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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will commence on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and continue till November 8.  Easternlink’s Pratyusha Mukherjee spoke to top cricket official  Joydeep Mukherjee to figure out what happens now.Joydeep Mukherjee  is a former Bengal all rounder  who took up various coaching roles and […]

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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will commence on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and continue till November 8.
  Easternlink’s Pratyusha Mukherjee spoke to top cricket official  Joydeep Mukherjee to figure out what happens now.
Joydeep Mukherjee  is a former Bengal all rounder  who took up various coaching roles and doubled up as a television commentator.
 Mukherjee became the cricket manager of the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008 and remains with the franchise as a coaching staff as of 2015. Joydeep  Mukherjee is currently the Directot of Cricket at The Cricket Association of Bengal( CAB) . 

Joydeep Mukherjee ( center) 

Q. IPL is going to be held in UAE..what’s your reaction about that?
A. I am very glad the IPL is happening. It is tough times and BCCI has done an amazing job to be able to put this in place. Sport is a great way to show your fightback and we have been deprived of Live sport. Everyone benefits from IPL happening, cricket & our cricketers will be back in our lives. What could be better.
UAE is a great venue because  the timings are great, they have 3 international standard grounds and it’s a great part of the world to be in.
Q.If IPL 2020 would have been cancelled,then what would have been the financial loss of its franchise ?

Joydeep Mukherjee With Gautam Gambhir

A.Huge. i don’t know the exact figures but it was  a substantial amount for sure. 

Q.In case a closed door match is held, wherefrom the revenue would come ? 
A.I suppose from tv rights and sponsorships. Gate money is only one way of generating revenues. 
Q.As an ex- Indian all- rounder, do you feel that the cricketer- selection for the IPL is done properly?
A.Nothing is full proof in sport. It is in real time and there are no retakes. So there is no guarantee who will succeed and who will not. I have some unbelievably good young players not make it and some decent players make themselves world beaters. So with selection some come off some don’t but all the franchises do a lot of proper scouting and mock auctions to be able to pick the players they want. All teams have data analysts and strategy analysts who put a lot of permutations and combinations in front of the owners and coaching staff. 
Q.Don’t you think that the young and promising cricketers are detracted by the extra-vaganza and glamour of the IPL ?
A.I don’t think so. Ultimately it is your cricket that will get you there and more importantly help you stay there. Everything else that comes with the razzmatazz will only last if you have the game to survive. Today’s boys have a better maturity level and understand that quickly. There might a couple who fall by the wayside but that’s only a very insignificant number. Also one very important thing to remember is that every cricketer doing well in the IPL are also doing very well for their state so they are players who are vying to play any of the 3 versions for India. 

Q.Many of the cricket lovers feel that the IPL is a type of gambling. What do you think about that ?

Joydeep Mukherjee ( center) 

A.I don’t think so at all. 

Q.Earlier u were the Cricket Manager of Kolkata Knight Riders , what do u want to tell about ur team?
A.KKR is a very good team. The competition between teams is fierce, so it’s very commendable to have won the tournament twice. But there will be some good years and some not so good years. What is important is for the fans to be supporting the team without which every team is incomplete. 
KKR have made some wholesome changes this year.  Some of the support staff who were with KKR for years are not there anymore. There is a new head coach in Brendon McCallum who is a fantastic guy. KKR has picked up some real good players in the auction. But the real test, as we all know, is when the tournament gets on. 
Q.Can u imagine the IPL without fans?

A .’Fans are such an important factor in the success of the IPL that having sat in the dug out with 75,000 fans screaming, I cannot imagine an IPL without the fans.

Pratyusha Mukherjee, a sports Journalist working for BBC and other media outlets,is a regular contributor to Easternlink.

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BCCI Awaits Govt Nod https://theeasternlink.com/bcci-awaits-govt-nod/ https://theeasternlink.com/bcci-awaits-govt-nod/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2020 04:00:00 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=5999

MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday confirmed that the 2020 edition of the tournament is shifting to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the BCCI has requested the government of India for an approval on the same.TOI understands that the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t been “officially” notified on the matter yet as the […]

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MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday confirmed that the 2020 edition of the tournament is shifting to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the BCCI has requested the government of India for an approval on the same.
TOI understands that the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t been “officially” notified on the matter yet as the said official letter is pending. A governing council meeting of the IPL is expected on July 24, following which an air of finality can prevail.

