how difficult it is to pursue a sport being a woman,” “This is a signal that things have changed but we have miles to go before we reach the point where when a girl picks up boxing gloves, or a badminton racquet or says ‘I want to be a wrestler’, it’s not out of ordinary, it should become natural progression.” She submitted The 33 year old charged up and coming athletes to be steadfast noting that “Secret to success is competitiveness. I was always aggressive, did not mind losing a few matches or making mistakes at junior level. The goals were bigger. My parents never blamed me after I lose a match ” India’s Mirza against America;’s Serena williams She equally recalls that playing against American tennis great Serena Williams was a confidence booster. “The belief that you can be the best is a must. When I competed against Serena Williams, it gave me a confidence boost, “she recalled. India;s Badminton star shuttlers P V Sindhu India boasts of a number of trailblazing women athletes, who have achieved significantly at the world stage. Read AlsoMaria Sharapova recalls fun dinner with Novak Djokovic Olympic medal-winning shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom, Asian Games champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are among the lot making waves globally FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even Morecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic returns for Milan

first_img Ibrahimovic spent the first part of the coronavirus pandemic in his native Sweden, keeping himself fit as he trained with Hammarby. Hammarby is the club the 38-year-old owns a 23.5 percent share in, and sporting director Jesper Jansson said ‘there’s a chance’ he could play for the side before he retired.Advertisement However, he touched down in Milan this evening ahead of a 14-day quarantine period. read also:Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for Milan return Only after that can he check into Milanello for medical tests and individual training, although the Rossoneri may have resumed group work by then. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 As expected, Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to Italy and will now observe two weeks of self-isolation. Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketlast_img read more

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Pardew ready for further signings

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed that a fifth summer signing will arrive on Tyneside within the next 24 hours. He could make his competitive debut for the club in the Premier League opener against Manchester City next month, and he will do so hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of David Ginola and Laurent Robert. Cabella told nufcTV: “Yes, that’s something I am here for. I am looking to improve all the time and hopefully become one of the best. I just love improving. “I love to play. Big matches or little matches, I am always there. It makes me want to play more, the fact that this match is such a big one at the start, and I am looking forward to just getting involved in the season. “My first match at Newcastle is something I have been really looking forward to.” Cabella freely admits he modelled himself on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as a youngster, but insists he has become his own man as he has matured in the game. He said: “I loved to learn how to dribble like him [Ronaldo] and do the tricks, but now I am on the professional stage, I have my own way. “I am looking to improve all the time and Newcastle is a well-known, very good club. I just love to improve and that’s what I’m here to do.” Press Association Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat’s agent has claimed the 24-year-old is due in the north-east on Tuesday after significant progress in talks between the Magpies and his current club Feyenoord. Sources on Tyneside were giving little away on Monday, but there is growing optimism that Janmaat could become the club’s latest new recruit. Should Newcastle manage to complete the deal, that would open the door for Mathieu Debuchy’s move to Arsenal, with the Gunners confident they have got their man but unable to complete the formalities until their Barclays Premier League rivals have a replacement on board. A successful swoop for Janmaat, who has just returned from World Cup finals duty in Brazil, would represent another breakthrough for Pardew, who added France midfielder Remy Cabella to his squad on Sunday night. Press Association Sport understands the Magpies agreed a deal for the former Montpellier man for a little over £7million, which was all paid up front with no add-ons, once again justifying their concentration on the European, rather than domestic, market. As well as Cabella, Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez have arrived at St James’ Park this summer and if Janmaat is added to their number, he is unlikely to be the last signing. Pardew is yet to address the glaring lack of bodies in the striking department with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having left the club after loan spells and Shola Ameobi departing as a free agent. The club is targeting specialist frontmen despite the manager’s assertion that both Cabella and De Jong can play in advanced roles, and Newcastle have been linked with Remy and fellow old boy Demba Ba among others with their respective futures as yet unresolved. Meanwhile, Cabella, who interrupted his holiday to sign for the Magpies, headed back to the beach already planning to establish himself among Newcastle’s greatest French imports. The 24-year-old, who will not join up with his team-mates until the end of the month and will therefore not travel to New Zealand with them next weekend, has signed a six-year deal to become the latest recruit from his country to ply his trade at St James’ Park. last_img read more

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The Latest: Bowling Green saves baseball program after cut

