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has four players — number two Thompson,5 lakh people were expected to turn up at the rally." he said. the jittery father requested the ambulance driver to take them to that hospital.1 hero, narrating an incident that happened with her friend Gautam Sinha,which must have hurt, she added For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUnited Nations: The UN Security Council will vote Friday on a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by restricting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes The United States has been in negotiations with China Pyongyang’s ally on slapping new sanctions in response to the 28 November test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Representational image Reuters The vote is scheduled for 1 pm New York time (1130 pm IST) diplomats said Building on previous sanctions resolutions the new draft tightens restrictions on crude and refined oil deliveries to North Korea most of which are supplied by China The measure would ban the supply of nearly 90 percent of refined oil products to North Korea and order the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working abroad within 12 months according to the text obtained by AFP US President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping last month to cut off oil to North Korea a move that would deal a crippling blow to its desperately struggling economy Tens of thousands of North Koreans have been sent to Russia and China to earn hard currency for Pyongyang working in what UN rights officials have described as "slave-like conditions" The draft resolution would cap crude oil supplies to four million barrels per year and require countries to seek UN permission to ship crude to North Korea Deliveries of refined petroleum products including diesel and kerosene would be capped at 500000 barrels for next year according to the measure that would order all countries to report their shipments to the United Nations Since last year North Korea has carried out a nuclear test — its sixth — and a series of advanced missile launches which are banned under UN resolutions Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 12 2013 1:21 am Related News The third round of counselling for Class XI admissions in government schoolswhere over 2000 seats are still vacant in different streamswill start from August 13 Students can submit their forms on the same day between 9 am to 1 pm In the third round of counsellingstudents who failed to apply for the admission in any government school will be able to fill the forms In case any student wishes to change his/her school or wants to switch his/her streamthey can apply once again on August 13 Interested candidates can apply on the registration form available in the prospectuswhich costs Rs 130while students who want to change their school or stream can get the application forms free of cost The prospectus is available at the following schoolsGMSSS-10GMSSS-28GMSSS-37DGMSSS-20BGMSSS-46 and MHS Manimajra An officialon Sunday said? GVL Narasimha Rao Asked about the BJP’s stand on Som’s comments on the Taj Mahal, India asserted that the Kashmir issue is an Indo-Pak bilateral matter,essentially due to cross-border terrorism However Pakistan welcomed Erdogan’s remarks saying "Pakistan has always welcomed the statements and endeavours aimed at addressing the human rights issues" in Kashmir and the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue The situation in Kashmir especially in terms of human rights violations and implications for the regional and global security due to the unresolved dispute have raised serious concerns across the globe the Foreign Office said It said that recently the UN the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the international community including the US have urged the early resolution of the Kashmir issue given the perils for the regional peace and security With three minutes left on the clock Albanian substitute Shkelzen Gashi was given the freedom of Stade Bollaert-Delelis as he found himself all clear in front of goal Gashi is one of several Switzerland-born players in the Albanian squad Here with his team needing a goal he had the chance to earn his adopted nation an improbable historic and deserved point on their European Championship debut against the country of his birth For those brief few seconds Gashi along with the Albanian supporters in the stands must’ve felt this goal was written in the stars They had hung on and grown into the contest with 10 men and were on the brink of stealing a point But for the presence of Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer a custodian of great repute in the German Bundesliga who stood up to make himself big and produce a magnificent potentially campaign-defining save for his team Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka left and Albania’s Taulant Xhaka vie for the ball AP That it even required Sommer’s late intervention to secure all three points summed up the story of a mixed afternoon for Switzerland An afternoon in which they played with a man advantage for nearly an hour following Lorik Cana’s foolish handball (his second yellow card) but failed to assert their authority on their opponents The Swiss may have come away with all three points against plucky Albania but they found themselves caught in one of football’s vague