India next big market in football, want to capture it: Thawadi

first_imgNikhil BapatDoha, Nov 8 (PTI) Hassan Al Thawadi, who is leading the 2022 FIFA World Cup organising committee, today called India the next big market in football and expressed Qatars desire to capture it.Qatar will be the first Gulf nation to host footballs showpiece. The first World Cup in Asia was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002.When discussions turned to India, Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, expressed optimism.”Oh, absolutely it (India) is a major global country. In terms of fans, it is important to highlight a few facts, first the biggest expat population of Qatar is the Indian population. Qatar have a very close relationship with India,” Thawadi told a select group of reporters here.SC is the local organising body for the World Cup and with Interpol, it has organised a two-day 1st Major Events Safety and Security Conference.According to the top SC official, discussions are being held with authorities in India for cross-promotional activities, which Qatar wants to do in the run-up to the World Cup.”The connection with India is built over generations, not over day and night. No doubt India is the next big market or it is recognised as the next big market, when it comes to football and thats why a lot of international players (are) going in India.”A lot of fantastic work (former AIFF president) Praful Patel is doing in India. We saw the success of the (FIFA) U-17 World Cup in India, the fact that it has broken record in terms of attendance…,” added Thawadi.advertisement”So its definitely a market we want to capture, how we capture it, there are many different ways, there are cross- promotional elements which we are discussing with Praful Patel, different opportunities of cross promotion.”There is discussion on the club level, projects on the club level, and there will be cross-promotional opportunities between us. As Russia (FIFA World Cup 2018) ends and we start taking the mantle in promoting the World Cup, there will be many more activities that we will do to target India and the Indian subcontinent,” he added.According to Thawadi, India can reap economic benefits with Qatar hosting the mega-event.”In terms of economy, L&T (Larsen and Toubro) is working with us. There are a lot of sub contracting opportunities which are available. And what we want to target is the technology. India has got the ability to be the next sport technology hub and Qatar is looking towards making sports industry as a vibrant part of sports economy.”I can see many ways of collaborating and there are certain projects which we are thinking about, once these projects crystallise, we will make an announcement,” he explained.L&T is overseeing work at the Al Rayyan Stadium, one of venues for the World Cup. PTI NRB AH AHlast_img read more

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Franck Ribery, Jerome Boateng out of Bayern Munich squad for Liverpool match

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and central defender Jerome Boateng will not be available for the Germans’ Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Liverpool on Tuesday, coach Niko Kovac said.The pair was not included in the squad that left for England, with Ribery staying in Munich after becoming a father, and Boateng nursing a stomach virus, Kovac told reporters ahead of the team’s departure.The Bavarians will also have to wait until Tuesdays to determine whether winger Kingsley Coman will be able to play after picking up an ankle injury on Friday.The Frenchman scored twice but was injured in the final stages of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.”It has improved a bit but we have to wait longer,” Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic told reporters. “We still have 36 hours until the game and a lot can happen. It is positive but we cannot says for sure [if he will play].”The return leg in Munich is on March 13.Also Read | Liverpool favourites against inconsistent Bayern Munich, says Joshua KimmichAlso Watch:last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: What to expect from cricket’s biggest spectacle in the UK

