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Sports Authority Of India (Courtesy: Twitter)
Sports Authority Of India (Courtesy: Twitter)

SAI Issues Standard Operating Procedure To Resume Phased Training Across Disciplines 

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) had formed a six-member panel to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for resumption of training in phases across disciplines. As per the regulations in lockdown 4.0 formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stadiums and sports complexes will be allowed to be opened devoid of spectators. The SAI have divided its disciplines into four categories – non-contact, medium contact, full contact and water sports — with each category having its own set of rules to be followed.

For all the coaches, staffs and athletes falling under SAI, government’s Aarogya Setu app, which tracks the number of Covid-19 cases across the country, has been made a mandate.

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What does the Standard Operating Procedure includes? 

The SOP was formed by a six-member panel led by SAI secretary Rohit Bharadwaj. It included CEO Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Rajesh Rajagopalan, Executive Director (Operations) SS Roy, SS Sarla, Col BK Nayak and Assistant Director TOPS Sachin K as members.

In a detailed guidelines, there is a mention of different rules to be followed in training areas, gymnasiums, medical centres, and residential facilities.

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To specially monitor the training sessions and for safety a special Covid Task Force will also be assigned at every SAI venue. The Task Force will be guiding athletes and coaches during training.

According to media reports, the ex-officio Chairman of the Task Force will the Centre-in-charge and that person will be responsible for the implementation of protocols outlined in the SOP. It has also been said that sparring during training in contact sports like boxing and wrestling will still not included in the SAI SOP.

The resumption of training across centres will depend upon the advice given by the local administrator.

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies
Neymar Jr (Image Credit: PokerStars)

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies

When it comes to sports stars and gambling companies, there is one thing common between them – both are very success-driven. All thanks to their global popularity, sports stars are normally followed by a large number of fans in every part of the world. This also makes them the perfect choice for big-time gambling companies who’d like them to promote their products and services.

In fact, some of the most popular mobile casinos and online casinos have sponsorship deals running into millions of dollars with such sports stars. Here in this article, we will acquaint you with some of these big names that actively endorse gambling brands.

Neymar Jr – PokerStars

Neymar Jr the well-known Brazilian and Paris St. Germain striker has always played a key role in whichever team he has played with. Considered the highest-paid football player in the world, Neymar made a record move to PSG from Barcelona in 2017. He also actively endorses PokerStars and is a big-time poker player too. Both he and PokerStars share the same vision when it comes to success. You will frequently see him at PokerStars live events all over the world and photo shoots for the brand whenever he is away from the football pitch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – BetHard

An extremely exciting football player who deserves a mention in any top footballers’ list, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made plenty of headlines, time and again, both on and off the football field. Controversial yet great, his choices have brought him under the limelight in different parts of the world. Not too long ago after his successful move to MLS in the United States, where he is currently playing with LA Galaxy, Zlatan joined hands with BetHard, the well-known sportsbook. The highly lucrative deal didn’t go down too well with the problem gambling groups in Sweden. However, we all know Zlatan has never cared too much about controversies!

Usain Bolt – PokerStars

Widely recognised as the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt is the world record holder in 4×100 metres relay, 200 metres and 100 metres races. The champion bid goodbye to racing after the 2017 IAAF World Championships. However, his charisma and incredible career achievements were such that every gambling brand wanted to associate themselves with the star. PokerStars was able to strike a deal with the sprinter, making him the spokesman for the brand. They even created a special edition of Zoom poker for him.

Top Sports Stars Who Endorse Gambling Companies
Usain Bolt

Cristiano Ronaldo – PokerStars

The captain of the Portugal national football team and the Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo is a household name in the football world. Like other well-known ambassadors of PokerStars, Cristiano Ronaldo also channels his love for poker by actively endorsing the brand. Considering the fact that he has more than 30 million followers on Twitter and over 100 million fans on the Facebook platform, Cristiano was obviously the right choice for PokerStars to further popularize their brand.  

German GP, Europe
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Heatwave Engulfs Europe with German GP this Weekend

Mercedes and few others in trouble if heat strikes the Hockenheimring circuit in the qualifying and race day.

The heat has already troubled the silver arrows in Austria. The Mercedes drivers finished 3rd (Valteri Bottas) and 5th (Lewis Hamilton) at the Red Bull arena due to their overheating and altitude problems. Lewis Hamilton who finished first at the podium last year, even after starting at 14th says his team are in trouble if Germany stays hot. Germany recorded its highest temperature ever at 40.5 degree Celsius in the town of Geilenkirchen on Thursday.

