Power failure at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium robbed some Indian athletes of securing Rio Olympics berths at the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix athletics meet on Sunday.The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at the stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications.According to the manually-recorded timings, as many as four national records were improved, including two athletes crossing Rio Olympics qualification norms, but all of it will be of no use.All the track events were hand-timed as the photo-finish equipment was not switched on due to power failure.The organisers of the meet, Delhi Athletics Association blamed the Sports Authority of India and stadium administrator for the fiasco.”We paid Sports Authority of India Rs 1.15 lakh to book the JLN Stadium and outside practice track area for the Indian GP and for Federation Cup (to be held from April 28-30). We also paid Rs 15,000 for security purposes. But to our surprise we found 15 minutes before the start of the meet that there is no electricity at the stadium,” a Delhi Athletics Association official told PTI.”We contacted the SAI officials and stadium administrator and we were told that there was fire on the transformer and fire brigade was called. But we asked him about the back-up power supply and we could have paid for the cost of diesel to be used for the back-up power supply. It was a really sad situation for the athletes,” the official said.advertisementThe Athletics Federation of India washed off its hands on the debacle, saying that it was the responsibility of the state unit to ensure that everything was in order.The meet was expected to serve as a platform for the Indian aspirants looking for Rio Olympics berths.Odisha sprinters Amiya Kumar Mallick and Srabani Nanda were credited with incredible hand-timings of 10.09secs and 11.23 secs to win the men’s and women’s 100m sprint races. The Rio qualifications norms are 10.16 secs and 11.32 secs.But, these digital stop watch timings will not be considered for Rio qualification purposes and they cannot even be called national record holders.To make things worse, there was no wind-guage equipment in place for such an important competition.Pre-tournament favourite javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was about three-and-a-half metres short of the Rio norm as his best effort of the day measured only 79.54m.Quarter-miler Arokia Rajiv finished second to his Services colleague Muhammed Anas in 400m.Young Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (55.73m) scored an upset win over 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Krishna Poonia (55.22m) in women’s discus throw.Similarly, the best Indian timings over 400m (45.41s by Muhammed Anas) and women’s 3,000m (9:04.45 by Suriya Loganathan) also would not be counted due to lack of photo-finish recordings.The second and final leg of the Indian GP series will be held at NIS Patiala on May 7.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday unveiled its first ever team of refugees which will have 10 members and 12 officials and will compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games under the Olympic flag.On what IOC President Thomas Bach called a “historic day”, the team includes five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia.SIX MEN AND FOUR WOMEN IN TEAM “These refugee athletes have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” Bach said. “The invention of this refugee team is to give them a home in the Olympic village together with all the athletes around the world.”The athletes, six men and four women, will compete in the sports of swimming, judo and athletics.They include swimmer Yusra Mardini from Syria who trains in Germany, South Sudanese middle distance runner Rose Nathike Lokonyen, living in a refugee camp in Kenya, and democratic Republic of Congo judoka Yolande Bukasa Mabika, training in Brazil.’SYMBOL OF HOPE FOR REFUGEES’ “The Olympic anthem will be played in their honour, the Olympic flag will lead them into the stadium,” Bach said.”It can send a symbol of hope for all refugees in the world and can send a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society.”The team will be housed in the athletes’ village along with all other national teams and will enter the stadium as the penultimate team at the opening ceremony, ahead of the host nation. advertisement”They will show to the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through talent, skills and the strength of human spirit,” said Bach.The plight of those fleeing conflict, as well as economic migrants escaping poverty, has polarised opinion in Europe, with the amount of new arrivals stretching the European Union’s asylum system.The IOC had said it wanted to draw the world’s attention to the plight of refugees.
In 1984, Roy Green ran a 4.2-second 40-yard dash, making him one of the fastest players in the NFL.Over 25 years later, the man they called “Jetstream” is feeling as good as he was the day he hung up his cleats.The reason? Green received a screening for sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of low breathing during sleep.“I’ve had some health issues for the last three or four years and I definitely wasn’t sleeping — two hours max in the evening and I’d wake up and be up for another couple hours just back and forth,” Green said during a recent interview. “When you don’t sleep well, you’re just miserable the next day. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “So I finally got tested, got the oral appliance, and now I have more energy than I had when I was playing.”Green and others are sharing the message about the importance of sleep apnea testing. He, along with former teammates Derek Kennard and Mark Walczak and current Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, are part of The Pro Players Health Alliance — an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea.PPHA is hosting a public awareness seminar Thursday April 18 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix which is open to the public.Statistics show that 37 million Americans experience regular or chronic snoring and 18 million suffer from sleep apnea. The Alliance’s findings among athletes have been eye-opening. “We’ve found that eight out of ten guys that we’ve tested, athletes, present and former, have tested positive for sleep apnea,” Green said.But the two-time Pro Bowler isn’t the only former Cardinal affected by the disorder. Kennard, who will also be at the seminar, has seen other health improvements following a test for sleep apnea. Top Stories “Derek’s lost 162 pounds since getting the oral appliance because he has more energy,” Green said. “He’s sleeping, and his body is responding.”Green urges the public to educate themselves on this debilitating disease.“We think that up to 70% of America is probably affected by it and don’t even know it,” he said. “Just think how your quality of life can change by taking one simple test.“And even if you don’t have it, somebody you love has it. This is saving people’s lives.”Event DetailsDate: Thursday, April 18Time: 7:00 p.m. (open to public)Location: Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021View Larger Map The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact