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Saudi Women to Participate in Olympics

Posted on 18 July 2012 by admin

As Saudi Arabia allowed its women to participate for the first time in London Olympics 2012, Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee stated“On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I want to congratulate the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee on this important decision. This is a crucial first step towards equality for all athletes in sport.”

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Sania awarded wildcard to Olympics

Posted on 27 June 2012 by admin

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has finally broken her silence on the whole tennis row after being awarded a wild card to play at the Lon-don Olympics on Tuesday. In a press release on Tuesday, Sania said she had not spoken on the issue until now as she wasn’t assured of her participation. “Since the day AITA announced the team for the Olympics a lot of questions have been raised by friends, colleagues, their parents and of course, by the media. As I thought these questions were purely hypothetical without my having qualified into the London Olympics, I did not think it was appropriate for me to respond to them at that point of time. However, now that I am officially a part of the greatest sporting event in the world, I think it is imperative for me to clarify my feelings.” She also praised rookie Vishnu Vardhan, who has been paired with Paes in the men’s doubles event at the Olympics, and said that it was ‘demeaning for me, Vishnu and Leander Paes’ for Paes to consider playing with Vishnu only if she gave a written assurance to play mixed doubles with him. “To Leander Paes I would like to point out that Vishnu Vardhan is an extremely talented player, who I had the privilege of partnering. We went on to win a silver medal for India at the 2010 Asian Games, when all the three male stalwarts of Indian tennis had opted to stay away from Guangzhou. I am convinced that he can go one better when pitted with someone as good as Leander as partner. For Leander to consider partnering with Vishnu only if he has a written assurance from me to play mixed (as Vece Uncle has suggested in his television interviews) is, I think demeaning for me, Vishnu and Leander Paes,” she said.

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SL defeat Pak in faith ODI, win series 3-1

Posted on 21 June 2012 by admin

ANGELO Methews’ smashing 80-run snatched easy win from Pakistan at Premadasa Stadium on Monday. Mohammad Sami was remained the most expensive bowler for Pakistan who conceded 75 runs in 9.4 over and 15 on four four balls of the last over. Sohail Tanvir grabbed three wickets whereas Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez got two and one wicket respectively. Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara played well for their side and contributed 54 and 40 runs respectively. Methews was declared player of the match, whereas Thisara Perera was declared man of the series. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and made, while playing first, 247 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Imran Farhat and Umer Akmal made half centuries for Pakistan. Both scored 56 and 55 runs respectively. Skipper Misbahul Haq scored 38 runs, while Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali made 32 and 30 runs respectively. From host Sri Lanka Jeevan Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara shared two wickets apiece while Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera grabbed one wicket each.

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Arjun Bhullar – - First Desi Canadian to Qualify for freestyle Wrestling in Olympics 2012

Posted on 14 June 2012 by admin

Ampri Group, a Richmond-based development company, is sponsoring Canadian freestyle wrestling champion ArjanBhullar as he sets pace for his 2012 Olympics journey in London.

Athletic sponsorships are a rarity in the real estate development and investment field, but for Ampri Group CEO AmitSandhu, the connection between championing sport and business forged the sponsorship idea. Bhullar and Sandhu, both 27 years old, from Richmond, and SFU alumni are young leaders within their distinctive fields, determined to step up, give back, and lead by example. Beyond this, both have carved niche successes as second generation Canadians, whose parents emigrated from India and aspired to create better lives for their families.

“Arjan is a true leader in his field, striving for excellence on the ultimate world stage. We’re proud to support Arjan in his journey to Olympic Gold,” noted Sandhu. “Ampri Group believes in strengthening community through the work we do, whether it’s supporting education, health or in this case athletes and sport. This is why our partnership with Arjan was the perfect fit, he stands for doing more than just the expected. He goes above and beyond the realm of his sport.”

Sandhu, a proponent of exceeding pre-set expectations and dabbling outside of his main focus, was recently recognized by Profit Magazine’s FuEL Awards as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Canada. He ensures his organization is a community steward by being involved in a variety of charitable organizations, and established the ‘Dream, Grow, Inspire’ scholarship program which supports several Richmond high schools. In addition, Sandhu is the Program Chair for the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Program for Metro Program, where he and fellow entrepreneurs inspire high school students to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

Bhullar is the first Canadian South Asian to qualify for freestyle wrestling in the Olympics. He is a five-time World Team member; has won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal and in 2009 was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In addition, he took part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India and brought home the gold. Training thus far has gone very well; Bhullar is optimistic about London. “I have a few weeks left to achieve this aspect of my dream, and I think it is well within my reach.”

Bhullar is a proponent of hands-on community involvement as a spokesperson for the federally and provincially funded “Violence Against Women” campaign, motivates children to achieve their goals as a member of the national program “The Esteem Team,” built the family owned Bhullar Sports Academy in Richmond. He also constructed a gym that is free for those in the village in India, where his family hails from – Arjan is a true Champion of Sport.

For Bhullar, Ampri Group’s support came as a welcome surprise. “I have never had a local company support me in my effort in the way Ampri Group has. People like the Sandhu Family enable me to have a singular focus on my dream of being an Olympic champion. I can’t thank Ampri Group enough, as their support will greatly improve my journey to the Olympics,” Bhullar said.


Bhullar’s quest for Olympic gold is not without challengers. “On the world level there are many who can be viewed as competition. And there are also domestic rivals, but like anything I am working to separate myself from all others. I rely on my focused determination and unrelenting support from family, friends and sponsors to take me to the next stages.”

Sandhu, an avid fan and fellow community advocate, respects Bhullar’s skill and professionalism and hopes Ampri Group’s sponsorship will generate more interest in the sport. “Wrestling is a challenging sport and receives a lot less attention than hockey or football,” noted Sandhu. “Arjan is a top wrestler in the country and deserves the recognition and respect.”

