QPlay: Vijender in Trouble with Police & Shastri on Rift Reports
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Vijender Singh in Trouble with Employers Haryana Police
The Haryana police warned of action against Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Vijender Singh if he failed to seek permission from the state government for turning professional.
“He (Vijender) is a government servant and he cannot accept another employment. Without government’s permission, how he can accept money from other place,” Haryana Additional DGP (Administration) K K Sharma said here. “If he does so on his own, then action can be taken against him,” he further said.
Sharma said Vijender could be discharged from services if he fails to get permission from the government.
But for more on just why Vijender Singh made the decision to go pro and why it is the perfect fit for him, click here for our piece on The Quint.
2. Federer, Nadal, Kvitova Cruise in Wimbledon Openers
Seven-time champion Roger Federer, bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and take his majors tally to 18, cruised into the second round with a 67-minute 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia.
Former Champion Rafa Nadal, defeated in the second, first and fourth rounds in his last three outings at SW19, moved into the second round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Thomaz Bellucci.
Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova, the second seed, took just 35 minutes to reach the second round, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kiki Bertens, the world number 108 from the Netherlands.
Select Round 1 Results
Andy Murray (3) def. Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Gilles Muller 7-6 (8), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Jana Cepelova def. Simona Halep (3) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Ying-Ying Duan def. Eugenie Bouchard (12) 7-6 (3), 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska (13) def. Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-2
3. Shastri Dismisses Report of Rift Between Dhoni and Kohli
“Biggest load of bull**** I have been hearing,” was Indian cricket team’s director Ravi Shastri’s reaction to reports of a rift between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Shastri said the two players have utmost respect for each other and the Indian team was “one honest bunch” who believed in playing for each other.
“It’s (rift between Dhoni and Kohli) the biggest load of bull**** I have been hearing. It’s one honest bunch who believes in playing for each other. That’s why the results you have had over the last year, 70 percent of matches won,” Shastri told PTI in an interview.
4. Rahane Seeks Calmness and Controlled Aggression
Named captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane says he would like to take Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calmness and Virat Kohli’s controlled aggression into the field when he wears the skipper’s hat in the upcoming limited-overs series.
Asked what he would like to imbibe from his captains, Rahane said, “Firstly, playing under MS Dhoni I would observe how he would be calm on the field. He has a very peculiar and calm way of handling situations. I would like to take that quality from him. What I would like to take from Virat Kohli would be controlled aggression. You can see that quality in his batting and his captaincy.”
“And finally, Rahul bhai is someone who likes to keep things really simple on the field which I got to know while playing under him with the Rajasthan Royals,” he added.
5. Focus on Defense as India Face Malaysia
Soundly thrashed by Australia in their last match, India would look to sort out their defensive woes when they take on Malaysia in their quarterfinal match of the Hockey World League Semifinals on Wednesday.
The Indian defenders, who let in six goals against world champions Australia in their last group match, will be again tested by the nippy Malaysians as the knockout competition begins at the KHC Dragons Stadium.
While India are looking to make this a fruitful sojourn for the young players being fielded here, Malaysia are expected to throw everything into the contest as it could secure them qualification for the Olympic Games.
India’s passage to the 2016 Olympics is secure after winning the Asian Games gold medal at Incheon last year, allowing them the luxury of providing exposure to several young players, but they would be eager to finish on the podium ahead of hosting the World League Finals in December.
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