LONDON (AP): Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African to be named English football’s player of the year yesterday, straight after the Algerian helped his team close in on the Premier League title. Mahrez was flown by helicopter to the Professional Footballers’ Association ceremony in London after scoring his 17th goal of Leicester’s astonishing title charge as the leaders beat Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in central England. Mahrez was on a six-man shortlist including Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante for the vote of their fellow professionals in English football. “I’m very grateful to receive this award,” Mahrez said. “It’s extra special because if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year, so I’m happy. But it’s more team things. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t get this award.” The 25-year-old Mahrez is only the second winner of the PFA award from outside England. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez won it in 2014 while playing for Liverpool. Unlike Suarez, Mahrez was an unknown when he moved to England two years ago, joining Leicester from second tier French side Le Havre for less than 500,000 pounds. The transfer now seems one of the best bargains ever in English football, where the record fee is the 59.7 million pounds that Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014 before selling the winger the following year. Mahrez has provided inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, contributing not only goals but also 11 assists to help transform a team that fought for Premier League survival last season. Now a guaranteed starter, Mahrez was an unused substitute this weekend a year ago when Leicester beat Burnley to finally escape the relegation zone. Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 title outsider but is now set to become English football’s first maiden championship winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978. “The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez said. “We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.”
Dear Editor,When in Opposition, this Government knew all the right answers for every aspect of good governance. They knew that the AML/CFT Bill proposed by the PPP/C Government was deficient, and that was the reason they could not have supported it in the National Assembly.Immediately upon holding the reins of power, our ‘erudite’ Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, on 26th June 2015, successfully piloted the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Authority Bill, even though the former Attorney General, Mr Anil Nandlall, had pleaded that the ‘creation’ of such an Authority would undermine the independence of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and is contrary to what the AML/CFT Task Force had wanted.Over three years later, AG Williams has finally admitted he had said at that time that Government did not understand what was really happening. He said, “We weren’t in the loop”, and now they are taking corrective action.But is this the ‘correct action’? The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation Financing (AML/CFT/PF) National Coordination Committee — which is headed by Attorney General Basil Williams, who is also Chairman of the PNC — is far worse than the Authority which is now defunct. There are no pretensions whatever that this Committee would ever act independently and objectively. It is following in the same settings as SOCU and SARU, and will not be devoid of political direction and control. This Committee will give an umbrella of total control over the FIU.We have seen in Trinidad and Tobago that the Director is the Head of the FIU, and is responsible for the supervision and implementation of policies with respect to the money-laundering and financing of terrorism in accordance with the FIU Act and any other laws.The FIU is also the oversight and monitoring body of the AML/CFT. In Guyana, the FIU has now become a political weapon for the APNU/AFC Coalition Government, unlike the now defunct AML/CFT Authority and the AML/CFT/PF of Guyana, whose heads are appointed by the National Assembly.It must be noted that the Director of the FIU, the Deputy Director and other senior functionaries of the FIU are all appointed by the National Assembly. We know that the National Assembly is controlled by the APNU/AFC; they have the majority, therefore whoever they appoint will take effect. Consequently, the appointment of AG Basil Williams as the Head of the AML/CFT/PF, as pointed out by Dr Jagdeo, we now “have a politician being conferred with an enormous authority….undermining the FIU, which was supposed to police the act’.All these appointments will be strictly political; there is no room for objectivity and impartiality, fairness and justice. Moreover, apart from Financial Intelligence Units being independent and operating autonomously, they should possess expertise in finance and financial analysis, and they should be able to exchange information directly and independently.It is evident that Mr Williams is no ‘expert’ in finance and financial analysis, and is definitely ‘not fit and proper’ to be the person in charge of the Committee; but, as the Chairman of the PNC, his ‘expertise’ in witch-hunting may be necessary!On the other hand, the Director and the Deputy Directors of the T&T FIU are appointed by the Public Service Commission.In