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Afridi makes list of 100 top professionals

Posted on 23 May 2012 by admin

Former captain of national cricket team and one of the top all rounders of the world, Shahid Afridi’s name has been included in British International Biographical Centre’s list of 100 Top Professionals of 2012. Cambridge’s trusted-worthy Biographical Centre announces 100 top professionals in various fields every year. It also awards medals to these 100 top professionals. Expressing jubilation at receiving this prestigious award Afridi said that the prayers of his elders and the nation helped him win this award. I would keep on playing my part to help the national team savor many more victories, he added. Previously, Imran Khan has won this prestigious award.

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Malik welcomes restoration of Indo-Pak cricket ties

Posted on 16 May 2012 by admin

Shoaib Malik, who is captain of Sialkot Stallions, the current Pakistan domestic T20 champions, has welcomed the Indian invitation for his team to compete in the Champions League and called the decision as restoration of cricket ties between Pakistan and India. He said: “It is a relief to hear that finally we will get a chance to compete with the best teams in the Champions League.” Malik was talking with Razia Ruknuddin, ARY News correspondent in Dubai.

India on Saturday invited Pakistan to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament this year, breaking new ground in the stalled cricket ties between the arch-rivals.

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Asif to be released from jail on May 5

Posted on 03 May 2012 by admin

Banned Pakistan pacer, Mohammad Asif will be released from prison on May 5 after completing his jail term in the United Kingdom. Asif will decide when he plans to return to Pakistan after being released from prison, said his lawyer Ravi Gill. “Asif will complete his jail term on May 5 and all formalities have been completed for his release,” he said. Asif and Pakistan teammates, Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt were given different jail terms by a crown court in London last year in October for being involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour to England in 2010. The trio is also serving a five year ban by the anti-corruption tribunal of the Inter-national Cricket Council imposed in February 2011 for the same offence. Aamir, the youngest of the three, returned home in March after completing a six months jail term in a youth detention centre in the UK and he has also decided against appealing against the five year ban imposed on him by the ICC. “We have heard Asif is being released this week. Whenever he returns to Pakistan, the terms and conditions of the ICC ban will remain on him and he will not be allowed to take part in any cricket related activity in Pakistan,” an official of the board said. Asif, 29, who took 106 wickets in 23 tests and an-other 36 wickets in 48 one-day internationals, was jailed for 12 months by the crown court while Butt was given a 30-month sentence. All three had appealed against their sentences but had their appeals rejected by the Lord Chief Justice. Aamir since returning home has been kept away from all cricket activities and the board has not even al-lowed him to use the facilities at the National cricket academy in Lahore. A family member of Asif said they wanted him to re-turn home as soon as he was released as they were dying to meet him.

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ICC board expands 2014 World Twenty20 tournament

Posted on 19 April 2012 by admin

The 2014 World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams, giving a boost to associate members who want more involvement in the shortest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Monday. The move comes less than a year after the ICC angered the associate members by refusing to expand this year’s tournament in Sri Lanka. The expanded tournament means the 10 full members will be joined by six qualifiers from the 95 remaining cricketing nations. The board also approved three additional Twenty20 internationals to be played in the years in which the World Twenty20 is scheduled. Current rules limit the number of T20 internationals to a maximum of 12 per team. “What ex-cites me is the decision to extend the World Twenty20 event, which takes place in 2014 in Bangladesh,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. “I’m sure that is very comforting to all associate (members) … it pro-vides them with a greater chance of competing on the global stage.”

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Singles ranking: Sania further slips to 182

Posted on 11 April 2012 by admin

Sania Mirza continued to slide down the ranking ladder as the Indian is now placed at number 182, a loss of 41 places, in the latest WTA list issued on Monday. Sania slipped in her rankings after she missed out on making the singles main draw of the Miami WTA Premier event, losing in straight sets to American 10th seed Sloane Stephens. The Hyderabadi girl has also lost two places in the doubles rankings to be in ninth position, after she and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina suffered a shock first-round defeat at Miami. Meanwhile, the out-of-action Somdev Devvarman has lost 12 more places to be down at 197 in the latest ATP singles rankings list. In the doubles rankings, both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna continued to be at number seven and eight positions, respectively. Bhupathi has also managed to maintain his No. 15 spot in the doubles ranking.

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Olympics: Crisis will not affect Greek leg of torch relay

Posted on 28 March 2012 by admin

THE effects of the Greek economic cri-sis will not spoil the country’s leg of the 2012 Olympic Torch relay with officials announcing on Mon-day that it will be funded mainly by sponsors. The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) unveiled a route which will pass through 43 towns and travel 2,900 kilometers from May 10 to 17 before the flame is flown to the United Kingdom for a tour before the London Games start on July 27. It will travel throughout most of the Greek mainland and the island of Crete after being lit in the traditional ceremony at Ancient Olympia in southern Greece on May 10. Although the HOC did not give details of how much the Greek leg of the torch relay would cost, HOC president Spyros Kapralos told a news conference: “In these difficult economic circum-stances that we are going through, it is essential to mention that the cost of the budget will not be borne by the public at all. “The costs will be covered by sponsorships, the participation of local com-munities and individuals.” Spyros Zanias, the head of the torch relay in Greece, said: “Although the country has huge financial difficulties, as well as the HOC, we will not scale down on what we are going to do on Greek soil regarding the torch relay. “We felt it was much more important to use the funds which have been pro-vided to us so generously by various sponsors in bringing the flame all around the country in an effort to remind all our fellow compatriots of the importance of the torch, the importance of the Olympic Games, that every-thing started from here.”

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