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Lausanne [Switzerland], February 18 (ANI): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board to appoint seven-time Olympian Hashimoto Seiko as the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
She was until today the Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Minister in charge of Women’s Empowerment, and Minister of State for Gender Equality in the Government of Japan.
IOC President Thomas Bach in an official statement congratulated his fellow Olympian Seiko on her appointment. ” With her great Olympic experience, having won a medal, participated in seven editions of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games, and having led Japan’s delegation to the Olympic Games multiple times, she is the perfect choice for this position,” he said.
“She will ensure that the focus in the final months of preparation remains on the athletes’ experience while planning all the necessary COVID-19 countermeasures,” Bach said.
He added that with the appointment of a woman as President, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is also sending a very important signal with regard to gender equality, which is one of the topics we addressed in Olympic Agenda 2020, the reform programme for the IOC and the Olympic Movement.
“We stand ready to support the OCOG and other organisations in their desired aims within their spheres of responsibility,” Bach said.
On February 12, Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organising committee head Yoshiro Mori announced his resignation over his remarks about women talking too much, which were branded “sexist” at home and abroad.
The 83-year-old former Prime Minister stepped down seven years after being appointed president of the organising body by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mori made the announcement at a special meeting of its executive members.
Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto said at a press conference that she received a phone call from Mori on Thursday morning and was told of his planned resignation, Kyodo News reported.
“The government will make further efforts to restore trust and firmly disseminate the big concept of diversity and harmony, both domestically and internationally,” Hashimoto said.
On February 3, Mori complained about what he believes is women’s tendency to talk too much and to have “a strong sense of rivalry” when he was asked about increasing gender diversity among board members of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC).
However, a day later he issued an apology but insisted that he has no plan to step down.
He made the comments in a JOC meeting held online and open to the media. The JOC board has 25 members, of whom five are women.
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Games are now scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8 while the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5. (ANI)

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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Dinesh Karthik applauds Sundar’s ‘fabulous knock’

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): India all-rounder Washington Sundar was left stranded four short of a well-deserved Test century as he ran out of batting partners. But wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has praised the effort and called it a “fabulous knock” as it enabled the hosts to build a 160-run lead in the fourth Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday.
With the India innings finishing on 365 — a lead of 160 — the visitors had to bat out three overs before the umpires called for Lunch. At the break, England’s score read 6/0 with openers Zak Crawley (5) and Dominic Sibley (1) at the crease.
Taking to Twitter, Karthik wrote, “Washing’TON’ Sundar. I was waiting to write this…but it’s okay, I’m sure I’ll use this very soon! Fabulous knock @Sundarwashi5.”
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh also said Sundar “deserved” a hundred in the game.
“Feel sad for this young man @Sundarwashi5 deserved 100 #INDvsENG,” he tweeted.
Earlier, resuming the third day on 294/7, overnight batters Sundar and Axar Patel saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs as both Sundar and Axar looked to make the most of the bad balls from the visiting bowlers.
Just when the 100-run plus partnership looked to take India’s lead beyond England’s reach, Axar (43) was run out against the run of play. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was out leg before off the bowling of Ben Stokes and India’s score was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar still four runs away from his century.
While Sundar would have hoped for Siraj to hold one end up, Stokes cleaned him up in the same over as the all-rounder was left stranded — four short of a much-deserved maiden Test century. Even though Sundar missed out, the crowd was entertained to the core by Rishabh Pant on Friday as he hit a magnificent century. (ANI)

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Gavaskar felicitated by BCCI on 50th anniversary of Test debut

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): As former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Test debut, the batting legend on Saturday made his social media debut as he finally created an account on Instagram.
Sunil Gavaskar’s son Rohan tweeted about his father making a debut on Instagram and he captioned the post as: “Another debut !! This time on Instagram.”
In his first post on Instagram, Gavaskar shared an old photo and he captioned the post as: “Hello Instagram. I think I am ready for another debut.”
The BCCI also felicitated Sunil Gavaskar for his contribution to Indian cricket as BCCI secretary honoured the batting great during the lunch break on day three of the ongoing fourth Test between India and England.
Gavaskar made his Test debut on March 6, 1971, against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Over his career, Gavaskar went on to break many batting records and established himself as one of the finest batsmen to ever play the game.
India toured the West Indies during the 1970-71 cricket season for a five-Test series. The series turned out to be one of the most memorable ones as India won its first-ever Test series against the West Indies.
India, led by Ajit Wadekar, emerged victorious 1-0 in the five-match series and Gavaskar finished as the leading run-scorer, registering four centuries including one double ton.
In his career, Gavaskar played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs for India. He was also a part of the 1983 World Cup win and 1985 World Championship of Cricket victory.
Gavaskar scored 10,122 runs in the longest format of the game and he held the record for scoring most centuries in Test cricket till 2005. Sachin Tendulkar ended up breaking this record in 2005.
In 108 ODIs, Gavaskar scored 3,092 runs with his highest score being 103 not out. (ANI)

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Thank you for inspiring generations of cricketers: Harbhajan to Gavaskar

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday congratulated former skipper and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and thanked him for inspiring generations of cricketers as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Test debut.
Taking to Twitter, the former spinner wrote: “50 yrs of sunny sir.. Congratulations Sir .. thank you for inspiring generations of cricketers #50yearsofsunnysir.”
Gavaskar made his Test debut on March 6, 1971, against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Over his career, Gavaskar went on to break many batting records and established himself as one of the finest batsmen to ever play the game.
Earlier in the day, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar thanked the batting great, saying Gavaskar showed the light to every young cricketer.
“50 years ago on this day, he took the cricketing world by storm. He scored 774 runs in his debut series and each one of us growing up had a hero to look up to. India won the series in the West Indies and then In England and all of a sudden the sport in India had a new meaning,” Tendulkar wrote in a Twitter post.
“As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and try and be like him. That has never changed. He remains my hero. Wish you a happy 50th in international cricket, Mr. Gavaskar. To every one of the 1971 team a happy 50th Anniversary. You all made us proud and showed us the light,” he added.
India toured the West Indies during the 1970-71 cricket season for a five-Test series. The series turned out to be one of the most memorable ones as India won its first-ever Test series against the West Indies.
India, led by Ajit Wadekar, emerged victorious 1-0 in the five-match series and Gavaskar finished as the leading run-scorer, registering four centuries including one double ton. In his career, Gavaskar played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs for India. He was also a part of the 1983 World Cup win and 1985 World Championship of Cricket victory.
Gavaskar scored 10,122 runs in the longest format of the game and he held the record for scoring most centuries in Test cricket till 2005. Sachin Tendulkar ended up breaking this record in 2005. In 108 ODIs, Gavaskar scored 3,092 runs with a highest score of an unbeaten 103. (ANI)

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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Sundar, Axar shine with bat to put hosts in command (Lunch)

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 6 (ANI): Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar’s 96-run knock helped India extend their dominance over England on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday.
With the India innings finishing on 365 — a lead of 160 — the visitors had to bat out three overs before the umpires called for Lunch. At the break, England’s score read 6/0 with openers Zak Crawley (5) and Dominic Sibley (1) at the crease.
Earlier, resuming the third day on 294/7, overnight batters Sundar and Axar Patel saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs as both Sundar and Axar looked to make the most of the bad balls from the visiting bowlers.
Just when the 100-run plus partnership looked to take India’s lead beyond England’s reach, Axar (43) was run out against the run of play. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was out leg before off the bowling of Ben Stokes and India’s score was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar still four runs away from his century.
While Sundar would have hoped for Siraj to hold one end up, Stokes cleaned him up in the same over as the all-rounder was left stranded – four short of a much-deserved maiden Test century.
Even though Sundar missed out, the crowd was entertained to the core by Rishabh Pant on Friday as he hit a magnificent century. Apart from Pant and Sundar, Rohit Sharma also contributed with 49 at the top of the innings.
The English batsmen will have to put on their best show in the post-lunch session if the visitors are to harbour any hope of staying alive in the game.
Brief Scores: England 205 and 6/0; India 365 (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sundar 96*) (ANI)

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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Sundar left stranded on 96 as hosts take 160-run lead

