NEWS FEED 20_Aug_2016

Sindhu lends silver lining to Olympic campaign

  • V. Sindhu’s bold shot at the Olympic gold was competently handled by two-time World Champion Carolina Marin, as the Spaniard prevailed 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 at the Riocentro Pavilion.
  • The 21-year-old Sindhu joined shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Vijay Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar to win the Olympic silver for India. Even though she tried hard and was intense throughout, Sindhu was unable to match Carolina who played a solid game and was quite fluent with her strokes, especially at the net.
  • In fact, it was a fortuitous turn that saw Sindhu, trailing 16-19, jumping into the lead to clinch the first game and the initiative. Carolina was unusually unsure and fumbled with her shots at that stage, leading to a string of mistakes.
  • It was a 52-shot rally that Sindhu had won to bridge the gap to 16-17, before an error from her and a smash by Carolina saw the Spaniard jump ahead with what proved to be her last points in the first game.
  • Sindhu made a reflex shot to get out of trouble and clinch the game on the first set point. It was too much of a dream to win five points on the trot, from such a position, against such a champion.
  • True to her nature, Marin, who played well throughout the match, and reacted to the shuttle pretty sharp most of the time, composed herself quickly and attacked with renewed vigour to take a 11-2 lead in the second game.
  • Sindhu struggled with her judgment and strokes. The wiry Indian, who had won two medals in the World Championships, kept looking at coach P. Gopi Chand for the solutions to all her problems.
  • Dronacharya coach Gopi Chand kept guiding and encouraging Sindhu to play her game, but the execution did not match the knowledge, for sheer lack of experience on the big stage for the young girl.
  • Yet, Sindhu had done well to go one step forward; after former World No.1 Saina Nehwal had won the bronze medal in the last Olympics in London in 2012.Carolina was a class act as she won the second game, to be on par. The stylish left-hander came up with two gems, two cross court drops from the two corners of the court, one after the other, that saw Sindhu rooted to the ground.
  • For sheer deception and perfection of execution, Carolina was razor sharp this day.
  • The Badminton Associaiton of India announced Rs.50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs. 10 lakh for her coach Gopi Chand.

Usain Bolt seals ‘triple-triple’ as Jamaica win Men’s 4x100m relay

  • Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4×100 metres relay crown.
  • Bolt ran the anchor leg as the Jamaican won in 37.27 seconds to add the relay gold to the 100 metres and 200 metres titles he had won for a third straight Olympics.
  • His ninth gold medal drew him level with Paavo Nurmi, the Finn who dominated distance running in the early 20th century, and American sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis as the most successful Olympic track and field athletes.
  • Ryoto Yamagata ran a blistering opening leg for Japan, who won stunning silver for their first Olympic medal in the sprint relay in 37.60, improving the Asian record they set in qualifying.
  • Trayvon Bromell’s dip for the line was so aggressive that he stumbled over and the United States thought they were settling for bronze in 37.62.
  • The situation went from bad to worse, though, when they were disqualified along with Trinidad and Tobago. TV pictures showed Bromell stepping into Bolt’s lane in the run to the line.
  • Canada were elevated to bronze after their run of 37.64, a national record which gave Andre de Grasse his third medal of the Games after his bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m.
  • It was the only medal that Bolt was going for that required the input of anyone else but Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade gave the double sprint world record holder the narrowest of leads at the final exchange.
  • That was always going to be enough, though, and Bolt powered down the straight to finish five metres clear of Japan’s Aska Cambridge.
  • Former world record holder Tyson Gay was the last man to beat Bolt in a major championship final – in the 200 metres at the 2007 worlds in Osaka – and despite his disappointment at the disqualification he had nothing but praise for the Jamaican.

Obama to travel to China for G20 Summit, meeting Modi on cards

  • US President Barack Obama will travel to China next month to attend the G-20 Summit which will also be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • This would be Obama’s 11th trip to Asia after he became the US President in January 2009.
  • Two of these trips have been to India in November, 2010 and January 2015.
  • On the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, Obama among others is likely to meet Modi, which would be the eighth meeting between the two leaders after he became Prime Minister in May 2014.
  • While there has been no word of confirmation from the White House on this, Modi during his joint White House media interaction in early June had said that the two leaders would be meeting in China in September.
  • Earnest said, in China, Obama will participate in his final G-20 Leaders Summit, where he will emphasise the need to continue building on the progress made since 2009 in advancing strong, sustainable, and balanced global economic growth.
  • During his week-long Asia trip from September 2 to 9, Obama would become the first US President to visit Laos, where he will participate in the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit.
  • Additionally, he will have bilateral meetings with President Bounnhang Vorachith and other key officials to advance US-Lao cooperation on economic, development, and people-to-people ties, among other areas.
  • Obama will participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Summit, where he will hold a town hall meeting.
  • The visit also will support Obamas efforts to expand opportunities for American businesses and workers to sell their products in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

Pakistan ignores India’s condition, invites Jaishankar to discuss Kashmir

  • Despite India’s condition to discuss cross-border terrorism, Pakistan invited Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad to discuss the Valley dispute “as per the UN Security Council Resolutions”.
  • In response to Jaishankar’s proposal for talks on cross-border terror, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry invited India to discuss Jammu and Kashmir in Islamabad end of this month.
  • In a letter to the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambwale in Islamabad, Pakistan said it wanted to find a solution “as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions and aspirations” of the people of the state.
  • Slamming India over the ongoing protests in Kashmir, in which more than 66 people lost their lives; Pakistan called for an immediate end to “human rights violations in Kashmir” and sought permission to allow Pakistani doctors and paramedics to travel to the state.
  • Pakistan had invited India for talks on Kashmir, saying it is the “international obligation” of both the countries to resolve the issue.
  • However, India rejected Pakistan’s proposal to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks on Kashmir and insisted that discussions should be held on “aspects related to cross- border terrorism which are central to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”
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