Lewis Hamilton says: “I’d imagine, if it stays this hot, we’re going to be in trouble. “We’ve got these hot races coming up which are obviously not so easy for us, so it’s going to be a challenge.

“It’s definitely a good thing if it rains,” he added. “There’s not really much we can do, it’s a much bigger design issue that we have when it gets hot, so it’s not so easy to change… Hopefully, this weekend will be okay.”

Lewis Hamilton in business:

Sports round-up, Nico Rosberg, F1, Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton. Photo Credit: Web.

Last year, the Hockenheimring circuit saw it raining after the 14th lap of the race, which dramatically changed the results.

Race leader, Sebastian Vettel crashed out on Lap 51 of the race, while his teammate Kimi Raikonnen finished 3rd on the podium. Mercedes had a one-two finish with Hamilton winning and Valteri Bottas finishing second, after Hamilton climbed up a massive 13 positions.

The midfield battle also heats up this weekend after Racing Point brings in two new upgrades to their car. They’ve upgraded new sidepods and floor to the vehicle.

Racing Point are suffering this season with both their drivers struggling for points. Sergio Perez stands 13th on the driver rankings with 13 points and Lance Stroll on 17th with 6 points.

Now, they fight for points against a fierce midfield of Mclaren, Alfa Romeo and Renault.

Williams will also test their new upgrades in the German Grand Prix. The new upgrades include an improvement in the bargeboard area, new floor and current spec.

Hima Das, Virat Kohli
Hima Das (Credits: Twitter)

Hima Das Extends Her Gold Winning Streak To 5

In the month of July itself, Hima Das has won a total of 5 gold medals in different tournaments.

India’s Hima Das clinched yet another gold for the country, taking her tally to an incredible 5 gold medals in a month. The latest gold came from her win in the 400m race in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday.  The Dhing Express, which she’s fondly called by her fans, clocked 52.09 seconds to complete the race which also was her season-best timing. Her personal best timing stands at 50.79 seconds which she registered in the Asian games 2018.

It was Hima’s first time competing in a 400m event after she pulled out of the 400m event in Asian Athletics Championship in April with a back spasm,

Hima’s gold medal streak began on July 2 in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, in Poland. It was her first competitive 200m race of the year. She managed to win it with a timing of 23.65 seconds. After the fifth gold medal, Hima Das said in a tweet: “Finished 400m today on the top here in the Czech Republic today.”

Her second gold came again from the 200m event at the Kutno Athletics Meet, in Poland, on July 7. She registered a time of 23.97 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 while her fourth gold came at the Tabor Athletics Meet also in Poland, on Wednesday, July 17.

Hima may add another gold to her tally, for the 4×400 mixed relay race team at the Asian Games which may be upgraded from silver to gold. Bahrain who won the gold medal, may lose out because of a failed dope test by their sprinter Kemi Adekayo, who participated in the event. Adeyako will potentially be handed a four year ban by Athletics Integrity Unit.

Dutee Chand, Asian Games, Olympics
Dutee Chand speaking during a press conference at Hyderabad

Ace Sprinter Dutee Chand Faces Ire for Revealing Same-Sex Relationship

Same-Sex relationships have always been a taboo topic in Indian culture owing to the conservative societies. The ace Indian athlete Dutee Chand is one of the victims of taboo thinking. Dutee claimed of being threatened of expulsion by her family for having a same-sex relationship. Meanwhile, her fans are continuing to support her over social media.

A few hours back, the Indian sprinter revealed her relationship with a girl of her village. She refused to reveal her “soulmate’s” name so as not to let her become “the centre of undue attention”.

Dutee Chand’s revelations left her sister fuming:

Dutee Chand
Dutee Chand has been a fascination for sprinters. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Dutee has a record of the 100m race to her name, while she won two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018.

Dutee has been India’s first athlete to come forth and accept her sexuality. It came after the historic decision made by the Supreme Court, last year. But her family is not willing to stand with the Indian athlete in her decision. Where Dutee claims of being threatened of imprisonment, her elder sister says that her partner has vested interests to lure property.

Dutee says, “My elder sister wields power and authority over my family. She has thrown out my elder brother from home because she didn’t like his wife. She has threatened that the same will happen with me also,” Dutee told PTI.