Meanwhile, a day after the industry echoed broadcasters Star India’s sentiments on the proposed schedule missing out on the Diwali week, it appears BCCI has other plans to “accommodate” their biggest stakeholders.
The board is all set to allow following things: A) An early start to evening matches, possibly slated to begin at 7.30 pm IST; B) Advancing IPL by a week and beginning the tournament on September 19 instead of 26; C) A possible three-match white ball series versus South Africa in UAE; D) Combination of B+C – provided there is consensus within the BCCI.

White ball series against South Africa
The talk of the three-match series between India and South Africa is seen as a ‘catalyst’ in the wake of Star eyeing Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) home rights. If given the go-ahead, matches will be played in UAE to suit India prime time and curtail additional travel for the Indian team.

“The question is, will BCCI allow? Indian team hasn’t played any cricket since March and is required to play a two-month long IPL followed by two months in Australia, which is a demanding tour. Why would you risk fitness when they’ve not even stepped on the ground for so long, especially when BCCI president says he expects Virat Kohli to win in Australia. If you want them to do well, then given them time to recover from this four-month isolation,” say those tracking developments.
Nevertheless, the value of South Africa’s bilateral rights can be seen at 30% of BCCI’s rights value for bilateral cricket. At these given estimates, Star getting to host India vs South Africa in UAE (as South Africa’s home venue, citing Covid) will end up boosting the broadcaster’s revenue in an otherwise dull market.
“If BCCI gives a go-ahead to the series, it’s a win-win for Star. The only question is will the Board rush its players into a series so early after such a long break? Ideally, the team would have required a one-month camp to get back to full fitness, which was the earlier plan,” sources say.
Early start to IPL matches
Allowing an early start to the IPL match timings, possibly at 7.30 pm IST (6 pm, UAE time) is most likely to be given the nod and franchises are not opposed to the idea either.
Once again, it was the broadcaster pursuing the idea of an early start to IPL the last two years, a request that wasn’t given in to because of technical reasons.
However, with the IPL expected to be played in UAE this year, and matches expected to begin at 6pm local time, the IPL governing council may allow the change for this season.
Tournament can start earlier than 26th
There are provisions BCCI may keep in front of Star to choose from considering it is “helpless” and cannot change the date of the IPL final – currently slated for November 8 – owing to commitments made to Cricket Australia.
The BCCI is convinced that advancing the start of IPL to 19th is possible, if Star agrees. “They want to avoid the 4 pm matches, right? So, this option is available to them, to advance the start by a week. They should take it,” sources say.

If the BCCI gives Star the choice to choose between the three-match white ball series vs SA or advancing the start of IPL by a week, the ball will be in the broadcaster’s court to take the call.
“If Star is so keen on an extended window for IPL – right now, 60 matches in 44 days – they should make an official request for a week’s advancement, no?” say those tracking developments.

Courtesy – TimesofIndia.IndiaTimes.Com

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Waqar Lavishes Praise On Dhoni https://theeasternlink.com/waqar-lavishes-praise-on-dhoni/ https://theeasternlink.com/waqar-lavishes-praise-on-dhoni/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:15:11 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=5692

After the retirement of the Fab Four of Indian cricket, as well as legends Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan in the twilight of their career, MS Dhoni, had his task cut-out as a captain to ensure that the transition phase is smooth. And Dhoni did so with his astute leadership skills and brilliant cricketing mind. Under […]

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After the retirement of the Fab Four of Indian cricket, as well as legends Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan in the twilight of their career, MS Dhoni, had his task cut-out as a captain to ensure that the transition phase is smooth.

And Dhoni did so with his astute leadership skills and brilliant cricketing mind. Under Dhoni, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, ICC Test Maze in 2008, 2011 ICC World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy, which interestingly is the last ICC title won by the ‘Men in Blue’.

Moreover, that is only one facet of his game from which the Indian team benefitted the most in the last decade and a half.

With his lightning stumpings, run-outs, and as a reliable catching option, Dhoni turned out to be the best wicketkeeper in the world.

Further, Dhoni’s batting prowesses had a separate set of achievements, compiling over 10,000 runs in ODI cricket while coming in at five and six throughout his career.

However, it was Dhoni’s ability to finish matches for India, winning the game with a maximum, which earned him global respect as a batsman.

Now, former Pakistan fast bowler and coach, Waqar Younis, has heaped praises on ‘Captain Cool’, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday (July 07).

