Would be too optimistic to call ourselves dominant force: Gopi

first_imgBy Amit Kumar DasOdense, Oct 23 (PTI) Indian badminton has been on the ascendancy for quite some time now but a pragmatic chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes that there is still a long way to go before the country can be termed as dominant force in the sport.In recent past, PV Sindhu have won silver medals at the Olympic Games and World Championship along with multiple Super Series victories.Saina Nehwal has made a successful comeback from injury with a World Chmpionship bronze medal while Kidambi Srikanth has now won three Super series titles in one season.”I think we are being too optimistic,” was Gopichands instant reply when PTI asked if India have now become world beaters in shuttle sport.”We as a system are not ready for that sort of a thing (moniker). Unfortunately, there are not many people, who understand world level sport and it is too early to say that. There is immense potential but the system, I think a lot still needs to be done,” Gopichand said during an exclusive interview.The coach is happy with the progress though during a year where Indian shuttlers have won six Super Series title. Apart from Srikanths hat-trick, Sindhu has won two titles and B Sai Praneeth won one. “Overall it has been a good positive year. We had some very good performances at World Championship, Super series. In all the big events, we have performed well and I think it is a stepping stone for the next 2-3 years, leading upto the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Olympic qualification and then the Tokyo Games,” Gopichand observed.advertisementA hectic year lies ahead for India as a host of big- ticket events, including Commonwealth Games, Asian games and World Championship lined up.Asked how he plans to make the players peak at right tournament next year, Gopichand said: “We will have the periodization and planning for next year but it is going to be a challenge because there are too many important tournaments too close (to each other).”There is All England and Commonwealth Games which are close to each other. Similarly, World Championship and Asian Games are close and then there are tons of other tournaments which decide the rankings, so it will be a challenge. It will be a difficult year but hopefully we will manage,” the coach looked determined.Asked if All England Championship is losing its relevance, Gopichand, who won the title in 2001, said: “It is a changing world. All England has the history and lot of older people take it as the World Championship and Olympics kind of a thing. But todays day Olympics and World Championship have taken their place.”He agreed that with advent of Super Series Premier and the kind of money associated, situation is bound to change. “We are having premier super series and now next year we will have grand slams and lot more tournaments have more prize money and some of them has same ranking points as the All England. Lot of people will think All England as the first among equals but things are changing.”Saina has recently returned to Hyderabad to train under him after being under the guidance of Vimal Kumar in Bangalore for three years. Former World No. 1 Saina has recovered from a career- threatening knee injury to win a bronze at World Championship in August.Asked what would it take for Saina to regain her world no 1 ranking, Gopichand said: “There are lots of areas where she needs to work on. She has a lot of drive and eagarness and I am optimistic that God willing, we will be able to achieve it.” PTI ATK KHS KHSlast_img read more

Amare Stoudemire Homophobic Slur On Twitter Causes A Stir

Amar’e Stoudemire’s caused a storm when he abused New York Knicks’ supporter Brian Ferrelli on Twitter.Ferrelli had sent a tweet to the star saying he’d ‘better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season’, the New York Daily News reported.In response, Stoudemire, who is currently suffering from a hand injury, fired off a private message saying: ‘F*** you. I don’t have to do anything f**.’NBA officials then launched an investigation after Ferrelli posted a screen grab of the message on the social networking site that started trending.According to reports, Stoudemire has since apologized to the fan in a subsequent direct message. “I apologize for what I said earlier,” Stoudemire allegedly messaged. “I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’t happen again.” read more

His Excellency John Freeman sworn in as 14th Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 18, 2016 – The fourteenth governor since 1973 was sworn in Monday in Grand Turk and his welcome was both cordial and cautioning… both major party leaders assured the new His Excellency that the people of these islands are ready to support a mutually beneficial relationship, and both informed the Governor that there are some areas ripe for change.From the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson who spoke first and more extensively, there was talk about the now gone governor, being too soft on the current PNP Administration; she reminded the new Governor that his salary comes from the public purse. Hon Robinson addressed constitutional reform, calling for the Chief Financial Officer to be removed, for the Governor’s House of Assembly appointments to be reduced from two and said that crime is the top concern and the response has not been vigorous enough by the British who head the country’s National Security.The Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing similarly wants the CFO gone, said the UK needs to prove itself honorable and support a bill to make that happen, that there should also be a bill to return the powers of land distribution to elected leaders and a crime strategy and lead appointments should also be managed by those elected to serve.The new Governor is Dr John Freeman and he was complimentary to the islands, adding that he is here as a guardian of our way of life. His wife, Corinna was presented a special bouquet by 7-year-old Maliha Lightbourne of Susanna Wesley Methodist School, from the A company of the Brownies & Girl Guides. HE Dr. John Freeman was sworn in by Chief Justice, Margaret Ramsey-Hale at the now refurbished House of Assembly, NJS Francis Building in the Capital. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics officers from the San Diego Police Department seized more than 35 pounds of marijuana, nearly $3,000 and three firearms during a pair of operations this month targeting illegal marijuana businesses, police said Friday.The larger of the two raids focused on a North Park dispensary and the owner’s El Cajon residence, where officers served a pair of warrants Thursday morning, SDPD narcotics unit Lt. Matt Novak said.Between the two locations — Patient First Choice dispensary in the 2500 block of University Avenue and Hisham Hanna’s home near Greenfield Drive –officers seized 28 pounds of high-grade marijuana and more than 600 marijuana edibles and concentrates, Novak said. They also seized $1,600 in cash and two firearms.Hanna, 55, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit, Novak said.Jail records today no longer showed Hanna as an inmate.On Feb. 1, narcotics unit officers raided the Sacred Source Sanctuary dispensary at 3434 Midway Drive, seizing seven pounds of high-grade marijuana,$1,200 in cash and a .45-caliber handgun, Novak said. That operation resulted in five employees being arrested and cited for possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal on Jan. 1, similar raids like the ones this month will continue at illegal dispensaries, delivery services and other marijuana businesses, Novak said.“All owners and employees found operating these illegal businesses will be arrested and prosecuted,” the lieutenant warned. Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018last_img read more