traps: the struggle to play against 10 men In this their opening fixture coach Vladimir Petkovic’s side stayed entirely true to what was expected of them A midfield marshalled by Granit Xhaka which gave the Swiss a leg to stand on Marauding full-backs in Stephen Lichtsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez who ventured forward from time to time A suspect central defence comprising Johan Djorou and Fabian Schar which was caught out several times but not punished An absolute struggle to put the ball in the back of the net with Haris Seferovic the team’s main forward continuing his astonishingly poor form all season long in Germany A goal scored directly from a corner the source of nearly one-third (29%) of Switzerland’s goals in qualifying An established goalkeeper who came to the team’s rescue And finally the ability to somehow do enough by the end of it all a la their troubled qualifying campaign This was vintage Switzerland the European in-betweeners They started like a team that meant business dominating possession in the early stages and scoring through Schar’s header as early as the fifth minute but finished like one which did not know how to close out games – the Swiss had won once in nine previous attempts at the European Championships Switzerland missed a whole host of chances to bury the game Seferovic who had scored just three times in 35 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt in a dreadful last season was guilty of missing most of them He linked up well with Dzemaili to open up the Albanian defence in the first half but shot tamely at goalkeeper Etrit Berisha On another two occasions he found space on the left side of the penalty area but shot straight at the goalkeeper who saved smartly both times In the second half Seferovic found himself clean through on goal but failed to beat an onrushing Berisha in a one-on-one situation a moment that would’ve settled the game If there were question marks over his form coming into the Euros they’ll certainly be magnified now He was the least involved (30 touches) among the Swiss starters which begs the question: if he doesn’t score what else can he offer on the pitch He is fortunate that his team did not have to pay for the missed opportunities Unfortunately Petkovic’s squad doesn’t have reliable goal-scoring alternatives Meanwhile the star-studded midfield somewhat lived up to its billing The coach would probably have expected more control from them in an 11-vs-10 affair Xhaka Dzemaili and Xherdan Shaqiri created no less than eight chances between them Xhaka with most no of passes (115) touches (127) and joint-highest number of chances created (3) in the game was the team’s main man He kept Switzerland’s play ticking over in the centre of the park Both Djourou and Schar especially the former were caught out multiple times by the link-up play between Albania’s full-back Elseid Hysaj and forward Armando Sadiku But the latter failed to convert two glorious chances That the Swiss did not concede a goal was down to Albania’s poor finishing and Sommer’s exceptional goalkeeping rather than due to the resistance put up by Petkovic’s men It turned out to be a tough opening game for Switzerland and the ones that immediately follow against Romania and France aren’t going to be any easier While Petkovic and his players have three points in the bag they will leave the city of Lens with plenty to ponder Name:Indian Hockey Team Discipline: Hockey Category: Men’s Qualification:The Indian men’s hockey team qualified for the Rio Olympics back in 2014 when they beat Pakistan in the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon to earn a direct Olympics berth Strengths:A young and talented unit the current Indian hockey team has been relatively untouched by internal politics orcontroversies Their biggest strength therefore will be this unity and team spirit as has been evident from their recent medal-winning performances Past record (recent best performances):Gold medal in 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Silver medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow Silver medal their first ever in 2016 Champions Trophy Silver medal in 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Past Olympics performance: While India has been the team with the most number of gold medals in Olympic history that record is from the team’s illustrious distant past More recently the Indian team finished12th at the 2012 London Games and did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games Rio Prospects: The Indian hockey players are often touted to be medal hopefuls but Rio 2016 offers them a chance to be actual medal contenders after the silver medal-winning performance at the recently-concluded Champions Trophy If they can maintain their strong teamwork andproduce another inspired show under new captain PR Sreejesh they stand a chance to make it to the podium The Indian men’s hockey team AP The Indian men’s hockey team are considered as Olympic medal hopefuls every time they participate in the Games mainly because of the rich history of the sport India are after all the most successful field hockey team at the Olympics However this time the medals hopefuls look like genuine medal contenders owing to their strong performances in the recent past Since their Olympic qualification through winning the 2014 Asian Games gold by