addition, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in T&T appoints the other members of staff, after consultation with the Director. This applies to consultants and experts as well, who are employed on a contractual basis. This is how our system should be modelled. It is time that the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), which is an organisation of states and territories of the Caribbean Basin, vehemently object to this type of political interference.It must be noted that the CFATF have agreed to implement ‘COMMON MEASURES’ against money laundering and terrorism financing. I must submit that the Anti-Money Laundering measures in Guyana are by no means ‘common’.It is evident that this Coalition Government now has another highly potentially destructive weapon added to its burgeoning arsenal to continue its ‘witch hunting’ attacks against the PPP/C and its supporters.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six
The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Friday commissioned a US$8.5 million power plant as part of the company’s expansion program.However, although the plant was commissioned on Friday, it has been in use since September 2018.The plant has the capacity to produce 5.5 megawatts of power and forms part of the Demerara-Berbice interconnection system which supplies electricity through most of the coast and the capital city.This is considered a significant improvement since the old plant which was commissioned in the 1970s was capable of producing 4.5 megawatts and had already completed 130,000 running hours.The new Canefield power plantAt the commissioning ceremony, GPL’s Project Manager Linden Edwards said the old plant could no longer supply the needed power.“Even with the best of maintenance, its reliable operations could not be guaranteed. This meant that the supply of electricity to the Berbice region was heavily dependent on power being transferred from the Demerara-Berbice interconnection system and as a consequence, the integrity of the 69 KV lines. This situation could be alleviated with a 5.5-megawatt plant,” Edwards explained.However, while the company boasts of improved capacity, the Guyana Water Inc in January said GPL was not providing the 440 volts needed to push its water pumps in Canje and along the Corentyne, forcing thousands to be without a regular supply of water.Nonetheless, this new plant was first tested on September 19, 2018, and started operations on September 24.Chief Executive Officer of the power company, Albert Gordon explained that the investment is in keeping with the company’s mandate to support sustainable development.“Within that context, GPL seeks to become a world-class utility service provider. We want to be among the best of the best in order to deliver the best to the people of Guyana and in order to do that we want to focus on seven areas where we want to excel.”These areas, he said are service quality, reliability, access, efficiency and affordability of the service being provided. The protection of the environment is also among the areas of focus.Speaking of additional plans, the CEO said a further 10 to 15 megawatts will be added to the Canefield facility within the next two years so that Berbice will not be affected if the Sophia plant goes down.Meanwhile, new lines and substations are to be developed in other areas as the company moves towards producing solar energy.Some 30 megawatts from solar and a further 10 megawatts generated from wind are part of the plans.Gordon said Wakenaam, Bartica and Anna Regina are three areas which will benefit from solar power.
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has announced the appointment of Wilson Toledo to the position of Coaching Education Director, effective August 12, for a period of one year.This appointment is as a result of GFF’s President, Wayne Forde’s, visit to Brazil in July 2018 and GFF’s subsequent partnership with professional clubs based in the neighbouring country. Toledo, who will begin his assignment by joining the Golden Jaguars’ “Train and Play” in Brazil, has a varied scope of responsibilities including the following: supervising, guiding and directing the Coaching sessions of the Elite Clubs in order to improve the quality of Coaching at the Elite League level, developing a Coaching internship programme with the Football Federation of Brazil and other professional Football Clubs and institutions, and developing the player exchange programme with Brazilian professional and semi-professional Football Clubs.Among his priority areas of focus are developing coaches’ understanding of methodology and delivery of football-specific fitness, educating elite coaches on training loads and periodisation to ensure players are able to deliver peak performance at all stages of the league, and educating coaches on implementing and delivering position-specific strength and conditioning practices within Elite League Club macro, meso, and micro cycles.In an invited comment, Wilson said his years of experience will benefit Guyana’s football development: “The President has clearly described the vision of the GFF Executive Committee and their ambition to qualify for the FIFA 2026 World cup. I believe they have a comprehensive strategy for the development of Football in Guyana and I am eager to take up this challenge. I bring many years of International professional football development and academy programme that will certainly benefit the game in Guyana.”
Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for 46 points on 18 of 25 shots. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and ran up a 21-point halftime lead. “I thought Oregon really stepped up in the first half and really got off to a great start, knocking down some shots,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “I thought our guys really came out in the second half and I thought it was indicative of the fight in this team – the energy and the passion.” Cal cut the lead to six points at 59-53 on a Ryan Anderson shot inside with about eight minutes left, but that was as close as the Bears would get. Hairston drove the lane and converted a three-point play to put the Ducks up by nine points with 7 minutes left, which made Braun put his hands to his head and grimace. Porter had a game-high 24 points and Hairston added 22. Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 for Cal. LOS ANGELES – The Oregon Ducks could be crowned king of Los Angeles. UCLA’s basketball team owned the city before its crippling loss to Cal on Thursday. The way Oregon is playing, one more victory and it will be the toast of the town. The Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on for an 81-63 win in Friday’s tournament semifinals at Staples Center. “I feel like we are playing very good basketball at the right time of the year,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “We took a couple of days off before (the) Washington State (game) and we’ve been re-energized. We are just one of those teams that is peaking at the right time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FootballSitting on a two goal lead with 15 minutes left to play, Aodh Ruadh looked to be coasting to the win in their Division 3 clash with Buncrana in Father Tierney Park on Saturday afternoon. However, Erneside talisman Diarmaid McInerney pulled up with an injury and after that the hosts had to ride their luck for their 3-8 to 0-13 win, Buncrana left to curse a slew of squandered opportunities. Aodh Ruadh saw the game out though and were well worth the points over the 60 minutes. Best for the hosts were the irrepressible Diarmaid McInerney, Seamus Kane who was a great outlet up front and the ever menacing David Dolan. Elsewhere it was another sound outing from Michael Ward at corner back while Damien Cleary and Calum O’Halloran were well on top of their men in defence. We have a full report up on aodhruadh.org with pictures to come in the next day or so. Aodh Ruadh reserves picked up their first win of the season at home to Buncrana with the match played at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Ballyshannon ran out victors on a comfortable 4-3 to 0-7 scoreline and the reserves enjoyed having a strong squad out, with more subs togged than were able to get on. Mickey Dolan, Kieran Keown and Kerry Ryan added some steel through the spine of the team, while Jason Granaghan and PJ Gillespie linked play up well between the half backs and half forwards. Daniel Warnock and Oisin Kerr can both be happy with their work after they came on in the second half, each being very solid and comfortable on the ball. All in all a very satisfactory start at home to the 2016 campaign. Check out aodhruadh.org for an extended report on the game.Aodh Ruadh’s next opponents will be Downings in Páirc Na nDunaibh on Sunday, 17th April. The Reserve game throws in at 1.30pm, followed by the seniors at 3pm.The minors got back to winning ways last Wednesday when they defeated Saint Naul’s on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-11. Peter McKenna’s men now travel to Donegal town this Wednesday, 20th April for their next fixture in Division 1B, Four Masters the opposition.The under 14s levelled the score with Four Master last Friday, running out worthy winners after an entertaining and feisty encounter with the Donegal town men in front of a large attendance in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh showed all their battling qualities, refusing to take a backward step in the face of a determined Four Masters challenge. There were a lot of good displays up front with Harry Howarth and Shane Brady showing well, while in the central third Eugene Doherty, Cian Barden and Senan Rooney all stood up to the mark. Next up for Ballyshannon in the league is the trip to Dungloe next Monday 18th April. Under 14 training continues on Wednesday at 4.15pm sharp. Under 12 training continues on Mondays and Fridays from 5.15pm to 6.30pm, in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.The under 10s have their first game of the new season when Glencar Manorhamilton are the guests in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday. Throw in at 10am and all players to be at the park for 9.30am at the latest.The under 8s will also have their first competitive outing of the season when they take on Derrygonnelly at 11.30am. All players to be up for 11am.Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. We will be presenting the results from last week’s under 8 skills test at this Friday’s training.There is a child protection course being organised for the this weekend. Places are limited, so anyone interested in taking the course should let Brian Roper know as soon as possible on 0876139065.Ladies Well done to our representative on the Donegal senior ladies team, Sarah Patton and the rest of the squad who have finished top of the Ladies NFL Division 2 table unbeaten. They now have an All-Ireland league semi-final in two weeks against Cavan.The under 14s have a challenge game this Wednesday against Drumcliffe / Rosses Point, throw-in at 7pm. We are travelling for this game and we would appreciate if parents / guardians could help with transport for players to the away venue. We will be leaving the park at 5.45pm. There will be no under 14 training this Thursday. There will be training on Saturday at 10.30am.Under 12 training continues this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. We will have a challenge game against Grange this Saturday at home, throw in at 10am, all players to be at the park for 9.30am at the latest.Indoor