“Sourav Ganguly was the one who started that journey of improvement for Indian cricket and MS Dhoni took that journey ahead. He is a World Cup champion and has won two World Cups. I think he has done wonderfully well for himself, for his country, and of course, for his family,” Younis told GloFans during a chat show named `Q20` on Twitter.

“What a cricketer MS Dhoni is. The way he led the team, it is difficult to express it in words. He is a very good and big leader who understands things. He is a wonderful human being and coming from a small village and the heights he has achieved plus leading such a big country and team is indeed praiseworthy,” he concluded.

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Rohit’s Instagram Foray https://theeasternlink.com/rohits-instagram-foray/ https://theeasternlink.com/rohits-instagram-foray/#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 19:25:27 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=3365

The coronavirus pandemic has brought life to a standstill across the world. All the major sports tournaments have been cancelled for quite some time now and it doesn’t look like the sporting action will resume anytime soon. The cricketing community is also quarantined, giving cricketers time to indulge themselves on social media to interact with their fans and teammates. Rohit Sharma […]

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought life to a standstill across the world. All the major sports tournaments have been cancelled for quite some time now and it doesn’t look like the sporting action will resume anytime soon. The cricketing community is also quarantined, giving cricketers time to indulge themselves on social media to interact with their fans and teammates.

Rohit Sharma has interesting Instagram live session with Mohammed Shami

One such cricketer is Rohit Sharma who has been involved in several Instagram live sessions. On Saturday, Rohit Sharma interacted with his India teammate Mohammad Shami in an Instagram live sessions. The duo of Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami spoke on several topics from their times on the field to their lives off the field. However, the session was brought to an abrupt end because of network issues.

Rohit Sharma names Mohammad Shami as the toughest bowler to face in the nets

While speaking to Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues on a YouTube chat show recently, Rohit Sharma revealed that Mohammad Shami is the toughest bowler he has ever faced in the nets. Rohit Sharma added that the pitches in net sessions are usually lush green with a lot of moisture in them. So, Mohammad Shami loves green pitches and whenever he sees a green pitch, he comes into bowl having a lot more biryani, according to Sharma.

Rohit Sharma comically said that he has repeatedly requested Mohammad Shami not to bowl bouncers at him in the nets, but to no avail as he still has to face them since the fast bowler gets all charged up.

Rohit Sharma has had many Instagram live sessions in recent times with many of his India, Mumbai Indians and ex-IPL teammates, showing his camaraderie with them. They have revealed interesting details about cricketers and their lives, something which fans are very keen to know.

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Whither IPL ! https://theeasternlink.com/whither-ipl/ https://theeasternlink.com/whither-ipl/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2020 08:09:29 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=2882

The cash rich cricket governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 until further notice. With the nation-wide lockdown extended to May 3 due to Covid 19 Pandemic, the BCCI top brass — including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah — has  decided that […]

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The cash rich cricket governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 until further notice.

With the nation-wide lockdown extended to May 3 due to Covid 19 Pandemic, the BCCI top brass — including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah — has  decided that the tournament will be suspended until further notice. Finding a new window for the IPL 2020 will now be a huge challenge for BCCI.

 Jay Shah said in a press release recently : “Due to the evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Government of India to contain the spread of the pandemic, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended till further notice.” 

 “The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” the release said.

” BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders and will continue to take guidance from the Government of India, State Governments and other State Regulatory bodies,” the release concluded.

“No play, no pay ” could well be the fate of players, who have signed up for this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), which has been postponed and seems unlikely to go ahead unless BCCI figures an alternate window later in the year, compromising a few bilateral commitments. 

“The system of IPL payments is that 15 per cent is paid a week before the tournament starts. 65 per cent more is paid during the tournament. The remaining 20 percent is paid within a stipulated time after the tournament ends,” a senior official of an IPL franchise told PTI.

“The BCCI has specific guidelines. Obviously, no player will be paid as of now.”he added.

In fact, the economic implications of a season without IPL could be huge, admitted  the Indian Cricketers’ Association president Ashok Malhotra.