beatingarch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan Indian hockey has been on a positive trajectory Earlier that year they had clinched the Commonwealth silver losing to Australia in the final In the 2015Sultan Azlan Shah Cup India won the bronze after beating South Korea In the same event they won the silver the following year losing to Australia in the ultimate match The pattern was repeated at the 2016 Champions Trophy as well where India lost the final to Australia in June this year However this performance stood out as it was India’s firstever silver medal in the tournament’s history won in the penalty shootout after the team fought to maintain a 0-0 draw These performanceshave raised hopesfrom the new look unit However this also puts an added burden of expectations onthe relatively young team However there is alsoa certain depth ofexperience with seven players having been part of the2012 London squad–PR Sreejesh Sardar Singh? who on Centre Court on Wednesday wrote the final chapter in the Wimbledon fairytale of 772th-ranked Marcus Willis.
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29, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tushar Meshram | Published: May 22, before finally releasing on YouTube. Sunil Chettri barking orders from the touchline 57′ GOAL!Ranbir Kapoor scores for the All Stars the game has six goals now divided 4-2 in favour of All Hearts 49′ Penalty for All Stars Aniruddha Srikant takes it and SCORES tries to the dab while celebrating with Kohli not too succesful HALF TIME: All Starts 1-3 All Hearts Dhoni brace keeps the sports stars in front 41′ GOAL Anuruddha Srikant heads in from a Virat Kohli 39′ GOAL MS Dhoni on target once again 30′ Half an hour into the game rolling substitutions are a bit of a help as the players get some time to cool themselves off 25′ Ranbir Kapoor takes a shot from well outside the box the ball hits the crossbar and back into play All Hearts clear their lines 20′Abhishek Bachchan cheering his team from the touchline Not much he can do when his side is not able to get into the opposition box 17′Well the All Stars are pushing for a goal now but the sportsmen defend resolutely Doesn’t help that the All Stars wingers are not the greatest runners 12′The only real highlight so far for the All Stars would be Ranbir Kapoor nicking the ball off Virat Kohli and running towards goal 9′Well the All Hearts clearly have the upper hand here It seems Dhoni’s goal may have taken a deflection of a green shirt but the goal is his 5′ GOAL? Such plans are key to the success of Modi’s industrialisation projects, which he has always guarded from the camera lights. If there is concrete proof ofviolation of any law by anyone,for last 25 years if his speeches are inspiring terrorists,and called for a fair inquiry into the charges against him However Shiv Sena had demanded his arrest and dismantlingof his TV network Written by Neha Kulkarni | Mumbai | Published: July 12 2017 3:27 am Motorman on girish chaurasia on duty on the memorial day of 7-11 train blasts in Mumbai Top News ELEVEN YEARS after the train bombing in the city on July 11 driving the local train has never been the same for motormen Memories of the incident which saw blasts being triggered in seven local trains continue to haunt them they claim Motormen — Sachin Singh (39) and Girish Chaurasia (49) — believe they were fortunate to be alive after their 557 pm Virar-bound local and 554 pm Borivali-bound train witnessed blasts near Matunga Road and Mahim railway stations respectively While the first class coaches (fourth coach from the motorman’s cabin) in both the trains were jolted after the explosions the shudder felt throughout the rake was massive they recall “Minutes before I took the train I was chatting with Girish We both took the trains with a difference of hardly few minutes It all went smooth till we heard the huge sound of the blast For some time it was difficult to understand what happened But after I stepped out of the local and looked behind I understood the horror” Sachin said Helping victims providing inputs of the status of the damage caused to the control room in railways guarding the train and sending emergency signals to the remaining motormen driving other trains were a few of the tasks they recall performing in succession after the blast They reached home only the next morning after things came under control “We were so preoccupied with the procedure and giving statements to the security officials that I had forgotten to inform my folks back at home about my safety I had received more than hundred calls at my residence asking for my well-being” Girish recalled “Humanity was seen at its greatest People rushed from neighbouring areas around railway stations to rush the victims to hospitals or offer medical aid In fact diamonds worth Rs 5 crore were also returned to one of the commuters who had lost it in the confusion” Sachin said The motormen said that they both were back on duty the day after the incident While the incident still haunts them while driving the train or passing by the stations they prefer to keep it to themselves “The following years life was tough for us Being present for court hearings recalling the accounts every time while assisting security officials formed some of our hardships I did not travel in first-class compartment for a long time after the incident” Sachin said The incident taught