“My elder sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship” Dutee added.

Dutee said that her parents have not yet objected over her decision. But the knowledge of being an adult and the right to make her own decisions has led her to make her relationship public

Currently, the athlete now is preparing for the Olympics and is ready to face any repercussions thrown at her and her unknown partner.

Credits: Youtube/ Twitter

Watch: Fighter Suffers Four Heart-Attacks, Dies After Being Hit In The Ring

Not even in his wildest of thoughts Mateus Fernandes would have sensed what was going to happen when he set his foot in the ring for another fight on Saturday. The 22-year old from Brazil suffered a brutal knockout in the ring and succumbed to the injury just four hours later. The tragic incident took place at the Remulos Fight Night event in Manaus, Brazil.

The night started well for Mateus Fernandes. He won the first two rounds before the fateful fight took place. He received two fatal blows by his opponent Obed Pereira on his head and neck. He soon collapsed and needed medical aid. The injured fighter was soon taken to Sao Raimundo Accident and Emergency but he suffered as many as four attacks and eventually lost the battle of life.

Watch: Fighter Suffers Four Heart-Attacks, Dies After Being Hit In The Ring 6
Mateus Fernandes receiving treatment in ring (Credits: YouTube)

Romulo Lobo, organiser of the event, said there is no conclusive proof the punches to the head caused the fatality. He also said that there were allegations of Mateus Fernandes being on drugs before entering the ring.

“We are waiting on the autopsy report from the IML (Medical Legal Institute).

“There have been allegations that Mateus was using drugs before he entered the ring which may have contributed to his death.

“This has not been proven and we are waiting on the results of the examinations to find out exactly what happened and why he died,” he said.

Lobo also insisted that all the matches scheduled to happen on the night were halted after the tragic incident. The fights were then resumed after

The Remulos MMA event started this year and aims to discover new talent. The amateur fight has three rounds of three minutes with one minute to rest in between. Organisers of the event expressed their condolences to the family for their loss.

PokerBaazi, Poker, PokerBaazi Premier League
PokerBaazi Announces PPL Special Edition, sponsors 14 Underprivileged Girls with prize pool. Photo Credit: PokerBaazi.

PokerBaazi Announces PPL Special Edition, Sponsors 14 Underprivileged Girls with Prize Pool

PokerBaazi, a leading online poker platform has announced its association with non-profit NGO Vidya Integrated Development for Youth and Adults (VIDYA). PokerBaazi will donate a share of the rake collected during the upcoming PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition (April 21-28) towards the education and upliftment of 14 underprivileged girls for a year.

In the domestic poker circuit, the PPL has already created quite a sensation over the past few years. Every year, gamers eagerly wait for the announcement, and this year was no exception.

The announcement of the Special Edition with a CSR initiative seems to have doubled the excitement this year.

The PPL Special Edition boasts a guaranteed prize pool of 5 Crore-plus. Also, it will rope in some exciting additions to make this series more thrilling.

Since its inception, the PokerBaazi Premier League has offered the participants a top-notch poker experience. The leading portal of poker games has decided to walk an extra mile to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged section of the society.

Also, this Women’s Day, they have announced a tie-up with their welfare partner VIDYA and pledged to make a difference, one step at a time.

Needless to say, the PPL Special Edition is going to create ripples following the CSR initiative adopted by PokerBaazi.

Besides, the organizers expect better participation compared to the previous years.

Poker Baazi has already started campaigning with the idea #PlayForACause to reach out to the maximum number of professional gamers. In the words of Mr Navkiran Singh, CEO of PokerBaazi.com

“The theme of the upcoming series is aiming towards a more balance and thus happier world. As a part of the program, Poker Baazi will donate a share of the collected bounty towards the education of underprivileged girls along with the expenses for their school uniforms, midday meals & transportation. This is an issue we feel deeply about. Our team is charged up to get this noble initiative in play.”

According to the organizers, this tie-up with VIDYA will result in more such CSR initiatives by Baazi Games.

Initially, 14 girls will be covered by the program. And the company is looking to grow this number in the coming years.

As a non-profit NGO, VIDYA set out in 1985 to help the girls and the underprivileged people of the society.

In addition, steered by the unparalleled leadership of Ms Rashmi Misra, VIDYA has already offered welfare programs in five major cities across India, including the remote areas in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Bangalore. The team of VIDYA now comprises of 350 people including a bunch of foreign volunteers.

