Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism

first_imgRonaldo also scored twice in Madrid’s Champions League opener this season, a 3-0 win against APOEL. But he was criticized by many after a poor performance in a 1-0 home loss against Real Betis in the Spanish league. The Portuguese missed several chances in that game, including clear opportunities in front of goal.“I’m happy because I know that when everything is normal, that when I’m well and the opportunities appear, I will score,” Ronaldo said. “Sometimes the goalkeepers will make saves, or the woodwork will stop me, but this is part of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always work the same way,” Ronaldo said. “I’m an example as a professional. I never become desperate, although some people may think that I do. I’m always with a healthy mind, a clear mind, prepared for great challenges and for the criticism, which is getting worse.”This is not the first — or likely last — time that Ronaldo has complained about criticism against him. ButRonaldo reiterated that he is happy playing in Madrid and that he never said he wanted to leave, as widely reported after a tax-fraud investigation in Spain earlier this year. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, rear, gesture during a Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo says criticism against him is getting worse, and he doesn’t think it’s fair.Ronaldo made his comments after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.“It seems that match after match I have to show who I am,” Ronaldo said. “I’m surprised by the public opinion about me. Again, the numbers speak for themselves.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Ateneo still undefeated Read Next Ronaldo’s season got off to a slow start after a five-match suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final. He has scored five goals in six games so far. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “You didn’t hear that from me,” Ronaldo said. “People talk about Cristiano every day, everywhere in the world. If I had to answer to all the people who talk about me, I would only do that, and it can’t be that way. I live for football and for my family, the rest is secondary. Everything that involves the name of Cristiano is news everywhere in the world, it’s normal. When you are a big name, people will always talk about you.”Ronaldo dismissed questions about a possible new contract with Madrid, saying that’s for club president Florentino Perez to talk about.But Ronaldo also said he doesn’t feel Madrid depends on him to succeed.“When Cristiano is not playing, Real Madrid remains the same,” he said. “I see Real Madrid strong, with a great team, a great squad. It’s not about individual players.”The game against Dortmund marked Ronaldo’s 400th appearance with Real Madrid since his debut in 2009. He is the club’s all-time scoring leader with 412 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Injuries to Pingoy, Ahanmisi bad news for Adamson

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentscenter_img “That’s bad news for us,” said Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren.Ahanmisi injured his ankle early in the first half while Pingoy suffered his later in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPingoy landed on Jasper Parker’s foot and was helped off the floot with 5:22 left in the game.No timetable has been set for the two players. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jerie Pingoy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson could march into the Final Four missing two crucial guards in Jerie Pingoy and Jerrick Ahanmisi.Both players twisted their left ankles in Adamson’s final eliminations game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a 71-54 loss to Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day MOST READ Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Nagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series lead

first_imgSpectacular passes, slam dunks, deadly shots and high-leaping playmakers dominated the night as the game was played at a fast-paced, high-intensity tempo that had spectators roaring with delight.Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.Curry seized command in the third quarter with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors stretched a 67-64 half-time lead to 102-88 entering the fourth quarter, a margin no finals team had squandered so late to lose since 1992.From there, Golden State steadily pulled away, the Cavaliers having no answer for the Warriors speed and outside shooting.“The second half we settled in and just tried to play better and played tougher on defense,” Durant said. “We’re just trying to play good basketball every time down the floor.”The game turned when Curry sank a 3-pointer and two free throws, then dribbled impressively around James for a layup to cap a 10-3 run that put the Warriors ahead 83-73 early in the third.Cleveland battled back but a steal set up a Durant fast break layup and 3-point play and Shaun Livingston followed with an uncontested dunk to ignite a 16-6 run to close the quarter.The Cavaliers went scoreless for more than 3:30 late in the third despite Draymond Green going to the Warrior bench with a fifth personal foul.Durant and Curry each scored 15 first-half points, but Golden State had 13 turnovers at the break after just four in the series opener.James scored 18 points in the first half with 10 assists, his most assists in any playoff half in his career. Golden State moved within two games of becoming the first NBA champion to complete an unbeaten playoff run, seizing a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven championship series, which shifts to Cleveland for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday.LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles. No one else has more than two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTogether with Curry’s triple double, it was only the second time in playoff history that two rivals had managed triple doubles in the same game, the other coming in 1970 by New York’s Walt Frazier and Milwaukee’s Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs’ challenge. “We’re in the finals. That’s all the motivation we need,” Curry said. “We leave everything on the floor.”Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause.Klay Thompson added 22 points for the Warriors, with Curry saying the Warriors still have work to do to play their best.“I could play much better,” he said. “Some good things going on but we’ve got to get better.“We’re young. We’re hungry. We’re playing great basketball. We’ve got a great opportunity in front of us and we’ve got to seize it.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant #35 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors are interviewed following their 132-113 win in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Stephen Curry added 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday as the Golden State Warriors ripped Cleveland 132-113 in a historic second game of the NBA Finals.The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after he missed 11 games with health issues following back surgery, stretched their playoff win streak to an NBA-record 14 games by dominating the defending champion Cavaliers in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Grand Slam champ Tristan Thompson played fewer minutes for the Cavs, with Iman Shumpert seeing more time to help ease the defensive load on James guarding Durant.Curry went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and scored 15 points as Golden State took a 40-34 lead in the highest-scoring NBA Finals first quarter in 50 years and the second-highest ever.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks

first_imgNadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES After her first-round upset of No. 2-seeded Simona Halep, a triumphant Sharapova even gave her fashion choices a little plug.“Behind all these Swarovski crystals and little black dresses, this girl has a lot of grit,” she said.But for those seeking to get Sharapova’s dress to make the ultimate tennis club entrance, it won’t come cheap. Nike stores sell them for $500 — $700 for the matching warm-up jacket.The prevailing fashion theme at Flushing Meadows seemed to be designs with geometric shapes of color, bold but more understated than last year’s fluorescent reds, oranges and yellows. (Rafael Nadal bucked that trend with a bright pink shirt).Rising star Dominic Thiem led a slew of players wearing Adidas’ most ubiquitous kit, also designed by Williams, featuring big rectangles of red, blue and yellow. Top-seeded woman Karolina Pliskova wore a Fila skirt made up of tiny triangles of blue and red.And then there was tour rebel Fabio Fognini, whose rain-delayed match Tuesday was expected to feature him in one of the most daring designs of all: a mostly black outfit from Hydrogen emblazoned on the back with a huge tattoo-like design of a snarling rattlesnake ready to strike.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Alexander Zverev, of Germany, returns as shot to Darian King, of Barbados, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks.Some players at this year’s U.S. Open are making daring fashion choices that scream everything from shimmering sophistication to retro dorky. And in the age of social media, the reaction — good and bad — can come in as fast as a 120-mph serve.ADVERTISEMENT Zverev himself acknowledged after his match ended early Tuesday that he was thinking about doing the same, but was mindful Williams was sitting in his spectator box.“Obviously I didn’t want to disappoint him and put them down a little while he’s watching me,” he said.Maria Sharapova got a much different reaction when she took the court Monday under the lights at Ashe, her first Grand Slam appearance after serving a 15-month ban from the game for doping. The Russian sported a black Nike mini dress that featured lace in the sleeveless top and shimmering Swarovski crystals dotting the skirt.“She’s got lace AND sequins,” Chris Evert commented during the ESPN broadcast. “She’s all sparkly.”Sharapova said in an interview with Vogue that she and designer Riccardo Tisci chose black for her night matches because it is the same color she wore on her way to her lone U.S. Open title in 2006 and because it evokes the image of “Audrey Hepburn and her classic Givenchy dress.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Take the Twitter backlash to No. 4-seeded Alexander Zverev’s getup for his first-round match: a pinstriped shirt and striped headband that evoked Bjorn Borg, and striped knee-high socks that some fans compared to Will Ferrell’s 1970s basketball player look from the movie “Semi-Pro.”It was part of a line designed for Adidas by Pharrell Williams, the musical artist behind the hit “Happy.” Critics of his Zverev ensemble were more “Snarky.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Zverev’s socks make me want to vomit,” said one Twitter critic. Added others: “Preoccupied with Zverev’s schoolgirl-meets-Borg look.” … “He was moving slow because he was wearing an extra 10 pounds of socks.”Even the Adidas store a few steps away from Arthur Ashe Stadium seemed to downplay the $35 knee-highs in its picture-window displays. Mannequins wore them scrunched down around their ankles. View commentslast_img read more

Sports ministry should share blame in doping scandal: VK Malhotra

first_imgActing Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Acting Indian Olympic Association President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Tuesday said that Sports Ministry should also share the blame for the doping scandal that rocked athletics, saying that the coaches and doctors allegedly involved in it are its employees.”All the SAI centres are under the Ministry, all the coaches and doctors are under its rolls. So, the Ministry should also take some blame,” Malhotra said, reacting to Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s sacking of Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik on Tuesday following the dope scandal.”The Sports Minister should not only point fingers at the federations, he should rather look into the SAI Centres. What is happening there and the coaches and doctors,” said Malhotra.Asked if Maken was taking these steps to push through the controversial National Sports Development Bill, Malhotra said, “I don’t know if he is doing all these to push through the Bill. But if he is doing that it is unacceptable and condemnable.”Malhotra said if any Athletics Federation of India officials are found to be involved by the inquiry panel set up by the Ministry on Tuesday, strong action would be taken against them.”If someone from the federation are found to be involved, we will also take action,” Malhotra told ‘Times Now’.Malhotra, however, refused to blame AFI Secretary Lalit Bhanot and lifetime president Suresh Kalmadi for the doping scandal.”They have been in jail for some time. Holding them responsible would not be correct,” he said.advertisementMalhotra expressed satisfaction with the setting up of the judicial inquiry to probe the doping scandal and said it should be time bound and cover all the SAI centres.”The minister should have waited for the report of the inquiry panel before pointing fingers at others. Federation officials are not even allowed to go anywhere near the camp,” he said.”This is not the first time these things are happening. Such doping scandals have happened in the past. The Ministry owes an explanation why such things are happening at SAI centres,” Malhotra told PTI.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Dow’s sponsorship for London Olympics sparks outrage