first_imgFirst things first! Disclaimer: It’s a discouraging fact. The “World Cup”, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom will only be played by 10 teams. The International Cricket Council has brought down the number of teams by 4 from the previous edition held in 2015.While a 10-team World Cup is expected to “keep the standard of playing high”, don’t expect the thrills and frills that surrounds an underdog stunning the big boys of world cricket.Nonetheless, the organizers are banking on the format — a single-legged round robin in which all 10 teams face each other — to add the ingredients that can make the cricket’s biggest tournament a blockbuster.The World Cup has returned to the home of cricket, England for the first time since the 1999 edition. 10 teams will be camped in the UK over the next 46 days for the 14th edition of the quadrennial 50-over tournament.So what’s all the buzz around the 2019 edition of the World Cup?Cricket’s biggest superstar and captain of the India cricket team, Virat Kohli has said the round-robin format makes the upcoming edition one the most challenging tournaments he has ever played.There’s going to be very little room for errors and consistency is going to be key for teams. At the same time, as Sachin Tendulkar puts it, the “format still gives you a chance to come back”.The team that lifts the trophy on June 14 would have played 11 matches and beaten most of the other 9 teams in the tournament. Worthy winners, eh?Who are the favourites?advertisementWell, England and India. That’s at least what the pundits say.England are “obsessed” with being the first team to post a 500-run total in ODI cricket, Virat Kohli had said. Well, they certainly look determined to do what was considered improbable a few years ago.The hosts, led by Eoin Morgan, have a power-packed batting unit with staggering depth. They have been breaking batting records at will. England have the ODI World Cup for the highest total — 481/6 against Australia at home in 2018. Since the start of 2018, England have posted the most number of 300-plus totals — 14.England can certainly dream. The pioneers of cricket might just have their first 50-over World Cup trophy on June 14. While their batting depth is certain to give opposition captains sleepless nights, Morgan’s men have a well-rounded squad that is ranked No. 1 in ODI cricket.On the other hand, Virat Kohli and his men are tipped to bring home their third World Cup title from England. In a first, India are riding on their bowling attack to deliver at the biggest stage of world cricket. With two wrist-spinners who are proven destroyers of batting line-ups and the arguably the best pacer in their line-up, India’s bowling line-up can bust the hype surrounding consistent 400-run totals at the World Cup.At the same time, India’s batting line-up has a plethora of superstars who have their own approaches of getting the job done, which is not necessarily going berserk from Ball 1.What about five-time champions and the most successful World Cup team, Australia? If their performances in 2019 are anything to go by, don’t be surprised if Aaron Finch becomes the fifth title-winning captain from Australia.The comeback men are scoring runs to win back their spots and the rest are doing the same retain theirs. Their pacers have the pace to intimidate the opposition. A world-class finger spinner and a fearless wrist-spinner. Sound a winning recipe?West Indies, Pakistan dark-horses?Pakistan have had a woeful run in 2019. They were blanked by Australia 5-0 in the UAE. They lost to England just before the World Cup 4-0. They were handed a 3-wicket defeat by Afghanistan in a warm-up match last week. But you can’t count them out, can you? Unpredictability is the keyword that can propel them to the top step of the podium.On the other hand, the West Indies are suddenly looking threatening. Administrative issues coupled with lack of key stars had derailed their cricket over the last few years but just ahead of the World Cup, the Carribean side seems to have got it acts right.The big-hitting superstars are back. Led by an inspirational captain, their pace attack is once again starting to push batsmen on the back foot and intimidate them, There’s certainly a flair around this West Indies side that was missing with the previous sides from the Caribbean islands over the last decade or so. Will it be enough? It remains to be seen.Will it be high-scoring games throughout? What happens to the ball-bat balance?advertisementIn the age of T20 cricket, the balance between the bat and the ball isn’t going to be discussed. Wickets in England are expected to be flat, as flat as roads where batsmen can mishit shots a couple of rows into the stands.However, the pitches are expected to get drier as the tournament progresses during the English summer. Spinners, as quite a few pundits are pointing out, are going to play a key role in the second half of the tournament. Well, most of the teams have got at least one wrist-spinner. Haven’t they?Also Read | World Cup 2019 opening ceremony: Virat Kohli, Malala Yousafzai show stealers in London partyAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar to make his commentary debut in World Cup 2019 openerlast_img read more

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Cricket World Cup final clashes with Wimbledon final: Why this defies common sense