Former Indian spinner Saradindu Mukherjee told this writer in an interview :  “In case ,the IPL is cancelled, there will be a huge loss,with  financial implications for all parties,may be in the franchises,may be BCCI,and may be the broadcasters,there would be a huge impact on the cricket world.Without playing there is no other way to recover the lost  revenues.But we have to wait because it’s a kind of act of God which has happened through this Covid 19 and to fight with the nature is impossible. “

Former Indian Crickter Rajesh Dani told me -“The condition in which the entire world finds itself  at present because of the pandemic makes saving the lives of the people the top priority. “

Asked if  the close door match was a good idea, Dani said :  “As such it won’t really be a very good idea to play the game in closed doors without the presence of spectators . Let’s all pray the world gets back to normal as soon as possible so that the game could be played with spectators to watch .” 

Dani said in an interview conducted for  the Easternlink-“The young and promising cricketers, not all of them though, are getting detracted to some extent because of the glamour and money in the IPL. In my personal opinion the young and promising cricketers should aim to play test cricket and if they can do that , all else  will fall in place. ” 

When I put the same set of questions to  former all rounder and the Director at Cricket Association of  Bengal (CAB) Joydeep Mukherjee told me : ”  Ultimately it is your cricket that will get you there and more importantly help you stay there. Everything else that comes with the razzmatazz will only last if the game  survives . Today’s players  have a better maturity level and understand the realities quickly. There might a couple who fall by the wayside but that’s only a very insignificant number. Also one very important thing to remember is that every cricketer doing well in the IPL are also doing very well for their state so they are players who are vying to play in any of the 3 versions for India. “

 After lockdown was extended and the IPL was  postponed, Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Kahn expressed his disappointment through social media.”Damn I miss the unpredictable and capricious nature of the IPL tournament now!!!.” SRK  is the co-owner of two-times IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders currently led by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly says there is no clarity on the fate of IPL 2020 as the country faces a lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic. ” Priority is safety,which is why we postponed the game.Nobody has a choice,” Ganguly told mediapersons.

Is IPL a type of gambling?
Ex Indian Spinner Saradindu Mukherjee responded :  “No,I don’t think IPL is a gambling because now a days we have legal betting companies. One can pick your own team before a game,and you can put your own money and I think this is done to stop illegal betting and stop match fixing and that kind of stuff .Anti corruption unit,I must say , is working overtime”. 
“‘ Fans are such an important factor in the success of the IPL that having sat in the dug out with 75,000 fans screaming, I cannot imagine an IPL without the fans. ‘”-Joydeep Mukherjee told Easternlink.
” There should be a basic standard in picking up players for IPL  from domestic arena.Those who have atleast played 4/5 vital matches for Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy should be put in the auction.”

( Pratyusha Mukherjee , a sports journalist working for BBC and other media outlets,   is a regular contributor to Easternlink)

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Wimbledon cancelled first time after World War 2 https://theeasternlink.com/wimbledon-cancelled-first-time-after-world-war-2/ https://theeasternlink.com/wimbledon-cancelled-first-time-after-world-war-2/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:58:49 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=1711

The coronavirus outbreak has halted sporting events all around the world. On Wednesday, Wimbledon was officially canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first time since 1945 — in the midst of World War II — that the Grand Slam tournament has been canceled. Wimbledon was scheduled to begin on June 29 and last […]

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The coronavirus outbreak has halted sporting events all around the world. On Wednesday, Wimbledon was officially canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first time since 1945 — in the midst of World War II — that the Grand Slam tournament has been canceled. Wimbledon was scheduled to begin on June 29 and last until July 12.

The All England Club, which organizes the tournament, held an emergency meeting on Wednesday where it made the decision to cancel the event official.

“It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” Wimbledon wrote in a statement on their website. “Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships.”

The All England Club gave thought to possibly postponing the tournament to later this summer, but ultimately followed in the footsteps of what England’s government is saying: public gatherings are not worth the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement,” Wimbledon said.

Wimbledon added in the statement that they have donated medical equipment to first responders in London and offered the use of their facilities to those in charge of the battle against COVID-19. Earlier this week, the US Open tennis complex in New York was turned into a temporary hospital.

This is far from the first major sporting event to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak this year. Even in tennis, the French Open was slated to be held in late May, but was postponed until September. As of right now, the US Open, which takes place in August, is still scheduled to take place, but that could change in the coming months.

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep won at Wimbledon in 2019.

