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December 13, 2013

Drive to catch age cheats in table tennis

New Delhi, Dec 13: With just 10 days left for the Cadet and Sub-Junior Nationals in Ajmer, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has tightened the noose around the age-defaulters with an ultimatum that proper age-proof certificates need to be produced before the federation.This follows the drive initiated by the TTFI during the East Zone National Ranking Championships at Siliguri this October after several protests were lodged by players and parents alike. TTFI in a statement said that certain paddlers have been…

Bengaluru FC sign three youngsters on loan

Bangalore, Dec 13: I-League leaders Bengaluru FC Friday signed three youngsters from the disbanded Pailan Arrows on loan for the rest of the season. Goalkeeper Soram Poirei, midfielder Randhan Meitei and defender Shankar S. will be part of Ashley Westwood’s squad till the end of the season. “The boys come highly recommended from assistant coach Pradhyum Reddy and we will, over the next few months, be providing them with a platform to do well in Indian football. We will also be assessing them to see if they…

IOA asked to advance elections: Sports minister

New Delhi, Dec 13: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh Friday said he was happy with suspended Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision to bar charge-sheeted officials from running for office and requested the country's apex sports body to advance its elections, set for Feb 9, so that Indian athletes can participate in the Sochi Winter Games under the tricolour.Singh also said that the Sports Bill was nearing its completion and would be introduced soon. “It’s good that IOA has decided to bar…

Bolt still has the potential to improve: Bailey

New Delhi, Dec 13: Two-time Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey feels that Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt is the only only sprinter on the planet who can break records and clock the lowest time.The Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter, who won the 100m gold in 1996 Atlanta Games, said Bolt, who will be 30 by the 2016 Rio Games, still has the potential to improve. Bolt successfully defended his 100m and 200m Olympic title in 2012 London Games and has six Olympic gold medals in his kitty. "Bolt is someone I meet…

Tour match’s first day washed out

Benoni (South Africa), Dec 13: The first day of India's tour match against South African invitational XI Friday at the Willowmoore Park here was washed out due to heavy rain.Benoni has received heavy rainfall in the last three weeks with 800 mm, and a tenth of that happened in the last two days. "It has been quite a mission to get it up to standard but I'd say we're 90 percent there. The pitch is nice and hard with an evening covering of grass so I'm happy with that. It's the outfield…
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