them what Mumbai’s lifeline meant for the city Resuming services within three hours after the blast people were back to using local trains the next day for the regular commute “The sensitivity towards the woes of others has increased While many die in front of us while trespassing or falling off the train providing aid to them through any way remains our aim” they said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: May 29 2012 3:40 am Related News BJPs national executive reflects the growing influence of regional leaders Despite the general disenchantment with the Congress governmentthe countrys main opposition party has been unable to fill the vacuum Thishoweverwas not an issue that figured prominently in the partys recent national executive meet in Mumbai Trueparty veteran LK Advani raised the issuequestioning whether the BJP inspired confidence at a time when the stock of the ruling Congress has reached rock bottom IronicallyAdvani himself helped reinforce reports of infighting within the party by pointedly staying away from the traditional rally after the meet Embarrassed BJP spokespersons tried unsuccessfully to explain away Advanis absence Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swarajs early departureostensibly to attend a minor function in Ghaziabadonly added grist to the rumour millthat both leaders wanted to express their unhappiness with the way the path is being cleared for Nitin Gadkari to get a second consecutive term as party chief The discordant ending of the Mumbai meet was a blow for the harassed party president Gadkari had tried his best to bring together his warring flock He had finally succeeded in bringing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on boardat great personal cost He had to eat humble pie and ask RSS pracharak Sanjay Joshi to resign from the national executive Gadkari also had to make compromises to ensure the presence of Rajasthan leader Vasundhara Raje and Karnataka rebel BS Yeddyurappa But there is more to be gleaned from the Mumbai meet than the shifting fortunes of warring factions A noteworthy trend is the growing influence of the state leaderswho have earned their spurs winning support at the grassroots Also telling is the erosion of authority of the armchair central leaderssymbolised by party president Gadkari himself The emergence of Modi as the undoubted favourite of the cadres and a potential BJP candidate for the prime ministerial post in 2014 is significant Many assume that the RSS calls the shots in the party and it merely needs to crack its whip to impose discipline on the BJP But contrary to popular impressionthe relationship between the RSS and the BJP cannot be compared to that of a corporate headquarters handling a difficult subsidiary The RSS-BJP equation is symbioticinvolving give and take on both sides In factthe BJP likes to hold up its process of making decisions through discussion and compromise as genuine inner party democracyin comparison with the authoritarian style of the Congresswhere a diktat issued by 10 Janpath cannot be challenged The truthhoweverlies somewhere in between The decision to give Gadkari a second term was taken by the Sangh and the views of the BJP leadership and cadres were not taken One reason why the BJP is not in a position to oppose the RSS nomineealthough he has not exactly covered himself with gloryis that there is no broad agreement within the party on any alternative candidate The party president botched up badly in the Uttar Pradesh assembly electionswhere he personally took charge with Joshi as his deputy His decision to induct Babu Singh Kushwaha into the party and to back Yeddyurappa made a mockery of the BJPs anti-corruption plank He alienated Raje by giving the green signal for her RSS-supported rivalGulab Chand Katariato undertake a yatra In each caseGadkari eventually had to retreat Gadkaris most serious loss of face is the removal of Joshi from the national executive as a sop to Modiwho would otherwise have boycotted the meetalong with the entire Gujarat contingent The Gujarat chief minister has made his displeasure clear ever since September last yearwhen he launched his sadbhavna yatra in Ahmedabad The decision to yield to Modis demands and give him pride of place at the executive has nothing to do with the RSS Ratherit is in spite of the RSSwhich has never approved of Modis egocentric style and lack of team spirit Modi may be an old pracharak but the RSS high command has always been a trifle suspicious of him All the sameit could not ignore the sentiment of a majority of BJP workers Modi may have emerged as a frontrunnerbut given the way the party and the RSS functionthere is no certainty that he willin facteventually turn out to be the partys candidate for PM in 2014 The Gujarat assembly election later this year is not the only hurdle that Modi will face He needs to find acceptability among the NDA allies Apart from Bal Thackerayno NDA ally is interested in backing a polarisingdivisive figure who will alienate minority voters even if he enthuses the hardcore Hindutva brigade Closer to the datethe RSS could opt for a more pragmatic choice For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh | Published: April 23 2017 9:07 am Top News MEMBERS OF the online fraudster gang which duped businessman Rajesh Singh a resident of Sector 23 of Rs 1007 lakh while posing as UK-based scientist Dr Samith Walter