first_imgThe London Olympics organisers’ move to name controversial Dow Chemical Company “with the blood of Bhopal on its hands” as a sponsor of the 2012 Games has sparked outrage amongst campaigners fighting for justice. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced that Dow Chemical would fund a “spectacular” seven million pounds artwork “wrap” around the stadium throughout next year’s Games, the Express.co.uk reported. The decision has outraged campaigners fighting for up to 5,000 people who died in devastating chemical leak in Bhopal in 1984, the report said. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide Corporation, whose former Indian subsidiary ran the doomed plant, in 2001. The company, embroiled in a compensation wrangle over Bhopal, said the $470 million compensation settlement reached by Union Carbide in 1989 was final. On average the families of those who died received roughly 1,400 pounds. It has insisted it is not liable and has refused to pay more or to clear toxic waste from the site.Slamming the company, victims’ campaigners say children are still being born maimed because of poisons that continue to pollute the city’s groundwater. They are backing a number of criminal and civil court cases against Union Carbide. “Our terrible legacy is by no means over. Our children are still suffering,” the report quoted them as saying. They are also urging widespread protests, including a “Bhopal Olympics” involving disabled children. The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a formal complaint to his British counterpart David Cameron. “By dealing with a corporation like Dow, which has the blood of Bhopal on its hands, the reputation of the London Games and its legacy will be tarnished,” spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra said.  Aslam against Dow’s association with 2012 London Olympics Former Hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan on Monday urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Sports Ministry to convince the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to cancel the Dow Chemicals deal of sponsoring seven million pound artwork “wrap” around the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympics, PTI adds from Bhopal. Aslam said the disaster, which was a direct result of the leak of gas from it in 1984, had led to the loss of around 15,000 lives and left about six lakh injured. Stating that the feelings of the people of Bhopal would be hurt if Dow Chemicals was allowed to be associated with the Olympics in any manner, the former Olympian said, “If the LOCOG carries out the deal with Dow Chemicals, we will ask the government to boycott the 2012 Olympics.”  – With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Indian sport needs many Anna Hazares

first_imgOne Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption seems to have made the government uncomfortable. But it would perhaps take a hazar Annas to get rid of the malaise that has taken deep roots in Indian sport over the decades.With less a year to go for the Olympic Games, the time is ideal to launch a revolutionary nationwide movement with full gusto to eradicate the ills afflicting sport and pick men and women of integrity as administrators to inject a heavy dose of transparency and accountability.The disgraced chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi has become the undisputed icon of the rot in Indian sport. But the sporting woes in the country go much beyond Kalmadi and his partners in crime. A few recent incidents show how selfish and careless those who control sport are. While the policies are generally muddled and archaic, the mindset of officials’ is narrow, and their actions petty.And there’s no place for accountability and transparency as they know they can get away with murder.National football coach Armando Colaco is a classic example. He ordered the team not to play the friendly game against Barbados in the Caribbean last week just because they happened to face some yet to-be-explained logistical problems on their way to the island nation. He reasoned that the players were too tired to play after the long flight and would have risked injury if made to play. Have you heard of a more bizarre reason for skipping a game? Can you visualise coach Duncan Fletcher telling the Indian cricketers, who playadvertisementmore often and spend more time on the field than their football counterparts, to skip a Test match citing fatigue? Surely, there is more to the Colaco episode than meets the eye. Will the All India Football Federation (AIFF) show the guts and ask him to explain why he took the drastic step and make the findings (and the punishment, if any) public? More importantly, why did the AIFF let such a charade take place? And here we are not talking about the money that was wasted. A shame, really.The fitness of Zaheer Khan, who apparently carried ankle and hamstring injuries into the Test series against England, is another big issue. Not surprisingly he broke down on the very first day of the first Test. Will the BCCI identify and punish person who deemed him fit? No chance.The national cycling federation is another joke. There are parallel national bodies in place and both, unashamedly, claim that they are the authentic ones.Bizarrely, when the president one of body (Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa) realised that he could no more carry on after crossing 70 years of age, the upper limit for sport administrators, his son coolly replaced him at the helm.Will someone step forward and stop this sham? Parallel federations are also running – and ruining – hockey.The mess is perhaps dirtier and deeper than, maybe, all other national sports bodies put together. Even appeals by legendary players to the prime minister sometime ago to intervene failed to have the desired effect.In athletics, several states, like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, are running parallel bodies while, in the Uttar Pradesh Athletics Association in particular, some people are holding posts for close to 30 years!Remember that the national federation was headed by none other than Suresh Kalmadi not too long ago. He is in Tihar on charges of corruption in the CWG, but the spirit in the athletics federation has not yet been broken.The sports ministry has initiated a sports Bill, aiming to bring transparency into administration.Unfortunately, though not unsurprisingly, the move is being opposed tooth and nail by those whose existence is threatened.Some critics are shamelessly citing the Olympic Charter and the so- called “independence” of the federations to keep clinging to their chairs.With Anna presently leading the campaign against corruption, how about launching a simultaneous national campaign against corruption in sport? The time for off-field action is now.qaiser. ali@ mailtoday. inlast_img read more