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Shooter Heena Sidhu invites injured shuttler Kashyap to Rio

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New Delhi, May 31 : Ace shooter Heena Sidhu consoled reigning Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap, who will miss the upcoming Rio Olympics following a knee injury.

Already out of the Indian badminton team for Rio, the 29-year-old shuttler on Sunday expressed his disappointment at being out of action for the past couple of months.

“It’s been a tough 2 months, but I would really like to thank all of you for your continued support. I’m finally back to moving on court but would take a couple of months before I get to playing any tournament,” Kashyap wrote on his Facebook page.

Moved by his words, Heena, who had booked her Rio berth in 10 metre air pistol, invited the shuttler to join the Rio-bound Indian contingent.

“I feel for you, nothing can keep you from Olympics. Grab a ticket and fly to Rio. We are all a team. It will be great to have you there,” she tweeted.

Kashyap, who missed most of the action towards the end of last year due to injury, also excused himself from the South Asian Games (SAG) in February to recover in time but when he returned to the court, his knee snapped again.

However, the dream of making it to a second consecutive Olympics dashed when the Hyderabadi failed to find himself among the top 16 by May 4 — the cut-off date for Rio.

 

 

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‘What killed Maradona?’ shows the flipside of life of a football god

It isn’t quite the same territory as Asif Kapadia’s account of Maradona’s years in Italy but gives enough information to provide a sense of closure to those fans of the legendary forward who still suspect foul play in his death.

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New Delhi, Jan 15 : Diego Maradona’s death on November 2, 2020 was followed by a flood of tributes from around the world and all walks of life. His death had been attributed to a heart attack but it wasn’t this alone that caused arguably the greatest footballer of all time to die at the age of 60.

It is this point that the Discovery Plus documentary ‘What Killed Maradona?’ tries to put across. It features interviews with writers and journalists who have followed Maradona’s life along with his former fitness trainer Fernando Signorini and his former Napoli team mate and captain Giuseppe Bruscolotti. It also features interviews with health experts and psychologists who give a perspective on the kind of toll the rough nature of the sport in the era that Maradona was playing in, the rudimentary manner in which he was medicated for his injuries and his addiction to alcohol and cocaine kept chipping away at his health, particularly the strength of his heart.

Additionally, it also gives a brief insight into the mental and physical toll that comes with the kind of adulation that Maradona received. One of the ways in which he coped with it is by separating himself into two different individuals — ‘Diego’ was the player whose job was to play football and take care of his family while ‘Maradona’ is the larger than life figure that people in Naples and Argentina adore.

Just over 40 minutes long, the assortment of individuals that lend their voices along with footage from Maradona’s playing days and after helps the documentary paper over the repetitive nature of the footage and, towards the latter stages, a few abrupt editing cuts. It isn’t quite the same territory as Asif Kapadia’s account of Maradona’s years in Italy but gives enough information to provide a sense of closure to those fans of the legendary forward who still suspect foul play in his death.

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Sonu Sood plans pan-India platform for young emerging cricketers

Since last year, Sonu has turned focus on social causes. In 2020, amid Covid lockdown, he reportedly arranged transport to facilitate around 7.5 lakh migrant workers to reach home.

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Mumbai, Jan 16 : Actor Sonu Sood is putting his weight behind an initiative to set up a pan-India platform to promote young emerging cricketers.

“I always dreamt of becoming a cricketer but I didn’t have a platform in our small town, but when I see all these young kids playing cricket it feels really good,” Sonu said.

He says pitching in for the cause of promoting budding talent in cricket will also let him take time off his busy schedule and reinvent his passion for the sport.

“I like batting as well as bowling but I didn’t get much time to play the sport. I feel we all should take some out from our busy work schedules and reinvent our passion. Sometimes when you see these kids playing not just cricket but any kind of sports, you feel motivated to follow them,” he said, adding that he has had discussions with Cricfit founder Mikkail Vaswani on “creating a platform on a pan-India level where they (children) can explore their skills and enjoy the sports”.

Since last year, Sonu has turned focus on social causes. In 2020, amid Covid lockdown, he reportedly arranged transport to facilitate around 7.5 lakh migrant workers to reach home. He equipped frontline workers with masks and face shields, airlifted students stranded abroad and helped farmers in distress. He also launched Pravasi Rojgar, an app to help skilled and unskilled workers find jobs.

On work front, Sonu will next be seen in “Prithviraj” starring Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Manushi Chhillar, apart from a couple of films in the South.

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Looting public money, going to jail is Shivamogga leader’s achievement: Siddaramaiah taunts CM

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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Bengaluru, Jan 14: “Chief minister (CM) B S Yediyurappa has said that eating beef is the achievement of the Mysuru leader. He has forgotten to say that looting public money and going to jail is the only achievement of leader of Shivamogga,” said former CM and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah, taunting CM Yediyurappa on his statement of eating beef on the former.

Siddaramaiah tweeted, “I have not eaten beef till date though Yediyurappa had said that I eat beef. I said that I will eat if I feel like.

Siddaramaiah (left) and B S Yediyurappa

“It is funny that Yediyurappa and BJP party members, who are enjoying power after buying MLAs of our party, say that Congress party does not have leaders. It is only Congress which won the legislative assembly elections on its own power and ruled for a complete term of five years. Was Yediyurappa CM for five years?

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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