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Tokyo, Nov 21 : The construction of the Aquatics Center, the main venue for the swimming competitions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, is progressing smoothly towards completion.

The outside area, the aisles and the installation of the seats, which is almost 60 per cent complete, are the main tasks pending in the facilities that will host swimming, diving, synchronized swimming events, according to journalists touring the facilities on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Aquatics Center, located on one of the artificial islands in Tokyo Bay, is 90 per cent complete and has a main 50 meter (164 feet) long pool with 10 lanes, which is practically ready and was filled for the occasion.

Next to it is another smaller pool for diving events with platforms at five heights (1; 3; 5; 7.5 and 10 meters), distributed in a structure reminiscent of a spiral staircase but with square cuts.

The center has a capacity for 15,000 spectators and has been built in compliance with government regulations that dictate that 1 percent of seats be wheelchair accessible, the main official of the complex, Daishu Tone said.

The Tokyo government, which owns the center, plans to make the facilities freely accessible to the city’s residents after the Olympic event and host some 100 national and international swimming competitions each year. Through these, it hopes to attract around one million users annually.

However, before opening the pools to public, reforms will be undertaken to reduce the number of seats from 15,000 to 5,000 with the aim of making management more efficient and to reduce costs, according to Tone, who gave no specific starting date for the modifications.

In addition to the Aquatics Center, the exterior and interior of the Ariake Arena, whose construction is 98 per cent complete and expected to finish later this year, was also made accessible for media.

The rear part of the complex, where there is an auxiliary building whose facade is partially covered by plants, is the area where the maximum work remains.

Bulldozers continued to clear land on Thursday while masons worked on the stairs of what, after the Olympics, will be a venue for concerts and other events.

The only thing lacking is some of its 15,000 seats (including 3,000 temporary ones) and for the concrete floor to be covered with the appropriate materials for the Olympic events.

The Ariake Arena, along with the Olympic Stadium that was completed last week, is made mostly of wood, adding Japanese aesthetics to the structure.

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West Indies beat India by 8 wickets in 1st ODI, Hetmyer, Hope hit tons




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Chennai, Dec 15 : Shimron Hetmyer cracked a career-best 139 while Shai Hope scored an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies romped to a eight-wicket victory against India in the first One-Day International at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

Chasing a challenging 288 for a victory on a sluggish wicket, 22-year old Hetmyer took 106 balls for his sensational 139 which was studded with 11 fours and seven huge sixes. The left-hander was dropped on 106 by Shreyas Iyer off Deepak Chahar but most of the damage was already done by then.

Wicketkeeper batsman Hope gave Hetmyer excellent company with a patient 102 off 151 balls (7×4, 1×6), bringing up his hundred in 149 balls by hitting Chahar for a six and a four in the 47th over.

The pair shared a mammoth 218-run partnership for the second wicket. The Windies lost Sunil Ambris (9) early, trapped in front by Chahar who was the only bowler who looked good for India on a rare bad day in office for Virat Kohli’s men.

But once Hetmyer and Hope got together, there was no looking back for the tourists as the pair mixed caution with aggression and made India feel the need for a fourth bowler with allrounders Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja going for plenty.

While Hetmyer played in his usual aggressive manner, hitting Ravindra Jadeja for 16 runs in the 22nd over, Hope held one end up and made sure they did not lose wickets. He got to his 50 in 92 balls as Hetmyer raced to his fifth century from just 85 deliveries.

In the 35th over, Iyer dropped him at long-on off Chahar and the destructive batsman made the team pay by smashing Jadeja for two consecutive sixes in the next over.

Hetmyer finally holed out to Iyer on the midwicket boundary off Mohammed Shami in the 39th over but with 58 more required from 11 overs, it was too easy in the end as Hope and Nicholas Pooran (29) joined hands for an unbroken 62-run stand to guide the team home with 13 balls to spare. West Indies scored 291/2 in 47.5 overs.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant slammed fluent half centuries as India’s middle order came to the party to help the hosts post 287/8.

