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We raised conflict issue with Ethics Officer: CoA chief Rai

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New Delhi, Sep 10 The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has acknowledged that there exists a difference of opinion on the conflict of interest issue as interpreted by BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain and the CoA.

Jain had sent notices to legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, which in turn has not gone down well with many in the Indian cricket fraternity.

“The CoA has a difference on the way the conflict of interest has been interpreted. We have a Supreme Court-appointed ombudsman and he took a view on it. It was very justified because the way he interpreted, he must have seen it right legally,” Rai said while speaking in an interview to Times Now.

“It was given to us. We raised the issue with him that we need some clarifications on this application of conflict of interest because we do not see the way it has been interpreted. So, we brought it to his notice and we have gone to the Supreme Court.

“Whether it’s a Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or VVS Laxman, it’s not the issue of being an icon. The issue is the game has to be played with a certain amount of credibility,” he added.

The CoA chief further said he believes that the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the issue so that no problem arises when it comes to the case of conflict of interest and its interpretation.

“We have sought from the Supreme Court that up till now, there’s been no interpretational issue, it was only on this conflict of interest.”

“We have a viewpoint on it and we have placed it before the Supreme Court so that, what is called to be a grey area, is converted into black and white. There are no two ways about it. Supreme Court will come out with a clear verdict.”

He also asserted that the day BCCI elections are held (as per schedule, it is to be held on October 22), the CoA will demit the office. “There is no place for a committee of administrators after an elected body has been put into place.”

He also claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not been losing on any revenue from the ICC.

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Twitter users hail Tendulkar over Laureus award

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : A section of Twitterati on Tuesday hailed cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar for his World Cup winning moment winning the Laureus Sporting Moment award of the last 20 years.

Laureus (@LaureusSport) tweeted: “This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives. A God for a nation. An inspiration worldwide. And an incredible speech from the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 winner, the great @sachin_rt. #Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs”

The moment, titled ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’, describing the moment when Team India members carried Tendulkar on their shoulders across the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai following their 2011 World Cup victory, received the maximum number of votes from the sport’s fans.

After the award was announced, the Master Blaster greeted his fans and wrote: “Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support! I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket. #SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood.”

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”

Another wrote: “In the 90s decade, Sachin was the sole individual who carried team India on his back! Sachin was more than a batsman! Sachin was an emotion! He deserves all the credit. 2K kids may never understand what Sachin meant! #SachinTendulkar.”

A post read: “God of cricket bags the Laureus Sporting moment award… there is no better moment than this in the last two decades… 2011 World Cup memories are always close to my heart and will be remembered for ever.”

“A proud moment for all Indians. Warmest congratulations to @sachin_rt on receiving the prestigious Laureus Sporting Moment Award in Berlin. You have inspired generations of young athletes with your passion, commitment, discipline and tenacity,” a Twitter user remarked.

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Indian Oil comes on board as lead sponsor of Khelo India Youth Games

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.

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New Delhi, Feb 17: The massive success of the first 3 editions of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), has paved the way for the Government of India to launch the first season of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG). It received a shot in the arm in its inaugural season with PSU giant coming on board to sponsor the sporting revolution. For the first season of the KIUG, Indian Oil has committed to put its weight behind the Games as the lead sponsor with GAIL and ONGC also supporting.

The coming on board of industry heavyweight as sponsors is testament to the serious intent of the government to build the value of sports in the higher education sector and nurture this talent through guidance and developed infrastructure with KIUG.

Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster continues to partner Khelo India and will broadcast the first-ever Khelo India University Games (KIUG) from February 22 to March 1 to be held in Odisha.

“All the nations in the world which have gone on to become sporting powerhouses have invested heavily in their university structure. It is the first time that such a professionally organized championship is happening at the university level. I would like to thank Indian Oil Corporation who have come on board as the primary sponsor partner for the Khelo India University Games,” Kiren Rijiju said.

Speaking on the association, Subodh Dakhwale, Executive Director, Corporate Communications Branding, Indian Oil Corporation said: “Indian Oil Corporation is a brand which is synonymous with sports. We have 92 active athletes who are currently representing the nation in various sports. I would like to thank Kiren Rijiju for providing us with the opportunity of associating with the Khelo India University Games which is happening for the first time in the country.”

The event also witnessed the launch of Khelo India University Games anthem sung and written by renowned singer and anchor Padamjeet Sherawat. The anthem has a very spirited vibe to it and has been composed keeping in mind the competitive nature of the championship.

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.

The Khelo India University Games 2020 will be broadcast on Star Sports First, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports.

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Popular Nigerian Seven’s footballer taken into custody

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Kozhikode,  Hugely popular Nigerian sevens footballer O.K. Emmanuel was picked up by Nagpur police based on an arrest warrant against him.

The Nagpur police official who took into custody Emmanuel from, here, when he arrived to take part in a Seven’s football tournament told the media that there was an arrest warrant against him.

“The Nagpur police was looking for him, after he failed to appear for the trial, after getting bail, Ain a forged passport case registered against him in 2015. After hearing that he would be coming here, we came here and will now produce him before the court , there,” said the Nagpur police official to the media.

Kozhikode and Malappuram districts holds a number of sevens tournaments and A foreign players, especially from Africa are a huge hit and Emmanuel is a hugely popular player here.

The Nagpur police presented Emmanuel before a local court, here, which gave the police a transit warrant. Emmanuel, however clarified that his passport now is in order.

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