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BCCI to host T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman in October-November

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced  that the  T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in the UAE and Oman from 17 October to 14 November  

The World cup was scheduled to be held in India but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country it has been shifted.  

The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground,  

We would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Saurav Ganguly

The Board made every effort to stage the T20 World Cup in India and provide its passionate fans with a reason to cheer after a long period of gloom. However, the prevailing pandemic situation in the country meant that the health and safety of everyone concerned was fraught with risk should a tournament of this stature is held across the country. The BCCI will continue to host the tournament, which will now be held in the UAE and Oman and work closely with the ICC to make it a memorable event.BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah

Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment. We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket and our r priority is to deliver the I World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window. – Acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice

Emirates Cricket Board is honoured that the BCCI and the ICC (International Cricket Council) have entrusted us with staging and delivering the ICC event.  – Emirates Cricket Board Vice President  Khalid Al Zarooni 

The UAE’s reputation as being a safe country in which to host high-profile sporting events is a strong complement to our government’s unwavering commitment to implementing and monitoring effective health practices during the pandemic. Having hosted a number of high-profile tournaments in recent months our team is well-prepared and ready to mobilise to ensure the success of the World Cup. It is indeed a great moment for Oman Cricket to be selected as a venue/host of the forthcoming 20 World Cup. We shall leave no stone unturned to exceed the requirements of BCCI and ICC. Oman will certainly extend a very warm welcome to all the teams, officials and media in October.Oman Cricket Chairman, Pankaj Khimji

Boxing: Mary Kom, Sakshi in Finals, Simranjit, Monika, Jasmine lose in semis

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Veteran Mary Kom and seasoned campaigner Sakshi chalked out hard fought wins over their rivals to move into the finals of their respective categories at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.

In 51 kg  semi final bout ,the six-time world champion  took  time  to find her rhythm .However  the Indian  found her touch in the next round  as she  landed timely and powerful punches and that put pressure on her Mongolian opponent.

After that  Mary Kom  kept her cool  and used all her experience to take charge of the game and emerged  a 4-1 winner.

Having won six medals already in the Asian Championships, including five gold, Mary Kom will face Kazakhstan’s two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay who entered the final beating Sri Lanka Nadeeka Pushpakumari with the referee stopping contest (RSC) after the first round.

Later  two-time youth world champion Sakshi  gave  a power-packed performance and upstaged the 2016 world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan 3-2 in the 54kg last-4 clash and set up a gold medal match with Uzbek boxer Sitora Shogdarova.

However  Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Monika (48kg) and Jasmine (57kg) secured bronze after suffering identical 5-0 defeats against Kazakh boxers Rimma Volossenko, Alua Balkibekova and Vladislava Kukhta respectively in their semi-final bouts.

In the men’s  quarter-finals  Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Narender (+91kg)  lost to their  Kazakh opponents. 

Ashish went down fighting 3-2 against Asian Games Silver medallist Abilkhan Amankul while Narender lost his bout 0-5 to two-time world championships silver medallist Kamshibek Kunkabayev.

Having secured medal in each category in women section, later tonight,  Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg) will play their respective semi-finals.
Five men boxers, including defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Varinder Singh (60kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will  also be in action in the last-4 stage . 

Shiva Thapa, who has secured a record fifth successive medal at the Asian Championships, will take on top-seeded Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan. 

Panghal will  take on Kazakh Saken Bibossinov, whom he beat in the 2019 World Championships semi-finals while Vikas will  fight  defending champion Bobo Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan.
The International Boxing Association, AIBA has allocated USD 4,00,000 prize money for the s event which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation. 

The gold medallists of men’s and women’s categories will  receive  USD 10,000 while both the silver and bronze medal winners will take home USD 5,000 and 2,500 respectively.

Boxing: Hussmuddin loses in quarter-finals, Sumit Sangwan in first round

Harpal Singh Bedi 

New Delhi:  India’s Mohammad Hussamuddin crashed out  as he lost to  the  world champion and top-seed Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov in the  56kg quarter-finals at the SBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai on Tuesday.

In the last-8 bout, Mirzahalilov started the fight  aggressively landing fierce punches. The Indian r tried to gain momentum with a good defence and counter-attacking punches but the experienced Uzbek boxer did not allow his rival  any quarter  before  chalkig out a 4-1 victory .
In the 81kg opening round bout played late in the night on Monday, Sumit Sangwan suffered a 5-0 defeat against Iran’s  Meysam Gheshlaghi.
Meanwhile  Olympic-bound pugilists Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan and Ashish Kumar  face tough rivals  as they along  two other compatriots  play quarter-finals on Wednesday. 

The World Championships silver medallist and defending champion Panghal will face a strong challenge from Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh in the 52 kg bout. 

When the  two  last met at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan last year, the Mongolian boxer had put up a tough fight before the Indian managed to win. 

The Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan will  clash with  Iran’s Moslem Malamir in 69kg.  
Ashish Kumar (75kg), who clinched silver medal in the last edition of the event, and Narender (+91kg) will also be up against powerful opponents from Kazakhstan. 

While Ashish will  face  World Championships and Asian Games silver medallist Abilkhan Amankul, Narender is  up against two-time world championships silver medallist Kamshybek Kunkabayev,.

Current national champion Punjab boxer Varinder Singh (60kg)  who will  fight  to confirm a medal  as he will take on Jere Cruz of Philippines in lightweight last-8 bout.

150 boxers from 17 countries  are  taking part in this championship being jointly hosted by  by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.


Early decision on Indore-Dubai flight

Kamal Nath meets Chairman of Emirates Airlines in Dubai;  holds talk for building a Logistics Hub by Emirates Group in M.P.

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Dubai: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, called on Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airlines Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maqtoum and discussed starting Emirates flight for Indore-Dubai. Sheikh Maqtoum assured to take a decision in this regard soon. During this meeting at the airline headquarters, State Chhief Secretary S.R. Mohanty and other state officials were present.

During this meeting a detailed discussion was held between the Chief Minister and Sheikh Maqtoum on the construction of logistics hub in Madhya Pradesh by the Emirates Group.