Since its inception, VIDYA has already garnered support from various public and private organizations.

This year, PokerBaazi has come forward for this noble cause. There are so many issues in our society and the denial of food, shelter and education – especially to underprivileged girls, is one of them.

Well, through this PPL series, they are planning to spread the word. So as to inspire people to come forward and support this cause and make a difference.


Watch: Hilarious Moment Woman Spotted Drinking From Binoculars During Racing Event

What will you do if you want to drink at a sporting event but not willing to pay the high prices? The majority of the people would perhaps give up on the booze for those couple of hours while few would pay the price. However, these two are not the only options and people have got an idea on how to drink in big events without buying the expensive drinks. And they should thank a woman for that idea.

The lady managed to sneak a hip flask, disguised as a pair of binoculars, into a racing event and enjoyed thereafter. The unknown girl was caught on camera watching the races at Cheltenham Racecourse before the views noticed something unusual. Instead of cheering, or getting involved in any of the pre-race festivities, the girl was taking a sip from what appeared to be a pair of binoculars.

Not surprisingly, the moment went viral after a popular GIF of its was used by ITV on social media. Fans were left reeling after seeing the hilarious video of her drinking out of the binoculars.

Here is a clip of that hilarious moment:

Game Changer Tournament, PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi Announces India’s Biggest Online Poker Tournament with Guaranteed Prize Pool of INR 2 Cr

A breakthrough tournament denting the poker market segment with a shining payday offer of 50,00,000 INR

PokerBaazi, a leading and trusted real-money online Poker platform has created ripples by announcing its international level ‘GameChanger Tournament.’ The event commencing from 20th February has promised a scintillating jaw-dropping offer of 50,00,000 INR payday for that lucky coveted winner. The event has received a plethora of responses from many sectors and shall amount to a massive turnout with its reasonably priced buy-in at 11,000 INR for each participant.

Game Changer is sure to be a revolutionary tournament for all the poker enthusiasts. The tournament shall feature three starting flights namely- Day 1A (20th), Day 1B (21st), Day 1C (22nd), with each of the participants being allotted five re-entries. Players shall test their mojo out in Poker during the first three days of the round one, and those who grind it out till the end will lock horns on February 24, the final competition where the winner shall be declared who shall walk out with 50 Lac.

With no existing eligibility criteria for participation, any player can enter with the buy-in of INR 11,000 and play for the initial three days to qualify for the final day. Previously, The MoneyMaker featured a 1 Crore prize pool with a buy-in of INR 11,000, and now the bar has risen and how – with The Game Changer catapulting PokerBaazi to newer heights with a 2x Guaranteed Prize Pool.

As little as a fifty rupees deposit can get a player registered for the Satellite tournament, which forms one of the rungs to the ladder leading them to the ultimate prize of 2 crores. Now that is one heck of a conversion multiplier!

The Founder & CEO of PokerBaazi, Mr Navkiran Singh proudly proclaims –

“PokerBaazi has brought about a revolutionary’ tsunami which is synonymous to their brand image. This time, not only the prize pool of INR 2 Crore GTD, Game Changer’s winner will be receiving a paycheck of INR 50 LAC! The Indian poker circuit just got jolted to the echelons of international standards!”

PokerBaazi also organises the 1 Cr tournament ‘MoneyMaker’ which is held once in every four months. It received an overwhelming response from players who embraced the concept and outdid the limit of the guaranteed prize pool by the staggering number of entries.

‘Game Changer’ is India’s largest online tournament where players experience the glamour of multi-day tournaments, evoking a great response from the audience. PokerBaazi is indeed catapulting the Poker experience to an International level by providing a safe, secure and trusted platform to put money in, play and get rewards. There is no denial to the fact that PokerBaazi has stunned the Indian poker circuit yet again. It has also has roped in the boxer Vijender Singh as the company’s brand ambassador. Tighten your seatbelts and gear up for a life-changing experience. It’s the Game Changer, and you could be the one changing the Game.

About Pokerbaazi:

PokerBaazi is the brain-child of a young, energetic and dynamic team of five co-founders who are passionate poker players. It provides the best gaming experience to Indian players which sometimes rivals the International counterparts. Gaming with PokerBaazi is seamless with hassle-free withdrawals.

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