are Indians who were communicating with the victim through Facebook and WhatsApp calls cyber cell officials said The gang members including two Nigerians have also cheated a man in Bikaner Rajasthan using the same modus operandi One of them was arrested when he was about to withdraw some of the amount from a bank in Bikaner a few days back Sources in the cybercrime cell said “A picture of one of the members of the gang has been procured during the course of investigation It was shared with Rajasthan police The same picture was also given to officials of a bank in Bikaner in which gang members were operating their bank account As the member came to withdraw money he was nabbed and handed over to the local police” Inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon in charge of the cybercrime cell said “We have procured the production warrant against the arrested accused to bring them to Chandigarh This is a gang involving some Nigerians also who are residing in Delhi They cheated the people by using names of multinational companies based abroad” Sources said the fraudster who trapped Rajesh Singh a resident of Sector 23 through Facebook and WhatsApp calls on behalf of Dr Samith Walter was a Nigerian making calls from India Rajesh fell prey to the fraudsters when he accepted the FB friend request of one Dr Walter who claimed to be a scientist with a pharmaceutical multinational Britannia Pharmaceutical Ltd in London which needs herbal seeds from a Maharashtra-based company of Sharma for using in medicines to cure cancer and HIV Sharma which later turned out to be a fictitious identity was also a gang member The victim Rajesh Singh had deposited Rs 1007 lakh in two instalments in an account provided to him by Sharma For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLondon: Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has apologised for an outspoken interview he gave ahead of the new Premier League season The England international risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing on Thursday he wanted to "play up north" before his career was finished Tottenham’s Danny Rose in action Reuters He also appeared to question Spurs’ transfer policy saying he hoped a couple of "well-known players" would be joining the club soon The 27-year-old full-back also told The Sun newspaper on Thursday that "time is running out to win trophies" and that he had "one big contract left" adding: "I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth" But in a statement released by his agents Base Soccer on Friday the currently injured Rose said: "Having had time to consider my actions I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged "My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman manager my team-mates and the fans I’d also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle" Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino welcomed Rose’s contrition "It was good for him (Rose) to apologise Now we move on" he said "I haven’t spoken to him today because he’s injured and is recovering from his problems "We have different timings and dynamics at the training ground I’m sure I’ll see him tomorrow "The player is calm and we’re calm I forgive him and now we move on" Pochettino added any disciplinary action was "in the club’s hands" but stressed how Rose remained a member of his first-team squad "Last summer he signed a five-year contract" the Argentinian said "It’s not a problem for myself He’s our player "Of course (he has a future) Nothing has changed in my vision or perception here The moment he apologised we moved on and it was the past" Rose born in the northern English county of Yorkshire has been linked with a move to Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea the Premier League champions as well as Manchester United However he told The Sun he had no desire to leave Spurs just yet Tottenham finished second in the Premier League last season after coming third in 2015 but they have yet to win a major trophy since Pochettino took charge in 2014 Melbourne: Fourth seed Elina Svitolina revealed she had been dealing with injury issues at the Australian Open after successfully negotiating a tricky second round match against Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday The Ukrainian conceded only her second set in seven matches this year but ultimately found a way past her Czech opponent 4-6 6-2 6-1 as the temperatures soared on Rod Laver Arena “It was very tough for me today” the 23-year-old said Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Katerina Siniakova during their second round match AP “I didn’t feel good and hopefully I can recover and be ready for next match I had some issues before the start of the (tournament) it was like big question that I‘m going to step on court for my first round” The next match will be against 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk the 521-ranked qualifier who doubled down on her maiden grand slam victory on Monday with a 6-3 7-5 win over local Olivia Rogowska on Wednesday “First time I heard about her when she won here” said Svitolina “It’s pretty cool that I‘m playing someone from my country It’s gonna be very exciting for me and hopefully I can be ready for that match” Svitolina had been firming as one of the favourites in a wide open race for the Melbourne Park crown after winning the Brisbane International warm-up event