first_img Next Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:02 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final will clash with clash dates with Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles final on July 14. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSOn July 14, the World Cup 2019 final will clash with the Wimbledon men’s singles finalThat’s not all – the British Grand Prix will also be held the same dayThe organisers of all 3 events have planned better for the sake of the fansJuly 15, 2018: FIFA World Cup final and the Wimbledon men’s singles final.July 14, 2019: Cricket World Cup final featuring England and New Zealand. Wimbledon men’s singles final AND the British Grand Prix. All in London.Take your pick.Exactly a year ago, sports fans across the world were torn between two big events. What to wath? The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatioa or the Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.In fact, Andy Murray, during a press conference on June 30, 2018 said he could not believe he had to miss the France vs Argentina match. A year later, fans had to face the same dilemma. Would you rather watch the England vs New Zealand cricket World Cup final or a potential final between Novak Djokovic and Rogerer Federer of Rafael Nadal.Moreover, the British Grand Prix would be on the same day.It defies common sense really to have the Cricket World Cup semi-final and the Wimbledon final on the same day. Thank goodness there was no World Cup on during the Federer-Nadal semi-final or the women’s singles final.But sports federations across the world need to take a call somewhere down the line. Yes all these bodies are independent of each other and Wimbledon, an annual year, has its own traditions.Of course, bilateral cricket series clash with other major tennis every year.But the FIFA World Cup and the Cricket World Cup happen once every 4 years.And it was appalling to see the kind of planning in England. Why could the ICC or Wimbledon organisers not take a call and ensure that the events did not clash?advertisementFormula One legend Lewis Hamilton, for instance, was baffled the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon clashed with the British GP.”I don’t understand why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events,” Hamilton said on Thursday at Silverstone in the pre-race press conference.”I hope in future they (don’t). This is such a special weekend it needs the focus of the whole country. People will be switching between channels on Sunday not knowing what to watch,” said Hamilton.Sunday, July 14 will be a historic day for English cricket. The team will play its first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years. New Zealand have qualified for the second successive World Cup final and the world will see a new cricket champion.But fans would be forced to change channels or watch on multiple devices as some of the most iconic moments on sports play out.The Wimbledon faithfuls will still go to watch the tennis and the Barmy Army would get behind England at Lord’s but think of sports fans across the world. Why should they have to choose?In the times to come, hopefully, the ICC, FIFA and other sports federations think before planning these events.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019 semi-finals: It is joy to play against Rafael Nadal, says Roger FedererAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan keeping feet on the ground despite England’s dominant win over AustraliaAlso ReadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow England vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup final clashes with Wimbledon final: Why this defies common senseWhile England take on New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final on July 14 at Lord’s, London will host 2 other major sporting events: the Wimbledon men’s final and the British Grand Prix.advertisementlast_img read more

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MPCC 3 of 10 Boxships Complete Scrubber Retrofit

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based shipowner MPC Container Ships (MPCC) revealed that the scrubber retrofitting and commissioning for the first three of its vessels has been completed.As World Maritime News already reported, the company would equip a total of ten ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems. The retrofitting program is scheduled to be completed during the second half of this year.Additionally, the company said it inked charter contracts for eight out of ten boxships to be equipped with scrubbers. The charters were concluded with unnamed operators for periods of 2 to 3 years “at attractive base rates plus a savings sharing mechanism”, according to MPC Container Ships.Apart from the ten vessels that will feature scrubbers, 58 of the company’s containerships would be operated on compliant fuel, MPCC added.In preparation for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, MPC Container Ships recently joined the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators who share a common interest in effective and transparent enforcement of global sulphur regulations.“Joining the Trident Alliance allows us to align our company with an important network of like-minded industry peers, and support industry-wide calls for effective and transparent enforcement around the world,” Constantin Baack, CEO of MPCC, commented.Related: MPC Container Ships to Use CTL Payout for Scrubber RetrofitsChallenging Markets Still Hurt MPC Container Ships’ Earningslast_img read more

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Australia to bar return of citizens who fought for IS

first_imgSydney: Australia is poised to bar its citizens who have fought for the Islamic State militant group from returning home for up to two years, under new laws discussed in parliament Tuesday. The controversial legislation would give hardline Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton the ability to invoke “exclusion orders” to prevent suspected terrorists from returning to the country. It is based on similar legislation introduced in the United Kingdom, where a judge is tasked with deciding whether to impose an exclusion order. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDutton told parliament in early July the bill targets 230 Australians who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State, 80 of whom he said were still in active conflict zones. Concerns have been raised that the Australian proposal could be unconstitutional and places too much power in the minister’s hands, with the opposition Labor Party calling for it to be referred back to a parliamentary intelligence and security committee for further consideration. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, shadow home affairs minister Kristina Keneally said in a statement the opposition would support the bill but wanted a scheme that was “constitutional, keeps Australians safe and that withstands High Court challenges”. It is one of several controversial measures being considered by parliament in the first legislative sitting week since Australia’s conservative government was re-elected in May. Other proposals include repealing the so-called “Medevac” law that allows sick asylum seekers and refugees held in Pacific camps to be brought to Australia for medical treatment. The opposition has to date appeared reluctant to back a repeal of the law, with Labor leader Anthony Albanese telling Sky News on Tuesday he did not believe the government had made a case for change.last_img read more

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MMIW vigil held in the shadow of the Peace Tower

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN News There were vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada Wednesday.In Ottawa, in the shadow of the Peace Towers, families and supporters gathered to remember loved ones lost. <> A look at the Sisters in Spirit Vigil 2017 in Ottawa. Images Todd Lamirande/APTN.last_img