Iyer (70; 88b; 5×4, 1×6) and Pant (71; 69b; 7×4, 1×6) shared a 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help India recover from a top-order collapse and post a challenging total on a slow wicket after they were asked to bat first.

This was Iyer’s third successive fifty while Pant struck his maiden half century to put behind flak that he has been drawing for his poor form in recent times. Back in the team after a break, Kedar Jadhav also helped the cause with a 35-ball 40 (3×4, 1×6).

The hosts were reduced to 25/2 in the seventh over with opener K.L. Rahul (6) and skipper Virat Kohli (4) back in the hut early.

Sheldon Cottrell unfurled his salute twice in the seventh over as his double strike silenced the home crowd.Rohit Sharma (36) and Iyer then resurrected the ship somewhat with a 55-run stand for the third wicket but just as the pair looked settled, the India vice-captain mistimed a pull to midwicket where the Windies’ skipper Kieron Pollard completed an easy catch off Alzarri Joseph.

Iyer and Pant showed a lot of maturity to see off the initial period and get used to the slow surface to then build on their respective innings.

Pant got to his maiden half century in 49 balls and was lucky to survive as he was dropped by Cottrell at cover off Pollard when he was batting on 56.

Iyer, meanwhile, flicked a Joseph delivery straight to Pollard to miss out on a hundred while Pant could not make the most of his reprieve, holing out to Hetmyer at deep square leg in the 40th over.

Jadhav and Jadeja did well for a quickfire 59-run partnership but once Jadhav was removed by Keemo Paul, Windies reined in and conceded only 38 runs in the last five, taking three wickets.

Jadeja’s run out was bizarre as South African umpire Shaun George asked for a third umpire for review only after replays showed the batsman was short of his crease.

Brief scores: India 287/8 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 71, Shreyas Iyer 70, Kedar Jadhav 40; Sheldon Cottrell 2/46, Keemo Paul 2/40, Alzarri Joseph 2/45); West Indies 291/2 in 47.5 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 139, Shai Hope 102 not out)

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Ex-cricketer involved in UP brawl




Meerut: Former cricketer Praveen Kumar has been accused of beating up his neighbour and manhandling a minor boy.

According to the neighbour, Deepak Sharma: “I was waiting for my son at the bus stop at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kumar came in his car and started abusing the bus driver first and later, he abused me.

“He was in an inebriated state. He thrashed me and pushed my seven-year-old son. I have fractured my hand.”

Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Narain said: “Both neighbours informed the police about the incident. We are investigating the matter based on their statements.

“Further action will be taken accordingly. The medical process is also done.”

The victim Deepak Sharma claimed that the police had refused to register his complaint and told him to approach higher authorities as the case is related to an international cricketer.

“Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats,” he stated.

Praveen Kumar refused to speak to the media or issue a stament on the incident.

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Burns, Pope extend contracts with Surrey till 2023




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London, Dec 14 England batsman Rory Burns and Ollie Pope have both agreed to new Surrey contracts, keeping them at the Kia Oval until the end of the 2023 season.

The news comes as the pair prepare to fly out to South Africa for a four-match Test series, starting on Boxing Day at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Since succeeding Gareth Batty as club captain, Burns has overseen a County Championship title in 2018 while scoring more runs than anyone else in Division One and played 14 Test matches following on from his debut in November 2018.

The opener surpassed 10,000 Surrey runs during the 2019 season and has now scored 10,316 runs for the club across all formats.

On the other hand, at just 21, Pope is a more recent addition to the senior squad with his club debut having come in 2016.

Pope’s impressive run with Surrey made him receive his first England call-up after just 15 first-class appearances.

He played two Tests against India in August 2018 before returning to the county set-up and earning a recall for the recent New Zealand tour. He now has 3,124 Surrey runs with a first-class average of 71.31.

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