Her first set performance against Siniakova clearly sounded a warning to Svitolina about letting any kind of complacency creep into her head as she earned six break points but failed to convert a single one of them World No 59 Siniakova who also took Svitolina to three sets at the US Open last year really went for her shots hitting 11 winners and it was she who managed to get the upper hand in an arm-wrestle of a 50-minute set Svitolina finally got her first break at the eighth attempt to go 2-0 up in the second set Siniakova never gave up but was not the same threat after a seven-minute medical timeout in the second set and Svitolina claimed the victory with an unreturnable serve after two hours and 14 minutes “The second and third set was 6-2 6-1 but I felt like it was 7-6 in the third or 8-6 in the third” Svitolina “It was very tough for me today Not feeling great and was not focused on the right things” London: Rafael Nadal must have realised it wasn’t going to be his day at Wimbledon when he bashed his head against a door frame performing a warm-up leap on Court One as he prepared to face Gilles Muller on Monday Almost five hours later the great Spaniard was nursing a weighty dose of hurt pride as yet another Wimbledon campaign slipped away from him His dramatic 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 fourth round defeat against Luxembourg’s 16th seed Muller was his fifth exit before the quarter-finals in his last five visits to the All England Club Spain’s Rafael Nadal leaves the court after losing to Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller AP It was a heartbreaking blow for Nadal who arrived at the tournament fresh from a record-setting 10th French Open title with genuine belief that he could capture a third Wimbledon title and a 16th career major Despite his disappointment and what appeared a valedictory wave to all corners of the shell-shocked court the 31-year-old insisted he will be back in 2018 "I never said I am not going to come back I want to come back because I want to play more times in the Centre Court" said Nadal Nadal feels he owes his fans a successful last hurrah at a tournament where he has also been runner-up on three occasions "Great feeling Great atmosphere I put everything on the court I played with all my passion The crowd normally appreciate that" said the 2008 and 2010 champion "Sorry for the crowd that were supporting me" World No 2 Nadal converted just two of 16 break points while Muller fired 30 aces and 95 winners Muller mulls over revival Muller’s reward is a first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance against former US Open champion Marin Cilic In a pulsating final set which stretched to 95 minutes Nadal saved two match points in 10th game and two more in the 20th In between Muller had to fight off a break point in the 13th game and four more in the 19th Nadal was always chasing the score and he finally cracked in the 28th game of the decider when he went long with a return "I lost in the fourth round That’s not the result that I was expecting" added the Mallorcan who had reached the last-16 without dropping a set "It’s true that I played some good matches but the same time is true that I didn’t want to lose that match "So it is tough to analyse that in a positive way right now I played better than other years true At the same time I was ready for important things so I lost an opportunity" For late-bloomer Muller Monday’s sensational win ended a 22-match losing streak against top-five players It also came four years after his ranking nosedived to 366 in the world as he battled a potentially career-ending elbow injury "I’ve been able to play full seasons now for the last three or four years" he said "The last injury I had was probably the best thing that ever happened to me Because I had problems with my elbow I wasn’t able to touch a racquet "I was able to work out physically I got myself into the best shape I ever was Since 2014 when I came back I’m able to play full seasons without any breaks during the season "I have a lot of confidence in my body now which I didn’t do before" Narsingh Yadav’s Olympic dream was shattered a mere 12 hours before he was scheduled to start his campaign in Rio in the men’s 74 kg freestyle category wrestling event The ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at the Rio Olympic Gameson Thursdayset aside the decision of the Indian Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) – that had exonerated the wrestler of doping charges – and slapped a four-year ban on him ending days of speculations and expectations Understandably the Mumbai-based wrestler was left devastated by the development To have overcome the trauma of a selection controversy back home and then the doping charge and days of suspense in itself must have been completely demoralising and shattering for someone preparing for an Olympics The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) which stood by him throughout this ordeal and his promoters JSW Sports have come out in support as was to be expected and stated that they would pursue further avenues to get Yadav justice File photo of Narsingh Yadav Reuters The immediate avenue and perhaps the only one left could be the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) Since CAS is based in Switzerland the Swiss law will apply to its proceedings and verdicts and the SFT has a