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More EMS funding

The Liberals announced a 4.5% increase in funding for EMS services in Hamilton.That translates to an increase of $746,000 and more than $17-million in funding this year for land ambulance services in the city. The Liberals say the government will continue to work with municipalities to meet the commitment to fund 50% of land ambulance operating costs. MPP Ted McMeekin says the province funds half of the costs and municipalities pick up the tab for the other half.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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Demand rising for UNs Western Sahara family visits programme

A week after the first round of successful visits, two more groups of Saharans – ranging in age from four to 72 – are being flown today by MINURSO to meet their relatives.This morning 23 people left Laayoune in Western Sahara for Tindouf in southern Algeria, where thousands of Saharans live in five nearby refugee camps. The same plane is scheduled to transport 24 people from Tindouf to Laayoune this afternoon.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has helped organize the family visits programme, said there has been high demand among Saharans to take part. At least 1,400 have applied.UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters at its headquarters in Geneva that the flights to and from Laayoune will continue until the end of the month, when flights will shift to Dakha and eventually Smara and Boujdour.Visits are currently confined to five days, but Mr. Redmond said that UNHCR and MINURSO will eventually “try to accommodate individual family situations and perhaps exceptionally allow the extension of stays for humanitarian reasons.”The programme’s aim is to promote face-to-face contact between people separated since the outbreak of war on Spain’s withdrawal from Western Sahara in the mid-1970s.Since then, Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro) have been in dispute over Western Sahara’s future permanent status. MINURSO has been in place since April 1991 to try to resolve the issue.Mr. Redmond voiced satisfaction at the way the operation is working, “particularly with the way the Algerian and Moroccan authorities and the POLISARIO movement have cooperated to make this happen.” read more

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IronPlanet to host another Cat Auction Services event in Europe

first_imgIronPlanet has announced that Bergerat Monnoyeur, an exclusive dealer of Caterpillar equipment in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and Algeria, are to host the first Cat Auction Services sale to be held in Belgium. The “landmark” auction will be held on October 6 at Van der Vlist Belgium Bvba, Zeebrugge, and follows the success of IronPlanet’s Cat Auction Services April auction in Rockingham, UK. This will be the first time that Cat Auction Services has held an on-site auction in continental Europe.“We are thrilled that Bergerat Monnoyeur is hosting our first Cat Auction Services sale in Belgium,” said IronPlanet President Jeff Jeter. “This follows our successful on-site sale in Rockingham last April that drew premium buyers from 33 countries, and more than 17,500 bidders. This included our online audience who were able to bid in real-time along with the bidders in the room. Our unique Leaderboard technology makes for a lively auction with global participation and competitive pricing – bidders in the room can bid upon equipment not on-site and online bidders get the same quality IronPlanet experience that they get from our weekly sales.”In IronPlanet’s April on-site auction, all 176 items that were up for auction sold, which amounted to almost £5 million in gross merchandise volume. IronPlanet’s first on-site Cat Auction Services sale in Belgium is to be aimed at premium buyers of used equipment from the European market. In addition, the auction will be supported by IronPlanet’s online marketplace, allowing bidders to virtually attend from anywhere across the globe.IronPlanet’s partner for the upcoming land-based auction is Bergerat Monnoyeur, part of the Monnoyeur Group. The auction will feature a high volume of Cat machines supplied by Bergerat Monnoyeur as well as machines from its network of dealers. In advance of its October auction, each machine will be showcased on IronPlanet.com, and any buyers who are unable to attend the event in person have the opportunity to bid online in real-time.David Crochu, Sales Director at Bergerat Monnoyeur, commented on this exciting new partnership: “We are delighted to partner with IronPlanet at such a pivotal time, following their success at Rockingham. Through this new alignment with IronPlanet, we are able to offer our customers a range of remarketing solutions – including a global audience for their used equipment – and in turn grow the scale of our used equipment division.”He added “this auction offers an excellent opportunity for Bergerat Monnoyeur to increase customer awareness of our extensive used equipment inventory. At the auction we will also have a number of Used Equipment Managers on-hand to offer information. We look forward to hosting the first Cat Auction Services sale in Belgium; we believe that it is just the beginning in IronPlanet’s auction success in Europe.”All units sold at auction will be backed by IronPlanet’s IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certifications and proven inspection reports, which detail the exact condition and quality of the machines being sold. Buyers will also benefit from having a Cat certification on certain models, as well as financing options offered by Cat Financial.last_img read more

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