training for under 8s [2008s and 2009s] and under 10s [2006s and 2007s] continues this Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm at the Mercy Hall. The cost is €2 and remember to bring a bottle of water. If you have further enquires please contact Gabby on 0872902245 or Louise on 0876388562. HurlingAodh Ruadh lost on Sunday in their Ulster Táin League Division 2B clash with Castleblayney in Monaghan on 0-14 to 0-8 scoreline. Next fixture for the seniors is this Sunday, 17th April, in Father Tierney Park at 4pm against Tyrone outfit, Naomh Columcille.Thursday night saw contrasting fortunes for our under 14s and minors. The under 14s were at home to near neighbours Four Masters. The lads continued their rich vein of form and were much too strong for the Donegal town lads. This Thursday the under 14s are at home again this Thursday as they take on Setanta.The minors travelled to Ballybofey and took on a strong MacCumhaill’s team, we just had the bare 15, the majority of whom were under 16. Unfortunately we could not match the physicality of the Ballybofey lads. We have another difficult game ahead this Tuesday away to Saint Eunan’s.Training for all ages continues on Sundays at 12 noon, all welcome especially beginners. Hurls and helmets are provided for training. Come along and enjoy learning the skills of our ancient game in a fun filled environment.We are holding our annual Cash for Clothes Collection for the month of April. All unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags and belts will be gratefully accepted. For any information in relation to this fund-raiser please contact Denis Daly 0863269550, Tara Keenaghan 0863331903, John Rooney 0862587793 or John Larkin 0861076883.Recreational footballRecreational football returns to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday at 6.30pm for the warm with the game getting going at 7pm. If you haven’t pulled on the boots in a while, it’s a great opportunity to get out and active. It’s excellent value at just €3 for the session. For more information text or call Alan on 0868052816.Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Breege Gormley of Belleek. There was no winner of the spring snowball so next week’s snowball prize will be €350 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,000. The winning numbers drawn were 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 12. In the lucky dip €20 went to Peggy Coughlin, Erne Dale Heights; Fidelma McKenna, East Port; Pat Gruddy, Assaroe View; Mark Vance, Carricknahorna; and Mickey The Coalman. Next draw is on Sunday in The Bridgend Bar with a Jackpot of €4,100 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.Ten years ago…The u-12s recorded another impressive victory on Monday night when they beat Saint Naul’s by 5-3 to 2-4. The defensive unit of Eamonn McGrath, Thomas Anderson and Darren Gethins, PJ Gillespie, Alan Finan and Kieran Keown worked hard to keep the strong Saint Naul’s challenge at bay. Up front, Jonathan Gethins was top-scorer for the third game in a row with 2-1. Also on the score sheet were Fergal Meehan with two goals, David McGurrin with 1-1 and Thomas Hughes who picked off a point. Colm Kelly also played his heart out.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH STAR SARAH PATTON HELPS DONEGAL LADIES TOP DIVISION TWO was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAASport
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has condemned the dramatic reduction in funding for road works in Co Donegal this year, describing it as ‘yet another example of the Government’s disregard for the needs of Donegal communities’.Charlie McConalogue TDThe Fianna Fáil Deputy was commenting on the news that Donegal County Council will receive less than €9.5 million this year for road projects. That’s down by over €10 million from Donegal’s allocation of €19.5 million in 2011.“Once again Donegal has lost out on its fair share of central funding for vital infrastructure projects. The further reduction in funding for road projects in Donegal this year means we are down €2 million on last year. That’s €12 million less than the allocation in 2012 and €10 million less than the allocation in 2011,” explained Deputy McConalogue. The Inishowen Deputy said irony is that Donegal is in greater need of investment in transport infrastructure than most other counties in this country.“As if it wasn’t enough that the funding commitments to the crucial A5 Derry to Aughnacloy project were revoked due to a lack of political will, other smaller but important road projects here will now go undone this year because Donegal County Council has not been given a fair allocation of central funding.“Why is it that Donegal is consistently expected to bear the brunt of cuts to local services and supports? We have seen a raft of cuts to our community services over the past three years – the closure of local garda stations, cuts to local health services, funding cuts for schools, the threatened closure of small schools, small businesses forced to shut down because they cannot get the support they need. Meanwhile, there has been a dramatic reduction in IDA visits to Donegal over the past two years while other regions have benefited from increased IDA support.“Donegal seems to be on the wrong end of a two-tier recovery in this country. We hear about a recovery in Dublin, but there are less jobs, less services and less supports in Donegal. People and communities are suffering. The Government’s treatment of Donegal communities has been appalling. We need to start seeing the Government representatives in Donegal stand up for this county and ensure that it gets its fair share of investment.” McCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVERNMENT AFTER DONEGAL ROAD FUNDING SLASHED was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalroad funding