limited even if crucial role to play when it comes to ruling on legal matters The SFT is however not another appeal avenue for athletes or parties involved in a dispute to approach Parties cannot expect to debate the merits of a case before the tribunal The CAS ad hoc division rules clearly state: “Article 21 Enforceability; no Remedies: “The decision is enforceable immediately It shall be final and binding upon the parties subject to recourse available in certain circumstances pursuant to Swiss Lawwithin 30 daysfrom the notification of the original decision It may not be challenged by way of an action for setting aside to the extent that the parties have no domicile habitual residence or business establishment in Switzerland and that they have expressly excluded all setting aside proceedings in the arbitration agreement or in a subsequent agreement in particular at the outset of the arbitration” In anti-doping proceedings there is only one opportunity for an athlete to appeal either at the national level or at the international level WADA has two while international federations depending on a particular federation’s rules may also have two appeals available Athletes are not supposed to approach civil courts especially when CAS has disposed of a petition Yet there have been cases where athletes have approached courts of their respective countries The German speed skater Claudia Pechstein’s litigation against the International Skating Union (ISU) is a case in point The case that dragged on from 2009 was finally disposed of by the German Supreme Court last June The highest German court ruled that Pechstein had received a fair trial at CAS Pechstein’s case was a first in Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) that penalises athletes for abnormal variations in their blood values suggestive of doping She received a two-year suspension which she served but later took ISU to courts for loss of earnings One of the lower German courts ruled in her favour and was also critical of the composition of CAS That ruling paved the way for Pechstein to seek damages from the ISU The German Supreme Court has since overturned that ruling Peschstein has not given up though She may approach the German Constitutional Court while she has another petition pending before the European Court of Human Rights in France Back to Yadav’s case Understandably there is disappointment in India that a wrestler who was tipped to be a potential medal winner in the Olympics has been barred from participation at the eleventh hour Narsingh Yadav’s supporters and the WFI are convinced that there had been “sabotage” as alleged by him from the very start The question arises however whether ‘sabotage’ had been proved in the present case and whether the CAS panel was convinced that it was proved as explained perhaps in the judgment given by the ADDP of India The CAS press release stated: “The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional Therefore the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel” Since NADA has refused to make public the order of the ADDP there has only been speculation about the grounds on which the disciplinary panel headed by Mr Sanjay Mani Tripathi had exonerated Yadav What has been known is the fact that the panel which concluded its hearing proceedings on July 28 extended its deliberations by two more days while examining witnesses apparently without the knowledge of the NADA Counsel Mr Gaurang Kanth That procedure without the NADA counsel available for cross-examination of the witnesses might have been much against conventions and legal practices We however do not know whether the witnesses provided any fresh clues about the “contamination” of the amino drink as alleged by Yadav or whether they only reiterated the incident of an intruder weeks before the 25 June test on Yadav A cursory reading of the CAS release (CAS could be releasing the order of the ad hoc division as and when it is available) suggests that the wrestler was not able to prove that ‘sabotage’ had occurred and that that was the reason the banned substance a steroid had entered his body It also suggests that the ADDP had not been able to provide an explanation as to how it came to any conclusion regarding the entry of the banned substance in the athlete’s body This is a pre-requisite to gain any lenient sanction under the rules The Indian contingent chef de mission’s contention that WADA’s appeal had come late would not hold water WADA had 21 days after receiving the relevant files from NADA to appeal Let’s say a period of at least 25 days presuming that NADA would have fulfilled the requirementswithin four daysof the order being issued In practice WADA appealed within a fortnight looking at the urgency of the matter Was IOA and the WFI caught napping when the appeal was filed Did they not visualize the need to have a lawyer in Rio just in case such a situation arose The IOA Secretary-General Mr Rajeev Mehta handling matters there suggested that the IOA could not arrange for a lawyer at short notice Yadav’s lawyer Vidushpat Singhania has gone on record that he did not have time to complete his visa formalities to undertake the journey to Rio He thus chose to attend a tele-conference The CAS ad hoc division rules stipulate that a case would be disposed ofwithin 24 hoursof an appeal being submitted File picture of Narsingh Yadav AFP The case could have been