first_img June 2, 2020 Martin has coached the Gamecocks for the past eight seasons.___Bowling Green is working with alumni and former players to reinstate the Falcons’ baseball program.The Ohio school announced May 15 it was dropping baseball because of a projected $2 million athletic budget shortfall stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Cutting baseball was expected to save $500,000 a year. No other sports were eliminated, but there were to be other cost-cutting measures in the athletic department.Former players began a “Save BGSU Baseball” campaign shortly after the announcement the sport would be eliminated. The university said in a statement baseball could return if short- and long-term funding solutions can be secured to sustain the program the next three years and beyond. Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel confirmed media reports that $1.5 million would need to be raised to achieve that goal. Knavel said no deadline has been set. Employees from across the organization are helping with the effort, which will try to produce about 60,000 masks per day. “I’m from Detroit. To be able to give back to the city that I was born in and give back to a city that has given so much to me is important,” said Reginald Woods, a ticket sales representative for the Tigers and Red Wings. “To continue the Tigers’ and Red Wings’ legacy of giving back to Detroit is special.”The masks will be donated to community groups and organizations that need them, as well as employees, franchises, customers, fans and guests.“To design, set up and activate a production facility like what we have here in less than two months is truly impressive,” said Eric Brasseur, who is overseeing the facility. “This was made possible by the collective efforts and adaptability of employees across our family of companies.”A spokesman for the effort said the project is following strict guidelines from the CDC, local and state authorities and other health organizations to ensure the safety of the staff. ___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19.Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.Martin said he was prepping for a knee replacement surgery in early May when he was diagnosed with the virus. He immediately went into quarantine at his home.The 54-year-old Martin said he didn’t have to go to the hospital. He said he had no significant symptoms of the virus other than some fatigue. Two weeks later at a follow-up visit, a coronavirus test came back negative. Martin said no one else in his family was affected by the virus. Bowling Green’s most famous ex-player is Orel Hershiser, a three-time All-Star who pitched 18 years in the major leagues, 13 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.“These guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice,” Commissioner Larry Scott told The Associated Press.Scott said athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga says he tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. England is set to host the West Indies in three cricket tests in July, subject to government approval.The West Indies will arrive next Tuesday and travel to Old Trafford in Manchester for quarantine and training.They will then move to Southampton for the first test from July 8, and back to Old Trafford for the remaining tests starting on July 16 and July 24.There will be no spectators.The two venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby and could be turned into “bio-secure environments.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Bowling Green saves baseball program after cut Ogbongbemiga made the announcement in a Twitter post. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest.“Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe,” he wrote.Ogbongbemiga was a second team All-Big 12 selection last season. He finished with 100 tackles and five sacks.___Called out, Bowling Green has saved its baseball program, which had been cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.center_img The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown.Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2. Cricket West Indies agreed in principle to tour last Friday.The test series was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.” The Russian soccer league says it will restart on June 19. That is two days earlier than originally planned.The league says it gave the date of June 21 because of a longstanding practice of using the date of Sunday’s games as the official nominal designation for a round of games over several days.The restart will begin with two games on June 19. Krylya Sovetov Samara will play Akhmat Grozny and Sochi will face FC Rostov.Russia is planning to allow a limited number of fans in the stadiums when games restart.___ Associated Press “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world,” Scott said. “Return to campus and return to voluntary workouts I think factors that in.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.The school announced details of the plan Tuesday in an open letter from Corrigan, who said the plan is to return via “the safest and most responsible path moving forward.” Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel said that baseball is back immediately after “our passionate baseball alumni and donors have committed $1.5 million over the next three years.”The Ohio school announced last month it was dropping baseball because of a projected $2 million athletic budget shortfall stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Former players immediately began a “Save BGSU Baseball” campaign and managed to raise the funds to rescue a program that produced former All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser.Like Bowling Green, other schools in the Mid-American Conference have had to drop sports as a result of financial hardships triggered by the pandemic.___The Ilitch companies — a group that includes the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, along with Little Caesars and other companies — has opened a facility in the Detroit area to produce protective masks. Corrigan says the first phase has already started by allowing members of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs who live locally to receive examinations and coronavirus testing.If cleared, athletes would be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts, though they would be divided into small groups for safety precautions.The second phase begins with football players returning to student housing “no later than” June 20, followed by men’s and women’s basketball players.The third phase would bring back athletes in fall sports, though Corrigan said only that will come “later this summer” with additional details coming later. The final phase is the return of all other programs ahead of the fall semester.___ Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic.last_img read more

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Golden Race sees gateway to African gaming market

first_img Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Wachter, Golden RaceAn event that has been described as the “gateway to Africa’s gaming market” was always likely to attract interest from expansion-seeking virtual betting provider Golden Race.CEO Martin Wachter made the trip to the Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda for the Sports Betting East Africa Summit from 10-11 April, alongside salesman Christoff Sattler, and partner and client for Uganda Shamir Hirani.The event was focused on trends, challenges and opportunities that exist in the growing African market due to variable cultures and the sheer size of the continent.The two-day agenda also saw gaming experts embrace a growing level of transparency within the African sports betting market, examine the impact of the Lotteries and Gaming Act in Uganda, and discuss the rise of mobile as a game changer for the sports betting business in the region.Wachter commented: “The Sports Betting East Africa is an important show for us – I love returning to Africa – we have so many great customers and friends here, and every time we see new retail locations springing up with our range of products. We have a number of products tailor-made for this continent and its unique challenges and infrastructure, and it is very pleasing to see all our hard work pay off for our customers here.”The CEO has also expressed his interest in the African market profile panel at Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), which will touch on how the industry is dealing with increased digitalisation of the customer and whether African bookmakers can follow SportPesa’s lead to compete with both Asian-based and UK bookmakers for a share of the football marketing real estate.He added: “There are a few market profile sessions at Betting on Football which catch my eye this year – the ones regarding the potential of Spain & LatAm, the exploding African market and football betting, and the Asian market place in the industry – Golden Race have strong growth in all those areas, so are particularly interesting to me.” Related Articles Share Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Submit Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020last_img read more

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