QPlay: BCCI to Host Mini IPL; Devendro Fails to Qualify For Rio
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1. BCCI to Host Mini IPL Overseas in September
The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September.
In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating, It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it.Anurag Thakur, President, BCCI
The BCCI move was on the cards with the scrapping of the Champions League T20 last year.
The details of the shortened version of IPL are yet to be chalked out and possible venues are US and UAE, which hosted part of the IPL in 2014.
2. Devendro Fails to Qualify, Vikas and Manoj Settle for Bronze in AIBA’s World Qualifying Tournament
Commonwealth Games silver medallist L Devendro Singh (49 kg) fought his heart out but failed to clinch an Olympic berth after losing in the semi-final of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, according to PTI.
With only two quota spots available in the 49 kg, it was end of the road for the gutsy Manipuri as he lost 1-2 to Spaniard Carmona Heredia Samuel in a closely fought encounter.
Devendro however won India’s third bronze medal in the competition after Manoj Kumar (64 kg) and Vikas Krishan (75 kg) also won bronze medals, who lost in their respective semi-final bouts.
3. Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa and Apurvi Chandela Fail to Enter Finals in ISSF World Cup
Indian shooters had a dismal day at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with Rio Olympics hopefuls Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa and Apurvi Chandela failing to enter the finals of their respective categories in Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday, according to PTI.
Rio-bound Jitu Rai could not recover from a first 10 shots score of 89, to miss out on a finals berth by a point in the Men’s 50 m pistol.
Another Rio hopeful, Prakash Nanjappa, shot 552 in the same event to finish in 17th position.
Anjum Moudgil of India, narrowly missed the final, shooting a score of 416.4 to finish in ninth place on count back. Rio bound Apurvi Chandela, however, was off colour shooting a total of 411.7 to end in 42nd place.
4. Harmanpreet Kaur Set to Play in Women’s Big Bash League
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman cricketer to be recruited by a foreign Twenty20 franchise after she signed up with Sydney Thunder, the reigning Women’s Big Bash League champions, for the second edition of the Australian T20 league, according to PTI.
This is the first official signing since the BCCI cleared the women cricketers to participate in overseas leagues earlier this month.
On the final day of the Indian board’s working committee meeting in Dharamsala on Friday, the BCCI president Anurag Thakur confirmed that Harmanpreet has been signed by the Thunder.
Harmanpreet, India’s vice-captain, had received offer from three teams, including the Sydney Sixers, the runners-up in the inaugural season but she zeroed in on Sydney Thunder.
5. Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa Withdraw From I-League
Two of Indian football’s traditional outfits, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, on Friday decided to “withdraw” from the forthcoming season of I-League over the AIFF’s decision to restructure the domestic league system, according to PTI.
The decision was made public in a joint statement issued by the two Goa-based clubs.
The AIFF, which on 17 May met various stakeholders, including its marketing partners IMG-Reliance, virtually recognised ISL as the country’s premier league as per its draft plan, while deciding to form a three-tier football system in India from 2017-18.
Over the past few weeks, Salgaocar Football Club and Sporting Clube de Goa have had several rounds of discussions and have deliberated the impact that the 17 May proposal will have on the state of the sport. It is clear that the proposal is highly discriminatory, goes against sporting merit, is unworkable for I-League clubs and hampers Goa, which is the best represented state in the I-League.Salgaocar Football Club and Sporting Clube de Goa’s Statement
6. Hales and Roy’s Record Breaking Opening Partnership Helps England Beat SL
An England record opening partnership of 256 between Alex Hales and Jason Roy led their side to a crushing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Birmingham on Friday.
Hales scored 133 not out and Roy an unbeaten 112 in England’s highest first-wicket partnership in one-day cricket as they overhauled Sri Lanka’s 254 for seven with more than 15 overs to spare.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after the first match in Nottingham was tied.
7. WADA Shuts Down Rio Olympic Laboratory
Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests, according to PTI.
The World Anti-Doping Agency onFriday said that it has suspended the lab’s accreditation due to “non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories.”
The suspension is an embarrassment to Brazil and Rio so close to the Summer Games, which open on 5 August after months of political turmoil and financial crisis for federal, state and city authorities.
The failings of the Rio laboratory, known as Ladetec, have previously been exposed by WADA suspending its accreditation in 2012, after a false positive test result, and revoking its status in 2013.
Rio risks being without a hometown lab during the Olympics. No details of the laboratory’s latest problems were specified.
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