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CPL: Pravin Tambe says TKR have picked him, franchise unaware

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In a bizarre turn of events, former Rajasthan Royals spinner Pravin Tambe has been caught on the wrong foot after claiming that he has been picked by Trinbago Knight Riders for the next edition of the Carribean Premier League. Not just the organisers, but even the franchise has made it clear that no player announcement has been made at the moment.

Speaking to IANS, a senior CPL official said no such communication has happened with regards to player draft. “CPL aren’t making any player announcement just yet,” the official said. Asked if there has been a direct communication to the player, the official said that needed to be checked with the franchise. “That is a question for TKR.”

When contacted by IANS, an official of the franchise said that TKR can only comment on the matter once they get to know of the development. “CPL is yet to give out a confirmation on the players. We can only make a comment on Tambe once we have confirmation on the same,” the official said.

While the CPL or the franchise is yet to make any announcement with regards to players picked in the draft, Tambe in an interview to the Indian Express said that he has been picked by TKR. “I am fit and since the BCCI does not allow me to take part in its competitions why shouldn’t I play in other leagues. I am eligible to play outside and got picked by TKR. I will also take all necessary precautions and follow protocols before going there,” he told the indianexpress.com.

Interestingly, when contacted by IANS, Tambe said that he wasn’t in a position to speak. For those unaware, Tambe also needs to announce his retirement before he can present his case to the Indian cricket board for an NOC to play in the CPL.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that it was nothing short of amusing that players are now looking to retire from countries rather than the game.

“There had been an embarrassing situation earlier as well due to a blunder by a senior executive which had to be navigated carefully for a resolution of the situation. See you can’t retire from the domestic cricket of a particular country and not retire from another country. You retire from the game and not from the country,” the official smiled.

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States to get funds from Centre for developing sport they’ve adopted: Kiren Rijiju

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The Sports Ministry will assist and fund states in achieving excellence in “one or two sports” that they have adopted in accordance to the ‘One State One Sport’ policy, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.

He said this in a meeting with sports ministers and senior officials of 18 states and union territories through video conference.

Representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal participated in what is the first of a two-day conference, the second leg of which will be held on Wednesday.

The states are to adopt sports in which it has “traditionally been strong”. Additionally the ministry also said that Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) will be set up in each state.

“Our ministry will assist and fund the states in the endeavour to achieve excellence in one or two sports,” Rijiju said. “The KISCEs will become the nodal centre for a particular sport where athletes can be groomed at world-class facilities for Olympics. States can also choose to train athletes in other sports, including traditional sports, but the focus should be on one or two disciplines.”

The representatives of the states said that setting up of “1000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help to not just tap into local talent, but also create a culture of sport in the country.”

Rijiju further stated that the participation of states in activities related to the ‘Fit India Movement’ have been encouraging, with more than 2.5 lakh schools across India enrolling to become Fit India Schools.

“I request all state and UT governments to take active part in including all schools in their states and UTs to register as Fit India schools so that fitness becomes a way of life for youngsters,” he said.

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Odisha Sports minister highlights role of innovation in reviving sports ecosystem

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Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Tuesday laid emphasis on the significant role that innovation, collaboration and technology can play in reviving the sports ecosystem during a videoconference with Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and sports ministers and senior officials of other states and union territories.

He shared the initiatives that Odisha government had undertaken to resume sports in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible way forward for its authorities and stakeholders to adopt.

“Today, owing to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, sports fraternities across the nation are in a constant dilemma regarding the uncertain future,” Behera said in statement.

“However, the recent relaxation by the central government and guidelines laid down by the Sports Authority of India has brought in some positivity for all stakeholders. The sports sector has to treat this as an opportunity to innovate, to rethink policies and to reassess priorities.

“Best practices from across the world are being considered to chart a course ahead,” he added.

Behera also spoke about the initiatives adopted by the state to facilitate a partial but safe resumption of sporting activities. He also gave an insight into the detailed SOP as per the guidelines of the central government across their sports facilities.

With athletes resuming training at the Kalinga Stadium, Behera explained how they are accomodating the them inside the complex in a phased manner.

With the state also set to host big-ticket events like FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in February-March 2021, he also spoke about the need of working closely with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament and implement strictest of safety norms.

“The way ahead is unclear and it is going to be the administrators, policy makers, sports federations and other stakeholders who have to deliberate, step up and take a lead to usher in a new era in Sports,” Behera said.

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Manoj Tiwary questions need after Powar takes up push-up challenge

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India cricketer Manoj Tiwary took a dig at former India spinner and former women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar after the latter took part in an online challenge, which according to him was done to create awareness regarding mental health.

Powar uploaded a video of himself doing push-ups on Twitter and his post read: “Thank you @ojasmehta for kind words & nominating me for the 25 push-ups for 25 days challenge for bringing awareness for Suicides and issues related to Mental Health. We have our own battles and wars, we win some & loose some. Enjoy the moments & the journey.”

Tiwary seemingly took note of the post and without taking names, wrote on his Twitter: “Can someone educate me on how push-ups challenges or any other stupid challenges 4 that matter will help people who all r going through depression??”

Powar then put up another post, explaining to Tiwary why he took part in the challenge and its importance. He wrote: “You wouldn’t know that the person you ran into at the store and just spoke with you could barely get out of bed this morning to even get dressed let alone face the day.

“That the person that just smiled at you in passing has high anxiety and suffer from panic attacks to the point they almost pass out regularly. You don’t know that your neighbour may cry everyday because of how sad they are because when you see them they put on a fake smile and wave a happy hello.

“People are embarrassed to show they are feeling these emotions… together we can continue to help one another through knowledge, kindness, awareness and a judgment-free space,” he added.

Powar further wrote that everyone will have their own opinion regarding mental health awareness and he respects that. Similarly, he urged everyone to respect his opinion as to how he wants to spread awareness regarding depression.

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