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Olympic vendors stare at uncertain future https://theeasternlink.com/olympic-vendors-stare-at-uncertain-future/ https://theeasternlink.com/olympic-vendors-stare-at-uncertain-future/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:54:12 +0000 http://theeasternlink.com/?p=1483

TOKYO (Reuters) – Vendors of a vast array of Tokyo 2020-themed trinkets are looking to cash in from a looming postponement of the Games, because of a global coronavirus pandemic, by marketing their items as emblems of something that never happened instead. Branded items, from $6 pin badges to $15,000 pieces of gold are on […]

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Vendors of a vast array of Tokyo 2020-themed trinkets are looking to cash in from a looming postponement of the Games, because of a global coronavirus pandemic, by marketing their items as emblems of something that never happened instead.

Branded items, from $6 pin badges to $15,000 pieces of gold are on offer to enthusiasts, but as the Games shape up as the first since World War Two not to go ahead as planned, sellers are seizing on the disruption to boost demand.

“With Tokyo 2020 possibly delayed or even canceled, these are precious items,” wrote one seller offering four Olympics pin badges from a Japanese insurer for about $60 on flea market app Mercari, which is ubiquitous in Japan.

“This may become scarce. Why don’t you take the chance?” read another post offering a stuffed version of official mascot Miraitowa, with the phrase “Tokyo 2020” emblazoned on its forehead.

Ahead of the Games, Olympics fans – some of whom have forked out thousands of dollars for tickets to top-flight events – can buy Tokyo 2020 stamped versions of everything from three-stringed shamisens to silky “sukajan” jackets.

However the outlook for the world’s biggest sporting event has been hit by global lockdowns spurred by the virus, which has infected 1,852 people and killed 52 in Japan, with a trail of postponed and canceled events in its wake. [nL4N2AY3AS]

A major delay could leave Games authorities with a gigantic rebranding headache.

In shopping districts across the capital, Tokyo 2020 flags flutter from street lights, while an oversized clock in front of the red-brick Tokyo Station counts down the days to July 24, when the Games are set to start.

Delay risks pushing Tokyo 2020 items into a niche category of memorabilia accommodating events that did not take place and companies that have ceased trading.

Such items include baseball caps from Lehman Brothers, whose collapse kickstarted a global crisis, and paperweights from failed energy firm Enron Corp, offered online for tens, or even hundreds of dollars.

Courtesy – Reuters

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Djokovic donates 1 million euros for Covid fight https://theeasternlink.com/djokovic-donates-1-million-euros-for-covid-fight/ https://theeasternlink.com/djokovic-donates-1-million-euros-for-covid-fight/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:41:24 +0000 http://theeasternlink.com/?p=1478

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are donating €1 million to buy ventilators and other medical equipment to fight coronavirus in Serbia. Tennis’ world No. 1 sought advice from people around the world on how best to direct help where it is needed before making the donation. “Unfortunately, the number of those infected is increasing,” he said […]

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Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are donating €1 million to buy ventilators and other medical equipment to fight coronavirus in Serbia.

Tennis’ world No. 1 sought advice from people around the world on how best to direct help where it is needed before making the donation.

“Unfortunately, the number of those infected is increasing,” he said on Sportklub.

“Jelena, I, my foundation, have decided to gather as much relevant information as possible this week to determine how best to donate our resources – knowledge, time, money, how it will affect the largest number of people across Serbia.”

Djokovic will use family contacts to buy equipment from China and Europe.

“Through my uncle Goran, who has an influential network of people in the Chinese market, we were able to reach the producers directly, waiting for specific information about the quantity so that we could make a donation, and my parents have good contacts in Europe, primarily in Germany.”

Djokovic is the latest tennis superstar to pledge a significant sum of money to help in the efforts to tackle the effects of the virus.

Roger Federer and wife Mirka revealed earlier this week they are donating one million Swiss francs to help vulnerable families in Switzerland, while Rafael Nadal and Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to raise €11m.

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Indian cricketers big on advice, less on donations https://theeasternlink.com/indian-cricketers-big-on-advice-less-on-donations/ https://theeasternlink.com/indian-cricketers-big-on-advice-less-on-donations/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:33:19 +0000 http://theeasternlink.com/?p=1475

NEW DELHI: The cricketing world has come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak which means that the members of the Indian cricket team have got a break from their unrelenting schedule. The second and third match of the ODI series against South Africa were called off due to the outbreak of the viral […]

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NEW DELHI: The cricketing world has come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak which means that the members of the Indian cricket team have got a break from their unrelenting schedule. The second and third match of the ODI series against South Africa were called off due to the outbreak of the viral pandemic and away from the cricket field, the players have been posting messages and updates on social media.

Captain Virat Kohli said, “Let’s stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone.”