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 6 (ANI): Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar on Saturday missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maiden hundred, remaining unbeaten on 96 while he saw his batting partners fall at the other end as India was bowled out for 365 in their first innings on Day Three of the fourth Test against England here at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
With the efforts of Sundar and Rishabh Pant (101), India has managed to take a lead of 160 runs and England would now be looking to provide rear-guard action in order to delay the inevitable.
Resuming Day Three at 294/7, overnight batters Sundar and Axar Patel saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs.
Both the batters extended their partnership to 106 runs, but with seven runs from his maiden half-century, Axar (43) was dismissed via a run-out in the 114th over of the innings. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was out lbw by Ben Stokes and India was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar still four runs away from his maiden ton.
In the same over, Stokes clean bowled Mohammed Siraj (0), thus bringing an end to India’s first innings.
Apart from Pant and Sundar, Rohit Sharma also contributed with valuable 49 runs.
England, after winning the toss, had scored 205 runs in their first innings before they were bundled out in the third session of Day One of the final Test.
Brief Scores: England 205; India 365 (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sundar 96*, Ben Stokes 4-89). (ANI)

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Sports education gets major boost in India as XEBS launches new program

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 6 (ANI): India’s first IndoFrench business, Xavier Emlyon Business School (XEBS) has launched its Dual Degree Master’s Program in Sports Industry Management to further enhance sports education.
The program was unveiled on Friday in presence of the Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain; Principal Secretary, Sports, and Youth Services, Government of Odisha, Vishal Dev; Consul General, Consulate General of France in Calcutta, Virginie Corteval; Chairman, Odisha State Hockey Promotion Council, and former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey; Attache for academic and scientific cooperation Emilia Cartier; XEBS board members, faculty and students were also present for the launch ceremony.
“Strengthening sports education in #Odisha, Dual Masters Programme in Sports Industry Management has been launched in @XEBSINDIA. It will further strengthen the sports ecosystem in the state,” CMO Odisha tweeted on Saturday.
The Indo-French dual degree program, being launched under the aegis of the XEBS Ahluwalia Centre of Excellence in Sports Management (XEBS CESM), is expected to be a gamechanger in the field of sports industry management with an MBA degree from Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, and an MSc degree from Emlyon business school, France.
One of the high-performance centres of excellence of the Odisha Government which was formed with support from KJS Ahluwalia Group in 2019, XEBS CESM has earlier launched two certificate programs in sports management.
Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said: “I am happy to be a part of the launch of this Indo-French Dual Degree program of XEBS Ahluwalia Centre of Excellence in Sports Management, that too in a state like Odisha that is being called the sports capital of India. I am also excited to know that the Centre of Excellence has signed Letters of Intent with Tony Parker Adequat Academy and Decathlon India, which will provide great opportunities to students. I had the chance to meet and interact with some of the sportspersons from the state including Chess player Padmini Rout at an event hosted by the Tourism Department of Odisha and am looking forward to exploring the vibrant sports ecosystem of Odisha.”
The program offering multi-campus experience across Bhubaneswar (XUB campus) and Paris (Emlyon business school campus) will be a full-time two-year residential program and bring in the best of faculty from Emlyon business school and Xavier University besides industry experts from both the countries.
On the occasion of the launch of the program, XEBS Ahluwalia Centre of Excellence in Sports Management also signed letters of intent with Tony Parker Adequat Academy, Lyon, and Decathlon, India to collaborate and work in the field of sports, education, and innovation in the larger interest of students.
Through video messages, legendary basketball player Tony Parker stressed how XEBS CESM and his academy share common goals of innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship and that he was looking forward to this association while Steve Dykes, CEO, Decathlon India, spoke about the firm commitment of Decathlon, India’s second-largest single brand retailer, to work together with XEBS CESM on sports education, internships and events.
Speaking on the launch of the dual degree Master’s program, Minister for Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha, Tusharkanti Behera said, “Our shared vision for sports and imparting quality education has been one of the key drivers for this initiative. The launch of a dual degree Master’s program, today, is yet another milestone in our sporting journey and this collaborative endeavour will go a long way in boosting our rich and vibrant sports ecosystem and further the existing educational ties between the two countries.” (ANI)

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