Wednesday, July 7, 2010

After Usain Bolt now Fraser not Interested in CW Games

After men’s Olympic Champion Usain Bolt, women’s Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser has also decided to give a miss to this year’s Commonwealth Games. In a big blow to the organizers, the Jamaican sprinter, who is the fourth fastest woman in the history, said she wants to concentrate on next year’s World Championship.

“It is a long season and trying to peak for the Commonwealths and then coming home in December to start training for a World Championships (next year) is too much to ask, especially for someone like me who is a also a student. I will be in school. I don’t think I am going,” Fraser was quoted as saying. However, the organizers here refused to confirm her pull out. “The last date to submit the names of the athletes is September 3. Only after the cut-off date we will able to tell something,” Lalit Bhanot said.

Wrestling venue re-christened KD Jadav stadium

In a bid to honor the achievement of India’s first individual Olympic medalist, sports minister MS Gill on Tuesday rechristened the newly-built wrestling venue in the Indira Gandhi sports complex here as KD Jadhav stadium. The newly-constructed wrestling stadium, one of the venues for this year’s Commonwealth Games, was inaugurated in April this year and has a capacity of 6,000. It has been built over an area of 22,350 square meter at a cost of Rs 120 crore.

Play in Nationals or risk axe from CWG: IBF

The Indian Boxing Federation on Tuesday threatened to throw those Commonwealth Games core group boxers out of the national camp who do not participate in the National Championships starting here on July 10. Top stars like World Championships bronze medalist Vijender Singh and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Akhil Kumar have skipped the Nationals for quite some time and even this year at least the formers participation is not certain. Vijender on Tuesday hurt his hand while sparring at the camp in Patiala and his participation seems doubtful.

Mir Iqbal trophy to feature 40,000 footballers

Over 40,000 U-16 footballers from 1500 schools would be vying for the top honors in the Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy for the National sub-junior Championship to be organized across 75 cities. The grassroots level championship is being organized to unearth promising youngsters for the U-16 Indian football team for 2011.