A COUNTY Donegal girl aged just eight has asked for something very simple for Christmas – a mattress to sleep on.The child has been sleeping on the floor as her family struggles to cope with life in this country in 2014.With a great deal of focus, rightly, on the homeless, it can be too easy to forget that some families have a roof over their heads but little else. Amanda Gamble launched a campaign on social media today in an effort to get a mattress – or a bed – for the child.“My friend knows a family who wouldn’t have very much, one of the children is just 8years old and is sleeping on the floor and has asked Santa for a bed,” said Amanda.“The other children share one bed from what I know. This is a genuine ask….if anyone could help please get in touch.”If you can help go to https://www.facebook.com/amandagamble08 HEARTACHE AS EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL ASKS SANTA FOR A MATTRESS FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appealCHristmaseight year old girlmattress
Finding someone to go geocaching with can sometimes be difficult, especially when you are just starting out. Luckily there are many geocaching organizations and groups all around the world that connect geocachers to other local explorers. They strengthen the geocaching community, help beginners get into the game, and do so much more. Learn what you can expect and how you can find a geocaching group near you to join. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Connections: Associations and ClubsDecember 23, 2013In “Maker Madness”Check out Geocaching.com’s new look!March 25, 2015In “Geocaching tools”New: An events calendar on your DashboardAugust 22, 2017In “News” They write geocaching blogs, release geocaching magazines, or allow geocachers to connect through online discussion forums. Find a local geocaching group The list is a work in progress. We expect to expand it to other countries and add groups and organizations that are active in their communities and are contributing to geocaching in positive ways. Reach out to us with the group you’d like to see included. Some have formed to foster positive relationships with local land management, forest rangers, and environmental agencies. They often work hand in hand to inform geocachers and the public how to interact with nature (aka geocaching spaces) in a respectful and non-invasive manner. What can I expect when joining a geocaching org? The sense of community geocaching organizations offer can be helpful for new geocachers and old pros alike. And they’re an easy way to make new geocaching friends. You can find a geocaching group in your area by visiting this list and map of geocaching groups and organizations. This list of orgs was “vetted” with input from community volunteers and Geocaching HQ staff. There are many organized geocaching groups worldwide. Many of them connect with members through Facebook groups or even have their own websites with activity calendars, discussion forums and information. How can I find a geocaching group near me? Geocaching organizations often host potlucks and meetups, set up friendly geocaching competitions, help new geocachers with questions, and keep everyone informed with local geocaching news. Share with your Friends:More A few orgs even organize camping trips or travel groups to embark on an adventure together – and of course geocache along the way. If you are outside of the areas currently covered by our list and map, our regional forums offer a great way to find a local geocaching group or organization.
The Indian equestrian team has not made it to Guangzhou for the Asian Games and nobody in the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) is willing to comment as to who is responsible for this mess.As Mail Today has been reporting since last month, the EFI never followed proper quarantine protocol, as a result of which two horses were removed. The first belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Pattu and the second to Sunil Kumar.The EFI’s version was that Pattu’s horse was sick and Sunil’s horse tested positive for dope. After that, it was all chaos as the whole selection process came under scrutiny. However, with the EFI sticking to their claim that they had a transparent selection process and all the remaining horses were safe in quarantine, they managed to get the clearance from the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry for the Asian Games.On Friday, it came to light that the dressage and three-day eventing teams were still stuck in India. On Wednesday, the horses were taken to the Bangalore airport from the quarantine stable. However, the Chinese authorities informed the EFI that as it was “too late” for the dressage horses to enter Guangzhou, they leave the horses behind. Apparently, the message was that only eventing horses would be allowed to fly to Guangzhou. Given the heartburn and jealousy among the riders, an unofficial decision was taken not to send any team to the Asian Games.While the EFI can now blame the Chinese authorities for this mess, the truth is the Chinese veterinary doctors who had come to India were never going to clear the horses that easily. As Mail Today had written time and again, the quarantine and blood testing procedures on the horses were under the Chinese scanner. Apparently, the Chinese vets were not willing to go by results of blood tests ostensibly conducted at a lab in Hissar. The latest one hears is that the riders in India have been told not to talk to the media.advertisementIt is now up to the sports ministry to investigate how this mess happened. As the EFI had made statements that “all is well” why were horses not allowed to fly out of Bangalore on three occasions within a week? People in the equestrian fraternity in India say that the EFI is solely responsible for the situation. In the past, riders and horses would reach the host city almost a fortnight in advance.It is learnt that Kapilesh Bhate, a show jumping rider, will be the sole Indian representative in Guangzhou. Sources say he will be allowed to compete as his horse was in quarantine in Germany. One should not be surprised if EFI secretary SS Ahlawat makes it to Guangzhou as the manager, even if only one rider ends up representing India at the Asian Games! For the record, in the last edition of the Asian Games, India won a team bronze in the threeday event.