Powell to meet with Puma

first_imgAsafa Powell is to meet with Puma executives in Austin, Texas, next month to begin ‘fleshing out’ some of the ideas he has for making his relationship with the sporting goods company mutually beneficial. The 32-year-old former world record holder is two months into his multi-year deal with Puma and said the company has been very receptive to his ideas. “We went to Germany last month and we were just throwing out ideas and they were just absorbing everything,” he said. “It’s like they didn’t know that I would have wanted to do all these things with them, so they were just absorbing everything and wanted to do it. They were interested in everything I lined out and they were excited to work with me.” Based on his experience with Puma so far, the former world record holder, who was once signed to Nike and Li Ning, believes them to be different than other shoe companies. FANTASTIC COMPANY “They are just fantastic people. Other companies are just about business, they don’t have a relationship with the athletes, but this company is a great company. I have been with them for a couple of months and I am very happy with them and very excited about how things are going.” Meanwhile, Powell’s coach and brother, Donovan, is also reaping the benefits of his younger brother’s successful return to the track after the unfortunate events of 2013. Powell began training with his brother while serving a six-month drug suspension after ingesting a tainted supplement. The company that manufactured the supplement agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which exonerated the athlete and his former MVP clubmate, Sherone Simpson. Powell returned to the track and was the third fastest man in the world for 2015, courtesy of his 9.81 run in Paris on July 4. He was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal sprint relay team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, this past August. That success has seen a number of athletes wanting to join his brother’s Fast Twitch club that is based in Texas. “We are building from scratch and hopefully we can expand. We have a few athletes coming in now that they see what my brother is doing,” said Powell, referring to a number of Jamaican athletes like Natasha Morrison and Kerron Stewart, who joined the club in the off season. Powell revealed that there are many more athletes waiting to join. “I think that is what people wanted to see. They wanted to see if he knew what he was doing, so now the amount of people, trust me, we just have to wait and get everything in order. We are just trying to start from scratch and build an empire.”last_img read more

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Indian team utilised crowd’s energy, says coach Harendra Singh

first_imgIndia coach Harendra Singh said that it was the crowd’s energy and the change of game play at half time that enabled India to play such eye-catching and attacking hockey against Belgium in the second half on Sunday.Trailing 1-0 at half time, India rallied in the second half to eventually settle for a 2-2 draw at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and stayed on top of Pool C.Both India and Belgium have four points from two matches but India are superior on goal difference. On Sunday, Harmanpreet Singh and Simranjeet Singh got their names on the scoresheet for India even as Varun Kumar and captain Manpreet Singh played an equally important role in the match.Harendra Singh conceded that India tweaked their structure after falling behind in the first half and that change of strategy worked for them.India vs Belgium: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”We were not surprised in the first quarter with Belgium’s full press. We had discussed about it. They knew as the match progresses, India will be dangerous. My boys utilised the crowd’s energy,” Harendra said after the match.Chief Coach @HarendraSingh66 says his team drew their energy in the second half from a buoyant crowd at the Kalinga Stadium, which allowed them to overwhelm @BelRedLions and earn a point.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvBEL pic.twitter.com/fNdvBfrLT9Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 2, 2018″In the first half, we were running behind the ball, we didn’t have enough possession. We changed the structure slightly (at half-time). That worked really well. We started shifting the ball vertically,” he said.advertisementHarendra praised the fitness of the Indian players and said India maintained their pace throughout the match and that weared out Belgium.”We did double tackling. Whether we are behind the ball or chasing it, we maintain pace.”I feel proud about our fitness. Credit goes to Robin (Arkell). I have never seen such a fit Indian team.”Whether we have the ball or not, we can’t drop our energy. We need to make opponents’s life miserable,” Harendra further said..@HarendraSingh66 praises his players’ fitness and drive in the last two quarters and wants them to continue being ruthless against opponents on the turf.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/MUjWxVKIBCHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 2, 2018Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEHarendra once again laid emphasis on playing attacking hockey but added that Belgium’s second goal just four minutes from time came due to India’s defensive lapse.”We have decided what suits Indian hockey, that is more important. India can’t play with defensive approach,” he said.”I don’t call it misfortune [conceding in final few minutes]. The ball was with us. We snatched the ball, we tried to run with it, we should have passed. Getting turnover is an art but giving turnovers is suicide,” he said.Despite being on top of Pool C, Harendra felt that the group was pretty much wide open and India have to give their best in their final pool match against Canada.”There are no ifs and buts for us. In the last game, we have a target what to do to get into top two. That one match will decide if we play the quarters directly or go to crossovers,” he said.”The pool is wide open because Belgium is 1 up, we are 5 up (on goal difference). Both of us have six-day rest. We will recover, regenerate.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Home crowd gives India real chance to win Hockey World Cup, says former coachAlso Read | Hockey World Cup: Canada, South Africa keep knockout hopes alive after 1-1 drawlast_img read more

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