heard afresh had the parties so sought But it doesn’t seem that there was anything new to submit and CAS was asked to sift through fresh evidence In such cases CAS normally goes through the arguments made out in the first panel’s order and the rebuttal of the appealing party apart from giving the athlete the chance to reply to WADA’s contentions Had IOA and WFI sought more time from CAS to present fresh evidence it was possible CAS would have re-imposed the provisional suspension on Yadav thereby preventing his Olympic participation Whether fresh evidence at this stage which is being talked about could be of use for a possible review petition before CAS is debatable In any case Yadav’s ambition of competing in the Olympics has been ruined beyond repair Yadav has stated that he wants to prove his innocence The WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has reiterated his demand that a CBI enquiry be held Could Yadav have been spared the agony It might have been possible had all the agencies including the ADDP – which is supposed to be an independent body – NADA the government WFI and the IOA had acted in unison from the start and weighed the pros and cons of giving a “clean chit” based on just a ‘sabotage’ theory that was bound to be challenged by WADA The “no fault or negligence” (Article 104) argument has rarely been proved in anti-doping cases Unless an instance of an unconscious athlete having been administered a prohibited substance in a hospital in an emergency situation comes about it is extremely difficult to establish that a banned substance has entered one’s body without one’s knowledge Even if ‘sabotage’ might have occurred the rules demand that such a crime should have been committed by a “competitor” This is the most difficult part in any argument put up by the defence “Contamination” of a supplement that is being consumed by an athlete is easier to prove if laboratory tests prove that it was contaminated by the substance in question Yadav’s lot of supplements did not return a “positive” though the wrestler’s camp had initially backed the theory The role of NADA in the Yadav episode should come into focus in the coming months when WADA reviews its performance through these past few months Why did it not inform its counsel to at least come and make an attempt to cross-examine the witnesses which was his right The cooks from the SAI Centre in Sonepat were called by the panel for an extended hearing procedure that was unknown to the NADA counsel NADA knew of the witnesses being brought from Sonepat because it sought for those witnesses possibly at the request of the panel There is a need to bring panel members up to date with rules case law in general and CAS rulings in particular There is also a critical need to be more transparent in the functioning of NADA especially with regard to making available orders of the panels to the media It was denied in the Yadav case for no apparent reason and the media was kept away from the proceedings for the first time since NADA’s inception in 2009 Having said that there is also a dire need to keep ‘confidential’ certain information within NADA instead of discussing ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ reports with the Press or revealing advisories from the WADA for target-testing a particular athlete Unlike the argument put forward by some there is no necessity for criminal investigations to be completed in such cases for hearing panels to give their verdict in case a plea of “sabotage” has been put forward by an athlete Such a procedure might mean months and years of wait which athletes can ill afford Just to set the record straight since this topic keeps coming up with monotonous regularity in various debates contrary to popular perception just because weightlifting wrestling boxing judo etc are weight-specific sports there is nothing that suggests that use of steroids that increase muscle bulk and thereby weight may not be prevalent in these sports Quite the contrary steroids continue to remain the leading substance in all frontline Olympic sports including weight-limit sports In 2014 wrestling had 60 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from 5154 samples (urine and blood) Out of this 40 were for anabolic agents (steroids and other similar substances) while 15 were for diuretics and other masking agents Diuretics are used to mask the presence of banned substances apart from helping in weight reduction through increased urination That year weightlifting had 169 AAFs from 8806 tests and of that 151 were positive for steroids while 32 were for diuretics and other masking agents Boxing in 2014 according to WADA statistics reported 55 AAFs out of 4258 tests out of which 27 were for steroids Judo had 20 positive tests for steroids out of 40 AAFs the same year Athletes reduce weight through the use of diuretics which can be dangerous from the point of view of anti-doping measures as well as health lower intake of certain food items extra exercises and less consumption of water etc Ideally all this should be done under medical supervisiondecided to hand over the land to the Government of India free of cost. 2013 1:51 am Related News The state government has completed the procedure of acquiring land for the proposed AIIMS-like medical institute to be established in Congress president Sonia Gandhi?
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