His limited overs deputy Rohit Sharma posted a video of himself in which he asked people to be “a little smart, a little proactive” and inform the nearest medical authorities as soon as they get any symptoms. He also lauded the efforts of medical professionals who have been in the frontline of the battle against the virus.

Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has posted a series of tweets. He first said, “Sad to see everything coming to a standstill due to the #coronavirus. A big salute to the doctors, nurses & the police who are working round the clock to help people” He then posted a photo of him reading a book with the caption, “Stay positive and Read!” Rahane later posted a video of himself in which he asked people to stay safe in the wake of the pandemic outbreak.

Ace Test spinner Ravichandran Ashwin urged the people of Chennai to understand the importance of social distancing. “Let me rephrase it, social distancing doesn’t seem to have caught the attention of the people in Chennai yet. The only reason could be their belief in the summer to curtail it or just faith that nothing will happen. #Coronaindia,” he tweeted.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said, “Urging everyone to stay safe, follow the precautionary measures suggested by the health authorities and in this difficult moment let’s support each other. #coronavirus #COVID19”

Wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal posted a photo on his Instagram stories in which he is having a night out with a few friends while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav posted a statement in which he said: “The world today is going through a global crisis and my thoughts go out to those suffering in these difficult times. In this tough moment we all must come together, be united and be there for each other. A massive thank you to all the health professionals working tirelessly to make the planet a safer place.”

Opening batsman KL Rahul said: “In these testing times let’s stay strong and care for each other. Urging everyone to follow the instructions given by health experts and stay safe #coronavirus.”

His fellow opener Mayank Agarwal said: “Wash your hands. Avoid crowded places whenever possible. Stay at home if you feel unwell. Don’t believe every WhatsApp forward. Check @WHO for updates. Don’t panic. Wash your hands. (Did I already say that?) Namaste.”

Courtesy – New Indian Express

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TOKYO: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday.The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint […]

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TOKYO: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday.The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime.Abe said Bach was in “100 percent agreement” when Japan asked the IOC to push back the Games.

In a joint statement, the pair said that based on current World Health Organisation (WHO) information, the Tokyo Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”.“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.“Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020,” the statement concluded.The decision will be a devastating blow for the city of Tokyo, which had won widespread praise for its organisation, with venues finished well ahead of time and tickets massively oversubscribed.The Olympics, which has experienced boycotts, terrorist attacks and protests, but has been held every four years since 1948, would be the highest-profile event affected by the virus that has killed thousands and closed sports competitions worldwide.The IOC has come under increasing pressure in recent days to postpone the Games, scheduled to start on July 24, with 1.7 billion people across the planet in lockdown to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

Training has become impossible for many athletes and exposes them to the risk of contracting or spreading the disease. Competitions and qualifiers have been scrapped, while international travel is severely limited.On Sunday, the IOC had initially given itself a deadline of four weeks to come up with a proposal to postpone the Games, a Herculean task that touches on every aspect of Tokyo 2020 planning from venues to security to ticketing.But after Canada and Australia withdrew their teams and the powerful US Olympic Committee and World Athletics also joined the chorus calling for a postponement, the writing was on the wall.Tokyo was spending some $12.6 billion to host the Games, according to its latest budget, and experts believe a postponement could cost it some $6 billion in the short-term before recouping it when they eventually go ahead. It will also be a bitter blow to sponsors and major broadcasters who rely on the four-yearly extravaganza for critical advertising revenue.It is not the first time Tokyo has seen unscheduled changes to the Games—it was due to be the first Asian country to host the Olympics in 1940 before pulling out due to international pressure over its war with China.The IOC came under fire for taking so long to make its decision after other major events such as the European Football Championships already announced postponements.

But Tokyo 2020 organisers had pointed to the unparalleled complexity—not to mention cost—of shifting the Games. It is not even clear venues will be available and tens of thousands of hotel rooms will need to be cancelled and rebooked.“It is mind-bogglingly complex to make a sudden change after seven years of preparation for the biggest sporting event in the world,” said Michael Payne, the IOC’s former head of marketing.Squeezing in the 16-day Games into what will already be a hugely crowded 2021 calendar is another major headache, with arguably the two biggest sports, swimming and athletics, due to hold their world championships that summer. – AFP However, World Athletics has already said it was prepared to shift its world championships, scheduled for August 6-15 next year in Oregon, to accommodate a rescheduled Games. – AFP 

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