India will be back in AIBA fold this year: AIBA VP Tanner

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) The days of turmoil in Indian boxing are over and the newly-elected federation will be welcomed into international fold this year itself, said AIBA Vice President Edgar Tanner expressing confidence that the countrys administrative revival will stand the test of time. Speaking to PTI after completing his duties of being the International Boxing Association (AIBA) observer at the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) elections on Sunday in Mumbai, Tanner said he would be heading back a satisfied man. “My report to AIBA is certainly going to be very positive because the elections were conducted competently. I am anticipating that the new federation will be given AIBA affiliation this year itself,” Tanner said. Businessman Ajay Singh was elected President while Jay Kowli was voted to the Secretary Generals office in polls conducted under the watchful eyes of not just an AIBA observer but also one from the Sports Ministry. “I think a very promising start has been made in Indian boxing and I am confident that the new federation would be capably run,” Tanner, who is an Australian, said. BFI takes over from Boxing India, which was formed in 2014 and dissolved in 2015 following a revolt by the state units. Originally, the sport was administered by the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation which was terminated owing to “manipulation of elections”. Asked if he feels the body formed this time would be able to sustain, Tanner said, “Oh absolutely, the competent manner in which the elections were conducted showed that the body would be run well. And I shall be reporting precisely this to AIBA.” The AIBA and the Sports Ministry might have given a thumbs up to the polls but the Indian Olympic Association did not send its observer despite requests from both AIBA and the International Olympic Committee. Tanner said he would not comment on the IOAs decision. “I am repeating myself that the elections were conducted satisfactorily and even though I do not wish to get into what is essentially an internal matter in India, I do hope that all stakeholders will understand the views expressed by the member state units of BFI. It is a legitimate body and I hope it gets a chance to work credibly,” he said. The administrative mess in Indian boxing dates back to 2012 when the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was terminated for “manipulation in elections”. The body that took charge after two years of turmoil was Boxing India but could not carry on for even a year and was dissolved in 2015 following a revolt by the state units. The logjam took a massive toll on the sport and there has been no National Tournaments in the period. The boxers have also been denied exposure in most of the training-cum-competition tournaments, which were a major contributor in their success in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Only three men managed to make the cut for the Olympic Games in Rio last month and none could fetch a medal, while none of the women boxers could even make the cut for the showpiece event. PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Hima Das claims 3rd international gold within two weeks

first_imgMohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m race to bag a gold while Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in 11 days at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno, Czech Republic on Saturday.The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland.Anas’ earlier national record time stood at 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year.In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. This was her third international gold inside two weeks.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday with a time of 23.97 seconds.At Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively.In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze. He holds the national record of 20.75m.In the women’s 400m race, VK Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the ‘A’ race. Saritaben was third with 53.37.Meanwhile, in the XXII International Memorial Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indians also bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, with national record holder M Sreeshankar winning the long jump event with a creditable 7.97m.advertisementThe other gold winners are: Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec).ALSO READ | Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Hima Das wins 200m gold in PolandALSO READ | India’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University GamesALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Trudeau was only one in dark makeup at 2001 party but nobody

first_imgVANCOUVER — A man who attended an “Arabian Nights” gala held by a private school in Vancouver says no one besides Justin Trudeau attended in skin-darkening makeup, but no one else there was dressed as Aladdin.Wayne Hamill, who is white, says he doesn’t recall anyone expressing any offence over Trudeau’s costume or “brownface” makeup at the time.Hamill went to the 2001 party because his kids were West Point Grey Academy students and he says the future Liberal leader’s costume was in keeping with the theme and others were dressed as belly dancers or wearing saris or veils.He says he’s not a Trudeau supporter but he believes the uproar over a photograph showing Trudeau made up in brownface is unfair because it’s applying today’s standards to yesterday’s context.Trudeau has apologized for the image and others that have emerged of him wearing skin-darkening makeup, saying he had a blind spot because of his privilege and he deeply regrets behaviour he now recognizes as racist.He says in his 2014 book, “Common Ground,” that teaching at West Point Grey Academy gave him new insights into the “privileged lives” of private-school students that he didn’t glean from his own advantaged upbringing.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more